SPRING 2017 ELI Presenters

 

Larry Burns
Larry Burns
EOPS Counselor/CalWORKs Facilitator 

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James Gonzales
Jim Gonzales
Director of Student Life & Leadership

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Biography

Jim Gonzales has been active in student activities and affairs since he was a student at DeAnza Community College in the late 1980s.  While at DeAnza, Jim served as student trustee, student ambassador, and Associated Student Government vice president of finance. Through these experiences, Jim learned valuable lessons about leadership that he still uses today as director of student activities at MiraCosta College.
After Jim graduated from DeAnza with an associate degree in liberal arts, he served in the Marine Corps Reserves and then transferred to Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in philosophy. In 1994, he was hired as the coordinator of student services at MiraCosta’s San Elijo Campus, where he worked for three years. “This experience was wonderful,” says Jim.  “I had worked in student affairs as a student, but as a staff member I was able to see the experience from a different perspective.”

In 1998, Jim accepted the position of director of student activities and moved his office to the Oceanside campus, where he is currently located.  Since his tenure as director, the number of student clubs on campus has tripled, the campus has a weekly student newspaper, and the Associated Student Government has grown both in number and in activities. Since coming to MiraCosta, Jim has earned a master’s degree in history.  He has also instituted programs that provide students with opportunities to improve their own educational and leadership skills. “I love student affairs and student development,” explains Jim. “I love MiraCosta because I’ve had the support to develop programs in a way that has met the vision that I have had for students.”

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Don Love
College Counselor & Coordinator for the Umoja Program at MiraCosta College
Don Love Associate Facutly-Counseling

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Don is the counselor/coordinator for the Umoja Program at MiraCosta College and also serves as an associate counselor at Grossmont College. Prior to transitioning into education he worked for 15 years in the audiovisual systems industry managing a sales department that assisted clients to more effectively communicate with staff and clients through technology. He holds a bachelor's of science in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. Vision: To touch the lives of college students — young and the young at heart— empowering them to achieve personal and career happiness and success.


Amber Niuatoa
Instructor of Sociology

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Anthony Ongyod
Instructor of Communication Studies

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Dr. Mark Orlando
Coach and Profesor of Creativity and Leadership
Orlando

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Biography

Mark Orlando is a goal-driven professional with several years of significant, progressive marketing and management experience. With a master’s degree in Sport Management (University of San Francisco) and current doctoral student in Organizational Leadership (Pepperdine University), Mr. Orlando is a highly effective and innovative leader tailored in conceptualizing and facilitating efficient working environments that enhances organizational health and prosperous growth. 

Currently, Mr. Orlando is a coach and professor of creativity and leadership for various organizations and universities.  In addition, Mr. Orlando is the Assistant Editor of Marketing for the Journal of Non-Significant Differences and Multimedia Editor for Elsevier’s Technology in Society International Journal.  He is soon launching his own non-profit on financial assisting extracurricular activities (academics, music, sports, etc.) for children.


Bea Palmer
Director of Service Learning
Bea Palmer, Director of Service Learning

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Biography

Bea Palmer: Bea Palmer is the Coordinator of the Service Learning & Volunteer Center at MiraCosta College. She has worked in the public education sector and with non-profit social service organizations for more than 25 years. Bea, an advocate for civic engagement, is passionate about her community and its resources. A few of the local organizations she has volunteered and served at are: local churches, Brother Benno’s Foundation, Operation Hope-Vista, North County Lifeline, local public schools, City of Carlsbad City Stuff Program (teaches democracy and economics to 3rd grade kids), Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation, and local food banks. Her work as an advocate for community engagement allows her to inspire students and future leaders to engage in their community through service learning, thus giving them an opportunity to apply their academics, to find their voice through service, to learn about community resources and issues, and to become civic minded leaders.


Wendy Stewart
Dean, Counseling and Student Development

Wendy Stewart

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