Advisory Board

Daniel G. Aldrich III, PhD.

Senior Development Associate, Office of the President, University of California

Active Volunteer; Past President of Chamber of Commerce, United Way & Rotary Club

Dr. Darryl S. Adams

Former Superintendent Of Schools For The Coachella Valley Unified School District

Dr. Darryl S. Adams began his career as a professional musician, songwriter and music publisher. After ten years in the music business, he followed his love for music and went on to serve as a Music Teacher and Band Director, Middle School Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

David Long, PhD.

Former Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Former CA Secretary of Education, Former President of the CA County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), Chairperson of the Federal Education Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community Advisory Committee

Francis M. Crinella, PhD.

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of California, Irvine Director, Neuropsychology Laboratory, UCI Child Development Center Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine

Lee Hausner, PhD.

Educational Psychologist

Senior Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors. Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, business consultant and family wealth advisor. She served as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 17 years.

R. Preston Gelhart, PhD.

Educational Psychologist, EL 1336, Emeritus Professor of Education & Psychology, Pepperdine University, Co-founder and author of the book, The Write to Read, an educational kit designed to serve as a model to enable children to develop their own literacy reading skills, creativity and conceptual style. He is a Co-founder of an after school educational center dealing with children with special needs.

Richard Porras

Regional Vice President At AT&T

Born and raised in Santa Ana, Richard Porras graduated from Saddleback High School and attended Santa Ana College before going to work for AT&T. Richard later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Science from the University of Redlands in 1995.

Sharon Cordes, PhD.

Former Director of Assessment and Evaluation at Tustin Unified School District, 2007 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae Award from UC Irvine, Founding Member of the UCI School of Education Alumni Executive Committee, Member of the UCI School of Education Dean’s Advisory Board

William M. Habermehl

Orange County Superintendent of Schools Emeritus, Superintendent of Distinction Award bestowed by Pepperdine Univ. 2010, Power-Packed Philanthropist Award bestowed by the Orange County Community Foundation, 2011 PTA Honorary Service Award for outstanding community service to children youth in a community bestowed, 2012

Cindy Galardi Culpepper

CEO, Wienerschitzel

Cindy Galardi Culpepper began her role as chairperson and CEO of Galardi Group, Inc. (GGI) in April, 2013, upon the passing of company founder John Galardi. Cindy’s relationship with the company began in 1980 when she married John Galardi and spent nearly three decades living closely to the brands he developed.

Utah Chapter

Beth Armstrong

Executive Director, People’s Health Clinic

Beth Armstrong joined People’s Health Clinic in June of 2016 with more than 25 years of healthcare experience. Beth has worked for such notable organizations as Cedars Sinai Cancer Center in LA, Northridge Medical Center and Hospital of the Good Samaritan in LA. She currently serves as the Executive Director of People’s Health Clinic in Park City, a nonprofit clinic that provides quality healthcare to the uninsured of Summit and Wasatch Counties.

Roger Armstrong, Esq.


Mr. Armstrong has been active in the entertainment industry for nearly 30 years first as a studio marketing executive and most recently as a prominent transactional entertainment attorney. Mr. Armstrong has been providing sophisticated legal representation to clients in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years and currently operates his own private law practice.

Laura Redd Rubin

Regional Director

As Regional Director in Utah, Laura Rubin brings more than 40 years of executive management and philanthropic experience to her position at The Literacy Project. Laura Rubin’s extensive background in everything from managing complex organizational structures to planning annual special events helps bring The Literacy Project an exemplary employee capable of high-level executive management. Her leadership skills provide effective communication and solid relationships with educators, volunteers, and supporters.