Associate Faculty at University of Phoenix
2010 - Present
University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S.
Role: Through the subject of health and wellness, I instill in students the belief that no matter how old a person is or how many health problems s/he faces, everyone can make positive changes for a healthier future. I empower students to learn about health risks, develop plans for change, and make healthy lifestyle changes in their daily life. Most of all, I encourage my students to always believe that they can change their own behaviors as well as become an agent for a healthy change in their own families and communities.
● Engage and lead students using didactic and facilitative techniques to help them sharpen their academic skills while learning practical, relevant lessons about health and wellness.
● Facilitate the learning process by analyzing, organizing, and translating the information to be learned into a format that matches the student’s current level of understanding. This allows students to build upon knowledge that they have already learned.
● Equip and empower students to use critical thinking skills, teaching them to learn to “fish for themselves” without having to rely on others to “fish for them.”
Owner and Writer at WorkplacePsychology.Net
2009 - Present
WorkplacePsychology.Net is a blog about the psychology of workers and the workplace. It examines three related areas:
● Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology: the application of psychological principles and theories to the workplace.
● Occupational Health Psychology (OHP): the work life, health, safety & well-being of workers.
● Organizational Behavior (OB): the study of what people do in an organization and how behavior affects organizational performance.
WorkplacePsychology.Net features scholarly and engaging contents about leadership & management, organizational psychology, training & development, and employee health & wellness.
● Website Traffic: 1,620,000+ visits
● "I like the scholarly angle of your site." -I/O Psychologist
● "I love the focus and the posts." -Organizational Psychologist
● "This is a great website!" -Career Counseling/Coaching Professional
● "Love that there's another blog out there that marries research with practice!" -Talent Management Professional
● "The contribution you'll make to I-O/OHP through your work and this site will truly add something new to the field and the ongoing dialogue." -Professional Development Consultant
Senior Diversity Specialist at University of North Texas
2009 - 2009
UNT is one of Texas' largest universities with 36,000+ students. It ranked in the top half of all the schools in the nation in total endowment, with $92.6 million at the end of the 2006-07 fiscal year.
Role: Recruited to help design, deliver, and evaluate diversity initiatives for the university. Collaborated with senior-level executives to coordinate and develop orientation and training programs and ensure alignment with university strategic goals.
● Ensured successful delivery of diversity education and training programs throughout campus including development and implementation of policies and procedures in the areas of training, faculty and student rights and responsibilities, and new student and faculty orientations.
● Fostered a teamwork environment conducive to positive dialogue across all departments. Personal efforts were cited as a driving force behind new students' interests and retention in multicultural activities.
● Created and delivered an Ally Training program with 97.5% success rate in developing staff and faculty to create a safe zone for highly diverse, minority group members. Wrote and designed the ALLY Training manual covering issues including safety, discrimination, expert insights, and rights information.
Engineering Accountant at Nestle Waters North America
2008 - 2009
Nestle is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company with over $99 billion (U.S.) in sales and over 280,000 culturally diverse employees around the world.
Role: Contract consultant helping project engineering managers track and guide materials management and service process to build bottling facilities throughout North America.
● Consulted with senior project managers ensuring 100% accuracy & timeliness of value streams.
● Evaluated and reconciled numerous international, $20+ million construction projects.
● Effectively negotiated with subcontractors achieving 10% cost and time reductions.
● Managed allocation of budgets using SAP R/3 GLOBE for WBS (work breakdown structure) elements to ensure appropriate project funding.
Disability Services Advisor at Collin College
2007 - 2008
Collin College is a public, higher learning institution serving over 46,000 students annually.
Role: Recruited to help college serve students with disabilities. Established academic and mental health support system, enabling students with learning, emotional, and mental disabilities the opportunity to learn and thrive.
● Developed and delivered quality disability services to student population at Collin College. Implemented programs and policies in the areas of advising to students and training to faculty, to improve college learning experience for students and college teaching experience for faculty.
● Promoted teamwork-based environment to drive better interaction with & services to students. Personally cited by students as the dynamic force behind improved advisor-student relations.
● Counseled students in getting the appropriate level of mental health care. Proctored and administered tests for students on all campuses needing special testing arrangements.
● Delivered presentation on alternative education for students with disability, helping them and their families to understand their rights and options.
Behavior Specialist/Crisis Consultant at CNMI Public School System
2004 - 2007
School system in North Pacific Ocean comprised of 20 schools and 12,000 students across three islands.
Role: Recruited to help school district in servicing learning and emotional needs of students. Worked with administrators, teachers & staff to create policies & procedures. Developed and headed orientation & crisis management training programs and effectively handled crisis issues in school & workplace.
● Successfully launched crisis management program; trained over 800 teachers, administrators, counselors, & school staff on Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Behavior/Classroom Management, and School Crisis Response.
● Developed curriculum and facilitated a 7-Week Life-Skills group to assist students in building self-esteem and develop decision-making, problem-solving, and positive human relations skills.
● Recruited by CNMI AHEC Director (Area Health Education Center) to serve as a trainer on case management for human service professionals.
● Successfully secured two grants totaling over $6000 to conduct Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Workshops to train school staff to handle anxious, hostile and/or violent crisis situations.
● Invited by Congresswoman to provide consultation to the local legislators on mental health issues and to educate and advocate for individuals with mental illness.
● Received distinction from CNMI Mental Health Planning Council for services and advocacy in improving the lives of individuals with mental health disability.