Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tue Dec 15, 2009


Good News (for a change)  for the Holidays!

Jenny Serrano  LA County CEO's office
Jenny Serrano is the Special Assistant to Deputy Chief Executive Officer Miguel Santana, for the County of Los Angeles, Chief Executive Office. Los Angeles County is the largest County in the country. It has a budget of over $22 billion, 100,000 employees, and a population of 11 million. It is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors.

DCEO Santana oversees all of the County's social service departments, including the Department of Children and Family Services, Public Social Services, Community and Senior Services, Child Support, Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Human Relations Commission as well as homelessness. This cluster includes 27,000 employees and an annual budget of $8 billion.  As the Special Assistant to DCEO Santana, Ms. Serrano is responsible for managing special projects, preparing Board correspondence and providing guidance in matters of policy and practice to departments and the Board of Supervisors. Ms. Serrano holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Pierce College. Prior to her current position, Ms. Serrano was the Transition Age Youth Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office's Service Integration Branch. She is a former Supervisor and Board Member for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program of Los Angeles Superior Court. Her previous professional experience includes case management, supervision and program management at Covenant House California, Crystal Stairs, Los Angeles Universal Preschool and the City of Glendale.

John Kelsall, Vice Chair Biz Fed
As a founding member of BizFed John Kelsall also stepped up early on to Chair the Polling/Research committee in our first year. Since 2005 John has been the President & CEO The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood, CA. Prior experience includes Vice President Operations Hank Player USA, Branch Manager and then Area Manager AppleOne Employment Services, Qualifying and Managing Broker for Century 21 Real Estate Professionals, and had his own holding company for 18 years, Kelsall & Lillya, Inc. Graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and a minor in Business Law. 15 Graduate Credit Hours towards MBA – LSUS. Currently Studying for Mediation Certification - American Center for Conflict Resolution. Board Memberships and Community Involvement include: Long Beach Small Business Development Center Advisory Board Member, Lakewood YMCA Board of Managers, Rotary Club of Lakewood Rotarian of the Year 2006-2007, Board Member and President Elect Rotary Club of Lakewood, Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Governmental Affairs Committee, Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Business Committee, 2 years as Board Member Society for Human Resource Management, Shreveport Chapter, Eight years as Board Member for Louisiana Association for the Blind, Three years as Board Member Shreveport Little Theatre, Graduate of Leadership Shreveport, Ten years as soccer referee certified through college level, and a Special Consultant to the US Secretary of Education for Higher Education Regulations 1976.

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