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Current Mentors


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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 is seeking mentors to participate in Authentic Exploratory Research (AER), a student self-directed project-based learning program set to launch in the fall. Focused on real-world application, AER asks students to identify a field of interest and pairs each student with a volunteer mentor in that field.