Becca Arnold is an Associate Professor of Economics at San Diego Mesa Community College, where she has been teaching since 2004. Previously Becca worked for the Delaware Center for Economic Education, assisting high schools participating in stock market simulations. She also founded Economics For Everyone, an educational consulting firm that assisted K-12 teachers and students with economic education projects and Programs. In addition to her background in education, Becca has over 10 years of statistical research in areas as diverse as transportation, energy usage and tourism.
Gifford Asimos currently serves as a teacher and School-to-Career Coordinator at Helix Charter High School in San Diego, teaching AP Economics, Economics and Virtual Enterprise. He serves on the Economics Education Foundation of San Diego Board of Directors as a Teacher Representative and Treasurer. He was named as one of the Top Ten Finalist for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 1999, the Helix Charter High School Teacher of the Year in 2003 and the Adam Smith Award Winner in 2005 for his contributions to Economic Education. Giff completed his undergraduate studies in Business Economics at Colorado College. He received his Business Education teaching credential from the University of Colorado at Denver and his M.B.A. from National University.
Nina Dixon currently serves as a 4th/5th grade GATE teacher at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in San Diego. She has been teaching in the San Diego Unified School District for 7 years. Additionally, she serves on the board of the San Diego Center for Economic Education. Nina completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at San Diego State University. She received her Multiple Subject teaching credential from SDSU as well, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. Nina resides in San Diego with her husband Bernard.
Dana Paul Fitch: MBA, an adjunct instructor at UCSD Extension, ITT Tech, and Cuyamaca Community College has provided instruction to both domestic and international students in Business Management, Project Management and Social Sciences. Dana has work as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in the governmental acquisition arena providing expertise to SPAWAR on test / evaluation, environmental / safety compliance, process management, and training strategies. Dana is a retired U.S. Navy Fire Controlman Senior Chief Petty Officer (AW/SW/MTS) a career which given him experience in leadership management, conflict resolution, and employee development. He lived in the San Diego area for over 28 with his wife and daughter years in which the family places community involvement as priority one.
Kim Gibbs currently serves as an adjunct Economics professor at Cuyamaca College teaching an Economic Issues and Policy course. As a former elementary and middle school teacher, Kim has a strong background in conducting teacher workshops in various topics/subject areas to include economic and financial literacy. She completed her undergraduate studies in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 1992 and in 2007 she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware.
Charles F. Gorder, Sr., was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on November 9, 1925. He attended public schools in Aberdeen and in Oakes, North Dakota. After one year at North Dakota State, Chuck entered the Naval Academy graduating June 6, 1947. During his active duty, the Navy sent Chuck to law school from which he graduated in 1955 and became what is now known as a Navy Jag Officer. He retired from the Navy in 1967, moved to San Diego, and has been practicing law in San Diego ever since. Chuck was a founding member of the Board of Econ-Ed and was its first president. He has served on the Board continuously since 1976. He is also active in the UCSD Cancer Center Foundation and the First United Methodist Church Foundation.
Bernard Mauricia is a Manager for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. In this role, he identifies and nurtures volunteer recruitment, community participation and education, business and corporate sponsorships to support cancer patient services, research and education. Prior to this he was the Program Manager of the California Council on Economic Education, where he provided workshop/conference administration by working with History/Social Science Coordinators throughout the state to promote economic and financial education programs and recruited teachers. He also oversaw all program implementation within schools and teacher in-services, while working with centers for economic education throughout the state on outreach programs to local teachers. Bernard received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1999 where he majored in Spanish and Biology.
Scott J. McGann is a native to San Diego. Since 2008 he has served as a Professor of Economics at Grossmont Community College. Prior to teaching, Scott worked in mid-level management positions in both the retail and restaurant sectors. He also served as a substitute junior and senior high school teacher for Lakeside Unified School District. Scott acquired his education at SDSU having earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics, Cum Laude, with Distinction in the Major in 1999 and a Masters of Arts in Economics in 2004. In addition to teaching Scott is active in both the financial and real estate industries and is licensed as a California Real Estate Broker and Registered Investment Advisor.
Laurie Mosier serves as the K-12 History-Social Science Coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education. She provides service and leadership locally and statewide in the area of history. Through her coordination with community and district stakeholders she provides teacher training, student academic programming, and curriculum resources to support student achievement and learning in the areas of history, geography, civics, and economics.
Janet Mulder is a retired U.S. History teacher. Janet’s service to education and to her community has been recognized through many prestigious awards including the California Civic Education Leader Award and the California History Day Educator of Merit Award. She is a two-time Teacher of the Year, the California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year, and the Jamul Kiwanis Citizen of the Year.
Although retired, Janet continues her service to education by serving on the Jamul Dulzura School District School Board, Secretary of the Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group, Congressional District Coordinator of We the People and Project Citizen, Secretary of the Greater San Diego Council for the Social Studies, San Diego History Day Coordinator, and many others.
Janet earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S. in Business/Marketing with Honors from San Diego State University and holds a Life Teaching Credential – Multiple Subjects K-12 – Adult. She holds a Masters in Governance from the California School Boards Association. Other post-baccalaureate education includes studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and the University of California: Los Angeles.
A longtime resident of San Diego, Patrick Pierson graduated from San Diego State University in 1968 with highest honors in English and history. He was a classroom teacher for the San Diego Unified School District for 34 years, and was named district Middle School Teacher of the Year in 1994. In 1999, he was selected by the California State University system as one of 22 outstanding teachers, representing SDSU, and honored with proclamations from both houses of the state legislature. A state Mentor Teacher for three terms, Pat frequently presented at California League of Middle Schools, California Council for the Social Studies, and Language Arts and Reading conferences. During his many years in the classroom, Mr. Pierson has served as a practitioner and a promoter of educational initiatives such as service learning and the Junior model United Nations program. Pat continues to share his expertise with new teachers while serving as a staff developer for AVID and specializes in training teachers to use the Socratic method in all content areas
Kimberly Plummer has 24 years experience in education, 18 as a classroom teacher in San Diego Unified School District. She is active in the History Social-Science community and regularly serves as a judge for the We The People Competition and History Day.
Kimberly holds a Master's degree in Teaching and Learning from Pt. Loma Nazarene College and currently works for Pearson Education, School Division, as West Area Curriculum Manager.
Richard Strauss, served as a teacher, mentor teacher, County Teacher of the Year, site administrator, Resource Coordinator for Economics and Civics, representative to both the Law-Related Education Initiative in Juvenile Justice Settings, and the SDSU project for implementing economic education while at the San Diego County Office of Education. His career included home and abroad research and positions in colleges, universities, media, and federal service. Other professional organization involvement included representation, leadership roles, and conference coordination for the Council for the Social Studies.
Rohn S. Trieglaff, CLU, AIF® owns and operates a boutique fiduciary employee benefit consulting business. He specializes in company retirement and group insurance plans. He has been a volunteer board member of the Economic Education Foundation of San Diego (EconEd) for the past nineteen years and is currently the presiding President. Rohn is also a board member of California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and the San Diego Center for Economic Education (SDCEE). Rohn was the 2008 recipient of CCEE’s Adam’s Apple Award.
Anthony Zambelli, J.D. has been an instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department at Cuyamaca College since 1979. He is a recipient of the Cuyamaca College President’s Award, the Award for Teaching Excellence and the Rainbow Award for service to the college community. He also received the Alfred Lord Whitehead Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Redlands.
Dr. Zambelli received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1972, and in Economics in 1974 at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his Master of Arts degree in Economics from Fresno State University in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate from National University in 1990. He has received a number of academic honors including the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Scholarship and the West Publishing Award of Outstanding Legal Scholastic Achievement. He was a California State Scholar, a Congressional Intern, and attended the Institute for Comparative Economic and Political Systems at Georgetown University and the Institute on Entrepreneurial Education at Pepperdine University..
Dr. Zambelli is a member of the Spring Valley Kiwanis where he has been Kiwanian of the Year and served as President.