PATH2HappiSuccess Announces 2019 Advisory Board

Orange County Luminaries Devote Expertise to Helping Students and Those in Transition Find Career Happiness and Success.

COTO DE CAZA, Calif., May 8, 2019 — PATH2HappiSuccess™ is pleased to announce its 2019 advisory board, a group of Orange County luminaries devoted to sharing their expertise to support the firm’s mission to help individuals find happy and successful careers based on what makes them unique. The PATH2HappiSuccess student and career transition programs were created by Dr. Richard Ellison, who previously founded the Orange-County-based Environmental Solutions Inc. and then became the CEO of a nearly half-billion-dollar environmental engineering firm. He is also the author of the respected business book, Career Happiness and Success.
“We are honored to have on our advisory board an illustrious group of talented and experienced individuals who are devoting their time to help us share the PATH2HappiSuccess program with students and individuals in our quest to help others find career happiness and success,” Ellison said.
The PATH2HappiSuccess advisory board members are (in alphabetical order):

Cheryl Ann Ellison

“As a wife, mother, business woman, ordained minister, author and public speaker, I strive to empower others to realize their full potential. Path2HappiSuccess provides a roadmap to make educated choices about college majors and careers for lifelong success and happiness.”

Cheryl Ann Ellison is a former standout athlete at Penn State and has enjoyed much success in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Recognized as an innovative and inspiring leader, Ellison has produced National Award-Winning Event Services and has a proven record of elevating organizations into top performing entities. Ellison is the CEO and Founder of (Southern California’s premiere Wedding Management Company) as well as the Executive Director of Women’s Inter-National Leading Ladies and has hosted and pioneered inspirational conferences, television and online productions and special events including The California Women’s Conference, Tennis Runway, Balanced 4 Life and An Overnight Success. In her roles as wife, mother, business woman, ordained minister, author and public speaker, she seeks to empower others to realize their highest and most significant potential in business and in life. Ellison has a B.A. in Communications & Broadcasting from Penn State University and has completed graduate studies in Business/Public Relations/Sports Management at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Chip Espinoza

“As a university educator, dean and author of a series of books on integrating millennials into the workplace, the topic of finding your path to a successful and happy career is close to my heart. The PATH2HappiSucess program helps millennials get on the right track to help them achieve their goals of a happy and successful career.”

Dr. Chip Espinoza

Dr. Chip Espinoza is an expert consultant and keynote speaker on millennials at work. He is the co-author of best-selling business books Millennials@Work:The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness at Work and Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce. Espinoza is the content expert for CNN on the subject of generational diversity in the workplace. He is also the Dean of Strategy & Innovation at Vanguard University of Southern California.

Lisa Flom

“Path2 provides students and those in career transition an opportunity to invest in themselves and create a brighter, better future than they could have imagined.”

Lisa Flom

Lisa Flom is a consultant for media, non-profit, business development and strategic partnerships. She has served as VP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Developments for Women in Technology International (WITI). She was previously a National Account Executive with LexisNexis and a researcher and writer for Fox News in New York. She also served as an Adjunct Professor of Research for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Richard Franzi

“In working with CEOs and senior executives, I realize the importance of workers finding the right careers for their unique personalities and aptitudes. Utilizing the PATH2HappiSuccess program ensures a happier, more engaged and successful workplace.”

Richard Franzi

Richard Franzi is the founder and CEO of Critical Mass for Business. As a CEO Peer Groups® leader, Franzi facilitates peer learning sessions with CEOs and senior executives at middle market companies. His experience as the former president of Delphi’s Connection Systems Division enables him to uniquely understand the challenges and opportunities. He is also the author of numerous business books, including the best-selling business book Killing Cats Leads to Rats (released March 2018), which looks at the unintended consequences of business decisions. Franzi is a sought-after speaker on topics of interest to mid-market CEOs and business owners and has spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Shannon Johnson

“Building my business with the sole mission to help young adults find their purpose in life is why I am honored to be partnered with PATH2HappiSuccess. Together, we can make a greater impact on happiness in the workforce!”

Shannon Johnson is the founder and success mentor of Stand Out and Get Hired Inc., which has the mission of inspiring ambitious college students to take action in preparing to embark on careers in which they will thrive. Johnson’s passion for people has been the common denominator of her success throughout her 25-year career in Corporate America. She worked for leading Fortune 500 companies in the retail, staffing and pharmaceutical industries. Holding positions in management, marketing, recruiting and sales, she has always been attracted to innovation and addicted to influencing others to think differently and get better every day.

Mario Rodriguez

“As the chief mentor for the Hispanic 100’s Mentor Program, I have worked with hundreds of college students. Finding their best majors and top careers is a challenge. The PATH2HappiSuccess program is a proven solution in helping them achieve their dreams of successful and happy career paths.”

Mario Rodriguez

Mario Rodriguez is the Founder and Chairman of the Hispanic 100 and CEO of Jonathan Grey Associates. Hispanic 100 is a leading national group of Hispanic leaders who are devoted to developing leadership, advocacy and education programs for the Hispanic community. He is also the founder of the Hispanic 100 Foundation Mentorship Program, which was created to provide a conduit for young, goal-driven Latino students between the ages of 18 and 25 to become successful business and civic leaders by establishing mentoring relationships between them and highly successful Hispanic professionals within the Hispanic 100 organization and community.

Lisa Telles

“As someone who is transitioning from a 30-year career as a chief communications officer for a government agency to working for herself, I am finding that what really makes you happy can be hard to pin down when inundated with responsibilities and constant input. The Path2HappiSuccess program provides clarity and a plan to move in a direction that can lead to an exciting and previously unimagined future.”

Lisa Telles recently formed Lisa Telles Communications, a sole proprietorship focused on developing and implementing communication plans and integrated marketing programs to help businesses, non-profits and associations develop personalized communication programs. Formerly, Lisa was the Chief Communications Officer for California’s largest toll road network for thirty years, reporting directly to the CEO, and a member of the executive team for 17 years. As COO, she managed all aspects of communication strategy including marketing, media relations, community outreach, customer communication, user experience, social media, special events, publications and issue management for complicated and controversial topics in a political setting with numerous detractors. Lisa was appointed to the position of Acting CEO by the Board of Directors for eight months (2012–2013) during recruitment of a new CEO.

Doug Wooley

“I firmly believe that knowledge is a very powerful tool if used properly. Path2HappiSuccess is the tool that will start students on the road to success and provides the self-knowledge for a successful career. I’m happy to be a part of the program because I’m able to help shape tomorrow’s leaders today.”

Doug Wooley

Doug Wooley is the project director at ProPath Inc., an Orange County-based firm that provides training and job placement services through government grants to dislocated workers, people with disabilities, transitioning veterans and their families. Wooley is an experienced project director with a demonstrated history in the non-profit organization management industry. He is skilled in public affairs, non-profit organizations, coaching, fundraising, partnership creation and communication. He holds an MA from Cal State Fullerton and an MBA from the University of Redlands.

About the PATH2HappiSuccess Programs
The PATH2HappiSuccess Career Transition program is designed for people who are seeking the best career options that utilize their proven expertise and natural talents. The Student program is for high school and college students who are seeking their best majors and top careers.
Both programs utilize proven testing technologies, including the “16 Personalities” and MAPP aptitude® tests and the Strong Interest Inventory® along with Dr. Ellison’s proprietary testing and evaluation process. The programs identify the user’s top career options and help them navigate ONetOnline, the U.S. Department of Labor’s complicated yet robust career database to gather more information on educational requirements, salary and long-term outlook.

About PATH2HappiSuccess
PATH2HappiSuccess college and career transition programs empower students and adults to find lifelong career success and happiness. Utilizing proven personality and aptitude tests, integrated with a proprietary process developed by Dr. Richard Ellison, author of Career Happiness and Success, PATH2HappiSuccess identifies each person’s top career choice and best college major based on their unique personality, aptitude, interests, preferences and natural traits. For more information, visit

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