The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing body of the University of La Verne. As stewards of this institution, the Board manages and allocates funds to fulfill the university’s educational mission and ensure its future. We meet regularly to review the financial goals of the school, set policies and their application, and confirm La Verne functions in accordance with those policies and goals.
It is a significant responsibility for all members, one met with great enthusiasm. The board is comprised of many voices, all community leaders who bring a range of personal and professional experiences to the task of guiding the university. Yet the outcome remains the same since our founding in 1891: guard La Verne’s legacy as a strong and vibrant center of learning. As an alumnus, I am honored to serve in this position.
Luis Faura ’89
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Current Board Membership
Luis F. Faura (’89)
Gluten Free Foods, Mfg, LLC
Retired President, CEO
St. Joseph Health
Susan M. Searing (’71)
Officers of the Board of Trustees
|Luis F. Faura ’89
First Joined Board 2002
Luis Faura is president and CEO of Gluten Free Foods, Mfg, LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from La Verne, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He also serves as member of the Board of Visitors with Pepperdine University, Advisory board for Padres Contra El Cancer, and is an active member of Vistage 35.
First Joined Board 2015
Deborah A. Proctor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Health. Prior to joining St. Joseph Health, she was the Chief Administrative Officer of Ascension Health where she assisted the organization in developing the culture, leadership capability, organizational capacity, and necessary infrastructure to ensure achievement of critical results. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles and her master’s degree in nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. She has received several academic honors and awards including Invited Guest, World Economic Forum, in Davos Switzerland. Ms. Proctor is a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Past memberships include: American Nurses Association; the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; and the American Management Association.
|Susan M. Searing ’71
First Joined Board 2009Sue Searing is a retired educator, having served 25 years in elementary school education in the Ontario-Montclair and Arcadia Unified school districts. She also owned and operated her own preschool/kindergarten from 1978-90 in Arcadia. She earned her bachelor’s degree (1971) and teaching credential (1972) from La Verne. She is currently a President’s Associates member.
|Michael A. Abraham
First Joined Board 1999
Mike Abraham is CEO of MKA Capital Group, Inc., which he founded in 1979. He is a past member of the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation and his company is a founding sponsor of the UCSB Technology Management Program. La Verne presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree in May 2005, and he and his wife, Sara, received the University of La Verne President’s Award in 2007. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara.
First Joined Board 2016
Kimberly Bowen received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine (1979) in Social Ecology with an emphasis in environmental studies and urban planning. She spent her senior year abroad at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, researching low-income housing funded by the World Bank. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Architecture from Rice University (1983) in Houston, Texas and has been a licensed architect since 1987. She has been a member of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A.), practicing architecture both in the U.S. and the U.K. She was an adjunct faculty member at Citrus Community College in Glendora from 1993-2007 in the Science and Technology Department, teaching design, drafting and architectural history. Kim is currently President and CEO of Bow’n Arrow Properties, LLC, a real estate investment and management company. She is also an associate broker and realtor at Coldwell Banker Blackstone in Glendora, California and a member of the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors.
Previously Served 2002-2005; Joined Board 2020
Michael Brown is the Owner of Mike Brown Construction, Founder and President of Mike Brown Grandstands, Inc., and President and CEO of American Grandstand Seating Co. Mike Brown Grandstands, Inc. provides temporary seating for outdoor sporting and special events. American Grandstand Seating Co., specializes in the custom fabrication and installation of permanent and temporary bleachers. In the 1970s and 1980s, Mike Brown Grandstands was the largest seating company in the world, and continued to be one of the top three largest (if not the largest). It provided seating for some of the most prestigious events in the country including the Rose Parade, the Long Beach Grand Prix and many more.
|Kim J. Burchiel, M.D.
First Joined Board 2012
Kim Burchiel is John Raaf Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University. He is the President-elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Kim completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis, majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics. He then went to medical school at the University of California, San Diego, graduating in 1976. He completed his surgical internship at the UCLA/Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California and entered neurosurgical residency at the University of Washington under the leadership of Dr. Arthur A. Ward.
First Joined Board 2021
Clifford Daniels is Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer at Methodist Hospital of Southern California, where he is responsible for strategic planning, business development, physician alignment, digital strategies, marketing/communications, community outreach, and public relations. He has served in this position since 2012. Prior to joining Methodist, Clifford was Chief Development Officer at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. He has more than 30 years of experience bringing together hospitals, physicians, and payors to create high quality, cost effective delivery networks, and he remains passionate about improving the health status of Southern Californians. Clifford is active with various community organizations, serving on the Boards of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Healthy Living Productions, and Reach Out. He chaired the 2009 Heart Gala in the Coachella Valley, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2009 by the American Heart Association. Clifford attended UCLA, where he majored in Economics. He lives in Rancho Cucamonga with his wife, four children, and three dogs.
|Martha Daniel ’84
First Joined Board 2019
Martha Daniel is president and chief executive officer of Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI). An expert in cybersecurity, she presides over companies that provide network security and asset management to clients from around the globe. Her companies employ more than 150 professionals, and manage $300 million in data center operations. Daniel earned her Master of Business Administration from University of La Verne in 1984.
|Ann Quay Davis
First Joined Board 1996
Ann Quay Davis is a Partner Emerita for CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP and continues her work with the tax practice of the firm, specializing in individuals, estates and trusts. She is a registered investment advisor and licensed life & health insurance agent. She holds a bachelor of science in accounting from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s degree in business administration in taxation from Golden Gate University. She serves as a director with the Pomona Valley Estate Planning Council, is a past president of both the La Verne and Glendora Chambers of Commerce. She is currently a President’s Associates member.
|Robert P. Dyer ’63
First Joined Board 2014
Robert P. Dyer graduated from La Verne College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. The University of La Verne has honored Bob with the Centennial Citation of Distinction (1990); the Alumnus of the Year Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater (1996); and he was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Bob was on the Alumni Advisory Board from 1973 until 1979; has announced football games since 1987; basketball games since 1990; and has been president of the La Verne Athletics Associates (LVAA) since 1985. He is a retired educator of the Chino Valley Unified School District.
|Peter D. Eckel
First Joined Board 2013
Peter Eckel is Senior Fellow/Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written and spoken extensively about academic leadership, institutional change and campus governance. In addition to writing and speaking, Eckel serves as Senior Fellow/Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Pennsylvania in its Graduate School of Education and teaches in its executive doctorate program. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.
First Joined Board 2017
Zoila D. Escobar is the Vice President of Strategic Development and Community Support and President of the AltaMed Foundation. She has an extensive history in the health care field. Ms. Escobar was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Woman of the Year in 2006 and Received the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Woman of the Year award in 2007. In 2008, she received the National Latina Business Woman Association L.A. In 2011, she received the 2011 Latino Spirit Awards from the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Ms. Escobar is an alumna and completed both her B.S. in Health Services Administration (2003) and a MBA both from the University of La Verne (2013).
|Joseph V. Fengler ’89
First Joined Board 2013
University of La Verne Alumnus Joseph Fengler is Vice President of Government Relations at Honeywell International where he serves as the global lead for civil aviation and infrastructure projects as well as coordinating Honeywell’s Washington DC political operations. Prior to joining Honeywell in 2006, he served 13 years in the federal government, four years as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee and nine years as a Department of Army civilian financial manager and budget officer. He began his federal career in 1993 as a Presidential Management Fellow. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of La Verne, a master’s in national security studies from California State, San Bernardino, and a master’s in international studies from Claremont Graduate University.
|Mark Hicks ’90
First Joined Board 2009
Mark Hicks is a business consultant. He earned his bachelor’s degree from La Verne in 1990 and serves on the College of Business and Public Management’s Business Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers. He is currently a President’s Associates member.
|Anthony W. LaFetra
First Joined Board 2012
Anthony (Tony) LaFetra is president and CEO of Rain Bird, a privately held company founded in 1933. Tony is a graduate of Stanford University. He has served on several not-for-profit boards including Harvey Mudd College and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital. In 2005, Tony established the permanent endowment for the LaFetra Family Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching and Service to fund a senior faculty position within the LaFetra College of Education. Support the LaFetra Overcomers Endowed Scholarship Fund.
|Wendy Lau, Esq. ’98
First Joined Board 2011
Wendy Lau is a knowledgeable litigator with over 16 years of experience in business transactions, contracts, construction, labor and employment, and general liability. She has served as legal counsel to hundreds of companies ranging from local start-ups to multi-million dollar national corporations and is well-versed in defending clients in litigation and providing proactive guidance on organizational risk management and compliance. From her role as a partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman, LLP, a national law firm with 24 offices across the country, to her new position as Risk Management Lead – West Region for AECOM, a global Fortune 500 company, Lau’s professional expertise includes strategic planning, team building, fiscal accountability, onboarding and professional development, and talent management and pipelining. Additionally, Lau’s volunteer responsibilities include serving on Phi Sigma Sigma’s Supreme Council (board of directors) for 10 years as a director and as Grand Vice Archon – Finance, a trustee for the University of La Verne, and a planning commissioner for the City of La Verne.
|Alex D. Lester, Esq. ’08, ’11
First Joined Board 2014
Alex Lester was born and raised in Milwaukie, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. He attended the University of La Verne and was involved in Greek Life, student government, orientation week, the Landis Leadership Scholars Program, the honors department, and the Leadership Education and Development Program in the Office of Student Life. Alex graduated with a B.S. in Political Philosophy, a self-created major, in 2008. He immediately continued on to attend the University of La Verne College of Law and graduated with his J.D. in 2011. Alex is currently an attorney licensed to practice in California and works at the Law Offices of Mark John Tundis in Upland, practicing general civil litigation. He is a member and past President of the Alumni Advisory Board, and an advisor to his fraternity Phi Delta Theta.
|Kenneth D. Little ’89
First Joined Board 2008
Ken Little is a partner in Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. A Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant, Ken graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from La Verne and also received his a master’s in business from Duke University. He is vice chair on the Board of Directors for the Barrio Logan College Institute and formerly served on the board of the Helix Community Conservancy. He is currently a President’s Associates member.
First Joined Board 2017
Dr. David C. Lizárraga is the Founder & Chairman of TELACU Education Foundation. He is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of community and economic development. He created the innovative TELACU Model, the community investment engine that sustains TELACU as the nation’s largest Community Development Corporation. He also shares his expertise, leadership, insight and time with many other civic, business, educational, governmental and community based organizations. David is a past Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, advocating for more than 2.5 million Latino businesses throughout the nation.
|Frank Lizarraga, Jr. ‘80
First Joined Board in 2020
Frank Lizarraga Jr. is the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the University of La Verne College of Law. He is a mentor, advisor, and provocateur. His support for ULV’s program of legal education and our students play an important and instrumental role in nurturing, promoting, and maintaining our relevancy in and connection to the Inland Empire and beyond. Frank was the planning commissioner for Ontario for 13 years, and stepped down in 2010. He is currently the owner of Lizarraga Law Firm, APC. Most of his 33-year legal career has been as a civil litigator, having seen more than 70 jury trials to completion.
|Mary Ann Melleby ’79, ’91
First Joined Board 2000
Mary Ann Melleby is a former elected member of the Board of Directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency. She retired in 2011 from her position as the Public Affairs Director of the Monte Vista Water District, following a 32-year career in public relations and marketing. She graduated cum laude from La Verne with a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in organizational management. She also holds a diploma in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. She has served as a board member of Brethren Hillcrest Homes of La Verne, the Pomona Valley Council of Churches, the Pomona Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women. She was the first woman president of the West Covina Chamber of Commerce.
|Paul Moseley ’88
First Joined Board 2005
Paul Moseley is co-owner of Ruby Springs Lodge in Alder, Montana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from La Verne. Along with being an active supporter of Montana charities and organizations, he has contributed to La Verne athletic and scholastic programs including establishment of a lectureship series in honor of Professor Ahmed Ispahani and Ispahani’s cousin, the late Benazir Bhutto. He is currently a President’s Associates member.
|Steven N. Reenders ’73
First Joined Board 1989
Steve Reenders is president of The Reenders Company, a consulting and investment firm located in San Clemente. He is also chair of the Covina Irrigating Company and a director of SunWest Bank in Irvine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of La Verne.
|Tony Revier ’93
First Joined Board 2016
Anthony Revier is the President/CEO of Uyemura USA, a subdivision of Uyemura International Corp. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Baker Brothers Systems Engineering in Arcadia, CA and held several sales roles at Walgren West, Turner Engineering, M&T Chemicals. He served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1968 -1970 in Vietnam. He earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his MBA from the University of La Verne. Anthony is also a member of the University’s College of Business & Public Management Advisory Board.
|Valerie C. Romero ’00
First Joined Board 2006
Valerie Romero is executive vice president of Oremor Management & Investments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Scripps College and a juris doctorate from the University of La Verne College of Law. She and her family have a history of committed involvement with the university and of supporting its programs and projects.
First Joined Board 2011
Margaret Sedenquist is a successful real estate manager at Sedenquist Fraser Enterprises in Pasadena. Additionally, she currently manages a property management company, a plastic factory, and she is the founder of the Commercial Pacific Bank. She was named Pasadena’s Woman of the Year in 2011 and is a strong proponent of the values embodied in the mission of the University of La Verne. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, she has contributed to the University International Studies Institute to support lectures. She is currently a President’s Associates member. Support the Margaret H. Sedenquist Scholarship fund.
|David D. Shively, DDS ’74
First Joined Board 1985
Dr. David Shively has a dental practice in Bakersfield. His involvement in many facets of the dental profession include being an active member of the Flying Samaritans, serving as a community health volunteer and educator, and chairing a dental health committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in science from La Verne and his D.D.S. from University of the Pacific. He has served on the board of the Bakersfield Church of the Brethren and is currently a President’s Associates member.
|Owen “Ray” Skelton
First Joined Board 2011
Ray Skelton retired from his senior sales management position as Regional Vice President at Black & Decker. He currently devotes his retirement to community and civic leadership. Ray and his wife, Katie, are parents of two sons who graduated from the University of La Verne in 2009. Last year, he and his wife established the Skelton Endowed Scholarship in order to provide financial aid to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. They have been donors at the President’s Associate level for the last three years. He is currently a President’s Associates member.
|Emmett L. Terrell ’70
First Joined Board 1996
Emmett Terrell is retired deputy superintendent with the Pomona Unified School District. He has 22 years of experience leading Human Resources in a 30,000+ student district, with over 3,000 personnel, and 40 years of experience as an educator/administrator in an urban, low income K-12 district where 39% of students are English Language Learners. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne and a master’s from Azusa Pacific University. He currently serves as a member of the L.A. County Fair Association and L.A. County Fair Educational Foundation, as a Board member for Hillcrest Retirement Community, and as a Board member for Bright Prospects.
First Joined Board 2014
Reggie Webb is a McDonald’s franchisee, owning 11 locations throughout Southern California. Reggie served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 1960s and was involved in the Civil Rights movement in Los Angeles. He has extensive experience with personnel issues and a deep understanding of underrepresented groups in urban culture.