Grand Marshal 2019
Dr Todd Oto, Ed.D.
1980 graduate of Fresno High School, Dr. Oto received a Bachelor’s degree in History from San Francisco State University,
and also a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education from California State University, Fresno. He earned a Master’s
degree in Education from CSU Fresno; and in 2003, completed a Doctoral degree through the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational
Leadership at University of California Davis and CSU Fresno.
In 1987, Dr. Oto started his career
in education as a drafting teacher at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, California. In 1998, he became a school administrator
and has held a wide range of management positions, including instructional dean, assistant principal, continuation school
principal, high school principal, area superintendent, assistant superintendent, and, from January 2016 to June 2019, he served
as superintendent of Visalia Unified School District.
4-A2 District Govenor 2019
Lion William "Van" Vanlandingham
Lion W. “Van”
VanLandingham, was born and raised in Tulare, CA, graduating from San Francisco State with a Microsoft Computer Engineer degree,
and from Pentecostal Bible College with a BS in Theology. Van also served his country and is a disabled Army Veteran from
the Vietnam era.
Currently Van is working with Tulare
County Suicide Prevention Task Force as a Master Trainer for Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Training.
His office is located at the Porterville Wellness Center, where he holds Support Groups for LGBTQ, Veteran’s and Survivors
of Suicide Loss.
Van’s Lions career started
in 2009, becoming a chartere member of the Visalia Pride Lions Club. He served as the 1st Vice President for two terms,
President for one term and Secretary for two terms. He has been involved with the District as Cabinet Secretary, Student
Speaker Contest Chair and Student Speaker Foundation Liaison, Public Relations and Lions Information Chair, Sight/Hearing
Chair, White Cane and MD4 Marketing Communications. Van currently serves as USA Leo Leadership Foundation Trustee, bringing
our Leos together for a Annual USA/Canada Leo Leadership Forum. Also, he is on the MD4 Youth Outreach Committee, working with
our Leo and youth branches of the Multiple District and local communities.
Lion Van is the Prevention Youth Summit Coordinator in Tulare and Kings Counties, amember of Tulare-Kings County Suicide
Prevention Task Force Committee, representing the LGBTQ and other youth Community, and a member of the Two Spirits Advisory
Committee for the State of California, and the Central Valley Suicide Prevention Network. His main goal is to make a
safer community for all diverse populations so that they may obtain their dreams and goals.