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Tahmoures Afshar, PhD, has more than 25 years experience as a University professor in the area of Finance. He has numerous publications in the fields of Finance, Economics, and Pedagogy. His articles have been published in the Global Business and Economics Review, the Journal of Business and Economics Research, the Journal of College Teaching and Learning, the Journal of Global Business Management, The Chartered Accountants Journal, and the Organization Development Journal. From 2003 to 2008, he has been awarded four times the “Best Paper Award” at the College Teaching & Learning Conference and the International Business and Economics Research Conference. Dr. Afshar is a six-time winner of the Woodbury MBA Association's “Most Challenging Professor” Award, 2004-2011. Dr. Afshar’s CV. Contact: tahmoures.afshar@woodbury.edu or 818. 252.5170.

Wendy K. Bendoni, MA, is an Assistant Professor and the Fashion Marketing coordinator. Wendy holds a BA in Fashion Marketing / Minor in Computer Science from Woodbury University, and a Masters in Fine Arts, Specializing in Textiles and Clothing, from CSULA. Her research focuses on new technology and how it relates to fashion marketing and trend analysis market research.  Wendy remains active in her area of expertise as a Fashion Forecaster – European/Asia correspondent for the last 23 years. In the field of Fashion Forecasting, she assists marketers, retailers, designers and manufacturers globally in developing design concepts and marketing strategies.   She has made more than 47 trips to France, England, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands to research cultural and sub-cultural trends. This has given her the authority to project local as well global trends in the lifestyle market.  Wendy has worked as the LA correspondent at WGSN for 7 years, as the International Trends Director for Report West/StyleLens for more than 23 years, and as the lead curator for the LifeStyle report at Design-Options for more than 16 years. She continues to develop new methods of tracking lifestyle trends through traditional means, but also through utilizing analytics to monitor consumer lifestyle interest and behavior on social media. Ms. Bendoni’s CV. Contact: wendy.bendoni@woodbury.edu or 818. 393.3302.

Bob Bjorklund, PhD, has taught at Woodbury University since 1999; first as an adjunct professor, then in full-time service as an Associate Professor, and now as a Professor in the Management Department. He earned a PhD in Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and subsequently taught there, and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Utica, Rider University, and New York University before joining the Woodbury faculty. Additionally, Dr. Bjorklund has managed and owned commercial investment real estate firms, and presently serves as a California Probate Referee. His specialty teaching area at Woodbury University is strategic management (MBA & BBA), with a growing emphasis on organizational structure and operations management. Dr. Bjorklund’s CV. Contact: robert.bjorklund@woodbury.edu or 818. 252.5262.

Angelo A. Camillo, PhD, is Associate Professor of Strategic Management. He has more than 35 years of international hospitality management experience and has worked and lived in ten countries on four continents. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Heidelberg (Germany) School of Hotel Management, an MBA degree from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He teaches courses in Strategy, Global Enterprise Management, Business Ethics, Organizational Behavior, and special topics in Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Business Development. His research encompasses three streams of interest that reflect his specializations and courses he teaches: Strategic Management (Mainstream), Industry Specific, and Cross-disciplinary. Research topics include Strategic and International Management, Food and Wine Business, Marketing Best Practices, Social Responsibility, and Ethics. Contact: angelo.camillo@woodbury.edu or 818. 394.3314.

Satinder Dhiman, PhD, EdD, is Associate Dean; Chair & Director of the MBA Program; and Professor of Management. He holds a PhD from Tilburg University and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University’s GSEP, and has completed advanced Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard, Stanford and Wharton. He also holds an AACSB Bridge to Business Post-Doctoral Certificate from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. His teaching and research focus is on leadership and organizational behavior with specific focus on workplace spirituality. He is recipient of the 2004 ACBSP International Teacher of the Year Award, the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award (2006), and the Excellence in Management Education Award (2008, 2011), IPCSI, India. His work has been published in multiple journals and he has authored or co-authored seven books on management, accounting, and leadership. Dr. Dhiman’s CV. Contact: satinder.dhiman@woodbury.edu or 818. 252.5138.

Mauro Diaz, MBA, is Coordinator of Accounting and Adjunct Faculty. He has served as Accounting Coordinator and Academic Advisor since 2011. He has taught courses in Financial Accounting for Decision-Making, Managerial Accounting for Decision-Making, Cost Accounting, and Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting. His accounting experience includes governmental, non-profit, taxation, hospitality, and entertainment accounting. Mr. Diaz has served as an administrator in higher education for over 16 years. He holds a Master of Administration Business and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Woodbury University. Contact: mauro.diaz@woodbury.edu or 818.252-5207.

Nathan Garrett, PhD, is an Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Information Technology.  His research focuses on educational technology and assessment.  While primarily teaching "Management of IT" courses for the business school, he also is deeply interested in entrepreneurship and Internet startups.   He earned his PhD and MS from Claremont Graduate University, and a BS from LeTourneau University. Dr. Garrett’s CV. Contact: nathan.garrett@woodbury.edu or 818.252-5147.

Virginia Green, PhD, has more than 20 years of leadership experience running businesses, building global brands and guiding other growth-oriented companies. An accomplished corporate CEO strategist and marketer, her vision and expertise in business performance have driven notable enterprise growth in the retail, manufacturing, and general consumer goods sectors. Her achievements have been featured in New York Stern Business columns, as well as other business media. Virginia's exceptional record of accomplishment of business improvement is based on her philosophy of total enterprise engagement in change. Virginia received her PhD, MA, MBA and MA from New York University, New York Institute of Technology and Capella University. Dr. Green’s CV. Contact: virginia.green@woodbury.edu.

Svetlana Holt, EdD, has fifteen years' experience in corporate training for performance improvement, quality control, small business administration, database management, student support, and new curricula design and evaluation. She is a registered practitioner of the Mayer-Salovey Caruso emotional intelligence model of organizational development. Her research and publications topics include leadership in multicultural settings, emotional intelligence as it relates to organizational performance, and academic achievement in higher education. Dr. Holt holds a Bachelor's degree in Germanic Philology, a Master's degree in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. She holds memberships in Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration, Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society for Educators, and the International Society for Performance Improvement. Dr. Holt’s CV. Contact: svetlana.holt@woodbury.edu or 818.394.3359.

Jianli Hu, PhD, received her Ph.D. degree in Operations Management and a minor in Operations Research from Washington State University.  She also holds an M.A. in Apparel Merchandising and a B.S. in Clothing Engineering. Her general research areas of interest involve supply chain management, e-commerce, logistics management, and inventory theory. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Operations Research, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, Interfaces, and the International Journal of Procurement Management. In addition to teaching, she has also worked as a consultant for private companies including Alibaba Online and EDI China. Dr. Hu’s CV. Contact: jianli.hu@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5186.

Robert Jinkens, PhD, earned his post-doctoral AACSB certification in Accounting from the University of Florida at Gainesville. His PhD is from the University of Hawaii at Mânoa in Accounting Education. He holds an MSBA in Finance from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, and a BA in Math and a BS in Business, both from the University of Southern California. He has active CPA licenses in California and Hawaii and is a California Real Estate Broker. He has taught accounting, finance and other related subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1974. His research interests include financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting education. Dr. Jinkens’ CV. Contact: robert.jinkens@woodbury.edu or 818.394.3308.

John E. Karayan, JD, PhD, teaches Accounting and is a former Chair of Accounting and IT. Formerly Director of Taxes of a New York Stock Exchange-listed multinational, Professor Karayan is a tax attorney with a "Big 8" CPA firm background who retired from practice 25 years ago to teach at USC’s School of Accounting.  John earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate School, where he studied under Peter Drucker.  Dr. Karayan remains active outside academia with service on public and private Boards, as well as testifying as an expert witness in complex business litigation.  He has co-authored several books on taxation – notably: Strategic Business Tax Planning (Wiley 2006) -- and published articles in journals ranging from The Tax Advisor to the Marquette Sports Law Review. Dr. Karayan’s CV.   Contact: john.karayan@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5269.

Joan Marques, PhD, EdD, serves as Director of the BBA Program and is Assistant Professor of Management. She holds a PhD from Tilburg University, an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, an MBA from Woodbury University, and a BSc in Business Economics from MOC, Suriname. She also holds an AACSB Bridge to Business Post Doctoral Certificate from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Her teaching focuses on leadership and organizational behavior, and her research interests pertain to those areas with specific focus on workplace spirituality and awareness in Management Performance. She has been widely published in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Management Development, as well as Business and Society, and has authored or co-authored nine books on Management and Leadership topics. Dr. Marques’ CV. Contact: joan.marques@woodbury.edu or 818.394.3391.

Yasuo Nishiyama, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Economics at Woodbury University. Prior to joining the Woodbury University faculty, he was an economist at Bank of America and, after leaving the Bank, taught at State University of New York, Binghamton, and Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include banking (primary specialization), international finance, applied econometrics, and regional economic growth. His articles have been published in professional journals such as Journal of Regional Science, Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Applied Economics Letters, Journal of Banking and Finance, and others. Dr. Nishiyama’s CV. Contact: yasuo.nishiyama@woodbury.edu or 818.394.3301.

Alexandra Saba, Licensed Psychologist, serves as Assistant Professor in the area of Management and Organizational Behavior, and Global Enterprise. She holds a BS and an MA from Northern Arizona University, and an MC from Arizona State University. She is the coordinator of Business Professional Women of Woodbury (BPWOW). She has been highly instrumental in initiating and coordinating the annual business etiquette dinner for all Woodbury students. She has also won the Dora Kirby Award for her long time contributions to Woodbury University. Contact: alexandra.saba@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5152.

Paul Sabolic, EdD, has over thirty-five years of experience in business and management with multi-national corporations in marketing, sales training and development, management, labor relations and negotiations, strategic planning and forecasting, organization of staff and departments, creation of in-house training and team development programs.  He has extensive consumer products experience with Procter & Gamble and Anheuser Busch, advertising and marketing with Tribune Corporation, as well as detailed knowledge of the wholesale/dealer networks within several industries.  He is president of VTM Associates, a marketing consulting firm.  Dr. Sabolic has a BA (History / Political Science) from the University of Washington, an MBA (Marketing / Management) from Pepperdine University, and an Ed.D (Computer & Information Technology) from Nova Southeastern University. 
Dr. Sabolic’s CV. Contact: paul.sabolic@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5194.

Kristen Schiele, PhD, earned her PhD in Marketing at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on Consumer Culture, Fashion Marketing, and the Experience and Behaviors of Digital Consumers. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at Woodbury, Dr. Schiele was an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Fullerton; California Polytechnic University of Pomona; and Vanguard University.  She holds a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from Chapman University. She has many years of industry experience at various companies including: Irvine Company, Fit for Green, Susan’s Healthy Gourmet, and as an independent Marketing Consultant. Dr. Schiele’s CV. Contact: kristen.schiele@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5249.

Mine Üçok Hughes, PhD, graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science in Ankara, Turkey with an undergraduate degree in Economics, received her Master’s Degree in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College, Boston, and her PhD from University of Southern Denmark in Odense, with a dissertation titled “Consumption Practices of Transmigrants: A Multi-Sited Ethnographic Study of Turkish Immigrants in Denmark.” Mine teaches courses in marketing and consumer behavior at undergraduate and MBA levels. She aligns her academic work with Consumer Culture Theory and her research interests include globalization, transnationalism, and transnational immigrants in relation to consumption. Dr. Ucok Hughes’ CV.   Contact: mine.hughes@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5153.

Dr. Danielle Way-Ramirez is the Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research explored ethnic identity-development in grade school children. Additionally, her research has explored the challenges and benefits of creative portfolio design as an assessment tool in adult learning environments. Most recently, Dr. Way-Ramirez has expanded her research to examine student learning styles and civic engagement within nontraditional learning environments. Along with her undergraduate Marketing courses, Dr. Way-Ramirez also teaches MBA courses focusing primarily on business strategy and consumer behavior. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Academy of Marketing Science, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Ph.D. Project. Dr. Way-Ramirez’ CV. Contact: danielle.way@woodbury.edu or 818.252.5288.