Faculty


Gloria J. Alkire

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Doctor of Education
  • University of La Verne

Other Information:

Dr. Gloria Alkire is presently a faculty Instructor of Educational Research Methods and Analysis for Concordia University in Irvine, California. Dr. Alkire brings over thirty years of experience as an educator to the University. She has a broad range of experiences in site and district level management.

Dr. Alkire has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent for the Saugus Union School District, Superintendent for the Lamont School District and Superintendent for the Heber School District (retired).

Dr. Alkire has also been a faculty instructor with California State University Fullerton, San Diego State, El Centro and the University of Phoeni

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Administrative Service Credential (Life)
  • Administrative Service Credential (Life)
  • Administrative Service Credential (Life)

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Todd R. Becker

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Juris Doctor
  • Western State University, School of Law

Other Information:

Todd Becker is a senior associate with a large firm in Los Angeles County. His legal knowledge is in the areas of construction defect and general liability. Mr. Becker represents developers, general contractors, subcontractors, materials suppliers and insurance firms.

Mr. Becker was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Central District.

In 1990, Mr. Becker received his J.D. from Western State University School of Law, in Fullerton, California, graduating with honors. He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • State Bar of California

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Brooke W. Booth

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • University of Southern California
  • Master of Science in School Administration
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Doctor of Education
  • Pepperdine University

Other Information:

Dr. Booth has over 20 years of experience in the education field. With experience ranging from early childhood educator to Professor, she brings a broad range of skills to William Howard Taft University students. Dr. Booth has been in all levels of education. She has years of service in the classroom, but is currently serving as a Principal.

Dr. Booth has also served on numerous education committees. Her well rounded knowledge of the field of education is a great asset to the University and to the students.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • California Standard Elementary-Life K-9
  • SB 1969 Certificate
  • Ryan Administrative Services K-12

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Ryan M. Bornstein

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • University of Delaware
  • Juris Doctor
  • Villanova University, School of Law
  • Master of Laws
  • Villanova University, School of Law

Other Information:

Ryan M. Bornstein is a member of the law firm of Harvey Ballard & Bornstein, LLC. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the United States Tax Court and practices regularly before the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Bornstein is also a Professor of Law with the Adjunct Faculty of the Graduate Tax Program at the Villanova University School of Law.

Mr. Bornstein concentrates on Estate and Income Tax Planning and Preparation and Estate Administration. His client-base is broad and comprised of business owners, executives and other high net worth individuals. As an Adjunct Law Professor at Villanova, he currently teaches the courses, Taxation of Property Dispositions and Legal Orientation.

A published writer, Mr. Bornstein has recently edited a textbook on Income Taxation and has written a number of timely tax articles that have appeared in several well known publications. He has written two chapters for the book, “Electronic Commerce Impact on Taxation and the Law: A Practitioner’s Guide,” examining sales taxation and jurisdictional issues.

Mr. Bornstein completed his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware and both his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Laws from the Villanova University of School of Law.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of Pennsylvania
  • Member of the State Bar of New Jersey

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David L. Boyd

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Juris Doctor
  • Western State University, College of Law

Other Information:

Dr. Boyd devoted the first five years of his professional career to the international accounting/consulting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company (now KPMG Peat Marwick) advancing to the position of Tax Supervisor. During this period he was responsible for coordinating continuing education and staff development programs in addition to his audit and tax consulting responsibilities.

Upon his resignation from KPMG Peat Marwick, he accepted the newly established position of Vice President and Controller of Teachers Management & Investment Corporation, a major California real estate syndicator. As the highest ranking financial officer, his responsibilities included chief accounting responsibilities for three corporations and over thirty limited partnerships having from 300 to over 1,500 partners each.

In addition to his responsibilities as Chancellor of The Taft University System, over the past two decades Dr. Boyd has served as legal counsel and financial advisor to dozens of privately-held and publicly-held companies.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Certified Public Accountant (California)
  • Member, Orange County Board of Education

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Barry J. Brock

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • University of Alabama
  • Master of Public Administration
  • University of West Florida
  • Doctor of Education
  • University of Central Florida

Other Information:

Dr. Brock has served on the faculty of Barry University's (Miami Shores, Florida) School of Adult and Continuing Education since 1993, as Academic Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Professional Administration and Health Services Administration. In addition, he has served on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Seminole Community College, and The Center for Health Studies. Prior to his tenure with Barry University, Dr. Brock worked for over twenty years in the health and human resources administration field. Dr. Brock is currently a Commander with the U.S. Naval Reserves where he is credentialed in the Medical Service Corps, and he has provided assistance to the Naval War College during the past two years. He also serves on the board of Healthcare Research & Resources.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, American Academy of Medical Administrators
  • Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, Certified
  • American Marketing Association, Professional Member
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Certificate of Membership
  • American Society of Human Resource Administration, Certified

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Vivy Chao

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Education
  • University of Southern California
  • Doctor of Education
  • Argosy University

Other Information:

Vivy Chao, Ed.D., an educator with a background in student affairs, has spent countless hours teaching, mentoring, scribbling over students' resumes, and learning about the psychology of the human communication. She attended the University of Southern California and UCLA for her master's and bachelor's degrees. Besides teaching at William Howard Taft University, she currently is an adjunct faculty member at the California State University, Long Beach and the CEO of Nanoogo.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Writes for Women 2.0 and blogs for the Huffington Post.

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Lorraine Cleeton

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Hunter College (CUNY)
  • Master of Arts
  • Lehman College (CUNY)
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • University of Birmingham

Other Information:

Dr. Cleeton presently is teaching online courses for Walden University (Research Methods II and Foundations for Doctoral Research) and Graceland University (EDUC Parental Support and Classroom Management) and mentor undergraduates at Aspen University and Ph.D. students in the Ph.D. program in Education Program at Walden University. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in Special Education at St. Bonaventure University.

Dr. Cleeton has written articles on Cognition and Problem Solving; presented a paper on External Representations, Problem Solving and Working Memory in Rome, Italy; presented SNAPOUT and PACKOUT at the Hawaii Conference on Education; presented a paper on the need for assistive technology for students with disabilities in the transition phase from High School to work or further education.

Dr. Cleeton has also co-authored a book based on face to face and electronic discussion with current student teachers called ‘A Pocket Guide for Student Teachers’ published by Thomson Publishers.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Council for Exceptional Children

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Robert L. Conn

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (with a major in Economics & Business/Political Science)
  • Westmont College
  • Juris Doctor
  • Loyola Law School

Other Information:

Dr. Conn has been in private law practice for over 20 years with an emphasis in contract law and civil litigation.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Mediator for Attorney/Client Fee Disputes
  • Professional Soccer Coach

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Bari L. Courts

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Kenyon College
  • Master of Business Administration
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Capella University

Other Information:

Bari Courts has been teaching online for quite a few years now, and have taught numerous online classes. He also completed his Ph.D. online giving him the background to understand this process from a student’s perspective.

Dr. Courts' professional background includes some time in the insurance industry and a position as a project manager for a major ERP software implementation.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • ChFC - Chartered Financial Consultant
  • EdVantage Schools
  • National Council on Measurement in Education

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Terrance L. Cusaac

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Benedict College
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Troy University
  • Ph.D. in Business
  • Capella University

Other Information:

Dr. Cusaac is a business faculty member at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, South Carolina. He has over 12 years of experience in higher education and a decade of work experience in Government. Dr. Cusaac is currently writing a book on Leadership in the 21st Century.

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Joshua R. Diaz

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Juris Doctor
  • Loyola Law School

Other Information:

As a UC student, Mr. Diaz received the Ray Kawano Memorial Academic Golf Scholarship as well as the University of California Academic Grant. He was also named to the Dean's list as an undergraduate.

While in law school, he received a Dispute Resolution Programs Act Mediation Certificate certifying his completion of over three hundred and thirty hours of clinical mediation and ADR training. He also completed externships with the Civil Rights Litigation Project, the Western Law Mediation Center, and the City Attorney Office of Los Angeles. As a law student he was honored with an Award of Recognition from the Los Angeles County Bar Dispute Resolution Program. He additionally received an Award for Excellence as Chair of Labor and Sports Agency in recognition of his work with the Loyola Law School Sports, Entertainment, and Law Society.

Mr. Diaz is presently General Counsel and Director of Business Affairs for BASE, Inc. His responsibilities include functioning as a business partner to provide strategic legal and business advice. Beyond providing advice to carry out best practices in the law, risk management, and regulatory compliance he holds further responsibility for capital fund raising and growth.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California

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Kody J. Diaz

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Juris Doctor
  • University of San Diego School of Law

Other Information:

Mr. Diaz has worked for several years as a litigator, primarily specializing in the defense of product liability lawsuits. He is currently Product Liability Counsel for Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc., based in Irvine, California. At TMHU, Mr. Diaz is responsible for managing the defense of all litigation involving Toyota industrial equipment in the United States.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel

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Thomas L. Driver

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Park College
  • Master of Public Administration, Health Service Management
  • Golden Gate University
  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Liberty University
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Administration and Management
  • Walden University

Other Information:

Dr. Driver is presently a Commander in the United States Navy. He is currently assigned at Officer Training Command Newport, RI. He is the Director of Academics for all accessions programs for newly commissioned officers in the Navy.

He is the founder and President of a non-profit organization and has written articles of incorporation, bylaws, strategic plans, and marketing plans.

With two terminal degrees, Dr. Driver has experience in the research and writing of a thesis. He has taken several courses on thesis and dissertation development. As a faculty mentor, he served as the chair of dissertation committees.

He has taught college courses in management and business administration for 12 years. These courses include organizational behavior, principles of management, business policy, marketing, ethics, leadership, human resource management and strategic planning.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Board Member, The Washington State Mediation Association
  • Board Member, Christian Association for Conflict Resolution (CACR)
  • Member, American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA)
  • Member, American Management Association (AMA)

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A. Edwin Fahlen

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Law
  • The Simon Greenleaf School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • The Simon Greenleaf School of Law

Other Information:

Dr. Fahlen began to practice law in 1987 with litigation support for personal injury cases. His practice transformed into a successful real property litigation firm. With a real estate background as a California Real Estate Broker, sellers, buyers escrow companies, brokers and loan agents flowed to the firm for representation involving all aspects of transactional real property.

With his background in real estate law, he then incorporated family law into his practice as couples sought legal advise on real property involved in the dissolution process. Currently his practice includes Real Property, Family Law, Contracts and Personal Injury.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Arbitrator-Orange County Bar Association
  • Arbitrator for the Association of Realtors, Division of Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (California)

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Dennis R. Galloway

Postsecondary Education:

With respect to qualifications of faculty members, DEAC policies allow that in exceptional cases, outstanding professional experience and demonstrated contributions to the teaching discipline may be presented in lieu of formal academic preparations. (Reference: Policy on Degree Programs, Standard VI.)

While Mr. Galloway has been active in continuing professional education, both as a presenter and student, he has not been enrolled in any postsecondary degree programs.

Other Information:

Mr. Galloway is the first faculty member retained by the University based solely on his outstanding professional experience. Mr. Galloway is one of the foremost experts in the United States in the field of franchising.

Over a franchising career spanning in excess of thirty years, Mr. Galloway has experience as a franchisee, master area franchisor, and national franchisor. Mr. Galloway was first exposed to the concepts of franchising as one of the early franchisees of Century 21 Real Estate in the early 1970's. Century 21 pioneered the concept of service industry franchising.

This experience lead to regional management responsibilities and ultimately the National Vice President of Franchise Development position of Realty World Corporation. In 1981, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Director of Franchise Sales, Marketing and Development of Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliates. During Mr. Galloway's 6 year term with Coldwell Banker, the franchise organization grew from zero franchisees to over 1,100 generating annual royalty fees of over $30 million.

In 1987, Mr. Galloway assumed similar responsibilities as co-founder and Director of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates with equally impressive results. Within four years he helped establish Prudential as a real estate industry leader with over 1,000 franchises and over 28,000 sales associates.

Mr. Galloway's experience in franchising is not limited to the real estate industry. He has also served in executive or consulting capacities for franchising organizations in the travel industry, property services (President and CEO of Dial One, Inc.) and as President of DRG Consulting, Inc. DRG has provided business development, marketing and strategic planning consulting services to clients such as Bank of America, Yahoo, Granite Loan Management, Homes and Land Magazine, Telesis Technologies, Homes.com, BeHere.com, The School Report.com, Live Training, Inc., World Inspection Network, Integra Realty Resources and IRR-Residential, LLC to name a few.

In 1996, Mr. Galloway was honored by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers receiving their annual Fair Franchising Award. He has also been a member of the International Franchising Association.

In his non-business life, Mr. Galloway has served as an advisor to the American Security Council, a special bi-partisan coalition of members of the United States Congress. He has served as a volunteer for the Inter-City Games, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Habitat for the Humanities and is a decorated Vietnam veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart.

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Cynthia Gautreau

Postsecondary Education:

  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Argosy University
  • Master of Science in Education Technology
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Bachelor of Arts Biology
  • Cal Poly Pomona

Other Information:

Dr. Gautreau is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience in education at various levels. Her research emphasis is education technology and the inclusion of active learning strategies in online education. She is an active researcher and publishes in peer reviewed, high quality education journals.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential California Cal Poly Pomona

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Cynthia M. Geter

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Master of Business Administration
  • University of Phoenix
  • Management Development Program in Health Care
  • Center of Excellence in Health Care Management University of Southern California

Other Information:

Ms. Geter has been employed in the health care field for 15 years. She presently holds the position of Director of Managed Care for a corporation that owns three hospitals, a hospice center and a health care equipment center. In this position she is responsible for negotiating all payor contracts with health plans and physician groups that utilize their facilities. She is responsible for ensuring that all contracts can be administered operationally within the organization.

She previously served as Regional Manager for a healthcare delivery network providing services for 70,000 health care clients. She has functioned as a Principal Contract Administrator for a large health care facility.

Ms. Geter has management experience in the areas of supervision, department budgets, financial impact reports, forecasting, strategic planning, process improvement, utilization management, regulatory compliance, contract negotiations and operations.

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Deborah A. Gilbert

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Master of Education
  • University of Phoenix
  • Doctor of Education
  • Southeastern University

Other Information:

Dr. Deborah Gilbert is presently on faculty with Argosy University under Education Leadership where she teaches both graduate and doctoral students in human resources, finance and change. Dr. Gilbert is also on faculty with Capella University, Axia College and University of Phoenix, Buena Vista University Online, and Park University. Courses taught cover Curriculum and Instruction; English Composition, Business Writing, and Curriculum and Evaluation; and Multi-Cultural Literature for Teachers.

Dr. Gilbert was also a Curriculum Specialist with the Office of School Quality, South Carolina Department of Education as Onsite member of Technical Assistance Team from July 2004 to April 2007.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Supervisor and Principal K--12 License - South Carolina
  • National Board Certified Teacher (English/Language Arts)
  • SC License in Spanish
  • SC Administration License K-12
  • Pending: Superintendent’s License
  • Phi Gamma Sigma Doctoral Honor Society

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Deanna Gilbertson

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Dominquez Hills
  • Juris Doctor
  • Whittier Law School

Other Information:

Ms. Gilbertson has been practicing law for over 10 years. Her expertise is in Civil Litigation. She also has extensive experience in the areas of workers compensation, insurance law, and real estate law. Before becoming a licensed attorney, Ms. Gilbertson worked as a paralegal and law clerk.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California

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Lisa E. Grace

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Accounting
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Master of Science in Taxation
  • Golden Gate University

Other Information:

Lisa Grace has over 20 years of accounting experience. She began her professional career at Coopers & Lybrand in Newport Beach, California and continued as a tax manager at Bolar Hirsch & Jennings LLP in Irvine, California. In 1996, she began working as a tax consultant managing large consolidated corporate tax engagements including income tax provision work, research, analysis of multi-state issues and tax compliance. Lisa currently works as a consultant primarily preparing tax returns, conducting research and performing special projects for local public accounting firms and corporate tax departments.

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Michael A.S. Guth

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Rice University
  • Master of Science
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • The University of Tennessee

Other Information:

Dr. Michael Guth has conducted extensive tax research as part of both his law practice and his risk management consulting practice. Through both his law and management consulting practice, Dr. Guth has obtained an in-depth study of tax research methodology. His work includes identifying tax questions, locating and assessing potential authority and communicating research results.

Dr. Guth has extensively advised individual clients on federal tax issues. One major aspect of his tax law practice concerns explaining to corporations the tax advantages to the individual of being employed as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Dr. Guth examines tax research from two different aspects: the legal side and the economic perspective.

As an attorney he has advised clients on conventional negotiated acquisitions, leveraged buyout techniques, and legal issues involved in the principal defensive strategies. As a management consultant he provides a combination of strategic planning and corporate financial advisory services.

Dr. Guth, graduated Summa Cum Laude, University of Tennessee, College of Law, December 1997, and was awarded Order of the Coif, ranking 2nd out of a class of 139. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Tennessee.

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Donna K. Harris

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • University of Phoenix
  • Juris Doctor
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Dr. Harris has spent over 25 years in the construction industry, serving in a variety of administrative positions. She worked her way from Accounting and Office Manager to Project Manager to Vice President of Finance and Administration. She has over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience with broad-based achievements in business creation and development. Her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate encouraged her to attend law school. Since completing her legal education, she has applied her skills in several business ventures.

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Charles R. Hazelton

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Master of Arts
  • Drucker University
  • Juris Doctor
  • Taft Law School

Other Information:

Charles enjoyed a career of more than 41 years of law and law enforcement prior to joining the Taft Law School faculty. He spent nearly 20 years with several California law enforcement agencies, where he where he worked patrol, detective, jail, court, supervisory and administrative duties, and rose to the rank of lieutenant.

In 1988, Charles joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy district attorney. He was a courtroom trial attorney for many years. He also performed training, supervisory and case assessment functions. He was repeatedly rated among the top five percent of his peers. He retired from the district attorney’s office in 2010.

During his career, Charles received the Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P. O. S. T.). He completed the P. O. S. T. Executive Training course and the International City Manager’s Association police training course. In addition, Charles completed seven weeks of emergency management training at the California Specialized Training Institute.

Charles earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, with honors, from California State University Sacramento. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in management, with honors, from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Charles is most proud to state that he was one of the first graduates of Taft Law School.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California

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Stanley A. Hutchinson

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Master of Business Administration
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Juris Doctor
  • La Verne College Law Center

Other Information:

Dr. Hutchinson has been in private practice for over 25 years. He specializes in estate planning, (drafting wills, a variety of trusts and powers of attorney) and estate administration (probate, trust administration, and conservatorships).

He served as a full time college instructor at California State University in Los Angeles. He also taught Business Law at Pasadena City College for 14 years as a full time professor.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of the Elder Law Section of the California and Orange County Bar Association
  • Past President of Pasadena City College Chapter of the California Teachers Association
  • Past President of Pacific Southwest Business Law Association

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Ryan A. Jacobsen

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Utah
  • Juris Doctor
  • Chapman School of Law

Other Information:

Ryan A. Jacobsen is an attorney licensed in Washington and California. He owns his own law practice, Jacobsen Law Office, P.S., located in Olympia, Washington www.jacobsenlawoffice.com. Ryan is a litigation and transaction lawyer, and his practice focuses on real estate, probate, guardianship, estate planning, contracts, and personal injuries.

Ryan has been an adjunct law professor at Taft Law School since 2009. He is also an assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching undergraduate and graduate law courses. Prior to law school, Ryan taught history and geography as a middle school teacher, and spent two years in Croatia as an English teacher and missionary.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, State Bar of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Boy Scouts of America

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Michael R. James

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Central Missouri State University
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Central Missouri State University
  • Master's of Accounting & Financial Management
  • Keller Graduate School of Management

Other Information:

Mr. James is presently a Senior Management Consultant for the international consulting firm of BearingPoint, Inc. (Formerly KPMG Consulting.) He has extensive knowledge and experience working with start-up businesses. These functions include the drafting of business plans, sales forecasts, venture capital establishment, stock issuance, and other start-up related functions.

While in the corporate accounting field he was involved with mergers and acquisitions to aid in determining fair asset valuation and attracting merger candidates.

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Neil A. Johnson

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Colorado State University
  • Master of Science
  • Colorado State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Colorado State University

Other Information:

Dr. Neil A. Johnson has 35 years of experience in higher education and corporate executive management. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, owned his own international training company and held executive positions in both the corporate and government sector. After receiving his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Colorado State University, Dr. Johnson served seven years with the US Army and Department of Defense. Since then, he has held positions as Manager of Flight Operations Training Development for United Airlines, Executive on Loan to the NASA Space Shuttle Program, Member of the Space Station Advisory Board, and Vice-President of Safety and Regulatory Compliance for two regional airlines. Most recently he has served as National Director of Education for Westwood College of Aviation Technology and Chief Academic Officer for Aspen University. His International business experience includes the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. Dr. Johnson is the recipient of two Outstanding Achievement Awards from United Airlines for his work on Crew Resource Management, and two Official Commendations from the U.S. Army for flight test of the Advanced Attack Helicopter. He is internationally recognized for his work on human factors in aviation and space and he is a past editor of the Journal of the Human Factors Society.

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Melody L. Jolly

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Juris Doctor
  • Western State University, College of Law

Other Information:

Dr. Jolly both lectures and conducts tutorials in all subjects tested on the California General Bar Examination and has over a decade of experience in the field of legal education. She has also represented Taft Law School at bar examination calibration sessions conducted by the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

Prior to entering the legal education field, she was in private practice. Her main emphasis in her law practice was real estate and family law.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Los Angeles
  • International Thespian Society

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Michael W. Jones

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Valdosta State University
  • Master of Science
  • University of Phoenix
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Walden University

Other Information:

Michael Jones' work history over the last 9 years has included higher education, project controls, and information systems management. For project controls and information systems management, he worked in construction management for various clients like Merck, International Paper, and 3M. For project controls, he managed cost, quality control, safety, and office functions for major contracts. His experience in information systems included database management and office management functions which used many applications to support construction management to include standard Microsoft Office applications, AutoCad, Microsoft Project, Primavera, Maximo, and Microsoft Access.

Mr. Jones continues researching the following areas and is not limited to:

  • Construction Technology
  • Business Process Reengineering and Business Process Innovation
  • Business Intelligence Systems
  • Business Information Systems
  • Organizational Learning
  • Distance Education.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Industrial Organization Society

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Ellen Larkin

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Juris Doctor
  • Southwestern University School of Law

Other Information:

Dr. Larkin has been a practicing attorney for over fifteen (15) years. Her main interest of practice is civil litigation. In addition to practicing law, Dr. Larkin is a co-author of legal instruction workbooks for law students and candidates for the California Bar Exam. She is also an executive and co-owner of a national bar review program.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association

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Arthur S. Leahy

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • State University College, Oneonta, N.Y.
  • Master of Arts
  • State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • State University of New York at Binghamton

Other Information:

Dr. Leahy presently is employed as a Senior Industry Economist with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He previously was a Senior Economist with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration.

Dr. Leahy has taught both for the SUNY system in the State of New York and for the Keller Graduate School of Management. He has several publications to his name, and has also written book reviews for various scholarly publications.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Industrial Organization Society

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Karen L. Ledbetter

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Brigham Young University
  • Master of Science in Information Management
  • Aspen University
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Stevens-Henager College
  • Master of Education
  • St. Mary's College
  • Doctor of Education
  • University of Phoenix

Other Information:

Karen (Kary) Ledbetter is currently the Executive Director of Lemhi County Crisis Intervention. She has been a college dean, information management consultant, and program manager in past positions. Kary serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Leahy has taught both for the SUNY system in the State of New York and for the Keller Graduate School of Management. He has several publications to his name, and has also written book reviews for various scholarly publications.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Certificate of Professional Studies in Adlerian Psychology
  • Certified Manager
  • Certified Records Manager
  • Certified Nuclear (Information) Specialist
  • Elementary Teaching Credential, State of California
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, State of California
  • Nuclear Information and Records Management Association
  • American Management Association
  • Institute of Certified Records Managers

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Aleta Ledendecker

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Thomas Edison State College
  • Master of Arts
  • University of Phoenix

Other Information:

Aleta Ledendecker has a Ma.Ed. in Adult Education with a focus on distance learning from the University of Phoenix. She also has Montessori diplomas from St. Nicholas Montessori Training College in London, England, for both Early Childhood and Elementary levels. She has worked in Montessori schools since 1077 and has been a teaching administrator of New Horizon Montessori School since 1978.

In 1981, Ledendecker became a teacher trainer for St. Nicholas. Soon after, she was invited to be their North American representative for the Elementary level, continuing in those capacities until helping to found Montessori Educators International (MEI) in 1990. She is the program director and serves as a lecturer for MEI. As part of her duties, Ledendecker acts as a consultant for Montessori schools (both public and private) throughout the country.

Ledendecker has also served as the secretary/treasurer of the International Association of Montessori Educators (IAME) and the Montessori Teacher Educators Associate (MTEA). Until recently, MTEA had corporate oversight of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), which accredits Montessori teacher training programs.

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Elizabeth H. Mattis

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Pomona College
  • Juris Doctor
  • University of Virginia, School of Law

Other Information:

Elizabeth Mattis has been practicing law for over 10 years. Her expertise is in Employment Law. She is currently a partner with Assayag Mauss in Costa Mesa, California.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the State Bar of Washington

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Michael J. McCarthy

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Clarkson University
  • Master of Science
  • Saint Lawrence University
  • Education Specialist
  • The George Washington University
  • Doctor of Education
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Dr. Michael McCarthy is one of the few William Howard Taft University graduates to become faculty. He has over 30 years of experience in education, currently serving as a district superintendent. He began his career teaching in the classroom, became assistant principal and principal.

Dr. McCarthy has contributed to more than 20 educational boards over his expansive career.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • School Administrator / Supervisor Certificate – State Education Department The University of New York
  • School District Administrator – State Education Department The University of New York

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Donna M. McGovern

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Business Administration
  • University of Southern California
  • Juris Doctor
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Ms. McGovern started her career as a financial analyst. After moving to California she became the controller of a company and completed her MBA at USC. Thereafter, she began to attend William Howard Taft University where she earned her J.D. Ms. McGovern was admitted to the California Bar in 2003. Mc. McGovern teaches part-time for Golden West College. She is the founder and President of Custom Business Results, Inc., a consulting firm providing a variety of services to businesses.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California

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Maple Melder Crozier

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Hayward
  • Master of Science
  • California State University, Hayward
  • Doctor of Education
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Dr. Maple Melder Crozier is presently a professor at the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV). She currently teaches several upper division courses in the Child and Youth Care BA Program. Dr. Crozier has also written and taught courses for online delivery at the UCFV where she has been a faculty member for 14 years. This opportunity has provided me with the instructor perspective of online learning.

Dr. Crozier has extensive program development and curriculum development experience from her work at UCFV. This includes the Child and Youth Care Degree Program and the Teacher Education Program.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Child and Youth Care Association of BC
  • Special Needs Adoptive Parents Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

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D'liese Melendrez

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Master of Education
  • University of La Verne
  • Doctor of Education
  • University of La Verne

Other Information:

Dr. D'liese Melendrez is currently the principal of Edison High School. Prior to her current position, Dr. Melendrez was the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Ocean View High School. She has served for more than twenty years in Los Angeles County as Assistant Principal of the LA County High School of the Arts and in the Division of Alternative Education. She has taught drama, English and stagecraft.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Association of California School Administrators
  • Southern Counties Women in Educational Management
  • National Association of Secondary School Administrators
  • International Thespian Society, California State Board, 20-year member
  • International NETWORK of Performing and Visual Arts Schools

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Stacy Menechios

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Juris Doctor
  • Harvard Law School

Other Information:

Stacy Menechios has over 10 years of experience in the legal field. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she went on to work at two large Los Angeles-based firms. Her expertise is in Wills and Trusts and tax law.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, California State Bar

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Laurie Nalepa

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Business Administration
  • University of Southern California
  • Doctor of Education
  • Nova Southeastern University

Other Information:

Dr. Laurie Nalepa is currently Dean of Career and Technical Education at Los Angeles Valley Community College. Her responsibilities include workforce development, curriculum development, and grant management. She has also been involved in student enrollment and retention, faculty assessment, placement, teaching, community relations, and outreach. As an educational consultant she developed customized training programs in leadership for industry and academic partners. Past clients include The Ritz, Santa Monica Place, and the Marina Marriott. Prior to this, she was a senior executive in marketing and management positions.

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Anthony Nuvallie

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Cambridge College
  • Master of Education
  • Cambridge College
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Columbia Southern University

Other Information:

Dr. Nuvallie has twenty five years of full-time teaching experience at the college level. During his career he has been awarded the Who’s Who Among America’s Best Teachers four times, along with winning the Outstanding Faculty Member twice while at Southern Vermont College. Most recently he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for recognition of valuable contributions to the 2010 Honors Seminar Series of the Alpha Xi Sigma honor society chapter at Hudson Valley Community College.

He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University and a M.Ed. in Supervision and Administration from Cambridge College.

Prior to his teaching experience, Dr. Nuvallie was the director of an industrial laboratory for the state of Massachusetts where he conducted research in labor relations, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

He has extensive knowledge in on-line learning and is committed to student success.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson License

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Theresa Pavone

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Master of Arts
  • University of Phoenix
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Capella University

Other Information:

Dr. Theresa Pavone has over 15 years of operations, marketing and business development experience in the retail, financial and educational industries.

Dr. Pavone is experienced and proficient in teaching the following subjects: Introduction to Business, Conflict Management and Management and Supervision; Introduction to Management, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Conflict Resolution, Research and Presentations. Achieving exceptional student evaluations at Baker College Online and Kaplan University Online.

Her teaching emphasizes learning through synthesis, interpretation and application of knowledge in building solid methods of instruction to help "non-traditional students" achieve their learning goals. Qualified and experienced instructor: Online, Business, Management, and I/O Psychology.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • State of Michigan: Commercial Builder's License
  • State of Michigan: Commercial and Residential Real Estate License

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Dr. Laura A. Pogue

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • University of Michigan, Dearborn
  • Master of Business Administration
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Doctor of Management
  • University of Phoenix

Other Information:

Dr. Pogue is the Chief Executive Officer and President of a consulting company she founded in 2001. Dr. Pogue and her team of professional business consultants provide corporate online education and training for improved growth and profitability in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Pogue is also a dedicated business educator, teaching business and management classes in the corporate, online, and traditional classrooms for the last decade. Her subject matter expertise is in the area of Management, primarily, and Marketing, secondarily.

Over the last several years, Dr. Pogue has published and presented academic articles in the areas of leadership, management, executive compensation and international trade.

Dr. Pogue earned her Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She also holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from The University of Michigan.

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Casey S. Reason

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Master of Arts
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Education Specialist
  • University of Toledo
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Bowling Green State University

Other Information:

Casey Reason, PhD, has worked with leaders from all over the world on breakthrough strategies designed to improve performance and overcome resistance to change. His first book was Leading a Learning Organization: The Science of Working With Others. Several years ago, he co-facilitated a three-hour leadership training session entitled, Leading at a Higher Level. Casey has worked with public and private schools all over the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Switzerland. He’s also consulted with numerous large, corporate clients including American Express and General Dynamics. He currently is a featured leadership scholar and on the Executive MBA Advisory Board for Colorado Tech University.

He's also is currently serving as the core content curriculum manager for the Graduate School for Educational Administration program at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.

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Lisa D. Reason

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Toledo
  • Master of Arts
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Capella University

Other Information:

Dr. Lisa Reason is a former high school English and journalism teacher and has been teaching and designing instruction/courses at the graduate level since 2004 and chairing dissertation committees since December of 2006.Her dissertation focused on transformational and teacher leadership studies and she presented two papers on these topics at the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) national conference in November of 2006. She also presented on these topics at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference in California. Over the last several years, Lisa has been actively studying the impact of brain research and learning theory on leadership. She has been a featured speaker on this topic at the annual conferences for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Dr. Reason also co-presented a number of important lectures on this topic in New Zealand for their National Principals Association. This work allowed her to collaborate with educators throughout the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch regions. She also had the opportunity to present on the topic of the collaborative learning strategies to a group of teachers in Leysin, Switzerland.

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Tracy R. Reinmiller

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science – Law
  • Western State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • Western State University, College of Law

Other Information:

Ms. Reinmiller is the founding member of Reinmiller Law Firm. Ms. Reinmiller’s practice areas include estate planning, real estate law, transactional law, business formation and bankruptcy. Ms. Reinmiller worked 5 years as a parole revocation panel attorney for the State of California, Board of Prison Terms.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the State Bar of New York
  • Member of the District of Columbia Bar
  • California Real Estate Broker
  • Admitted to practice in U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Central District
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
  • California Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors

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Barbara A. Rembiesa

Postsecondary Education:

  • Doctor of Letters
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Before founding IAITAM, Barbara held key positions in both the financial and consulting sectors. Barbara has implemented and supervised asset tracking projects, discovery tool implementations and has been brought in as an industry expert to consult major savings and loans, universities, manufacturers and high tech industries throughout the United States. Barbara has also, successfully represented corporations in negotiations with compliance agencies for software violations.

Barbara has implemented and designed disaster recovery programs for professional software testing and storage facilities including, but not limited to, off-site storage facilities, and has helped over 200 companies before forming IAITAM and successfully implemented improved software and hardware acquisition programs.

As President and Co-founder of IAITAM, Barbara brings over a quarter century of industry knowledge and experience to the management of IAITAM, and provides key guidance and the entrepreneurial spirit to its staff and members.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Certification – Software Asset Management
  • Certification – Hardware Asset Management
  • Certification – IT Asset Management

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Scott Resnick

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Arizona State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • Arizona State University

Other Information:

Mr. Scott Resnick currently serves as a financial analyst for Ayco/Goldman Sacs. His legal expertise includes Fraud, liability, and legal research.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California

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Edward J. Romano

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Boston University
  • Master of Intellectual Property
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • Suffolk University Law School

Other Information:

Mr. Romano graduated from Boston University with a degree in European and American History, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society after his junior year. He was the recipient of several academic scholarships, namely, the Augustus Howe Buck Scholarship, and was the University nominee for a New York City Urban Fellowship. After completing his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, he attended Franklin Pierce Law Center and earned a Masters in Intellectual Property. Franklin Pierce Law Center is one of the nation’s leading institutions for the study of Intellectual Property. In addition to its renown master’s program, Franklin Pierce Law Center sponsors the Intellectual Property Summer Institute, the Advanced Licensing Institute, and IP programs in China and Ireland.

Mr. Romano is a seasoned civil litigation attorney in the Rhode Island State and Federal Courts. Mr. Romano’s most extensive areas of expertise are in the federal law areas of intellectual property and bankruptcy. He has argued and briefed more than 50 cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits. He has also briefed and argued numerous cases in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Most recently, served as co-counsel in the landmark case of United States vs. Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., et al. (the former Mayor of Providence) in the United States District Court for Rhode Island.

He has teaching experience in Business Law, Government and Business Regulations; he also holds a state Real Estate Brokers license.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • State Bar of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island
  • St. Tomas More Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Augustus Howe Buck Scholarship

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Edward J. Romano

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Master of Science
  • National University

Other Information:

Mr. Shorey is presently an Education Program Consultant for the California Department of Education, in which he works directly with school districts and classroom teachers. He delivers high-quality professional staff development, provides technical assistance to schools and partnerships, and provides online and onsite intervention assistance.

Mr. Shorey has also been on faculty with National University San Diego (Online) and Chapman University College (Online).

Mr. Shorey is an experienced K-12 field practitioner with success as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist and school administrator.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Language Development Specialist Exam
  • Certificate of Eligibility – Administrative Services Credential
  • Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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Joan L. Slavin

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Juris Doctor
  • Western State University, College of Law

Other Information:

Dr. Slavin serves as Director of Student Services for the University. She has served as a faculty member for the past twenty years.

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Carole A. Smith

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Master of Science
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Doctor of Education
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Dr. Smith has worked for over 30 years in education. Her work experience includes 25 years as a special education teacher.

Since 1997 Dr. Smith has been the Director of Special Education for Maine Administrative District #35. In this position, she provides supervision of programs that provide services to students requiring special education, students with gifts and talents and to students for whom English is a Second Language.

Dr. Smith also serves as the district liaison for homeless youth.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Maine Association for Directors of Exceptional Students

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Sam Stewart

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Harding University
  • Master of Science
  • Arkansas State University
  • Doctor of Education
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Dr. Stewart served as a public school teacher, counselor, building administrator and district administrator for 29 years. During his public school service in Alaska, he served on several state committees developing the state’s standards-based assessments and the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. One of his greatest successes as a district administrator was serving on a team which developed a performance-based high school in his local school district.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Stewart presents at state and national conferences and co-sponsors teacher education students who teach in a summer English program in Beijing, China.

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Duane E. Stiff

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Eastern Oregon College
  • Master of Arts
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • United States International University

Other Information:

Dr. Duane Stiff brings over 30 years of experience to the University. Dr. Stiff is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Capistrano School District. He is a retired Superintendent with over twenty years of experience, and was also on faculty with California State University, Fullerton for three years.

Dr. Stiff is also currently serving on a planning commission for K-12 for the State of California.

Dr. Stiff has been involved with many California community service programs such as Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Association of California School Administrators
  • American Association of School Administrators

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Randall E. Stone

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science - Accounting
  • University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
  • Master of Accountancy
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Master of Science - Taxation
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Professional background in banking, investments, insurance, and public accounting. Professor of Accounting at Rose State College, National University and William Howard Taft University.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the Association for Financial Professionals
  • Chartered Financial Consultant
  • Chartered Life Underwriter
  • Certified Public Accountant (Arkansas)
  • Certified Treasury Professional

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Catherine A. Strouse

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Juris Doctor
  • Gonzaga University, School of Law

Other Information:

Ms. Strouse graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University, School of Law. During law school, Ms. Strouse participated on a Moot Court Team, was a member of Gonzaga's Journal of International Law, and served on the boards of the Moot Court Honors Council and Women's Law Caucus.

Ms. Strouse has experience in the area of Elder Law.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association

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Robert K. Strouse

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Juris Doctor
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Other Information:

Mr. Strouse is currently the Chief Operating Officer of The Taft University System and Dean of Taft Law School. Mr. Strouse has over two decades of experience in private postsecondary education having previously held executive positions in two institutions and has provided legal and consulting services to numerous others. Mr. Strouse is responsible for regulatory compliance and new program development at Taft.

Since 1989, Mr. Strouse has been a primary resource for the drafting and implementation of statutes and regulations related to postsecondary education in California. During the last 15 years, Mr. Strouse has served on several state committees, which have drafted regulations related to the California Education Code. He has also drafted legislation, position papers and testified before the legislature regarding numerous statutes and regulations in California on behalf of the school industry. Mr. Strouse is the Chief Legislative Counsel for the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools and is the principal author in the private postsecondary school reauthorization bill passed in the legislature in 2004.

He has served as General Counsel, for the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. In this capacity he presented seminars on “Hypnosis and the Law.” He has also practiced law as a partner in the law firm of Matsen & Strouse.

He has been a member of the California Bar since 1980. He has been admitted to practice in the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Southern, Central and Northern Federal District Courts in California. He received honors in law school for his participation with the National Moot Court Honors Board, Trial Advocacy Team and as a Community Legal Services Team Leader.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Served four years as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

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Michael C. Sullivan

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science (Biology)
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Juris Doctor
  • Willamette University College of Law

Other Information:

Mr. Sullivan graduated in the top 25% of his law school class, was a member of the Willamette Law Review, an Editor of Willamette Law Online and served on the executive boards of the Willamette Moot Court and Public Interest Law Project. Mr. Sullivan currently works in public interest law representing low-income taxpayers and assisting in pro per litigants in domestic violence and civil harassment restraining order matters.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Appellate Courts Committee
  • Order of the Barristers

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Sue C. Swisher

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Juris Doctor
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Ms. Swisher has been in the legal field for over 12 years. She began her career as a legal assistant at a business litigation firm and quickly moved up to a position as a paralegal. Her work in the field fueled her desire to attend law school. Upon her graduation from William Howard Taft University she took and passed the California Bar Exam on her first attempt. Ms. Swisher currently holds a position as an attorney with a law firm specializing in business litigation, family law and transactional work.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California

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William J. Tetu

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Boston University
  • Master of Education
  • University of Kansas
  • Doctor of Education
  • Argosy University

Other Information:

Dr. Tetu’s doctorate degree is in Educational Leadership with major coursework in quantitative and qualitative research design and theoretical and applied statistics. His dissertation was a research study that investigated the relationships between mathematics anxiety, test anxiety, and mathematics performance in adult college students.

Dr. Tetu spent almost thirty years in the US Army and served many years commanding military organizations in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Prior to studying for his doctorate, he worked for Honeywell Corporation as a business manager in South Florida. Most recently he worked at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base applying statistical analysis and processes to evaluate military programs designed to combat global terrorism.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • American Statistical Association

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Margaret A. Trester

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Mount Mary College
  • Juris Doctor
  • Whittier Law School

Other Information:

Margaret Trester has over 10 years of experience in the field of law. She is well versed in Bankruptcy law as well as litigation. She has worked in private practice as well as for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to her work with Taft Law School, Ms. Trester helps prepare students to sit for both the California Bar Exam as well as the California Baby Bar Exam.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member, State Bar of California

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John N. Vitale

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Brooklyn College
  • Master of Science in Taxation
  • Fordham University
  • Juris Doctor
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Mr. Vitale is presently employed by the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He is a senior manager in the firm’s tax consulting practice. His duties include research and preparation of technical memoranda regarding questions from tax professionals and clients in the area of partnership taxation.

He is currently engaged in domestic and international tax research and planning, including drafting memoranda regarding various corporate and partnership transactions, including corporate formation, liquidation, reorganization as well as partnership formation, liquidation and allocations. He also conducts tax research to respond to tax inquiries from clients concerning issues with respect to the tax treatment of various transactions, income and expense recognition issues, capitalization or deductibility of expense items and various other federal and state income tax issues. Mr. Vitale also coordinates the provision of tax services to his clients, which range in size from entrepreneurial type companies to Fortune 500 companies. He has lectured before professional associations on partnership tax issues.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Certified Public Accountant - New York
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

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Susan Webber

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies
  • Empire State College
  • Masters in the Art of Teaching
  • Marygrove College
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Education, Technology Management
  • Northcentral University

Other Information:

Dr. Susan Webber has been involved with distance learning for 25 years. She has been developing distance learning courses and teaching online for 12 years. She has also taught in traditional university positions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has served as a student-teacher supervisor. Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Webber served as an elementary gifted teacher and a secondary math teacher.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Alpha Delta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi
  • Education Honor Society
  • Erie County Pennsylvania Homeschool Evaluator
  • Certifications: PA K-6; PA Secondary Mathematics, 7-12

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Lydia M.T. Wells

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University Long Beach
  • Master of Arts
  • California State University Long Beach
  • Doctorate of Education
  • University of La Verne

Other Information:

Dr. Wells has been an Elementary School Principal at six different sites, with scope of control extending over a population of 1,500 students and 90 staff members. Responsibilities included supervision of regular elementary school programs; community relations; overseeing curriculum development and such special programs as Gifted and Talented, English Language Development, Bilingual, Interventions for at risk students and Special Education; preparing staff assignments, schedules, and reports; management of equipment and supplies; preparing and managing annual budgets; making presentations to Board of Education, local community and civic groups; and soliciting the cooperation of state and local agencies.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development Credential (CLAD)
  • Management and Supervision Development Certificate
  • Administrative Service Credential
  • Elementary Teaching Credential
  • Early Childhood Specialization Credential

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Nathan Wente

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Oregon State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • University of La Verne, School of Law

Other Information:

Nathan D. Wente has been with Taft since 2009. He is licensed to practice law in California and Oregon. He is a former prosecutor and currently works in private practice doing criminal defense and various civil litigation matters.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • Member of the State Bar of California

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Loni M. Yaeger

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Master of Arts
  • California State University, Fullerton

Other Information:

Ms. Yaeger has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology and a Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential. She completed coursework for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential at the University of California, Irvine. She has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in public schools in Los Angeles County and Orange County for over eight years. She is also an off-site clinical supervisor for graduate students completing their public school practicum through California State University, Fullerton. Throughout her career, Ms. Yaeger has worked at nine different school sites, volunteered and/or observed at several school sites, and worked with numerous administrators, general education teachers, special education teachers, and special education support providers including, but not limited to, occupational therapists, physical therapists, deaf and hard of hearing specialists, and Autism program managers. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the California Speech Language Hearing Association. Ms. Yaeger completed tier one of the Assessment Focus Academy through the Orange County Department o f Education and was a awarded a Good Idea Award for a general education social thinking curriculum program through the Rotary Club of Tustin-Santa Ana.

Trade and Professional Associations/Credentials:

  • American Speech – Language – Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Speech Pathology License
  • Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential

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Eileen L. Yantz

Postsecondary Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Master of Science
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Doctor of Education
  • William Howard Taft University

Other Information:

Dr. Eileen Yantz has taught in various capacities for over twelve years; kindergarten through college, exceptional education and regular education tracks. During those times, she has also been a literacy and math curriculum specialist, character education coordinator, demonstration teacher, and finally an assistant principal. She has won numerous awards, including teacher of the year twice and demonstration teaching excellence.

For the past three years, she has been a full-time faculty member at a community college and this past year was promoted to Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Education and Lateral Entry Teaching. Dr. Yantz also serves on the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children Board of Directors; having completed a term on the Curriculum Improvement Project for the State of North Carolina.

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