2017 Summer Session

Unlock Your Potential
Thursday, July 20, 2017


About MMASC's Summer Session
The Summer Session is one of four premier annual events provide by MMASC and its partners. This one-day conference includes professional development sessions on important topics facing the profession, as well as networking opportunities for MMASC members and sponsors. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations to tap into the expertise of regional leaders and gain exposure to best practices. 


Ontario Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764



9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Check-in beginning at 8:30 AM
Networking reception immediately following the program

Registration is now closed.  Click here to view photos from the event

Registration Rates

Early Bird Registration
(Through July 7)
Regular Registration
(July 7 - July 18)
MMASC Member $95 $105
Non-Member $105 $115
MMASC Student Member $65 $75

Cancellations received prior to July 6, 2017, will receive 100% refund.
Cancellations received between July 7 - July 13, 2017, will receive 50% refund. 
Substitutions from the same agency or organization will be allowed until 72 hours prior to the Summer Session. 


(sessions subject to change) 
8:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

 9:00 AM

Welcome & MMASC Opening Remarks

 9:15 AM

Grants 101

Presented by Arminé Chaparyan, Community Development Director, City of San Gabriel

Ms. Chaparyan will provide attendees with a grant management 101 session encompassing grant writing, solicitation, and development. She will explore how grant management is an art in and of itself and vital for local government. With levels of funding continuing to decrease nationally, she will share her experiences in securing grant funding with attendees so you can learn how to obtain the grants you apply for to enhance your community. She will encourage attendees to remember a few key takeaways on the Do's and Don'ts of grant writing, solicitation, administration, and reporting.

About Arminé Chaparyan:  Ms. Chaparyan joined the City of San Gabriel in December 2014 as the Community Development Director. Prior to this role, she most recently served as the Housing and Community Preservation Manager and Interim City Clerk at the City of Santa Clarita and Senior Project Manager at the City of Ontario Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Agency. As a result, her vast experience includes the management of major redevelopment projects while serving as the lead negotiator, the management of CDBG programs including grants for 14 non-profits and housing rehabilitation programs, the implementation of infill housing developments, single-family rehabilitation programs, and first-time home-buyer programs in Ontario, the implementation of the City of San Gabriel's City Council's adopted Specific Plan for the revitalization efforts of Old Town Newhall, and the creation of an economic development program for San Gabriel's downtown including construction of a $25 million public library.

10:15 AM


10:30 AM

Strategic Planning Session

Presented by Aram Chaparyan, Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Labor Negotiator, City of Torrance

Mr. Chaparyan will share with attendees his lessons learned from managing the City of Torrance’s Strategic Plan for the past five years and the City’s efforts to monitor the plan's key performance indicators.  He will highlight the value of developing City committees that represent all segments of your unique communities to ensure that everyone contributes to the strategic planning process and is engaged in planning the future of the community.  He will help attendees understand the importance of structuring strategic plans that are inclusive of an action plan that outlines and provides direction on implementing the plan, tracking the progress of identified performance indicators, and communicating with the community. He will also reveal the challenges staff experienced in managing the initial 186 key performance indicators. The City of Torrance’s lessons learned in updating its Strategic Plan and engaging the community will provide you with a framework to develop or update a Strategic Plan in collaboration with the community you serve.

About Aram Chaparyan:  Mr. Chaparyan started his public sector journey as a Management Intern with the City Manager's Office at the City of Torrance in 2001. Since that time, he has promoted to the Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Labor Negotiator at the City. He currently provides daily operational support and oversight including management of the workforce, land management, special projects, and labor relations. His experience includes managing transit operations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, implementing major citywide reorganizations, and updating the City's Strategic Plan. He is a major proponent of talent management, organization readiness and building a solid bench to recruit and retain quality employees. Mr. Chaparyan is also active with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UC Irvine Alumni Association serving as a mentor, hosting students for externships and serving on career panels.

 12:00 PM

Etiquette Luncheon 

Presented by Kathy Pellegrino, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development/Employer Relations, University of La Verne

Do you get nervous when you have to attend a lunch or dinner meeting and worry that you will grab the wrong bread plate? Do you know your salad fork from your dinner one? Do you often have issues carrying a conversation?

Well don't worry, you're not alone and this session is for you. Come hear from the University of La Verne, as speaker Kathy Pellegrino goes over some tips, tricks, and ideas to help you during your next formal lunch or dinner meeting as we go over some etiquette do's and don'ts.

About Kathy Pellegrino: Kathy has 14 years of combined experience in higher education and in the corporate sector. She has been in a lead role in Student Services and is highly knowledgeable of the key successful elements in student retention and graduation rate. Her most recent experience is as Director of Career Services where she developed and maintained partnerships and collaborative efforts with businesses and companies in various industries for employment and internship opportunities. She provided career advisement, internship and job search services, and outreach programs to students and alumni as well as serving as a member of the campus Program Advisory Committee. In her current position, Kathy is responsible for employment training workshops: to include resume and cover letter preparation, job search strategies, graduate school application process and interview skills. Also she plays a role in faculty development to coordinate and customize seminars, and workshops based on student needs assessment and faculty requests. She manages the department events, graduate interns and career counselors. She continually develops and maintains solid employer and community partnerships. Her cross-functional initiatives and identification of positive outcomes for complex, confidential and sensitive issues has played an important role for the success of the Career Services department on campus.
 12:45 PM

Call for Executive Board Nominations 

 1:15 PM Leveraging Organizational and Professional Challenges
Presented by Ben Siegel, City Manager, City of San Juan Capistrano &
Jacob Green, Assistant City Manager, City of San Juan Capistrano

Mr. Siegel was appointed City Manager of the City of San Juan Capistrano in February 2016, after nearly 30% of the City’s positions had been vacated and the organization had a reputation for political and professional instability.  Mr. Siegel had to build a new executive team and City workforce, address an unsustainable litigation profile, transition the City to district elections, and rebuild a culture that had been negatively impacted by external and internal strife.  Today, just 18 months after assuming the City Manager position, the culture is being revitalized and the City has a promising future with a myriad of new development projects, including two downtown hotels and numerous other innovative development projects, on the horizon. 

Mr. Siegel and his Assistant City Manager Jacob Green will share the successes, blunders, and lessons learned from the last 18 months, including their perspectives on how to make a positive impact in any public sector environment and how their respective backgrounds and roles in other organizations have given them the ability to work as a strong City Manager/Assistant City Manager team.    

Key Takeaways
  • Determine top priorities in times of stress
  • Creative thinking to identify hidden opportunities
  • Help team members become more comfortable with change and uncertainty
  • Improve work environment and culture among your team
  • Understand how to evaluate career development opportunities to maximize public sector impact 
About Ben Siegel:  Ben Siegel has served as San Juan Capistrano’s City Manager since February 2016. Ben has spent his entire career in public service and previously worked for the cities of Encinitas, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. He has broad experience in city government, with extensive knowledge in the areas of land use and development, transportation and public infrastructure. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA and completed his Master of Public Administration Degree at Cal State Fullerton. He also received a certificate in Construction and Development Management from UC Irvine. Ben is passionate about making government more effective and training tomorrow’s public sector leaders. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Public Administration program at Cal State Fullerton and created the City Management Fellowship Program, which enables high-performing students to learn directly from local city managers outside of the typical classroom environment. He received the Stewardship Award from the Municipal Management Association of Southern California in recognition of his contributions to the profession.

About Jacob Green:  Jacob Green serves as the Assistant City Manager for San Juan Capistrano with responsibility for oversight of the Community Services Department, Human Resources Department, Information Technology, Media Relations/Communications, Public Safety Liaison, and Special Projects/Programs. During his previous 11 years with the City of Ontario, California, he served in numerous roles including Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Business Operations Director, Police Administrative Director, and began his tenure in Ontario as the Emergency Manager. Jacob also had previous Emergency Management positions with the City of Santa Ana and the City of Fountain Valley, and began his public service career as a Police Dispatcher. Jacob holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Public and Community Service, and a minor in Management from the University of California, Irvine. Jacob recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Western University and received certification from the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Jacob has received numerous awards for his community service leadership, including the National Caring Award, the Orange County Human Relations Award, and the Gene Lentzner Humanitarian Award. Jacob is a professional public speaker who lectures nationally on leadership, organizational development, and leveraging adversity.

 2:15 PM


 2:30 PM

Cover Letter Session

Presented by Dr. Gail Marie Horton-Treser, University of La Verne 

Having a good cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview or having your resume ignored. A good cover letter complements a resume making it stand out from the applicant pool. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Gail Marie Horton-Treser has taught thousands of students at the University of La Verne on creating cover letter in a competitive job market. This interactive session will discuss the importance of writing a cover letter and tips on writing a more effective cover letter for each job. 

About Dr. Gail Marie Horton-Treser:  After graduating from the University of La Verne, began teaching in the Azusa Unified School District.  Several years later Dr. Horton was promoted to the District Office in administration to coordinate the State and Federal Projects for 17 schools.  After 10 years in public organizations, she joined private industry and became the Founder and CEO of California Computer Schools, Inc. and CCS Interactive – two very successful technology organizations during her 30 years of leadership.  During her career, she became civically active as a city Planning Commissioner and then entered the political arena when she was elected to office as a City Councilwoman.  Giving back through non-profit organizations, Dr. Horton founded the Upland Police Foundation serving as President for over 22 years, was a Board Trustee for San Antonio Hospital for 9 years, and was chairperson and vice chair, and member on many other non-profit entities.  Dr. Horton has been teaching at the University of La Verne since 2006:  In Business, she teaches Achieving Professional Success and in Public Administration she has taught Intro to Public Administration, Management of Information Technology in Public Administration, and co-taught Strategic Planning & Management. 

 3:15 PM

Tools to Enhance Your Professional and Organization's LinkedIn Presence

Join the Human Resources team from Rancho Cucamonga to learn why you should be optimizing your LinkedIn profile, even if you are not searching for a new job, and how HR professionals are using the platform to build their employer brands and search for great candidates.
 4:00 PM

Networking Reception

Summer Session Committee

Nicholas Gonzalez, Co-Chair City of Ontario
Amber Haston, Co-Chair City of Costa Mesa
Ryan Hallett City of Laguna Beach
Lori Karaguezian Orange County Sanitation District
Paolo Kespradit City of Alhambra
Jackie Wong City of San Gabriel 

Contact Information

For questions or more information regarding the 2017 Summer Session, please contact the Summer Session Co-Chairs, Nick Gonzalez and Amber Haston at summersession@mmasc.org