College of Continuing & Professional Education

Online Nonprofit Management
Certificate Program

Douglas R. Bender, Sr., MA, PHR

Doug Bender has worked as a senior HR executive for some of the most exciting people-oriented organizations in corporate America including Miller Brewing Company, Uncle Ben’s Foods, Dove, International, M&M/Mars, and Kal Kan Petcare. His expertise and leadership have resulted in millions of dollars in cost-savings while improving service delivery through the HR function.

Over time, he has also worked with a number of public service organizations and was (or is currently) a member of the American Management Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Society for Training & Development, the Society for Human Resource Management, the World Business Academy, the Forbe’s.com Small Business Insights Panel, the International Coach Federation, and is a charter member of the International Neocasting Alliance founded by Jay Levinson, the international guerilla marketing guru. He is also a charter member and local and regional officer of the prestigious Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Epsilon Epsilon Boulé of Orange County, California. He is also a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.

Doug has worked in the area of people development with a number of community colleges, trade schools, and universities for over 25 years and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at both California State University-Fullerton and California State University-Long Beach. In addition to his work at Long Beach he is the Program Coordinator/Advisor for the University’s Human Resources Management Certificate Program and regularly lectures visiting leadership delegations from China.
Doug is a highly capable and seasoned HR executive with expertise in many areas, including: strategic resourcing, process re-engineering, valuing diversity, executive coaching, internal business consulting, employment law, and people strategy development. He has his professional accreditation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management and appears in a number of regional, national and international Who’s Who publications. He has also recently written a book entitled ‘The ABCs of Leadership’ which received a 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards Bronze Medal and a Contributing Author to The Leadership Challenge Activities Book by Kouzes and Posner (Pfeiffer, 2010).

Doug is currently Founder and Managing Partner of an HR consulting consortium, ONYX Global HR LLC in Southern California. He is also a guest writer and management consulting expert for the highly successful web incubator for business startups ‘www.perfectbusiness.com’. Doug sits on the board of directors of two for-profit organizations, Virtual Sports Training, Inc. of Coto De Caza, California and (Chairman of) MJC & Associates based in Houston, Texas, and Chairs the City of Villa Park (California) Community Services Foundation.

Doug Bender has worked as a senior HR executive for some of the most exciting people-oriented organizations in corporate America including Miller Brewing Company, Uncle Ben’s Foods, Dove, International, M&M/Mars, and Kal Kan Petcare. His expertise and leadership have resulted in millions of dollars in cost-savings while improving service delivery through the HR function.
Over time, he has also worked with a number of public service organizations and was (or is currently) a member of the American Management Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Society for Training & Development, the Society for Human Resource Management, the World Business Academy, the Forbe’s.com Small Business Insights Panel, the International Coach Federation, and is a charter member of the International Neocasting Alliance founded by Jay Levinson, the international guerilla marketing guru. He is also a charter member and local and regional officer of the prestigious Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Epsilon Epsilon Boulé of Orange County, California. He is also a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.

Doug has worked in the area of people development with a number of community colleges, trade schools, and universities for over 25 years and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at both California State University-Fullerton and California State University-Long Beach. In addition to his work at Long Beach he is the Program Coordinator/Advisor for the University’s Human Resources Management Certificate Program and regularly lectures visiting leadership delegations from China.
Doug is a highly capable and seasoned HR executive with expertise in many areas, including: strategic resourcing, process re-engineering, valuing diversity, executive coaching, internal business consulting, employment law, and people strategy development. He has his professional accreditation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management and appears in a number of regional, national and international Who’s Who publications. He has also recently written a book entitled ‘The ABCs of Leadership’ which received a 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards Bronze Medal and a Contributing Author to The Leadership Challenge Activities Book by Kouzes and Posner (Pfeiffer, 2010).

Doug is currently Founder and Managing Partner of an HR consulting consortium, ONYX Global HR LLC in Southern California. He is also a guest writer and management consulting expert for the highly successful web incubator for business startups ‘www.perfectbusiness.com’. Doug sits on the board of directors of two for-profit organizations, Virtual Sports Training, Inc. of Coto De Caza, California and (Chairman of) MJC & Associates based in Houston, Texas, and Chairs the City of Villa Park (California) Community Services Foundation.

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.