Silver Anniversary Alumni

During the Silver Anniversary, we are celebrating a host of alumni of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Management who are either prominent in their field, rising stars in their profession, or CLU champions of service. These CLU alumni represent our tradition of excellence, innovation and service being celebrated during our 25th Anniversary. They are principled, reflective educators, astute business professionals and avid community advocates. They have helped shape CLU and the communities we serve through their passionate work and will continue to impact lives for the better.

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Jim Berk MA'85

Chief Executive Officer
Participant Media
Brockton, Massachusetts

Jim Berk is Chief Executive Officer for Participant Media, the leading provider of entertainment which inspires social change. Participant also operates content creation and/or distribution operations in digital, publishing, live events, and television. Participant's equity investments include Summit Entertainment, Me to We, and the digital Social Action Network: TakePart.com.

Prior to Participant, Jim was Chairman and CEO of Gryphon Colleges Corporation, where he was responsible for the formation, platform acquisition, and establishment of a private company operating for-profit post education schools.

Before Gryphon, Jim served as President and CEO and Board Director for Fairfield Communities, Inc., America's largest independent vacation ownership and resort companies.

Prior to Fairfield, Jim was President and CEO of Hard Rock Cafe International, a global entertainment and leisure company in which Hard Rock Cafe is the core business.

Prior to joining Hard Rock, Jim was the founding executive of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Jim enjoyed similar success as the youngest principal in the history of the 725-school Los Angeles Unified School District, when he was appointed Principal of the Alexander Hamilton High Schools Complex in 1990. Prior to his principalship, Jim founded the Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles, creating the largest comprehensive performing arts magnet in the western United States.

His first job upon graduation - at the age of 21 - was as a public high school music teacher. There, he reopened the music department and built the program to one of the largest music programs in California.

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Rocío Bravo Chávez MS '07, PPS '07

Guidance Counselor
Santa Paula High School
Oxnard, California

Rocío Bravo Chávez was born on June 1982 in La Piedad, Michoacán, México. She first came to the United States as an infant. However, due to her father's job as a migrant farm worker, her family constantly moved between Ventura County and Michoacán. Although she often switched schools, her parents, Raul and Margarita Bravo, always expressed the importance of having a formal education. Her father was her inspiration to work hard and become a professional.

After completing her Associate in Arts degree at Oxnard College, she transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish with Distinction in the Major. During that time, she was involved in several programs such as Enlace y Avance where she mentored an 8th grade student and siblings. Furthermore, she was an advocate for the family and was required to complete ethnographic field notes for research purposes. Her participation in this program was one of the experiences that motivated her to become a Guidance Counselor. Thereafter, she concurrently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Spanish at UCSB and a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance with a specialization in Pupil Personnel Services at California Lutheran University; completing both one year apart from each other. Throughout her schooling, she received several awards and scholarships, one which was granted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Before becoming a Guidance Counselor, she worked as a Substitute Teacher for the Oxnard Elementary School District. Furthermore, she co-taught for a Migrant Saturday School program. She was able to accomplish many of her goals thanks to the unconditional support that her husband, Javier Chávez, provided.

Rocío currently works at Santa Paula High School as an Academic and Guidance Counselor serving about 350 students, including English Language Learners and Migrant students. In addition to her responsibilities as a counselor, she helps the Migrant Spanish Debate team and for the past four years she has been an advisor for the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement) club. Since 2008, she has spent her summers coordinating the ELD Summer Academy at SPHS. Her fluency in English and Spanish have been an asset that allows her to connect with English learners; thus, serving as a role model and encouraging students to pursue post secondary education.

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Steve Carr '98

Chief Technology Officer
Ventura County Office of Education
Ojai, California

In the course of a diverse 29-year career in educational technology, teaching, and administration, Stephen Carr has proven to be a skilled executive, visionary leader and excellent communicator. He began his educational career as a middle school history teacher in 1982. He crafted numerous educational technology grants that resulted in a new paradigm for the delivery of curriculum employing the tools of technology.

He worked to train teachers and develop curriculum that incorporated technology not just as a teaching tool but as an integral part of student learning. After teaching for twelve years he became the technology coordinator at Blackstock Jr. High, a National Blue Ribbon School recognized by the Department of Education for its use of Technology in Education. He then served as the Hueneme School District Senior Director of Technology for eight years where he implemented a district-wide professional development program for teachers from kindergarten through eighth grade levels.

Carr was hired at the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) in July of 2005. The VCOE serves as the Internet Service Provider for 23 local educational agencies in the county hosting financial, payroll, HR applications and now many of the Student Information Systems for these districts. Carr has been a member of the California Educational Technology Professional Association (CETPA) for eleven years. During the last six years he has been a member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as the CETPA President.

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Antonio Castro TC '03, TC '05, MS '05, Ed.D.'08, TC '10

Principal
Los Cerritos Middle School
Moorpark, California

Antonio has a long history with California Lutheran University and the Conejo Valley. He has been working in the Conejo Valley School District since 2006, currently as the principal for Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks.

He has served as an adjunct professor for CLU in the ADEP program as well as the Graduate School of Education and the Counseling and Guidance departments since 2004. He was the CLU first recipient of the STRIVE for Excellence in Educational Leadership Fellowship and CTA Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship award.

Castro is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP), and Phi Delta Kappa (PDK).

He received multiple teaching credentials, a Masters in Special Education, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership while attending CLU.

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Michele Dean BA'78, MA '89, TC '02, Ed.D.'06

Coordinator for Indian Education and the Ventura County Indian Education Consortium
Ventura Unified School District
Oxnard, California

Michelle Dean has been a long time resident of Ventura County, living in Oxnard since 1965. She has been the principal at Montalvo Elementary School in the Ventura Unified School District since 2003 but she was recently appointed as the Ventura Unified School District Coordinator for Indian Education and the Ventura County Indian Education Consortium. Over the past three decades, Dr. Dean has received multiple degrees from CLU including her Bachelor's in Liberal Arts, Masters in Administration/Bilingual Education, and finally a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

She has taught as an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, California Association for Bilingual Education, Association of California School Administrators Region XIII, and California Reading Association. Dean has received many honors and awards including the California Association for Bilingual Education, Seal of Excellence Award for Montalvo Elementary School, Ventura Unified School District (2011), Graduate of Ventura County Office of Education, Aspiring Central Office Administrator's (ACOA) Leadership Academy (2011), Ventura County Chapter of California Association for Bilingual Education, Chapter Recognition Award, Region V (2010), El Concilio de Condado de Ventura, Educational Leadership Award (2008), California Department of Education Title I Academic Achievement Award for Montalvo Elementary School, Ventura Unified School District (2007), Indian Education Administrator of the Year, Ventura County Consortium; (2006), and the Graduate of California School Leadership Academy-Ventura County; (2001).

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Randy Delling TC '00, TC '02, Ed.D.'06

Principal
North Hollywood High
Moorpark, California

Randal Delling is currently the principal at North Hollywood High where he was recently honored as ACSA State Secondary Principal of the Year 2010.

He is the Past President ACSA Region XVI, Past President Incoming President Elect LAUSD SHSPO, and the Past President LAUSD APSSSO.

He graduated from Van Nuys High School and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He received his teaching credentials from Cal State Northridge and his administrative credentials and a doctoral degree from CLU. During his career he was a teacher at Kennedy High School, Holmes Junior High Monroe High School. He then took a position as an Assistant Principal at Francis Polytechnic High School.

He is an avid father, grandfather, motorcycle rider, surfer, and skier.

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Kenya Galdamez-Ramirez '04, MS '07

Guidance Counselor
Channel Islands High School
Oxnard, California

Kenya E. Galdamez was born in May, 1980. She grew up in San Salvador, El Salvador and came to the United States at age 14. As a recent immigrant, the first school she attended was Channel Islands High School. Twelve years later, the same school will open its doors this time to receive her as a professional; where some of her previous teachers will now become colleagues. There she enjoys working with a diverse group of students and parents. In addition to her counseling duties, she serves as a Parent Facilitator and School Parent Liaison. She also proctors for the ACT and SAT.

Outside of work, she enjoys participating in the Annual Migrant Student Speech and Debate in the capacity of a judge. When available, she also volunteers for Future Leaders of America; a non-profit organization that motivated her to pursue higher education. Some of her passions include traveling and volunteering at her church.

During the time she was enrolled in the Counseling and Guidance Master's program at California Lutheran University, she was also working at CLU for the Center for Academic and Accessibility Resources. These experiences combined, gave her the opportunity to fully experience the CLU mission and family atmosphere. For the past four years, she has been invited as a guest speaker for the PPS program. Furthermore, she serves as a member of the CLU Graduate School of Education's Advisory Committee.

She received a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Northridge in 2004.She then received a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance with the Pupil Personnel Services specialization from CLU. Recently she completed a College Counseling Certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles; while at the same time she worked on the Future Administrators Academy offered at the Oxnard Union High School District.

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Leslie Heilbron Ed.D.'09

Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction
Oak Park Unified School District
Calabasas, California

Leslie Heilbron currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Curriculum and Instruction. She supervises the department of Human Resources which requires her to be a resource for all employees in the Oak Park Unified School District. She provides the support necessary to facilitate maximum focus on learning and the classroom and assists in the management of the District's resources and serves as lead negotiator in a collaborative process between management and certificated and classified staff. As the principal for Oak Hills Elementary School, she was honored as the Association of California School Administrators Elementary Principal of the Year (2009) and the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year (2003 & 2004).

Heilbron received her B.A. in Elementary Educations/Psychology from University of Denver in 1973. She then received an M.S. in Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Cal State Northridge. She obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from CLU.

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Martha Hernandez TC '96

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Continuous Improvement
Ventura County Office of Education
Azusa, California

Martha Hernandez, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Continuous Improvement, provides services to county districts and schools to improve student academic achievement. Because of her experience and knowledge in the area of English learners she is charged with facilitating monthly bilingual directors meetings and serving as county liaison to the Bilingual Coordinators Network. In addition, she is the Ventura County of Education representative for the Promise Initiative, a six county collaboration focused on research and promising practices for English learners. She plays a critical role in the curriculum analysis evaluation and report process.

Hernandez assists low performing schools and districts by serving as a DAIT Lead (District Assistance and Intervention Team) and providing Title III assistance, leadership coaching, school leadership team training and coordination of follow-up support. She is the co-developer and trainer of a California Department of Education/California County Superintendents Educational Services Association grant titled Leadership for Student Success through Afterschool Programs. In addition she serves as the lead Ventura County administrator on a CDE grant titled Supporting English Language Learners through Afterschool Programs.

Hernandez has received the Ventura County Math Council Support of Mathematics Award (2003), LULAC, Educational Administrator of the Year (2002), ACSA Region XIII Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year (1999-2000), Educator of the Year, Educational Services Department, Oxnard School District (1997), and Administrator of the Year, Curriculum and Instructional Services, Oxnard School District (1996).

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Don Hossler BA '71, TC '82

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Indiana University Bloomington
Executive Director
National Student Clearinghouse
Bloomington, Indiana

Don Hossler is the Executive Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and also serves as a Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and at Indiana University Bloomington.  Hossler has served as the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services for Indiana University Bloomington, and the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services for the seven campuses of the Indiana University system, the Executive Associate Dean of the School of Education and as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.  His areas of specialization include: college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and enrollment management.

Hossler has consulted with more than 45 colleges, universities, and related educational organizations including:  The College Board, Educational Testing Services, the University of Cincinnati, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, the Pew Charitable Trust, the University of Missouri, Colorado State University, the University of Alabama, and the General Accounting Office of the United States Government.  He has presented more than 130 scholarly papers and invited lectures and is the author, or co-author, of 12 books and monographs and more than 65 articles and book chapters. Hossler is currently directing funded projects of The College Board, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Spencer Foundation focusing on student success and persistence.  He has received career achievement awards for his research, scholarship, and service from the American College Personnel Association, the Association for Institutional Research, the College Board, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

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Tom Kissinger Ed.D. '11

Director of Elementary Education and Categorical Programs
Burbank Unified School District
Moorpark, California

Dr. Thomas Kissinger is the Burbank Unified School District's Director of Elementary Education and Categorical Programs. Prior to this recent appointment, Kissinger was the principal at Burbank's Providencia Elementary school. During his three year tenure there, the school was recognized as a 2010 California Distinguished School and earned the prestigious Title 1 Academic Achievement Award for its progress at closing the Achievement Gap. From 2004-2008, Kissinger served the district as the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Jordan Middle School.

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Jeannine Kranzow MS '99

Assistant Professor
Argosy University Tampa
Tampa, Florida

Kranzow is an Assistant Professor at Argosy University, Tampa teaching graduate courses in Higher Education and Educational Leadership, advising students, serving and chairing student dissertation committees and is engaged in a number of research projects.

She has received a number of awards including the Argosy University Tampa, Bravo Award- faculty of the quarter (2010), St. Leo University, Outstanding Academic Advisor Award (2006), Chancellor's List (2005), and ITT Technical Institute – Employee of the Quarter (1997).

She received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Pepperdine University in 1991, her M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from CLU and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University.

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Lou Lichtl TC '90, TC '02

Thousand Oaks High School
Principal
Newbury Park, California

Lou Lichtl received a B.A. in Physical Education from Cal State Long Beach in 1985. He then received a M.S. in School Administration from Pepperdine and his Tier II Administrative Services Credential from CLU. He has worked in the Conejo Valley School District since 1998 including Principal, at Redwood Middle School and Assistant Principal at Westlake High School.

Lichtl is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Phi Delta Kappa, East Ventura County Chapter, and a Charter Member of Ventura County Athletic Directors Association.

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Gina Mandell TC '05, MED '06

7th Grade Honors & College Prep English and GATE Facilitator
Los Cerritos Middle School
Thousand Oaks, California

Gina D. Mandell serves as a CLU Professional Development School (PDS) Liaison- in collaboration with CLU Teacher Education Department professors and administrators for placement of Methods 1 candidates at the Los Cerritos Middle School site. She is the Point of contact at Los Cerritos for communication and observation of CLU candidates and a guest lecturer for CLU Methods class on site at Los Cerritos Middle School.

Madell is an English 7H & 7CP and GATE Facilitator at Los Cerritos Middle School where she teaches 5 sections of English (approx 170 students): 3 Honors courses and 2 College Prep courses. As a GATE Facilitator - Develop and coordinate academic and/or extracurricular activities for identified Gifted and Talented student body at Los Cerritos Middle School. Johns Hopkins University CTY search, academic competitions, and physics workshops (along with CLU partner professor, Dr. Michael Shaw) comprise a few of the activities recently implemented at the school site.

She was born in Northridge, CA and grew up in Woodland Hills, CA

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Christine McCloskey Ed.D.'10

Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
Hueneme Elementary School District
Newbury Park, California

Christina McCloskey has served many roles in the Hueneme School District including Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Interim Chief Business Official, Principal and Assistant Principal. She was honored as the 2010 Doctoral Commencement Speaker at CLU. She also was awarded the South Ventura County Charter ACSA Elementary School Principal of the Year (2006) and the Outstanding Graduate Student, Educational Leadership Department, SDSU (2003). McCloskey received a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of California San Diego in 1991 and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. She received her doctorate in educational leadership from CLU.

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Christina Myren '68, TC '69

Retired Educator
Conejo Valley Unified School District
Thousand Oaks, California

Christina Myren is an author and on the Editorial Panel for California Mathematics Council's ComMuniCator. In 1990 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Mathematics Teaching.

She received her B.A. in English from California Lutheran University in 1968 and taught in the Conejo Valley School district for over 40 years. She also received her M.A. in education from Cal State Northridge. Since then she has served as a lecturer in education at California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University and California State University Northridge.

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Jessica Newville BA '08, TC '09, MED'10

Math Teacher
Santa Paula High School
Ventura, California

Jessica Newville has been teaching Mathematics at Santa Paula High School where she advises the Key Club and Junior Class since 2009. There she was awarded as Teacher of the Month in October, 2010. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Ventura County Math Council.

Newville is also a fellow of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation for Mathematics that supports her professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program until her eligibility for tenure.

Newville received a B.A. and Teaching Credential in Mathematics and a Master in Education from California Lutheran University.

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Karin Ninnemann TC '04, MED '07

3rd Grade Teacher
Arroyo West Active Learning Academy
Moorpark, California

Karin Ninnemann is an elementary school teacher at Arroyo West Active Learning Academy in Moorpark Unified School District. She has served as grade level representative on her school's leadership team and served as the general education teacher representative on the school's PRIDE Team/Student Study Team Committee. She is involved in two grant programs: Teaching American History (TAH) and Active Collaborative Teaching (Project ACT).

Ninnemann has mentored student teachers from CLU., is the recipient of the Partner in Learning Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Development School Partnership, Fund for Teachers Grant to attend Columbia Teachers College July Reading Institute, and Student Teacher of the Year while Student Teaching. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi National Honor Society in Spanish and Pi Mu Epsilon National Honor Society in Mathematics.

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Teresa Nunez TC '89

Bilingual & ELD Teacher Specialist
Ventura Unified School District
Ventura, California

Teresa Nunez received her A.A. in Bilingual Cross Cultural Studies from Ventura College, follow by her B.A. in Liberal Studies from UCSB. She then received multiple credentials, including Multiple Subjects, Bilingual Cross Cultural Emphasis Credential from California Lutheran University. She received her M.A. and Certif. of Eligibility for the Administrative Services Credential from Cal State Northridge.

She currently works as a Bilingual and ELD Teacher Specialist coordinating the CELDT testing of our English Learners, training teachers in the ADEPT assessment, Frontloading for Houghton Mifflin and Systematic ELD and supporting classroom teachers and assisting in the implementation of research based best practices for English Learner achievement.

She has been a California Reading and Literature Project teacher leader since 2004.  She travels to various school districts within Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern Counties to train teachers in ADEPT and Systematic ELD. 

She has been a bilingual teacher in the Ventura Unified School District since 1989.

She was born in San Pedro, CA, but has grown up and continues to live in Ventura. She has been married to Juan Nunez for 23 years and has two daughters, Monica (19), and Rebecca (14). Monica is studying to become a teacher and will carry on the family tradition.

She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

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Anne Roundy-Harter Ed.D.'10

Principal
De Anza Academy of Technology & the Arts
Ventura, California

Anne Roundy-Harter is currently the principal of a Title I magnet middle school, De Anza Academy of Technology & the Arts (DATA), serving approximately 650 students in grades 6-8 in the Ventura Unified School District. Prior to becoming principal at DATA, she was the Assistant Principal of Instructional Services at Buena High School, where she also taught for nine years. She has been awarded as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 13 Middle Grades Principal of the Year (2010), California Lutheran University STRIVE for Excellence in Educational Leadership Doctoral Fellowship Recipient (2008-2009), and the ACSA California Co-Administrator of the Year (2006). Roundy-Harter was a guest presenter at the 2009 International Peace Conference held at San Diego University and the 2010 CLU Festival of Scholars.

Roundy-Harter received an M.A. in education from UCSB, an M.A. in educational administration from Cal State Northridge, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from CLU. She is proud to continue to serve CLU as an adjunct faculty member in the EDLD program.

Roundy-Harter resides in Ventura with her husband, David Harter.

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Susan Tandberg TC '03, Ed.D. '06

Coordinator, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support
Los Angeles Unified School District
Simi Valley, California

Since 1999, Susan Tandberg has taught as an Adjunct Professor at CLU teaching graduate level classes in Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities, Educational Leadership, Action Research, and Contemporary Issues. Prior to her current employment, she worked for many years in the Division of Special Education at LAUSD.

She is a member of the council for Exceptional Children, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.

Susan Tandberg received her B.A. in Child Development and M.A in Special Education from Cal State Northridge. She recently received a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University. She holds multiple credentials from both universities.

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Jean Treiman TC '81, MA '85

Office of the President
Executive Director California Subject Matter Project
University of California
Sacramento, California

As the Executive Director of the California Subject Matter Project, Jean Treiman administers, directs and supports this project which includes a 10M a year budget provided by federal and state funds. She works closely with the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education to support California's K-12 Education goals. The project funds over 85 sites for professional development of K-12 teachers including a reading and literature project at CLU. She began her career as a teacher in Camarillo in 1967.

She has been recognized as an Outstanding Research Fellow (1994), for Outstanding Service (1994), Outstanding Graduate Student (1993), and Outstanding Service Award for Accreditation Reviews (1990).

Treiman received a B.S. in Economics and Liberal Studies from Cal State Northridge. She later received a M.A. in Educational Administration from California Lutheran University and a Doctor of Philosophy from UC Riverside.

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Kim Uebelhardt TC'86, MA '86, TC '07

Director, Teacher Education Programs
Ventura County Office of Education
Moorpark, California

Kim Uebelhardt is Director of Teacher Education Programs and Teacher Support Services for the Ventura County Office of Education. Her responsibilities include researching, teaching, writing, designing, and implementing professional development for beginning teachers and support providers throughout Ventura County for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Induction, Career Technical Education, and Adult Education Credential Candidate programs. In this capacity, Kim interfaces with new and veteran teachers, as well as instructors and administrators.

As a member of the state writing team for Formative Assessment for California Teachers (FACT), she works with several district and county offices statewide -- highlights of her job. In addition, she has supported districts in the development of their coaching and mentoring programs. Functions of her position include training, sharing, and collaborating best practices with colleagues.

Kim maintains on-going communication with new teacher stakeholder groups such as state and local level leadership, county office executive board, coach's networks, curriculum council, and ELD steering committee. She has served 23 years as an adjunct faculty member at CLU for undergraduate and graduate level courses.

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Ana Maria Valle '89 MS

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
Oxnard Community College
Oxnard, California

Ana Maria Valle is currently the Coordinator for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) at Oxnard College. As the coordinator of the EOPS/CARE program, she has provided services to hundreds of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students residing in the Oxnard service area. Her role in the program is to ensure access, transfer, and educational success by way of a college degree for these students. She ensures students are provided academic and culturally sensitive counseling as well as community resource information. Her strong advocacy and passion for students is evident in the many initiatives she has developed through the EOPS program: Summer Bridge Programs, Case Management, Summer Readiness, Academic Success Program, and Peer advisement. Through her leadership, the EOPS program has received many statewide commendations to include participation in the 2007 Campaign for College Opportunity Practices with Promises. Many CLU graduates from the counseling program have received opportunities to train from peer advisement to counseling intern.

She has been honored with many awards including the Oxnard College Associated Student Government Award for support and commitment to student services (2006), Commission on Human Concerns Award for services to low-income in Ventura County, VCCCD commendation from Board of Trustees for outstanding success of transfer rate of Mini-Corps students, El Concilio Award for service to community, Ventura County Migrant Education Awards for Outstanding service, EOPS Outstanding Service Award, Ventura College, and Service to Community Award: Mujeres Unidas del Condado de Ventura.

Valle received a B.A. in Spanish from Cal State Northridge and a M.S. in Counseling and Guidance Elementary from California Lutheran University.

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Jane Wagmeister TC '01, Ed.D.'06

Director, Curriculum, Instruction and Continuous Improvement
Ventura County Office of Education
Calabasas, California

Jane Wagmeister currently serves as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Continuous Improvement, providing services to county districts and schools to improve student academic achievement and reduce the achievement gap. She is a state certified School Assistance Intervention Team (SAIT) Lead and District Assistance and Intervention Team (DAIT) Lead providing leadership coaching, school leadership team training, data team training and follow-up support to schools and districts. Wagmeister serves as the Ventura County RtI2 Task Force Chair, Ventura County RtI2 Implementation Network Chair and Ventura County Transitional Kindergarten Network Co-chair.

She has taught as an adjunct professor and serves on the CLU Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Education and helped establish the CLU STRIVE for Excellence Graduate Student Fellow. She is a member of the Association of California School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association.

Wagmeister has received honors and awards including the Ventura Phi Delta Kappa Educational Leadership Award (2011), CalSTAT Award for RtI2 Professional Development (2010 & 2011), California School Board's Association Golden Bell Award for Special Education (2004), offered the first CLU Doctoral Fellow (2003), published in Modeling and Preparing Principled Educational Leaders (2006), Educational Leadership Journal (2000), received Las Virgenes Unified School District, Innovation in Education Award (1997 &1998) and Graduate of Ventura County Office of Education, Aspiring Central Office Administrator's (ACOA) Leadership Academy (2011).

Jane Wagmeister received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A in Special Education from Cal State University Northridge. She obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from CLU. She holds multiple credentials from both universities.

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Christina Andersen MBA'04

Sales & Marketing Manager
Visit Denmark
Manhattan, New York

Christina O. Andersen is the Board Member, VP of Administration at SITE NY Metro Chapter and the Sales & Marketing Manager for Meeting Industry at VisitDenmark USA.

She is adept in designing and executing effective promotional campaigns as well as delivering high-impact sales presentations. Her specialties include Networking, Public/Community/Client Relations, Account Management, Corporate Communications, Product Marketing, Advertising, Event Planning, Sales, Business Development and Negotiations.

She received a B.S. in Media Science from Aarhus University in Denmark and a M.B.A. in International Business from California Lutheran University. She is fluent in English and Danish, and proficiency in German and French.

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Jake Blehm MBA '94

Assistant Executive Director
Ecology Action
Ojai, California

Jake Blehm is currently the Assistant Executive Director at Ecology Action where he oversees general administrative functions of the organization including organizational development, establishes and manages international programs, and oversees fundraising including personal appeals as well as grant writing.

His professional international experience spans some 30 countries, with service learning and education in nearly 20 more. He is married, with two adult children and enjoys hiking, biking, travel, reading, food & wine, indie films.

Blehm received s B.A. in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University and a M.B.A. from California Lutheran University in Org. Development and Marketing.

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Dan Boughey MBA'04

Vice President/ Commercial Banking Officer
Rabobank
Ventura, California

Dan Boughey is currently the Vice President/ Commercial Banking Officer where he recommends or declines commercial loans with a minimum size of $1 Million. His management background includes Branch Bank Manager, Credit Administrator, Loan Review, Special Assets, and Loan Team Leader. In his early career he made consumer loans including residential real estate both construction and permanent. He also participates and serves on three community committees.

He received his B.A. in Business from Wichita State University and a M.B.A. in Finance from California Lutheran University.

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Dan Burbach MBA'95

Vice President - Investments
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Thousand Oaks, California

Dan Burbach is a 45-year resident of Ventura County and a Vice President with UBS Financial Services in Westlake Village. He was a member of the Simi Valley High School Class of 1971. After graduation, he attended the United States Coast Guard Academy and California State University, Northridge, earning a BA in Earth Science and a California Physical Science Teaching Credential. He taught chemistry, physics and astronomy in two different school districts before Proposition 13 budget cuts ended his teaching career in 1978.

For 15 years Dan worked as an analytical chemist and materials engineer for Aerojet Heavy Metals Division, Weiser Lock and Rocketdyne, contributing to the quality manufacture of items as diverse as depleted uranium armor-penetrating bullets, door locks, and rocket engines.

In 1994, just as he was completing his CLU MBA degree, Dan decided to make a major career change. He joined the financial services industry with Merrill Lynch, advising clients on financial planning and investments. In late 2008 he assumed his current position with UBS.

Dan has been married to his wife Sonia for over 37 years, and has two children, Dan Jr. and Carolyn. His interests include hiking, astronomy, cycling and travel. In the past few years he has visited Iceland, New Zealand, Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey. He is also active in the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset, currently serving as their International Service Chairperson. During 2005-2006, he was in charge of Rotary District 5240 fundraising for Rotaplast, an organization which performs surgical repairs of cleft lip and cleft palate in developing countries.

Dan is currently serving in his second year on the CLU Alumni Board of Directors, and holds the position of Vice President, University Relations.

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Robert Bushnell MBA '06

Director, Strategy and Business Development
Space and Airborne Systems
Raytheon
Newbury Park, California

Bob Bushnell is a senior level international business development executive with Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems business unit in El Segundo, California. He has sold highly complex military and commercial systems in some of the world's most challenging markets. Bob has negotiated a wide range of technology deals and strategic alliances, several in excess of $1 billion, for some of the world's largest multinational corporations.

Bushnell was the recipient of Raytheon's 2010 Business Development Excellence Award, the Company's highest recognition for achievements in that field. He received the award for leading the successful capture of a large contract from a Middle Eastern nation for an airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance System that will be used in the fight against terrorism.

He received a B.S. in Business Management from Pepperdine University and a M.B.A. with emphasis in International Business from California Lutheran University and received a Graduate level Certificate in Telecommunications Management from USC. He is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the International Academic Honors Society for Business and Management.

Bushnell is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Hindi (father was a US Foreign Service Officer who served in the Middle East, Asia, and Washington, DC). He has been married for 31 years and has 2 adult children.

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Jason Carignan '95

Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer
Vapur
Thousand Oaks, California

Jason Carignan has spent his career building brand and customer experience strategies for some of today's best companies. As Vapur Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Jason fuses his love of the outdoors with his passion for design, innovation and trend-spotting to develop and nurture the Vapur product line and brand.

Prior to founding Vapur, Jason Carignan was the Founder and CEO of Tonic, a boutique branding and design consultancy, where he helped launch innovative products and experiences for leading healthcare, hospitality, financial services and technology brands.

Jason serves on the steering committee for Opportunity Green and the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Ventura. He received his BA in Advertising from California Lutheran University and resides in Thousand Oaks, CA with his family.

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Lorraine Craig, CFP, MBA '09

Director of Financial Services
Core Financial Management, LLC
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lorri Craig is a Certified Financial Planner with Core Financial Management, LLC where she is in charge of advising in the formation, development and maturation of a wealth management in conjunction with the Molever Law Firm, an estate planning firm with 7,000 clients in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She previously worked as a financial planner at Jones & Roth Financial Advisors, LLC in Bend, OR when she devised and executed financial and tax planning strategies for CPA clients in a $2.5Million GDC firm.

She is an active community member serving on many boards and planning committees investing much of her time in local non-profits.

Craig was born in Chehalis, Washington, lived in Central Oregon for the last 18 years, and just recently moved to Minneapolis. She received a B.A. in Pre-health from Linfield College and a M.B.A. in Financial Planning from California Lutheran University.

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Primo Custodio BS '99, MBA '07

Vice President, Human Resources
NBC Universal
Chatsworth, California

Primo Custodio has been the Vice President of Human Resources for NBC Universal since September 2001. In this role, Custodio oversees the human resources function for the Media Works division that comprises of studio operations production and post production, Strategic Initiatives Analysis, Sourcing, West Coast Real Estate, and Environmental Health Services.

Custodio began his career with NBC Universal in 1988 and has held various positions in Employee Benefits, Training & Development, Labor Relations, Staffing, and Employee Relations. During his tenure with the Company, he has overseen the Human Resources team through five significant mergers and acquisitions.

Custodio holds an M.B.A. in management and organizational behavior and a BS. in business management from California Lutheran University.

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Jean Helm MBA '00

Director, Business Development
Jacobs Technology
Chantilly, Virginia

Jean Helm is the Director of Business Development at Jacobs Technology's Strategic Solutions Group, located in the Washington DC area. Jean is an accomplished executive with an established performance record supporting a wide variety of government and international programs. She has been with Jacobs Technology for 16 years, assuming a variety of roles within the company. These include her current assignment as well as her previous assignment as Technical Services Director at Jacobs Naval Systems Group in Camarillo, California. At Naval Systems Group, Jean also concurrently held the positions of Director of Business Development and Community Relations Director. As the Community Relations Director, she administered a community giving and volunteer campaign for the segment. Jean has an on-going role with Jacobs Technology as a corporate-level instructor providing expertise in communications, conflict resolution, high performance team building, engaging employees in a high performance culture, managing employee performance, and organizational trust and integrity.

Previously, Jean held various manufacturing positions with increasing responsibility for Configuration and Data Management activities, supporting flight-worthy systems for military and commercial aircraft, including flight control computers, flight sensors and aircraft surface control systems. She also supported Configuration Management activities for air-to-ground communications systems; an international country-wide command, control, and communications system; and leading-edge shipboard test equipment supporting the US Navy. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Minnesota State College. Jean received her MBA from California Lutheran University in Management and Organizational Behavior.

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Peter Iannone MBA'92

Chief Financial Officer
Unitrans International Corporation
Westlake Village, California

Peter Iannone is the Chief Financial Officer for Unitrans International Corporation in Los Angeles. Unitrans specializes in providing logistical services to the life sciences, aerospace and entertainment industries. The Company has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

Over the past 30 years, Peter has held Chief Financial Officer positions in both manufacturing and software development, and as an auditor of government contractors. He has held positions of progressive responsibility in the financial operation of companies, ranging from publicly traded Fortune 500 Companies, to start-up companies that led to successful initial public offerings. In software development, he designed and implemented a management accounting system focused on the special requirements of government contractors. His responsibilities have centered on the areas of capital funding, asset management, audit of internal control systems, the development of and implementation of control systems and the procedures in support of those control systems in financial, human resources and information technology management.

Peter received his undergraduate degree from Babson College and his Masters from California Lutheran University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the California Society of CPAs Educational Foundation, and the Board of Counselors for California Lutheran University’s School of Management. Peter was also the inaugural Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for CLU’s Center for Economic Research & Forecast, where he remains a member of the Board. Peter has earned his CPA in California, as well as his CGMA, CFF and CITP certifications from the AICPA.

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Adam Jussel '05

Assistant Attorney General representing Washington State University
Seattle, Washington

Adam B. Jussel is an associate lawyer with Miller Nash LLP, specializing in the representation of agricultural clients, including cooperatives. In this practice, Adam works directly with Don Franklin, a Miller Nash partner, to help ensure that agri-based clients in the Pacific Northwest continue to thrive. In addition, Adam works with the firm's litigation, mergers and acquisitions, mobile, and intellectual property practice groups. This has permitted Adam to provide front-to-back services for his clients, including business and trial work.

Adam is a member of the Seattle University Board of Regents and a volunteer for the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Higher Education Law, at Seattle University Department of Education.

He loves any and all sports, including the Seahawks and Mariners. He enjoys adventuring around the Pacific Northwest, loves biking, hiking, volunteers harvesting in Seattle's local garden patches and is searching for the best cup of coffee and breakfast in the Northwest.

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Mary Kaiser MBA '83

President
California Community Reinvestment Corp
Agoura Hills, California

Mary joined the California Community Reinvestment Corporation (CCRC) in 1995 as President and CEO. CCRC provides permanent mortgages, tax-exempt private placement bonds and acquisition/rehabilitation/permanent financing for the development of affordable rental housing. Representing over $467 million in capital from its bank investors, CCRC has extended in excess of $1.2 billion in new loan commitments and funded over $755 million in loans and tax exempt bonds since inception in 1989. Active loan sales in the secondary market are approaching $435 million in multi-family affordable housing mortgages and bonds.

She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from San Diego State and an MBA from California Lutheran University. She began her career in 1975 at First Interstate Bank, having served in a variety of capacities from statewide lending trainer, branch manager, district finance officer and district manager.

In 1987, she joined the Bank of A. Levy, a 100 year-old local bank in Ventura County, as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Trust, Marketing, Retail Banking, Customer Service, Trade Finance, Community Reinvestment and Corporate Facilities. She joined CCRC after the sale of Bank of A. Levy to First Interstate Bank in 1995.

Kaiser serves as the Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Economic Advisory Council, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Community Reinvestment Fund, Board of Directors for the Low Income Investment Fund, Board of Directors of the California Housing Consortium, Loan Committee Member for the National Community Stabilization Trust REO and Pepperdine Seaver College Career Coach.

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Don Krebs '85

President and Founder
Access to Recreation Inc.
Newbury Park, California

Don Krebs learned to water ski at the age of 4. By the age of 17 he was water skiing at speeds of 90 miles an hour. When he turned 18 he joined The National Speed Boat and Water Ski Association and began to ski competitively. In his second race he took first place in the Novice class. After that he moved into the Men's 18 -24 Division.

On May 21, 1978 in a race on Mission Bay in San Diego, Don Krebs fell on the final lap of a 12-mile race and broke his neck sustaining a C5-7 injury. A construction worker before his injury, Don decided to go to college to earn a degree. In 1985, Don Krebs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.

The next year he enrolled in the CLU's MBA program. In the third semester of the MBA program he took a course in Entrepreneurship. For his final project in that class he wrote a business plan for a mail-order company called Access to Recreation. It was that business plan that launched his business: www.accesstr.com.

After sustaining a spinal cord injury, Don had trouble finding a water-ski that would allow him to return to the sport he loved and excelled in. While unable to find an adaptive water-ski he did find many other recreational products. Knowing how hard it was to find the right equipment, he realized there must be a need for a company specializing in adaptive recreation and exercise equipment for the physically challenged.

In 1987 Access to Recreation was incorporated in the State of California. The first edition of the Access to Recreation catalog was in black and white, 32 pages and they printed 35,000 copies. In 2007, 200,000 full color catalogs with 64 pages were printed. Access to Recreation is now recognized as the leader in the Adaptive Recreation market.

The Access to Recreation catalog is sent to every major hospital and rehabilitation center in the United States including three different departments at 200 Veterans Administration hospitals, and Disabled Student Service office and Adaptive P.E. department at every college and university in the country. Their mailing list includes hundreds of special services organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy groups, stroke clubs, as well as over 65,000 addresses of disabled consumers.

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Joseph Kreutz MBA '82

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
County Commerce Bank
Ventura, California

Joseph D. Kreutz is a life-long Ventura County resident. He graduated from Ventura High School in 1971. After earning an Associate of Arts degree from Ventura College he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University of Sacramento in 1976 and a Masters degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University in 1981.

In 1977, Mr. Kreutz entered the finance industry with Santa Paula Savings and Loan. In 1980, he was hired by Ramona Savings and Loan as a Vice President, and later became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. In 1988, he established his own mortgage banking firm, Golden Oaks Financial Corporation which he successfully ran until 1996 when his wife then took over management of the company.

In 1996, Mr. Kreutz became President and Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank of Ventura, later to become Bank of Ventura. He successfully managed the bank for four years until its acquisition by a large regional bank in September of 2000. In 2003, Mr. Kreutz led the team of local professionals and business leaders from Ventura County that founded County Commerce Bank. Mr. Kreutz serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as President and Chief Executive Officer and is the bank's largest shareholder.

During its eight year in business, the bank has consistently been one of best performing banks in California. Recognition of the bank's exceptional performance includes awards such as: Super Premier Performing Bank ('05, '09, '10) and Premier Performing Bank ('06, '07,'08) by Findley Reports, Five Star Rating for Excellence by BauerFinancial, Inc. for 25 consecutive quarters, Highest rated bank headquartered on California's Central Coast for 2010 by D.A. Davidson & Co., and one of only eight community banks in California listed on US Banker's Magazine's "Top 200 Community Banks" for year ending December 2010.

Mr. Kreutz serves on the boards of the Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard (EDCO), Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA), and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the VHS Alumni Foundation. He has served on many boards of local community service organizations including The Golden Oaks Invitational Golf Tournament for the Benefit of the Ventura Boys and Girls Club, the Ventura Education Partnership, the Ventura Housing Authority, the Ventura College Foundation, and the Orfalea Financial Literacy Program for youth. He has also coached youth sports for many years including little league, basketball and soccer. He resides in Ventura with Kyle, his wife of 34 years and their two sons.

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S.K. Leong MBA '85

Founder and President
Polyfet RF Devices
Camarillo, California

S. K. Leong is the Founder and President of Polyfet Rf Devices, a RF power Mosfet Transistor manufacturer since 1986. Prior to Polyfet he was co-founder of Polycore Electronics, a silicon foundry, and an Engineering Manager for Intel's Fab 2 in the Silicon Valley.

He has authored and coauthored numerous articles in the area of RF Ldmos transistors and RF amplifier designs. He is the owner of one patent. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, is active in local IEEE chapters and has held positions as Section Chairman and Chapter Chairman. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

He holds an M.B.A. from California Lutheran University and MSEE and BSEE degrees from San Jose State University.

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Kate McLean MBA'77

Management Consultant and CEO Coach for Nonprofit Organizations
Retired: VC Community Foundation
Westlake Village, California

Kate McLean was one of the first women to receive her M.B.A. from California Lutheran University. She provides executive coaching and consulting services to nonprofit organizations and foundations. McLean helped create Ventura County's most comprehensive child family social services agency where she served as executive director for 18 years.

For 13 years, Kate was the president of the newly formed Ventura County Community Foundation where she developed innovative programs such as the Women's Legacy Fund, a fund focused on Latino philanthropy and the Civic Alliance. Kate is on the boards at California Lutheran University, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation.

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Sasan Nikoomanesh MBA'99

Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
Simi Valley, California

Sasan Nikoomanesh is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch where he manages multi-million dollar portfolios which includes small and mid size companies, non- profit organizations including ministries, as well as private investors.

Prior to becoming a Financial Advisor, Sasan had years of experience managing and building technology organizations, product development, sourcing and vendor strategy, software development oversight, managing financial systems, and acquisition due diligence.

Sasan serves on several board of directors including: California Lutheran University Board of Regent, California Lutheran University Alumni Board of Directors, Many Mansions, Area Housing Authority, City of Simi Valley Citizen Elections Advisory Commission, Simi Sunset Rotary Club, and Simi Valley Meadows Home Owners Association.

Sasan holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from California Lutheran University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Drew Reimers MBA'06

Planning and Operations Director, Oncology Therapeutic Area
Amgen, Inc.
Simi Valley, California

Drew Reimers is currently the Planning and Operations Director for the Oncology Therapeutic Area at Amgen, where he has worked since 2002.

Reimers graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. After graduating from Army Aviation Flight School, he spent seven years in the United States Army as an Aeroscout Platoon Leader, Flight Operations Officer and Company Commander. He spent ten years in information systems project management with General Dynamics and Eppraisal Inc. Reimers received his Master of Business Administration degree from California Lutheran University in 2006. He is also a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.

Reimers has been married to Angela Picknell Reimers for 19 years. They have two sons: Devin (15) and Ayden (12). Reimers is currently an Assistant Coach for the Simi Valley High School JV football team. He is the Vice President of the Orca Youth Rugby Club, where he also coaches one of the youth teams. Drew is an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 642 in Simi Valley. His hobbies include hiking, fishing, and scuba diving.

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Alex Rivera MBA '92

Manager—Human Resources/EH&S/facilities
AeroControlex Group Senior
Camarillo, California

Alex Rivera leads the Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety, and Facilities functions of the Talley Actuators business unit of AeroControlex Group in Simi Valley. He has been with The Talley Corporation since 1989.

Rivera has been active in the community since moving to Ventura County in 1989. He has served as the co-chair of the Oxnard College Puente Mentor Council mentoring students and recruiting and training other Latino community leaders to serve as mentors to encourage students to stay in school and to pursue a college education. The Puente Project at Oxnard College was one of the most successful programs in the State.

As a founding charter member of the Ventura County Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, he has worked with the chapter to fulfill its mission of increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, and carrying out its social responsibility. These activities are all designed to pique interest and enhance young people's awareness of opportunities in the world of science, engineering and technology, and the power of a college education.

In 2007, Rivera was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County. The WIB is comprised of approximately 38 leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government agencies, and community-based organizations who collaborate to administer federal Workforce Investment Act funds in Ventura County to provide oversight to workforce development programs and services, and to build a strong workforce in Ventura County. Rivera currently serve as Chairman of the WIB.

Born and raised in Upland, Rivera has been a resident of Ventura County for over 20 years. Rivera obtained his bachelor's degree in political science from Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna College) and his MBA from CLU in 1992. Rivera has been married to his wife Linda for over 18 years and resides in Camarillo.

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Christine Robert MBA '07

Marketing Consultant
Denise Robert Marketing
Westlake Village, California

Christine Robert is a multi-talented entrepreneur who draws from various disciplines to bring resources to clients that create efficient business solutions. Christine is a marketing consultant with special expertise in social media and she works with small to medium-sized businesses from various industries including retail, medical, athletic and entertainment.

She received degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BFA, 1988), California Lutheran University (MBA, 2007) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Marketing (CLU, 2008).

Christine has 17 years experience in the accounting profession. She's worked in small, medium and large organizations including Walt Disney Pictures & Television (Burbank), Amgen (Thousand Oaks), Countrywide Securities Corporation (Calabasas), Ed & Ted's Excellent Lighting (Oxnard), Caroline Records (Sun Valley), Warner Bros. (Burbank), Ann Gish (Newbury Park) and Garden of Eatin' (Los Angeles).

Christine has 15 years experience in film and television production as cinematographer, camera assistant, producer, editor and interviewer as well as over 10 years experience in front of the camera in both film and television. Sometimes she even finds time for a theatrical production. Most recently she appeared in a children's show as a unicorn who teaches principles of self-empowerment through the spoken word and American Sign Language.

Her volunteer work has included reforesting Los Angeles with TreePeople as well as teaching immigrants English as a second language through the FLAIR Tutor program at the Santa Paula library.

Christine has a passion for supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs and small businesses and she founded the Entrepreneur Roundtable in 2006. Its mission is to support the Ventura County business community through mentorship, workshops, networking and competition.

Christine is also passionate about issues of health and food. In 2005 she started a catering company that focused on special diets with sugar, wheat and dairy-free meals. Currently she is laying the groundwork to open a cooperative grocery store in the Conejo Valley that will source its produce almost entirely from local organic farmers. Her hope is that this business will empower people over their food consumption choices while strengthening the Ventura County agricultural community and providing a strong community to engage and learn about issues of food, food politics and health.

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Ian Sephton '07

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
The Branstetter Group
Corona, California

Ian Sephton is a co-founder and managing partner of The Branstetter Group with over 10 years of experience in retail, hospitality, and asset management.

Prior to joining The Branstetter Group, Sephton was the associate vice president for the Auxiliary Business unit of the University of Southern California, which consisted of 1200 employees and $180M in sales. Ian was directly responsible for the Hospitality (40 venues), Housing (54 buildings), and other assets non-academic in nature.

Sephton helped create and open 12 hospitality concepts while at USC, which included self-created concepts The Lab, Moreton Fig, urbnmrkt and seeds. He was also instrumental in the negotiation and selection of 30+ branded concepts, which included Poquito Mas, Baja Fresh, Wahoo's and Carl's Jr. Prior to USC, Sephton worked with DHL for five years and was responsible for multiple regions.

Sephton has a B.S. in Business Administration from California Lutheran University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is also a former Marine.

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Amber Sims Hinterplattner '07

Founder and Co-owner
All Stages Marketing
Santa Barbara, California

Amber Sims Hinterplattner is a social media pioneer and strategist for business branding and consumer engagement online and has been called a Social Media Marketing Maven. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and start-up companies, as well as mature businesses, both locally as a Santa Barbara native as well as globally, targeting key markets through strategic online positioning for growth and brand equity development using effective and traceable marketing tactics including those available with social media.

Amber specializes in marketing clients on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, WordPress, MySpace and emerging niche social sites. Since 2005, she has helped grow many profit and non-profit organizations in a range of different industries using social media as a marketing tool within an effective strategy developed cohesively through sound marketing principles and real-world success stories.

She is founder and co-owner of All Stages Marketing, a virtual creative marketing agency, along with her husband Andreas Hinterplattner. Amber holds more than 15 years of professional experience in marketing, business development, public relations, management, sales and customer service from a variety of different industries, making her knowledge-base invaluable when it comes time to market a variety of businesses and brands directly to consumers over the web.

Amber is a regular volunteer guest lecturer and consultant for local entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara through the Women's Economic Ventures program as well as the Entrepreneurship Training Program and entrepreneurship courses offered by the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation through Santa Barbara City College. She is also currently an active consultant through the SBDC/Economic Development Collaborative for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

While obtaining her B.A. in Marketing and Communications from California Lutheran University, she served as President of the American Marketing Association, CLU Chapter, for two years with a focus on introducing social media as a marketing vehicle, developing community partnerships and business alliances and researching emerging marketing trends during the fundamental shift taking place over the internet.

Amber has lived and worked in major cities both in America and Austria/Europe, which also brings a broader perspective of experience into her business consulting and marketing capabilities.

Amber has direct experience with the following industries:

Luxury Retail, Bestselling Authors and the Publishing Industry, Professional Speaking, Action & Extreme Sports, the Wedding and Event Industries, Health and Beauty Products, Academic and Educational Materials, Non-Profit Development, Pet Nutrition and Gardening.

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Edgar Terry BS '81, MBA '83

President and CFO
Terry Farms, Inc.
Ventura, California

Ed Terry is the President of Terry Farms, Inc a grower of vegetables in Ventura County with over 1,400 acres under production. Terry Farms grows celery, strawberries, red, green and yellow bell peppers.

He is a board member and Audit Committee Chairman of Farm Credit West an agricultural lender that is part of the Farm Credit System. Farm Credit West has over $3 Billion dollars in assets. He has also been a Senior Lecturer in the ADEP and MBA programs at CLU since 1987 with teaching in the area of Finance.

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John Tone MBA '03

Managing Director, Loan Servicing
LLC PennyMac Loan Services
Simi Valley, California

John Tone serves as a Managing Director, Loan Servicing at PennyMac Loan Services, LLC. He is responsible for Governance, Reporting, Project Management, Policies and Procedures and Vendor Management for the Loan Servicing Division, as well he oversees operational areas including Cash Management, Claims Administration, Credit Reporting, Default Notification, and Property Preservation. John has been with PennyMac for two years.

Prior to joining PennyMac, John served as Senior Vice President of Portfolio Communications for the combined Countrywide Home Loans and Bank of America mortgage operations. Additionally, he served as Senior Vice President of Loss Mitigation for nine years for Countrywide. John has also held various management positions within the retail banking division of Home Savings of America, and in the mortgage operations for The Bank of New York.

John lives in Simi Valley with his wife, Anne, and twins, James and Jillian. John is a graduate of CLU with an MBA in 2003, and is proud to be able to serve on the Board of Counselors in an effort to give something back to the University that gave him so much. In addition to his work with CLU, he also serves on a Regional Board for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) in Simi Valley.

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Victoria (Dickran) Torkay MBA'04

VP, Compliance Manager
Bank of America
Camarillo, California

Victoria (Dickran) Torkay serves as VP, Compliance Manager for Bank of America, N.A. in the Legacy Asset Servicing Foreclosure and Liquidation Compliance Department. She previously worked with Transamerica Investment Services, Transamerica Investment management, Countrywide Capital Markets, Inc in Calabasas, CA and for Morgan Stanley in Oxnard, CA. She has her Masters degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California Lutheran University.

Torkay is a native Ventura County resident and currently resides in Camarillo with husband Cameron. Besides working full time at Bank of America, she also assists her husband's business; Creative Event Specialist which is a local full service events company. Victoria believes in giving back to her community and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Ventura County, Camarillo Redevelopment Committee and currently serves on California Lutheran University's Alumni Board.

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