Lieutenant Jaybee Brennan is a 29-year law enforcement veteran and is currently assigned as the Training Bureau Commander for the Riverside Police Department. She oversees training compliance for all sworn and civilian employees of the department. Her law enforcement positions have included Adjutant to Chief of Police, Field Operations Watch Commander, Internal Affairs, Traffic Bureau, Family Justice Center, Fraud Detective, Domestic Violence Detective, and Audit and Compliance Unit.
Lieutenant Brennan is a seven-year Executive board member of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO). She is also on the Board of Directors for the Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children. She is a recipient of the Patrick Crowe Award for Community Service, Law Enforcement Awards Committee (LEAC) Award for Community Service, and Distinguished Woman Award from former State Senator Bill Emmerson.
Lieutenant Brennan is currently a mentor for the Youth Education Motivation Program (YEMP), a mentor to two North High School students in the Law and Protective Services (LAPS) program, and a volunteer for the Safe Alternatives For Everyone non-profit organization. Because of her love for theater and the arts, Lieutenant Brennan is a sponsor and Adore Member for the Riverside Fox Foundation.
Lachelle Crivello is the Director of Victim Services with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. She currently manages a staff of 56 dedicated individuals who work to empower victims of crime and educate the community about the rights of victims. She has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of legal professionals and fellow service providers, and holds an Advanced Advocate credential from the California Victim Services Training Institute. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office as a victim advocate in 1999, Crivello worked extensively with at-risk youth and juvenile offenders for a private agency.
Active in the community, Crivello serves as a board member on the following non-profit agencies: Community Connect, the Child Abuse Prevention Council and HOPE. She is also the President-Elect for the California Crime Victim Assistance Association. She is a founding member of the steering committee for Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and works to bring awareness of this predatory crime to service providers and citizens.
Crivello was honored to receive Advocate of the Year awards from the District Attorney’s Office in 2000 and from the Center Against Sexual Assault in 2006.
Melissa Cushman is a Senior Associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources Department at Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Riverside office. She specializes in litigation and advisory work under the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
Cushman serves on the editorial board of the Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter (to which she also contributes articles) and as Treasurer on the board of the Association of Environmental Professional, Inland Empire Chapter. She is very active in the Riverside County Bar Association, serving on the Publications Committee, to which she also contributes articles; on the Continuing Legal Education Committee, where she helps plan upcoming continuing legal education programs; and as a mentor in the Mentoring Program for new attorneys. She is a member of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, a professional organization comprised of attorneys and judicial officers that focuses on improving the skills and professionalism of the legal community. She also co-teaches or guest lectures in environmental, planning, or administrative law classes at University of California, Riverside - Extension Center; California State University, San Bernardino, La Verne Law School, and University of California, Los Angeles.
Louis Davis represents Southern California Edison as the Local Public Affairs Region Manager for the unincorporated areas of Riverside County along with the cities of Corona and Norco. Prior to joining Local Public Affairs, Louis was assigned to the Edison Transmission Distribution Business Unit as a Planner 2/Project Manager with the Tract Design Team. As a member of the Tract Team, Davis designed and managed large residential tract development projects primarily in Western Riverside County.
Prior to joining Southern California Edison, Davis was an employee of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). During his 20 year stint with SDG&E, Davis held various positions in the Construction/Operations, Environmental Compliance, Electrical Generation and the Customer Project Planning Departments. Davis serves as a civilian arbitrator for the California State, Los Angeles County and Riverside County Bar Associations. In addition, he serves on the following boards: the Riverside County Workforce Investment Board, the Norco College Community Advisory Council, March Air Museum Board, and the Corona Norco Family YMCA Board and the Corona Parents Advisory Group Board. Davis is a graduate of the University of Redlands with a Liberal Arts degree in Environmental Studies and has on several occasions taught environmental vocational courses.
Michael Fine has served as the Interim Superintendent for Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) since November 2013. Fine joined RUSD as the Deputy Superintendent for Business Services and Governmental Relations in May 2002. e also currently serves as the Academy Director for the Association of California School Administrator’s School Business Academy.
Prior to joining the District in 2002, Fine was the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Fine has previous experience at Hughes Aircraft Company and General Dynamics Corporation as a Financial Administrator in accounting and indirect budgets.
As a champion for students and RUSD, Fine has a respected rapport with Sacramento policymakers, including the members of the Legislature and their staff, the Department of Finance, advisors to the governor, and statewide organizations. He is recognized as one of the State’s preeminent school practitioners. Fine is a regular presenter at many state and national conferences, workshops, and professional development programs. Fine graduated from California Baptist University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Also, he has a certificate in Governmental Accounting and Budgeting from the University of California, Riverside.
David Fisher is currently Vice President of Branch Operations for Altura Credit Union. In his position, Fisher is responsible for the nine banking offices located throughout Riverside County. He has worked in the banking and credit union industries for over 25 years.
Fisher has been a member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce since 2009. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Chamber and is the Business Council Representative for the Arlington and EastHills Business Councils. He also serves on the Governmental Affairs Council for the Chamber. Fisher also serves on the Executive Board for the University of California, Riverside Citizen’s University Committee.
David has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino and an Executive MBA Degree from California State University, Monterey Bay.
Antonio Garcia works for the Riverside County Office of Education as Principal in Residence. He is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of school and district initiatives throughout Riverside County to improve student readiness for college and career.
Garcia began his career in education as a Social Science teacher at Whittier High School in 1991. He moved to the Riverside area in 1999, at which time he started his work as a secondary school administrator for the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD). The last ten years he served as a middle and high school principal for RUSD, most recently at Arlington High School. Under his leadership the school experienced significant increases in multiple indicators of college readiness and narrowed the achievement gap for students who were historically underachieving. In 2007, Garcia was selected as Principal of the Year by both RUSD and the Association of California School Administrators. He was also selected as Secondary Principal of the Year in 2010 by the Riverside Association of School Managers.
Garcia’s involvement in the community includes his participation as a public education advocate, partner, and mentor with several community and professional organizations.
David Hahn is Senior Vice President with Bank of America’s Mortgage Servicing and Operations Division, in the role of California Relationship Manager. Prior to his current position, Hahn was Senior Vice President and Channel Integration Manager for Bank of America’s Reverse Mortgage program. He also coaches the 11 California Customer Assistance Centers, who assist Bank of America Mortgage customers facing hardship and focus on Homeownership Retention and Foreclosure Prevention since October of 2011.
Hahn began his career with Bank of America in 1983 as a teller.He eventually held positions with Bank of America throughout Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, in Retail Consumer Banking Management, Business Banking Sales & Client Management, and Mortgage Sales.
Hahn is past Board Chair for the Inland Empire Arthritis Foundation, is a West Regional board member of Operation Hope, is a member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Governmental Affairs Council, and serves as an Elder with Discovery Christian Church. He has previously served on boards with the YMCA and on the Pacific Christian College/Hope International University President’s Forum. He has also held many leadership positions within the Bank of America Community Volunteers program.
Hahn earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton and completed additional courses at Pacific Christian College.
Hardin was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in March 1982, was first assigned as an officer in the Patrol Division, and later worked as a Field Training Officer, S.W.A.T. Officer, and a Narcotics Investigator. In 1995, Hardin was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Patrol, and was later transferred to the Gang Unit in the Special Investigations Bureau. In 2006, Hardin was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Field Operations. After almost two years, he transferred to the Training Bureau overseeing all of the training for the department. Three years later, he was assigned to command the Personnel Bureau and was charged with all of the hiring for the Police Department. Over the years Hardin has received numerous commendations for his work including one for his action to help save the life of a fellow officer.
He attended La Sierra High School, Riverside Community College, and graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac was named Acting President of Riverside City College in August 2013 after serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs since January 2012. Isaac was first hired by Riverside Community College District in 2006 as Dean of Health Science Programs at Moreno Valley College (MVC). Under his leadership, MVC developed and expanded programs in Dental Hygiene, Physician Assistant, Emergency Medical Assisting, and Dental Assisting.
A Fulbright Scholar, Isaac was born in Eritrea, East Africa, and graduated from Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie University where he studied chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan. His graduate studies and work later took him to the University of Uppsala in Sweden before he returned to Eritrea to work as a Government Secretary of Human Resources. Prior to coming to California, he served as the president of the University of Asmara in Eritrea. A recognized scholar, he has published over 25 scientific papers in revered journals.
Lorna Jenkins is the Owner of My Learning Studio, a company she created in 2006 along with My Learning Studio Outreach in 2008, My SMART Camps in 2007, and FIREWAP.com in 1996. In addition, she has 20 years of service with the State of California with most of the years at California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) and California Institution for Men (CIM).
My Learning Studio was awarded Best Math Tutor for the past six years from Inland Empire Magazine’s BEST of the IE and four years, Readers Choice Awards – The Press Enterprise.
As a 12+ year resident of the City of Riverside, Jenkins has influenced the community in various ways and provides direct leadership and business development opportunities to many small companies and non-profit organizations. She is an active member of professional and community organizations including: FACTOR: Board of Directors; Community Action Partnership Mentor for Teen workers; RUSD Official Sponsor; Back to School Fair, Woodcrest Plaza Organizer; RUSD: School Activity Fair Steering Committee; Toastmasters: Area Governor and President and founder Toastmasters Learning Studio #3370.
Robyn A. Lewis is a partner of the law firm of J. Lewis & Associates, APLC. Since Lewis’ admission to the bar in 1998, her practice has focused primarily on personal injury and elder law. Lewis is a past President of the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), having previously served as its President-Elect, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director-at-Large. She is a Past President of Barristers, having served her term for that organization during 2005-2006.
Lewis is a contributing member of the Publications Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the RCBA. She also serves as Chair of the Liaison Committee for the Attorney Volunteer Program with the Office of the Public Defender. Lewis is the program director for “Bridging the Gap,” a program designed to assist new bar admittees.
Lewis is the Past President of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court , a prestigious organization that is comprised of attorneys and judges. She was also the first recipient of the Louise Biddle Award in 2006. A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Lewis is originally from the state of New Jersey.
Thomas Loza currently works as a Financial Advisor with the asset management and financial planning company, Waddell and Reed. Supplemental to his profession, Loza contributes to multiple boards and volunteer activities in the community. His greatest undertakings have been as a board member for the Riverside Latino Network and a member of the Cesar Chavez Memorial Planning Committee.. Serving the Riverside Community Health Foundation, mentoring Riverside Community College Puente Students, and speaking at Youth Education Motivation Program events are also efforts that Loza is dedicated to continuing.
In the past, Loza moved to Arizona to attend school in the field of architecture/engineering. After completing his education, Loza returned to the region to work at, and eventually own, an electrical engineering firm. After running a successful business for over a decade, Loza returned to school to pursue his current profession.
Michael McConnell is a Regional Manager with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). He started as a social worker in the Children’s Services Division of DPSS in 1994 and worked his way into management in 2005. While a manager in the Children’s Services Division, he has managed programs for foster youth, group home children, legal guardianships and adoptions. He was also the Human Resources Manager for DPSS from 2006 – 2008.
McConnell currently manages a community engagement program and call center operations for the Adult Services Division. In his community engagement role, he brings together interagency teams to address and prevent elder abuse and abuse to disabled adults. He collaborates with community and faith-based partners to give clients a better quality of life. He manages an educational and training program that informs the community and empowers seniors. In his role managing call centers, he addresses issues for clients in two areas, Adult Protective Services Hotline and providing seniors and disabled adults services.
Having spent the previous 24 years in the hospitality industry, including over ten years at The Riverside Convention Center, Scott Megna returned to the General Manager position for the grand reopening of The Convention Center. Megna successfully managed the operation of The Riverside Convention Center from 1998 to 2007, steering it to its first profitability, before seeking to expand the breadth and scope of his hospitality experience by pursuing new career opportunities in the industry, including positions in Los Angeles and Santa Monica in financial and operational roles.
Megna, currently serves as a board member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce – Downtown Business Council. Prior board positions include service to the Riverside Downtown Partnership, Inland Empire Tourism Council, and California FHA HERO – Bloomington/Colton Chapter.
He is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Business Administration and maintains memberships with the International Association of Venue Managers and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
Clay Monroe is a Principal Account Manager for the City of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) Department. He and a small account management team administer more than 20 energy and water use efficiency programs that pay RPU customers over $7 million each year. Monroe and his fellow account managers provide personalized service for over 100,000 customers, including its top 200 industrial customers with combined annual revenues of over $50 million. Monroe has developed and been recognized for innovative and award-winning community outreach and efficiency programs by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Municipal Utilities Association.
Monroe is a proud graduate of Riverside Community College He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, San Bernardino. He holds several certifications from the American Water Works Association, Irrigation Association, and American Public Power Association.
Steve Ogilvie is a Certified Public Account (CPA) and serves as Vice President of Finance at Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group. He became a CPA while working several years as an auditor for the firms of Soren McAdam Christianson and Thomas Byrne & Smith. At those firms he focused on financial and compliance audits of local municipalities, special districts and non-profit charitable entities and has been with Loma Linda University since 1997.
In his current role, he oversees the finances of the 800 clinical faculty physicians practicing at Loma Linda University hospitals and clinics throughout the Inland Empire. As a key member of the management team working with the President and CFO, he is responsible to plan, implement and manage all financial activities of the practice. Over the last decade he has helped to facilitate the consolidation of numerous specialty practice groups into one of the largest multi-specialty academic physician practices in the country. He has also been involved with the operations in support of pediatrics, ophthalmology, and in conjunction with the Veterans Administration, clinics serving the veterans throughout the region.
He has served as Treasurer of the American Lung Association of the Inland Counties, on the Business Committee of the Inland Regional Center, and on the Credit Committee of the Printing and Publishing Employees Credit Union.
Gail Ousley is the Vice President of Development and Community Impact for the United Way of the Inland Valleys. In her role as Vice President, Ousley directs the two most recognizable components of United Way: raising funds through the annual campaign and distributing said funding to partner agencies.
Not only does Ousley supervise all resource development and community impact staff, she is also charged with nurturing and developing relationships with community volunteers who assist in the annual agency program review process, and also with the community organizations United Way of the Inland Valley provides funding for.
She has worked for several United Ways in the western region including Greater Los Angeles United Way, Inland Empire United Way, and United Way of Southern Nevada. Ousley stays actively involved in the community by serving as President of the EastHills Business Council and serving as a member on the Riverside County Community Action Partnership Commission.
Michael PazzaniCommittee Chairman
Dr. Michael J. Pazzani is Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at University of California, Riverside (UCR). His responsibilities at UCR include oversight of research, external funding for research, corporate partnerships and technology commercialization. Pazzani is also a Professor of Computer Science.
He has published over 150 papers on machine learning, knowledge discovery from databases, personalization, internet search, and recommendation systems. He serves on the Editorial Board of Machine Learning. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as well as several companies including Hughes Aircraft, Qualcomm, and Touchstone Software.
Pazzani comes to UCR from Rutgers, the University where he was Vice President of Research and Economic Development. Prior to his appointment at Rutgers, Pazzani was the Director of the Information and Intelligent Systems Division at the National Science Foundation from 2002-2006 where he oversaw a research budget of $200 million.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles and was an assistant, associate, and full professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he also served as Chair of Information and Computer Science.
As General Manager of Western Municipal Water District, John Rossi is responsible for the 527-square mile water resource agency. Rossi’s duties include planning, direction and management of the water, and wastewater,nonpotable, and recycled water activities and operations of the District. Rossi is a court-appointed Watermaster for the Santa Ana River Watershed.. Rossi is a board member with several entities, including the California Municipal Utilities Association, the WateReuse Association, the Urban Water Institute, the University of California, Riverside Water Science & Policy Center’s Advisory Board and the California Baptist University Board of Visitors. Rossi previously served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Rancho California Water District in Temecula, California, the Association of California Water Agencies, and the Chino Basin Watermaster. Rossi served as a founding board member and President of the California Utility Executives Management Association.
In 2013, Rossi was recognized by the Association of California Water Agencies with the Excellence in Water Leadership Award for his long history of leadership, problem-solving and numerous other contributions to California water.
Prior to his employment with Western, Rossi was the Chief Executive Officer of the Chino Basin Watermaster, and General Manager of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.
Joseph Telezinski is an attorney and Chairman of the Board at the private Riverside-based law firm O’Connor | Telezinski. He is also a partner in Telecon Solutions, a software company focused on human resources, risk management, and related business products.
Previously, Telezinski worked for the Law Offices of Serembe, Bakke & Seaman, a San Bernardino-based law firm where he defended workers’ compensation cases. In his current legal practice, Telezinski represents private businesses and public entities in workers’ compensation cases and is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. He also represents clients in employment law and business law matters. The majority of his practice is litigation, but he also provides advice regarding legal issues and prepares legal documents, including documents pertaining to business formation, buy-sell agreements, and various types of contracts.
Telezinski holds the professional designations of Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities and Medicare Set-Aside Consultant Certified. He is author of the California Workers’ Compensation Series for Claims Professionals and has given presentations on legal topics to numerous organizations, including many clients, as well as the Society for Human Resource Management, the Professionals in Human Resources Association, and the California Employer Advisory Council.
Al Zelinka is the Community Development Director for the City of Riverside. Prior to joining the City of Riverside, Zelinka was Planning Manager and Community Development Director for the City of Fullerton.
He also served as Vice President with RBF Consulting and Principal of RBF Consulting's Urban Design Studio. For the past twenty years, Zelinka’s practice has upheld his original planning and urban design career objective to make a difference in communities and within the profession. He has practiced planning and delivered presentations or training in more than 28 states and the District of Columbia, directed 100 projects and played an active role in another 50 (more than 35 of which have received awards), and has consistently been involved in the profession and public service throughout his career.
He is the co-author of two APA publications, SafeScape and Placemaking on a Budget. Zelinka is currently the immediate Past President of the California Planning Roundtable, a 30-year organization dedicated to advancing the practice and profession of planning and providing leadership for a better California.
Zelinka graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Planning from Northern Arizona University in 1989 and a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University in 1991.
TEDxRiverside is organized by members of Leadership Riverside 2014, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and University of California, Riverside.