Join us on August 26th when Bobbie Abram and Dr. Rajen Vurdien will give usan overview of the PCC Foundation, its May 16th gala, and the behind-the-scenes effort to create the state-of-the-art 3D video "PCC Stays Alive!"Bobbi Abram joined PCC in 2012 after spending most of her career in non-profit and higher education fundraising and administration in the Kansas City area. She was featured in the October 18, 2012 edition of the Los Angeles Times as doing the "unthinkable," developing a fund to support high demand classes that were at risk of being cancelled due to the shrinkage in state funding. Since 2012, Ms. Abram has led the PCC Foundation in a major strategic planning effort that changed the organizational infrastructure of the Foundation, which includes the implementation of the PCC Celebrates Gala event that took place on May 16, 2015 and raised over $1.1 million. The PCC Foundation board is now fully engaged in fundraising, donor stewardship and governance of the organization. Once her four children became adults, Ms. Abram claims she ran away from home to sunny Southern California. Now her children enjoy leaving the snowy Midwest to visit her for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. On weekends, you can find her hyperventilating after she's climbed Henninger Flats.
Before coming to PCC, Dr. Rajen Vurdien was the eighth president of Fullerton College. Prior to that he was Vice President for Instruction for 6 years at Saddleback College. Dr. Vurdien worked for the United Nations Development Program in the 1980s. He was positioned in China where he taught English and ran the UN language programs. Other positions held are Director of Graduate Programs in Education, Professor of Reading at Gwynedd Mercy College; Associate Professor and Chair of Reading at Long Island University; Instructor of Reading and later on Dean of Language Arts and Physical Education at Long Beach City College. Dr. Vurdien also taught as an adjunct instructor of ESL, Reading and English at Cerritos College and Cypress College. Dr. Vurdien is a longtime resident of Buena Park with his wife and two daughters, students at Sunny Hills High School.
Introducer: Chuck CarrollInvocation: Frank NicholasGuest Introductions: Joe MurphySong Leader: Phil ShackelAccompanist: Ross Jutsum