Tom Cesarini, PhDChief Business Officer
Tom Cesarini, PhD
Chief Business Officer
Tom Cesarini has held numerous roles in the nonprofit sector and has served as a longtime volunteer in San Diego’s Italian community. Tom holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. He is also chief executive and lead consultant of Social Sector Consulting, which provides a host of services to nonprofit-sector organizations.
Tom’s academic interests include the fields of group relations; adult development; cultural and ethnic studies; film and society; nonprofit-sector trends; Emergent Leadership Theory; Integral Theory; and the philosophical and ethical components of leadership.
As a volunteer in the Italian community, Tom has helped to promote Italian arts, culture, and heritage for numerous local Italian cultural organizations. Noting an absence of a singular point of reference for San Diego’s myriad Italian groups, he founded Convivio Society for Italian Humanities in 2003 and the Italian Historical Society of San Diego in 2006 with the express goal of establishing an Italian cultural institute in San Diego in partnership with academia and other civic and business groups. Tom’s publications include books on the history of San Diego’s Little Italy and the city’s once-vital fishing industry.
Delfin Merlan, EdDLeadership
Delfin Merlan, EdD
It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as an Adjunct-Faculty member with SET. My name is Dr. Delfin B. Merlan. I attained a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership, Masters in Psychology, and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and Sciences. I have 20 plus years of diverse experiences ranging from public, private, government, and non-profit organizations with a history of developing high performing leaders and teams, which is my area ofexpertise.
Happily married for 17 years to Laura McGuire, with a child, Max Merlan, and dog, Paddie; we strive to live a purpose driven life by helping others. We formed a non-profit organization, Authentic Learning Experiences in 2011, to provide leadership development and training for the underserved communities. As an adjunct-faculty member with several universities the past 4 years focusing on the following: Leadership, Team Development, Management, Research, Strategic Planning and Design; it has been a great experience mentoring, coaching and guiding students through the learning process. The best contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be on campus from 10:00 am. – 12:30 pm. Looking forward to an exciting term learning!
Kevin Petti, PhDMiramar College
Kevin Petti, PhD
Kevin Petti, Ph.D., is a dual U.S./Italian citizen, a college professor, a textbook coauthor, and president-emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.
Dr. Petti teaches anatomy and physiology, human dissection, and health science at San Diego Miramar College, where he is a full professor. Dr. Petti also leads educationally orientated programs to Italy that focus on the genesis of anatomy as a science and its influence on the Renaissance masters. His visits are academically based, and participants range from anatomy professors pursuing continuing education, to study abroad programs for San Diego State University.
He is invited to speak about the connection between art and anatomy in medieval and Renaissance Italy at international conferences, museums, and Italian-American groups, as well as universities throughout North America and Europe. The Italian government has invited him to speak at their Cultural Institutes in Los Angeles and New York City, and The University of Palermo in Sicily, hosted Dr. Petti for a week as a guest lecturer in their seminar series celebrating its 210th anniversary.
Melanie Dellas, MAMuseum of Man
Melanie Dellas, MA
Museum of Man
Melanie Dellas is the Collections Assistant/Curator for the San Diego Museum of Man, lovingly caring for more than 300,000 archival and ethnographic objects. She is also a board member for Southern Atelier/Academy of Classical Arts & Humanities. Melanie has co-curated an exhibit for the San Diego History Center titled, Our History, Our Neighborhoods, with her focus being Little Italy; and most recently, Monsters! for the San Diego Museum of Man. She has also written a series of books on mythological creatures from cultures around the world titled, Fantastic, Fabulous Creatures & Beasts. Prior to this, she started her own publishing company with two magazines: Native American Casino and San Diego Performer, which she ran for 10 years, earning the “Best Publication Award” from the American Gaming Association. Melanie is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in professional writing and editing, and the University of San Diego where she earned her master’s in history.
Visit Melanie’s Web site at www.mythological-creatures.com.
Kimber Quinney, PhDCal State San Marcos
Kimber Quinney, PhD
Cal State San Marcos
Kim Quinney is a full-time Lecturer in the History Department at the California State University, San Marcos, where she teaches courses on immigration, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, and modern Europe. She previously taught at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She has an M.A. in international relations from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in history from UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Quinney has spent two years researching in Italy, first as a student enrolled in the Nitze School’s program in Bologna, and then as a Fulbright Scholar in Pisa. Her work has focused on fascism, and her doctoral thesis examines the lackluster U.S. and British efforts to purge fascists from high-ranking positions in postwar Italy. In recent years, her focus has shifted to the relationship between U.S. foreign policy toward Italy and the domestic policies toward Italian immigrants during World War II and the early Cold War era.
Burak Dogan, MSc|MBAYildiz Technical University
Burak Dogan, MSc|MBA
Yildiz Technical University
Burak describes himself a puzzle solver. Give him any problem and enjoy watching how he brings a new approach to create success. Burak has a Master’s Degree in Engineering (M.Sc.) from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, and he also has an MBA degree received in the US. He received the Young Scientist Award in Humbolt Kolleg 2013 for his Master’s degree studies.
Burak started programming in high school and since then he has been creating amazing and innovative web and software applications. Prior to moving to USA, he was a Chief Design Engineer, responsible for communicating with the government and international audit firms for a tunnel that goes under the Bosphorus strait and connects two continents – while developing complex software. As well, he managed servers, built web and mobile applications, managed start-ups, consulted e-commerce websites, and enjoyed all of the successful launch parties. Web, software, and mobile application development are a passion for Burak; you can find him participating in software related meetups as a guest to keep up the latest technology or as a presenter to share some knowledge with the community.
Joseph V. Raffa, EdDUC Center for Integrative Medicine
Joseph V. Raffa, EdD
UC Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Joe Raffa has 25 years of experience in leadership, executive management, and consulting/education – with special expertise in Health & Human Services and Business & Strategic development. His doctoral dissertation explored the leadership and culture dynamics of cancer research. He served as Executive Director of the San Diego County Cancer Navigator to provide resources to patients, families, and caregivers; and currently serves on the Advisory Board of UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine – two examples of entrepreneurial spirit in the nonprofit sector.
Other affiliations include:
- Director, San Diego/Imperial Counties Office of Cancer Control
- Consultant and Board Member/Chairman, Walden Family Services
- Vice President, Ideal Manufacturing Company, N.Y.
He earned a doctorate in Education (Leadership Studies) from the University of San Diego, a Master of Science in Industrial Management from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pratt Institute.
In 1984 Dr. Raffa was a project manager directing a Department of Defense global performance data system that was successful at discovering causal factors in strategic weapon system failures. After his wife’s cancer diagnosis and based on the lack of data to make informed decisions, he became intrigued with the potential to improve cancer systems to support patients and their doctors in making treatment decisions. His vision was a national cancer data resource which was partially realized in 1996 with the development of the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) by the College of Surgeons with funding support from the American Cancer Society.
Honors include the distinction of ‘Knighthood’ from the Republic of Italy for his leadership in advancing research and collaboration; and the ARCOM (Army Commendation Medal) as US Army Captain/Chief Instructor with U.S. Army School Europe, where he directed computer and management training.
- It Takes a Village to Cure a Cancer: The Role of Community in Cancer Care
UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine Oncology conference 2013 with Dr Gordon Saxe.
- Our Common Cause
Komen for the Cure Regional Meeting, 2007.
- Annual Report of San Diego County Cancer Navigator Outcomes
County Board of Supervisors, San Diego CA, 2005.
- Community Outreach for Design of the Cancer Navigator Web Portal
American Cancer Society, 2004.
- The California Cancer Reporting System Model
Women’s Health Conference, University of Brescia, Italy, 2001.
- System Specifications for System of Care Information Systems
Project Heartbeat, submitted by team members chaired by J. Raffa, Ed.D., to San Diego County, Health and Human Services, 1999.
- Clashing Cultures or Collaborating Networks: A Study of Organization Culture in the Breast Cancer Prevention Community
Doctoral Dissertation, 1997.
- Constituent Data Base Management Master Plan
University of California, San Diego, Development and University Relations, 1993.
- Assessment of the Feasibility of International Data Networking
Programs of Preventive Medicine and Prospects for Cooperation, Venice, Italy, 1990.
- Master Strategic Plan for Replication of Statewide Cancer Reporting in California
UCSF Cancer Research Institute, 1989.