Emily Ellis, M.A., Instructor, UCI Division of Continuing Education
Emily Ellis has been happily teaching languages for the last nine years. She taught both Spanish and English at the University of Denver and Colorado State University. Emily spent extensive time in Spain as a Fulbright English language assistant in Madrid and as a coordinator of a study abroad program in Barcelona. She holds two master’s degrees, one in TESOL and the other in Spanish, both from Colorado State University.
Rachel Fernandez, M.A., Instructor, UCI Division of Continuing Education
Rachel Fernandez has over 10 years of experience teaching Spanish at Southern California high schools and at the community college level. In addition, she has many years of experience teaching English as a Second Language in Madrid, Spain, and as a full-time teacher in UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education’s International Programs unit. Ms. Fernandez is also a skilled teacher-trainer, teaching in IP’s TEFL Certificate programs.
Kevin Hanegan, B.S., Director of Educational Services for TIBCO Software
Kevin Hanegan, is currently is Director of Educational Services for TIBCO Software and the author of 4 programming books: Building State-of-the-Art Web Pages, Custom CGI Scripting with Perl, Practical Guide to Curl, and Building Solutions with the DecisionSite Analytics Platform. He has worked for a variety of software companies, universities, and corporate training centers as a course developer, trainer and consultant.
Bradley J. Holt, M.P.I.A., CEO of HSI, LLC.
Bradley J. Holt is the CEO of HSI, LLC an international trade and business development firm. He has two decades of international business experience, over 15 years focused on business development in the Asian marketplace. Prior to HSI, he served as the Asia General Manager of RPM’s StonCor Group for seven years, and held management and marketing positions with GN Netcom (a large European communications company), and AT&T. His former clients include Asian and U.S. firms, spanning the fields of manufacturing, distribution, construction and engineering, architecture, design, entertainment, high technology, health care, and consumer products – such as Motorola, AMD, Intel, Budweiser, Lion Nathan, Baxter Healthcare, Glaxo Smith Kline, Roche, 3M, Bechtel, Fluor, L’Oreal, Huafei, Hangzhou TC, and Andrew Telecommunications, etc.
Christopher A. Najera, Ed.D, Director of Business Process Innovation, Willdan Group, Inc.
Christopher A. Najera is a technology and business leader with more than a decade of hands-on experience shaping the creation and implementation of information technology strategies, architectures, and infrastructures within enterprise environments. Dr. Najera leverages technology to help practitioners, at all levels, advance the objectives of the enterprise in new and creative ways. His professional background includes leadership, strategic planning, project and resource management, team-building, and technical development. His love of learning, life, and adventure has led him on many different paths, including that of a university professor, and most currently, the Director of Business Process Innovation for Willdan Group Inc.
Helen Nam, M.A., Instructor, UCI Division of Continuing Education
Helen Nam holds two master’s degrees, one in TESOL and the other in Philosophy, both from Biola University with her BA, also in Philosophy, from UCLA. She has experience teaching both on-ground and online English Composition courses at Bethesda University of California. Ms. Nam is a full-time teacher with International Programs and excels in teaching ESL and teacher training courses. Ms. Nam is also very involved in professional organizations. She currently serves on the Board of CATESOL Orange County Chapter including being Coordinator-Elect. She has vast experience organizing, working at, and presenting at professional conferences. She has travelled widely and speaks Korean fluently.
Martin Wartenberg, BSEE, MSEE, MBA, Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Martin Wartenberg has over 30 years in High Technology Companies in every position from Engineer to Vice President Research and Development and Company Senior Executive (CEO, COO). Martin has taught Project Management, Product Development, Creativity and Innovation at UCI, UCSD and UCSC. He has taught and consulted with companies in Europe, Asia and South America. His experience included; New Product Development, Medical Devices and Instrumentation and Oil Field Instrumentation as well as both Military and Commercial Aerospace. He is currently working with UCI delivering project management courses in the International Accelerated Program as well as delivering classes to companies in the United States and China.
John Whiteley, Ed.D, Professor of Social Ecology, UCI
John Whitely earned his Ed.D. at Harvard University and has taught at UC Irvine for over 40 years. He is currently Professor of Environmental Health, Science, and Policy at the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine. His research focuses on the moral development of late adolescence to early adult development and the social ecology of peace. His publications include Water, Place, and Equity (2009) and Quest for Peace: An Introduction (1986). He has lead several initiatives for increasing global cooperation, local equality, and sustainability in local and global policies.
Emily Wong, M.A., Instructor, UCI Division of Continuing Education
Emily Wong has been teaching ESL/EFL for nearly 10 years. She is a full-time teacher in UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education’s International Programs unit and excels in any ESL or teacher-training class she is teaching. In addition, Ms. Wong is Involved in a myriad of professional development projects, most notably a teacher-training podcast that she is currently developing. Ms. Wong received her M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College in New York City. She has lived in Hong Kong and previously taught in Japan. In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin.
Saleem M. Yamani, M.S., Firmware Engineering Manager, Western Digital
Saleem M. Yamani has more than 20 years’ experience in the embedded software engineering field. He has worked in design, and implementation of embedded software programming in various high tech industries, which include Computer, Networking and Hard Disk Drives. He has taught C programming language at Saddleback College for 2 years. Currently he has been teaching Embedded System courses at UCI Division of Continuing Education for past 6 years.