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Executive Leadership

Jim McCluney Chairman

Officer of Emulex Corporation and Vixel Corporation, and has held senior executive positions with worldwide responsibilities at both Apple Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Most recently, Mr. McCluney was instrumental in developing Emulex's strategy for growth and executing four strategic acquisitions: Endace, ServerEngines, Aarohi Communications and Sierra Logic, positioning Emulex for entry into new high-growth market segments. His visionary growth strategies and global market knowledge have cemented him as an asset to the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees, holding the position of Board Chair.

Mel Rogers President & CEO

As a former radio and television reporter and program host, Mr. Rogers is passionate about TV and radio aimed at creating an informed citizenry. He became the president of KOCE-TV in 1997, at which point he aggressively expanded efforts to make the station an indispensable part of the Orange County fabric. After 17 years under Rogers' leadership, PBS SoCaL is now one of the top 3 most watched PBS stations among the nation's 350 PBS stations. His public television influence extends beyond Southern California—he completed six years as a member of the national PBS Board of Directors and three years as Chair of the California Public Television Association and is former Chair of the Utah Broadcasters Association.

Andrew Russell Chief Operating Officer

Andy Russell is one of the most impactful leaders in public television. Over the past 20 years, he has held executive positions at PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with a wide range of national responsibilities. He led the efforts that created PBS's Ready To Learn service for pre-school children and that re-shaped the PBS primetime schedule. He led the creation of PBS Distribution, now the fifth largest PTV organization in the US, which serves as the ancillary distribution arm for PBS programs on digital and home video platforms. He has also been responsible for public television's strategy and many of its major initiatives since 2001. He joined PBS SoCaL in the spring of 2013.

Administrative Management

Dawn Ariza CFO / VP Human Resources

Ms. Ariza has worked in accounting her entire professional life and has been involved in the broadcasting industry for 10 years. Prior to coming on board at PBS SoCaL in 2004, she worked for 17 years with a publicly traded manufacturing company. She is deeply commited to the PBS SoCaL mission and uses her extensive background to help the station in its growth and success.

Ardelle C. St.George General Counsel

Ms. St.George serves as General Counsel for PBS SoCaL. She is a name partner of the law firm, St.George & Carnegie and also serves as the Corporate Secretary of PDES, an international standards organization. Her areas of practice include negotiating multi- billion dollar outsourcing transactions, representing Fortune 100 companies in technology consortia, and establishing and implementing intellectual property.

Board of Trustees

Bob Romney Treasurer

Bob Romney was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zenographics (sold in 2007 to Marvell). He was also the principal architect of the Zenographics imaging software. Mr. Romney serves as a member of the Advisory Board at Miramar Venture Partners, and is the Vice-Chairman of UC Irvine's CEO Roundtable. Additionally, he is a Director for the OCTANe board, and a former Director for the Pacific Symphony Board. Mr. Romney received a Master's Degree in Computer Science from UC Irvine, and a BA from the University of Virginia. Mr. Romney joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2010.

Mary Lyons Secretary

Mary Lyons is a passionate supporter of quality art education and public-private partnerships in the arts. As a singer in the Pacific Chorale, Mary harbors a true love for the arts. Mary is a former public school teacher. Since 1999, she has received numerous honors and awards for her educational advocacy and philanthropy. PBS SoCaL nominated Mary and her husband Phil for the 2010 Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Mrs. Lyons currently serves as Secretary to the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees and has served as a Trustee since 2001.

Marian Bergeson

Marian Crittenden Bergeson has flourished in statewide public service for 30 years. Former Secretary of Education in the cabinet of Governor Pete Wilson, Marian was initially elected to the California State Senate in 1984. Mrs. Bergeson has remained active in education, serving on the Higher Education Budget Subcommittee and also chairing the Senate Local Government Committee. She also served under Governor Schwarzenegger as the Chair of the California Transportation Commission. Mrs. Bergeson continues to serve on the board of The MIND Research Institute. She is a founding member of the Tiger Woods Learning Center and was former Chair of the Great Park Foundation. Mrs. Bergeson joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2000.

Mary Bono

The Honorable Mary Bono is a former United States congresswoman who represented California's Inland Empire and Desert Region in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998-2013. A principal at FaegreBD Consulting, she focuses her government advocacy and consulting practice on legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting the technology, privacy, data security, energy and health care industries. Mary is a Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Board Member and holds honorary positions with a number of organizations including Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the National Student Leadership Conference. Ms. Bono joined the PBS SoCaL Board in May 2014.

Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham

Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham is Strategic Planning Manager for Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison. Prior to joining SCE, Dr. Chatham was a college professor teaching political science and President of Eagle Forum of California, a public policy organization. She was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the Board of Governors of the California State Bar Association and is a former television and radio commentator. Dr. Chatham has been a member and officer of many esteemed boards, including the Pacific Symphony, the Orange County World Affairs Council, the Orange County Business Council, the Orange County Forum, and is Immediate Past Chair of the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees. Dr. Chatham joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2004.

Anne Gates

Anne Gates has been in the financial field for over 30 years. Ms. Gates is past Executive Vice President and CFO of The Disney Company's Consumer Products Division. She has served on several boards, including the Board of Directors for Super RTL (a German entertainment company), the UC Berkeley Foundation, the Oakwood School, the Country School, and Crystal Stairs. She remains active on the Board of Trustees for Big Sunday, Junior Statesman of America, and The Board of Visitors of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science for Columbia University. In 2010, Anne Gates was named to the Power List of Britain's 100 most influential black people. Ms. Gates joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2014.

Xavier Gutierrez

Xavier Gutierrez serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Investment Partners, and as Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Group. Mr. Gutierrez currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards including, the Board of Directors, and the Compensation Committee Chair of Sizmek, Inc., Board of Directors of Commercial Bank of California, Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board for Artemis Real Estate Partners, a women-owned private equity real estate investment manager. Mr. Gutierrez joined the PBS SoCaL Board in October 2014.

Emile Haddad

As the founder of FivePoint Communities, Emile Haddad has over 27 years of real estate experience in the United States and abroad. Prior to founding FivePoint, Mr. Haddad was the Chief Investment Officer at Lennar, one of the largest publicly held homebuilders in the United States. While at Lennar, he oversaw the company's land investments and asset management, which included over 250,000 homesites owned and controlled. A nationally recognized land expert, Mr. Haddad has received many honors and awards. He currently serves on the University of California at Irvine's Foundation Board in addition to serving as a member of the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees since 2010.

Don Hahn

Don Hahn is an American film producer who has produced some of the most successful animated films of the past 20 years, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. He is the Executive Producer of Disneynature Films and owns a film production company, Stone Circle Pictures. Among his innumerable credits, Mr. Hahn has also directed Steve Martin, James Earl Jones and Itzhak Perlman in Fantasia 2000. He was 2011 Cal State Northridge Honorary Alumni of the Year and is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees. Mr. Hahn joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2013.

Todd Hollander

Todd Hollander has been in the banking business for over 23 years, establishing himself in a number of key business and commercial banking roles. He is currently the Executive VP of Business Banking Group Head at Union Bank. A native of California, Mr. Hollander graduated with a degree in business administration finance accounting from San Diego State University. He went on to receive prestigious financial credentials from numerous universities. Mr. Hollander is an active member of many nonprofit organizations, in addition to serving as a member of the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees since 2001.

Janet "Jenny" Jones

Jenny Jones is the President and Owner of the Elkins Jones Insurance Agency in West Los Angeles. Ms. Jones worked for Lincoln National life Insurance Company, before joining the predecessor to Elkins Jones, the George Elkins Company’s insurance division as Manager. Jones purchased the Elkins Insurance division in 1996, forming Elkins Jones Insurance Agency. Jenny is a member of several Boards including, Chairman of the Board, Children of the Night, Advisory Board, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, Colleagues (Children’s Institute), Diadames of the Child Care League, Children’s Bureau, Cate School, Carpinteria, California, Board Member, Blue Ribbon of the Music Center. Ms. Jones joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in April 2014.

Keith Kobata

Keith Kobata is currently the President for the Greater Orange County Division of Wells Fargo. In addition to overseeing more than $6.5 billion in total assets, he is responsible for the region's retail banking operations, which includes more than 900 team members at 54 locations within Orange County and Long Beach. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Ana Chamber Of Commerce. He joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2009 and has championed the funding for educational outreach programs in Southern California.

David K. Lee

David Lee heads the Corporate and Real Estate Transaction practices at the law firm of Dongell Lawrence & Finney, LLP. Mr. Lee began his legal practice in 1991 as an associate to the highly prestigious international law firm of Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea. He proceeded to represent Fortune 500 companies from all over the world, including Walt Disney Company, IBM, Microsoft and Apple. He currently sits on several boards, including the Advisory Board for the Homeland Security Council. He joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2013.

Keleen Bixby Mazzo

After living abroad for twelve years in Canada, England and Rome, Kelly Bixby Mazzo returned to Southern California ten years ago with her husband Jim and their two children. Ms. Bixby Mazzo has chaired the American Celebration for Chapman University, the UC Irvine Medal Awards, UC Irvine Medical Center Gala and the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club Gala. She is an Emeritus Board Member of the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club and is on the Board of Angelitos de Oro, a supporter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and an Angel of the Arts, supporting Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Ms. Bixby Mazzo is a member of the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees since 2010.

Robert McDonald

Bobby McDonald is President & Executive Director of the Black Chamber of Commerce in Orange County. Since his arrival in Orange County over three decades ago, he has been committed to the values of personal integrity and opportunity. Prior to this between 1984 and 1998, Mr. McDonald enjoyed success in the highly competitive sports-merchandising field. His leadership extends beyond his professional life. In April of 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Bobby to the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board. Mr. McDonald is a veteran of the United States Navy and served our nation during the Vietnam War. He serves as a trustee to the PBS SoCaL Board since 2005.

S. Paul Musco

As one of Orange County's most influential businessmen, S. Paul Musco has established himself as an effective entrepreneur and global philanthropist. Among his many companies is Relief Pod International, helping people be prepared, self- sufficient and confident during disaster and emergency situations. He is a trustee and major fundraiser for many prestigious organizations, including Chapman University, the Los Angeles Opera and the Orange County Sheriff's Advisory Council. Mr. Musco holds the position of Vice-Chair on the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees.

Harlyne J. Norris

Harlyne Norris is a Trustee of the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and President of KTN Enterprises, Inc. She is a Trustee of the University of Southern California; an advisory board member of the Accelerated School, an overseer of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; and a supporter of Caltech, Blind Children’s Center, Peninsula Education Foundation and many other organizations in the South Bay and Los Angeles County. Mrs. Norris’ many charitable activities center on children, education, and the arts. A Southern California native, Mrs. Norris grew up in Santa Monica and attended UCLA. In 2008 Mrs. Norris was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Southern California. Mrs. Norris joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in January 2015.

William O'Hare

Bill O'Hare is a partner in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices of Snell & Wilmer, a regional business law firm. He is a member of the firm's commercial litigation practice group. Bill is a recipient of the Robert Samuel Barnes Award from the Orange County Bar Foundation, the Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach, and the President's Pro Bono Service Award from the State Bar of California. Bill is a board member and Past President of the Orange County Bar Foundation and the Laguna Beach Education Endowment Fund. Bill also serves on the Steering Committee of the UC Irvine CEO Roundtable and joined the Board of Trustees for PBS SoCaL in 2011.

Judi Garfi-Partridge

As a horse owner and businesswoman, Judi Garfi Partridge is appropriately the owner of Summit General Insurance, a corporation providing all lines of insurance. Summit General Insurance was founded in 2009 as a result of Ms. Partridge's decade of experience as a successful owner and breeder of her own thoroughbred racehorses, as well as her 35 years' experience as founder and CEO of Eastwood Insurance. She also owns Serenity Oak Farms in Murietta, California, where she currently breeds and races fifty of her own thoroughbred horses. Ms. Partridge has served on the Board of Trustees for PBS SoCaL since 2004.

Dr. James Rosser

Dr. James Rosser served as the sixth president of the California State University, LA for more than three decades, retiring in July of 2013. He is a professor of health care management and professor of microbiology at Cal State LA. Dr. Rosser has served on the boards of many state and local organizations including the California Community Foundation, Community Television of Southern California (KCET), the LA Unified School District's Blue Ribbon Panel on Budget Reform and the Los Angeles County Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. He currently serves on the CSU President's Council on Underserved Communities, the CSU-Public Schools Outreach Advisory Committee, the American Council on Education's Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, and has been a trustee to the PBS SoCaL Board since 2013.

Leonard Sands

Lenny Sands is Chairman of Capital Brands, LLC a multi-channel branding company selling products direct to consumer through web, retail, TV and live shopping in 30 countries and over 20 languages. Well-known brands include the Magic Bullet and NutriBullet. Mr. Sands sits on the Boards of Los Angeles Police Foundation, Congressional Medal of Honor and USC Marshall Board of Councilors. Mr. Sands joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in January 2015.

Carol Schatz

Carol Schatz is the first woman to serve as president and CEO of the Central City Association of Los Angeles, a business advocacy organization of 450 members representing 350,000 employees. She is also the president and CEO of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. Ms. Schatz was recognized as Woman of the Year in 1999 by State Assembly Member Gil Cedillo for her outstanding service and dedication to the State of California. She was also given the 2000 Renaissance Award by the Commercial Real Estate Women for her vision and tenacity to reinvigorate Downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Schatz joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2013.

Marc I. Stern

Marc Stern is the Chairman of The TCW Group, Inc. TCW was founded in 1971 in Los Angeles, managing a broad range of innovative investment products that strive to enhance and protect clients' wealth. Clients of TCW include some of the largest corporate and public pension plans, financial institutions, endowments and foundations in the US, as well as a number of foreign investors and high net worth individuals. Among numerous other philanthropic activities, Mr. Stern is the Chairman of the Los Angeles Opera, a Trustee of The Kennedy Center and was recently appointed as a "Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite" by the President of France. Mr. Stern joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2013.

Christopher Thompson

Christopher Thompson is vice president for the Chairman’s Office at Edison International. He provides support to the chairman on a variety of special projects, as well as working with the company’s strategic planning team on new business development. Thompson also serves as vice president, Decommissioning, at Southern California Edison. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing an integrated strategy for all technical, external, financial, regulatory and legal tasks related to the decommissioning process for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Prior to joining Edison International in 2013, Thompson served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C. Mr. Thompson joined the PBS SoCaL Board in October 2014.

Joseph "Pep" Valdes

Pep Valdes is the Vice President and Director of New Business Development at Parking Company of America Management. PCA Management, headquartered out of Downey, California, is a family owned and operated business with over 1,350 employees, and continues to be one of the largest privately owned minority parking companies in America. Mr. Valdes is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and is the Vice Chair of the White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation, and a member of several other prestigious boards. He joined the PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees in 2013.

Meetings

Public Meeting Announcement

The PBS SoCaL Board of Trustees invites the public to attend the open session of each public meeting. For additional information please call (714) 241-4100 during regular business hours. Please note that there will be various locations for these meetings. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Board of Trustees Meetings

  • January 19, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm – Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90015
  • May 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Location to be determined
  • August 3, 2015 - 3:00pm - Location to be determined
  • October 22, 2015 - Location and time to be determined

Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees Meetings

All meeting times are from 11:30am to 2:00pm unless otherwise noted. All meetings are at 3080 Bristol Street, Suite #400, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, unless otherwise noted.
  • February 19, 2015 - Meeting time is 12:30pm
  • April 23, 2015
  • September 17, 2015
  • December 3, 2015 - Located and time to be determined

Community Advisory Board Meetings

All meeting times are from 10:00am to12:00pm unless otherwise noted. All meetings are at 3080 Bristol Street, Suite #400, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, unless otherwise noted.
  • April 6, 2015
  • July 13, 2015
  • October 5, 2015
  • December 3, 2015 - Located and time to be determined