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Phil Bresnahan
Oct 06, 2017
 
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Garner A. Palenske and his family live in San Diego, California. A native Californian, he grew up exploring the mining camps of the Mojave Desert. Mr. Palenske earned bachelor degrees in both engineering and business from California State University, Fullerton. He works as a vice president of a consulting engineering firm and has worked on many historical building restorations. An accomplished researcher, Mr. Palenske has published several engineering research projects.

Mr. Palenske’s first history book “Wyatt Earp in San Diego, Life After Tombstone” was published in 2012. This critically acclaimed work was the first academic treatment of this exciting period in Earp’s life. Since then he has been published in True West Magazine and presented papers at the Arizona History Convention (2015, 2016 and 2017), and the Tombstone Territorial Rendezvous (many times).

Palenske is a member of the Wild West History Association and the San Diego History Center. He is also serves as the historian for the First San Diego Court House Museum in Old Town San Diego.

Garner Palenske
Oct 13, 2017
 
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Clinton Mains is an advisor consultant for Hartford Funds. He is responsible for marketing Hartford Funds and The Hartford SMART529 in California, covering the San Diego, Orange County, Riverside County, and Palm Springs areas. Clinton supports financial advisors and their clients with educational material, client seminars, product expertise, and practicemanagement strategies.

Clinton joined the organization as an advisor consultant in 2011. Prior to joining the company, he worked in sales and marketing with Franklin Templeton in northern California from 2008-2011. Clinton is a registered representative of Hartford Funds Distributors. He is FINRA Series 6 and 63 registered.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Clinton graduated from The University of Denver with a degree in finance from Daniels College of Business. He currently lives in San Diego, California. 

Clinton Mains
Oct 20, 2017
 
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Joey’s dedication to the theatrical arts and youth) is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre (2006-present). Winning over 50 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego; including a special creativity award for shaving his head with his lead in THE KING AND I, Yul Brynner style, gaining over $10,000.00 for Rady Children’s Hospital, Cancer Unit. Earning him the title Joey “Do Anything For The Arts” Landwehr.

Joey moved to San Diego after being a professional actor and director in New York City working on and off Broadway, national tours, regional theatre and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Joey received his MFA in acting and directing from The Ohio State University and has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis Sternhagen, Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart, F. Murray Abraham, Twila Tharpe and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Ben Vereen, Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Mallory, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone & Howard Keel. Joey has worked in all medias of entertainment and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Since moving to San Diego Joey worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director; in 2007 he received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts and in 2011 was also honored as the San Diego Newsmaker of the year in the Arts. In 2015 Joey was nominated, by the great Ben Vereen, for the Inaugural Excellence In Theatre Education TONY Award; in 2016 Joey was further recognized when the city of San Diego proclaimed October 18th Joey Landwehr Day.

2014 to the present Joey also is proud to serve as Artistic Director for THE BEN VEREEN AWARDS (Starring Ben Vereen) by Broadway/San Diego A Nederlander Presenter. In San Diego, Joey has worked with Scripps Ranch Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova San Diego, The Civic Theatre, The Spreckles Theatre, The Balboa Theatre, San Diego Fringe Festival, Compulsion Dance & Theatre and The Actors Alliance Festival winning five different excellence awards. From 2006 - 2015 Joey served as the resident staging director and choreographer for the SDGMC, under the artistic direction of Gary Holt and producer Ian Grant.

At JCompany he has had the privilege of directing RUMPELSTILTSKIN IS MY NAME, OLIVER!, YOURS, ANNE, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL, DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK, ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S AIDA, DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS, POCAHONTAS (San Diego Premiere), INTO THE WOODS, FIREFLIES: THE STORY OF THE ARTISTS OF TEREZIN - FEATURING THE ORIGINAL CHILDREN’S OPERA BRUNDIBAR (World Premiere). RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE SOUND OF MUSIC, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 13 – A NEW MUSICAL, THE WIZARD OF OZ (Munchkin cast of the national tour), CHILDREN OF EDEN (Also playing the role of The Father), DISNEY’S MULAN, **THE WHO’S TOMMY, **THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, **XANADU, FUNNY GIRL, YENTL (World Premiere), GYPSY, HELLO, DOLLY, SHREK – THE MUSICAL, DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DISNEY’S TARZAN, DISNEY’S PETER PAN, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, ANNIE, WEST SIDE STORY, RENT, A VERY POTTER MUSICAL, PHANTOM, DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS, SEUSSICAL, ANNIE WARBUCKS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. TITANIC – THE MUSICAL, WICKED, URINETOWN, DISNEY’S ALADDIN, THE WIZ, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, RAGTIME, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, MAMMA MIA, TICK, TICK… BOOM!, CHESS, DISNEY’S THE LION KING, LES MISERABLES, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AMND THE BEAST, HAIRSPRAY

**In partnership with La Jolla Playhouse

Joey Landwehr
Oct 27, 2017
 
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Heath Fox is the Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society. He was previously the Assistant Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego; Director of Administration at the San Diego Museum of Art; and Associate Director for Administration at the Museum of Photographic Arts. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a BS in Business Finance from Virginia Tech. He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s museum management program and the Harvard Business School executive education program. He served on the Arts Commission for the city of Carlsbad, California; on the Board of Trustees of the Balboa Art Conservation Center; and on the Board of Directors of Balboa Park Central.

Heath Fox
Nov 03, 2017
 
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Nancy Montejano, Director of Operations, began her career in Oceanography after graduating from University of California, San Diego, with a BS in Biology. She continued her science career, working at several biotech companies in San Diego. After years in research, Nancy worked in the financial services industry, coordinating educational marketing events and managing the firm’s relationships with clients. Nancy is excited to be part of an organization that supports genetic vision disorder research and offers resources to families of children with vision disorders. She and her husband live in Carmel Valley and have two grown children.

Nancy Montejano
Nov 10, 2017
 

Dr. Laura Proctor

Dr. Proctor is a licensed clinical psychologist at Mindful Psychotherapy Inc., serving adults with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship difficulties and other issues in La Jolla and Hillcrest. She is also a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, and is currently conducting research on the transition to adulthood for former foster youth.

Before becoming a clinical psychologist, she worked as a journalist and grant writer in Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Proctor is a passionate advocate for children’s rights and disability rights. She is particularly interested in leveling the playing field for children and teens with food allergies, so that they may enjoy the same educational and socialization opportunities at school as their non-allergic peers.

 

 

Esther Trevino

Esther Trevino, a native of San Diego, California, is the #GlutenFreeNerd. This nickname, “the gluten free nerd” is the result of her interests in comic books, space, science, computers, video games, as well as a passion for raising awareness about food allergy and Celiac Disease. As someone who has asthma, Celiac Disease, and allergies to peanuts, shellfish, and bees, Esther focuses her efforts on helping people understand that they can follow their passions and interests and live a normal life even with dietary restrictions.

To further this message, Esther runs a blog, The Gluten Free Nerd, along with various social media accounts including Instagram (TheGlutenFreeNerd), Twitter (@EstherTrevino), and Facebook (The Gluten Free Nerd). Her content includes things like allergy-friendly recipes inspired by her favorite scientists, the latest space news, and other favorite topics related to science and technology. The result is content that’s fun and educational while raising awareness of food allergy and other dietary restrictions.

Esther, through her social media presence and speaking engagements, encourages her audience to recognize they are more than their food allergy and auto-immune disorder. 

Dr. Laura Proctor and Esther Trevino
Nov 17, 2017
 
Dark - Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2017
 
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Jolyn B. Parker, VP of External Relations, San Diego Oasis, serving San Diego Oasis in the role of raising friends and funds, Jolyn has worked in marketing, fundraising, event production, and strategic management in both the nonprofit world and the for profit retail industry.

From her role as CMO of a $90M nonprofit to teaching the business of retail and marketing and communications at the university level to running a multi-million dollar retail operation, she brings a wealth of experience in outreach that includes conceptualizing, implementing and managing campaigns to build public relations and communications efforts, targeted marketing, business development, strategic and operational planning and events to raise awareness and funds.

Jolyn is involved in supporting the San Diego nonprofit community, currently serving as Chair of the Board of Barrio Logan College Institute, Chair of the Board of Community Health Improvement Partners, and as a member of the San Diego Symphony Notables. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Fashion Group International, a national board based in New York, and as a member of the National Business Planning Committee for The Oasis Institute working to complete a national business plan.

She holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Nonprofit Management from Empire State College at SUNY, Applied Associate Degree in Retail Management from Fashion Institute of Technology at SUNY, and a certificate from College of Distributive Trades, London, England. She is married to William (Bill) Parker, a business turnaround specialist and has one daughter, an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jolyn Parker
Dec 01, 2017
 
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Todd Lane, MBA, is currently President/Chief Executive Officer for California Coast Credit Union, a $2 billion credit union based in San Diego. Mr. Lane was named President in June of 2014 and became President/CEO on January 1, 2015. Mr. Lane had served as Chief Financial Officer for California Coast Credit Union since 2009. He also serves as Vice Chair on the Cal Coast Foundation Board, which provides grants and scholarships to schools, students and educators in San Diego and Riverside counties. 

Prior to joining to the credit union, Mr. Lane was the President/Chief Executive Officer of Executive Compensation Solutions based in Covina, California and prior to that was the EVP/CFO for a Western Corporate Federal Credit Union. In total, he has held executive positions in the financial services industry for over 30 years.

Mr. Lane received his BS in Finance from San Diego State University and his MBA from Pepperdine University. Todd has served on both for-profit and non-profit Boards, including several years on a Board of Trustees directing retirement assets. He currently serves as Chairman of the RMJ Foundation, where their principal efforts are directed towards youth financial education and is past President of the AOBT Foundation which supports a business-based academy at Clairemont High School here in San Diego.‚Äč

Todd Lane
Dec 08, 2017
 
Dark - Christmas
Dec 22, 2017
 
Dark - New Year's
Dec 29, 2017
 
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Taking the risk out of public speaking Prisk Communication

JENNI PRISK founded Prisk Communication in 1990 to provide exemplary public speaking and communication skills. She has coached hundreds of individuals and corporate teams in the United States and internationally. Jenni is a dynamic motivational speaker.

Jenni was born and raised in New Zealand. She has a Diploma in Adult Teaching and qualified as a Human Relations and Communications Instructor for the New Zealand Marriage Guidance Council. She has a Diploma in Speech & Drama from Trinity College, London, England.

Jenni is the co-author of Communication Skills Training, published by ASTD. For six years she was a faculty professor at the University of San Diego in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program. In collaboration with PRIDE Inc. San Diego, she developed and led a recurring course in public speaking for developmentally disabled adults.

Jenni chaired the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from 2015-2017. She remains on the Commission. In June 2016, she was elected President of the Association of California Commissions on the Status of Women (ACCW). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Women Peacemakers’ Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at USD. She is an advisory member of the Women’s Regional Network of South Asia, who assist IDPs.

In 2001, Jenni founded Voices of Women (VOW), a nonprofit organization with the Mission to support and promote local and global educational programs that uplift and empower women and children. VOW presented 80+ educational events, and raised funds for global nonprofit organizations including the Daraja Academy for Girls in Kenya. Jenni is a co-founder and host of iVOW, a Podcast Program featuring voices of global women. www.voicesofwomen.org

Jenni is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club where she chairs the Peace Committee. In 2013, she received the Rotarian of the Quarter award. Jenni is the CA State Representative for the National Women’s Political Caucus San Diego Chapter. She is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego. She is a board member of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF)

Jenni was a speaker at TEDx SDSU; she has emceed TEDx programs. She is featured in a SUE Talk on YouTube. For two decades she anchored (live) KPBS-TV San Diego fundraisers and interviewed numerous guests: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Sarah Brightman, Paul Anka, John Tesh, Patti LuPone, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Andrew Weil (and more.) Jenni is a theatre critic – you can read her reviews on Scene by Jenni Prisk on FaceBook.

Awards:

1994 & 2016: San Diego Business Journal’s Award for Women Who Mean Business

1995: finalist in Bank of America’s 1st Enterprise Award Program; honoree in Women Together Awards

1999: regional finalist in Working Woman magazine’s first Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Program

2006: Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center (WIC)

2008: Community Leader Award from the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project

2009: nominee in San Diego Magazine’s Women of Worth Awards

2011: YWCA TWIN Award Recipient

2013: Athena Pinnacle Awards Finalist; Heilbron Awards Finalist

Jenni Prisk
Jan 12, 2018
 
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From a window seat at The University Club (home of San Diego’s Downtown Breakfast Rotary), Doug Wilson can see much of his life’s work. This 35-story view is a signature feature of the mixed-use masterpiece he created in the 1980s – a full city block known as Symphony Towers.

Turning south toward Petco Park, the downtown skyline showcases two other Doug Wilson icons -- The Mark and Park Loft. Both projects are considered landmarks and credited with being catalysts to the success of Petco and the surrounding neighborhoods.

When the economy took its turn and plunged the economy into a near-depression, Doug Wilson pivoted to its other long-tested business model of handling workouts nationwide. The company emerged to become one of the country’s most prominent fiduciaries, trusted by private investors, banks, and government to reposition or sell over $15 billion in troubled assets.

Fast forward to 2017, where the team at Douglas Wilson Companies has refocused yet again on other new initiatives.

“We’re gearing up for what we see as an imminent, unprecedented transition of wealth from the baby boomer generation to its adult children,” said Wilson. “Inevitably, and unfortunately, such a major shift of accumulated wealth will create a variety of disputes concerning ownership, control, management and disposition of assets.”

In fact, Baby Boomers are expected to transfer up to $59 trillion to adult children through 2061.

“We call it the “wealth acquiring generation,” and as they begin to transfer trillions to adult children, we can tap our experience as a fiduciary to help families avoid inter-generational disputes and preserve and enhance the value of these assets.”

To strengthen his in-house conflict resolution team, Wilson recently recruited high-profile business attorney John L. Morrell, the immediate past president of San Diego Rotary Club 33. Morrell moved to Douglas Wilson Companies from local powerhouse Higgs Fletcher & Mack, where he retains the title of Chairman Emeritus.

Douglas Wilson Companies is also currently engaged in infill residential development, senior housing, as well as a thriving practice in real estate advisory services for large private, public and non-profit institutions. For more information, visit: www.douglaswilson.com

Doug Wilson
Jan 19, 2018
 
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Pivot to Success!

Are you a “Wantrepreneur” – an entrepreneur with an idea, business, or goal that is slipping further out of reach?

In this talk, A.J. MacQuarrie will share his top mindset strategies to help you achieve the success you desire when “the big win” seems unattainable. Perhaps you’ve psyched yourself up, but you’ve found yourself on a crazy roller coaster ride with some stellar highs followed by some unexpected deep dives. Your success might be a lot closer than you think, but it can be all too easy to lose momentum when life throws you or your business a monkey wrench.

How you handle the adversities in your path will determine your success. If your business is not where you want it to be, A.J. will share his simple mindset pivot to get you and your company recalibrated for success.

MacQuarrie will share his top mindset strategies to help you achieve the success you desire when “the big win” seems unattainable.

“When you pivot, you will feel your entire life shift forward. Pivot to Success will teach you how to tap into your potential in a greater way than you have ever experienced before!” – A.J. MacQuarrie

 

A. J. MacQuarrie
Jan 26, 2018
 
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TED OWEN
PRESIDENT
and CEO
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce 

COMMUNITY SERVICE THROUGH PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND BOARDS

1. Past President, Transit Alliance for a Better North County
2. Member, Board of Advisers, U.S. Marine Corps, Historical Society
3. Member, Board of Directors, Southwest Water Solutions
4. Member & Past Chairman, San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors
5. Past Chairman, San Diego Land Use Committee, San Diego Association of Governments
6. Member Hi-Noon Rotary Club Carlsbad, California
7. Past President La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club
8. Founder of Crime Stoppers and Past President
9. Member Mira Costa Bond Oversight Board of Directors
10. Member Tri-City Hospital Community Relations Board 

AWARDS AND HONORS

• Laureate, San Diego Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
• American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, “Award of Excellence”
• County of San Diego, “Volunteer of the Year”
• San Diego Venture Group, “Businessman of the Year”
• U.S. Small Business Administration, “Media Advocate of the Year”
• American Cancer Society, “California Victory Award”
• Bank of America Enterprise Award, “Most Socially Responsible Company”
• Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce, “Distinguished Leadership Award”
• Private Industry Council, “Partnership Award”
• Boy Scouts of America, Desert Pacific Council, “Distinguished Citizen Award”
• National Association of Women Business Owners, “Advocate of the Year”
• Centre City Development Corporation, “Director’s Award”
• Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Visionary Leader Award”
• Golden Triangle Rotary Club, “Ernest W. Hahn Visionary Award”
• Paul Harris Foundation Fellow-Rotary International (2 awards)
• Women in Transportation Excellence in Transportation Award
• Most Admired CEO San Diego Business Journal Award
• Twenty Most Influential Leaders Award, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine 

EDUCATION

MBA, National University, San Diego, California, 1984

BA, Social Science, Chapman University, Orange, California, 1980

AS, Journalism, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana, 1974

Listed in Who’s Who in the World; Listed in Who’s Who in America; Listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry; Listed in Who’s Who in California; Listed in Who’s Who in the West; Listed in Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders, Listed in Who’s Who in the Media and Communications.

Ted Owen
Feb 02, 2018
 
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Richard is Founder/President of RDM Management Group, a professional training company specializing in the areas of Sales, Customer Service, Soft Skills and Leadership Management Training. RDM Management Group focuses on four (4) key principles: Self Confidence, SelfDiscipline, Emotional Intelligence, and Motivation. While serving in the U.S. Army, these four (4) key principles were critical guidelines that propelled him to this next level in his professional business career.

As a speaker, business coach and trainer, Richard has exercised the same four (4) principles to launch a successful business career into the professional arena of Sales and Sales Management that has extended beyond 30 years of honorary and awarded tenure. Richard is also an established author of The Empowerment Series Volume I & II a Motivational Series.

Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North San Diego Business Chamber, Kroc Center Salvation Army Advisory Council, and Miramar College Business Department Advisory Board. He also a Facilitator for the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. aka REBOOT which lead initiatives to “Reboot the lives & careers of transitioning service members and veterans and promote a strong workforce.” By focusing on and resolving the key reintegration issues of veterans and the challenges employers face trying to hire them.

Richard also volunteers his time as a facilitator at Interfaith Community Services Veterans Assistance Program, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels and team leader for Economic Development Escondido/San Marcos CA.

Richard Marks
Feb 09, 2018
 

Rehab Bio 
Elyse Matson (Speech Pathologist) 

Education/Certifications 
B.A. in Communication Disorders, San Diego State University 1987
M.A. in Communication Disorders, San Diego State University 1989 Certified in the use of Vital 
Stim, LSVT, and Myofascial Release 

Where you grew up?
 I am a native San Diegan

Languages
I am only fluent in English, but can get by in Spanish and my colleagues here at Carmel Mountain have taught me some Tagalog too!!

Why did you choose speech therapy?
I chose the field of speech therapy for a variety of reasons: I wanted to help others, I loved older people and helping others communicate is amazing.

What is your proudest moment as a speech therapist?
I have a great career spanning over 25 years. One of my proudest moments was placing a speaking valve on a patient and watching him speak to his family for the first time in 6 months!!

What is something we do not know about you?
You may not know that I love technology and often try to use it in my therapy. I love thinking about how the latest gadgets might help my patients communicate better!

How do you spend your leisurely time?
I love to spend time with my husband, son and friends. I am a member of Team Challenge. We train for triathlons while raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Elyse Matson
Feb 23, 2018