Network 9 History and Political Science
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Interact with nine or more professionals from your field of interest. Learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started – all at an event that’s small enough to promote real conversations.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Colt Hall Forum
5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking
5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Network with professionals from the following companies:
John Campbell, Candidate for the 53rd Congressional seat of CA
John Campbell is a nonpartisan candidate for Congress in the 53rd district of CA which covers parts of central and southern San Diego. Although he has been involved in other campaigns before, this is his first. Mr. Campbell is using a variety of new approaches and technologies to increase accountability, transparency and engagement with the public.
Mr. Campbell has held a variety of positions in a numerous industries from clerk to co-owner and from transportation to finance. Beginning in 2002, he founded Campbell Networks, a local networking organization that brought together thousands of San Diegans with various areas of interest such as civic, social, professional, cultural, charitable and more.
Mr. Campbell graduated from SDSU with a Communication degree and enjoys soccer and motorcycle rides.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Megan Dukett, Education and Interpretive Program Manager
Megan Dukett is historic Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Education and Interpretive Program Manager, leading its hands-on education program called Mission Matters, which welcomes approximately 15,000 fourth graders every school year. A member of the Mission staff for more than five years, Ms. Dukett trains and coaches the frontline interpretive staff such as the tour guides, Mission Matters instructors, and volunteer docents. She also assists with museum development, audio tour development, and interpretive writing projects.
Ms. Dukett has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Point Loma Nazarene University and has worked for the National Park Service as an Interpretive Ranger/Intern at Yosemite National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Cabrillo National Monument.
In her spare time, Ms. Dukett enjoys volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club and the Saddleback Church's Children's Ministry. She also loves to hike and visit national, state and local parks as well as historic sites. Ms. Dukett was instrumental in leading, developing, and nurturing the Education Programing of the Mission.
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Sean Harrington, Associate 6, Strategy and Operations, Government Operations
Sean Harrington graduated from BIOLA University in December of 2008 with a Major in Political Science and a double minor in History and Bible. He concluded his studies at BIOLA with a semester in Washington DC through the American Studies Program where he interned at the Secretary of the Navy’s office.
Following graduation, Mr. Harrington spent three and a half years working for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the producer of the Predator drone, where he lead production planning efforts in a number of different areas. In August of 2013, Mr. Harrington made the transition to Deloitte Consulting, where he is currently working on a contract with the Navy on North Island Naval Base. His duties are primarily focused around program management but also working on business development efforts for Deloitte in San Diego.
Department of Homeland Security
Benjamin Hayhurst, Homeland Security Officer
Ben Hayhurst is a native of San Diego and a graduate of PLNU, where he double-majored in History and Social Science (class of 2000).
Mr. Hayhurst began his career in government shortly after 9/11, as an Immigration Officer with what was then INS in San Diego, CA. From 2003-2008, he lived in the Washington, DC, area for the Defense Department in various counterterrorism roles. Mr. Hayhurst returned to San Diego in 2008 to work for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is currently a DHS Headquarters representative to the three DHS-recognized State and Local Fusion Centers in Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego).
Mr. Hayhurst and his wife, Amy, live in El Cajon with their three children.
Brian Jones, Director of Public Affairs
Currently, Brian Jones is the Director of Public Affairs for Zeeto Media, an online marketing company based in downtown San Diego. Zeeto Media is a premium content publisher that specializes in unique online advertising programs across web, social, mobile, and email; with a strong focus on performance (CPA, CPC, & CPL) driven campaigns. Brian works with local, state and federal officials as well as various civic organizations to increase Zeeto’s profile and advocate for the high tech community in San Diego.
From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Jones was Deputy District Director for Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50). In his seven years with the Congressman, he established his understanding of politics at both the federal and local levels of government. His issues included: High Tech/Bio Tech, Energy, Environment, Immigration, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. As well as briefing the Congressman on these key issues, Mr. Jones was responsible for all local media appearances and/or interviews.
Mr. Jones attended the University of San Diego where he majored in Political Science. Currently he resides in La Jolla.
Tana Lorah, Government & Community Relations Manager
Tana Lorah joined Kaiser Permanente as the Government & Community Relations Manager in San Diego in 2010. Mrs. Lorah is responsible for legislative and community affairs for the San Diego county service area. She manages issues and policy related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care reform and other policy initiatives that impact the San Diego area. Mrs. Lorah’s role currently includes Kaiser Permanente’s charitable support of nonprofit organizations through grant-making and through the management of sponsorships, partnerships and volunteer efforts in the community.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Mrs. Lorah served as Associate Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer for the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. In that role, she managed the overall operations and fundraising efforts of the Foundation including managing the start up and launch of the leading physician volunteerism project in San Diego. Project Access San Diego is a program that benefits underinsured and uninsured San Diegans by connecting them with free specialty care services, including both inpatient and outpatient surgeries and procedures since its inception in December 2008. To date, nearly 2,000 patients have been served by this program with over $6 million in donated health care services. Mrs. Lorah brings over 15 years of government and community relations experience to Kaiser Permanente, including 12 years of educational and professional experience in Washington, DC. With a degree in political science, she studied at Southwestern College, George Washington University and Universidad de Madrid.
Mrs. Lorah serves the community as an advisor and participant including the following current roles: Board Member, Promises2Kids Foundation; Board Member, Homeless Women’s Services Advisory Board, Catholic Charities; Board Member for the Area Board XIII – State Council on Developmental Disabilities; Board Member, Kearney Mesa Planning Group; Executive Committee Member of the Mexican American Business & Professional Association (MABPA); and is a member of the South County Economic Development Council and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy and Health Care Committees. Mrs. Lorah actively participates in a several civic committees related to public health, health policy and regional health care reform matters. She has also served as the Chair on the Advisory Board for San Diego High School - LEADS School. Mrs. Lorah has participated in LEAD San Diego’s EMBARK program and is a graduate of the 2013 LEAD San Diego IMPACT program.
Mrs. Lorah loves residing in San Diego with her husband and 2 school-aged sons.
West Hills High School
Josh Reyes, AP World History and Global Studies Teacher
Josh Reyes is an alumnus of PLNU where he earned a BA in History, Teaching Credential, and Master’s Degree in Education. During his time at PLNU, Josh also began working with high school students through the Young Life organization. After graduating in 2003, Mr. Reyes decided to pursue a career in education. He finished his credential work through PLNU and was hired at West Hills High School in 2005. Mr. Reyes currently teaches AP World History and Global Studies. He has a passion for integrating technology in the classroom. Mr. Reyes has been involved in leading professional development workshops on educational technology for his school district, the County Office of Education, and SDCUE.
Global Strategic Management Institute
Luke Vinci, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
As a co-founder and managing partner of Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI), Luke Vinci is responsible for the production and execution of GSMI events. Mr. Vinci specializes in creating customized solutions and strategies for increasing corporate transparency and accountability.
For nearly a decade, Mr. Vinci has been coordinating corporate events and management trainings for organizational improvement of fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses. Prior to GSMI, he was an original founder and COO of the American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI). Mr. Vinci also has extensive experience in managing political campaigns across the state of California. Currently, he serves as an advisory member to various organizations and is the Honorary Mayor of Little Italy in San Diego. He also operates as a public servant and has served for 8 years in his elected seat to the Center City Advisory Committee (CCAC), a community organization that works to advance the growth and redevelopment of downtown San Diego by providing a link among citizens, the CCDC, the City Council and Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Vinci now serves on the Downtown Community Planning Council (DCPC).
In April of 2013, Mr. Vinci was named to San Diego’s young influential list. His passion is his neighborhood and Catholic faith and serves in multiple capacities to his Parish; Our Lady of the Rosary (the National Italian American Catholic Parish) Mr. Vinci is a graduate of the UCLA and currently resides in San Diego.