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Current Mentors

Business/Marketing

  • Roger Magowitz, CEO/Founder (ret.), Mattress Discounters
  • Steven Short, Real Estate Developer, Fortland Inc.
  • Mikal Belicove, Management Consultant, Atomic Unit
  • Marisa Driscoll, Artists Agent, Marisa Mgmt Ltd.
  • Kurt Bjorkman, General Manager, The Ranch at Laguna Beach
  • Jenny Sharpe, Realtor, Coldwell Banker
  • Cindy Cohn, Chief Event Officer, Specialty Coffee Association
  • Holly Dunn, Financial Consultant, Self-Employed
  • Heather Schwarm, President & Strategist, Carlie & Co
  • Stuart Trautenberg, Entrepreneur & Investor, JobzLab
  • Piero L. Wemyss, Senior Loan Officer, Farmers and Merchants Bank
  • Steve Samuelian, Owner, Samuelian Investment Group
  • Randy Hierbaum, VP & GM or Sales, Hewlett Packard
  • David Makela, CEO, People-Centric Group
  • Chris Murray, Investor, Self-Employed
  • Christine Kelleher, Former Senior Advisor, UBS

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

  • Sharon Dugan, Business Systems Analyst and Software Developer, Black Knight Inc.
  • Tom Sippl, Technology Project Management (ret.), Pacific Life
  • Carl Seely, Maintenance Supervisor, Sares Regis
  • Allen Balian, VP of Corporate Engineering, Sunstone Hotel Investors
  • Dr. Martha Sutula, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
  • Laura Storke, Data Analyst, Ambry Genetics

Education

  • Michael Gamerl, Co-founder, E2 Global Education
  • Kelly Osborne, Outdoor Educator, Roots and Wings Foundation
  • Sandy Marshall, CEO/Founder, Project Scientist
  • Dustin Bainbridge, CEO/Founder, Horizon Education

Law/Public Policy

  • Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager, City of Laguna Beach
  • Don Sciortino, Non-Prof Founder, Net-Works Laguna Beach
  • Rev. Mandy McDow, Minister, Los Angeles First United Methodist Church
  • Stephen Cohn, Attorney, Berger Kahn
  • Mark Powell, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
  • Steve Chadima, Communications & Public Policy, Retired
  • Christa Johnson, Assistant City Manager, City of Laguna Beach

Sports/Entertainment

  • Frank Arellano, Owner & Producer, Laguna Sound
  • Donald Brink, Surfboard Designer, Vissla
  • Lindsey Richland, Associate Professor, UCI School of Education

Medicine/Wellness

  • Monica Yen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice
  • Kristin Ross, Veterinarian, Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Holly Viloria, Nurse Practitioner, Laguna Family Health Center
  • Dr. Jeff Briney, Dermatologist, Private Practice

Art/Design

  • Jean Wollam, Fashion Merchandising, Boot Barn
  • Iva Pawling, CEO/Founder, Richer Poorer
  • Stacey Hunter Harrington, Founder, Quo Active

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AER News

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.

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Laguna Beach High School Welcomed the 2021-2022 Authentic Exploratory Research Program Mentors

 

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - On Monday, September 13, our second Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) program cohort gathered in the LBHS Senior Patio for a welcome breakfast. Handpicked mentors connected individually with their mentees over breakfast as they began to learn more about one another and engage in preliminary discussions around the mentee's year-long project.

The AER independent research course provides the opportunity for students to propose their own driving questions in order to explore their passions and career pathways in a variety of fields. Students are purposefully matched with adult mentors to aid in their research and analysis. From Fashion Designers to Gaming Industry founders, mentors include Industry experts and leaders, and university-level academics.

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