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Junior Achievement of San Diego County Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Directors

March 25, 2015

SAN DIEGO, California (March 25, 2015)  – Junior Achievement of San Diego County (JASD), the nonprofit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, recently elected five new members to join its board of directors.

At the JASD’s monthly Board of Directors meeting, President and CEO Joanne Pastula, welcomed the newest members: Cathy Gallagher (Point Loma Nazarene University), Scott Hollaender (UBS Financial Services Inc.), Mark Johnson (Baker Electric Solar), John Murphy (Qualcomm) and Richard K. Shea (U.S. Bank).

 Cathy L. Gallagher is executive director of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), bringing nearly 30 years of business experience to her role. Before joining PLNU in 2003, Gallagher served as owner, operator, and manager for several small businesses on the east coast. She has significant experience in leadership, management, professional training, business development, and sales.  Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from PLNU.

Scott Hollaender is the branch manager of the downtown San Diego office for UBS Financial Services Inc.  Hollaender has worked at UBS for almost twelve years, both in Los Angeles and San Diego offices.  His primary responsibilities include partnering with 20 financial advisors who serve nationally more than 2,000 families.  He also manages all aspects of the downtown office with 40 employees.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from University of California, Los Angeles. 

Mark Johnson is senior commercial solar consultant for Baker Electric, Inc. Johnson has been involved in nearly every aspect of Baker Electric Solar, including business planning, design, CAD drawing and customer interface.   He has nearly 30 years of experience in construction and business management.   His current role includes directing the commercial solar division, focusing on identifying markets, developing and implementing marketing and sales strategies, and incorporating sustainability and energy initiatives.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University.

John F. Murphy is senior vice president, chief accounting officer and corporate controller of Qualcomm, one of the world’s leading wireless technology companies. He is responsible for financial operations, accounting, consolidations, internal and external financial reporting, SEC compliance, procurement, payables, payroll and shared services.  Murphy joined Qualcomm in September 2014 from DIRECTV.     He has more than 25 years of experience in finance, planning and analysis, accounting and auditing, as well as extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He has been actively involved in numerous transactions valued between $25 million and $40 billion.  He holds an M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Fordham University.

Richard Shea is a senior vice president and market manager for US Bank.  He is responsible for managing the origination, underwriting and portfolio management teams for the Bank’s Community Lending Division in the Southern California region, overseeing both the Los Angeles and San Diego offices.  With more than 25 years of experience in the “affordable housing” industry, Shea holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.B.A. in Finance from San Diego State University. 

The new members join JASD during an exciting time.  Construction for the new "Mission Fed JA Finance Park” is underway and scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2015 to thousands of San Diego teens and young adults.  The Park is a hands-on, interactive learning center that enables teens to make smart, lifelong personal finance decisions.  Many of the board members will also participate in one of JA’s hallmark programs, JA Company Program, dating back to 1919.  As a part of the JA Company Program, 160 high school students will pitch their fully-functional company at The Next Big Thing: Entrepreneur’s Showcase in May to a panel of judges.   The winners from the May event have a chance to complete nationally to be named Student Company of the Year.

“Our newest board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the JA team,” said Joanne Pastula, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County.  “We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we launch the new Mission Fed JA Finance Park and provide all San Diego County students the Junior Achievement experience, which teaches them basic life skills necessary to “make it” in today’s challenging world.”

Junior Achievement's board of directors is comprised of business, education, and community leaders that represent the diverse facets of San Diego's economy and workforce. The board sets and monitors the strategic direction of JA, helps to secure the necessary resources to ensure quality programming and operations, participates as and secures volunteers, and plays a crucial role in the fundraising of the organization.