Peter Atterton, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, SDSU. He has published articles and translations in the area of Continental philosophy and is co-editor of several books. He has authored: On Levinas (2004); co-edited with Matthew Calarco and Maurice Friedman, Levinas and Buber Dialogue and Difference (2004); and, with Matthew Calarco, The Continental Ethics Reader (2003), Animal Philosophy (2004), and Radicalizing Levinas (2010).
Dixon Arnett, former four-term member of the California State Assembly (1970-1978), former appointee in the administration of Governor Pete Wilson (the Medical Board of California and the California Department of Aging), former deputy under secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and adjunct professor in SDSU's Department of Gerontology.
Alan Bailey, executive director Cahuilla Tribal Gaming Commission.
Peter Bolland, M.A., professor of humanities and philosophy at Southwestern College. He has published numerous book reviews, magazine articles, and poetry. He is also an award-winning, singer-songwriter and recording artist. He writes a monthly column called “Stages: Philosophy, Culture, Art and Music” in the San DiegoTroubadour.
Pam Bothello, PMP
Jack Boyce, JD
Denny Braun, Ph.D., professor emeritus of sociology, Minnesota State University.
Daniel Chalfant, contract manager, Accenture.
Pierre Charmasson is a broadcast journalism graduate of Northern Arizona University. He is a seasoned meetings and events manager, technical show director, and professional voice talent.
Joseph V. Colarusson, president of JVC Consulting, Inc., specializes in Lean enterprise consulting. Documented $212 million client savings. Expertise includes lean maunfacturing, materials, sales, marketing, finance, inventory management, and distribution.
Laurel Coote, CMP, CMM, president/founder, Pick My Brain Consulting; founder, Meetings That Give Back.
Rajendra (Raju) Deshpande National Institute of Standards and Techonology (NIST) certified lean manufacturing master trainer and implementer. Oversees check operation process for Bank of America. Holds MBA in management from California State University, Los Angeles;MS in mechanical engineering from University of Texas, Arlington; and BE in mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, Pune, India.
Kathi Diamant, award-winning author, broadcaster, and adjunct professor at SDSU.
Tom Erickson, consultant, Erickson and Associates.
Mark Fisher, marketing group manager, Microsoft Corp.
Jake Fields, president and creative director, Treeline Interactive.
David Finch began his career in meeting planning in Washington, D.C. at an international trade association working with the U.S. Congress, State Dept. and other government agencies. After moving to California David was as an international project manager at an independent planning company with clients in the digital telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and television industries. During his tenure at Amgen for over 11 years David has worked on or managed meetings, product launches, incentive programs, conventions and special events for almost every division of the company. He is currently responsible for ensuring compliance with all corporate policies and processes, conducting training to Amgen staff and suppliers, and managing daily operations of all mandatory and approved suppliers.
Gaetan Fraikin, CEO/audacity chief at Audacity, Inc.
Gineen Fulton, In 1990, Gineen started her career working for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a Special Events Manager for Ed Debevic's Restaurant in Beverly Hills. She planned special events ranging from birthday parties for 10 to movie premiere buyouts for 600. In 1994, Gineen became Director of Sales and Marketing for McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. In 2000, she relocated to San Diego and was hired as a Meeting Manager by Concepts Worldwide. For the past ten years, Gineen has managed corporate, pharmaceutical and incentive programs ranging from 15 to 2250 attendees. Gineen received her CMP certification and was the CMP Study Chair and Committee Lead for two years for the local San Diego chapter of MEeting Professionals International.
Matthew Funke, freelance video editor.
Geraldine Gatehouse, independent meeting and incentive planner with a passionate belief in the value and potential global impact of CSR.
Robert R George, CPE
Rachel Gershwin has 20 years of experience as an event professional, beginning her career at the UCLA Alumni Association planning class reunions. She spent ten years as a consultant, planning everything from televised awards events, to non-profit fundraisers, and specializing in corporate sponsorships. In 2004, Rachel joined the staff of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego as the Director of Marketing & Development. She oversees a broad range of fundraising programs, including special events, and is responsible for a $2.5 million annual budget.
Shelby Greene, CMP, CMM, corporate procurement agent, Kia Motors America.
June Goldenberg, M.A., ethnomusicologist and professor emeritus, Queensborough Community College.
Annette Gregg, CPM.
Melissa Halas-Liang, RD, MA, CNSD, CDE, is a registered dietitian, with a Master’s in nutrition education, and a certification in nutrition support. In addition to working as a clinical dietitian she has assisted in clinical trials, taught small group diabetes classes, and counseled patients on weight loss. She has spoken on a wide range of topics in the community from diet and fitness to high school sports nutrition. She spoke at the Woman’s Health Symposium at the San Diego Convention Center in 2001 on fad diets and again in 2002 on weight management and disease prevention. She has published articles in periodicals on healthy eating and edited textbook nutrition sections.
Jim Hinton, celtic folk musician, band leader, and singer/songwriter. His latest CD “The Wild Rover” is a compilation of Irish folk music based on his most recent trip to Ireland.
Damon Hitchcock, M.A.
Sam Hodgson, photojournalist and multimedia producer, VoiceofSanDiego.com
Sandra Joss, Ph.D., anthropologist and 25-year officer of the World Bank working with indigenous population development issues.
Philip Jordan, J.D. president of Green LMI Consulting, an economic and workforcr development firm that specializes in green occupations and industries
Irvin Kluth, M.A
Bruno Leone, M.A., European intellectual history – lecturer and freelance writer; Fulbright Fellow, former instructor at University of Minnesota and St. Francis College.
Keith Londot, P.E.
Rene’ M. MacVay, M.A., Teacher Fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and AP art history, English and drawing teacher at Saint Augustine High School.
Linda M. McCarthy, M.A., film teacher, Palomar College. She has also worked as an assistant curator of film at the Brooklyn Museum, a film archivist at the Andy Warhol Foundation and an executive assistant at Women Make Movies.
Edwina Mckinney, owner, McKinney & Associates.
Dick Nordquest, president D&H Consulting, LLC., is former VP of process improvemenr at Guidant Corporation. Since 1993, has lead over 400 internation lean implementations.
Samuel Obara learned and implemented the Toyota Production System (TPS) at Toyota facilities in Japan, Brazil, USA, and Venezuela. In 30 years of TPS experience, he has helped over 300 companies in diverse environments ranging from schools, to government agencies, to bio-tech to banks and in a variety of countries, including China, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Austria, Africa, the U.K., and the U.S. He is a faculty member with the Lean Institure USA and Mexico and an inscructor of Global Strategy Management for the California Community College system. He is a guest lecturer on Lean for post-graduate classes at Stanford University and has been a speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the Associateion for Productivity and Quality (APQ), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He has been featured in Lean publications such as Assembly Magizine in the USA and Pharmaceutical Insider in Mexico.
Dorothy Olsen, MBA
Alejandro Orozco, M.A., professor of philosophy, humanities, and world religions at Southwestern College, where he is also department chair for the Philosophy and Humanities department. He is the author of Logic: Philosophy 103.
Mike Osterling, certified trainer lean manufacturing implementation (University of Kentucky). CPIM certified and Six Sigma Black Belt. Lean transition consultant since 2000. Designed and deployedLean management system at Square D Company. B.A. in production and operations management and his MBA in international business are from SDSU.
Diane Peluso, owner, DMP Consulting.
Rachel Peniche is a San Diego native and graduate of the University of San Diego High School. She attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. After training in event management and meeting management & special events planning, Peniche started Plan It San Diego, an event planning and coordination company specializing in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and other corporate, political and charity events. She is a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES), San Diego Chapter where she has also served on the board of directors.
Micah Parzen, Esq
John Putman, Ph.D.
Annie Revel, CSEP, President of Revel Productions, Inc.
John Robinson improved maintenance processes for th eU.S. Navy warships for 20 years. As chief engineer, SUPSHIP, introduced lean manufacturing into a 350-person support organization. Conducted over 20 Lean improvements to complex manufacturing processes. Reduced maintenance infractructure redundancy, achieving 300% ROI.
Raul Sandelin, M.A., lecturer, Grossmont Community College. His primary focus is on the development of pop culture as its own political force and how pop culture shapes the world we live in beyond the trivia of passing fads and superficial banter.
Cindy Shtur, CMP, brings over 30 years of experience in the hospitality, travel and meeting industry. While with industry leader Rosenbluth Travel, she was the meeting manager handling a large corporate account, and later went on to develop a meeting planning division for the largest travel agency in Pittsburgh. She joined meeting management firm Concepts Worldwide as the director of operations and also held the position of director of site selection as well as national account executive, purchasing manager and key account sales manager. Shtur then led business development for Travel Dynamics, a meetings and corporate travel company. She has consistently given back to the meetings and events industry, as CMP instructor and on several board positions with Meeting Professionals International. She has served on the MPI Pittsburgh Chapter Board as director of education and vice president of membership, where she received the MPI President’s Honor Roll Award. Shtur led fundraising and sponsorship efforts for the MPI San Diego chapter, where she won the “Star of the Month” award. In January 2010, she joined the team of Unbridled Solutions, a full service meeting management and marketing firm based in Denver, as its national sales manager in its San Diego branch office. Shtur also teaches site selection and hotel negotiations at San Diego State University for the Meeting Planning Certificate and Advanced Meeting Management Certificate Programs.
Mohan K. Sood, Ph.D., professor and dean emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University; senior fellow, global studies, San Jose State University. His published works include Spiritual Living: Eastern Wisdom for Today and Values, Aspirations and Fulfillment: Lessons from Grandma Daadi.
G. Gage Skinner, M.A., cultural anthropologist. A graduate of SDSU, he has been an adjunct professor and lecturer at North Idaho College, the University of San Diego, and Cuyamaca College. He served in the Peace Corps and has worked as a planner, interpretive specialist and park ranger with State and National Parks in the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as a visiting historian at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Eric Smigel, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and coordinator of the Musicology program at SDSU. He is currently preparing a book-length study of American composer James Tenney and is also a “Prelude Presenter” for the chamber music series of the La Jolla Music Society.
Jane Uzcategui, M.S., RD, is a registered dietitian with a master's in clinical nutrition. She has had extensive experience as a didactic program director at the collegiate level where she was responsible for the placement of dietetic students in clinical and community nutrition rotations. In addition, as a certified nutrition support dietitian, she taught medical nutrition therapy to medical and surgical residents in teaching hospital settings for more than ten years. Her experience as a distance runner has prompted her specialization in sports nutrition to teach to students about the role of nutrition in maximizing performance and altering body composition.
Nicole Vargas, digital media producer and consultant.
Richard Van Der Linden has trained, mentored, and certified 150 Green Belts/Lean resulting in a three-year accumulated savings of $20 million. As a champion of Lean and Six Sigma, has driven results in manufacturing, assembly, materials management, human resources, finance, health/safety/environment, quality management, facilities, and product design. Former manufacturing engineer with Honeywell.
Paul Van Loon, lawyer, AAA
Johnny Warriner, Ph.D., adjunct professor at Southwestern College and former head of musical theatre at Santa Clara University. He is also a professional director, choreographer, actor, singer, and dancer. His professional acting credits include Macbeth (La Jolla Playhouse), La Pastorela (Old Globe Theatre), and Gypsy (Welk Resort Theatre).
Claudia Wehrman, CMP
Bonnie Welch, M.B.A. and 6th-degree black belt. She earned her graduate degree from SDSU and has been teaching martial arts for 17 years. She will be assisted by Randy Erickson, a law partner in a local firm, and 3rd-degree black belt who has been studying martial arts for 25 years.