Chancellor/President John Tucker

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.

jtucker@ssu.edu

Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer Claudia Araiza

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Dr. Araiza began her career 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 analyses to small private businesses and non-profit organizations. Since then, she has held positions in various capacities in business, academic, and governmental-settings ranging from business and economic analyses, business development and promotion, and academic administration and research. Her academic experience began more than ten 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 to the Saylor Academy as an Academic Consultant in curriculum design for online courses in economics and business. 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 a teaching career at Southern States University as Core Faculty specializing in the economics, statistics, and MBA courses. Dr. Araiza is currently Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Southern States University with a Core Faculty appointment. She is an active member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Southwestern Economics Association.

caraiza@ssu.edu

University Registrar / DSO Wendy Du

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Wendy Du has been with SSU since 2008 and has held various roles including Administrative Director of Intensive English Program, Immigration Advising, University Bursar, and providing leadership and management of a variety of administrative operations. Wendy holds a B.S. in Accounting and Hotel Management.

wdu@ssu.edu

Director of Financial Aid Denise Souza Mastro

Denise Mastro is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native who immigrated to the United States 20 years ago. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes and a Master degree in General Education from Universidade Santana. She is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. Denise has been working as Operations Director for International Academy of English, a SSU sister company, since its opening in 1999. At SSU she holds positions as Director of Financial Aid and Director of Human Resources. She oversees all operations for Tepper Technologies, Inc, the parent company for both Southern States University and International Academy of English. She is also a Board Member for Southern States University.
dmastro@ssu.edu

Bursar (San Diego Campus) Lisiane Lambe

Lisiane Piffero Lambe has a Bachelor degree in Social Science and Education from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. In Brazil she worked as a Research Analyst in different areas such as political research, market research, and evaluation of public policy. Lisiane immigrated to the US from Brazil in April 2016 and has been working in the educational sector since then. First as an Instructional Assistant at San Diego Community College, and since May 2017 she is the University Bursar at Southern States University.

llambe@ssu.edu

Library Information and Learning Resources Carri Wohlwend

Carri Wohlwend, University Librarian and Career Services Coordinator, comes to Southern States University from the California Community College system where she worked as a reference librarian and associate librarian. Prior to that, Carri worked for the County of San Bernardino in the training branch of the public library as a library assistant. Her library career started after winning a competitive internship at the National Archives and Records Administration.She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Victor Valley College. A Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from California State University San Bernardino. The Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. She is also presently enrolled in the Master of Archives and Records Administration program, also at San Jose State University.

cwohlwend@ssu.edu

Human Resources Denise Souza Mastro

Denise Mastro is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native who immigrated to the United States 20 years ago. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes and a Master degree in General Education from Universidade Santana. She is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. Denise has been working as Operations Director for International Academy of English, a SSU sister company, since its opening in 1999. At SSU she holds positions as Director of Financial Aid and Director of Human Resources. She oversees all operations for Tepper Technologies, Inc, the parent company for both Southern States University and International Academy of English. She is also a Board Member for Southern States University.
dmastro@ssu.edu

Site Director (Las Vegas Campus) Bill Doyle

doyleBill 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.

bdoyle@ssu.edu

Site Director (Newport Beach Campus) Beate Berg

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 Director at the SSU Newport Beach Campus.

bberg@ssu.edu

Academic Adviser/San Diego Claudia Araiza (interim)

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Dr. Araiza began her career 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 analyses to small private businesses and non-profit organizations. Since then, she has held positions in various capacities in business, academic, and governmental-settings ranging from business and economic analyses, business development and promotion, and academic administration and research. Her academic experience began more than ten 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 to the Saylor Academy as an Academic Consultant in curriculum design for online courses in economics and business. 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 a teaching career at Southern States University as Core Faculty specializing in the economics, statistics, and MBA courses. Dr. Araiza is currently Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Southern States University with a Core Faculty appointment. She is an active member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Southwestern Economics Association.

caraiza@ssu.edu

Academic Adviser/Newport Beach Kimi Ho

Born and raised in Germany, Kimi came to the U.S. to pursue his undergraduate degree. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University Pomona with emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. He has worked in several industries such as in aviation and banking to finally find himself in the educational sector. Kimi was managing a Language Institute before starting at Southern States University as Academic Advising and Support Officer.

kho@ssu.edu

Academic Adviser/Las vegas Claudia Araiza (interim)

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Dr. Araiza began her career 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 analyses to small private businesses and non-profit organizations. Since then, she has held positions in various capacities in business, academic, and governmental-settings ranging from business and economic analyses, business development and promotion, and academic administration and research. Her academic experience began more than ten 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 to the Saylor Academy as an Academic Consultant in curriculum design for online courses in economics and business. 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 a teaching career at Southern States University as Core Faculty specializing in the economics, statistics, and MBA courses. Dr. Araiza is currently Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Southern States University with a Core Faculty appointment. She is an active member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Southwestern Economics Association.

caraiza@ssu.edu

IT Specialist Pavlo Fedotov

Pavlo Fedotov began his career in 2008 as a Researcher Assistant in Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics (Ukraine). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Ph.D in Computer Systems and Engineering from Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine. In the past, he held positions in IT as Systems Network Administrator and Software Engineer (QA). In 2016 he moved to the US. Ever since he has been working as Information Technology Specialist/Core and Lead Faculty of the IT Programs at Southern States University.

 pfedotov@ssu.edu

Career Services Carri Wohlwend

Carri Wohlwend, University Librarian and Career Services Coordinator, comes to Southern States University from the California Community College system where she worked as a reference librarian and associate librarian. Prior to that, Carri worked for the County of San Bernardino in the training branch of the public library as a library assistant. Her library career started after winning a competitive internship at the National Archives and Records Administration.She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Victor Valley College. A Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from California State University San Bernardino. The Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. She is also presently enrolled in the Master of Archives and Records Administration program, also at San Jose State University.

cwohlwend@ssu.edu

Director of Operations/Students Services Denise Souza Mastro

Denise Mastro is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native who immigrated to the United States 20 years ago. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes and a Master degree in General Education from Universidade Santana. She is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. Denise has been working as Operations Director for International Academy of English, a SSU sister company, since its opening in 1999. At SSU she holds positions as Director of Financial Aid and Director of Human Resources. She oversees all operations for Tepper Technologies, Inc, the parent company for both Southern States University and International Academy of English. She is also a Board Member for Southern States University.
dmastro@ssu.edu

Business Administration Program Chair Peggy Billbruck

peggy Professor Bilbruck has a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development, an MBA degree, and an BS degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is also a consultant for several organizations that deal with online learning content. She is based in the Newport Beach campus.

pbilbruck@ssu.edu

Information Technology Program Chair Pavlo Fedotov

Pavlo Fedotov began his career in 2008 as a Researcher Assistant in Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics (Ukraine). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Ph.D in Computer Systems and Engineering from Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine. In the past, he held positions in IT as Systems Network Administrator and Software Engineer (QA). In 2016 he moved to the US. Ever since he has been working as Information Technology Specialist/Core and Lead Faculty of the IT Programs at Southern States University.

 pfedotov@ssu.edu

Student Ambassador (Newport Beach Campus) Alex Golubov

SSU Student Ambassador

Let me introduce myself. My name is Oleksii, but my friends call me Alex. After finishing my high school in 2006 I attended East Ukraine National University, where I got my Bachelor and then Master degree and received specialization as an electronic-engineer.

I worked at the Samsung Digital Center as a mobile engineer. The idea of moving to another country came to me at the beginning of my student’s life. After receiving new experience I decided that it is time to grow. I was involved in the process of creating and implementing new ideas and that inspired me greatly.

The reason why I choose Southern State University that I would like to be proficient in business. The reason is that I am a very versatile person who tries to be the best and to be among the best. Also, I would admit that there are things that I could do better in, but because I act on these ideas I most likely will increase my chances of meeting the day-to-day expectations people place on me.

ogolubov@ssu.edu

Assistant to the Chancellor/President Flor Lorenzo

Flor Lorenzo graduated with a political science Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State University, San Bernardino. She has worked with political actors while in college such as Senator Connie Leyva and Congressman Pete Aguilar. While in college she also studied abroad in Uppsala University, Sweden where she began her project on the Syrian Refugee crisis later presented at UC Berkeley Clinton Initiative Global University meeting in 2016. Flor also attended Carnegie Mellon University where she became a PPIA Fellow.

Student Ambassador (Newport Beach Campus) Andre Bezerra

Andre was born and raised in Brazil. He graduated in Business from the University of Fortaleza and has a certificate in Information Technology from the same university. He was working in the IT field from 2010 until 2016, with telecommunications systems and software development as a Project Manager in companies of various industries, such as Oil and Gas, TV channel, Newspaper, and Financial. He worked in Fortaleza, and volunteered at the Orange County Chapter of Project Management Institute, a non-profit organization, to help the community of project managers with the best practices in project management.

abezerra@ssu.edu

Student Ambassador (Newport Beach Campus) Alex Golubov

SSU Student Ambassador

Let me introduce myself. My name is Oleksii, but my friends call me Alex. After finishing my high school in 2006 I attended East Ukraine National University, where I got my Bachelor and then Master degree and received specialization as an electronic-engineer. I worked at the Samsung Digital Center as a mobile engineer. The idea of moving to another country came to me at the beginning of my student’s life. After receiving new experience I decided that it is time to grow. I was involved in the process of creating and implementing new ideas and that inspired me greatly.The reason why I choose Southern State University that I would like to be proficient in business. The reason is that I am a very versatile person who tries to be the best and to be among the best. Also, I would admit that there are things that I could do better in, but because I act on these ideas I most likely will increase my chances of meeting the day-to-day expectations people place on me.

ogolubov@ssu.edu