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Dr. Steven A. Stargardter

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Stargardter became Provost and Chief Academic Officer of United States University in January of 2013.  A native of New York City, he received his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and his doctorate at Boston College.  He spent a year during his doctoral studies as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Mainz, Germany, researching his dissertation: “Niklas Vogt, 1756-1836: A Personality of the Late Enlightenment and Early Romantic Movement.”  He went on to receive a J.D. from the University Of Washington School of Law in 1991.

Dr. Stargardter has served as a faculty member, Continuing Education Director, Undergraduate Dean, and Provost and Chief Academic Officer. For the past 15 years he served as sitting President of first City University of Seattle and then John F. Kennedy University. Among other achievements, he oversaw the reaffirmation of regional and specialized accreditations at both institutions.

Dr. Stargardter is especially committed to the creation and maintenance of a transformative and supportive educational environment for students traditionally underserved by American colleges and universities.

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Marco Curiel, MA
College of Education

Mr. Curiel is the Director of the Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program, in the College of Education, at United States University…

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Marco Curiel, MA
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Mr. Curiel is the Director of the Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program, in the College of Education, at United States University (USU). Mr. Curiel serves as a university instructor and supervisor for credential candidates, supporting them in fulfilling their practicum experience towards credential completion. Mr. Curiel began his assignment at USU in 2011, serving as an adjunct professor within the department. Mr. Curiel is a retired school administrator, having served the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) for over 34 years.

Mr. Curiel attended San Diego State University and began his educational career as a classroom teacher at the elementary level. Later, he became a resource teacher at both, the school site and District levels, including three years in the District’s Race/Human relations Department. After earning a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and an Administrative Services credential, Mr. Curiel became a Middle School Vice-Principal. Two years later, he became the vice-principal of a large multi-track, year round elementary school. Two years after that, Mr. Curiel became a school Principal, serving 8 years at the elementary level and later, a total of 10 years at the middle school level. Mr. Curiel has the unique perspective of having been a teacher and administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Mr. Curiel has extensive experience as a professor in teacher education, including 9 years as an adjunct professor with the Policy Studies Department at San Diego State University. In addition to his role at USU, Mr. Curiel also serves as an Interim Administrator, as well as, a Visiting Teacher for SDUSD. Finally, Mr. Curiel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Barrio Station, a non-profit organization, in Barrio Logan in San Diego. The mission of the Barrio Station is “to discourage delinquency, youth violence and gang involvement, and encourage civic responsibility and successful school performance among the youth.”

Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.
College of Business and Management

Dr. Jennifer Newmann, Associate Professor and Division Chair of the MBA program in the College of Business at United States…

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Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.
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Dr. Jennifer Newmann, Associate Professor and Division Chair of the MBA program in the College of Business at United States University, earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, MBA from National University, and doctorate from University of California San Diego in Organizational Development and Educational Leadership. Dr. Newmann is also a successful entrepreneur from the San Diego area. She has owned and operated 4 businesses over the last two decades, managing large and small organizations in both education and private industry. In addition to her practical experience in the corporate and small business world, Dr. Newmann has worked in academia for almost 20 years, working in student services as well as teaching economics, information literacy, and undergraduate and graduate level business courses. Dr. Newmann currently teaches human resource management, cross cultural management, marketing, organizational behavior, and project management in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In her spare time, Dr. Newmann is an avid reader and is currently editing a couple of book series in her spare time. She also has a family and enjoys the beautiful beaches in San Diego, reading, and taking road trips throughout the Southwest and Mexico.

 

Yuki Mun, M.B.A., D.B.A.
College of Business and Management
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Rosalinda E.B. Milla, MD
College of Health Sciences

Rosalinda Elena B. Milla, M.D. joined United States University in 2008. She earned her degree as Doctor of Medicine from…

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Rosalinda E.B. Milla, MD
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Rosalinda Elena B. Milla, M.D. joined United States University in 2008. She earned her degree as Doctor of Medicine from the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines. Her experience in Higher Education dates back to three decades as Professor and  Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, and University of the Philippines. A recipient of the ECFMG Basic Science Fellowship Award , she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at that Department of Anatomy at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School. She migrated to the United States as an alien of extraordinary ability in 2001. She took her Masters in HealthCare Administration at National University in 2004. Dr. Milla has been former Dean and Director for Compliance of West Med College and California Medical Institute, both affiliates of National University. Although Dr. Milla misses attending to patients in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine, she has continued her passion in nurturing and mentoring adult learners in the healthcare arena. Presently, she is involved in teaching collaboratively Global Health to physicians at the Pacific State Medical University in Vladivostok, Russia.

Dr. Jack Nasser
College of Business and Management

Dr. Jack Nasser is an accomplished academic innovator and distinguished professor and administrator, as well as the CEO and founder of a consulting/executive…

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Dr. Jack Nasser
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Dr. Jack Nasser is an accomplished academic innovator and distinguished professor and administrator, as well as the CEO and founder of a consulting/executive coaching firm. Dr. Nasser has worked in both the private and public sectors in his specialization of Strategic Management and Finance and uses his experiences to bring “real life examples” to his students.

 

Dr. Nasser is also an appointed/trained Malcolm Baldrige Examiner for the National Quality Award given by the President of the United States through the Department of Commerce.

 

Dr. Nasser has worked at every level in higher education from certificate to doctoral programs to both domestic and international students. Dr. Nasser has a vast experience in program development and accreditation processes.

 

Dr. Nasser also is a multilingual world traveler who considers himself a world citizen. He enjoys bridging the gap between theory and practice from the classroom to the boardroom. The biggest reward for him is to see his students grow and develop and accomplish their goals.

Dr. Roberta Maso-Fleischman
College of Education

My name is Roberta Maso-Fleischman, Ph.D. and I am the Dean of the College of Education at United States University….

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Dr. Roberta Maso-Fleischman
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My name is Roberta Maso-Fleischman, Ph.D. and I am the Dean of the College of Education at United States University.

I was born in Italy. My family immigrated to Venezuela, where I grew up. After obtaining a BS in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, I became involved in the field of Special Education and became Director of AVEPANE’s Sheltered Workshop for Young Adults with Special Needs. Subsequently, I became involved in public education and, as Director of EDEX in Caracas, I developed courses for municipal elementary school teachers stressing democracy in the classroom;   I also developed educational programs for low-income parents whose children were in municipal schools. While at Stanford University I obtained an MA in Education, MA in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in International Development Education. As Dean of the School of Education at USU, I am passionate about diversity, multicultural perspectives, social justice, in-depth knowledge, critical inquiry, academic rigor and assessment.

Renee P. McLeod, PhD, CPNP-PC, PNP-BC, FAANP
College of Nursing

Dean and Professor, College of Nursing Dr. Renee McLeod received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Memphis;…

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Renee P. McLeod, PhD, CPNP-PC, PNP-BC, FAANP
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Dean and Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Renee McLeod received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Memphis; her M.S. in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco; and her PhD from Widener University in Pennsylvania. She has been a nurse educator and administrator for 30 years.

She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of handheld and wireless point of care technology to advance interdisciplinary education of healthcare professionals and support evidence-based practice. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in moving nursing programs to an online/hybrid format and the implementation of the DNP curriculum for nurse practitioners. In addition, the focus of her research and consulting has been on transforming healthcare clinicians, educators, and researchers into digital citizens.  Dr. McLeod has held many nursing leadership positions including being a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She has worked with many businesses over the years to bridge technology into practice and currently is a consultant and advisory board member for 5 national and international companies.

Dr. McLeod has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 40 years, and has practiced in 8 states and overseas. Her clinical expertise is in the area of infant skin care.  She has published, given Webinars, and given presentations nationally and internationally on infant skin care and technology in nursing and healthcare.  She maintains an active practice at Mid-City Community Clinic where her patients tell her what is really important in the field of healthcare.

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Wendy Stewart, EdD
College of Education
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Raymond Pacheco, MA
College of Education
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Raymond Pacheco, MA
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Aaron Magnan, MA
College of Education
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Aaron Magnan, MA
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Norma Lopez, MA
College of Education
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Norma Lopez, MA
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Jason Josafat, EdD
College of Education
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Carol Jenkins, MA
College of Education
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Carol Jenkins, MA
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