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CSEC Staff

Craig R. Seal, Director

Dr. Seal is the Director of the Center for Social and Emotional Competence at the University of the Pacific. He is also a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, the Academy of Management, and is on the Editorial Boards for the Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal and the Organization Management Journal.

Prior to coming to Pacific, Dr. Seal was an Assistant Professor of Commerce at Niagara University. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from George Washington University, his MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and his BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University. Before returning to academia, Dr. Seal was an accomplished manager and executive with experience in non-profit, real estate, and staffing industries.

Bernie Kramer, Administrative Coordinator

Mrs. Kramer is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Social and Emotional Competence. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center, the CSEC Advisory Board, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of the SEC curricular and co-curricular programs.  Mrs. Kramer uses skills from over twenty-five years of managerial experience in various departments within the University, to support the Center for Emotional and Social Competence.

In her spare time, she keeps close ties to her native state of Hawaii as co-advisor of Pacific's Hawaii Club. Bernie is the mother of three sons, and the grandmother of five.

Kenneth Beauchamp, Faculty Fellow

Dr. Kenneth L. Beauchamp is the consulting faculty member for the Center of Social and Emotional Competence at the University of the Pacific. On November 12, 2009, Dr. Beauchamp was recognized by the faculty, staff, and students of the SEC Task Force for his significant, sustained contribution to the scholarship of social and emotional competence development in higher education by being named the "Founding Fellow" for the Center for Social and Emotional Competence.

Dr. Beauchamp received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Claremont Graduate School in 1968. Dr. Beauchamp is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology Department, College of the Pacific. He served as Department Chair from 1987-1994, 2001-2004, as well as Acting Chair during 2007-2008, and served as Acting Dean of the College of Pacific during 1974-1976.

Krystal Miguel, Graduate Research Assistant

Krystal Miguel is the Graduate Research Assistant for the Center. Krystal Miguel is  a 2011 Master’s candidate in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education’s Educational Administration and Leadership Student Affairs Program. Krystal comes to Pacific from University of California, Berkeley,   where she received a BA in Rhetoric and American Studies.  Krystal is also a 2009 Ronald E. McNair Scholar,
a federally funded TRIO program that provides research training to   underrepresented undergraduates interested pursuing advanced degrees.

Krystal joins the Center for Social and Emotional Competency after a year as a graduate assistant with the Center for Community Involvement where she assisted with daily operations and community outreach. Her research interests surround community college students and their transitioning process to advance degree programs and ultimately the professoriate.  She is interested in developing mentoring relationships that, in collaboration with advising departments, create programs, which equalize educational opportunity and degree attainment rates for minorities and underrepresented student populations.

Mario Fuentez, Graduate Assistant

Mario Fuentez is the Graduate Assistant for the Center. Mario comes from St. Mary's Interfaith Community Services, a local nonprofit agency that provides services to homeless individuals and working poor families in our community, where he served as Director of Development for three years.  He obtained his BS in Business Administration from Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business, and recently returned to Pacific as a candidate for his MA in the Educational Administration and Leadership Student Affairs Program. He is a native Stocktonian who has held previous positions at Pacific. He was the coordinator for Success, a federal Trio Progam that provides support services to underrepresented undergraduates, as well as an Enrollment Services Counselor for the Office of Admissions.

Mario is coordinating grant writing initiatives for CSEC and is assisting with the planning of the Center's teaching and learning symposium. His research interest include first-generation minority students as it relates to retention and persistence on a college campus. He is interested in furthering research in the area of SEC development of this population in order to better understand how these students can best be served.