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festival’s *cofounders and the festival committee.
Orange Coast College: www.orangecoastcollege.edu/
Festival Event Sponsor
Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California’s beautiful beaches, was founded in 1948 with an opening day enrollment of 500 students. In the years since, it has grown into one of the nation’s largest — and finest — community colleges, enrolling more than 28,000 students each semester. Featuring exceptional facilities and the latest in computer and high-tech equipment, OCC offers more than 130 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. Nearly half the students on campus are enrolled in one of OCC’s career and technical programs.
Furthermore, Orange Coast College ranks first out of Orange County’s nine community colleges in the number of students it transfers to the University of California and California State University systems. Over the past decade, nearly 16,000 OCC students have transferred to UC and CSU campuses. Additionally, many Orange Coast students go on to transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the nation. The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Barry Ackerman is the Executive Producer and cofounder of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. He has been involved in the Conference and Festival Industry for over 30 years. As Founder and CEO of InfoMedix / InfoMedia, Barry created the largest conference recording company in the industry, servicing over 3,000 conferences in 54 countries. More than 2 million people have benefited from the tapes and CDs produced by his company.
He has been an active leader in the community, having served as President of a community association of over 900 homes. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Irvine and works with the youth of the community. He was recently appointed as a Vice President of the OLLI senior education program at the University of California, Irvine. Barry and his artistically talented wife, Gayle, have lived in Orange County for over 45 years. They have two grown sons, a Cambodian foster son and three very active grandsons who love to read.
Pat Burns (email Pat) is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Passionate about family literacy, and introducing children and teens to the wonderful world of books, Pat continues to lead the charge with expanding the highest standard of excellence for the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Additionally, Pat is a celebrity journalist for GRAND Magazine and the author of Grandparents Rock: The Grandparenting Guide for the Rock-n-Roll Generation.
Entrepreneurship, business development and event planning have been a part of Pat’s 40-year career. As a professional speaker, Pat has presented keynote addresses and countless workshops to business groups, associations and corporations throughout North America on sales, marketing, management and leadership. Pat applies her wealth of knowledge, her own special brand of uniqueness, experience and devotion to her work with the Orange County Children’s Book Festival.
Orange County through and through: Pat attended elementary school at the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, is a Tustin High graduate, a Chapman University alumni and a lifelong Costa Mesa resident. Her two grown daughters are living in Orange County and Colorado. Pat is also the VERY proud grandmother of Dylan, Skye, Cosette and Zeke – the most remarkable kids on the entire planet.