Network 9 - History and Political Science

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Colt Hall Forum


Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2012

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


Plan to network with the following professionals ~


Bruce Heyman
San Salvador Project Manager
Maritime Museum of San Diego

Bruce Heyman is the San Salvador Project Manager at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  At the Maritime Museum he is responsible for building a modern replica of a 1542 Spanish Galleon that represents the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo flag ship that was used to discover San Diego.  The vessel has to meet Coast Guard standards to allow it to sail around the world.   Mr. Heyman is tasked with completing the project on a budget and is expected to meet his delivery date.  Formerly, Mr. Heyman was Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Strategy at Motorola.

Mr. Heyman has a BS in Electrical Engineer, MS in Electrical Engineer and an MBA. He believes that during your lifetime you should expect to have multiple careers. His words of advice are if you are not interested in a life time of learning do not purse a technical career. In his current position with the Maritime Museum of San Diego he has utilized his engineering degree and MBA as well as his high school shop, drafting and metal classes. He also obtained his United States Coast Guard Captains License by taking some additional courses.

When Mr. Heyman isn’t working, he spends his leisurely time sailing his 32’ sail boat.  He is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  As a member he leads recreational boating advocacy groups and teaches boating skills. Additionally, he is also involved with the local and state government.

Jess Jollet
Communications Manager
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Jess Jollet is the Communications Manager at American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties.  Ms. Jollet is responsible for handling the San Diego ACLU’s media relations.  She creates materials for press consumption and builds relationship with the local reporters and outlets.  Ms. Jollet is also in charge of building strategic ways to use new media (such as online social websites, and multimedia) to communicate their complex issues and stands.
Ms. Jollet’s degree in Media Communications from Point Loma University has proven to be incredibly advantageous!  Another beneficial education experience was the semester she spent in Washington D.C. through the American Studies Program.

During her spare time, she enjoys writing and exploring avenues and opportunities for individuals who are historically ignored and/or misrepresented to tell their sides of the story.  Most recently, she worked as the producer of the “Invisible Project,” a multimedia installation that presented an intimate and dignified human portrait of San Diego’s homeless population through timeless photographic portraiture and recorded first-person stories.

Karen Lehman
Trial Attorney
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Karen Lehmann is a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Ms. Lehman graduated from college with a degree in political science and attended law school immediately afterwards. Ms. Lehman studied with a focus on public interest, or non-corporate law. Throughout college and law school she was an avid participant in community service, which helped her gain hands-on experience with different client populations. Additionally, she wrote for her college newspaper and took numerous humanities classes in order to improve her research and writing skills.

As a trial attorney, Ms. Lehman represents indigent people accused of committing federal crimes. Some of the most common crimes she defends against involve the United States-Mexico border. Some examples include trying to enter the country with a false passport, or smuggling drugs into the United States in the trunk of a car. When one of her clients is accused of a crime, Karen investigates their cases and works closely with them to create a defensive strategy. If any of her clients want to plead guilty, she works to negotiate a deal with the client’s prosecutor as well as advocate for them at the sentencing. Should a client want to go to trial, Karen will find witnesses and gather any evidence she can to defend them at the trial.

When Ms. Lehman isn’t defending people from various accusations, she spends her free time working with her church and a ministry outreach geared towards working with prisoners and their families. Additionally, Ms. Lehman is an alumni interviewer for high school students who are applying to college. Whenever she isn’t busy improving her community, she enjoys relaxing with her family and friends.

Walter F. Ekard
Chief Administrative Office
County of San Diego

Walter F. Ekard is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of San Diego. As the chief executive for the fifth largest county in the United States, Mr. Ekard manages a workforce of over 15,000 employees and an annual budget of $5 billion. He previously served as the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO) and was the Boards' "first and only choice" for the job because of his experience and strong leadership skills.

As the County's CAO, he implements the policies set by the Board and oversees the effective, efficient operation of over 40 departments that provide myriad services to the region - from health and human services and criminal justice programs to land use planning, public works, parks, libraries, animal control and elections. He also directs the allocation of personnel, capital and budgetary resources within the County organization.

A native of San Diego County, Mr. Ekard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California and has served on a number of community boards and commissions.

First and foremost, Mr. Ekard enjoys the company of his wife, three daughters and their families.  He is also an avid fan of virtually all sports and a big opera and musical theater lover.  Mr. Ekard is a singer and takes the opportunity to perform at a number of civic events throughout the region.

Phil Rath
Public Policy Strategies, Inc.

Phil Rath is the president of Public Policy Strategies, Inc. (PPS) and brings over 8 years of public sector policy making experience to the firm.

Most recently, Mr. Rath served as Deputy Director of Policy for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders from 2007 to 2010. His portfolio in the Mayor’s Office included policy responsibility for citywide land use, redevelopment, real estate asset management, and major capital projects, including the under-construction new Main Library, proposed new civic center, proposed Convention Center expansion, and potential new Chargers stadium. Mr. Rath also developed and managed relationships with outside government agencies, including the Port of San Diego, County of San Diego, Centre City Development Corporation, and various state and federal agencies and officials.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Rath served as Senior Policy Advisor for San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, where he advised on and executed policy initiatives in areas ranging from land use and public works to law enforcement and economic development.

Mr. Rath is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and was captain of its national championship-winning Parliamentary Debate team. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons; Alex, 4, and Markus, 2. They reside in the North Park community of San Diego.

Stephanie Saathoff
The Clay Company, Inc.

Stephanie Saathoff is the President of The Clay Company, Inc.  Ms. Saathoff graduated from San Diego State University and majored in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Public Administration.  As President, Ms. Saathoff is responsible for managing day-to-day client activities including lobbying elected officials and staff at the County of San Diego, City of San Diego, other local cities and agencies such as the San Diego Country Regional Airport Authority.

Mrs. Saathoff interned at the Holiday Bowl which led to a full time position in Marketing and Promotions.  The non-profit experience at the Holiday Bowl was invaluable training.  At the Holiday Bowl and later at the San Diego International Sports Council she lobbied for funding and participated in community outreach.  Ms. Saathoff was allowed to take on a lot of responsibility during her internship and it resulted in gaining community contacts that she values to this day.  She is a true believer in gaining all of the experience possible during your internships. 

In her spare time Ms. Saathoff is an avid participator in the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown San Diego Partnership, South County EDC, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation, and 211 San Diego, among others! 

Collin McGlashen
Chief of Staff
Senator Joel Anderson

Collin McGlashen is the Chief of Staff for the State Senator Joel Anderson.   Mr. McGlashen oversees personnel and operations at the Senator Anderson’s capitol office in Sacramento as well as the two district offices in El Cajon & Temecula. Collin directly manages nine full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, and over 40 internship staff members.   He also assists in creating the legislative package, craft constituent communications, media relations, event planning, and assists with planning the Senator’s schedule.

Mr. McGlashen received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  In 2005 he attended Campaign Leadership School at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA.  Formerly, Mr. McGlashen was the Campaign Manager, Chief of Staffand District Director for the Assemblyman Joel Anderson in El Cajon. His previous work in the field of politics and government also includes positions as Campaign Manager for Danny Gilmore and the Deputy Campaign Manager for Shirley Horton for State Assembly.  Mr. McGlashen also had the opportunity to be the Regional Political Director of Audra Strickland for State Assembly. 

Robert  Henry
Department Chair and Assistant Professor of the History Department
Grossmont College

Robert Henry is the Department Chair and Assistant Professor of the History Department at Grossmont College.  He normally teaches Western Civilization, a Twentieth-Century World History or an American history course.  As Department Chair his duties involve creating the semester class schedules, updating course outlines, performing various administrative functions for my department, advising students, handling student issues or complaints, attending Academic Senate meetings, mentoring SDICCCA (San Diego Imperial County Community College Association) interns, interviewing and hiring adjuncts, leading professional development workshops, writing occasional textbook reviews for publishers, and organizing and overseeing campus events sponsored by the history department. 

Mr. Henry attended Palomar College from 1986-89, then transferred to U.C. Riverside and earned a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science.  He then enrolled as a graduate student at SDSU and earned an M.A. in 1997 specializing in European history with emphasis on the French Revolution.  In the same year, he taught his first community college courses as an adjunct instructor for Palomar College and Riverside Community College teaching Early Western Civilization and Early American History.  For the next three years, Mr. Henry continued part-time teaching and expanded his subject areas to include Modern Western Civilization, Early and Modern World History and Modern American History.  His first full-time tenured teaching position was at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, followed by becoming a full-time tenured teacher at Grossmont College.  At Grossmont, he has taught courses ranging from Early and Modern American History, Early and Modern Western Civilization, Early and Modern World History, History of East Asia and Twentieth-Century World History.  He has had no formal training to become a teacher, no teaching certificate, just a drive to succeed and an open and observant mind.

When Mr. Henry is not working, he enjoys fun activities with his wife, Barbara, and his six-year old son, Travis. He is an avid reader of history, biography and current affairs books.  Mr. Henry has been and continues to be a faithful fan of the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers.  He knows one of them will win either a World Series or Superbowl in his lifetime.  As for hobbies, he enjoys weightlifting, cooking, working around the house, watching exceptional documentaries, miniseries, foreign and independent films (actually he is a big fan of 1970s television series and horror films) and listening to lectures from his vast Teaching Company collection. 

Christopher Alexander
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Department of Justice

Christopher Alexander is a federal prosecutor within the Criminal Division at the United States Department of Justice.  It is a government agency that has 10,001+ employees.  He has been in his current role for eleven years in San Diego.  He prosecutes a wide variety of cases as a member of the General Crimes Section. He is an advisor to federal law enforcement agents that are on investigations, present cases to the grand jury, try cases before the United States District Court, and represents the United States in appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Last year he served as Vice President for the San Diego County Bar Association.

In the past, Mr. Alexander has served as a member of the Major Frauds Section, District Elections Coordinator, and instructor at the National Advocacy Center.

Mr. Alexander attended the University of California obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society / Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. While at UC, he was active in the NCAA All-American in Track and Field.  He then went onto University of Southern California Law School gaining his Juris Doctor in Law.  He is an accomplished author and has submitted to the Southern California Law Review, American University Journal of Gender & the Law, Georgetown Law Journal and Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He was a member of the USC National Moot Court Team, Southerland Cup Competition, and Finalist and Crary Award for Advocacy for the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.

Scott McGaugh
Marketing Director
USS Midway Museum

Scott McGaugh is the Marketing Director for the USS Midway Museum.  He is a San Diego native where he graduated from Monte Vista High School and cut his teeth as the newspaper editor and commissioner of PR there.  He went on to college at NAU, Uppsala (Sweden), and ASU where he graduated with his degree in Political Science and a minor in Accounting.  He then headed for law school.  

Mr. McGaugh participated as AZ Legislative Analyst during and immediately after college. He them moved to Durango, CO for a job as county administrator and then became the proud owner of the community newspaper. 

Mr. McGaugh co-owned a major Public Relations and Advertising agency in San Diego.  He started volunteering at the USS Midway Museum initially leading the PR to bring Midway to San Diego, and then was hired on as the Marketing Director.
Mr. McGaugh is an accomplished writer of six nonfiction books that are published and the seventh is due out in 2013. He describes his path as being “political science, legislature, county government, local journalism, public relations, marketing and museum marketing.”  His journey has had similar career presentations and emphasizes how “one’s intended path can unexpectedly intersect with others, leading far afield from the intended major…and that can be a good thing.”

Greg Murphy
Policy Advisor
Supervisor Greg Cox
Greg Murphy graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, where he served as the student body Vice President.  Before graduating, he served as an intern for Supervisor Greg Cox in 2007. After graduating, he spent two years at the UCSD Alumni Association where he successfully launched one of UCSD’s largest alumni engagement initiatives.  He returned to work at Supervisor Greg Cox’s office as a Legislative Aide in March 2010 and now serves as a Policy Advisor.

Mr. Murphy’s current job responsibilities include writing, analyzing, and advocating for policy affecting priority issues for Supervisor Greg Cox.  He strategically influences decision-makers and creates coalitions to achieve intended outcomes.  He cultivates and maintains relationships with business executives, environmental leaders, community organizations and elected officials.  He also coordinates press conferences, social media and community events by preparing briefing materials, speaking points, editorials and opinion letters.  He reaches to influence policy objectives at the state and federal level.
Mr. Murphy is a fifth-generation Californian and has lived in San Diego since 2003.  He enjoys traveling and has led volunteer trips in East Africa and Latin America.  He enjoys being active and exploring the endless recreational, learning and cultural opportunities that San Diego has to offer.  Currently, he is studying finance at UCSD Extension and working on a business plan for a new company in education finance. 

Jessie Womble
Associate Director, Public Policy

Jessie Womble manages CONNECT's public policy committee and associated efforts. She also manages CONNECT's fundraising efforts and assists in identifying business growth opportunities. Previously, she worked for Senator Feinstein in her Washington D.C. office on health legislation and Senator Barbara Boxer's regional office with housing and environmental affairs. She also has prior experience with Federal Court Judge John A. Houston working on drug and border/immigration cases.

Ms. Womble recently earned her B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego.

Ileana Ovalle
Senior Manager, Public Affairs & Customer Relations
Cox Communications

Ileana Ovalle has served for 25 years in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors where her experience has been integral to her role as a business and community leader in San Diego. Ms. Ovalle champions the Cox Conserves green initiative, Cox Diversity Council, and successfully promotes Cox’s community involvement and giving. Ms. Ovalle is fluent in Spanish and was named a 2008 Power to Be by San Diego Magazine and serves as a judge for San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 40 Under 40.

Prior to joining Cox, Ms. Ovalle served as Director of Government and PR at Public Solutions where she used her communications, land use, policy, and public relations experience to assist clients in navigating through the community approval and governmental process, advocating their causes at the decision-making level for positive results.

As Director of Funder Relations at San Diego Grantmakers, Ms. Ovalle worked to raise the face of and strengthen philanthropy in the San Diego region by connecting, educating, and inspiring foundations and corporate giving entities to do strategic investments. Ms. Ovalle was charged with managing funding collaboratives and developing strategic programs, facts and resources to local companies and foundations in order to enhance their philanthropic and corporate social responsibility practices.

Ms. Ovalle earned her MA in nonprofit leadership and management from USD and her BA in public administration from SDSU.  In 1998, she studied at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, where she earned a Certificate in French Language and Civics. She also has a Certificate in Fundraising and Development from UCSD.

Ms. Ovalle is a native San Diegan and avid community volunteer. She is a 2006 graduate of LEAD San Diego and the recipient of the San Diego Union Tribune Emerging Leader Award; a past advisory board member for the USD Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program; board member of the South County Council; Past Chair and Capital Campaign Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Ocean Discovery Institute and Board member of Junior Achievement San Diego.

Ms. Ovalle’s specialties include corporate, community, and government relations in planning and execution. She has a high political acumen. She is accomplished in Spanish/English bilingual presentation and written communication skills that tailor to a multi-cultural private, public or political setting. She has the ability to effectively manage staff and multiple projects under pressure to produce consistent quality work. Ms. Ovalle is cutting edge in strategic corporate community relations, program coordination and implementation.


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