Our Advisory Board

Mr. Gene Roeglin, 22-year retired veteran of Costco, San Diego California

Gene started at Price Club as general manager of the central photo lab, 1-hour photo labs and member photo mail program. He then worked as operations director for Quest, the electronic catalog, and later became director over hearing aid centers. He also served as director of community relations, overseeing the organization of the first Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast and remained an avid supporter of the scholarship program for 10 years. During his time in community relations, Gene was instrumental in redesigning the Volunteer Reading Program, introducing the Supplier Diversity Program, and overseeing the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and United Way campaigns.

Ms. Barbara Day, Ownership Program Manager, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), San Diego, California

Barbara joined JCNI as an offering coordinator during the launch of the ground-breaking Community Development Initial Public Offering. She currently works in support of the resident investor group, the Diamond Community Investors, as well as those investors who are participating in the Community Investment Fund. She also leads JCNI’s work on financial literacy and education for children, youth, adults, families, and the whole community. Prior to joining JCNI and during her 30 years of service at various national banks, Barbara shared her knowledge of banking products and services with clients and made sure they received services that met their needs at every step of the way in their lives.

Ms. Nina Rhodes, Outreach Program Manager, Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth), Arizona Campus

Nina holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from La Salle University. As project grant-writer/manager for the Quechan Tribe’s contacts, Nina contracted and managed over $13 million in grants for the Tribe in Arizona and California, USA. Nina’s career has included program management for various projects in California, Arizona and Alabama. She currently serves as consultant and advisor to several non-profit organizations. Nina and her husband currently are working on community development projects in Vietnam. Mrs. Rhodes has been dedicated to the improvement of the lives of people wherever she has lived.

Mr. Thozamile Nomvete, Former Director of the Center for Technological Education in Walter Sisulu University, PLATO Centre

Thozi holds advanced degrees in Education and has lectured at universities in South Africa, and the United States. Throughout his career, he has conducted seminars on curriculum development, carried out curriculum implementation and evaluation for the academic staff of universities throughout Africa, as well as organized local and international conferences for academic staff on various academic issues. From 2002 – 2003 Thozi was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence attached to the School of Nursing, Auburn University Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A. Community development and personal empowerment have been at the forefront of his life and career. Thozi actively promotes the use of emergent technologies to facilitate communication.

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Farrokh Mamaghani, Professor of Information Systems, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York

Prior to joining St. John Fisher College, Farrokh was a senior programmer at the Systems Design Concepts, Inc. in Washington DC, and systems analyst at the World Bank. His research interests are in information technology resources evaluation/selection and knowledge management. He holds a MS and DSc in information systems from George Washington University.

Mr. Oladapo Olagbemi,Managing Partner, DAO Financial Services, San Diego California

Oladapo is a veteran CPA with a passion to help people who are particularly in financial distress. Throughout his career, Oladapo has educated many people on how to better prepare their personal and business finances not only for tax purposes but also for the betterment of their family life and community they live in.

Ms. Minou Sadeghi, Co-Founder, Global Business Ventures Inc., San Diego, California

Minou holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Language & Literature from Bedford College in London, England. Her past experiences include key management positions in the airline and hospitality industry and accomplishments with Fortune 500 companies. Minou also has a vast knowledge of start up businesses and has been the owner/operator of several successful entrepreneurial ventures. Her passion is to make a difference in the world through the education of children and is committed to undertake this task by ensuring that this is performed through the most ethical and highest standards available.

Ms. Shiva Nafezi, Co-Founder, Global Business Ventures Inc., San Diego, California

Shiva holds a Business Administration degree from Skerry’s College, Edinburgh, Scotland. Shiva’s past work experience covers a variety of management positions with the semi-conductor and other high tech industries with an emphasis on quality audits, technical publishing, and training. As a mother and grandmother of six children, she is a firm believer in the importance and urgency of cultivating a thorough financial education for children and young adults from an early impressionable age.

Mrs. Nazila Shokohi, MBA, President & Co-founder, Mind Treasures, San Diego, California

Nazila holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Nazila’s vision was to empower millions of people who have drowned themselves in financial troubles to take charge of their lives, improve their relationships and Ride the Financial Waves. Nazila is currently serving as the lead coach and mentor.

Mr. Alex Mazloom, Executive Director & Co-founder, Mind Treasures, San Diego, California

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. Alex’s experiences in customer relations and finances and his passion for financial management, writing, and philanthropy led to the creation of a character-based financial literacy curriculum called ABCs of Wealth. Alex’s dream is to raise an entrephilanthropic generation that will use its resources to build stronger families, neighborhoods, and communities. Alex’s professional experiences include various positions at International Game Technology in Reno, NV. He also co-founded Rapid Bridge LLC (a revolutionary semiconductor venture) that was acquired by Qualcomm in 2011.