Shannon Nolan organizes the Tukwut Leadership Circle (TLC) program as part of her role as a Coordinator of Student Involvement and part-time lecturer at CSU San Marcos. Shannon has initiated partnerships with the United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization, San Marcos Arts Council, Art Miles Project, and Mountain Shadows Outreach Programs to connect CSUSM student leaders to local community-based projects. She also leads the CSUSM LEAD Retreat, Student Organization Leadership Conference, Advisor Trainings, and Academic and Honor Societies at CSUSM. Shannon holds a BS in Business Administration from CSUSM (2004), MA in Educational Leadership from SDSU (2010) and is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Educational Leadership at SDSU. Passionate about personal and leadership development, Shannon has trained SLL Peer Educators, CSUSM Orientation Team, Resident Advisors, EOP Summer Bridge, and Outreach TRiO Programs student staff. Additionally, she currently serves as Chairwoman of the Youth Ambassador board for the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos where she helps with fundraising and awareness efforts. Working toward positive social change is Shannon’s greatest joy and passion.
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 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.
Eric Robertson graduated from SDSU with his Master’s in Communication in 2006. After attaining his degree, Eric was hired to teach classes and coach the speech and debate team at SDSU. During this time he was also President of Robertson Canter Group, a downtown San Diego real estate company specializing in purchasing properties from foreclosure auctions. He sold the company to his partner in 2008, and continued teaching and consulting until 2009 when he was hired at MiraCosta. He is currently a tenured Professor of Communication, and in addition to his teaching he helps startups with marketing, presentations, and development.
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 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.