New York-born character actress Shelley Morrison has had a long and varied career since the early 60s.
She started out on TV in such popular shows as The Farmer's Daughter (1963) and Laredo (1965), making a career out of an assortment of ethnic roles. In films she played Indian squaws in Three Guns for Texas (1968) and Mackenna's Gold (1969), as well as minor Hispanic roles in Castle of Evil (1966), Man and Boy (1971) and Troop Beverly Hills (1989). While most people remember her with fondness as the adorably shy but spirited "Sister Sixto" who had problems mastering English (Shelley did in real life as well, as Spanish is her native language) in The Flying Nun (1967) starring Sally Field, today's audiences have been relishing her turnabout performance as the vinegary El Salvadorean housekeeper, "Rosario", the only character who doesn't mince words with Megan Mullally's socialite boss in another sitcom Will & Grace (1998). Shelley is a multi-ALMA-award nominee for her work on Will & Grace.
Shelley's acting roots are firmly entrenched in the theatre, having performed, produced and directed hosts of plays over the years in Los Angeles, New York and abroad. Dampening the enjoyment of her renewed TV success, however, has been recent battles with breast and lung cancer, which is now in remission. Shelley joins Here to Serve sharing that “In the uncertain times we are living in now every opportunity to keep the candle lit by supporting this extraordinary organization is important.”
She and her husband non-fiction writer Walter Dominguez have two dogs, a chow-collie mix named Katie and a Skye terrier mix named Charlie.
Dr. Judith Sato, MD
Dr. Judith K. Sato. M.D., is a nationally renowned researcher and pediatric oncologist specializing in the treatment of bone tumors and cancers of the body’s extremities. She is currently Professor of Pediatrics; Chair Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; Director, Musculoskeletal Tumor Program; City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, a top ten US cancer center. Her research influences a worldwide clinical cooperative group forming treatment standards for childhood cancers. Specifically, in addition to her responsibilities as director of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program, she chairs the Developmental Therapeutics Liaison Committee for the international Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
Prior to joining City of Hope, Dr. Sato was clinical director and deputy head of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she founded a Bone and Extremity Tumor Program caring for children with sarcomas and other bone tumors. Dr. Sato received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and completed her internship, residency and fellowships at CHLA. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and has published numerous papers on her promising research findings.
Rita Tateel has been working with celebrities for over 30 years -- first as director of a speakers bureau for a national non-profit organization, then as President of a celebrity booking agency, and for the last twenty-eight years, as Founder and President of The Celebrity Source, Inc. Ms. Tateel has a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Bachelors Degree in Child Development.
Over the years, Rita Tateel has developed many relationships within the celebrity community, with her company currently having access to thousands of stars from film, television, music, sports, fashion and digital in addition to other “influencers” and experts. One of Tateel’s clients calls her “the celebrity whisperer” because she is so skilled at getting celebrities to say “yes.”
Rita Tateel is also a dynamic and entertaining speaker who specializes in educating her audiences about the “art and science” of working with celebrities and their representatives. She is a frequently requested guest lecturer at UCLA, USC plus other universities and many professional organizations. She is the author of the soon to be published book “Catching Whales: How to Reel in Celebrities to Endorse Your Brand, Business or Organization.”
Ms. Tateel is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and California Festivals Association. She is also a founding member and advisor to the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants and on the Executive Committee for PRSA’s national Entertainment & Sports professional interest section. Tateel is only the third person in the 68 year history of Los Angeles Chapter of PRSA to have served two terms as its president (2008 & 2009).
Rita Tateel lives in Los Angeles with her solar contractor husband, Ted Bavin, and their cats Honey and Brie.
Henry Jordan is the chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, and also serves on the Wells Fargo Management Committee. He is based in Santa Monica, Calif.
Wells Fargo Capital Finance is the leading provider of traditional asset-based lending, specialized senior secured financing, accounts receivable financing, and purchase order financing to companies nationwide.
Henry joined the organization in 1984 as controller for Foothill Capital Corporation after several years of auditing Foothill with an outside accounting firm. He served as the chief financial officer of The Foothill Group from 1990 to 1997, was promoted to the office of the president of Foothill Capital Corporation in 1997, then named president and chief operating officer in 2000. In January 2011, Henry was named chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Henry is actively involved with his alma mater as a member of both its Board of Regents and its Business School Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Development Committee for Notre Dame Academy High School in Los Angeles.
Melanie Sauer-Beegle, M.Ed., M.B.A.
Melanie is a recognized expert in both finance and higher education. Currently, Melanie heads up business operations at California Public Radio (SCPR) as Director of Business Operations. SCPR operates news and information radio stations in Southern California, Riverside and Orange Counties, Sacramento, and Washington D.C. and is considered an industry leader in public media. She also uses her blended background in education, accounting and finance to teach online courses in Finance and Accounting for the MBA program at St. Georges University in Grenada, West Indies.
After completing a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Human Development, she held key leadership educational administration positions at University of Southern California and Scripps College among other academic institutions. At that time, Melanie was considered an industry leader, presenting on strategy and leadership development at national conferences, teaching university courses in leadership as well as being elected to regional associations and boards.
With a BA in Accounting, she added to her financial expertise by obtaining an MBA in Finance Strategy at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management. At that time, she was also recruited as Associate Director for the Executive Management Program at Drucker. In 2002, she transitioned to a career in Finance when she was invited to join Southern California Public Radio as the head of business operations.
In the community, Ms. Sauer serves on the Board of Trustees for the Child Educational Center in La Canada, California. Since 2005, she has led the Finance committee and served as their treasurer. She also provided advisory and consulting services for other social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations in theatre arts.