Faculty & Staff
Community Relations Coordinator
Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy from UCLA. MA in History from San Diego State University. BA in History from San Diego State University.
Mr. Bandy retired at the end of 2001 after 24 years working as a Case Officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations (now known as the National Clandestine Service); 22 of those years were spent overseas in Europe, Latin America, North Africa, and South Asia. He spent the last five years of his career in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, where he concentrated on counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations in the Triborder area.
Mr. Bandy worked as an Independent Contractor for DEA and the California Department of Justice for several years in San Diego, concentrating on Mexican drug trafficking activities along the border and San Diego and Imperial counties.
Since March, 2011, Mr. Bandy has worked for Raytheon Corporation at the Army's Intel School at Fort Huachuca, in Arizona, where he is an instructor for the Advanced Source Operations Course.
Mr. Bandy also continues to teach online for Webster's main campus, where his course, SECR 5150, is cross listed as INTL 5890."
Mr. Barrett is a Professor and Chair of the Administration of Justice Program at Palomar College.
M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Mr. Barrett has been a Professor at Palomar College in the Administration of Justice Department since 1992. He received Palomar's 'Distinguished Faculty Award' in 1996. NISOD 'Excellence in Teaching Award' at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. He is a retired Police Lieutenant from Westchester County, NY 1971-92. He lectures nationwide in the area of police stress and post shooting trauma.
Anthony J. Brandenburg
J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Commissioner Brandenburg was appointed to the San Diego County Municipal Court and then Superior Court as a Commissioner. He has an extensive background in alternative dispute resolution, property law, civil law and contracts law. He has taught and lectured for over 23 years nationwide and was recently selected to attend the National Judicial College and has been honored nationally and locally for his teaching programs which include the training of pro-tem judges. He was recently appointed to the teaching faculty at the National Judicial College in Reno Nevada and in 2003 was elected as President of the San Diego County Judges Association. Additionally he was President Elect of the California Court Commissioners Association and will serve as President of the Statewide organization from 2004 until 2006. Outstanding Professor of the Year for 1990 at Webster University.
M.A. in Human Development
Tom teaches in the Business & Organizational Security graduate program. He has taught college courses in business management and industrial safety. He is Security and Risk Manager for Cox California. He has spent his career in telecommunications field operations as well as security and loss prevention. He oversees physical security and asset protection for the Cox California and also manages environmental safety and compliance. Tom is responsible for emergency preparedness and response including business continuity planning. He has a master's degree in organizational and business security management, with a BA in Human Development He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security and Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA) with the National Safety Council Tom was a Captain in the United States Army Reserve (Armor) He is a member of the San Diego Crimestoppers board of directors. Tom and his wife Carole live in Santee, California.
Awarded Electrical Engineer / MSEE, MA Management, with certifications in CISSP, CISO and Systems Engineering, and senior qualifications in Program Management, Risk Management and Cyber Security.Mike Davis is currently a Business Risk Management and Cyber Security Consultant / Enthusiast providing those strategic support functions to companies / startups / organizations, as well as leading numerous security groups / initiatives on key security mitigations, cyber enhanced business value, risk / cyber insurance, etc.Mike has over 25 years' experience in several IT/IA/Cyber technical and operational leadership positions in many diverse government and commercial programs / venues throughout the product / service lifecycle. He is also a retired Navy officer and federal civilian. Mike's main expertise is in information assurance and cyber security, enterprise program management, systems analysis and testing, organizational risk management, etc. He has operated in the capacity of most business stakeholders (developer, installer / implementer, sustainment / operations, V&V / T&E, and certification / audit) and successfully delivered numerous capabilities within military, government, civilian, and contractor environments. Mike's varied background honed the ability to quickly assess risks and capabilities across multiple domains and large portfolios in parallel, providing targeted insight and decision support to leadership and the product teams. His expertise in the art of "complex systems and cyber security integration" enables him to quantify and simplify what matters most to the value proposition. In the local San Diego community he serves on several professional groups: ISC2 (as Pres), IEEE Cyber Security SIG (as Chair), SOeC (steering group), and others: Infragard, ISSA, CyberTECH, INCOSE, AFCEA, NDIA, etc... His passion is cyber security and enabling risk management, where he has long championed the "data centric security" approach / methodology, which specifically maps very well to the "Privacy by Design (PbD)" protection requirements. (He also runs his own cyber web site @ www.sciap.org/ ).
Mr. Farinas earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of San Diego,
San Diego, CA and a Bachelor
of Science in Business Administration (Accounting Major) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He is a Certified
Public Accountant (CPA), Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA),
Institute of Management Accountants.
Mr. Farinas’ expertise is in the utility industry having worked for major energy and
water utility companies for the
past 27 years. More specifically, Mr. Farinas has dealt with regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
and other state jurisdictions in CA, AZ, and NM in developing the overall Cost of Service, Cost Allocation, and Rate
Design for the utilities that he has been employed. Mr. Farinas also comes with numerous years of experience in
accounting having done payroll, accounts payable, plant accounting, income taxes, and financial reporting early on
in his career.
Mr. Farinas has been an instructor at Webster University since 2010, teaching courses in Management Accounting and
Basic Finance for Managers. His teaching experience began in 2001, when he was hired by National University as a
Part-Time Adjunct Faculty teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Cost Accounting and Financial Accounting.
M.B.A., University of Phoenix
B.A., Public Communication, Luther College, Decorah, IA B.A. Political Science, Luther College, Decorah, IA Ed.D. in process, Fielding Graduate University – Leadership and Social Justice
Professor Herring has been a faculty member of Webster University teaching management classes since 2010. She teaches for other Universities including University of Phoenix and Devry/Keller. Past positions include Director of Academic Affairs and Director of Career Services for California School of International Management, Faculty Trainer for University of the Rockies, Branch Manager for Newark Electronics, serving international markets. Professor Herring is a member of the Sloan Consortium, and American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, is certified with Quality Matters and has held several Board of Director positions for nonprofit organizations, including most recently Vice President for Eveoke Dance Theatre, Parkinson's Association of San Diego and Financial Secretary for Survivor's of Torture International (SOTI).
Masters Public Administration from Brenau College in Georgia
Mr. James is currently Director, Asset Protection with Jack in the Box, Inc. His responsibilities include all aspects of safety, security and loss prevention for all Jack in the Box Restaurants, Quick Stuff Convenience Stores and JBX Grills located throughout the country. Mr. James also served as VP of Security & Risk Management with AVI Foodsystems and the KFC restaurant division of PepsiCo. Mr. James retired from the U.S. Army Military Police after 20 years of service in 1992.Â He is a board member and President of the National Food Service Security Council, which is a component of the National Retail Federation. He holds the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with ASIS International, participated in the CPP Role Delineation Committee and was a member of the CPP Item Development Group, which develops and writes test questions for the CPP examination. Additionally, Mr. James has served as a council chairman and chapter officer with ASIS in the past.
J.D. from University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School
Brenda Kasper is a Partner at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP and has exclusively
labor and employment law for over thirteen years. She specializes in representing employers in all aspects of employment
law, including litigation and providing counseling and transactional service to management and human resources professionals.
Ms. Kasper has experience with both traditional labor law as well as all aspects of
general employment law. She advises
multi-state employers on a wide range of legal topics, including wage and hour compliance, agency audits, independent
contractor issues, managing leaves of absence, ensuring compliance with disability discrimination laws, managing complex
reductions in force and WARN Act compliance, in-house investigations, occupational safety and background checks, and
advising on a myriad of issues under various state employment laws.
During her career, she has also litigated matters in state and federal court, as well
as in administrative hearings. She
has presented cases before the federal Occupational Safety and Health Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and
has worked to successfully mediate discrimination claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Kasper also provides management training on a wide variety of labor and employment
law topics. She is a frequent
speaker for the San Diego Employers Association, and she has traveled throughout the country speaking for various
professional associations, including SHRM, and multi-state clients. She also regularly facilitates PHR/SPHR
certification preparation courses through San Diego SHRM.
Philip Koo earned his B.A. in Applied Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley.
He then went on to earn his
M.S. in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State University. Mr. Koo is a full-time Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He conducts Lean Six Sigma projects across SPAWAR competencies, mentors Green Belts, and teaches Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints at SPAWAR.
Mr. Koo has been a faculty member of Webster University teaching Applied Business
Statistics classes since summer of
2012.He has taught Total Quality Management (TQM) at Devry/Keller University and College Algebra and Calculus at The Art
Institute of California, San Diego.
In his free time, Mr. Koo is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young sons.
LL.M. from New York University School of Law
Mr. Levin is Assistant General Counsel and Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation where he handles all employment and labor matters, as well as litigation. Mr. Levin had many articles published in legal periodicals and appears as a guest on the television show "Contemporary Legal Issues." Mr. Levin sits as a Judge Pro Tem in San Diego Superior Court. Mr. Levin has served as the Faculty Mentor for the Human Resources Management Masters Degree Program at Webster University's San Diego Campus.
Senior Regional Security Manager, US West Business Units
PepsiCo- Pepsi Americas Beverages
Graduate of Villanova University (Bachelor of Arts) in Sociology/Criminology) and
certificated in Criminal Justice
Studies. He also holds a Graduate degree in Business, (Master of Science) in Organizational Leadership) from
Currently employed by the PepsiCo Corporation where he manages all Security Operations
and Investigative Measures
for the US, West Business Unit of the Pepsi Beverage Company.
Prior to joining the Corporate Security Team at Pepsi Bottling Group in 2008, Mr.
O'Connell functioned as US Western
Regional Security Manager, for the Rockwell Collins Corporation. Designated as the DOD certified Western Regional
Managing Facility Security Officer, he directed the security for all DOD Classified Security Programs,
Security/personnel, Physical Security and Investigative needs for the company's region.
He served for over twenty four years, as a Supervisory Special Agent and Senior Technical
Adviser with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. He served in the Bureau's Phoenix, Knoxville, New York and San Diego Field Divisions.
During his FBI tenure, he functioned as Technical Team leader for the FBI's Global Response Team – with numerous
globally deployed assignments. SSA O'Connell was nationally recognized by the US Justice Department and FBI as
"Distinguished Federal Government Employee" for his investigative assistance role in the 1993 New York City World
Trade Center Bombing Attack. He specialized in Investigative Technologies deployment and Electronic Security
Counter-Measures. He was awarded numerous FBI Directorial commendations for his FBI investigative achievements and
technical support in combatting Organized Crime, Terrorism, Public Corruption and Drug Trafficking investigations
Prior to his FBI career, he served in other Corporate Regional Security roles, including
the Intel Corporation and
several US based Financial Institutions, primarily tasked with Fraud Investigations and Asset Protection programs.
A CA Licensed Private Investigator, he also maintains current CPP (Certified Protection Professional) status with
the American Society for Industrial Security and current member of several law enforcement and security related
organizations. His teaching background includes CJ courses as an Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice Studies
Department of ITT Technical Institute. He has served as a volunteer board member of the San Diego County "Crime
Stoppers" Chapter and is currently volunteering on the Carlsbad, California Police Department's Juvenile Justice
Judy A. Parker
Judy Parker is President of JParker Communications (www.jparkercommunications.com), a marketing consulting firm that was established in 2005. Recent clients include San Diego Yacht Club, NIIT, Optimum Health, Belon Engineering, D'Lush, Legend Films, and John Wiley & Sons.
Parker has over 20 years of marketing experience. She was the Vice President of Marketing at Optimum Health Enterprises. She was also President and Director of Marketing for Devlin Design Group, Inc., an Emmy Award-winning, international broadcast design firm.
From 1998 - 1999, Parker was a part of Legoland California's marketing team in launching its theme park in March 1999. Prior to her employment at Legoland, she managed the Discovery Communications International Program Sales' marketing initiatives on behalf of the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Animal Planet.
Parker is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego's School of Business. She has co-authored two publications for higher education: Retail Quality Management and an e-book in Global Marketing Management.
She received her MBA at the American Graduate School of International Management, or known as "Thunderbird", in 1995 and BA in Communications at the University of Southern California in 1990. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the San Diego Junior Theatre.
Kelly Price Noble
Kelly Price Noble, originally an East Coast girl, graduated from Mount Holyoke College
with a B. A. in English, French, and Third World Relations. She earned her M. A. from
the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management, a Master's Certificate from
San Diego State University in Community Economic Development, did extensive Master's
work at Loyola College in Maryland in Modern Studies, and holds Doctorate in Health
Administration from University of Phoenix.Prior to Kelly arriving at the National
Veterans Transition Services, Inc., she was a Clinical Researcher at the VA San Diego
Healthcare System assigned to the Spinal Cord Injury Center, the Executive Director
of Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association, and the President of the Paralyzed Veterans
of America's Association of Chapter Executive Directors. She is a part-time Faculty
Practitioner at University of Phoenix, teaching undergraduate and graduate programs
in Human Resource
Management, Business Management, Leadership, Global Marketing, Communications, and Education. She has over 25 years in Public Relations, Television, and Sales experience and was an Emmy Nominee for Gallaudet University's Fantastic, a television program geared toward children who were deaf and hard of hearing. For over a decade, she was affiliated with the United States Navy as a member of the Navy Wifeline Association and several Navy Spouse Clubs around the globe, including Agana, Guam and Rota, Spain. She received formal training as Causality Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) and provided support with base activities in conjunction with Fairconron One & Two. She works with Francis Parker Parents' Association on the Strategic Planning, Philanthropy, and Diversity Committees and as Former Homecoming Chair. She enjoys sports, reading, gardening, and most of all her family.
Mary J. Pietanza is the professional development manager for finance and is located in San Diego, CA. Mary has over 20 years experience working in the human resources and training and development functions in small to large organizations. Mary is responsible for structuring compliance, training and development opportunities for employees in the finance function at SAIC. In her previous role with the Organization and Talent Development Department at SAIC, Mary collaborated to align learning programs with strategy to build technical capabilities within the company. She is responsible for and oversees the analysis, development, implementation and measurement for onsite degree (MBA, Systems Engineering, Cyber Security/Information Assurance, etc.), education and certification programs with universities and related industry organizations, tuition reimbursement and building strategic educational and learning alliances and relationships for the enterprise. Mary is an experienced, certified facilitator and coach for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) and PDI's 360 Profilor™, has achieved certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources Management (SPHR) and completed a certificate in Performance Consulting and Strategic Partnering.
Mary Pietanza serves as a full adjunct professor at the San Diego Campus for Webster University, teaching courses in Organizational Behavior, Training & Development and Organizational Development & Change for master's degree programs. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (BSBA) from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (formerly the American Graduate School of International Management) in Glendale, Arizona and Geneva, Switzerland.
When not in the office Mary serves on the Board of Directors for the University of the Pacific Alumni Association and spends time with family, friends and pets, cooking, traveling, gardening and engaging in cultural events with her alumni associations and the San Diego Italian Film Festival.
BA in Economics, MBA in Finance, MA in Operations & Project Management.
Mr. Pigeon is a retired Navy Supply Corps Captain. He is the Senior Partner and Chief Financial Officer for RGP's US International Consulting.He has an extensive background in Capital Budgeting, Financial Restructuring and Analysis,Mergers and Acquisitions, Inventory Management Program Management, and Acquisition. He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Certified Acquisition Professional (DAWIA), and Charted Financial Analyst (CFA).
Mr. Pigeon was selected Webster University's "Outstanding Professor" for years 1999 and 200. Mr. Pigeon has served as the Faculty Mentor for the MBA and Finance Master's Degree Programs at Webster University's San Diego Campus.
M.B.A. from the University of San Diego Graduate School of Business
Mr. Preimesberger is Vice President for Administration and currently Director of Corporate Travel for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he is responsible for approximately $250 million of travel expenses. Mr. Preimesberger has been with SAIC since 1984 and has served in various financial positions including Retirement Programs Manager, Financial Accounting Manager, SAP Finance Project Leader and Deputy Director of Internal Audit. Mr. Preimesberger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs and Institute of Internal Auditors.
M.B.A. in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University, MIBA in International Business from United States International University and D.B.A. Candidate in Finance at Alliant International University.
Mr. Sayim has worked for the Ministry of Finance and private companies in Turkey as a financial analyst and consultant. He has conducted research on the effectiveness of the banking industry, the effects of foreign direct investments, and foreign ownership and firm performance. He has served as Faculty at University of Eskisehir Osmangazi, Turkey, Adjunct Faculty at Webster University and National University in San Diego, California."
D.B.A. in Economics and Marketing from United States International University and M.S. in Industrial Administration from University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Sharghi is President of Sharghi International Management, an international finance, international relations and global strategic planning management advisory services organization and Talla LLC, a Real Estate Management company with properties in the U.S.A. and Canada. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies for many years including his last position with Security Pacific Corporation as Senior Financial Analyst. He was responsible for financial analysis and asset/liability management for a $14 billion dollar operation, strategic plan, and operation plan review ($5 billion).
Dr. Sharghi has taught in the areas of Economics, Marketing, Finance and Business at a number of universities in the San Diego area and nation. He has been involved in higher education as a professor, administrator, Doctoral program mentor and researcher for 27 years and has written custom finance and accounting publications. His publications include Accounting and Finance for Managers, Financial Management and Profit, Planning and Control for Managers. Outstanding Professor of the Year for 1992 at Webster University.
Richard (Rick) G. Sims has nearly 25 years of leadership and consulting experience
helping people and organizations improve their ability to achieve success. During
his professional career he has served as: Vice President of Development for an international
training and consulting firm; Lead Professor of Management at the master and undergraduate
levels; Behavior Psychologist/Consultant to a public school system; Director of a
regional private rehabilitation corporation; Administrator of U.S. Department of Labor
training programs. In 1992 Mr. Sims founded Human Systems Consulting a full service
management consulting and research firm located in San Diego, California. HSC specializes
in assisting clients plan, manage and develop high performance businesses and organizations.
Mr. Sims has specific expertise in designing assessment systems; strategic planning;
small and emerging business management and development; nonprofit
governance; strategic change management; executive performance and development; management training; and business performance management. He has provided consulting, research and training services to client organizations across a variety of industries including business, educational institutions, government and the non-profit sector. He is an associate member of several national and international consulting and training groups. Mr. Sims is educated as a behavior scientist in the area of psychology. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Cincinnati; his master of arts degree from the University of Dayton; and his doctoral level education in industrial/ organizational psychology at U. S. International University. In addition, he holds other academic and professional certifications, including one as a Mediator.He is a past member of the California Association for Non-Profits (CAN) Board of Directors and is Past Vice-Chair, Board Chair of CAN Insurance Services (CIS). Mr. Sims also served as recent past Chairperson of the City of San Diego’s Small Business Advisory Board and a former member the City of San Diego's Technical Advisory Committee for Developmental Services. He also served as a past Vice-Chair of the S.D. Review Board on Police Practices.
B.A. degree in Psychology and Russian from the University of Calilfornia; Juris Doctor degree from George Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C. Graduate study in International Law at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Thibault spent more than 20 years in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in Asia, Europe and the United States. Currently, Mr. Thibault is the Managing Director of an International Security & Investigation Agency which serves the domestic and international business community as well as local and state government agencies. During the past 15 years, Mr. Thibault's Agency has conducted numerous investigations involving corporate fraud, corruption, money-laundering and other violations of State and Federal laws including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, HIPPA and The Fair Credit Reporting Act. Such investigations typically focus on corporate disregard or mishandling of ethical and legal issues ranging from bribery and embezzlement to discrimination, employee Privacy, Identity Protection, and Workplace Violence.
Mr. Thibault is a court recognized Expert Witness in the field of Security, Investigations, and Intelligence and has testified in deposition and in trial court on numerous occasions.
Mr. Thibault is a licensed attorney, a licensed Private Investigator, holds a CPP (Certified Protection Professional) designation and is a member of the World Association of Detectives and the National Association of Former Chiefs of Police. Mr. Thibault serves as the Faculty Mentor for the Business and Organizational Security Management Masters Degree Program at Webster University's San Diego Campus.
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