Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez

Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez

Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez is the founder and the CEO of the International Center for Global Leadership. Dr. June has extensive experience in education, business consulting, and international studies. Dr. June has served as a Superintendent, College Professor and has authored and co-authored numerous texts and scholarly articles. She is currently the Academic Program Director and Chair of Organizational Leadership Doctoral Graduate program at Pepperdine University. Dr. June specializes in Leadership Training, Higher Education Policies and Accreditation, Change Theory, Central American Leadership, and International/Intercultural Studies.

Dr. Trishan S. Wickramasinghe

Dr. Trishan S. Wickramasinghe

Dr. Trishan S. Wickramasinghe received his Medical Degree at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal India. He has been in the field of medicine for the past six years. As a doctor, he is interested in the field of trauma and emergency medicine. He is a member of multiple medical organizations. Trishan has been involved in multiple charity organizations for the past 15 years. His areas of interest consist of operating urgent care clinics and trauma centers worldwide. He is currently developing medical applications in detecting warning signs of serious medical emergency conditions. Trishan’s professional research interest aside from the medical field consists of leadership, personal integrity and international cultural values. His other interest consists of nature, wildlife and travel photography.

Dr. Amanda S. Wickramasinghe

Dr. Amanda S. Wickramasinghe

Dr. Amanda S. Wickramasinghe currently works as Director of a Private Academy. She has been in Education for the past 10 years. She has served in multiple leadership roles specializing in curriculum, student success, retention, organizational psychology, coordinating graduate programs, and teacher preparation. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of California, Riverside. Amanda earned her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education from California State University, Northridge. Her graduate research work consisted of education and psychology specializing in cognitive development, leadership and improving educational methods. Amanda received her Doctorate from Pepperdine University and she is pursuing her second Doctorate in Global Leadership and Change. Amanda’s dissertation examined how the iPad tablets will improve education in private academic institutions from the teacher’s perspective. The research examined how the iPad will influence academic excellence; develop cognitive development and student success. As a researcher, her primary areas of focus consist of leadership, global leadership, education, psychology, organizational psychology, cognitive development, and curriculum.

Dr. Dalia Juarez

Dr. Dalia Juarez

Dalia R. Juarez currently works as an Associate Professor of English at El Camino College-Compton Center in Compton, California. She has been with the Compton Center since January 2012. She has served as the college’s English Department Curriculum reviewer, Student Learning Outcomes facilitator for her division, the Learning Team’s Coordinator, as well as a teaching faculty in the center’s First Year Experience program, as well as being the lead instructor in the center’s All Male Accelerated Program. Dalia’s professional areas of interest include first year programs that support first-generation students, programs and curriculum that assist minority, male students, and faculty-student interactions as a component in student success. Dalia has worked as an instructor in several student success oriented programs for the past 14 years and has been a faculty member of the community college system for 15 years. Dalia earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her graduate work earned her the Sally Casanova Forgivable Loan to further her studies. Dalia earned her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills where she studied American and British Literature. Other areas of interest include servant leadership, global leadership, and post-secondary education. As a doctoral student at Pepperdine University her dissertation examines how the faculty-student interactions contributes to the perceived sense of belonging of first-generation African American and Latino students.

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Dr. Arthur Townley

Dr. Arthur Townley

Dr. Townley is the co-author of School Personnel: A California Perspective, School Law: A California Perspective, and School Finance: A California Perspective along with Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez. Dr. Townley was a superintendent of Wrightwood School District in San Bernardino where he made many, much-needed, curricular changes which have made the district a “lighthouse” in the San Bernardino school system. He currently resides in Vista, California where he ensures that the textbooks he has co-authored are edited annually and reflect current California law and finance regulations.

Dr. Randy Bertin

Dr. Randy R. Bertin

Randy Bertin has been a leader in independent boarding schools for the past eighteen years, which includes spending the last six as Head of School at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, a boarding and day high school in Ojai, California.

Over a seven-year career at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA, Randy served in many roles including Certified Athletic Trainer, Residential Faculty, Teacher, Coach, Dean, Director of Athletics, and Development Officer. Before becoming Head of School at Besant Hill, Randy served in multiple leadership positions there including Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Advancement, and Assistant Head for Advancement. He also served as the school’s varsity basketball coach from 2007-2011, earning CIF-SS Division V coach of the year in 2010. During his tenure as Head of School, Randy has been recognized for his leadership in the areas of International Fundraising, and school leadership and has presented a number of times on these topics.

In addition to his interests in fundraising and leadership, other topics have included the Head of School’s Role in the Admissions Process, Integration and Immersion of International Students at Boarding Schools in the United States, and Perceptions of Independent School Leaders in California: Global Issues.

2017 CASE CEO Leadership Award

Dr. Randy Bertin was honored with the Council for Advancement & Support of Education’s (CASE) 2017 Chief Executive Officer Leadership Award at its annual conference in San Diego, CA.

For only the second time in the last fifteen years, a secondary school head has been given this extraordinary award for institutional leadership! Bertin joins the company of former recipients including Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley and Janet L. Holmgren – President, Mills College, Oakland, CA among others.

Nominees must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Create a vision and inspire others
  • Establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to even higher levels of success
  • Increase their institution’s stature in the community
  • Increase innovation and risk-taking among employees
  • Support all aspects of advancement at their institution
  • Contribute to a greater public understanding and support of education

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Dr. Chris Najera

Dr. Chris Najera

Dr. Chris Najera is a professor of business at CSU Long Beach as well as a Director with Willdan Group Inc. At Willdan Dr. Najera focuses on “moonshot” projects, helping his organization identify, frame, and execute complex business initiatives. Over the years Dr. Najera has worked in marketing & business development, information technology, and most recently in business process innovation. Besides teaching in the CSU system, Dr. Najera has been associated with the UC system and several private universities throughout Southern California. Dr. Najera is married to Ms. Balsells.

 

Dr. Santor Nishizaki

Dr. Santor Nishizaki

Dr. Santor Nishizaki is a project manager in the construction industry and an adjunct business professor at California State University Los Angeles.  Santor previously worked for a Fortune 100 Company overseas on an 18-month assignment in Shanghai, China, and JPL/NASA before that.  Dr. Nishizaki’s research while obtaining his doctorate at Pepperdine was focused mainly on Millennials in the workplace, but has recently published an article about creating high-performing teams in a lean construction environment.