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For a full listing of Benerd full-time faculty, please visit the faculty profile page.

Jackie Alcalde Marr 
Adjunct Instructor | jmarr@pacific.edu | LinkedIn
Affiliated with: MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Ms. Alcalde Marr is a veteran leader in organization and talent development.  She's widely respected in the field and has led senior learning and consulting professionals across the globe.   Her experience includes Europe, Asia, Latin America and a resident assignment in the UK.  Jackie currently works as a business and leadership consultant through her firm, Evolutions Consulting Group. In that role, she works with a variety of organization types to create custom solutions to improve individual, leader, and team effectiveness. Her corporate experience includes 17 years in organization and talent development at Oracle, including serving as Director of Global Organization and Talent Development.  She worked full-time in the tech sector for nearly 25 years.  In recent years, she's focused on teaching and her work as a social entrepreneur, through ONEHOPE Wine.  She also has a vibrant coaching practice, where she works with clients as a certified leadership and life coach.  

Sharla Berry, PhD
Assistant Professor of Educational Innovation
sberry1@pacific.eduFaculty Profile | LinkedIn
Affiliated with EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership and MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness 
Dr. Sharla Berry has experience with educational innovation in both research and practice. As a practitioner, she has been involved in several education-related startups, including the founding of a charter school for students with special needs. She was also a fellow in USC Annenberg's CRUNCH Accelerator program, where she worked with engineers and venture capitalists to design an education startup, College Knowledge LA, which earned a semifinalist spot in the McArthur Foundation's VL Innovators Challenge. As a researcher, Sharla's work explores best practices in teaching and learning with technology in blended and fully online K-20 environments. She is committed to supporting diverse students in using technology, creativity and entrepreneurialism to address challenges in education. 

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Larry Boese, PhD
Adjunct Professor | boese@pacific.edu | LinkedIn
Affiliated with EdD in Educational and Organizational
Dr. Larry Boese is a consultant, evaluator, and researcher focused on helping educational organizations improve their effectiveness.  He currently serves as an Educational Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education, where he works with schools that have high percentages of low-income students.  He has worked in various consulting and evaluation roles for the Department of Education since 1995.  Prior to entering state government, he worked as an institutional researcher for two community colleges in Northern California.  He also taught various courses as an adjunct lecturer at UC Davis over a period of 12 years.  

Robert Brodnick, PhD 
Visiting Adjunct Professor  l robert@brodnick.com l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership
MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness

Dr. Brodnick has experience in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings as a leader and facilitator of innovation and strategy. He serves as Principal at Strategic Initiatives, a management consulting firm. In addition, he is Director of the Association for Managers of Innovation Institute. He has worked for over 25 years in the fields of educational and organizational strategy and change. He holds specials skills in innovation, applications for design thinking, and higher education administration. Rob is an expert facilitator of human process from dyads, to small groups, to large scale retreats and has notable experience with leadership groups, boards, planning bodies and with strategic and creative solutions. Rob has taught a wide variety courses in business, education, and psychology since 1994 and especially enjoys co-learning with working adults applying new practices and methods.

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Robert Calvert, PhD
Adjunct Professor l tfbalc@gmail.com
Affiliated with EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership
As Founder of the Sacramento Makers Academy, a nontraditional STEM school, Dr. Robert Calvert provides an alternative learning environment for young entrepreneurs and makers in grades 6-12. The only maker school in the greater Sacramento area, the academy's focus is technology and fabrication. Students learn programming, robotics, 3D modeling, 2D design, wood work, metal work, and plastic fabrications. Academic coursework is tied in, where possible, to student interests and projects. The academy has expanded to work as a partner with local independent charter schools. Robert's research deals with the educational achievement and expectations of foster youth, and how teacher priorities affect standardized test scores. Robert believes that learning is most authentic when it involves real problems.

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Wendy L. Combs, PhD
Adjunct Professor | wlcombs@gmail.com | LinkedIn
Affiliated with MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Dr. Wendy Combs has 20 years of experience in organization, leadership, and workforce development. A veteran change management consultant, she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as a credentialed School Psychologist. Wendy's areas of expertise include team effectiveness, organization design, change leadership, and group process facilitation. She is Director of Organization Development at Dignity Health, and previously served as Director of Leadership and Organization Development at Kaiser Permanente. Prior to working in the health care industry, Wendy directed training and workforce development efforts at Nortel, Intel, and Cisco Systems. She has designed many award winning and innovative learning programs. Wendy focuses on hands-on and "how to" practical activities and tools in the classroom to build students' skills to successfully facilitate, design, implement and sustain learning programs.

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Deanna Daly
Adjunct Instructor | ddaly1@pacific.edu | LinkedIn
Affiliated with MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Deanna Daly's teaching and corporate management experience includes project management, supply chain management, operations planning and management, inventory control, strategic planning, and procurement for Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, and Sacramento State University. As Principal of Daly Consulting Group, Deanna supports companies seeking to improve their operations and supply chain functions, including the provision of workforce recruiting, placement, and temporary staffing. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), she serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations and professional associations. Deanna's approach to teaching is collaborative and supportive as evidenced by her use of interactive and flexible methods.

Fred Estes, EdD 
Visiting Adjunct Professor  l festes@pacific.edu l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership, MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Dr. Fred Estes has worked within the PK-12 system, community colleges, universities, museum education, and corporate learning as an educator, leader, author, and consultant.  He currently serves as the Science Coordinator/Science Specialist at The Nueva School, an independent school in the San Francisco Bay Area.  At Nueva, he coaches elementary science teachers, in addition to teaching elementary and middle school science students.  He was involved in the formation of Nueva's world-renowned Innovation Lab and currently works with teachers from around the country through Nueva's Design Thinking Institute.  Fred has also worked as a leader in corporate education at Hewlett-Packard and other organizations.  In Fred's university teaching, he brings expertise in innovation, design thinking, learning design, and research-based practice.  

Rod Githens

Rod Githens, PhD 
Assistant Dean for Sacramento Programs l Associate Professor 
rgithens@pacific.edu l Faculty Profile l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership
MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness

Dr. Githens has professional experience with nearly every sector, helping leaders of all types nurture human and organizational potential. He has worked on initiatives involving organizational learning, innovation, organization development, strategic planning and evaluation.  In 2015, Rod was hired to lead the development of Benerd School in Sacramento, charged with creating a hub of innovation and creativity.  Prior to Pacific, Rod worked in higher education for eleven years, including directing a set programs offered at seven sites and online with enrollment of over 550 students, 12 full-time faculty members, and 25 part-time faculty members.  Before entering higher education, Rod worked in corporate human resources and employee development.  In his teaching, he strives to meet students' needs through a real-world focus, supportive approach, and challenging students to foster innovation in their own practice.

Ronald Hallet

Ronald Hallett, PhD 
Associate Professor l rhallett@pacific.edu l Faculty Profile l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership
Dr. Hallett has experience as an elementary school teacher in urban areas, researcher, and university faculty member. His work addresses the social inequalities that influence marginalized student populations, from preschool through graduate school. His current research interests fall into three areas: (1) how mobility influences educational participation for homeless and foster youth; (2) the process of transitioning to higher education for underserved student groups; and, (3) how to teach writing in graduate school.  Ronn serves as Director of the Creating Opportunities Via Education Program on the Stockton Campus, a college access program for underserved students.

Katrina Alison Jaggears, MLA

Katrina Alison Jaggears, MLA 
Program Services Coordinator  l kjaggears@pacific.edu l LinkedIn
Ms. Jaggears has worked in higher education administration and teaching for over 20 years. She formerly served as Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) program in the School of International Studies on University of the Pacific's Stockton campus, where she managed all student affairs and services. Katrina also holds a faculty appointment as Lecturer in Pacific's General Education program, where she teaches the required undergraduate course, Pacific Seminar I. Her master's thesis, in the field of sociolinguistics, dealt with the history, phonology, and grammatical structure of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), issues surrounding standard language ideology and linguistic prejudice, and the complex attitudes of black and white Americans toward AAVE. Katrina was a winner of the first faculty writing contest sponsored by University of the Pacific's Center for Teaching & Learning. 

Martin Martinez, EdD 
Visiting Adjunct Professor  l mmartinez2@pacific.edu l LinkedIn 
Affiliated with: EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership
Dr. Martin (Marty) Martinez is an experienced leader in P-12 education.  He currently serves as Director of the Teacher Induction Program with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).  In that role, he leads the Sacramento Consortium Induction Program, which provides services for teachers in public, private, parochial, and charter schools.  Additionally, Marty serves as faculty in SCOE's Leadership Institute, which provides administrative credentials for educators pursuing P-12 school leadership positions.  Prior to joining SCOE, he served students and teachers in the Elk Grove Unified School District for fifteen years, most recently as principal of Arnold Adreani Elementary School.  Marty's research interests include Latino principal and teacher recruitment, coaching/mentoring  and teacher preparation.  Developing school leaders ready to meet the unique challenges of today's schools is his passion. 

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Suzanne Mayes
Project Coordinator | smayes@pacific.edu | LinkedIn
Suzanne Mayes has robust experience in program design and management, strategic planning, fundraising, group facilitation, and community engagement. During her sixteen years in the nonprofit sector, Suzanne primarily focused on education, philanthropy, workforce development, and fostering cross-sector collaboration. In her most recent position, she led the development and execution of fundraising strategies and designed operational systems for a local education nonprofit. Suzanne is currently a student in the Master's in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness program at Pacific.

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Sara Anne Reed, EdD
Adjunct Professor | sreed1@pacific.edu | LinkedIn
Affiliated with MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
As Executive Director of the Shared Services Center at UC Davis, Dr. Sara Reed manages an $8 million budget and leads a team of managers who oversee more than 120 administrative professionals. She oversees the provision of human resources and financial services to approximately 60,000 members of the university community. Previously a Chief Administrative Officer at UC Davis, Sara, a veteran of the US Air Force, is a former Qualified Mission Operations Manager and Flight Commander at Beale Air Force Base. Her research deals with the needs of veteran and dependent college students, and leader self-efficacy of US Air Force officers during career transitions.

Ting Sun, PhD

Ting Sun, PhD 
Visiting Adjunct Professor  l lantsun@aol.com l LinkedIn
Affiliated with: EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership
Dr. Sun is a pioneer in school innovation and in California's charter school movement.  She has more than 28 years of experience in education and has been actively involved in educational policy as a teacher, administrator, charter school operator, and member of the California State Board of Education.  Ting is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Sacramento-based Natomas Charter School,  which operates five innovative academies. Previously, she was an Educational Programs Consultant in the California Department of Education's Charter Schools Unit. She has also served as a senior consultant for Cambridge Education.  She was Vice President of Leadership and Quality for the California Charter Schools Association. Ting also served as a mentor for the Leadership for Educational Entrepreneurs program at Arizona State University and as a member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, including a term as chair.

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Brett Taylor, EdD
Assistant Professor |Program Lead, Educational Entrepreneurship  btaylor@pacific.edu | LinkedIn
Affiliated with EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership and MA Concentration in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Dr. Brett Taylor has dedicated himself to creating learning environments that cultivate the habits of entrepreneurs by engaging students in the work of the real world.  At Benerd, he leads efforts around social and educational entrepreneurship.  He is Founding Principal of Patiño School of Entrepreneurship, an acclaimed public high school in Fresno.  The school was developed around the ideal of rethinking what it means to teach and learn.  As part of his work there, Brett leads his school's major involvement with the entrepreneurial and technology sectors of Fresno.  Prior to his role at Patiño, Brett was Principal of Duncan Polytechnical High School where he lead the resdesign of career-oriented programs into a focused small learning community academy system.  Brett has also worked as a learning director and was an English teacher prior to becoming an administrator.  As a professor, Brett believes the journey is more important that the destination and encourages his students to evaluate the learning process and their growth.

Hervey A. Taylor III 
Project Coordinator l htaylor@pacific.edu l LinkedIn 
Mr. Taylor has worked as a teacher and leader in K-12 schools, both in public schools and independent schools, in addition to having a career in two state governments as a policy analyst, legislative aide, and administrator.  He has also completed a legislative internship, served as a community college administrator, and worked in the private sector.  In his last position, Hervey was the founding principal of an elementary school with 700 students and 75 staff members, where he served for seven years.  While in that role, he facilitated the process for the school to become authorized as an International Baccalaureate School.  Before becoming a school administrator, Hervey was awarded Teacher of the Year in two separate districts.  Hervey is currently a doctoral student in the EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership at Pacific.  



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