Board of Directors
Corona Chamber Officers of the Corporation
Chairman of the Board
Western States Financial
John has been married to Marlene for over 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.
Immediate Past Chairman
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.
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.
Angie Byars is the Plant Manager at 3M’s Industrial Mineral Products Corona facility. She recently moved to Corona from Minnesota with her husband, Richard, and their two sons, Liam (6) and Sean (1). Angie has spent the last 19 years working for 3M in Minnesota in various positions, supporting many businesses and products. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
3M is a global innovation company that turns ideas into ingenious products and solutions. Over the years, 3M innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. 3M produces more than 55,000 products and has operations all around the world. The 3M Industrial Mineral Products operation, located in Corona, produces roofing granules for asphalt roof shingle manufacturers in the west coast area. 3M Corona has been a long-standing supporter of the Corona-Norco United Way, the Corona-Norco Family YMCA, and the Corona-Norco Unified School System.
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.
Living Better 101
Jon Haratyk is the ‘Problem Solver’ & ‘Happiness Maker’ at Living Better 101, Inc. With a professional sports history combined with his entrepreneurial experience, he brings an attitude of winning to whatever is placed before him. His vast business skill set comes from owning and growing small businesses to building a large corporation.
With Jon’s understanding of business finance and the inner workings of business, along with his knowledge and understanding of credit, he has his own velvet hammer style he uses when dealing with creditors and credit bureaus that makes him truly an asset to Living Better 101. Jon’s belief that there is not a problem that cannot be solved, and no issue that cannot be dealt with is the reason our clients are finally able to LIVE BETTER – leaving their past in the past.
Jon can be found on the golf course, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or attending local community events. He is happiest spending time with his partner, in life and business, as they juggle a family of nine children and eleven grandchildren.
Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
Family law attorney Kristen Holstrom is sharp, dynamic, and compassionate. At the age of 16, Kristen went to work for her prestigious father, Dayn Holstrom, where she started learning the complexities of family law at a young age. Kristen attended Jacksonville University in Florida with a full scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 soccer. During her time there, Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Economics. After college, Kristen returned to California, earned her Juris Doctorate from Trinity Law School, and passed the California State Bar Exam.
At Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, Kristen is the Assistant Managing Partner. Following in her father Dayn Holstrom's footsteps, Kristen has quickly become a well-known and respected attorney in the legal community. In addition to her role of Assistant Managing Partner, Kristen is also in charge of our new client intake team, assists with marketing, and manages her own caseload. Kristen is deeply valued by her clients for her creative legal strategy, aggressive nature, and unwavering loyalty. Her specialties include divorce, child custody, spousal support, child support, restraining orders and related family law issues.
Kristen is heavily involved in the local community, works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Inland Empire, and is an active member of The Barristers Club of Riverside, the Corona Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Bar Association, and The Riverside County Bar Association. One of her many accomplishments includes being recognized by the Corona Chamber of Commerce as one of the 40 Under 40 Best & Brightest in 2016 for her talent and management skills as a young advocate. She has also been recognized as a 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star. The annual Rising Stars list is compiled based on peer reviews, statewide surveys, and independent research. Kristen was one of no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers statewide to be recognized with this award.
In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, watching football and the outdoors. Never to shy away from visiting new places for weekend getaways, Kristen and her husband religiously ensure they are able to catch all of the Green Bay Packer NFL games, wherever they are.
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.
American National Manufacturing, Inc.
(800) 854-6295 x1029
Chad Miller is the Director of Contract Manufacturing at American National Manufacturing. Having grown up in a family manufacturing business since the 1970’s, Chad has been exposed to manufacturing, industrial materials and fabrics literally all of his life.
At a young age Chad worked alongside his parents, Craig and Evedean, and older brother, Craig Jr., in all aspects of the business. Chad started out with drilling holes is polyester fiber for water mattresses. He worked in production, inventory, shipping and receiving, then as he continued to grow in his education through high school and eventually college. After gaining first-hand knowledge of manufacturing operations, Chad began working in areas of administration. Chad’s parents rotated his work load to include the credit department, account payable, accounts receivable and eventually marketing and sales.
Chad’s mother and brother focused on growing American National’s sleep surfaces business in the consumer and medical fields, which grew to over 100 employees. Chad’s father found a need in the contract medical manufacturing area. He had an opportunity to open a Contract Manufacturing business, but needed Chad’s help. Chad, now armed with years of college education and his 15 years of experience in manufacturing under his belt, opened a contact manufacturing business in 1997. The company, Plas-Tech Sealing Technologies, LLC. Plas-Tech offered manufacturing services of RF/Dielectric Sealing and Commercial Sewing, mainly to the medical, safety and consumer products industries.
Starting out with just 2 employees, Chad and his father grew the business to have over 45 employees and $3 million in sales over a 13-year period. Then in in June of 2010, the family decided to merge the 2 companies together and now share an 80,000 sq. ft. building and have over 150 employees and multiple manufacturing and assembly locations, including California, Missouri and Mexico. This merger allowed both companies to become more efficient, to have greater capabilities and offered a much better buying power in through their supply chain.
Chad has helped the company to grow the Contract Manufacturing Division to new sales records and has won numerous awards including, Corona Chamber’s Manufacturer of the Quarter in 2013, Runner up for The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award (2016), recognition by the California State Senate, California State Assembly and from the City of Corona.
In addition to Chad’s successes for the company, Chad is also an inventor and has filed 2 patents. He has expertise in assisting his customers in the filing of their own patents to protect their products as well.
Chad currently serves on the Legislative Action Committee for his local Chamber of Commerce and has served since it’s inception over 9 years ago. He also serves on the Industrial Fabrics Association’s Exhibitor Advisory Committee.
Chad is married and has 2 stepdaughters and a son with his wife, Janette.
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.