Advisory Board

Dr. Reza Karkia (Chair)

Leo Chu

Paul Cordova

Wade M. Downey

Joseph Dulla

 Lisa M. Garrett

Steven J. Golightly

Mike Grimshaw

Kourosh Hangafarin

Kathrene Hansen

Leslie M. Hollaway

Steven Johnson

James Drew Lawson

Wayne Lee

W. Barry Nixon

Robert K. Pittman Jr.

Madeline Roachell

John Tonsick

Erwin D. Walker

Patricia Williams

Reza Karkia

Dr. Reza Karkia, DBA, ACFEI, CHS-III (Chair)

The President of American Institute of Higher Education Resources (AIHER). He is Emeritus Executive Director of Academic Affairs at California State University, and has more than 30 years’ experience in education, senior management, and leadership. He is an involved and participating community member of Orange County at large in all areas of education, businesses, and constructive politics. 

Dr. Karkia has served the State of California under four recent Governors as Commissioner, California Council on Criminal Justice (CCCJ). As a ranking member of CCCJ, he has advised the Governor and legislator of the State of California on policy direction to California’s Office of Homeland Security, Board of Correction, and Office of Emergency Services. Within CCCJ Dr. Karkia has served as Chair, California Drug Treatment Task Force & Chairman of California criminal Justice planning bylaw committee. He also served as Commissioner, California Health Policy and Data Advisory.

He is a certified member of American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, and serves on numerous government committees and boards of directors to help shape policy and form regulation for public and private sectors. He was leading member of State of California’s “Energy Policy Advisory Committee” under Governor Pete Wilson for eight years.

He is Chairman of advisory board of School of Management and Public Policy of the California State University, DH, and the advisory board of Chapman University’s Extended Education.

He is chairman of the Orange County Sheriff Department’s, Advisory Council and a Professional Services Civilian responder.

He serves on the Advisory Council of 211Orange County, a nonprofit organization serving 34 cities of Orange County.

He is a Trustee and Consul with The World Affairs Council of Orange County, California.

He is a co-author, co-editor, and contributor to “Facilities Management Manual” a handbook for the Higher Education Facilities Officers, American Colleges and Universities. He is well published in National and International levels. He has trained over 10,000 American college & university administrators and graduate students across the nation.

He had budget responsibility of $1.8 billion for CSU Capital Outlay projects, and has managed over $280 million operating budgets annually.

He is listed in Who’s Who in America in Science & Engineering as well as Finance, and Industry. He was named as the “Energy Engineer of the year” in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Mr. Leo Chu

Leo Chu was born in Shanghai in 1942 and raised in Hong Kong. He graduate as a textile engineer from Hong Kong Polytechnic, now Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Leo began his career in the family-owned textile business in 1964 in Hong Kong.  He and his wife, Ivy, immigrated to the United States in 1975 to Los Angeles and never left.  They started an apparel company -California Ivy Inc - and sold it in 1992 to a Fortune 500 apparel company.
Presently, Leo is the owner of 3 casinos including Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California.  His hobbies include, collecting antique cars, model cars, and building HO model trains.  Reading is another long time hobby, mostly magazines reflecting his various interests. Philanthropy is also on his agenda.
Leo Chu sits on the boards of:
Special Olympics Southern California, since 1996
Councilors of Vertibi School of Engineering - University of Southern California
Shanghai Jio Tong University Cultural Research Board Member
Shanghai Fudan University Research Center in Shanghai Culture Chair
Beijing Tsinghua university North America foundation advisory board member
President's Council of Huntington Library
Chairman of the board of Morning Light charitable foundation
California Problem Gambling Council, since 1996
Former Member: Advisory Board of California Gambling Control Commission, appointed by the governor of California.
California Gaming Association, Executive Board
Gateway to L. A. Association
Part owner of NBA development team arsenal
Founding member of Chequer 200 of Petersen Car Museum
Chambers of Commerce -Inglewood, CA; Compton, CA; Westchester, CA
Honorary Chairman of Friends of Sanghai Foundation USA
President of the Los Angeles Shanghailander Association
Various Los Angeles Charitable and Benevolent Associations

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Mr. Paul Cordova

Mr. Paul Cordova, CPA, graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1976 with a degree in Business Administration, Accounting concentration.  He has been married for 40 plus years to Margie, also a CSUDH graduate.  They have three adult sons and two grandchildren.  Mr. Cordova worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 35 years with 15 years in executive positions. This included positions in Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Fresno, Denver, and Houston. He taught numerous technical and leadership classes. He is an executive, senior manager, coach and mentor.

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Mr. Wade M. Downey, CPA
Partner – Downey, Smith & Fier

Wade is a founding partner of Downey, Smith & Fier and has over 20 years of experience providing State & Local Tax consulting services. Wade graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He went on to obtain his Certified Public Accountant license in California and earned a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Southern California.
Wade’s work experience includes service as an Auditor with the California State Board of Equalization and as a Senior Tax Manager in Deloitte’s Los Angeles Multistate Tax Services Group.
Wade has been married for 17 years with two children, Jacob (15) and Cora (12). His hobbies include wakeboarding and off-road motorcycle riding with family and friends. Wade also enjoys coaching and refereeing youth soccer. He currently also volunteers his time as the Treasurer for South High School’s Soccer Boosters.

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Lieutenant Joseph Dulla

Lieutenant Joseph Dulla graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1987 and a Master of Arts in Sociology in 1994. He has worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for over 25 years.  He is a part of a club marathon training team and the father of 4 children.

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Ms. Lisa M. Garrett 

On March 30, 2010, Lisa M. Garrett was appointed Director of Personnel after serving as Acting Director of DHR for almost one year.  Ms. Garrett has more than 25 years of public service and has worked in both the City and the County of Los Angeles.  She began her career in public service with the City of Los Angeles as a Council Aide for Councilman Gilbert Lindsey and later served as an Investigator in the City’s Housing Department.

Ms. Garrett was hired into the County in 1994 as a Deputy District Attorney in the District Attorney's Bureau of Family Support Operations.  Seven years later, she moved to the Child Support Services Department (CSSD) upon its creation in 2001, where she served as Assistant Division Chief in two large divisions, the Executive Assistant to the Director, and as the Chief Deputy Director and Chief Attorney before being appointed as Acting Director of Personnel.  During her tenure in the Department of Human Resources (DHR), Ms. Garrett has directed DHR staff through several significant projects such as the development and implementation of a certified training course for Exam Analysts; the establishment of the PeopleStats metrics program to collect data to track and improve DHR performance, accountability and service delivery; and the development of a departmental strategic plan, which emphasizes customer service, HR transformation, succession planning and improved recruitment and selection practices to bring the best and the brightest talent into Los Angeles County.  Ms. Garrett has set a strategic direction within the County of Los Angeles to “automate all things HR.”  Through her vision the County has realized significant change with the implementation of enterprise HR solutions, setting the foundation for data-based decisions through HR analytics.  

Ms. Garrett is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a major in Psychology, and also holds a Juris Doctorate from the Southwestern University School of Law and an MBA from Pepperdine University.  She is an active member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles Bar Association Labor Employment Law Section, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA).  Ms. Garrett is designated as an IMPA-HR Certified Professional and holds a certificate in Advanced HR Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program.

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Steven J. Golightly, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Golightly currently serves as Director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, one of the largest locally-administered child support programs in the nation. 

As Director, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the County’s Child Support department with responsibility for an annual budget of $165 million and a workforce of over 1,500 individuals. In addition to his County duties, Dr. Golightly is also a part time assistant professor at California State University Dominguez Hills, and California State University Northridge, teaching in their Master of Public Administration programs.

Prior to joining the County, Dr. Golightly was a career member of the Federal government’s Senior Executive Services, and was the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that, he worked for the National Alliance of Business, in Washington DC, where he served as Vice President for Human Service Programs. He also was Chief Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.

He is a member of the board of directors for the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the California Child Support Directors Association, and the Los Angeles County Management Council. Dr. Golightly also serves as a member of the CSUDH College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board.

He has an undergraduate degree in Business Management, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.

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Mr. Michael Grimshaw

Mike Grimshaw has over 30+ years’ senior level sales and management experience in the highly competitive technology industry with industry leaders IBM, Cisco, Nortel and Unisys.  He has successfully launched new strategic products and won numerous sales and recognition awards for his contributions.

Mike was the founder and President of Pace Data and President of Israeli based RAD Network Devices.  Mike has proven success in the challenge of bringing innovative start-up companies - Equinox Networks, Cascade, Shasta Networks and Ellacoya to acquisition or IPO.

Mike is an innovative educator, speaker and mentor for - high school (JA), higher education (MCU/CSUDH/CSULB) & Adult (SBDC/Adult School/Professional Associations)
Professional and Educational:
· Co-founder/Mentor - South Bay Entrepreneurial Center
· Business Entrepreneurship Professor – Marymount California University
· LPAC Advisory Board – Marymount California University
· CBAPP Advisory Board - CSUDH
· Angel Investor – Maverick Angels (Pres.), Monday Club & LA Venture Association
· Certified Executive Coach –Growth-Leadership Center
· Member,  Institute of Management Consultants (IMC)
· Member - California United Bank Advisory Board (CUB)
· Graduate Studies, USC & CSUDH (Ed.)
· BA Economics, CSUN
· Member - Congresswoman Janice Hahn Small Business Advisory Board
· Volunteer - Junior Achievement (JA)
· Advisor - Small Business Development Centers (SBDC/SBA)
· Certified Small Business Advisor – Apogee Center
· Resident Manager – International Center (CSUN)
· Mentor – Innovation Challenge CSULB
· Advisor – ENACTUS & Toastmasters
· Contributor – Professional Publications – articles/blogs & newsletters
· Developer – Business education courses for online & hybrid models

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Mr. Kourosh Hangafarin

Mr. Kourosh Hangafarin, presently serves as the Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for American Logistics International, LLC, a Carson, California based full-service logistics provider specializing in supply chain management with a worldwide operational presence. Established in 2006 and headquartered adjacent to Southern California ports, A.L.I. is at the center of the U.S. trade gateway to the world.
American Logistics International’s mission is to provide an efficient, secured and comprehensive cargo transport handling & warehousing operations throughout North America. American Logistics International strives to be among the leaders in evolving logistics industries by utilizing the most advanced technology systems.
American Logistics International is an approved Regional Center under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Clients include, Toyota, Dole Foods, Shell, Chevron, Sam Adams and General Electric.
As an energetic operations and public affairs professional with over 25 years of experience, Kourosh has amassed a presence in the international & local economies.
His knowledge and skill in private enterprise and political organizations have resulted in increased profits, advanced technologies and improved efficacy for American Logistics International.
Mr. Hangafarin has been appointed and serves on several prestigious Board and Commissions:
• Board of Director, California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber)
• South Bay Workforce Investment Board of Directors
• Commissioner, Economic Development Commission, City of Carson
• Member of the Executive Board of Director, Los Angeles Economic Development   Corporation (LAEDC)
• Member of Board of Directors Women in International Trade, http://wit-la.org/
• Carson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
• Advisory Board, California State University Dominguez Hills, School of Business & Public Policy
• Los Angeles Harbor College, Business Advisory Board Member
• Member of Board of Directors , New Majority Los Angeles,
• Member of the Board of Managers, Carson-Gardena YMCA
• Member of Carson Chamber of Commerce Legislation Action Committee
• Member of California Chamber of Commerce, Council for International Trade
• Member of California Coalition for Free Trade
• Members of the Regulations Action Team, California Economic Summit

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Ms. Kathrene Hansen, Executive Director
Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board

President Kennedy established Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) in 1961 to strengthen the management and administration of Federal activities and improve intergovernmental coordination at the local level.  There are 28 FEBs nationwide; the Los Angeles Federal Community is one of the largest in the United States with more than 275 separate agencies employing over 125,000 Federal employees.
With 18 years in this position, Ms. Hansen has a unique perspective of the Federal Government throughout Southern California and extensive contacts with State, Local and Community organizations as well.  The FEB has a rich history of providing services to Federal agencies and influencing others to work together throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Prior to joining the FEB staff in October 1995, Kathrene spent 10+ years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in positions of increasing responsibility in Clarksburg, WV, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.   Throughout her career, Ms. Hansen has received numerous awards for her consistently outstanding performance and has been recognized by numerous community organizations.
Her career also includes assignments with the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Idaho and the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which provide additional perspectives of the role of Government.  She received her Master’s in Public Administration from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Idaho State University.  Publications include the development of a Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector Publication/Curriculum and an article in The Public Manager titled:  Anxiety In the Workplace: Post September 11, 2001.

Leslie M. Hollaway     

Ms. Leslie M. Hollaway, MS, PHR, PHR-CA

Pepperdine University

Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Management & Finance

Villanova University

Master of Science Degree, Human Resources Development

Walden University

Doctorate in Business Administration (In Process)

Loyola Marymount University, Human Resources Certification

Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Professional in Human Resources Certifications

Activities and Societies:  Pepperdine Waves, Society for Human Resources (SHRM),

National Human Resources Association (NHRA), SMA of Southern California

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Advisory Board Member

Ms. Hollaway is Territorial Assistant Executive Director at The Salvation Army (TSA), Territorial Headquarters in Long Beach, California.  With TSA since 2011, she is the secondary resource for management leadership among all Human Resource administrative personnel in the Western Territory.  Her areas of responsibility include assisting in the development of uniform territorial policies for Human Resource administration consistent with changing laws in thirteen states.

Since coming to TSA, Leslie has focused her attention to strategic and long term organizational planning to raise management standards in compliance with wage and hour laws to achieve policy compliance. Helps set standards for organizational development, employment recruitment, hiring, training, employee relations, terminations, and claims.  Assists the Executive Director in advising senior leadership on significant Human Resources issues, as well as working to  coordinate policy and practices with leadership in other departments, not limited to, but including Finance, Risk Management, Legal, and Community Relations.

Leslie has over twenty years’ experience in Administration and the HR field through Fortune 500 employers in the public accounting, legal, and investment banking arenas.  There she was responsible for leading and directing the company’s human resource programs, benefits, recruiting, and payroll administration.

A certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR & PHR-CA) by the Society for Human Resource Management since 2009 and former member of the Item Development Panel for the certification exams.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board at California State University, Dominguez Hills and has actively participated in numerous volunteer programs through The Salvation Army, A Place Called Home, and the Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

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Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the Principal Director of Finance and Accounting at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA.  He has been with Aerospace since 2004 when he joined the company as Director of Corporate Planning and Analysis.  Prior to joining Aerospace Steve was a Principal with a mid-sized accounting firm in Los Angeles after beginning his accounting career with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Steve is a graduate of CSUDH with a BS Degree in Business Administration/Accounting and an MBA. Steve lives with his wife, Sandra, in Redondo Beach where they enjoy spending time with both of their families.  They enjoy traveling, in particular love to visit Hawaii and spend time in the mountains, enjoying the outdoors.

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James Drew Lawson, ESQ.

Mr. Lawson practices law, primarily in the areas of estate planning and business transactions and immigration (employment and family petitions and naturalization). He is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He holds a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Marketing, an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Lawson is also a Certified Public Accountant (Texas). He is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Lawson speaks French fluently. He served as a Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Franҫaise de Los Angeles.

Mr. Lawson is a Past President of the Export Managers Association of California (EMAC) and the Travel and Tourism Marketing Association. He is a former officer of the Carson Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lawson served as a trustee of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

He currently serves as Vice Chair of Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County. Mr. Lawson serves on the Advisory Board of the California State University-Dominguez Hills College of Business Administration and Public Policy. He is currently a board member of the Carson Coordinating Council, a Carson based social services organization.

Mr. Lawson’s offices are located in Carson and Beverly Hills, California. He can be reached at 310.533.6977 

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Mr. Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee is President of Powertec (www.StrongerLives.com<http://www.StrongerLives.com>), a vertically integrated global Sporting Goods distributor.  He oversees all aspects of the business from manufacturing in China to marketing in Europe.  He was previously a Senior Consultant for Deloitte's Financial Advisory Services (www.Deloitte.com<http://www.Deloitte.com>) providing transactional support to large multi-national Fortune 1,000 companies.
He is a founding member of the 1st Chinese speaking chapter based in Shanghai of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (www.EONetwork.org<http://www.EONetwork.org>), participating in its Quantum Leap Forum, Asia Bridge, & Pacific Bridge Forum programs.  He is also a Vistage International (www.Vistage.com<http://www.Vistage.com>) bi-coastal Shanghai & Los Angeles program member, & a 3-Chapter member of the Young Presidents' Organization (www.ypo.org<http://www.ypo.org>) in Beverly Hills, SEA Dragon, & its Global One Chapters.  He Chairs a Global Committee of the Entrepreneurs' Organization & Vice-Chairs the Board of the local MENSA (www.Mensa.org<http://www.Mensa.org>) chapter.  He sits on the Board of the College of Business Administration & Public Policy @ CSU Dominguez Hills (www.CSUDH.edu<http://www.CSUDH.edu>) where he taught as an Adjunct Professor in International Business.  He has a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University of New York (www.Columbia.edu<http://www.Columbia.edu>) & a MBA from the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Colleges (www.Claremont.edu<http://www.Claremont.edu>). His undergraduate degree from the Department of Physics was at the University of California, Berkeley (www.Berkeley.edu<http://www.Berkeley.edu>).  He holds a Black Belt in Karate & is a certified Open Water PADI (www.PADI.com<http://www.PADI.com>) SCUBA diver.  He is currently working on his Private Pilot License & lives in both Shanghai & Los Angeles with his daughter.

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W. Barry Nixon

Executive Director, the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. 

Mr. Nixon is a graduate of the Executive Management Program, University of Hawaii, earned a masters’ degree in Human Resource Development from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northeastern University. He also completed the Advanced Human Resource Management program, Babson College, and the highly acclaimed "Creating Competitive Advantage through Human Resources," program from the University of Michigan's School of Industrial Relations. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a trained Mediator, certified Anger Management facilitator, Security Specialist and Trauma Response Specialist. In addition, he served on the joint commission with SHRM and ASIS International to create the Standard for Workplace Violence Prevention. He is also a member of the Security Advisory Board for Security Magazine, the past National President of the American Association for Anger Management Providers and is currently Co-Chair, International Committee, NAPBS. He is board member of Professionals in Human Resources Association, District 14, Chair HR and Management Advisory Board, Cal St. University, Dominquez Hill and is a past member of SHRM’s Employee Health, Safety & Security Special Expertise Panel which provides specialize counsel to the SHRM Board and membership.

He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies and numerous government entities and is a frequent requested speaker on Workplace Violence. He is the creator of the award winning web site www.Workplaceviolence911.com. He publishes the industry leading magazine The Workplace Violence Prevention eReport, authors a column for The Workplace Violence News (Specialty Technical Publishers) and has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal Radio, United Kingdom – National Talk Radio. He was named as ‘One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Security’ by Security Magazine in 2009.

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Mr. Robert K. Pittman Jr.

Mr. Pittman is the County of Los Angeles (County) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), appointed by the Board of Supervisors’ on September 2008.  Previously, he was second-in-command serving as the Assistant CISO for 5 ½ years and has over thirty years of Information Technology experience with the majority being in information security. 

He oversees all County departments comprised of thirty-four (34) major departments with a workforce that exceeds 101,000 employees.  The County proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget is $24.7 billion.    

As the County’s CISO, he provides leadership and administration in managing a formalized Countywide Information Security Program (Program).  The Program establishes policies, standards, and procedures to support the departments to provide their services securely to the County residents.  These services are healthcare, social services, general government, law enforcement, and operations for the protection of information, data, and assets entrusted by the 11+ million residents. 

On February 29, 2012, he was awarded CISO of the Year by the Info Security Products Guide 2012 Global Excellence Awards presented in San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Pittman is currently completing his Doctoral degree in Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC) targeting March 2014, where his field of specialization is organizational behavior and culture.  His Doctoral and Masters of Public Administration degrees earned academic honors.

Mr. Pittman is a frequent speaker and presenter at numerous information security and Chief Information Officer’s forums.  In February 2013, he was the Keynote Speaker at the annual RSA Conference and Trusted Computing Group in San Francisco.  Most recently, he presented the County’s Cyber Incident Response Plan at the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) International Conference 1st Annual CISO Summit in September 2013 in Nevada. 

He has published many book chapters in the annual Information Security Management Handbook series by Auerbach Publications sixth edition – volume 7 (published September 2013), volume 6 (2012), volume 5 (2011), and volume 4 (2010). 

Lastly, he serves on many advisory boards and committees: elected member to the Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Executive Committee (elected to a two-year term), California Counties Information Systems Director’s Association (CCISDA) Information Security Forum, Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force, CISO Governing Body, Los Angeles Digital Government Advisory Board, ISSA active member, CSUDH College of Business Administration and Public Policy Advisory Board, and the CSUDH Public Administration Committee Chair, to name a few.

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Ms. Madeline Roachell

Ms. Madeline Roachell has over twenty-five years of experience in professional development, program design, and management consulting.  Currently she serves as the Division Chief of Organizational Development for the Los Angeles County Fire Department where she provides executive coaching, facilitates strategic planning, teaches business management skills, mediates conflict and delivers presentations.   With an extensive background in Human Resources and Employee Relations, she is a seasoned executive with wide-ranging expertise in helping teams make significant, innovative changes.
Her accomplishments include overseeing the implementation of numerous online and electronic/automated business systems, establishing comprehensive professional development programs, creating an innovative Workforce Excellence Model and creating a highly effective negotiation and conflict resolution program.  She is adept at implementing initiatives and guiding organizational change. Ms. Roachell directed the start-up of the first financially self-sustaining adult school in the state of California for the Palos Verdes Unified School District Adult School Program.  This school has proven to be a financial role model for subsequent self-sustaining programs.  As a management consultant she provided coaching, training and facilitation for a diverse client list including Arco, BP, Starbucks, Bank of America, Ralphs Grocery, the Teamsters Union, and several Native American Corporations, among many other notable companies.
She began her career dispensing foreign aid for the Regional Economic Services Office (REDSO) for projects and programs in 5 West African Nations.  She also set-up and ran the Tel Aviv Office for military personnel attached to the Peace Keeping Forces in Tel Aviv Israel during the Camp David Accord.
Currently she enjoys hosting foreign exchange students in her home, serving as a board member for Cops4Causes as well as Cal State Dominguez Hills and playing with her granddaughter.
Ms. Roachell graduated manga cum laude with a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD) from Chapman University and holds a bachelor’s of business administration from East Texas State University.

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Mr. John Tonsick ,CPA, CFE

John Tonsick is a forensic accountant and one of America’s leading experts on fraud.  His unique perspective is shaped by more than 30 years of experience as a “Big 4” auditor, consultant and Fortune 50 executive.  John is a popular speaker around the globe and has spoken to large corporations and professional organizations such as the California Society of CPAs, American Corporate Counsel Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  He has published numerous articles on the subjects of fraud and corporate governance and is a contributing author to “Fraud Casebook:  Lessons from the Bad Side of Business”.  He has been interviewed by MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, CFO Magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is a past President of the Beach Cities Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.  He is also a magician member of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

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Mr. Erwin D. Walker

Erwin Walker currently serves as Senior Territory Manager for the IRS’ Large Business and International Division’s Communications, Technology and Media Industry Group. As Senior Program Manager, Erwin is responsible for overseeing tax compliance operations of large business entities headquartered and operating in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. Erwin previously served as IRS Senior Territory Manager for the IRS’ Natural Resources and Construction Industry Group, and the Heavy Manufacturing and Transportation Industry Group wherein he was responsible for overseeing tax compliance operations impacting large and mid-size businesses along the United States’ West Coast and in the State of Nevada. Erwin has served as Territory Manager since the inception of the IRS’ Large and Mid-Size Division in May 2000. Prior to serving as Territory Manager, Erwin was the Examination Branch Chief for the San Bernardino, Palm Springs and El Centro, CA offices in the IRS’ former Southern California District.
Erwin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. He is an actively licensed CPA in California, and President of the IRS California CPA Certification Program.
As a proud graduate from Cal State Dominguez Hills, Erwin serves as an Adjunct Faculty Lecturer of Financial and Managerial Accounting for the university.

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Ms. Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where she completed high school and then moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from Los Angeles City College with in a degree in Recreational Therapy. She then attended California State University-Los Angeles and attained a Master's Degree in Recreational Therapy. She was employed as a Recreational Therapist at Los Angeles General Hospital and a supervisor of the Department of Rehabilitation's Compton office. When the opportunity became available, she became involved in the McDonald's system as an Owner/Operator of 1 restaurant and with her daughter they now operate 13 restaurants. Patricia's commitment has always been her customers, employees and being an active participant in the communities in which her restaurants are located. The majority of her management staff have been employed for over 15 years. She provides financial recognition to employees attaining academic achievement. Patricia is an active member of:

McDonald's Black Owner/Operators’ Association
All of the chamber of commerce's in which her restaurants are located
Numerous boards and committee's both local, statewide and nationally
Ronald McDonald House past board chairperson
Recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement for employees and local students
Commendations received by numerous Federal, State and local legislative organization 

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