Summer 2015 ELI Presenters

Esther Sanchez

Oceanside City Councilwoman

Esther Sanchez

ELI Topics

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 Proffesor of Creativity and Leadership

Orlando

ELI Topics

  • Creating Networks, Communication & Conflict Resolution

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

ELI Topics

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

ELI Topics

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

ELI Topics

  • Leadership Styles

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.

Encinitas Councilwoman Lisa Schaffer

Lisa Shaffer photo

ELI Topics

Biography

Encinitas Councilwomen Lisa Shaffer has had a long and varied career, spanning industry, government, and academia.  She brings real-world experience to her current position, having moved from thinking globally to acting locally. Her public and private sector experience includes 25 years in Washington, DC, working on international environmental satellite programs at NASA and NOAA, and for five years in strategic planning at an aerospace company. In San Diego, she was Director of International Relations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the founding executive director of the UCSD campus-wide sustainability program, and taught Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at UC San Diego Rady School of Management. Dr. Shaffer earned a PhD in public policy from the George Washington University, an MBA from UCSD, and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Wendy Stewart

Dr. Wendy Stewart

Dean of Counseling and Student Development at MiraCosta College

ELI Topics

Biography

Dr. Wendy Stewart currently serves as the Dean of Counseling and Student Development at MiraCosta College and has worked in the field of higher education for over 14 years. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature Writing from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters of Science in Counseling from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to MiraCosta, she worked in a variety of roles including serving as an Academic Counselor at UCSD, the Transfer Center Director at San Diego Miramar College, the Dean of Counseling and Enrollment Services at Grossmont College and teaching part-time for National University in the graduate Counseling and School Psychology program and for Argosy University in the Higher Education Leadership program. She has conducted research on Diversity Courses and Service Learning and has presented at several national conferences in addition to having her research published. She is a strong student advocate and proud to be a Community College educator.

Panel of Leaders

ELI Alumni and moderated by Chris Quach