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Organizational Leadership Alumnus and Institutional Management AlumnI Join Board of Visitors

Leo Mallette

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is pleased to welcome Dr. Leo A. Mallette, alumnus of the doctor of education in organizational leadership program, to the Board of Visitors. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve my University,” stated Mallette. “The Board should play an important role in strengthening our position of helping prepare students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of people.”

Mallette is a senior project engineer at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. He provides technical and programmatic support for spacecraft programs, following 30 years in project management of satellite systems at the Boeing (formerly Hughes Aircraft) Company. Mallette is nationally known for his expertise in quartz and atomic frequency sources for space systems. He is senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a board member of the Society of Educators and Scholars, a member of the advisory board for the Precise Time and Time Interval Conference, and is the program chairman for their 2010 conference.

Mallette has published over 60 conference and peer-reviewed journal articles on atomic frequency standards, satellite systems, ground stations, optical detectors, root-cause investigation, publishing, organizational leadership, ethics, and genealogy. He received a Best Theoretical Paper award in 2004 for an article co-written with Kent Rhodes, visiting faculty member at GSEP; co-edited The SPELIT Power Matrix (2007) with June Schmieder-Ramirez, professor at GSEP; and is working on the book Writing for Conferences with GSEP student Clare Berger.

In addition, Mallette is an adjunct faculty member at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management, and participates on several GSEP doctoral committees. Mallette, who is active with the alumni chapters in Coachella Valley, received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a master of business administration from Pepperdine University.

“I like Pepperdine University because the classes simulate the work environment with teams,” Mallette said. “You learn to work together and create the best product with the resources allocated to you.”

Lydia Ledesma Reese

Dr. Lydia Ledesma-Reese, alumna of the doctor of education in institutional management program, also recently joined the GSEP Board of Visitors. Ledesma-Reese, an educational consultant, has previously worked privately and with firms such as Education Leadership Inc., that specialize in various realms of educational development. She has had experience taking part in staff development; management training; organizational development; and educational, vocational, and student service programs. She has also specialized in institutional and strategic planning, multicultural education and communication, and foundation and executive searches.

Ledesma-Reese is currently a volunteer in the community with foster youth and those less fortunate striving to get an education. A part of that education includes instilling in the youth the core GSEP values of service, purpose, and leadership: “What you do matters. How you do it matters. It is important to live a good life and always give back to the community.”

Over the years, Ledesma-Reese has stayed involved with the University. In addition to staying in touch with the chair of her dissertation committee, Dr. Diana Hiatt-Michaels, Ledesma-Reese has mentored two students working on their dissertations and participated in a dissertation committee. Ledesma-Reese’ efforts earned her the honor of becoming a GSEP Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.

“Based on my experience as a student, and in speaking with students and with other graduates, what makes GSEP so unique is the quality of education offered,” professed Ledesma-Reese. “The commitment of the faculty and staff to help students be successful is commendable. I hope that in through my role on the Board I will be able to contribute to the continuation of the excellent education offered in GSEP.”

Finally, GSEP is glad to welcome back Dr. Earnestine Thomas-Robertson, alumna of Seaver College and GSEP's doctor of education in institutional management program, for which she wrote her dissertation on "Globalizing in Community College Curricula."

Currently the president of the Los Angeles-Lusaka Sister City Committee, vice president of business relations for Born Ready Industries, Inc., and dean emeritus of Los Angeles Southwest College, Thomas-Robertson developed an interest in joining the Board because of "the opportunity to advance higher learning in international development and to aid the nation in diplomacy."

"I hope to promote intellect and knowledge of the global community, assist the University in institutional endeavors to improve the world, and help our nation better value the art of negotiation versus obliteration," Thomas-Robertson stated. "Education is the best investment you can make. Take the good that you have and run with it. Then duplicate yourself by mentoring someone who can catch your vision."

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