The College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors has five new board members, Mike Dugan, Dan Goetz, Dean Ogrin, Adrian Simon, and Gary Saenger, all members of the Santa Clarita community who will aid in fundraising activities to meet the financial goals of the college’s foundation. Dr. Michael Dugan is vice-president and laboratory director for Specialty Laboratories, Inc. a Valencia based company that provides cutting-edge specialized clinical laboratory testing in fields such as immunology and infectious disease. Dugan was interested in becoming a COC Foundation board member in order "to develop a strong local allied health educational program particularly to address needs in laboratory science, and to serve local and national hospitals, regional laboratories, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry."Dan Goetz is president of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. a company in Valencia that manufactures air and water purification devices. Goetz expressed an interest to become a COC Foundation board member in order to "continue the education for my company’s employees and because my family is a priority in my life." Goetz has also been involved with the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce. Dean Ogrin has been an attorney since 1990 and is a partner with the law firm Nicastro, Piscopo & Ogrin (NPO), which has offices in Valencia and Orange County. Ogrin’s practice focuses on civil litigation, as well as business disputes and major personal injury matters. A resident of Valenica since 1994, Ogrin also coaches various local sports teams, such as the Hart Pony League Baseball and Santa Clarita Warriors Football. "We have lived in SCV for eleven years, and will continue to do so indefinitely. Education is very important to us," said Ogrin. Adrian Simon is the managing director of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc. which offers, comprehensive wealth management and family office services, such as financial planning, real estate consulting, and risk management. Simon is a member of the Weizman Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel and sits on the board of directors for the Hepatitis B Foundation and for Hebrew Union College. Simon wished to become a COC Foundation member in an effort to ensure the constant increase and development of education for our children. Gary Saenger, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the owner and president of Saenger Associates, a company which engages in executive recruitment of qualified executive managerial and professional candidates across industries in manufacturing, distribution, and professional services. Saenger, a SCV resident since 1987, is also involved with the SCV Boys and Girls Club, as well as Big Brother.
For information about the COC foundation and how to become involved, visit www.canyons.edu or call (661) 362-3434