Global Grins Board of Directors
Rodney Boyd, DDS – Rodney hails from the great state of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA and his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1991. Rodney has been in private practice for over 20 years as current owner/partner of SC Dental Care in Laguna Hills, CA, and previous to that, owner/partner of Rancho Niguel Dental Group in Laguna Niguel, CA. He has served on the faculty of the USC Dental School in the Department of Periodontics as a clinical instructor and he also participates in the USC School of Dentistry Mobile Clinic Program. His experience includes cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. Rodney is a member of the American Dental Association, The California Dental Association, The Orange County Dental Society and The American Academy of Group Dental Providers. He is a partner in SoCal Dental Management, which recently developed 2 large dental practices in Da Nang, Vietnam. Rodney has many interests outside of dentistry. He is an avid endurance road bike racer, having completed “the toughest 48 hours in sport” – The Furnace Creek 500 mile race through the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, California. Rod has also finished the Sonoma Ironman Triathlon. His other passions include skiing, traveling, playing volleyball and spending time with his wife, Pam, and their two daughters. He loves the great outdoors and is a licensed pilot.
Steve Churm – Steve owns one of the leading independent regional media companies in Southern California, publishing OC METRO, OC Menus, OC Family, Inland Empire Family and Southland Golf in print and online. With a monthly print circulation for the magazines of nearly 300,000 coupled with seven interactive websites, Churm Media has a total monthly audience of more than 1 million readers and viewers in one of the most dynamic markets in the world. Churm Media also owns Ripeorange, a marketing, communications and design firm. In addition to managing the overall day-to-day business and team management operations for Churm Media, Steve shares his time, knowledge and expertise speaking at many business conferences and actively participating with many community organizations throughout Southern California. Steve has been recognized as an industry leader in business by local and national media, including FOLIO: Magazine. He was recently awarded Orange County Press Club’s highest honor, the Sky Dunlap Award for contributions to the journalism and media industry. Before launching Newport Beach-based Churm Media in 1990, Steve worked as a journalist and editor for four California newspapers, including six years at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered politics and the environment. In addition to Global Grins, Steve currently serves on four nonprofit boards, including The Orange County Business Council, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Values Institute and Human Options. Steve and his wife, Cinda, have three children and live in Irvine, CA. He studied journalism and geography at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Steve’s many passions include studying small business, surfing, skiing, geography, the Eastern Sierra and cooking.
Scott R. Evans – Scott is a third generation Southern Californian. He grew up in Manhattan Beach where he graduated from Mira Costa High School. He chose to attend The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, where he played soccer and graduated in 1985. This four-year college experience was greatly enhanced by a Semester at Sea during his junior year, which included a circumnavigation of the world. After graduating, Scott continued his love of travel and adventure by touring Europe for several months, and then residing in Aspen, CO for a winter. He returned to Southern California and began his business career in 1986 as an Industrial Real Estate Specialist with Coldwell Banker/CB Commercial. He worked the East Los Angeles industrial marketplace for approximately three years before transferring his focus to the Ontario Airport marketplace. He left CBRE and joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1997. So far, over the course of his career, Scott has completed approximately 500 transactions and has been involved in the lease or sale of more than 46 million square feet of buildings and 1,700 acres of land, with a total aggregate value exceeding $1.4 billion. He has represented Home Depot, Emerson Radio Corporation, Neiman Marcus, Nestle Foods, Baxter Healthcare, Toshiba America, Oakley USA, Kohl’s Department Stores, Maersk, Porsche, and Star-Kist Foods in the procurement of new facilities. From 2000 to 2007, Scott captained a team that exclusively represented Avery Dennison Corporation (ADC) with its real estate needs on a worldwide basis. Over this seven-year period, his team coordinated and executed more than 80 global transactions for ADC. After 24 years of corporate real estate, Scott decided to take a sabbatical. In the summer of 2009 he and his wife, Esme and their two daughters (ages 9 and 12) changed their life as they knew it, and embarked upon a 3000 mile, eleven month sailing adventure through the east coast of the US and the Bahamas. They are currently living in Laguna Beach, CA.
Guy L. Kornblum – Guy is a native San Franciscan. He is a Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors in San Francisco and has a diverse background in residential and multifamily leasing, sales, and management. Guy is also a partner with NorthPointe Residential, a real estate development company. Following early education at Cathedral School and The Branson School in San Francisco, Guy matriculated to UC Davis where his area of concentration was communications. During his senior year, Guy joined the Semester at Sea program and sailed around the world visiting over ten countries allowing him to gain a significant understanding of different cultures and societies worldwide. Guy is an avid skier and adventure seeker, highlighted by a successful summit attempt of the world’s tallest free standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and a month-long trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Guy has been a member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club for over 20 years, serves on the Tennis Committee, and captains three of their USTA tennis teams.
Les McCabe – Les became the third president of the Institute for Shipboard Education, the parent organization of the world-recognized Semester at Sea global study abroad program in November 2006. Les has been with ISE since 1987 and has become a widely recognized expert on both the academic and social value of global education, study abroad safety and risk management. Prior to assuming the role of president, Les served as director of operations and chief operating officer for ISE. He gave seven years of dedicated service to the clinical needs of children and families in the Seattle area at the Casey Family Foundation. A native of Claremont, California, Les holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington, a second master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies, with an emphasis in global education from The University of Pittsburgh. Les is a veteran of shipboard education and has sailed on seven Semester at Sea voyages, serving as Executive Dean on many of them. In addition, he has been active in professional associations, including the American Council on Education, the Inter-Organizational Task Force of Safety and Study Abroad, the SECUSSA Health and Safety Committee, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Association for International Education Administrators, among others. Les and his family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of ISE/Semester at Sea and its academic sponsor, the University of Virginia.
Hugh McCutcheon – As the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, Team USA went undefeated in Beijing to claim its third Olympic Games gold medal and its first podium finish since 1992. Soon after the Olympic Games, Hugh was named the 2008 USOC National Coach of the Year. Later that year, he accepted the head coach position of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennial, to culminate with the Olympic Games in London. Hugh was born and raised in New Zealand where he played on the junior and senior national volleyball teams from 1986-90 before coming to the United States. He was also a member of New Zealand’s national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997. Hugh, a former Brigham Young University assistant coach, joined USA Volleyball as a full-time assistant coach for the men’s national team program in 2003. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, respectively, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s national team, helping out during the 2001 World League, the 2002 World Championships and on five international tours. He has also served as the head coach of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team in 2000 and 2001. While Hugh served as top assistant coach at BYU, the Cougars captured two NCAA men’s volleyball championships in 1999 and 2001. He played for BYU from 1991 to 1993 after transferring from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 1993 he earned honorable mention All-America honors, and in 1992 he earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He spent two years playing professionally in Finland and Japan. Hugh holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education, a master’s degree in exercise science and an MBA, all from BYU. Besides serving on the Board of Global Grins, Hugh serves as spokesman for Human Options, an organization which aims to create awareness of domestic violence. He and his wife, Elisabeth “Wiz” Bachman McCutcheon (a former U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team member and 2004 Olympian) currently reside in Tustin, CA, along with their two young children.
Joselyn Miller – Joselyn is passionate about travel, especially adventure travel. She has made visits to over 80 countries and all 7 continents. She has checked the box for summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbing to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp and cage-diving with great white sharks in South Africa. Joselyn is a certified scuba diver and enjoys checking out the underwater scene wherever she is in the world. She and her husband, Todd, have brought their two children along for many of these travels. In 1985, Joselyn earned a Bachelor of Science in business with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the women’s crew team. She studied abroad, sailing on two Semester at Sea voyages, where she visited many developing nations. She has spent most of her adult life raising her children and volunteering in the community. Joselyn has donated hundreds of hours to various causes, including Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange, CA, the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach, CA, the CSP Youth Shelter also in Laguna Beach, and the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. She has always had a keen eye for contemporary design, especially anything from the 20th century modern era. Collecting has been a big part of her life, and she is always on the lookout for treasures from that favorite design period. As a creative outlet, Joselyn recently went back to school and graduated magna cum laude in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, where she was more than twice the age of virtually all of her classmates. She enjoys designing and constructing clothes, painting and having the opportunity to be creative in any field. She is a big sports fan, having attended several Olympic Games, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, NBA playoffs, Wimbledon, the French and US Open Tennis Championships, and the Rose Bowl. Joselyn and her family live in Laguna Beach, CA.
Rex Miller – Rex is currently pursuing a degree in business at USC. While playing tennis for Orange Coast College, he received the Coach’s Award, was named team MVP, and was the only player in the Orange Empire Conference to receive All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles. In his youth, Rex placed first in his age group division for the mile race at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach, CA, where he ran in honor of his grandmother, a breast cancer survivor. Rex’s travels have taken him to every continent, including visits to over 30 countries. Rex enjoys annual father/son trips to the Sea of Cortez and Alaska. In 2008, Rex ventured to Botswana, where he volunteered as a research assistant to Ph.D. candidates studying elephants, leopards and African wild dogs. Rex spent four summers as a one-on-one camp counselor at Special Camp for Special Kids, where he worked with children suffering from physical and mental disabilities. Rex has worked as a construction laborer for Tony Valentine Construction, a real estate management intern for 47 Management, and an intern for the law firm of Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel LLP in Costa Mesa, CA. Rex attended culinary school at Laguna Culinary Arts, completing the beginning and intermediate courses. Rex is a super sports fan, especially when it comes to the Chargers, Lakers, Angels and Ducks. He consistently finishes in the money in the annual March Madness basketball pool. In his spare time, Rex enjoys playing tennis, beach volleyball, and golf, watching sports, playing video games, fishing, working out and cooking.
Todd Miller – For the past 20 years, Todd has served as Partner at Western States Technologies (WST), a real estate investment company headquartered in Los Angeles. The firm concentrates on the successful acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of industrial and office properties located throughout Southern California. Along with these duties, he is responsible for the asset management of WST’s portfolio consisting of over 1,000,000 square feet of property. Previous to his current position, Todd was Vice-President/Director of Marketing at The Sammis Company, a real estate investment company located in Irvine, California. While at Sammis, he was instrumental in the acquisition of over $160,000,000 in industrial properties across the country totaling approximately 4,000,000 square feet. In 1984 Todd graduated cum laude from the Real Estate Finance Program at The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and was awarded membership in The Golden Key International Honour Society. He played Division I volleyball on two of the Trojans’ NCAA Final Four teams. Volleyball is still the sport of choice for Todd. He competes each year at the United States Volleyball Adult National Championships, where he has recently won the gold medal. His team also took gold in the 2010 World Huntsman Games in Utah. For ten consecutive years, Todd was co-director of an annual beach volleyball tournament that raised six-figure contributions for such charities as Boys and Girls Club of America, Boys Hope Girls Hope, American Cancer Society, and Friendship Shelter. Todd supports USC in several capacities, including memberships in Cardinal and Gold (athletic), Marshall Partners (Marshall School of Business), and The Associates (College of Letters, Arts and Sciences). He also volunteers his time in the university’s Athletic Department Mentor Program, serving as a one-on-one mentor to student athletes, and as a keynote speaker at various program events. Since circumnavigating the globe on his Semester at Sea voyage in the spring of 1984, Todd has visited over 70 countries, with an emphasis on adventure travel. Some of his most recent journeys have taken him to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest Base Camp, a great white shark cage off the coast of South Africa, a research vessel amid the Galapagos Islands, and a dive boat near Hon Mun Island, Vietnam. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Semester at Sea, the preeminent collegiate study abroad program in existence since 1963. For the past 20 years, Todd, his wife, Joselyn, and their two children have called Laguna Beach, California, home.
Debra Mitchell – Debbie’s interest in helping others was sparked by her grandmother’s stories about the disadvantaged children she had met while serving as a health care missionary in numerous African countries and throughout the Philippines. After graduation from USC, Debbie joined the pharmaceutical industry where she worked in sales, product management and managed health care. Feeling the need for a more adventurous life, Debbie spent some time traveling through numerous European countries, followed by a stint as Special Events Coordinator for the LA Marathon. Debbie has recently filled her time working with three special non-profits in the Pasadena area. She currently sits on the board of The Friends of Foothill Family Service in the San Gabriel Valley, which provides both physical and mental assistance to families in need, particularly mothers and young children. She is a former member of the Circle of Friends Board of The Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena and has been very involved with the museum for many years. Debbie also served on the board of the Linda Vista Annandale Association, which includes the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Rose Bowl Park area. Debbie has traveled extensively through Latin America visiting remote towns and villages. Along with her family, she spends her summers in a small town in central Mexico. She enjoys playing soccer and flying with her husband. Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management from the University of Southern California in 1985. While at USC, Debbie captained the women’s crew team. She was raised in Orange County and now lives in Pasadena, California with her husband Tom and their two young daughters.
Thomas Niederkofler – Thom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University, where he graduated in 2003. In the fall of 2002, Thom participated in Semester at Sea, the study abroad program that has taken 50,000 college students around the world since 1963. His professional experience includes real estate development, construction and asset management in San Francisco, CA and Berlin, Germany. From 2008-2010, he managed the 8.5 million Euro luxury loft conversion of Schonhauser Allee 55, a landmarked East Berlin factory building originally constructed in 1858. His passion for international travel has brought him to over 15 countries in Africa, as well as the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest’s Base Camp. While traveling through Ghana, Thom met his wife, Andrea, who was traveling the African continent from her homeland of Germany. They recently returned to the African nation for their wedding celebration, and have now relocated to the Bay Area in California. Thom grew up in New York, is fluent in German, and has not had a cavity since the age of 12.
Gary Pickett – Gary serves as chief financial officer for a closely held group of investment companies in Newport Beach, CA. Prior to his current position, Gary was owner and president of Gary Pickett & Company from 1990 to 2010. His company provided accounting, tax and business consulting services to over 175 business entities. Prior to starting his own company, Gary was vice-president and private placement specialist for Integrated Resources, Inc. From 1979 to 1984, Gary served as treasurer for the same group of investment companies with whom he currently works. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1977, Gary worked as a senior accountant for Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young) in the audit and tax departments. He is a member of California Society of CPA’s. After attending NACVA’s Certified Valuation Analyst Training Center in 1999, Gary passed the Certified Valuation Analyst Exam. Gary and his wife Nancy live in Laguna Beach, CA, and have two grown children. Gary is quite the athlete, spending some of his spare time on the golf course, training in the pool or on the volleyball court.
Leason F. Pomeroy, III – While in the process of earning his degree in fine arts at Arizona State University, Leason had the opportunity to hire an architect for his fraternity’s new house. He chose Frank Lloyd Wright, who was working at Taliesin West in nearby Scottsdale. Through that relationship, Leason became intrigued with architecture and served as an intern for Mr. Wright. He returned to his native Southern California, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1965. He then founded his practice, LPA, inc., in Orange, CA, where he was born and raised. Under his 40 years of leadership, the practice grew to become one of the largest design firms in California, receiving over 400 major design awards, including the coveted “Firm Award” in 1990, which is presented to the state’s most outstanding design firm. Leason was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and was awarded the Alumni Medal from Arizona State University. LPA is responsible for many major projects, including Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. In 1999, Leason completed a residence for the best-selling author, Dean Koontz and his wife. He was so inspired by working intimately with private clients on their home that he sold his large corporate design firm and founded LP3 Architecture so as to concentrate on more personal design efforts. Leason is dedicated to creating some of the most breathtaking contemporary architecture along the Southern California coast. He serves on several community and civic boards as well as committees charged with the planning, implementation and preservation of historically significant architecture. Leason is also a critic and panel member for various professional real estate, construction and development organizations. He has served on the National Design Committee of the American Institute of Architects and the National Awards Jury for the Urban Land Institute. Leason currently serves as campus architect for the University of California, Irvine, and as a board member of several organizations, including St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA, the Orange YMCA, and the Barclay Theater on the campus of UCI. Leason has been an avid fisherman his entire life, and enjoys several “boys trips” each year. He also spends time restoring vintage cars. Leason is a seasoned traveler, leaving footprints in many corners of the globe, along with Marlene, his wife of 50 years. Leason has two grown children and four grandchildren.
Kenneth A. Ryder – Ken is a partner with the law firm of Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder, LLP in Costa Mesa, California, specializing in real property law with an emphasis on commercial development, leasing and institutional lending. Ken received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and his Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law in 1982. He is also a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Services Program of Orange County’s Community Services Program, having trained with both CSP and with The Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Ken has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law in 2006-2011, and he has been named in “Southern California Super Lawyers”, and “Los Angeles Magazine” as one of the best real estate attorneys in 2006-2010. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and President of Friends in Service to Humanity, Harbor Area (“FISH”), an Orange County charity that strives to prevent homelessness and provide meal assistance to low income, elderly and home-bound individuals. Ken is an avid wine collector and enjoys fishing the Sea of Cortez. He has been married for 25 years to his wife, Tina, and has four children.
David Westendorf – An entrepreneur from a young age, David had pizza money throughout his college years at Notre Dame, courtesy of an import/export business, selling goods to the Croatian Army. He has since become a consumer gadget nut with over 20 years in marketing and business development. Beginning in advertising with TBWA Chiat/Day, he managed campaigns for Infiniti and Nissan. Several years later, he made the jump to the client side of the business, where he launched five wireless markets for Cox PCS, which was acquired by Sprint. He kicked-off PocketMail in 1998, a mobile email device and service with international appeal. For the first time ever, getting email in Europe was a breeze. After PocketMail was sold, David became Palm’s general manager of Palm.Net, where over 450,000 people subscribed to service for their Palm VII, with its ubiquitous raised antenna. Before leaving Palm in 2004, he was GM of three business units: Palm.Net, PalmCafe retail and Palm’s mobile developer program. He returned to the startup world with Ofoto, which was acquired by Kodak. He ran the WW Partnerships group for Kodak. This included Apple, Adobe, Google, Microsoft in addition to Verizon, Cingular, and several EU operators. Currently, David runs marketing for NeuroSky, leading the charge for business development, product marketing, developer relations and demand generation. David is an avid surfer – his favorite break is world-famous Mavericks, which he can scout out from his house in Half Moon Bay, CA where he lives with his wife, Courtnee and two daughters.