Cynthia Allen has several years experience in career counseling. She has worked in the university system as a student-services representative, advisor and director, developing a variety of different programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Allen’s focus has been on counseling students—at various age levels—to aid in the development of their careers; she also has a knack for building rapport with local companies to help them get the right person in the right job. She received her BS degree from California State University, Northridge, and her MBA, with a focus on human resources, from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.
For over a decade, Phyllis Causey has been an IT expert, creating and designing content for corporations as well as training and managing their employees. Miss Causey has also lent her knowledge to help in the academic world, writing programs to streamline the administrative needs of institutions and their students’ files. She received both her BS and M.Ed. from Wayne State University, with a focus on Information Systems Management and Interactive Technologies, respectively.
Francois d’Ours has almost 30 years of experience running successful companies. He started an employment magazine from scratch, then built it into one of the biggest publications of its kind in the United States. He is also the co-founder and president of Seibun Educational International, an organization that currently serves over 150,000 students throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. d’Ours has won numerous awards for excellence in management, sales and for serving the city, county and US Military and received his BA, majoring in business and English, from Westminster College in Missouri.
After graduating with a BA from the University of San Diego, Mr. Durnin worked as dean of activities and then principal in the San Diego high-school system, overseeing all instructional, development, personnel and fiscal operations. His completion of an MS in educational management from the University of LaVerne helped him move into the position of college director, where he was able to further hone his academic skills. In 2004, Durnin then took all he’d learned in the world of education and created his own venture in the form of Vision Integration Resources (VIR), where he currently runs a curriculum for the professional development of educators.
Stuart Fried is a highly successful recruiting specialist with more than 20 years in executive search and contract recruiting, corporate human resources, career coaching, outplacement and training, and has helped more than 5000 individuals develop and manage their careers. He received his BS in accounting and marketing from Rider University and later completed his MS in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Marina del Rey, California. Fried also worked as an MFCC intern, providing psychotherapy counseling to individuals, couples and children at both a private practice and non-profit counseling center.
Uwe Gemba has extensive experience overseeing students and student programs. He spent seven years with the prestigious Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California, serving as Headmaster from 2002 until 2006. Before joining Fairmont, Gemba served as Headmaster of German School Manila for six years. He has MS and MA degrees in romance languages and sports sciences from the University of Bochum in Germany, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Gemba is currently the co-founder, President, and CEO of Eucasia Schools Worldwide, Inc.
Howard Goldman has more than 25 years experience in finance and operations. After completing his BS degree in economics and accounting from the University of Bristol in the UK, he began working for a major public accounting firm, specializing in EDP audit and computer systems consulting. In addition to spending a number of years in consulting roles, Goldman has held executive positions at companies like Warner Communications, Reuters and Glovia International, and has successfully undertaken projects in Germany, Switzerland, Israel and Japan.
Pierre Kandorfer, Ph.D.
Dr. Kandorfer has a colorful resume, including, author, reporter, PR and media consultant as well as commercial pilot. His background includes working as a TV reporter and editor and creating the Founder of Aviation Television, which aired on a series of cable channels. He has worked as CEO and Director of Programming for the EuroChannel and also directed the European Syndication of etvHollywood, Inc. Dr. Kandorfer won first prize at an international short-film festival, speaks several languages and currently runs his own media-communications company.
Khalid Khawaja, Ph.D.
Dr. Khawaja has worked with US-based learning lifecycle management software provider DigiLore, Inc., where he served as chief software architect, directing the architecture, technological vision and release of the company’s line of products. Prior to that, he worked as a solutions architect and project manager at InfiniteTiers Advanced Software Technologies, constructing systems for Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Khawaja is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and holds BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in Computer and Electrical Engineering.
Abdi Lajevardi began his career in education in 1985 as Regional Executive Director of Associate Technical College in California, after which he co-founded the International Education Corporation (IEC). Lajevardi has had a significant impact on a number of institutions and has served as the President of the United Education Institution, COO of Fairmont Private Schools and as the Chair of the Distance Education sub-committee of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Since co-founding Pro Education Group, Mr. Lajevardi has provided key staffing and consulting services to numerous academic institutions.
Carmen McCormick, Esq.
With more than 13 years experience as an attorney, Carmen McCormick has extensive experience advising companies on business plans, asset protections and litigation. She has facilitated alliances between businesses and venture capital groups and has been instrumental in launching several successful startup companies. McCormick has successfully defended large companies against wrongful termination lawsuits and is practiced in venture capital negotiations and in helping establish new corporate structures. She received her BA from State University New York, her law degree from Northern Illinois College of Law and is licensed to practice in New York, Washington, DC and California. She is currently in private practice.
John Matsis has over 20 years of experience in the career education field, including his tenure as a Commission Representative for the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). He was the founding Executive Director of the Winner Institute of Arts and Sciences, where he oversaw every detail from curriculum development to licensing to securing student financing. He has also served as Executive Director of the Academy of Medical and Business Careers and the Career Blazers Learning Center. He received his BFA from Kent State University in Ohio.
With over 30 years experience in marketing and communications, Roger Merrill has worked for some of the top corporations in the nation, including: Merrill Lynch, Prudential, New York Life, Met Life, Xerox, IBM, AT&T, American Express, as well as the National Security Agency, creating marketing and educational materials to outfit each organization’s specific needs.
Daniel Milner is a seasoned systems engineer, working for both the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health where he led teams of analysts and programmers during development, testing, and operations phases of information systems. He currently holds the VP post at PartyEarth.com, managing day-to-day operations of the global, startup media company, which publishes online reviews and travel guidebooks. Milner received his BS in systems engineering at the University of Virginia and has completed exchange programs at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as City University in London.
Thomas Mott has worked as a teacher, coach and athletic director and also played professional baseball for the Minnesota Twins! After graduating with a BS in finance from Santa Clara University and completing his five-year pitching career with the Twins, Mott devoted himself to working with students in athletics. He is both the founder and director of two organizations: The 1 Dream Foundation is a non-profit charity that brings European, South American and African students to the US to receive a high-school education, while the Central Coast Basketball Organization (CCBO) works with local businesses to sponsor various leagues and camps for kids, ages 6-18.
Bill Murtaugh has been involved with academia for almost 30 years. He completed his BA at Fairfield University in Connecticut and then served as School Director and then Regional Director for the National Education Center, where he was responsible for supervising the management of 13 schools in six states. Murtaugh then became co-owner and president of Professional Training Programs, Inc. (PTP), where he operated five ABA approved paralegal training schools. He has also served as President for International Education Corporation (IEC), overseeing all levels of school operations for 10 locations, and later Corinthian Colleges, Inc., where he was responsible for the operation and strategic direction of 45 campuses across the US.
Tony Pereira, Ph.D.
Dr. Pereira’s extensive resume includes working as an engineer of aerospace research and development at Teledine and serving as a senior systems engineer expert with Amada, the world’s largest machine tool manufacturer. He was a winner of the United Nations and Unesco Mondialogo Engineering Award in 2007—his was one of only 30 projects selected from among 3,200 participants from 89 countries in a peer-reviewed engineering competition. Dr. Pereira is widely published, has degrees in both architecture and engineering and received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from UCLA. He currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations as a sustainability advisor.
David Pinnell has a plethora of experience in education, serving as the International Program Director at Fairmont Private Schools, as the VP of Academic Affairs at International Education Corporation (IEC), as well as School Director at the College of English Language. Pinnell currently works as a private postsecondary consultant, providing consulting services to individuals and organizations who wish to start a private postsecondary school. He received his BA in English from the University of Westminster.
Mohsen Rezayat, Ph.D.
Dr. Rezayat currently serves as Chief Solutions Architect at SIEMENS PLM and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Rezayat has over 70 technical publications, is an evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Wireless Education Consortium and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at DigiLore, Inc. He is also a member of the scientific advisory boards for AUD, Drexel University as well as the University of Cincinnati. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of Kentucky.
Royce Siggard has over 20 years of corporate experience, which includes serving as COO of US Operations for Neoss, Inc., a European venture backed dental implant company. Siggard has also consulted organizations such as NBC Universal, Southern California Edison and Scripps Clinics, and has directed management development programs and taught management courses at the University of Phoenix. Currently, Siggard is a consultant with the largest County Office of Education in the state of California. He studied psychology and Spanish at Brigham Young University, where he earned both his BS and MBA degrees.
With over 15 years experience, Faith Vietti has a strong background as both an educator and administrator. With extensive experience teaching English as a second language, she is also an effective and efficient academic advisor and program manager. Vietti has coordinated college-workforce and economic-development programs, study-abroad programs and has served as an administrative liaison for students wanting to study abroad in English-speaking countries. Vietti received her MA in instructional technology from California State University at Long Beach.
William M. Vega, Ed.D.
As an educator for more than 38 years, Dr. Vega currently serves as a member of the Distinguished Faculty in Residence at California State University, Long Beach, in the College of Education’s new Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership. He has held positions in several California community colleges, with the University of Maryland in Europe and recently completed a three-year assignment as Director (President) of Dubai Men’s College in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Vega received his doctorate in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Southern California. He also holds an MA in economics and business from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and a BS degree in management from Indiana University.
Monica Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. Wilson is a mental-health specialist with over 15 years of managerial and technical experience in behavioral and social health programs. She has advised local, state and national government agencies on directing and redesigning public health-care systems, with a focus on mental-health access, budget development and professional practice management. Before joining forces with Pro Education Group, she served as Senior Director of Children’s Mental Health Services at the National Mental Health Association, providing guidance on financing strategies, clinical practices, research, emerging trends and issues affecting access and delivery of quality mental-health care.
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