CNMI Board of Directors
Jose Anaya, El Camino/CACTs
Jose is the Dean of Community Advancement at El Camino College. He oversees the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies as the Statewide Initiative Director, hosted at El Camino College. He has maintained a steady relationship with the Chancellors’ Office and EWDP partners, as well as Federal and State Legislatures. Jose has 12 years of experience working as a Center Director and Statewide Director with the Advanced Manufacturing initiative. His employment in the private sector spans 17 years and includes notable advanced manufacturing firms such as Honeywell, ITT Industries and DataCard. His areas of expertise are product design, manufacturing, management, and economic and workforce development. Jose has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnics University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Diran Apelian, UC Irvine
Diran is Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, Chief Strategy Officer for the Samueli School of Engineering, and Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center at UCI. He is also Provost Emeritus and Founding Director of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI, Worcester, Mass. He received his B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University in 1968 and his doctorate in materials science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.
Christopher M. Spadaccini, Ph.D., LLNL
Christopher is the Director for the Center for Engineered Materials, Manufacturing and Optimization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He has been a member of the technical staff in the Materials Engineering Division for the past 10 years. He is currently the Principal Investigator for several advanced materials and additive manufacturing projects. He is also the founder and director of a new additive manufacturing, process development, and architected materials center. The work in these laboratories focuses on developing next-generation additive processes that are capable of micro- and nano-scale features and have the ability to create components with mixtures of materials ranging from polymers to metals and ceramics. Development of these processes also involves the synthesis and materials science of feedstocks such as photopolymers and nanoparticles. These capabilities are utilized to fabricate microarchitected materials with unique designer properties, such as negative thermal expansion. Dr. Spadaccini is also a part-time lecturer at the San Jose State University in the Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, where he teaches graduate courses in advanced transport phenomena.
Leonard Mitchell, USC
Leonard is a Clinical Professor of Economic Development at the University of Southern California. He has over 35 years of comprehensive, multi-level experience as a Counselor at Law and Consultant to Executive Level Management in the areas of business law, business workouts, corporate acquisitions, and multiple business and financial experience. He served as Staff Consultant to the Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary for The Honorable Peter Rodino, and conducted a national study on “Hostile Corporate Takeovers: Their Financing and Related Implications in Financial Markets and on Employment.” In addition, he has spent a significant amount of time over the last 14 years researching and developing background information on eco-industrial parks and sustainable communities. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Goddard College, an MBA from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law from the Antioch School of Law.
Gene Russell, MANEX (MEP)
Gene is CEO and Executive Director of Manex and has over 30 years of senior executive strategic planning, operation management and consulting experience in the manufacturing and technology sector. Prior to joining Manex, he led companies within several rapidly changing industries including telecommunications, wireless mobile, consumer electronics, and major appliances. Gene was CEO of Pilgrim Home and Hearth where he was instrumental in restructuring operations in the U.S. and China, diversified and revamped product lines, expanded distribution channels domestically and internationally and developed a management team that produced results. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jim Watson, CMTC (MEP)
Jim is President and CEO of CMTC. He began at CMTC in 1999 as Vice President of Business Development and transitioned to the position of Vice President of Operations in 2001 which he held for the past 10 years until he assumed his role as CEO in 2011. With over 30 years of management experience in the areas of strategic planning, operations management, organizational design, sales and marketing and cultural alignment, he brings a wide range of knowledge to his current position. Prior to joining CMTC, Jim worked at Western Airlines as Vice President of Passenger and Cargo Sales and then was Vice President and General Manager of SuperShuttle International before moving to Anchor Audio as the Vice President of Sales and General Manager Europe. Jim holds a Bachlelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Northridge.