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THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 10 March 2018 EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Drake Levasheff Empowering people to pursue their calling is one of my greatest joys in life, so when offered the opportunity to lead Azusa Pacific’s Murrieta Regional Campus last year, I jumped at the chance. During my time in the area, I have been delighted to see so much good. Murrieta and the surrounding region deeply impress me—this is such a welcoming community blessed with outstanding community leaders in government, education, business, and non-profit! I meet countless Azusa Pacific alumni who are making a difference in their spheres of influence. Our dedicated students who come to us to get the training they need to pursue vocation in education, business, criminal justice, leadership, and psychology inspire me. Perhaps the most energizing part of my long career in higher education is seeing students overcome serious obstacles to pursue their divinely-inspired calling. My wife and I are not strangers to challenges–– we lost our two-and-a-half-year-old son Judson to a rare disease 10 years ago. Yet, somehow, by the grace of God, I was able to complete my doctoral degree that was only half-finished when we lost Judson. Now, when I see students achieve their educational goals against long odds, I am moved—what better gift can education offer to our community than people who endured the brokenness of our world and emerge with purpose and compassion! AFFILIATIONS Shortly after our son’s passing, my wife and I founded Judson’s Legacy, a ministry of faith and hope in suffering. Through this nonprofit, we serve families of terminally-ill children, walking with them through their heartache and beyond. We also speak to groups about issues of faith, suffering, and grief. I serve on a few boards, including the Institute for Community Impact in Orange County and as an elder at our home church. BUSINESS PHILOSOPHIES An organization is only as strong as its adherence to its mission and core values. At its heart, Azusa Pacific University puts God first. So, we seek to honor Him by doing everything with excellence. We value people because He created them in His image. We engage and serve our community in Southwest Riverside County because God loves it. (How can he not?!) We don’t just educate students, we cultivate difference makers who will bless our local community and transform our world. One of the most important things I can do as a leader is keep our team focused on our mission and core values. I am constantly reminding them of these things. We celebrate when we tangibly live out our values. And I try to help the team see what it means to our community when we do. FAVORITE SPORT I am a big fan of basketball and of the Lakers, who have been dreadful the last few years. I enjoy walking and do so daily. MENTORS My doctoral advisor at UCLA Scott Bartchy modeled excellence as a professor and scholar and helped me see God’s compassion for the poor and marginalized. FAVORITE READING I’ve always been partial to J.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. It speaks to our situation—that we are made for adventure in a world that is both broken and blessed. GOALS I want to be faithful to God’s calling on my life. And I want to savor what he has given me: my wife and 11-year-old daughter, family and close friends, and meaningful work. RESUME I completed my bachelor’s degree and met my wife at Biola University. After beginning a career in higher education there, I returned to school full-time for my master’s degree at Talbot School of Theology and later completed my Ph.D. in Early Christian History. After serving at other private institutions, I started at Azusa Pacific University at Director of their Orange County Regional Campus four year ago. I now serve as Senior Director of Azusa Pacific’s Orange County and Murrieta Regional Campuses and adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific Seminary. BIRTHPLACE I’m a native Californian, born in Westminster.

March 2018 THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 11 Get to Know EVMWD at the Splash into Spring Event Michelle’s Place Appoints New Fundraising/Development Director and Executive Board Member Free event showcases water reliability, conservation and treatment through interactive displays Join Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) for the Annual Community Water Festival on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters, located at 31315 Chaney Street in Lake Elsinore. At this free family event, attendees will learn about the process EVMWD uses to treat more than 5.5 million gallons of sewer water per day, the construction and maintenance of over 700 miles of pipeline throughout the EVMWD service area and saving money and water with a more water efficient home and landscape. EVMWD staff share their daily work at the District through a variety of demonstrations and interactive displays. Activities include fixing a leaky water main, operating a fire hydrant, cleaning up a polluted watershed and exploring pipes with robotics and video cameras. A crowd favorite is a tour of the facility’s sewer treatment plant, where visitors take a journey through the plant to see how waste water becomes recycled water, The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented the City of Temecula the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. According to GFOA, the award represents a significant achievement by the City of Temecula and reflects the commitment of the City Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, Temecula satisfied nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as: • A policy document • A financial plan • An operations guide • A communications device Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn states, “Temecula receives this award every year, and it is a direct result of being transparent and accountable with the City’s finances and budget.” There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are which is used for irrigation. Other activities for the day include a visit from EVMWD’s own Elsinore Eddie, Lake Elsinore Storm mascot Thunder, and the Lake Elsinore/San Jacinto Watershed Authority’s Bessie the Bass. American Medical Response and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Explorers program will bring emergency vehicles for children to explore. Tours of Elsinore Eddie’s Efficient Gardens at the headquarters are also a highlight of the event, giving visitors an idea of how beautiful a water efficient landscape can be. Landscape and irrigation experts, UCCE Master Gardeners, local nurseries, irrigation specialists, and home improvement stores will be available to answer your questions about outdoor irrigation, California-Friendly plants, gardening, and water saving appliances and devices. To learn more, visit Splash or call (951) 674-3146. City of Temecula Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Budget posted quarterly on GFOA’s website www. Award recipients, including the City of Temecula, have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C. Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center, a support organization serving those living with breast cancer since 2001, has announced the appointment of Nancy Harvey as its new fundraising and development director and Cyndi Light as its newest executive board member. Nancy comes with a development background in the banking industry developing new business partners, implementing new leadership programs, and providing administrative coordination. Prior to this appointment Nancy was the events and major gifts manager with Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. She currently serves on the Board of the Rotary Club of Temecula as the youth services director. “I am thrilled that Nancy has joined our amazing team at Michelle’s Place. I look forward to working with her on our events!” said Kim Gerrish, CFRE, executive director of Michelle’s Place. “Her caring heart and kind spirit is a perfect match for Michelle’s Place.” In her new role as fundraising and development director, Nancy will be responsible for leading and expanding Michelle’s Place’s development efforts, helping community members and others find mutually beneficial ways to successfully engage in Michelle’s Place’s vital mission. Nancy is looking forward to working with the passionate people involved at Michelle’s Place from the executive board and advisory members who give selflessly of their knowledge, talents and time, to the amazing staff committed to quality, integrity and support with clients and the public. “I am so honored to be a part of a team of women that bring inspiration, hope and comfort to women battling Cyndi Light breast cancer,” said Nancy. “My goal is to raise much needed funds to grow the scope of services provided at Michelle’s Place.” Cyndi Light is a Senior Vice President and Partner at Coldwell Banker Commercial Sudweeks Group. She plays a vital role in the commercial sales and leasing department. Cyndi has over 25 years of experience from Corporate America as a Director of Business Development in the Telecommunications industry before getting into Commercial Real Estate. “It is my pleasure to have worked with Cyndi through the Temecula Rotary Club. I am thrilled to have her join our Executive Board,” said Kim Gerrish, Executive Director. “She brings experience as a cancer survivor, passion for our community and women dealing with breast cancer, and dedication to service.” Cyndi currently serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Temecula and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Inland Empire. Cyndi is excited to join the board at Michelle’s Place to apply her knowledge and expertise in a way that will make a lasting different for those impacted by breast cancer. “As a recent breast cancer survivor, I want to help spread the word about Michelle’s Place and help the Center grow throughout the Inland Empire,” reported Cyndi. Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization empowering individuals and families dealing with breast cancer through education and support services. For more information, visit Nancy Harvey