J.D.; University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA
B.A. in Political Science; San Francisco State University; San Francisco, CA
Professor Anderson graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from San Francisco State University. He got his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). At Boalt, he earned “Best Oral Argument in Moot Court and the American Jurisprudence” award in Contracts.
He began his legal career at the Westside law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips where he specialized in Securities and Banking law. He then moved on to Western Federal Savings & Loan Association in Marina del Rey. There, he started as Assistant General Counsel and subsequently was promoted to Senior Vice President – Loan Operations.
After leaving Western Federal Savings, he helped to develop several start-up ventures in communications and recycling. He continues to serve as general counsel for these entities as well as function in various business capacities, usually marketing.
He currently teaches at several other schools, mostly in law and legal related fields, including business.
He co-authored the book The Promises Game – How to Actually Do What You Want to Do. His claim to fame is that he has been to all fifty states.
M.A. in Economics; University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in Economics; University of La Verne; La Verne, CA
Professor Stephen Atchley has had four overlapping careers in education, business, entertainment and politics. He is currently working part time for three university faculties teaching undergraduate and graduate business studies. He has taught accounting, auditing, business management, economics, finance, and organizational theory for forty-four years as of 2019. In addition to college classes, he has taught middle school and high school mathematics and social studies for twelve years before retiring from that arena.
His business interests include online sales through Amazon and eBay, real estate brokerage, algae farming, and general construction.
Following an early interest in performance magic at age nine, The Amazing Stephen began entertaining professionally in 1994. His favorite engagement was for the 90th birthday party of Peter Drucker, noted management author and guru.
Stephen won election to the City Council of the City of Pomona in 2006, a position he held until 2012. During that time he served on the boards of several public agencies including the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, the Gold Line Joint Powers Authority, the Alameda Corridor East construction authority and the Pomona Valley Protective Agency water spreading grounds.
In 2009, he made the first of nineteen trips to mainland China, while representing a variety of business and government agencies. His travels took him to over fifty major cities spanning the entire country. His final trip was spent teaching American English to elementary and secondary Chinese English teachers.
The Atchleys have been married for over thirty years, blessed with eight children and one grandson.
Ph.D. in Education; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN.
M.B.A. in Non-Profit Management; Hope International University; Fullerton, CA
M.A. in Communication Studies; California State University, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
M.A.Ed. in Adult Education; Trident University; Cypress CA
M.S. in Education: Reading & Literacy; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN
B.A. in Speech Communication; California State University, Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
A.A. in Speech; Long Beach City College; Long Beach, CA
A.A. in General Studies; Columbia College; Los Alamitos, CA
English Language Learner Certificate (CLAD to CELT); University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Reading Certificate; University of California, Irvine Extension; Irvine, CA
Christina Baker is an educator, tutor and a writer for over ten years. She has experience teaching grades K-12 with an emphasis in the language arts for 7-12: reading, writing, English fundamentals, literature, and rhetoric. She even taught one year of 7th grade social studies during this time. She taught 5 years as a full-time teacher and 7 years as a substitute teacher, 1 year as a teacher’s aid, 8 years as a tutor for at-risk children and 3 years as a college instructor. As a teacher she worked in the Los Angeles County school districts title 1 schools in the public school and charter school system; as a tutor, she worked in both the Los Angeles and Orange County cities. As a college instructor, she worked on campuses in Los Angeles and Orange County, but teaching online nationally and internationally.
Currently, when Ms. Baker is not tutoring she works as an adult educator in numerous colleges, universities, and continuing education programs on campuses and online. She has taught many classes that include communication courses: speech, public speaking, oral communication, human communication and business communications; Business courses: hospitality management, English business communication and applied business law, and English courses: writing skills, technical writing, fundamentals of writing, fundamentals of reading, fundamentals of English, basic English, research methods, English composition1, English composition 2, Introduction of literature, computers and basic reading. She also has taught sociology, humanities, dynamics of interpersonal relationships and worked in a basic skills lab as an instructor.
Christina Baker’s scholarly background is very diverse in the fact that she attended educational courses on various campuses and online. Baker earned her first masters (MA) in communication studies: speech from California State University, Los Angeles and her multiple subject teaching credential and single-subject English teaching credential; MS in education: reading and literacy from Capella University; MBA in non-profit management from Hope International University; and is finishing her MAED in adult education from Trident International University. Her BA is in speech communication from California State University, Long Beach. Christina Baker has taken over 20 specialized training sessions geared for teaching, lesson planning, and academic procedures and obtained a reading certificate from the University of California, Irvine Extension and finishing an English language learner certificate from University of California, Los Angeles.
M.A. in Psychology; Antioch University; Los Angeles, CA
M.Div.; St. John’s Seminary; Camarillo, CA
B.A. in Psychology; Adlai E. Stevenson College; University of California, Santa Cruz
Jim is a Southern California native. He studied for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, obtaining a Master’s of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary. After spending several years in church ministry, he switched career paths and has been working in higher education administration. He continues to lead retreats, present workshops, and provide liturgical & spiritual direction for the San Fernando Valley chapter of DignityUSA. He is the Research Administrator for the Travis Research Institute (TRI) at the School of Psychology of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.
Deacon Jim is an avid movie-watcher and Star Wars fan and collector. Some of his favorite inspirational people are Greg Louganis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Walt Disney, William Blake, Saint Francis of Assisi and Blessed Padre Miguel Pro. Because of his interdisciplinary background encompassing both humanities and social science, he has taught courses in philosophy, art history, psychology, the history/philosophy of science & technology, world religions, The Bible, and Christianity.
M.Ed. in Administration; Concordia University; Irvine, CA
Teaching Credentials, Social Sciences; California State University, Los Angeles
B.A. in Philosophy; California State University, Los Angeles
Evan Dagger has been a high school science teacher for 13 years, and has taught biology, anatomy, earth science and health. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles. Shortly after, Dagger received his credentials to teach life sciences, earth science, social science and health from California State University, Los Angeles. He then graduated from Concordia University (Irvine, CA) where he received a Masters in Education Administration. Currently, Dagger is pursuing his Masters in Philosophy.
Evan Dagger has studied philosophy with an emphasis on philosophy of science and environmental ethics. When he isn’t teaching, he spends time walking his dogs, traveling, and spending time on Reddit.
M.A. in English Literature; California State University, Northridge; Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in English; University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Robert Danielak was born in New York City and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English (2007) and a Master of Arts in English Literature with Distinction from California State University, Northridge (2011). His M.A. Thesis explored language and identity in contemporary ethnic American writers and essayists. Currently teaching ESL, English Composition, and Writing classes, Mr. Danielak has also taught Business English, Shakespeare, and English Literature at the college level. In addition, his passion for writing has taken him back to New York after graduation where he worked at several book publishers, one of them Hippocrene Books, Inc., on major memoir and non-fiction projects. In addition, while earning his M.A., Mr. Danielak worked with prolific Argentine-Armenian poet Alicia Ghiragossian and her non-profit human rights organization where he published his first book: Alicia G: The Poet Philosopher of the New Millennium (2009) which explored Alicia’s unique brand of poetry and the awareness her literature spreads about human rights issues around the world. The link between writing and promoting positive social change is one of the cornerstones of Mr. Danielak’s teaching philosophy. In the classroom, Mr. Danielak strives to instill his students with confidence in writing and the Language Arts as well as with an appreciation for the flourishing uses of writing and literature in our individual lives and in our society today. Outside the classroom, Mr. Danielak is constantly pursuing his passion as a working writer which he finds makes for great life lessons for his students who may also wish to work in creative fields.
Formerly Dr. Petra Lo
Ph.D. in Engineering in Chemistry; University of Newcastle, Australia; Callaghan NSW, Australia
M.B.A.; University of California, Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management; Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Engineering in Chemistry; University of Newcastle, Australia; Callaghan NSW, Australia
I am a serial entrepreneur with proven successes in evaluating opportunities, creating a business roadmap, launching new products, growing the business and exit. Through UCLA, through Fontana city and through my own boutique consulting firm, I have also coached, taught and consulted many technology entrepreneurs in launching and growing their businesses and raise money from investors. As a result, I was prominently featured as a success story and business connector in the book “Real Influence” by Mark Goulston, John Ullmen and Keith Ferrazi that was published in January this year.
In my Ph.D., I developed a technology for minerals processing called the Reflux Classifier, which is now being used around the world. The Australian Coal Society estimated that my technology saves the Australian coal industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year through optimizing extracts and waste reduction. As a result, I was presented with the Australian Technology Innovation award and was personally commended by the Australian Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Resources. Having commercialized this technology from a University lab, I understand the challenges and what is needed to bring innovation to real world applications.
Before starting my own company, I managed a $1B+ patent portfolio for James Hardie Industries (NYSE: JHX) after I developed and commercialized a major technology platform for the company. As a result, I have a deep knowledge of intellectual property, from its value to the legality involved in capturing it.
I am so excited about International business and education and IAU provides just the right platform for that. I truly feel that I have not just the qualification but also the drive and motivation for this job.
Here is an article about my work helping tech entrepreneurs raise money from angel investors and VCs: http://www.giangbiscan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/pressNV.pdf
I was prominently featured in the book “Real Influence” as a business success story and an influencer that investors call on to for identifying promising technology startups: http://www.amazon.com/Real-Influence-Persuade-Without-Pushing/dp/081442015X/
This is an article on Australian Minerals Gazette about the Reflux Classifier technology that I developed in my Ph.D.: http://www.giangbiscan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/mineralsgazette1.jpg
My LinkedIn profile which shows endorsements and references for my work: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petralo
M.B.A.; Westcliff University; Irvine, CA
Deryk Doan was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. After moving to the United States, he studied computer science at California State University, Fullerton. In 2011, he earned his M.B.A. from Westcliff University, Irvine. His professional career has been dedicated to developing skills as a post-secondary education staff and faculty, taking on interesting projects, and learning from the great leaders, strategists, managers and excellent colleagues with whom he has had the privilege to work with.
Professor Doan began working at International American University as an administrator in 2008. As an educator, he is enthusiastic about making a difference in students' lives by inspiring their potential for great futures. Working with students keeps him on his toes while providing opportunities for the students to express their creativity. Being at IAU has given him the opportunity to work with innovative strategists, managers, and leaders who are expertise in their fields of work, while also giving him valuable time to spend with his personal interests and endeavor.
Ph.D. in Leadership and Management; Atlantic International University; Honolulu, HI
M.B.A.; Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA
B.S. in Business; Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA
Dr. Catherine Garcia is a Professor at the University of Phoenix and DeVry University teaching MBA Strategic Planning, Organizational Leadership, Consulting and Project Management courses.
Formerly, Dr. Garcia served as CEO of the 51st District Agricultural Association for the State of California. She served under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and oversaw the largest agricultural district within the state, and a team of 180 seasonal employees whose job it was to execute the operations of the State Valley Fair. Prior to leading the 51st District Agricultural Association, ie.: The Valley Fair, Dr. Garcia was the Executive Vice President for the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, promoting growth and development for local businesses and the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Coachella, overseeing Coachella’s parks, recreation facilities and programs.
Dr. Garcia holds an MBA in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Management from Atlantic International University. Dr. Garcia enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cycling, and is passionate about education and developing others.
Ph.D. in Organization and Management; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A. in Financial Management; National University; San Diego, CA
M.P.A. in Public Administration and Planning; Pepperdine University; Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in General Studies (Political Science/History); Chaminade University of Honolulu; Honolulu, HI
Diploma; Defense Systems Management College; Ft. Belvoir, VA
Diploma; U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College; Quantico, VA
Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture; Universidad de Salamanca; Salamanca, Spain
California Teaching Credential (Lifetime) Community College
Welcome everyone, I am Dr. Richard Gayer. I have been teaching at various universities over 15 years, including Park University, George Mason University, Webster University, and UCLA. My degrees include MPA, MBA (Financial Management), and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. I also have a certificate from la Universidad de Salamanca in Spain in international business and culture. Over the years, I have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in accounting, finance, managerial accounting, international business, and strategy. I also taught classes in Japan and Puerto Rico. I have also served on several doctoral committees involving student dissertations.
I have had senior executive experience in government and private business sectors. I had positions with the US Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, an international security company, a major aerospace company, and was a managing director for a trading company involved in Latin America and the Pacific Rim. I have also been involved in consulting in the international and domestic strategic management areas with a major consulting firm. My academic interests are business strategy, international business strategy, cross-culture management, international finance, and am currently writing a book on public safety management and strategy, and an article on international corruption.
Ph.D. in Organization and Management; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Ontario, CA
B.S. in Applied Sciences and Management; University of California at Davis; Davis CA
Dr. David Johnson has been in higher education for many years, having begun his academic career with his bachelor degree from UC Davis in 1983. After working for two decades in all related management fields for some of the largest corporations in the US, Dr. Johnson went back to obtain both his MBA and Ph.D. as an adult learner. Dr. Johnson is experienced and has expertise in profit and loss management, labor resource optimization, retail merchandising, marketing, startups/turnarounds, employee relations/retention, customer relationship management, vendor/supplier administration, and staff training and development. He is currently in charge of staff development for his district while managing one of the business units.
Dr. Johnson also earned both his Six Sigma Green Belt and his Black Belt certification, which are techniques and tools used for process improvement.
Dr. Johnson also worked overseas in the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga where he was responsible for including budgeting, directing, marketing, planning, engineering new systems, transportation and operations systems in the largest vocational agriculture school in the country. He also administered and was in charge of class materials and outlines, and wrote Tonga’s first vocational agricultural syllabi in their language.
Dr. Johnson has been married for 33 years to his wonderful wife, Betsy; and has three children. His eldest graduated from UC San Diego then finished her graduate studies at Rensselaer, his middle daughter graduated from Stanford, and his son graduated from UC San Diego in Mechanical Engineering and now works for the U.S. Department of the Navy.
Ed.D. Educational Leadership; Argosy University; Orange, CA
M.A. Curriculum/Instruction; Argosy University; Orange, CA
M.A. in International Affairs (Political Science); California State University, Sacramento; Sacramento, CA
B.S. in International Business; Babson College; Babson Park, MA
Dr. Michael Kahler earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. He has an M.A. in International Affairs from C.S.U.S. as well as a B.S. in Business from Babson College. He teaches a variety of business courses with a specialty in Marketing and Management. Dr. Kahler has lived in Japan, Italy, and France and enjoys working with students from around the world.
Dr. Kahler has extensive experience in the field of education. He is an educational consultant as well as an adjunct faculty member for several colleges. He is a member of the National Business Educators Association.
Dr. Kahler has a background in political and managerial consulting. His political advising includes local and international political campaigns. His specialty is branding and social media marketing for candidates and parties. Dr. Kahler also advises international companies that are interested in importing goods or setting up corporate offices in the United States.
M.F.A. in Screenwriting; University of Texas; Austin, TX
M.A. in English; Truman State University; Kirksville, MO
B.A. in English; Truman State University; Kirksville, MO
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Rachel Kempf earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Truman State University and holds an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to Los Angeles in 2015, she developed an understanding of the special challenges ESL students face while working as a teacher and administrator at POLY Languages Academy. She also serves on the Children’s Education Committee at her Quaker meeting, where she teaches First Day School. In addition to her work as an educator, she has ten years’ experience as an editor, writing tutor, and technical writer.
Rachel’s plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities across the U.S., and her short films have won both national and international acclaim. She is also an essayist whose writing has been included in Random House’s 2006 anthology, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. As a writer, she understands that the writing process can be scary and frustrating, but she hopes to create an environment where students are comfortable expressing themselves and excited to use their critical thought, creativity, and knowledge to help each other improve.
Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education; UCLA; Los Angeles, CA
M.Ed. in Education & Communication; Aquinas College; Grand Rapid, MI
B.A. in English & Psychology; Grand Valley State University; Allendale, MI
Dr. Amanda Kenderes earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education from UCLA in 2012. Owing to her interdisciplinary background, she has taught courses in Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Education, English (composition, creative writing and literature), Political Science, Business, Gender Studies and Media Studies.
With an international upbringing that spans five continents, Dr. Kenderes is interested in issues of communication and culture. She has over ten years of teaching experience in Korea, Michigan, and California. Her professional work experience includes a variety of employers, including the United Nations (UNESCO), UCLA, and Loyola Law School.
J.D.; George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
B.S. in Accounting and Finance; Indiana University; Indianapolis, IN
Talha Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a focus in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University, and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University.
Before joining the legal career, Khan served as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young, where he audited several Fortune 500 companies. After attaining legal education, he joined a private law firm where he practiced litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Currently, Khan serves as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County, where he prosecutes a wide variety of crimes and handles cases through all stages of litigation including jury trial. He is admitted to practice by state bars of Illinois, Indiana, and California. He is fluent in Urdu.
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology; University of Hertfordshire; Hertfordshire, UK
M.A. in Criminal Justice; Chapman University; Orange, California
B.A. in Criminal Justice; Chapman University; Orange, California
Director of Business and Operations for Sentinel Offender Services in Los Angeles, CA 2013 - present. VP of Operations for a small boutique style Private Investigations firm (ASTIS Investigations 2001 - 2013) based in Southern California, specializing in Gang enhancement cases, private client relations and all matters of private investigations.
Published author in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Published author on Terrorism/Martyrdom (2010), Gang activity (2013), multiculturalism in Law enforcement (2013) and the War in Afghanistan (2015) Course, content developer and curriculum designer in all criminal justice/homeland security related courses for many colleges and universities. Developed three stand alone Bachelor level Criminal Justice programs for different colleges and universities. Also developed dozens of stand alone courses for varied colleges in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security/Emergency Management.
Trainer for Los Angeles Police Department in police operations and terrorism, trainer for Riverside Public Defenders of gangs and terrorism. Trainer for California correctional workers on gang related matters and terrorism extremism. Trainer for Los Angeles County Bar Association on criminal gang cases.
Two years military police experience, fifteen years loss prevention, private security, investigative experiences. Combined, over twenty-four years experience in private sector security, loss prevention, management, business and customer service.
Extensive experience in forensics through training by National Institute of Justice. Extensive training via the Department of Defense on anti-terrorism, computer related fraud and identity fraud. Training though Center for Homeland Security and Defense of Terrorism, Terrorism Extremism and Finance/Funding of Terrorism activity. Extensive emergency preparedness training through the Department of Veteran Affairs. Extensive training and certifications on drug overdose, drug training and street gang related drug trade. Mental Health First Aid Training and CPR/First Aid trainer and Core facilitator.
Memberships held in: Infragard, ASIS, ACFE (Associationg of Certified Fraud Examiners), American Society of Criminology, Justice Research and Statistics Association and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
M.B.A. in Information Systems; California State University Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
B.S. in Business Administration; University of Phoenix; Long Beach, CA
Christopher Lloyd earned his MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from California State University Long Beach in 2012. Professor Lloyd teaches as an adjunct professor for courses in management, marketing, business, information systems management, and computer information systems for undergraduate and graduate level courses. His responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and attending conferences and symposiums addressing strategic management, digital marketing, and search engine optimization. Professor Lloyd’s “learning through application” approach earns him high praise from his students. His genuine interest in their career advancement and personal betterment can be seen in each of his lectures.
While relatively new to academia, professor Lloyd is no stranger to helping others understand the nuances of effective management. As a principal of his own small business consultancy and digital content generation firm, professor Lloyd has 9 years of experience leveraging his business and digital marketing acumen to the benefit of his clients.
Like many entrepreneurs, professor Lloyd draws from a wide base of experience. His professional career started as a systems consultant for Lucent Technologies, where he was instrumental in the design, implantation, and administrator and end user training for business communications systems for small businesses to Fortune 100 organizations. After getting his feet wet in traditional communications, he worked in a project management capacity for an international VoIP carrier. Managing implementations in China, Vietnam, Pakistan, and here in the U.S. professor Lloyd gained valuable international experience. With a host of real-world experience under his belt, he migrated to a software QA engineer position for the Clarent Corporation. At the time, Clarent was the preeminent VoIP hardware provider to many international carriers, edging out Cisco for precious market share. After the dot com collapse at the turn of the millennium, professor Lloyd migrated to the real estate finance industry where he worked as a mortgage banker, and later partnered with a friend in the industry to launch a branch office in Hawaii for his then California-based employer.
Professor Lloyd’s 18 years of professional experience with a customer-centric focus has proven a valuable asset as an educator. His breadth of experience across multiple industries and business disciplines allows him to assist students from numerous backgrounds. As a father of 3 children, a business owner, and an educator; professor Lloyd is well equipped to see the world from multiple perspectives. When he’s not working or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children (9, 5, and 22 months old) around their home town in Long Beach or on the water in Lake Havasu. For the rare moments he can steal away for himself, you’ll find him mountain biking, or designing and building various woodworking projects for family and friends. His current academic pursuits include a feasibility study and cost analysis on the migration of select public school districts to exclusively electronic media.
Psy.D. Phillips Graduate Institute; Chatsworth, CA
M.B.A. in Business Administration; University of Redlands; Redlands, CA
B.A. in Sociology; University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Jim Lott is an organization and management psychologist who specializes in providing health care organizations with strategic thinking/planning, management development, communications management, change management, organization and stakeholder development expertise.
Dr. Lott was the first Chief Strategy Officer for recently-opened Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development for the 131-bed general acute care hospital serving the Second Supervisorial District and one of the poorest communities in the nation. He was formerly an executive vice president with the Hospital Association of Southern California, where he was responsible for health care policy development, advocacy, and association communications for hospitals serving Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
Dr. Lott also served a five-year stint as the president and chief executive officer of the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, a trade association representing the hospitals and health systems in the southern-most region of California.
Prior to San Diego, Dr. Lott served for nine years as staff director and chief consultant to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services of the California Legislature. He also held various administrative, policy development and advocacy positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services over a six-year period.
Dr. Lott earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology at Cal State L.A., his MBA degree at the University of Redlands, and he earned his doctorate in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University.
Dr. Lott is the California State Senate appointee to the Citizens Financial Accountability and Oversight Committee for the state’s stem cell program. Also, he serves on the boards of the National Health Foundation, the Insure the Uninsured Project and the editorial board of Payers and Providers.
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Woodland Hills, CA
B.A. in History; California State University, Northridge; Northridge, CA
Ira Lovitch is a seasoned executive team leader in sales, marketing and general management, working with organizations in the advertising, public relations, e-commerce, telecommunications, construction and financial services industries. His professional background includes the deployment and project management of successful organizational and market development strategies for over 20 years in a wide range of markets and industries, both globally and nationally.
Ira’s background includes a 7-year stint as Senior Account Manager at Harte-Hanks, international marketing firm providing strategic guidance and tactical execution of integrated direct marketing programs for blue-chip client companies. Currently, Ira serves a leading California construction firm as a marketing and customer relationship liaison, providing financial analysis of potential marketing opportunities, selecting appropriate marketing targets, crafting marketing approaches, and hiring, training and mentoring other marketing personnel. Additionally, Ira privately offers business strategy, customer relationship/value management, and financial services consulting.
Ira is a certified facilitator of both The Quality Advantage and Quality Action Team workshops, which he has presented nationally. Ira Lovitch has earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and he received his BA from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Lovitch teaches onground and online classes for the University of Phoenix in both the undergraduate and graduate business departments, as well as directed study and online courses for American Heritage University, which specializes in international student education. In addition, Mr. Lovitch facilitates financial and mathematics courses for the Los Angeles Community College district.
M.B.A.; University of California, Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management; Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in English Literature; California State University at Fullerton; Fullerton, CA
Mara Murphy is a noted marketing consultant and authority who also enjoys the role of adjunct faculty at the post-secondary level. She specializes in marketing, communications and business topics that allow her to bring the real world to the classroom. She finds that hands-on marketing experience and teaching marketing complement each other: her consulting and involvement in marketing services bring practical insights to make theory come alive; teaching at the post-secondary level adds an appreciation for higher-level business and marketing concepts to her consulting.
Ms. Murphy began her career in the insurance industry in Chicago but soon returned to her home grounds in southern California. She has worked in the advertising industry, including for Chiat/Day Advertising, known for its breakthrough approaches. She has also held several client side and consulting roles where she expanded businesses which sell directly to the end user, including ecommerce firms.
She also has a specialty in natural health, springing from her personal passion for fitness, which has led to director-level management positions and several client engagements. Her consulting practice has included clients as large as Transamerica Insurance and as small as one-person shops. With her unique skills of leveraging customer databases and making use of online as well as offline marketing tools, she is able to help organizations of all sizes.
She earned her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management with a marketing emphasis and BA at Cal State Fullerton. She currently holds board-level positions on American Mar5keting Association of the Inland Empire. Ms Murphy has presented at many local and national marketing associations.
In addition to teaching at International American University, she teaches at University of Phoenix, where she helped develop the undergraduate advertising course, and is an advisory committee member for the University of Redlands Marketing Certificate Program.
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Phoenix, AZ
Elizabeth Nguyen is a Business Taxes Compliance Specialist for the California Department of Taxes and Fee Administration since 2011. She leads a team of government professionals for the largest district office in the State of California. This department successfully generates one third of the entire state’s revenue, allowing jobs and public services to be funded. She also holds a California Real Estate License and works in both commercial and residential real estate areas.
Ms. Nguyen earned a degree in Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and has professional experiences in different areas of business: management, training, sales, coordinating, marketing, compliance, audit, and business taxes. In addition to her professional involvements, she has also worked on numerous local projects with the Orange County Food Bank Drives and the Women of Power Conferences. These events were all non-profit efforts to help special causes for the community, and to also share information on new opportunities.
Aside from business, Ms. Nguyen spends her leisure time researching on natural medicine, health, and fitness. She believes in empowering people through knowledge of natural remedies to prevent diseases, improve mental clarity, and build strength physically.
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering; University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering; University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering; California Institute of Technology; Pasadena, CA
Certificate, Director's Training Program; University of California, Los Angeles - Anderson School of Management; Los Angeles CA
While Dr. Pottenger has worked with companies ranging from startups to multinationals, he has over 20 years experience at startup and early stage companies where he has obtained expertise in various aspects of starting and running growth-stage ventures, including: business planning; financing both private and public sources; market research and competitive analysis; corporate management as both officer and board member; establishing strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships; negotiating legal agreements; and developing, managing and licensing intellectual property portfolios for patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks.
Dr. Pottenger holds earned academics degrees from the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and UCLA. His doctoral program included a minor field in Entrepreneurship taken at UCLA's Graduate School of Management, where Dr. Pottenger also obtained certification from the Director's Training Institute executive education program. Dr. Pottenger has developed and taught classes for doctoral, master and bachelor classes in entrepreneurship, business plan writing, business law, corporate social responsibility, organizational leadership, strategic planning, international business, and various topics in mathematics.
M.A. in Communication; California State University, San Bernardino; San Bernardino, CA
My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Nelson, once wrote on my report card: "Andrea is an enthusiastic student, but sometimes her talking interrupts class."
This statement could not ring truer, as it’s the best way to describe me and my career destiny. From a young age, my intrinsic passions have been people and learning. This was reflected in my studies when I pursued a bachelor’s and master’s degree --in Communications. Shocking, I know.
From my master's program, I continued my quest for learning and working with people in higher education where I served as a career counselor, academic advisor, and adjunct professor. In the role of a professor, I taught my favorite subjects: people, culture, and, of course, Communications.
Surprise Mrs. Nelson, I became a teacher!
My life mantra is inspired by a Victor Frankl, a Holocaust concentration camp survivor. He stated, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” He felt that wherever we go we can find our own happiness. If we find ourselves in a situation where we are not happy, we then have to change ourselves.
Lastly, if you ever have any ideas to improve my courses and if you have done something in the past that you have enjoyed in another course, please let me know! I love receiving insight from my students and implementing their ideas in the classroom.
M.Ed. with a concentration in History; University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA
B.A. in Global Studies & Feminism; University of Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, CA
Nayeli Reyes holds a Masters in Education with an emphasis in History from University of California, Riverside and a Bachelor’s of Arts from History from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her educational background includes a range of interdisciplinary coursework that has provided her with academic training in social justice and minority issues. She has over nine years of teaching experience in Southern California for grades K-12 title 1 public and charter schools, as well as adult and continuation schools.
In addition to her academic career, Ms. Reyes enjoys exploring different cultures and has traveled to several countries. Most recently she had a yearlong sabbatical that allowed her to experience South America, Australia, and New Zealand in 2017. Through the rigors of her formal education and the myriad of perspectives afforded by her travels and experiences, Ms. Reyes has developed a passion and interest for minority issues, communication, culture, and issues pertaining to transnationalism and intersectionality.
D.B.A.; Westcliff University; Irvine, CA
M.S. in Economics; Academy of Government Administration Under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Dr. Alex Sherm served as the Director of Finance for Economic Development at the Department of the Treasury for the Government of Uzbekistan. He was responsible for analyzing the feasibility of FDI projects to determine credit worthiness and make final recommendations to the Prime Minister. While he was with the ministry of finance, he played an integral role in the planning, building, and in the implementation of the CIS economy. Dr. Sherm was responsible for the execution of special projects that guided Uzbek Central Bank monetary policy and provided key decision-making support to the office of the Prime Minister. He was responsible for the authorship of core components of the Uzbek Tax Code and tax guidelines governing the public and private sector economic development and capital investments.
While serving as Director of Finance for International Debt Management (Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan), he secured international institutional financing for capital and infrastructure projects undertaken by both government bodies and private enterprise. His experience includes working directly with such monetary institutions as the IMF, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Asian Development Bank, Morgan Stanley, and major global players in industries ranging from oil to agriculture to healthcare.
From his past work in economic development and project finance, he has vast experience in assisting companies to build business partnerships across borders, secure financing and lines of credit, and negotiating international contracts. For over 10 years, he was a lecturer and instructor of finance and economics while working in the government in Uzbekistan and enjoys sharing real life experience with his students.
Dr. Sherm has earned a Master’s Degree in Economics from top Universities in Uzbekistan, such as the Academy of Government Administration Under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. After considering his objectives, he made the important decision to pursue a Doctoral degree at Westcliff University, Irvine, CA (Valedictorian Graduate). He brings a unique global perspective to his teaching and is passionate about the power of education to support global communication and relationships.
Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership; Northcentral University; San Diego, CA
Bachelor of Business Administration; American Intercontinental University; Hoffman Estates, IL
A.A. in Business Administration; American Intercontinental University; Hoffman Hills Estates, IL
Joseph Siegmund has received his Ph. D in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University, Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University with concentration in Management and Bachelors in Business Administration from American InterContinental University with concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development. In addition to these academic achievements, Mr. Siegmund has 20 years of hands on business experience in operations, management, human resources, new business development and strategic growth planning.
Mr. Siegmund’s professional business experiences include working in Client Services for a tax and Payroll Company, Owning and Managing two startup heating and air conditioning companies in Southern California, National Sales Manager for an international controls company and currently as the Vice President of Operations for same international controls company. Mr. Siegmund enjoys developing and growing new business concepts from inception to market.
Mr. Siegmund has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America since he turned 18 and became an adult according to the BSA rules. As a scout Mr. Siegmund attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the scouting program, and currently participates in the scouting program with his 3 sons. Scouting has provided many opportunities for Mr. Siegmund to participate in the training and development of both scouts and adult scout leaders, and he has assisted in the development of new training protocols.
Mr. Siegmund also enjoys golfing, scuba diving, backpacking and skiing as often as he, his wife and children can make the time to play.
Mr. Siegmund looks forward to participating in the education process and desires to facilitate learning through interactions with students, utilizing the insights and thoughts developed in the classroom to form synergy between the students and instructor.
M.A. in Counseling Psychology; Pepperdine University; Malibu, CA
B.A. in Psychology; Kent State University; Kent, OH
AOS; Le Cordon Bleu, Culinary Arts; California School of Culinary Arts; Pasadena, CA
Walter Stepp also attended Capella University. He earned a master of arts in counseling psychology from Pepperdine University in 1988. He is also a graduate of Kent State University and Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA. Since 1983 Walter has worked as a counselor, social worker, and chef. He is a certified ServSafe instructor and has supervised the food service program at a residential substance abuse treatment program where he provided vocational training to recovering addicts including teaching food safety procedures.
As a social worker he provided training to foster parents and taught parenting to parents of abused children. Walter spent 13 years as a social worker for Los Angeles County where he investigated child abuse cases and managed a caseload of abused children and their families. He prepared reports for the Juvenile Court and was often called upon to provide expert testimony on child abuse cases. He also consulted with law enforcement, educators, medical providers, and mental health professionals as part of his duties.
Walter is a member of the American Psychological Association and now wishes to concentrate on teaching and conducting research. He has been teaching at IAU since 2015.
Ph.D. Currently pursuing a Ph.D in Theology; Grand Canyon University, AZ
M.Div. in Theological Studies; Fuller Theological Seminary; Pasadena, CA
B.A. in Theological Studies; Life Pacific College; San Dimas, CA
California Institutes of the Arts; Graphic Design; Valencia, CA
Professor Avalon Jeremiah Sookdeo was born in Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Islands. He moved to and grew up in Pasadena, California at the age eight. He began his first college studies in an art institute studying Graphic Design for two years. Avalon soon began working within the field at Universal Studios as a digital restorer on various Hollywood movies. Universal soon moved his artistic team to their sister company Todd AO audio and visual department in Santa Monica, California. However, despite his growing success in the post-production field, Professor Avalon decided on changing his career path to pursue the study of theology.
In 2002, he started his journey into the theological world at Life Pacific College and earned his Bachelor in Pastoral and Theological studies. After graduating in 2006 he started his professional clerical career as an assistant pastor to Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California. He served the local Christian community with various tasks involving weekly Bible studies, Sunday homilies, led and develop evangelistic outreach teams, which developed into international opportunities to the Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, and Mexico. He was appointed as a Church Board member, which he soon began training members into key leadership positions for the advancement of spiritual growth.
In 2012, Professor Avalon decided on going back to school to continue to enhance his theological grasp. He began a three year journey at Fuller Theological Seminary to earn his Masters in Divinity. In 2015, after graduating he began his academic teaching career where he began teaching students about various religious areas of concern, some classes includes Apologetics, Jesus the Torah Scholar, Hermeneutics, Communication in Missions, Greek, Hebrew History, Faith and Family, Science and the Bible and many more.
As an educator, he is passionate to empower people to discover that they have a purpose here on Earth and to know what makes them passionate in life. Professor Avalon whole heartily embraces the idea that everyone has been given great potential within, they just need to know how to unlock that greatness!
Whenever he is not preparing for a lecture he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, karaoke, and praying for others.
M.A. in English; Truman State University; Kirksville, MO
Nick Toti is an experienced teacher and administrator at every level of education from Pre-K to college. He graduated with a Master of the Arts in English from Truman State University in 2010 and has taught at schools such as TSU, within the Kirksville R-III School District, Our Savior Lutheran, and Open Door Preschool where he also assisted with grant writing and accreditation. Apart from working in education, he is also an accomplished writer and filmmaker.
M.B.A. in Finance; Pepperdine University, The Graziadio School of Business and Management; Malibu, CA
B.A. in Economics/International Area Studies (Accounting and Computers); University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Luz Ugas is a Cross-functional and results oriented professional with 15+ years experience in Project Management, Finance, and Information Technology, with proven knowledge for driving efficiency and productivity through evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process improvements. Highly skilled in SAP, Business Warehouse, Cognos and other financial systems with experience in different industries such as: media and entertainment, healthcare, and public accounting. She has worked for companies, such as: Ernst & Young, Universal Studios, Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount Studios, Kaiser, and Tenet Healthcare.
Bilingual – fluent in Spanish. She holds Master of Business Administration. – Finance Emphasis from Pepperdine University, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Malibu, CA and Bachelor of Arts in Economics/International Area Studies.
Luz Ugas is affiliated with the following organizations: Member of UCLA Alumni Association (Special Events Committee) 1999 – Present, Member – California Hispanic Corporate Council 2003 – 2005, Mentor – IBM National Talent Mentoring Program (NTMP) 2008 – 2009, and Member and past board member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s 1999 – Present.
M.A.Ed.; Concordia University; Portland, OR
B.A. in Literature and Instruction/English; Uzbek State World Languages University; Tashkent, UZ
Nadira Usmanova was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. For almost 8 years, she taught various levels of ESL classes to the Russian and Uzbek speakers. She is a certified TESOL instructor and has administered a range of professional teacher training sessions in her country. In 2010, she was selected as a foreign exchange student for THIESPA exchange program in Athens, Greece where she had an opportunity to continue her Greek language education at National Kapodistriako University of Athens. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 from the Uzbek State World Languages University in Tashkent, UZ. Her major specialized in Linguistics and Philology and minor in Methodology and Pedagogy of teaching foreign languages.
From 2013-2014, Nadira continued her career as an elementary school teacher at Tashkent International School for K-1st grade. She moved to California, USA in May of 2014 and continued as a part-time After School Program instructor for Citizens of the World Charter School. Her daily duties included, but not limited to, teaching enrichment classes to K-1st graders and periodically substituting for other teachers.
She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in June, 2015 from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Her degree program focused on Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education. Her capstone thesis was based on developing interpersonal skills in children through implementing technology in early stages of learning.
Since August 2015, Nadira has been working as an Academic Advisor and Coordinator for Instructional Support at International American University. Due to her recent maternity leave, she switched to a part-time adjunct instructor position. She is currently a part-time D.B.A. student at IAU and expects to receive her degree by 2018. She has one daughter and a son.
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Gardena, CA
B.S. in Business/ Human Resources Management; University of Phoenix, Gardena, CA
In November of 2014 Mr. VaLentine completed his Bachelor of Science in Business and Human Resources Management with the University of Phoenix and within one year completed the Master's Program in Business Administration with the University of Phoenix as well, in December 2015.
Mr. VaLentine has been a project based learning instructor throughout LA county with Junior Achievement Los Angeles teaching from Kindergarten to high school since 2014. He currently works in human resources senior management. After 10 years of experience his areas of expertise include but are not limited to strategic advising on organizational restructuring, employment law, multi-level management training and workforce development, determining organizational deficiencies and building development plans to fill gaps, contract negotiations, organizational development, strategic management/ planning, and supporting diversity in the workplace.
Mr. VaLentine also serves as CEO/ President of VS. VNS Entertainment LLC, a film and music production company whose clients include The National Council of Negro Woman and MTV Music Television. He is also the creator and executive producer of C. Squared (Crucial Conversations), a talk show currently on the Revry and Hulu platforms.
Serving as an executive board member for the REACH LA organization Mr. VaLentine continues to support diversity and rights equality for all.
Ph.D. in Global Business, Leadership and Sustainability; Northcentral University; San Diego, CA
J.D.; Janus University; Newport, CA
M.S. in Psychology; University of Phoenix; Pasadena, CA
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Pasadena, CA
B.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Pasadena, CA
I am an investment strategist and lecturer with 20+ years of diverse global experience: Europe, Middle-East, and U.S. I manage portfolios in separate accounts for my clients with a focus on U.S. and international exchange traded funds, mutual funds, and U.S. stocks. In addition, I teach corporate finance, personal finance, financial theory, investments, economics, and organizational leadership and management.
Specialties: Turnaround expert and leadership development to support strategy and revenue growth. Inspire people and organizations to achieve extraordinary results. Dynamic higher education executive and lecturer with excellent writing and speaking skills. Experienced investment strategist, and portfolio manager.
Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (Leadership and Organizational Change); Walden University; Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A. Management; West Coast University; Los Angeles, CA
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Business Management); Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI
Dr. Young graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Business. He spent time as an HR director and consultant with many Aerospace firms. Dr. Young has worked in numerous management positions for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Eco Polymers, Hughes, and PM-10 Consultants specializing in the area of Human resource, business management, and business operations.
Dr. Young received his MBA from West Coast University with an emphasis in management and his PhD from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Making with specializations in Organizational Change and Leadership. Dr. Young is a senior faculty member and has been teaching for the University of Phoenix in their Undergraduate and Graduate Business Management Program for over 14 years.
Dr. Young has been involved in two successful start-up companies since 1995 that are still operating today in a growth environment. He functions as a consultant in business development, operations, management, entrepreneurialism, and human resources.
Dr. Young is currently on the Executive Board Secretary of JBEAD Foundation which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that assists young professionals with unmet financial aid needs to acquire an education within a community built on the strengths of a culturally diverse population.