OSV Advisory Council
OSV Advisory Council Facilitators
Jeanne Cochran, Executive Director of Strengths and Vocation
Megan Ekard Collins, Director of Community Outreach and Governmental Relations
OSV Advisory Council Role and Purpose
The OSV Advisory Council is a volunteer group of external professionals from a diverse range of experiences and professions whose input is sought for strategic planning, changing industry trends, and advice on how to prepare students for employment in their given fields. They are highly respected members of the San Diego community who are committed to being visionaries and opinion leaders to further the growth and forward thinking of The Offices of Strengths and Vocation. The council’s role shall be purely advisory and the ultimate responsibility of the management of programs and staff shall rest on PLNU administration.
THOMAS Di NOTO
Thomas spent his professional career in the fields of music, marketing, advertising, communications, patented technologies, and charitable work.
He started his first music business, Tuesday Productions, in 1969 while attending college. Tuesday is a musical commercial (jingle) company that over the past 43 years has produced tens of thousands of commercials and musical scores. Clients include American Airlines, Disney, Chevrolet, Target, T.C.B.Y., Kodak, Radio Advertising Bureau, Budweiser, NBC, and CBS.
In 1979, Thomas co-founded Network Music, Inc., a production music library, which was sold in the late 90s. The Network library is now a part of Universal Music Group. At the time of sale, Network owned copyrights and recordings to over 1,500 original songs.
In the 1980s Thomas served as President/CEO of Metrocast, the world's first international alphanumeric paging company. In 2006, Thomas assumed the role of the Chairman of the Board of ProtectConnect, the innovator in modular wiring devices (modular switches and receptacles). ProtectConnect currently holds 28 issued U.S. patents in the electrical field.
Thomas has also served and founded several 501c3 non-profit corporations. He is the Past President of the Board Maui Preparatory Academy, a preK-12 college prep institution. He is the Current President and CEO of StreetLight Prophets. This company produces a radio show of original songs showing the light of Jesus thru the hearts of the homeless to expose the homeless talent to Christian employers. He is the current Director of Word Ablaze International, a new biblically based, spirit-filled church in North County.
He graduated from United States International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdepartmental Science.
Toby is a Social Media Expert at ACTIVE Network, the leader in cloud-based activity and participant management solutions. ACTIVE Network cloud technology helps activity organizers get participants, manage events, and build communities.
Prior to ACTIVE, he spent two years as a sales specialist at REI, a leading outdoor gear and clothing company. Toby is an avid ultra-endurance athlete and outdoor-adventure blogger. His ACTIVE is Passion. Adventure. Community. Technology.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at George Washington University.
Phyllis is Vice President, Human Resources for Quidel Corp., a leading manufacturer of medical diagnostic tests. Prior to moving into life sciences in early 2004, she worked in the energy industry for almost 20 years focusing on financial analysis, strategic planning, government affairs, and human resources. In addition to serving as a regulatory lobbyist at both the state and federal levels, she has held senior level HR positions at Sempra Energy.
Phyllis is also currently a board member for Equinox Center, a non-partisan research organization focused on economic growth and sustainability issues.
Phyllis has a Bachelor degree in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Texas Tech University.
James has a diverse real estate background in land acquisitions and dispositions; and office, industrial and retail leasing for landlords and tenants. He began his real estate career at Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial in December of 2004 working on one of the largest retail leasing teams in San Diego County. He joined Schwartz Commercial Realty in February 2008 after working at Studley representing office tenants. At Schwartz Commercial Realty, James has represented numerous tenants including Pony International, Means & Associates, and Shelburne Sherr.
James enjoyed a successful collegiate baseball career with Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He also spent time playing semiprofessional baseball for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League, a sanctioned summer baseball league comprised of the top college players from across the country. He volunteers his weekends at the Tecolote Youth Baseball Academy where he coaches 13 and 14 year-old kids.
James graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Lori has spent over 20 years at Hewlett Packard (HP), an Information Technology and Services industry. She is currently the Director of Business Development. In her time at HP, she has driven growth initiatives for HP's global imaging and printing and much more.
Lori received her Bachelor of Science in Economics at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Pauline is a program manager at CleanTECH San Diego. She is responsible for supporting member events and programs along with staffing the Capital Formation and Education & Outreach committees. Pauline’s program responsibilities include the SCRUB program, CleanTECH Showcase and Thought Leadership Series. She also serves on San Diego State University's College of Extended Studies Green Advisory Board.
Pauline is a member of the Equinox Center Leaders 2020 Steering Committee with a focus on university outreach. Leaders 2020’s mission is to drive civic engagement among young people in the San Diego region, particularly with the purpose of advancing environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for growth and ensuring a high quality of life in the region.
Pauline graduated with a double Bachelors of Art in Political Economy and Legal Studies at University of California, Berkeley.
Bennett has been a brand consultant and designer for 24 years. He leads and manages a civic branding firm, Bennett Peji Design. Bennett is passionate about how design can make visible the cultural richness of a city, and utilizes his "Form Follows Culture" process to revitalize organizations, cities and cultures.
Bennett has served as local chapter President and on the national board of the AIGA, the world’s largest communications design association, with headquarters in New York and chapters in 67 cities. He was one of the co-founders of the AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design and is San Diego’s first AIGA Fellow honoree. Bennett serves as a Commissioner of Arts and Culture for the City of San Diego and was the 2009 Chairman of the Asian Business Association of San Diego. He serves on Mayor Jerry Sander’s Civic Leadership Team and the Boards and Commissions Advisory Group. He is a co-founder and regent of the Baja California Missions Foundation, founded to renovate and preserve the historic missions in Mexico.
Bennett is the recipient of numerous business and community service awards and he has received over 200 national design awards. He was a featured speaker from the USA at the 2010 ICOGRADA World Design Congress in Madrid, Spain and has spoken at over 40 conferences worldwide.
Bennett received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Design-Art-Branding at San Diego State University.
RYAN S. PONSFORD
Being "wealthy" is a manner of traveling, not a destination. For over 15 years, Ryan has been "traveling" with families, educating and advising them on understanding the significance of their wealth, becoming aware of the impact of wealth on heirs, designing solutions for more effective accumulation, and family continuity. Ryan is seeking to build relationships with families and business partners that share his passion for family unity and professional excellence. He is the Principal at Four Seas Holding Corp, a residential and Commercial Real Estate Brokerage.
Ryan specializes in public speaking and group facilitation, family continuity planning, asset management, Legacy Planning, Business Consulting, Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant, Real Estate Broker, Legacy Advisor, Advisor in Philanthropy and Alternative Investments.
Ryan is also an alum of Point Loma Nazarene University.
DR. JOHN ROGERS, MD
John graduated from Point Loma College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He completed a Master’s degree from SDSU in Physiology in 1986 and earned his MD degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1990. John’s expertise is in both Nuclear Cardiology and Electrophysiology (the evaluation and treatment of heart rhythm disorders). His surgical volumes average between 350-400 cardiac device implants each year.
John serves as the Director of Cardiac Pacing and Tachyarrhythmia Device therapy at Scripps Clinic. He is the Co-Director of the Cardiology fellowship training program at Scripps Clinic with responsibilities of training future cardiologists. He directs the Nuclear Cardiology training program at Scripps Clinic.
Scott is currently the Faith@Work ministry specialist for InterVarsity in San Diego. Previously he served as an Area Director for InterVarsity, a faith-based leadership development program on college campuses. He specialized in leading entrepreneurial ministry teams on diverse campuses. Scott also serves as a leadership consultant and coach for churches, non-profits, and for-profit organizations.
Scott has over a decade of experience leading teams and organizations both in corporate and non-profit settings. Expertise in developing the talent of young professionals and helping both Boomers and Millennials understand the perspectives that drive each and contribute to increased productivity and organizational success. With an awareness that by 2013 40% of the workforce will consist of Millennials under the age of 30, this is a crucial time to learn how to tap into and transform the potential of a generation that is insistent on making an impact and bringing meaning to the world.
Scott has a degree in accounting, real estate, and finance from the University of San Diego.
Chris has served as the President & CEO of Make-A-Wish San Diego since 2005. Make-A-Wish San Diego plans to grant nearly 200 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in 2012 and enlists the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers throughout the year.
Chris has been highly engaged in several national Make-A-Wish leadership projects over his years of service, is an active member of the San Diego Bowl Game Association, is a longtime member of the San Diego Rotary Club, and serves as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Chris was recently named one of San Diego's Most Admired CEOs by the San Diego Business Journal.
Chris is a native San Diegan and fifth generation Californian. He is married to Coleen, a registered nurse, and together they have three school-aged children. On a personal note, Chris enjoys time spent with family, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, musical interests, and is an avid backpacker.
Estha's passion is storytelling with the purpose of encouraging and inspiring others.
As Director of Communications for Moms in Prayer International, she is able to share the transformational, life-changing journeys of women around the world. Estha comes to this position after 20 years of experience in journalism as a television news reporter/anchor in five media markets including Pittsburgh and San Diego where her station became the most award-winning in the history of the city. During that time, she homeschooled her children and served as Chair of Women's Connection in Rancho Bernardo, a part of Stonecroft Ministries. She also served as a board member for Angels Foster Family Agency and Patrons of Special Care for Special Seniors (PSCSS), an Alzheimer's awareness non-profit.
As a native of Pretoria, South Africa, Estha has traveled extensively but is eternally grateful to be a citizen of the United States. She holds a degree from New York University where she double majored in Broadcast Journalism and Film/Television Production.
In 1988, Barry joined the FBI, and after graduating from the academy was assigned to the Boston Division where he initially investigated narcotics trafficking. He was a founding member of the first FBI Evidence Response Team (ERT). As a member of the ERT, he has investigated bank robberies, serial killers, mass murderers, kidnappers, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and the 1995 bombing of a U.S. Military facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Barry was transferred to the FBI's San Diego Division in 1998 and worked white collar crime. In 1999, he was promoted to the position of ERT Team Leader for the San Diego Division and has led this team for the past 11 years.
Barry attended the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Currently with Willis Allen Real Estate, Beth has spent over 23 years in the San Diego Real Estate Industry. She is an expert realtor, negotiator, and risk management specialist. When working with Beth, you will receive professional guidance and dependable service with superior customer service. Her experience as a local Realtor allows her to educate her clients on the local areas, market trends, and finance affecting real estate. Over 80% of her business is from referrals and repeat clientele.
Beth also serves as the Vice President for the Golden Triangle Chapter of Business Network International, which is the largest business networking organization in the world.