John Tucker has over 25 years of management experience in large complex teaching institutions, both in medical schools and higher education administration. He has worked in both patient care and medical administration at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York City, and at the City of Hope in Los Angeles. Most recently John worked in senior management positions for 16 years at three major University of California campuses, including UC San Francisco; UC Santa Barbara, where he served as Assistant Chancellor; and UCLA, where he served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Academic Senate, the governing body for over 3,000 tenured and non-tenured faculty. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from Pace University, New York City.
Dr. Araiza began her career as a Business Economist in 1997 as an International Trade Analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce and as an Independent Consultant providing services in business and statistical analysis. Since then she has held positions in various capacities in business, academic, and governmental-settings ranging from business and economic analysis, business development and promotion, and academic administration and research. Her academic experience began more than 10 years ago while working for the UCLA Medical Group, San Diego State University, Clark University, and Claremont Graduate University with her involvement in practical multidisciplinary research studies geared towards the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation. Very recently she began providing her expertise for the Saylor Foundation as an Academic Consultant in curriculum design for online economics and business courses. Dr. Araiza is a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in International Business and Economics and an MA in Economics. She received her PhD in Economics with a specialization in Business and Financial Economics from Claremont Graduate University. After completing her PhD studies, she began her teaching career at Southern States University as Core Faculty specializing in the economics, statistics, and MBA courses. Dr. Araiza was recently appointed Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. She is an active member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Southwestern Economics Association.
Lonnie Easter is originally from Long Island, NY and comes to Southern States University as a retired Navy Officer with 25 years of service. During his decorated naval service he dedicated himself to the pursuit of higher education for himself and young service members under his charge. He served in a host of locations worldwide including Japan, Singapore, Australia, India and many others. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As an integral part of his naval duties, he attained his Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management from National University. Lonnie also holds degrees as a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and is completing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He stands eager to help our students achieve their academic goals.
Luke Martin has been in the academics and legal field for the last ten years. He graduated early and with honors from University of North Texas receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science and English. Following his undergraduate degree, he attended California Western School of Law in San Diego where he again graduated early and received his Juris Doctorate degree. Since graduation, Luke has worked as a Negotiator for Bridgepoint Education, Vice President of Compliance for Bristol University, and has taught as a full-time faculty online and in person.
William Amoke has 10 years of professional experience working in various capacities at institutions of higher learning. Positions William has held include: Academic Dean, Director of Admissions and Records and Designated School Official. His responsibilities have included student records management, student counseling and advising, immigration advising and providing leadership and management of a variety of administrative operations. William holds an MBA in Strategic Management from United States International University, San Diego, CA and a BA in Economics and Business from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.
Jason received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, with a minor in History, from Claremont McKenna College, where he also ran track & field. He moved on first to a career as a newspaper reporter and editor and then as a teacher of English as a foreign language, which took him to Europe and Japan. He received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University and has worked for several public libraries in the San Diego area.
Cynthia Mock is the Campus Librarian in the Newport Beach campus. She has a wide range of experience ranging from working as a graphic designer to teaching computer classes. Her Associate’s degree is in computer graphics from Antelope Valley College and her Bachelor’s degree is in film from UC Berkeley. Ms. Mock has maintained an interest in digital technologies and information equity while attending San Jose State University for a Master’s in Library and Information Science.
Wendy Du has over six years of professional experience working in assorted roles at the International Academy of English, where she has held roles including: Director of Admissions and Records. She has been with SSU since 2008 and has held similar roles, with responsibilities including records management, student services counseling and advising, immigration advising and providing leadership and management of a variety of administrative operations. Wendy holds a B.S. in Accounting and Hotel Management from a respected University in China.
Michael taught ESL, Literature, and Composition in Korea for five years. In San Diego, he has taught for Student Travel School and ITT Tech. He has a master’s degree in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from UCR Palm Desert, and his writing has been published by Bartleby Snopes and Akashic Books. He writes about soccer for Roy Keane is My Daddy.
Beate “Bea” Berg was born and raised in Germany and graduated from university with a degree in Pedagogics and Languages (German, English and Russian). In the United Kingdom, she worked as a German Instructor at the Goethe Institute in Manchester among others. In 1990 she moved back to Germany and taught at the Reinhold-Würth-University in a town in the South-West of Germany. She also opened her own language school in which she taught English and Business English for companies. In 2007, Bea relocated to Newport Beach, California where she was the Director of Education at West Orange College, Fullerton. She is the Site and Academic Director at the SSU Newport Beach Campus. She is also an instructor for SSU English Program and a PDSO.
Scott Svec has worked 15 years in the education field as a teacher, principal, coordinator and advisor. He has an M.Ed in Cross-Cultural Education and experience advising international students in higher education. He has lived in Texas, Colorado, and Mexico working with multilingual learners. Scott is the Academic Advising and Support Officer at the Newport Beach Campus.
Ruby Wang was born and raised in china. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA with a specialization in Finance. Ruby has 2 years work experience working at Southern States University as the University Bursar. She also has 5 years of professional experience working in Human Resources and Administration Department of a branch of Samsung Group in China and 1 year of Graduate Assistant experience at San Diego State University. Ruby Wang is certified as Financial Aid Administrator in U.S. She also holds the certification of Human Resources Professional (HRP) in China and a BA degree in Human Resources Management in China.
Bill is from Dublin, Ireland and has taught English in Brazil for twelve years before moving to the US in 2013. Bill has been an official University of Cambridge Speaking Examiner since 2008 and has obtained his TESOL certificate. At SSU he serves as Site Director for the Las Vegas campus and as a Designated School Official for international students.
Jeffrey K. Bryant is the Academic Director/Academic Advisor at the Las Vegas Campus. He has been working as a business consultant and regional manager for the past 15 years. He is a military veteran of the USAF. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Park University, a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University, and is currently working on his dissertation, to complete a doctorate degree with Argosy University in Educational Leadership.