Advisory Board

Becca_2 Becca Arnold is a Professor of Economics at San Diego Mesa Community College, where she has been teaching since 2004. Previously Becca worked for the Delaware Center for Economic Education, assisting high schools participating in stock market simulations. She also founded Economics For Everyone, an educational consulting firm that assisted K-12 teachers and students with economic education projects and Programs. In addition to her background in education, Becca has over 10 years of statistical research in areas as diverse as transportation, energy usage and tourism.
Michael Aubry teaches Introduction to Business, Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Economics and Management full-time at Cuyamaca College. Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, a Master’s degree from National University. His Doctorate in Business Administration is from Alliant International University. In addition to his service on the SDCEE Advisory Board, Michael serves on the Business Education Statewide Advisory Committee on which he has overseen mini-grants, worked on collaborative topics with faculty throughout the state, and created new curriculum with a focus on social media and sustainable business.Prior to his time at Cuyamaca College, Michael served in the United States Air Force and worked in the field of accounting and finance.,He has also done consulting with small universities and colleges in the greater Southern California area to ensure they are meeting accreditation requirements.
giff Gifford Asimos currently serves as a teacher and School-to-Career Coordinator at Helix Charter High School in San Diego, teaching AP Economics, Economics and Virtual Enterprise. He serves on the Economics Education Foundation of San Diego Board of Directors as a Teacher Representative and Treasurer. He was named as one of the Top Ten Finalist for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 1999, the Helix Charter High School Teacher of the Year in 2003 and the Adam Smith Award Winner in 2005 for his contributions to Economic Education. Giff completed his undergraduate studies in Business Economics at Colorado College. He received his Business Education teaching credential from the University of Colorado at Denver and his M.B.A. from National University.
Nina Dixon currently serves as a 4th/5th grade GATE teacher at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in San Diego. She has been teaching in the San Diego Unified School District for 7 years. Additionally, she serves on the board of the San Diego Center for Economic Education. Nina completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at San Diego State University. She received her Multiple Subject teaching credential from SDSU as well, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. Nina resides in San Diego with her husband Bernard.
Charles F. Gorder, Sr., was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on November 9, 1925. He attended public schools in Aberdeen and in Oakes, North Dakota. After one year at North Dakota State, Chuck entered the Naval Academy graduating June 6, 1947. During his active duty, the Navy sent Chuck to law school from which he graduated in 1955 and became what is now known as a Navy Jag Officer. He retired from the Navy in 1967, moved to San Diego, and has been practicing law in San Diego ever since. Chuck was a founding member of the Board of Econ-Ed and was its first president. He has served on the Board continuously since 1976. He is also active in the UCSD Cancer Center Foundation and the First United Methodist Church Foundation.
harrington_c Cynthia Harrington, CFA  is a chartered financial analyst, behavioral finance consultant, award winning journalist, who has established three successful firms in the investment management arena.From 1999 -2008 she was a financial journalist, publishing over 400 articles and two textbooks. Over four hundred of her articles are in publications such as CFA Magazine, Fraud Magazine, Accounting Today, Financial Engineering News, and Journal of Accountancy. She co-authored two textbooks: Corporate Finance for the CFA program, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ course on Financial Statement Fraud. She was honored as one of the “fifty prominent authority on performance measurement”, and won an editors’ award for distinguished article of the year for her piece on “The Value Proposition of Sarbanes Oxley” from Journal of Accountancy.Between  2003 and 2008, she developed and taught Team(You)’s financial literacy curriculum. Between 2008 and 2012 she consulted with hedge funds and other asset managers in behavioral finance and neuroeconomics applications. She developed proprietary measurement tools for the field.She is now a member of the CFA Institute and is a member of the Advisory Council of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, and was a member of the board of the California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. She holds the designation of chartered financial analyst (CFA).
Valerie Hash Valerie Hash is an Education Manager for Junior Achievement of San Diego County where she is in charge of education programs, volunteer recruitment and training, volunteer and donor stewardship, and community representation for the South County and the Mid-City area of Greater San Diego County. Junior Achievement works to provide schools with volunteers to teach economics and personal finance curriculum to students in K-12th grade. JA teaches students how to get a job, how to start a business, and how money works.Valerie is a San Diego educator and former San Diego Unified School District English teacher and visiting teacher whose goal is to reach as many students as possible and make a positive impact on society by planting seeds of knowledge that will bloom and thrive long after the connection is made. Valerie attended Southwestern College where she competed in Speech and Debate, and headed the Future Educators Association. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in written expression from San Diego State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She obtained her Teaching Credential from SDSU with an emphasis in ELL and collaboration. During her time at SDSU Valerie competed with the SDSU Forensics Speech and Debate team, was an assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters as well as the assistant to the Director of Development for the College of Arts and Letters.Valerie has received various awards and scholarships, including the Alumni Association scholarship, Conrad Clement Memorial Scholarship, and California Retired Teachers Association scholarship. Prior to working with Junior Achievement Valerie ran an online writing and editing service.
howard Crystal Howard received her Master’s in Economics from Purdue University. Prior to starting her career she competed as a professional cyclist. After retiring from cycling she headed to Southern California to work for EnviroMINE where she has applied her Economics background to the Construction Aggregates Industry. At EnviroMINE, Crystal produces construction aggregate market studies, economic impact reports and develops mineral valuation models. Among the many hats Crystal wears at EnviroMINE, she also focuses on Business Development and analyzes policies that impact the construction aggregates industry. Ms. Howard is also the Executive Director for Project Cornerstone, a non-profit organization dedicated to public outreach and education about the importance of local construction aggregate resources. Project Cornerstone provides in-class activities, field trips and presentations to service groups to accomplish their mission of educating the public of the importance construction aggregate plays in our everyday lives. Through the use of science and economic education, the industry provides a fun and exciting way for students to learn about the world around them.
Imazeki_smaller Jennifer Imazeki is a Professor of Economics at San Diego State University where she conducts research in the economics of K-12 education, including work on school finance reform and adequacy, and teacher labor markets. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published several articles on education policy in a range of professional journals, books and policy outlets. She is an Associate Editor for The American Economist, and the managing editor for Conditions of Education in California, the blog for Policy Analysis in California Education (PACE). Professor Imazeki has also worked on several projects to encourage active learning in economics, particularly using technology and team-based learning, and she writes about teaching economics at She created a course for students working toward their single-subject teaching credential in social science, and a writing course for economics majors.
img_5298 Brett A. Litoff has worked as a counselor and case manager at San Pasqual Academy, a boarding school for foster youth, since 2004. At the academy and around the Greater San Diego area, he instructs seminars and workshops that prepare high school students for life post-emancipation. In addition, he teaches current and former foster youth financial literacy throughout the county. For over 15 years he has worked with foster, homeless, and socioeconomically disadvantaged youth and young adults focusing on life skills and independent living. Brett earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Law and Society and received his Masters Degree in Educational Counseling and Pupil Personnel Service Credential from National University.
delores2sm2 Delores Loedel, CMA, is a professor of Accounting at MiraCosta College where she has taught for fourteen years, first as an adjunct and now as a full-time professor. She previously was an adjunct professor for
Palomar and Miramar Colleges and in 2012 was awarded the San Diego City College District’s Online Faculty Showcase Award for Excellence in Online Education, a student nominated award. Prior to joining MiraCosta College as faculty, she worked in industry for EDS, General Dynamics, and for Foodmaker, Inc. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting. She also holds certificates in online education from Cerro Coso and Cal State East Bay. Ms. Loedel is currently on a working group at MiraCosta College that is supporting Financial Literacy across the campus.
bernard Bernard Mauricia is a Manager for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. In this role, he identifies and nurtures volunteer recruitment, community participation and education, business and corporate sponsorships to support cancer patient services, research and education. Prior to this he was the Program Manager of the California Council on Economic Education, where he provided workshop/conference administration by working with History/Social Science Coordinators throughout the state to promote economic and financial education programs and recruited teachers. He also oversaw all program implementation within schools and teacher in-services, while working with centers for economic education throughout the state on outreach programs to local teachers. Bernard received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1999 where he majored in Spanish and Biology.
DSC_8990-3 Dan McDowell is the Director of Instructional Technology in the Grossmont Union High School District, a lecturer in the Learning, Design and Technology Department at SDSU, and an educational technology consultant. He is active in the local educational technology community and regularly presents at workshops and conferences. He spent 18 years as a social studies and photography teacher at West Hills High School.Dan manages the SDCEE and EconEd San Diego websites.
McGann_ Scott0001 Scott McGann is a full-time Professor of Economics at Grossmont Community College and a part-time Lecturer at San Diego State University. Prior to teaching, he worked in a variety of mid-level management positions in both the retail and restaurant sectors. Scott acquired his education at SDSU where he earned three degrees and a certificate. His credentials include: BA in Economics, Cum Laude, with Distinction in the Major; MA in Economics; MS in Business Administration; and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning. In addition to teaching, he is active in both the financial and real estate industries and is licensed as a California Real Estate Broker and Registered Investment Advisor.
Larry McLemore is the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Cuyamaca College. Larry came to Cuyamaca College from Liberal, Kansas, with a wealth of experience and training. He holds a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education, both from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. Prior to coming to Cuyamaca College, Larry was Dean of Industrial Technology at Seward County Community College, and before that served for eight years as an instructor in Automotive Technology and a division chair at Northwest Kansas Technical College. In addition, he owned and operated his own collision repair shop for a number of years and has extensive professional experience.
Todd Myers is Professor of Political Economy at Grossmont College and lecturer for the Center for Asian Pacific Studies and the Department of Economics at San Diego State University. He is a fellow with the Educational Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and an advisor to the Sahel Research and Strategy Group. Before coming to academia, Todd worked in economic development, publishing, curriculum development, and national security consulting. His research interests focus on state and society relations in the Asia Pacific; Happiness and Economics; Brazil; and the normative grounds of financial architectures. He has a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University emphasizing Political Theory and International Political Economy; an MPA emphasizing Governmental Finance from the E.J. Ourso School of Business, Louisiana State University; and was a DAAD fellow studying at Heidelberg University in the fields of economics, philosophy, and political science.
Kimberly at Chase Kimberly Plummer has 30 years experience in education, 18 as a classroom teacher in San Diego Unified School District.  Leveraging her classroom experience, she transitioned into the educational publishing field, serving as a national Humanities Consultant, Consultant Manager, Curriculum Manager, and is currently the English Language Arts/English Language Development Strategist for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  She remains active in the History Social-Science community and regularly serves as a judge for the We the People Competition and San Diego County History Day.  Kimberly graduated from The University of San Diego and holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Pt. Loma Nazarene College.
Michael Snyder Image With over twenty five years experience in personal finance, Michael Snyder is currently Vice-President of Highline Investment Partners, Inc. Mr. Snyder began a career in operations with Merrill Lynch, following as a Branch Manager with Quick & Reilly, Inc. He has continued working in investments, as an Investment Advisor Representative with Highline Investment Partners, Inc. and specializes in retirement planning, college planning, and investments. He has extensive experience in investments and insurance products.

Taking some time to be more involved in the community he worked to further his education and received a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and worked with several schools as a substitute teacher and continues to be involved as a volunteer in the schools teaching bank and finance components. He also has expanded his experience in working with various non-profit organizations and stays further involved in education as cluster co-Chair for Madison High School with the San Diego Unified School District and as President of the Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation representing nineteen schools in the Clairemont community. His current focus with the schools is developing strong community support through partnerships with various Universities, Corporations and education related organizations though out San Diego.

Rohns Business Headshot IMG_0408_4x6web Rohn S. Trieglaff, CLU, AIF® owns and operates a boutique fiduciary employee benefit consulting business. He specializes in company retirement and group insurance plans. He has been a volunteer board member of the Economic Education Foundation of San Diego (EconEd) for the past nineteen years and is currently the presiding President. Rohn is also a board member of California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and the San Diego Center for Economic Education (SDCEE). Rohn was the 2008 recipient of CCEE’s Adam’s Apple Award.
AWOfficePic Allysunn Walker-Williams, MBA, MPH, is President & CEO of the California Council on Economic Education, a statewide consortium of partners that promote economic education and financial literacy and capability.  CCEE invests in CA students by training teachers in economic and financial education, and extending financial literacy services to the community.  Prior to CCEE, Allysunn was CEO and Founder of the Walker-Williams Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in community economic development and market-driven strategies for community restoration, with clients such as Union Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, CDFI’s and Chambers.  Prior to the WW Group, she served as the Chief Real Estate Officer of the Fresno Housing Authority, directing the development of more than 500 units of tax-credit financed, service-oriented, affordable housing for LMI families.  She firmly believes that financial education is an essential component to reducing poverty and is needed to create opportunity and restore optimism.
Micheline Morales Wagner is the History/Social Studies Program Manager in the Office of Teaching and Learning at the San Diego Unified School District. Prior to her tenure there, Micheline was a Master Teacher at Vista Grande Elementary School.,Micheline earned her BA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern California and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University. Among her many social studies related activities, Micheline has been a Peer Facilitator for “Empires of the Wind” National Endowments for the Humanities Summer Program, and for Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellows Program. She has conducted breakout sessions on history and social studies at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference and the California Council for Social Studies Conference. She has received the State of California Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher from the California Council for Social Studies, the Greater San Diego Council of Social Studies Elementary School History Teacher of the Year Award, the California Outstanding Teacher for History Day Award, and the San Diego Unified Site Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Picture1-PAW Pamela White, Senior Economic Development Coordinator, has over thirty years of local government experience, and has worked for the City of Santee since 1985. She is responsible for economic development and business recruitment. She has also managed the city’s redevelopment, housing, and risk management programs. Ms. White began her career as Assistant to the Executive Director for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and later worked with the City of Cathedral City as Public Information Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Bernardino State University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of San Diego. She is a 25year member of the International City Management Association and served on the Executive Board of the Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California. She has also served as President of the San Diego Pooled Insurance Program Authority. Pam and her husband have one daughter.
Mark J. Zacovic served as president of Cuyamaca College, with about 9,000 students in Rancho San Diego between 2011 and 2015. He led the college through some of the toughest budgetary challenges in the institution’s 37-year history, ensuring that students continued to receive a quality education while dealing with dramatic spending cuts from Sacramento.

Zacovic’s previous posts include executive vice president of instruction and student services at Victor Valley Community College in Victorville; vice chancellor of administrative services at Contra Costa Community College; vice president of administrative services at the Pasadena Area Community College District; superintendent/president of the Mount San Jacinto Community College District; vice chancellor of business operations and fiscal services at the Rancho Santiago Community College District; vice president of business services at Lake Tahoe Community College; and Director of Academic Services at Santa Barbara City College. Although retired, Zacovic continues to serve community colleges throughout California in interim administrative positions.

He served as president of the board of the Association for Chief Business Officials for California Community Colleges and was the statewide recipient of the association’s 2006 Outstanding Chief Business Officer Award. Zacovic has held other statewide leadership positions, including a term as president of the board of directors of the Association of California Community College Administrators. He has had extensive experience in college accreditation, both at the colleges he has served and as an accreditation visitor at 14 campuses over the past few years. His introduction to Cuyamaca College came as a member of the 2000 accreditation team.

Born and raised in Whittier, California, Zacovic earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Whittier College, and earned a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

tony Anthony Zambelli, J.D. has been an instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department at Cuyamaca College since 1979. He is a recipient of the Cuyamaca College President’s Award, the Award for Teaching Excellence and the Rainbow Award for service to the college community. He also received the Alfred Lord Whitehead Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Redlands.Dr. Zambelli received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1972, and in Economics in 1974 at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his Master of Arts degree in Economics from Fresno State University in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate from National University in 1990. He has received a number of academic honors including the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Scholarship and the West Publishing Award of Outstanding Legal Scholastic Achievement. He was a California State Scholar, a Congressional Intern, and attended the Institute for Comparative Economic and Political Systems at Georgetown University and the Institute on Entrepreneurial Education at Pepperdine University.Dr. Zambelli is a member of the El Cajon Kiwanis and the Elks Lodge of El Cajon where he’s been Kiwanian of the Year and Elk of the Year.