Neville Billimoria is the SVP Membership/Marketing and Chief Advocacy Officer for Mission Federal Credit Union and the Co-Chair of the AMA Cause Conference 2014.
Neville Billimoria brings experience, energy and empowerment to his leadership role as Senior Vice President of Membership/Marketing and Chief Advocacy Officer at Mission Federal Credit Union. He has accountability for a strategic array of crucial member-focused and outward facing functions including leading and managing the Marketing, Community Relations, eBusiness & Business Development Departments. This includes shared responsibility with the President and CEO for promoting Mission Fed’s public image and brand. Neville also serves on the Mission Federal Credit Union Community Foundation Board of Directors. Neville is an effective communications and values leader, with more than 30 years of experience growing organizations through external marketing, media, and sales effectiveness, as well as internal organizational alignment, corporate communications and leadership development. A primary focus of his position is to advocate for credit union members. He interacts with external constituencies including the financial industry as a whole, the credit union movement in particular, media, public relations, the education and business sectors, and the greater community of San Diego. After graduating from UC San Diego, Neville has remained actively involved on campus, teaching martial arts there for 34 years, as well as serving in a variety of roles including currently serving on the Executive Committee of the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors. He was nominated as the inaugural “True Triton” by the UCSD Alumni Association in 2013. Neville also serves on the San Diego Non Profits (SDN) Board, Education Synergy Alliance (ESA) Advisory Board, National Philanthropy Day® 2014 Honorary Committee and in other capacities.
Neville brings extensive knowledge of the local market to his role at Mission Fed, and to the community. He is a frequent guest speaker on topics including marketing, branding, leadership and community relations.
Alan graduated from Clark University with a BA in Psychology, received a MS in Counseling from San Diego State University, and a MA and Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Over the last 15 years, Alan has held a wide variety of positions in public education ranging from classroom teacher to district psychologist to site administrator. In addition to his K-12 public education experience, Alan has most recently been the Program Director for the Center for Educational Leadership and Effective Schools at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he collaboratively supported the delivery of high quality services and research to 5 school districts focusing on the rigorous examination of strengths, building leadership capacity, and facilitating the potential of systems for transformation.
Alan has presented at the local, state, and national level around conflict mediation, the creation and maintenance of positive school cultures, and the impact of current accountability structures. As a licensed educational psychologist, he has also provided consultation to school districts working to build and sustain systemic leadership capacity, district reform, and implementation of adult and student conflict mediation systems. Alan’s research interests include social capital, the analysis of social networks, trust, educational policy, and the building of strengths-based systems of support.
After four decades in public education, Leslie retired as superintendent of the Solana Beach School District. Prior to that position, Leslie served as deputy/interim superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. For five years prior to that Leslie was the Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for California and had responsibility for Curriculum and Instruction; Preschool and Child Care Programs, Special Education, as well as a myriad of legislative and program areas. Other professional experiences included: classroom teacher; reading specialist; state and federal categorical program coordinator; elementary and middle school principal positions; director of communication, evaluation, and staff development; assistant superintendent of instruction; and area superintendent.
Currently, Leslie is working part-time as an education consultant. As a classroom teacher and every other position Leslie has held, a commitment to and belief in the success of every student has been the hallmark of her career.
Norm is a board member of the Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Norm spent nine years as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer, first serving as an infantry officer in Vietnam and then as a naval aviator flying worldwide transport and refueling missions. After leaving the Marine Corps, Norm entered commercial aviation and served as a captain with America West Airlines until his retirement in 2005. Norm has a strong interest in public policy issues and is an advocate of self-help community change strategies and school reform. His priority is helping JCNI and the JFF develop the expertise and experience to find and nurture the best programs that break cycles of economic dependency and foster educational improvement.
Norm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in naval science from the U.S. Naval Academy. Norm is married to Valerie Jacobs Hapke, and they have two children.
Brad Lupien is currently Co-Founder and Co-President at arc, an after school and experiential education company. Brad earned his BA in Social Work from the University of Vermont and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Simmons College. Brad began his career as a teacher and social worker in the juvenile justice system and as a special education teacher in Boston, MA. He taught middle and high school young people identified as having “behavioral and emotional disabilities.” Brad is also co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for CORE Educational Services, a board member of Interfaith Family, a member of the Learning In After School & Summer (LIAS) Executive Advisory, active in the Region 11 Workforce Advisory Group, founding member of the youth Take Action Campaign, a Vistage (CE 3494) member, alumni representative of Leadership North County class of 2012, a Social Venture Partner and also a playmate to his son, Jonah (6) and daughter, Sydney (4), and a dedicated partner to his wife, Jessica.
David Lynn has a diverse background in information technology, finance, and philanthropy. He currently serves as Investment Manager for the Price Group, primarily managing philanthropic funds. His IT background includes extensive work with data analysis, reporting systems, and web-based applications in a variety of industries, including financial, distribution, and education. With a dedication to the third sector, Lynn is a founding board member of Mission Edge San Diego, a nonprofit that provides support services to other local nonprofits to help them become measurably more effective.
Other current or recent philanthropic commitments include serving as a Director and Treasurer of San Diego Grantmakers; Director of San Diego Social Venture Partners; Chair of the Action Team at the Education Synergy Alliance; Chair of the Data Team at the City Heights Partnership for Children; member of the Balboa Park Trust Committee at the San Diego Foundation.
Lynn is a San Diego native with a Bachelors in Mathematics from Whitman College. When not working, he’s likely to be found in the mountains, either hiking with the dog or running stupid long distances with other crazy people.
Judy McDonald is an experienced community volunteer serving the San Diego Community for more than 35 years. Over the years, she has worked on issues involving the well-being of children, domestic violence, arts education, philanthropy, and many others. She currently is the President of the Parker Foundation, board member of the National Conflicts Resolution Center, NTC Foundation, San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the advisory committee of San Diego Grantmakers.
Margie Newman is an award-winning public relations strategist who founded Intesa Communications Group after serving as a media relations and social media manager for The Pew Center on the States, a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, in Washington, D.C.
Before that, she was a principal at the Tennessee-based public affairs firm, Hall Strategies, where she directed media relations, crisis communications, and online reputation management for an eclectic mix of clients including the Smoke-Free Tennessee Campaign, Southern Festival of Books, Middle Tennessee State University Political Poll, The Urban Child Institute, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and the Nashville Predators National Hockey League franchise.
Margie is a former press aide to Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, serving as assistant for communications to the governor after his 2002 election. She later directed communications for the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation.
A graduate of Auburn University, Margie was named in 2008 among PR News’ “Top 15 to Watch,” a national award recognizing 15 of the country’s most outstanding public relations professionals. She is a board member of both the San Diego Council on Literacy and the Education Synergy Alliance, Vice Chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce public policy committee, a member of the LEAD San Diego IMPACT Class of 2015, and a member of the San Diego Public Leadership Institute Class of 2016.
Alan Sorkin has a rich, varied career as a Chief Executive of numerous for-profit and 4 not-for-profit corporations and a major International philanthropic funding organization. He is a founding partner of San Diego Social Venture Partners; Immediate Past President of Social Venture Partners International; former board member and now Advisory Board member of San Diego Grantmakers and Advisory Board Member of Just in Time for Foster Youth. Since high school he has championed children and education issues. Retiring from a career as founder, entrepreneur and CEO of six food service, construction, and real estate development companies, he now volunteers much of his time to the community. He co-founded the San Diego-Tijuana Bi-National Coalition and the San Diego Prevention Coalition, both creating healthy, drug-free lifestyles. Also Parents & Adolescents Recovering Together to empower parents to drive their child’s recovery from alcohol and drugs. He currently serves as A Vistage International Chairman mentoring and coaching business leaders, school administrators and non profit executive directors. Alan is the winner of the Center for Wealth & Legacy™ Inspiration Award, the Social Venture Partner International Paul Shoemaker Leadership Award, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, ABC Channel 10 Leader of San Diego and the San Diego North County Volunteer of the Year. His organizations have received the following awards: 2011 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Women’s International Center’s Living Legacy Award, The San Diego Crime Commission and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Community Service Awards.
Ralf Swenson is the Superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District, where he has served since 2010. A 35-year veteran of public education, Mr. Swenson began his career in education as a teacher, head football coach, and athletic director in his native North Dakota. Since coming to California in 1989, he has served as a Vice Principal for 3 years at Merced High School, as Principal of Golden Valley High School for 14 years, three years as Superintendent of the Nevada Union High School District in Grass Valley, CA, and is now in his 4th year as the Superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District. While serving as Principal, Golden Valley High School was twice named to Newsweek magazine’s Top 1,000 High Schools in America list. In 2007 Golden Valley was also honored by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of the Top 500 High Schools in America. As Superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District in Grass Valley, California, from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Swenson spearheaded improvement efforts that led to three of its high schools being recognized as California Distinguished Schools. In addition, he initiated a partnership involving Sierra College, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ghidotti Early College High School in his district. This partnership continues to serve as a highly successful model of secondary and post-secondary collaboration. He also developed new models for effective articulation with client school districts around the issues of curriculum alignment and student performance data, with special emphasis on mathematics. As Superintendent in Grossmont, Mr. Swenson has led efforts to elevate student academic performance, improve student attendance, and provide a broad range of opportunities to help students become college and career ready upon graduation. The Grossmont District has eleven high schools serving approximately 23,000 students, and also provides a number of alternative education programs as well as an extensive adult education program. High schools in the Grossmont District have shown steady academic improvement over the past several years and four campuses have achieved API scores over the State goal of 800. In 2013 the growth in API at El Cajon Valley High School was greater than any high school in California, and two other schools were identified as California Distinguished Schools – Grossmont High and Granite Hills. Identified by the California Department of Education as a model for expanding Career Technical Education, the Grossmont District is collaborating with four other districts in San Diego County as part of a Linked Learning Collaborative, and is actively pursuing Career Pathway Grant funding to support that effort. Superintendent Swenson and his Leadership Team oversee the execution of two building bond programs, Propositions H and U, supported by the voters of the East County region. These bonds have supported the modernization of over 800 classrooms, infrastructure and access improvements and physical education facility improvements at the district campuses while significantly reducing the deferred maintenance backlog district-wide. The instructional environments incorporate state of the art technology, energy efficiency and flexibility.
Ms. Timmons has worked as a producer/writer and video consultant for both corporate and educational clients. As a member of the KPBS-TV staff, she produced public affairs programs and was a location director for the Nightly Business Report. As owner of Video Applications for Education and Training, Ms. Timmons produced videoconferences, documentaries and instructional videos, and developed interactive educational computer games and Internet products. With the California State University office of the Chancellor, she created dissemination programs for the National Science Foundation aimed at increasing participation of minorities and women in math and science; and increasing graduation rates of minority and economically challenged students. Timmons also produced videoconference programs for continuing education credit for the American Chemical Society, IEEE and the California Bar Association. Ms. Timmons drew on her production background as Stage Manager of nonprofit organizations for youth and adult actors (Coast Kids Theatre/Star Theatre, Oceanside, Ca.) As a community volunteer, Timmons has worked with the San Diego Children’s Choir, the Girl Scouts, the PTA, and public school districts. She chaired a capital campaign that raised over $700,000 for a public high school.
Ms. Timmons’s board service includes the KPBS Advisory Board, UCSD Foundation Board of Directors, and the SD Social Venture Partners Board of Directors. She is also the Chairman of the San Diego Children’s Choir Board of Directors.
Dr. Devin Vodicka was hired as Superintendent of Schools for Vista Unified in July 2012.
Vista Unified School District has received numerous awards and recognition while Dr. Vodicka has been Superintendent, including the “Golden Bell” award from the California School Boards Association and acceptance into the prestigious League of Innovative Schools. Dr. Vodicka was one of 30 Superintendents from across the United States that participated in the Superintendents Technical Working Group in collaboration with the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and he was invited to the launch of the President’s ConnectEd to the Future summit at the White House in November 2014. Vista Unified was selected as one of four featured districts across the country at the2015 Digital Learning Day hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Dr. Vodicka was recognized as “Superintendent of the Year” for 2015 by Pepperdine University. He also received the California “Superintendent of the Year” award by the Association of California School Administrators in 2015 and the “Innovative Superintendent Award” from the Classroom of the Future Foundation in 2014.
His previous experience includes serving in numerous leadership positions in neighboring Carlsbad Unified, including Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and Principal at elementary and middle schools. He was also the Special Projects Director.
During the time that Dr. Vodicka was in Carlsbad, all three of the sites where he served as an administrator earned the California Distinguished School Award. One of the schools was featured in the book “Sustaining Extraordinary Student Achievement” and was profiled in an early Education Trust report on high-performing/high-poverty schools. The middle school that he opened was identified as a “National School To Watch.”
Prior to his administrative work he was a teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District at Glenwood Elementary where he taught in Spanish-language bilingual programs and Structured English Immersion settings.
Dr. Vodicka’s education includes a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership—both from Pepperdine University—and an undergraduate degree in History from UC Santa Cruz. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine in their doctoral program where he has taught courses on quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
Dr. Vodicka is an active participant in statewide technology projects such as the TICAL Leadership Cadre and the Association of California School Administrators “Technology Leadership Group.” He has published numerous articles focusing on leadership, trust, and technology.
Dr. Vodicka is married to his high-school sweetheart and they have two children, a daughter that attends middle school and a son at an elementary school. He has been a resident in the Vista School District attendance area since 1999.
Peter Zahn is President of the Moxie Foundation and a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. In addition to his work at the Foundation, Mr. Zahn, a business attorney, serves as of counsel to Blumberg Law Group LLP in Solana Beach, California. He is also a member of the Solana Beach City Council. Mr. Zahn serves on two Boards at San Diego State University: the Board of Directors of the School of Business Administration and the Advisory Board of the Zahn Innovation Center. Mr. Zahn has served as CEO for three companies, including a global technology business. In addition, he has held executive and Board of Director positions with companies located in Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and Brazil. Mr. Zahn has also founded and advised several start-up companies. Mr. Zahn is founder and past Chairman of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, a nationwide, non profit, membership-based business association that is committed to enabling businesses to participate in the green economy, and become more environmentally and financially sustainable. He also served on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Water Committee. Additionally, Mr. Zahn was Vice President and Board Member of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the City’s annual Fiesta del Sol festival. He is also past Chairman of the San Diego Council of TechAmerica (the former American Electronics Association) and Member of TechAmerica’s National Board of Directors, where he served on their Small Business Committee. He served also on the Boards of the American Lung Association of California and the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Mr. Zahn is a member of the Bar of California, New York, and New Jersey, as well as the American and San Diego County Bar Associations. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Catholic University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.