Faculty & Staff
Chip Espinoza, Ph.D.
Organizational Consulting and Change Theory
Ph.D., Leadership and Change, Antioch University
M.A., Leadership Studies, Vanguard University
Chip Espinoza is the Director of Organizational Psychology for the School of Professional Studies at Concordia University Irvine
Chip Espinoza, the Chief Executive Officer of GeNext Solutions and
Co-author of Managing the Millennials, is Lead Course Instructor of
Organizational Consulting and Change Theory. He formerly taught
management and leadership at Vanguard University of Southern California.
He specializes in leader and leadership development. Recently, Chip has
been keynoting internationally and in organizations across the country
on how to create an environment in which managers and Millennials can
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 companies like The
Boeing Company, Microsoft, Johnson Controls International, and Special
Chip has authored several articles on the subject of leadership and is
the go-to person for news agencies on the subject of integrating younger
workers into organizations. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN,
national radio, and in major publications.
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.
Brooke Benda, M.S.
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.
Gilbert Fugitt, Ed.D.
Christianity and Contemporary Culture
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.
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.
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.
Writing in the Workplace
M.A. Communications, Cal State University, Long Beach
B.A. Communications, Cal State University, Long Beach
Kellie Playter is a professor at Concordia University Irvine in the area of Communication Studies. Her expertise is in Organizational Communication and Public Speaking. She is a member of the Long Beach Red Shoe Society, Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce and Western States Communication Association. She enjoys teaching at Concordia because it allows her to combine her love of teaching with her Christian beliefs.
Dr. Michele Robison
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.