Claudia Araiza

Ph.D. / Core Faculty

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Matthew Alcala

M.A. / Adjunct Faculty

Matthew has a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MA degree in Psychological Research from the California State University – Long Beach. Currently, he works in higher education as an instructor and has worked in the past in research and program management with educational institutes and governmental […]

Jeffrey Bryant

Jeffrey Bryant, Ed.D. /Adjunct Faculty, Las Vegas

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 […]

Michelle Bonny


Michelle Bonny has a BA degree in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA in Adult Education and Development from Regis University, and an EdS degree in Adult Education from Walden University. Currently, she devotes her time to teaching and consulting. Michelle will specialize in the leadership and communication courses as an […]

Carolanne Kuntz


Dr. Carolanne Kuntz Azan, known to her students as “Dr. K.,” completed her undergraduate work at St. Petersburg College with an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology, and at Warner Southern University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. She graduated with an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration, from […]

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