Tony Ortiz has years of experience in the trenches working in various industries side by side with the very people we are now blessed to serve. Coupled with vast information, research and educational expertise, he is an authentic messenger with real life experience as a re-entry adult students, military vet, and educational adviser. Tony brings to the stage his perspectives and expertise from over 15 years of working with students from all walks of life in a community college setting. Recipient of the “High School Commencement Keynote 2013” award, he is a sought after youth motivational speaker invited yearly to California Community College Student Affairs Association conferences (CCCSAA), high school assemblies, and travels to present “Success in the New Economy” nationally.
Dr. Kevin Fleming is the CEO of Telos Educational Services, an international consulting firm which provides presentations, research-based videos, and organizational strategy for the educational sector. He’s had the good fortune to facilitate educational, etiquette, MBTI, recruitment, and leadership training sessions for over two decades; accompanied by numerous conference presentations and published articles. Dr. Fleming has successfully received over $29 million dollars in grants awarded to educational institutions which has afforded him project management, grant development, and evaluation expertise. He currently serves dual roles at Norco College (CA) as the Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education and as the Principal Investigator for the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education funded by the National Science Foundation (Washington DC).
Dr. Charles Lee-Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Family Life and Education Center, and a former high school and community college counselor. Dr. Lee-Johnson is also the Chief Facilitator for the Sankofa Preparatory Academy Charter School Advisory Board, and provides consultation and training services nationally. He has received numerous commendations including: State of California, Los Angeles Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, King Drew Medical Hospital, UCLA Dept of Social Welfare and Public Policy, Ohio Abstinence Campaign, Alaska’s SouthCentral Foundation, National Fatherhood Initiative, Indiana Black Expo, National Association of Social Workers, Department of Children and Family Services, and most recently, Mr. Lee-Johnson was inducted into the Library of Congress’ “Who’s Who.” Dr. Lee-Johnson has worked collaboratively with the White House (Office of the First Lady) for the Helping America’s Youth Conference series. Dr. Lee-Johnson took his message to the international community in Nigeria, speaking for a series of Family and Youth Conferences throughout the country. He was also selected by the National Association of Social Workers, Region H, as the 2010 Social Worker of the Year.
His experience has evolved from an array of grant and institutional programs that focused on outreach to underserved communities, to the in-reach concepts of enrollment and retention. He has organized and coordinated countless career & technical education (CTE) tours which expose young people to the changes in career & technical educational and helping to explain how to prepare for jobs in the new economy. Knowing it is just as valuable as a Bachelor’s degree, Tony advocates for CTE and for the best advantage students can obtain along their journey of success. He is passionate about helping students develop success plans that not only include academic planning, but a holistic approach that touches on personal identity, cultural and economic realities, and career preparation.
Tony’s most recent project was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Completion Counts program where he had the fortunate opportunity to contribute and advise policy creation for student success programs. He currently serves as an Educational Advisor with Riverside City College (CA) successfully facilitating partnerships with student success programs such as Passport to College, Gear UP, TRIO, Foster Youth Emancipation Program, and the County Department of Probation. Tony has executive experience as a former nonprofit board member, Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Council for Youth Development member, and marketing leader communicating national changes in educational and economic policy. He brings insight and experience that complement the implementation and sustainability of first year student support programs, student life and leadership programs, and offers innovation in communicating the value of CTE to our communities.
Tony is a U.S. Army Veteran (NCO/Postal Operations Supervisor), and recipient of both the U.S. Army Achievement Medal and the United Nations Achievement Medal. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, graduate of the Youth Speaker University (San Jose, CA), earned a Public Relations degree from California State University Fullerton, and a Masters of Public Administration from California Baptist University. Tony draws upon his own student discovery experience to motivate and inspire others. His service as a life coach has led to many success stories for former homeless and incarcerated students to recent veterans.
Dr. Lee Johnson is unequivocally committed to the positive development of young people, families, and communities across the world. In a very short time, Dr. Lee-Johnson’s work has touched parents, children, and organizations throughout the United States. His ability to integrate his professional knowledge with practical skills enables him to effectively work with diverse populations. Dr. Lee-Johnson’s enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge makes him one of the most dynamic and inspirational social workers in America.
Dr. Lee-Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Dorsey High School and completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College with a B.A. in sociology. Dr. Lee-Johnson graduated Cum Laude, President of the Morehouse Sociological Association, and was inducted into the National Sociological Honor’s Society, Alpha Kappa Delta. In 1997, Dr. Lee-Johnson attended a 3 week study in Egypt, and upon his return received his license to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In June 2001, Dr. Lee-Johnson received his Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA. During his tenure at UCLA, he was voted Social Work Student of the Year. He completed more than 5 years of study in theology in the AME denomination, and received his ordination as Itinerant Elder in the AME Church in October 2003. In February 2008, Dr. Lee-Johnson became the Pastor of Corona Community AME Church in Corona, CA. Dr. Lee-Johnson earned his Doctorate from United Theological Seminary. He is married, to his wife Monalisa Lee-Johnson, and they have five children: Chacity, Jazmine, Destiny, Ajamn, and Kokayi.
The word telos comes from the Greek word for "end", "purpose", or "goal.” According to Aristotle, everything has a purpose or final end which represents the fulfillment of its potential. For example, the telos of an acorn is to become an oak tree, for each acorn is a potential tree and “strives” to become a tree. It possesses everything inside it needs to be successful, but only through the proper conditions, support and nourishment can the acorn actualize its potential.
The same is true for each of us as well as our organizations and our students. We each have a telos; that which we have the potential to become. But in order to capitalize on our existing resources, talents and capabilities we must first identify them and focus them towards our inherent purpose. It is this “purposiveness” that the consultants of Telos Educational Services strive to identify, nourish, and cultivate within each individual and institution we support.
The team at Telos Educational Services focuses on both secondary and higher education institutions providing keynote presentations, animated videos, grant evaluation services, training workshops, workforce and program analysis, and strategic planning. Our experience and expertise can help fulfill your institution's full potential.
As the Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education, Kevin provides leadership and support to over 40 CTE programs and workforce training initiatives impacting thousands of students annually. His first book, "Maintaining Strategic Relevance: Career & Technical Education Program Discontinuance in Community and Technical College" is available on Amazon.com. As the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education, he manages the research, strategic direction, and community college collaborations with partners in 19 key states. His team developed the first free, interactive eTexbook "Introduction to the Automated Warehouse" which is available for download in the Apple iBooks store or at SupplyChainTechEd.org.
Previously, Dr. Fleming analyzed industry trends to provide economic development and customized labor market research through the Centers of Excellence for the California Community College system; the largest public educational system in the world. An entrepreneur at heart, having co-founded four companies in different service sectors, he passionately advocates the success of a balanced educational experience for all students which includes both CTE hands-on applied training and classical theoretical knowledge.
Dr. Fleming has earned two Bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Policy & Leadership from The Ohio State University, a MBA from the University of Redlands, GIS certification from the Environmental Systems Research Institute, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Kevin lives with his wife in Southern California and enjoys traveling, actively volunteering for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and changing the world one district/student at a time.
When done right, bringing in outside expertise can be an indispensable management tool. Done poorly, it can be a waste of time or worse. The team at Telos Education Services selectively offers professional consulting, marketing, and training services designed to save you time and help you reach your goals. A proven track record with complete transparency - no gimmicks.
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