Speaker Bios


Alison Bruesehoff has been successful in the non-profit world, specifically museums, for 21 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site where she is in charge of the operations of the site including all aspects of running a museum and historic site as well as creating the vision and master plan for the site. 

Her last directorship was at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum where as Executive Director for nine years Before that, she was at the Forest Lawn Museum as Executive Director where she oversaw the successful renovation of the museum as well as overseeing many museum projects. Prior to joining Forest Lawn, she was the Director of Collections Management at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

Alison studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford where their museums and collections are world renowned, obtained her MS in Museum Studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and began her employment with museums at the Smithsonian Institute. She also received an MBA with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Woodbury University in Southern California.

Alison will teach you exactly what you can be doing to attract and retain volunteers who will work for your organization without causing you more headaches than it's worth. We will cover the six R's of a successful volunteer program - Readiness, Recruitment, Retention, Recognition, Record-Keeping and Risk Management. You will have the chance to get direction regarding your organization's own specific volunteer issues, and you will leave with concrete tools and a plan to expand your volunteer program.

Session One: Social Media
Friday, June 21, 9:00 am

Julie Dobrick

Julie is the Senior Grant Writer at AltaMed Health Services Corporation, a non-profit healthcare company located in Los Angeles.  She has raised over 150 million dollars in her career through grants and other sources in both large and small organizations.  She will discuss and provide a sample Grant Application and discuss how to write and execute the proposal as well as fundraising ideas for your organization.

Session Two: Grant Writing 101 & Fundraising for your Non-Profit
Friday, June 21, 10:15 am


Brian Dervin

Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D

Brian Dervin Dillon is a 5th generation Californian with Gold Rush ancestors, descended from pre-Famine and Famine Irishimmigrants, including the earliest (1650) Irishman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. An archaeologist, he is both the son and the father of historians. 

The story of Irish immigrants on the American East Coast is well known, almost a cliché. Brian Dervin Dillon will present California, the Irish Paradise, the much less familiar history of Irish diaspora “conquistadores” throughout Latin America, including Mexican California, long before the Great Famine. He will also discuss how the Irish, beginning with the Gold Rush, turned California into the best place to be Irish anywhere in the world. At the same time that the Irish were starving back home in Ireland and being discriminated against on the American Atlantic Seaboard, CA had become an Irish Paradise, and Irish people were enjoying freedoms in the Golden State that would be denied them for many years to come everywhere else.

Luncheon: Keynote Speaker:  California, the Irish Paradise
Friday, June 22, 12:00 pm

*Speakers are subject to change.