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Dr. Cozette M. White
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Dr. Cozette M. White is an acclaimed best-selling author, nationally recognized financial analyst and tax strategist, speaker and philanthropic who inspires individuals to live in purpose, embrace passion, and achieve personal greatness through a balance in work and life.

Dr. White has more than 20 years of experience in corporate America.  In her roles, she was responsible for the financial affairs of the organization and focused on a broad range of financial, operational, strategic and executive leadership issues impacting the organization.  During her tenure, Dr. White was instrumental in developing processes to ensure that Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) protocols were in compliance with company standards and were maintained within the business.

White has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of La Verne and her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Later Dr. White was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Philosophy Letters.

Dr. White’s advice has been called upon by ABC and FOX television stations.  She has been featured on the numerous radio shows, a recurring voice to millions making regular appearances in various national media outlets, including Black Enterprise, Forbes, Women of Wealth, Upscale, The Huffington Post, and countless newspapers across the country.  Women of Wealth dubbed White, “Wealth Builders Extraordinaire.” Recently Dr. White was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by President Barack Obama.

Education

University of La Verne – La Verne, CA
Master of Business Administration, 1996

Memberships
• Graduate Student Association, 1994-1996
• National Association of Accountants – Grad Chapter – 1990 – 1994
• National Association of MBA – LA Chapter – 1995 -1998
• American Management Association – 1995
• California Tax Education Council – (CRTP)

California State University, Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA
Bachelor of Science, 1990
Business Administration – Emphasis in Accounting

Memberships
• National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) – LA Student Chapter
• Student Union – CSU Rep
• Pan Hellenic Counsel – Chapter Representative
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc – Lamba Alpha Chapter – Spring 1987

Leadership
• National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) – 2 Term Scholarship Recipient
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc – Lamba Alpha Chapter –Treasurer

Awards/Merits
• NABA Scholarship Recipient – 1987 – 1989
• Outstanding EOP Counselor – 1988
• State Farm Insurance Scholarship Recipient – Spring 1988
• Who’s Who Award – 1988
• Outstanding Young Woman of America – 1988
• Leadership Fellows Award – 1988
• Walt Disney’s Certificate of Merit – 1997

Professional Organizations

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
Member since 1994

National MBA Association
Member since 1995

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Member since 1987

National Association of African Americans in Human Resources
Member since 2008

National Financial Planning Association
Member since 1994

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Dr. Tiffany M. Montgomery
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Dr. Tiffany Montgomery has been a Women’s Health Nurse since 2005.  Dr. Montgomery earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.S. in Nursing from San Jose State University and later received her M.S. in Nursing from CSU Dominguez Hills. She worked as a Labor & Delivery nurse for 5 1/2 years before broadening her focus to Obstetrics and Gynecology. Although she has been a nurse for just six short years, Tiffany has accomplished many great endeavors during this time. See more about Montgomery at www.tmontgomeryrn.com.

Education

University of California, Los Angeles
PhD in Nursing
Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow

Memberships
• Black Graduate Student Association, 2011
• Doctoral Students in Nursing Association, 2011
• Graduate Students Association, 2011
• Pan-African Nursing Students and Alumni Association, 2010-current

Leadership
• Pan-African Students and Alumni Association Recording Secretary, 2011

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator Program, 2010

Memberships
• Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Theta Chapter, 2008-2010

Leadership
• Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Induction Committee Chair, 2010

San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science, 2005
Nursing/African-American Studies Minor, 2005

Memberships
• Student Nurses of African Descent Association, 2003-2005
• Golden Key International Honour Society, 2003-2005
• College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, 2003-2005
• National Student Nurses’ Association, 2002-2005
• California Nursing Students’ Association, 2002-2005

Leadership
• African-American Commencement Committee Co-Chair, 2005
• Golden Key International Honour Society Academic Programs Co-Director, 2004-2005
• Student Nurses of African Descent Association President, 2003-2004
• College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Dean’s Student Advisory Committee Vice-Chair, 2004-2005

Awards
• African-American Commencement Leadership Award, 2005
• Student Nurses of African Descent Association Outstanding Service Award, 2005
• School of Nursing Outstanding Service and Contributions, 2005
• Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2004
• College of Applied Sciences and Arts Outstanding Student Achievement, 2004
• Associated Students 55 Club (award for unsung heroes), 2003
• MOSAIC Multi-Cultural Center Inspiration of the Month, 2003
• Biography in SJSU’s 2002- 2004 Course Catalog (page 5), 2002
• ASPIRE Program Academic Achievement Award, 2002
• Moulder Hall Super Studious Award, 2001

Professional Organizations

Nurses Christian Fellowship
Member since 2011

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
Member since 2007
• Emerging Leader Program, 2011
• Los Angeles Chapter Coordinator, 2011
• California Section Legislative Coordinator, 2011
• Public Policy Committee Member, 2011
• Convention Hostess Committee Member, 2008

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Member since 2006
• Regional Medical Response Team, 2011
• Far Western Regional Technology Committee, 2008-2010
• Mu Beta Omega Chapter Recording Secretary, 2008 & 2009
• Far Western Regional Conference Workshop Committee Member, 2008
• Far Western Regional Conference Time and Place Committee Member, 2008

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Member since 2005
• Xi Theta Mentoring Committee Director, 2011
• Xi Theta Induction Committee Chair, 2010

National Black Nurses’ Association
Member since 2002
• Student Nurse of the Year, 2005
• South Bay Black Nurses’ Association Membership Committee Chair, 2004

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Cheryl D. Barnett
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Cheryl D. Barnett-Wilkes received her B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Public Administration from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills in 2003. She also has an A.A. in Fashion Design from LA Trade Technical College.

Mrs. Barnett-Wilkes has worked for several agencies conducting social science research in order to determine the needs of her community in the areas of: healthcare, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, and single/teen parents. She has also worked with the Dept. of Children and Family Services as an in-home outreach counselor to families in crisis. In 2004, Mrs. Barnett-Wilkes accepted the position of Service Coordinator at one of the 21 Regional Centers in California.

In her current position she coordinates a variety of services for persons with developmental disabilities that include educational development, various therapies, vocational training, supportive employment, and independent living, to name a few. She is a single mother of two and enjoys spending quality time with her children, time in the ministry, traveling, and occasionally designing/sewing children’s clothing.

Education

California State University, Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA
Bachelor of Arts, 2003
Sociology/Minor in Public Administration

Memberships
• Alumni Cal State Dominguez

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