Educational Services » Women in Industry 2021

Women in Industry 2021

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: PYLUSD Performing Arts Center at El Dorado High School
1651 Valencia Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

Live Stream


Jennifer Milo

Athletic Director
California State University, San Marcos

Jennifer Milo was appointed as Cal State San Marcos' (CSUSM) fourth Director of Athletics by University President Karen Haynes in April 2012.

Under Jennifer Milo’s leadership, the CSUSM Department of Athletics has experienced unprecedented growth and success. Milo’s efforts and collaborations have led to development and implementation of strategic plans, policies and procedures, a rebranding, improved compliance, operations, staffing, technology, student-athlete well-being enhancements, enrollment, resources and revenues, facility upgrades, marketing and development improvements, game day enhancements, apparel and licensing agreements, community engagement efforts amongst student-athletes along with the establishment of a student-athlete advisory committee, successful special events, and an Athletics Hall of Fame. 


Milo spearheaded CSUSM’s transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division II. She was instrumental in leading the collaborative effort of designing The Sports Center, a state-of-the-art facility for CSUSM’s court sports, which became a reality in fall 2016. CSUSM's programs accounted for nine Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference titles, 22 appearances in NAIA National Championships, and all 14 teams have been ranked in the NAIA Top 25.

CSUSM athletes have had incredible success in the classroom during Milo's tenure. Sophomores Jaime Jacobs (women’s golf) and Bailey Cockrill (women’s soccer) earned the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II honor during the 2017-18 season. Under Milo’s leadership, CSUSM student-athletes have earned 235 CCAA Seasonal All-Academic and 204 CCAA All-Academic honors in the last three seasons. And the Department GPA was a 3.03 in the 2018 spring semester.

Milo has been a mainstay at CSUSM since 2005. Originally hired to be the school’s inaugural softball coach in October 2005, Milo added the title of Associate Director of Athletics for Development the following school year. As Associate Director, Milo was responsible for leading and managing all athletic fundraising, in addition to formulating annual and long-term action plans aimed at raising scholarship money. She oversaw all external affairs in Athletics, including the sports information office, ticketing and marketing, game management and athletic trainers. 

Prior to CSUSM, Milo served as the Academic Counselor for Student-Athletes at San Diego State University (SDSU). She served as the assistant softball coach for the Aztecs from 2003-05. Prior to her time at SDSU, Milo was the first assistant for the softball team at her alma mater, University of San Diego. Milo earned her Master of Arts, College Counseling and Student Services, concurrently with her coaching career at USD. From 1993-97, Milo played four seasons of intercollegiate softball during her undergraduate studies at USD and had her jersey #44 retired upon her departure.


Dinah Felix

Director Business Services
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Dinah Felix has served as the Director of Business Services with the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District since October 2016. She started with the District as the Assistant Director of Fiscal Services in August 2013. Dinah has worked in K-12 Education for the last 16 years and has a diverse background in school business including positions in Personnel Services and Payroll with the San Jacinto Unified School District. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix, a School Business Management Certificate from the University of Southern California, and is scheduled to complete her Master of Arts in Education Administration from Hope University in December 2021. The most rewarding part of Dinah’s career is collaborating with educators to allocate resources in a way that ensures students receive the highest quality education. In 2012, Dinah received the Confidential Employee of the Year award at San Jacinto Unified School District and in 2019 she received the Manager of the Year award with the Placentia- Yorba Linda Unified School District. Highlights of her career include briefing legislative staff on K-12’s funding mechanism in 2017 and 2019 at the California State Capitol, speaking at various university programs on the topic of district and site budgeting, and presenting at the California School Business Officials (CASBO) annual conference for the last two years.


Dinah is passionate about empowering and supporting others in both her professional and personal life. She has experienced the importance and value of mentorship first-hand and seeks to pay it forward at every opportunity. The daughter of immigrant parents, she is especially thankful for the many sacrifices they made to give her the opportunities they lacked. Dinah is most proud of her daughter, Jaelen, who graduated from El Dorado High School this year and started school at San Francisco State University in the fall. Dinah’s favorite pastimes include traveling with Jaelen, sharing delicious meals with friends and family, and staying active.


Silvia Pryor, DVM, DACVO

Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. Silvia Pryor is a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Dr. Pryor’s clinical interests include managing corneal diseases, cataract surgery and providing various medical and surgical options for clients and their pets. 

She is a graduate of El Dorado High School who earned her Bachelor of Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. From there, she matriculated to University of California, Davis to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She served internships in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Georgia, Athens, where she also served her Residency. After completing all of the requirements of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Dr. Pryor is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology and recognized as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

A fan of the outdoors, Dr. Pryor’s favorite pastimes include horseback riding, surfing, skiing, snowboarding and scuba diving. She lives with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, one dog, one horse and two cats.


Lori Risse

Section Manager of Mission Assurance Management, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Lori Risse currently works as a Section Manager in the Office of Safety and Mission Success at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She manages a staff of 33 Mission Assurance Managers supporting spaceflight projects. She also manages the annual Safety and Mission Assurance Rotational Training Program (SMART) for the Office of Mission Assurance. Prior to that Lori held technical group supervisor positions in Component Engineering and Assurance (electronic parts). She was the Mission Assurance Manager for the early phases of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-3 project. She also worked as a Project Parts Engineer for several flight projects. Lori graduated from Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She worked at JPL as a student and then as an engineer in Spacecraft Data Systems. She then moved to Moore Industries, a manufacturer of industrial instrumentation, and held positions as an Applications Engineer, Project Manager, Inside Sale Supervisor and Marketing Specialist. Prior to this, she worked for several years as an Account Manager for semiconductor distributors at Moore Industries. Fourteen years ago she gratefully returned to JPL to work in Component Engineering on MSL. Lori has been married for 36 years, has two adult sons serving as officers in the United States Air Force, a daughter-in-law and a grandson.


Valeria Sosa


Ms. Sosa-Sandoval was born in Fullerton California, where she attended local PYLUSD schools such as Topaz Elementary, Tuffree Middle School, and Valencia High School. She went on to graduate from Chapman University with a double major in Political Science and Spanish.

As a young woman, Valeria's passion for law and justice started when she witnessed the hardship her immigrant community and family had to face while living in America. “The land of the free and the home of the brave” is a famous line in America’s national anthem, but growing up, many immigrants who called the USA their home could not be so brave.  

This inequality pushed Valeria to pursue a profession to aid those who were unable to help themselves. As soon as she graduated from Chapman University, she studied for the LSAT and was accepted to Western State College of Law the following Spring. Valeria knew that as an attorney she would be able to defend and stand up for many who did not have the opportunity to do so. 

Valeria graduated from Western State College of Law and was admitted into the California State Bar in 2018. During her time at WSU, she eagerly enrolled into the Immigration Law class, where she gained invaluable knowledge in various aspects of U.S. immigration law.

Valeria currently works for Friedman and Cazares, LLP as a court appointed Juvenile Dependency attorney for parents out of San Bernardino County. Apart from her position working full time defending and protecting parents in harsh and complicated matters, she also continues to be an advocate for her community when it comes to immigration reform. Valeria is passionate to help break down generational barriers her community has had to face. She is determined to not only advocate on behalf of those who need it, but additionally to help those who have been voiceless for years and give them the strength and courage to be brave enough to be able speak up for themselves."


Lindsey Young 

Fire Marshal

Lindsey Young didn’t always aspire to be Fire Marshal for the largest city in Orange County. A graduate of El Dorado High School in Placentia, Lindsey pursued her Bachelors in Business Management at San Diego State University while side hustling around the city as a musician. After a few professional false starts post graduation, she took a Fire Technology 101 course at Santa Ana College and worked up the courage to tell her firefighter dad he was right all along to push her toward a career in the fire service. Now a fifteen year veteran of the fire service herself and a certified Fire Inspector, Public Education Specialist, Plans Examiner, Fire Investigator and Hazardous Materials Technician, Lindsey manages a staff of 25 in the Community Risk Reduction Division of Anaheim Fire & Rescue as Fire Marshal. With Sections in Life Safety, Hazardous Materials, Public Education and Administration,  the CRR Division works to proactively mitigate risk for citizens, visitors, and first responders in the City of Anaheim utilizing a mix of engineering, education, enforcement and incentives. She also currently serves as President of the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Association and enjoys working with Southern California’s Spark of Love toy drive initiative each winter. Lindsey and her husband have been married for 11 years and have two boys – Logan (8) and Vale (6).


Michelle Manu (Keynote Speaker)

Stuntwoman, Lawyer, Metaphysical Science Doctoral Student 

Michelle Manu, a grandmother of twin boys, could be a brainy-but-fierce character in a James Bond film. Not only is she one of the fiercest martial artists alive, she is an expert at the art of Polynesian dance. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has referred to her as the female Bruce Lee. Michelle does share Bruce’s fighting skills but has dedicated herself to empowering women through a metaphysical approach to life, fitness, and health. As a result, in 2016 she was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame for altering the course of history of the martial arts, alongside Boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao. Michelle is the only woman to be given the designation of Knight Commander by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I for protecting, promoting, and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through the Lua, the heavily guarded indigenous warrior art of Hawaii. Today she is internationally well known for her accomplishments as a 10th Degree Black Belt and teacher (Kumu) of the rarely seen native Hawaiian warrior art, the Lua, she is the Chief Instructor of her own system Nā Koa (The Warriors), and teaches at UCLA. But before that, Michelle attended Kraemer Jr. High and Valencia High School. She took great pride in being heavily involved as ASB President, in DECA and FBLA, and as a competition cheerleader. Her time in PYLUSD helped prepare her for the life she was about to live. Michelle has earned a law degree, senior leadership credentials from Harvard Business School, and business credentials from George Washington University. She is working towards her PhD in Philosophy, Metaphysical Science, with an emphasis in awakening and trauma to guide others in their potential of becoming all they are meant to be and fully live out their purpose. Michelle continues to advocate for women and children surviving violence and discrimination of any kind. She instructs flight attendants, university students, real estate and high-risk professionals on personal safety. She has also been the bodyguard to basketball legend and social justice warrior, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has been an MMA color commentator, is in several films and series, and works as a film fight coordinator. Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, says Michelle is “A fierce warrior through and through”. Michelle’s journey through racism, domestic abuse, and misogyny has allowed her to discover the power she possessed and taught her how to harness, control, and express it, not just physically, but through words and silence. It inspired within her a need to seek justice and a means to achieve it—for herself and others.


Christina Lee, MSPT

Physical Therapist/Owner, Santa Ana Tustin Physical Therapy

Christina Lee is the owner of Santa Ana Tustin Physical Therapy in Santa Ana, CA. She has been the sole owner for 2 years and was co-owner for 11 years prior to 2019. Christina has been a Physical Therapist since 1992 when she graduated from University of the Pacific with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She initially attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, then transferred to CSU Fresno and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. Christina grew up in a small town in northern California and graduated from Sonora High School. Being a physical therapist has allowed Christina to travel and work in several different states and in several different settings such as hospitals and outpatient clinics. She loves the variety every day provides and working with and learning about so many different people and their paths in life. She enjoys helping clients learn about their bodies and how to make them perform better. She also serves as a clinical instructor for physical therapy interns from local PT programs.  To balance out her work life, Christina runs and hikes, spends time with her family, and cheers for her two children in their various athletic endeavors.