Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University
M.B.A., City University of Seattle
M.A., Fielding Graduate University
B.A., Central Washington University;
B.S., Central Washington University
Kauai was my home for the first eighteen years of my life. Hawaii was a scenic place with green mountains, blue oceans and a tropical climate. Multinational races, cultures, foods, and personalities were key ingredients for learning in my early years. It was a great environment to grow up in.
My education at Kapaa High School included golf, football, band, and scouting — all of which occupied most of my time. Golf helped me to become a calmer person in times of adversity and to learn the art of strategic planning. Football taught me how to lose gracefully. Band taught me how to be part of a greater team.
My college education included a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Central Washington University. An MBA was earned through City University of Seattle, Washington. Another master’s degree in Human Development and a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University were completed in 1997.
At the center of my Christian commitment is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This commitment is the driving force of my entire being. My calling is to the field of education. I am a mentor, coach, guidance counselor and colleague.
At Multnomah, my commitment is to students in and out of the classroom. My talents are used for the benefit of students, faculty, administration, and the community. I believe that as a faculty member, I must make an impression on students, to model the Christian walk. I must represent the salt and the light and be an example to them. I must follow Jesus’ example.
For almost the first decade after I graduated from college, I worked in the business field as an accountant, internal auditor, finance director, and human resource person. During that time, I gained experience working in large corporations and in small businesses. I learned the value of good planning, budgeting, training, and accomplishing tasks. I learned to work with a variety of personalities, and I got to know the unique ways in which people learned. I have brought this valuable experience into the classroom as I work with students of diverse nationalities, races, cultures, beliefs, abilities and ages.
In the classroom, I have shared some of those experiences with students to remind them that knowledge needs to be shared in order for it to be effective. I practice a variety of teaching methods. I ask for my students to share their experiences — what they know and how that knowledge serves them in their workplace. When someone states that this or that does not work, I mention not to discard that bit of knowledge. Perhaps in that scenario it did not work, but maybe it will work on another occasion.
My research focuses on working with the whole student. For example, students in accounting need to recognize that learning is not compartmentalized into courses such as accounting, management or marketing. The whole student brings his or her life experience into problem-solving. It is not just the “bottom line” financial statements that matter — those dollars represent people’s lives.
Some of my time is spent at monthly meetings with the Institute of Management Accountants. I participate in continuing education for CPA’s and Certified Fraud Examiners. Continuing education adds to my knowledge base and validates what I know and teach in the classroom.
My scholarship travels include attending many national conferences to present at the American Accounting Association, IACBE accredited business schools, mentoring conferences, and others. Most of my work focuses on student learning and transformation.