OUR TRIBE

Powerminds is a local group of global thinkers. We’re a small tribe with big ideas. We’re modest people with monumental minds. Meet our tribe.

Margo Turner

Tribal Leader

Margo Turner

President & CEO

Margo is an accomplished senior leader and facilitator with over 25 years of experience in education, consumer, business-to-business, and nonprofit environments across multiple industry sectors. She served as TAP/Statewide Director of Communications for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, where she developed strategies and implementation for the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, the Strong Workforce Program inception to implementation, and other communications and operational strategies.

I proudly support NAMI because I believe every mind deserves to be healthy.

As a serial entrepreneur, she has started, built and sold several companies. Margo is results driven, a collaborative thought leader, operates with a sense of urgency and has a passion for execution. She is a highly effective communicator at every level throughout an organization, and has exceptionally strong leadership skills. She specializes in successful implementation of initiatives through a results-oriented, analytical approach to promoting student success.

Walter Dario Di Mantova

Tribal Leader

Walter Dario Di Mantova

Vice President & Partner

Walt Di Mantova has spent thirty years in workforce and economic development – but not the same year thirty times. He grew the extraordinary teams that built the US’s largest university corporate training center educating over 250,000 employees from Fortune 100 companies and unions in eleven countries. He’s helped transform – and improve — California’s Community Colleges the state’s second largest District and as Dean of Workforce Development for the Chancellor’s Office. Walt’s most proud of: creating unprecedented programs in occupational health and safety, continuous improvement (including global quality certifications) and adult workplace skills; steering a collaborative graduating 535 nurses and trained thousands of California state employees; and convening the courageous teams who were pioneers in web-based learning, public-private partnerships and using business methods in education.

I’ve enthusiastically dedicated my work life to one thing: trying to save lives, build jobs, disrupt poverty and reduce trauma through learning. Period.

His grant and contract track record: $100 million from dozens of State and Federal agencies and companies. Walt has been an: industrial ethnographer; internationally recognized expert, speaker and author on leadership and transformation; Strategic Advisor to the world’s foremost expert on large-scale innovation—and an education entrepreneur for decades. He has a B.A. summa cum laude, an M.A. from the University of Michigan and was a University of London Senior Scholar. He did a great job co-parenting his daughters and is an awesome cook.

Dr. Renah Wolzinger

Tribal Advisor

Dr. Renah Wolzinger

Dr. Renah Wolzinger is well-respected in the California community college system. She has served as a research associate in WestEd’s Health and Human Development Program where she mentored community college and career technical education (CTE) programs, and facilitated collaboration between multiple stakeholders in K-18 education. She has also served in the Division of Workforce and Economic Development at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as the statewide technical assistance provider for data tools and for the statewide CTE LaunchBoard data system.

Dr. Wolzinger currently serves as Saddleback College’s first dean of career pathways and dual enrollment. She has been a faculty member at Golden West College since 2004 teaching digital media, and served as department chair for digital media, digital arts, computer science, and design from 2012-2015 where she assisted the CTE dean with the redesign of CTE curriculum and pathways to align with current workforce needs. As if all of this was not enough, Dr. Wolzinger is a Grammy Award winner and the president and founder of Renzone Music, a video and audio production services company, since 1994.

Dr. Wolzinger holds an Education Doctorate in higher education leadership from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Arts in occupational studies from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering from University of San Diego.

Amy B. Schulz, MBA

Tribe Member

Amy B. Schulz, MBA

Amy B. Schulz has centered her career around empowering people to find purpose and meaning while being active participants in a shifting economy. Her various roles within institutions of higher education reflect this commitment to social justice through economic empowerment for all.

Amy’s passion projects include co-creating the New World of Work which houses innovative entrepreneurship and workforce development programs, inspiring other educators to share an entrepreneurial mindset as Vice President, Education & Membership of NACCE, coaching educators to innovate through ecosystem development in the CCC Maker Initiative, and co-creating the future of global education as a member of Protopia Labs.

Create fluidity between formal education and real life for learners to actively become changemakers in their local and global communities.”

Through her work on the Uganda Development Initiative board, Amy facilitates educational exchanges and global partnerships. True global development occurs when communities are empowered to grow through their own infrastructure, including education and entrepreneurial support.

Amy is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University. Her research interest is in how work trends influenced by automation, artificial intelligence, and globalization impact how the education system should evolve to prepare learners to thrive in an age of uncertainty. Amy holds an MBA from University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from UC Davis.

Barbara Hayes

Tribe Member

Barbara Hayes

Barbara Hayes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Excellence, LLC, a consulting firm providing professional expertise in the areas of economic development, management, strategic planning, and governance to organizations, local governments, and professionals.

Hayes has worked in the area of economic development for nearly 30 years at both the state and regional level. Most recently she served as the President and CEO of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO) for 14 years, serving as Deputy Director for the six years prior. She was responsible for directing the six-county Greater Sacramento area’s economic development efforts. During her tenure, more than 200 companies located and expanded in the Greater Sacramento Area resulting in the creation of more than 45,000 direct jobs and multiple billions in capital investment.

I am committed to economic development that results in jobs. A job is freedom - it creates independence, stability, discipline, and contributes to the health of a community”

Prior to joining SACTO, Hayes held several positions within the California Trade and Commerce Agency including State Director of the California Small Business Development Center Program.

Hayes received her degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of California, Davis. She currently serves as a Corporate Director at First Northern Bank and at California Statewide Certified Development Corporation, in addition to serving as Chair of the Community Advisory Board at Sutter Medical System’s Women and Children’s Center.

Charlotte Freeman

Tribe Member

Charlotte Freeman

Charlotte is driven by a core belief in the potential of people. She has spent the last 10+ years helping individuals, organizations, and communities recognize and achieve their potential through her work in conflict resolution, human rights, education reform, workforce development, racial reconciliation, leadership development, and social-impact organizational effectiveness. Her career has taken her from the fields of post-war Bosnia to the hallways of universities in the South Caucasus and from the mountains of rural India to the segregated streets of cities across the United States.

Great leadership is about recognizing the potential in others - even when others can't see it in themselves - and then enabling them to reach beyond that potential.”

A serial problem-solver, Charlotte balances her analytical mind with her intense drive for results. Having worked, lived, and traveled to over 50 countries, she is adept at helping diverse groups of people collaborate effectively. She has applied these skills at the European Union, Open Society Institute, NATO, Council of Europe, Search for Common Ground, Initiatives of Change, Goodwill Industries, and Rocketship Education.

 Charlotte will complete her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University in fall 2017. She holds an M.A. with distinction from the University of Essex in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, a graduate certificate in Genocide Studies from the University of Toronto, and an honors B.A. with distinction from the University of Delaware in International Relations and Vocal Performance.

Gina Lujan

Tribe Member

Gina Lujan

Gina Lujan is the Founding CEO of Hacker Lab, Code For Hood, an innovative leader and a social entrepreneur. The Hacker Lab in Sacramento California is recognized as one of the foremost maker spaces in the country. In August of 2016 she visited the White House to participate in The Nation Of Makers closed session convening. Gina has dedicated herself to the the development of businesses and communities that serve to fill gaps in education and contribute to workforce development efforts by working alongside local government and philanthropic organizations.

I absolutely love people, entrepreneurship, and innovation. I build communities and make things and I believe community innovation spaces can be huge catalysts and economic drivers for any region. Plus I just dig cool technology!””

With more than 18 years of technology experience, Gina is a repurpose maker who is shaping economic development by assessing needs of communities and solving critical problems; such as bringing affordable ultra high-speed broadband to rural areas. She has been an innovation consultant for Northrup Grumman, Intel, AT&T, SMUD, Toyota and VSP as well as for cities across Northern California.

Recently, Gina led programs to create Maker Space badges for California’s 113 Community Colleges. She received a national award for Latina of Excellence In Information Sciences and Technology in 2015 and the prestigious Women Who Mean Business Award in 2013. Her newest endeavor is Code For Hood, a nonprofit aimed at educating disadvantaged youth by way of Hackathons and STEM related workshops.

Dara Westling

Tribe Member

Dara Westling

Dara Westling believes we can all do well by doing good. She wears many hats as a consultant, organizational leader, small business owner and life-long learner. A common theme is catalyzing individuals and organizations to make positive change in their communities and themselves.

Recent consulting roles have focused on accessing impact capital for large systems projects and she has also served as a founding executive director, helping young people learn the skills of innovation to address community challenges.

Young people have the wisdom to address the world’s problems. But they need equal opportunity. And we must listen.””

Dara previously served as Vice President at TechSoup, a social enterprise that matches change makers with $5.5B in tech donations and educational services in 190+countries. Key to organizational growth, Dara worked with corporate social responsibility, foundation and nonprofit partners to build alliances for impact worldwide. Dara oversaw large initiatives on behalf of TechSoup, its global network, and its local institutions in Poland and the U.K. and led initiatives in Eastern Africa, Europe and South America.

Dara’s experience spans education, technology and public sectors including the Consular Corps and U.S. Department of State.

She holds an MBA, MPIA, and an impact investing certificate. When she isn’t dreaming up new ideas with co-conspirators over a cup of tea, she’s learning from her young children.

Sandra Kirschenmann

Tribe Member

Sandra Kirschenmann

Sandra (Sandy) Kirschenmann has made education her lifelong career. Her focus has been in higher education at the community college and university level. She retired from the Los Rios Community College District in 2011 on a Friday and went to work for Drexel University on the following Monday. While working for Los Rios she held numerous positions as faculty and management at Cosumnes River College and American River College, the Los Rios Business and Economic Development Center, the statewide Community College Economic Development Program, the Los Rios Foundation, and at the District office where she served as the Vice Chancellor for Resource Development. In this capacity Sandy successfully directed the first Los Rios capital fundraising campaign, raising over $16 million. Her grant team wrote $174 million in grant projects over her ten year tenure. Sandy’s faculty experience includes the lead faculty role at American River College in the Oak Café and Culinary Arts program, and during this phase of her career, she studied culinary art in New York, San Francisco and Paris.

Sandy was the officer in charge at Drexel University Sacramento, from 2011 to 2014. Sandy brought Drexel’s renowned co-op education program to northern California, managed the west coast campus budget into stable profitability, and provided strategic direction to grow programs in Sacramento from the Drexel University College of Medicine. The Drexel satellite campus in Sacramento included the schools of Education, Public Health, Medicine, and Business, including a thriving international student program in graduate Finance education. Sandy provided the Drexel leadership in forging new partnerships with universities in Chongqing, China to strengthen the Drexel graduate program in Finance.

Sandy received her Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees from the University of California, Davis. Her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Foundations was granted by the University of the Pacific. She served as an officer in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC and at Silas B. Hays Army Hospital at Fort Ord, California.

In addition to her work in education, Sandy managed the family wine grape growing business, Kirschenmann Vineyards, in Lodi producing grapes for award-winning Tempranillo and Zinfandel wines. She has been a Commissioner on the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, has chaired the Workforce and Education Committee of the Chamber, and the Chamber study mission to Vancouver, British Columbia. She was named by the Sacramento Business Journal as a “Woman Who Means Business” in 2011. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Center for Healthcare Decisions, the Hacker Lab Board, the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the KVIE Community Advisory Board, and the steering committee for the Next Economy Capital Region Prosperity Planning process.

Sandy was the inaugural president of the board of owners of a Paris apartment, and travels to Paris twice a year; she has French language proficiency at the advanced ACTFL level. In her new home in Atlanta, she volunteers to lead student groups through the Carlos Museum at Emory University and serves on the Executive Board of the Carlos Docent Guild.

Josh Friedman

Tribe Member

Josh Friedman

Josh Friedman is an entrepreneur that pushes the envelope of creativity by providing professional services and courses in videography, photography, audio recording and engineering, and aerial media services with drones. In addition to being the owner of One Zero Digital Media, LLC and a professional licensed drone pilot, he has always loved sharing his passion for creative industries and preparing students for jobs of the future which can lead to happy, healthy and lucrative careers! He began his career in professional education early when he was hired by the Cincinnati School For The Creative and Performing Arts to teach on the High School Jazz faculty in his first year out of High School. Since then he has been a Department Chair and full time faculty at a private school in Irvine, CA (Tarbut V’Torah), and taught digital media classes at Golden West College and has taught drone cinematography and photography classes at Cypress College and Cal Poly Pomona He is currently teaching at Coastline Community College. Josh Friedman has also founded the Drone Educators Group and has coordinated two state wide Drone Educators Conferences for the State of California. Josh Friedman has earned a Master’s Degree in Music from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State U. Long Beach, and Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Music Education from The Ohio State University.

If you develop a passion for something, you won't have to choose a path, the path will choose you!
Rebecca Wolzinger

Tribe Member

Rebecca Wolzinger

Rebecca has over 5 years of marketing and analytical experience in the education, advertising, and tech industries. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. With concentrations in international business and marketing, she excels at wearing multiple hats and collaborating to drive team success. She is passionate about cross-cultural understanding and communication, whether locally or internationally. Rebecca has a wide breadth of international experience, studying at the renowned university Sciences Po in Paris and working at a hedge fund in London. She has proven her strength in creating and implementing marketing and strategic plans for the global trade and mobile sectors.

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance. – Ban Ki-moon”

With experience working for the Doing What Matters Initiative for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Workforce and Economic Development Division, she continuously strives to connect people with their passions. Rebecca has a special talent for aligning students’ unique career pathways with their goals.

Kris Galicia Brown

Tribe Member

Kris Galicia Brown

Tribe Member

Kris has over 10 years of experience in the advertising and marketing industry with a very wide skillset. Able to strategize and conceptualize effectively and efficiently in both accounts and creative sides, she is an accomplished copywriter, art director, a social media influencer, food developer, blogger and published author. Kris has a love for connecting people with opportunity and a passion for helping her underserved community.

I believe in the power of transforming lives through education and camaraderie in our communities

She serves as a Board Member for Border View Family YMCA, Chairs the Member Experience Committee and also Chairs the Community Circle fundraising efforts. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising.

Angela Allison

Tribe Member

Angela Allison

Tribe Member

Always active in team sports, Angela received her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science-Athletic Training from Oregon State University. While working her way from her career in sports to education, she dedicated over 10 years to helping at-risk, underrepresented and marginalized students achieve in education as a mentor, tutor and life-skills specialist. These experiences sparked her passion to help students and led her to pursue her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs. Starting as a coordinator and transitioning to director of Upward Bound, she realized that making a difference to more students requires higher level administrative roles. Subsequently, she served as director of special grants and projects in the Central Valley Region and as Dean of Business and Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Orange County.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.

As a K-14 Statewide Career Pathways Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) under the California Community Colleges “Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy” initiative, Angela provided leadership, guidance and technical assistance at the local, regional and state levels to expand and improve Career Pathways and promote student success. The experience continued to nurture her passion for helping students to obtain employment and increased wages through certification programs, and led her to become co-founder of 2CPR. She is an expert at CTE training, grant management compliance, project management and reporting, and building relationships to foster student and school program success.

Sable Cantus

Tribe Member

Sable Cantus

Tribe Member

Sable Cantus, instructor, technical trainer, musician, podcaster, expert IT technician, and coffee lover; has been problem solving,  and implementing technology solutions in higher education since 2005. After completing his M.A. at CSULA, Sable has worked with statewide  committees in both the CSU and Community College systems on projects ranging from network infrastructure, to distance learning, and the Strong Workforce project.

Sable’s colleagues have said, “he’s got a solution for every problem.”  Sable is able to creatively tackle tough business problems in departments such as CalWORKs, EOP&S, and IT.

Every young person should have the opportunity to wrIte, explore, and express themselves; that's why I support WriteGirl.”

In the classroom, students describe him as “open, innovative, and able to make the material relatable.”  On a project team, Sable is known for meeting  deadlines and  clearly communicating  with stakeholder and team-members.

Sable has worked with a non-profit, Writegirl, managing donor, mentee, and volunteer data since 2005.

Sable Cantus served honorably in the U.S. Army.