Network 9 - Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Colt Hall Forum

Date:  Thursday, February 16, 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


Professionals in attendance ~

Lillian Carr
Creative Director
Pearson Education, Inc.

Lillian Carr is Creative Director at Pearson Education, Inc. which is the world’s largest educational publisher. Ms. Carr directs the advertising and marketing for math and science higher education titles. In collaboration with her staff, she directs print, online, and motion graphics as well as develops brands for new technologies. She is also responsible for managing marketing events. She supervises staff in San Francisco, Boston, and New Jersey.

Ms. Carr holds a BS degree in Graphic Design from the University of California and her experiences include positions as a freelancer in the aerospace and entertainment industries.

Colleen and Rick Monroe
Good News Publications

Colleen and Rick Monroe founded Good News, etc. more than twenty-eight years ago. Good News, etc. is a Christian newspaper published monthly, distributing 36,000 printed copies around San Diego while also featuring an online edition. Prior to founding Good News, etc., Mr. and Mrs. Monroe were partners in a national start-up publication called Opportunity 21. Through the acquired skills and knowledge gained with Opportunity 21, the Lord's leading with Habakkuk 2:2-4 and Corinthians 2:14, and pastoral counsel, Good News, etc., was launched.
Rick Monroe has a degree in journalism and is editor of Good News, etc. Mr. Monroe was previously the managing editor for other publications including Western Outdoor News, Tustin News, Carlsbad Journal, and Morning Press in Vista.

Colleen Monroe serves Good News, etc. in all aspects of marketing, advertising, and publishing. Prior to publishing Good News, etc., she served both in customer accounts and service for the Robert Phillips Company, which held the license for Ralph Lauren and Polo Stores on the west coast.

Over the past twenty-eight years, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe have enjoyed bringing increased awareness of many organizations in San Diego. It has been fulfilling for them to enable individuals to share their vision and see those visions take shape. Mr. Monroe enjoys playing racquetball and hiking with the family, while Mrs. Monroe enjoys morning workouts and running with her yellow labrador retriever.

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

Karen Lehmann is a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Ms. Lehmann graduated from college with a degree in political science and attended law school immediately afterwards. She 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. Lehmann 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, Ms. Lehmann 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, she will find witnesses and gather any evidence she can to defend them at the trial.

When Ms. Lehmann 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, she is an alumni interviewer for high school students who are applying to college. Whenever she isn’t busy improving her community, Karen enjoys relaxing with her family and friends.

Kelly Bennett
Arts Editor
Voice of San Diego

Kelly Bennett is an Arts Editor for, a public-service, nonprofit news organization that focuses on in-depth and investigative reporting. Her job responsibilities include reporting and writing stories, blog posts, and television segments about San Diego County’s visual and performing arts institutions, artists, and funders.

Ms. Bennett has gained experience through various journalism, philosophy, literature, and history classes.  In addition, she had an internship through CCCU at Copley News Service in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Bennett is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Cliff Albert
Program Director
KOGO Radio

Cliff Albert is the Program Director for KOGO AM 600 radio station. When the power went out in San Diego in September, radio stations were knocked off the air. But within minutes, Mr. Albert was on with live, local continuing coverage. By taking unscreened calls from listeners, he established that this was a countywide event, half an hour before any “official” announcement as people from Carlsbad to Jamul, and even National City said they’d lost power as well. Soon after, Mr. Albert’s calm, reassuring, and genial voice was heard on half-a-dozen other sister stations, keeping San Diegans informed with a no-nonsense approach.

Mr. Albert has guided KOGO’s longtime successful news talk format for over 15 years.  He also created the annual “Bethlehem Report” which is a beloved Christmas season favorite.

Mei Ling Starkey
Public Relations Manager and Social Media Coordinator
The Rock Church

Mei Ling Starkey has been a part of the Rock Church, San Diego, since 2009. Ms. Starkey recruits and manages a team of 27 volunteers to support the church’s PR department which includes writers, photographers, and social media assistants. She pitches stories to the media, organizes receptions, drafts speeches for presentations, trains all of the staff, and takes care of the social media for the church. In addition to writing and distributing press releases for the Rock, Miles McPherson, Do Something World, and 100 Rock Church ministries, Ms. Starkey also coordinates media requests, interviews, and press conferences and develops strategic goals for the PR department.

In addition to the work Ms. Starkey does for the Rock, she is a member of San Diego’s LEAD program as well as a member and co-chair of the Diversity Committee of PRSA San Diego, a volunteer for Campus Crusade for Christ’s high school ministry, and a contributing writer for Risen Magazine.

Rebecca Go
Bridgepoint Education
Development Editor

Rebecca Go is a development editor with the online education company, Bridgepoint Education. As a development editor, Ms. Go’s main responsibility is to edit textbook manuscripts. She reviews the writing style and structure, provides expert feedback, and develops the pedagogy and multimedia feature set.  She also helps with e-book production and design.

Ms. Go graduated from PLNU with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Point Weekly as well as a copy editor and co-editor in chief for the Mariner. She interned for Copley News Service, Orange Coast Magazine, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Press-Enterprise. After graduating, Ms. Go spent two years working as a reporter for the Daily Transcript before her current job.

Ms. Go attends the Mid-City Church of the Nazarene, occasionally even playing piano for the worship team.  She is also working as the church’s multi-congregational board secretary. In her spare time, she enjoys the sport of ballet.

Madeline Robertson-Salt
Recruitment Manager
Teach for America

Madeline Robertson-Salt is a recruitment manager for Teach for America. In this position, she acts as a representative and partner for students and faculty at colleges and universities in Los Angeles in order to build the movement to end educational inequity. Ms. Robertson-Salt graduated from Vassar College in New York with a BA in Art as well as English. Before she graduated, she joined Teach for America, and taught ninth grade English in South LA for two years.  She also interned in the Education Department for three major museums in New York.

In addition to her role as a recruitment manager, Ms. Robertson-Salt also works in a variety of education programs throughout the LA area and is hoping to begin volunteering with a non-profit arts program in the near future.

Kendra Strey
Texas Journey Magazine
Editor in Chief

Kendra Strey is the editor of 6 different travel magazines produced by AAA. More specifically, she is the editor in chief of Texas Journey, the travel magazine for AAA Texas members. Ms. Strey is also a contributing editor for Auto Club Publications, a team that produces magazines including Texas Journey and Westways magazines.  Her job responsibilities include leading the editorial team that determines what material is put into the magazine, when it is run, and also how it is presented. Additionally, she manages a stable of freelance writers, which involves pairing certain writers with assignments that she believes will suit their interests and writing abilities. She regularly works independently and in teams to guide writing from manuscript acquisitions, through the editing process, and then on to completed printing stages.

Ms. Strey earned her BA in Journalism from PLNU, interned at Copley News Service, D.C. Bureau, San Diego magazine, and Cromarty & Co. public relations. In addition to her internships, she also worked for the Point Weekly for three years, with two of those years as the editor in chief. Here she gained experience managing the editorial and business operations of the paper which gave her a solid foundation as she moved into the professional workplace. By getting involved in newspaper, book, and magazine platforms, she gained well-rounded experience managing publishing projects.

Outside of working for AAA, Ms. Strey also enjoys and supports the Society of American Travel Writers – a professional association of North American travel writers; and ED2010 – a networking community for young people in the magazine industry.

Cheri Tomboc-Brownlie
Teacher Librarian
Westview High School

Cheri Tomboc-Brownlie is a teacher librarian for Westview High School in the Poway Unified School District. As a teacher librarian, Ms. Tomboc-Brownlie collaborates with other teachers on research projects; instructs and assists students on information literacy/research skills; purchases online and print resources to support curriculum and patron reading interests; and oversees the purchase, distribution, and collection of class textbooks and resources. She also supervises library staff; attends Leadership Cadre (the department heads and administrators) and School Site Council meetings; and coordinates district-wide software for library/textbook circulation.

Ms. Tomboc-Brownlie received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and then followed it with a Master of Library and Information Studies from UHM. She frequently attends California School Library Association and American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians conventions and workshops whenever they appear in Southern California to keep with her field’s current trends.

In her spare time, Ms. Tomboc-Brownlie enjoys playing golf.

Matthew Gilson
LPL Financial
Technical Writer

Matthew Gilson has worked as a technical writer for LPL Financial, a public company with 1,001 - 5,000 employees in the financial services industry, from June 2011 to the present. His responsibilities include developing material for the company’s knowledge base, writing articles based on source information, reviewing articles submitted by subject-matter experts, and working with departments to train writers and organize topics.

Additionally, Mr. Gilson also worked as an education division supervisor and a proofreader for As an education division supervisor, he researched potential topics, found and interviewed potential instructors, reviewed and edited all content generated by instructors, and created and maintained a company-wide style guide. As a proofreader, Mr. Gilson edited and developed content in a variety of different formats, including the KnowledgeCity website, various educational materials, and any internal and external communication.

Mr. Gilson graduated from PLNU with a BA in Journalism, Philosophy and Theology in 2009.


Amy Budd
Private Contractor
Spanish Interpreter

Amy Budd grew up as a missionary kid in Peru, South America, where she learned Spanish along with English. Her undergraduate education is in Psychology and she has almost completed her masters in Marital & Family Therapy. While in graduate school, she continues to do translation, tutoring students in Spanish, and substitute teaching for high school Spanish.  She obtains freelance projects through networking.

Ms. Budd has used her Spanish background in various positions and ministries throughout the years.  The opportunities she has enjoyed most include inner city ministries, working for Shadow Mountain Community Church, and interpreting for missions trips to Latin America.  The one position Ms. Budd held that was specifically related to translation and interpreting between English and Spanish was when she was employed as the assistant to a pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church.  The responsibilities included translating documents, emails, and conversations, as well as a personality test from English into Spanish.

Whenever her love for psychology and counseling coincide with Spanish, she feels like she comes alive!  The Lord has been so good to her by allowing her to have jobs that she never thought she could do. Ms. Budd is learning that her job is flexible and to go where God says go. Ms. Budd’s desire is to work in ministry in Latin America and to continue to use her Spanish as she facilitates training for Christian leaders, counseling families in ministry, and translating material.


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