Claudia Araiza

Ph.D. / Core Faculty

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 […]

Samila Amanraoufpoor

D.B.A. / Core Faculty

Dr. Amanyraoufpoor (Dr. Aman) obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a second Bachelor of Arts in German Language from Islamic Azad University. She also earned an MBA with an emphasis in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. As a scholar, she traveled to the Republic of South Africa, People’s Republic of […]

Peggy Bilbruck


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.

Jeffrey Bryant

Ed.D. Candidate / Core Faculty

Professor Bryant 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. He has been working as a business consultant and regional manager for the past 15 years. He is a military veteran […]

Pavlo Fedotov

Ph.D. / Core Faculty

Pavlo Fedotov began the career in 2008 as a Researcher Assistant in Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics (Ukraine). He has Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering , Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and Ph.D in Computer Systems and Engineering from Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine. In the past, he held positions in IT […]

Kari Laitinen

E.J.D., M.B.A. / Core Faculty

Kari Laitinen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Minor in Business Marketing from Brigham Young University. He received a Master’s Degree in Business from Pepperdine University and an Executive Juris Doctor from Concord Law School. Mr. Laitinen’s corporate consulting assignments include: legal services, grant writing, structured product engineering, securities licensing, business […]

Yvan Nezerwe


Professor Nezerwe recently joined SSU specializing in the accounting and finance courses. He received a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from Alliant International University, an MBA degree with a specialization in Finance from Alliant International University, and a BS degree in International Business from United States International University-Nairobi Kenya. Professor Nezerwe’s […]

Harold V. Rucker

J.D. / Core Faculty

Prof. Harold V. Rucker is the presiding administrative law judge at the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in San Diego. He teaches business law, organizational leadership, political science and history. He has a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, Master’s Degree in political science from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s degree […]

John Scholte

M.Div. / Core Faculty

Professor Scholte has been teaching for the last 20 years while also working in senior management in a variety of careers from ministry to marketing and public relations. He has been teaching at Southern States University as a Core Faculty Professor since 2009 in the disciplines of Humanities, Ethics, History, Political Science, and Speech. He […]

Gautami Verma Gajula


  Professor Gautami Verma teaches Database Systems,Web Development and Cloud Computing courses in the MSIT program. She received an MS degree in Computer Science from the National University, California and a BE  degree in Computer science and Engineering  from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. She is based in the San Diego and Newport Beach […]

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