Category: Instructor Profiles

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The Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (EMER) program at CSULB focuses on building and managing disaster-resilient communities. Active professionals have enrolled in this cutting-edge program from around the world—from firefighters in California, to paramedics assisting Syrian refugees in other Middle Eastern countries.

PHOTO: Brandon Lecou is earning his master’s degree in Supply Chain Management while working for ocean carrier company Hamburg Süd

​It seemed as if everything was happening in Brandon Lecou’s life at the same time. He was getting married, selling his house, and planning to go back to school in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program at CSULB. In addition, he was working full time and teaching classes for two other programs at the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT). So after
realizing how much stress it was adding to his already busy life, he withdrew his MSSCM application.

Rick and Trent Bryson Photo.jpgPHOTO (L-R): Rick and Trent Bryson of Bryson Finanical

As a successful Long Beach businessman, Trent Bryson is an ideal instructor for CCPE’s Human Resources Management Certificate Program. In addition to being CEO of Bryson Financial Group, a leading employee benefits consulting firm, Trent is also a Certified Financial Planner. So he has plenty of experience to draw upon in the classroom, where he instructs students on the intricacies of a range of HR management duties, from hiring new staff and handling employee benefits, to helping top executives with strategic planning.

Voice-019.JPG​PHOTO: Professor Andrea Caban demonstrates her unique techniques to help actors in Barcelona utilize Spanish, Catalan, and other accents


When students speak, Professor Andrea Caban listens. And what she hears is the sound of their story: who they are, where they’re from, and what makes them unique.

As the head of voice and speech in CSULB’s Department of Theatre Arts, Caban guides her students in developing their skills while preserving their individuality.


“Impossible” isn’t a word that seems to exist in Margaret Muhr’s vocabulary.

For example, in just five years, she rose from an administrative coordinator in the planning and development department for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, to serving as its director of emergency services. At the same time, while working full-time, Muhr completed her undergraduate degree, then enrolled in the 18-month Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security—becoming its first and only Native American graduate. As if that weren’t enough, she did all of this as a mother of four children.

Director Ken Santarelli

In late October, Dr. Ken Santarelli, Director of CSULB’s Antelope Valley Engineering Program, was recognized by the Lancaster-based humanitarian group Agents of Change for his leadership and commitment to promoting mechanical and electrical engineering in the Antelope Valley.

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