Board of Directors

Jim Dowling, owner/president of Dowling Construction, Inc, is a small business owner and an amateur historian. Jim has been a judge at the local, county and state level for National History Day and now is the judge captain for Historical Papers at the state level. Jim is also a judge for the “We The People” Constitutional Convention for county eighth grade students.

Through his involvement with history projects and competition, Jim was introduced to the San Diego Economic Education Council. Jim is a firm believer that economic and historical education goes hand in hand and is imperative to create future productive citizens

Jim Dowling lives with his wife Martha and six daughters in Jamul California.

Janet Mulder is a retired U.S. History teacher. Janet’s service to education and to her community has been recognized through many prestigious awards including the California Civic Education Leader Award and the California History Day Educator of Merit Award. She is a two-time Teacher of the Year, the California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year, and the Jamul Kiwanis Citizen of the Year.

Although retired, Janet continues her service to education by serving on the Jamul Dulzura School District School Board, Secretary of the Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group, Congressional District Coordinator of We the People and Project Citizen, Secretary of the Greater San Diego Council for the Social Studies, San Diego History Day Coordinator, and many others.

Janet earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S. in Business/Marketing with Honors from San Diego State University and holds a Life Teaching Credential – Multiple Subjects K-12 – Adult. She holds a Masters in Governance from the California School Boards Association. Other post-baccalaureate education includes studies at the University of Pennsylvania,

Rohn Trieglaff, CLU, AIF® owns and operates a boutique fiduciary employee benefit consulting business. He specializes in company retirement and group insurance plans. He has been a volunteer board member of the Economic Education Foundation of San Diego (EconEd) for the past nineteen years and is currently the presiding President. Rohn is also a board member of California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and the San Diego Center for Economic Education (SDCEE). Rohn was the 2008 recipient of CCEE’s Adam’s Apple Award.

Anthony Zambelli, J.D. has been an instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department at Cuyamaca College since 1979. He is a recipient of the Cuyamaca College President’s Award, the Award for Teaching Excellence and the Rainbow Award for service to the college community. He also received the Alfred Lord Whitehead Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Redlands.

Dr. Zambelli received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1972, and in Economics in 1974 at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his Master of Arts degree in Economics from Fresno State University in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate from National University in 1990. He has received a number of academic honors including the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Scholarship and the West Publishing Award of Outstanding Legal Scholastic Achievement. He was a California State Scholar, a Congressional Intern, and attended the Institute for Comparative Economic and Political Systems at Georgetown University and the Institute on Entrepreneurial Education at Pepperdine University..

Dr. Zambelli is a member of the Spring Valley Kiwanis where he has been Kiwanian of the Year and served as President.

In memoriam

Charles F. Gorder, Sr., was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on November 9, 1925. He attended public schools in Aberdeen and in Oakes, North Dakota. After one year at North Dakota State, Chuck entered the Naval Academy graduating June 6, 1947. During his active duty, the Navy sent Chuck to law school from which he graduated in 1955 and became what is now known as a Navy Jag Officer. He retired from the Navy in 1967, moved to San Diego, and has been practicing law in San Diego ever since. Chuck was a founding member of the Board of Econ-Ed and was its first president. He served on the Board continuously from 1976 – 2017. He was also active in the UCSD Cancer Center Foundation and the First United Methodist Church Foundation.