College of Professional & International Education

Online Nonprofit Management
Certificate Program

John Oppenheim, BA in Accounting, San Francisco State University
After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Oppenheim completed his education in Accounting.  After college he spent a year with a major food corporation in the Accounting-training program.  Using that background and education, John joined a computer company in 1969 as a sales representative.  For the past 45 years, he has worked with application software as salesman, manager, and had his own company – all in Accounting software systems.

After a long career dealing with technology and its uses, John was an adjunct professor of Management Information Systems at Pepperdine University and an instructor at Downey Adult School where he created the course “Accounting and Quickbooks”.  For the past five years he has been a consultant, working with Non-Profits to improve their effectiveness and efficiency through such technologies as donor management software and Quickbooks.  John also serves on a Board of Directors for a local Non-Profit.

Richard Schank, Owner of Purple Couch Creative, Adjunct Faculty at Irvine Valley College and Chapman University, and Board Member with ArtExchange Long Beach, Non-Profit
Mr. Schank has been working in the Marketing Communications field for 30 years. Most recently he was the Director of MarCom at the College of Professional and International Education (CPIE) for 13 years. He managed a comprehensive department assigned to market the vast educational offerings of CPIE and maintaining a strong brand presence in the crowded Southern California education arena.

He has owned his own marketing and design business for more than 15 years, specializing in corporate brand building, social communication design, and marketing. Mr. Schank has been teaching classes in design, marketing, and business at several colleges and universities in southern California for the past 20 years.

Mr. Schank holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Design from Kutztown State University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art; Photography from California State University, Fullerton.

Zoot Velasco, MBA, CFRE

In his first incarnation, Zoot Velasco overcame an orthopedic disability as a child to have a 12 year career as a professional dancer, mime, actor and storyteller in commercials, films and television as well as touring internationally. He has worked with Michael Jackson, Prince, Arsenio Hall, James Cameron, Ralph Fines and more. He holds a BA degree in dance from St. Mary’s College, an MBA in Non-Profit Management from Hope International University, and professional designations in arts curriculum design, fundraising, leadership, management and conflict resolution. He transferred from artist to administrator after managing a prison arts program, creating the first inmate music CDs in prison; the first youth deterrent program in the form of a play; and hand-made books in museum collections at the Getty, Hammer and Library of Congress.  He went on to the City of Los Angeles where he built 4 new art centers in the harbor Area and developed boards for two of these centers. As a Non-Profit consultant he helped start up a Boys & Girls Club, and rescue three organizations in danger of closing. He has received awards and commendations from the Cities of LA, Long Beach, Ventura, Oxnard, and Fullerton for his community work.  A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Zoot has raised over $16 million dollars for various Non-Profits.  

Since 2007, he has been the Executive Director of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton more than quadrupling patrons, programs and members while tripling the budget, all during a bad economy. He has authored plays, poems and two books: One on the Muckenthaler history and one on Non-Profit management. He currently sits on the City’s Citizen’s CDBG Committee; boards for WTLC shelter and the Fullerton Rotary; is President of the Placentia Library Friends Foundation Board. He teaches Non-Profit Management at Cal State Long Beach and lectures around the state on the subject.