The Ciam Team

The CIAM administration comprises business education leaders whose résumés includes top positions and extensive teaching experience at important universities as well as current and past students who participate fully in decision making at CIAM. Click any picture to see their short bio.

Administrative Staff:

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    Jennie Ta, MBA

    President/CEO

    Jennie Ta is a co-founder of CIAM. She served as CIAM’s Vice President of Administration/CFO since January 2015, having previously served as Director of Administration/CFO since January 2011. In both capacities, she oversaw the Accreditation, Accounting, Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Registrar and other Administrative departments.

    Prior to joining CIAM, she had many leadership roles at Real Mex Restaurants. Starting with her role at the restaurant level, as Assistant Manager and climbing the ranks to Assistant General Manager. She was responsible for all aspects of operations such as training, profit and loss, administration, inventory control, and more. Her hands-on approach boosted employee morale as well as developed new and existing customer loyalty, which lead to increased sales. She moved to a corporate assignment at Real Mex Foods, where she reported to the Vice President of Accounting as the Accounting Manager. Here, she oversaw 200 major distribution centers and retail outlet accounts where she and her team managed accounts that totaled over $3 million in receivables per month.

    Prior to that, Jennie was Coordinator in the Tuition Assistance department at Touro University International (now Trident University), and then was promoted to Advisor in the Financial Aid department, which at the time had approximately 5,000 students. She has experience in administrative and organizational management in different industries for well over a decade. She was one of five finalists out of 256 nominees as a  “Rising Star”  at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s  2013 Women Making A Difference Awards. She earned her MBA in 2013.

    President/CEO

    Jennie Ta, MBA

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    Dr. Eric McLaughlin

    Vice President / Chief Academic Officer

    Combining academic disciplines of science and business, Dr. McLaughlin’s consulting projects span the private and not-for-profit sectors of health care management. He has consulted and provided financial management training for major corporations throughout the United States and the world. Sought after for his dymanic presentation style and his ability to translate difficult concepts into understandable terms, he has worked with professionals ranging from healthcare managers to physicians to CEO’s of major corporations. Administrative positions held include Professor of Finance, Real Estate and Law; Director of Graduate Programs, and Associate Dean for Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Public Health at UCLA.

    Vice President / Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Eric McLaughlin

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    Dr. Harish Amar

    Dean

    Dr. Amar has been Dean at three Universities including Dean of the College of Business and Management at West Coast University, Academic Dean at New West Coast University, and Executive Director & Dean at Advanced Colleges of America. As an academic administrator, he has held both professorial and executive positions at a number of universities including Director of Academic Administration, Director of Education, Director of Academic Development, and Executive Director and managed a budget of $9 million. He has evaluated universities for accreditation in the U.S., Puerto Rico, & Europe, and has presented various workshops & seminars abroad in Asia including China, Taiwan, & India.

    Dean

    Dr. Harish Amar

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    Paul-long Lee, MBA

    Director of Administration / Marketing Manager

    Mr. Lee is a graduate of CIAM, obtaining his MBA in 2014. He has had job experience in a variety of fields over the course of his professional career, from management, to marketing, to media management, and web development. Entering the workforce at a young age, Mr. Lee is equipped with over 10 years of extensive business experience, quick thinking, and a “git ’er done” attitude. He strongly believes that success is not a given, but rather earned through perseverance, flexibility, and an open mind. In 2013, Mr. Lee joined, managed, and operated a business in the powersports industry that grew to a multi-million-dollar operation during his 3-year tenure. Today, Mr. Lee has joined CIAM because of his strong belief of what school stands for: a revolution in education.

    Director of Administration / Marketing Manager

    Paul-long Lee, MBA

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    Penny Li, MBA, MPA

    Director of Admissions and Registrar

    Ms. Li has 8 years of professional media experience as a TV executive in China. During the production of a televised charity event, she organized a media aid project / fundraiser that raised $150,000 for 6,000 children with cerebral palsy. As an assistant counselor, Ms. Li assisted over 600 international and domestic students at California State University, Northridge, with their transition from their respective community colleges to CSUN. Ms. Li also has experience as a Chinese program coordinator at a Chinese language school in Los Angeles and was also a business assistant at the University Student Union, Inc. at CSUN and won an award for the most inspirational student assistant employee of the year.

    Director of Admissions and Registrar

    Penny Li, MBA, MPA

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    Kien Tiet, Esq.

    CFO

    Kien Tiet is a founder and owner of Law Offices of Kien Tiet at Temple City, California. This law firm’s practice areas include business litigation, trust and estate litigation, corporate and business formation, corporate governance, tax law and immigration law. His previous experience in the field of law includes: Chief Financial Officer and general Counsel of McWhirter Distributing Co., Inc, Associate Attorney at Stern & Goldberg, Associate Attorney at Morse, Giesler & Callister LLP and as Associate Attorney at many other law firms.

    CFO

    Kien Tiet, Esq.

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    Claudia Sarabia, MBA

    Director of Organizational Development/Career Services

    Ms. Sarabia has over 10 years of experience in office administration and data management in the areas of commercial real estate, banking, arts non-profit, and city government. At General Growth Properties she managed special projects and systematized data management for the top three leasing professionals nationwide. Additionally, she has a strong customer service background having worked with various commercial and retail companies. On graduation from CIAM, she was hired as Executive Assistant to the V.P. of Administration and Assistant Director of Organizational Development.

    Director of Organizational Development/Career Services

    Claudia Sarabia, MBA

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    Donny Yu, MBA

    Director of IT

    In 1991, Mr. Yu established his information technology company and expanded to cover many industries, including education, communications and real estate. Mr. Yu has extensive hands on experience in server configuration, network integration, mission critical deployment, software customization and programming. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Business Solutions Certified Master.

    Director of IT

    Donny Yu, MBA

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    Dr. Albert Randall

    Director of Outreach Programs

    Dr. Albert Randall received his MD from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and New York Medical College. He also received an Executive Master of Business Administration from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Dr. Randall, a combat aviator in the F4 Phantom II, retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force after thirty years of service. Dr. Randall also retired from Northrup Grumman Corporation after twelve years as an aerospace executive. He also served five years as a deputy bureau chief for the Department of Public Aid, State of Illinois, and State of Illinois.

    Director of Outreach Programs

    Dr. Albert Randall

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    Brian Tan

    Staff Accountant / Financial Aid Coordinator

    Mr. Tan graduated from Cal State University Los Angeles and has obtained job experience in multiple industries over the course of his professional career. He has over 10 years of office administration, data management, marketing, and IT experience in the insurance, financial, and commercial business fields. With his well-rounded experience and strong customer service background he is a strong addition to the administration team at CIAM.

    Staff Accountant / Financial Aid Coordinator

    Brian Tan

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    Sammi Scott

    Graphic Designer / Enrollment Executive

    Ms. Scott has 3+ years of professional experience working with event graphics and as a freelance designer. As a Community and Student Life Advocate she worked to plan events for over 1,500 residents, which promoted community and encouraged college students to get involved on campus. Ms. Scott also has experience as a newsletter editor and designer for the University Village at Cal Poly Pomona. Ms. Scott was chosen to participate in the invitation only Cal Poly Pomona 2013 “Mentor’s All Stars Exhibition.” She collaborated with two other students to create a spinning 3-demential photo-manipulation piece. She was also featured in the Edge of the Outback 2014 Gallery in Mildura, Australia, where her piece was purchased.

    Graphic Designer / Enrollment Executive

    Sammi Scott

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    Ann Wicke

    Librarian

    Ann Wicke has worked in a variety of library settings including universities and public libraries. She enjoys research and aiding her clients in accessing relevant materials for their studies, and other pursuits. Ann is passionate about education and volunteers weekly at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts and is a PTA board member.

    Librarian

    Ann Wicke

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    Dr. J. Richard Johnson

    Professor of Management

    University of California, Los Angeles - Ph.D. in Sociology (Organizational Behavior) University of California, Los Angeles - Master of Arts in Sociology (Small Group Dynamics, Theory, Research Methods) University of California, Los Angeles - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Dr. Johnson has been a consultant and contract executive for thirty years. His most recent executive assignment was as Chief Administrative Officer for Praxis Associates, a fiber optics engineering and construction company, where he built the Procurement, HR, and legal departments from scratch, oversaw the awarding of $40 million in contracts and the hiring of 70 engineers, managers, and administrators. Over the years Dr. Johnson has consulted in several industries (including the public sector), specializing in change management, organizational development, project management, statistical process control, and financial modeling, circumnavigating the globe six times in the process. In the course of his career, he pioneered the organizational development function at Beckman Instruments, played a key role in the transformation of Pacific Bell following its divestiture from AT&T, and continued to serve other large telecommunications companies as both an organizational and statistical control consultant for two decades. He has served as an interim COO for two companies, including a garment manufacturer in Madagascar employing over 4,000 employees. His primary research interest is the relationship between leadership behavior and effort supply, a topic on which he has published several papers. He is currently writing a book on this topic. Specialization: Management and Organization Behavior, Entrepreneurship, Quantitative Analysis, and International Business.

    Professor of Management

    Dr. J. Richard Johnson

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    Dr. Robert Kirkland

    Academic Projects Coordinator

    Dr. Kirkland has taught at the United States Military Academy, the University of Southern California, Claremont McKenna College, and Trident University International. His academic awards include the Leo Codd Memorial Award as instructor of the year for all Army ROTC programs in the United States and the Hubert Herring Award presented by the Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies for singular contributions to the organization. He served over 25 years in the active duty Army culminating as the Army ROTC Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern California from 2010-2013.

    Academic Projects Coordinator

    Dr. Robert Kirkland

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    Elsa Myers

    Admissions Specialist

    Mrs. Myers has over 20+ years’ experience in higher education management and Instructor. She acknowledges that education is the pathway success. Positions she has held in the past are Assistant Director of Admissions for several small colleges, Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Manager for University of Phoenix, Business Development Specialist for Walden University. Plus, she has severed on numerous boards such as Community Chest, Kids n Co, Depressive and Manic Depressive Association where her heart is to serve the unfortunate. She received her BBA from University of Texas in 2001 and her MBA from University of Phoenix in 2003. 

    Admissions Specialist

    Elsa Myers


CIAM BOARD of Trustees:

CIAM Trustees are committed to the goals, philosophy and values at the heart of our program.

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    Minglo Shao

    Chairman of the Board

    Mr. Shao is the founder and Chairman of Bright China Group, an investment group that operates in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and major cities around China. Through Bright China Group, Mr. Shao also heads the Peter F. Drucker Academy, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to researching and teaching Drucker’s management ideas in China. The Peter F. Drucker Academy teaches in 32 cities in China and Hong Kong and has more than 50,000 graduates. Mr. Shao founded and provided the grant funding for the start of CIAM.

    Minglo Shao

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    Yeh Wah Chong

    Board Member

    Mrs. Yeh Wah Chong is an exceptional artist who produces sculptures done completely in silk. Her work covers the full spectrum from antiquity to modern times in China and shows a full range of expression from daily work life to the leisurely activities of her subjects, and includes satire and politics. Yeh Wah Chong brings a unique perspective to her work which has also contributed significantly to the foundations and companies launched and managed by her husband, Minglo Shao, in both the U.S. and China.

    Yeh Wah Chong

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    Frances Hesselbein

    Board Member

    Ms. Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leader Institute. She rose from volunteer troop leader to CEO where she held the position of CEO for fourteen years at the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. She held the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the 1st Leadership Chair at West Point. She received the Presidential of Freedom from President Bush.

    Frances Hesselbein

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    Dr. Edwin Hullander

    Board Member

    Edwin Hullander is a former Senior Economist U.S. AID and former professor of George Washington University and National Defense University. He directed Special Action Group for Public Diplomacy in the Department of Defense during the Gulf War. He was the Associate Assistant Administrator for Policy, Programs, and Project Review, Coordinator for Counter Terrorism and Senior Economist U.S. Agency for International Development.

    Dr. Edwin Hullander

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    Leonard Kwiatkowski, USAF, Ret.

    Board Member

    Brigadier General Leonard Kwiatkowski, USAF, Ret. headed a number of space programs in the Air Force including Program Director of a major space communications program, the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office. He was Executive Vice President of Programs for the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Division, Deputy to the President of the Space Systems Company, VP and General Manager of the Global Communications Systems line of business and Director of Quality and Mission Success.

    Leonard Kwiatkowski, USAF, Ret.

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    William Pollard, Esq.

    Board Member

    Mr. C. William Pollard is Chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company, a private investment firm. He served twice as Chief Executive Officer of The ServiceMaster Company, a Fortune 500 Company, recognized by Fortune magazine as the #1 service company among the Fortune 500 during his leadership. He also served as Chairman of the Board of and was elected Chairman Emeritus when he retired. He is also the author of two bestselling books and contributed to many other books on management.

    William Pollard, Esq.

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    Dr. Francisco Suarez

    Board Member

    Francisco Suárez Hernández is the Director of New Business Projects for FEMSA. FEMSA is one of the largest corporations in Mexico, the largest beverage company in Latin America and the largest Coca Cola Bottling Company in the world in additional to many other operations. Prior to his present position, he was Director of Sustainability for FEMSA at the corporate level. He is a member of the Board of PLEI (International Student Leadership Program) of Tecnológico de Monterrey. He was recently elected President of the World Environment Center headquartered in Washington, DC

    Dr. Francisco Suarez

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    Rick Wartzman

    Board Member

    Mr. Rick Wartzman is a senior advisor to the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. He served previously as the Institute's executive director for more than eight years. He spent the first 20 years of his career as a reporter, editor, and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. Rick writes a monthly column for Fortune magazine online. He's also the editor of Drucker: A Life in Pictures and The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society, and Economy. He is the author of two acclaimed books of narrative history published by PublicAffairs. Rick serves on the boards of several civic organizations

    Rick Wartzman

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    Dr. Danny Yu

    Board Member

    Danny Yu is the key executive in three NGOs. In 1980 he established Educational Services Exchange with China (ESEC), a non-profit organization for promoting Sino-American educational exchanges and training services. Its English training program has worked with China's Ministry of Education and Academy of Sciences for the English training of thousands of overseas-bound government officials, scholars, scientists, professionals and business executives. Recently Dr. Yu developed new methods of student-centered learning which are being tested throughout China.

    Dr. Danny Yu

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    Jennie Ta, MBA

    President/CEO

    Jennie Ta is a co-founder of CIAM. She served as CIAM’s Vice President of Administration/CFO since January 2015, having previously served as Director of Administration/CFO since January 2011. In both capacities, she oversaw the Accreditation, Accounting, Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Registrar and other Administrative departments.

    Prior to joining CIAM, she had many leadership roles at Real Mex Restaurants. Starting with her role at the restaurant level, as Assistant Manager and climbing the ranks to Assistant General Manager. She was responsible for all aspects of operations such as training, profit and loss, administration, inventory control, and more. Her hands-on approach boosted employee morale as well as developed new and existing customer loyalty, which lead to increased sales. She moved to a corporate assignment at Real Mex Foods, where she reported to the Vice President of Accounting as the Accounting Manager. Here, she oversaw 200 major distribution centers and retail outlet accounts where she and her team managed accounts that totaled over $3 million in receivables per month.

    Prior to that, Jennie was Coordinator in the Tuition Assistance department at Touro University International (now Trident University), and then was promoted to Advisor in the Financial Aid department, which at the time had approximately 5,000 students. She has experience in administrative and organizational management in different industries for well over a decade. She was one of five finalists out of 256 nominees as a  “Rising Star”  at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s  2013 Women Making A Difference Awards. She earned her MBA in 2013.

    Jennie Ta, MBA

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    Dr. Eric McLaughlin

    Vice President / Chief Academic Officer

    Combining academic disciplines of science and business, Dr. McLaughlin’s consulting projects span the private and not-for-profit sectors of health care management. He has consulted and provided financial management training for major corporations throughout the United States and the world. Sought after for his dymanic presentation style and his ability to translate difficult concepts into understandable terms, he has worked with professionals ranging from healthcare managers to physicians to CEO’s of major corporations. Administrative positions held include Professor of Finance, Real Estate and Law; Director of Graduate Programs, and Associate Dean for Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Public Health at UCLA.

    Dr. Eric McLaughlin

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    Kien Tiet, Esq.

    CFO

    Kien Tiet is a founder and owner of Law Offices of Kien Tiet at Temple City, California. This law firm’s practice areas include business litigation, trust and estate litigation, corporate and business formation, corporate governance, tax law and immigration law. His previous experience in the field of law includes: Chief Financial Officer and general Counsel of McWhirter Distributing Co., Inc, Associate Attorney at Stern & Goldberg, Associate Attorney at Morse, Giesler & Callister LLP and as Associate Attorney at many other law firms.

    Kien Tiet, Esq.