December 26, 2009
Two Costa Mesa-based private, healthcare-focused, post-secondary institutions have announced leadership changes. American Career College has selected Al Nederhood as its new president. He previously served as its executive vice president of operations. Nederhood now will be responsible for faculty and support personnel, accreditation, curriculum development, academic assessment, policies and procedures, and budget management for the school’s three Southern California campuses.
December 25, 2009
“My mother has taught me the importance of two things: education and philanthropy,” offered Patrick Brennan , a strapping young baseball player in his sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania. The student athlete stood next to his stunning mother, Adrienne Brennan . She preceded her son’s sharing of values, telling the Christmas luncheon crowd at the Ritz Restaurant, Newport Beach: “My family came to the United States from Ireland when I was a young girl.
December 12, 2009
We are blessed in Orange County to have several wonderful and well-known institutions of higher learning. But one of them that is less known is increasingly achieving greatness in so many respects. And that is Chapman University! Frankly, my first real contact with Chapman was negative, and it happened more than 20 years ago. I was the judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by a former female physical education professor for wrongful termination, which resulted in both general and punitive damages being awarded by the jury against both Chapman and its then president.
December 8, 2009
Newport Beach resident and psychologist Jay Slosar sees patients at his Orange County practice every day who drive nice cars, own beautiful homes and have great careers, but feel empty inside. “They are out of control in a lot of ways,” Slosar said. “They have a lot of nice things, but they aren’t happy.” Slosar drew inspiration from those patients for his new book “The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success.
July 6, 2009
County Supervisor John Moorlach’s chief of staff, Mario Mainero, will resign at the end of this month. Mainero, who worked for Moorlach for about 2 1/2 years, will start teaching law full time at Chapman University, where he had taught this past year, he said. Mainero cited personal reasons as a factor, saying his wife had concerns about his health and would rather see him in the classroom. The news “came as a surprise,” said Moorlach, who received the resignation June 29. “I respect his wanting to leave, but if I had my druthers, I’d love to have him stay,” he said.
June 17, 2009
The economy is showing signs that it is on the path to recovering from “the great recession” later this year and we should see job growth in the middle of 2010, Chapman University experts said Wednesday. At their economic forecast update Wednesday morning, professional econometric analysts and would-be amateur stand-up comedians Jim Doti and Esmael Adibi gave an appraisal of the state of the national and local economies to an audience in Costa Mesa. They said their newest numbers validate predictions they made in December that President Obama’s stimulus plan and other federal initiatives would lead to more consumer spending and encourage lending.
April 9, 2009
Veteran development executive Stephen D. Christensen has joined Olive Crest Homes and Services for Abused Children as chief development officer. In his new position, he will direct all of the organization’s multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns throughout Southern California, Nevada and Washington. “Stephen is a savvy and seasoned development executive who is comfortable in any fundraising setting, from the board room to the living room,” said Donald Verleur, Olive Crest CEO. “He’s a great addition to our management team and a wonderful new leader for our fundraising initiatives.