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Governing Council

Serving as advisors and ambassadors for the Center, the Governing Council meets three times a year to provide strategic direction, program development, and fundraising guidance in support of the Center’s mission, vision, and values.


Louise UklejaLouise Ukleja
Executive Director
Opportunity Schools

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Jane ConoleyDr. Jane Close Conoley
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Michael SoltDr. Michael Solt
Dean, College of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach



David BowmanBlake Christian
Tax Partner
Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt LLP

Cynthia GraffCynthia Graff
President and CEO
Lindora, Inc.

Cynthia GraffDr. Diana Hendel
CEO, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center,
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital,
and Community Hospital Long Beach

Patrick McClenahanPatrick McClenahan
President and CEO
2015 Special Olympics World Games

Debbie BarreraDr. Daniel O'Connor
Interim Associate Dean
California State University, Long Beach

Joshua OwenJoshua Owen
President, Ability Tri-Modal
Transportation Services, Inc.

Debra Montalvo RussellDebra Montalvo Russell
Business Development and Community Relations
Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc.

Rosa Zeegers Dana Schuller
Senior Vice President
Organizational Development
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union