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Faculty

Business Administration & Leadership

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Craig Arentsen has held senior executive positions in the Home Improvement Industry for over 23 years. Throughout his career he has been involved in both domestic and international Sales and Operations. Craig was President & COO of the US Division of a Chinese manufacturer. Craig is currently working with a multi-national corporation with operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Education

  • MBA, Marketing, University of Southern California
  • BA History, University of California, San Diego, Revelle College

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Sherryl has worked with Concordia, Irvine for several years now and welcomes the opportunity to use her experience, organization skills, and faith in a combination that will benefit the students and her community. She is currently in her third year of Ph.D. studies in the School of Leadership and Management Studies and is excited to explore the latest theories in Leadership and Management while researching how these theories are influenced by history and current events.

Sherryl’s interests span a number of areas, but all are within the Management and Organizational Studies area. She is particularly interested in linking conflict management theories and organizational psychology as it applies toward the changing demographics in the workforce. Managing multi-generational workforces may take a new wave of cooperation.

She lives in the Inland Empire with her husband of 24 years and two children.

Education

Ph.D. Behavioral Sciences, Fielding Graduate Studies, Santa Barbara, In Process.
Cert. Distance Learning Teaching, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1997.
M.A. Behavioral Sciences, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1996.
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1994.

Professional Involvement & Accomplishments

  • In-service Presenter, Technology in the Classroom Workshop, California Baptist University, Riverside, 2004
  • Invited Speaker & Team Leader, Dale Carnegie Course on Presentation & Management Communication Skills, 1999

Professional Memberships

  • International Technology Education Association (ITEA), Riverside Community College, 2006-2008
  • Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF), Associate Member, 2004-2006
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management Alumni Association #360, 1995-2004

Expertise

  • Management/Leadership Studies
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Management Ethic Studies

Special Interests & Activities

  • Worked with Riverside Christian School to donate gifts through Angels for Christ Outreach to homeless & disadvantaged youth, 2006-2009
  • Worked with Bible study groups to organize care packages out to Iraqi-stationed soldiers & support military clergy, 2006-2007
  • Worked with Riverside mission to deliver food to local families in need, 2003-2004, 2006
  • Worked with Genesis House to clean and prepare homes for abandoned & abused women and children in Riverside, participated in BRASS in San Bernardino, 2004-2009

Courses

  • BAL 420: Managing Today’s Worker
  • BAL 450: Leadership Strategies for Business Leaders
  • Butkiewicz, Tom

Adjunct Professor

Education

  • Ph.D. Organizational Leadership Northcentral University (2013 anticipated)
  • M.A.Management University of Redlands 2007
  • B.A. Business Administration & Leadership Concordia University 2005

Biography

Tom Butkiewicz brings the experience of a dual career in leadership and management from both the military and the international corporate business sector to Concordia University. In 1997, Butkiewicz concluded 20 years of honorable service with the United States Marine Corps, as an Operations Officer at the grade of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-3). Since 1991, Butkiewicz has worked for Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. in customer service, district field and regional management, corporate strategic planning, training and development, product support, parts marketing, and currently operations management. His servant leadership and management expertise is also applied at the Autistic Endeavors Learning Center (AELC), as the Co-chairman. AELC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to offer a tuition-free educational program for families with children enduring Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Philadelphia area.

Teaching

  • ALA/BAL 440
  • Business Strategies for Success
  • BUS 475
  • Business Strategies
  • Casillas, Raul

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Raul Casillas is an energetic, capable leader with global, cross-functional experience in manufacturing, distribution and sales including OEM, Automotive Aftermarket and Nutritional Supplements industries: Raul has spent much of his career in the consumer electronics industry, at such companies as Apple Computer, Alps Electric, United Plastics Group, Spectre Performance and Amway/Nutrilite. He has rotated through multiple leadership roles, including procurement, manufacturing, operations management, business development and sales.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Organizational Behavior -- University of San Francisco, Orange, CA

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Professional Coaches and Mentor Association, 2007-2008
  • Member, National Association of Purchasing Managers, 1983-2000
  • International Committee, District Chair, two terms (1989-90)
  • Certified Purchasing Manager, 1995-2000

Languages

Fluent in Spanish

Expertise

  • Leadership and talent development
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Organizational development
  • Strategic Planning and Business development
  • Global sourcing and Supplier development
  • Operations and Cross functional leadership
  • Lean practices

Personal Interests/Hobbies

Married, three children, cycling, scuba diving & camping.

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Dana C. Clark is a lifetime resident of Orange County. He graduated from Point Loma College in San Diego, California with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. Thereafter he graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He has been an attorney engaged in general civil litigation and appeals for over 21 years in Orange County. He also serves as a Temporary Judge and Arbitrator for the Orange County Superior Court.

In addition to being engaged in his active law practice at Mains & Clark, Attorneys at Law, A Professional Law Corporation in Santa Ana, California he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Legal Education Foundation, has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Western State University College of Law at the Fullerton and Irvine campuses, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Trinity Law School in Santa Ana. Last year he was voted Professor of the Year by the Associated Student Body at Trinity Law School for the 2008-2009 academic year.

At Concordia University, Mr. Clark is an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Law. He also serves his congregation at St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange, California as a member of the Council of Elders.

Education

  • J.D. College of Law -- Western State University, 1985
  • B.A. History/Political Science -- Point Loma University, 1979
Continuing Legal Education Courses including:
  • Graduate of Orange County Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy
  • Graduate of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, May, 1990
  • Certified as an Arbitrator, Orange County Superior Court
  • Certified, Temporary Judge, Orange County Superior Court

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Courses taught at Western State University, College of Law
  • Torts
  • Products Liability
  • Legal Writing
  • Remedies
Courses taught at Trinity Law School
  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Remedies
  • Ethics and the Profession
  • Inter Alia

Cordet, Preston and Becker; Recent California Descisions Impacting Landowner Tort Liability, Western State Universtiy, College of Law, Law Review, 1985.

In the Vice at a Price - The Adverse Effect and the Competing Interests of the California Trial Court Delay Act and the Extended Notice Periods for Motions for Summary Judgement and Summary Adjudication of Issues, Trinity Law School Review, 2007.

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Member of:
  • The American Bar Association
  • The California Bar Association
  • The Orange County Bar Association
  • Licensed to Practice Law Before:
All California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Dist., Calif.
  • U.S. District Court, Central Dist., Calif.
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Dist., Calif.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern Dist., Calif.
  • U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
Service as:
  • Judge Pro Tem, Orange County Superior Court
  • Temporary Judge, Orange County Superior Judge
  • Arbitrator, Orange County Superior Court
  • Board of Directors, Orange County Legal Education Foundation

Expertise

General Civil Litigation and Appeals including:

  • Contracts
  • Transactions
  • Bodily Injury
  • Construction
  • Subsidence
  • Adjacent, subjacent and sublateral support
  • Title Insurance
  • Products Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trespass
  • Encroachment
  • Nuisance
  • Negligent Security
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Estate Planning

Special Interests and Activities

Scuba diving, racquetball, reading

Courses Taught at Concordia

BAL 306 - Business Law

Business & Community Liaison, Admissions Coordinator

Biography

Anthony Cosenza has been serving students in a variety of capacities during his seven years at Concordia University Irvine, including Admissions and Business/Community outreach. In the latter area, Anthony currently serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Emerging Professionals group within the Irvine Chamber, the Elite OC Young Professionals Network and The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Anthony loves the growth that CUI has seen in all of its programs and enjoys being a part of that success.

Adjunct Faculty

Education

  • LaSalle University, PhD, Business Administration
  • Pepperdine University, MBA, Concentration in Management
  • California State University Long Beach, Music Education

Biography

Fred DiLuzio has an extensive background in delivering high-energy technology coursework within a university business curriculum. Experienced in preparing and delivering energetic and innovative classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Teaching

  • BAL 425 Business Operations

Academic Program Director

Academic Advisor, Online Bachelor's Degrees

Organizational Consulting and Change Theory

Biography

Gilbert has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and a MA. in Psychology from Pepperdine University. He currently 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.

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., Theology, Concordia University, Seward, NE

Courses Taught

IOP/NPL 305, Christianity and Contempory Culture

Administrative Assistant

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Senior executive with thirty-five years of experience managing numerous and varied operations including manufacturing, construction, finance & accounting, mergers & acquisitions, corporate capitalizations in order to maximize profit and return on investment.

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, The Anderson School of Business: MBA Finance Pepperdine University, BS Business Administration

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Chief Operating Officer of a major non-profit that developed a 34 acre campus - restoring and renovating 320,000 square feet of building space while updating its IT infrastructure to a world class status. Total construction budget exceeded $120M.

Chief Financial Officer of a middle market sized professional services firm with over $250M in net revenue. Built through an aggressive roll up strategy where we acquired nearly one company per quarter within our industry that added additional capabilities and synergies.

Chief Operating and Financial Officer of a smaller middle market cosmetic manufacturing company with nearly $100M in gross sales that we grew organically from $25M in gross sales then sold to a private consumer products company.

Senior Executive at several commercial banking companies where we achieved significant growth and market share in both loans and deposits.

Teaching

Business Ethics

Adjunct Professor

Career Highlights

HighTower Consulting

  • Assisted Concordia University, Irvine with turnaround of undergraduate recruitment efforts leading to record incoming classes and assisted in reducing Freshmen unfunded discount rate by 10%.
  • Assisted the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in reversing a four year decline in enrollment.
  • Assisted Concordia University, Portland in achieving student enrollment goals and record net revenue.
  • Assisted Concordia University, Irvine in development of strategic marketing efforts which provided clearer sense of Brand and stronger competitive position.

Pacific University

  • Designed and led University Strategic Planning process which engaged the faculty, Board of Trustees, President, and staff. Goals and strategies were developed that propelled the University forward with a clearer sense of purpose and distinctiveness resulting in greater enrollments and stronger market position.
  • Facilitated the creation and implementation of a research based Strategic Marketing Plan for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Established new enrollment strategies and processes that resulted in increased academic quality of entering freshmen and record enrollments for the University.

University of La Verne

  • Restructured Office of Undergraduate Admissions introducing enrollment management strategies, including optimizing institutional aid, resulting in increased quality of entering students, marked improvement in retention and graduation rates.
  • Initiated and chaired university-wide Diversity Task Force that increased the number of ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and administrators; developed one of the most successful Latina retention/graduation efforts in the nation; and wrote a grant funded for $500,000 that created the First Generation Student Success Program, Faculty Diversity Grant project, Minority Faculty Fellowship, and First Generation Student and Parent research project.
  • Successfully designed and led institutional strategic planning process that resulted in a more focused vision, substantive strategic goals, objectives, and action plans for the institution and its major academic and administrative units

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in organizational theory and human development, January 1992, The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
  • M.A. in Social Science, May 1980, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.
  • B.A. in Psychology, May 1977, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.

Professional Development

  • Principal, HighTower Consulting, Orange CA, August 2006-Present
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Strategic Planning, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, 1999-May 2006
  • Executive Assistant to the President, University of La Verne, CA, 1994-1999
  • Dean of Student Affairs, University of La Verne, 1986-1995
  • Associate Dean of School-Based Student Services, California State University Long Beach, CA, 1985-1986

Academic/Teaching/International Experience

  • 2010 Spring-term Adjunct Professor: Concordia University Irvine. Course: Marketing for Results
  • 2002 Spring-term Adjunct Professor: Pacific University. Course: Marketing Research

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Academic Program Director

Education

  • 1984 B.S.: Business/Marketing Major
    Millikin University; Tabor School of Business, Decatur,IL
  • 1990 California Teaching Credential / Lutheran Teaching Credential:
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA
  • 1998 M.A.: Educational Administration
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA
  • Ed.D. (ABD): Organizational Leadership
    School of Graduate & Innovative Studies
    Chicago, IL

Professional Profile

(2002 - present) Concordia University
Irvine, CA

(2009 - present) Academic Program Director, Liberal Arts – Online Bachelor's Degrees Assistant Dean / Professor, School of Professional Studies:
Responsible for management and development of Online Bachelor's Degrees. Oversight of three academic program directors, adjunct faculty and curriculum for 40+ higher level courses taught in a “hybrid/blended” teaching environment utilizing Blackboard course management software. Designed and launched new Healthcare Management major and also Organizational Psychology major.

Instructor:

  • ALA 404, Educational Psychology (spring, 2007- current).
  • ALA 304, Your World in Context (fall 2010-current).
  • ALA 412, Quantitative Skills for the Workplace, course design and implementation (summer 2015-current).
  • IOP 490, Organizational Development & Change Theory (spring 2015-current).

(2004 - 2009) Director of International Programs, China:
Responsible for developing strategies/partnerships between Concordia University and Educational & Business entities in the People’s Republic of China. Developed/implemented new MA International Studies program from inception in 2004 with 16 students to enrollment of 50+ students (2007). Provided leadership in teacher placement sites and logistics in China for students and faculty / staff during program.

Instructor:

  • AEdu 201, History and Culture of Western Education (team taught with Dr. Mary Scott in Shenzhen, China – fall, 2006).
  • MAIS 503, Contemporary Issues and Conditions in China via WebCT platform (spring, 2007).
  • Educ 301, Psychological Development of Diverse Learners (spring, 2007 - 2009).

Invitee/participant:

  • CUS Leadership Conference, January 4-6, 2007. Identified by CUI Administrative Leadership to attend in preparation for upcoming CUS/CUI leadership roles and responsibilities.

(2002 - 2004) Director of Undergraduate Admissions:
Administered recruitment efforts for 400 new students to Concordia University on an annual basis. Responsible for marketing / advertising efforts. Directly supervised staff of 6 admission counselors who worked throughout territories in the U.S. to recruit students for Concordia University in Irvine, CA. Integrated efforts within and throughout the Concordia Foundation, Concordia University System, and the Lutheran education system. Assisted in the awarding of over $8 million in financial aid annually.

(1997 - 2002) Mt. Calvary Lutheran School (Preschool - 8th Grades)
Diamond Bar, CA

(1993 - 1997) Hope Lutheran School (Preschool – 8th Grades)
Glendora, CA

Assistant / Principal:
Administered school of 250 students in Preschool – 8th grades. Directly supervised all curriculum (review, selection, development) and instruction of teachers / staff. Managed and developed a team of 8 teachers and one director in addition to 11 support staff members. Marketed the school to local community parents and civic leaders. Responsible for developing and managing an annual budget of $750,000.

(1990 - 1993) Hope Lutheran School (Preschool - 8th Grades)
Glendora, CA

Teacher – 7th & 8th grades / Coach / Athletic Director:
Taught 30 students in a self-contained, multi-subject classroom. Coached 5th – 8th graders in basketball and softball programs. Directed athletic activities of the school sports programs for boys and girl’s volleyball, basketball, softball, and track.

(1987 - 1989) Ashton-Tate Corporation
Torrance, CA

Training Specialist:
Responsible for training / education of end-users and company employees on Ashton-Tate software products (microcomputer software product line, dBASE was flagship product). Developed curriculum and training products used in class instruction. Instructed numerous classes of 15 – 20 people on basic product use.

(1984 - 1987) Armstrong World Industries
Lancaster, PA

Marketing Representative – Southern California Territory:
Responsible for working with wholesalers and retailers of residential building materials in the southern California market (including Arizona and Las Vegas). Promoted new products, trained wholesale and retail sales people on products and conducted consumer clinics.

Professional Experience & Memberships

(Active) CAEL – The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning
ASCD – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

(2013 – 2015) Orange Chamber of Commerce
Member Board of Directors
Member Executive Board
Economic Development Committee
Vice-President Profit Connection / weekly network lunch (Jan-June 2013)
President Profit Connection / weekly network lunchy (July-Dec 2013).

(1996 - 2002) Accrediting Commission for Schools: Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Burlingame, CA

Visitation Committee Chairman – Accreditation Team:
Presided over a team of 5 committee members in review of schools self-study documents and visitation of the school site to validate program effectiveness (curriculum development, faculty training, administrative structure, etc.). Responsible for producing a visitation report that contains a recommended term of accreditation for the school, and for submission of all report information to Accrediting office. Additional responsibilities as they relate to management of expenses of all committee members of visitation team.

(1996-2002) District Accreditation Commission, Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church
Irvine, CA

Commission Member:
Reviewed accreditation reports completed by visiting teams to candidate schools. Voted on accreditation of candidate schools after review of all required data.

(1997 - 2000) Stanford Achievement Testing – District Task Force
Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church:
Irvine, CA

Committee Member:
Reviewed testing dates, pricing programs, and district wide results for 81 elementary schools throughout the Pacific Southwest District.

(1996 - 1999) Lutheran Educators Conference, Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church
Irvine, CA

President:
Presided over a 15-member committee that planned and implemented an annual 3-day teacher’s conference for 1,200 teachers. This position was an elected position voted on by the 1,200 teacher’s (peers) in the district.

Personal

  • Born October 2, 1962 in Omaha, NE. youngest of four siblings.
  • Formative years (1963 to 1980) – Chicago, IL (southern suburbs)
  • Married (1991) with two children (born, 1993 & 1996).
  • Resident of Orange, CA since 2002.
  • Member Salem Lutheran Church, Orange, CA.
  • Enjoy participating in all sporting activities with passion.
  • Constantly seeking to learn and share knowledge and skills with others
  • Atlantic Crossing via 38’ Catamaran Nov., 2014 – Atlantic Rally Cruising (ARC) event.
  • C.I.F. Orange County Basketball Association Referee.
  • Education and learning are personal and eternal; guided and unguided.
  • Bucket List: skydiving, traveling to all continents…

Adjunct Professor

Education

I have a MS in Human Resources Management from Chapman University, and a BA in Geography from California State University, Fullerton.

Biography

I have a background in both Food & Beverage operations and Human Resources, the latter of which I have worked for almost twenty years. In general I want to help people and doing the right thing for our guests and employees is always a good filter to have & utilize.

Dean, School of Business and Professional Studies

Biography

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 Online Bachelor's Degrees. 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.

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D. Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
  • M.A. School Administration, Pepperdine University
  • B.A. Cirriculum and Instruction, Concordia University, Chicago, IL

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

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

Professional Involvement

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

Expertise

  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational management
  • Strategic planning

Special Interests and Activities

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Sports cars

Courses Taught

IOP/NPL 483 Business Ethics

Professor of International Studies

Roger Philips has been in international management for over twenty years. In addition to his consulting practice, he is adjunct professor and lead course instructor for the international business strand of Master of Arts in International Studies program at Concordia University. This program emphasizes study of Chinese business. Prof. Philips also teaches in the MBA program and leads business study tours to Shanghai and Beijing.

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Adjunct Professor

Education

  • 2011: Business Administration: MBA
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA
  • 2009: Business Administration and Leadership, B.A.
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA
  • 1999: Manufacturing Technology: AAS
    GateWay Community College, Phoenix, AZ

Biography

Jim Ragaisis is a MBA graduate in Business & Administration from Concordia University, Irvine, CA. His focus has been in the manufacturing sector for 25-years. JR has held various manufacturing positions including acting as a consultant in computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computerized numerical control (CNC). His endeavors led him to facilitate projects globally, ranging from: aerospace and government contracts, reverse engineering, and research and development in the medical industry. Currently, JR is the Director of Education and Training at a non-profit vocational school and enjoys the excitement of students reaching their short and long-term goals.

Adjunct Professor of Business

Biography

Professor Randall serves as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Concordia University, Irvine. The mission of CELT is to help students and professors use technology in their professions. He has also served as a technology coordinator and as a corporate computer systems trainer. He currently teaches a variety of courses related to technology including Information Technology and Educational Technology. He is also involved in the development of online education at Concordia.

Education

  • M.A. Educational Technology, Pepperdine University
  • B.A. Business Administration, Concordia University, Irvine
  • M.C.S.E. and M.C.T. - Microsoft

Adjunct Professor

Biography

JJ Richa is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience in a vast spectrum of the technology industry. Mr. Richa is a results-oriented serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated his strategic, proactive, and creative abilities with the successful start-up and launch of several companies including a SaaS/WaaS technology company for the hospitality industry, an online ecommerce portal for exquisite and unique shoppers, and a custom software development company with main concentration on the financial sector. Mr. Richa is a Managing Director at Trenchant Ventures, LLC - a private equity firm with concentration on distressed business acquisition and restructuring. Mr. Richa is an angel investor and a member of Tech Coast Angels.

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Manal has been a consultant and trainer for several years and welcomes the opportunity to use her expertise, skills, and faith to support students and her community. She is currently leading her own consultancy firm where she and her team work with small businesses assisting them with marketing and online marketing strategies.

Manal is always intrigued with the latest when it comes to technology and marketing. She is passionate about working with small businesses and enthusiastic about training and holding workshops on marketing and related topics.

She lives in Irvine with her husband of 15 years and two children.

Degrees Earned

  • M.B.A. Organizational Leadership, Brandman University, Irvine
  • B.A. Communications and Advertising, California State University, Fullerton

Professional Involvement & Accomplishments

  • VP of Community Relations, National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County (NAWBO-OC) 2012 – Present
  • VP of Marketing, National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County (NAWBO-OC) 2011 – 2012
  • Co-Chair of Social Media, National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County (NAWBO-OC) 2010 – 2011
  • Mentor, National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County (NAWBO-OC) 2011
  • Mentor of the Year Award – NAWBO-OC Mentoring Program 2011
  • Nominee for the Orange County Business Journal 16th Annual Women in Business Award – 2010
  • Nominee for the Orange County Business Journal 18th Annual Women in Business Award – 2012
  • Recipient of the Myles Atlas Scholarship Award from California State University, Fullerton - 2008

Professional Memberships

  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce 2008 – 2010
  • Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2010 - 2011
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County (NAWBO-OC) 2008 - Present

Expertise

  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Creative Execution
  • Strategic Management

Special Interests & Activities

  • Susan Komen Race for Cure – formed NAWBO-OC Team and supported fundraising activities, 2012
  • Fundraising for John Maron Maronite Catholic Church annual festival, 2011
  • Supported the Working Wardrobes staff through internal training, 2010

Courses

  • BAL 460: Social Media and the New Economy
  • ALA 411: Digital Literacy and Research Skills for the Workplace

Adjunct Professor

Education

  • PhD, (ABD)Clinical Psychology (Dec. 2015)
  • MS Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • BA General Psychology

Biography

  • Conducts Leadership and Organizational Change Seminars
  • Experienced in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Individual and Group Therapeutic Counseling, Psycho-spiritual and Compassion Therapy
  • Conducts Compassion and Psycho-Spiritual Approach Seminars
  • 19 years of teaching experience

Seltz has held various positions in profit and non-profit agencies, and provided therapeutic counseling in Hospital and University campus settings. She enjoys teaching her university students and assisting her clients in meeting their short-term and long-term personal and professional goals.

Research

Seltz's research has focused on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, The Role of Gender and Self-Esteem in Influencing Attribution of Behavior and Self-Rating of Performance, and The Influence of Culture in Effective Counseling Outcomes.

Teaching

  • MGT 327 - Organizational Behavior (OB)
  • BUS 483- Business Ethics
  • PSYC 320- Life-Span Development
  • BAL 303- Ethical Principles of Effective Business
  • ALA 302- Human Dimensions

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Graduate from Foothill HS '82, Santa Ana College '84, and U.C. Berkeley '86 earning a B.A. in Political Economics emphasis on International Business, and for my MBA, National University '91. If you went to Villa Park High School, I scored 51 points against your school in basketball in 1982 - before the 3 point line! (that's 61 points nowadays)

After nearly 20 years of marketing and running businesses, I finally began my teaching career in 2004. Along with teaching International Business at Concordia University, I teach all Economics courses at O.C.C. in Costa Mesa. Previously, I taught Entrepreneurship at CUI as well.

I love to travel and see new places - well, some not so new: Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Madagascar, Mexico, Canada, and 48 of the 50 states.

I spent 13 years expanding a small business nationwide, and wore all hats, but marketing was my area of focus. You won't see me on the basketball court any more, but look over in the swimming pool at the giant doing laps. My retirement date is set for my expiration date. Unknown at this time!

Education

MBA Business Administration National University 1991
BA Political Economics Int'l Business University of California, Berkeley, CA 1986

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Expanded small business nationwide

Expertise

Marketing/radio ads

Special Interests and Activities

Swimming/gym

Classes Taught at Concordia

BAL 415 – Succeeding in the Multinational Business Environment

Adjunct Professor

Education

  • Bachelors of Science, Business Administration, Marketing. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
  • MBA, General Management - UCLA

Biography

Tito E. Zamalloa, Jr., is Regional Marketing Director, for H&R Block’s West retail business. Prior to this role, he was Strategy VP for LatinWorks, a leading ad agency. Previously, Tito was VP of Marketing for The Office Games, a Digital Media Experience retailer.

Tito brings 20 years of marketing expertise. He formerly served as Director of Marketing for the U.S. and Americas for Razer Gaming USA, as Marketing Director for American Golf Corporation, as Sr. Marketing Manager for PepsiCo and Marketing Manager for McDonald’s Corp. and AT&T.

Teaching

  • BAL 410 - CUI
  • 300-400 Marketing - Ameritas Univ.
  • Marketing courses - UCLA Extension

Adjunct Professor, School of Business

Biography

Professor Zoltany likes to be referred to as an entrepreneur or intrepreneur in business and in education. His philosophy of teaching evolved from embracing the concept around andragogy while working in corporate America and instructing business courses at Concordia University. He has hands on business knowledge as a Financial Manager of national, public and private organizations. Professor Zoltany considers the most important position he has ever had is teaching currently for his alumni at Concordia University as an Adjunct Professor. Some of the organizations he has worked with and learned from include: The Irvine Company, UDR, Inc., Strategic Sanitations, Inc., and The Ticket Group, Inc. His goal is to 'create the savvy business leader' by teaching the importance of global and diversity perspectives in business and future business trends.

On a personal level, my hobbies include "Tennis". My favorite sports include tennis, soccer, and basketball. My door is always open. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions. Please remember, I am outdoors on weekends and won't always get reception, while on the courts and chasing down tennis balls. I promise to get back to you within 24 hours.

Education

  • MBA, Finance - Brandman University, Chapman University System, Irvine, CA
  • Bachelors of Art, Business Administration, Organizational Leadership - Brandman University, Chapman University System, Irvine, CA

Teaching

  • MBA-604-Accounting
  • BAL-309-Finance Basics for Managers
  • BAL-201-Macroeconomics

More Faculty

  • Carlos Rodriguez, CPA, MBA
  • Gina Galasso Rodriguez, CPA, MBA
  • Rebecca Goldstone
  • Cheryl Johnson, MBA
  • Carlos Rodriguez, CPA, MBA
  • Ted Sauca, MBA, PMP
  • Patricia Tucker, MBA

Healthcare Management

  • King, Kim Athmann

Adjunct Professor and President and CEO: Strategic Advantage
School of Business and Professional Studies - Healthcare Management

Biography

Ms. King received her M.B.A. from California State University/ Fresno and a B.S. from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Kim Athmann King is the firm's president and principal consultant for all Strategy Advantage engagements. With 20 years experience in the healthcare industry, Ms. King is a specialist in strategic planning, business/ program development, and vision/ future scenarios facilitation. She has focused her work, particularly, on assisting complex, multi-organization provider systems to develop, position, and re-design their organizations, medical groups, and services/ programs for improved market, growth, and financial performance.

A consultant and facilitator for more than eight years – starting her own boutique practice in 2002, a Senior Vice President at Kaufman Hall from 2007 to 2009, and then re-starting her practice in 2010 – and a healthcare executive for more than ten years at California-based Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Ms. King brings relevancy via her provider-side experiences and, as well, breadth of viewpoint via her consultant-side relationships. These client engagements include various board and management retreats; organization-wide strategic plans, marketplace growth plans, and future vision forecasting; service line- or program-specific business planning and development; and new care model or new business model planning and rapid prototype execution. Her client portfolio includes Cedars-Sinai Medical Group (Los Angeles, CA), Sutter Health System (Sacramento, CA), MultiCare Health System (Tacoma, WA), USC University Hospital (Los Angeles, CA), Summa Health (Akron, OH), St. Joseph Health System/ Mission Hospital (Laguna Beach, CA), Community Health Network (Indianapolis, IN), Loyola Medicine (Chicago, IL), University North Texas Health Science Center (Forth Worth, TX), and others.

She is a frequent speaker and writer on healthcare strategy, business development, and innovation topics for national healthcare professional organizations and conferences. She has provided dozens of guest presentations for USC, UCLA, and California State University MBA or MHA programs and students. She is co-founder of BLU Ideas and Innovations, a new company formed in 2010 dedicated to facilitating groups of healthcare executives and physicians to spark change and new ideas in healthcare. And she is currently President of Health Care Executives of Southern California, a 1,000-member, independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Currently teaching: HCM 424: Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Planning.

Biography

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources from Chapman University in Orange, California. Mark also holds a lifetime SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Mark currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at MBK Senior Living. MBK provides Seniors with Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, and associated services. MBK has nearly 2000 Associates in six States.

In addition to his experience at MBK, Mark has over 30 years of experience as a Human Resources and Administration Executive. He has worked in a variety of industries including: Automotive, Staffing, Internet, Medical Device, and Dental industries. He has successfully lead Administrative functions for these large and medium-sized companies where he has been responsible for Employee Relations, Recruiting, Risk Management, Organizational Development, Total Rewards, Purchasing, and Payroll.

Assistant Professor

Biography

Kellie has been teaching since 2008 and has taught classes at California State University Long Beach, Concordia University Irvine and Long Beach City College. She has taught courses in Writing, Public Speaking, Workplace Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Argumentation and Debate and Interviewing. Kellie enjoys teaching all areas of Communication Studies but tend to focus on Organizational Communication, Professional Writing and Public Speaking. She enjoys teaching at Concordia University because it allows her to combine her love of teaching with her Christian beliefs.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A., California State University Long Beach (May 2010)
  • B.A., California State University Long Beach (May 2007)

Courses Taught

IOP/NPL 311, Writing in the Workplace

Organizational Psychology

Social Psychology

Degrees Earned

  • 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.

Training and Talent Development

Biography

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.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Organizational Leadership, Chapman University
  • B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine

Courses Taught

IOP 431, Training and Talent Development

  • Friederich, Geoffrey

Human Resource Strategies

Degrees Earned

  • 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

Biography

Gilbert has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and a MA. in Psychology from Pepperdine University. He currently 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.

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., Theology, Concordia University, Seward, NE

Courses Taught

IOP/NPL 305, Christianity and Contempory Culture

Biography

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, not-for-profit 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 leadership development, 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).

Courses Taught

IOP 421, Measurement of Human Performance

  • Ouellet, Dawn Duckworth-

Social Psychology

Degrees Earned

  • 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

Biography

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 Online Bachelor's Degrees. 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.

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D. Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
  • M.A. School Administration, Pepperdine University
  • B.A. Cirriculum and Instruction, Concordia University, Chicago, IL

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

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

Professional Involvement

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

Expertise

  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational management
  • Strategic planning

Special Interests and Activities

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Sports cars

Courses Taught

IOP/NPL 483 Business Ethics

Assistant Professor

Biography

Kellie has been teaching since 2008 and has taught classes at California State University Long Beach, Concordia University Irvine and Long Beach City College. She has taught courses in Writing, Public Speaking, Workplace Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Argumentation and Debate and Interviewing. Kellie enjoys teaching all areas of Communication Studies but tend to focus on Organizational Communication, Professional Writing and Public Speaking. She enjoys teaching at Concordia University because it allows her to combine her love of teaching with her Christian beliefs.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A., California State University Long Beach (May 2010)
  • B.A., California State University Long Beach (May 2007)

Courses Taught

IOP/NPL 311, Writing in the Workplace

  • Robison, Michele

Employee Motivation/Attitude Theory

Degrees Earned

  • 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

Degrees Earned

  • 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.

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