I grew up in Southern California (Torrance, CA) and spent most of my formative years living close to the ocean, which I believe has a lot to do with my outlook on the world. I graduated from catholic high school and went on to earn a bachelor’s (and later, a master’s) degree from one of the largest public institutions in the state. At the same time, I worked in a financial planning company and earned my securities licenses at a very young age (they are still active). I still do consulting work with Lagos Wealth Advisors in Diamond Bar, CA. I hold a California life insurance producer license, and a 40-hour community mediation (informal conflict resolution) certificate. Here is a listing of my formal education:
- Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies. California State University, Long Beach.
Emphasis: Rhetorical Studies
- Master of Arts, Communication Studies. California State University, Long Beach
Emphasis: Organizational Communication
- Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Studies, The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University
Emphases: Organizational Communication & Quantitative Research Methods
Adviser: Dr. Jess K. Alberts
While in my Ph.D. program, I earned two fellowships:
- Jeanne Lind Herberger Doctoral Fellow of Communication, 2008 – 2010
- University Graduate Fellowship, 2010
I was also the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) at Arizona State University, which represented all 14,000 graduate and professional students. GPSA was the graduate student government for all four campuses of ASU. I have to say that my experience with GPSA was one of the most valuable experiences in my life. Not just because I managed a $700,000 budget, but because I truly did feel that our team made a difference for many graduate students.
Currently, I am living in the bay area (Santa Clara, CA) where I am an Associate Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University. The area is wonderful and my department is excellent. I encourage you to visit the rest of my site for more information about me, including my research and teaching experience.
Here is a great picture of my two “children,” Mr. and Darla: