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Meet the leadership and faculty of CSUMB’s Online MBA program.


Dr. Marylou Shockley
Interim Dean, CSUMB College of Business

Author of several books, Dr. Marylou Shockley brings her passion for leadership, international business, and organizational behavior to the classroom. Her work in the fields of diversity and social application of network technologies is well-known and is based on her significant business experience with AT&T and Pacific Bell.

She earned her doctorate in business from Oxford University in England.

Susan Szasz Harker
MBA Program Director

As program director of the Responsible Business MBA program, Susan (Szasz) Harker is proud to be part of the development of responsible leaders that will help build the sustainable and ethical businesses of the future.

Susan has a broad business background, having worked in finance, operations, and human resources in the banking, telecomm, and high tech industries. She found her passion in human resources and led that function for global businesses at Hewlett-Packard before transitioning to academia to invest in the development of a diverse set of future leaders at CSUMB. She has taught Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Service Learning, and Macroeconomics at CSUMB and Managing for Organizational Effectiveness at the Naval Postgraduate School MBA.

She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, a B.A. in Economics and French from Duke University, and is working on her Ph.D. in Management at UNC Greensboro where she is focusing on issues of social and economic equity as well as the gig economy.

Dr. Jenny Lin
MBA Program Academic Director

Dr. Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin is an associate professor of marketing at California State University Monterey Bay. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from Iowa State University in 2014, and her MBA and M.S. in Biomedical Sciences, also from Iowa State University, prior to that. She holds a B.S. in Veterinary Medicine from Taiwan, where she is originally from.

Dr. Lin currently teaches Integrated Marketing Communications and Global Marketing in the B.S. of Business Administration program. She has also taught Fundamentals of Marketing, Marketing Research and Consumer Behavior in the past. Dr. Lin’s research focuses on studying individual differences in sensory (olfaction, haptic, visual) perceptions and its impact on consumer decision making and consumer well-being outcomes using a combination of surveys, behavioral experiments, neuroscience methods and in-depth interviews. Her other research interests involve understanding children’s cognitive and emotional processing of online advertising and the influence of social media with the focus of empowering parents (mothers in particular) through understanding their use of social media.

Dr. Rachael Kehoe
MBA Program Associate Director

Dr. Rachael Kehoe has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Doctor of Management from the University of Phoenix. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and home health marketing, sales, strategic planning, contract negotiations, and business development. She has won numerous awards and accolades during her career and recently retired from her role as sales director at Payor Solutions.


Dr. Mohamed Abouzahra

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohamed Abouzahra has 17 years of professional experience in information technology, leading teams and applying evidence-based management. He has provided consulting services for C-suite executives for the past eight years in healthcare, business, social media, and security.

Dr. Abouzahra received an M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Alexandria University, an M.Sc in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from McMaster University.

Dr. Gustavo Del Rivero


Dr. Gustavo Del Rivero is an international business executive and lecturer. He has managed people and projects in every continent; has been CEO of three companies in the U.S. and Mexico; is a consultant to financial analysts on Wall Street on the automotive wheel industry. He owns and operates Global Commercial Trading, LLC in Long Beach, California.

He has over 30 years of international business and management experience. He is currently working on projects in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Russia, and Vietnam. In non-COVID times, he frequently holds student sessions from these countries or airports around the world. He holds a BSME, MBA, and DBA. Courses he has taught include BUS 682 and BUS 684.

Dr. Dante Di Gregorio


Dr. Dante Di Gregorio is a professor of strategy and international business at CSUMB. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, an MBA and an M.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a B.A. from Trinity University.

Dr. Justin Goldston

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Justin Goldston is an adjunct professor at CSUMB where his research is focused on blending the practices of supply chain management, emerging technologies, and sustainability to create positive global change. Outside of the institution, Goldston serves on the board of many industry associations including the International Supply Chain Education Alliance’s (ISCEA’s) International Standards Board (IISB), the Association of Supply Chain Management’s (ASCM’s) Research, Innovation & Strategy Committee (RISC), and the VCare Academy Education and Research Practitioner Board (ERPB).

Dr. Babita Gupta

Professor and Director of AACSB Accreditation

Dr. Babita Gupta is a professor of information systems and director of AACSB Accreditation at the College of Business at CSUMB. She is one of the founding faculty of the College of Business and served as the interim chair of the school. Dr. Gupta also serves on the board of Otter Student Union at CSUMB.

She has developed many courses in business intelligence and analytics, information technology innovation strategies, database management, and information systems for decision-making. She has also been invited as a guest faculty to develop and teach information system (IS) courses in universities in Europe and India. She has been published extensively in the areas of online security and privacy, business intelligence strategies, technology adoption, and the role of culture in IT in top IS journals.

Dr. Jill Hosmer-Jolley


Dr. Jill Hosmer-Jolley is a lecturer in the CSUMB College of Business. In 2021, she received her doctorate from Northcentral University in Business Administration-Management. Dr. Hosmer-Jolley also holds an MBA from Simmons College in Boston.

Before teaching at CSUMB in 2008, Dr. Hosmer-Jolley held executive positions at Charles Schwab. She currently serves as a lecturer in Management, Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Ethics, and Service Learning. She also is an elected member of the academic assembly for the Committee on Equity and Inclusion.

Dr. Amado Mabul


Dr. Amado Mabul is a lecturer at the CSUMB College of Business. Dr. Mabul teaches Operations Management (BUS 309), Business Finance (BUS 307), International Business (Bus 493),and Business Analytics Fundamentals (BUS 299) at CSUMB. His background includes working for a Philippine trade promotion organization for 14 years, wherein he did business advising for export companies including developing and participating in export-related programs and activities initiated by the agency. He also managed a division within the same office, handling the North and South American markets, where he had the opportunity to network and consult with movers in industry associations to discuss and consult market entry strategies and going on overseas business missions for the above mentioned foreign markets. Prior to that stint, he also worked in operations for a motorcycle manufacturing company.

He received his doctorate in business administration (DBA) in 2018. His other educational background includes receiving his B.S. in Management and Industrial Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) and his MBA from the University of the City of Manila, both in the Philippines.

Dr. Karlee Posteher

Assistant Professor

Dr. Karlee Posteher is an assistant professor of management and business communication at CSUMB. Her expertise is in persuasive messaging and the ways in which strategic communication influences organizational members. Prior to teaching, she worked in Business and Finance Communications at Arizona State University (ASU), where she developed a passion for helping others become effective and professional communicators.

A former Division I student-athlete and international collegiate volleyball coach, Dr. Posteher’s passion for research is rooted in sport. At ASU, she was part of the Center for Strategic Communication and worked on a four-year grant project funded by the NCAA to examine student-athletes and their concussion reporting behaviors. Her most recent work has focused on collegiate athletic recruiting and student-athlete socialization.

She holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, an M.A. from Durham University Business School, England, and a B.A. from Loyola University of Maryland.

Dr. Joel Ryman


Joel A. Ryman joined the CSUMB faculty in August 2019 as an associate professor of management. He is the capstone director and teaches strategic management. Previously, he taught global business and strategic management at East Tennessee State University.

Joel received his B.A. in economics from Goshen College in 1982. In 1988, he graduated from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona, with a Master of International Management degree, focusing on international finance and the Japanese language. He was awarded his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Tennessee in 1999, where his primary area of study was strategic management.

Joel is conducting research in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship. Specifically, he wants to gain a better understanding of the innovation processes of small and medium-sized companies. While innovation management is currently his primary area of research interest, he is also exploring management issues related to strategic thinking and the influence of religion on the nature and scope of entrepreneurship. He is excited to have the opportunity to work with and study area entrepreneurs through his involvement with the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development.

Dr. James (Jamy) Schaap

Dr. James I. Schaap, or “Jamy” as he likes to be called, has over 25 years of international business management experience in the areas of leadership and strategic planning, accounting and finance, forecasting and budgeting, corporate training, operations, and marketing. He spent 16 of those years working for a market-leading foreign multinational firm. He is also a management consultant, specializing in strategic management, and has worked for the largest consulting firm in Northern Nevada. Additionally, Dr. Schaap is a former certified professional consultant to management (CPCM) and a former certified business counselor (CBC).

Dr. Schaap has more than 38 years of experience in adjunct university teaching, specializing in strategic management and policy, organizational leadership, International management, marketing management, business communications, and changing business environments. He was a co-founder, pioneer, and former board member at The Center for Logistics Management, College of Business, University of Nevada, Reno, where he taught for more than 24 years. He is also passionate about providing much-needed graduate education to professionals who cannot attend traditional, classroom educational programs.

Dr. Schaap is adept in business writing, public speaking, facilitating, and developing the five-step strategic planning process. He has written numerous business plans, a variety of training manuals, and many policies and procedures. He has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, specifically in the business field. Dr. Schaap is a former Marine Corps corporal and a Vietnam veteran and has published a book about his firsthand combat experiences in Vietnam titled, “Vietnam: My War – Five Decades Later.”

He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fielding Graduate University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, an M.A. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Sumadhur Shakya

Associate Professor

Dr. Sumadhur Shakya is an international agribusiness expert with a specialty in production, operations, supply chain management and international agribusiness. He has lived and worked on two continents and holds degrees in crop science, international agribusiness and supply chain agribusiness.

Dr. Shakya received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Crop Science from the leading national Punjab Agricultural University in India with a concentration in plant breeding and genetics. Subsequently, he worked in the high technology sector with Dell Corporation as a case manager, global business development. Subsequently, he traveled to the United States for his master’s degree in International Agribusiness at North Dakota State University in Fargo. He completed his Ph.D. in Transportation and Logistics, specializing in logistics and supply chain systems in agribusiness at North Dakota State University. His area of focus was stochastic spatial optimization of supply chains applied to the nitrogenous fertilizer industry in North America.

Karen Wisdom

Karen Wisdom is a lecturer at the CSUMB College of Business. She grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Tucson, Arizona for college. After receiving her B.A., she continued living in Arizona until 2000, when she moved to California to work at Stanford University. From there, she moved to the Monterey Bay area where she has been an advisor and lecturer at CSUMB since 2003.

Dr. Christina Zhang

Dr. Christina Zhang is an associate professor of finance in the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay. She graduated from Tulane University in May 2015 with a Ph.D. in Finance.

Her research interests include corporate finance, financial intermediation, and financial markets. In addition to pursuing her own research interests by presenting her work at various regional and international conferences, she served on the committee of several national conferences. As a committee member, she helped select quality papers into the conferences and organize various sessions.

Dr. Zhang is also an advanced tax preparer in the VITA program. She has volunteered at least three hours a week during the tax season to assist low-income taxpayers with tax return filings.

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Application Deadline
July 12th
Fall 2024 Term
Next Start
August 19th
Fall 2024 Term