Emily Barany’s first job out of college led to a life-changing realization: she didn’t want her ability to achieve be limited by someone else’s ability to sign her paycheck. So she made a plan. In 2011 she launched VISIONALITY with a mission to help organizations dream big and a commitment to transform their dreams into reality. What’s Emily’s dream? She wants to be part of something BIG too – projects that are bigger than the people involved and causes that will change the world, starting with the local community. In addition to dreaming big, Emily has a passion for all things culinary - especially baking and sharing delicious wine with good friends. She can often be found on the beach or practicing agility with her best friend Scooter.
Free Clinic of Simi Valley, Executive Director
Fred Bauermeister is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, providing medical, dental, legal and counseling services to individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay. Fred has served the clinic since its inception in 1971.
Fred currently serves on the Executive Board of the California Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, an association he co-founded that is comprised of Free Clinics throughout the state of California.
Fred also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the only national voice working on behalf of Free Clinics throughout the United States.
In Simi Valley, Fred is a member of the Leadership Simi Valley Steering Committee and is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Simi Valley Community Foundation.
California Lutheran University, Board of Regents
Ms. Chadwick is a long-time resident and veteran Ventura County banker, with a 39-year financial services career in those communities. For the 21 years prior to joining SBB&T, she held a variety of positions with the former Bank of A. Levy.
Her commitment to local civic and charitable organizations in Ventura County continues to distinguish her among the community’s most dedicated residents. She has received Ventura County Leadership Academy’s first Distinguished Community Leader Award. She has received the “Carl F. Lowthrop – Golden Eagle Award” from the Ventura County Economic Development Association; the “Woman of Distinction Award” from the Girl Scouts of Tres Condados; the “Women Helping Women Award” from Soroptomist International of Oxnard; the “Woman of Achievement Award” from the Buena Center Business and Professional Woman’s Organization; 2006 Oxnard Woman of the Year, Top 50 Women in Business, 2007 Clara Barton Spirit of Community Volunteer of the Year Award, 2007 Woman of the Year for California State Senate District 19 and United Way Women’s Leadership Award in 2011.
Ms. Chadwick currently serves on the California Lutheran University Board of Regents, the Community and Foundation boards of St. John’s Regional Medical Center, member of the California Lutheran University CERF Board, KCLU Advisory Board, Ventura County Economic Development Association, Carnegie Art Museum, Ventura County Fair Foundation, Ventura County Farm Bureau Foundation, Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard, American Cancer Society Community Council and the Board of Counselors for the California Lutheran University School of Business. She is also a member of the Oxnard Rotary Club.
Kids & Families Together, Chief Executive Officer
David is President and CEO of Kids & Families Together, a not-for-profit education, support and mental health services that serve Ventura County families that have come together through foster care, kinship care and adoption.
David credits much of Kids & Families Together’s success to the knowledge and skills learned through the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Center and is pleased that California Lutheran University Center for Nonprofit Leadership is continuing the tradition.
David also serves on the steering committee of the Ventura County Nonprofit Leadership Council, the board of directors of the Partnership for Safe Families and Communities of Ventura County, the Ventura County Citizen Review Panel and the Children Services Oversight Committee.
La Piana Consulting, Senior Consultant
Doug Green teaches nonprofit management, social marketing, and strategic P.R. in the MBA and MPPA programs at California Lutheran University. Doug consults for nonprofit organizations as a Senior Consultant with La Piana Consulting, a national nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, strategic restructuring, and business planning. Doug led the nonprofit agency AIDS Care in the 1990s and served at the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Ventura County Community Foundation between 2001 and 2004. He has created nonprofit consulting programs for the Nonprofit Support Center of Santa Barbara County and the Ventura County Community Foundation. Doug resides in Santa Paula.
Santa Barbara City College Foundation, Chief Executive Officer
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Geoff came to Santa Barbara in 1990 as a UCSB student where he began work in community organizing on issues of racial equity, access to education, environmental health and LGBTQ equality.
In 1994, Geoff was elected to a four-year term on the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District Board of Directors where he served until pursuing a career as a Park Ranger/Naturalist in Yosemite National Park. Upon returning to Santa Barbara in 1997, Geoff began work with the Fund for Santa Barbara where served in a variety of roles for nearly 18 years including Executive Director from 2003 to 2015.
Geoff's served as President of the Board of the Santa Barbara Ventura Counties Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2012 and as President of the Foundation Roundtable of Santa Barbara County from 2014 to 2015.
Geoff has also served on numerous boards and has advised hundreds of nonprofit organizations,
foundations, public agencies, and labor organizations in the areas of organizational
development, fundraising, event-planning coalition-building, board development, strategic
planning, lobbying and advocacy, effective use of media, public speaking, executive
searches, conference planning, and meeting facilitation.
For 2016 Geoff is serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the California Association of Nonprofits, on the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, and on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region.
Ventura County, Human Services Agency, Administrative Manager, Grants/Contracts
Tina Knight is currently the Contracts & Grants Manager at the County of Ventura, Human Services Agency (HSA), where she oversees the Contracts & Grants Department, which raises external funds for HSA and manages over $23 million annually in contracts to support children’s, adult and workforce development services. Prior to work at the County, Tina was the Director of Research & Sponsored Programs at CSU Channel Islands, overseeing development, submission, administrative review & approval and institutional compliance for $5-$12 million annually in grants to the university and sub-awards from the university to partner institutions.
Before moving to the university, Tina was the Vice President for Programs & Grants at the Ventura County Community Foundation, where she worked for 9 years, providing program development and strategic oversight and evaluation of VCCF’s grant programs. Prior to VCCF, as the Department Administrator for the Department of International Health at Boston University, Tina managed programs focused on providing education and training for public health professionals from developing countries. Later, Tina became a Project Manager and the Program & Finance Director for Sustainable Sciences Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides training, education, grants and resources for public health researchers in developing countries. She volunteered overseas doing international relief and development during the 1999 Kosovo crisis and has traveled extensively for both work and pleasure.
Tina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Psychology, and is on the CNL Advisory Board in addition to being an active faculty member.
Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive Officer
Jill is the CEO of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, the official Chamber for the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills and one of the largest Chambers in the western United States.
She’s been CEO for the past 8 years during which time the Chamber reached the elite 5-Star Accreditation level from the Accreditation Arm of the United States Chamber of Commerce for the first time in the Chamber’s 77-year history.
Jill holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and serves on the Board of Regents for California Lutheran University, the Board of Trustees for Los Robles Hospital and on the Board of the Conejo-Las Virgenes Future Foundation. She is a Thousand Oaks Rotarian was a small business owner for over 25 years, cashing out in 2008. She and her husband, Stephen Hicks, reside in Moorpark.
Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations, Principial
Nancy Mayerson launched Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations (MMPR) in 1993 after 10 years in marketing, public affairs, community relations and outreach. MMPR helps organizations build a strong presence in the region through social media and traditional marketing and advertising tactics, public relations and community engagement. The firm maintains a diverse assortment of public and private sector clients, all who share a commitment to building social equity and quality of life in the region.
MMPR has worked to raise the profile numerous nameplate organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Santa to the Sea, Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County, Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, the Camarillo Library, California Lutheran University, S. L. Leonard & Associates, the Gene Haas Foundation, Haas Automation, New West Symphony, Meathead Movers, the County of Ventura, Ventura County Transportation Commission, Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura College Foundation, as well as many others.
In her professional and volunteer activities, Nancy is dedicated to expanding the capacity and impact of organizations for the betterment of the community. Nancy is board chair of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme and is a founding board member of the Public Relations Society of America, California Gold Coast Chapter. She has served on the executive board of United Way of Ventura County, Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County. She also was a member of the board of directors of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and served on the California Lutheran University Board of Counselors and board of the CLU’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting. Her firm donates hundreds of hours in pro bono services to local causes each year. She is recognized frequently by the Pacific Coast Business Times as a top person in business leadership and marketing and public relations. She was also honored as community advocate of the year by the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Kate McLean, Chair
Nonprofit Strategies, Principal
Kate McLean provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations and foundations in areas of executive coaching, strategic planning, community assessment, board development and program design. She helped create Ventura County’s most comprehensive child, family social services agency where she served as Executive Director and she was the President of the Ventura County Community Foundation where she increased assets from $300,000 to more than $70 million in current and future planned gifts. As a seasoned advisor and facilitator, she has led numerous organizations and collaborative initiatives through successful planning and organizational change. She currently is on the Boards of a national women’s health organization and a child, family social services organization.
Kate has her bachelors in sociology, her master’s in business administration and an honorary doctor of laws.
Ride-On Therapeutic Horsemanship, Chief Executive Officer
Bryan is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, a nonprofit providing therapy services and horseback riding instruction to children and adults with disabilities. With over 30 years’ experience in therapeutic riding, he has lectured and written on a variety of issues affecting nonprofits and the philanthropic sector including organizational development, financial transparency, human resource, wise giving and founder issues. He remains active as a consultant and advisor to therapeutic riding centers around the country. He is also a board member of Play Conejo, a nonprofit supporting local parks, and recently retired as Treasurer of the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County. Bryan is an active horseman who enjoys trail riding, horse camping and golf. For many years he worked to preserve equestrian trail access and open space. He has a degree in political science from Occidental College.
Rebecca "Becca" Merrell, CFRE
Netzel Grisgsby Associates, LLC, Executive Vice President & Regional Director
Becca has more than 25 years of successful fund development and nonprofit management experience. As regional director for the Central Coast Region of NETZEL GRIGSBY ASSOCIATES, INC., Becca has partnered with a wide-variety of nonprofit organizations, guiding them to achieve their goals.
Among those who have benefited from her expertise are health care organizations, educational institutions, youth and human service organizations, religious organizations, and the arts. Her extensive knowledge has been valuable to nonprofits in creating and implementing dynamic fundraising programs, including capital campaigns, annual campaigns and development strategies.
Becca is a member of the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University. Active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Becca is a member of the San Luis Obispo Chapter and is a past president of the Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter, where she was selected as Fundraiser of the Year in 2008.
Becca earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, graduating summa cum laude.
Pepperdine University, Seaver College, Professor of Org. Behavior & Management
Regan Schaffer is a Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior in the business administration division of Seaver College at Pepperdine University. In addition to serving on the faculty she fulfills several other roles. Dr. Schaffer currently serves as director of the Service Leadership Project which is a required capstone course for undergraduate business, accounting, international business majors and nonprofit management minors that applies the principles of servant leadership to team consultancy projects with local nonprofit organizations. She also is the executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative which includes an academic minor, fellowships, community-based research initiatives and an annual Nonprofit Leadership Institute hosted at Pepperdine. Finally, she is the Faculty Director of Service-learning and collaborates with numerous faculty on curriculum design and assessment.
Dr. Schaffer completed her undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University, and her MS in educational psychology and EdD in management from Pepperdine University. She has served on Pepperdine’s faculty since 1999 and has taught in their London, Lyon and Lausanne overseas programs. Her research interests include curriculum design and assessment, nonprofit management practices and leadership development. Her passion, however, is her teaching. Her course titles reflect her research interests: Service Leadership, Community-based Research in the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Leadership and Management and various topics through Pepperdine’s First Year Seminar program. She has been honored with the Center for Teaching Excellence Innovative Teaching Award and the highly selective Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Schaffer is actively involved with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles having served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Let’s Start Talking International, Made in the Streets and in an advisory capacity to several others. Together with her students she has partnered with over 600 nonprofit organizations to address community needs. She consults secondary and higher education institutions on service-learning pedagogy and conducts workshops for both faculty and nonprofit leaders on effective community-based initiatives.
Professor Schaffer lives on the Pepperdine campus with her husband and three sons. They can often be found hiking the Malibu hills, visiting the local beach, or attending a campus or community event.
California Lutheran University, Director of Business & Economics Programs and Professor of IT Management
Paul Witman is a Professor of Information Technology Management, in California Lutheran University’s School of Management, and Director of the School’s Undergraduate programs in Business, Accounting, and Economics. His research interests include social networking for non-profits, information security, usability, health care information, and electronic banking and finance.
Prior to joining CLU, Witman served as the Director of Integration Engineering for Digital Insight Corporation, a leading eFinance enabler. In this role, Witman was responsible for working with clients on a wide range of system integration issues, problem resolution, technology planning, and due diligence activities. Prior to this responsibility, Witman held a variety of line management responsibilities within Digital Insight’s Engineering organization.
Before joining Digital Insight, Witman was Director of Global Delivery Systems at Citibank, where he oversaw the development and support of self-service delivery systems platforms, providing software for home banking, ATM’s, and call centers. Witman originally joined Citibank in 1983 as a developer on an early home banking product.
Witman is an active volunteer with the United Methodist Church, the Appalachia Service Project, Habitat for Humanity, and Sturtevant’s Camp, a trail camp in the Angeles National Forest.
Witman holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Technology from Claremont Graduate University, a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Claremont Graduate School and a Bachelor’s in Math/Computer Science from UCLA.
Artistica Metal, Business Owner (Retired)
Sally S. Yount has been a trainer in nonprofit management for over thirty years, with an emphasis on board development and training. She has also been a member of five nonprofit boards of directors, serving as board chair for the Junior League of Orange County and the Museum of Ventura County. Sally has been a board member of the Ventura County Community Foundation, faculty member and chair of the Resource Center Advisory Committee. Before retirement, Sally worked with her husband and son in the wholesale residential home furnishings business.