Mrs. Paula Ansara-Wilhelm brings more than 25 years of marketing and branding expertise to the Miracles for Kids board along with clear vision about how to further position the charity for more long term sustainability.
As the driving force behind many highly visible advertising and branding campaigns in Southern California, she began her career at an Orange County based advertising agencies, where she worked on such high profile accounts as Taco Bell and Yamaha. Mrs. Ansara-Wilhelm then headed her own design firm where she developed creative campaigns for Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and E.R.A. In true Ansara-Wilhelm fashion, to better understand the needs of real estate agents, she also became a licensed real estate agent. In 2000, she helped launch Strada Properties in her role as vice president of marketing & creative where she carved out her niche as a premier branding and marketing expert.
Mrs. Ansara-Wilhelm's latest venture launched in 2006, is as co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Surterre Properties, the leading luxury real estate firm headquartered in Newport Beach with offices in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Monarch Beach and San Clemente. In this capacity she has developed and managed the company’s branding efforts and works closely with Surterre’s top agents throughout the competitive Orange County luxury marketplace. Under her leadership, Surterre Properties’ has grown to over 320 agents and $5 billion in sales in one of the most challenging real estate markets in history.
Mrs. Ansara-Wilhelm's allegiance to Miracles for Kids culminates after years of volunteering for numerous charities at every level possible. She instilled the importance of charity with her son, Brandon, and in 2006, the two of them set out to Fiji with Free Wheel Chair Mission to distribute wheel chairs to the less fortunate throughout the country where wheel chairs are sparse. Mrs. Ansara-Wilhelm has been active in School Power as well as Impact Giving and Oceana. She considers herself fortunate to reside in Laguna Beach with her husband and son.