Dr. Charles Friedrichs is an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University (SDSU). During his tenure at SDSU, he has taught a wide variety of classes including music theory, brass methods, conducting, music education practicum, music for classroom teachers, brass and band literature, ear training, general education music courses, as well as serving as a Music Supervisor for cadet teachers in SDSU’s School of Education. Dr. Friedrichs has had vast experience teaching school instrumental music at all levels and continues to remain extremely active in the public schools.
Dr. Friedrichs has written numerous arrangements spanning grade levels from elementary to university level. Many of his arrangements are for concert bands and marching bands. His compositions have been published by Alfred Music Publishers, Matrix Marching Band Publishers, Hal Leonard Music Corporation and MESA Music Publishers. Dr. Friedrichs is also an accomplished bass trombonist, having participated in numerous musical productions through the Vista Moonlight Amphitheater.
Dr. Friedrichs has served as a consultant for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, evaluating teacher credentialing programs offered by universities.
Jose Tolentino is a former Major League Baseball player and is currently “La Voz de Los Angels” play by play and commentator for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Spanish broadcasting team. He has also worked for over 17 years as a television and radio analyst and host, including with FOX (Sports) Deportes, FOX Sports International, DirecTV, and ESPN. Mr. Tolentino had the honor of managing Team Mexico for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Pan-American Games Rio 2007, and was the bench coach for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2006 and 2009. Jose was a 1st team NCAA All-American selection at Seminole Oklahoma, and set the national record in Junior College for base hits and Runs Batted In in a season. After transferring to the University of Texas, Mr. Tolentino went on to win the College World Series title in 1983, and was a nominee for the Golden Spikes Award, which is presented to the college baseball player of the year.
Mr. Tolentino received the 2000 Orange County United Way Hispanic Influential Sports and Entertainment Award, and with the Angels, he founded the “Way Out” Baseball Clinics for Inner-City Youth.
Rand Sperry is a real estate and business leader in Southern California for nearly thirty-five years. In 1987, Mr. Sperry was the co-founder of Sperry Van Ness. Under his leadership, the organization he co-founded grew into a national real estate brokerage firm. Mr. Sperry is also a co-founder of Sperry Commercial, Inc. and Sperry Equities, LLC. Over the years, he has owned and operated more than 100 commercial properties of all types.
Mr. Sperry combines his unique array of talents and experience in the industry to help others achieve financial independence. From his rapid rise through the ranks of a large company, to his prior co-founding and management of a national real estate brokerage organization, Mr. Sperry has inspired young men and women entering the commercial real estate profession in many ways. He is frequently invited as a seminar or motivational speaker at industry and business gatherings throughout the Southwest and enjoys sharing the excitement and opportunity of real estate brokerage and ownership.
Mr. Sperry is active in both church and community. He is or has been a member of numerous civic and religious boards and committees in Orange County.
Laura Ferguson is a public information officer for the City of San Clemente, where her primary responsibility is to facilitate communication between the government organization and the news media/general public. Mrs. Ferguson most recently completed the Marion Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series training for women in leadership roles. She is a volunteer member of Assemblyman Bill Brough’s Education Advisory Committee. Mrs. Ferguson holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy & Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University at Long Beach.
Angie Cano is an Account Executive for Quimby Group Consulting and is responsible for research, event management, office management, account coordination, and fundraising.
In 2014, Angie was a candidate for School Board, and through that experience gained a better understanding of her community. The campaign also gave Angie hands-on experience in fundraising, media relations, and local government.
Angie is a graduate of the Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series. During the program she was trained and mentored by experts in the political field. Currently, Angie serves on Santa Ana’s Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission.
Angie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Political Science and Spanish Literature. She currently resides in Santa Ana and is an Orange County native.
Where: Legacy Room, 1010 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA
When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM PT