Crystal Batrez
Independent Consultant

Crystal Batrez is currently an Independent Consultant.  She is an experienced Project Management and Operations professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Technically-savvy, analytical and skilled in process implementation.

Most recently, she oversaw Operations for the Global Brand and Consumer Products teams at a large Consumer Goods firm. Her responsibilities included system to system asset migration and development, product approval system management and development, user training and process/communication flow between global teams.

Her past roles also include Project Management in manufacturing as well as Education in the non-profit sector.

Crystal has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology from UCLA and a certificate in Project Management from CSUDH. In the winter, you can find her snowboarding some of the world’s most epic terrain.

 

 

Kim Chansky
Independent Consultant

Kim Chansky is an experienced marketing professional specialized in medical device and biotechnology industries.  Her expertise spans strategic planning, product development and commercialization of integrated systems. Over the past 17 years, Kim has a demonstrated track record of accelerating corporate growth through new product revenue and profit, market-share gains, cost-saving measures, and strategic partnerships. 

Kim brings experience managing product portfolios at start-up companies and global corporations including Medtronic Diabetes, Applied Biosystems and Osmetech Molecular Diagnostics. She has received awards for leading cross-functional teams, producing product innovation and implementing market research results. Most recently, Kim was the Senior Strategic Partnership and Product Manager at Neoteryx, where she served on the company leadership team.

Kim holds a BS degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in Modern Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.   

 
 

Michael Coleman
Assistant Principal of Organization and Human Resources
Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprises

Michael Coleman is the Assistant Principal of Business Operations and Human Resources for the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise a business and arts Charter school in Downtown Los Angeles where he is responsible for overseeing payroll, talent acquisition, operations and learning and development. He also manages and coaches a team of 15 new and veteran teachers.

He previously worked as an Assistant Principal at The Accelerated School in South Los Angeles.

Michael received a Master’s degree in School Building Leadership and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Mercy College in New York and his bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications from SUNY Old Westbury.
 

 

Suzanne Davison
Manager, Creative Costuming
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Suzanne Davison has more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience with the Walt Disney Company. In her current role as a senior manager in the Creative Costuming organization, Suzanne provides global theme park clients with inventory planning, supply chain management, and customer service support. Responsible for more than $40M annually in global and domestic production, Suzanne works to ensure the delivery of quality costume products to partners around the world.  

Suzanne’s most recent career highlight includes spearheading the relocation of a 40,000 square foot production facility from Anaheim to Orlando, including the transfer of all manufacturing equipment, fabric inventory, work product, and other assets. She also led the installation of RFID technology for the domestic costuming organization to improve inventory speed, efficiency and accuracy. Prior to working on the costuming team, Suzanne spent 10 years doing event planning at the Walt Disney World Resort.  

Suzanne holds a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  

 

 

Jeff DeFazio
Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Test (MAI&T) Director
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jeff DeFazio is the Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Test (MAI&T) Director for Northrop Grumman’s Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) in Redondo Beach. He leads a team of 550+ managers, engineers and technicians who manufacture, assemble, test, and launch highly sophisticated spacecraft and spacecraft components. During his 13-year career with Northrop Grumman, he has held several positions of increasing responsibility including Integration and Test Manager, Deployments Engineer, Mechanical Test Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, and Launch Systems Engineer.

These positions have exposed Jeff to both technical and business components of the aerospace industry. His professional development has included experience in functional management, cost account management, earned value management, scheduling, sub-contract management, proposal management, procurement, integration and test, mechanical design, stress analysis, orbit analysis, manufacturing, systems engineering, and spacecraft launch.

Jeff’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. He has also completed certificate courses in Engineering Management and Project Management from USC and Caltech.

 

 

Ari Fife
COO
Flat Rate Tickets

Ari Fife manages the operations of a midlevel ticket brokerage company (Flat Rate Tickets) as the COO, whose annual growth rate has averaged approximately 20% since Ari’s arrival there five years ago. Before he began trying to figure out how to dominate the ticket world, Ari spent more than a decade working in New York and LA as an actor, singer and producer.  

To help pay his rent, Ari worked a myriad of more colorful jobs that actors pursue in their spare time, among them serving as a bouncer in Times Square and helping to manage a wine shop in Union Square.  

A member of Actors Equity, Ari holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University in New York as well as a sommelier’s certification.

 

 

Darlene Fukuji
Associate Director, Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship 
Loyola Marymount University

Darlene Fukuji is the associate director at the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University where she is dedicated to helping students and alumni in their business ventures through co-curricular activities. She has a personal passion for the success of the program as she earned her B.A. from the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship and is a founder of the LMU Entrepreneurship Society.

She is also the lead organizer for Techstars Startup Weekend in Los Angeles, a 54-hour event where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. This is the starting point for many entrepreneurs and fosters the local Silicon Beach startup community.

Darlene was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has a passion for startups, community service, education, socially responsible businesses and problem solving to make the world a better place.

 
 

Joanna Gonzalez
Executive/Management Assistant II
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Joanna Gonzalez is currently the Executive/Management Assistant at Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute’s, Clinical Research Office. During her tenure, Joanna has managed to lead numerous projects resulting in favorable outcomes, such as: publicizing monthly bulletins that articulate policies/process, training/education, accrual/metric and research updates within the Institute.

Joanna’s strong critical thinking and analytical skills have been fundamental when collaborating with the Associate Director in the assessment process of editing business proposals. In addition to her duties, Joanna provides administrative coordination, support, and is the point of contact for the growing clinical research office of 120+ staff members.

Joanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from California State University, Los Angeles.  Additionally, she also completed a one-year curriculum at the Boston Reed College, Pharmacy Technician Training Program.

 
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Dahlia Gutierrez
Independent Consultant

Dahlia Gutierrez is currently an independent consultant in the banking arena.

Previously she was a Senior Vice President at Santander Bank where she was responsible for credit risk management of the banks’ $13 billion commercial real estate portfolio.  Prior to joining Santander she worked for GMAC and Unicon Financial Services. Her responsibilities at Unicon included providing consulting services to commercial banks needing performance, risk and operations improvements. Dahlia has held management positions in origination, underwriting, portfolio management. She successfully managed, lead, and motivated small and large teams through business unit re-organizations.

Dahlia earned her BA from Loyola Marymount University.

 

 
 

Owazolem Idah
Manager, Global Visual Merchandising and Retail Operations
Estee Lauder - Smashbox Cosmetics

Owazolem Idah is Manager, Global Visual Merchandising and Retail Operations at Estee Lauder- Smashbox Cosmetics. She is responsible for managing the merchandising systems for key North America retailers as well as International regions including UK, APAC, LATAM, and Travel Retail. She also manages the Visual Merchandising capital and operations budget at Smashbox Cosmetics with the Smashbox Finance team. 

Prior to Smashbox Cosmetics, she worked in apparel production and art gallery management. 

Owazolem earned a B.S.B.A degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Hospitality Industry Management from University of San Francisco.

 

 

Katie Jones
Client Service Executive
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Katie Jones is a Client Service Executive with Marsh & McLennan Agency’s (MMA) Employee Health & Welfare Division. With ten years of employee benefits experience, Katie is skilled in self-funding and reference based pricing programs, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions and keeping a pulse on emerging trends in the marketplace.

Katie joined the firm in 2014 as a Client Manager, quickly taking on increasing responsibility. In her current role, she oversees the service team, and is responsible for managing employers’ benefits programs and the overall service delivery to her clients.

With the opening of MMA’s downtown L.A. office, Katie was the first Client Service Executive responsible for onboarding new business, growing a team and continuing to expand MMA’s brand presence in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Katie graduated with honors earning a BA in Art History from the University of Iowa. As part of her undergraduate work, she attended the University of Barcelona, achieving Spanish fluency while studying abroad.

 

Consuelo Lomeli
Manager of Performance Measurements
Western Asset Management Company

Consuelo Lomeli is the Manager of Performance Measurements at Western Asset Management Company. She is responsible for the implementation of Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®); the calculation and dissemination of investment performance results; and the construction of marketing composites.

Consuelo began her career in the asset management field at Banc of America Capital Management (BACAP); she joined the Market Risk Department as an INROADS intern, which led to a permanent role upon graduation.

Consuelo is a Certified Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM®) holder since 2008, which signifies competency in the evaluation of the investment performance of investment firms. She earned a Double Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Spanish with Honors from Claremont McKenna College.

 

 

 

Gordon Macshane II
Design Manager
RG Group Global Inc.

Gordon Macshane is a Design Manager of RG Group Global Inc., responsible for the design management plan, design to budget process and developing and negotiating the Guaranteed Maximum Price submitted by the Design Builder in $150 million Design Build delivery of the new Intermodal Transportation Center West for the Los Angeles World Airport.

Prior to joining RG Group Global Inc., he served as Senior Project Field Manager for Parsons Corporation and job duties consisted of managing project staff, hiring positions for designated projects, and earned value management of services.

Gordon earned his Bachelor of Architecture (a professional degree like a BS) from Carnegie Mellon University during which time he served as team leader for the making of model displays of students’ virtual projects set in the City of Pittsburgh for an exhibition at the Carnegie Museum.

 

 

 

Isaac Molina
Independent Sales Consultant

Isaac Molina is currently an Independent Sales Consultant.  He most recently served in the role as National Sales Director for SS White Dental, a world leader in the manufacturing and selling of Dental Burs. Prior to SS White Isaac served in several sales leadership roles with Crosstex International, a Cantel Medical Company whom manufactures Dental and Medical Infection Prevention products.  Isaac served as a Western Regional Manager for four years and managed a sales team that covered 20 states and generated $22 MIL in sales revenue.  In September 2017, Isaac promoted into the role of Manager – Special Markets Division, a newly created role, where he covered the US calling on Dental Support Organizations also known as DSOs, to drive new sales.  In 2017, Isaac won the #1 Sales Award, called The Circle of Excellence Award. 

Isaac has worked in sales and sales management over the last 20 years, with companies that include 3M, and Johnson & Johnson.  Isaac worked at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip for four years in various roles, including the position of Logistics Manager.  During his time at the House of Blues, Isaac was a member of the Lex Theater Company in Hollywood and had the opportunity to perform in live theater here in Los Angeles.  He was even fortunate enough to book several regional commercials during that time. More than acting, martial arts has been a lifelong passion.  Isaac practiced Tae Kwon Do for nine years, and after moving to California he competed as a full contact Amateur Kickboxer for seven years and was a California State Middleweight Champion.  One highlight of his kickboxing career was a fight in Tijuana, Mexico in front of more than 500 fans where he won in split decision.

Isaac graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, before moving to California.  He is an INROADS alumnus whose sponsoring company 3M, hired and relocated him to the West Coast.  Isaac earned a C.A.P.A. (Creative and Performing Arts) scholarship, a four-year theater scholarship as an entering freshman, but found an early calling in business that led him to change his major and travel the road of business and sales.  Isaac feels blessed and honored for his acceptance into the LMU EMBA Program and is looking forward to learning and developing new relationships. Isaac is married 14 years and has a 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, and his family and faith serve as his deepest inspiration.

 

 

 

Sina Pourshirazi
Marketing Operations Manager
Inovachem, Inc.

Sina Pourshirazi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1987. He was 15 years old when his family moved to California. Having experienced the oppressed lifestyle under the Islamic regime in Iran, Sina quickly fell in love with the American culture and his new lifestyle in the land of free.

He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor degree in Cognitive Sciences from UC Merced. Originally his wish was to pursue a masters degree in Cognitive Sciences at University of California, San Diego.

However, his career path changed when he met the owner of Inovachem a company who offered him a job as a sales representative in 2012.  Today, Sina wears many hats at Inovachem. He is responsible for all sales, marketing, advertising and operations of this chemical supplier company.

 

 

Pedro Quintanilla
Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management
Firefighters First Credit Union 

Pedro Quintanilla is the Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management for Los Angeles based, Firefighters First Credit Union where he is responsible for the oversight, development, deployment and management of the compliance communication process and regulatory change management processes for the Credit Union. His additional responsibilities include the insurance of the organizational compliance with all applicable requirements of Bank Secrecy, Anti-Money Laundering and Office of Foreign Asset Control regulations. 

He serves as a primary liaison with legal counsel on corporate legal matters and managing the Credit Union’s vendor management program.

Pedro earned his BA from San Diego State University.

 

 

 

Nathan Richardson
Financial Business Analyst
Goodwill

Nathan Richardson is a Financial Business Partner with Goodwill Southern California with a specialization in Financial Planning and Analysis and extended experience in Brand Management, PR and NGO firms. In addition to these skills he also does Personal Financial Consulting and Non-Profit program management.

Prior to the LMU EMBA program, he held various positions as a Finance Manager and Senior Financial Analyst with WWP, Youth Coordinator and Teacher at an LA-based youth center and a Fellow with a microfinance organization in Jordan named Microfund for Women to create educational micro-loans.

Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of Kansas and spend eight years working an Assistant Budget Manager for several major studios.

 

 

Eric Speck
Independent Consultant

Eric Speck is an Independent Consultant for multiple healthcare corporations. His work consists of directing executive healthcare professionals to provide diverse clinical and business-oriented client services. Eric specializes in developing healthcare programs. He plans on using his professional background along with the skills he will obtain through the EMBA program to further his professional career and find, or develop, a role that is most satisfying.  

Eric’s career as a Corporate Healthcare Consultant began when he was introduced to a group of physicians and pharmacists that specialize in performing professional independent third-party reviews, primarily for various insurance companies. He was responsible for development, augmentation, and execution of healthcare-related services for multiple clients.

Eric’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, Davis and a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific. 

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Wonde Teka
Education Consultant

Wonde Teka is an Education Consultant.  He develops curriculum and instructional materials, conducts research, and provides educational training. Previously, he was a Lecturer at Admas University College and Micro Link Information Technology College in Ethiopia where he taught Business and Management courses for ten years. He also served as head of the department of Secretarial Science and Office Management in both colleges.

Wonde holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and completed one year of a graduate program in Special Needs Education from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

 

 

Cesar Trujillo
Senior Vice President, National Implementation Manager 
Wells Fargo Bank

Cesar Trujillo is a Senior Vice President, National Implementation Manager at Wells Fargo Bank responsible for setting, executing and leading business strategy for teams of Treasury Management Consultants. Cesar is responsible for leading teams who integrate and maintain TM products and services helping his clients' succeed financially through the automation of their treasury management business.

Prior to this role, he has held various leadership roles at Wells Fargo Bank leading teams within Middle Market Banking Sales, Government & Institutional Banking Sales, Treasury Management Client Services and Consumer Lending. Cesar is a graduate of the Next Generation Leader Program (NGL), Accelerating Leaders Program (ALP), UCLA/WFB’s Latino Leaders Program and Wholesale Banking’s Leadership Launch Program (LLP) at Wells Fargo Bank. 

Cesar has a bachelor’s degree in finance, real estate and law from California State University, Long Beach.

 

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Frank Zaccaria, Jr.
Program Manager
Convergint Technologies

Frank Zaccaria, Jr. has been in Higher Education and Local Government, specifically in Public Safety, for over 18 years.  Frank is now attached with Convergint Technologies, a global security technology service provider in the greater Seattle Area since 2019, as a Program Manager for Global Accounts.  Frank has committed to completing the Executive MBA Program by commuting to LMU every weekend to attend each academic module and sessions.

Previously, at Loyola Marymount University, Frank quickly rose in rank from Security Systems Manager to Associate Director of Investigations.  Frank oversaw investigations pertaining to violations of the University Code of Conduct, local, state and federal law, and partnering with local law enforcement, specifically the Los Angeles Police Department.  Frank succeeded in creating new processes and partnerships with multiple internal campus partners and external entities.  After which, Frank promoted to Director of Security Systems, where, in 2018, successfully partnered with vendors and campus constituents on re-designing the University’s “OneCard,” and implementing the University’s first “tap” card-reader lock.

Frank began his student career at the University of San Diego.  While attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition, Frank began his professional career at the University of San Diego’s Department of Public Safety, which lasted 12 Years, concluding with charge over communications and security systems.  In the middle of this University career, he worked at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Communications Center.  While in San Diego, Frank became a California Police Officer Standards and Training Instructor for Public Safety Communications Personnel specific to the course of Active School Shooter Response for Public Safety Dispatchers.

Frank actively composes music in his spare time, and occasionally performs live to allow for his audiences to listen to experimental pieces.