Tony Berbiglia, Board Member
Mr. Berbiglia is a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm, and leads the Los Angeles office’s Financial Services audit group. Tony has more than 31 years of experience, including over 20 years as a partner with board room experience. Tony has served on a number of public and private financing companies, banks, broker-dealers, investment advisors, and investment funds in the southern California marketplace. Tony assists his clients in the areas of internal controls, risk management, M&A transactions, and complex accounting matters, as well as provides attest services.
Mr. Berbiglia has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from California State University at Long Beach and is a Certified Public Accountant.
James M. Limbaugh, Ph.D., Ex-Officio Member
Dr. Limbaugh is the ninth president of West Los Angeles College (West). As president, he has prioritized the establishment of academic programs and services that reflect the needs of the communities served by West. Under his leadership, West created the first degrees in Climate Change Studies and Creativity Studies, and has established the first fully functioning sound stage at any community college in the United States.
Dr. Limbaugh is committed to student success. He is dedicated to ensuring that every student earns a degree, certificate, or transfers to a four-year university. Under Dr. Limbaugh’s leadership the College has gained national recognition as Best Online College (pre-pandemic) and the Dental Hygiene baccalaureate program remains one of the top in the State of California.
First Lady, Trish Limbaugh has been an invaluable partner for Dr. Limbaugh. She founded the Basic Needs Program, comprised of the West Food Pantry and West Wardrobe, to address food and housing insecurity, and students’ need for professional attire.
Dr. Limbaugh holds a Ph. D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Texas A & M University.
Erik I. Moreno, Board Member
Mr. Moreno is Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and M&A at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning function, developing growth strategies for the studio, identifying potential partnership or acquisition prospects and managing other business opportunities alongside SPE’s senior executive team.
Mr. Moreno serves on the Board of Strada Education Network, an Indianapolis-based non-profit focusing on higher education completion, and is a Board Overseer for The School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Moreno is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Monica Rincon, Board Member
Monica Rincon is the Senior Manager, Aircraft Line Maintenance Hub, at Los Angeles Airport for American Airlines. The Line Maintenance LAX station has over 400 mechanics, 30 overnight aircrafts, and 90 flights a day. In her role, she provides strategic direction in maintenance workload, resources, and activities for terminal and hangar operations. Ms. Rincon is responsible for meeting and exceeding the stations key performance indicators including safety, compliance, and financial & operational performance goals. She implements the organization’s plan, processes, and policies and procedures. Ms. Rincon prepares short- and long-term plans for the area.
Ms. Rincon earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Brooklyn College, New York and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, New York. She is licensed in Airframe and Powerplant maintenance.
Adolfo Romero, Board Member
Adolfo Romero is the Vice President of Programming and Events for SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.
In this role, Mr. Romero is responsible for the programming and development of events across SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, which includes the 6,000-seat YouTube Theater. These events are: The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel, Leagues Cup Showcase, Super Bowl LVI, and Concacaf Gold Cup Final in July 2023. Mr. Romero is a member of the LOC for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Host Committee
Prior to joining SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, Mr. Romero was the Senior Director of International Events for Major League Soccer where he oversaw the placement of international soccer matches at venues across North America and managed game day revenues.
Dr. Linda Rose, Board Member
Dr. Rose is an alumna of West Los Angeles College. She is the immediate past president of Santa Ana College and former president of Southwest College. She served in multiple leadership roles while at Cerritos College and has experience in 2-year and 4-year university settings.
Dr. Rose is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Orange County Influencer for Good, Education honoree; Distinguished Alumni Award-I Lead for Change-Inaugural Banner Campaign at California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Los Angeles Extraordinary Leaders-Vanguard Award, Los Angeles 100 Most Influential African Americans, among others.
Dr. Rose has served on several boards and councils and has been an active member of the community. Most recently, she was featured in Orange Coast Magazine, 35 Kickass Women (2020). She is a frequent guest speaker on educational issues. Dr. Rose is passionate about helping students succeed in college and career.
Dr. Rose holds a BA and MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an Ed.D. from UCLA.
Sapna Shah, Board Member
Sapna Shah, CFA, CAIA is a Managing Director at Angeles Investments. In her role, she works with institutional investment funds on formulating and implementing strategic asset allocation and investment portfolio structure as well as policy development. Prior to joining Angeles in 2021, Sapna spent 13 years at PIMCO where she served as a senior member of the U.S. institutional corporate client management team before leading a number of global initiatives as Head of Corporate Responsibility and through her role as Executive Director of the PIMCO Foundation. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2007, she was with the equity research group of JPMorgan Asset Management as well as the finance department of SKS Microfinance. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.
She is proud to sit on the Board of the West LA College Foundation and help advance its mission to provide equitable access to education and career pathways. She is also a Board member for Los Angeles Education Partnership, which cultivates the resilience and achievement of educators, children and families through collaboration and educational equity.
Albert Vera, Jr., Board Member
Mr. Vera was elected to the City Council of Culver City in 2020. He is a member of several non-profit organizations serving Culver City residents. As the owner of Sorrento Italian Market he is a staple of the community and involved in philanthropic work. Mr. Vera is often seen providing food and groceries to those in need. His father, Albert Vera Sr., a former Culver City Council Member himself, has a street named in his honor on the campus of West Los Angeles College. The Vera Family has a longstanding relationship with the College.
Etelvina De La Torre, Director
Dr. De La Torre is the director of the West Los Angeles College Foundation. She is passionate about creating access to higher education and student success for low-income community college students. As a Latina and first-generation college student she understands the challenges facing historically underrepresented students in higher education and believes that education is the greatest equalizer in life.
Dr. De La Torre has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. During her career, Dr. De La Torre has secured philanthropic support for important causes. Her work in higher education, healthcare, public interest law, social justice, and behavioral health have given her a unique perspective on the plight of underserved and unrepresented communities.
Dr. De La Torre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Science in Public Administration, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, Phi Kappa Phi, and served as commissioner with the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. Dr. De La Torre was honored as the Woman of the Year in the area of Nonprofit management, by the 32nd Senatorial District in 2017.