In 1982, Tilly Levine co-founded Tillys, a leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry, selling clothing, shoes, and accessories. Tilly Levine has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, serving as Vice President of Vendor Relations since its inception.
As a key driver of the company’s philanthropic efforts, Tilly has been committed to helping disadvantaged children and teens for many years through the Tilly’s Charity Golf Tournament benefiting organizations such as Boys and Girls Town, Boys & Girls Club, Casa Youth Shelter, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2005, Tilly’s founded two Tilly’s Baby Homes in Trabuco Canyon as a result of her efforts. This program uses an innovative approach to maintain family unity for newborns and infants who are removed from their home.
Recognizing a need for life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion and create lasting changes in the lives of young people, Tilly founded Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) in 2012. TLC programs are currently empowering teens in high schools, as well as through organizations such as CHOC Hospital, Samueli Academy at Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Think Together, and more. It is Tilly’s dream to see all teens across the nation benefit from the life skills gained through TLC.
In her free time, Tilly enjoys life to the fullest. Her passions include golfing, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jorge Ververa is the Founder and CEO of 60th Place Solutions, a print production and product sourcing agency located in Irvine CA. A California native, Jorge was born and raised in the South East area of Los Angeles County. He comes from a lineage of printing professionals and is extremely passionate and knowledgeable in his business. Jorge’s company specializes in sourcing creative solutions for the specific needs of his clients, which range from small startups to fortune 500 companies.
He is also an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) providing disaster and humanitarian relief when needed. Jorge is driven and deeply passionate in personal and professional development, volunteering often for hours of community service with organizations he passionately supports.
Jorge currently resides in Irvine and has two children Emiliano, and Megan. In his spare time, he loves to volunteer, attend personal development trainings, enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time with his family and loved ones.
Adrienne Matros is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the Health Care Industry. After moving from the Pasadena area to Orange County in 2001, she has dedicated herself to volunteering in the community. She currently serves on 4 nonprofit boards and is an advisor to many organizations including CHOC, Merage Jewish Community Center, The Academy, Covenant House California, Jewish Federation and Family Services and Tilly’s Life Center.
In 1996, Tom Doyle co-founded WD Land, one of the leading land brokerage firms specializing in residential and investment land sales to homebuilders and developers. Prior to establishing WD Land, Tom served as Vice President with First Interstate Bank where he was responsible for the origination of construction loans and management of workouts and REO properties.
Tom is the President of the Board of Directors of HomeAid Orange County and is leading the efforts for a new shelter development to serve homeless families in Orange County. He has also been involved and served on committees with the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a non-profit foundation which provides long-term support for Orange County’s foster children that are victims of abuse and neglect.
Tom is a graduate of UC Irvine and resides in South Orange County with his wife and two daughters. He is a dedicated marathon runner and enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor sports.
Joone Lopez is the General Manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District, which provides water, wastewater and recycled water services to approximately 170,000 people within South Orange County. Before joining Moulton Niguel, she served as the General Manager of Calaveras County Water District located in Northern California. Joone’s prior experience includes working for Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company as its Assistant General Manager and serving as the Deputy General Manager of Central Basin Municipal Water District, a wholesale water agency to approximately two million people in southeast Los Angeles County.
Joone is a Board Member for Association of California Water Agencies, California WateReuse Association, and Southern California Water Committee. Preceding her career in the water industry, Joone was a Police Officer for the City of Pasadena, where she received the Silver Medal of Courage for valor under fire. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University of Northridge and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from University of California San Diego.
Mark Burkhart is a founder and CEO of Burkhart Brother’s Construction, a boutique remodeling and home construction company based in Orange County California. The company has an excellent reputation for quality workmanship, reliability and financial stability.
He was also a managing partner for a number of investment and real estate holding companies. In addition, Mark has held executive leadership positions in the technology manufacturing industries in the United States and Singapore.
Mark has an undergraduate and M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California focusing on international business and technology. He currently resides in Newport Beach with his wife, young son and daughter.
Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D. is a visionary and performance-driven leader with a distinguished career in the higher education, business, government, and non-profit sectors. Dr. Burnett is president of the University of Alaska Foundation, a private non-profit foundation with over $500 million in assets serving the University of Alaska system of higher education.
Previously, Dr. Burnett was executive vice chancellor at Brandman University where he led advancement and special projects, building the university’s first alumni and fundraising program and expanding strategic partnerships. He served one year as the interim dean of the School of Education, the third largest provider of teaching credentials in California and one of the leading doctoral programs in organizational leadership. He also has been a part-time professor for the Ed.D in Organizational Leadership program since 2010.
Dr. Burnett served as president of Saddleback College from 2008 to 2017 where he collaboratively led the college’s transformation to one of the preeminent higher education institutions in the U.S., annually awarding over 3,000 degrees and certificates and transferring over 4,000 students to hundreds of prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation. As the eighth largest community college in California, Saddleback served nearly 40,000 diverse students each year with over 1,300 faculty and staff and $150 million annual budget. Saddleback was ranked the number one community college in California by Schools.com in 2015, Washington Monthly ranked Saddleback as the nation’s 44th best two-year college for adult learners in 2017, and The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Saddleback as a “Great College to Work For” in 2016.
Prior to Saddleback, Dr. Burnett served as vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges—the nation’s largest higher education system with 113 colleges and over 2.3 million students—overseeing implementation of the system’s first strategic plan and leading the system’s first emergency planning and preparedness effort. He also helped facilitate a $50 million gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation supporting student scholarships at every college which was the largest single contribution ever made to a community college system in the country.
Dr. Burnett has the unique distinction of having served full-time appointed positions in the administrations of a U.S. president, governor, and mayor. He was director of state and local government relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and deputy appointments secretary for the governor of California. He also served four years on the full-time City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commission responsible for maintaining the city’s public infrastructure and providing public safety, health, and environmental programs with over 6,000 employees and $1 billion annual budget.
Before entering public service full-time, Dr. Burnett was a financial and management professional having worked at Union Bank, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and several small companies and entrepreneurial ventures. He also was president of the board of directors of a small start-up company that developed several technology patents that sold for a significant sum in 2013.
Dr. Burnett has served on many business, non-profit, and government boards and commissions over the past 30 years, and he was recognized by more than 75 national, state, and local public officials and organizations for his numerous contributions to the community and social causes.
Dr. Burnett is a first generation American and first-generation college graduate who strongly believes in the American Dream by promoting educational opportunities and economic prosperity for all, emphasizing support for disadvantaged and underrepresented individuals. His passion for education and leadership began 25 years ago through his active involvement with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program, whose mission was to inspire and develop a global community of young people dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.
Dr. Burnett holds an Education Doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of California, Riverside, and Senior Executives in State and Local Government Certificate from Harvard University.
Dennis P. Calvert serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for BioLargo Life Technologies, Inc. and BioLargo Water U.S.A., Inc., both wholly owned subsidiaries. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of subsidiaries Odor-No-More, Inc., Clyra Medical Technologies, and BioLargo Water, Inc. (Canada). Mr. Calvert was appointed a director in June 2002, and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2002, Corporate Secretary from September 2002 until March 2003, and Chief Financial Officer from March 2003 through January 2008. Mr. Calvert holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Wake Forest University, where he was a varsity basketball player. Mr. Calvert also studied at Columbia University and Harding University. He also serves on the Board of Directors at The Maximum Impact Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), committed to bridging the gap for lifesaving work around the globe for the good of man and in the name of Christ. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Wake Forest University’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Most recently, he was appointed a Director of Cleantech OC in and serves on their “Technology Breakthrough” committee. CleanTech OC is a trade association that seeks to promote economic growth in the Orange County clean technology industry. He is also an Eagle Scout. He is married and has two children. He is also an active coach in youth sports organizations and ministry activity in his home community. Mr. Calvert has an extensive entrepreneurial background as an operator, investor and consultant. Prior to his work with BioLargo, he had participated in more than 300 consulting projects and more than 50 acquisitions as well as various financing transactions and companies that ranged from industrial chemicals, healthcare management, finance, telecommunications and consumer products.
Tim Fox is the Manager, Government Affairs for OUTFRONT Media where he is responsible for the company’s regional government and community relations. He is also responsible for local and regional outdoor regulatory issues. Tim joined the outdoor advertising industry in 1998 starting in the public affairs division where he was promoted to the positions of Director of Transit/Public Affairs and then became a Sales and Operations Manager. Before his career at OUTFRONT, Tim was in sales for LA Cellular Telephone Company and served in the California State Legislature as a field representative as well as worked on political election campaigns. A native of Southern California, he attended California State University Long Beach majoring in Political Science. Tim also formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club and the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation.
Splitting his formative years between London and Johannesburg, OPKIX Co-Founder and C.E.O. C. Lawrence “LG” Greaves first made his mark on the business world upon settling in Southern California during 2005. He planted roots in Orange County at the age of 22 and started a consulting firm that would be acquired by a national firm. Elected to the company’s leadership team, he stood out as the youngest leader in the firm’s history. 2008 saw him co-found ETONIEN at 25-years-old. The financial consulting practice specialized in assisting pre-IPO companies with accounting, planning, budgeting, and forecasting, while also serving private equity firms and Fortune 500 companies by restructuring management. ETONIEN blossomed into a respected national firm that hired over 800 employees since its inception with offices all over the U.S. As ETONIEN achieved success, his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to become a board advisor and shareholder for various businesses as well as an active venture investor whose portfolio encompasses technology, hardware, real estate, bio-technology, and more. Adept at augmenting revenue growth, marketing, capital formation, and fundraising, he started as one of the first three investors and assumed the role of C.E.O. for OPKIX in 2016, raising and participating in a seed round of $675K at a $10 million valuation as well as a Series A of $5.4 million at an $88.5 million pre-money valuation. OPKIX later went on to raise a series B of $5.7 million dollars at a $200 million pre-money valuation in 2018.
Patrick Grady was an equity partner for almost 30 years in the Orange County office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP. Previously, Patrick was an associate for 5 years with Paul Hastings LLP. Patrick retired from the practice of law in 2018.
During his legal career, Patrick specialized in exclusively representing employers and management in all aspects of defending wage and hour class actions; trial and appellate wrongful discharge, sexual harassment and employment discrimination litigation; unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; collective bargaining negotiations and union contract administration; arbitrations and mediations; drafting and implementing employee handbooks, workplace policies and employment contracts; and day-to-day preventative advice.
In addition, Patrick has vast experience in government audits and other compliance matters before California and federal agencies such as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, U.S. Department of Labor, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Patrick has written extensively on such topics as wage and hour compliance, wrongful termination, invasion of privacy and employment discrimination. Patrick also regularly spoke on employment law topics to attorneys and employer groups, which have included the Orange County Bar Association, the Employers Group, and the Council on Education in Management.
Patrick earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, and graduated with Great Distinction from California State University at Long Beach with a B.S. in business administration. Patrick also passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant’s exam in one sitting.
Patrick has been married almost 35 years to his wife Teri, and they have three children. Patrick has been very active in coaching youth baseball and basketball, including serving as head coach on three national championship qualifying girls basketball teams. In addition, Patrick was a member of the Laguna Hills Little League board, serving as Vice President.
For over 19 years, Jeff Montejano has been involved with business, public policy and public affairs throughout the United States consulting for Fortune 500 companies and public agencies in the areas of media, crisis and government relations. He currently serves as President of KCOMM, a full services public affairs/Public relations firm.
Jeff previously was Vice President for National Message Strategies where he consulted for The New Majority Political Action Committee consisting of California’s top business leaders, the California Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
He also served as Director of Government Relations for one of California’s largest independent public relations firms, Stoorza Communications, where he worked with elected officials and regulatory agencies in the areas of transportation and residential/commercial developments.
Jeff worked four years in the California State Legislature in multiple capacities, including Press Secretary, Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Assembly Minority Leader. Jeff has also worked on several political campaigns.
In addition, Jeff sits on the Board of Directors for The Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club and the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation.
Dr. Mount is an educator, consultant, trainer and therapist. A counseling psychologist specializing in the field of intimate relationship functioning, sexual violence, trauma and recovery, Dr. Mount is the Director of the UC Irvine Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office at the University of California, Irvine. She has conducted individual and group counseling for over 12 years and provides training for mental health providers, student conduct officers, law enforcement, community agencies, college students and staff/faculty.
Dr. Mount speaks frequently at national conferences, directs several grants, serves on the Board of Directors for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County and has received numerous awards to recognize her work, including the Ambassador of Peace Award, the Chancellor’s Living Our Values Award, UC Irvine’s Order of the Laurel Award, the College and University Chiefs of Police Association Award of Distinction and the City of Irvine Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award.
Dr. Leonard “Lennie” Sender is COO of ImmunityBio, and Director of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine (CSSIFM). Previously he served as Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Programs at CHOC Children’s Hospital and at UC Irvine Medical Center’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
His primary research and clinical interests are in immuno-oncology. His belief that our innate protective immune system can be triggered to fight cancer keeps him at the cutting edge of molecular diagnostics and innovative clinical trials.
Lennie received his medical education in South Africa, his pediatric internship and residency at UC Irvine Medical Center, and his pediatric hematology/oncology sub-specialty training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He served as chairman of Stupid Cancer, and is the founding editor of the Journal of Adolescent Young Adult Oncology.
He is a widely featured speaker on Immunotherapy, including at TEDMED 2018.
AJ Sexton V joined the Board in 2015. Mr. Sexton’s is the Director of Business Development for BioLargo, Inc. His financial services career has encompassed 20+ years and the representation of over 75 different companies culminating in more than $550 million dollars in private equity transactions. In 1992, at the age of 24, AJ founded Sexton Equities, an investment banking and consulting firm specializing in providing capital for small private companies. As a private equity expert, the bulk of his career has been spent identifying quality companies for capital investment, conducting forensic due diligence to minimize downside risk; and then negotiating, structuring & funding the transactions via his network of institutional & high net worth investors. AJ also specializes in the areas of M & A, business development and operational consulting. He Co-Founded We Will Serve Ministries in 2008; a nonprofit corporation that enables families-in-need to provide their children with clothing & essential items. We Will Serve also organizes an annual Christmas Tree Drive which provides hundreds of needy families with trees just in time for Christmas. He currently serves as Associate Elder of Mariner’s Church in Irvine, holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 securities licenses and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Muskingum University.
Dr. Krista Driver is the President & CEO of Mariposa Women & Family Center located in Orange County. With a deep passion for empowering women and youth to build a brighter future for themselves and our community, Krista has dedicated her professional career to doing just that. Krista is an author, speaker and clinician with over 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth, substance abuse, domestic violence and many other mental health issues.
Hurley founder and CEO Bob Hurley has made his work his play from the beginning. As a shop kid in Huntington Beach, he nimbly moved to blank-maker, fin-foiler and shaper before acquiring the license to Billabong USA in 1982. Hurley started his own clothing brand in 1999 embracing innovation, inclusion and the empowerment of youth. Today, as a “water-based” component of the Nike brand, Hurley’s founding principles are more relevant now than ever.
A first-generation American originally from Kenya, Daniel Kasidi faced struggles early on in life but learned that with determination and persistence, anything is possible. Through skateboarding as a teenager, Kasidi earned a sponsorship from a notable shoe company and it was through a stockpile of sneakers that the first Classic Shoelace Bracelet would come to fruition.
Throughout the process Daniel Kasidi earned a bachelors in Business & Apparel manufacturing at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise. Worked with great companies under the license of Levis & Reebok as a technical designer. Gaining a decade of valuable industry knowledge Kasidi decided to reignite that fire that was fueled in his teenage years.
The foundation of Rastaclat’s values and function are a true reflection of Founder/CEO Kasidi’s vision, Spreading Positive Vibrations® One Wrist at a Time. What started as a made-to-order, handcrafted shoelace bracelet has become a full-fledged social movement embraced by all walks of life and his vision is heralded with every single touch point.
Rastaclat is a symbol of righteousness, doing good for yourself and others. We believe that positive action can change lives, inspire confidence, and unite us as human beings.
Seek the Positive.
Angela O’Connor is a Private Wealth Manager in Newport Beach, California. Previous to relocating to the western U.S., she served as President of the Mid-West region and then Vice President of Business Development for The Incubation Factory, a venture capital firm. She has over twenty years of business and entrepreneurial experience with extensive experience in sales, sales management, international supply chain management and facility establishment. She is a co-founder of one of the largest BOPP packaging manufacturing facilities in the western hemisphere, located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Angela O’Connor graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Business and Political Science from Birmingham Southern College in 1988. Angela is a resident of California, where she resides with her family in Laguna Beach.