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Anabel Ednave-Bui, Associate Director, specializes in assisting local education agencies in the utilization of Mello-Roos Community Facilities and currently manages more than 60 Community Facilities Districts and their related debt. Prior to joining Dolinka Group, Anabel conducted compliance audits on public works projects. Anabel is multilingual and can conduct business in Tagalog and Vietnamese. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Saint Columban College, Philippines. Andrea Straessle, Administrative Assistant, brings over ten (10) years of customer service and administrative support experience to Dolinka Group. Andrea comes to us with experience in the wealth management, home warranty, and advertising/marketing industries with a background in accounting and contract administration. Andrea holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Hope International University. Andrea Sullivan, Associate Director, has served over 16 years as a school facilities planning professional. Recently as the Director of Facilities Planning and Maintenance & Operations for Orange County Department of Education, she was responsible for daily operations, maintenance as well as planning, funding and constructing facilities. Ms. Sullivan has served as a liaison between local school districts, county offices of education and numerous state agencies. Ms. Sullivan holds a B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. Andrew Bishop, Associate Director, has provided financial, demographic, and cartographic services to over 75 LEAs since 2005. His areas of expertise include: Special Assessments, Developer Fee Analyses, Geographic Information Systems, and Demographic Analysis. Andrew holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ann Feng-Gagne, Executive Director, is one of the key members of Dolinka Group and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the financing and demographic services provided by the firm. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2001, Ann has assisted local education agencies with the following services: master plans/funding programs, property negotiations, formation and administration of CFDs and assessment districts, redevelopment, OPEB funding, and GO bond campaigns and issuances. Ann holds a B.S. in Policy Analysis/Management from Cornell University. Benjamin Dolinka, President/CEO, focuses on creating new financial and demographic services, identifying potential public-public and private-public partnerships, and establishing long-term client relationships. For over two decades, Benjamin has also collaborated with various vendors and organizations throughout the country to find the best solutions for LEAs in their facilities planning needs. His efforts have resulted in the timely funding and construction of scores of facilities for LEAs across the State of California. Benjamin holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Blake Boehm, Associate Director, provides a wide range of financial expertise to LEAs throughout the State of California. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2005, Blake has assisted LEAs in all aspects of capital facilities planning and financing. Blake has utilized his background in bond finance to help numerous LEAs develop and implement strategic bond solutions for their capital facilities needs. Blake holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from San Diego State University. Darrin R. Watters, Executive Director, served 16 years as a classroom teacher, coach, site administrator, and district-level administrator. Prior to joining Dolinka Group, Darrin served as an Assistant Superintendent of Business, where he oversaw a $173 million budget and managed a number of departments including fiscal services, facilities, food services, and maintenance and operations. At Dolinka Group, Darrin assists with leading various financing projects, including redevelopment negotiations. These negotiations help school districts receive millions of dollars in underpayments each year. Darrin holds valid California teaching and administrative credentials. David Lopez, Associate Director, brings more than 20 years of experience managing project teams in the client services industry. At Dolinka Group, David specializes in assisting local education agencies in the utilization of CFDs and has participated in the formation and bond issuance for several CFDs. In addition to assisting clients in the negotiation of mitigation terms, David currently manages over 50 CFDs and $700 Million of related debt. David holds a bachelor's degree in American History from the University of California, Berkeley. Heather Hagopian, Senior Director, has audited over 260 redevelopment project areas, and assists education agencies with redevelopment project area identification, revenue projections, reporting, negotiations to recover underpayments, and leveraging of redevelopment revenues via the issuance of bonds. Heather also tracks legislation relating to redevelopment, as well as case law and Attorney General Opinions. Heather holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from San Diego State University. Jeffrey Mizokawa, Associate Director, provides capital facilities funding and debt financing services, and has helped education agencies resolve millions of dollars in tax sharing discrepancies with redevelopment agencies. Jeffrey has been instrumental in facilitating communication with multiple state and city agencies, notably the California Community College Chancellor's Office and the California State Controller's Office. Jeffrey holds a B.S. in Finance/Marketing from the University of Southern California. Jesse Landre, Associate Director, worked in both the real estate and mortgage industries before joining Dolinka Group where he specializes in assisting school districts form and administer CFDs. Jesse currently oversees the administration of over $16 million in annual special taxes and related debt. Jesse holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Jessi Vasile, Administrative Assistant, provides support to various consultants at Dolinka Group. Jessi specializes in creating client presentations as well as coordinating client meetings. She has also assisted on conferences and general obligation bond campaigns. Julie Goodson, Administrative Assistant, has experience in both private and public administration. Prior to joining Dolinka Group, Julie assisted in administering grant programs, implementing public outreach campaigns, preparing reports, drafting grant proposals, and conducting studies for more than 15 municipalities. Julie holds a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and has completed the Paralegal Studies Program at Riverside Community College. Justin Bjorgan, Associate Director, specializes in assisting local education agencies in the utilization of Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts, including all aspects of formation, bond issuance, secondary market disclosure, and administration. Since joining Dolinka Group in May 2006, Justin has participated in the formation and bond issuance for several CFDs and currently manages more than 44 CFDs and $1 billion of related debt. Justin holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Justin Rich, Associate Director, has worked with school districts throughout the State of California in all aspects of school facilities planning and strategy since he joined Dolinka Group in 2004. Justin specializes in preparing demographic analyses for his clients and has facilitated several attendance boundary processes, including the modeling of boundary scenarios and the oversight of committee and community meetings. Justin holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kayla Hoang, Research Analyst, supports Dolinka Group's multiple project teams by interfacing with public agencies and maintaining Dolinka Group's extensive proprietary database resources. Kayla maintains productive relationships with representatives of both county and local governments throughout California. Kayla is bilingual and can conduct business in Vietnamese. Larry Ferchaw, Senior Director, has assisted a wide range of LEAs identify the impact of new development, levy fees against such development, and plan for future school facilities. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2003, Larry has prepared various demographic and financial analyses and has assisted school districts that range in size from small, rural elementary school districts to the largest urban and suburban school districts in the State. Larry holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. Myles Brady, Associate, performs financial analyses to assist school districts throughout the State of California access capital facilities funding. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2012, Myles has assisted clients in the public financing process including multiple new-money and refunding issuances of general obligation bonds, lease revenue bonds, certificates of participation, bond anticipation notes, and other financing instruments. Myles graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with bachelor's degrees in Business-Economics and Anthropology. Nicole Jordan, Associate, has assisted multiple school districts throughout the State of California with various school facilities planning and demographic analyses. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2012, Nicole has concentrated on developer fee justification reports and geographic information systems projects. Nicole holds a B.S. in Statistics from San Diego State University. Rachel Chang, Associate Director, provides a range of financial advisory services including the issuances of general obligation bonds, bond anticipation notes, lease revenue bonds, certificates of participation, Mello-Roos community facilities district bonds and all other public finance financing vehicles. During her tenure with Dolinka Group, Rachel has successfully handled more than 60 financings totaling over $1.5 billion for school districts throughout the State of California. Rachel graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business Management. Steven Gald, Senior Director, brings an extensive background in finance and investment analyses, and local agency funding to each project he undertakes. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2002, Steven has assisted numerous school districts in meeting their facilities needs. These solutions have included the formation of over 80 CFDs, the issuance of almost $1 billion in related debt, and several school site acquisitions. Steven has also presented to governing boards and industry groups and facilitated community forums on subjects ranging from asset management to general obligation bonds. Steven holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Tyler Halstead, Associate, performs financial analysis and audits of redevelopment projects areas across California for various educational agencies. Since joining Dolinka Group in 2012, Tyler has been active in project area identification, data analysis, pass-through revenue projections, legal interpretations, and interfacing with public agencies throughout the State. Tyler holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University.