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  • Adair, Takisha
  • Takisha has over 15 years of experience in clinical research. Takisha began her career in clinical research as a study coordinator for an academic medical center, followed by working for a cancer program consulting group. She continued her career path in clinical research working as a CRA, Project Manager, Site Manager and currently as a Director for a Phase I Clinical Research Unit. She has a passion for the development and mentoring of study coordinators, CRAs and clinical project managers. She has published in the areas of Advanced Site Management and is a sought after speaker in the United States. Takisha received her certification as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and remains active presenting at the Annual Education Conference. Students will gain lessons learned from the various clinical trial projects she has managed through the teaching she delivers.
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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 seventeen years of recent experience as an Instructor for programs at Cal State Fullerton Extension and UCI Division of Continuing Education. In addition to a BS 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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  • Al-Ghandour, Dr. Majed N.
  • Dr. Majed Al-Ghandour has taught for Wake Technical Community College and NCSU for over 22 years. He has a PhD in Engineering from NC State University. . Majed teaches Data Analytics for MBA Graduates as a Visiting Lecturer for NCSU using Data Warehouse, Cloud Computing and Security, Tableau, and SAS Visual Analytics. Majed also teaches with the Corporate & Business Solutions of Wake Technical Community College and helped in professional training giant RTP corporates in Java (Fidelity), Minitab (Catalent), SharePoint (Wep Clinical), and Advanced Python (DELL).His teaches Microsoft .NET and Open Source technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design, JavaScript, ASP.NET, SQL Server, C#, XML Web Services, Java, C++, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, Ajax, SharePoint, Drupal, WordPress, Python, R, SAS programming, Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, SharePoint, Cloud Application Development, and Mobile App Development. Majed is a Professional Engineer and has earned his Microsoft MCP, MCSD and MCT, Novell CCNA, and SAS Certified. Majed earned Certification of Accomplishment in Teaching from NC State University and epic online Teaching Certificate.
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  • Antonoff, Steven R.
  • Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D., is a Certified Educational Planner and a respected voice in the profession of Independent Educational Consulting. He is author of A Student of Colleges (the first textbook written for the field), College Match, and The College Finder. Dr. Antonoff is active in the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Dr. Antonoff was President of IECA and is Founding Chair of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. He is past chair of the IECA Foundation. He served as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. He is sought as a speaker on issues of college admission, educational consulting, and higher education.
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  • Appel, Morgan Phillip
  • Morgan Appel, MBA, AD, is Assistant Dean of Education and Community Outreach (ECO) at UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies and previously served as Director of Education at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Appel is widely published and specializes in the development, implementation and assessment of integrated holistic solutions for underperforming schools. Before coming to DCE, he was Senior Faculty Research Associate for UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and worked as a consultant for private and public schools and districts across California. Appel has also served as a professional reader and reviewer for the California Department of Education (Gifted and Talented Education) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTEL, Reading, PASC and Clear Credential programs). He is an instructor in the CTEL, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), and Parent and Caregiver Education programs at UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies.
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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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  • Baker, Kimberly S.
  • Kimberly S. Baker, MBA, is an Ed.D. candidate at Concordia University-Portland and Facilities Planner at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. She has worked in higher education for 20 plus years, and her expertise includes Facilities, Management, Human Resources, and Leadership. She is also a Project Manager/Administrator of 2SLive Scheduling Software.
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  • Barany, Deborah
  • Deborah Barany, Ph.D., will tell you that the hidden pathway to becoming a stronger learner is math. In fact, Dr. Barany, or Debby as her students know her, sees the successful math student as a helpful example to the struggling learner--because in order to grasp mathematics fully, one must practice the unarticulated skills of learning, unleash creativity, and apply grit. Debby’s story as an educator began with mathematics, and she ultimately gained her Master's Degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. But it was her fascination with the science of learning that led her to the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she completed her doctorate in Adolescent Cognitive Development.
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  • Baratta, James P.
  • Jimmy Baratta, J.D. is an esports entrepreneur. Through his consultancy group, FT Empire, Jimmy has worked with some of the biggest names in gaming and entertainment. Jimmy is a strategic advisor and shareholder for XSET. He serves on the advisory board for Reuters syndicated news outlet The Esportz Network. He also consults for Fallen Media and A.I. software developer Wizard Labs. Additionally, alongside seed investors from FaZe Clan, Jimmy founded a nonprofit esports league: The North American Collegiate League. His past projects have included: FaZe Clan, Razer, GameStop, Chief Keef, YBN Nahmir, and more. Prior to working in gaming, Jimmy was a practicing attorney for over 7 years.
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  • Barrera Jr. , Julio
  • Julio C. Barrera is a former US Secret Service Special Agent with more than 20 years of operational and managerial experience. During his career, Special Agent Barrera handled several assignments in the protection of US Presidents and foreign world leaders and venues. While assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, Special Agent Barrera planned and directed security operations for the POTUS and other Cabinet officials domestically and internationally. During the latter part of his career, Special Agent Barrera was an instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy based in Latin America where he taught among other subjects, “Executive Protection Principles.” Special Agent Barrera was also selected to teach on behalf of the Department of Justice a course in basic crime scene principles in Mexico.
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  • Barrett, Tyler Andrew
  • Tyler Barrett, Ph.D., Second Language Teaching, is an instructor of English as a Second Language at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Barrett has been teaching and training ESL/EFL instructors for over 10 years. He has taught English in public schools in Japan, and online M.Ed courses and undergraduate courses at the University of Calgary. Dr. Barrett is an editor of Asian EFL Journal and The Journal of English as an International Language. He has published in academic journals that include Pedagogy, Culture, & Society, Language Policy, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, and The Journal of English as an International Language and he is the co-editor of the books Critical Inquiries in the Sociolinguistics of Globalization and Transcultural Flows of English and Education in Asian Contexts.
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  • Basheer, Mohammed Rana
  • Mohammed (Rana) Basheer, Ph.D., is the CTO of Edyza Inc., an agricultural IoT company that he co-founded in 2017. Edyza currently employees 12 engineers and had a revenue of $1.2 million in 2019. Additionally, he has more than 15 years of industrial experience developing embedded software for Broadcom and Garmin. During his professional career, he has led large engineering teams where he was involved in all aspects of hiring, training, and managing recruits to develop industry-leading software and hardware solutions. He has two published articles on IEEE transactions on Mobile Computing, several IEEE conference papers in advanced signal processing for wireless transmission location detection. He has multiple assigned patents in innovative wireless sensors and was the recipient of the Chancellor Fellowship and GAANN Fellowship during his post-graduate studies.
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  • Basu, Arup K
  • Arup Basu, MBA, M. TECH, is the Data Analytics Sr. Specialist at Google. He has over 25 years of progressive experience through consulting and industry. Arup successfully led the Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning, Data Engineering, Data warehouse, Data Lake/Big Data, and Data Governance initiatives. He has extensive experience in strategy, roadmap, solution architecture with Cloud Platforms, building and deploying predictive models, data pipelines and data engineering/feature engineering, and management including leading diverse global development teams, and alliance partner relationship management. He has over 7 years of training experience to train clients and global team members. Basu’s career includes companies such as Google, Accenture, The Hackett Group, Symantec, Qualcomm, KPMG, and his consulting experience includes clients such as Google, P&G, Charles Schwab, GE, Starbucks, Mastercard, Pacific Life, Applied Materials, and other fortune 500 customers.
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  • Baugh, Adam B
  • Adam Baugh, M.S., is a Program Operations Manager at Esports Engine, a turnkey esports solutions company founded by former Major League Gaming (MLG) execs. Using his 8 years of experience in the esports industry, he contributes to creating best-in-class experiences for esports fans and partners around the world. Prior to joining Esports Engine, he worked at NYXL (the owners and operators of the NY Excelsior in the Overwatch League, the New York Subliners in the Call of Duty League, and NYFU, New York's Valorant team), Tespa, Blizzard Entertainment, and Esports Heaven. His career journey has seen him work in a variety of areas, including marketing, social media, events, community management, on-camera talent work, product development, and content creation. He also co-founded Rutgers Esports, the student-led collegiate esports organization at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.
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  • Berg, Judith
  • Judith Berg, M.A., has been an Independent Educational Consultant since 1986. She is affiliated with the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and has served as IECA President and President of the IECA Foundation which provides educational opportunities for underserved youth. Throughout her career, she has led sessions at conferences, taught at training sessions, and held workshops on counseling-related issues. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Steven R. Antonoff Award for Professional Achievement given to the consultant who has contributed the most to developing the profession of Independent Educational Consulting. In all her work, Judy emphasizes the importance of effective communication. Helping to provide perspective and open a path for students during an important juncture in their lives has been among the most rewarding aspects of her work.
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  • Bibby, Yu W
  • Dr. Yu Bibby is the Sr. Technology Analyst at Techcet Group. She has more than two decade of experience in optical engineering. Her expertise includes fiber optics and fiber optical sensors, optical/electro-optic components/systems design, and optical system modeling with emphasis on IR imaging technology, optical information processing, metrology, machine vision, non-destructive testing, holographic memory, bio-photonic sensors, diffraction gratings, thin film technology and nanotechnology. She has a unique multi-disciplinary background in optical engineering, physics, corporate technology training, intellectual property and university teaching. Before working in industry, she taught many years of physics and optical engineering at universities. She has over 10 publications, 3 issued and published patents and received two Outstanding Faculty Awards
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  • Biro, Patricia J.
  • Patti Biro, M.Ed., is the owner of Patti Biro and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in creating brand enrichment through special events, retail consulting, and education in the personal products, spa and wellness industry. With over 20 years of experience, Patti’s unique approach to increasing retail and service sales through special events produces exceptional results for her clients. Patti is a frequent presenter on the national circuit in the spa and wellness trade shows market. An avid writer, her articles appear in magazines such as Skin Inc., Les Nouvelles Esthetique and Spa Magazine, Nails, Inc. Daily Nails and Massage Magazine. She is the owner of a specialty pop up shop and manages retail operations on a daily basis.
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  • Bleimeyer, Jason K.
  • Jason Bleimeyer, CIMA®, CIMC®, has been in the financial services industry for more than twenty years. In his practice, he advises institutions, fiduciaries, and individuals on sector analysis, asset allocation, and security selection. He guides clients on how to structure portfolios with an emphasis on risk management and tax efficiency.
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  • 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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  • Bradby, Verna E
  • Verna Bradby, MBA, CBAP, CSM, PMP, is a manager of Business Analysis/Project Management for S&P Global. She is an Information Technology / Business professional with over 25 years of experience, which includes agile project management, business analysis and software application development. She is a certified scrum master and coaches agile/scrum teams and stakeholders on best practices. She has taught information technology courses at various colleges since 2013.
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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, sHRBP, has over 17 years of experience as an innovative business leader managing programs, developing leaders, and driving transformational change across business departments. Currently, she is an instructor of project management at the University of California Irvine. Through her business Coach LaVasha/Own You Leadership, LLC, she has been called upon to coach new college graduates, emerging under-represented leaders, and newly appointed mid-level executives in companies like Medtronic, Neurocritical Care Society, and Bunker Hill Community College, to name a few. She has coached hundreds of people to empower them to be more effective communicators, leaders, and team members. She is passionate about professional development and growth that improves people, processes, and ignites measurable business outcomes.
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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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  • Cameron, William
  • William J Cameron served as a Special Agent in the US Secret Service for 22 years in a variety of roles and posts including the Presidential Protective Division. He provided protection to Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, serving as the Lead Advance Agent and Site Coordinator during the 1993 Presidential Inauguration, the 1992 Republican National Convention and the 1990 G- 7 Economic Summit. In addition, Cameron supervised a 12 member task force investigating financial organized crime , working with federal, state and local police officials. Participated on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the National Threat Assessment Center. After retiring as an Agent, Cameron spent seven years as the Director of Corporate Security at two international corporations before returning to the US Secret Service as the Division Chief & Emergency Management Coordinator, where he served for an additional ten years.
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  • Campbell, William G.
  • Bill Campbell, III, CFA®, M.A., is the principal in a software development firm in Yorba Linda, CA. His background includes six years analyzing mortgage securities for a large bond management company, three years in risk management at a large aerospace firm, twenty years teaching university level mathematics, and seven years teaching the CFA curriculum. Bill is also a professional magician, and owns, trains and rides three Arabian horses.
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  • Carlson, Michael Joel
  • Joel Carlson is the broker/owner of MJC Realty in Newport Beach. He is an author & Master Instructor for the California Association of Realtors. Mr. Carlson teaches the GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation classes as well as Residential Purchase agreement (RPA-CA) and the 6 required classes to renew your Real Estate License with the BRE. As a holder of the Life Credential to teach at California Community Colleges, he has taught RE Practice at 4 other Colleges. Joel also is a DREI (Designated Real Estate Instructor from the National Association.
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  • Carrington, Timothy O.
  • Timothy O. Carrington, Ed.D., MSIA, CSP, CSD, CSM is the director of technology and infrastructure for a government contractor. He has worked in the Information Technology industry for two decades, specializing in web application development, database design and architecture, business intelligence, data warehousing, and information assurance. His passion for leadership and innovation has enabled Tim to propel organizations toward technological advances, building distributed teams, and producing world-class applications and solutions. Tim has taught in higher education for more than seven years and is a dedicated lifelong learner.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Covington, Timothy W.
  • Tim Covington, M.S., PMP, is a Project Engineer for The Boeing Company. He's been with Boeing for over 28 years, and has led projects in manufacturing, production and engineering. In his current position, Tim leads projects in the "core engineering" organization for Boeing Defense Space & Security (BDS). He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a member of the Project Management Institute - Orange County Chapter (PMI-OC). Tim is a part-time instructor in the UCI Division of Continuing Education Project Management Program, and holds a Master's of Science degree in Project Management.
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  • Cracknell, Aurora
  • Stephanie Cracknell, CBAP, PBA is an assistant vice president business analyst for CIT Bank. She has more than 18 years’ experience as a business analyst and project manager in IT and has worked in the telecommunications, non-profit, financial services and corporate real estate industries. She has considerable experience in the development and implementation of infrastructure to support the Business Analysis and Project Management practice to ensure continuity and maturity of the practice across the organization. Her career has spanned across the U.S. and London (UK) and is an active mentor. She is a frequent trainer on a variety of topics impacting the Business Analysis community such as Lean experimentation, Requirements elicitation techniques, Process improvement and Conflict resolution.
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  • Daniyarova, Jay
  • Jay Daniyarova is an ESL instructor with foreign and domestic teaching experience starting in 2008. She possesses a bachelor's degree in interpreting/translation and a master's in international relations while also holding a TEFL certificate.  She is an accomplished instructor of academic English, TEFL training, and an expert in the IELTS, TOEFL, GRE and GMAT exams. She has a proven record of having helped students successfully pass the IELTS and TOEFL exams leading to acceptance at their respective universities.
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  • DeBow, Najla Marie
  • Najla M. DeBow, SPHR, MLSM, is the director of talent development for KDC Construction. She has thirty years of experience as a Human Resources (HR) professional with strong client services background ranging from mid to large companies with a multi-state/country footprint. Experienced in developing a HR infrastructure with direct management of team members. Is known for her high level of emotional intelligence (EQ) and calming communication style. She has taught at UCI Division of Continuing Education for more than ten years.
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  • Delen, Dursun
  • Dr. Dursun Delen is the holder of Spears Endowed Chair in Business Administration, Patterson Family Endowed Chair in Business Analytics, Director of Research for the Center for Health Systems Innovation, and Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Dr. Delen has over 30 years of experience in analytics and data science both as a business consultant and university professor. Prior to his academic tenure, he worked for a privately-owned research and consultancy company as a research scientist for five years, during which he led a number of decision support, information systems and advanced analytics related research projects funded by federal agencies including DoD, NASA, NIST and DoE. Dr. Delen has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and 11 books/textbooks. He is often invited to national and international conferences for keynote addresses, and companies for consultancy engagements on topics related to business analytics, data science, data/text mining, and knowledge management. He regularly serves as chair for tracks and minitracks at various business analytics and information systems conferences. Currently, he is serving on more than a dozen journal editorial boards as editor-in-chief, senior editor, associate editor, and editorial board member. He is the recipient of several research and teaching awards including the prestigious Fulbright scholar, regents distinguished teacher and researcher, and Big Data mentor awards.
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  • DeVoe, Todd
  • Todd De Voe, currently is the Director of Emergency Management at Titan HST and is the host of the leading emergency management podcast show “EM Weekly.” Todd’s involvement in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, Education and Volunteer Management began in 1989 when he became a volunteer firefighter in Upstate New York. In 1991, Todd joined the United States Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman assigned to the Fleet Marine Force. After his service, Todd served as an emergency medical responder (EMT) in some of the most challenging neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. 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. Todd has served as Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Dana Point, and was invited to join a steering committee for Coastline Community College that developed their emergency management program; shortly after, Todd accepted a faculty position at Coastline Community College. In addition, Todd is the instructor of Emergency Management at California State University Fullerton for the MPA program, as well as being an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and is the a member of the Region 9 Board of Directors. 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.
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  • DiVincenzo, Janet
  • Janet DiVincenzo, M.A., CPTD, PMP, has been an instructional designer and a project manager for over 20 years. Janet has been an instructional designer in the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation at the University of California, Irvine since 2008. In this capacity, she coaches and assists faculty in creating their online, flipped, and hybrid classes and also consults on pedagogy. 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 e-learning for many organizations, dating back to pre-Internet days.
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  • Dooley, Kristina L.
  • Kristina L. Dooley, CEP, is the founder of Estrela Consulting, an Ohio-based independent educational consulting firm. Kristina has 20+ years of experience working with students from around the world navigating the complex college and school search processes. A first-generation college student, she is a graduate of Hiram College (B.A.) and Kent State University (M.A.). In addition to her work with students, Kristina serves on the Boards of IECA and the IECA Foundation, and is a faculty member of the IECA Summer Training Institute for aspiring educational consultants.
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  • Dupuy, Roger William
  • Roger Dupuy, M.A. Linguistics, has been teaching ESL/Teacher-Training full-time for 26 years at the university level. He has taught English and trained teachers in eight countries around the world. He regularly delivers workshops for TESOL and CATESOL. Internationally, he has delivered teacher-training workshops in Japan, Taiwan and in South Korea. He received the UCI Extension Distinguished Instructor Award in 2004. Roger likes to write. He is an author of two teacher-training books and has also published a cool little chapter role-playing games and ESL/EFL. Currently, he is involved in the design, and teaching of UC Irvine's Division of Continuing Education's teacher-training programs. The content of these programs cover English language teacher training (ESL/EFL), English-meditated Instruction (EMI), and educational technology training. Mr. Dupuy has been the principal curriculum designer for English teacher-training program for both the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, and Japan's national Ministry of Education. Roger has passion for the narrative arts, curriculum design, content delivery, game design, and emerging technologies. He loves to draw while listening and teaching. He likes to take pictures, create music, and is working on a new novel.
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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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  • Fast, Wendi E.
  • Wendi Fast. Ed.D. is an experienced organizational development professional who has been an independent consultant directing OD and training efforts for divisions of Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. Her work supports high priority, strategic organizational change by partnering with executive and management clients to develop and implement learning strategies, programs and content. Wendi has taught at the university level, holds a master’s degree in Organizational Communication, a doctorate in Organizational Leadership as well as several widely recognized training certifications.
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  • Fernandez, Rachel
  • Rachel Fernandez has over twenty-eight years of experience as a language teacher. She has taught Spanish and English at high school, community college and university levels. She has been an instructor at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education since 2004, teaching a highly diverse student population in the English for Internationals programs and training teachers in the TEFL Certificate programs.
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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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  • Galin, Zachary B
  • Zach Galin, MSeD, is the President of Galin Education, a boutique education consulting firm that works with students to achieve their potential in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. Starting as a one-person operation, Zach has built Galin Education into an organization with over 70 employees, six locations, and dozens of individual and group services.
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  • Garcia, Blanca Liliana
  • Blanca Garcia has her bachelors in Spanish and is a Ph.D. candidate at UCI. She has worked for the past four years teaching at the university level under Dr. Torres, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Spanish Language Program.
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  • Garcia, Lori J.
  • Lori Garcia, M.S., E.M.B.A, PMP, CSM, with experience in Leadership, Engineering and Project Management spanning over 30 years. Currently, she is Agile IT Project Manager for Medical Devices at Medtronic managing several mobile application projects for Insulin Pump Therapy in support of the Diabetes division. Lori specializes in directing software/test initiatives using lean/agile project management techniques in the area of Quality in support of diabetes patients worldwide. She brings a wealth of experience through her diverse industry background experience including senior level positions in Aerospace, including Boeing, Rockwell Collins and Northrop Grumman. Lori was awarded the “Star of Excellence Award” from Medtronic, is a current member of the Society of Women Engineers and has worked as Development Co-Chair at Medtronic Women’s Network.
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  • Ghazarian, Arin
  • Arin Ghazarian, PhD is currently a Senior Lead Machine Learning Engineer at Universal Music Group. Prior to that, he was Principal Data and Machine Learning Engineer at The Walt Disney Studios and Senior Big Data Engineer at 20th Century Fox. He has around two decades of experience in the areas of software engineering, data engineering, machine learning, and data science, specifically in domains like movie/music entertainment and health/medical fields. His PhD research focused on the application of machine learning to ECG analysis and privacy preserving data analysis in cardiology. He brings his years of experience in implementing large scale data analytics and machine learning projects to the classroom, preparing students to excel both in job interviews and in their real-world assignments in industry.
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  • Ghosh, Dipu
  • Dipu Ghosh, MSEE, MBA, is the founder of VidyaConnect, an educational services firm. He teaches computer technologies such as ARM, DSP and C. He has been teaching at UCI Division of Continuing Education since 2005 and UCLA Extension since 2016. Previously, he taught at Marquette University, WCTC, GE and the University of Rochester. When teaching online, Mr. Ghosh expects a level of interaction comparable to in-class instruction. Each week includes a presentation, a lab and an online forum where students collaborate with each other to learn the technology and solve problems on real hardware. Mr. Ghosh is also the founder of Syprosoft Inc., a product development firm. He has been its President and Chief Engineer since 2002. He has supported clients in the areas of embedded systems design, real-time systems, image/signal processing, software development and regulatory compliance. Mr. Ghosh is also co-founder of Hepatiq Inc., a maker of diagnostic software. He has served as its CEO since 2012. The patented HEPATIQ® software provides indices of liver disease severity that predict clinical outcomes. Mr. Ghosh has an MSEE from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Marquette University. He is married with three children and enjoys biking, swimming and chess. “Engineering is all about figuring things out rather than pulling out canned solutions”, says Instructor Ghosh. “Thus I strive to help my students learn to fish rather than simply provide them fish.”
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  • Gillanders, David D
  • David Gillanders has nearly a decade of progressive public service management experience, leading some of the highest-performing and most impactful Non-Profits in Orange County. He has contributed to the development of programs and agency management in Homelessness, Poverty, and Domestic Violence issues, and has leveraged business acumen and a previous decade-long career in the private sector to assist in the development of strategies and system evaluations along with expertise in organizational and staff management. Mr. Gillanders graduated from DePaul University with an M.S. in Public Service Management and a B.S. in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gurtovoy, Jason
  • Jason Gurtovoy, M.A., is a Professor of Economics and Finance with over 10 years of experience consulting within large to small scale companies. He has more than a decade of quant experience dealing with statistical analysis, predictive modeling, pricing theory, and risk management. He has published in the areas of economics and business and presented at conferences across the country. He is currently working as a real estate consultant with an emphasis on pricing theory.
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  • Hagan, Julianne M.
  • Julianne M. Hagan, M.B.A., managed contracts in large-, medium-, and small-sized companies. She planned, negotiated, and administered contracts for cutting edge technologies, including manned space station studies, Over-the-Horizon Radar, and scientific equipment. Her efforts resulted in cost savings of over $1 million annually.
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  • Hallum, Shawn A.
  • Shawn Hallum, M.S., has been an established and passionate member of the resort, hotel, spa, retail, and wellness communities since 1995. He has served in leadership and executive roles for The Sports Club Company, Plus One Health Management, Bacara Resort & Spa, Premier Salons, Red Door Spas, and Starwood Hotels. His guidance and contributions have had a positive impact on retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew and Macy’s. Shawn’s passion for coaching and people development enables him to instruct and mentor undergraduate students around the world as an adjunct faculty member with the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Academically, Shawn holds a Master’s Degree in Complementary Alternative Medicine and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Sports Management (Wellness and Fitness). He is a certified Spa Supervisor with the International Spa Association. Shawn also has training and certifications in massage therapy, reiki, personal training, and performance enhancement.
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  • 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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  • Hboubati, Hasan B.
  • Hasan Hboubati, MS, has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University with a focus on Management of Information Systems. As a consultant, Hasan has focused on helping companies use business intelligence. Currently at Alteryx, Hasan is helping clients reduce their ETL lifecycle from weeks to hours by using advanced Alteryx solutions to do data ingestion and blending. In his 15+ years of data science experience, Hasan has taken on leadership and technical roles and has experience launching new analytics divisions. As a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is very active with the local PMI-OC chapter. Hasan is passionate about new ideas (like the role of data science in the data-driven enterprise) that will have a significant business and social impacts. Hasan has the technical background and hands on experience for Data Engineering and Analysis. With customers ranging from Oil and Gas companies to Farming, Healthcare, and Education, Hasan has helped customers make the transition to Data Science, Predictive Analysis, and Machine Learning so they can solve everyday business problems using advanced algorithms. Hasan enjoys brining what he does at work into the classroom, using realistic examples and stories that often happened that week or that same day. As an instructor, Hasan puts students through practical and realistic business scenarios where they must use Data Science and ML to solve actual business problems. This makes class discussion relevant and on par with what is happening in the field. Potential students may be interested to know that Hasan loves telling stories with data.
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  • Henmueller, Kristen N.
  • Kristen Henmueller, MBA, is the interactive Design Manager for Quill.com, specializing in Web and Email design. She has over 10 years of experience working as a User Experience Designer and over 20 years working in the design industry on top brands including Quill.com, True Value, Follett Library Resources and Spiegel. She has developed many user experiences including complex order management systems, apps and online ecommerce website experiences. She has taught web design and usability at Westwood College and is the founding president of Quill Toastmasters.
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  • Henry, William J.
  • William J. Henry, M.S., is a scientific programmer at the Navy Research Laboratory in Monterey where he regularly develops data based applications in Python. Previously, at EarthRisk Technologies, he led the development of a neural network ensemble temperature forecast model.
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  • Hilscher, Christoph
  • Christoph Hilscher has an extensive background in international hotel operations and human resources and is currently Director of People at the Pendry Hotel in San Diego, CA. 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, Christoph challenges the status quo to bring the associate experience to the next level. With a focus on talent acquisition and associate engagement, he partners with the hotel leadership team to make his hotel an employer of choice. Christoph studied Human Resources at Western Governors University (WGU) and has a B.Sc. in Business – Human Resources Management and a M.S. – Management and Leadership from WGU. He obtained various Leadership Facilitator Certifications from FranklinCovey to include Speed of Trust, 4 Disciplines of Execution, 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team, 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, and Unconscious Bias.
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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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  • Hollman, Wayne A.
  • Wayne A. Hollman, Ph.D, has over 25 years of professional experience working in Financial Management. He has worked for some of the top brokerage firms in the nation, organized and managed a division of financial advisors at a large financial planning software company, and launched an internet-based financial services firm that was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and other well-known publications. In 2005, he began teaching online, and has taught various business, economics, and accounting courses at UCLA, BYU-Idaho, and other well-respected universities. A published author, Dr. Hollman’s primary research interests center on various areas of financial planning. Dr. Hollman holds a B.A. in Economics from San Diego State University, an MBA from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Walden University.
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  • Holt, Bradley J.
  • Brad Holt, MPIA, is the CEO of HSI, LLC an international trade and business development firm. He has two decades of international business experience. He assists Pacific Rim, South American and North American companies in expanding their global operations by providing consulting, training, trade and investment due diligence. Prior to HSI consulting, he served as the Asia General Manager of RPM’s StonCor Group for seven years. Holt has expertise in the management of cross cultural communication, international sales, supply chain logistics, distribution, joint venture creation and technology licensing and transfer.
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  • Hook, Ryan L.
  • Ryan Hook, MBA, CFP, serves as a Wealth Manager for Creative Planning, Inc., working directly with clients to develop a cohesive strategy to help meet their most complex goals and financial needs. Creative Planning provides comprehensive wealth management services to its clients including investment management, tax, estate planning, retirement plan consulting, business succession planning, liability and risk management, college planning, and charitable giving. Prior to joining Creative Planning, Ryan worked in impact investing as the National Product Manager for TriLinc Global Impact Fund. Before that, he was Vice President, Senior Investment Officer at a local Registered Investment Advisor. Throughout his 13-year career, he has gained extensive experience in comprehensive wealth management for high net worth and normal net worth clients. Ryan started his career at MetLife Investors.
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  • Howland, Paul
  • Paul Howland, M.B.A., is presently the CEO of Hydro-Convergent Technologies Inc. and an independent consultant and Principle of Steam Plant Solutions LLC. He retired after 24 years with CSULB and UCI as Executive Director of Facilities Management Department, He has over 40 years’ experience in the maintenance, supervision and management of facilities and physical plants and maintains an appointment as a teacher in the UCI Division of Continuing Education. He also teaches HVAC related classes for SC Gas Co; San Diego Gas & Electric; Southern California Edison; and classes for the NEEC in the Building Operator Certificate (BOC) program, a nationally recognized certification.
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  • Hsu, Chiasheng Oliver
  • Oliver C. Hsu, MBA, CPA, is the manager of IT - Windows Systems for the County of Los Angeles. He has been working in the information technology field for the past 25 years as a lead project manager, Oracle Database Administrator (DBA), and manager in charge of Network Security, 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 15 years.
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  • Hu, Judy
  • Judy Hu has over fifteen years of English teaching experience with teenagers and adults on three continents. She holds a Cambridge Certificate in English Language to Adults, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Business, and a Master’s degree in Education. She is also a certified scoring professional of TOEIC, TOEFL, and GRE examinations. An active member of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, she has served in diverse roles including Orange County Chapter Treasurer and Workshop Registration Coordinator.
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  • Hur, Christian
  • Christian V. Hur is an instructor and author who holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Web Application Development from Boston University. His career in web technologies spans over 20 years and he has taught computer programming and web development courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In industry, he has built websites and web-based applications using various web technologies throughout his career. In addition to authoring books published by MC Press, he produces online training courses for Lynda.com and Packtpub.com. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new web technologies, learning AR/VR and game development, and contributing to Stack Overflow and Quora.
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  • Iacobellis, Luigi A.
  • Luigi Iacobellis, BA, MA, PMP, CBAP is a practitioner with over ten years of experience working as a business analyst, project manager, and IT consultant. Lui is currently the Manager of Global IT Business Analysis for a Canadian mining company. In this role, he is responsible for leading a global team of business analysis practitioners tasked with supporting customers by analyzing business needs and recommending solutions that deliver value. He has also been a business analysis and project management educator for over ten years. Lui has also recently launched a YouTube channel aimed at providing tutorials and training content related to digital technologies.
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  • Issa, Joseph
  • Joseph Issa is an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science and Engineering. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University graduated in and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Joseph has both industry and academic experience in computer and electrical engineering. He has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses (online and on ground) in computer and electrical engineering. He worked 16 years at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. Joseph’s research area of interest includes processor architecture, performance, and power modeling for different processor architectures using different cloud computing and high-performance computation workloads. He conducted research in processor architecture, performance and power modeling for different processor architectures. Joseph has authored and co-authored over 30 journals and conference publications in computer engineering.
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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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  • Jacobson, Lawrence M.
  • Lawrence M. Jacobson, MBA, EdD, is the director of student services for Online Trading Academy. He has more than 26 years of organizational experience leading individuals and teams, to create, develop, and execute strategies that exceed targets. He is published in the areas of alignment, networking, time-management, and other organizational issues. He is currently on the board for the University of Maryland's School of Music. He has taught, and created content for Online Trading Academy for more than 3 years.
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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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  • Jo, Joshua Sseunhyeun S
  • Joshua S. Jo, PhD. is a principal optical design engineer at Apple. He has over 20 years of experience in various areas, which include lens designs in fields of eyepiece, 3D projection design, 3D confocal optics, DOE, F-theta lens, optical system with VIR, NWIR, MWIR, LWIR, Gaussian beam propagation, cell phone lens design, machine vision, mirror system design, telescope design, metrology system built, 2D/3D inspection system, and Koehler illumination. He has been building optical systems starting from concepts to final stages in small, mid, and big size companies and worked as the recipient/main contributor of SBIR contracts (NASA Goddard space center, US ARMY, US NAVY, US Air force). Numerous lectures have been done through 20 years of lens designs, including UCI Division of Continuing Education, various universities and research institutes. Received a distinguished instructor award in 2013 for his teachings in Lens Design at UCI Division of Continuing Education.
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  • Johnson, Chontte Renee
  • Chontte R. Johnson, is a Strategic Client Solutions Manager but brings with her 13 years of being a litigation paralegal and 7 years as a project manager for eDiscovery companies. She has extensive experience in assisting with cases dealing with government agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Security Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. She created a litigation support department to bring the processing of E-Discovery in house.
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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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  • Kadrie, Mountasser
  • Dr. Mountasser Kadrie has over 30 years of healthcare executive management experience, from holding executive leadership appointments at world-renowned health systems and leading academic medical centers. Dr. Kadrie’s executive expertise has been focused on developing and implementing strategies to maximize organizational performance and promote transformational change. Dr. Kadrie is a Fulbright Fellow, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE), and a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (FHIMSS). He is a Board Certified Senior Examiner with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Performance Program. Dr. Kadrie is a subject matter expert and has consulted extensively with universities, and national and international healthcare organizations, in healthcare strategy development, change management, and digital health transformation.
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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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  • Kalu, Collins
  • Collins Kalu, B.S. M.S., has over 20 years of experience developing and managing safety, health and environmental programs. His experience covers a broad spectrum of industries such as aerospace, transportation, academia, and government. Over the years he has investigates and solved several indoor air quality problems ranging from mold, ventilation, asbestos, lead, and formaldehyde. With a strong academic background he has been able to learn how to apply scientific and engineering principles for solving common and complex indoor air quality problems. His work also has allowed his to make several presentations to different organizations, companies and educational groups. His continued goal is to impart his knowledge with students by mixing theory with practical application.
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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 North Carolina - Charlotte, Georgia Tech's SENSIAC, and at SPIE conferences.
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  • Kaul, Amit
  • Amit Kaul, MS (NYU), MS (Columbia), PMP, CBAP is the Treasurer of the New York City Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis. He is also a VP at Deutsche Bank in their Regulatory Compliance Technology division. He has over a decade of experience in business analysis, project management, business/human capital management, operational/infrastructure management, process improvement (Lean Six Sigma), and business intelligence reporting.
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  • Kausek, Albert Joseph
  • Joe Kausek is currently the System Director of Performance Improvement with SSM Health in St. Louis, Missouri. He has previously held senior level management positions with the Saudi Arabian national mining company, Ma’aden, Rio Tinto and Northrop Grumman and operated his own consulting business for over a decade where he worked with many of the Fortune 500 in creating and deploying quality and business improvement initiatives and programs. Equally important, Joe has a broad background in Business Process Optimization, having served as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Examiner for the Pennsylvania and Michigan state quality awards, Director of Business Improvement, Director of Corporate Performance and Director of Vendor Quality. He has also served on the core team responsible for leading business process transformation of a large, global organization, and has authored several books on quality, environmental and health & safety management systems and assessments. Joe Kausek holds a BS in Human Resources Management and an MBA in International Business.
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  • Keener, Steven J.
  • Steven J. Keener, DBA is President and Founder of Business Financial Solutions, Inc. of Orange County California. He consults on international markets and furnishes a complete financial package to small entrepreneurial base companies. He has had executive levels accountabilities with major International Corporations and has planned, executed and implemented business strategies for acquisitions, partnerships, global sourcing, marketing and numerous relocations of companies in foreign and domestic countries. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine since 2009 emphasis on International Markets, Finance, and Business.
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  • 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, design engineering and source selection. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), with a Master Degree in Engineering Management. With his expertise in fluid systems design, he has contributed to systems and lean manufacturing designs for the T-45 and C-17, as well as principle interior designer of the Cupola Module on the International Space Station. Thereafter, he has launched and managed many projects within the Inflight Entertainment industry.
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  • Kim, Peter B.
  • Peter Kim, MBA, MS, PMP, is the Biz Ops Analysis Sr. Advisor for the Integrated Support Services Organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). He has over 25 years of progressive project and program management experiences that span across 6 industries – Food, Education, Non-Profit, Aerospace, Retail and Utilities and 4 core functions – Operations, Finance/Accounting, Customer Service and IT. He has taught at UCI Division of Continuing Education since 2013.
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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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  • Klapper, Katelyn
  • Katelyn Gleason Klapper, CEP, is owner of College Options, LLC, a small-team virtual practice headquartered in Colorado, and has more than 30 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 17 years. Prior to this, she worked on the campuses of Boston University, Bentley College and WPI; she has volunteered her time with Peer Forward and numerous college affordability efforts in her community. Katelyn is also the immediate past chair of AICEP and a former board member of HECA; she is a frequent faculty member at IECA’s STI and at NACAC’s pre-conference IEC workshop.
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  • Klink, Megan Lee
  • Megan Klink, MSW, Vice President, West Region, for Susan G. Komen, has made it her mission to carry out the change she wants to see in the world – a personal and professional mission in her various roles at nonprofit organizations for nearly twenty years. Klink started her career in luxury retail sales and management before entering the nonprofit world when she joined the staff at Working Wardrobes in Irvine, California where she served in an array of leadership positions including client services, development and social enterprises. She then became Director of Strategic Engagement & Custom Services for StoryCorps in New York, a nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs living in America, before joining Susan G. Komen Orange County as the organization’s CEO in 2018. Klink received her Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and writing from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a concentration in social work and business in a global society.
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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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  • 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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  • LaSpina, Joanne M.
  • Joanne LaSpina is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP). She has worked in higher education as a career counselor and within the office of Student Affairs, in addition to her work as a counselor in a variety of settings. Joanne has earned a certificate for Independent Educational Consultants from the University of California Irvine and continues to take classes and workshops to stay ahead of trends in the field. Her memberships in the Independent Educational Consultants Association, National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey ACAC’s offer a wealth of college knowledge that Joanne passes along to her families. She regularly participates in conferences, seminars and workshops related to college counseling and visits 25-30 different colleges each year. Joanne is a virtual coach for ScholarMatch and serves as a mentor for IECA members. She co-hosts College Conversations, which was born out of the start of the pandemic to offer IECA members who could no longer visit campuses, a way to stay current and learn about colleges. She has guided hundreds of students and families through their college search and planning.
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  • Lee, Michael
  • Mike Lee is a Video Games agent at leading global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency (UTA). He and his team represent a diverse roster of top esports professionals and Twitch streamers. Lee served as the Head of Partnerships for the esports companies Press X and Everyday Influencers before UTA acquired the agencies in 2018. Previously, Lee worked at AEG as Director of Digital for the Global Partnerships division, where he was responsible for driving agency growth and sponsorship opportunities through digital channels. Earlier in his career, Lee worked as the Director of Digital Strategy and Sponsorships for Insomniac Events/Live Nation Entertainment, where he spearheaded the Electric Daisy Carnival’s global live stream and facilitated partnerships with brands such as Uber, Smirnoff, Anheuser-Busch, InBev and Red Bull. He also played an instrumental role in helping the agency launch the first-ever Snapchat Live Story. He began his career at OMD Worldwide, where he managed media buying strategy for brands such as Call of Duty, Levi Strauss & Co. and CBS, among others.
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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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  • 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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  • Lewis, Margarett
  • Margarett Lewis, M.S., is the former Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. She is a graduate of UCLA. She has worked as a classroom teacher, ELD teacher, Community College instructor, Director for Migrant Education, educational consultant, conference presenter, Human Resources Director for classified and certificated staff, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and Human Resources consultant. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She is an active member of the UCLA Alumni Association.
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  • Liang, Michael L.
  • Michael Liang is the co-founder of Liang & Quinley Wealth Management and entered the industry in 2006. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Certified Private Wealth Advisor® and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor®. He holds the Series 7, 66 (through LPL Financial) and Life & Health Insurance licenses. Michael’s main focus is working with immigrants and small business owners. Michael started his career at Ameriprise in Irvine, CA. During his two years there he met his future business partner, Christopher Quinley. Michael left Ameriprise and went on to manage Cathay Bank’s Wealth Management Department in Orange County. In October of 2011, Michael and Christopher decided to combine their expertise in the industry and open their own firm. Michael and Christopher teach at University of California, Irvine where they are able to share their knowledge and help the next generation of financial advisors. Michael also was honored to recently receive Investment News’ 40 Under 40 award in 2016. Michael was born in Taiwan and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. He was raised with his two sisters in Villa Park, CA. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Management Science. He enjoys playing golf, spending time with his nephews, and volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Orange County. CA Insurance Lic #: 0E21533
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  • Loble, Melissa
  • Melissa Loble serves as Chief Customer Experience Officer for Instructure, where she drives the company-wide customer-centric focus at the company. Her role includes overseeing Instructure’s customer success, support, community and services organizations, which enable customers to successfully leverage Instructure’s solutions to create highly engaging and effective learning environments for their communities. Driving innovation and creating positive learning experiences are central pillars to Melissa’s mission. Melissa has spent 20 years in the educational technology world, working for a number of technology suppliers and educational institutions in a variety of teaching and learning leadership capacities. She has also taught throughout her career, starting as a high school social science teacher and most currently teaching courses that focus on managing technology for educational change and crafting innovative learning environments. Melissa earned her BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in educational policy from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, and an MBA in leadership from the Columbia Business School.
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  • Lojeck, Brian C
  • Brian Lojeck, M.S., has worked at several major Aerospace and Defense companies including: Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and JPL. He has worked on several manned space vehicles and systems, including NASA’s Constellation, Commercial Crew, and Artemis programs. Brian has also performed stand-up comedy, and has almost a decade’s experience teaching in-person courses.
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  • Loose, William V.
  • William Loose, Ed.D., has 38 years experience in public school education and administration. He worked as a superintendent and assistant superintendent for Ocean View School District, La Canada Unified School District, and Garvey School District. He worked as a Director of Certificated and Classified Personnel for South Pasadena Unified School District. For Montebello Unified School District he worked as an administrator on special assignment, assistant principal, program administrator, and teacher. Since 2001, Dr. Loose has taught both as an adjunct and full-time professor at the university level for educational administration, credential, and field work programs.
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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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  • 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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  • Lukomski, Judith
  • Judith Lukomski is the Founder and CEO of Transitions Today Inc (TTi), a brand leadership and management consultancy. Judith guides clients to high impact results through values-based and purpose-driven practices. She is an expert in business strategy, organizational culture design, and leadership development; a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Her experience includes working on multi-million dollar projects with leaders from a variety of industries; from healthcare and technology to financial services and utilities.
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  • Mady-Grove, Theresa
  • Terry Mady-Grove is a Certified Educational Planner, a former alumni interviewer for Cornell University, a professional member of the IECA, a regional coordinator for HECA, and a member of NYSACAC, the Nassau Counselors Association and East End Counselors Association. She attended the IECA Summer Training Institute and has a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UCI Division of Continuing Education. She started her independent educational consulting firm in 2013. Her background is in law as a founding partner of a law firm which she ran for 25 years, finely tuning negotiating and writing skills and mentoring young attorneys. She also has an M.A. in Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College, having gone back to school with a unique perspective as a mature student. In addition, she has two children who have gone through the college process. One child chose to attend the local public high school while the other opted to attend a boarding school several hours away from home. They attended their first choice colleges and graduate schools in both the US and the UK.
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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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  • 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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  • Mantravadi, Sarita
  • Dr. S. Mantravadi, Ph.D., M.S., MPH has interdisciplinary expertise in healthcare field, precision medicine, decision analysis, data mining, visualization, value based healthcare, bioinformatics, and online teaching experience. Dr. Mantravadi focuses on creating strong foundation of concepts with real-world examples in the course work. She has published on automating visualization, conducted workshops on geospatial analytics, visualization/data analysis and interpretation in the context of decision science, and been podium presenter, discussant and session track chair at conferences.
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  • Marrapodi, Jean
  • Jean Marrapodi is a pioneering problem solver. With over 20 years of experience in corporate training in retail, banking, print, non-profits, and healthcare, followed by 5 years in higher education, she works to bring innovation to each organization, shifting paradigms and transforming learning methodologies. She is the current Executive Director of Instructional Design at Ana G. Mendez University, where she has implemented new strategies and innovative solutions for the needs of bi-lingual students. Since 1999, Jean has run her own consulting business providing targeted e-learning and custom workshops for her clients. In 2016, she was honored to be named a Guild Master by the e-Learning Guild. Jean has a PhD in Adult Education, a Master’s Degree in Online Instructional Design and is a Certified Professional in Talent Development, ATD’s highest credential. She is a frequent conference and webinar presenter, having presented workshops in training, instructional design, e-learning and low literacy learning at the international, national, and regional levels. She lives outside of Boston, MA with two cats who believe they should be part of every Zoom meeting.
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  • Martin, Michael T.
  • Michael T. Martin, PE, PMP, is a project manager and system architect for technology development at Northrop Grumman Corporation in El Segundo. With Northrop Grumman he has also managed numerous environmental projects in the Southern California area for soil and groundwater remediation, regulatory closure, and preparation for sale and redevelopment. Mr. Martin has masters degrees in systems engineering and business administration.
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  • Mashian, David K.
  • Mr. Mashian is an aggressive leader with an exceptional contact base to high net worth individuals and business leaders. David has an accomplished real estate professional history, where throughout his career, he was sought by major brokerage companies to hire, develop, mentor, motivate and lead high-performance sales teams and expand their commercial brokerage offices in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. David is widely known in the commercial real estate industry and currently teaches Real Estate Principles at UCI Division of Continuing Education. Mr. Mashian also speaks regularly at events hosted by USC, CCIM, Board of Realtors and local organizations. David Mashian is a Senior Vice President at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors specializing in Retail Investment Sales for Shopping Centers and Net Leased Investments. Mr. Mashian has over 16 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience, and he leads his Mashian Associates retail specialty team with a focus on dominating shopping center sales. Mr. Mashian conducts his business on a national level by leveraging Coldwell Banker Commercial's national and international platform. Mr. Mashian looks to develop lifelong relationships with clients and puts the client's interest first to do so.
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  • Matsumoto, Eileen A
  • Since 2011, Eileen Matsumoto, SPHR, MBA, has been providing consulting services to a variety of organizations including Pacific Life, Taco Bell, BakerCorp, Health Essentials, Avalon Bay, and Mariners Church. Her focus has been on learning strategy and planning, instructional design, succession management, leadership development, executive coaching, and competency development. Prior to consulting, Eileen held numerous leadership roles in healthcare, financial services, and staffing industries. She is currently on the California State University Long Beach HR Advisory Board and is an active member with the National Human Resources Association, Orange County Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Association for Talent Development (ATD).
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  • 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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  • McGowan, Christi Marie
  • Christi McGowan is the Director of Operations at Sift Discovery. She has over 25 years litigation experience, including 13 years as a Sr. Paralegal/Litigation Support for a national criminal and civil litigation firm. She has used most law firm software applications, from DMS to Trial Director. Since moving to the vendor side 8 years ago, Christi has been involved in all aspects of the eDiscovery process, including starting and running her own eDiscovery business, instructing future paralegals, consulting and assisting clients and firms throughout the discovery process, managing review teams, and testifying as an expert.
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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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  • Meloni, Margaret M.
  • Margaret Meloni, MBA, Ph.D., PMP is a champion for students who want to be the best project managers they can be. In this capacity she teaches project management, leadership and oversees the pmStudent community. 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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  • Messer, Erin
  • Erin Messer, PharmD, MBA serves as a Faculty Program Advisor for Independence University school of Healthcare – Allied Health, and an adjunct instructor for the United Career Institute. She has over 10 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, including drug formulation, development and regulatory submission.
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  • Mewes, Bradley A.
  • Brad Mewes, MBA, is Principal of Supplement, a company that provides strategic and financial advisory services, with a particular focus on the automotive aftermarket industry world wide, specializing in M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) and outsourced corporate finance and CFO functions. He has been featured in publications globally on 5 different continents and 15 different publications. Brad is a sought after speaker, presenting on themes such as industry consolidation, M&A growth strategies, and the strategic side of corporate finance. Prior to Supplement, Brad spent over a decade managing his family's business. He also held roles as an equity analyst as well as a management consultant He received an MBA from UC Irvine (where he graduated top 10% of his class) and an undergraduate degree with a specialization in International Economics from The George Washington University in Washington DC. He has traveled to 15 countries on four continents. He also speaks Spanish and lived in both Chile and Mexico.
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  • Miller, Kristine Ann
  • Kristy Miller, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the Head of Human Resources for a privately held, medical device company in Laguna Hills, California. She has more than twenty years of Human Resources management experience in leading and managing in Fortune 500 and start-up organizations. She has helped organizations scale for growth and developed and implemented highly successful initiatives around recruitment, development and retention of talent. She is a collaborative leader who builds empowered, high performing teams that exceed objectives.
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  • Modi, Dan (Dharmesh)
  • Dan Modi, M.B.A., RAC, has 25+ years’ experience in Standards Certification, Regulatory Documentation and Design Control requirements for medical devices. Modi is certified as RAC (Regulatory Affairs Certification), NCE (NARTE Certified Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality-ASQ). He was Director of Regulatory Certification, responsible for Design Quality and Regulatory Certification at Alcon Research Ltd., a division of Novartis. He has wide experience working with simple to complex electro-medical products and in supporting small start-ups to fortune 500 companies over the years.
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  • Montelongo, Carmelina Guzman
  • Carmelina Montelongo, B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering, is a 10-year veteran in the spa and hospitality industry, who previously worked for over 10 years in Nestle Company in Mexico and Switzerland as a Business Controller. After conceptualizing and opening Chable Resort & Spa in Yucatan, she continued to work there as Wellness Director and led the Spa to become one of the 7 Best Spas in the World in 2018 according to Tatler Spa Guide. As a consultant, Carmelina is devoted to the creation of top luxury boutique spas in Mexico and assists other spa and wellness projects as a financial consultant. After she obtained a degree in Business Coaching, she started mentoring students undergoing the ISPA Certified Spa Supervisor preparation.
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  • Morgan, Elisabeth J
  • Elisabeth (Betsy) Morgan has been a practicing IEC since 2003. She holds a BA in mathematics from Gettysburg College, completed master’s level course work in business administration at the University of Connecticut, and holds a MALS in social sciences from Wesleyan University. In addition, she has a certificate in college counseling from UCLA Extension and is a CEP. She is a member of AICEP, NACAC, NEACAC, and IACAC. Betsy has served on the IECA Board of Directors for two terms, as VP for Committees, chair of the Audit and Board Development Committees, and as a member of the College Committee and chair of the Affordability Task Force. In addition, she sits on Rutgers University Out-of-State Admissions Sounding Board and is a board member and College Coordinator for Madison A Better Chance—for which she received the 2013 Irving W. Katz Award for Distinguished Service.
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  • Munoz, Bryan
  • Bryan Munoz, M.A. is the Associate Director of Recruitment & Admissions for the Master of Science in Business Analytics and the Master of Finance at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. He has five years of experience performing data analysis through his roles at UCI and has experience with Salesforce, Slate, and other homegrown CRM systems. He holds a certificate in Data and Business Analytics from the Paul Merage School of Business and is a Salesforce Certified Instructor and Salesforce Administrator. His expansive knowledge of Salesforce Classic, Salesforce Lightning, and other Salesforce products will provide you with the tools necessary to complete this course and successfully deploy the CRM platform in a business environment.
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  • Murray, Lisa Florence
  • Lisa Murray, M.B.A. has 25 years of marketing experience mirrors the evolution of the high-tech industry's most prolific decades-including its high points (major IPOs) and its low points (down-sizing, right-sizing and everything in between). During the height of the 90s do-com craze, she headed up marketing efforts for an internet start-up providing e-tailers a custom-branded internet radio application that paved the way for current service providers, such as Pandora and Spotify. Prior to that, she served in a variety of technical marketing management positions for several Southern California high-tech businesses, ranging from an electronic design automation software manufacturer, to an access control manufacturer to a high-end storage company. Eventually leaving high-tech for media, she started in the industry when print publications began transitioning into digital platforms. She ultimately landed in the field of data science by mining and aggregating audience/customer insights from survey and analytics data to drive marketing and sales efforts. In her role as Chief Insights Officer, she spearheaded all branding and marketing efforts for the most recognizable small business publication on newsstands today – Entrepreneur magazine. She Directed all company-wide, data-driven recommendations to facilitate growth across is distribution channels.
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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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  • Nausha, Matthew
  • Matt Nausha, M.A, is the Head of Amateur and Scholastic, North America at Riot Games. Currently, he is also the Head of the RSAA, leading the board members to serve the scholastic community. He has over five years experience working in esports including his role as the Head of Esports at CLG. He has worked with a myriad of stakeholders in the esports community, as well as experience in contract negotiations, player management, staff management, recruiting, operating live events, working with different publishers, and experience working within many esport titles. Prior to transitioning to esports, he was a mental health therapist for 6 years and also served as the Co-Commissioner for the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League. He has a passion for personal development and enjoys working with individuals to actualize their personal goals.
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  • Nelson, Jeffrey L.
  • Jeffrey Nelson, CFP® has held several roles serving high net worth clients in the financial services industry, notably as a relationship manager, wealth management advisor, and more recently, team management. Jeff leverages his acquired skillset as he engages with clients in comprehensive wealth planning, following a diligent financial planning process, which he believes is the backbone of serving clients' best interests and achieving their goals and objectives. Jeff has mentored several new advisors as they begin their career. He has a passion for helping others obtain knowledge in financial planning on their journey to becoming a CFP® Professional and enriching their career and the lives of those they serve.
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  • Nemzek, Michael R.
  • Mike Nemzek, CFP® is a practicing Private Wealth Manager at Creative Planning, Inc., a national, fee-only Registered Investment Advisor firm managing over $69 billion for clients. Mike works directly with clients to develop, implement, and maintain a holistic financial planning strategy to help achieve their goals and address their complex financial needs. He specializes in the areas of retirement planning, investment management, tax planning, estate planning, risk management, business succession, and legacy planning. Mike brings over a decade of experience in the financial services industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional as designated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
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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 of experience, he has also served in key human resources and compensation specialist and management positions with General Dynamics Corp., Hay Management Consultants, California Institute of Technology and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Newton serves as the administrator for the California Public Agencies Compensation Survey (CalPACS) database.
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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 technological disruptions of digital transformation. Douglas has more than a decade of experience managing digital strategy in the higher education, clinical medicine, fashion/eCommerce, sports, and media sectors. He is currently the Associate Director of the Product Incubator at Harvard Business Publishing where he leads human centered design sprints for product development, capability development, and corporate innovation. 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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  • Nguyen, Karen C.
  • Karen Nguyen, M.S., PMP, CSM has extensive experience in practicing and teaching project management framework, principles, and theories. Her passion is to deliver value and equip students with a distinctive blend of program management along with leadership skills for real-world experience and application. Karen is a recipient of the UCI Division of Continuing Education Alumni of the Year award, SoCal Most Powerful & Influential Woman of Diversity, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for academic excellence. To help inspire others to achieve their success, Karen also does motivational speaking for organizations and charity events across the U.S.
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  • Nguyen, Phuc H
  • Phuc (Brian) Nguyen, M.S, Red Hat Certified Specialist, is the Machine Learning Architect for Red Hat. He has been working in the information technology fields for more than 8 years as web developer, software engineer, system consultant, technical lead, and machine learning architect. His expertise includes software development, front-end engineering, distributed system using Kubernetes and OpenShift, cloud computing, machine learning, and application architecture. He is an active contributor for RedHat OpenShift Engineering Blog and Open Source Software Community. He has a passion in teaching and working with the end-user to educate people about the latest technologies in Artificial Intelligent, Machine Learning, and Cloud Computing.
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  • Noel, Marla Jo
  • Marla J. Noel, MBA, CPA, is President and CEO of OC Growth Advisors. She works with companies, from start-ups to $50 million in revenue, assisting with Business Plans, Staff Development, Strategic Planning for growth and Culture Development. Marla also has prior experience as an adjunct professor at Chapman University and experience running several successful businesses. She obtained her MBA from Chapman University and was inducted into the National Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.
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  • Nunez, Kara A
  • Kara A. Nunez, Esq. is a licensed attorney in good standing with the California State Bar. She brings years of litigation experience from her time working at one of the top law firms in the country. Her practice focused on both insurance defense litigation and family law. Prior to practicing law, Kara taught courses offered at the University of California Santa Cruz and the Vista and Oceanside Unified School Districts. Kara is passionate about teaching and has returned to the classroom share her legal education and experience.
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  • Odipo, Alysia J.
  • Alysia Odipo, Ed.D., is the former Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the Laguna Beach Unified School District. She has extensive experience helping teachers and administrators prepare for and examine 21st-century teaching and learning, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessments to support learning. Prior to this role, Dr. Odipo served as a principal, assistant principal, district literacy coach, and elementary school teacher for Walnut Valley Unified School District and Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She currently is a principal in the Corona Norco Unified School District.
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  • Oh, Jee-Eun
  • Jee-Eun Oh, M.A. TESOL, is an instructor at UCI Extension. Prior to teaching at UCI, she has taught at California State University, Los Angeles in the Intensive English Program serving primarily international students. She has also been a certified iBT TOEFL rater since its launch in 2005.
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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, Ashok
  • 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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  • Pai, Avinash K.
  • Avi K. Pai, CFP®, AIF® is a co-founder & fee-based financial planner in the office of Provence Wealth Management Group (LPL Financial). He practices comprehensive financial planning and investment advice services. His expertise is in wealth accumulation for successful younger individuals, "sudden wealth" situations, business owners, as well as retirement & pension planning for retirees and pre-retirees. Additionally, as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, he consults and works with over one hundred 401ks to improve efficiency, reduce liability, educate employers and employees, and review investment choices. Avi and his Irvine team manage over $300 million of personal client wealth as well as corporate retirement plans such as 401ks and Defined Benefit Pension plans. In 2011, Avi was named “Top 40 Business Professionals Under 40” by OC Metro Magazine. In 2018, Avi was also featured and profiled in InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40 list (June 18-22, 2018 issue).
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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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  • Phillips, Anna
  • Anna Phillips, M.P.A, is management lecturer at California State University San Bernardino. She was executive officer of an international audio electronic company and motor vehicle anti-pollution device Tier One suppliers in USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Inland Empire SBA Development Program recognized the company as a leading technology firm in Southern California.
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  • Phillips, Zeph
  • Zeph Phillips, M.L.S., currently retired from the Australian Trade Commission (AUSTRADE) which is the official trade promotion and facilitation arm of the Australian government. Zeph has over 37 years supervisory and management experience working in a broad range of industries and services and has been active in international trade for more than 25 years. He assists approximately 120 companies a year with successful market entry strategies - concentrating on Intellectual Property protection, market research, channels of distribution, and preparation of international business plans. In addition to Australian companies, Zeph has worked with companies from Russia, Japan, Korea, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and several South American firms.
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  • Pirayoff, Ron
  • Ron Pirayoff, Ed.D., is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Escondido Union School District. Prior to working for Escondido Union School District, Dr. Pirayoff was the Director of Secondary Education at Saddleback Unified School District. Dr. Pirayoff also worked as a Director of Middle Schools for Tustin Unified School District and as a middle school and then a high school principal in the Oceanside Unified School District. Dr. Pirayoff also served as a teacher and assistant principal in the Capistrano Unified School District.
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  • Podkowski, Richard J.
  • Richard Podkowski gained over twenty years of federal law enforcement experience as a career Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. His domestic assignments included the protection and coordination of advance security plans for U.S. Presidents, senior government officials, foreign heads of state, and major events designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His domestic duty station assignments included Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. He also had numerous assignments protecting U.S. and foreign officials in various international venues. Richard is a fluent Polish speaker and traveled throughout Poland and Eastern Europe on both investigative and protective missions. Additionally, Richard has extensive experience with the investigation and suppression of foreign and domestic organized criminal enterprise, protection of the U.S. financial critical infrastructure, and support of DHS protective intelligence initiatives.
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  • Puthussery, Shaju
  • Shaju Puthussery holds a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Boston College and advanced master’s certificate in software programing from Boston University and currently serves as the Chief Analytics Officer for DentaQuest. With over two decades of high technology, customer facing expertise and proven track record of large-scale enterprise, leading diverse teams, providing innovative solutions and partnering with cross-functional groups in a highly agile deployment environment, he works closely with the business teams in developing predictive and risk analytics and analyzing process, customers and networks to increase retention and reduce cost. Shaju held several senior level leadership positions as a transformational leader as Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder of his own technology firm. His expertise relates to technology, products and engineering and applying data and analytics strategies to operations, IT, finance and customer experience platforms to fuel corporate growth and improved margin. He resolves disconnects between business and technology and has leveraged technology solutions to significantly improve both top line revenue and profitability for both business partners and clients. He is a frequent speaker at data analytics groups and serves as an industry adviser in analytics and technology to various industry boards and health care forums.
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  • Quinley, Christopher A.
  • Christopher Quinley is the co-founder of Liang & Quinley Wealth Management and entered the industry in 2006. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Professional™ and Certified Investment Management Analyst®. He holds the Series 7, 66 (through LPL Financial) and Life & Health Insurance licenses. Christopher’s areas of focus include financial planning, investment management, and retirement planning. Christopher started at Ameriprise Financial, and spent the first six years of his career there. In October of 2011, Christopher made the decision to leave Ameriprise and open his own firm with business partner and friend, Michael Liang. Christopher and Michael were given the opportunity to teach at University of California, Irvine where they are able to share their knowledge and help the next generation of financial advisors succeed. Christopher was raised in Orange County, CA and moved south to attend San Diego State University for college. He is a graduate of San Diego State with a major in Financial Services and a minor in Economics. Christopher also received is Master of Science in the business administration from San Diego State in June 2019. You can find him working on his 1 handicap in golf, cheering on the Angels baseball team and volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Orange County. CA Insurance Lic #: 0F03182
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  • Ramamurthy, Sreenivas
  • Sreenivas Ramamurthy, CFA®, MBA, is a Consultant Analyst in Investment Management and Managing Partner of 8 Corners Capital, LLC. He also worked as Vice President in risk management for Bank of New York Mellon. He has experience in teaching other finance professionals and students in preparation for the CFA exams and MBA classes. He has professional experience working for some of the most reputed financial institutions in risk management, portfolio management and investment management. Ramamurthy was a lead instructor for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 and Level 2 Exam prep courses that covered quantitative methods, economics, financial reporting and analysis, corporate finance, portfolio management, equity, fixed Income, derivatives and alternative investments. He has prepared presentation material, reviewed the CFA learning outcomes, presented material, presented practice questions and discussed solutions. Sreenivas has an MBA degree in Finance with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors from Rutgers Business School and is a CFA Charter holder.
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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. Pukar has over 15 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 few medical professionals in the State of Texas to have earned the prestigious title of Fellow of American College of Medical Practice Executives.
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  • Reece, Tim P.
  • Tim Reece, M.A., is a retired public school administrator and teacher who worked in the Capistrano Unified School District for 37 years. He was a middle school principal for over 22 years, serving at three 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 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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  • Reilly, Nicole
  • Nicole Marie Reilly, M.D. completed her undergraduate training at the University of San Diego, medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine outside of Chicago, Illinois, and Anesthesiology residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Reilly completed the Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. She is an avid yogi and a certified 500-hour yoga instructor through YogaWorks. Dr. Reilly has undergone mindfulness-based stress reduction training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and other senior faculty of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been teaching MBSR at UCI/SSIHI since 2012 both in person and online. Most recently, Dr. Reilly has obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University and offers therapy to individuals, couples and families in her private practice in Irvine, CA.
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  • Reinke, Brandy
  • Brandy Reinke, MNpS is a nonprofit professional with over 20 years of nonprofit accounting and auditing, human resources, operations, and IT Conversions experience. Ms. Reinke has held a range of positions in various nonprofit organizations from staff accountant to CFO. Ms. Reinke proudly earned her master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies at Arizona State University in 2013 and she received an undergraduate degree in accounting from University of Montana. She also previously taught Financial Management for Nonprofits course at Arizona State University.
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  • Retfalvi, Laszlo A.
  • Laszlo Retfalvi, P.Eng., PMP, PMI-RMP is Principal of Retfalvi and Associates. Laszlo is past Vice-President of the Program and Risk Management Office (PRMO) at Allen Vanguard Corporation. Previously, Laszlo was with General Dynamics, the Irving Group of Companies and SED Systems. Focused on accountability, leadership, and business success, Laszlo is also a recipient of the 2013 UCI Division of Continuing Education Distinguished Instructor Award.
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  • Rossbach, Ann Cecelia
  • Ann Rossbach, MAT, is the owner and principal consultant in Rossbach & O’Connor Educational Consulting. For the past 16 years, she has assisted families in making educational choices, mostly in the college space. In addition, she has advised families regarding secondary school choice and curriculum, and also assisted graduate students in their educational pursuits in the areas of speech and hearing therapy, psychology, and physician assistant programs. Ann’s expertise has assisted hundreds of students to understand their needs and strengths in order to make wise educational choices. She includes affordability and learning styles as components of these decisions. Ann, who has served in several leadership roles in the Independent Educational Consultants Association, is also a regular contributor to IECA’s semi-annual conferences, creating or contributing to workshops on affordability, learning differences, counseling, the landscape of college admissions, improving your practice through process management, and leadership.
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  • Ruoff, Chris
  • Chris Ruoff, MBA, is a senior business development director and entrepreneur that has managed in a wide range of organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, as well as in a consulting capacity. He has over 30 years of experience in international business development and strategy, business administration, professional education, and board development and management, most notably with Intel Corporation (18 years) and IEEE (9 years). At Intel, Chris was recognized for revenue and marketshare growth and at IEEE he managed a global team and started business development operations in Europe, India, Singapore, and China. He is also an accomplished emcee, presenter, and moderator for dozens of live events. Chris is currently teaching in the Accelerated Certificate Program - Business Administration (ACP-BA) and has taught Strategic Planning, Management, and Finance. In 2021, Chris received the Distinguished Instructor award from DCE.
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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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  • Ryaboy, Vyacheslav (Slava)
  • Vyacheslav M. "Slava" Ryaboy, Ph.D., Doctor of Sciences, is the Chief Mechanical Engineer in Vibration Control R&D at MKS Light & Motion Division (formerly Newport Corporation) of Irvine, CA. Previously, he held research and teaching positions in the areas of Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, including senior research positions at the EG&G Washington Analytical Services Center and Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, adjunct professorship at the Bauman Technical University in Moscow, Russia, and visiting appointments at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and Technion in Haifa, Israel. He is the author of a monograph on optimal vibration isolation as well as numerous papers and inventions in the field of Vibration Control. He holds Ph.D. and Doctor of Sciences degrees from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Mechanics of Solids and System Dynamics, respectively.
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  • Sahota, Neil
  • Neil Sahota, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP, CSM, PRINCE2, CGEIT, is an IBM Master Inventor and Ecosystem Engagement Manager in the IBM Watson Group. With more than 15 years’ experience in business, he works with high growth business partners to ideate next generation products/solutions powered by Watson. His work experience spans internationally among multiple industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media, and government. Neil is one of the few IBMers selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program. Neil is also an active volunteer in IBM’s Academic Initiative program that creates partnership opportunities between the IBM and the country’s top universities. Neil has been awarded 24 certificates from UCI Division of Continuing Education, 3 undergraduate degrees and an MBA from UCI. He has been an active member of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Alumni Association for over a decade, is a former member on the UCI Alumni Board of Directors and Executive Committee and is a dynamic instructor for the UCI Division of Continuing Education Project Management Certificate Program.
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  • Salcedo, Jose Jesus
  • Jesus Salcedo has a Ph.D. in Psychometrics from Fordham University. He is an independent statistical and data-mining consultant that has been using SPSS products for over 20 years. He is a former SPSS Curriculum Team Lead and Senior Education Specialist who has written numerous SPSS training courses and trained thousands of users.
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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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  • Schuh, Lee C.
  • Lee Schuh, CFP®, ChFC, EA, has prepared every sort of tax return since the early 1960’s and taught taxes to CFP® candidates, graduate students and undergrads. He represented clients before the IRS for taxes and retirement issues. He has been involved in many government audits by various government auditors including the IRS and has appeared as a witness in several Tax Court cases including two wherein he was a witness for the IRS. In recent years, he has performed pro bono advising in tax planning.
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  • Schulz, Jody E
  • Jody Schulz, M.S., is a clinical trial and process improvement expert who has worked in healthcare since 2000. She has worked in clinical research managing clinical trials in the United States and Europe for investigational devices/pharmaceuticals for physicians, surgeons, and medical device companies. She also received her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from UCI to further expand process improvement efforts related to clinical research and healthcare. Her expertise is supported by a B.S in Healthcare Administration and an M.S. in Biology. She enjoys being a resource to students interested in learning more about her areas of expertise.
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  • Schwartz, Marci A
  • Marci Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D., is the founder of Thrive College Counseling where she works with students with learning differences or other challenges in the college application process. She has worked with students with learning differences and developmental challenges as a therapist since 1989. She has transitioned her focus to college admissions to support students with learning differences in finding the right college environment to meet their needs.
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  • 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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  • Shannon, Don
  • Don Shannon is Manager of Training and Technology at HireRight Corporation in Irvine, CA. He has spent over 20 years in corporate positions in training and development - in software, hardware, and financial services companies. He has contributed to Organizational Learning at FileNET Corp/IBM and Washington Mutual (now Chase) as Manager and Director of Curriculum Development. Don holds a Doctoral Degree from USC in Music Education with an emphasis in Online training and Educational Psychology. He is also a Certified Instructional Designer from both Robert Mager and Ruth Clark's organizations. In 2013, he received a "Distinguished Instructor" award from UCI DCE.
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  • Shields, Katina
  • Katina Shields, M.A., is an accomplished Learning Architect with over 20 years of experience applying adult learning theory to real-world business issues for diverse global audiences. The insight that Katina brings to her classes stems from her experiences in roles that include: Instructional Designer, Developer, Writer, Learning Strategist, Performance Consultant, Facilitator, Project Manager, Mentor and Coach. She has a deep interest in how adults learn and what motivates human behavior. She believes that effective learning must create experiences that move learners from passive to active participants and in humanizing the online learning experience. Katina holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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  • Shortt, Christine M.
  • Christine Shortt, M.A., is a change management expert who helps organizations' translate goals and vision into competitive positioning. In diverse business environments she has formulated initiatives that have promoted employee engagement, process improvement, and communications. Christine is a Human Resources/Payroll Manager at UC Irvine and holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
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  • 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 over 15 years. She teaches financial, intermediate and managerial accounting, auditing, and ethics in accounting.
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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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  • Smith, Diane L
  • Diane Smith, PMP, CPTD, Principal and Chief Learning Strategist at Everest CS, Inc, is responsible for consulting with organizations and designing learning programs that improve their organizational performance by engaging with their learning audiences to help them build relevant skills and competencies. She has over 30 years of experience designing and developing instructional systems and content for live and virtual classrooms, e-learning, m-learning, microlearning delivery, user and facilitator guides, field manuals, quick references, and other developmental resources. Diane is a rebel in the realm of workplace learning, rocking the status quo by injecting real-world WIIFM (What's In It For Me) into frontline organizational training and EI (Emotional Intelligence) into management development to enable all learners to be leaders. Diane has guest lectured for the University of Colorado, Denver Master's program for Learning Design & Technology, focusing on Project Management. She has also presented several concurrent and workshop sessions on instructional design and project management at international conferences hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Learning Solutions, and Project Management Institute (PMI). Diane is a certified CPTD and PMP professional who stays on the cutting edge of evolutions in the Learning and Development (L&D) industry and enjoys sharing her broad knowledge and experiences with others in the industry.
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  • Smith, Eric A.
  • Eric Smith, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CRPC®, EA, ATP®, has taught CFP educational courses at Florida Atlantic University since 1994. He has also taught CFP classes for The University of Miami and The American College and created two online CFP courses for Grantham University. Eric has written two textbooks on mastering calculations and case studies on the CFP Exam. He is the owner of Eric Smith Financial Services, a full-service financial planning firm in Miramar, Florida.
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  • Smith, Katherine P.
  • Katherine Smith graduated with a B.A. in Behavioral Science and a CA Multiple Subject teaching credential and began her work in early childhood education. Miss Smith has spent over ten years working with infants and toddlers, receiving a certificate in Infant and Toddler education from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, New York, as well as an early childhood certification from the University Montessori Teacher Education Program. During this time, she also obtained a Masters in Education specializing in language engagement and communication. During her tenure as a lead toddler teacher, Miss Smith has worked in developing staff, training, educating parents, and developing infant and toddler appropriate Montessori curriculum.
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  • Son Lee, Coline T
  • Coline T. Son Lee, Vice President/Programs & Projects at Everest CS, Inc., has an international career background spanning 15 years in logistics, supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing, construction, retail sales, higher education, and software development. She is responsible for researching and analyzing business and learner needs, digging down to the actual root causes of performance issues, designing and managing the development of customized interventions that bring real business results. Coline is well-connected to experts in the field of employee engagement, online learning development, leadership development and organizational change management. Coline has guest lectured for the University of Colorado, Denver Master’s program for Learning Design & Technology program, focusing on Project Management, and presented several concurrent and workshop sessions on instructional design and project management at international conferences hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Learning Solutions, and Project Management Institute (PMI). Coline holds a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from the Craig School of Business. She’s also a certified information systems auditor (CISA) through the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a Project Management Professional (PMP®) through the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and a Certified Professional in Training & Development (CPTD) through the Association for Training and Development (ATD).
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  • Spiegel, Diane
  • Diane Spiegel is the author of The Gen Y Handbook, a principle at The End Result Partnerships and is a recognized leader in corporate education and leadership development. With more than 25 years of experience, Diane is an innovator and thought partner who created the firm's successful training methodology, Sage Leadership Tools. An organizational architect, Diane specializes in developing training plans and workshops that offer organizations a strategic process to educate and develop talent, and provide a framework for cultural and organizational change.
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  • Steele, Melissa
  • Melissa Steele, Esq., has been a member of the California State Bar for 12 years. She has represented clients in a variety of matters, including family law, contract disputes, landlord tenant law, employment law, and collections. She currently works at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, representing low-income clients.
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  • Steele, Richard A.
  • Richard A. Steele is a President and General partner of International Sales and Marketing Group a consulting organization focused on Product and Business Strategy, and International Market Development. Mr. Steele has spent 35 years in the management of business operations and international business development in the high technology industry where his hands-on management of marketing, sales and service on a global level provides excellent insight of real life business. In addition to helping teach International business to UCI students, he is a partner in Bureaucom LLC , a translation company based in Irvine, Ca and Buenos Aries, Argentina. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Family Solutions, Inc. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Concept 7, a California company and Flixstock based in Dehli India.
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  • Stillwell, Christopher George
  • Christopher Stillwell has MAs in TESOL (Teachers College Columbia University), and Education (University of California, Irvine), as well as a Ph.D. in Education (UC Irvine). He has worked as an English as a Second/Foreign Language educator for over 20 years and as a teacher educator for more than 10 years, and he has been assistant director of a university language program in Japan. He is the editor of two books for TESOL International on Language Teaching Insights from Other Fields. He was named to TESOL International’s 50th-anniversary list of “30 Up and Coming” TESOL professionals, “the next generation in research, teaching, publishing, and leadership.”
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  • Stoddart, Darren W.
  • Darren W. Stoddart, M.S., NPDP, is the Senior Director of Innovation and New Product Development at BEHR Paint Company. He has been leading product design and development activities for over 29 years inside several large consumer products companies. Mr. Stoddart has trained extensively with innovation firms including S.I.T. (Systematic Inventive Thinking), Precoil, Applied Marketing Science, and Strategyn. He has worked as a corporate sponsor and liaison with students from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, University of Notre Dame, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to his professional work, Mr. Stoddart is an active artist and musician.
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  • Suveiu, Virginia A.
  • Virginia A. Suveiu, Esq., counsels on regulatory compliance and commercial law matters, including contract life cycle and negotiation. She is Chief Safeguard Officer at Balance To Success and Of Counsel at Volkov Law Firm. She is currently editing a handbook on Risk Management and the Law for Routledge. Virginia is a mediator and arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Bar Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association-Orange County. She is affiliated with and has been invited to speak to professional organizations on business law-related issues. She is an active member of the State Bar of California and admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Virginia has held numerous positions in academia, including as founding dean and professor, instructor and developer. In 2016, Virginia was given the Distinguished Instructor Award by UCI DCE.
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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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  • Talib, Shaema
  • Shaema Talib MBA, MS, CSM is the VP of Product Management and Analytics at MedSys Healths. She has over 20 years of experience working with data with experience in data analysis, analytics and data visualization. She has worked as an analyst as well as an Executive. For the past 15 years, she has been setting Analytics and Visualization strategy in healthcare to provide stakeholders with tools to help improve patient health outcomes. She has experience in Data Analysis, Data Governance, Dashboard Design, Data Visualization and Data Storytelling. She loves to coach and guide individuals to become data drive and use data as a tool to make sound business decisions. She teaches Data Analytics and Data Science at City University of New York and Data Visualization to the MBA students at Brenau University.
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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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  • Tchulluian, Laura R.
  • Laura R. Tchulluian has been a practicing attorney since 1997. She has focused on civil defense throughout the majority of her years practicing. While working as an attorney she has continued to work as an adjunct instructor at multiple different institutions fulfilling her passion for helping others learn the law.
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  • Teurlings, Joseph
  • Joseph Teurlings, CFP®, CFA®, CIMA, ChFC, is the founder/owner of Monocot Wealth Management, an independent Investment Advisory firm. He is an industry veteran with over 16 years of experience and worked as vice president and senior vice president at two top tier global wealth management companies, Morgan Stanley and UBS Financial Services, Inc. Because of his diligence and hard work, Joe rose through the ranks of his wealth management firms from an entry-level position to Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services Inc. before deciding to go independent and form Monocot Wealth Management. Joseph was born in the Netherlands and lived there for the first 30 years of his life. After college, he worked for 11 years as a management consultant, engagement manager, business case analyst and vice president for Cap Gemini, a global management consulting firm. He worked in many countries and gained valuable insight into how large companies work and how their executives think. In addition to English, Joe is fluent in Dutch, German and French.
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  • Thompson, James
  • Mr. Thompson is an experienced statistician and data science professional with expertise in Statistical Modeling and Inference, SAS, SQL, and Python. He has experience in government consulting, the financial services industry, and the hospitality industry. ,He was a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse where he was a firm expert in Statistical Sampling. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Applied Statistics, and an M.B.A.
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  • Thor, Scott J.
  • Scott Thor, D.Mgt., M.B.A., is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt with Variance Reduction International and has more than 20 years of experience working at multiple organizational levels ranging from engineer to vice president. Dr. Thor provides support to clients with Lean Six Sigma program development and implementation in both the service and manufacturing industry. Dr. Thor's teaching and mentoring of Lean Six Sigma belts, champions and sponsors have resulted in more than $20 million in savings.
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  • Traufler-Samarripa, Vanessa N.
  • Vanessa Traufler-Samarripa, MSHRM, is working towards her Ph.D in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Corporate Training & e-Learning. She currently works as a Training & Development Analyst for the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, CA. Vanessa has worked within training & development for over 10 years as a HR/Training Consultant, Facilitator, and Instructional Designer. She is proficient with recognizing training gaps and provides highly efficient learning models specifically crafted to produce desired learning outcomes from these analyses. Her expertise includes identifying, designing, and delivering training programs needed to meet learning objectives by using different techniques and andragogical theories to achieve internal and external learner participation.
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  • Turner, Mary
  • Mary Turner received her Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and is currently Principal Engineer at Edmund Optics. Dr. Turner has significant design experience in a wide variety of optical and illumination systems, including vision systems, telescopic systems, spectrometers and projection systems. She has spent much of her career teaching software based optical design and analysis courses to more than 5000 students worldwide.
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  • Vaidya, Nischit N.
  • Nischit N. Vaidya, CISSP currently is the President and Co-founder of Argotis, Inc. He also is a Sr. Security Engineering for Van Dyke Technology Group, and an instructor of Introduction to Information Assurance at Capitol College. He is qualified to teach for UC Irvine, bringing 15+ years of Information Technology experience, and almost 4 years of teaching experience in information security. His expertise includes operating systems specifically Windows, network security appliances such as firewalls, risk assessment, and information security consulting.
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  • Villarreal, Marc D.
  • Marc Villarreal is a seasoned marketing veteran who dedicates his professional time within a bevy of professional activity. He is Executive Vice President of Sunwest Ventures, a southern CA-based business advisory and marketing communications firm, responsible for myriad campaigns for the agency’s clients, including retail, B2B, consumer goods, and worldwide distribution companies. He is also accountable for developing sophisticated communication campaigns and branding strategies for Wild Oats, California Sunshine, and Major League Baseball. An advocate of California’s higher-education system, Marc lectures for the University of California at its Irvine and Los Angeles campuses. His classes include graduate-level sections covering retail/CPG marketing concepts, branding, integrated marketing communications, market research, and global communications. Along with lecturing at the University of CA, his professional calendar includes the opportunity to continue practicing myriad marketing endeavors while engaging with business decision-makers.
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  • Waldron, Spencer
  • Spencer Waldron, MBA, JD, is an attorney with Fisher & Phillips LLP. His practice includes counseling and defending employers in all areas of employment law. He has represented clients and appeared before multiple governmental agencies, such as Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, as well as state and federal courts throughout California. Spencer also counsels employers and works with Human Resources Managers on numerous employment related issues and general employment policies and procedures.
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  • Walker, Pamela A.
  • Pamela Walker, M.Ed., has dedicated over 25 years to the financial aid profession. She worked at both private and state colleges with responsibilities that included maintaining compliance of federal and state regulations, reviewing and awarding financial aid, coordinating loan programs, developing a debt management program and counseling families on all aspects of the financial aid process. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree of Education from Endicott College located in Beverly, Massachusetts while working full time in their financial aid office as the Assistant Director. As an adult learner herself, this has helped her understand the challenges many adult students face when working towards a college degree. In 2018, she was awarded a Distinguished Instructor Award from UCI Division of Continuing Education. She is a member of EASFAA and NASFAA’s Retiree Group.
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  • Ward, Wayne Anthony
  • Wayne Ward, AS, BSBA, FMP, LEED Green Associate career spans 40 years with leading industries: entertainment, city government, education, property management and manufacturing. After retiring, he continued his passion to share his experiences. He launched his career at Disneyland, Anaheim, CA as a Sound Technician and later held leadership roles executing: maintenance and operations, planning, estimating and project management. He later joined the City of Anaheim as Manager for the Anaheim Convention Center and later as the District Manager for the Anaheim Resort. He moved to Irvine Community College as the Director of Facilities and later at UCI as Director, Facilities Management. After serving in educational facilities, he held a position with MERIT Property as the Director for Property Services. He recently held a position at Amway Global as Facilities and Operations Group Leader. He earned his associates in science degree in electronics technology at Rancho Santiago College, bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix and later his master degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University. He maintains a focus in the following areas: building systems, maintenance and operations, soft services, fire life and safety systems, property management, good manufacturing practices (GMP), project management, vendor management, integrated pest management and energy conservation and sustainable practices.
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  • Warren, Jason M.
  • Jason Warren is currently the CEO of Warren Investigations, Inc. He specializes in threat investigations and security assessments. He is a retired United States Secret Service agent with more than 20 years of experience. He is well versed in all aspects of protection. He has provided physical protection throughout the United States and internationally for presidents and vice presidents of the United States, their families, and senior dignitaries visiting the United States. Mr. Warren has over two decades of experience working with staff and executives of multi-national corporations, political figures, royalty as well as liaison with law enforcement, fire departments, and international law enforcement agency personnel. He has lectured corporations, law enforcement agencies, schools, and municipalities regarding the mission of the United States Secret Service.
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  • Wartenberg, Martin R.
  • Marty Wartenberg, M.B.A., P.E., has spent over 40 years managing companies and projects in the areas of aerospace, software, commercial product development, oil field instrumentation, and pharmaceutical R&D. He has worked with many companies setting up project offices and coaching high technology project teams. His projects have been featured in the PMNet as examples of the application of basic and advanced project management techniques in high technology rapid development type projects. Marty has received a Distinguished Instructor Award from UCI and had been selected by the McDonald Douglas Corporation (Now Boeing) as a major contributor during the C-17 training program. He has taught project management in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. He received his formal Project Management, Systems Engineering and Government Procurement training at the Defense Systems Management College (Now DAU) at Fort Belvoir VA.
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  • Watterson, Kerry P
  • Kerry Watterson, M.S., M.F.A., CFRE, is the managing partner of Fundraising Well, a boutique consulting firm that serves both nonprofits and philanthropists by developing specific and sophisticated strategies to maximize their impact for good. In his 23-year career, Kerry has leveraged more than a billion dollars in traditional philanthropy and innovative social impact investments and has also designed earned revenue opportunities through public/private partnerships to solve some of society’s greatest challenges and inequities. Kerry served on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of Government Relations & Ethics for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) NYC, where he led lobbying and advocacy efforts for the fundraising profession and field of philanthropy. He currently serves as an Independent Director for A Call To Men.
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  • Webb, Patrick Dwayne
  • Patrick Webb, BA, MBA candidate, is the CEO of CruiseStar.com, a leading provider of world travel solutions. He has more than 30 years experience in sales, marketing, IT, finance, and management. He has held executive positions with General Dyanmics, Anacomp, and NCR. Mr. Webb is also a licensed SEC/FINRA securities trader and insurance broker. He has attended Chapman University, USC, and University of La Verne. He served eight years in the US Air Force. Currently he is teaching finance, insurance, securities trading, and is also an instructor for LA Fitness.
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  • Wesley, Nicole C.
  • Nicole Wesley, Ed.D., has been the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD), a member of cabinet, and lead negotiator with their three associations since November 2018. Since taking this position, she instituted an Employee Wellness Program, to proactively promote physical, mental, social, and financial wellbeing. Prior, Dr. Wesley was RBUSD’s Executive Director of Student Services and oversaw all student-related programs, services, and social-emotional supports. Dr. Wesley was a principal in RBUSD for eight years; three years at the middle school level and five years at Redondo Union High School (RUHS), RBUSD’s only comprehensive high school. She was also an assistant principal at RUHS for four years and at a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District for two years. Dr. Wesley has been a guest speaker in masters of education and teacher education courses at CSUN and CSULB. In addition to being active in PK-12 education, Dr. Wesley has been an Associate Professor for California State University, Long Beach’s Ed.D. program, University of Southern California’s Ed.D. program, and an instructor for University of California, Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education. Lastly, Dr. Wesley sits on an advisory committee and is a guest facilitator for UCLA’s Women’s School Leadership Academy.
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  • West, Jeffrey S.
  • Jeff West, MBA, owns and operates the marketing and business development agency Dub Worldwide. He has worked in marketing for over 20 years, with experience in product management, advertising, branding, pricing, positioning and promotions. Jeff has traveled to over 45 countries building new relationships, crafting unique go-to-market strategies, designing diverse and regionally focused marketing programs and evaluating distribution opportunities for clients. He has instructed courses and facilitated workshops at UC Irvine and events across various industries in the marketplace.
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  • Wetrosky, Marina M.
  • Marina M. Wetrosky, M.Ed., NBCT, BCLAD, is a language and literacy teacher serving the diverse student population of southern California. When not in the classroom, Marina works as an ELD and literacy curriculum specialist, curriculum creator, and mentor teacher. She has presented ELL and literacy workshops both locally and nationally, especially for It’s Never Too Late Literacy Institutes, Reading For Life, and Staff Development for Educators (SDE). Marina has co-authored curriculum for Dr. Janet Allen’s Plugged Into Reading series and the Book Jams series with Recorded Books, LLC. Marina is also a contributing editor for the book, Innovative Discipline (NEA).
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  • White, Jennifer G
  • Jennifer Gassen White, J.D., is a practicing attorney with over 16 years of experience in both transactional law and litigation. Her legal experience includes insurance coverage and defense, trademark law, and criminal defense. She has practiced as both an associate in small law firms and as in-house counsel for a large, national insurance company.
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  • Williams, Megan Sany
  • Megan Williams, MBA, PMP is an IS Program Manager for Providence St. Joseph Health supporting all IS projects for three different regions across multiple states. Megan has extensive experience managing large scale projects pertaining to complex mergers and acquisitions, strategy, conversion of various electronic medical records, and innovation/technology. She is passionate about new product development and all things project management regardless of the execution of strategy. Additionally, Megan has expertise in setting up project management offices, a strong understanding of the project governance process, and how to lead virtual teams. Megan’s energy and contagious enthusiasm make her an effective instructor. She brings practical teachings into the classroom so students can apply the knowledge learned immediately. Megan holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Outside the classroom, Megan coaches and mentors project managers, serves as an advisory board member for Concordia University’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, and an advisory board member for a wellness startup company.
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  • Williamson, Eric D.
  • Eric Williamson, B.A., MCP, is the data manager for the UCSD Health Strategy Office. He has worked more than 20 years with database technologies and specializes in Microsoft SQL Server, T-SQL, Analysis Services, and SharePoint. He has taught SQL and SharePoint courses since 2013.
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  • Williamson, Kai
  • Kai Williamson, M. Ed., has been a paraprofessional for 30 years. She spent the first seven years of her career in a law firm working in various specialty areas including litigation, family law, corporate finance, and real estate. She then transitioned to in-house positions working for various Fortune 500 companies. Kai currently works for Alorica Inc. as a Sr. International Corporate Paralegal and Director of Legal Operations. She is the President of the Orange County Paralegal Association (“OCPA”) and served a two-year term in 2009-2010. Kai is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2008 National Super Star Paralegal of the Year Award, the 2012 UCI DCE Distinguished Advisory Board Member award, 2012 National Affiliates Award from the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”) the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Paralegal Association (“OCPA”), the 2015 UCI DCE Distinguished Instructor Award and the 2019 UCI DCE Dean’s Outstanding Service Award for her mentoring work with students.
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  • Winston, Leisa N
  • Leisa Winston, Ed.D., is the Superintendent for Huntington Beach City School District. She has performed varied roles in education, including teacher, consultant, and district administrator for school districts in Michigan and California. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership, special education, student services, human resources, and public relations. She is an active member of ACSA, serving as the Region 17 ACSA/CAPEA State Co-Chair and as an instructor for the ACSA Personnel and Curriculum and Instruction Academies.
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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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  • Wright, Shelly
  • Shelly Wright, PMP, CISA, CSM, CITRMS, is a recognized thought leader in integrating IT security, project management, corporate governance, quality assurance, and business processes. For over 15 years, she has helped organizations from startups through Fortune 500 businesses improve their IT systems with dramatic and sustainable results. An innovative leader in IT and business strategy, Wright loves to share her passion for IT and project management, simplifying them so others can easily embrace them. Shelly has partnered with corporate leaders to develop enterprise level solutions, optimized business processes, and achieved operational objectives at companies such as Capital Group "The American Funds," EarthLink Network Inc., Public Communication Services, Kaiser Permanente, and Scorpion Computer Services (the subject of CBS TV’s current hit show “Scorpion.” Wright is a Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified ScrumMaster,® and Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist®. Shelly Wright teaches university-level project management and quality assurance courses on behalf of the University of California - Irvine Division of Continuing Education and the University of Redlands. Shelly Wright is the founder of Wright1 Consulting, Inc., and co-founder of Survive Identity Theft. Wright also holds several board positions and was awarded the 2016 University of California - Irvine Division of Continuing Education’s Distinguished Instructor Award. In 2015, Wright received the SoTec Inspirational Award which is conferred upon technology professionals who distinguished themselves by inspiring other technology professionals through admirable charity work and giving back to the community.
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  • Yamani, Saleem M.
  • Saleem M. Yamani, M.S., is a technologist at 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, SSD 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 Continuing Education for the past 8 years.
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  • Yniguez, Pennee Marie
  • Pennee Yniguez is the director of Westpark Montessori School of Irvine. Pennee holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Child Development with an emphasis on infants and toddlers. Pennee is a certified American Montessori Society (AMS) credentialed teacher for infants and toddlers, and Pre-Primary (ages 3-5). She has more than twenty years of experience in the child care field working with teachers, parents and children. Pennee enjoys sharing her knowledge of young children as she guides parents and teachers in appropriate developmental practices and Montessori philosophy.
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  • Yoshida, Marla C.
  • Marla Yoshida, M.A. in Linguistics, is an ESL and TEFL instructor and coordinator of the 4-week Conversation & Culture program at the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education. She has taught English as a second language for more than 30 years in the U.S. and Japan and has done teacher training in the US, Japan, and Korea. She has given many presentations on teaching English at state, national, and international conferences. Ms. Yoshida takes a special interest in the teaching of pronunciation. She has taught the Teaching Pronunciation Skills class in UCI’s TEFL certificate program for more than a decade, in addition to similar classes for groups of teachers from Japan, Korea, Brazil, and Chile. She is the author of Beyond Repeat After Me: Teaching Pronunciation to English Learners.
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  • Zhang, Yu
  • Yu Zhang, Ph.D., has over 5 years of experience of in python programming and uses the big query SQL, python colab, and Tableau in previous and current work. She has over 5 years of experience in academic in statical analysis and 3 years of experience in industry and government working on complex data and machine learning projects. She is technically sound with full experience in data validation and machine learning modeling. In addition, she has over 6 year’s teaching experience as a lecturer, teaching assistant, and mentor working in UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Irvine. She is passionate about using data analytics for real-world problem solving and working with diverse students.
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  • Zhu, Louis
  • Louis L. Zhu, MSEE, MBA, PMP, is a Technical Team Leader at Parker Hannifin Corporation in Irvine. He has 30 years of experience in embedded system design for aerospace and industrial applications. His research interests are motor control algorithms, communication protocols, object oriented embedded programming, and .NET technologies. He has teaching experiences in both universities and corporations. He has a passion for teaching and a thorough understanding of embedded systems theory and solid hands-on experiences.
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  • Zielan, Susan
  • Susan Zielan is a Business Resiliency Program Manager for CoreLogic in Irvine, California. She is responsible for the development and implementation of enterprise-wide business continuity and Emergency Management 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 the Membership Director of the Association of Contingency Planners, Orange County Chapter.
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  • Zylla, Tamara S.
  • Tamara S. Zylla, M.S. Ed, is the Director of Instructional Support and Improvement for the Bellflower Unified School District. Prior to this she was the principal at Las Flores Homes Education Independent Study Academy. 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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