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Local Honorees Draw Sold Out Crowd

TCF Gala

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- At a sold out event at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino on Friday night, Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) celebrated its 13th year providing quality services (including evidence based programs) to homeless women and children while honoring community members and organizations for their collaboration in those efforts at their 2015 Annual Awards Dinner “Celebrating Life’s Precious Jewels”.

The Dinner’s emcee duties were shared by John Kunkel, former Time for Change Foundation Director of Communications and Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren.   Vanessa Perez, Civic Engagement Specialist provided the welcoming greeting and Senator Connie Leyva led the pledge of allegiance.  She introduced Pastor Hodari who led the invocation.

Time for Change Foundation proudly presented awards to the 2015 honorees for their outstanding community service and commitment:  Community Education Champion Award – Chancellor Bruce Baron; Humanitarian Award – The Race, Gender and Human Rights Giving Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California; Community Service Award – Santa Claus, Inc.; Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award – Mi Cocina Restaurant in Highland; Community Health Champion Award – June Collison; Community Health Advocate Award – Dr. Dora Barilla; Dynamic Duo Award – Angela and Victor Myles; Community Development Champion Award – National CORE; Community Business Leader of the Year Award – Premier Medical Transportation

Kim Carter with special guest, Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment presented the 2015 Community Development Champion Award to Steve PonTell, CEO of National CORE and Dawn Davison, Warden of California Institution for Women (retired) and current Time for Change Foundation Board member presented the Humanitarian award to the Race, Gender and Human Rights Giving Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California.

Dr. Nena Messina, Ph.D., a Criminologist at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs reported her 3 year findings as Lead Evaluator for the Time for Change Foundation’s Positive Futures project funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).  The results of her evaluation yielded a zero percent recidivism rate for the 131 clients served.  “SAMHSA often looks for successful programs to hold as the “gold standard” – [The Time for Change Foundation] Positive Futures [program] is an example that other programs can emulate,” said Dr. Messina. “After years of being referred to as “Evidence Based Kim” because we are focused on doing what is best (evidence based) instead of what feels good, it feels good to be nationally recognized for our outcomes,” said Kim Carter, TFCF Executive Director.  Nicole Wolfe, TFCF Director of their Center for Advocacy and Leadership Training (CALT) was “excited for the community to see the results of our evidence based training programs.”

Family and friends of honorees, elected officials and supporters of Time for Change Foundation were in attendance, enjoying social hour, entertainment by Jazz saxophonist Vaughn Fahie, a viewing of the agency’s new video, participating in the silent auction and much more.

Weekend Service for National Orange Show Fair, 66ers Baseball

sbX-CarnegieStnSAN BERNARDINO, CA- In support of the National Orange Show Fair’s 100th Anniversary, Omnitrans’ 1-year-old sbX bus rapid transit line will offer expanded weekend service April 24 – 26.
“The National Orange Show Fair is among the biggest annual events in our community. We are happy to make getting there a little easier by expanding our sbX service through the weekend,” explained Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.

The sbX line normally operates on weekdays only from 6 am to 8 pm. National Orange Show Fair weekend service hours will be:

  • Friday, April 24: 6 am to 11 pm
  • Saturday, April 25: Noon to 11 pm
  • Sunday, April 26: Noon to 8 pm

sbX vehicles will run at 15 to 30 minute frequencies during the weekend. A detailed weekend schedule is available online at sbX NOS Schedule. The station at Inland Center Mall (North Mall Way) is adjacent to the National Orange Show grounds.

In partnership with NOS, Omnitrans is distributing coupons on board sbX and regular Omnitrans buses that offer $2 off admission to the event. “We are excited to team up with Omnitrans and hope to see many sbX riders at our 100th fair,” said Alan Conrad, NOS Director of Production and Marketing. More information on the fair is at: http://nosevents.com/2015-national-orange-show-fair/

“The Inland Empire 66ers baseball team also has a home stand that weekend, so we invite fans to hop on sbX to take in a game,” said Williams. The sbX station at E and Rialto is a short walk from the ballpark. More information at: www.ie66ers.com

The one-way fare on sbX, and all Omnitrans bus routes, is $1.75; a 1-day pass is $5. Persons with disabilities, military veterans, seniors age 62 and up, and youth age 18 and under, qualify for discounts. 7-day and 31-day passes offer savings for frequent riders.

The sbX green line travels along Kendall Avenue, E Street and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino and on Tippecanoe/Anderson and Barton Road in Loma Linda on a 16-mile route, with over 5 miles of dedicated bus lanes. Riders can enjoy free Wi-Fi and 110-outlet power outlets on board. Stations feature real-time arrival signs, ticket vending machines, emergency telephones, and public art. Regular sbX route and schedule information is at: http://www.omnitrans.org/schedules/sbx-green-line/ or 1-800-966-6428.

SBCCD Welcomes New HR Vice Chancellor and Promotes EDCT Head to Associate Vice Chancellor

SAN BERNARDINO – – The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) welcomes Dr. Lisa Norman, the new Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, effective May 1, 2015. She will be taking on the responsibilities currently filled by consultant Dr. Jack Miyamoto. Dr. Matthew Isaac has been promoted from Executive Director to Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Development & Corporate Training, effective April 10. Both are District appointments.

President of the SBCCD Board John Longville expressed his pleasure at the expertise both bring to their positions, saying, “We are so pleased to have been able to retain a Vice Chancellor of Human Resources with the capabilities and qualifications of Dr. Norman and the Board of Trustees was glad to have the opportunity to promote Dr. Isaac. Under his leadership, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division has expanded to the level where it now has its own Foundation, is self-supporting, and has successfully provided services to more than 60,000 workers in our community.”

SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “Dr. Lisa Norman is a welcome addition to head the Human Resources office, a position of substantial importance to the District community and I look forward to working with her. Dr. Matthew Isaac has been serving as the Executive Director of the EDCT for many years, but his new title and job description reflect the additional responsibilities and growth that have taken place within the EDCT. The SBCCD provides exceptional educational opportunities to our students and professional opportunities for our employees so it is vital that our team members bring an enthusiasm for the educational environment, are knowledgeable in their professions, and have a commitment to the success of the District and its divisions.”

Dr. Lisa Norman

Dr. Lisa Norman

Dr. Lisa Norman, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, District

Dr. Norman joins the SBCCD from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools where her storied service includes the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources since 2012, the Director of Certificated Personnel for three years, the Principal of Special Education for five years, and as a teacher with the Mulberry School for five years. She served as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services with the Beaumont Unified School District for two years in between positions with the Superintendent’s offices. Prior to working in the Inland Empire, she was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and with The Growing Place. Early in her professional life, she attended West Point United States Military Academy for two years and served as a police cadet with the Santa Monica Police Department.

Dr. Norman earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, her master’s degree and Credential in Educational Administration from CSU Los Angeles, her master’s degree in Child Development and Education Specialist Credential from CSU Los Angeles, and her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from CSU Los Angeles. She is currently enrolled at Taft Law School pursuing a Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Education Law.

Dr. Matthew Isaac, Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Development and Corporate Training, District

Dr. Matthew Isaac

Dr. Matthew Isaac

Dr. Isaac’s previous assignments at the District included serving as the Executive Director of EDCT, District Director of EDCT, Director of the Professional Development Center, Director of the Center for Business Excellence and Director of the Institute for Training and Development at San Bernardino Valley College. Before joining the District, he served as a faculty member of Humanities, Director of Health Care Programs, and the Director of the Division of Contract Education at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Isaac holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration; three master’s degrees: a master of arts in education in English as Second Language; a master of arts in English Language with emphasis in American Literature; and a master of arts in English with an emphasis in British Literature; and a bachelor of science in Biology.

The California Community College (CCC) Association for Occupational Education named Dr. Isaac as the recipient of their 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award. He  received the 2003 Business Partner Award from the CCC Chancellor’s Office Economic Development Network; a1998 Program Excellence Award from the Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association; and the 1984 John J. Turin Memorial Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Graduate School and the University Community, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

The author of numerous publications, he has taught humanities and expository writing and currently sits on three professional and industrial boards of directors.

About the San Bernardino Community College District:

The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) is one of 72 community college districts within the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the world, which encompasses 112 community colleges. The SBCCD has an 88 year history of providing its community and students with quality and affordable vocational certificates, associate’s degrees, and preparation for transfer to a four year college or university through San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) and Crafton Hills College (CHC). In addition, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division (PDC) and KVCR TV-FM/FNX provide professional development and cultural and educational information to the community at large.

For additional information, please contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, Esq., Communications and Public Relations at 909.382.4012 (direct), 805-717-0347 (cell) or by email at asmoore@sbccd.edu