2019-20 Club Vision & Leadership Induction

Start time 2019-07-03 07:30
Finished Time 2019-07-03 09:00
Address 3 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, CA 92612

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Irvine Rotary 2019-20 President presents vision and leadership team

We are pleased to present Rotary Club of Irvine’s 2019-20 leadership team and service vision for the next Rotary year.

About President Sheila Steinberg

Irvine Rotary’s new president, Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, is Professor of Social and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee and at Brandman University, Irvine, CA.  Sheila joined the Rotary Club of Irvine in 2013 after serving as a Rotary leader for 12 years in the Rotary Club of Arcata and Rotary Club of Orange.  At Irvine Rotary, Sheila has been instrumental in leading youth and vocational service programs, receiving the Outstanding Supporter of Prevention award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition for her work in support of teens in the community.

In addition to her Rotary leadership, Sheila was President of Arcata Economic Development Corporation (2009-2010) for which she also was a Board member from 2005 to 2011. Other Board roles include LatinoNet, Humboldt Couny, CA (2009-2010) and University Center Board of Directors, Humboldt State University (2010-2011).

She joined Brandman University in 2013, where she teaches courses related to social and environmental sciences. Dr. Steinberg conducts research that focuses on space and place- and how research can benefit communities and the people who live there. Steinberg is committed to conducting applied research and encourages her students to use research to make a difference and to improve society through creating evidence-based policy based on sound research.  

Dr. Steinberg is also a prolific author and researcher. Her research focuses on the relationship of people, space and place using a diversity of research methods. In 2015, she co-authored a book entitled GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives for Esri Press and has co-authored a book for Sage Publications entitled, GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place(2006). Steinberg co-edited Extreme Weather, Health and Communities: Interdisciplinary Engagement Strategies for Springer Press (2016).

In 2016 she was invited as the keynote speaker at the European Sociological Association (ESA) Qualitative Methods Research Network Conference in Krakow, Poland. Prior to joining Brandman University, Dr. Steinberg led the California Center for Rural Policy as the director of Community Research and led the Master’s Program in Public Sociology for Humboldt State University. She now lives in Southern California with her husband and son and enjoys studying the intersection of culture, people and place.

The 2019-20 Board will be comprised of the following Rotary leaders:

President-Elect: Harish Murthy

Immediate Past President: Beth Fujishige

Secretary: Sandra Dunkin

Treasurer: Dr. Ray Benedicktus

Chair, Club Service: Felix Trihn

  • Director, Programs: Caecilia Gotama
  • Director, Public Relations: Joe Alvarez

Chair, Community Service: Simten Cekicer

Chair, Youth Service:  Joseph Molina

Chair, Vocational Service: Dr. V. Seshan

Chair, International Service: Alex Ureche

Sargent-at-Arms: Rick Topping

Chair, Membership: Cedric Campbell

Chair, Rotary Foundation: James Johnson

President, Irvine Rotary Foundation: Woody Jones



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