Board of Directors
Corona Chamber Officers of the Corporation
Chairman of the Board
Donald E. Garling, Sr.
Lifetime Vinyl Fence Fabricators, Inc.
Don was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Anaheim California when he was five
years old. He was fortunate to spend his summers as a young boy with his family in Columbus. Don moved to Corona in 1990. Following high school Don began his 30 plus years in education. While working he became a reserve police officer for the city of Anaheim and continued his education to become a police officer in the city of Tustin. Don was offered a job back in education in 1985 at Brea Olinda Unified School District; he retired as an Administrator in 2002. Don retired from the school district to devote his time and energy to his vinyl fence company, Lifetime Fence Supply Inc. Fabricates vinyl material for approximately 125 contractors in Southern California and his staff installs fencing for large homeowners associations.Don met and married his wife Sally while both he and she were employed at Brea and they blended their family, his two sons and her two daughters in 1989. During Don’s tenure at Brea Olinda, the district built their new high school and Don was actively involved in the project which he is very proud of. Don and Sally have been blessed with four grandchildren, two boys, two girls, the oldest a student at Cypress college, the youngest a fifth grader at Wilson Elementary. Don has thoroughly enjoyed his community involvement with the Corona Chamber of Commerce where he holds the position of First Chairman Elect. He is on the Governing Board of the Corona Regional Medical center , a board member of Circle City Rotary, Corona Norco Family YMCA, President of the Eagle Glen Homeowners association and a Subject Matter Expert for the California State Contractors License Board in Sacramento. He feels very fortunate that he can give back to the community by supporting the many non profits in the community.
Western States Financial
John has been married to Marlene for 20 years and has one daughter, Courtney. He's lived in Corona-Norco for the past 40 years. John has been an active member of New Beginnings Community Church for the past 16 years, and served as a Deacon, Community Outreach Ministry Coordinator, Finance Committee, and on the Men’s Ministry Board.
He supports many local community organizations, including Corona Life Services, Forgotten Children and Crystal Roses. He founded Western States Financial 20 years ago to help families with their finances. John is an independent financial advisor, life insurance agent, speaker and debt negotiator. He helps business owners and families eliminate their debts, protect their assets and secure a safe retirement.
Board of Directors
Express Employment Professionals
Palbinder Badesha is the Riverside-Corona franchisee for Express Employment Professionals, an international full service staffing company. She opened in 2006 and since then, her team has been able to find jobs for over 6,000 residents with local businesses. Having survived the recession, Palbinder has grown sales by 60 percent since 2009. Most of their clients are in the manufacturing and distribution industries. Palbinder moved to Corona in 2002 from England where she worked for 17 years in local government and the non-profit charitable sector. Palbinder’s first job out of university was establishing a refuge for women fleeing domestic violence, she later went on to develop policies and projects to support homeless women. In her last position, Palbinder led a team which focused on building sustainable communities by ensuring that local people and businesses were partners in tackling high unemployment and urban deprivation. Palbinder was drawn to the employment field because she wanted a business which helped people and businesses succeed! She is passionate about giving back to her community and is active in the following organizations: Past President of Business Resource Connection, President of Corona-Norco United Way, NAWBO-IE member. Palbinder was a 2008 finalist in the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award and recipient of the Inland Empire Asian Business Association Entrepreneur Award 2012. She received the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award from the IMPACT Foundation. Palbinder is married to Baljeet Aujla and they are parents to Jeevan, 13 and Amarpreet, 19. They live in Corona.
Tom Brockman, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations of Fender USA will bring
the experience of manufacturing, as well diversity of locations and clientele. Perhaps best known for their Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, our Corona facility is also home to the Fender Custom Shop.
Tom has spent the last 40 years of his career pursuing his passions for manufacturing excellence and music. He studied Furniture Design at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and has worked for Ethan Allen Furniture and Bassett Furniture for the majority of his career. Tom also has a strong background in Lean Six Sigma and has received state recognition for his efforts in developing environmentally responsible manufacturing processes in both Pennsylvania and Vermont.
In January of 2013, after a long tenure working in all levels of the furniture industry, creating custom furniture, and struggling as a musician, he was finally able to merge these efforts together when he had the opportunity to Join Fender Musical Instruments as the Vice President of Operations at their Acoustic Custom Shop in New Hartford Connecticut. In 2014, the opportunity presented itself for him to transfer to their manufacturing operations in Corona, CA, where he is currently employed.
Tom currently resides in Murrieta, CA with his wife, Jan. They have three children, Julie, Becky, and Tom, who are located in Illinois, New York City, and Atlanta. Tom and Jan have had no difficulty in acclimating to the SoCal lifestyle and climate after moving from the Northeast Snow Belt.
Dr. Aimee French
French Medical Corp.
Dr. Aimee French, a graduate of UCLA Medical School, is a quadruple board certified
physician who opened her medical practice in Riverside and Corona in 2013. She is
the local Inland Empire Chairman for the American Lung Association and has helped in the planning committees for the Annual Lung Walk held each November. She has aided in the Lung Expo that was held May 2015 in Ontario, and in July 2015 Dr. French was the lead author for a research paper along with her colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Last year Dr. French was awarded the 2016 Best 40 under 40 by the Corona Chamber of Commerce.
Dart Container Corporation
Sean R. Kelley
Attorney Sean R. Kelley is the founder and managing attorney of Kelley Law. With a
focus in Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Corporation Formation and Corporate
Maintenance, Sean firmly believes that protecting and securing one's personal and professional legacy are the most important things a family can do.
Sean's approach to law is the same as his approach in life; that Family and Faith must be central. Building a business up from the ground or creating a Trust to pass on your legacy is about providing stability and financial independence for your family and passing that security into future generations.
Anthony Monteforte and his family have lived in the Inland Empire since 2001. Tony is currently the Human Resources Manager at 3M’s Industrial Mineral Products Corona facility. He has been employed with 3M for over 22 years in various capacities and several locations. 3M and Tony have been long-standing supporters of the Corona-Norco United Way, the Corona-Norco Family YMCA, and the Corona-Norco Unified School System. Prior to 3M, he served eight years as an Officer and Aviator in the United States Navy. Tony is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a graduate of Georgetown University.
Dr. Bryan Reece
Family: Wife, Kathi; three daughters
Education: Received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in political science from USC
Experience: Vice president of instruction at Crafton Hills College since 2013, worked as administrator and professor at Cerritos College from 1991 to 2013
Norco College’s new president is a familiar face in Inland education circles. Bryan Reece took over as leader of the 13,000-student college Jan. 3. The 53-year-old Murrieta resident has served as vice president of instruction at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa for 3 1/2 years.
“To work in the community I know and love feels like a gift,” Reece said. The Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Reece’s selection on Dec. 13. District Chancellor Michael Burke recommended Reece for the job, describing him in a news release as an “impressive community college leader with an outstanding record of academic leadership in higher education.”
Reece worked at Cerritos College from 1991 to 2013, where he held two dean positions, served as academic senate president and taught political science. His goals at Norco include forging closer ties with local school districts to build enrollment. “Some students think college is not for them,” he said. “We need to get them onto campus and show them there are so many routes that can improve their quality of life.” He also wants to strengthen efforts to increase college success for historically underserved communities, including low-income and immigrant students.
“It’s not just growing to get bigger,” Reece said. “It‘s growing to raise the level of education in the region. When you raise the level of education, economic development and social and cultural development increase.”
Jan Steiner, owner of Thoro Packaging, has accomplished growth of a business initially started by her father. A unique and specialized folding carton packaging manufacturer, Jan and her professional team provide clients with top quality, effective packaging that is the envy of all competitors. Well-known and respected throughout multiple organizations, Jan has capitalized on her knowledge, experience and common sense. Her company continues to grow and expand here in Corona.
Liasion for NAVSEA
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division
Jennifer Stewart serves as the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) representative for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. As the ORTA, Jennifer Stewart acts as a broker, connecting Corona Division’s scientists and engineers with academia and industry for technology transfer. Stewart, a graduate of California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif., joined NSWC Corona’s Product Engineering Assessment Department in 2003.
Corona Division received its Federal Laboratory designation on Jan. 26, 2010. In December 2012, Stewart left Product Engineering Assessment Department to head up the ORTA position full time as the technology transfer officer. In addition to serving as ORTA, Stewart supports the Federal Lab Consortium as the Far West Regional Coordinator. The Far West Region is home to over 200 laboratory facilities with research and development (R&D) areas such as energy, aerospace and defense.