All of the professors in the Organizational Psychology Adult Degree Program are seasoned faculty with real-world experience. You can read more about each of them below.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Chip Espinoza
Dr. Chip Espinoza is the Academic Director of the Organizational Psychology program at Concordia University Irvine and coauthor of Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce.
Chip keynotes internationally and across the country on how to create an environment in which managers and Millennials thrive. Chip is a leading expert on the subject of generational diversity in the workplace. He consults in the civic, corporate, and non-profit sectors. His client list features great organizations like The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, and Special Olympics.
Chip has authored several articles on the subject of leadership and is the go-to person for news agencies on the topic of integrating younger workers into the workforce. He is a content expert for CNN on the subject of Millennials in the workplace. He has also been featured on Fox News, CBS Radio, The Huffington Post, and in major publications. Chip was recently named a top 15 Global Thought Leader on the Future of Work by the Economic Times.
Chip’s latest book, Millennials@Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness At Work, was released in Summer 2014.
Organizational Psychology Faculty
- M.S., Clinical Psychology, Vanguard University
- B.A., Sociology / Psychology, Vanguard University
Serving Concordia University, Irvine for 10 years, Brooke is passionate about teaching and hopes to encourage others through her love of learning. In addition to her instructional role, Brooke was a Marriage and Family Therapist; research assistant; intern with the Harbor Municipal Courthouse, and a camp therapist and social worker for the Orange County Foster Care System. Having conducted numerous workshops on eating disorders, child abuse, addiction, and grief support, Brooke continues her passion for training as a Prevention/Educational Specialist, conducting psycho-educational seminars for college students utilizing personality and career assessments. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Academy of Bereavement.
Healthcare Management Academic Program Director
Program Director, Organizational Psychology
Dr. Chip Espinoza was recently named a top 15 Global Thought Leader on the Future of Work by the Economic Times. He keynotes internationally and across the country on how to create an environment in which managers and Millennials thrive. Chip is a leading expert on the subject of generational diversity in the workplace. He consults in the civic, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Chip has authored several articles on the subject of leadership and is the go-to person for news agencies on the topic of integrating younger workers into the workforce. He is a content expert for CNN on the subject of Millennials in the workplace. He has also been featured on Fox News, CBS Radio, and in major publications.
- Ph.D., Leadership and Change, Antioch University
- M.A., Leadership Studies, Vanguard University
- Millennials@Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness At Work (coming Summer 2014)
- Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today's Workforce (Wiley, 2010). Coauthored with Mick Ukleja and Craig Rusch.
- The Boeing Company
- Schneider Electric
- Special Olympics
Training and Talent Development
- M.A. Organizational Leadership, Chapman University
- B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine
Daphne Felicitas is the Manager, Global Training & Leadership Development at Oakley, where she leads and manages leadership development, team development, and retail training. Prior to Oakley, Daphne was the Manager, Learning & Organization Development, at Pacific Sunwear. She also worked as Career Counselor at the UC Irvine Career Center and as a Center Director for SCORE! Educational Centers. She also serves on the UC Irvine School of Social Ecology Field Study Advisory Board and the Brandman University Premier Partner Advisory Council. Daphne has a passion for travel, music, her faith, being active and loves to spend quality time with her family and friends.
Human Resource Strategies
- M.A., Human Resources Management, National University
- B.A., Communication, Chapman University
Geoffrey Friederich is the Executive Director of Global Human Resources at Ingram Micro. He has been teaching in the field of human resources and leadership for 13 years and is adjunct professor at Concordia University, Irvine. Geoffrey has written test items for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and has judged student performances at the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) University Student Conference.
Organizational Consulting and Change Theory
- Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
- M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University
- B.A., Theology, Concordia University, Seward, NE
Dr. Gilbert is the Dean of Students at Concordia University, Irvine and has taught Christianity and Contemporary Culture for several academic programs throughout campus as one of Concordia's most endeared instructors. In addition to his leadership and teaching roles at Concordia, he has worked for many years as a Director of Christian Education at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia, California, where he developed servant leaders within the church and the youth ministry. At Concordia University, he is passionate about developing wise, honorable, and cultivated student leaders. He has conducted numerous presentations on servant leadership, community service, and many relevant issues critical to college age students.
Melanie Nichols is the World Wide Director of Organization Effectiveness for Ingram Micro. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, she spent twelve years working in values-driven, faith-based, healthcare organizations. Melanie specializes in transforming organizational culture; closing the gap between the stated and lived organizational values and engaging the workforce. She is known in industry for elevating and sustaining excellence by focusing on human factors, structures and processes. Achievements of her internal customers include: Best Places to Work - National (Modern Healthcare), Best Places to Work - Texas, Magnet Designation, Top 100 Hospital (Thomas Reuters) and Highest National Ranking -Patient Satisfaction. Additionally, Melanie has been part of organizational teams when they have earned the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and been named a Prism Coaching Finalist (International Coaching Federation).
- M.S. Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
- B.A. Liberal Studies & Sociology, Cal State San Bernardino
Dawn is an adjunct professor at Concordia University and guest lecturer at Vanguard University. She has served as professional Christian therapist for 17 years working with churches to help provide training and seminars on grief and loss, infertility, blended families and bullying. In addition, she provides counseling to couples, individuals and families using Attachment Theory as well as Family Systems with a biblical foundation. She and husband Marc enjoy hiking, skiing and sailing.
Dean, School of Business and Professional Studies
- Ed.D. Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
- M.A. School Administration, Pepperdine University
- B.A. Cirriculum and Instruction, Concordia University, Chicago, IL
Timothy Peters is the Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. In this role he is responsible for the following academic programs: Undergraduate Business, MBA, Masters in International Studies (MAIS), Nursing and the Adult Degree Completion program. Dr. Peters led the development of the CU Accelerate program in 2000, and the MAIS degree that grew from the university's work in China. The other programs were added to the school under the umbrella of business and adult instruction.
Prior to his present role, he was a professor in the School of Education and managed the student teaching program. Prior to his joining Concordia in 1994 he served as a Lutheran Elementary school principal in various locations. His wife, Dr. Becky Peters, is a professor in the School of Education. He has two grown children and two grandchildren.
Council for Adult and Experiential Education (CAEL), November 12, 2004, Chicago: Presented on the topic: Adults Learn Even When They Are Not Present
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) Chicago, Illinois 2004 Conference Presentation: Adult's Learn Even When They are Absent
Lutheran Educator's Conference, Palm Spring California 2004 Conference Presentation: Beat the Odds- Team Ministry Lessons Learned from Marriage
AIP-OC (Association of Internet Professionals), April 16, 2003 Presenter on the topic: "Online Education and Distance Learning: How it works with Careers in Technology"
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Mission Planters Institute, July, 1999 Conference Presentation: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Chairman, Board of Elders, St. John's Lutheran Church 2001 - present.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Pacific Southwest District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 1993-1999. Member of the board, 1985-1999.
Served on various committees including strategic planning committee. As Chairman led complete restructure of the district's governance to a policy based approach, hired a Chief Administrative Officer, Member, Board of Directors, Lutheran High School of Orange County, 1994-1999
- Leadership Development
- Organizational management
- Strategic planning
Special Interests and Activities
- Sports cars
Courses Taught at Concordia
ALA/BAL 450, Leadership Strategies for Business Leaders
Kellie Playter earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees from California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys teaching all areas of Communication Studies but tends to focus on Public Speaking and Business Communication. She enjoys teaching at Concordia University because it allows her to combine her love of teaching with her Christian beliefs.
Shaw-Playter, Kellie. (2011) Proactive Performance: A Context for Intergroup Contact. WSCA
Shaw, Kellie. (2009) Media and immigration, freedom of speech or hate speech. WSCA.
Guest Lecture- Persuasive Speaking, Cal State University, Long Beach (2010)
Guest Lecture- Conducting Quantitative Research, Cal State University, Long Beach (2010)
Guest Lecture- Conducting Quantitative Research, Cal State University, Long Beach (2008)
Professional Involvement and Accomplishments
Long Beach Junior Chamber Member (2011)
Western States Communication Association Member (2008-present)
Outstanding Graduate Student, Cal State University, Long Beach (2010)
Chair- Graduate Communication Association, Cal State University, Long Beach (2009-2010)
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- Business communication
- Persuasion and attitude change
Special Interests and Activities
- Sports (Angels baseball and golf)
Business Writing & Presentations
Small Group Discussions
Employee Motivation/Attitude Theory
- Ph.D., Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
- M.A., Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
- B.S., Human Services & Counseling, Cal State Fullerton
Dr. Michele Robison is a Psychologist and Certified Professional Coach. She and her husband Mike are co-founders of Fruited Plains, Inc. Fruited Plains is a non-profit organization that helps the people of Kenya become self-sustaining so they can provide for their families. She has over 20 years of experience in training and counseling adults, families and teenagers. She enjoys assisting executives in refining their leadership skills and helping organizations with vision/mission planning. She has a passion for the youth of our world and has been a keynote speaker at youth conferences internationally. She is also an adjunct professor at Africa Theological Seminary in Kenya.
Human Resource Strategies and Performance Measurement
- M.A., Public Policy and Administration – Personnel Management, California State University, Long Beach
- B.A., Public Administration, California State University, Chico
- B.A., Geography-Planning, California State University, Chico
Marianne Tonjes is the Executive Director of the Cooperative Organization for the Development of Employee Selection Procedures (CODESP), a consortium of public agencies that has provided human resource services, training and employee selection material for more than 35 years. Under Marianne's leadership CODESP specializes in developing systems utilized by more than 500 public agencies.
She earned her Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration-Personnel Management at California State University, Long Beach. She also received two Bachelor's Degrees from California State University, Chico: One in Public Administration and another in Geography-Planning and Development. She is a Certified Professional with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.
Marianne chairs the Training Committee for the Western Region Intergovernmental Assessment Council (WRIPAC) and is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC). She holds active memberships with the Southern California Public Management Association – Human Resources (SCPMA); Personnel Testing Council of Southern California (PTCSC); the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
Marianne also serves part time as Lead Course Instructor of Human Resource Strategies at Concordia University Irvine in the School of Professional Studies program for Organizational Psychology.
Prior to her current roles, Marianne held various human resource management positions in both the public and private sectors and taught at the University of Phoenix.