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

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 Flor Lorenzo (interim)

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.

florenzo@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

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 Yuki Mun

Dr. Yuki Mun is an innovative and passionate educator with a 10+ year
academic career and 15+ year corporate experience. She is dedicated to
creating a student-centered learning environment, narrowing the gap
between classroom and boardroom by integrating practices
and theories, and providing a high touch student service. She believes
that education provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth
for students and herself. She hopes to inspire students to become active
life-long learners. She earned a Doctoral degree in Business
Administration with a specialization in Marketing, a Master’s degree in
International Business Administration, and an MBA degree with a focus on
International Management. Her research interest is in the area of higher
education. Dr. Mun is currently Program Chair for the Business Programs
with a Core Faculty appointment.

ymun@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

Admissions and Career Services Manager Brittany McKnight

Brittany McKnight holds an M.A.E. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from SDSU, a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from UCLA, an A.A. in Arabic and University Transfer Studies from Grossmont College, and certificates in Cultural Competency, and Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) from SDSU. She has held several positions in Higher Education, such as Student Advisor, and Academic Program Coordinator, and has worked in both Secondary and Postsecondary Education, as well as several other fields. She is passionate about Education, has a preference for student-centered approaches, and a strong commitment to student success.
bmcknight@ssu.edu

University Librarian Cheryl Cyr

Cheryl Cyr has worked in Academic and Technical libraries since earning her Masters of Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2009. Prior to becoming the University Librarian for Southern States University she was the lead Librarian for the CW2 Christopher G. Nason Military Intelligence Library in Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

ccyr@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.

florenzo@ssu.edu

Student Ambassadors

Andre Bezerra is a current MBA student at the Newport Beach campus. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Certificate in Information Technology from the University of Fortaleza, Brazil. He has worked in the IT field dealing with telecommunications systems and software development as a project manager in various industries such as oil and gas, media, and financial. Andre speaks Portuguese and English.

Contact: abezerra@ssu.edu

Begum Nur Demir is a current MBA student at the San Diego campus. Begum has worked in the legal field in Turkey in business, bankruptcy/debt enforcement, and criminal case areas.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Law from Yasar University, Turkey. Begum speaks Turkish and English.

Contact: bndemir@ssu.edu

Eric Ferreira is a current MBA student at the Newport Beach campus. Eric is a graduate of Law from FMU-Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, São Paulo, Brazil. After completing his studies, he specialized in Civil Litigation at PUC-Pontifícia Universidade Católica, São Paulo/SP and Business Law at FGV-Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil. He has experience in case study analysis, strategy and disputes in corporate law, intellectual property, contracts, consumer law, civil liability, and real estate law. Eric speaks Portuguese and English.

Contact: eferreira@ssu.edu

 

Patrik Puska is a current MBA student at the San Diego campus. Patrik has worked in several capacities in language translation, foreign affairs, and travel/cultural event planning. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communications from Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus. Patrik speaks Slovak, Russian, English, and Spanish.

Contact: ppuska@ssu.edu