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Benerd College
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3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Faculty + Staff

For a full listing of Benerd full-time faculty, please visit the faculty profile page.

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Larry Boese, PhD
Adjunct Professor | | LinkedIn
Affiliated with EdD in Leadership & Innovation
Dr. Larry Boese is an independent consultant, evaluator, and researcher focused on helping educational organizations improve their effectiveness.  For many years, he served as an Educational Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education, working with schools that have high percentages of low-income students.  He worked in various consulting and evaluation roles for the Department of Education since 1995.  Prior to entering state government, he worked as an institutional researcher for two community colleges in Northern California.  He also taught various courses as an adjunct lecturer at UC Davis over a period of 12 years.  

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Robert Brodnick, PhD 
Visiting Adjunct Professor  l l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Leadership & Innovation
MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness

Dr. Brodnick has experience in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings as a leader and facilitator of innovation and strategy. He serves as Principal at Strategic Initiatives, a management consulting firm. In addition, he is Director of the Association for Managers of Innovation Institute. He has worked for over 25 years in the fields of educational and organizational strategy and change. He holds specials skills in innovation, applications for design thinking, and higher education administration. Rob is an expert facilitator of the human process from dyads, to small groups, to large scale retreats and has notable experience with leadership groups, boards, planning bodies and with strategic and creative solutions. Rob has taught a wide variety of courses in business, education, and psychology since 1994 and especially enjoys co-learning with working adults applying new practices and methods.

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Robert Calvert, PhD
Adjunct Professor l
Affiliated with EdD in Leadership & Innovation
MA in Educational Entrepreneurship

As Founder of the Sacramento Makers Academy, a nontraditional STEM school, Dr. Robert Calvert provides an alternative learning environment for young entrepreneurs and makers in grades 6-12. The only maker school in the greater Sacramento area, the academy's focus is technology and fabrication. Students learn programming, robotics, 3D modeling, 2D design, woodwork, metalwork, and plastic fabrications. Academic coursework is tied in, where possible, to student interests and projects. The academy has expanded to work as a partner with local independent charter schools. Robert's research deals with the educational achievement and expectations of foster youth, and how teacher priorities affect standardized test scores. Robert believes that learning is most authentic when it involves real problems.

Fred Estes, EdD 
Assistant Professor  l Program Lead, Organizational Learning and Effectiveness l l Faculty Profile l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Leadership & Innovation
MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
MA in Educational Entrepreneurship 
Dr. Fred Estes focuses on developing more creative and innovative places to learn and work. He has taught within the PK-12 system, community colleges, and universities. He has also worked with museum education and corporate learning as an educator, leader, author, and consultant.He served as the Science Coordinator/Science Specialist at The Nueva School, an independent school in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Nueva, he coached elementary science teachers, in addition to teaching elementary and middle school science students.  He was involved in the formation of Nueva's world-renowned Innovation Lab and worked with teachers from around the country through Nueva's Design Thinking Institute.  Fred has also worked as a leader in corporate education at Hewlett-Packard and other organizations.  In Fred's university teaching, he brings expertise in innovation, design thinking, learning design, and action research.  

Sunshine Faiad
Project Coordinator │ │ LinkedIn 
Ms. Faiad has worked in student recruitment and career resources at both Sacramento City College and Sacramento State University. An English major, she led writing tutorials, including the formulation of lesson plans and the design of group workshops, for students in writing-intensive courses. Her professional background also includes sales forecasting and analysis for the Jelly Belly Candy Company. Ms. Faiad is a master's student in the Organizational Learning and Effectiveness Program at Pacific.

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Christine Folck, MBA
Adjunct Instructor l cfolck@pacific.eduLinkedIn l  Twitter
Affiliated with: MA in Leadership & Innovation
Christine Folck is a leader in bringing innovation and strategy in the healthcare, public, and private sectors. She has served as a senior design thinking specialist, innovation strategist, and overseer of innovation-related strategic initiatives. She currently works as the Manager of Operational Strategy for The Shop, VSP Global's Innovation Lab. At The Shop, she managed multiple innovation projects and programs. Previously, she worked for six years in innovation design process roles at Kaiser Permanente. Christine has years of experience implementing human-centered design process methodologies, tools, and techniques. She has specific expertise in facilitating processes designed to "cross the O-Gap" (moving products and processes from innovation to operations). Christine approaches instructing the same way she approaches life, with tremendous curiosity and striving to positively impact individual lives. Her courses are highly engaging as she pushes towards that "lightbulb" moment -- when it all clicks together in the minds of her students. She will tell you she learns just as much from her students as they learn from her.

 Lani Fraizer, EdD 
Adjunct Professor │ │ LinkedIn 
Affiliated with: MA in Educational Entrepreneurship
Dr. Lani Fraizer is a Managing Consultant for a Seattle-based firm serving global projects for Fortune 500 companies, and Visiting Expert at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand - an effort with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus - advancing a development mandate to create a world free from poverty by harnessing social business and effective technologies to improve the lives of the marginalized. As a practitioner-scholar, she has taught undergraduate, master's, and doctoral courses. Dr. Fraizer recently served as Associate Professor in Learning Technologies & Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University, and Chair of International Learning Global Partnerships with an emphasis in Cuba, China, UAE, and India.

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Rod Githens, PhD 
Associate Dean l Associate Professor l Faculty Profile l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Leadership & Innovation
MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness,
MA in Educational Entrepreneurship

Dr. Githens has professional experience with nearly every sector, helping leaders of all types nurture human and organizational potential. He has worked on initiatives involving organizational learning, innovation, organization development, strategic planning, and evaluation.  In 2015, Rod led the development of Benerd School in Sacramento, charged with creating a hub of innovation and creativity.  In 2019, his role expanded to school-wide academic program development, innovation, and enrollment services.  Prior to Pacific, Rod worked in higher education for eleven years, including directing set programs offered at seven sites and online with an enrollment of over 550 students, 12 full-time faculty members, and 25 part-time faculty members.  Before entering higher education, Rod worked in corporate human resources and employee development.  In his teaching, he strives to meet students' needs through a real-world focus, supportive approach and challenging students to foster innovation in their own practice.

Laura Hallberg, EdD
Program Lead l Assistant Professor | 

Faculty Profile l LinkedIn 
Affiliated with EdD, Transformative Action in Education 
Dr. Laura Hallberg has worked in just about every aspect of our educational system: as a middle and high school teacher and vice-principal, at the district level, and as a graduate-level instructor at colleges and universities. She developed, coordinated, and taught in an award-winning California Partnership Academy in an East Bay high school. As Senior Program Manager at Pivot Learning, a nonprofit school revitalization venture in Oakland, she oversaw two major programs: supporting high school redesign for college and career readiness, and a school improvement network of rural/isolated districts in the Antelope Valley. Dr. Hallberg's research interests include equity leadership, social-emotional learning, and academic achievement, and school climate and culture. She is Program Lead in Stockton for Benerd's EdD Transformational Action in Education.

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Katrina Alison Jaggears, MLA 
Design Lead, Student Experience l l LinkedIn
Ms. Jaggears has worked in higher education administration and teaching for over 20 years. She formerly served as Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) program in the School of International Studies on University of the Pacific's Stockton campus, where she managed all student affairs and services. Katrina also holds a faculty appointment as Lecturer in Pacific's General Education program, where she teaches the required undergraduate course, Pacific Seminar I. Her master's thesis, in the field of sociolinguistics, dealt with the history, phonology, and grammatical structure of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), issues surrounding standard language ideology and linguistic prejudice, and the complex attitudes of black and white Americans toward AAVE. Katrina was a winner of the first faculty writing contest sponsored by University of the Pacific's Center for Teaching & Learning. 

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Martin Martinez, EdD 
Adjunct Professor  l l LinkedIn 

Affiliated with: EdD in Leadership & Innovation
Dr. Martin (Marty) Martinez is an experienced leader in P-12 education.  He currently serves as Director of the Principals' Academy and Bilingual Program with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).  He previously served at SCOE as Director of Teacher Induction, where he led the Sacramento Consortium Induction Program, which provides services for teachers in public, private, parochial, and charter schools.  Prior to joining SCOE, he served students and teachers in the Elk Grove Unified School District for fifteen years, most recently as principal of Arnold Adreani Elementary School.  Marty's research interests include Latino principal and teacher recruitment, coaching/ mentoring and teacher preparation.  Developing school leaders ready to meet the unique challenges of today's schools is his passion. 

Delores E. McNair, EdD
Associate Professor │Program Lead, EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership | │ Faculty Profile l LinkedIn

Affiliated with EdD in Leadership & Innovation  
Dr. McNair focuses on leadership development, with a particular emphasis on community colleges.  She teaches a variety of courses and works with each EdD cohort from admission through graduation, including serving as faculty advisor and dissertation chair or committee member. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she served as a senior administrator in the community college system. Her research focuses on leadership development of community college presidents - in particular, reasons presidents leave their positions after a short tenure. In 2009, Dr. McNair was co-winner of the first Emerging Scholar Award sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). A Benerd faculty member since 2006, she serves in editorial roles for several journals.

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Carina Celesia Moore, MA, SPHR, CPLP, SHRM-SCP
Adjunct Instructor | | LinkedIn
Affiliated with: MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Carina Celesia Moore is a national leader in talent management and development within university settings. She currently serves as chief learning officer for UC Davis and UC Davis Health, where she is responsible for learning and development strategies for over 30,000 employees. She oversees professional development, leadership development, training administration, work-life and wellness, performance management, and career coaching and counseling. Carina cultivates excellence in people and organizations through innovative programs and impactful organizational consulting and coaching. She has created numerous best-practice programs, courses, and learning and development resources that have received national recognition. In addition to her roles in talent management and development, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member for over 20 years. Carina's teaching approach is learner-centered, interactive, and focused on bridging theory to practical application.

Jacquelyn Ollison, EdD 
Adjunct Professor  l l LinkedIn 
Affiliated with: MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison is a committed educator with extensive education experience as a teacher and school, district, and state administrator. She currently serves as Education Administrator at the California Department of Education (CDE) in the STEAM and Equity Office.  Her work at CDE has extensively relied on organization development, evaluation, and facilitation processes.  In her time at CDE, she has also supported the development of the California "state-determined Intervention Model," and co-facilitated the School Conditions Climate Work Group, whose recommendation framework was the impetus for much of the recent work focused on school climate in California.  Jacquelyn's research interests encompass systems theory, organizational learning, compassion fatigue, school working conditions and climate, the teacher shortage, and teacher retention.

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Sara Anne Reed, EdD
Adjunct Professor | | LinkedIn

Affiliated with: MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness,
MA in Educational Entrepreneurship 
Dr. Sara Reed is Associate Vice President, People, and Workplace Culture at Salt Lake Community College.  She is also Commander of the 50th Intelligence Squadron for the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Beale Air Force Base. She was previously the Founding Executive Director of the Shared Services Center at UC Davis, where she managed an $8 million budget and led a team of managers who oversee more than 120 administrative professionals. She oversaw the provision of human resources and financial services to approximately 60,000 members of the university community. Her research deals with the needs of veteran and dependent college students, and leader self-efficacy of US Air Force officers during career transitions.

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Brett Taylor, EdD
Assistant Professor | Program Lead, Educational Entrepreneurship | Faculty ProfileLinkedIn

Affiliated with EdD in Leadership & Innovation,
MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
MA in Educational Entrepreneurship
Dr. Brett Taylor has dedicated himself to creating learning environments that cultivate the habits of entrepreneurs by engaging students in the work of the real world.  At Benerd, he leads efforts around social and educational entrepreneurship.  He is Founding Principal of Patiño School of Entrepreneurship, an acclaimed public high school in Fresno.  The school was developed around the idea of rethinking what it means to teach and learn.  As part of his work there, Brett leads his school's major involvement with the entrepreneurial and technology sectors of Fresno.  Prior to his role at Patiño, Brett was Principal of Duncan Polytechnical High School where he led the redesign of career-oriented programs into a focused small learning community academy system.  Brett has also worked as a learning director and was an English teacher prior to becoming an administrator.  As a professor, Brett believes the journey is more important than the destination and encourages his students to evaluate the learning process and their growth.

Nileen Verbeten, MBA, MSW
Adjunct Professor │ LinkedIn 
Affiliated with: MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness 
Ms. Verbeten's experience as a project consultant, facilitator, and trainer, combined with her academic background in business and social work, ground her interest in organizational design and performance. Her natural orientation to systems thinking and, specifically, exposure to broken systems in healthcare delivery, have fueled the pursuit of process and performance management and process improvement in all sectors. She has consulted with numerous healthcare organizations as well as nonprofits and state agencies to improve operations, develop and implement strategic plans, and facilitate discussions around complex issues. Ms. Verbeten has also led start-up and turnaround operations and helped groups resolve conflicts to emerge re-energized and refocused. A Technology of Participation (ToP)® Licensed Mentor Trainer, she recently chaired the ToP Network National Association of ToP Trainers and Facilitators. 

Anne Zeman, EdD
Adjunct Professor │  LinkedIn 
Affiliated with MMA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
MA in Educational Entrepreneurship 

Dr. Anne Zeman is an educator who is passionate about making a positive difference in people's lives. She has served as a classroom teacher, the principal of three schools, a school district department director, and an assistant superintendent during her 40 years as a K-12 educator. Anne has overseen the curriculum and professional learning in the Elk Grove Unified School District, the fifth-largest district in California. She opened one of California's first non-charter virtual schools and has taught aspiring teachers and administrators in higher education settings. In her role of Assistant Superintendent in the Twin Rivers Unified School District, Anne oversaw 30 elementary schools and the English Learner Services Department. Teaching and learning are both close to Anne's heart. She leads and teaches with the intention of student-centered relevance in every lesson, regardless of the age or background of students.

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