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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Chris Hopper

Chris HopperLeadership 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.


Renato Almanzor

Renato Almanzor

M.S., Counseling
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.


Hai Dang

Hai Dang

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.


Joy Hermsen

Joy HermsenMBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

An alumna of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, Joy’s expertise comes from over 22 years experience leading teams in large companies, start-up environments and not-for-profit organizations. She currently teaches in business at the Santa Rosa Junior College and serves as Director of Community Engagement for Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo.


Richard Molloy

Richard MolloyM.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

Craig NathansonM.A., Human Development M.A. Telecommunications Management
Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems

Dr. Nathanson has been teaching online and on-ground graduate and undergraduate programs since 2001 at several universities in North America and Europe. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer in China and Vietnam in partnership with Solvay Brussels School of Economics, Brussels, Belgium, and Benedictine University, U.S. He has worked for over 20 years in various senior management positions in the U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Nathanson has written and published 5 books on work and mid-life development and management, including The Best Manager: Getting Better Results Through People. His newest book, Joyful Work in the Second Half of Life: The Five Stages, accumulates 20 years of research in the intersection of work and mid-life.

Dr. Nathanson is also a motivational speaker and vocational coach for mid-life adults. His current research focus is on humanistic management, leadership through coaching, and mid-life professional development. Dr. Nathanson developed and leads two thriving online communities at and


Kurt Schake

Kurt Schake

M.A., History
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 a doctoral advisor for the International School of Management in Paris, as well as an online instructor with the Air University’s Master’s program. He is extremely proud to be teaching in the HSU Leadership Studies program.


Steve Segura

Steve SeguraB.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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