We thank the dedicated experts that serve on our board!
Paul is an accomplished information security leader with a track record of integration of operations and information technology. By aligning technology initiatives with corporate strategies, he assists in developing, shaping, and leading major security implementations. His extensive worldwide experience in business development and corporate planning has been key to driving market entry and strategic planning initiatives.
He has founded a number of businesses and organizations in technology and cyber security. He was also the lead in taking the Lamp of Learning from a committee to a full 501(c)(3).
Sylvia Caruthers began her career in education in 1996, at a local School District. She has worked closely with students and administrators throughout her career and understands the importance of working in conjunction with school counselors but has seen the limitations they face first hand. She can pick up where they legally cannot, due to liability issues, contract or district policy.
She had melded her background in education with SoCal College Planning and has successfully helped families save tens of thousands of dollars while navigating the best path to their dream school. Her personal goals are to provide guidance to families of all incomes and backgrounds. Her PTA and high school sports workshops have helped her meet this goal and are one of many ways she gives back to the community.
Sylvia studied Italian and Social Studies in Rome at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (the school made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat Pray Love) and continues to practice Italian on her chickens and rescue Pomeranian.
Melissa Day is a seasoned Realtor and Real Estate Developer Consultant with Win-Win Realty Group. She has been involved in the real estate industry for 25 years and has capitalized on the opportunities in each cycle. Ms. Day has maximized her natural talent for finding deals that make sense and that hit the projected sales goals for her team and clients. This has resulted in increased profits/returns in both up and down markets. The national and international network Melissa has cultivated allows her to bring opportunities to her clients from a variety of markets. As a way of giving back, Melissa loves to help others by coaching and mentoring them to tap into their passion and achieve massive success while they enjoy what they do. She is a co-author in two books in the Power of Mentorship series. Melissa holds a B.S. degree from the USC Marshall School of Business Entrepreneur Program with an emphasis in Real Estate and Marketing.
Founder of Sommét Enterprises, LLC, Dr. Ann Gladys is a dynamic speaker, author, and experienced development professional specializing in productivity and leadership. Dr. Gladys has worked with organizations crossing Information Technology, Academia, and Non-Profits.
She has taught in three doctoral programs at various universities in the Ph.D.,. Ed.D., and, DBA levels and her courses span topics from Strategic Leadership, Research, Global Leadership, and Inferential Statistics. Creating, spotlighting, and teaching professional and organizational entities and positioning them for growth and success is what Ann has done throughout her career and aligns with her goals and objectives for educating students in the fields of business and leadership. Ann’s work reflects a personal belief system where the individual student is valued, respected, and encouraged.
Dr. Gladys is the author of the soon to be published, The Invisible Leader, and has created the tools and assessments to identify and develop leaders to succeed in leading virtual employees (aka teleworkers).
Sherry Whittemore is a Senior Manager of Learning Design and Content at YPO, creating and curating in-person and digital learning experiences for 26,000 chief executives in more than 136 countries around the world. Sherry specializes in developing business leaders through lifelong learning, peer-to-peer idea exchange and executive education programs. Focused on learning and impact strategies, Sherry builds and designs experience-based, global thought leadership programs and partnerships.
A purpose-driven social engagement leader with 17 years of experience designing and developing innovative learning programs for global leadership organizations, universities, nonprofits and social service organizations, Sherry also worked as a content and brand strategist with 20 years of marketing, communications and public relations experience in corporations, nonprofits and academic institutions.
Board of Trustees
We thank our Board of Directors for their valueable service and dedication
Mary Lou Green
The Board would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the following people that make Lamp of Learning successful.
San Diego Foundation
Our Amazing Founder