KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Barry E. Knight, BA, MA, PCC

Barry E. Knight has committed his life to helping leaders massively impact their world. He is the founder and CEO of BEK Impact Company, a leadership coaching, training, and social change company that helps leaders achieve greater social outcomes and personal leadership success. He is the author of the book, “Impactability: Your Call to Massively Impact the Kingdom of God,” as well as a 3-part audio series entitled, "Mastering Servant Leadership." He graduated from Faith Evangelical College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, and later, a Master of Arts in leadership. Barry is also a Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation. As a business leader and minister, Barry has masterfully blended his experience into an electrifying and captivating coaching, training, and speaking style that helps leaders massively impact those they lead and serve. His services have been contracted by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, county governments, nonprofit and human service agencies, universities, school districts, churches, and motivated individuals to help achieve their goals faster and more effectively. Barry has an impeccable ability to discern the needs of those he serves and delivers life changing strategies that help individuals and organizations prosper and thrive.

 

George Lamb

Rev. George Lamb, CEO of Millennium Man Consultants, LLC; Founder/CEO of Millennium Man Ministries; and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Faith Advisory Council for Community Transformation (F.A.C.C.T.) and American Evangelical Christian Churches Director of Communications and Development. He is a Servant Leader to Community Based and Non-Profit organizations, county and state government agencies serving the Inland Southern California region county of San Bernardino in the following ways: As a member of the Community Vital Signs Steering Committee, he serves as Chair of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee, Co-Chair of the Public Safety sub-committee and is a member of the Strategic Plan Implementation, Education, Economic Development and Nominations Select sub-committees. He also he serves on San Bernardino County’s Homeless Veteran’s Advisory Board and Taskforce; in addition to membership on the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Wellness Strategy Action Team and is privileged to have received recent appointment to the First 5 San Bernardino Advisory Board. He additionally has received recent appointments to the Inland Empire Fatherhood Coalition and San Bernardino County Drugs and Gangs Taskforce.

 

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of political science and associate dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy. His research focuses on civic participation, public opinion, and immigration policy in the United States. He is the author, most recently of The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP). Ramakrishnan is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from places such as the Russell Sage Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He has over 1,000 news appearances, including in the New York Times, Economist, Los Angeles Times, PBS Newshour, and MSNBC. Ramakrishnan received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

Kati Ann

Kati Ann is a Speaker; Radio Host, Author, Actress and Ms. California American Diamonds. She is an advocate for tween and teen girls and hosts forums for them addressing life issues. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State San Bernardino in communications with a minor in Theater.

 

Michelle G. Magalong

Michelle Magalong is the Associate Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the UCR School of Public Policy. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and MA and PhD in Urban Planning at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research and professional experience is in community development, historic preservation, and public health in underrepresented communities. She also serves as Executive Director of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation, a national volunteer-run organization.

Shannon Dicus

Shannon Dicus began his law enforcement career with the department as an explorer scout at the age of 16. Shannon honorably served in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a Military Police Officer from 1985 until 1988. Following his service, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Police Officer in 1990. Shannon graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy in 1991. Throughout his career, Shannon has held notable positions, Commander of the Intelligence Division, Captain of the Technical Services Division, Captain of Bureau of Administration, Deputy Chief of the Detentions and Corrections Bureau, and Assistant Sheriff of Support Operations. Sheriff John McMahon promoted Shannon to Undersheriff in 2018, he duties include managing the department’s annual budget, recommending and reviewing proposed organizational changes with the Sheriff.  Shannon determines appropriate staffing levels and priorities. He evaluates the objectives and effectiveness of all department divisions to ensure optimal success in crime prevention and enforcement efforts. California State University San Bernardino and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from California Baptist University.  He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and the California State Sheriffs Association.

Steve Russo

Steve Russo is a best-selling author, radio/TV host, professional drummer and communicator who has spoken in 35 states and 29 countries. He is a frequent speaker on middle school and high school campuses with his Choices assembly program. Steve is an advocate for youth and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Biola University. He’s also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. 

Vernita Todd

Vernita Todd joined Health Center Partners of Southern California in 2016. In her role as senior vice president, her priorities include developing actionable relationships among both elected officials and their staffs at all levels of government and ensuring members have a seat and a voice at the table for emerging policy discussions and issues impacting primary care with the California Primary Care Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers. Todd is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers, and in 2014, she won its Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award. Previously, Vernita served 10 years as CEO of the Heart City Health Center in Elkhart, Indiana, and is the President/Founder of the Human Capital Group, which works with nonprofit organizations in strategic planning and change management. During her tenure as CEO of Heart City Health Center, Todd sat on numerous boards, most recently as chair of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, vice chair for Oaklawn Psychiatric Center and board member for Goshen Hospital.  Vernita holds a master's degree of business administration from Davenport University, a master's degree in organizational communication and behavior and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Murray State University, KY. Vernita is also Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).