Previous Interviews

Tuesday, April 21 - Colonel Billy Pope '01
Colonel Pope, United States Air Force, is the Chief of the Future Operations Division at the Headquarters for United States Cyber Command.

Friday, April 24 - James Fallows
Redlands native James Fallows is a staff writer at The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the 2018 book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which was a national best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.

Tuesday, April 28 - Laurie Harting 
Laurie Harting '90 is a graduate of the School of Business and currently serves as the President and CEO Dignity Health, Greater Sacramento Division.

Thursday, April 30 - Eileen Mason '65
Interviewed by Dr. Joseph Modica, Incoming Director of the University of Redlands School of Music
Eileen Mason '65 had a successful decades-long career as a professional harpist, holding the principal role with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra before retiring in 2002.

Tuesday, May 5 - John Lansville '94
Interviewed by Geoff Roche, Tennis Director at the University of Redlands
John Lansville is the Team Lead for Professional Tennis at the International Tennis Federation which is based in London. Previously he was the Director of the U.S. Tennis Association's National Training Center, directing player development operations at the National Training Centers in California and New York. He also oversaw the USTA's Player Services department and was the deputy tournament director for the US Open Jr. Championships.

Thursday, May 7 – Jim Messina
A friend of the university, Messina is a political adviser who was the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011 and served as the campaign manager for Obama's successful 2012 re-election campaign - called "the best run-campaign ever" by Google chairman Eric Schmidt. He is currently CEO of The Messina Group, where he advises presidents and prime ministers on six continents as well as some of the world's largest corporations.

Tuesday, May 12 – Representative Pete Aguilar ’01 
Pete Aguilar ‘01 represents the 31st Congressional District of California. He was most recently re-elected in 2018 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. In the 116th Congress, Rep. Aguilar holds the leadership positions of Whip of the New Democrat Coalition and Chief Deputy Whip in the House Democratic Caucus. Representative Aguilar previously served as the Mayor of Redlands.

Wednesday, May 13  - Eric Bridgeland, new Head Coach of University of Redlands Men’s Basketball
Interviewed by Mitch McClellan, Radio host for KMET 1490AM
Eric Bridgeland arrives at Redlands as an esteemed NCAA Division III men’s basketball coach with 20 years of head coaching experience.  Most recently, he led the Whitman College (WA) Blues to three Northwest Conference (NWC) titles and six runner-up finishes while also qualifying for the NCAA tournament each of the past five years. Prior to coaching at Whitman, he served as the head coach at the University of Puget Sound (WA) for five seasons, leading the Loggers through a stretch of three consecutive NWC titles, three NCAA appearances, and a No. 8 national ranking. Overall, Bridgeland has coached one national player of the year, 12 All-Americans, six conference MVPs, and 40 all-conference selections.  He also sent another student-athlete to the NBA combine as one of only five Division III players to be invited in the history of the league.

Thursday, May 14 - Christine Essel '79
Christine Essel has been the President and CEO of Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) since 2013. As president, she sets the strategic direction and priorities for the organization, overseeing programming, communications, member services and public policy. Prior to joining SCG, Essel held leadership roles in the government, corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, including the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and Paramount Studios, where she has shaped legislation and public and corporate policy.

Tuesday, May 19 - Steve Moretti '96
Interviewed by Dr. Joseph Modica, Director of the University of Redlands School of Music. 
Drummer/percussionist/producer Steve Moretti is a two time Grammy Award nominee and winner of two Telly Awards. Steve has had an extensive recording career playing on over 30 nationally released recordings and made his movie debut playing live in the 2014 Clint Eastwood film, “Jersey Boys.”

Steve is co-founder, President & CEO for Macon Pops, an innovative pops orchestra he created in his hometown of Macon, GA with his long-time collaborator, conductor/performer/arranger Matt Catingub. He also has a production company, Morettiman Music, which works with a wide range of projects and artists representing several musical genres. More about Steve can be found at

Thursday, May 21 - John Olguin '87
Sr. VP of Marketing & Communications, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, former VP of Public Relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Interviewed by Jeff Martinez, Director of Athletics

Tuesday, May 26 – Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell '90 
Interviewed by Scott Randolph, Department Chair of Business Administration and Management at the University of Redlands

Eugene "Mitch" Mitchell '90 is vice president of legislative and external affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities.   Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities and oversees external affairs activities for SDG&E; he is also a very active and involved member of the community.

Thursday, May 28 - Chuck Wilke '64 and Brian Murphy '04 (VIDEO COMING SOON)
Interviewed by Thomas Horan, Dean of the School of Business 

Chuck Wilke '64 is the Founder and Managing Director at Meridian Capital. As a founding principal of Meridian Capital, Chuck has more than 20 years of experience in CEO-level operating positions. Before Founding Meridian Capital in 1995, he was president and CEO of Raleigh USA Bicycle Company, where he was responsible for the major restructuring of the business, including several M&A transactions.

Brian Murphy is President and Managing Director at Meridian Capital and also leads the firm’s Aerospace & Defense and Diversified Industrials practice groups. Over the course of his 15-year investment banking and strategic consulting career, Brian has advised clients across an assortment of industry segments, including aerospace, manufacturing and distribution, consumer products, technology, and telecommunications.

Tuesday, June 2 - Diane Adams '82 (VIDEO COMING SOON)
Interviewed by Professor Heather King of the Department of English

Diane Adams '82 is the author of two books with Chronicle Books (Love Is, and Two Hands To Love You), and three books with Peachtree Publishers (Zoom!, I Can Do It Myself, and I Want To Help). Love Is was featured in the Washington Post and chosen as an Amazon Book of the Year for 2017. Her books have been translated into 6 languages including Dutch, Korean, Japanese, French Canadian, and Chinese. Adams has also illustrated a book for The National Wildlife Refuge, entitled A Home for Salty.

Adams recently retired as Professor of Children's Literature and Expository Writing at CSU San Bernardino. She has six Board Books being released in 2021 Penguin Viking Books.