Yunzeng Wang, Ph.D.: Dr. Wang was named permanent dean for of the UCR School of Business Administration (SoBA) in January 2014 after serving as the interim dean since October 2011. He first joined the SoBA faculty in July 2008 as the Dean’s Distinguished Scholar in Supply Chain Management and Professor of Finance and Management Science and has served as Associated Dean of Academic Programs.
Dean Wang studied at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania from 1993 to 1997 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in operations management. Prior to moving to the United States in 1993, he studied at the University of Waterloo in Canada, and obtained a master's degree in management sciences. Dean Wang also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Shandong University in China, and a master’s degree in engineering management from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.
Dean Wang’s research interests include supply chain management, technology acquisition and adoption strategy, US-China economic development and trade, stochastic optimization, and game theory. An internationally known scholar in the field, Dean Wang is frequently invited as an expert speaker by top research universities around the world and by various professional organizations. He has published over 30 academic journal articles and invited book chapters. Dean Wang serves as a senior editor of Production and Operations Management, associate editor of Decision Science Journal, and associate editor of IIE Transactions. In addition, he serves on the editorial review boards of six other academic journals. Dean Wang has consulted for many US and international firms, including IBM, Dell, Caterpillar, Ford, the US Navy, Teradyne, Rockwell Automation, and Applied Materials. Dean Wang is the 1998 recipient of the prestigious George Dantzig Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), for the theoretical contributions of his research and its relevance to management practice.
Edward Watson: Edward Watson is finishing his PhD at UC Irvine (Expected May. 2020). He has study Mandarin Immersion programs and is an expert in curriculum. He also holds 2 Masters. MA University of California – Irvine (2017)
Sociology. Thesis: Keeping Up With the (Zh)oneses: Mandarin Immersion and School Choice and MA Washington University in St. Louis (2013) in East Asian Studies. He speaks Mandarin and lived in Chongqing for 4 years observing education there. Field Exams: Consumption in Modern China, and finally BA University of Missouri – Columbia (2005)
Board President - Doug Husen: Mr. Husen is now an Executive Pastor at Crossroads Church after finishing 6 years as the Superintendent of Crossroads Christian School (1,000 K-12 students) in Corona. Previously, his experience has been in the technology industry. As Owner and Lead Consultant, Mr. Husen is the founder of ThinkWare, a software development and consulting company. For 10 years, he worked as a Marketing Specialist for IBM creating plans and programs to address opportunities within schools, colleges, and university marketplace. He graduated from California Polytech Pomona University with a BS in Marketing Management. Currently, he is finishing a law degree from California Southern Law School.
Board Secretary - Joleen Smith, EdD: Dr. Smith is the Executive Principal at Crossroads Christian High School (CCHS) in Corona, California. As principal she implemented a learning environment emphasizing collaborative learning methodologies and technologies based on her book, Let’s Collaborate! ™ Collaborative Learning Techniques for Life-long Learners. A Facilitator’s Guide of Researched Tools and Materials . She has pioneered the A-G classes and students receiving college credit towards their Associate Degree during high school. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Hope University and Azusa Pacific University where she has taught the following:
Student Teacher Supervisor for California Teaching Credentialing
TEP 517/518 Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing
TEP 527/528 Teaching Strategies and Models of Instruction
TEP 547/548 Curriculum and Assessment
Winnie Kang-Abreu: Mrs. Kang-Abreu is the Program Manager of Extension and International Programs at California State University, Fullerton’s (CSUF) and has worked at CSUF since 2010. As the Program Manager she manages a large portfolio of domestic and international contract training programs and public offering programs.
One department under her leadership helps teachers from America and overseas obtain their teaching credential with Mandarin certification. CSUF has an extension campus in Irvine. Mrs. Kang-Abreu wrote, “We at CSUF have a long history to provide professional development trainings to educators and administrators from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other countries. We sincerely welcome teachers from your partner schools in China join CSUF to study either short-term or long-term. We are eager to explore future collaboration as well.”
Her leadership in teacher education and credentialing will be crucial to Irvine International Academy’s having the best teachers in the country. Her MBA in Accounting & Finance is from California State University, Long Beach and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Heilongjiang University, China.
Steve Peden: Currently, Mr. Peden is the President/CEO and Founder of Financial Concepts of America and FCA Insurance Services Inc. FCA is a financial services company specializing in wealth accumulation and preservation using tax advantaged products for individuals and business owners. Currently his business helps in excess of 8,000 contract owners whom he has served over the last twenty years providing financial security and peace of mind to families and businesses.
As a Board member for a private Christian school, Mr. Peden oversaw finances for the startup elementary school. The school began with K-1 and added a grade each year until currently offering classes through eighth grade. Additionally, as Chief Financial Officer and elder board member of Olive Branch Community Church in Corona, Ca. Mr. Peden oversaw finances, budgets and fund raising. He procured financing from ECCU, to build the current church on El Cerrito and then worked with Ziegler and Zeigler in the sale of bonds to refinance and pay off the loan allowing the church to have a reasonable payoff date in the future to alleviate the debt.
Glenn Rogers: Glenn Rogers is an accomplished senior Fortune-class executive who has played a major role in guiding the growth of dozens of global industrial, retail, and technology companies. Rogers recently retired as Senior Partner with Accenture ($39B revenue, 459,000 employees and operations in 55 countries) running Oracle’s Products Industry practice globally. He led engagements for Fortune clients in the Retail, Consumer Goods, Industrial, Life Sciences, Automotive, and Travel sectors, over a 25-year period. Major clients included Honda Motors, Williams-Sonoma, and numerous State and Local governments. He is considered one of Accenture’s leading partners in the design and implementation of Oracle systems from CRM, Finance, to HCM, design of the overall architecture, and implementation. While quite technically competent, he “speaks human” and distills the complex to understandable terms.
Rogers is also a certified Board Leadership Fellow by The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Miller Zhuang: Mr. Zhuang was born and lived in China until the age of 21 when he was selected because he was in the top 5% academically of Chinese students. He was allowed to go overseas to study after China’s Cultural Revolution. After completing his college degree in Canada, he traveled to Venezuela and worked with Chinese immigrants for 7 years. Now a fluent Spanish speaker, the Latin culture prepared Mr. Zhuang to help in his work with 2008 earthquake survivors in Chengdu. Government leaders honored Miller for the 10-year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake. Mr. Zhuang was the guest speaker. Mr. Zhuang’s training system is still being used to train generation after generation of teachers to recognize and help troubled kids. Mr. Zhuang is greatly respected in Beijing education and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Spanish, and 3 other languages.