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Current & Past Mentors

Business, Finance, & Marketing

Brad Allen, Managing Partner, Tau CapitalTaylor Basso, Watercraft Marketing, Sun Country MarineMikal Belicove, Management Consultant, Atomic UnitKurt Bjorkman, General Manager, The Ranch at Laguna BeachChristine Kelleher, Former Senior Advisor, UBSAndrew Lombardi, Owner, Mystic Coders, LLCDavid Makela, CEO, People-Centric GroupChris Murray, Investor, Self-EmployedIva Pawling, CEO/Founder, Richer PoorerCary Redfearn, Restauranteur, The LumberyardRyan Salter, Chief of Staff, Instructure, Inc.Jeremy Samson, General Manager, Big Canyon Country ClubSteve Samuelian, Owner, Samuelian Investment GroupHeather Schwarm, President & Strategist, Carlie & Co

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

Jose Alonso, Physicist (ret.), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & MITMartha Sutula, Southern California Coastal Water Research ProjectSharon Dugan, Business Systems Analyst and Software Developer, Black Knight Inc.Ryan Goldsmith, Organic Farmer, The Ranch at Laguna BeachMichelle Harper, Director, Booz Allen HamiltonRyan Hertzing, Networks Administrator, LBUSDBill Madden, Marine Biology Teacher, Brea-Olinda USDThomas Price, Aerospace Engineer, BoeingStuart Trautenberg, Entrepreneur & Investor, JobzLab

Education & Journalism

  • Dustin Bainbridge, CEO/Founder, Horizon Education
  • Greg Hardesty, Communications Manager, CHOC
  • Michael Gamerl, Co-founder, E2 Global Education
  • Lindsey Richland, Associate Professor, UCI School of Education
  • Vihn Vo, Group Coordinator, Council on Aging

  • Law, Government, & International Relations

  • James Azadian, Attorney, Dykema Gossett, LLP
  • Steve Chadima, Communications & Public Policy, Retired
  • Kim Bowen, Costume Designer, Kim Bowen Style
  • John Duffy, Economics Professor, UC Irvine
  • Bill Edwards, CEO, Edwards Global Services, Inc.
  • Christa Johnson, Assistant City Manager, City of Laguna Beach
  • Rev. Mandy McDow, Minister, Los Angeles First United Methodist Church
  • Meldie Moore, Attorney, Moore Law for Children
  • Jed Mularski, History Professor, Saddleback College

  • Sports & Entertainment

  • Frank Arellano, Owner & Producer, Laguna Sound
  • Tommy Benson, Musician, Love Studios
  • Christine Fugate, FIlm Professor, Chapman University
  • Aaron Henderson, NFL Agent, Vanguard Sports Group
  • Jason Hoffs, Film Producer, Hollywood
  • Frank Pearce, Software Developer, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Denise Selbe, Athletic Administrator, LBUSD

  • Health & Wellness

  • Trisha Church, Family Therapist, Private Practice
  • Sydney Colitti, Epidemiology Analyst, LA County Department of Public Health

  • Tiffany Crawshaw, Therapist, Acme Psychology, Inc.
  • Tim Crilly, Athletic Trainer, LBHS
  • Nima Moayedi, Psychologist, Psychology Works, Inc.
  • Kristin Ross, Veterinarian, Quail Animal Hospital
  • Holly Viloria, Nurse Practitioner, Laguna Family Health Center
  • Ann Vu, Dermatologist, Advanced Dermatology of Orange County
  • Forrest White, Medical Device Sales, Saxum/Arthrex
  • Monica Yen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice

  • Art, Fashion, & Design

  • Miquela Davis, Art Educator, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
  • Marisa Driscoll, Artists Agent, Marisa Mgmt Ltd.
  • David Hilton, Automotive Designer, Karma Automotive
  • Stacey Hunter Harrington, Founder, Quo Active
  • Jen Samson, Interior Designer, Jen Samson Design, Inc.

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AER News

Laguna Beach High School (LBHS) students in the Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) program presented their final projects last week in a walk-through symposium. The AER independent research course, adapted and inspired by Palo Alto Unified School District, has given students the opportunity to explore their passions and future career pathways through their own driving questions and curiosities alongside adult mentors in their respective fields who have helped guide each mentee in their research and analysis.


Laguna Beach High School’s Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) Program students presented their project proposals during a special class session on October 13, 2021. Teachers and students of the Palo Alto USD’s Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program and their mentors were invited to join the special class via Zoom to collaborate and offer feedback. Attendees in the hybrid meeting included mentors, AER parents, Superintendent Viloria, and a handful of District staff.