CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS

PERSONNEL

Michael J. Wheeler, MA

Foundation Executive Director

WestCal Academy®

    

Mr. Wheeler was a Dean of Research and Planning at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, facilitating a more data driven culture within the campus community and led the college's strategic plan. He is the co-founder of L.E.A.R.N., a non-profit community based organization that served over 5,000 students daily in thirty schools across five districts. Mr. Wheeler has nearly twenty years of experience as the principal investigator for federal, state, and private grants for public and private non-profit organizations. 

Joseph Lopez

State Ambassador

WestCal Academy®

    

Mr. Lopez graduated in 2016 from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Political Science and Los Angeles Harbor College with an AA in  Liberal Arts in 2014. As the State Student Ambassador, Mr. Lopez coordinates MEGA® Career Pathway Programs with college campuses throughout the State of California and supervises ten Regional Ambassadors.

Christopher Castillo

State Coordinator

WestCal Academy®

    

Mr. Castillo has a long history serving in public and private industry. As the State Coordinator, Mr. Castillo supervises ten Regional Coordinators to arrange internship placements for WestCal Academy® students in their respective region. Each of the ten regions consists of Private Industry Coordinators, Public Industry Coordinators, and Labor Industry Coordinators who assist with internship placements in their respective industry. 

Kevin Carballo

Regional Ambassador

WestCal Academy®

    

Mr. Carballo graduated in 2014 from LA Mission College with an AA in Political Science and is currently an undergraduate majoring in Law at UC Davis. As the Regional Ambassador for Northern California, Mr. Carballo assists with internship placements in public and private industry. Mr. Carballo manages the WestCal Academy® Satellite location at Davis, California.

Damien McDowell

Regional Ambassador

WestCal Academy®

    

Mr. McDowell graduated in 2015 from the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Political Science and El Camino College with an AA in Political Science in 2011. As the Regional Ambassador for Southern California, Mr. McDowell assists with internship placements in public and private industry.

Daryle Nagano-Krier

Regional Coordinator

WestCal Academy®

    

Professor Nagano-Krier has been teaching Communication Studies for nearly twenty years and teaches at El Camino College and LA Harbor College. She is the Humanities / Arts Vice-Chair and Communication Studies Department Chair at LA Harbor College. In addition, she also teaches Business Communications at Cal State Fullerton and is the Chapter Advisor for Delta Sigma Pi, the premier business fraternity at Cal State Fullerton.

Harry Tsang

Regional Coordinator

WestCal Academy®

    

Mr. Tsang has nearly ten years of experience managing social media campaigns for public and private industry clients. As the principal owner of HayHoe Studios, Mr. Tsang connects students with internships and career opportunites in multimedia and social media. Mr. Tsang serves as the Regional Coordinator for Southern California.

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