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.
Jeannette Burkhardt Pino, Ph.D.
Research and Professional Development
Ph.D., Health Psychology, Fielding Graduate University
M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University
B.A., Music, University of Arizona
Dr. Jeannette Burkhardt Pino is a Clinical Psychologists at Fairview Developmental Center and Lead Course Instructor of Research at Concordia University Irvine in the School of Professional Studies program for Organizational Psychology.
For nearly 20 years she has enjoyed collaborating closely with working professional students at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. In addition to her love for the classroom, Dr. Burkhardt Pino has held numerous administrative posts as department chair and program director.
Prior to her current roles, Dr. Burkhardt Pino taught at Pepperdine University, Vanguard University, and Argosy University.
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.