Network 9 - Family and Consumer Sciences

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Colt Hall Forum

Panel of Professionals ~

Douglas Regin
Senior Assistant Director
MAAC Head Start

Douglas Regin’s MSW and MBA degrees prepared him for his current position as Senior Assistant Director of  MAAC Head Start. The MAAC Project (Maximizing Access to Advance our Communities) aims “to promote self-sufficiency for low and moderate income families and communities of Southern California through advocacy for, and delivery of, social, educational, housing and employment services,” according to its mission statement. Head Start itself exists to break poverty by ensuring that children 0-5 years and their families receive “comprehensive services to promote optimum physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth.” Mr. Regin’s function is comparable to that of a business manager for Head Start, where he supervises a staff of five department managers, and monitors and prepares both the budget, and policy and procedure documents. His position additionally requires him to oversee IT, contracts, facilities, and partnerships, and to conduct technology and managerial workshops. Aside from involving himself with the Rotary and other volunteer groups, Mr. Regin is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the San Diego County Child Care Planning Council, various Chambers of Commerce, and the Palomar Pomerado Health Community Advisory Committee.
Kathy Mays
Interior Designer
Kathy Mays Design

Years before returning to school to attain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego, Kathy Mays began her career with an Associates of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles. She is now a Certified Interior Designer (CID) with her own business. Running her own business involves activities such as public speaking, marketing, networking, training interns, budgeting, selling, consulting, and designing.  Ms. Mays also finds it important to devote time to fostering her presence on social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Her professional memberships include the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Furnishings Design Association (IFDA), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) where she holds VP membership for the San Diego chapter.

Margaret Linville
San Diego/Mountain Regional Recruiter

Before beginning her career at Nordstrom, Margaret Linville received a BA in English and a Teaching Credential from Santa Clara University, then spent eight years teaching English to high school students. Prior to her current position at Nordstrom as Regional Recruiter, Ms. Linville started out in Customer Service, and then Human Resources. Even as a teacher, she says she returned to Nordstrom during school-year breaks simply because it had been her favorite job while she was in college. Ms. Linville says her English major and teaching experience are both highly useful in her current position, where central components of her work include business communication, motivating others, teaching them about the company, and helping them create a Nordstrom career. Responsibilities as Regional Recruiter include partnering with all of Nordstrom’s Full Line and Rack stores in San Diego, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colordo so that their hiring process is fresh and effective at promoting top talent. Ms. Linville also oversees the recruiting, interviewing and hiring process for Nordstrom’s Internship program, and has even been able to hire some of her former students. Raised in Point Loma, Ms. Linville enjoys San Diego-based activities, reading, and of course, shopping. She is also a member of Thursday Club Juniors, a local social and philanthropic group.

Amy Carstensen
Executive Director
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

Amy Carstensen double majored in International Relations and Spanish, received a bilingual teaching credential, and achieved a Master’s in International Relations. She followed five years of teaching Spanish at the high school level with eight years at nonprofit organization International Community Foundation. In her current position with the nonprofit Olivewood Gardens in National City, Ms. Carstensen is responsible for for fundraising the $600,000 budget and for overseeing day to day operations as elementary school student visit. At Olivewood Gardens, these students, “visit the gardens and learn about the full gardening cycle, from growing to harvesting to cooking to composting,” she says. Ms. Cartensen enjoys gardening herself, and does so with her four- and five-year old sons. Together, they try to “cook healthy, nutritious meals for our family.”

Sandy Ghazal Ansari-Basir
Educational Therapist; School Psychologist

Sandy Ansari-Basir confesses she was “lucky enough to get exposure to my field before I even had my B.A.” She made the decision to double major with the intent of giving herself career flexibility. In spite of switching through a number of majors, she says the first one she selected was in fact child development. Two years of field experience assisting a pediatric neuropsychologist led her back to her original major, and Ms. Ansari-Basir began to pursue child development with and emphasis in developmental psychology and cognition. She received an M.A. in Educational Psychology and Counseling Psychology, then achieved her MFT following that. The training she received during the internship for her MFT allowed her to integrate her appreciation for education and psychology. She says this “cross training” is what has equipped her to “help people in more comprehensive ways.” Since her practice is private, Ms. Ansari-Basir additionally must use her entrepreneurial skills to appeal to potential clients. Previous experience at a K-8 school for five years gave her the opportunity to first learn firsthand about her “target” demographic . As an Educational Therapist, Ms. Ansari-Basir aims to help children and adolescents with developmental challenges or Learning Disabilities process what they learn so that they can achieve their highest potential. Her passion to constantly expand her repertoire of knowledge and training to do what she does drives her to stay self-educated, and to attend workshops and conferences. She additionally volunteers to construct programs that benefit the community.

Phyllis Vokey Long, M.A., M.F.T
Marriage and Family Therapist; Co-Founder & Co-Director
New Day Women’s Center

Romans 8:28 holds a promise that Phyllis Vokey Long stands on in her work, that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” With a Master’s of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Development from Christian Heritage College, Mrs. Vokey Long not only practices Marriage and Family Therapy at her own practice in La Mesa, she speaks publicly and also co-directs New Day Women’s Center. Mrs. Vokey Long additionally serves as a leader and teacher for Women’s Ministries at Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon. All of her work is driven by her “passion for ministering to the hears of women through God’s revelation and healing power to encourage a deep and intimate walk with Christ resulting in living the abundant life that He intended,” according to New Day’s website.

Mary Rice Hopkins

This PLNU alumna graduated with a B.A. in Communications, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Mary Rice Hopkins was awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 from PLNU. Ms. Hopkins’ career in music ministry spans 30 years, over which she has produced over 20 albums, and videos, DVD’s, and six sets of Bible-based curriculum. Her music has been translated into Spanish and Russian, spanning cultures as well. Puppeteer Darcie Maze collaborated with Ms. Hopkins to held concerts and also host a television show on both TBN and Smile of a Child Network entitled, “Mary Roce Hopkins and Puppets with a Heart.” Over the past 10 years, Ms. Hopkins focus has been on Christian educators because of the impact they have in shaping the lives of children. Ms. Hopkins currently resides in Southern California with her husband and has two children, one of whom is a PLNU student.

Donna Caeg
Child Nutrition Consultant
California Department of Education

Donna Caeg's current position as Child Nutrition Consultant for the California Department of Education is supported by her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, emphasis in Nutrition and Child Development. Her job responsibilities today include reviewing for compliance agency's participating in the U.S.D.A's Child Nutrition Programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, Child Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Ms. Caeg also educates program staff on nutrition as well as program requirements to ensure compliance with both state and federal regulations. Ultimately, Ms. Caeg's work makes sure these programs are providing healthy meals and snacks for the children enrolled in them. Outside of her work, Ms. Caeg is additionally involved in the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative.

Alison Sansom
Wedding & Events Manager
L'Auberge Del Mar

This successful PLNU alumna graduated with a degree in Communications and a minor in Public Relations. Ms. Sansom credits the internships she held at PETCO Park, Coronado Weddings,  and the National City Chamber of Commerce as being "the best decision I ever made" while in college. Further education and training through organizations like NACE and SDSU keep her skills fresh in her current position as Wedding & Events Manager at L'Auberge Del Mar.  In the course of planning approximately 50 weddings per year, Ms. Sansom is responsible for selling and booking services, as well as conducting everything from creative planning to logistics. Additionally, she manages support staff and sees her clients "through all phases of an event until completion." Aside from her work, Ms. Sansom makes time to travel and cook, and involves herself in the San Diego chapter of NACE.

Lindsay Martin
Wish Manager
Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego

Lindsay Martin’s career with Make-A-Wish Foundation began almost eight years ago with an internship for the organization and a position as Director of Program Services. While double-majoring in International Communications and Spanish at SDSU, Ms. Martin took a course oriented around nonprofit training called American Humanics. Through this course, she secured an internship with the National Kidney Foundation and solidified her desire to have a career in the nonprofit sector. She was also able to acquire skills she would need to conduct her job well. Her current job requires her to plan events for wish families, and to organize all facets of planning a wish, which in turn requires her to work in contact with volunteers and families. Ms. Martin enjoys travelling, camping and hiking with her husband, and four- and six-year-old children. They support the Skinny Gene Project, their church, and “any friends that hit us up for athletic charity events,” she says. Recently, she and her family raised $2,600 so that her husband could run a marathon for the Team for Kids organization in New York.

Sarah Jensen Elhoff
Adoption Center of San Diego

Sarah Jensen Elhoff has been Director of the Adoption Center of San Diego (ACSD) since 1993. Ms. Elhoff is a registered Adoption Facilitator with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), an Adoption Educator, and a Public Speaker. Additionally, she has trained as a Certified Open Adoption Practitioner by the National Federation for Open Adoption. ACSD provides clinical counseling and monthly support groups at no charge to women facing an unplanned/crisis pregnancy and educational and support services to adopting families, working closely with the Pro Life community. Sarah is also a member of  San Diego Association For Life and is a founding member of His Children-San Diego.   

Date:  Thursday, October 27

Time:  5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. ~ Check-in

5:30 p.m. ~ Panel Presentation

6:30 p.m. ~ Networking Time

Location:  Colt Hall Forum


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