Network 9 Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Colt Hall Forum

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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.

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Thursday, February 20, 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:


Therapeutic Karate, Inc.

Dr. Steve Cochrane, President and Owner

Dr. Steve Cochrane has been in the Special Education field for 20 years.  For nearly a decade, he has been serving as a Special Education professor at Azusa Pacific University.  He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of San Diego (LDA-SD).  Moreover, the Del Mar Union School Board has appointed Dr. Cochrane to serve as its community representative to the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE).  Additionally, Dr. Cochrane was appointed by the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Special Education.   OAH is the judicial body that adjudicates litigation pertaining to Special Education cases.  

Dr. Cochrane is the president and owner of Therapeutic Karate, Inc..  Therapeutic Karate addresses the underlying causes of certain cognitive dysfunctions using principles from Occupational Therapy, Behavior Optometry, and Movement Therapy and incorporating those concepts in Martial Arts instruction.  

San Diego Youth Services East County Prevention and Early Intervention Program

Bethany Hansell, MFT, Program Manager

Bethany Hansell, MFT,  is currently the Program Manager of the San Diego Youth Services East County Prevention and Early Intervention Program.  The program is funded by the San Diego County Behavioral Health Services and seeks to prevent mental illness through preventative work at elementary schools, parenting groups and community engagement activities.  She serves on the San Diego County CADRE, a group that addresses co-occurring issues and is the Children Youth and Families Subcommittee Chairperson.  Mrs. Hansell is a trainer for the CADRE and is well-versed in co-occurring therapeutic delivery and program models. 

Along with Mrs. Hansell's role as Program Manager, she is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Argosy University-San Diego.  Mrs. Hansell is entering into her 8th year of teaching at the higher education level.  She has taught a wide array of courses including: Counseling Skills I and II, Domestic Violence, Human Growth and Development, and Substance Abuse to name a few.  Mrs. Hansell is also an Independent Contract Trainer.  She has facilitated several training series on the therapeutic approach, Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Mrs. Hansell received her Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences with a Minor in Education at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.  After teaching at the high school level, she went on to receive her Masters of Art in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College.  Upon completion, Mrs. Hansell moved to sunny San Diego where she earned a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant Internal University.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Mrs. Hansell is happily married to her husband, Joe, and they are both active in their church, big sports fans and enjoy the local music scene. 

Larry Hardin, Owner and CEO

Larry Hardin has over 30 years of professional law enforcement, government and military experience. He is a former Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Senior Special Agent, Correctional Officer and Immigration Officer.  Mr. Hardin is the owner and CEO of a Private Investigations Firm, Adjunct Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix, and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice at National University.  Mr. Hardin is certified to teach Criminal Justice Administration and Organizational Security.  He likes to visit with patients that were former law enforcement and military at Hospice and Rehabilitation Care.  He enjoys speaking at universities, public communities and U.S. Military Bases. He has excellent communication and interpersonal skills.    

Mr. Hardin has a Teaching Certificate from the State Board of Directors from the Community College of Arizona to teach Criminal Justice and Human Resources Development.  In 1985, Mr. Hardin received his Master of Arts in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University in Saint Louis, MO.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Management in 1984 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL. and his Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies from Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ.

Point Loma Nazarene University

Laura Leinweber, Director of Graduate Admissions

Laura Leinweber has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN.  Ms. Leinweber has been the Director of Graduate Admissions at Point Loma Nazarene University since January 2012.   She is a College Admissions and Enrollment Management Professional with extensive experience in all aspects of student recruitment for undergraduate and graduate populations.  Her experience includes responsibility for new student recruitment goals for PLNU graduate programs, the design and implementation or recruitment processes and strategies, marketing and promotion of graduate programs, directing and training of graduate admissions staff, oversight of customer relations management system as related to new student recruitment and the graduate admissions application process.

College admissions and recruitment is extremely competitive and at the same time very exciting.  Ms. Leinweber considers herself to be very goal driven.  She loves the challenge of understanding the target audience and their needs and then developing strategies that help strengthen the PLNU brand, meet enrollment goals for the university which ultimately meet the goals of our students. 

Turning the Hearts Center

Douglas Luffborough, Executive Director

Douglas Luffborough was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, from humble circumstances.  As the oldest son of a housekeeper, Mr. Luffborough was homeless in high school but became the first member of his family to graduate from college.  He was chosen as the student commencement speaker of his undergraduate college preceding President Bill Clinton, who invited Mr. Luffborough to visit him at the White House.

Mr. Luffborough has been working with nonprofit organizations for over 20 years and is currently the Executive Director of Turning the Hearts Center, a youth and adult empowerment center committed to turning the hearts of youth and families through education, leadership development, and family enhancement services.  In 2013, Turning the Hearts Center served over 17,000 families.

Academically, Mr. Luffborough received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Northeastern University, a Master's from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, completed an Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford, and currently attending USD for his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.  Also committed to K-12 education, Mr. Luffborough is an elected school board trustee for the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Today Mr. Luffborough resides in Chula Vista with his wife Claire of 13 years and their five children.

American Red Cross

Curt Luthye, Prepare San Diego Program Director

Curt Luthye currently serves as the Prepare San Diego program director for the San Diego / Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. Prepare San Diego is a county-wide initiative to get one million people better prepared for a disaster. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Luthye served as the chapter’s Mass Care Sheltering Coordinator for three years, tasked with providing large-scale sheltering for those displaced due to disaster or emergency. In this capacity he also deployed to assist during Hurricane Irene in Massachusetts, and Hurricane Isaac in Florida and Louisiana. Mr. Luthye has also led the Mass Care Bulk Distribution efforts for the Red Cross in New York City following Hurricane Sandy. Most recently, Mr. Luthye served as the Information and Planning Chief during the 2013 Colorado flooding, providing situational awareness for Red Cross’ response and relief efforts. 

Prior to working for the Red Cross, Mr. Luthye worked with the Church of the Nazarene in the Caribbean Region for nine years. At the time, the Caribbean Region consisted of 23 countries, four educational institutions, 1,000 churches and over 150,000 members. Mr. Luthye was responsible for capitol building programs and on average had 140 building projects ongoing throughout the region. Additionally, he managed the volunteerism program recruiting, training and hosting hundreds of volunteers into the islands each year. The toughest and most rewarding work Mr. Luthye has experienced was in Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake, which he was able to do together with his wife. 

Originally from Oklahoma, Mr. Luthye graduated with a degree in Religion from Southern Nazarene University and a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Mr. Luthye and his wife, Beth, reside in San Diego and have a beautiful four-year-old daughter, Graysen. Serving people is what motivates Mr. Luthye. He is looking forward to co-leading a PLNU LoveWorks trip to India this May with his wife.

Ashford University

Eileen Piersa, MS, MA, Manager, Career Services

Eileen Piersa has a B.A. in Family Life Education, an M.S. in Organization Development, and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology. For over 25 years, Ms. Piersa has helped organizations increase productivity and effectiveness by designing and implementing strategic change. As an independent consultant for most of her career she has owned franchises, co-founded a consulting and marketing agency with her husband, and worked with small  businesses to large corporations. Ms. Piersa has worked internally as a Vice President of Operations & Training for Jenny Craig, an Organization Development Specialist and Trainer for Rockwell Hanford Operations and Westinghouse Hanford. In recent years, Ms. Piersa turned to using her skills internally to organizations such as a Leadership Coach at Bridgepoint Education, as the manager of the international programs at The Institute for Palliative Medicine, which included teaching leadership to doctors from low to mid-resource countries all over the world, and most recently as manager of Career Services at Ashford University.

Ms. Piersa has also been a counselor in a shelter for family violence, a volunteer on the crisis line and also participated in a special program in Valley State Women’s prison with teaching women the concepts in the Spiritual Psychology Program.  It has been a powerful program with 20 visits to the prison and influencing the culture of the prison. The school has just completed the first program in Valley State men’s prison.

Ms. Piersa’s passion has also been as a parent educator and a parent coach with her husband. Whether it’s individual or executive coaching, parent education, or corporate consulting and training, Ms. Piersa’s work begins with discovering an individual’s values and core beliefs. She uses her ability to connect to the heart of the individuals and organizations she works with to inspire her clients and help them achieve their goals. Ms. Piersa is also co-author of the book, “Visionary Women Inspiring the World - 12 Paths to Personal Power.”

Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force

Patric Slack, Commander

Patric Slack was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised mostly in Snohomish County Washington.  After high school Mr. Slack spent two years in the United States Army, serving one year in Viet Nam.  During his time in Viet Nam he received the Bronze Star with a “V” Device for Valor.  

After Mr. Slack’s tour of duty in the U.S. Armed Services, he returned home and got married.   Mr. Slack has been married to his wife, Carmen, for 28 years.  He has four children; Shannon, Patric Jr., Kenna, and Brian.  Mr. Slack and his wife reside in Snohomish County.

Mr. Slack has been in law enforcement for 44 years.  He began working for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office shortly after he returned from Viet Nam in 1969.  Mr. Slack worked there for 25 years in several different assignments.  Then, he accepted a position at the Deputy Chief of Operations and Investigations for the Everett Police Department.  After 5 years in this position he accepted the position of Commander of the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, where he has been for 14 years.  The SRDGTF is funded by BYRNE/JAG and HIDTA.

Currently Mr. Slack is serving on several committees.  Those include; National Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Initiative Committee, Board of Directors for Midwest Counter Drug Training Center, Chairperson for Snohomish County Methamphetamine Drug Action Team, Snohomish County Public Health Advisory Council and Committee Chairperson for Boy Scouts of America Troop 86, Mount Baker Council.

Psychologist, and Marriage and Family Therapist at Carmel Valley Psychological Services

Program Director and Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Aimee Vadnais, Licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist

Graduating with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PsyD Degree in Psychology, Aimee Vadnais has worked in multiple settings in San Diego, including hospitals, group practices, and is now the owner of her own private practice, Carmel Valley Psychological Services, where she specializes in Infertility and Reproductive issues.  She has also been the Program Director and an Assistant Professor for the M.A. in Clinical Psychology Program at Azusa Pacific University, San Diego Campus, for the past six years.  Dr. Vadnais is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Positive Psychology and Strengths-Based leadership in education are her primary interests in the field.  She is married to a Special Education Professor at Azusa Pacific University, San Diego campus, who graduated with his B.A. and M.A. from PLNU.  Together, they have two little boys.

Dr. Vadnais received her Psy.D in Psychology from Alliant International University.  She received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and her B.A. in Psychology and Public Relations from Pepperdine University.