Westmont Magazine New Trustees Add Voice, Experience to Board
Six new members joined the board of trustees, four are Westmont alumni, including Denise Jackson ’78, Jordan Jackson ’89, Todd Mattson ’89 and Karen (Yttrup) Robilio ’90. Tremper Longman III, who taught at the college for nearly 20 years, and Roxanne Hughes Packham, who has served as an ex officio member of the board, are serving on the board as well. The new trustees, who serve three-year terms, had their first meeting in October.
“They all know the college well, and they’ve been active and valued members of our community,” says Gayle D. Beebe, president of Westmont. “I welcome their insights and appreciate the contributions they’ve already made and will continue to make.”
Denise, a native of Los Angeles who spent her formative years in Pasadena, graduated from Westmont with a degree in political science and later earned a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in organizational development at American University. She has spent her career almost exclusively in human resources and higher education and currently is senior director of human resources for Pacific Clinics, a large non-profit behavioral healthcare provider. An instructor for UCLA Extension, Denise has taught talent acquisition there for 21 years and works with human resources internships.
Jordan has owned and operated Security Central, an electronic security and safety services company in Denver, for the last 28 years. The National Philanthropic Association named Security Central the 2018 Colorado Small Business of the Year. Previously, he served as chair of the Elder Board at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and as president of the Colorado Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. He and his wife, Holli Green Jackson ’89, are the parents of Parker (28), Madison ’17 (26), and Colton (24).
Todd joined Pro-Line Racing in 1991 to head up marketing efforts. He returned to school to earn an MBA at the University of Redlands in 1997, and now serves as president and managing partner of Pro-Line Racing. The company, located in Banning, Calif., manufactures and markets aftermarket accessories for radio-controlled model cars and employs 38 people. Todd serves on the board of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and is president of the Redlands Christian School Board. He married alumna Amie Wallin Mattson ’90, , and they have four children: Trevor (25), Tyler (22), Marissa (20), and Thomas ’22 (20).
Karen earned her California State Secondary Teaching Credential and became a public school teacher for three years. After that, she moved into a career as an interior designer. More than 20 years ago, she launched her own design business in residential projects with clients up and down the West Coast, from the San Juan Islands to San Francisco, to Rancho Santa Fe and abroad. She is a member of the Institute for Classical Architecture. Along with her husband, Drew, who is a physician, they live in Santa Barbara with their three children: Peter (18), Andrew (14), and Elisabeth (11).
Tremper graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, earned a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, and completed a doctorate in ancient Near Eastern studies at Yale University. He served as the Robert H. Gundry professor in biblical studies at Westmont, teaching Old Testament classes from 1998 until he retired in 2017. He continues to serve the college as a distinguished scholar of biblical studies. He speaks and teaches frequently and has written or co-authored more than 35 books, including interdisciplinary works, books with psychologist Dan Allender, works on history and historiography, and textbooks.
Roxanne, an accomplished interior designer, operates her own business, Sunset and Magnolia: Gracious Spaces. Her designs have appeared in numerous magazines. She and her daughter, Hannah, co-wrote “Inspired Design” and co-founded Inspired31, a ministry of mentorship between mothers and daughters. Roxanne studied at the Sorbonne and Cité Universitaire in Paris and graduated from USC, Paris Fashion Institute, and FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She lives in Camarillo, Calif., with her husband, Scott, and near their two children, Justin and Hannah, who both graduated from Westmont.