Speakers 2022

Betsy Biern:

As CEO of one of the largest Make-A-Wish chapters in the nation, Betsy leads a team of 30 staff members as they design innovative and joyful wish experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses. Her fundraising experience has helped the chapter grow its annual budget to more than $10 million through philanthropic support, which is the chapter’s only source of revenue. During her tenure, Betsy has developed a strategic plan for the organization, diversified fundraising revenue streams, and focused on strengthening the organization’s governance to ensure its long-term stability. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she initiated a reemergence plan that has strengthened the organization’s financial position and reserves while also updating a strategic plan for the chapter’s programming and fundraising efforts. 

Throughout her career, Betsy has designed and conducted nearly 20 successful fundraising campaigns for a variety of leading non-profit organizations. These campaigns each had goals of raising $2 million to $1 billion in support of critical causes such as global health, relief and development, basic science research, public policy, professional associations, and the arts. 

Betsy grows and manages teams of volunteers to support vital missions of organizations that work to improve the quality of life in their communities, across the country, and throughout the world. She has led numerous non-profit boards in efforts to better govern and support important institutions across the country. 

CC Shaw:

CC Shaw is a junior boarding student at Santa Catalina school. She plays an important role in the thespian part of the Santa Catalina Community. Currently, she is working on the play Radium Girls along with the musical Adams Family. CC works hard as the head of Cookie club along with Ecco and other club commitments. Additionally, she works as a student committee member in Health and Wellbeing, as an Admissions Ambassador, an NHS co-head, a member of the AWAKE program, and the JDRF Top fundraiser. In her free time, she loves baking, photography, acting, and singing. As a TEDx speaker, she will be using her voice to advocate and enlighten others on the topic of OCD. CC aspires for people to become more educated on the topic and in doing so, more compassionate and understanding to those around them.

Chris Cook :

Chris Cook came to California American Water in 2015 as Assistant Engineering Manager and was promoted to Engineering Manager the following year. Since 2018, Chris has served in his current roles as Director of Operations, guiding the Central Division’s operations, $30 million operating budget, union relations, and safety culture. Chris also continues to work with engineering on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

Before joining California American Water, Chris held engineering positions as an R&D engineer and engineering consultant. He also served a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa.

Chris went to All Saints in Carmel Valley. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The University of California, San Diego, and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Chris brings a hometown pride, collaborative management style and an engaging enthusiasm to his work, as well as more than 15 years of experience in engineering, project and workforce management.

Courtney Moore:

​​Courtney Moore is an intuitive healer based in the Bay Area. After graduating from Santa Catalina in 2002 she studied philosophy of medicine at Bryn Mawr College; followed her intuition to take time off to study massage therapy in New Zealand; came back to the Bay Area to get a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine; connected with a Catalina alum to study acupuncture in Taiwan; and formally honed her intuition at psychic school in Portland, OR. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she is slowly making her house a home. Find her online at www.intuitivemedicine.org.

Arthur Berlanga:

Art Berlanga, they call him “Coach B,” is an educator, football coach, motivational speaker, winners-mindset coach, leadership coach, and author. Coach Berlanga has been teaching both young people and adults for twelve (12) years and coaching football for fifteen (15). Coach B has been awarded the KSBW Actions News 8 “Golden Whistle Coach Award” for his leadership and influence in his community, named Coach of the Year, recognized as the “Leader of the Year” for the City of Gonzales (California), awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps and Glazier Clinics with the “Semper Fi Coach Award” of Northern California, received the “Who’s Who Alumni Award” from his alma mater university, and recently became a 2-time Amazon #1 Best-selling co-author and an International Best-selling co-author. If you can’t find coach Berlanga teaching in the classroom or coaching on the football field, you can find him motivational speaking. Most notably, coach Berlanga was selected as a Top 20 speaker to speak at Les Brown’s Power Voice Summit IV (Les Brown is arguably the most influential speaker of all-time), a two-time keynote speaker for The Comeback Champion Summit, and recently, spoke for Northwestern Mutual “Leading The Way Conference.” Coach Berlanga has a Bachelor’s Degree in English-literature and Masters Degree in Kinesiology-Physical Education. Coach grew up in Soledad, California (Monterey County) and currently resides in Salinas, CA, with his wife Jessica and their two children.