Meet Our Executive Team

Diana Dernehl

Executive Director

Diana has been with South Coast Mission for over ten years, first as the Lead Consultant and then in 2016 she took over as Executive Director. She is also a marriage counselor and is trained and certified in the precise techniques of Dianetics technology.

“I am passionate about helping people take back control of their lives so they can have happier, more satisfying lives without anything them holding them back. I love seeing people rid themselves of the negative attitudes and experiences.

I chose to work at South Coast Mission because I could see that it provided actual and effective relief and solutions for so many issues in life. Anywhere from someone experiencing tremendous loss or anxiety to an entrepreneur being able to achieve his goals.

The most important thing for me is that people can feel comfortable and relaxed in our Mission. You’ll find our staff are friendly and caring and that they have your personal happiness as their primary goal.

Diana - Executive Director

Hali Stokes

Program Director

Hali is our Lead Consultant, in charge of helping people change and improve their lives through Dianetics technology.

“I started at South Coast Mission when I was going through a very difficult time in my life. When I came in, I was immediately cared for as if I were family. I started a Life Repair program, and after just a few short weeks, my entire life and mindset had turned around and for the first time in my life since I was a little girl, I was truly happy and excited about life and my future.

“Once I finished my program, I knew that I wanted to work at South Coast Mission and help people find the help and answers they needed to have a happy life. It has been the greatest passion of my life to see people come in who are experiencing difficulties, and then in such a short amount of time, see them blossom and become happy and do well in life."

Hali can be reached at or 949-652-8200.

Hali - program director

Felix Lange

Organization Executive Secretary

Felix supervises the delivery of our programs and courses. There are exact procedures in Dianetics that provide life-changing results, and Felix makes sure that these are delivered at the highest standard. He is himself a highly trained Dianetics auditor. Felix also helps people with any questions they have, and he is always available to lend an ear.

"I had such life-changing benefits from Dianetics that I decided I would like to help others get the same results. I became a staff member at South Coast Mission over a decade ago. It has been the most rewarding career I could have chosen: every day I see people becoming happier, more capable and getting closer to achieving their goals."

Felix - Counseling and Course Director

Keith & Deborah Gilleard

South Coast Mission Directors

South Coast Mission directors, Keith and Deborah Gilleard, have worked with the technologies of Dianetics for many years, and have been strong supporters of nonprofit humanitarian programs, including the Foundation for a Drug Free World and United for Human Rights.

“We were asked to step on as directors in 2019, and we were delighted to become part of the South Coast Mission team. Our family have used their services, and we always enjoyed the courses they offer. We love the people who work at the center, they have always been friendly, upbeat and nonjudgmental. They make it easy for people to get counseling and do their programs. Most of all, we like seeing the results South Coast Mission gets. The technology South Coast Mission uses is very workable and people can change things in their lives quickly and permanently. We are very happy for the opportunity to give back to the center and to the community.”

Keith and Deborah - owners