Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California's 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove in Orange County. She began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Sanchez is the leading voice in Congress for women in the military. She is founder and co-chair of the Women in the Military Caucus and is the highest ranked female on the Armed Services Committee. Rep. Sanchez fought to allow female service members to serve in combat roles and she has implemented significant measures to fight sexual assault in the military, successfully updating outdated sexual assault provisions in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, originally enacted in 1950, in order to grant additional survivors' rights. She also legislated to implement a sexual assault database in the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law No: 110-417.
A recognized leader on military and national security issues, Rep. Sanchez is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. She currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, where she is working to prepare our Armed Forces for a new generation of security challenges. On the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, Rep. Sanchez focuses on Army and Air Force acquisition programs and weapons systems, along with the Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs and National Guard issues. Rep. Sanchez is also a senior member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where she served as Ranking Member during the 112th Congress. Rep. Sanchez was appointed by Leader Pelosi to the prestigious Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
In Congress, Rep. Sanchez is a leader in securing America's borders. A strong advocate for border security, she frequently appears on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, and other national media outlets to discuss the importance of economic development and trade along the U.S.-Mexico border and ports of entry. She frequently meets with the Homeland Security Secretary and other national security officials to provide guidance on critical issues, including combating human, weapons, and drug trafficking and ensuring interagency cooperation on national security issues.
Rep. Sanchez is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Blue Dog Coalition, the New Democrat Coalition, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She is also co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea. She was appointed by Leader Pelosi to serve on the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a bipartisan, bicameral committee that continually monitors matters relating to the US economy, including unemployment, foreclosures, and interest rates. Congresswoman Sanchez strongly supports small businesses and is founder and co-chair of the Small Business Information Technology (IT) Caucus. Last year, Congresswoman Sanchez founded the Regulatory Review Caucus, which she co-chairs.
A product of public schools and Head Start, Sanchez is a graduate of Chapman University and American University's MBA program. Prior to serving in Congress, Sanchez worked in the financial markets, with firms including Booz Allen Hamilton and Fieldman Rolapp, she currently serves as a member of the Chapman's Board of Trustees.
Joann Leatherby is dedicated to education, the arts and disadvantaged children. Joann has been an active member of Chapman’s Board of Trustees since 1994, chair of the school’s Advancement Committee and was the 2012 Gala Chair for the American Celebration, which features live song and dance entertainment accompanied by a live orchestra that is all provided by more than 100 Chapman students.
Leatherby has been a huge supporter of Chapman University for decades and played a key role in providing an extensive vision for Chapman’s future. She has also spearheaded the campaign to build Leatherby Libraries and create the Chapman Plan, which has led to increased institutional support for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Joann also supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pacific Symphony and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She also co-founded Casa de Amma, an apartment community fostering growth and independence in adults with special needs.
Dr. Ann Gordon, Associate Professor of Political Science, Associate Dean, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director, The Ludie and David Henley Social Science Research Laboratory.
Dr. Gordon specializes in research methods, women and politics, political communication, voting behavior and public opinion. She is co-editor of Anticipating Madam President (Lynne Rienner, 2002), author of Playing Politics: An Active Learning Approach to American National Government (McGraw-Hill, 2004) and co-author of When Stereotypes Collide: Race, Gender, and Videostyle in Congressional Campaigns (Peter Lang, 2005).
Dr. Gordon was the first person to publish a scholarly book on the prospects for a woman president. Her work has been recognized nationally, she received the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (co-recipient), “When Stereotypes Collide: Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Videostyle in Congressional Campaigns.” Additional recognition includes the Goldsmith Research Award, Kennedy School of Government, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University, 1999.
She is the Founding Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center, Chapman University, 2011- present, was the Founding Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Chapman University, 2008-2011 and serves as a mentor and advisor to students pursuing research as the Director of The Ludie and David C. Henley Social Sciences Research Laboratory.
Dr. Gordon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, her Master of Arts degree from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Nina LeNoir - Professor, Chair, Department of Theatre , College of Performing Arts
Nina LeNoir received her MFA in directing and PhD in theatre history/criticism from The University of Texas at Austin. She has BA in chemistry from Hollins College and an AOS degree in acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY.
As a scholar, her dissertation, The Contribution of the Theatrical Past to Performance in the Future, explored early uses of the Internet and World Wide Web as mediums for performances. She has published essays on the topic in two books, Audience Participation: Essays on Inclusion in Performance and Theatre in Cyberspace, and contributed an essay to Bradley University's centennial publication, The University as Learning Community. She has also published on directing and dramaturgy in Theatre Symposium. She has presented papers on a wide variety of topics such as assessment in theatre education, directing pedagogy, mentoring faculty, and the status of women directors in professional theatre.
As an academic administrator, Dr. LeNoir was Interim President of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, and previous to that role, was the Director of Instruction. She served on the faculty of Minnesota State University as Associate Professor and Head of Performance, and as Assistant Professor at Bradley University.
She has been active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), holding several offices: Member at Large-Operations on the Governing Council, Directing Focus Group Representative, Conference Planner, and Graduate Student Representative. She served on the Professional Development Committee, Marketing Committee, Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Conferences.