Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees governs the College. Board members are trusted advisors, advocates, and ambassadors for the College. Board members commit to invest time, talent, and financial resources to support the mission, vision, and values of the College.

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Tony Angelo, PsyD in Psychology - Loma Linda University, BS in Psychology - University of California, Riverside.  Dr. Angelo’s academic expertise is in psychology.  Mr. Angelo served as a pastor, clinical psychology, human resources manager and director of psychological services.



Mark Leonard, MBA - California State University, San Bernardino.  Mr. Leonard is a business consultant specializing in marketing and strategic planning.  Mr. Leonard serves on the Board of the Inland Empire Barnabas Group, and is a leader in his local church, The River. He has previously served on the board of the Inland Empire chapter of the American Marketing Association. Mr. Leonard began his career in teaching. He taught high school music for several years before transitioning to a career helping businesses with their marketing and communications strategies. Mr. Leonard is excited to be part of a college that challenges the assumptions of higher education – namely, that student loans and oversized campuses are required to earn a high quality degree from a private Christian college. Ray Blom is Chief Operating Officer of The Corporate Advocate, an Ontario-based business service company.  He is also Principal of JS Platinum Insurance Services, which provides insurance services for Ray's clients.  Finally, Ray serves as Chief Executive Officer of Contractors State License Center..  In his spare time, Ray is a leader in San Bernardino and has played a crucial role in supporting the city and various city leaders.



Ray Anderson is an executive business coach.  Ray has served a wide range of clients over his decades long career in the Inland Empire.  Ray has a passion for transforming front-line workers to grow into leadership roles, informing executives of the day-to-day needs of the business.  Ray is a trainer with a specialization called Good-Hearted Leadership, which focuses on informing business leaders and front-line workers on their inter-dependency and ability to learn and inform one another on how best to guide a business. 


Eric Blum, MPA - University of Washington, BA in Government, Politics, Philosophy and Economics - Claremont McKenna College.  Mr. Blum has more than 20 years of administrative experience in higher education, most recently serving as Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Redlands.  Before Redlands, Eric held similar positions at UC, Riverside and UCLA.  Eric attends Yucaipa Chrisitan Church. 


 Ray Blom is Chief Operating Officer of The Corporate Advocate, an Ontario-based business service company.  He is also Principal of JS Platinum Insurance Services, which provides insurance services for Ray's clients.  Finally, Ray serves as Chief Executive Officer of Contractors State License Center..  In his spare time, Ray is a leader in San Bernardino and has played a crucial role in supporting the city and various city leaders.

Aaron Hebbard, PhD in Literature, Theology, and the Arts - University of Glasgow, MA in Biblical Studies Vanguard University, BA in Religion - Vanguard University.  Dr. Hebbard has served as a professor and dean with Community Christian College since 2005.  His expertise includes curriculum development, teaching, and student advising.  He has taught a variety of philosophy, religion, ethics, science, art and history courses.

Gayle Linn, MS in Educational Leadership, California Baptist University, BA in English, University of Texas.  Gayle is an accomplished English teacher with vast experience teaching a wide range of students from Kindergarten through college.  Her range of experience also extends to administrative service, having held positions of Dean of Academic Affairs for Community Christian College to Principal at Banner Elementary School.  Gayle began her career serving in ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru).


Gregg Simmons, MAEd – San Diego State University, BS in Business– University of Redlands.  Mr. Simmons is a career coach and consultant with decades of experience working with students and athletes.  Most recently, Mr. Simmons helped establish a career resource and counseling center for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


David Little, MS, Stanford University - Manufacturing Systems Engineering, BA, Westmont College.  David is Director of Product Management at eBay.  David is an innovative product engineer and systems specialist with expertise in a variety of other areas. 


Philip Earnhart was born in Switzerland and emigrating at a young age to the United States.  Phil is an artist and designer.  He owns High Fiber Design and lives with his wife and three sons in Bellmund, Switzerland.





Valerie Peister serves as Director of Programming and Community Engagement for the Redlands Music Association.  Prior to this, Ms. Peister served as Executive Director for the San Bernardino Symphony.  Ms. Peister has an extensive background in organizational leadership skills, including fundraising, donor relations, event planning, volunteer management, interagency project planning and development and community relations.


Board of Advisors

The Oak Valley College Advisory Board serves as advisors, advocates, and ambassadors, providing connectivity and support to serve new students and attract new resources to support the Oak Valley College mission, vision, and values.  If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming an Advisory Board Member, please contact Mark Leonard,

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Jeff Abbott - Convene Chair and Managing Partner for the Inland Empire Barnabas Group.  Jeff is a connector and business coach.  He serves throughout the Inland Empire with many organizations, nonprofits, and ministries.

Greg Blackfelner - Vice President Air Treatment Corporation and Board Member Inland Empire Barnabas Group.  Greg supports ministries throughout the Inland Empire with his strategic planning.

Jon Burgess - As a marketing consultant and co-founder of Red Fusion Media, Jon primarily serves B@B and industrial clients with his marketing expertise.  He focuses on providing strategic and integrated marketing solutions designed to support branding efforts, growth, and customer relationships.  He also teaches future marketing professionals how to improve their marketing skills in social media, search engine optimization (SEO), and other niche areas.

Ron Burgess - Ron started Burgess Management Consulting in 1989, specializing in strategic planning, marketing and marketing management.  Today he is a "Chief Marketing Officer for hire," where he works with owners and presidents to grow business and manage marketing initiatives.  Burgess founded RedFusion Media with son Jon and wife Molly.   RedFusion manages many of the marketing campaigns; brand development, Internet marketing, print, and public relations of Ron's client base.

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Rod Collins - Dr. Collins has been a private practice dentist in Redlands for 30 years.  In addition, he is Lead Pastor of Sanctuary Church in Calimesa.

Darren Canada - Darren is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Financial Advisor with more than 23 years of experience helping clients navigate through the complex world of investment management, retirement planning, tax,, and estate planning, as well as risk and insurance management.

Betty Crocker - Betty serves as Director of Information/Communication for Redlands Christian Schools.  She has her graduate degree with a focus in higher education administration.  She serves as Oak Valley College's Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO).


Bryan Feller - Bryan serves as Executive Director of the National Christian Foundation California.  Prefiously, as a marketing consultant, he was instrumental in leading several companies to double digit growth, and led one company to make the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies – twice.


Kevin Gillespie - With more than 20 years of experience, Kevin F. Gillespie is an attorney in Redlands with expertise in real estate and business transactions, business mergers and acquiisitions, and secured lending.


Doug Jorritsma - Doug specializes in representing lenders, investors, developers and builders in residential land transactions throughout the West San Bernardino County market.  His unparalleled market knowledge and experience has made him an acknowledged residential land expert within the real estate industry.


Nichoel Kimmerle - Nichoel is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Redlands.


Matt Kraus - Matt is a partner in the Riverside Law Firm - Lester & Cantrell.  Matt ocuses his practice solely on civil litigation, with an emphasis on lawsuits arising from construction contact disputes, professional negligence, and business disputes.


Geneva Labate owns Home Instead, a senior care business, in Riverside and Redlands.  She is also a Board Member of Member Barnabas Group Inland Empire.


Debbie Martis, founder and CEO of Rebirth Homes, has a vision to find homes in the city of Riverside that have been abandoned and rebuild them to be used to redeem the lives of those trapped in a life of slavery.  Debbie is a business and nonprofit leader having worked in private industry and, most recently, for Forest Home.


David Maupin is owner and founder of Maupin Financial Services.  He has worked extensively in the field of financial management since 1985 and has built a multi-million dollar financial planning company delivering dynamic financial planning and independent advice to high-net worth families and individuals.      


John Mills has started five companies in New Zealand and the USA.  In 1979, he formed EMCI (Electronic Marketing Consultants Inc) for bringing technology engineering solutions to fortune 500 clients.  John’s expertise includes international business development, (China, New Zealand, and Asia) with a focus on alliances, and technology transfer.


Doug Richards - Dr. Richards graduated from the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine at Tulsa in 1989. He works for Kaiser Permanente in Fontana and specializes in Addiction Medicine.

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Glenn Tetley - Glenn is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has been helping families and business owners achieve multi-generational financial freedom since 1985. Glenn focuses on strategic wealth management by developing a personal relationship with each client and assessing the most appropriate solution for each individual need. 


Matt Thalmayer - Mat is President of T and T Healthcare Staffing/Arrow Staffing.  In 1972, Redlands Employment was launched.  In 1992, after 20 years of serving Redlands The Thalmayer family purchased the personnel firm and renamed it Arrow Staffing.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
— Micah 6:8