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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 the extension programs at Cal State Fullerton and UCI. 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 P. Appel, MBA, ABD, is Director of Education at UCSD Extended Studies. Prior to his appointment at UCSD Extended Studies, Mr. Appel served as a senior researcher for UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts and as a contract educational consultant working as a Professional Expert with the Program Evaluation and Research Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District, studying the impacts and implementation of standards-based promotion and data collection by local schools. Prior to serving with LAUSD, Mr. Appel acted as a consultant for various school districts in southern California undertaking educational reform efforts including SB1X, SB1274, LEARN, LAAMP, among others.
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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 PhD, Steve spent 15+ years as a research scientist in various industrial, governmental and academic settings. He is 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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  • Baghramian, Amy C
  • Amy Baghramian, J.D., graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 2002, where she was an editor on Law Review. Her background is in civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance coverage, however she has previously practiced family law. Her most recent work has focused on preparing coverage opinions for insurance industry clients, but she has extensive experience drafting discovery and pretrial motions. Baghramian currently is an independent contractor. She is an active member of the California State Bar and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.
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  • Bard, Mirna
  • Mirna Bard is a world-known social media speaker, master trainer, and thought-leader. She also recently contributed the introductory chapter to the "The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives". As a highly regarded business advisor and hype-free social web strategy consultant, Mirna inspires organizations and entrepreneurs around the globe to leverage the Internet, so they can attract more powerful opportunities to their business. Since the beginning of her career, Mirna has been employed at prestigious advertising agencies and top organizations. Since 1996, she's worked with numerous brands, such as Taco Bell, Washington Mutual, Hilton Hotels, Taylor Made, Toshiba, Hoag Hospital, Kawasaki, Merrill Lynch, Avery, UCI, Ed Hardy and many more. Throughout Mirna's career, her clients have constantly praised her genuine down-to-earth nature, energy, passion, consistency, reliability, resourcefulness, thoroughness, attention to detail, and hype-free approach.
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  • Barlow, Linda A.
  • Linda A. Barlow, CFP®, CEBS, has been in private practice since 1982. She manages a fee-only financial planning and portfolio management practice in the heart of Orange County, Santa Ana. The firm provides customized financial planning services to individual clients on a fee-only basis. She has degrees in Accounting and Financial Planning and earned her Certificate of Financial Planning in 1988. She is very active in the Financial Planning Association, having served as President three times and continues to work on several committees. She is also a member of NAPFA. Linda has had interns in her own firm for many years and understands very well what benefits are derived from that experience for both the intern and the host advisor.
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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, online M.Ed 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 Language Policy, The Journal of English as an International Language, and International Journal of the Sociology of Language, and he is the co-editor of the book Transcultural Flows of English and Education in Asian Contexts.
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  • Belenardo, Susan
  • Susan Belenardo, Ed.D., is the former Superintendent for the La Habra City School District. She received her Doctorate from UCI in Educational Leadership in 2000. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, administrative director and Assistant Superintendent. Susan has taught at the graduate level for the past fifteen years. She is an active member of Educational Leadership and Community groups including ACSA and the Orange Plaza Rotary, where she has served as President.
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  • Black, Eugene A.
  • Eugene A Black manages three major, multi-million dollar digital platforms for a fortune 100 automotive company. Mr. Black leads a team of 28 people. Mr. Black has been in his current role for over four years where digital marketing, advertising, process, education, training, measurement and digital analysis create the foundation to the company’s success. Mr. Black works closely with other major digital influencers such as Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to help define and improve the KMA digital footprint at the OEM level as well as the Tier lll (dealer) level.
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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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  • Blash, Greta
  • Greta Blash, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, has extensive experience as an executive and consulting IT professional, both domestically and internationally. Her areas of experience include program management, project management, agile/adaptive development, customer relationship management, and business intelligence. In addition to her PMP certification, she also holds an agile certification (PMI-ACP) and business analysis (PMI-PBA) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI). Greta has taught project management, business analysis and agile foundation and certification courses worldwide for the last ten years. She taught the entire Master of Project Management curriculum for DeVry/Keller in Las Vegas. She has also published numerous articles and blogs on these topics, as well as a global team participant in the creation of “What’s New in PMBOK® 6th Edition – An In-Depth Comparison.” She is a frequent presenter at various PMI meetings and conferences at the local, regional and global leve lon both project management and business analysis topics.
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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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  • Boggs, Elise
  • Elise Boggs is a consultant, speaker and leadership coach. Since 2009, Elise has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses at UC Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education, Chapman University, and National University. She is a consultant and training specialist for a variety of organizations who specializes in leading teams. Elise has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from Chapman University. Elise holds certification as an Emotional Intelligence Coach through the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence. Additional certifications include TotalSDI & Core Strengths Accountability through PSP, Inc.
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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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  • 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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  • Brockhaus, Ralf K.
  • Ralf Brockhaus, M.S., in Computer Science. Ralf Brockhaus has 20 years of professional software development and project management experience in a wide range of technologies, including 6 years of intensive, hands-on Microsoft .NET development. Mr. Brockhaus is the ower of SmileFish. He is deeply familiar with all aspects of developing real-world software applications - including performance, scalability, security, as well as integration and migration of legacy technology. Mr. Brockhaus teaches ASP.NET, C#, XML Web Services, SharePoint, as well as Mobile Computing and is an advocate for Agile and Lean development practices.
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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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  • Cain-Lobbins, LaVasha M.
  • LaVasha Cain-Lobbins, M.Ed., PMP, CMP, is a consultant for Valagent Consulting. She has over 15 years of experience managing programs and marketing health events, training programs and organization development initiatives.
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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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  • 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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  • Carlton, Lisa Marie
  • Lisa Bain Carlton, M.Ed., has been working with students with learning differences for over 10 years. She has placed hundreds of students with learning disabilities in colleges and transition programs. She regularly interfaces with college disability offices and works closely with families on how to evaluate individual programs. Prior to becoming an educational consultant, Lisa worked with the nationally respected Schools Attuned Program. Lisa Carlton is frequently called on by other consultants to provide her expertise in learning differences.
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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 softwares: 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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  • Clingan, John T.
  • John Clingan is a Senior Principal Product Manager for next generation platforms at Red Hat JBoss Middleware, including WildFly Swarm (Java EE Microservices platform) and Vert.x (reactive toolkit for the JVM). Prior to that, John was a product manager on the GlassFish Server and Java EE product team at Oracle Corporation, and prior to that at Sun Microsystems. John has more than 20 years of experience in building customer solutions based on C, Java, Java EE, and Solaris. John also has 8 years of experience teaching Extended University Java courses to intellectually hungry Java students.
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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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  • 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 - Extension Project Management Program, and holds a Master's of Science degree in Project Management.
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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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  • DeBow, Najla Marie
  • Najla M. DeBow, M.S., SPHR, is the System Manager of Talent Acquisition at St. Joseph Health System. She has worked in the HR 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 HR.
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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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  • DeOliveira, Carlos H.
  • Carlos H. Oliveira, Ph.D., is the Chief Operating Officer at NextFort Ventures, LLC. a leader in Internet data center design, providing high availability, industry leading energy efficiency and unrivaled physical security. Such data centers are an optimal design for high density cloud computing, big data processing and secure disaster recovery applications. Dr. Oliveira is responsible for managing NextFort's engineering and operations teams. Dr. Oliveira has extensive experience in computing technology; cloud computing, network and computing systems, and IT application systems. During his entire career, Dr. Oliveira has successfully managed different organizations in computing technology areas. He held executive positions in Engineering Management, Enterprise IT Management and Business Development Management. In addition, Dr. Oliveira has large teaching experience and he has been working as an adjunct instructor at University of California, Irvine extension program since he completed his doctorate degree.
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  • DeVoe, Todd
  • Todd De Voe has over 30 years of public service, and Todd is the Emergency and Business Continuity Manager for Saddleback College and has a very popular podcast on Emergency Management called EM Weekly. Todd is a servant leader at heart and is very involved in the community. Todd has served as a Parks Commissioner for the City of Whittier, served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Rio Hondo Chapter, served on the Board of Directors Irvine Chamber of Commerce, served on the Advisory Board of the Whittier First Day Homeless Transitional Program, and served on the Board of Directors for the Organized Communities and Emergency Volunteers Association, currently Todd is serving as a member Team Rubicon USA Region IX, and is a special project advisor for the Warrior Built Foundation. Todd received his B.S. in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, and his Masters of Public Administration from the California State University at Fullerton. He has been teaching at Coastline Community College in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program, is an instructor of Emergency Management at the University of California at Irvin (UCI) and has taught at Santa Ana Community College’s Criminal Justice Academy.
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  • Dickenmann, Kio
  • Kiki Osada Dickenmann, MMH, has nearly 20 years of experience in the hotel and spa industry, with global experience in openings and operations with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and was responsible for revenue management and financial performance of all spas in the Group. She has also worked for Hyatt Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Kiki has a Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) with a Marketing emphasis from Cornell University and B.A. in Economics from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan.
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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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  • Doyle, Mark
  • Mark Doyle, JD. has over 25 years’ experience as an estate planning lawyer at Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP. He has drafted trusts, wills, powers of attorney and health care directives for hundreds of clients. With a Master’s degree in taxation he gained additional expertise in the tax aspects of estate planning.
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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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  • Elder, Allan
  • Allan Elder, PH.D, PMP, founder and president of Numen Consulting, Inc., a company that specializes in project management and organizational development. He has over 10 years experience in the project management and technology fields, and has performed projects and training for leading organizations such as Southern California Edison, Intel, Corel, Qualcomm, General Motors, and the military. Mr. Elder has served as the director of software engineering for technology firms as well as the department chair for a technology college. In addition to being a trained Baldrige Examiner, he is certified by Novell, Microsoft, and by the BICSI organization as a technician and instructor.
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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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  • Fermin, Nikki
  • Nikki Fermin, J.D., is a labor and employment attorney representing employers in all aspects of employment law with a focus in employment litigation matters. Ms. Fermin has defended large private and public entities, as well as religious, non-profit organizations against a wide range of employment claims, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour issues.
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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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  • Fischer, Michael R.
  • Michaël Fischer is a partner at the law firm of McKasson & Klein LLP. His practice focuses on educational law, employment law, and admiralty law both in domestic and international contexts. He is a distinguished graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, author of numerous legal publications, and presenter of frequent seminars. He draws upon his litigation and transactional experience to teach dynamic courses in torts, contracts, civil litigation, and employment law.
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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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  • Flesser, Shaina Brittany
  • Shaina Flesser, M.P.A., is a Senior Development Director for the nonprofit organization Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is responsible for implementing fundraising growth strategies, carrying out established best practices in fundraising and volunteer management to promote a collaborative and donor-centric culture. She carries out grassroots fundraising strategies with chapter volunteers, secures corporate sponsorships, and manages event committees.
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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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  • Franco Padilla, Rodrigo Josele
  • Rodrigo Josele Franco Padilla, Global M.B.A., B.A. Financial Administration, currently works on innovation projects for the financial technology industry. He has 12 years of experience in corporate finance; including treasury management, financial and strategic planning, and controllership. His wide experience in diverse industries, such as General Motors and Nestlé, led him to the orchestration of the initial public offering process of a privately owned company in Mexico. His studies and projects abroad have taken him to countries, such as France, Morocco, Singapore, and Tanzania, where he gathered knowledge in different fields, such as technology development, digital innovation, and emerging market economies.
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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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  • Garcia, Lori J.
  • Lori Garcia, M.B.A. has worked 30 years in IT, primarily in Aerospace, Medical and commercial industries. Worked on B-1 Bombers, Boeing 747’s, C-17s, Space Station, Satellite Mission Planning Systems, Underwater Vehicles, Airline Entertainment Systems and currently Medtronic Medical Devices(Fortune 500 Company). Owned and managed an international e-commerce fashion website company based in Los Angeles, bringing in close to $2 million revenue per year. She has taught at University of La Verne in the Business Department for more than five years, specializing in teaching Adult Learners as well International Students.
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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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  • Ghoogasian, David R.
  • David Ghoogasian, B.A., educational consultant/trainer, former school principal, and school improvement facilitator is an expert in the area of brain research, learning styles, multiple intelligence theory, and classroom management. He teaches and trains through his own company, The Lyceum, as well as UCI Division of Continuing Education and UC Riverside and UC San Diego Extension programs. He is a member of the UCI Division of Continuing Education Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the California Association for the Gifted (CAG), and has served on visiting committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission. He is a recipient of the UCI Division of Continuing Education Distinguished Instructor Award and Dean's Outstanding Service Award.
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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 DCE 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 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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  • Gould, Amber L
  • Amber Gould, SPHR, MPA, MBP, is the Sr. Director of Human Resources for Advantage Solutions, a 100k associate solutions company based in Irvine, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Hanegan, Kevin E.
  • Kevin Hanegan, B.S., is the author of 4 programming books: Building State-of-the-Art Web Pages, Custom CGI Scripting with Perl, Practical Guide to Curl, and Building Solutions with the DecisionSite Analytics Platform. He has worked for a variety of software companies, universities, and corporate training centers as a course developer, trainer and consultant. He currently is Director of Educational Services for TIBCO Software.
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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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  • 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, 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 US 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 & leadership development strategies. Christoph studied human resources at Western Governors University and has a B.Sc. in Business – Human Resources Management. He obtained various Leadership Facilitator Certifications from FranklinCovey and is currently pursuing is M.S. in Management and Leadership.
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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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  • 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 UC Irvine Extension Certificate Program. 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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  • Hull, Julie M.
  • Julie Hull has worked in the field of education for over 20 years in various capacities. As a secondary classroom teacher, she taught GATE and Advanced Placement classes, and later became a master and mentor teacher where she worked with credential candidates and new teachers in classroom management and pedagogy. Later, as a site GATE coordinator, she assisted in identification and GATE program development. Julie currently works at the Orange County Department of Education as GATE Coordinator and serves on the board of two educational non-profits which allows her the opportunity to advocate for gifted education in Orange County through professional development and parent education events. Additionally, Julie is the parent of three children who are gifted which provides her the perspective needed for practical implementation of theory.
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  • Ihnat-Durbin, Lisa
  • Lisa Ihnat-Durbin has an M.A. in Diversity Management. She is certified in ADKAR Change Management methodology, Train-the-Trainer, and other style profiles and coaching tools. She applies her education and certifications through full time work in the Corporate Learning and Development field. She has experience across industries including healthcare, retail and insurance. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in communications and training including both technical and soft skills. During her time as a Professional Development Coach, she was able to hone her skills by traveling globally and working with diverse clients focusing on executive presence, persuasive presentations and communicating with impact.
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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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  • Jaquez, Wendy S.
  • Wendy Jaquez has spent over 25 years in managing and leading supply chains in both North America and Asia. She has worked in several industries including aerospace and defense, automotive and audio/visual. Wendy has led several sessions on supply chain management for both UCI and UCSD as well as speaking for professional supply chain organizations such as the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
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  • Johansen, Erin H.
  • Erin Johansen, M.B.A., has over 15 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, social media, and advertising, she has successfully launched high profile consumer product marketing campaigns into major retailers across the United States. She currently is an Instructor at University California Irvine – Division of Continuing Education teaching on campus and on-line courses. In addition to teaching at UCI Division of Continuing Education, Erin executes various marketing campaigns as an Independent Consultant throughout Orange County. Erin also sits on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization in Laguna Hills, California.
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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. Having observed how individuals can impact motivation, focus, performance, resilience, communication, innovation, and well-being, she founded the Career Ingenuity Group to help people learn to leverage their own inner resources through science-based mindfulness practices. She was on the founding team for a talent development program at Qualcomm where she worked with technical professionals, teams and leaders around the globe. Shannon is 1 of only 100 individuals certified as a Search Inside Yourself teacher (the mindfulness program originating at Google). She also completed MBSR teacher training through UCSD Center for Mindfulness. This year, she designed programs for Qualcomm, eBay, Kaiser Permanente, and Cal State San Marcos. She serves on the adjunct faculty of Univ. of San Diego’s School of Leadership & Education where she currently teaches the psychology of work. She is a National Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Coach, and member of the NeuroLeadership Institute.
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  • Jovanovic, Slavko
  • Slavko Jovanovic, B.S., is the Director of Analysis and Design at iBASEt. As a 17 year practitioner of business systems analysis, design and development, he has worked on complex system integration projects in the domain of enterprise resource planning, product life cycle and quality management, manufacturing planning and execution. He has introduced new tools, methodologies and processes for leveraging the business analysts body of knowledge to fuel the growth and success of fellow analysts, their employers and customers.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, Peter B.
  • Peter Kim 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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  • Kinney, Steven M.
  • Steve Kinney is the president of Search Optimizers. He started performing search engine optimization (SEO) for his client’s websites in 1997. He continues to design proprietary software used in these efforts. Steve’s background as a workflow consultant and software engineer allows Search Optimizers to streamline their research analytical processes, thereby providing a high-end SEO service at an affordable price for small and medium sized businesses. His company focuses on automating the process for performing search engine optimization (SEO) and staying ahead of the game with his suite of SEO programming tools in this rapidly changing industry.
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  • Klapper, Katelyn
  • Katelyn Gleason Klapper, CEP, is 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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  • Krause, Lucas
  • Lucas Krause is an Entrepreneur and experienced technology executive. He has been using blockchain since its inception and has been assisting many fortune 500 companies leverage blockchain to solve complex business problems. He has been involved in Insurance, Finance, E-Commerce, Government, Advertising, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries over his career. He has also specialized in .Net microservices for the past decade. He is a published author on Microsoft Patterns and Applications and leading Cloud Solution Architect for the Microsoft platform. With over 16 years of industry experience as a developer, consultant, and data architect, Lucas has also gained experience in Angular 2+ and .NET/C# and web services development. Lucas is passionate about customers, solving problems, and delivering value. Specific specialization in critical services, engineering, performance, and security.
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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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  • Lam, Derrick
  • Derrick Lam, M.B.A, has taught database courses in Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server in the UCI Division of Continuing Education for over 20 years. He has worked with Oracle since 1988 and Microsoft SQL Server since 1994. He has been a database administrator and application developer for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Prior to his retirement from UCI as the Director of Information Management in University Advancement, he managed the UCI Alumni and Donor Database and the UCI Foundation Accounting System. He has spoken at many conferences on topics related to Database Design, Data Management, Data Metrics, and Improving the Value of Data.
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  • Law, Chiara Claire
  • Chiara “Claire” Law is the founder of Educational Avenues www.eduave.com, and a nationally recognized expert on college admission counseling, an IECA Professional Member and Certified Educational Planner since 1999. Prior to 1999, she worked in college admissions at Bryant University as the Director of International Admissions, The Art Institute of Atlanta and Carleton University. She also worked in education loan sales for a SallieMae lender, which led her to teach families how to take control over the current financial aid system. She teaches “Navigating the Financial Aid Network” because college affordability is a crucial element of “fit”. She is a Certified MBTI® Professional, co-author of “Find The Perfect College For You”, an analysis of personality type in college at 82 of the nation’s most visible universities. She has a Bachelors Degree from Carleton University, Ottawa Canada, and Masters Degree from the University of Rhode Island.
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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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  • Leipzig, Adam
  • Adam Leipzig is a knowledgeable and experienced film professional. He served as an executive ad Disney Studios, President of National Geographic Films and is currently a CEO of his own entertainment media company. He has experience teaching students both domestic and abroad.
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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™, is the co-owner of Liang & Quinley Wealth Management located in the city of Irvine. He founded Liang & Quinley Wealth Management in October of 2011 with business partner, Christopher Quinley. Michael has over nine years of experience as an advisor and focuses on high net worth clients, small business owners, and retirement plans.
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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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  • Loubnan, Georgette
  • Georgette Loubnan is a seasoned Lean practitioner with a focus on and experience in healthcare, as well as other industries, including automotive, hospitality, and banking. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biological Engineering from Cornell University with a focus on Biosensors and Tissue Engineering. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration for managing engineering and technology. Her exposure to real-world problems in waste management, process optimization and re-engineering, as well as the application of process evaluation and automation enabled her to acquire a competitive expertise across industries. Georgette is a frequent speaker at professional and industry conferences, with her most recent appearance being at the 2016 lean healthcare transformation summit. She is a strategic consultant for various organizations in building business intelligence and lean frameworks from the ground up.
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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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  • 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 UC Irvine Extension. 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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  • Massin, Dana M.
  • Dana M. Massin, M.S. has been writing and developing eLearning courses since 2008. Her background includes work in project management, LMS administration and developing a variety of training solutions. She began her career as a music teacher in 2002, and later found a passion for online education, earning her M.S. in instructional design and development from Bellevue University in 2010. For three years she held the role of eLearning Coordinator at the Nebraska Medical Center, where she was the sole e-learning developer, lead training coordinator and primary LMS administrator for an enterprise of over 10,000 staff. She started her own company in 2017, offering consulting services in training and performance, and developing learning and communication solutions for teams of all sizes.
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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 leadership roles with Skilled Healthcare (3 years) and Washington Mutual (12 years) in Talent Management and Learning and Development. She is currently on the California State University Long Beach HR Advisory Board as Membership Chair, and served as Board Chair from 2007 to 2014. She is an active member of the National Human Resources Association, Orange County Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Association for Talent Development (ATD).
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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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  • McDougall, Dash
  • Dash has a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He has been teaching for six years at local schools in Orange County. He loves learning languages, and spending time with friends.
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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, Brianna Elizabeth
  • 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, 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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  • 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, is associate director of product certification and regulatory affairs at Alcon Research Ltd., Irvine Technology Center. He has wide experience in safety certification and regulatory requirements for medical devices. Modi is certified as RAC (Regulatory Affairs Certification), NCE (Certified Engineer by National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers-NARTE) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality-ASQ).
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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 becoming 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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  • Murphy, Kiersten A
  • Kiersten Murphy, M.Ed., is the founder of Murphy College Consultants LLC, a college admissions consulting firm located in the Seattle area. Kiersten has spent her entire career in education, previously working in college and private school admissions, financial aid, as well as high school guidance. Since 1993, she has been successfully guiding students in North America and Asia through the college search and application process. As a recognized expert on college admission counseling, she has been frequently quoted in the press and regularly contributes to Unigo's Education Advice Column as well as Hundred of Heads. Kiersten is committed to continuing education and professional development and is a member of NACAC and IECA, where she serves on the College Committee. Kiersten has a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Education with a Concentration in School Counseling from The College of Saint Rose.
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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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  • Ng, Douglas C.
  • Douglas Ng is a digital strategist, educator, and researcher pushing the boundaries at the intersection of emerging technologies, new media, and design psychology to help organizations navigate the strategic and technical disruptions of digital innovation. Douglas has more than a decade of experience leading digital strategy in the higher education, clinical medicine, fashion/eCommerce, and sports sectors. He is currently a Director of Digital Strategy, an Adjunct Lecturer of Computer Science, and a Founder of a startup that is leveraging artificial intelligence to teach emotional intelligence in the context of leadership development. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Telecommunication Arts) from the University of Georgia and is a graduate student in the Instructional Technology & Media program at Columbia University.
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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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  • 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. Pharmaceuticals. He is also on the board of directors of NWAN Consulting Group. Has more than 10 years of experience in research and development, including 8 years in academia and 2 years in industry. His experience has covered a wide breathe of pharmaceutical and bioprocess disciplines including, upstream and 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 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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  • Pajand, Armin
  • Armin Pajand. M.Sc., CFA® is an experienced organizational and leadership consultant where much of his work is focused on helping leaders grow in global mindset, strategic thinking, influence, decision quality, and leading complex organizational change initiatives. Leaders in a variety of roles and industries find new ways to deal with today’s demanding workplace through Armin’s lectures, speaking engagements and publications on topics in organizational leadership. Armin is a Chartered Financial Analyst with a MSc in Organizational Development. He has completed his graduate work at HEC Paris and Oxford University, studying coaching and consulting with leading thinkers such as Dr. Chris Argris, Dr. Michael Maccoby, and Bob Putnam.
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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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  • Pandya, Pramod
  • Pramod Pandya, Ph.D., M.S., is a full-time lecturer with the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. He has been involved in information technology since 1982 and has extensive hands-on experience with computer hardware, operation systems, computer applications, and telecommunications and networking. Pandya has also been a reviewer for the following textbooks: Business Data Communications & Networking 8th edition (Wiley & Sons 2004); Business Data Communications 4th Edition (Prentice Hall, 2003); and Data Communications and Networks, McGraw-Hill, 2004).
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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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  • 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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  • Quinley, Christopher A.
  • Christopher Quinley, CFP®, AAMS®, is co-founder of Liang & Quinley Wealth Management. He has 9 years of experience as a financial advisor, and has focused on investments throughout his career. He performed very well on the investments portion of the CFP Exam in November 2010. He taught new advisors while at Ameriprise Financial and found teaching to be very fulfilling and enjoyable.
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  • Quinn, Nicole B
  • Nicki Quinn is a project manager at Blizzard Entertainment, working within the Esports Department. She has been a professional in the video game industry for over 6 years, although her involvement with games spans 20+ years. Her projects on the Esports team include designing and launching the first Heroes of the Storm league (HGC), managing countless on-site events including BlizzCon, and developing cross-department workflows and processes to refine team efficiency. In addition to working at Blizzard, Nicki volunteers her time at Chapman University assisting students in a class she developed while attending the university. Nicki’s expertise includes project management, software, video games, esports, and process development tools.
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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, PhD, 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 experience designing and developing instructional solutions for corporate, K-12, post-secondary, and the government. She has extensive experience developing content for 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
  • David 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, Special Topics in Accounting, and 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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  • Ress, Anna
  • Anna Ress, M.A., is a nonprofit marketing and strategy consultant and communications leader for tech/biotech companies in Silicon Valley. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds, coaching nonprofit community “startups” to executives at Fortune 100 companies with $24B in revenue. Her areas of expertise include nonprofit marketing, branding, campaign development and executive coaching. She has developed and led marketing workshops offered by GO Campaign for California-based nonprofits, and served in leadership roles for national and global nonprofits focusing on education, refugees and children’s causes.
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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 Extension 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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  • Richardson, Matthew E.
  • Matthew "Mal" Richardson, J.D., is a partner with Best Best & Krieger LLP in the City of Irvine. Since graduating from the UCLA School of Law, Mr. Richardson's practice has focused on representing municipalities and public agencies, with particular emphasis on complex land use transactions. Mr. Richardson currently serves as City Attorney for the city of Stanton and as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Lake Forest and Claremont. He also provides general counsel services to the Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission. In addition, Mr. Richardson performs special counsel services for a number of cities and public agencies throughout Southern California. Mr. Richardson has presented on land use and general municipal legal issues at numerous conferences and seminars, and has been recognized by his peers as a leading attorney in his area of practice.
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  • Robles, Heriberto
  • Dr. Heriberto Robles is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology with 35 years of experience in environmental toxicology and environmental risk assessment. Dr. Robles has conducted toxicological evaluations of environmental and industrial chemicals and has communicated risk information to regulatory agencies and the general public. Dr. Robles is an experienced speaker on health risk assessment and environmental toxicology. He has served as a guest lecturer at UCI and given presentations at professional meetings and seminars.
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  • Rogers, Henry
  • Henry "Hank" Rogers, M.S., M.B.A., is a certified Black Belt instructor and experienced management, consulting and training professional. His experience spans years of supervision, management, quality improvement, consulting, training, and engineering. He has developed and delivered major training programs in diverse industries such as high-tech engineering and manufacturing environments, financial services, health care, utilities, and governmental organizations. His specializations are in Project Management, Lean Operations, Six Sigma, Finance and Quality Systems. Hank holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University, and an MBA from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with an emphasis in Finance.
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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 Extension, 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 Extension Project Management Certificate Program.
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  • Sairafian, Peter N.
  • Peter Sairafian has broad project organization and management experience, spanning strategic planning, enterprise governance, project management office, project management, business process management and ERP implementation. He has led the development of several IT systems, applying best practices in project management. At a major utility, Mr. Sairafian led teams managing business cases and financial controls for project portfolios in excess of $300 million/yr. He performed strategic planning for the start-up of a non-regulated subsidiary, specializing in the operation and maintenance of power and non-power plant operations. He developed a governance framework for the Enterprise Project Management Office of a major Healthcare provider including identification of initiatives and programs, development of estimates, business cases, portfolio prioritization, benefits validation, and stakeholder management. Mr. Sairafian has managed programs in utilities, engineering and construction, and healthcare. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and holds certificates in the Governance of Enterprise IT, COBIT and ITIL. He holds a BS in civil engineering and a MS from the University of California, Irvine.
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  • Sankar, Pat
  • Pat Sankar, Ph.D., is a consultant with over 25 years research and software development experience in developing various products ranging from automated tumor detection software to Computer Aided Design and Simulation. He is a leading authority on the latest digital signal processing and image processing technologies, holds 14 U.S. patents, and has authored over 70 journal publications and several book chapters.
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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, Nancy A.
  • Nancy A. Schwartz, M.B.A., RN, is a medical industry consultant for SearchLight Consulting. Her 19+ years of experience in clinical research has been focused on specialized projects and programs dealing with regulatory and product liability issues. The therapeutic areas she has been involved with include cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, and oncology. Schwartz has also consulted on all aspects of clinical coordination, monitoring, and managing clinical studies. She is a guest lecturer on these topics at the USC School of Pharmacy.
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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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  • Seifi, Mustafa
  • Mustafa Seifi, M.S., Senior Director of Development at Oracle. Mustafa has been involved in software development and architecture since 1986. He has expertise is building high transaction and distributed applications using J2EE and Microsoft .NET technologies. Mustafa has helped develop the curriculum and has taught classes in the J2SE and J2EE certificates, and software design since 1996.
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  • Sforza, Cynthia
  • Cindy Sforza, CFP®, CFPC®, has been a practicing, successful Wealth Manager/Financial Advisor for over a decade. She has experience working at multiple types of firms (wirehouse, broker-dealer, and RIA) and was consistently a top producer year-over-year at her longest-tenured firm, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. At her current firm, Creative Planning (ranked the #1 RIA firm for several years in a row, by several organizations), she has a very comprehensive and holistic practice in that she is not only responsible for investment management for clients, but also for giving clients legal and tax advice, comprehensive financial planning for all clients, and risk management for all clients. Cindy has a strong background in mentoring new advisors and providing real-life advice to those in the role of financial advisor (advisors that are both new to the industry and new to the environment – i.e., going from a wirehouse to a credit union/bank environment). She has marked success in the industry and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge with those who are up and coming.
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  • Shafie, Shahram
  • Shahram Shafie, M.S., has 15+ years of RF/Microwave and Wireless career span in both academia and industry with 2 patents and 1 patent application. He is an RF Systems Senior Staff Engineer at Qualcomm, Inc., contributing to 3G/4G RF front end and Mixed Signal blocks within SoC Mobile Radio Handset. Previously, he was an RF Systems Staff Engineer at Conexant Systems, Inc., credited for contribution to RF System Design of Worldwide RFIC TV tuner. He designed and developed the course materials for Principles of Wireless Electronic Systems and has been teaching it over the past 8 years.
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  • Shahbazian, Roy A.
  • Roy Shahbazian, M.S. Electrical Engineering (UCLA) and M.S. Mathematics (UCI), has designed FPGAs and developed software for embedded microprocessors in video imaging systems and wireless devices. He has taught courses in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. Currently, he is a Professor of Math at Santa Ana College and develops open source software used in multiple online Math course management systems while volunteering as an instructor for UCI Division of Continuing Education. His courses typically emphasize active learning and practical application with collaboration while building on fundamental concepts and minimizing lengthy monologues.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Smeltz, Chad Dennis
  • Mr. Smeltz has been working full-time in esports for the last three years, formerly as a pro League of Legends coach, and now as a General Manager for professional esports organizations. He has driven player acquisition, player contracts, team sponsorships, content production, and much more for professional teams he has worked on. He has travelled to South Korea to run esports boot camps and is in charge of staffing employees for the League of Legends branch at his company. With a background in secondary education, Mr. Smeltz combines his familiarity of teaching with his practical esports knowledge to further esports as a whole.
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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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  • Solomon, Susan C.
  • Susan Solomon, M.A., M.B.A., is a Fulbright scholar teaching graduate level public relations at American University in Yerevan, Armenia. She has taught marketing and public relations for 14 years at University of California, Irvine Extension and has also been a faculty member at University of California, Los Angeles, Chapman University (Orange, California) and California State University, Fullerton and Long Beach. Ms. Solomon has served in marketing and public relations leadership roles for a number of organizations. She is vice president of marketing for St. Joseph Health System and was vice president of marketing for Schools First Federal Credit Union, the fifth largest credit union in the United States. Other past positions have included vice president of marketing and corporate communications, MemorialCare Medical Centers of Southern California and director of marketing/public relations for St. John's Hospital and Health Care in Santa Monica, California. She is the author of Building Powerful Health Care Brands, published by Health Care Communications. Additionally, she is a frequent writer for Strategic Health Care Marketing and eHealthcare Trends and a contributing author to www.marketingprofs.com.
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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 the Quality and Regulatory Project Manager 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. Ms. St. Martin advises executive staff on the regulatory impact of biologic drug product development and business process improvement related to extensive prospective research. Ms. St. Martin is also 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. Ms. St. Martin currently sits on the International Society of Cellular Therapy’s manufacturing stakeholder committee, contributing to annual industry presentations for FDA leadership. She also serves as a Community Veterans Consultant for the St. Thomas University Institutional Review Board (IRB) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining the NMDP, Ms. St. Martin 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. Ms. St. Martin is a United States Military Academy graduate with 5 years of service as an active duty Army intelligence Captain in Germany including several deployment 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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  • Stillwell, Christopher George
  • Chris Stillwell has master’s degrees in TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University and in Education from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at UCI’s School of Education. Chris 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.
  • Kathy Sullivan, M.A., SPHR is currently Director, Organizational Development with PRADCO, a management consulting firm, where she manages the OD and Coaching practices. She has 20 years of experience in corporate human resources working with business leaders and has been responsible for leading a team of HR professionals to support business initiatives around organizational performance and change management. Kathy has first-hand experience and demonstrated knowledge of organizational design/re-design initiatives within an organization and understands the complexities of implementing change initiatives.

    Kathy holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, SPHR certification and currently serves on the UCI Division of Continuing Education HR Advisory Board. She has been actively involved as a volunteer with various organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), local HR chapters, as well as A Kid Again and Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Ohio. Kathy is passionate about learning and development and has been an instructor with the UCI Division of Continuing Education HR Certificate Program for six years. She strives to provide a fun and thought-provoking learning environment for her students.

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  • Sutherland, Shiva
  • Shiva Sutherland has been teaching ESL for 16 years. She has an MA in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and Applied Linguistics from the University of Tehran. She also received her TEFL Teaching Certificate from UCI Division of Continuing Education, and taught in UC Irvine’s ESL program for a number of years. Her academic research has focused on test construction and analysis including several standardized English tests such as the IELTS, TOEFL, and GRE.
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  • Suveiu, Virginia A.
  • Virginia A. Suveiu, J.D. counsels on regulatory compliance and commercial law matters, including contract life cycle and negotiation. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association Orange County, as VP of Communications and Regulatory Compliance Advisor. She is affiliated with and has been invited to speak to 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.
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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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  • Tanner, William T.
  • William T. Tanner, J.D., is supervising attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County where he oversees the Legal Aid Hotline, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Small Claims Court Advisory Program of Orange County and I-CAN!, and supervises the training of approximately 30 law students and paralegals. Prior to joining Legal Aid, he worked at California Rural Legal Assistance where he represented seniors and migrant farm workers in civil matters. Mr. Tanner has taught Business Law, Real Estate Law, Legal Aspects of Real Estate, Property Law, Civil Litigation II, Civil Litigation III, Tort Law, and Ethics at UC Irvine Extension and MTSAC.
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  • Tarne, Robert J.
  • Bob Tarne, M.S., PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP, is the Smarter Process PMO Leader with IBM Software Group, where he specializes in directing process improvement initiatives using Business Process Management (BPM) software following lean/agile project management techniques. Bob leads software development teams while providing coaching and guidance to clients to allow them to become self-sufficient in managing their process improvement projects. Prior to joining IBM, Bob was a managing Consultant with PM Solutions, where he was responsible for improving client's project management practices. He has held project management roles in other organizations, including Sprint and as an office in the US Navy. Mr. Tarne is an experienced speaker, having presented at numerous events including international project management conferences and local events. His presentation topics include agile project management process improvement, communications, and leadership skills.
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  • Taylor, James
  • James Taylor, MSc, is the CEO of Decision Management Solutions. James is the leading expert in Decision Management Systems - systems that are active participants in improving business results. Decision Management Systems apply business rules, predictive analytics and optimization technologies to address the toughest issues facing businesses today, changing the way organizations are doing business. James is passionate about helping companies develop agile, analytic and adaptive processes and systems. He has over 20 years of experience developing software and solutions for clients and has led Decision Management efforts for leading companies in insurance, banking, health management and telecommunications.
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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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  • Todorovic, Maja
  • Maja Todorovic, M.S., principal engineer, LifeLock. Maja has more than 20 years of experience in software design and development, leading teams in building hosted and software solutions, enterprise systems, distributed applications, advanced GUI applications, and service-oriented platforms for different industries.
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  • Traufler, Vanessa N.
  • Vanessa Traufler, MSHRM, is working towards her Ph.D in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Corporate Training & e-Learning. She currently works as an Instructional Designer for Pacific Dental Services in Irvine. 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 Director of Training at Breault Research Organization in Tucson, AZ. 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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  • 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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  • Viloria, Rhennie S.
  • Rhennie Viloria, PMP, MBA, ITILv3- After completing her Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering, she finsihed her Executive MBA at University of Southern California. She has been teaching PMP Bootcamp for more than 10 years and a practicing project manager since 1997. Aside from teaching, she also customizes materials for teaching after conducting training assessment needs. With more than 20 years of project management experience in software development, she was able to work with different clients in different industries: IT companies, manufacturing, education, utilities, insurance companies, healtcare industry, pharma, retail industry, food industry, transportation and more. With the experience she has, Rhennie can relate to her students, gives realistic scenarios where they can apply their project management skills in their daily activities.
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  • Wahl, Angie J.
  • Angie Wahl, M.B.A., is a Senior Product Manager for Blue Shield of California. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and product management. Angie has developed marketing campaigns and new product strategy for multinational fortune 500 companies and has led branding and social media campaigns worldwide.
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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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  • 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 Manger 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 pharma 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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  • 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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  • Williams, Kesha E.
  • Kesha Williams, M.S., has taught courses in the Java Certification program at UC Irvine Extension and helped to develop the curriculum since 2008. She most recently earned the Distinguished Instructor Award in 2014. She has over 20 years of experience in web development using Java and Microsoft technologies. Her expertise includes web design, programming, systems analysis and design, and technical project management. She has served as Java consultant and corporate trainer to major corporations in the airline, medical, and restaurant industries. She has also worked with the U.S. Air Force and other government agencies in the same capacity. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction novels and writing articles for Java Code Geeks.
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  • Williams, Megan Sany
  • Megan S. Williams, PMP, is a senior IT project manager for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare in Anaheim. She has a proven track record working as project manager in banking and in healthcare. Her expertise includes program management, risk management, and vendor management. Her organizational skills, relationship building abilities, attention to detail, solid knowledge and passion in project management all combine to make her an effective project management instructor. She brings practical real-world project examples and best practices into classroom discussion to assist the students in applying the knowledge immediately.
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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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  • Winikoff, David A.
  • David A. Winikoff, MBA, is currently managing director of Inside Track Partners, an angel investing and consulting firm. David has over 20 years of high technology marketing and product management experience, managing businesses with up to $3 billion in sales. Strategic portfolio shifts are a specialty, especially post-acquisition product line reconciliation. David is an inventor of 6 patents in communications technologies, leading these products and others to commercial success. Early-stage investment successes include Facebook and Tesla Motors.
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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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  • Worden, Constance
  • Connie Worden, B.S., SPHR, in currently the Regional HR Manager for Tenet Physician Resources, a division of Tenet Healthcare. She has more than 25 years of HR experience in both public and private sectors. Previous to Tenet, Connie worked as the HR Business Partner for UC Irvine Medical Center. During her 19-year tenure with UC, she held various positions, including Employment Supervisor, Employment Manager, Special Projects Manager, and HR Business Partner.
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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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  • Yale, Kenneth
  • Ken Yale, DDS, JD: Ken is trained in Sociology and Population Statistics, Medicine, and Law, obtaining his DDS from the University of Maryland and JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Yale has first-hand experience with clinical practice, data science, care management, and healthcare laws and regulations. Ken worked to improve healthcare as a government official in the United States Senate and White House, and later as Founder and CEO of Advanced Health Solutions. He later held executive positions responsible for data science and innovative business and product development at CorSolutions, Alere (formerly Matria Healthcare), UnitedHealth Group, Aetna/ActiveHealth Management, and Delta Dental. Ken held leadership roles as vice-chair of the Maryland State Task Force on Electronic Medical Records, founding board member of the University of Maryland Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, and chair of Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) committees. He is a frequent author and speaker on health data and technology topics, including editor/author of Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2017), Clinical Integration: Population Health and Accountable Care (Convurgent Publishing, 2015), and Divining Healthcare Charges for Optimal Health Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act (predictive analytics software tutorial in Practical Predictive Analytics and Decisioning Systems for Medicine, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2014). With a team of data science industry experts he leads a certificate program in Healthcare Predictive Analytics at University of California - Irvine Extension, which is designed to train the next generation of healthcare data scientists.
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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 Extension main campus and Online for past 5 years.
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  • Young, Celia
  • President of Celia Young & Associates, Inc., Ms. Young and her associates have helped their clients develop vision and strategies and implement “change” in their businesses worldwide for over 30 years. They coach and develop globally competent and multiculturally versatile leaders on the individual and group basis in order to help mold a new organization that is nimble and flexible in order to meet its customers’ needs around the world. Ms. Young is a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Organization System Development Programs where she trains coaches in the theory, concept and application of Gestalt in the development of “Whole Person” leadership, teams and organization. She is an adjunct professor for Pepperdine University, School of Business. Ms. Young is also a professional speaker on Pacific Rim cultures, cross-cultural communication, organizational behavior, organizational change, multicultural leadership, diversity and creativity, and global business strategies. Ms. Young has a BA in Business Administration from Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, a MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. Having been educated and had business careers on both sides of the Pacific Rim, she possesses an excellent and unique ability to straddle the two worlds. It is between the two worlds where Ms. Young continues to do her life’s work.
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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, 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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  • Ziccardi, Victor M
  • Victor Ziccardi, B.S.E.E, is an Embedded Firmware Group Lead in the City of Anaheim. He has close to 30 years of experience designing hardware and firmware for embedded systems. A hands-on project manager Victor has a varied industry background. Products developed include in-car navigation systems, FDA regulated medical devices, audio/video presentation products, network-managed media converters, and the original inflight AirFone. He has a long track record using a variety of RTOSs, programming languages and technologies.
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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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