New Trustees Join Board

Board of Trustees

REDLANDS, CA (October 17, 2011) — Real estate development, business, education and energy are among the areas of expertise four new members bring to the University of Redlands Board of Trustees. Their three-year terms began July 1.

“This group of members brings a wealth of knowledge and different perspectives that will become invaluable to our board,” said Dr. James Appleton, University of Redlands president. “We are pleased to welcome new members and thrilled to have returning members to the University’s Trustee Board.”

New Trustees at the University this year include:

Dan Rendler

Dan Rendler, an MBA graduate of the School of Business at the University of Redlands, is the regional director of gas operations, south inland region for Southern California Gas Company. An active volunteer in the region, he is currently president of the board of directors for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. Rendler is a Reserve Police Officer, a member of the Disaster Council with the City of Redlands, and has served as race director for the Redlands Bicycle Classic the past two years.

Bradley Adams

Bradley Adams is managing director of acquisitions at Kennedy Wilson Multifamily, a division of the international real estate services and investment firm Kennedy Wilson. The 1993 alumnus majored in economics while at Redlands and received a master's degree in management from Willamette University. A resident of San Diego, Adams has throughout his career been responsible for the management of significant real estate investments and portfolios in the United States and Europe.

Sabine Robertson-Phillips

Sabine Robertson-Phillips joins the board as the 2009 University of Redlands Alumni Educator of the Year recipient, and has a distinguished career as an educator and administrator in public schools in Redlands. Earning her undergraduate degree and her teaching credential at the University of Redlands in 1992, Robertson-Phillips went on to complete both her master’s and doctoral degrees in leadership and administration at La Sierra University. She has also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Redlands, La Sierra University and Chapman University, and has extensive involvement in Redlands-area community volunteer activities.

Jim Schroeder

Jim Schroeder is chief executive officer and president of Mesa Energy Partners, LLC, and former co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Laramie Energy, LLC. A 1965 graduate in geology of the University of Redlands, Schroeder has worked as an exploration geologist and geophysicist in addition to his executive leadership positions at such companies as Pacific Lighting Corporation, NICOR Oil and Gas Corporation and Mesa Hydrocarbons. A resident of Colorado, Schroeder also serves on the board of directors for the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, and on the executive board of the Independent Petroleum Association of the Mountain States.

Debbie Heap and Roger Salazar return to the board after a one-year hiatus, each having completed nine years on the board in prior contiguous terms. Heap is a 1969 member of the founding class of the Johnston College at the University of Redlands, and returned to school years later to graduate in 1986 with her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Whitehead College. Heap served as associate vice president and financial adviser at Morgan Stanley in Burbank, has had her own financial services practice, and is a retirement planning specialist and a certified financial planner.

Salazar received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Redlands in 1991, and completed his master's degree at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in 1996. He has served as deputy press secretary to California Governor Gray Davis and is a co-founder of Acosta/Salazar, LLC, a political consulting firm in Sacramento. Salazar also served on the Clinton presidential transition team, and was an integral communications staff member of the White House team including coordinator roles in news analysis, specialty press and Hispanic news. Salazar was also deputy press secretary for the Gore 2000 campaign, and in 1999 was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Hispanic Business Magazine.

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