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  • Adamo, Alan A.
  • Alan Adamo has forty-five years of business experience mostly as a Human Resources executive in a corporate manufacturing environment. Prior to his H.R. experience, Alan served as a Business Manager for a medical clinic and has twelve years of recent experience as an Instructor for programs at Cal State Fullerton Extension and UCI Division of Continuing Education. In addition to Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Alan also holds an MS in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. He retired from full time employment as Corporate V.P. of H.R. for Fluidmaster, Inc and is now employed as a part time Instructor and H.R. consultant.
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  • Aleem, Rafia
  • Rafia Aleem, B.A., is the Paralegal Manager at Green & Hall, A.P.C. She received her Certificate in Legal Assistantship from UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Aleem was the President of Orange County Paralegal Association in 2007 and is now a current Board Member.
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  • Anderson, Allison C
  • Allison C. Anderson, MAS, is the Director of Human Resources for Biocom, the leading Life Science Association in California. She has over 15 years of progressive experience in Human Resources within various industries including Biotech, Healthcare, Global Defense and Entertainment. In addition to her practical working experience, Allison holds her Masters in Health Law & Policy in which she has published works, national conference presentations and affiliations with various non-profit organizations.
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  • Andrews, Beth
  • Beth L. Andrews, M.A., is Coordinator of Gifted Programs for the Irvine Unified School District. She has almost thirty years experience working with gifted learners, educators of gifted students, and administrators. Beth has published articles and academic programs centered on gifted education. She is currently the Technology Chair and the Orange Region Educator Representative California Association for Gifted and serves on the Orange County Council for Gifted. Her expertise includes differentiated curriculum and instruction, technology in education, and engaging students. A lifelong learner, Beth is constantly reading and learning about new and revisited academic strategies and concepts. Beth's energy, enthusiasm, and passion have been instrumental in gifted education.
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  • Antonoff, Steven R.
  • Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D. is a Certified Educational Planner and a nationally recognized educational consultant. He served as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. He is author of College Match and The College Finder. Dr. Antonoff is active in the Independent Educational Consultants Association, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. He is sought as a speaker on issues of college admission, educational consulting, and higher education.
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  • Appel, Morgan Phillip
  • Morgan Appel, MBA, AD, is Assistant Dean of Education and Community Outreach (ECO) at UC San Diego Extension and previously served as Director of Education at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Appel is widely published and specializes in the development, implementation and assessment of integrated holistic solutions for underperforming schools. Before coming to Continuing Education, he was Senior Faculty Research Associate for UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and worked as a consultant for private and public schools and districts across California. Appel has also served as a professional reader and reviewer for the California Department of Education (Gifted and Talented Education) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Reading and Fifth Year of Study/Clear Credential programs). He is an instructor in the the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at UC San Diego Extension.
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  • Arce, Nick
  • Nick Arce is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter and Certified Patient Experience Professional who works as the Director of Patient Relations and Interpreter Services at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital. In this role, he collaborates with hospital leadership to improve the patient and family experience and reduce language barriers. Throughout the past decade, Nick has served as a Board Member for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, taught translation and interpreting at California State University, Fullerton, medical and legal translation at Denver University, and Spanish for healthcare providers at Charles Drew Medical University. He holds a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Master of Library and Information Science, and Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpretation Studies. He is currently working towards completing a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration. During his undergraduate career, Nick studied abroad at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
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  • Archer, Brianne April
  • Brianne Archer, B.S., M.S., a Supervising Engineer, is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer and a Certified Permitting Professional with the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Ms. Archer’s primary responsibilities include environmental site assessments (Phase I and Phase II), remediation plans, and human health risk assessments. Ms. Archer is well-versed is data presentation and evaluation. As a Professional Engineer, Ms. Archer has prepared several storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP) and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans. Ms. Archer is well versed in regulatory compliance issues and has prepared plans and permits for state and local agencies, including National Discharge Pollution Elimination System (NPDES) permits, industrial wastewater discharge permits, hazardous materials business plans, compliance documentation for hazardous waste storage and treatment permitting, emergency contingency plans, standard operating procedures, and in-house environmental management plans.

    Ms. Archer has over 15 years of experience in environmental consulting. Ms. Archer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2000, a Master’s Degree in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from California State University, Fullerton in 2010, and an Environmental Management certificate from the University of California, Irvine.


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  • Aslani, Omid
  • Omid Aslani, MBA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, is the senior director of Operational Excellence department at HireRight-a global technology and services company. Mr. Aslani is also senior director of corporate strategy at HireRight. He has more than a decade of experience in the IT and Operations working for Fortune 10 companies as well as startups utilizing Lean, Six Sigma and project management to lower operating costs and increase profit margins, thus contributing directly to EBIDTA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Omid Aslani has created from ground up CQI (Quality) programs and has taught and mentored professionals in his current and previous companies (General Electric, DaVita, and HireRight). He has graduated from the GE IMLP program and has worked in four countries, giving him a sense of operating within a variety of cultures and fine-tuning Six Sigma tools for best results in the current global climate.
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  • Asztalos, Stephen John
  • Stephen Asztalos received his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1998. Prior to matriculating, he spent six years as a consultant to the nuclear power industry. After receiving his Ph.D., Steve spent 15+ years as a research scientist in various industrial, governmental and academic settings. He is a coauthor of more than 120 publications in areas that include: astrophysics, particle, and nuclear physics. His core expertise is in grant writing and computer modeling. In 2012 Steve founded Academically Speaking, in which he assists applicants in the graduate school admissions process, and since 2016 has served as chair of the IECA Graduate School Committee. Since 2008 he has held the title of Adjunct Professor of Physics at California State University, East Bay. His current research interests are in stellar evolution and black hole accretion phenomena.
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  • Avery, Erin
  • Erin Avery, CEP, is an independent educational consultant who transitioned into private practice after teaching and working in higher education administration and in boarding schools as a chaplain and theology and religious studies instructor. Active on board committees of the IECA, and an innovator in new technologies in education, Ms. Avery is also a graduate of Oxford, Yale, Boston College, and the UCI DCE Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program.
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  • Aylett, Kristie
  • Kristie Aylett, APR, is an agency principal of The KARD Group Public Relations/Marketing, a consulting firm with clients across the country. She has taught at her alma mater Texas Christian University and Tulane University and led workshops on the business benefits of social networking. A 20-year veteran of the PR profession, Aylett holds leadership positions with several PR associations.
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  • Baber, James R.
  • James R. Baber, M.A., M.A. and Defense Acquisition University graduate. Mr. Baber has been an adjunct college professor teaching traditional and on-line classes since 2003. Mr. Baber is a full time Earned Value Management specialist who assesses and oversees several project management systems. His experience as an Earned Value Management specialist brings current and relevant real world experiences into the class room.
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  • Bancroft, Robert J.
  • Robert Bancroft, CIMA®, AAMS, CIMC®, focuses on learning, adapting and teaching methods of institutional wealth management for high net worth individuals, families and fiduciaries. Over his 26-year career, Bob has worked as an OTC stock trader, established the high net worth and institutional offices for a national brokerage firm, and served as a broker, branch manager and district manager.
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  • Barany, Deborah
  • Deborah Barany, Ph.D., will tell you that the hidden pathway to becoming a stronger learner is math. In fact, Dr. Barany, or Debby as her students know her, sees the successful math student as a helpful example to the struggling learner--because in order to grasp mathematics fully, one must practice the unarticulated skills of learning, unleash creativity, and apply grit. Debby’s story as an educator began with mathematics, and she ultimately gained her Master's Degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. But it was her fascination with the science of learning that led her to the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she completed her doctorate in Adolescent Cognitive Development.
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  • Barrett, Tyler Andrew
  • Tyler Barrett, Ph.D., Second Language Teaching, is an instructor of English as a Second Language at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Barrett has been teaching and training ESL/EFL instructors for over 10 years. He has taught English in public schools in Japan, and online M.Ed courses and undergraduate courses at the University of Calgary. Dr. Barrett is an editor of Asian EFL Journal and The Journal of English as an International Language. He has published in academic journals that include Pedagogy, Culture, & Society, Language Policy, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, and The Journal of English as an International Language and he is the co-editor of the books Critical Inquiries in the Sociolinguistics of Globalization and Transcultural Flows of English and Education in Asian Contexts.
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  • Binks, Cali L.
  • Cali Binks, M.Ed., is the Superintendent of Schools in the Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD). She has a decade of experience as a superintendent and 27 years in the field of education. The YCJUSD has 9,000 students and employees approximately 450 certificate employees. Prior to working in YCJUSD, Mrs. Binks was Superintendent in Fontana Unified School District serving 42,000 students with over 2,000 certificated employees. Mrs. Binks started her career in Fontana as a regular education teacher and after returning to school, taught in the field of special education. She began her administrative career as an elementary assistant principal, principal and moved to the district office in 2005.
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  • Biro, Patricia J.
  • Patti Biro, M.Ed., is the owner of Patti Biro and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in creating brand enrichment through special events, retail consulting, and education in the personal products, spa and wellness industry. With over 20 years of experience, Patti’s unique approach to increasing retail and service sales through special events produces exceptional results for her clients. Patti is a frequent presenter on the national circuit in the spa and wellness trade shows market. An avid writer, her articles appear in magazines such as Skin Inc., Les Nouvelles Esthetique and Spa Magazine, Nails, Inc. Daily Nails and Massage Magazine. She is the owner of a specialty pop up shop and manages retail operations on a daily basis.
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  • Blas, Marlene
  • Marlene Blas holds a Masters of Tourism Administration with a concentration in meeting and event management from The George Washington University. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with over 15 years of meeting planning and event management experience in non-profit, associations, corporate, biotech/life sciences, and higher education. By day, Marlene helps companies design meetings and events when they want to motivate, celebrate or educate. By night, she’s launching a start-up to help small businesses drive performance via social media. Her leadership in the industry includes board positions with Meeting Professionals International (at the international and local chapter levels) and was appointed to the Convention Industry Council Task Force APEX Glossary Project. Marlene is a frequent speaker on the subject matter of budget and risk management. She co-edited, Meeting and Event Analysis: Tales from the Trenches, is on the editorial board for the peer-reviewed, Journal of Event Management, and a chapter reviewer for Professional Meeting Management, 6th Edition. Marlene established the San Diego Meeting Professionals International (SDMPI) Student Member Scholarship to provide valuable networking opportunities to students currently pursuing a career in meeting and event planning.
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  • Bleimeyer, Jason K.
  • Jason Bleimeyer, CIMA®, CIMC®, has been in the financial services industry for more than twenty years. In his practice, he advises institutions, fiduciaries, and individuals on sector analysis, asset allocation, and security selection. He guides clients on how to structure portfolios with an emphasis on risk management and tax efficiency.
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  • Blyler, John E.
  • John E. Blyler, M.S, is the CEO of JB Systems, a technology consulting and media publishing company. He has more than 20 years of systems engineering experience dealing with architecting, requirements, decision making, hardware-software integration and trade-off analysis for the DOD, DOE, industrial and commercial markets. He has worked as a subject matter expert for the DOD Defense Acquisition University. John has published extensively in the areas of system engineering development and management, hardware-software integration, RF Design, intellectual property, embedded IoT systems, semiconductor issues and more. He was the founding advisor and affiliate professor of the online graduate systems engineering program at Portland State University.
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  • Bortolotti, Roberta
  • Roberta Bortolotti, M.Sc. CIS, CBAP, is a senior business analyst and IT consultant with more than 10 years of experience in business process improvement and IT solution implementations. Her expertise applies to ERP and HR Employee Benefits solutions involving multidisciplinary skills ranging from computer science, communication and business domain knowledge. She has worked in a variety of project implementations for different clients within US, such as the State of Vermont, Commonwealth of Kentucky, City of Tucson, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She is constantly involved in the IIBA DC Chapter initiatives to promote the scope of business analysis discipline, mainly for the IIBA Business Process and Business Intelligence perspectives.
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  • Bowdoin, James E
  • James E. Bowdoin, MS, PMP, CSSGB is the owner of MatrixPM, an IT project, quality management, and leadership consultancy. He has held leadership and management positions in Fortune 500 corporations, mid-market companies, small businesses, and the US Navy managing systems development and information technology projects for over 30 years. As an engineer and manager he held a Top Secret/SBI clearance supporting flight testing of advanced aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, including the F-16C, F-15E, B-2, B-1B, C-17, AC/MC-130 aircraft.
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  • Bradford, Katharine R
  • Katharine (Katie) R. Bradford, M.S.Ed., is the chief operating officer of Construct, a creative learning design company that provides instructional design services to users of Canvas and Bridge learning management systems. Those instructional design services include high-level learning strategy, detailed design of learning, production of learning content and media, and program evaluation. Prior to Construct, Katie spent nearly six years working in various roles at Instructure, including time spent as director of partnerships and as an instructional designer for Canvas. Before that time, Katie studied and practiced elementary education. She has presented extensively at educational technology conferences about open education and learning ecosystems and teaches a course on open education on the Canvas Network MOOC platform.
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  • Bravo, Patricia C.
  • Patricia Bravo helps organizations increase employee engagement by strengthening how leaders use empathy as a powerful tool. She does this through targeted coaching, facilitation and toolkits through her company, Bravo For You, LLC. In the classroom, she enjoys sharing her experiences gleaned at companies such as Starbucks, FileNet (IBM) and J.D. Edwards (Oracle) where she held various human resources roles over the last 20 years, including organization and leadership development. In addition to her BA in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton, she has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR and SHRM-SCP). A transplant who adopted the Pacific Northwest as home, she fuels her love of travel by spending time in Southern California enjoying the sunshine.
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  • Brown, Sharon J.
  • Sharon Brown, MBA, ABD – PhD in Accounting, is an accounting instructor who has taught for 17+ years, both face-to-face and online accounting classes. She has taught from financial accounting through Capstone courses. She has developed classes as well as revised classes in different online platforms. Brown has published an accounting capstone text with colleagues. Potential students may be interested to know that her teaching philosophy is one of growth and enrichment. She chose teaching as a profession when she opened her own accounting business and realized how many business owners did not understand their own business. She felt that as an educator teaching accounting based on the knowledge and education that she has achieved; she can make a difference in the lives of others. Brown offers the students exceptional opportunities to learn throughout their courses. She uses diverse examples and explains their application to the business world. She engages students and actively participates in their learning by being available to them through many avenues.
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  • Burgess, Joe
  • Joe Burgess is Vice President of Education at Flatiron School where he oversees all faculty, curriculum development and pedagogy. Joe joined Flatiron School to create, launch and teach the initial iOS program at Flatiron School, having previously created an iOS course at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to Flatiron School, Joe was a technology consultant for IBM and wrote software as a freelance developer. He received his degree in Information Systems and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.
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  • Callen, Ellen M.
  • Ellen Callen has over 20 years experience in marketing and sales holding management positions in both domestic and international companies. Her experiences cover many startup ventures as well as Fortune 500 companies such as Western Digital. Currently she is involved in her own startup venture and consults with small to mid-size local companies. Ms. Callen graduated with honors majoring in Business Management and completed her MBA in Finance at Pepperdine University. Ms. Callen has lectured on sales and marketing for the past 13 years.
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  • Callen, Timothy K.
  • Tim Callen, M.B.A., has been involved in high tech for over 20 years, with over 13 years of high tech marketing experience. He has had direct experience with multiple aspects of Internet technology and marketing, including website definition, development, design, deployment, and ongoing marketing efforts. His experience includes development and deployment of online e-commerce solutions. Callen has served in a consultant capacity for a number of companies in various industries in support of their web initiatives.
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  • Campbell, William G.
  • Bill Campbell, III, CFA®, M.A., is the principal in a software development firm in Yorba Linda, CA. His background includes six years analyzing mortgage securities for a large bond management company, three years in risk management at a large aerospace firm, twenty years teaching university level mathematics, and seven years teaching the CFA curriculum. Bill is also a professional magician, and owns, trains and rides three Arabian horses.
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  • Carlisle, Marilouise U.
  • Marilouise Carlisle, M.A., is an expert in the field of organizational communication and specializes in interpersonal and written communication skills training and development. Her professional experience encompasses over 20 years in business and higher education positions. She has authored a variety of publications ranging from local and statewide initiatives, internal communication processes and procedures, marketing materials, and numerous organizational reports, manuals and business plans.
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  • Carlos, Mario A.
  • Mario A. Carlos, Ed.D., has been in education for 22 years and is currently serving as Principal at Washington Middle School in La Habra City School District. He began his career with teaching experiences in elementary and middle school. He has earned his Master's degree in Counseling and Educational Leadership from UCLA and Azusa Pacific University.
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  • Carlson, Michael Joel
  • Joel Carlson is the broker/owner of MJC Realty in Newport Beach. He is an author & Master Instructor for the California Association of Realtors. Mr. Carlson teaches the GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation classes as well as Residential Purchase agreement (RPA-CA) and the 6 required classes to renew your Real Estate License with the BRE. As a holder of the Life Credential to teach at California Community Colleges, he has taught RE Practice at 4 other Colleges. Joel also is a DREI (Designated Real Estate Instructor from the National Association.
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  • Carrington, Timothy O.
  • Timothy O. Carrington, Ed.D., MSIA, CSP, CSD, CSM is the director of technology and infrastructure for a government contractor. He has worked in the Information Technology industry for two decades, specializing in web application development, database design and architecture, business intelligence, data warehousing, and information assurance. His passion for leadership and innovation has enabled Tim to propel organizations toward technological advances, building distributed teams, and producing world-class applications and solutions. Tim has taught in higher education for more than seven years and is a dedicated lifelong learner.
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  • Chang, Brian
  • Brian Chang, CFA®, CFP®, is a Wealth Manager at Creative Planning with nearly a decade of experience in the financial services industry. He works directly with clients to develop and implement comprehensive financial plans to address their goals and most complex financial needs. Brian specializes in the areas of retirement planning, investment management, tax planning, estate planning, risk management, and charitable planning. As a frequent speaker at national chamber of commerce conferences, Brian has a passion for financial education.
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  • Charoen, Henry
  • Henry Charoen, PMP, is an Executive Director at L.A. Care Health Plan where he leads a $3 Billion line of business. Mr. Charoen has also lead large scale projects at Molina Health Care and United Health Group. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from USC and an M.B.A from UC Irvine. He is also an experienced instructor of PMP exam preparation.
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  • Chou, Andrew B.
  • Andrew Chou, CFP®, is managing partner of NexGen Wealth Management. He began his career in 2000 in San Francisco working for one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the country. After relocating to Los Angeles, he enjoyed a successful career with Fidelity Investments and TD Ameritrade, where he served as the trusted advisor to an exclusive group of families and business owners, and provided advice on issues related to retirement, estate planning, and asset management. Additionally, Chou volunteers his time and expertise with a number of non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. He currently serves as the President of the Financial Planning Association of San Gabriel Valley. As a proud graduate of University of California, Irvine, he currently serves on the Board of UC Irvine Alumni Association and was a co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of the UCI Alumni Association. He holds FINRA licenses Series 7, Series 63 and CA insurance license.
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  • Chun, Jay
  • Jay Chun, Ed.D., has completed eLearning projects for Fortune 500 companies in various industries such as healthcare, IT, technology, universities, finance, and marketing. He has designed/developed nearly 100+ modules using the following software: Articulate Storyline, Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and VideoScribe. He has also taught and consulted for companies in keeping up with industry trends in eLearning.
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  • Cicero, Dawn M.
  • Dawn M Cicero, M.A., is the president of Accurate Paralegal Services, a contract paralegal services provider she founded. With almost two decades of legal expertise in civil, corporate and family law arenas, she is uniquely qualified to address the nuances of each. From million- page document productions to billion-dollar deals, she has handled them all. Ms. Cicero’s experience in firm management, business development and entrepreneurship provide a framework for her practice and instruction.
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  • Clear, Lesley G.
  • Lesley Clear, Ph.D., is an educational consultant to UCI Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Clear has been an ESL instructor in Japan and Hungary and an EFL teacher trainer in Hungary, Ukraine, Chile and Argentina. She received the 1996-1997 UCI Division of Continuing Education Distinguished Instructor Award, and UCI Division of Continuing Education's Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
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  • Colburn, Sarah
  • Sarah Colburn has a B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.A. in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She has been teaching ESL since 2011 and has been at UCI since 2014. She has a passion for creating community in the classroom and encouraging learners to take responsibility for their own language learning and education. She loves working with people from cultures from around the world and is honored to be your teacher and looking forward to a wonderful quarter together!
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  • Consultants, Educational_Testing
  • Educational Testing Consultants, Inc. specializes in providing test preparation services to college and university outreach and continuing education programs, offering our partner institutions the opportunity to tailor test preparation classes to the specific needs of the communities they serve, at an affordable price, and with the assurance of quality. ETC’s select staff of dedicated professionals has unparalleled experience working with university clients to ensure that each student achieves his or her testing goals. Our test prep instructors are highly trained professionals with the teaching skills necessary to be successful with diverse student learners. These experienced instructors know the exam and the latest methods of course instruction. They are experienced instructors who possess proof of exceptional scores on standardized tests as well as previous teaching or public speaking experience.
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  • Contomichalos, Sarah K.
  • Sarah Kinney Contomichalos, an independent educational consultant, advises international students and high schools in Greece on the application process for U.S. universities. A Yale graduate, she worked at Christie’s auction house for ten years and later completed UCLA Extension’s College Counseling Certificate and founded Educational Advisory Services, LLC. In addition to advising international applicants, Ms. Contomichalos serves on the Board of Governors of St. Catherine’s British School in Athens, is founder and co-leader of the IECA European Regional group and has authored several articles on various aspects of the process.
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  • Corbett, Benjamin
  • Ben Corbett, MBA, Ph.D., has 25 years of experience in the sport industry. After beginning in collegiate and commercial strength and conditioning, Ben pivoted in 2006 by returning to school to earn a MBA with an emphasis in Sport Business. He then gained valuable experience in operations, marketing, business development, and business intelligence in collegiate and private sport firms before earning a scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in Sport Management in at Griffith University in Australia. Ben’s first academic position after completing the Ph.D. was at Loughborough University in London, the number one university in the world for sport studies, where he developed two new Master’s degree programs - Sport Business and Innovation and Digital Technologies and Analytics in Sport Business. Ben has continued to teach at world renowned universities while consulting for various sport organizations
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  • Covington, Timothy W.
  • Tim Covington, M.S., PMP, is a Project Engineer for The Boeing Company. He's been with Boeing for over 28 years, and has led projects in manufacturing, production and engineering. In his current position, Tim leads projects in the "core engineering" organization for Boeing Defense Space & Security (BDS). He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a member of the Project Management Institute - Orange County Chapter (PMI-OC). Tim is a part-time instructor in the UCI Division of Continuing Education Project Management Program, and holds a Master's of Science degree in Project Management.
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  • Cox, Linda L.
  • Linda L. Cox, B.S., CCP, is a Global Compensation expert with over 30 years of Global Total Rewards management, professional, and consultative experience with major companies such as Allergan (Director, International Compensation & Benefits), Quest Software (Sr. Director, Global Compensation & International Benefits), and Dell (Sr. Compensation & Benefits Consultant). She currently is a professional Global Compensation Consultant and works half-time as Compensation Project Manager for ERI Economic Research Institute designing and conducting compensation management webinars, courses, white papers, and blog posts for current and potential customers of the salary survey provider. Linda is also has over eight years of community college teaching experience. She is also a Certified Compensation Professional and graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.
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  • Cushman, Todd
  • Todd Cushman, MBA, is the CEO of Bioness, INC. as medical device company that develops products to treat central nervous system disorders. In 1985, he founded Acumed, a developer of surgical technologies that was acquired by Medtronic in 1999. He has expertise in new product development, manufacturing, marketing, FDA regulatory and clinical affairs. He often lectures at conferences and medical trade meetings in addition to consulting for companies in the medical device industry.
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  • Dabbar, Susan F.
  • Susan F. Dabbar, CEP, is the founder and director of AdmissionSmarts, an educational consulting firm in Houston, Washington, and New York. Susan began her career as an engineer and then spent 20+ years in the corporate world, as an international branding expert for companies including Disney and Nestle. She contributes at conferences and authors a series of e-books sharing her consulting expertise. She has served as Chairman of the IECA Outreach Committee and now currently serves on the College Committee.
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  • Daniyarova, Jay
  • Jay Daniyarova is an ESL instructor with foreign and domestic teaching experience of nearly ten years. She possesses a BA degree in Interpreting-Translating and an MA degree in International Relations. She is an accomplished instructor of academic English, TEFL training and an expert in the IELTS, TOEFL, GRE and GMAT exams. She has a proven record of having helped students successfully pass the IELTS and TOEFL exams leading to acceptance at their respective universities. Currently, she is an English instructor and counselor for high school and middle school students. She prepares young learners for examinations such as ITEP, SSAT, ISEE and SAT. She facilitates learning through crafted methods, encouragement, and guidance with a proven ability to establish meaningful academic collaborations with students. Potential students may be interested to know that she frequently registers and takes the exams that she teaches in order to deliver the most up-to-date information about the exams. Finally, in 2018, she was a lead presenter at the CATESOL conference in a presentation about IELTS teaching strategies.
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  • DeBow, Najla Marie
  • Najla M. DeBow, M.S., SPHR, is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Disruptive Technology Advisers. She has worked in the human resources field for over thirty years developing her expertise in industries such as retail, manufacturing, transportation, .com, and healthcare. Holding positions of manager, director and vice president of human resources, her skills and abilities span all aspects of human resources.
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  • DeHoog, Edward Allen
  • Ed DeHoog PhD is a principal optical engineer for Optical Engineering and Analysis. He has worked in the field of optical design and analysis since 2005. His career has exposed him to a wide variety of optical design and analysis projects such as stray light assessment, zoom lenses, infrared systems, image quality assessment, projection and 3D displays, HMD and HUD systems and biomedical systems. He earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Arizona where he focused much his effort on designing optical instrumentation for measuring and imaging various optical properties of the eye such as retinal birefringence and wavefront error.
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  • Dempsey , Jason Scott
  • Jason S. Dempsey, CEM, CBCP, retired from the Marine Corps as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer before serving with the City of Los Angeles in emergency management. Currently he is the Emergency Services Administrator for the City of Costa Mesa, California. While serving at the federal government level, he directly participated in the response to numerous real-world crises ranging from humanitarian emergencies, to mass casualty events in the aftermath of terrorism. At the local government level his response has ranged from wildfires and mudslides to aircraft incidents. His expertise includes all phases of emergency management as well as business continuity and homeland security. Jason has a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
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  • DiVincenzo, Janet
  • Janet DiVincenzo, M.A., CPLP, PMP has been an instructional designer and a project manager for 20 years. Janet works as an instructional designer for the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation at the University of California, Irvine. In this capacity, she coaches and assists faculty in creating their online classes. Prior to UCI, Janet worked in many organizations as an instructional designer, corporate trainer, and project manager, leading teams to develop technology and training solutions. Janet has produced eLearning for many organizations, dating back to pre-Internet days.
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  • Dooley, Kristina L.
  • Kristina L. Dooley, M.A., is the founder of Estrela Consulting, an educational consulting firm specializing in college and boarding school searches. Kristina has worked in both college and boarding school admissions and has extensive experience assisting domestic, international and expatriate students. Kristina serves as the Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force and Vice-Chair of the Schools Committee for IECA and holds membership in HECA, OACAC, and SBSA. In 2013, Kristina joined the faculty of the IECA Summer Training Institute.
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  • Edwards, Kathleen
  • Kate Edwards, PhD, is a K-12 Educational Consultant with a focus on culturally-inclusive positive behavior supports and classroom curriculum and instruction. As former Program Director for UCLA Extension, she developed and supervised the Education Specialist Preliminary and Clear Induction credential program curricula as well as the Autism, Emotional Disturbance, and Early Childhood Specialist Added Authorizations. Dr. Edwards has taught teacher preparation courses for undergraduate students, graduate students, as well as teacher professionals in both general education and special education.
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  • Estrada, Ray
  • Ray L. Estrada, MBA, has over 23 years of global Culinary and Hospitality Management experience. Ray Has worked in every platform of food and beverage which consists of Fine dining, Hotels, Healthcare, education, and fast casual. Ray has been teaching Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management for 10 years. He has worked for top businesses such as The Walt Disney Company, Le Cordon Bleu, and Patina Restaurant Group. He has instructed many topics both on ground and online which include culinary Fundamentals, Regional Cuisine, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Wines, Italian Cuisine, Beverage Management, Concepts and Theories, College Success, Tourism, Sanitation and Safety, and Food Operations.
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  • Falcone, Todd A.
  • Todd Falcone, MSA, MBA, CFE, EA, is the Controller of External Operations at Donnelly-Boland and Associates. He is also a Faculty Program Advisor at Independence University and Adjunct Instructor at American Intercontinental University and Upper Iowa University. This has allowed him to earn 10 years of experience in accounting and 5 years of experience in teaching. In addition, he is a guest expert at the Emerging Leaders Program in the Pittsburgh area for the Small Business Administration. He is also pursuing his Doctorate of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University and has published numerous articles in the newsletter for Donnelly-Boland and Associates.
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  • Fernandez, Delia M.
  • Delia Fernandez, CFP®, M.B.A., is the principal of Fernandez Financial Advisory. She is an investment advisor with California Department of Corporations and has more than 14 years experience running her own fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm. She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and serves on the Board of the Orange County Chapter of the FPA.
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  • Fleming, Bruce R.
  • B R Fleming, M.A., M.Ed., received his Master's degree in Teaching the Gifted and Talented in 1986 working as a Research and Program Assistant for Dr. Emily Stewart. Since that time, he has been involved in GATE as a classroom teacher, a Program Facilitator and Developer, and a GATE class developer and is currently an Instructor in the GATE Certificate Program at UC Irvine. He worked previously at UCSD, and has been a member of the GATE Advisory Committees for both UCI and UCSD. He has presented workshops for CAG, CAIS, Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education, and for various private schools and school districts on various topics, including the following: • C3 = Success! : A Formula for Student Achievement • Harkness Teaching in the Cluster Class • Using the Harkness Discussion Technique to Motivate GATE Students • The Skills-Based Classroom vs. the Curriculum-Based Classroom • Using the Harkness Discussion Method in Upper Elementary and Middle School • Teaching to Student Modality Strengths • Assessing Student Modality Strengths • Creative Problem Solving in the GATE Classroom He developed two programs for working with GATE students in the traditional classroom/school environment: The C3 Program for Differentiating in the Regular Classroom and STEP (Student Talents Enrichment Program), developed for the St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel, California. His main area of concentration in GATE revolves around creativity and enriching the artistic talents of students, thus the creation of the GATE: Teaching the Arts class.
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  • Flowers, Jefferson L
  • Dr. Jeff Flowers was Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Blockchain University and continues to teach at DLT Education on programming Blockchains, token architectures, and the crypto ecosystem. His interests in Blockchain technologies began with the realization of the power of unhindered communication at solving difficult problems in the early 90s with the release of PGP. From an initial study of applied cryptography, to seeing these techniques used to fuel novel networks; he understands that there is much work still and soon Blockchains will be critical. Jeff is an advisor to a number of Blockchain based projects/start-ups, as well as an active member in multiple decentralization communities. The Decentralization Foundation is a non-profit that he co-founded with the express purpose of promoting to a wider audience these exciting technologies. When he is not working on Blockchain endeavors, Jeff is a tenured Professor at the College of San Mateo. His doctoral work (Ed.D.), at San Francisco State University, focused on the use of neural networks and gamification protocols for the optimization of educational pathways.
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  • Foland, Ryan
  • Ryan Foland, MBA, is a master communicator. He coaches leaders worldwide on the art of simplifying spoken and written messaging for greater impact. He is the inventor of the 3-1-3 Theory, a process whereby pitches begin as three sentences, condense into one sentence and then boil down to three words. Ryan writes for TechDayNews and has appeared in Inc., Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, TEDx and more. An international speaker and entrepreneur, he has a passion for creativity and innovation.
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  • Friske, Albert A.
  • Albert A. Friske, J.D., has been practicing law in California since 1995, and is a partner in the Law Offices of Friske Hilliard. He has experience working in large and small law firms and has worked in the public sector. He has state and federal (Bankruptcy Court) courtroom experience. His firm practices exclusively family law in Orange County, however he has worked with corporate reorganizations in bankruptcy, as well as individuals experiencing personal bankruptcies. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.
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  • Fritzenkotter, Stephen P.
  • Steve Fritzenkotter, M.B.A., is a business management professional, responsible to the development and implementation of organizational, marketing and sales strategies for large and small companies. His education includes a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He is a regular contributor in sales industry publications. Fritzenkotter teaches regularly at the University of Phoenix and Ashford University. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Business of Cal State University, San Marcos.
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  • Fruchtbaum, Marc E.
  • Marc Fruchtbaum, MS, earned his BS and MS degrees in “Cyber & Information Security” from Capitol Technology University, a NSA Center of Excellence. In addition to teaching, he is currently a Cyber Operations SME at KEYW in Maryland. He specializes in content development for DoD Cyber Courseware. In his spare time, as a Second Lieutenant, he serves with the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) CyberSecurity Unit. He was published in a prominent Security+ lab manual and enjoys participating and coordinating regional Cyber competitions.
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  • Fuhs, Robert E.
  • Bob Fuhs, M.A., spent 26 years leading on the local, regional and national level with one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world, having led high-performing teams in North America, South America, and Europe in a variety of roles. As a consultant and coach, he has helped develop training solutions for companies like SAP, Synchrony Financial, and Adobe. He teaches classes for both undergraduates and graduates in leadership and communication, and is certified to facilitate a number of assessment tools including TotalSDI, CoreStrengths, DiSC, and MBTI. Bob’s energy, coupled with a passion for learning, make his courses and presentations highly engaging and meaningful for the participants. As an interesting aside, Bob has also done work as a voice actor for the Walt Disney Company.
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  • Funk, Camille
  • Camille Funk, M.A., is the Director of UCI Division of Continuing Education’s DesignPlus. She also serves as the director for UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative and is the Chief Academic Officer of the eDesign Shop, LLC. She has worked as a director of course development shops at UCI, USC, and George Washington University. She has worked as an instructional designer for all three previous mentioned universities and Brigham Young University. She has taught in both elementary and university settings and authored two books and several articles.
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  • Gatfield, Ray A
  • Dr. Ray A. Gatfield received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in school administration from the University of Southern California in 1990. He has over 26 years of experience as an administrator in the California public school system, which has included serving 14 years as a high school principal and 6 years as the Director of Secondary Education within a district office. Dr. Gatfield recently retired as the principal of Mission Viejo High School, which is a large comprehensive high school in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. His experiences serving in these various leadership roles throughout his educational career has provided him with firsthand knowledge and expertise in the governance, organization and administration of public schools in California. Additionally, he has taught college courses in Curriculum Development and is currently teaching Instructional Leadership and Educational Discourse: Change and Reform.
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  • Ghosh, Dipu
  • Dipu Ghosh, MSEE, MBA, is the founder of VidyaConnect, an educational services firm. He teaches computer technologies such as ARM, DSP and C. He has been teaching at UCI Division of Continuing Education since 2005 and UCLA Extension since 2016. Previously, he taught at Marquette University, WCTC, GE and the University of Rochester. When teaching online, Mr. Ghosh expects a level of interaction comparable to in-class instruction. Each week includes a presentation, a lab and an online forum where students collaborate with each other to learn the technology and solve problems on real hardware. Mr. Ghosh is also the founder of Syprosoft Inc., a product development firm. He has been its President and Chief Engineer since 2002. He has supported clients in the areas of embedded systems design, real-time systems, image/signal processing, software development and regulatory compliance. Mr. Ghosh is also co-founder of Hepatiq Inc., a maker of diagnostic software. He has served as its CEO since 2012. The patented HEPATIQ® software provides indices of liver disease severity that predict clinical outcomes. Mr. Ghosh has an MSEE from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Marquette University. He is married with three children and enjoys biking, swimming and chess. “Engineering is all about figuring things out rather than pulling out canned solutions”, says Instructor Ghosh. “Thus I strive to help my students learn to fish rather than simply provide them fish.”
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  • Gillanders, David D
  • David Gillanders has nearly a decade of progressive public service management experience, leading some of the highest-performing and most impactful Non-Profits in Orange County. He has contributed to the development of programs and agency management in Homelessness, Poverty, and Domestic Violence issues, and has leveraged business acumen and a previous decade-long career in the private sector to assist in the development of strategies and system evaluations along with expertise in organizational and staff management. Mr. Gillanders graduated from DePaul University with an M.S. in Public Service Management and a B.S. in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton.
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  • Giokaris, George J
  • George J. Giokaris, Ed.D. served for almost 41 years in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District in various roles, including teacher, principal, deputy superintendent, and superintendent. He has served as an adjunct professor for over 20 years teaching doctoral, masters, and credential course at USC, CSUF, Whitter College, and now at Brandman University, and served on a dozen doctoral dissertation committees. He currently assists educational leaders with the implementation of transformational change projects and personalized mentoring as a consultant.
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  • Glanville, Mary M
  • Mary Glanville is currently Principal at MYG Consulting, providing human capital consulting to life sciences organizations and their boards of directors. Between January 2011 and July 2017 Mary was the Senior Vice President, Human Capital at Regulus Therapeutics, Inc. providing executive level human resources and organizational development support to the organization and it’s Board. Prior to joining Regulus Mary was the Vice President, Human Capital at Anadys Pharmaceuticals where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources and organizational development in San Diego, and previously Boston and Heidelberg, Germany where she held positions of increased responsibility since April 2001. Previously, she served as Director of Human Resources at Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals (2000 – 2001) and Director of Human Resources for Inex Pharmaceuticals (1994 – 2000). Mary studied Psychology at the University of Toronto and has a B.Sc. in Computer Information System Management from the DeVry Institute of Technology. She has a Human Resources Management Certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and has received a Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Management Association of Canada. Ms. Glanville served as an instructor at UCSD Extension and is on the Board of the BEDC, the BAODN and is a past Board member of SHRM.
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  • Goldman, Emily G.
  • Emily Grey Goldman is the founder of Grey Guidance College Counseling in San Francisco. She has worked with 250+ students navigating the college exploration and application process, including high school, transfer, and graduate school applicants. Emily earned her PH. D. in Higher Education from New York University, ED. M. from Teachers College – Columbia University, and a B.A. from Duke University. Prior to opening her practice, she worked in both an administrative and instructor capacity at several colleges on the East Coast, including Columbia University, NYU, Baruch College, and Montclair State University.
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  • Golia, Milly
  • Milly Golia studied to become a Certified Public Translator in Argentina and got a double major in Translation and Interpreting from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires (six-year course of studies) Later, she earned two Certificates from the University in California, Irvine, one in Global Operations Management and the other one in Applied Project Management. She is founder and CEO of Bureaucom, an Argentina-based global corporate translation company that has been providing services in more than 40 languages. Over 15 years providing localization, translation & interpreting, editing, proofreading, glossary and TM management. Background includes management, production, graphic design, quality assurance, and managing multiple localization projects in a high-paced environment. She is a frequent lecturer at national and international industry and professional association conferences and is a contributing translator for several technical journals. For her full profile, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/millygolia/
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  • Gonzalez, Bernice Y
  • Bernice Gonzalez, SPHR, SCP, is a divisional HR leader for First American Financial Corporation. She has more than twenty years of diverse and dynamic HR expertise in both public and private sectors. She has applied highly successful HR strategies within organizations spanning from early stage start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Her experience includes corporate mergers and acquisitions, large-scale reorganizations, change management, diversity and inclusion and organizational and leadership development programs.
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  • Gordon, Douglas L.
  • Doug Gordon, B.S., has over 40 years of experience in business as a consultant, president and partner in various companies specializing in mergers, acquisitions and accounting/financial reviews. Mr. Gordon was also responsible for all operations of a company that was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. for three consecutive years. He holds an inactive CPA license from the state of Maryland.
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  • Gould, Amber L
  • Amber Gould, SPHR, MPA, MBP is the Executive Director of Human Resources for U.S. Technology Solutions for Ingram Micro. Prior to Ingram, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Newegg, Inc., a world-class e-commerce company located in City of Industry, CA. With over 15 years comprehensive leadership experience in all facets of the Human Resources discipline, she has proven experience collaborating with organizational leaders to facilitate human resources strategic planning to execute on corporate levels. Her solid acquisition and international background, specifically in UK, Europe, Latin America, and Canada has allowed her the opportunity to teach multiple human resource learning strands for the University Conference Center, SHRM and PHRA.
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  • Green , Evan
  • Evan Green, PhD is a senior manager and industry consultant with extensive experience in design, manufacture and test of optical systems from the nanometer-scale of tools for extreme ultraviolet lithography to acre-scale solar farms. He developed his teaching skills over thousands of hours of university classroom instruction in Electrical and Materials Engineering. He holds MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, a BS from UC San Diego, and 14 patents in lasers and optical instruments.
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  • Greenberg, Carol
  • Carol Greenberg, M.S., is an experienced UX/UI design professional with a unique combination of expertise in user-centered design, usability methodologies, and creative solutions for complex interfaces. Carol had a proven track record of leading the design of innovative and elegant user interfaces for life sciences, banking and technology enterprises. Carol's clients include PG&E, Fresenius Medical North America, Finesse Solutions, Blackboard, Nikon, Microsoft, San Francisco Chronicle and KTVU TV.
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  • Groves, Kevin S.
  • Kevin S. Groves, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management; and President of Groves and Consulting Group, which helps organizations develop leadership talent through executive assessment, development, and succession planning systems. The consultancy designs customized solutions for identifying and developing high potential employees, enhancing leadership bench strength, and creating succession plans. Groves teaches a range courses at the Graziadio School, including leadership competency development, organization design, and organization development and change.
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  • Gurtovoy, Jason
  • Jason Gurtovoy, M.A., is a Professor of Economics and Finance with over 10 years of experience consulting within large to small scale companies. He has more than a decade of quant experience dealing with statistical analysis, predictive modeling, pricing theory, and risk management. He has published in the areas of economics and business and presented at conferences across the country. He is currently working as a real estate consultant with an emphasis on pricing theory.
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  • Hagan, Julianne M.
  • Julianne M. Hagan, M.B.A., managed contracts in large-, medium-, and small-sized companies. She planned, negotiated, and administered contracts for cutting edge technologies, including manned space station studies, Over-the-Horizon Radar, and scientific equipment. Her efforts resulted in cost savings of over $1 million annually.
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  • Hallsted, Julianna Elizabeth
  • Julianna Hallsted, B.A., ACP, PHR, SHRM-CP, has worked in the legal field for more than twenty years as a paralegal specializing in real estate, employment, contract, and regulatory and compliance law and is currently a Senior Documentation Specialist at JPMorgan Chase & Company. She holds the professional designations of Advanced Certificate Paralegal, Profession in Human Resources, and SHRM-CP. She has taught legal research and writing, property law and contract law courses. She is the President of the Orange County Paralegal Association.
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  • Hallum, Shawn A.
  • Shawn Hallum, M.S., has been an established and passionate member of the resort, hotel, spa, retail, and wellness communities since 1995. He has served in leadership and executive roles for The Sports Club Company, Plus One Health Management, Bacara Resort & Spa, Premier Salons, Red Door Spas, and Starwood Hotels. His guidance and contributions have had a positive impact on retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew and Macy’s. Shawn’s passion for coaching and people development enables him to instruct and mentor undergraduate students around the world as an adjunct faculty member with the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Academically, Shawn holds a Master’s Degree in Complementary Alternative Medicine and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Sports Management (Wellness and Fitness). He is a certified Spa Supervisor with the International Spa Association. Shawn also has training and certifications in massage therapy, reiki, personal training, and performance enhancement.
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  • Hammitt, Chad S.
  • Chad Hammitt, Ed.D., is the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services for the Fullerton School district. He has nearly 25 years of experience including classroom teacher in both English and Bilingual (Spanish), school site administrator as an Assistant Principal and Principal, and school district human resources as both an executive director and assistant superintendent. His expertise in both school site and district level administration enables him to have a strong understanding of all aspects of K-12 education. His work in human resources has focused on developing and encouraging employee talent through coaching and mentoring, negotiating with employees and their labor associations, and improving school district operations and student outcomes through hiring, retaining, developing, and evaluating employees.
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  • Hampton, Randolph
  • Randy Hampton received his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley. His research group studies a variety of questions that surround how the cell selectively destroys proteins. This work started with understanding how these sorts of mechanisms are employed to allow regulation of cellular cholesterol synthesis. These studies are ongoing and have led us in a number of interesting directions including cellular management of misfolded proteins, lipid signaling, and the dynamics of the ER and other organelles.
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  • Harvey, William C.
  • William Harvey, M.S., is a nationally recognized teacher, author, and motivational speaker, often considered by experts to be one of the best Spanish instructors in American today. He is founder and president of Language Services Institute, Inc., a successful on-site language school, which has had some of the most comprehensive training programs in Southern California. As a 30-year veteran of teaching Spanish and ESL, Bill has received national media attention from CNN, Spanish News Network, Time magazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He is author of several books, including Spanish for Gringos, Ingles para Latinos, Spanish for Health Care Professionals, Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel, and Spanish for the Construction Trade. Mr. Harvey has also gained attention on the internet, while appearing in numerous healthcare webinars and audio conferences. He currently teaches Spanish in a variety of healthcare facilities in Orange County, California.
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  • Hayes Munson, Kristine A.
  • Kristine A. Hayes Munson, MBA, PMP leads an IT Risk and Compliance team at State Street. She has over twenty years' experience leading project teams. An active PMI volunteer, she served on the PMI-OC Board in various roles including Chair. She leads PMI Global Accreditation Center onsite degree accreditation teams. She teaches in the PMI-OC PMP exam preparation courses and speaks at professional association events. Her discussion on "Getting It Done" remains one of the PM Podcasts most popular episodes.
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  • He, Kevin
  • Kevin He’s industry experience started with deep academic roots. At the end of his first year at UC San Diego, his desire to build professional experience with like-minded individuals led him to found Triton Gaming, a student organization that would eventually become one of the largest student-run gaming organizations in the world. During his tenure as President, his experiences project managing massive-scale campus events, building the organization’s brand, and mentoring the officer team served as the foundation for his current professional skillset. Kevin is currently the program manager of Blizzard Entertainment’s collegiate experience, in this role, Kevin works with an elite team of fellow collegiate gaming veterans to create a collegiate ecosystem that can foster the same conditions that shaped professional development — on a massive scale — for hundreds of campus leaders across the world.
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  • Henmueller, Kristen N.
  • Kristen Henmueller, MBA, is the interactive Design Manager for Quill.com, specializing in Web and Email design. She has over 10 years of experience working as a User Experience Designer and over 20 years working in the design industry on top brands including Quill.com, True Value, Follett Library Resources and Spiegel. She has developed many user experiences including complex order management systems, apps and online ecommerce website experiences. She has taught web design and usability at Westwood College and is the founding president of Quill Toastmasters.
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  • Henry, William J.
  • William J. Henry, M.S., is a scientific programmer at the Navy Research Laboratory in Monterey where he regularly develops data based applications in Python. Previously, at EarthRisk Technologies, he led the development of a neural network ensemble temperature forecast model.
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  • Hilscher, Christoph
  • Christoph Hilscher has an extensive background in international hotel operations and human resources, and is currently Director of People Services for BlueStar Resort & Golf in Scottsdale, AZ. The experience he gained over the years in the hospitality service industry and banking industry, especially his 14 years with Ritz-Carlton in the United States and Germany helped him to get an excellent inside view of the needs and demands of internal and external customers. As an HR professional, Hilscher is involved in shaping his company's present and future by attracting and retaining talent, development and implementation of employer branding strategies, and supporting his team with learning and leadership development strategies. Christoph studied Human Resources at Western Governors University (WGU) and has a B.Sc. in Business – Human Resources Management and a Master of Science – Management and Leadership from WGU. He obtained various Leadership Facilitator Certifications from FranklinCovey to include Speed of Trust, 4 Disciplines of Execution, and 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team.
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  • Ho, Robert C
  • Bobby Ho, B.A., SPHR is the Director of Human Resources for Insight Investments, LLC in Costa Mesa where he manages all HR functions. Bobby has more than 18 years of human resources experience in all areas of human capital management and has strong expertise in Human Resources Information Systems. Prior to IIC, Mr. Ho held previous HR roles at Ricoh Electronics, Inc., Siebel Systems Inc., and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has been recognized for his work in HR with Insight Investments Chairman Award and Instructor of Excellence by University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education.
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  • Holley, Christopher E.
  • Christopher E. Holley, Ph.D., MBA, SPHR, CLET, is a lead instructor for the ICE Leadership Academy in Dallas, Texas. He has more than has over 20 years experience in leadership and management positions. Currently, Chris teaches employees, supervisors, and managers at the ICE Academy's Leadership Development Center for the Department of Homeland Security, Dallas, TX; as well as teaches for many local colleges and universities.
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  • Hollman, Wayne A.
  • Wayne A. Hollman, Ph.D, has over 25 years of professional experience working in Financial Management. He has worked for some of the top brokerage firms in the nation, organized and managed a division of financial advisors at a large financial planning software company, and launched an internet-based financial services firm that was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and other well-known publications. In 2005, he began teaching online, and has taught various business, economics, and accounting courses at UCLA, BYU-Idaho, and other well-respected universities. A published author, Dr. Hollman’s primary research interests center on various areas of financial planning. Dr. Hollman holds a B.A. in Economics from San Diego State University, an MBA from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Walden University.
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  • Holt, Bradley J.
  • Brad Holt, MPIA, is the CEO of HSI, LLC an international trade and business development firm. He has two decades of international business experience. He assists Pacific Rim, South American and North American companies in expanding their global operations by providing consulting, training, trade and investment due diligence. Prior to HSI consulting, he served as the Asia General Manager of RPM’s StonCor Group for seven years. Holt has expertise in the management of cross cultural communication, international sales, supply chain logistics, distribution, joint venture creation and technology licensing and transfer.
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  • Hook, Ryan L.
  • Ryan Hook, CFP, serves as a Wealth Manager for Creative Planning, Inc., working directly with clients to develop a cohesive strategy to help meet their most complex goals and financial needs. Creative Planning provides comprehensive wealth management services to its clients including investment management, tax, estate planning, retirement plan consulting, business succession planning, liability and risk management, college planning, and charitable giving. Prior to joining Creative Planning, Ryan worked in impact investing as the National Product Manager for TriLinc Global Impact Fund. Before that, he was Vice President, Senior Investment Officer at a local Registered Investment Advisor. Throughout his 13-year career, he has gained extensive experience in comprehensive wealth management for high net worth and normal net worth clients. Ryan started his career at MetLife Investors.
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  • Howland, Paul
  • Paul Howland, M.B.A., is presently the CEO of Hydro-Convergent Technologies Inc. and an independent consultant and Principle of Steam Plant Solutions LLC. He retired after 24 years with CSULB and UCI as Executive Director of Facilities Management Department, He has over 40 years’ experience in the maintenance, supervision and management of facilities and physical plants and maintains an appointment as a teacher in the UCI Division of Continuing Education. He also teaches HVAC related classes for SC Gas Co; San Diego Gas & Electric; Southern California Edison; and classes for the NEEC in the Building Operator Certificate (BOC) program, a nationally recognized certification.
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  • Hsu, Chiasheng Oliver
  • Oliver C. Hsu, MBA, CPA, is the manager of network security for the County of Los Angeles. He has been working in the information technology field for the past 25 years as lead project manager, Oracle Database Administrator (DBA), and manager in charge of DBA & Systems. His expertise includes database management, system design, project management, and network security. He has taught various accounting courses at East Los Angeles College for more than 10 years.
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  • Hu, Judy
  • Judy Hu has over fifteen years of English teaching experience with teenagers and adults on three continents. She holds a Cambridge Certificate in English Language to Adults, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Business, and a Master’s degree in Education. She is also a certified scoring professional of TOEIC, TOEFL, and GRE examinations. An active member of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, she has served in diverse roles including Orange County Chapter Treasurer and Workshop Registration Coordinator.
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  • Hur, Christian
  • Christian V. Hur is an instructor and author who holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Web Application Development from Boston University. His career in web technologies spans over 20 years and he has taught computer programming and web development courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In industry, he has built websites and web-based applications using various web technologies throughout his career. In addition to authoring books published by MC Press, he produces online training courses for Lynda.com and Packtpub.com. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new web technologies, learning AR/VR and game development, and contributing to Stack Overflow and Quora.
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  • Iqbal, Kamran
  • Kamran Iqbal Ph.D. in electrical engineering, over 15 year experience of teaching in academia, and six year experience of working as engineer for the military. I am currently an instructor at UCI while on sabbatical from my regular job as Professor of Systems Engineering at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I have previously taught courses for UC Riverside and CSU Fullerton. While in military, I managed servicing of aircraft avionics systems. My research interests include biomedical signal processing and biomechanics of human movement.
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  • Iqbal, Rashed
  • Rashed Iqbal, Ph. D is a Program Manager, Data Solutions at Teledyne Technologies in California. He has two areas of interest and expertise: Data Science and Machine Learning, and Transitioning Traditional Organization to Agile and Lean Methods. He practices, consults, and teaches in these domains. . He is part-time Adjunct Professor in Economics Department at UCLA where he teaches graduate courses in Data Science. Rashed also teaches at UCLA Extension and at UCI Continuing Education. Rashed undertook multiple entrepreneurial ventures in these areas. His current area of research is Narrative Economics that studies impact of the popular narratives and stories on economic fluctuations. He is using NLP and Deep Learning to extract narratives in human communication. He believes narrative extraction will revolutionize process of human communication to which Narrative Economics is just one of the applications. Rashed has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with focus on Stochastic and Predictive Systems and holds current CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP, and PMP certifications. He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE.
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  • Izquieta, Renato L.
  • Renato Izquieta, J.D., is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC). He has been teaching at UCI for 10 years. He was admitted to the California State Bar and in Federal Court in 1997. He is also admitted before the U.S. Tax Court. He has been working in Legal Services Since 1997 and has been with LASOC since 2001. At the Legal Aid Society, Izquieta works in the litigation unit practicing several disciplines in the areas of Housing, family law, SSI, IRS tax, public benefits and other legal matters. Izquieta is also the supervising attorney for the Homeless Outreach Project and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. The Homeless project provides direct services to the homeless and veterans throughout Orange County. Izquieta through the Low-Income Tax Payer Clinic assists taxpayers with tax debt problems and other tax controversy matters before the IRS and Tax Court. Currently, Izquieta is a Commission member with the ABA for the Commission on Homeless and Poverty. Recently, Izquieta was appointed to sit as Judge Pro Tem for the Collaborative Courts for the Orange County Superior Court. These courts include Homeless Court, Veterans Court and Drug Court.
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  • Jan, Jenq-Haw H
  • Paul Jan is experienced in helping Fortune 100 companies strategizing, designing, and implementing supply chain strategies. With over 10 years of consulting experience and 3 years of start-up experience, Paul’s experience spans from supply chain analysis, material management, strategic sourcing, manufacturing strategy, competency assessment, and business development. His industry experience includes retail, industrial equipment, energy, utilities, and telecom. He was a key member in formulating a client’s North America manufacturing strategy, as well as designed a global demand management process for another client. He holds a master’s degree in supply chain management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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  • Jannett, Thomas C.
  • Thomas C. Jannett, M.S., Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research. Research expertise includes smart sensor networks that use intelligent control and signal processing. He developed instruments and rehabilitation devices that use embedded microcomputers for data acquisition, signal processing, and intelligent control. He has published extensively in these areas. Current interests include analytics, machine learning, and the Internet of Things.
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  • Jellison, Jerald M.
  • Jerry Jellison, PhD has been a professor of social psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for 40 years and served as director of the applied psychology graduate program at USC. Jerry has been teaching his practical techniques for implementing change to business professionals throughout the world for the past 25 years. He has extensive experience consulting with all levels of management. He authored two books in the topic; Overcoming Resistance and Managing the Dynamics of Change.
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  • Jo, Joshua Sseunhyeun S
  • Joshua S. Jo, PhD. is a senior staff optical engineer at KLA corporation. He has over 20 years of experience in various areas, which include lens designs in fields of eyepiece, 3D projection design, 3D confocal optics, DOE, F-theta lens, optical system with VIR, NWIR, MWIR, LWIR, Gaussian beam propagation, cell phone lens design, machine vision, mirror system design, telescope design, metrology system built, 2D/3D inspection system, and Koehler illumination. He has been building optical systems starting from concepts to final stages in small, mid, and big size companies and worked as the recipient/main contributor of SBIR contracts (NASA Goddard space center, US ARMY, US NAVY, US Air force). Numerous lectures have been done through 20 years of lens designs, including UCI Division of Continuing Education, various universities and research institutes. Received a distinguished instructor award in 2013 for his teachings in Lens Design at UCI Division of Continuing Education.
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  • Johansen, Erin H.
  • Erin Johansen, B.A., M.B.A., has over 17 years of experience in marketing for startup and Fortune 500 companies. With experience and extensive knowledge in product marketing, packaging, brand management, public relations, marketing communications, and advertising, she has successfully launched high profile consumer product marketing campaigns into major retailers across the United States. Erin teaches Global Communication for the Department of Marketing at Boise State University as well as Managerial Communications for the online MBA program at Boise State University. In addition to being an Instructor for Boise State and the University of California - Irvine, Division of Continuing Education, she is the Marketing Manager for the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
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  • Jones, Jeanette E
  • Jeanette Jones, M.B.A.,CHE, is a professor of hospitality management for Cal State Long Beach and Cypress College with 20 years of management, leadership, training and human resources experience. In addition to teaching, Jeanette has been employed by Marriott International as a human resources professional for nearly two decades and holds professional certifications in human resources, online teaching, hospitality education and Meyers-Brigg facilitation. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
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  • Jordan, Shannon
  • Shannon Jordan, M.A., has spent 25 years helping people thrive in their professional lives. She founded the Career Ingenuity Group to help individuals, teams and organizations understand how they can positively impact motivation, focus, performance, communication, creativity, leadership, and resilience in their careers through optimizing their own inner resources using mindfulness-based practices. She has consulted across industries having worked with global leaders such as Qualcomm, eBay, PayPal, Cisco, AMEX, Oracle, Roche/Genentech, CalSTRS, Port of San Diego, Welk Resorts, and UCSD Rady School of Management.

    Shannon holds a B.A. in Business and an M.A. in Counseling, and completed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training through UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She was one of the first to be certified to teach the neuroscience and emotional intelligence based mindfulness program (Search Inside Yourself) that originated at Google. Shannon now spends most of her time teaching for the Potential Project, a global corporate based mindfulness and organizational development consulting firm. She is a Board Certified Coach, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Career Counselor, and has served on the adjunct faculty for University of San Diego’s School of Leadership.

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  • Kadochnikov, Nick
  • Nick Kadochnikov is a Data Scientist, currently working as an Executive Program Manager, Business Analytics Transformation at IBM, as well as an adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago, Master of Science in Analytics program. Nick’s expertise lies in the areas of Big Data, data mining, predictive modeling, econometric modeling, social media analytics and natural language processing. In his 15+ years professional career Nick has been applying analytics to various areas of the business, such as marketing, sales, fraud detection, product development, financial optimization, process simplification, and engagement analytics. Nick has been leveraging Big Data and data mining techniques to develop a multitude of analytical deliverables, including client wallet estimates and client segmentation models; cost-benefit modeling; propensity to buy, cross-sell and up-sell modeling; fraud, abuse and error detection; development productivity optimization and social business analytics.
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  • Kadrie, Mountasser
  • Dr. Mountasser Kadrie has over 30 years of healthcare executive management experience gained from holding executive leadership appointments at world-renowned health systems and leading academic medical centers. Dr. Kadrie’s executive expertise has been focused on the development and implementation of strategies to maximize organizational performance and to promote transformational change. Dr. Kadrie is a Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Fellow at the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE). He is a Board-Certified Examiner with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Performance Program, and Certified Professional in Health Management Information Systems (CPHIMS). Dr. Kadrie is a subject matter expert and has also consulted extensively with universities, national and international healthcare organizations, and higher education institutions in areas of strategy, program development, change management, and sustainability. Dr. Kadrie enjoys international traveling, photography, and outdoor activities.
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  • Kafshi, Hassan
  • Hassan Kafshi, MBA, CMMI, has over 20 years of Information Systems expertise in teaching and practicing structured approach in developing Information Technology and Computer Science applications. He received his MBA in Operations Research and BS in Information Systems from University of Baltimore. He is also a Certified Capability Maturity Model (CMM) assessor from Carnegie Mellon, Software Engineering Institute and certified Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation. Taught several Information Systems courses, business courses, and programming languages in various colleges and universities such as Towson State University, Loyola College in Maryland, and most recently teaching Information Technology courses at ITT Educational Services in Orange, CA.
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  • Kaley, Richard A.
  • Richard Kaley, M.S. is a managing partner at Colony West Business Risk Solutions and partner at Matrix American Insurance and Financial Solutions. He has worked in the commercial insurance field for over 16 years as a consultant and agent/broker. He has been a frequent lecturer at various trade industry associations, private colleges and universities.
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  • Kasunic, Keith
  • Keith J. Kasunic, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience of developing optical, electro-optical, infrared and laser systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Optical Science from the University of Arizona, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has worked for and been a consultant to a number of organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Sandia National Labs, and Nortel Networks. He teaches at the University of Central Florida's CREOL, Georgia Tech's SENSIAC, and at SPIE conferences.
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  • Kaul, Amit
  • Amit Kaul, MS (NYU), MS (Columbia), PMP, CBAP is the Treasurer of the New York City Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis. He is also a VP at Deutsche Bank in their Regulatory Compliance Technology division. He has over a decade of experience in business analysis, project management, business/human capital management, operational/infrastructure management, process improvement (Lean Six Sigma), and business intelligence reporting.
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  • Kausek, Albert Joseph
  • Joe Kausek is currently the System Director of Performance Improvement with SSM Health in St. Louis, Missouri. He has previously held senior level management positions with the Saudi Arabian national mining company, Ma’aden, Rio Tinto and Northrop Grumman and operated his own consulting business for over a decade where he worked with many of the Fortune 500 in creating and deploying quality and business improvement initiatives and programs. Equally important, Joe has a broad background in Business Process Optimization, having served as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Examiner for the Pennsylvania and Michigan state quality awards, Director of Business Improvement, Director of Corporate Performance and Director of Vendor Quality. He has also served on the core team responsible for leading business process transformation of a large, global organization, and has authored several books on quality, environmental and health & safety management systems and assessments. Joe Kausek holds a BS in Human Resources Management and an MBA in International Business.
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  • Keener, Steven J.
  • Steven J. Keener, DBA is President and Founder of Business Financial Solutions, Inc. of Orange County California. He consults on international markets and furnishes a complete financial package to small entrepreneurial base companies. He has had executive levels accountabilities with major International Corporations and has planned, executed and implemented business strategies for acquisitions, partnerships, global sourcing, marketing and numerous relocations of companies in foreign and domestic countries. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine since 2009 emphasis on International Markets, Finance, and Business.
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  • Keilbach, Kimberly Brower
  • Kimberly J. Brower, Ed.D., is Assistant Director of Food Industry Programs at USC Marshall School of Business. She has more than a decade of instructional design experience and has been instrumental in gaining consensus for and launching online learning initiatives at USC. She led the design and development of USC Marshall’s online degree programs, including their flagship online MBA program, which has recently ranked #1 in the nation. She is an award-winning author and frequent presenter on online learning, instructional design, and online faculty training and development.
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  • Kelber, Dena Maria
  • Dena Kelber, M.S., PMP is a senior business analyst at Southern California Edison. She has had over 20 years' experience implementing projects with major organizational impact. She has also held multiple systems and business analyst positions in the financial services (Western Corporate FCU), healthcare (Abbott Laboratories) and entertainment (Disney Interactive- games) industries. She is also an accomplished toastmaster, having participated in clubs and competitions across Southern California.
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  • Keller, Steven E.
  • Dr. Steven Keller has spent thirty years in public education, beginning as a middle school and high school history and language arts teacher, a middle school assistant principal and principal, a Director of Student Achievement, and an Assistant Superintendent, before becoming the Superintendent of Schools in Redondo Beach Unified School District. In addition to his role as the leader of the district, he has served as adjunct professor at Chapman University and UC Irvine. Dr. Keller earned his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College in Claremont and his masters degree from Claremont Graduate University. His doctoral degree is from University of California, Irvine where he still holds the record for the briefest dissertation.
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  • Keverian, James A.
  • James A. Keverian, M.S., PMP, has over 20 years' experience in project management, systems engineering and integration, design engineering and analysis, and acquisition and source selection. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), with a Master Degree in Engineering Management, and a member of the Project Management Institute. He has played key engineering roles in fluid systems design with the T-45 and C-17, as well as notable component designs within the Cupola Module of the International Space Station.
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  • Kim, Danny Young
  • Danny Kim, Ed.D., is the Director of Secondary Education & Pupil Personnel Services for the Walnut Valley Unified School District. He has served in public education for the past 14 years in a variety of capacities, including Teacher, Curriculum Administrator, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal. Dr. Kim completed his Doctor of Education at USC where he focused his research around closing knowledge, motivation, and organizational gaps that prevent minority high school students from accessing four-year universities. Dr. Kim has taught at the post-secondary level since 2011, including graduate level coursework in Learning Theory and Teacher Leadership.
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  • Kim, Peter B.
  • Peter Kim, MBA, CTP, PMP, is currently the QA/QC Program Manager in the Transmission and Distribution’s Major Projects Organization (T&D MPO) at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for leading and managing the development of processes and controls leading to Project Controls excellence. He has been involved with SCE’s $1.6B SmartConnect (Advanced Metering Initiative) Program Management Office and managed a diverse array of Finance and Project Controls projects for the Planning & Performance Reporting and T&D MPO organizations. In the past 20+ years, he has journeyed through the Global Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance and Project Management functions that span across 6 industries – Food, Education, Non-Profit, Aerospace, Retail and Utilities. He double-majored in International Economics (BA) and East Asian Studies (BA) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the University of Southern California (USC) and recently completed his Master of Science in Leadership & Management (MSLM) from the University of La Verne (ULV). Peter is currently a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has also been a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) in the past. He has taught Procurement Management and Project Management Monitoring and Controlling with Earned Value courses for the Accelerated Credential Program (ACP) and Introduction to Project Management, Advanced PMBOK and Risk Management courses for the Corporate Training for UCI Division of Continuing Education.
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  • Kim, Richard M.
  • Richard Kim, CPA, is a Managing Director for the regional accounting firm, Elison Consulting. He has more than a decade of public accounting and finance experience, and has worked with hundreds of clients ranging from local households to global corporations. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Southern California. He has been teaching Finance and Accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 2011. He brings real-world work experiences into the classroom and loves to inspire others through teaching.
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  • Kinman, David
  • David Kinman, Kintek Engineering Inc. (CEO), has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry focusing on the consumer electronics, military communications, medical electronics and enterprise server computing markets. Previously, he has worked at WINCOM Corp., AMI Semiconductor, Sony Electronics and Northrop Grumman where he has held ASIC/FPGA design engineering positions in cellular telephone, terrestrial, satellite and air born communication systems. Having formed Kintek Engineering Inc. in 2008, he has been providing contract design engineering services for FPGA/ASIC design and verification projects in a variety of industries.
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  • Klapper, Katelyn
  • Katelyn Gleason Klapper, CEP, is the owner of College Options in Sudbury, MA, and has 25 years of experience working in higher education and college consulting. Katelyn has provided college consulting services to students at Dynamy, Inc., a gap-year and access-to-college program in Worcester, MA and has been in private practice for 10 years. Prior to this, she worked on the campuses of Boston University, Bentley College and WPI. She also volunteers her time with Boston's METCO program and College Summit.
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  • Kraut, Rachel
  • Rachel Kraut, Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, is the Associate Director of Language Programs in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. There, she helps oversee the intensive English program, ESL communication program, and all foreign language programs in addition to building new language programs online. She also serves as a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Beyond language program management, Rachel has also worked as an ESL teacher, a consultant in language teacher professional development for public school districts, a content developer, and a teacher trainer in the U.S. and in China. Her research interests lie in two camps: language program administration and L2 applied psycholinguistics.
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  • Kroll, Wendi E
  • Wendi Kroll is the CEO & Founder of Essential HR, Inc. She has over 25 years of experience working with companies and non-profit organizations in overall areas of human resources. She specializes in talent acquisition, employee engagement, training and development, executive coaching and labor law compliance. Wendi develops and mentors HR professionals to advance in their careers. She conducts research on employee engagement and methods in which employers are able to maximize and leverage employee engagement to increase their bottom line.
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  • Kusnick, Catherine A.
  • Catherine A. Kusnick, MD is a UCI medical school graduate and Principal, Headlands Consulting. She has headed clinical departments at medical device start-ups for 8 years after 2 years in pharma. She currently consults with device start-up companies. Her strategic and tactical experience includes study conduct, project management, data analysis, Medical Affairs, writing Regulatory submissions. While practicing medicine, she taught at two medical schools, served as a Study Investigator and published/lectured extensively.
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  • LaCour, Sarah D
  • Sarah D. LaCour, MBS, is a Senior Site Management Associate for Allergan. She also received her B.A. in Biology from Xavier University in Louisiana in 2007. After receiving her B.A. she went on to complete the Clinical Trials: Medical Device and Drug Development certificate program from UCI Division of CE, which led her to Keck Graduate Institute where she completed her Master of Bioscience – Clinical/Regulatory Affairs. Her industry experience has granted her a wide array of viewpoints while working at site, CRO and sponsor levels that have all providing her a strong foundation in clinical research.
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  • Lahsaie, Mohammed
  • Mo. Lahsaie, Ph.D., REHS, is the Environmental Officer with the City of Oceanside. Prior to this, he was an Environmental Scientist in the Watershed Protection Branch of the CAL-EPA Regional Water Quality Control Board-San Diego. Dr. Lahsaie has over 12 years of experience in directing investigations and remediation of contaminated sites, managing cases with underground storage tanks and releases of petroleum solvents, pesticides, heavy metals and hazardous wastes. He currently plans, organizes, and administer the City's Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Programs, the management and inspection activities of the City's Stormwater Program in compliance with National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, and coordinates activities surrounding the City's Clean Water Program.
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  • Larkins, Brad F.
  • Brad F. Larkins, M.S. is the former principal manager of Information Technology at Southern California Edison. He has over 30 years in the information technology and electric public utility industries. His experience includes business application development, program and project management, maintenance, operations, and security. He is led the program management office (PMO) at SCE through the development of improved system development life cycles and solution delivery tools. His organization effectively communicated business metrics, utilized big data techniques, and built dashboards and reports to facilitate key business decisions.
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  • Law, Chiara Claire
  • Claire Law is a nationally recognized expert in college admission and financial aid counseling since 1999. She is an Independent Educational Consultant and Certified Educational Planner (CEP). She founded Educational Avenues in E. Greenwich, RI and then Charleston, SC. Prior to 1999, she worked in college admission and financial aid for over ten years. Her last position was in education loan sales for a Sallie Mae lender. This experience fueled her passion for helping students and parents identify college “fit” and “affordability.” When teaching “Navigating the Financial Aid Network,” she teaches her true-and-tried process, which she’s practiced over the last 20 years. Claire co-authored “Find The Perfect College For You,” now in its fourth edition, and is presently completing a book on College Affordability, slated to be published in 2020.
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  • Lee, Susan T.
  • Susan T. Lee, M.A., M.B.A., has been a creative producer, writer and director of special events, entertainment and meetings for over 15 years working with such clients as Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Company, Hard Rock, Animal Planet, Queen Mary, Wounded Warrior Project, Life Changing Lives, Children’s Miracle Network, The United States Government, Mitsubishi, Ernst & Young, Isuzu, U.S. Senior Golf Championship, Citrus Bowl and many others. Susan is highly acclaimed in diverse industries supporting arts & entertainment, corporate, sporting, government and philanthropic endeavors and has won six national awards.
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  • Leverentz, James M.
  • James Leverentz, M.B.A. has over twenty years in the contracting field. He has managed contract and purchasing organizations responsible for a wide array of products and services. Experience encompasses contracts and agreements with the U.S. Government, domestic and international commercial firms and foreign governments.
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  • Levinson, William A.
  • Bill Levinson, P.E., FASQ, is the owner of Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. which specializes in advanced industrial statistics, quality management systems, and lean manufacturing. He worked previously for Harris Semiconductor and IBM. Bill Levinson has a master's in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA and a master's in Operations Research and Applied Statistics. He holds ASQ certifications including Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and also certifications from the Society of Manufacturing and APICS. He is the author of books on management, quality, and applied statistics including statistical process control for non-normal distributions.
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  • Lewin, Jack
  • Jack Lewin, M.S., has over 35 years industrial experience in aerospace, insurance and security industries. Owner of Training Consulting company, with customers in Orange and Los Angeles counties. User of Visual Basic since Visual Basic 1 and instructor in .NET technologies including VB.NET and C#. He holds a Master of Science in Quality Assurance.
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  • Liang, Michael L.
  • Michael Liang, CFP®, CPWA®, CRPC™, became an advisor in 2006 and is the co-owner of Liang & Quinley Wealth Management. He holds the Series 7, 66 (through LPL Financial) and Life & Health Insurance licenses. Michael’s main focus is working with immigrants and small business owners.
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  • Loble, Melissa
  • Melissa Loble is Senior Vice President of Customer Success and Partners for Instructure. In this role, Melissa oversees the strategy and operations of the company’s customer success teams for the Canvas LMS and Bridge, as well as Canvas Network, a MOOC platform focused on delivering innovative open education opportunities to learners worldwide. Previously, Melissa was associate dean for Distance Learning at the University of California, Irvine where she provided leadership in curriculum development, instructional design, and the selection and use of education platforms and technologies. Melissa has held senior leadership roles for a number of educational technology companies and has taught in Pepperdine University’s Masters in Learning Technologies program (MALT) for the past ten years. She holds master’s degrees in business administration and educational policy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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  • Lou, Peter Hong
  • Peter H. Lou, CFA®, is a senior manager with Wells Fargo Bank. He previously served as a senior finance manager at Union Bank and as a senior consultant at Ernst & Young. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a CFA® charterholder since 2000.
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  • Lu, Paul J.
  • Paul Lu, Doctor of Business Administration, PMP, has over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry. He has managed commercial, government, and international projects and programs at several Fortune 500 companies. Paul has lead project teams in Research and Development (R&D), new product launch, new business, and sustaining projects. His project management experiences are in the areas strategy, leadership, project planning, implementation, international projects, procurement, risk management, and cost management. Paul has extensive international business experience and have conducted business in Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Central, Africa, and Australia. Paul holds a doctorate in Business Administration. His area of research is in the field of Relationship Marketing in the project management environment. Paul also holds a Master in Aeronautical Science.
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  • Luce, Kim M.
  • Kim Luce, SPHR, is the owner and principal consultant of Luce and Associates, HR. Inc. Over the course of two decades, she has been privileged to serve a diverse range of multi-sized companies, firms, and organizations — attaining a 360° view of the infrastructure of what makes a business successful. As a CHRO, SVP (Human Resources), and Consultant, she has helped organizations with implementing leading-edge HR strategy and development, HR solutions, application of industry best practices, and proactive leadership of human capital management. She has built successful human resources teams, developed effective training programs, and built the HR infrastructure from the ground up. She has also been a guest lecturer at Concordia University’s Strategic Human Resources Management course, MBA Program.
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  • Mabiala, Rachel G.
  • Rachel G. Mabiala, MBA, CPA, and DBA candidate at Grenoble Ecole de Management. She has over 19 years of accounting and auditing experience. She worked in the auditing and information systems field as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 7 years. She has taught at University of Maryland and Pepperdine University.
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  • Malazian, Ara G.
  • Ara G. Malazian, M.A., CFP® is the president of Heritage Financial and branch manager for National Planning Corporation, one of the largest independent broker dealers in the nation. Ara has more than a decade of experience as a Certified Financial Planner® designee helping individuals and businesses in developing comprehensive plans in the areas of retirement, benefits planning and succession planning. Known for his ability to take complex subjects and focus them into simpler terms, Ara is often sought out as a speaker for organizational events. Ara is the author of "The Money Diet: Five Easy Steps to Financial Health" and producer/star of the personal finance video "Balance".
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  • Malone, Patty C.
  • Patty Malone, Ph.D, is a Professor of Communication at California State University Fullerton where she teaches organizational, business, interpersonal, and presentational communication courses. She is also a Corporate and Public Trainer for Dale Carnegie. She has worked in the field of Communication for over 20 years as a TV News Anchor, in Public Affairs and Corporate TV in the aerospace industry, and as a Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has won numerous awards for her work in all of these industries. In addition she has facilitated workshops and trainings on business and professional presentation skills, resolving conflict, and leadership skills at numerous conferences. She is also a speaker and frequent TV guest focusing on interviewing skills and recession-proofing the job search.
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  • Mandel, Jennifer K.
  • Jennifer Mandel, M.A., has worked one-on-one with hundreds of students guiding them through the college application process. In 2007, she was selected as one of a small number of high school counselors nationwide to become a Director of College Counseling for College Summit, a non-profit organization that assists low-income high school students with the college application process. She has placed students at over 300 colleges and universities and is frequently invited to speak at Southern California area high schools and organizations about the college admission process.
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  • Manghani, Amit
  • Amit P. Manghani, M.S., MBA has more than a decade of experience in the Information Technology domain dealing with Enterprise Information Management, Business Intelligence, Web Applications and Cloud Computing technologies at leading Information Management companies such as Oracle, Informatica and SAP. Prior to joining Oracle, Amit was focused on utilizing the power of emerging data integration technologies encompassing real-time data acquisition/ movement, event processing and agile data access within Big Data usage scenarios. Now as Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle, he is responsible for enabling partners globally on the different facets of Oracle Sales Cloud ranging from Analytics to Mobile to Sales Prediction capabilities. He is an avid follower of technology trends and has published articles in leading online journals and has presented at several technology conferences. Also in 2012, Amit got certified in Hadoop which is the premier certification for Big Data processing.
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  • Marello, Michael
  • Michael (Mike) Marello, P.G, CHg., is a graduate of the University of California Davis Campus (Geology). Mike is a California Professional Geologist (P.G.) and Certified Hydrogeologist (C.Hg.) with 27 years of experience in the environmental consulting field serving private industry and government. Mike has completed over 500 soil and groundwater assessments in California under regulation by multiple federal, state and local agencies. Mike maintains expertise in soil vapor sampling, vapor intrusion risk assessment, soil and groundwater contaminant characterization, aquifer testing, design of soil and groundwater remediation systems, monitoring well design and installation, geophysical testing, CPT, MIP, Hydropunch testing, groundwater quality analysis, metals, VOC, LNAPL and DNAPL investigations.
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  • Marrapodi, Jean
  • Jean Marrapodi, Ph.D., CPLP, has been designing and developing e-learning for over 20 years in a variety of industries and higher education. Named a Guildmaster in 2016 by the eLearning Guild, she is an industry thought leader. Over the last ten years, Marrapodi has presented over 75 workshops and webinars for industry organizations like the eLearning Guild, ATD, ISPI, and Training Magazine. Since 2010, she has taught over 45 graduate and undergraduate courses at New England College of Business, where she served as Director of eLearning and led the retooling of all courses for six programs during the migration to Canvas, garnering national acclaim for the output as evidenced by a Brandon Hall Award for Best Learning Team, and recognition from the United States Distance Learning Association for Best Learning Program. Her expertise lies in her ability to make the complex simple, and pinpoint client needs to drive to business outcomes. She is a soup-to-nuts eLearning designer, with the ability to single-handedly build a project from idea to rollout, as well as to work in a role-based team as ID, PM or developer, as she has done in corporate, higher ed and agency settings.
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  • Martin, Michael T.
  • Michael T. Martin, PE, PMP, is a project manager and system architect for technology development at Northrop Grumman Corporation in El Segundo. With Northrop Grumman he has also managed numerous environmental projects in the Southern California area for soil and groundwater remediation, regulatory closure, and preparation for sale and redevelopment. Mr. Martin has masters degrees in systems engineering and business administration.
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  • Mashian, David K.
  • Mr. Mashian is an aggressive leader with an exceptional contact base to high net worth individuals and business leaders. David has an accomplished real estate professional history, where throughout his career, he was sought by major brokerage companies to hire, develop, mentor, motivate and lead high-performance sales teams and expand their commercial brokerage offices in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. David is widely known in the commercial real estate industry and currently teaches Real Estate Principles at UCI Division of Continuing Education. Mr. Mashian also speaks regularly at events hosted by USC, CCIM, Board of Realtors and local organizations. David Mashian is a Senior Vice President at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors specializing in Retail Investment Sales for Shopping Centers and Net Leased Investments. Mr. Mashian has over 16 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience, and he leads his Mashian Associates retail specialty team with a focus on dominating shopping center sales. Mr. Mashian conducts his business on a national level by leveraging Coldwell Banker Commercial's national and international platform. Mr. Mashian looks to develop lifelong relationships with clients and puts the client's interest first to do so.
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  • Matsumoto, Eileen A
  • Since 2011, Eileen Matsumoto, SPHR, MBA, has been providing consulting services to a variety of organizations including Pacific Life, Taco Bell, BakerCorp, Health Essentials, Avalon Bay, and Mariners Church. Her focus has been on learning strategy and planning, instructional design, succession management, leadership development, executive coaching, and competency development. Prior to consulting, Eileen held numerous leadership roles in healthcare, financial services, and staffing industries. She is currently on the California State University Long Beach HR Advisory Board and is an active member with the National Human Resources Association, Orange County Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Association for Talent Development (ATD).
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  • Matz, Robbie J
  • Robbie Matz, M.A., is a PhD Candidate at the University of Georgia in Sport Management & Policy. His research is centered around golf, with particular emphasis on advancing opportunities for women and girls. He has presented research around the world at top Sport Management conferences in Europe, Canada and Australia. Upon completion of his PhD in Spring 2019, Robbie will also receive graduate certificates in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies and Nonprofit Management. Prior to his doctoral training, Robbie worked at SCGA Junior as a Program Manager where his work involved curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, donor relations and sports-based youth development.
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  • McCormick, Keith F.
  • Keith McCormick, B.S, is a career long practitioner of predictive analytics and data science. He has a particular expertise in helping organizations perform their first predictive analytics project or build their first predictive analytics practice, and has done so in a variety of industries including healthcare, banking, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and retail. Keith is also an established author with four books in print or under contract. Keith is especially well known in the IBM SPSS Statistics and IBM SPSS Modeler communities.
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  • McHugh, John J.
  • Jeff McHugh, MBA, is an Associate Professor at Biola University's Crowell School of Business. Formerly the vice president of commercial operations for the West Zone at Beckman Coulter, he has over 30 years of experience in leadership roles in sales, marketing, customer support, research and development, finance and general management. He has taught MBA marketing classes at Pepperdine's GSB with a focus on innovation, new product development and strategy.
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  • McNally, Donna A
  • Donna McNally is a litigation paralegal at Stradling, Yocca, Carlson, & Rauth. She has more than 30 years of experience as a litigation paralegal working in a variety of areas, including general commercial litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, enforcement of judgments, DOJ and SEC investigations, qui tam litigation, intellectual property and trade secret litigation. For the last three years she has co-chaired the Orange County Paralegal Association Technology Section and has been instrumental in developing MCLE programs for working paralegals. She is a strong believer in lifelong learning, keeping ahead of the curve in law office technology and collaboration at all levels.
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  • McWhorter, Bri
  • Bri McWhorter is the founder of Activate to Captivate where she teaches communication techniques from an actor's point of view. She specializes in public speaking, interpersonal communications, and interview techniques. She is a presentation coach for nonprofits, corporations, and universities including UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and University of Arizona. She coaches speakers for TEDx events, keynote speeches and conferences. She has an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.
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  • Meloni, Margaret M.
  • Margaret Meloni, PhD, MBA, PMP is the community leader at pmStudent.com; a company devoted to helping you successfully navigate the art and science of the project world. Margaret has supported project managers at organizations such as Occidental Petroleum, Northrop Grumman, Toyota Motor Credit, CalStart and arc. Her background in IT Project Management and PMO Leadership enables Margaret to understand that managing projects can be difficult. This is why her goal is to provide her community with knowledge and skills that can be applied immediately. Her wish is to see her students take on tough projects and emerge as strong and sought after project managers. Margaret is a dynamic teacher, who uses her real life lessons learned combined with inspiration, common sense and a dash of humor to help her students be the best project managers that they can be.
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  • Meng, Phyllis J.
  • Phyllis Meng, B.S., CFM, IFMA Fellow, was Deputy Executive Officer, General Services at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. While at LACM she was the building manager for the 628,000, 28 story high-rise headquarters building as well as being responsible for the agency's records, library, mail service and copy center. She has over 25 years’ experience in the facilities management field, and brings practical and varied facility experience into the classroom. Ms. Meng has presented many workshops and courses specializing in finance and her award winning articles have been published in various facilities magazines. Her involvement in the local IFMA chapter, Public Sector Council, IFMA Foundation, IFMA Board of Directors, and facilitating IFMA educational courses has brought her many honors and provided the unique opportunity to share her experiences with others.
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  • Mewes, Bradley A.
  • Brad Mewes, MBA, is Principal of Supplement, a company that provides strategic and financial advisory services, with a particular focus on the automotive aftermarket industry world wide, specializing in M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) and outsourced corporate finance and CFO functions. He has been featured in publications globally on 5 different continents and 15 different publications. Brad is a sought after speaker, presenting on themes such as industry consolidation, M&A growth strategies, and the strategic side of corporate finance. Prior to Supplement, Brad spent over a decade managing his family's business. He also held roles as an equity analyst as well as a management consultant He received an MBA from UC Irvine (where he graduated top 10% of his class) and an undergraduate degree with a specialization in International Economics from The George Washington University in Washington DC. He has traveled to 15 countries on four continents. He also speaks Spanish and lived in both Chile and Mexico.
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  • Miller, Kristine Ann
  • Kristy Miller, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the Head of Human Resources for a privately held, medical device company in Laguna Hills, California. She has more than twenty years of Human Resources management experience in leading and managing in Fortune 500 and start-up organizations. She has helped organizations scale for growth and developed and implemented highly successful initiatives around recruitment, development and retention of talent. She is a collaborative leader who builds empowered, high performing teams that exceed objectives.
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  • Miqdadi, Michael J.
  • Michael Miqdadi, CPA, M.A., has been an instructor for Becker CPA since 1993. He has been teaching accounting, tax and finance for much of his adult life. He has always been one of Becker CPA's highest rated instructors.
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  • Modi, Dan (Dharmesh)
  • Dan Modi, M.B.A., RAC, has 25+ years’ experience in Standards Certification, Regulatory Documentation and Design Control requirements for medical devices. Modi is certified as RAC (Regulatory Affairs Certification), NCE (NARTE Certified Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality-ASQ). He was Director of Regulatory Certification, responsible for Design Quality and Regulatory Certification at Alcon Research Ltd., a division of Novartis. He has wide experience working with simple to complex electro-medical products and in supporting small start-ups to fortune 500 companies over the years.
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  • Montelongo, Carmelina Guzman
  • Carmelina Montelongo, B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering, is a 10-year veteran in the spa and hospitality industry, who previously worked for over 10 years in Nestle Company in Mexico and Switzerland as a Business Controller. After conceptualizing and opening Chable Resort & Spa in Yucatan, she continued to work there as Wellness Director and led the Spa to become one of the 7 Best Spas in the World in 2018 according to Tatler Spa Guide. As a consultant, Carmelina is devoted to the creation of top luxury boutique spas in Mexico and assists other spa and wellness projects as a financial consultant. After she obtained a degree in Business Coaching, she started mentoring students undergoing the ISPA Certified Spa Supervisor preparation.
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  • Moore, Catherine
  • Mrs. Catherine Moore has more than a decade of experience teaching English and more than fourteen years of experience teaching within a University setting. She was awarded Lecturer Emerita from California State University, Fullerton. She is a published author of AmericanSpeechsounds for Business Workbook. Mrs. Moore has had the opportunity to work with many different visiting scholars and faculties from Universities all over the world. She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally, and has been a featured speaker. She has presented in Cambodia as a People to People Ambassador, was invited to speak in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and taught in China. Mrs. Moore has traveled to more than 34 different countries of the world and loves to learn and meet others from different cultures and language backgrounds. Potential students may want to know that teaching and getting to know her international students is one of Mrs. Moore’s most favorite things to do.
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  • Moore, Rashaad J
  • Rashaad Moore serves as the Assistant Athletics Director for UCI Athletics. Moore manages the Anteater Athletic Fund (AAF), the official fundraising arm of UC Irvine’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. His role includes developing UCI Athletics’ 350+ student-athletes and 18 Division I programs in the following areas: Student-Athlete Scholarships, Academic Support, Recruiting, Facility Enhancements, Equipment Upgrades, Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning. Additionally, Moore manages renovations for capital projects that include the new state-of-the-art Tennis Complex and renovations to Anteater BallPark and manages the UCI Athletics Development internship program, assisting students with gaining relevant work experience and finding career opportunities in the sports industry. Prior to joining UCI Athletics, Moore served as the Director of Development for UCLA Athletics. Moore received his Sports Management certificate from Columbia University and he is a Master’s candidate in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco.
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  • Murray, Rocky David
  • Rocky Murray, Ed.D. is currently serving in the role of Executive Director, Curriculum, Instruction, and Categorical Programs in the Huntington Beach Union High School District. In that role, Dr. Murray works directly with school sites, and District leadership on all facets of the District categorical programs, and all aspects of curriculum and instruction, as well as professional development. Dr. Murray returns to the HBUHSD after a two year stint in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District where he worked with all secondary principals from nine schools that include four intermediate schools, four comprehensive high schools, and one alternative education school. Prior to serving in his current role, Dr. Murray was the principal of Huntington Beach High School. He served in the principal role of Huntington Beach High, known as the flagship school of the Huntington Beach Union High School District for three years. Dr. Murray started his career in education as an English teacher and coach in the Capistrano Unified School District. He served a total of 14 years in Capistrano Unified, and is currently in his 20th year in education. Dr. Murray earned his Ed. D. in Urban Leadership from The University of Southern California.
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  • Nash, Mary B.
  • Mary Nash, B.A., MBA, has over 20 years of medical device marketing leadership, product management, and product launch experience. She has worked for large global companies such as Medtronic and Covidien, and was most recently Sr. Vice-president, Marketing for DenMat Holdings, a dental products manufacturer. Mary recently launched her own marketing consulting business to assist medical device businesses in reaching their goals. Her employment and engagement in the industry enables her to provide guidance, advice, and resources to those interested in learning more about medical device marketing.
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  • Nelson, Jeffrey L.
  • Jeffrey Nelson, CFP® is a Wealth Management Advisor at TIAA, serving high net worth clients in the education and non-profit fields. Jeff leverages his strong sales and analytics skills as he engages with clients in comprehensive wealth planning, following a diligent financial planning process. He deals daily with various complex retirement plans from Universities all over the country. Jeff conducts a thorough analysis of his clients’ investment portfolios. Jeff mentors several new advisors as they begin their career.
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  • Newton, Barry C.
  • Barry Newton, M.P.A., CCP, SPHR, is Managing Director of Creative Management Solutions, Inc. and works with a diverse range of private, not-for-profit, and public agencies. With over 35 years experience, he has also served in key human resources and compensation specialist positions with General Dynamics Corp., Hay Management Consultants, California Institute of Technology and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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  • Nguyen, Karen C.
  • Karen Nguyen, M.S., PMP, is the National Manager of Programs and Technology Integration for Kia Motors America where she manages a large portfolio of enterprise-based systems and programs for over 778 retailers nationwide. Prior to this position, Karen was the Customer Satisfaction Manager handling the corporate strategic planning and development of national improvement initiatives to increase customer satisfaction, service profitability, and customer retention. She has extensive experience in practicing and teaching project management principals, theories, and practices. She completed her graduate school in Project Management with highest honors. In 2017, she was awarded SoCal Most Powerful & Influential Women of Diversity and the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Award. To help inspire others to achieve their success, Karen also does motivational speaking for organizations and charity events across the U.S.
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  • Nisbet, Robert A.
  • Robert Nisbet, Ph.D, is a professional data mining consultant, active in data mining solutions building and deployment in businesses. He is the author of two seminal books on data mining subjects. Currently, he also serves as Chief Scientist at the Smogfarm, processing millions of tweets per day from Twitter to produce near-real time tracking of 12 emothions nationwide. He is relating these emotions to common online indexes with the goal to replace the index methodology with Smogfarm data.
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  • Noel, Marla Jo
  • Marla J. Noel, MBA, CPA, is President and CEO of OC Growth Advisors. She works with companies, from start-ups to $50 million in revenue, assisting with Business Plans, Staff Development, Strategic Planning for growth and Culture Development. Marla also has prior experience as an adjunct professor at Chapman University and experience running several successful businesses. She obtained her MBA from Chapman University and was inducted into the National Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.
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  • Nunez, Kara A
  • Kara A. Nunez, Esq. is a licensed attorney in good standing with the California State Bar. She brings years of litigation experience from her time working at one of the top law firms in the country. Her practice focused on both insurance defense litigation and family law. Prior to practicing law, Kara taught courses offered at the University of California Santa Cruz and the Vista and Oceanside Unified School Districts. Kara is passionate about teaching and has returned to the classroom share her legal education and experience.
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  • Nwaneshiudu, Ikechukwu
  • Ikechukwu C. Nwaneshiudu (PhD) currently works within the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) function at Merck & CO Inc. He is also on the board of directors of NWAN Consulting Group and has more than 10 years of experience in research and development, including 8 years in academia and 2 years in industry. His experience covers a wide variety of pharmaceutical and bioprocess disciplines including, upstream/downstream process development, PAT for biologists and vaccines, as well as regulatory and quality control. His background expertise is in the areas of chemical & bioengineering, as well as a solid acumen in business entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.
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  • O'Brien-Gatzionis, Laura S.
  • Laura O’Brien Gatzionis has lived abroad for the past 20 years, and established Educational Advisory Services in Athens, Greece in 2010. She specializes in working with Third Culture Kids, global nomads, and international students who are interested in attending university in the US and abroad. Mrs. Gatzionis is an active member of both the IECA Global Consulting Committee and of International ACAC, and has a M.Ed. in International Counseling with a focus on incorporating multicultural dimensions to meet the needs of diverse client groups.
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  • Odipo, Alysia J.
  • Alysia Odipo, Ed.D., is the former Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the Laguna Beach Unified School District. She has extensive experience helping teachers and administrators prepare for and examine 21st century teaching and learning, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessments to support learning. Prior to this role, Dr. Odipo served as a principal, assistant principal, district literacy coach, and elementary school teacher for Walnut Valley Unified School District and Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
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  • Oppenheimer, Darin S.
  • Dr. Darin S. Oppenheimer is Executive Director of the Drug Device Center of Excellence, focusing on Medical Devices and Combination Products at Merck, based in Upper Gwynedd, PA. Darin joined Merck with 16 years of experience in many facets of the Product Development Lifecycle, including regulatory submissions and due diligence. He has actively participated with industry trade organizations and served on standards committees. His time as a research and development scientist focused on pharmaceuticals and medical device diagnostic applications for biomarker and drug discovery. Darin’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Tampa, two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Biotechnology and Regulatory Science, and a Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise also from JHU. Darin completed his Doctorate in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California in 2016. Darin is also a 2017 Regulatory Affairs Professional Society Fellow. Darin has contributed to more than two dozen journal articles in the areas of medical devices, drug discovery, and regulatory affairs. He’s lectured at more than three dozen symposia, and participated in panel discussions and poster presentations at industry conferences. Darin serves on the Editorial Board of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, as well as the Editorial Board of the Institute of Validation Technology.
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  • Ormes, Guy
  • Guy Ormes, J.D., practiced criminal law in Orange County for over twenty years, and received honors from the Deputy District Attorneys Association, the Department of Justice in Washington and the Orange County Narcotics Officers Association. He currently practices family law.
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  • Pahwa, Ash
  • Ash Pahwa, Ph.D., is an educator, entrepreneur, and technology visionary with over 25 years of industry experience. He is the founder of "A+ Web Services" www.apluswebservices.com which provides internet marketing and web analytics services. His expertise includes search engine optimization, web analytics, web programming, digital image processing, database management, digital video and data storage technologies. He developed cellAnalyst image analysis software for the Microsoft Windows/.NET platform. The "cellAnalyst" is also available as a web service. He developed iVision an image database management system for storage and retrieval of biomedical images based on metadata, annotation and content. iVision was developed under a research grant from National Institute of Health. He also taught a Digital Image Processing course at University of California, Irvine in winter of 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is listed in "Who's Who in the Frontiers of Science and Technology". His complete bio and CV is at www.ashpahwa.com.
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  • Palazzolo, Rayann M.
  • Rayann Palazzolo, M.A, has been with the Montessori Schools of Irvine for 20 years and is currently the Associate Director of Human Resources. Her teaching experiences include several years teaching in a Montessori early childhood classroom as well as teaching first grade in the public schools. She was also the school director at Northwood Montessori for 10 years. Rayann has her Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She received her Montessori training through the University Montessori Teacher Education Program at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education and has her Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society.
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  • Palmer, David S.
  • David Palmer, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist and Director of the Palmer Learning Center in Orange County, California - a private practice specializing in IQ testing for educational planning. Dr. Palmer's book, Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education has helped thousands of parents navigate the school system and find the right program for their children. Dr. Palmer has served as Assistant Professor of Education at California State University, Los Angeles and lectures on university campuses including UCLA in the areas of counseling, assessment, and teacher training.
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  • Pan, Jonathan
  • Jonathan Pan is currently on the Community and Esports team at Amazon Game Studios. He has over 13 years of experience in management, strategy, or business development roles across companies small and large. His primary focus is in online gaming and esports. After serving as a Product Manager at Riot Games, he co-founded and served as CEO of Ember, an esports team. He has also delivered one of the most viewed TEDx talks on esports. Jonathan received his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, specializing in entertainment and finance. Jonathan is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan where he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.
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  • Paton, Laura
  • Laura Paton, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA, CBAP, IIBA-AAC is the founder/owner of BA Academy, Inc. a business analysis training and consulting company. She has acquired over 30 years of IT project management and business analysis experience and has been teaching for over 15 years. Laura has had the unique experience of having acquired over 10 years of experience in the standards development space, where she has been instrumental in leading the effort and writing for some of the leading business analysis standards in use today: The PMI Guide to Business Analysis and Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide (Chair/Writer), A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) version 3 (Chair/Writer) and BABOK Guide v2 Project Manager.
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  • Pearl, Carmine Joseph
  • C.J. Pearl is the founder and principal of Pearl Legal, APC, a boutique litigation firm in Irvine, California. For almost two decades, CJ’s practice has focused on labor and employment law, successfully representing corporations, management, executives, and individuals in all aspects of wage and hour compliance, termination, discrimination and harassment issues. He has previously worked at one of the largest international labor and employment firms and throughout his career has represented a variety of companies, schools, and individuals, ranging from small businesses and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. CJ was named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012 - 2016) and in his first year leading his own firm, was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the Employment Litigation – Defense category. CJ is commonly sought out to provide high-level guidance and litigation defense to companies, schools, executives, and individuals throughout California and the United States.
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  • Perkins, Kelly
  • Kelly K.Perkins, B.A., M.A., Ed.D, is currently a physical education teacher in the Corona Norco Unified School District, at El Cerrito Middle School. She also is a rater for ETS for the Praxis Physical Education Content and Design Tests. With over 15 years of site educational teaching experience in the field of physical education, Kelly is a proven leader in her field of expertise, has been a department chair, and earned the highest degree in her field in a doctorate in education in sports management. While at the United States Sports Academy, Kelly earned her doctorate through the Learning Management System, Canvas, and is highly qualified to teach distance learning. She is a contributing member to the topic of home field / court advantage as her dissertation was published. She has a certificate to become an administrator, but enjoys site education to make a greater impact in children’s lives and in sports management.
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  • Pham, Ted Dong-Anh
  • Ted Pham, B.S., Ph.D., received his BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine where he was a National Science Foundation and Department of Education Fellow. His scientific achievements include 8 peer-reviewed publications and 1 issued patent. He has worked with embedded software for microelectronic sensors, reducing healthcare cost using machine learning, and IT service management using time series analysis. Ted’s expertise includes data architecture, machine learning at scale, and statistical analysis.
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  • Phillips, Anna
  • Anna Phillips, M.P.A, is management lecturer at California State University San Bernardino. She was executive officer of an international audio electronic company and motor vehicle anti-pollution device Tier One suppliers in USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Inland Empire SBA Development Program recognized the company as a leading technology firm in Southern California.
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  • Phillips, Zeph
  • Zeph Phillips, M.L.S., currently retired from the Australian Trade Commission (AUSTRADE) which is the official trade promotion and facilitation arm of the Australian government. Zeph has over 37 years supervisory and management experience working in a broad range of industries and services and has been active in international trade for more than 25 years. He assists approximately 120 companies a year with successful market entry strategies - concentrating on Intellectual Property protection, market research, channels of distribution, and preparation of international business plans. In addition to Australian companies, Zeph has worked with companies from Russia, Japan, Korea, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and several South American firms.
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  • Pilcher, Gerhard
  • Gerhard Pilcher, M.S., President and CEO, Elder Research, Inc.,Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining -- especially related to the areas of Fraud Detection, Financial Risk Management, and Health Care -- working with people, leading change, and managing complex projects to timely success. His work experience spans private, government, and international sectors. Gerhard is coauthor of the popular book Mining Your Own Business, that arms executives and senior managers to make better decisions based on discoveries from their organization’s data. The book is frequently recommended as a readable introduction to data science and a useful reference for specific, daily guidance. Gerhard taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct faculty member in the Math and Statistics Master’s degree program. He has also taught the hands-on SAS Business Knowledge Series course "Data Mining: Principles and Best Practices" and is a frequent invited speaker at domestic and international conferences. Gerhard serves on the Institute for Advanced Analytics Advisory Board, and on George Washington University’s Advisory Board for the Business Analytics graduate program. He was named to the NC State Computer Science Department’s “Hall of Fame” in 2018, its inaugural year. I am qualified to teach this course because of my background in healthcare, analytics, information systems and positively engaging students in a learning environment that challenges the students (and me!) to grow our collective body of knowledge and experience. Potential students may be interested to know that I’m a poor writer, but I persistently continue to practice writing to improve my skill. I love to read and, thankfully, I’m pretty good at it. I coauthored my book as a way to express gratitude to all of the people who have or will in the future have the courage to share their knowledge through writing. As much reading as I like to do, there is a mountain of debt to cover for others’ efforts.
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  • Pokladowski, Thomas David
  • Thomas Pokladowski is an in-house litigation attorney for a national insurance company. He has experience in state court, federal district court, and bankruptcy court. Thomas also has experience directly ABA-approved paralegal programs. And he serves on the Certified Paralegal Board of Examiners. Thomas is admitted to the State Bar of California.
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  • Price, Ryan E.
  • Ryan E. Price, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CRPC, AWMA, is the President of Price Financial Partners located in Irvine, CA. He has more than a decade of experience dealing with high net worth clients in the areas of investment, retirement, estate, insurance and business succession planning. In addition to managing his practice, Ryan is also Field Training Supervisor for a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors. Ryan currently serves on the board of Lincoln Financial Advisors Advisor Based Sales Division and is a member of LFA’s prestigious Private Wealth Services group. He is currently a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA) where he serves on the membership committee and is on the Education Committee for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Orange County. He is a frequent lecturer on financial planning topics and has taught multiple courses at The American College.
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  • Puthussery, Shaju
  • Shaju Puthussery holds a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Boston College and advanced master’s certificate in software programing from Boston University and currently serves as the Chief Analytics Officer for DentaQuest. With over two decades of high technology, customer facing expertise and proven track record of large-scale enterprise, leading diverse teams, providing innovative solutions and partnering with cross-functional groups in a highly agile deployment environment, he works closely with the business teams in developing predictive and risk analytics and analyzing process, customers and networks to increase retention and reduce cost. Shaju held several senior level leadership positions as a transformational leader as Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder of his own technology firm. His expertise relates to technology, products and engineering and applying data and analytics strategies to operations, IT, finance and customer experience platforms to fuel corporate growth and improved margin. He resolves disconnects between business and technology and has leveraged technology solutions to significantly improve both top line revenue and profitability for both business partners and clients. He is a frequent speaker at data analytics groups and serves as an industry adviser in analytics and technology to various industry boards and health care forums.
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  • Quinley, Christopher A.
  • Christopher Quinley, CFP®, AAMS®, became an advisor in 2006 and is the co-founder of Liang & Quinley Wealth Management. He holds the Series 7, 66 (through LPL Financial) and Life & Health Insurance licenses. Christopher’s areas of focus include financial planning, investment management, and retirement planning.
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  • Quinn, Susan E.
  • Susan Quinn, MBA, MA, is Vice President of Operations for a local volunteer health organization, Alzheimer's San Diego. She has more than a decade of experience shaping finance and fundraising strategy in higher education and nonprofits. She is an experienced steward of restricted gifts and endowments, and has served as de facto CFO/COO for three startups. She is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals.
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  • Rahlfs, KimberLee D
  • Kim Rahlfs, Ph.D., Instructional Design Consultant at The Capital Group, is responsible for developing and project managing large-scale learning and development initiatives for internal and external sales associates. She has over 20 years of experience designing and developing instructional solutions for corporate, K-12, post-secondary, and the government. She has extensive experience developing content for the classroom, WebEx, and eLearning delivery, as well as developing design documents, user and facilitator guides, and other resource materials.
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  • Randolph, Janet R
  • Janet Randolph, MBA, is a business advisor and global HR leader, having served in HR and executive leadership roles for over 20 years. She has built HR departments, developed HR strategies aligned with business goals, designed and delivered on global talent management initiatives and led organizational change. She has held executive roles with Telogis, HireRight, IBM, FileNet, Epicor Software and Johnson & Johnson. She has also served on the UCI Division of Continuing Education HR Advisory Board and is a past president of the Orange County affiliate of the National Human Resources Association.
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  • Ratti, Pukar
  • Pukar Ratti, MSChE, MSHCM, CIM, CCRP, FACMPE, is the Executive System Director of Research at CHRISTUS Health in Dallas area. Prior to that, he has worked as Director of Clinical Research and Biobank at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, and the Department Head of the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, part of the Louisiana State University Health System. He holds concurrent academic appointments at University of California Irvine, Rutgers University, and University of Phoenix. He has served as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) member on Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s IRB. With multiple graduate degrees in Healthcare Management, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering, plus active certifications as Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) from Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and Certified IRB Manager (CIM) from National Association of IRB Leaders (NAIL), Pukar has over 14 years of combined experience in Research Administration, Clinical Research, Pre-clinical/Basic Science Research, Behavioral Research, Clinical Research Revenue Cycle, Project Management, IRB services, Contract negotiations, Student Mentorship, Operational Redesign, Grants Portfolio Management, Policy-making, Personnel Development, Strategic Planning, Biobanking, etc. Today, Pukar is one of the only 12 medical professionals in the entire State of Louisiana to have earned the prestigious title of Fellow of American College of Medical Practice Executives.
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  • Ravetch, David
  • Mr. Ravetch has been a UCLA faculty member for over thirty years and is well recognized for his passion for teaching. He teaches Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, as well as, special topics in accounting, applications in excel and mathematics for management. He is also involved with MBA programs at UCLA and UCSD. He has taught mathematics, statistics, excel and accounting workshops geared towards preparing incoming MBA students for the rigorous quantitative challenges of these programs. David has won numerous teaching awards.
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  • Reece, Tim P.
  • Tim Reece, M.A., is the Principal of Niguel Hills Middle School in Laguna Niguel. He has been a middle school principal for over twelve years, serving at two different sites. Prior to that, he served as High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director at two different high schools for seven years. He began his career teaching English, Drama and Journalism at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente for nine years. During his tenure in public education, he has expanded his expertise by serving on various committees related to the operations of a K-12 school district.
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  • Rego, Albert
  • Dr. Albert Rego, Ph.D., M.B.A., is a scientific consultant to the regulated industries, with over thirty years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Areas of specialization are in the national and international regulatory aspects of the scientific testing requirements for chemical, biological, and sterilization technologies. He has experience in performing, directing, designing, and evaluating clinical and non-clinical studies for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Selective expertise includes chemical stability testing, medical device evaluations, statistical design and interpretation, regulatory submissions, chemical hygiene plans, analytical chemistry methodologies, and sterilization validation.
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  • Retfalvi, Laszlo A.
  • Laszlo Retfalvi, P.Eng., PMP, PMI-RMP is Principal of Retfalvi and Associates. Laszlo is past Vice-President of the Program and Risk Management Office (PRMO) at Allen Vanguard Corporation. Previously, Laszlo was with General Dynamics, the Irving Group of Companies and SED Systems. Focused on accountability, leadership, and business success, Laszlo is also a recipient of the 2013 UCI Division of Continuing Education Distinguished Instructor Award.
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  • Revel, Annie
  • Annie Revel, CSEP, is Senior Events Specialist for Girl Scouts San Diego, the world’s premier leadership organization for girls. She is responsible for management and production of large-scale events and fundraisers such as “Urban Campout” and “Operation Thin Mint© Sendoff”, as well as other high-profile council events. In addition to event production, she assists in developing and cultivating donors, sponsors, supplier-partners, committees, board members, staff and volunteers which support and exceed fundraising goals. Annie is a San Diego native with more than 25 years’ experience in the event production industry. Prior to her time in the nonprofit sector she established and managed the Special Events Department at PRA (formerly Patti Roscoe & Associates and now AlliedPRA), specializing in creating a concept, managing its development, negotiating contracts, maintaining timelines and production schedules, interfacing with vendors and site managers, and directing the on-site coordination for themed events and innovative productions. In March of 1994, Annie launched Revel Productions, offering consulting, training and exceptional coordination and management of special events. Some of her clients have included Fleet Week, San Diego Ad Club, San Diego Airport Authority, Sweetwater School District, Sharp Hospital, San Diego Unified Port District, Qualcomm and the Better Business Bureau. She was the founding President of the San Diego Chapter of International Special Events Society (ISES – now International Live Events Association or ILEA), was the first recipient of the CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) in San Diego, and is a featured speaker at The Special Event (TSE) and Event Solutions conferences (topics including “Taking Fun Seriously™ and “Event Resuscitation 101”). Teaching various classes for event management certificate programs at SDSU and USD, Annie was awarded Educator of the Year. She has served as event production chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for the National Philanthropy Day luncheon since 2009, remains on the forefront of the latest trends and continues to set standards of excellence in the event management and fundraising industries.
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  • Ruszat, Cheryll R.
  • Cheryll R. Ruszat, M.A. in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Specialist credential and the American Montessori Society Teacher Certification. Ms. Ruszat has been a National Commissioner for the National Association for the Education of Young Children school accreditation team, a frequent presenter at national conferences and consults for early childhood education programs. She is the Executive Director for the Montessori Schools of Irvine, one on the UC Irvine campus as well as three others in the city of Irvine, all of which are accredited by NAEYC. Ms. Ruszat has been an early childhood professional for more than 3 decades and was the recipient of the Instructor of Excellence award at UC Irvine.
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  • Sahota, Neil
  • Neil Sahota, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP, CSM, PRINCE2, CGEIT, is an IBM Master Inventor and Ecosystem Engagement Manager in the IBM Watson Group. With more than 15 years’ experience in business, he works with high growth business partners to ideate next generation products/solutions powered by Watson. His work experience spans internationally among multiple industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media, and government. Neil is one of the few IBMers selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program. Neil is also an active volunteer in IBM’s Academic Initiative program that creates partnership opportunities between the IBM and the country’s top universities. Neil has been awarded 24 certificates from UCI Division of Continuing Education, 3 undergraduate degrees and an MBA from UCI. He has been an active member of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Alumni Association for over a decade, is a former member on the UCI Alumni Board of Directors and Executive Committee and is a dynamic instructor for the UCI Division of Continuing Education Project Management Certificate Program.
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  • Sarakatsannis, John
  • John Sarakatsannis has 30 years of project management and contracting experience in both government and the aerospace industry. He has held numerous positions in large supply chain organizations such as Boeing, Northrup Grumman, and Raytheon. During his Air Force career he managed several multi-billion dollar aircraft and space projects, and has extensive international experience managing foreign military sales programs. His professional certifications include: Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM), Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM), Project Manager Professional (PMP), and is a National Contract Management Association "Fellow". His academic accomplishments include, MS and MBA degrees.
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  • Schulz, Jody E
  • Jody Schulz, M.S., is a clinical trial and process improvement expert who has worked in healthcare since 2000. She has worked in clinical research managing clinical trials in the United States and Europe for investigational devices/pharmaceuticals for physicians, surgeons, and medical device companies. She also received her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from UCI to further expand process improvement efforts related to clinical research and healthcare. Her expertise is supported by a B.S in Healthcare Administration and an M.S. in Biology. She enjoys being a resource to students interested in learning more about her areas of expertise.
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  • Schwartz, Marci A
  • Marci Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D., is the founder of Thrive College Counseling where she works with students with learning differences or other challenges in the college application process. She has worked with students with learning differences and developmental challenges as a therapist since 1989. She has transitioned her focus to college admissions to support students with learning differences in finding the right college environment to meet their needs.
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  • Seals, Nikole
  • Nikole Seals, MSW, is a researcher and curriculum developer for Cinahl Information Systems and a California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) field instructor. She has over twenty years of human services work experience to include group home counselor, child abuse investigator, clinical social worker, addiction counselor, juvenile court worker, law enforcement liaison, trainer, and program manager. She has published works in the areas of social work skills and practice, mental health treatment, cultural competency, and public child welfare. Nikole has developed and facilitated trainings for non-profits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and NAMI. She also maintains a private practice as an emotional intelligence coach, helping young professionals develop the necessary soft skills to excel in the workplace.
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  • Secor, John D.
  • John D. Secor, B.S.Arch., AIA, CFM, NCARB, is principal architect for Archetype International. His expertise in project programming, design, and production highly qualifies him in the areas of architecture, interior design, and facility support services. Secor's professional experience covers a wide range of project types including commercial, industrial, institutional, hospitality, and retail facilities. His position with the OC Chapter of the International Facility Management Association and knowledge of architecture provide him with unique perspectives of the facility management industry.
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  • Self, Markus D
  • Markus Self is an experienced litigator and firm partner at Hall Huguenin LLP. He has experience in all stages of litigation including discovery, trial and appellate work. He oversees and trains paralegals for litigation pending in the 9th Circuit, 10th Circuit, and California state and appellate courts.
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  • Sforza, Cynthia
  • Cindy Sforza, CFP®, CRPC®, serves as a Wealth Manager for Creative Planning, Inc., working directly with clients to develop a holistic strategy to help meet their most complex goals and financial needs. Creative Planning is a national RIA firm that provides comprehensive wealth management services to its clients including investment management, tax, estate planning, retirement plan consulting, business succession planning, liability and risk management, college planning, and charitable giving. Cindy brings to her clients over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Creative Planning, Cindy served as Vice President, Wealth Management for CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. where she was part of the Senior Advisor Leadership Team and was also a recipient of their President’s Council award for several years in a row. Cindy has a strong background in mentoring and providing real-life advice advisors who are newer to the industry, and she truly enjoys sharing her knowledge with those who are up and coming. Cindy began her wealth management career at Morgan Stanley.
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  • Shannon, Don
  • Don Shannon is Manager of Training and Technology at HireRight Corporation in Irvine, CA. He has spent over 20 years in corporate positions in training and development - in software, hardware, and financial services companies. He has contributed to Organizational Learning at FileNET Corp/IBM and Washington Mutual (now Chase) as Manager and Director of Curriculum Development. Don holds a Doctoral Degree from USC in Music Education with an emphasis in Online training and Educational Psychology. He is also a Certified Instructional Designer from both Robert Mager and Ruth Clark's organizations. In 2013, he received a "Distinguished Instructor" award from UCI DCE.
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  • Shields, Katina
  • Katina Shields, M.A., is an accomplished Learning Architect with over 20 years of experience applying adult learning theory to real-world business issues for diverse global audiences. The insight that Katina brings to her classes stems from her experiences in roles that include: Instructional Designer, Developer, Writer, Learning Strategist, Performance Consultant, Facilitator, Project Manager, Mentor and Coach. She has a deep interest in how adults learn and what motivates human behavior. She believes that effective learning must create experiences that move learners from passive to active participants and in humanizing the online learning experience. Katina holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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  • Shortt, Christine M.
  • Christine Shortt, M.A., is a change management expert who helps organizations' translate goals and vision into competitive positioning. In diverse business environments she has formulated initiatives that have promoted employee engagement, process improvement, and communications. Christine is a Human Resources/Payroll Manager at UC Irvine and holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
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  • Silva, Laura Ann
  • Laura Silva, Ph.D., has worked in higher education as a senior instructional designer, project manager, online instructor, and in executive leadership for more than 20 years and brings industry savvy from the corporate and entertainment sectors into the higher education learning space. As a Senior Instructional Designer at Los Angeles Pacific University and in her independent consulting practice, Laura engages with corporate and education sector clients in design thinking processes to realize learning solutions that address educational goals and exceed business needs. Laura leads subject matter experts, instructional designers, instructional technologists, and media designers in collaborative design storms to create, implement and evaluate relevant, engaging eLearning experiences. Laura believes the only learning that matters is the learning that captivates your curiosity and cultivates a teachable spirit.
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  • Simons, Edwina
  • Edwina Simons, MBA, CBAP, CSM, SSGB is a Trainer, Business Analysis Leader, Salesforce Project Owner and Author with over 25 years of experience working on enterprise solutions in the Clinical Research, Utility, Investing, Insurance, Banking, Pharmaceutical and Legal industries. She is the Chair of a Global Business Analysis Community of Practice and runs a virtual mentoring program. She is a frequent trainer on a variety of topics impacting the Business Analysis community such as working on an Agile project, elicitation techniques, requirements management, stakeholder engagement, user stories and acceptance criteria. She is a contributing author to latest version of the IIBA BABOK published in 2015.
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  • Smalling, Monique A.
  • Monique Smalling, CPA, MBA, started her career with an international public accounting firm, where she managed audit engagements. She left to help one of her clients, a start-up software company, through their IPO. Monique was also a Senior Manager for a CPA firm. She was responsible for hiring, training and supervising the professional staff and managing the firm's audit engagements. Monique has been teaching at the university level for ten years. She teaches financial, intermediate and managerial accounting and auditing.
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  • Smith , David C
  • David Smith, B.A., JD, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP represents individual land development and conservation companies as well as the industry at large in a broad array of land use, entitlement and regulatory contexts. His areas of legal expertise include land use and entitlement laws and regulations at all jurisdictional levels, especially climate change (e.g., SB 375 and AB 32), water supply (SB 211 and SB 610), the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and California’s Planning and Zoning law. David has lectured with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Conservation Training Center, as well at other Universities. Throughout his career is has also had numerous published articles on land use and environmental law topics.
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  • Snider, Gregory Scott
  • G. Scott Snider is the co-founder of a multi-disciplinary product development consulting firm in Baltimore. He is a named inventor on 102 design and utility patents. For more than 20 years, he's served as Product Development Project Manager, Researcher, and Industrial Designer for companies that include: General Motors, Stanley Black & Decker, PRS Guitars, U.S. Department of Defense, along with several small startups and individual inventors. He has broad experience in consumer research, trend analysis, materials and processes, visual brand language development, green design, and global strategy for product communications & iconography. Scott's strengths lie in innovations from napkin sketch ideas through engineering and development to commercialization, bringing breakthrough ideas to life.
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  • Spiegel, Diane
  • Diane Spiegel is the author of The Gen Y Handbook, a principle at The End Result Partnerships and is a recognized leader in corporate education and leadership development. With more than 25 years of experience, Diane is an innovator and thought partner who created the firm's successful training methodology, Sage Leadership Tools. An organizational architect, Diane specializes in developing training plans and workshops that offer organizations a strategic process to educate and develop talent, and provide a framework for cultural and organizational change.
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  • Spiegel, Marc J.
  • Marc Spiegel, M.S.(TAX), CFP®, is a branch manager with FSC Securities Corporation. He has over 26 years of experience helping retirees, business owners, and families reduce income and estate taxes. Prior to developing his own practice, he held positions at the Washington D.C. office of Deloitte & Touche and the L.A. office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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  • St.Martin, Katherine
  • Katherine St. Martin, M.S., RAC(US) is in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Southern California's regulatory science program, studying advanced regulatory strategy for product development. She has more than a decade of experience in federal agency protocol development and submission negotiation experience, specializing in biologics and medical device compliance. She currently consults for mid-size medical device companies and serves as a Community Veterans Consultant for the St. Thomas University Institutional Review Board (IRB) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most recently, Katherine was the Principal Regulatory Specialist for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), Be The Match a non-profit organization holding federal contracts to facilitate unrelated stem cell donation and proprietary DNA-matching algorithms that search worldwide bio-repositories. She advised executive staff on the regulatory impact of biologic drug product development and business process improvement related to extensive prospective research. Katherine also sat on the International Society of Cellular Therapy’s manufacturing stakeholder committee, contributing to annual industry presentations for FDA leadership. Prior to joining the NMDP, she pursued a Masters in Bioscience for Regulatory Affairs from Johns Hopkins University while working on class III medical device regulatory submissions for Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management. Katherine is a United States Military Academy graduate with 5 years of service as an active-duty Army intelligence Captain in Germany including several deployments to Baghdad, Iraq.
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  • Stagg, Del (Adelbert)
  • Del Stagg, Ph.D., Has 35 + years’ experience in product development, pre-clinical testing, clinical evaluation, registration and manufacturing of pharmaceutical, biologic and medical devices. During his career he has been responsible for US and Internationals registration of products. Dr. Stagg has served as a US technical expert working with scientists from the Regulatory Agencies of the US, EU and Japan to develop standards for evaluating the safety of medical products. He has always looked for ways to enhance communications among regulatory professionals and the regulatory agencies and was founder of both the Orange County Regulatory Affairs (OCRA) Discussion Group and the North Carolina Regulatory Affairs Forum (NCRAF). Dr. Stagg and Elaine Messa, Director (Ret, LA District Office worked together to create the first of the annual FDA-OCRA Regulatory Educational Conferences that are important for communication between industry and FDA.
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  • Steele, Melissa
  • Melissa Steele, Esq., has been a member of the California State Bar for 12 years. She has represented clients in a variety of matters, including family law, contract disputes, landlord tenant law, employment law, and collections. She currently works at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, representing low-income clients.
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  • Steele, Richard A.
  • Richard A. Steele is a President and General partner of International Sales and Marketing Group a consulting organization focused on Product and Business Strategy, and International Market Development. Mr. Steele has spent 35 years in the management of business operations and international business development in the high technology industry where his hands-on management of marketing, sales and service on a global level provides excellent insight of real life business. In addition to helping teach International business to UCI students, he is a partner in Bureaucom LLC , a translation company based in Irvine, Ca and Buenos Aries, Argentina. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Family Solutions, Inc. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Concept 7, a California company and Flixstock based in Dehli India.
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  • Stillwell, Christopher George
  • Christopher Stillwell has MAs in TESOL (Teachers College Columbia University), and Education (University of California, Irvine), as well as a Ph.D. in Education (UC Irvine). He has worked as an English as a Second/Foreign Language educator for over 20 years and as a teacher educator for more than 10 years, and he has been assistant director of a university language program in Japan. He is the editor of two books for TESOL International on Language Teaching Insights from Other Fields. He was named to TESOL International’s 50th-anniversary list of “30 Up and Coming” TESOL professionals, “the next generation in research, teaching, publishing, and leadership.”
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  • Sullivan, Kathleen M.
  • Kathleen Sullivan, M.A., SPHR is a leadership Consultant with 25 years of experience in human resources and business consulting, working with various-size organizations from different industries. She has worked directly with executives throughout her career, helping to orchestrate large-scale changes, which include mergers and acquisitions and post-integration initiatives, reductions in force, reorganizations, culture change, developing next generation of leaders as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Kathleen has also coached various executive leaders to effectively lead their organizations through the complexities of change.

    Kathleen holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and is a certified Executive Coach. She currently serves on the UCI Division of Continuing Education HR Advisory Board and is the Program Chair for Soroptimist International of Cleveland, which economically empowers women and young girls by providing access to education. She has been actively involved as a volunteer with various other organizations over the years including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), A Kid Again and Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Ohio. Kathy is passionate about learning and development and enjoys helping students have a stronger impact within the organizations they serve. She has been an instructor with the UCI Division of Continuing Education HR Certificate Program for the last seven years and strives to provide a thought-provoking learning environment for her students.

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  • Suveiu, Virginia A.
  • Virginia A. Suveiu, Esq., counsels on regulatory compliance and commercial law matters, including contract life cycle and negotiation. She is currently editing a handbook on Risk Management and the Law for Routledge. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association-Orange County. She is affiliated with and has been invited to speak to several professional organizations on business law-related issues. She is an active member of the State Bar of California and admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Virginia is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Orange County Bar Association's Mandatory Fee Arbitration program. She has had numerous roles in academia, including as professor, founding dean, and currently is an instructor and content developer for UC Irvine's Division of Continuing Education, from which she was given the Distinguished Instructor Award.
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  • Szenderski, Gary D.
  • Gary Szenderski, B.S., is a branding specialist, internationally acclaimed as an expert on the subject. Mr. Szenderski frequently speaks and writes on the topic of emerging brands and companies in transition - Brand or line extensions, new product launches, market development, going public etc. He also conducts planning and marketing seminars for owners of any business facing expansion and other change related issues. Gary's experience includes DHL, FOX Broadcasting, T-Mobile, and Samsung. In addition, Gary is a published author and holds a B.S. Communication from the University of Toledo.
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  • Tabacchi, Ken
  • Ken Tabacchi, M.S. is CEO of Tabacchi Consulting, an embedded system design company, and has over 15 years of experience designing embedded systems, including expert knowledge in the C language, firmware programming, and digital signal processing. He has spent most of his career in the consumer electronics industry, gaining practical knowledge about meeting strict design criterion in a quick and efficient way. He has also led technical trainings while working at Western Digital.
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  • Thor, Scott J.
  • Scott Thor, D.Mgt., M.B.A., is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt with Variance Reduction International and has more than 20 years of experience working at multiple organizational levels ranging from engineer to vice president. Dr. Thor provides support to clients with Lean Six Sigma program development and implementation in both the service and manufacturing industry. Dr. Thor's teaching and mentoring of Lean Six Sigma belts, champions and sponsors have resulted in more than $20 million in savings.
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  • Traufler-Samarripa, Vanessa N.
  • Vanessa Traufler-Samarripa, MSHRM, is working towards her Ph.D in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Corporate Training & e-Learning. She currently works as a Training & Development Analyst for the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, CA. Vanessa has worked within training & development for over 10 years as a HR/Training Consultant, Facilitator, and Instructional Designer. She is proficient with recognizing training gaps and provides highly efficient learning models specifically crafted to produce desired learning outcomes from these analyses. Her expertise includes identifying, designing, and delivering training programs needed to meet learning objectives by using different techniques and andragogical theories to achieve internal and external learner participation.
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  • Tucker, Victoria J.
  • Victoria Tucker, M.A., is Managing Director of ZeroBoundary, Inc. Tucker has 20 years of experience in leadership performance and strategy/structure setting. She's held formal senior management positions within several companies, including VP of Strategic Planning for a multi-national company and most recently, as the Executive Director of the University of California Extended Studies Institute in Leadership and Management for Science and Technology Professionals.
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  • Turner, Mary
  • Mary Turner received her Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and is currently Principal Engineer at Edmund Optics. Dr. Turner has significant design experience in a wide variety of optical and illumination systems, including vision systems, telescopic systems, spectrometers and projection systems. She has spent much of her career teaching software based optical design and analysis courses to more than 5000 students worldwide.
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  • Vaidya, Nischit N.
  • Nischit N. Vaidya, CISSP currently is the President and Co-founder of Argotis, Inc. He also is a Sr. Security Engineering for Van Dyke Technology Group, and an instructor of Introduction to Information Assurance at Capitol College. He is qualified to teach for UC Irvine, bringing 15+ years of Information Technology experience, and almost 4 years of teaching experience in information security. His expertise includes operating systems specifically Windows, network security appliances such as firewalls, risk assessment, and information security consulting.
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  • Villarreal, Marc D.
  • Marc Villarreal is a seasoned marketing veteran who dedicates his professional time within a bevy of professional activity. He is Executive Vice President of Sunwest Ventures, a southern CA-based business advisory and marketing communications firm, responsible for myriad campaigns for the agency’s clients, including retail, B2B, consumer goods, and worldwide distribution companies. He is also accountable for developing sophisticated communication campaigns and branding strategies for Wild Oats, California Sunshine, and Major League Baseball. An advocate of California’s higher-education system, Marc lectures for the University of California at its Irvine and Los Angeles campuses. His classes include graduate-level sections covering retail/CPG marketing concepts, branding, integrated marketing communications, market research, and global communications. Along with lecturing at the University of CA, his professional calendar includes the opportunity to continue practicing myriad marketing endeavors while engaging with business decision-makers.
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  • Waldron, Spencer
  • Spencer Waldron, MBA, JD, is an attorney with Fisher & Phillips LLP. His practice includes counseling and defending employers in all areas of employment law. He has represented clients and appeared before multiple governmental agencies, such as Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, as well as state and federal courts throughout California. Spencer also counsels employers and works with Human Resources Managers on numerous employment related issues and general employment policies and procedures.
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  • Walker, Jeremy
  • Jeremy Walker is a writer and programmer who was born, raised, and presently resides in Silicon Valley. As a Silicon Valley start-up veteran, Jeremy has had the opportunity to lead several teams in building complex and powerful web applications for the multi-family housing and precision medicine industries, among others. Jeremy built his first web page in 1997, and has more than a decade of professional experience using libraries like jQuery, Backbone, and React. Jeremy has also served as the vice-chair of the MITS technical standards organization, and has written a book about the Backbone Javascript framework. When not programming or writing about programming, Jeremy can be found visiting nearby Santa Cruz, playing computer games, and answering questions on Stack Overflow.
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  • Walker, Pamela A.
  • Pamela Walker, M.Ed, has dedicated over 20 years to the financial aid profession. She has worked at both private and state colleges with responsibilities that include managing a financial aid budget of approximately $50 million, maintain compliance of federal and state regulations, review and award financial aid, coordinate loan programs, developed a debt management program and counsel families on all aspects of the financial aid process. She is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA).
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  • Walter, Allison Ann
  • Allison Walter, M.A. Ph.D., has been teaching English and French for over 3 decades. However, her experience goes beyond teaching spanning a variety of topics such as French and English literature, filmmaking, and small business creation. She has worked in localizing and distributing video games and has written and produced short and feature films. For her films and other interests, Allison has also worked as a social media manager, creating and managing advertising campaigns on various platforms. She has presented at conferences on various topics of French literature and philosophy as well as having given workshops on class management and the American school system.
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  • Ward, Wayne Anthony
  • Wayne Ward, AS, BSBA, FMP, LEED Green Associate career spans 40 years with leading industries: entertainment, city government, education, property management and manufacturing. After retiring, he continued his passion to share his experiences. He launched his career at Disneyland, Anaheim, CA as a Sound Technician and later held leadership roles executing: maintenance and operations, planning, estimating and project management. He later joined the City of Anaheim as Manager for the Anaheim Convention Center and later as the District Manager for the Anaheim Resort. He moved to Irvine Community College as the Director of Facilities and later at UCI as Director, Facilities Management. After serving in educational facilities, he held a position with MERIT Property as the Director for Property Services. He recently held a position at Amway Global as Facilities and Operations Group Leader. He earned his associates in science degree in electronics technology at Rancho Santiago College, bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix and later his master degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University. He maintains a focus in the following areas: building systems, maintenance and operations, soft services, fire life and safety systems, property management, good manufacturing practices (GMP), project management, vendor management, integrated pest management and energy conservation and sustainable practices.
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  • Wartenberg, Martin R.
  • Marty Wartenberg, M.B.A., P.E., has spent over 40 years managing companies and projects in the areas of aerospace, software, commercial product development, oil field instrumentation, and pharmaceutical R&D. He has worked with many companies setting up project offices and coaching high technology project teams. His projects have been featured in the PMNet as examples of the application of basic and advanced project management techniques in high technology rapid development type projects. Marty has received a Distinguished Instructor Award from UCI and had been selected by the McDonald Douglas Corporation (Now Boeing) as a major contributor during the C-17 training program. He has taught project management in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. He received his formal Project Management, Systems Engineering and Government Procurement training at the Defense Systems Management College (Now DAU) at Fort Belvoir VA.
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  • Watson, Kevin Arthur
  • Kevin Watson, MSHCA, MBA, has over 18 years in the IT industry in a variety of roles and verticals. As the Global Integration Manager for Kronos, Kevin oversees a team of senior consultants who specialize in integration between the Kronos products and customer systems. His team is responsible for the initial assessment and requirements gathering, development, and testing of the solutions with the customer. In his role, Kevin leads and mentors the team assisting with the strategy for enterprise-level solutions and providing expertise on the softer side of consulting skills. Previously Kevin was a development/delivery manager with General Motors for Global Workforce Management focused on the US and Brazil. Having lived abroad in Southeast Asia, Kevin also has experience with large multi-nationals throughout Asia. During his career, Kevin has held a number of roles including Global Head of Presales for Healthcare Solutions, Healthcare Quality Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Enterprise Solutions Consultant, DBA, IT Trainer, and Application Programmer. In the majority of these roles, Kevin has spent considerable time eliciting, validating, and documenting customer requirements and was often involved in programming the new solution. Kevin is a member of the IIBA and PMI.
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  • Weber, Markus
  • Markus Weber, M.S.E.E., Principal Consultant with System Safety, Inc., specializes in safety engineering and risk management for critical medical devices. He graduated from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany with a MS in Electrical Engineering. Before founding System Safety, Inc., he was a software safety engineer for the German approval agency, TUV. Since 1991, Mr. Weber has been a leading consultant to the medical device industry on safety and regulatory compliance issues, specifically for active and software-controlled devices. In conjunction with the FDA, he has published works on risk management issues and software-related risk mitigations. Mr. Weber has helped multiple companies, from startups to Fortune 500 firms.
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  • Wesley, Nicole C.
  • Nicole Wesley, Ed.D., is the Director of Student Services at Redondo Beach Unified School District. Dr. Wesley had been a principal for eight years (three years at the middle school level and five years at the high school level). She was also an assistant principal for Redondo Beach Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Wesley has been a guest speaker in masters of education and teacher education courses at CSUN and CSULB.
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  • Wetrosky, Marina M.
  • Marina Wetrosky, MA, has served the English Language Learner community in southern California public schools since 2000. Currently, Ms. Wetrosky employs her linguistic expertise and passion for the exploration of diverse cultures by teaching ELL students at all levels of literacy in the Anaheim Union High School District. When not in the classroom, Ms. Wetrosky travels widely as an educational consultant, presenting the latest in language learning methodology and literacy strategy at the local, state, and national levels.
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  • Whitaker, Walter C.
  • Walt Whitaker, J.D., M.B.A., CLU is a financial planner at LA Elder Law in Marina del Rey. Walt is now completing his fifteenth year of online teaching and still receptive to student positive feedback and constructive criticism. He has taught at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension but has kept his teaching skills fresh by conducting frequent workshops and seminars for client education and business promotion over the years in the real world and virtual. His firm emphasizes the area of elder law. Walt is a principal in LAElderLaw (see www.LAElderlaw.com) which serves the needs of seniors (estate and financial planning, asset protection, wills, trusts, conservatorships, litigation, advance health care directives, durable powers of attorney, medi-cal qualification for long term care benefits and avoidance of medi-cal recovery). They distinguish themselves in that, besides financial and estate planning, they also litigate. I truly enjoy teaching and have designed a course for UCLA Extension entitled "Caring and Planning Finances for the Older Adult". Over the past 50 years, he has practiced law, financial planning and asset protection and developed real estate.
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  • Williams, Patrick John
  • Patrick J. Williams, MBA, is a Marketing Strategist, Business Consultant and University Adjunct, who has worked with iconic brands and leading global customers throughout his 20 year career. In addition to his academic work, Patrick consults with early stage start-ups on commercialization strategy. Grounded in brand management, his work emphasizes the importance of understanding consumer, competitive and market insights in building effective strategy. He has been teaching since 2013 in a variety of Marketing courses, including: Strategy, Brand Management, Marketing Communication and Customer Relationship Management. Williams holds a Master of Business Administration from The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
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  • Williamson, Eric D.
  • Eric Williamson, B.A., MCP, is the data manager for the UCSD Health Strategy Office. He has worked more than 20 years with database technologies and specializes in Microsoft SQL Server, T-SQL, Analysis Services, and SharePoint. He has taught SQL and SharePoint courses since 2013.
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  • Williamson, Kai
  • Kai Williamson, M. Ed., has been a paraprofessional for 26 years. She spent the first seven years of her career in a law firm working in various specialty areas including litigation, family law, corporate and real estate. She then transitioned to in-house positions working for various Fortune 500 companies. Kai currently works for Western Digital Corporation ("SanDisk) as a International Corporate Paralegal handling matters related to international and domestic subsidiaries. She is a past-President of the Orange County Paralegal Association (“OCPA”) serving a two year term and she currently sits on the Executive Board for the organization. Kai is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2008 National Super Star Paralegal of the Year Award, the 2012 UCI Distinguished Advisory Board Member award, the 2012 National Affiliates Award from the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”), the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Paralegal Association (“OCPA”) and the 2015 UCI Distinguished Instructor of the Year award.
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  • Wilson, Martha
  • Martha C. Wilson, M.S.Ed., is an experienced English lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and the military. She is skilled in material development, teaching pronunciation, and teacher training. She has taught TESOL courses for undergraduate pre-service teachers, held seminars and workshops for parents and educators, and coordinated a dual TESOL certificate program with Anaheim University.
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  • Winston, Leisa N
  • Leisa Winston, M.Ed., is the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources and Public Communications for Laguna Beach Unified School District. She has performed varied roles in education, including teacher, consultant, and district administrator for school districts in Michigan and California. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership, special education, student services, human resources, and public relations. She is an active member of ACSA, serving as the Region 17 ACSA/CAPEA representative and as an instructor for the ACSA Personnel Academy.
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  • Witmer, Matthew L.
  • Matt Witmer, M.A., Ed.D., has been an instructor at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education since 2006. He and his wife Tina are co-founders of the consulting firm Ascend Leadership and Learning, LLC. Dr. Witmer's background includes a successful career as a teacher, principal, and district level administrator in Garden Grove USD, Corona-Norco USD, and Walnut Valley USD, where he currently serves as Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Witmer is recognized as an expert in leadership, school and district improvement processes, curriculum and instruction, and human resources. He has consulted for dozens of schools and districts in several states, and his speaking and consulting engagements have included work with N.G.O., government, and industry leaders in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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  • Witmer, Tina K.
  • Tina Witmer, M.S., has taught in a variety of settings. She has extensive training in literacy which allowed her to work with numerous at-risk students and English Language Learners. She has worked with new teachers as a mentor and her instruction has been used as a model for new teachers and veteran teachers alike. Tina has a Masters in Education as well as an Administrative Credential. She has served as a Fellow through a partnership with Chapman University and Garden Grove Unified School District. Tina has presented at staff development days and district inservices on the topic of literacy. She has over 20 years of experience instructing both young students and teachers.
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  • Wren, Hue-An C
  • Hue-An Wren, Ph.D., is a TOSA in the K-12 Office of Instructional Technology at Garden Grove Unified School District. Prior to being a TOSA, she was a teacher for 12 years and was able to implement technology with students as young as kindergarten. During her time in the classroom, she was also an instructional coach advising teachers on best practices in curriculum and pedagogy. She earned her doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. Her research focused on digital communities and writing instruction.
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  • Wright, Shelly
  • Shelly Wright, PMP, CISA, CSM, CITRMS, is a recognized thought leader in integrating IT security, project management, corporate governance, quality assurance, and business processes. For over 15 years, she has helped organizations from startups through Fortune 500 businesses improve their IT systems with dramatic and sustainable results. An innovative leader in IT and business strategy, Wright loves to share her passion for IT and project management, simplifying them so others can easily embrace them. Shelly has partnered with corporate leaders to develop enterprise level solutions, optimized business processes, and achieved operational objectives at companies such as Capital Group "The American Funds," EarthLink Network Inc., Public Communication Services, Kaiser Permanente, and Scorpion Computer Services (the subject of CBS TV’s current hit show “Scorpion.” Wright is a Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified ScrumMaster,® and Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist®. Shelly Wright teaches university-level project management and quality assurance courses on behalf of the University of California - Irvine Division of Continuing Education and the University of Redlands. Shelly Wright is the founder of Wright1 Consulting, Inc., and co-founder of Survive Identity Theft. Wright also holds several board positions and was awarded the 2016 University of California - Irvine Division of Continuing Education’s Distinguished Instructor Award. In 2015, Wright received the SoTec Inspirational Award which is conferred upon technology professionals who distinguished themselves by inspiring other technology professionals through admirable charity work and giving back to the community.
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  • Yamani, Saleem M
  • Saleem M. Yamani, MS, is a Firmware Engineering Manager for Western Digital in Irvine, CA. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the Embedded Software Engineering field. He has worked in design, and implementation of embedded software programming in various High Tech industries, which include Computers, Networking and Hard Disk Drives. He has taught C programming language at Saddleback College for 2 years, and has been teaching Embedded System courses at UCI Division of Continuing Education main campus and online for past 6 years.
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  • Yorke, Judy B.
  • Judy Yorke, B.S., PE, CPP, founder and president of Yorke Engineering, LLC, has extensive air quality permitting and environmental regulatory compliance experience with industry and government. As a practicing environmental professional, she provides environmental compliance and planning services to manufacturing and industrial operations, federal, state, and local governments, major power producers, oil and gas producers, oil refiners, and utilities. Yorke is a recognized expert in federal, state, and local air pollution control laws. She has performed hundreds of environmental management and planning projects for industrial and governmental operations. She has taught the Air Quality UCI DCE for over 20 years.
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  • Yu, Emily
  • Emily Yu, MSHR, SPHR is the Senior Director of Human Resources for a large plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Beverly Hills, CA. She has over 20 years Human Resources Management experience and is a true generalist touching all areas of HR from recruiting and retention to benefits and compensation. She has worked in various industries movie and music entertainment, restaurant and hospitality, advertising and legal. She has experience managing the HR Function in local, national and international organizations.
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  • Zamansky, Dayna S.
  • Dayna Zamansky, MS, has over ten years of experience as a Human Resources Business Partner. Dayna holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and is a Human Resources Generalist with a strong knowledge in employee relations, recruitment, leadership and employee development, organizational change and training. Dayna is currently Vice President, Global Human Resources at RGI Home, based in NY, which creates innovative organizational solutions for the Home. Her prior experience includes working as an Executive Director at the NPD Group Inc. and in the Human Resources department at Starbucks and ANN Inc.
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  • Zhu, Louis
  • Louis L. Zhu, MSEE, MBA, PMP, is a Technical Team Leader at Parker Hannifin Corporation in Irvine. He has 30 years of experience in embedded system design for aerospace and industrial applications. His research interests are motor control algorithms, communication protocols, object oriented embedded programming, and .NET technologies. He has teaching experiences in both universities and corporations. He has a passion for teaching and a thorough understanding of embedded systems theory and solid hands-on experiences.
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  • Zielan, Susan
  • Susan Zielan is a Business Resiliency Manager for CoreLogic in Irvine, California. She is responsible for the development and implementation of enterprise-wide business continuity plans and manages training and exercises for the offices across the US and Australia. She has led efforts internationally in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia to create and customize effective business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management programs for larger corporations. Susan is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and a member of the Association of Contingency Planners, Orange County Chapter, where she is currently the Information Director.
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  • Zylla, Tamara S.
  • Tamara S. Zylla, M.S. Ed, is the program administrator for the Las Flores Homes Education Independent Study Academy in the Bellflower Unified School District. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education as an administrator, teacher and instructional coach. Tamara’s expertise includes Language Arts and English Language Development for which she has written a variety of curricula and professional development materials. In 2009, Tamara earned the title of LA County Teacher of the Year.
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