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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Julius Argumedo, the second oldest of four children, was born in Lynwood and raised in South Gate.
A three-term LALCC board member, Julius Argumedo is president of Long Beach-based C1P Solutions, Inc., a national full-service firm that customizes and manages information technology (IT) and cloud-based systems for private, small and large businesses; government agencies; educational institutions; and nonprofits. He received a first-hand education in how to run a business from his parents business. When he was 10, he began working for the company under his father’s leadership and, by his teens, was helping run the firm.
A graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, the “West Point of the West,” Argumedo attended Cal State Long Beach and the University of Phoenix. Currently, he lives in Long Beach with his wife and four children. He recently was elected to a second term on the Southern Region board of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a 2017 graduate of the LA Small Business Academy.
“When the computer market was starting to boom in the mid- to late-1980s, I remember thinking that someday everyone will want a computer in their home. That’s when I made the decision to get into IT – and it was a good one.” His 25-year career in the industry includes sales positions at two computer supply companies, including a Fortune 1000 firm, where he was recognized consistently as their top sales performer. In 2000, he joined C1P Solutions as vice president of sales and service and became president in 2010.
“I’m the face of the company and I’m responsible for leading our firm in the IT market and understanding the trends, like security, storage and the cloud, that are driving its growth. Our partnerships with major IT manufacturers, such as HP, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud, Dell, AWS, Lenovo, VMware, Sophos, Kaspersky, Barracuda and DATTO, are a key part of that effort. It keeps us focused on where the winners are and what we should be doing to get there and remain relevant in the next 10 years. A lot of companies haven’t done that. We have and it’s why every decision we make today is going to come back ten-fold for us and our clients.”
Michelle Brough currently serves as in-house counsel to Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. (“Brandes). Prior to accepting a position with Brandes, Mrs. Brough served as a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, she worked with White House staff, Congressional Members and their staffs, Commissioners, Directors and other high level employees from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve Board, and all other federal financial regulatory bodies. Before serving at the Department of the Treasury, Mrs. Brough was counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under Chairman Senator Phil Gramm. Ms. Brough earned a Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree in Securities and Financial Regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor degree, graduating magna cum laude, from Whittier Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of North Dakota. Additionally, Mrs. Brough served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Accountancy and serves on the Board of Governors for Saddleback College.
Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D. is a visionary and performance-driven leader with a distinguished career in the higher education, government, business, and non-profit sectors. Dr. Burnett is executive vice chancellor at Brandman University where he oversees advancement and special projects expanding strategic partnerships that benefit the university and enhance student success. Previously, he 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. 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.
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 as a commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works, which was 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 full-time public service, Dr. Burnett was a financial and management professional having worked at Union Bank, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and
several small companies and entrepreneurial ventures.
Dr. Burnett has a long history of community service and his numerous accomplishments have been awarded and recognized at the national, state, and local levels. Currently he serves on several boards including the Orange County Development Board, South Orange County Economic Coalition, Tilly’s Life Center, and Pepperdine University Alumni Leadership Council.
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 students. 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.
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.
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 Sender, Physician / Researcher, is currently 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. Adolescent patients (up to age 21) of the combined multi-institutional program are seen at CHOC and the young adult patients (up to age 39) are seen at UC Irvine. Dr. Sender received his medical education in South Africa and his pediatrics internship and residency at UC Irvine Medical Center. His pediatrics hematology/oncology subspecialty training included Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Kara is currently the Director of Human Capital for a $1 billion western region community bank based out of Irvine, CA. Over the past 10 years she has held a variety of HR roles within the retail and financial services industries. She has served companies such as Nordstrom, Boot Barn and Sunwest Bank. Her progressive approach to HR focuses on leading through an empty chair philosophy. Kara actively finds her perspective through traveling and she consistently reflects on those experiences in her work. Up to this point in her career, she recognizes how disconnected the younger generations have become with face-to-face interactions and has seen a growing trend of leaders that struggle with the soft skills necessary to be effective. The opportunity to positively impact the future generations is what drew her to Tilly’s Life Center.
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.
Shetal Patel has been in the hospitality industry since 2004. Her company owns, develops and manages select service hotels and employs more than 350 team members. She has found a passion to grow and develop team members to their fullest potential within the hospitality industry. She very quickly discovered that by giving individuals the opportunity to grow – both professionally and personally, she is playing a small part in making the world a better place. Prior to entering the hospitality industry in 2004, she practiced as a Physician Assistant in Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology. She also has owned and personally managed her own medical practice specializing in Cosmetic Dermatology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. She also holds an MBA from University of California at Irvine. She is married and has three children ages 17, 16 and 13.
Cynthia A. Phillips, Ph.D. is the Founder & CEO of The Disruptive Factory. Phillips is an economist/agricultural economist as well as a business consultant to for-profit and social enterprises with over 20 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, branding, analytics, big data, business development and global expansion.
Former Director of International Marketing & Risk Management at American Express and currently consults with technology companies and start-ups such as Cisco Systems, Full Cycle Bioplastics, BioSerie, and Riverbed. She currently serves as the interim Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer for Ascalon, LLC, a disruptive consumer and commercial bio-based products company. Phillips sits on several non-profit boards and advisory boards of start-ups including Akilah Institute, OROECO, and accelerators such as Think Beyond Plastic. Phillips served as the Founder of GlobalShiftTV, G Media Partners, and Disruptive Spirits. Phillips is serving as the CEO of Good Causes Corp and is the architect of Passport2Good, an engagement app to serve citizens and social enterprises.