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Ellen Dashiell Lentz
A graduate from University of Arizona with a degree in education, Ellen Dashiell Lentz began her teaching career in La Habra, California. She retired to raise her children, and was soon volunteering in AAUW Brown Baggers, PTA, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts, as well as becoming superintendent of the nursery school. Lentz returned to teaching in Fullerton, California, and chaired the annual Read Across America event for 10 years. After 19-1/2 years in education, she retired again. Lentz is involved with the Fullerton Education Foundation and Friends of the Fullerton Library and is on the nursery school board.
Fred Lentz began a 34-year high school teaching career in 1969, retiring in 2003. He was named “Orange County Teacher of the Year” in 2002. In 2003 Lentz cofounded a nonprofit college counseling center named Advance! in La Habra, California, and served as its executive director from 2003 until 2009. He was also the founder and director of School-Within-a-School from 1974 until 1984. Lentz currently serves on the board of directors of four organizations in La Habra: Advance!, the Friends of Family Medical Clinic, Rosie’s Garage (a nationally acclaimed after-school tutoring program), and the La Habra Rotary Club. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1969.
Molly McClanahan was elected to the Fullerton City Council in 1982, beginning 12 years of public service, including two terms as mayor. McClanahan is a graduate of Fullerton College with honors and a degree in business management. She was named Woman of Distinction in Accounting and Community Service by the college and was appointed to the Fullerton College Foundation Board. In 1995 McClanahan was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District and served three elected terms, including twice as president of the Board. She also served 19 years as director of Anaheim Youth Employment Service of the YWCA.
Pat Pisano taught for 15 years in both private and public schools and served as dean of girls for two years. She worked for 21 years as a counselor at the middle-school level, where she facilitated counseling groups, created staff development programs to improve classroom climate, and coordinated services for special needs students. Pisano earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s, Moraga, California, and a master’s degree in educational psychology and counseling from California State University, Northridge. She works as a docent at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach.
Jeanette Schelin is senior director of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, California State University, Long Beach. As the garden’s first director, she created its Education Department, which promotes an awareness and appreciation of Japanese culture and horticulture. The Japanese Garden has been recognized locally as one of the 100 Cultural Treasures of Long Beach and nationally as one of the most widely utilized and socially conscience gardens in America. Schelin is a founding board member of the North American Japanese Garden Association and serves on the boards of the Yokkaichi-Long Beach Sister City Association and the CSULB Recreation and Leisure Studies Alumni Association.
Richard Schmidt is a project manager, providing environmental commissioning of buildings throughout California. He was appointed as an environmental commissioner for the city of Fullerton. Schmidt is a dedicated runner and fitness enthusiast. He serves as a mentor at the Agape Spiritual Center. Schmidt is an all-around volunteer and a member of the Advisory Committee for MOTAL. A native of Iowa, he became a resident of Hawaii where he studied electronics and is a graduate of Leeward Community College in Oahu, Hawaii.
Robert Singer, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Singer has been a school board trustee of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District for 30 years and is serving his seventh term as president. He initiated the effort that included Mendez v Westminster in the required American history curriculum. Dr. Singer’s professional background includes 40 years in the defense electronics industry as engineer and program manager for Hughes/Raytheon and Boeing, responsible for system technical capability, multiyear program performance, and multimillion dollar budgets. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University after receiving his bachelors in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Pamela Hughes Tice
Pamela Hughes Tice has served on county, regional, and national boards. She was coproducer of the first TEDx event held in Orange County. Tice spent five years as anchor for the Fox Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation coordinating daily operations, special events, and corporate and community visibility. She is on the advisory board of the Fullerton College Foundation and OC Children’s Theatre. Tice is past president of Orange District, California Federation of Women’s Clubs; Junior Membership, Yorba Linda Jr. Women’s Club; Junior Women’s Club of Orange; and Yorba Linda Music Arts Society, and she was appointed as the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ national arts chairman.
Our thanks to Joel Maus for volunteering his time and expertise for the photography.