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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/24/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

When the highly respected Bill Habermehl, superintendent of schools for Orange County, stepped down in May of 2012, he left with a purpose. He wanted to lay the foundation for his successor, one he had a hand in choosing, Dr. Al Mijares. Habermehl left with three years to go on his term because he “wanted his successor to gain some experience on the job before he or she runs for election..."

I was fortunate to find my passion for elders and victims of abuse early in my career. It happened when I met Lupe, a woman whose own son, his wife and child move into her home to assist her and then physically, financially, and emotionally abused her until another family member alerted authorities.
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/17/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

There is no disputing it. The United States has fallen dramatically behind other industrialized nations in the fastest growing global industries, and we must act now if we are to regain our competitive edge. The highest-paying and most numerous jobs will be in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)—the very fields where U.S. students lag most significantly.
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/10/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

More than 30 years ago, when Randy Larson, president and co-founder of the Glennwood Housing Foundation, learned that his son, Trevor, would have Down syndrome, he was overwhelmed.

He thought his dreams of Trevor having a childhood similar to his own—surfing and playing other sports—would never happen. He had no idea how to prepare for what was to come. 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/3/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

What is more moving than witnessing scenes of servicemen and women returning from war? A young wife launches into her husband’s arms or children cling to a long-absent parent. It’s uplifting and joyous and we want to believe this is the end of their sacrifice and the beginning of a happily ever after.

If only it were that simple.