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SEMINAR PRODUCERS

SEMINAR PRODUCTION TEAM

Steve Shackelton

STEVE SHACKELTON 

Steve Shackelton - is the Executive Director of the E & J Gallo Management Program and Academic Coordinator for UC Merced Extension. He spent a federal career from 1972 - 2012 in the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. From 2001 - 2010, he was the Chief Ranger of Yosemite. Steve has BS and MS degrees in Criminology from CSU Fresno and a Masters of Public Administration from University of Alaska.

 

Karla Seijas

KARLA SEIJAS

Karla Seijas is a Ph.D. Candidate and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies at UC Merced. Her research is focused on the effects of public policy on post 9/11 military families. Karla’s research areas of interest include veteran transition and community integration, military spouse employment/underemployment and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among combat veterans.

Karla is active in learning what the needs of military and veteran families are, being an ally, as well as an advocate. She has made significant strides in influencing policy and legislation to improve their well-being. Her innovative legislative bill ideas have been introduced in the California legislature, with notable success. Karla has held positions as a political advisor to the Government of Israel, Public Affairs Specialist for the Commander (rank of Lieutenant General) of the United States Army Installation Management Command, Transition Counselor for active-duty service members discharging from the military and as faculty in the Department of Political Science at Georgia Military College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Public Policy from California State University, Northridge.

 

Amy Lozano-Smith

AMY K. LOZANO-SMITH 

Amy is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Enrollment Management at UC Merced. She is in charge of getting the word out. Amy earned her B.A. from Fresno State University in Graphic Arts. Upon graduating she relocated to Los Angeles where she spent sixteen years working as a graphic designer and marketing director for a private university and as vice president of a full-service ad agency. As a native Mercedian, Amy returned to her hometown in 2012 and subsequently joined UC Merced as the Web Communications Manager. She led a small and talented web team that won the bronze award in 2015 for the redesign of the UC Merced website out of 250 plus submissions for Institutional Websites for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2018 Amy moved to Extension and Summer Session in a full-service creative role and served there until December 2020. She is now under Student Affairs as the Marketing & Communications Director for Enrollment Management. On a personal note, Amy's father was a veteran who served in the Navy as an engineer during the Korean War. She is heavily vested in supporting veterans through the Yosemite Veterans Education and Leadership Seminar.

 


 


 

THE YOSEMITE VETERANS EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP SEMINAR IS PRESENTED BY:

ERNEST & JULIO GALLO MANAGEMENT PROGRAM         UC MERCED EXTENSION