EMS Inc. Team
LISA BULLEN – CEO/Executive Director and Co-founder
For 19 years Lisa Bullen has been in the Disability Vocational Services field. She started on her journey in 1995 with Casa Colina Career Development Center. In 1997 Lisa applied for and was successful in obtaining a position with VIP Inc.as a Job Developer. She was hired on through an Establishment Grant working with consumers with Mental Illness and Learning Disabilities. She was placing individuals with disabilities in jobs like no one else in the business, averaging 10 to 15 job placements per month.
In 2005 Lisa was recruited by Dayle McIntosh Center. It may have seemed like a lateral move, but Lisa was provided with autonomy to create a name for herself as the professional that she was. She continued to have the same success rate that no other Job Developer had in the district. Lisa developed the position of “Business Development Specialist”. She developed a strong Employer Base, which has been nurtured and continued to today.
In September of 2011 Lisa made a transition over to SEEK Education. Lisa was promoted to the Vocational Services Program Manager where in a short amount of time, she grew the Vocational Services Program from 3 Job Placements a month, to over 20 Successful Job Placements Per month in both Supported Employment and Employment Services.
With much work and dedication, Lisa was able to recognize and realize her dream to start her own Non-Profit Organization. EMS Inc. Employment Means Success has been an idea, a dream, and now a realization for Lisa. Providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities, is coming to fruition. There are many individuals with disabilities who want to go to work. Lisa will help those individuals reach that goal. If they are truly motivated to go to work, EMS Inc. will help them reach the goal of their choice!
KARI ANDERSON – Co-founder/CFO
Kari Anderson is a lifelong advocate for persons with disabilities and has over ten years of professional experience in promoting the Independent Living philosophy, where persons with disabilities choose their own vocational goal and are invested in the efforts of securing gainful employment, thus becoming contributing members of our community.
In addition, Kari holds the National Certificate in Grant Writing and has written and been awarded grants and contracts in Southern California for the past ten years. Mrs. Anderson’s connections within the community, specifically as Past President of the Claremont Sunrise Rotary Club and as a distinguished member of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, have fostered long and strong relationships with local business owners and entrepreneurs interested in providing opportunities for individuals to become gainfully employed.
Kari earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She has volunteered for a multitude of local and international service projects, benefitting a wide array of causes from local youth sports to worldwide Polio eradication. Kari believes in fostering a working environment that affords opportunity for staff to flourish and EMS, Inc. dba Employment Means Success to grow.
BRENDA WHIPPLE – Job Developer Supervisor
Brenda brings over 6 years of direct Job Developer and Supervisory experience to EMS. She has built business relationships with major corporations throughout Southern California, leading to positive recruitments of persons with disabilities.
Her strong background in the Independent Living Philosophy has established Mrs. Whipple as a business liaison in the Inland Empire and she has worked hand-in-hand with many Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) offices. Brenda has worked in leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies in her past and is comfortable networking with executives and business owners.
Brenda earned her Employment Services Certification at San Diego State University and has also achieved honors at Chaffey College. Mrs. Whipple has two children and has served the disabled community in SoCal her whole career.
TERALD SMITH – Job Developer
Terald has come to EMS with over 14 years of Sales and Marketing experience. He has built business relationships with Radio Shack, Verizon Wireless, AT&T World Financial Group and other major corporations throughout Southern California.
Terald is a business liaison in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and he is working with Department of Rehabilitation offices in Santa Clarita, Lancaster and Victorville. Terald has worked in various roles with major corporations in his past which makes him knowledgeable in networking with executives and business owners in any field.
Terald’s education consists of: 6 years film and TV production, including television background work on shows such as Entourage, Triple x2 State of the Union and Megiddo.
At the age of 19 Terald Invented and Patented the DVD Camcorder after being inspired in a college film class to capture media via digital technology. After receiving much criticism from classmates and teachers that the idea wouldn’t work, Terald stayed focused and raised his own funding for his invention. To this day it still proves to be a success.
In 2002 Terald continued his love for technology with the Radioshack Corporation, where he continued to serve the community with his knowledge and understanding of sales and Telecommunications. After 3 years with the company, Terald grew his own skills and knowledge in the Telecommunications industry by working with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
During Teralds Tenure at Verizon He quickly grew the company’s revenue and profitability by increasing sales, turning multiple stores into flagship locations and increasing Business to Business sales and helping others get promoted within the company.
Not forgetting his love for movies and film production, in 2005 Terald began to invest in his own company Cherubim Entertainment, contributing his own copyrighted works to story boards and screen plays.
In 2006, Terald used his sales and marketing ability to invest in real-estate, buying properties in Santa Clarita Huntington Beach and The Las Vegas strip.
Having been a servant to the community and addressing concerns of the public and local hobby community, Terald sought out the old adage problem of water proofing and resurrecting electronics, cell phones and equipment.
Terald believes helping people is its own reward and brings its own fulfillment. In 2012 Terald stayed on an Indian reservation in South Dakota to help others in need and continue his humanitarian activities.
Terald joined EMS in August 2013 and enjoys his new career as a Job Developer providing employment services to people with disabilities and assisting them in becoming successful in employment.
Luis A. Astorga – Job Developer
Luis A. Astorga joined EMS, Inc. in September 2014 as a knowledgeable job developer with management experience. With over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Luis has direct experience as a program coordinator, job developer and job developer supervisor. Because of his long history in the field Luis is able to connect our consumers with the strong working relationships he has built with major corporations. With a wide variety of the types of employers he can assist our consumers in securing employment for positions in manual labor thru positions requiring higher education. Luis has extensive experience in conducting Job Fairs, Job Recruitments and assist Employers with Personnel needs. He has also established a strong community partnership by networking with Local Official and State Politicians like Senator Ed Hernandez. In addition, Luis is a native Californian bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys camping at the beach and local deserts with his family including his three children.
Amanda Griffin – Job Developer
Amanda is a graduate from Southern University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her Bachelors Of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services.
Amanda brings 3 years’ experience as a job developer to EMS. She has built business relationships with major businesses across the Baton Rouge area in the past, which makes her knowledgeable in networking with business owners. She worked hand and hand with the Department of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services while working at Capital Area Resource for Employment as a Job Developer. After which Amanda moved to California and began working as a substance abuse counselor for Aegis Treatment Centers, where she provided services to help improve individuals’ daily lifestyle. Her employment history reinforces her background in human services.
Amanda joined EMS in October 2014 and enjoys her career working as a Job Developer providing employment services to people with disabilities and ensuring that they are successful in their jobs.
LARRY SCHROEDER – EMS Board President
Larry was elected in March 2009 to the Claremont City Council and is currently serving his second four-year term. From March 2012 to March 2013, Larry served as Mayor of Claremont. Prior to his service on the Claremont City Council, Larry served on the Claremont Community Services Commission, to which he was appointed to in 2007.
Larry has twenty-six years of experience as a staff member in city government. From 1988 to 2007, he was Finance Director for the cities of Glendora and Lakewood; he served as Risk Manager for both cities. Larry has seventeen years of experience in economic development, and ten years of experience in banking (1971 to 1980).
From 2004 to 2013, Larry has taught as an adjunct at the University of La Verne and Cal Poly Pomona. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a Doctorate degree in Public Administration.
After his retirement, Larry had his own consulting company assisting cities from 2008 to 2012 with management and financial challenges.
Larry brings a unique combination of expertise from the viewpoints of both a professional (former finance director) and as a policy maker (city council member).
SEAN MASAKI FLYNN, Ph.D. – EMS Board Vice President
Sean Flynn is an associate professor of economics at Scripps College in Claremont, California. He is the author of the international best-seller Economics for Dummies, which has now been translated into seven foreign languages, as well as the coauthor, along with Campbell McConnell and Stanley Brue, of the world’s best-selling college economics textbook, Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies. This book is also the world’s best selling college textbook of any subject.
An avid martial artist, Sean is a former aikido national champion and has coached five of his students to U.S. national aikido titles. Sean’s research specialties are behavioral economics and behavioral finance, with a focus on irrational investors. A recurring commentator on FOX Business, ABC News, and NPR, Sean holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley, where he completed his dissertation under the supervision of 2001 Nobel Laureate George Akerlof.
KEVIN BUNCH – EMS Board Treasurer
Kevin Bunch has over 25 years’ experience working as an auditor. He is a currently the Staff Analyst for the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) for the County of San Bernardino. His responsibilities for the State of California include preparing and monitoring the budgets for the Mental Health Services Act programs run by San Bernardino County.
Prior to working for DBH, Kevin worked as an Auditor/Appraiser in the Assessor’s Office, his work at the Assessor included auditing taxpayer’s (mostly Corporations) business property statements. While at the
California Franchise Tax Board, Kevin worked as a Corporate Income tax auditor. Prior to his work for the State of California, Mr. Bunch worked as a Corporate Income Tax Auditor for the State of Florida for over 11 years.
Kevin brings a substantial accounting background to bear when advising EMS on its fiscal aspects. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pepperdine University in Malibu.
In Kevin’s free time, he loves to spend time with his two dogs, Nikki and Cabo, both Australian Shepherd Mixes. Kevin is the President of the Baldy View Dog Park in Upland. Because Kevin and his family regularly visit Cabo San Lucas on vacation, he named one of his dogs after the lovely holiday spot. Some of his other interests include cheering on the Anaheim Ducks at The Pond, attending all manner of live music acts at venues across the country, and listening to great 80’s new wave music.
RICK MUIR – EMS Board Member
Rick Muir is an attorney and CPA in Upland, CA whose areas of practice include qualified domestic relations orders, pension, disability and taxation issues in divorce. Before beginning his own practice in 1998 he worked for Covington & Crowe in Ontario, CA from June 1991 to December 1997. He graduated from Albion College in 1980, graduated law school with honors from University of San Diego in 1988 and received his Law Masters in Taxation from University of San Diego in 1991.
Rick was past president and board member of the Ontario Convention and Visitor’s Bureau during the period of the building of the convention center, Ontario Mills, California Speedway and Ontario Airport expansion. Rick has been a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, CA for over 15 years. He is also a WWII history buff and a board member of the 3rd Pursuit Squadron Commemorative Air Force at Cable Airport.
DEVO ANDERSON – Board Member
Devo is a former Employment Specialist, working personally with consumers of the Department of Rehabilitation offices in El Monte and West Covina, CA. In directly helping persons with disabilities, his aim was for them to acquire lifelong skills in putting their work / education to use in their chosen field.
Mr. Anderson has been a General Manager at a Fortune 500 company where his hiring, training, and leadership skills were honed by some of the country’s best development programs. He has owned his own company planning academic conferences in exotic locations such as Hawaii, Hyderabad, Bangkok and Las Vegas. Devo’s also versed in myriad financial matters, having formerly been a Commercial Real Estate Salesperson and also a Risk Manager for a stock brokerage.
His Bachelor of Arts degree was earned at the University of California, Riverside in Business Economics. Devo still volunteers his time as an alumni advisor for current students and recent graduates of his alma mater. His attendance at Rotary International’s New Orleans Conference inspired him to spend his honeymoon in India / Nepal administering Polio vaccinations and building a fresh water percolation dam.
JAMES T. MIURA – Board Member
James Miura is an educator with an extensive background working with individuals of varying abilities. Corresponding to his studies in behavioral psychology and neurology, James spent 8 years working with children and adults with developmental disabilities as a Senior Program leader for AbilityFirst, a non-profit, life skills building program. In this capacity James became an impassioned advocate assisting in the development of a Community Integration Program that eventually blossomed into an employment coaching program for adults.
James incorporated his experience working with transitioning learners and technology as an advocate for the Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL). At SCIL he was an Outreach Coordinator and Program Manager of Assistive Technology.
Upon receiving his teaching credential and Master’s in Education from Claremont Graduate University, he was invited to teach courses at CGU and became an Education Specialist for a local public high school. As an Education Specialist, James conducted cognitive assessments, managed caseloads, coordinated services, and taught various secondary school subjects such as science, math, and English.
In 2008 James transitioned into a new position for the Upland High School Video Program. He teaches video courses and is the UTV station manager, Upland High School’s cable television station. Having earned his undergraduate degree in Media Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, this position allows him to incorporate his love of teaching with his passion for videography, filming, and editing. As a perk, James is able to offer this course to students with various developmental and learning disabilities thus fostering an integrative environment in an inclusive classroom.