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INL Program Coordinator – Advisor – Instructor
MA, Organizational Leadership, Columbia University, 1998; BA, Amherst College, 1990
Moneeka is the Program Coordinator of the Innovation and Leadership Degree and the advisor to the students. She teaches both Organizational Communication and Intercultural Communication for SOU. Solving organizational puzzles and proposing creative solutions is one of her favorite endeavors.
MS, Taxation, Golden Gate University, 2013; CPA, Oregon Board of Accountancy, 2006; BS Business, Public Accounting Concentration, Southern Oregon University, 2005
Sara Adams started her accounting career at Moss Adams, LLP in Medford, Oregon, Sara worked in the areas of tax and business assurance, providing services to clients mainly in the construction, medical and financial industries. Sara is a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs and the AICPA. As part of the INL program, Sara teaches Accounting for Managers.
MA, Brown University, 1994; BA, Brown University, 1991
Robert Arellano was the founding director of SOU’s Center for Emerging Media & Digital Arts (EMDA) and is the author of seven novels including Havana Libre (Akashic Books, 2017). Since 2015 he has taught Digital Portfolios, the first course in the INL sequence.
MM, Southern Oregon University, 2011; BS, Journalism, State University of New York College, 1984
Chris Cook, founder of Capiche, teaches Working with Emotional Intelligence – the very class she credits with changing her life in 2010 as part of her Master in Management degree. Chris is a branding, culture, PR and marketing consultant, and coach with nearly 35 years experience across all industries. She is currently focused on the Southern Oregon wine industry.
MM, Southern Oregon University, 2011; BA, Southern Oregon University, 2009; Minor in Computer Science and Business Information Systems; Microsoft Access and Excel Certifications
Daniel Clark is an instructor for the School of Business and specializes in Information Systems and how they are deployed in businesses of every size for customer acquisition and retention. Information Systems gather, analyze, and evaluate all sorts of data so that businesses can make informed decisions in a timely manner.
MFA, University of Central Florida, 2010; BFA University of Central Florida 2006
Andrew Gay is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Communication Department with an MFA in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema from the University of Central Florida. His research and creative work have focused on applying “lean startup” principles to the arts. He teaches Entrepreneurship in Organizations for INL.
MM, Southern Oregon University, 2007; BS, Computer Science, University of British Columbia, 1984
Len Jacobson is an IT professional with 30 years of experience, currently employed as the Software Applications Manager at Jackson County. As a SOU Master in Management graduate, he has experienced the challenges of the work/school/life triad firsthand. Len finds it invigorating to be involved with working professionals who are eager to learn.
MLIS, Leadership and Administration, Emporia State University, 2017; MIIS, Crisis & Health Communication, Southern Oregon University, 2015; BS, Psychology and Communication, Southern Oregon University, 2013
Erica Knotts teaches a wide variety of communication courses including Conflict Resolution, Nonverbal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Negotiation. She is particularly curious about observing the art of face-to-face communication in real world environments as she deploys practical learning experiences in the classroom. As part of the INL program, Erica teaches the Conflict Management course.
Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, 2016; MS, Travel Industry Management, University of Hawai’i, 2007; BS, Tourism, University of National and Global Economy 2005.
Pavlina teaches tourism and sustainability courses at the school, as well as Research Methods in the MBA program, and business communication at the undergraduate level. Prior to academia, Pavlina worked in the hospitality industry, holding various management positions with Marriott International and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Pavlina’s research interests include sustainable tourism, cannabis tourism, and business sustainability, specifically exploring the relationship between corporate sustainability, innovation and leadership, utilizing mixed research methods. Pavlina is the Coordinator for the Tourism Management concentration, as well as the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism at the School of Business. As part of the INL program, Pavlina teaches the Capstone course.
MBA, Southern Oregon University, 2011; BS, Business Administration, Management, Southern Oregon University, 2009; Summer Immersion Program, Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Saabrucken, Germany, 2009; AS, Rogue Community College, 2008
As an instructor in the School of Business, David shares his love of technology with both faculty and students. As an advisor for the Degree Completion Program, David brings a unique perspective to the program by himself having come up through its ranks. As a nontraditional student, David knows the difficulties of juggling homework, family, career, and social life.
PhD, Claremont Graduate School, 1984; MA, Psychology, 1981; BA, Psychology, Claremont Men’s College, 1979
Mark Runco teaches INL 437, Practicum in Creative Thinking. In addition to teaching this summer course, he is a Distinguished Research Fellow of the American Institute of Behavioral Research and Technology, as well as Editor of the Creativity Research Journal. He consults with Lego, PBS, Lumos Labs (of Lumosity), Tinkr, Destination Imagination, and the Discovery Museum.
Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University, 2020; Masters in Dispute Resolution, 2021 and Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law-Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2020; Masters in Public Policy, Pepperdine University, 2006; BA in History, China and U.S. Politics, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 2000.
Rebecca has spent her career working with start-ups, nonprofits, small and medium-sized businesses and transitioning organizations through change. She specializes in leadership, strategy planning, innovation, mediation, dispute resolution, ombudsmen work, human capital training, organizational development, and operational refinement through the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Program. Rebecca enjoys supporting the next generations by supporting students to find their gifts and talents, and transforming communities through the mentoring of youth and as the Chair of the Rogue Valley Mentoring Board. Rebecca is the Coordinator for the Certificate in Human Resources Management (CHRM). As part of the INL program, Rebecca teaches the Organizational Leadership course.
PhD, Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2010; MA, Communication, Pepperdine University, 2005; BA, Studio Art, Humboldt State University, 2003
Dr. Precious Yamaguchi teaches intercultural and international communication at SOU. Her academic research is interdisciplinary, focusing broadly on issues of culture, identity, generation, technology, social media, and international textile markets. Her single-authored book, The Journeys, and Strength of Japanese American Women: Stories and Life Experiences During and After World War II, was published by Lexington Books in 2015. She has received the Distinguished Faculty Award, a Raider Academy Award, and the Queer Resource Center’s Erika Giesen Outstanding Faculty Award during her time at Southern Oregon University, and also a Top Paper Award from the National Communication Association. When Dr. Yamaguchi is off-campus, she enjoys traveling, painting, hiking, and spending time with family and friends from all over the world. As part of the INL program, Precious teaches the Intercultural Communication course.