Brains of the Operation

A.K.A. Cynthia Kirkeby
Name: Cynthia Fascenelli Kirkeby

Title: The Brains of the Operation

Job Description:

Create the Vision and move everyone in the same direction while still remaining open to new ideas and opportunities.

Favorite Quote: “

man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel. 1821–1881


Pertinent Skills:

The ability to look into the future, capture a vision of what we are creating,
and sharing what I see with those around me. Empowering the staff of to believe in their abilities and take enough risk that they can accomplish amazing things! Keeping a mind and heart open to my kids. Extraordinary research
skills, as well as years of experience in graphic design, illustration, and


Previous Experience:

I started my first business in 1976. Since then, I have founded (or co-founded)
businesses in the fields of Graphic Design, Furniture Manufacturing, and Pet
Supply Manufacturing. All of these businesses are still thriving.



California State University at Fullerton: B.A. in Graphic Design.

California State University at Fullerton: Minor in Illustration.

California State University at Fullerton:   B.A. in English (writing).


Favorite Cartoon(s):

Dexter, Superman, X-Men


Favorite Book(s):

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Svaha by Charles De Lint

Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus –by Orson Scott Card

Einstein’s Dreams by Alan P. Lightman


Favorite Movie(s):

Under The Tuscan Sun

Star Wars Series

Star Trek: First Contact


Favorite Teacher(s):
Mrs. Bockleman (9th grade English) had us all write letters to ourselves, which
we were to open later in life. What an eye-opener!

Professor Weissbuch from Cal Poly Pomona taught me to love writing and trust my abilities.

Professor Willis E. McNelly from Cal State Fullerton taught me that the study of English
could stray from the commonly traveled path.

Larry Johnson and Bill Nelson, professors at Cal State Fullerton, taught me color, light, line, detail and dedication.