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RICHARD PORRAS

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT AT AT&T

Born and raised in Santa Ana, Richard Porras graduated from Saddleback High School and attended Santa Ana College before going to work for AT&T. Richard later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Science from the University of Redlands in 1995.

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Richard started his career at Pacific Bell in 1977 as a Long-Distance Operator. In 1984, he was instrumental in developing one of the state’s first translation bureaus, “Servicio en Espanol”. Richard has held various positions in human resources and managed employment and recruitment for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside/San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. In 1997 Richard accepted a position as External Affairs Director, representing the corporation to the communities of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Placentia. In January 2000 Richard was appointed as Area Vice President overseeing External Affairs for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During his 41year tenure with the company, Porras has watched the corporation maintain its leading edge in the industry as telecommunications technology advanced at breakneck speed. Through the evolution of its brand from AT&T, to Pacific Bell with its divesture in 1984, to SBC with its merger in 1996, to its re-emerge to AT&T in 2006, Porras continued advancing in his career as well. Porras currently directs business, community and governmental relations for AT&T in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In his role, he serves on numerous boards of business and community organizations.

Richard is the Past Chair of the board of directors of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, he is a board member of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber; he is the Past President and current board member of the Boys/Girls Club of Santa Ana, and a board member of the Rancho Santiago Community College and Vanguard University Foundations. Richard is a board member of the High School Inc. Foundation working with the Santa Ana School Board and the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. Porras also sits on the Latino Youth Leadership of Orange County board as well as the Drug Use Is Life Abuse board for the Orange County Sheriff Advisory board, he is also a board member of the Children’s Foundation as well as the Past Chair of the Orange County Business Council where he chairs the Workforce Development Committee.

Richard and Cindy Porras have been married for 45 years and reside in San Clemente and have two daughters, Missy and Amber both graduates of UC Santa Barbara.

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DANIEL G. ALDRICH III, PH.D.

● Senior Development Associate, Office of the President, University of California
● Active Volunteer; Past President of Chamber of Commerce, United Way & Rotary Club

SHARON CORDES, PH.D.

● Former Director of Assessment and Evaluation at Tustin Unified School District
 
● 2007 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae Award from UC Irvine
 
● Founding Member of the UCI School of Education Alumni Executive Committee
 
● Member of the UCI School of Education Dean’s Advisory Board

FRANCIS M. CRINELLA, PH.D.

● Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of California, Irvine
● Director, Neuropsychology Laboratory, UCI Child Development Center Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine

R. PRESTON GELHART, PH.D.

● Educational Psychologist, EL 1336
● Emeritus Professor of Education & Psychology, Pepperdine University
● Co-founder and author of the book, The Write to Read, an educational kit designed to serve as a model to enable children to develop their own literacy reading skills, creativity and conceptual style

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● Co-founder of the an after school educational center dealing with children with special needs

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WILLIAM M. HABERMEHL

● Orange County Superintendent of Schools Emeritus
● Superintendent of Distinction Award bestowed by Pepperdine Univ. 2010
● Power-Packed Philanthropist Award bestowed by the Orange County Community Foundation. 2011
● PTA Honorary Service Award for outstanding community service to children & youth in a community bestowed. 2012

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● Author of the book, From Dropout….to Diploma: the ACCESS Code to Student Success, which shares the story of the program he started over 20 years ago which has saved hundreds of thousands of students from dropping out of school and going on to be successful in community colleges, universities and career technical programs.

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DAVID LONG, PH. D.

● Former Riverside County Superintendent of Schools
 
● Former CA Secretary of Education
 
● Former President of the CA County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA)
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● Chairperson of the Federal Education Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community Advisory Committee

LEE HAUSNER, PH.D.

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Senior Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors. Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, business consultant and family wealth advisor. She served as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 17 years.

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An acknowledged expert on psychological issues involving wealth and wealth transfer, she was a presenter at the World Economic Forum in Davos and is a frequent participant at the high wealth/private client conferences for major financial institutions. Lee is co-author with Doug Freeman of “A Founder’s Guide to the Family Foundation”, published by the Council on Foundations, and “The Legacy Family…The Definitive Guide to Building a Successful Multigenerational Family.”

She is the author of the seminal work regarding wealth and the family; “Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families” and co-author of the critically acclaimed family business resource book “Hats Off to You 2: Balancing Roles and Creating Success in Family Business”. Lee is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A., Psychology), San Francisco State University (M.A., Psychology), and Kensington University (Ph.D., Psychology).

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DR. DARRYL S. ADAMS

FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE COACHELLA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dr. Darryl S. Adams began his career as a professional musician, songwriter and music publisher. After ten years in the music business, he followed his love for music and went on to serve as a Music Teacher and Band Director, Middle School Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

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Dr. Adams has been previously recognized as a Teacher of the Year in Los Angeles County. Dr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Memphis, his Master of Education Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles and his Doctoral degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, the Governing Board has approved “Measure X”, a 21st Century Teaching and Mobile Learning initiative that will place 18,000 iPads in the hands of all 18,000 CVUSD students along with the technology infrastructure to allow students to connect and learn all day, every day. Other initiatives of note are the Health, Wellness and K-12 Sports program which promotes healthy life long fitness and eating habits. Dr. Adams is leading the district to a new level of efficiency with the building of the new CVUSD Education and Community Support Center. The Center will allow the district to increase productivity and realize financial savings. The center will support the community by way of a state of the art Parent Resource Center, an expanded Adult Education center and a modern bus transportation division which will include shade structure for facility parking that will rely on solar panels to power the facility.

Dr. Adams has led the way in increasing the District’s financial stability. He is proud to have stabilized the district’s fiscal position which has resulted in no layoffs of Certificated or Classified employees over the last two years. Dr. Adams has implemented a collaborative servant leadership style and believes in working with the entire school community to realize the primary mission of education: Preparing all students for College, Career and Citizenship. Dr. Adams serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the Ophelia Project.

 

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Utah Chapter

BETH ARMSTRONG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PEOPLE’S HEALTH CLINIC

Beth Armstrong joined People’s Health Clinic in June of 2016 with more than 25 years of healthcare experience.

Beth has worked for such notable organizations as Cedars Sinai Cancer Center in LA, Northridge Medical Center and Hospital of the Good Samaritan in LA. She currently serves as the Executive Director of People’s Health Clinic in Park City, a nonprofit clinic that provides quality healthcare to the uninsured of Summit and Wasatch Counties.

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Utilizing her strong business and nonprofit knowledge, Armstrong serves on several boards including the Park City Hospital, the American Hospital Association, KPCW, Park City Public Arts Advisory Board, Art for Healing, the Promontory Foundation and the Executive Council of the Utah Symphony/Utah Orchestra.

Beth received her BS in Accounting from McNeese State and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.  She resides with her husband Roger in Park City, enjoying the town’s world-class skiing, hiking, biking, and golf.

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ROGER ARMSTRONG

ATTORNEY

Mr. Armstrong has been active in the entertainment industry for nearly 30 years first as a studio marketing executive and most recently as a prominent transactional entertainment attorney. Mr. Armstrong has been providing sophisticated legal representation to clients in the entertainment industry for the past fifteen years and currently operates his own private law practice.

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Mr. Armstrong practices transactional law with an emphasis on intellectual property in the motion picture, television, emerging media, publishing and advertising and marketing industries. He has represented clients in substantial transactions with Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company, PBS, Discovery Channel, NBC Studios, HBO, Showtime, AMC and Bravo.

Mr. Armstrong represents theatrical motion picture and television producers, animation companies and motion picture production companies, television production companies along with motion picture and television actors and on-camera hosts, screenwriters, directors and book authors. Mr. Armstrong also provides legal advice to certain television news and magazine programs concerning defamation, rights of publicity and privacy issues.

Mr. Armstrong has substantial experience in film finance and has provided legal representation concerning diverse film finance structures. Mr. Armstrong also negotiates employment agreements for motion picture and television executives.

Mr. Armstrong also represents major corporations in negotiating sponsorship and endorsement agreements and agreements concerning product integration in motion picture and television productions. Mr. Armstrong also assists major companies with intellectual property assets that have been licensed for use as the basis of reality television series.

Mr. Armstrong began his legal career as a litigator with the national law firm of Baker & Hostetler but soon moved to the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and its substantial entertainment law practice. Mr. Armstrong was elected to partner at Manatt remarkably only five years after law school and, from 2002 to 2004, served as the co-chair of the law firm’s Entertainment Practice Group. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Armstrong was a respected motion picture marketing executive. He served as Vice President of National Publicity for Universal Pictures and in the same capacity for TriStar Pictures and Executive Director of National Publicity for DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group. Mr. Armstrong formulated and implemented publicity campaigns for well over a hundred motion pictures such as JFK, Field of Dreams, Back to the Future Parts II and III, Do the Right Thing, Tremors, Hook, Basic Instinct, Sea of Love, Gorillas in the Mist, Bugsy, Parenthood, Backdraft and Blue Velvet.

Mr. Armstrong lives in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival, and Los Angeles, California. He serves on the Motion Picture Advisory Committee for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the State of Utah, which advises GOED concerning tax incentives for motion picture production in Utah. He also serves on the board of directors for the SLC Film Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. Armstrong is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is admitted to practice in California and Utah. Mr. Armstrong is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.

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PAULA KARCHER

PHILANTHROPIST

Paula Karcher is a philanthropist and public speaker with a strong connection to the Coachella Valley, as well as her roots growing up in Orange County.

Along with her husband, Carl Leo Karcher, she has been involved in dozens of events, causes, and foundations which have definitely benefitted her community.

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Karcher continues to connect with her community and those in need around her through her many philanthropic efforts with her husband Carl.  They have been the recipients of the Annenberg Award for Leadership Giving, the YMCA Benefactor of Youth Award, the Spirit of Giving Award for the Grieving Teens/Youth for Christ organization, and recognized by the Tocqueville Society.

The Karchers are members of United Way of the Desert, and have been recognized as a couple by the Desert Arc Foundation which bestowed their Queen of Hearts Award to Paula and Carl.  Paula has also served as an “Aunt” for The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation since 2007, has been a Board Member of Grieving Teens in Palm Desert for high school students since 2006, and has been a Board Member of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert since 2006.

In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Paula, in her 20’s was working in the medical industry and recognized its deficiencies, which led her to form two companies dealing with medical consulting and faith-based counseling.  She still remains an active advocate in the medical field lobbying for safety and new and more progressive treatment modalities in the areas of orthopedic, cosmetic, and preventative medicine.

Paula was a teacher for the Over Comers Program for mentally challenged adults for four years, and has been involved with Melodyland Christian Center embracing mental, as well as spiritual fitness.  She has spoken at schools, community organizations, churches, and non-profits presenting a wide range of topics including her passion for charitable giving.

Paula resides in Palm Desert with Carl and their two sons, Michael and Max. She enjoys all family and children activities, is passionate about philanthropy, travel and golf.

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JIM STEELE

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER, YEXT

Jim joins Yext following two years at InsideSales, the industry’s leading sales acceleration and predictive analytics company. Previously, Jim served as President & Chief Customer Officer for Salesforce, where he had a remarkable 12-year run, helping grow Salesforce’s revenue to over $5B when he left in 2015.  With his new position, Jim will oversee Yext’s entire revenue organization, including direct sales, partner sales, customer service, account management, and professional services.

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“We could not be more excited to have Jim join our leadership team,” said Howard Lerman, Yext co-founder and CEO. “He is one of the most admired and accomplished sales executives in technology, with over 35 years of global sales and management experience at Ariba, IBM, InsideSales, and Salesforce. As we continue to expand globally, I could think of no better leader to help fuel our long-term growth.”

Jim is a Park City resident, works in New York City and interested in a second residence in Newport Beach in the near future. He and his wife Amy are active philanthropists for various causes in both Manhattan and Park City. Jim is a former national board member of Junior Achievement and now sits on the board of Park City Community Foundation. He has great passion for educational causes and believes he can bring national awareness to The Literacy Project.

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LAURA RUBIN

PAULA HODGETTS

EVELEEN BABICH