Dr. Chris Hopper
Leadership Studies Department Chair, Humboldt State University
Ph.D., Physical Education
Dr. Chris Hopper has served in a variety of administrative positions at Humboldt since he arrived on campus in 1980. Most recently he was the Department Chair of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration and is a tenured professor of kinesiology. He has also completed administrative assignments as the Associate Dean for the College of Professional Studies and the Dean of Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs.
He has written six books and published his research on children’s health and fitness in peer-reviewed journals. He was selected as the Scholar of the Year at Humboldt in 2014-15.
Dr. Hopper has been a successful grant writer to support programs at Humboldt. His current projects include a professional development program in mathematics for K-6 teachers funded by the California Department of Education and a professional preparation program in adapted physical education funded by the United States Department of Education. He currently serves as a reviewer of grant applications for the National Institutes of Health.
Ph.D., Organizational Psychology
Dr. Almanzor’s experience emerges from many years consulting leaders committed to multicultural organization development and social justice. His clients have included executive leaders from universities, non-profit organizations, medical clinics, and government agencies. His expertise ranges from executive coaching and strategic planning to change management and team development. He has delivered keynote addresses, conference workshops, and panel presentations on issues related to leadership for equity, cultural diversity, community development, and organizational change with a social justice agenda. He has also taught graduate courses at CSU East Bay, Alliant International University, University of San Francisco, and Argosy University.
Renato currently runs all of the programming for LeaderSpring, including their two year fellowship program for nonprofit executive directors and their LeaderSpring Consulting Group that supports community leaders working with low-income communities and communities of color. In this capacity, he strengthens the leadership and management competencies of leaders, develops communities of leaders, and supports the transformation of the systems in which they work.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois
Hai Dang is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years of experience managing projects and leading high performing organizations. His diverse experience varies from directing emergency response efforts onboard a ship to influencing policy and budget decisions in Washington, DC.
MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
An alumna of U.C. Davis and the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, Joy Hermsen's expertise comes from leading teams and developing leaders in large companies, start-up environments and not-for-profit organizations. Joy leads the Entrepreneurship Program and teaches business courses at Santa Rosa Junior Business College. Joy's specialty is in influencing leaders to launch enterprises, while building community and developing each individual's leadership competencies.
M.A., Education with a concentration in Educational Technology
Richard Molloy served 20 years with the United States Coast Guard and retired in 2014 with the rank of Commander. His most recent assignments included: Chief of Training, Chief of Mission Support Training, and Chief of Inspections.
Dr. Craig Nathanson
M.A., Human Development M.A. Telecommunications Management
Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems
Dr. Nathanson has been teaching graduate and undergraduate programs since 2001 at several universities in North America and Europe. He has worked for over 20 years in various senior management positions in U.S. Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Nathanson has written and published 6 books on work, mid-life development, management and parenting. His current research focus is on humanistic leadership, joyful work and mid-life professional development.
MBA, St. Mary's College
Ph.D., International History
Dr Kurt Schake (‘shock-ee”) is a lifelong learner with a passion for applying education to real-world problems. He has held leadership positions in the military, education, and business communities. Some highlights include:
- US Air Force fighter pilot, strategic requirements officer for NATO, retired Colonel.
- Dean of NATO School (the Alliance’s largest school), Dean of Air War College (the service’s highest professional school), led the military training developmental program at the Air Force Academy
- President of multiple organizations serving vocational education, trades, healthcare, and business
He has served on the faculty of seven schools and universities. Currently, he is the Executive Director of a non-profit in Monterey, CA, and a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School.
B.A., Criminal Justice,
M.A., Human Resources Management
Steve Segura served 30 years with the Sacramento Police Department and retired in 2007 with the rank of Deputy Chief. While working with the Police Department, Steve was also Adjunct Faculty and later Faculty with the Los Rios Community College District. Currently Steve is the Dean of the Sacramento Regional Public Safety/McClellan Center at American River College.
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