Summer 2016 ELI Presenters

Esther Sanchez

Oceanside City Councilwoman

Esther Sanchez

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Biography

Esther Sanchez was elected to the Oceanside City Council on November 7, 2000, her first run for local office. She was born and raised in Oceanside, part of a four-generation Oceanside family. She received a scholarship to Brown University, where she received her B.A. degree in Urban Studies. Esther then attended University of California, Hastings College of Law and received her Juris Doctorate, passing the California Bar on her first try. She has worked as an attorney for approximately 22 years, in both the public and private sector. Esther retired from the Public Defender’s Office summer of 2008, after 20 years, and is currently starting her law office/business in Oceanside.

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.

Cynthia Rice Carroll

Associate Dean, Student Services SEC

CynthiaRice

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Biography

Cynthia has considerable experience in higher education administration having served as coordinator of MiraCosta College¹s Institute for International Perspectives from 1990 – 1999, and earlier as coordinator of Student Activities at the University of California, San Diego. From 1999 to 2002, Ms. Rice Carroll served as director of Educational Programs at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While there she was responsible for 135 interns annually and generating gifts to support her program. She left the Carter Center to help build a successful family owned real estate asset management firm in Atlanta, Georgia that landed a lucrative/multi-year government contact in 2004.

She holds a master¹s degree in International Relations with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies, a bachelor¹s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and attended Pepperdine University’s Organizational Leadership Program. She recently served as a volunteer election monitor in Ghana and Guyana as part of the Carter Center¹s observation delegations.  She has served in various capacities in professional organizations, such as Hands on Atlanta's citizens Academy Board of Directors and NASFA: International Affairs as Regional Conference Chair.  Her involvement in her community while living in Oceanside, California between 1990 and 1999 earned her a seat as a board of directors¹ member for the Oceanside Sister Cities foundation from 1992 through 1998 and also recognition as North San Diego County's NAACP Woman of the Year.

Rita Soza

Professor of Communication, MiraCosta College

Rita Soza

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Biography

Rita Soza retired from Emerson Electric Co. in 2002 as the vice president of human resources, North America/Europe for the $26 billion conglomerate's multi-national electronic device manufacturing division headquartered in Carlsbad, California. Prior to her career with Emerson, Rita worked in public relations in the motion picture industry.  The companies she worked for represented important clients such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Market, Hallmark Hall of Fame, The Tournament of Roses Association and various theatrical motion picture producers, actors, directors, and studios.Teaching in human resources management courses in University of California San Diego and Cal State University San Marcos’ Extended Studies programs opened the door to Soza’s second career change.In 2006, Mrs. Soza accepted a full time tenure track Business Administration Instructor position with MiraCosta College, teaching Introduction to Business, Business Communication, and Human Relations in Business.  Mrs. Soza had been a regular instructor for MiraCosta’s Community Services and Business Development Department, guiding professionals through the Human Resources Management and Supervisory Academy certificate programs.

Margaret O' Hara

CALPCC President
MiraCosta College

O'Hara

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Biography

Margaret O’Hara is CALPCC President, doctorcal student and an intern at MiraCosta College. As a board member the past two years, she chaired the Ethics Committee and was the San Diego Networking Group Chair. She is a consultant with a private counseling practice in Northern San Diego. An LPCC (CA) and LMHC (NY) she is also a Distance Credentialed Counselor for clients in both states. She is a National Certified Counselor with 25+ years experience in the field, working as Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Private Practitioner, Assistant Professor and School Counselor. Margaret holds state (NY) and international substance abuse counselor certification and is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.

Jodi Mulhal

Student Service Specialist

Jodi

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Biography

Jodi Mulhall joined the Student Equity Department at MiraCosta College in January, 2016. Before that, she was an instructor at USD and UCSD, where she taught courses on Spanish language, culture, and politics. Also at UCSD, she was an instructor in the Muir College Writing Program, where she taught courses on gender, sexuality, globalization, and national identity—including a research and writing course for community college transfer students. Jodi received an M.A. and a C.Phil. from UCSD’s Literature Department, as well as a B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College. She conducted interviews throughout Spain with survivors of the Spanish Civil War. The interviews are now part of a digital archive of streaming audiovisual testimony available online. She received a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research in Madrid, Spain, where she began the research for a dissertation about the representation and exploitation of historically marginalized populations in contemporary Spanish culture.

Nina Lovejoy

Career Center Coordinator

LoveJoy

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Nina Lovejoy is MiraCosta’s coordinator for internships, cooperative work experience and general work experience.  She acts as the liaison between students, faculty and employers to develop experiential education opportunities for the college.  She assists students in preparing for their internship experience helping with resume development, interviewing skills and negotiating internship hours/pay, etc.  She is the main faculty contact for experiential education and is the point person for faculty questions regarding internship assignments.  In addition, Lovejoy is the college's primary connection for employers who wish to host interns.  She answers questions, refers potential interns for interviews, visits employers to discuss possible internships and suggests best practices to attract MiraCosta students.

Prior to working at the Career Center, Lovejoy was an instructor in Business Administration department at MiraCosta teaching Marketing, Personal Selling and Advertising and Promotion.  Before working at the college she held numerous positions in marketing and management at local medical, biotechnology and high technology companies.

Don Love

College Counselor & Coordinator for the Umoja Program at MiraCosta College

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Biography

He 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 andthe young at heart— empowering them to achieve personal and career happiness and success.

Panel of Leaders

ELI Alumni and moderated by Chris Quach