Trustees and Cabinet


The Board of Trustees is Woodbury University’s governing body, providing policy, leadership and oversight. Trustees govern Woodbury with a dedication to its mission, preparing graduates who are articulate, ethical and innovative lifelong learners. The board consists of individuals who have diverse experience in education, business, law, architecture, the entertainment industry, philanthropy, and public service. Trustees are appointed to serve three-year terms that are renewable.



Gregory N. Lippe, CPA  (Class of 1967) 
Gregory N. Lippe Accountancy Corporation
Simi Valley, CA

Vice Chair

Dulari Amin
Synergy Ventures
Los Angeles, CA


Seta Javor
VP, Executive Relations
Woodbury University


Members at Large

Lee Alpert, Esq.
Alpert Barr & Grant
A Professional Law Corporation
Encino, CA

Zelda Gilbert, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita,
Woodbury University
Burbank, CA

Austin J. Hutcherson (Class of 2017)
Construction Project Manager
SoLa Impact, LLC, Los Angeles

Superna Kalle
President, International Digital Networks
Starz, A Lionsgate Company, Los Angeles

Afshin Kateb (Class of 1993)
Chief Financial Officer
Nazarian Enterprises and Nimes Capital
Los Angeles, CA

Karen Locke
Community Organizer/Volunteer
Santa Monica, CA

Alen Malekian, AIA ’93 (2022)
Principal Architect – President
Malekian & Associates, Glendale



Joseph Moschella, JD/MBA
General Counsel
Trusted Media Brands, Inc., Los Angeles

Candace Ng (2021)
President, CFO, and Co-Founder
IT Strategists, Los Angeles

Barry Ryan, J.D., Ph.D. (2021)
Woodbury University
Burbank – Los Angeles/San Diego, CA

C. Edward Spiegel, (Class of 1960) 
Chair Emeritus, Managing Partner
Cast & Crew Management Corporation
Burbank, CA

William R. Thomas, (Class of 1969)
Thomas Properties
Torrance, CA

Sundeep Vaghashia, (Class of 2009)
Chief Operating Officer
Glendale, CA

Elena Zager
Project Manager, Private Family Office
Los Angeles

Trustees Emeriti

Lawrence N. Hurwitz
Lawrence Financial
Los Angeles, CA

David R. Misch
Chief Executive Officer
Community Bank
Pasadena, CA

Louis M. Naidorf, FAIA
Dean Emeritus, Woodbury University
Santa Rosa, CA 

Lawrence G. Shoaf
Vice Chair Emeritus

Walter W. Mosher Jr., Ph.D.
Precision Dynamics Corporation
San Fernando, CA


The President and the Cabinet, which consists of key administrators that are responsible for leading the University in achieving its institutional goals.

Barry Ryan, J.D., Ph.D.President
Michele A. Starkey, EdDSenior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Sharon Townsend, D.S.W.Senior Director of Development & Alumni Affairs
Samantha J. LopezSenior Director of Marketing & Communications
Naira ZakarianSenior Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Bradley MitchellInterim Chief Financial Officer
Sabrina Taylor-Encarnacion (Class of 2007, 2009)Associate Vice President, Admissions
Jennie TaSenior Director of International Affairs
Seta JavorVice President, Executive Relations | Board Secretary
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