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BREATH Wellness Foundation, Inc.

 647 Camino de Los Mares, Suite 218
 San Clemente, CA 92673
[P] (949) 584-1942
[F] (949) 388-9958
[email protected]
Virginia Schoenfeld
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Organization DBA The BREATH Wellness Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-4140351 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

We serve Veterans, their families and the Underserved population by providing affordable Integrative Health services and educational programs to restore well-being, prevent (or manage) disease, and increase physical and mental resilience.

Mission Statement

We serve Veterans, their families and the Underserved population by providing affordable Integrative Health services and educational programs to restore well-being, prevent (or manage) disease, and increase physical and mental resilience.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $21,850.00
Projected Revenue $21,350.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Military Service Resilience Program (MSRP)
  • Well Communities Services Program
  • The Mindful Warrior Program
  • Natural Fertility and Reproductive Health

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Mission Statement

We serve Veterans, their families and the Underserved population by providing affordable Integrative Health services and educational programs to restore well-being, prevent (or manage) disease, and increase physical and mental resilience.

Background Statement

Our work started over 6 years ago when co-founder Virginia Schoenfeld, PhD, BCC, identified a huge gap on affordable Integrative Health and  preventative wellness services in the community. The establishment of the BREATH Center was the first step. This became a community-wide wellness center that offered educational programs and integrative health services to various low income community groups and military. We brought Wellness Coaching, Mind-Body Skills, Meditation, Acupuncture, Health Eating, etc. The model was committed to its affordability and sliding scale, so everyone could afford access to them. The City of San Juan Capistrano through their housing case management program approached the center for a collaboration that included the integration of "wellness" into the lives of those who were in the housing program. This collaboration resulted on the decision of the two co-founders: Margaret McClean and Virginia Schoenfeld to file for the establishment of a Public Charity organization -501 c(3) in order to bring an integrated model beyond the boundaries of the local community. The BREATH Center was an active member of the San Clemente Collaborative which resulted in the establishment of the Wellness Committee chaired by Virginia Schoenfeld, a 20-year career officer, in the US Navy, Virginia In 2012, through diligent conversations, Virginia obtained approval and later an agreement to bring no cost wellness services to Marines at Camp Pendleton with follow ups at the BREATH Center. Becoming a non-profit Oct 2013 helped us formalize the activities of the wellness center and integrate the housing component to build a multi-dimensional and holistic approach to quality of life and well being.

Impact Statement

Top Accomplishments:
  1. Selected as service provider for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Hidden Heroes program to support family caregivers of veterans.
  2. Partnered with local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to provide Integrative Health/Medicine and Mental Health services for the underserved population diagnosed with pre-diabetes, diabetes, anxiety and stress. Over 500 no-cost visits accessed by clients from Oct 2015 to Oct 2016.
  3. Developed a Community Acupuncture program as an outreach to the community in partnership with a local church. Services are offered twice a month and are donation-based of $5-$10.
  4. Provides NO-COST Integrative Health services to Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton. Services are for active duty personnel and their families 
  5. Partnered with R4 Alliance, a Veteran-based, non-profit  organization to develop nation-wide Wellness programs for Veterans, including Purple Heart recipients. 
  6. In 2016 we trained 25 Purple Heart recipients to become peer-to-peer wellness coaches.
  7. Partners with NAMI and other mental health organizations to provide access to affordable, evidence and non-pharmaceutical based service: mindful meditation classes, de-stressing workshops, Brain coaching, neurofeedback, biofeedback sessions, EMDR,

Needs Statement

1. A donation of $25,000 in 2017 to help us expand capacity and infrastructure for consistency and sustainability of programs in support of  our Military, Veterans and Underserved populations 

2. Launch a non-clinical model for Community Outreach Integrative Health and Wellness model: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual (P.I.E.S.) targeting the underserved population -$10,000
3. Continue to fund Community Acupuncture clinic to accommodate 20+ people twice a month. $5,000
4. $20,000 to develop and roll out two Mindfulness Meditation programs one for female Veterans suffering from trauma including sexual trauma (MST) and PTSD - Target 20 women/families trained per year.
5. We need $10,000 to launch the first Art and Healing event in 2017. This is an effort to support the healing of invisible and visible wounds of veterans using the Visual Arts. We are partnering with the Saw Dust festival leadership.


CEO Statement

Our work is more relevant than any other time. With much focus on Prevention and Wellness. Changes in healthcare and scientific evidence of effectiveness of more natural approaches to achieve wellness (mind and body), has allowed us to position ourselves in a leading place for change. Our organization offers expertise in Integrative Health and Medicine which is unique in many ways while complementing greatly with more traditional healing models. We offer the expertise to create "well-communities" Most wellness efforts underway across the nation are not integrated the way our model is. People suffer from over medicating practices, including our military and at the same time, science is showing the effectiveness of many natural forms of healing like mindful meditation, healthy eating and general lifestyle changes. We are the only non-profit in Orange County that offers these type of programs and services at affordable cost. Wellness is not for the elite, wellness is every human's gift, We are committed to help communities and individuals achieve the quality of life everyone deserves, one that focuses on the balance of mind, body and spiritual well-being. We may be the new kid in town, but we offer something new and we trust organizations like yours see the value proposition we offer. 

Board Chair Statement

Our greatest challenge is the understanding of Integrative Health by many within the community and across many non-profits. However, we are confident that our work is being validated across the nation and through scientific evidence to be a viable component to creating health and well-being. Like any start-up, we have to start from somewhere. We do not lack passion and believe we offer a science-based effective model of healing. We have been able to do the work for several years even before becoming a 501c3, we have no doubt that now, we are position better to do outreach and collaborate with other like-minded organizations and individuals who are seeking innovative ways to improve the quality of life our community members and our military and veterans. 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Pay Pal, Credit Cards, Mailing a Check, phone and website donations, Volunteer opportunities will become available in 2017.

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
South Orange County
Central Orange County
North Orange County
Our educational programs and some services are portable and can be offered using web based technologies to accommodate remote clients and/or audience. Integrative wellness coaching sessions for example are offered using Skype for those service men/women who are beyond the commuting distance and or do not have transportation.

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Health Support
  2. Human Services -
  3. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention -



Military Service Resilience Program (MSRP)

A no-cost program to eligible military/veterans and their families. Program includes weekly or bi-monthly sessions. Participants learn various tools for de-stressing: Mindfulness Meditation, Bio-feedback, Heart Coherence, Dialectical Behavioral Coaching, Parenting Skills, Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Healthy Eating for Brain Health, Sleep Hygiene, and more. This program targets those military (active) and Veterans who suffer from Anxiety, PTSD, TBI, Insomnia, Sexual Trauma and any other combat-related problems.
Budget  $7,565.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We are already seeing great results like less dependency to prescribed medications among those military who are still on active duty. Our programs provide immediate access to de-stressing tools and nutrition plans to improve mental performance. By the end of 6-months in the program most of our clients demonstrate higher resilience, have improved self-regulating of emotions, are sleeping better and spouses are co-participants in the healing process by having access to resilience techniques as well.
Program Long-Term Success  Our military/veterans are over medicated, you offer an alternative and/or complementary option to mainstream treatments for many health concerns our servicemen/women are suffering from. There is plenty of scientific evidence that supports our programs. Our ultimate goal is to train our military/veterans to achieve resilience by teaching them self-regulating techniques, eating healthy for healthier brains, learning to express healthier emotions at home and increase capacity to re-integrate into society upon completing their military obligation.
Program Success Monitored By  We team up with Chaplains on base and some VA doctors who report feedback to us. There are also coaching notes that document and monitor progress or obstacles. Clients have access to a wellness tool online and are able to self-monitor their wellness goals. 
Examples of Program Success  We presented the data from a pilot project at a military medicine conference in Seattle in 2013. This data came from a six-month pilot project held at a command in Camp Pendleton. This data showed 96% satisfaction rate by those Marines who participated in a program we named "An Afternoon of Wellness" 

Well Communities Services Program

As members of a national collaborative, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US), we provide Health Coaching, Acupuncture, Massage and educational programs (Nutrition, Stress Management, etc) which are delivered at either our wellness center or in collaboration with community partners at various locations in Orange County. This client-centered, 12-month program is targeted at improving health outcomes like lowering A1c levels of pre-diabetes and diabetes clients, helping participants lower stress and anxiety and/or assisting clients with developing healthy lifestyles and learning more about natural approaches to achieving well being (mind and body).
Budget  $8,235.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Programs are offered for either 6 or 8 weeks in length, each session is two hours. Upon completion of a 6 or 8-week session, the community will have identifiable "wellness champions" who will be prepared to assist other members of the community with resilience building. They will be the first go-to-person for entry level coaching and identify resources needed for further assistance. The champions will be the seed needed to change their community and help reduce unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors. 
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Create Well-Communities
2. Build critical mass of community-based Wellness Champions
3. Create neighborhood/community accountability and responsibility
4. Reduce physical and mental illness chronic conditions
5. Establish foundation for "mindful" communities by empowering members of the same community
6. Maximize peer-to-peer opportunities to create healthier and safer communities
7. Give children a chance to grow into a healthier environment role-modeled by community members themselves 
Program Success Monitored By  Upon completion of program, wellness champions will meet with our certified coaches on an ongoing basis for mentoring, monitoring progress, and address any barriers identified during community/neighborhood implementation. Our program also hopes to provide mentoring wellness champions to pursue a career in Life or Wellness coaching.
Examples of Program Success  --

The Mindful Warrior Program

This program is designed to bring mindfulness training to individuals and groups at a minimal cost. Mindfulness is an evidence-based meditation practice developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. The practice is backed by neuro-science researc. Since 2014, our non-profit has offered Mindfulness. Mindfulness is gaining support by many organizations and community leaders. Congressman Ryan from Ohio wrote the book "A Mindful Nation". Mindfulness is is backed by 468 scientific studies showing its effectiveness for positive neuroplasticity. Many, including children and teachers use it in the classroom to improve kids' academic performance, the military is also using it to help servicemen/women overcome PTSD and other emotional traumas. Mindfulness training is gaining momentum among first responders, professional athletes, medical students and corporate America. Our program consists of 8 weeks of 2 hours each of mindfulness training.   
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Population Served General/Unspecified At-Risk Populations Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
Learning to become more present and mindful
Reduce stress
Improve mental capacity
Improve academic performance
Reduce burn-out
Improve symptoms related to trauma 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success is anticipated to be in alignment with research results conducted by UCLA or DoD. Depending on the population participating in the program i.e. school-age children, we will need to identify measures of success.  
Program Success Monitored By 
Mindfulness practitioner notes
Interview with consumer during follow-up
Examples of Program Success  --


Our non-profit was approved to participate on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Hidden Heroes program. We have developed a program to help military caregivers with the burden of caring for their love ones. We accomplish this by helping them raise their resilience (physical and emotional) through support groups and one-on-one mentoring. Health Coaching, Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Essential Oils are among some of the services provided to them at no-cost.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Naturopathic Medicine
Population Served Military/Veterans Families
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 6 months in programs such as mindfulness meditation, 95% of those participants would have increased their level of resilience, increase energy and lower anxiety.
Program Long-Term Success  Help military families and spouse caregivers build the resilience needed to keep up with the demands of caring for their wounded love ones.  
Program Success Monitored By  Will be monitored by surveys, providers notes, interviews and actual results like client is sleeping better.
Examples of Program Success  Program started on Jan 2017

Natural Fertility and Reproductive Health

We offer presentations and one-on-one education to women who desire more natural forms for monitoring their fertility and/or reproductive health. This program aligns with Integrative Health and meets a growing demand for natural and organic approaches to Women's Health and Breast Cancer Prevention.  
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Reproductive Health
Population Served Females Families
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 8 sessions, women will understand their reproductive system monitoring the natural cycle and/or identifying any dysfunction (brain or reproductive organs). Women will benefit from lowering breast and ovarian cancer by keeping their bodies more organic and natural.
Program Long-Term Success  Raise awareness of more natural, evidence-based, methods to monitor female fertility and reproductive health. We hope to reduce incidence of breast cancer by educating clients on prevention, nutrition, toxic substances that have a potential to negatively affect fertility. This program will also give couples the option to use scientifically proven family planning methods that are more natural.
Program Success Monitored By  Fertility Care Educator and female clients who will use tracking tools to monitor reproductive health. Any dysfunction identified will be referred to an Integrative Medicine physician who has been trained on natural fertility and reproductive health.
Examples of Program Success  Testimonials, surveys, etc.


CEO/Executive Director Dr Virginia Schoenfeld PhD
CEO Term Start Oct 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Virginia Schoenfeld, PhD, BCC is a graduate from the Duke University Integrative Medicine Leadership program. She served in the Navy for 20 years (12 on active duty, 8 in the reserves) retiring in 2009 with the rank of Commander. Virginia has held executive positions in healthcare and non-profit organizations. Below is a brief summary of her professional and educational experience:

·        Founder Wellness Vibrations Consulting – Corporate and Employee Wellness

·        Co-Founder – The BREATH Wellness Foundation  - a 501c3 organization

·        VP Clinical Operations – Monarch Healthcare – a medical MSO

·        CEO for the American College for Advancement in Medicine – a 501c3 professional organization

·        VP of Certification and Operations - American Association of Critical Care Nurses - 501c3 and 501c6 organization

·        Educator Higher Education-Adjunct faculty professor at Cal State Long Beach.

·        United States Navy – Jul 1988 to Sept 2009



·        Completion/dissertation - doctoral program in Natural Health from Clayton College

·        Licensed - Diplomat in Pastoral Science by the Pastoral Medical Association

·        National board certified Health and Wellness Coach - Center for Credentialing and Education

·        Enrolled in professional program - National Institute of Whole Health.

·        Mindfulness Meditation Training - various

·        Accepted into Leadership in Integrative Medicine program – Duke University Integrative Medicine – starting Feb 26, 2015

·        Master in Public Health – Cal State Long Beach


Volunteer Work

·        Hundreds of volunteer hours delivering pro-bono services to military/veterans and community service as Chair, Wellness Committee of the San Clemente Collaborative

·        Member of the Orange County Military/Veterans Collaborative

·        National Military Families Association


Personal Notes: Virginia’s life changed by the news of her husband’s Gulf-War illness in 2006. As a result Virginia became the sole provider of home care for him while balancing other aspects of her life. Her role as caregiver gave Virginia a better understanding of the challenges many veterans experience as a result of their service to their country. Virginia is bilingual (Spanish), a motivational speaker and also lectures on various Health and Wellness topics at corporate events, employee health fairs, professional conferences, Veterans’ Panels. She resides with her husband and two kids in San Clemente, California.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Elizabeth Dole's Foundation - Hidden Heroes Program
First Lutheran Church - San Clemente, CA 
Camino Health Center - FQHC - San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente locations.
Marine Corps Camp Pendleton
R4 Alliance - National Veterans Organization
Military Children's Collaborative - local non-profit
Wounded Warriors In Action - National Veteran's organization 
National Alliance in Mental Health (NAMI) - OC Chapter 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 4
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Miguel Vasquez
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jill Chambers, Col (Ret) Board Advisor Advisor - Veterans Health NonVoting
Josh Cobb, CPA Board Treasurer Treasurer Voting
Jared Kettler, MBA Board Advisor Advisor - Social Media NonVoting
Laura Martinez Board Director -- Voting
Michael Peterson Board Advisor Advisor NonVoting
Virginia Schoenfeld, PhD Founder/Secretary CEO/Board Chair Voting
Maj Rose Tseng Board Advisor -- NonVoting
Miguel Vazquez Board President/Chair President Voting
LCDR Steven Velthuis Board Director -- Voting
Dr Pearl Zimmerman, MD Board Advisor Board Advisor NonVoting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $21,350.00
Projected Expenses $21,850.00
Form 990s

2016 990-N

2015 990-N

2014 990-N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Total Revenue $6,535 -- --
Total Expenses $4,176 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $3,325 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $3,210 -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Program Expense $3,210 -- --
Administration Expense $966 -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.56 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Total Assets $2,360 -- --
Current Assets $2,360 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $2,360 -- --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

This organization was formed in 2013 with first 990N filed in 2013.  Summary financial data is perfinancials provided by the organization's board.


Other Documents

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