Faculty & Staff

College of Health Science

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David Pearson, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology
Dean, College of Health Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4298
E-mail: dpearson@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus A6b

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies University of California, Riverside 2003
M.S.A. Sport Management West Chester University 1997
B.S. Health and Physical Education West Chester University 1992

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Charles Sands, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Health Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4213
E-mail: csands@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room C215

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Public Health University of Alabama at Birmingham 2004
M.A. Education University of Alabama at Birmingham 1995
B.S. Education Samford University 1993

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Janet Bonome, DrPH

Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Associate Professor
Office Phone: (951) 343-2176
E-mail: jbonome@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DrPH Health Education Loma Linda University 2015
MPH Health Education Loma Linda University 2007
BS Biology University of California Riverside 2003

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Nicole MacDonald, Dr.PH

Professor of Athletic Training
Department Chair, Allied Health Professions
Program Director, Athletic Training
Office Phone: (951) 343-4379
E-mail: nmacdonald@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: College of Health Science Campus Office F83

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Dr.PH Preventive Care Loma Linda University 2007
MPH Health Promotion and Education Loma Linda University 1995
B.A. Physical Education/Athletic Training; Certificate: Computer Programming Point Loma Nazarene University 1990

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Bryan Ness, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Phone: 951-552-8343
E-mail: bness@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus F76

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication Disorders and Sciences University of Oregon 2009
M.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology University of Nevada, Reno 2002
B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology University of Nevada, Reno 2000

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Heather Ontiveros, PA-C, DHSc, ATC

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Chair of Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies
Office Phone: (951) 552-8504
E-mail: hontiveros@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus G112

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PA-C Physician Assistant University of California, Davis 2008
DHSc Doctor of Health Science A.T. Still University 2018
MA Kinesiology, Emphasis in Biomechanics and Athletic Training San Diego State University 2004
BS Exercise Science University of California, Davis 1999

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Sean Sullivan, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology
Department Chair of Kinesiology
Program Director, MS in Kinesiology
Office Phone: (951) 343-4528
E-mail: ssullivan@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus, F94

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Physical Education & Sport Management University of New Mexico 2004
M.A. Kinesiology San Diego State University 2001
B.S. Kinesiology San Diego State University 1998

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Jordan Adams, D.P.T.

Assistant Professor
Clinical Coordinator, Physical Therapy Assistant Program
Office Phone: (951) 552-8459
E-mail: jadams@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.P.T. Physical Therapy Midwestern University 2013

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Akua Amankwaah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office Phone: 951-552-8458
E-mail: aamankwaah@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Sciences Campus, H 143

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Nutrition Science Purdue University, W Lafayette, IN 2017
M.S. Nutrition Science Bowling Green University, Ohio 2010
B.S. Nutrition and Food Sciences University of Ghana, Legon, Accra 2002

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Brian Bearie, MD, F.A.C.E.P.

Clinical Associate Professor
Medical Director, Physician Assistant Studies
Office Phone: (951) 552-8515
E-mail: bbearie@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MD, F.A.C.E.P. Emergency Medicine University of California, Irvine 2002
M.D. Medicine University of Pennsylvania 1999
B.S. Biology University of California, Irvine 1995

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Kristin Beinschroth, MPH

Visiting Professor of Radiologic Sciences
Didactic Instructor, Radiologic Sciences
Office Phone: (951)552-8369
E-mail: kbeinsch@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: D54, Health Sciences

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MPH Health Education and Promotion California Baptist University 2020
BSRS Radiologic Sciences California State University, Northridge 2011
AA Liberal Arts Victor Valley College 2008
AS Science and Math Victor Valley College 2008
AA Business Victor Valley College 2008

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Danette Bonillo, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Director of Clinical Education for Speech Language Pathology
Office Phone: (951) 552-8942
E-mail: dbonillo@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: F78

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership Concordia University Irvine 2017
M.A. Speech Language Pathology California State University, Long Beach 1990
B.A. Communicative Disorders California State University, Long Beach 1987

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William Boyer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Office Phone: (951) 552-8152
E-mail: wboyer@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus. F88

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Kinesiology (Physical Activity Epidemiology Specialization) University of Tennessee 2017
M.S.H. Exercise Science and Chronic Disease University of North Florida 2014
B.S.H. Exercise Physiology University of North Florida 2012

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Tracy Calpin Taylor, M.A.

Assistant Professor
Clinical Coordinator, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Phone: (951) 552-8043
E-mail: ttaylor@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus - F74

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Speech Language Pathology Kent State University 1982
B.S. Speech Language Pathology Kent State University August, 1982

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Crystal Chavez, M.S.

Visiting Professor
Director, Physical Activity Programs
Office Phone: (951) 552-8710
E-mail: cchavez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus Inside Physical Activity Center (PAC) G123

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.S. Kinesiology / Pedagogy California Baptist University 2008
B.S. Kinesiology / Physical Education California Baptist University 2005

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Karlyssa Chung, MSPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Studies
Office Phone: 9515528344
E-mail: kachung@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MSPAS, PA-C Master of Physician Assistant Studies Western University of Health Sciences 2012
B.A. Bachelor of Art in Human Development University of California, San Diego 2007

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Mark A. Deharo, D.H.S.c.

Assistant Professor
Director, Radiologic Sciences Program
Office Phone: 951-552-8346
E-mail: mdeharo@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus D52

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.H.S.c. Health Science/Organizational Leadership A.T. Still University 2019
M.H.A. Health Care Aministration University of Phoenix 2008
B.S. Radiologic Sciences/Administration Loma Linda University 2000
A.S. Radiologic Sciences Loma Linda University 1996

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Jolene Dickert, Ed.D.

Professor of Athletic Training
Clinical Coordinator for Athletic Training
Office Phone: (951) 343-4508
E-mail: jdickert@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus, F82

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Educational Administration and Leadership in Higher Education University of the Pacific 2012
M.A. Athletic Training and Biomechanics San Diego State University 2002
B.A. Sports Medicine Whitworth College 1997

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Jan Edmisten, D.Sc.

Professor
Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Office Phone: (951) 343-4539
E-mail: jedmisten@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus, F87

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.Sc. Research/Teaching Loma Linda University 1997
M.P.T. Physical Therapy Loma Linda University 1995
B.S. Wellness/Fitness and Physical Education Middle Tennessee State University 1992

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Lindsay Fahnestock, Dr.P.H.

Associate Professor
Office Phone: 951-552-8535
E-mail: lfahnestock@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: H133

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Dr.P.H. Nutrition Loma Linda University 2017
M.P.H. Environmental Health Loma Linda University 2012
B.S. Biology California Baptist University 2009

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Lisa Friesen, M.S.

Assistant Professor
E-mail: lfriesen@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 478

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.S. Exercise Physiology James Madison University 2010
B.A. Sport Science The University of the Pacific 2004

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Trevor Gillum, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology
Program Director of Exercise Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4950
E-mail: tgillum@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Sciences Campus, F89

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Exercise Physiology University of New Mexico 2010
M.S. Health, and Human Performance University of Montana 2006
B.S. Health and Exercise Science University of Oklahoma 2004

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Lauri Hauck, M.S.

Visiting Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Office Phone: (951) 552-8823
E-mail: lhauck@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: College of Health Science, F92

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.S. Kinesiology/Physical Education California Baptist University 2004
B.A. Liberal Studies/Kinesiology California Baptist University 2004

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Mercy Homer

Assistant Professor
Office Phone: (951) 552-8299
E-mail: mhomer@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus F85

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Morris Hunter, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor
Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Sciences
Office Phone: 951-552-8128
E-mail: mhunter@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Building D., Room D53

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.Ed. Education California State University, San Bernardino, CA 1999
B.V.E. Vocational Education California State University, San Bernardino, CA 1984
A.S. Radiologic Technology Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA 1973

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Namhee Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
NSSLHA CBU Chapter Advisor
Office Phone: (951) 552-8725
E-mail: nkim@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus F75

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Texas at Austin 2010
M.A. Russian Linguistics Yonsei University 2001
B.A. Russian Language and Literature Yonsei University 1998

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Sangmin Kim, Ed.D., MCHES

Professor of Public Health Sciences
Professor
Office Phone: 951-552-8536
E-mail: sakim@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H142

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction /Community Health University of Northern Iowa 2004
M.A. Community Health University of Northern Iowa 2001

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Jong-Kyung Kim, Ph.D.

Professor
E-mail: jokim@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Cardiovascular Physiology Wayne State School of Medicine 2004
M.A. Physiology Ball State University 1999
M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology Ball State University 1998

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Robert LaChausse, Ph.D.

Professor
Office Phone: (951) 552-8484
E-mail: rlachausse@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H144

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology Claremont Graduate University 2007
M.A. Health and Behavioral Science California State University, San Bernardino 1998
B.A. Psychology California State University, San Bernardino 1994

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Sydney Leisz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Office Phone: 951-552-8528
E-mail: sleisz@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: F90

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Sport and Exercise Science Abertay University 2021
M.S. Kinesiology- Sport Performance Point Loma Nazarene University 2017
B.A. Kinesiology- Fitness Professional Point Loma Nazarene University 2016

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Catherine Letherer, MS, MBA, PA-C

Associate Professor
Academic Director of PA Education
Physician Assistant Studies
Office Phone: (951) 552-8298
E-mail: cletherer@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Sciences Building, G118

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MS, MBA, PA-C Health Care Administration Western Governors University 2013
MS Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Quinnipiac University 1996
BA Sociology University of California, San Diego 1992

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Amy Miller, Dr.P.H.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Office Phone: (951) 552-8843
E-mail: amiller@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus, F93

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Dr.P.H. Health Promotion and Education Loma Linda University 2016
M.S. Kinesiology (Fitness and Health Promotion) CSU Fullerton 2006
B.S. Kinesiology (Exercise Science) California Baptist University 2004

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Monica O'Rourke, Ph.D

Professor of Kinesiology
College of Health Science
Co-Director Ph.D. Leadership Studies Program (Interim), Ph.D. Leadership Institute Research Fellow
Office Phone: (951) 343-4267
E-mail: morourke@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: College of Health Science

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D Health and Human Performance Middle Tennessee State University
M.S. Education California Baptist University
T.L. Teaching Licensure Tennessee Department of Education
T.C. Teaching Credential California State University, Fullerton
B.S. Kinesiology California State University, San Bernardino

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Ashley Parks, Dr.P.H.

Associate Professor of Public Health Science
Program Director, Master of Public Health
Office Phone: 951-552-8347
E-mail: aparks@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H136

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Dr.P.H. Doctor of Public Health University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 2016
MBA Executive Master of of Business Administration Quantic School of Business and Technology 2019
MTech Masters in Technology Management Georgetown 2018
M.P.H. Master of Public Health California State University Fresno 2008
B.S. Health Science - Community Health CSU Fresno 2006

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Marshare Penny, Dr.P.H.

Clinical Professor of Public Health
Office Phone: (951) 552-8385
E-mail: mpenny@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H144

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Dr.P.H. Public Health, Health Promotion and Education Loma Linda University 2014
M.P.H. Public Health, Epidemiology San Diego State University 2004
B.S. Health Science, Community Health Education San Diego State University 2002

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Michelle Ross

Visiting Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Office Phone: (951) 552-8837
E-mail: mross@calbaptist.edu

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Cindy Sendor, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Phone: (951) 343-4655
E-mail: csendor@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: HSC F79

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Communication Disorders California State University, Fullerton August 1986
B.A. Communications California State University, Fullerton December 1984

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Mary Sherman, PTA

Lecturer
PTA Program Faculty
Office Phone: (951) 343-4512
E-mail: msherman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: College of Health Sciences F-88

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PTA Physical Therapist Assistant San Diego Mesa College 1986
MBA Business Administration University of Phoenix 2015
BSHA Healthcare Administration University of Phoenix 2013

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Mary Stahovich , M.H.P., P.A.-C

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Director of PA Admissions & Didactic Coordinator, Physician Assistant Studies
Office Phone: 951-552-8281
E-mail: mstahovich@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: G114, Health Science Campus

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.H.P., P.A.-C Master of Health Professions Northeastern University 1999
B.S. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology University of California at San Diego 1992

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Candace Vickers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Clinical Supervisor for the Clinical Education Center on Health Science Campus
Founding program director for CBU's M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, guiding program to candidacy and accreditation site visit. Served as program director 2014-2021.
Office Phone: (951) 552-8129
E-mail: cvickers@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus, F77

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Education Claremont Graduate University 2008
M.S. Communicative Disorders Chapman University 1978
B.A. Communicative Disorders Chapman University 1975

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Melissa Wigginton, DrPH, CHES

Professor of Health Science
Office Phone: (951) 552-8537
E-mail: mwigginton@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H-138

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DrPH Health Education Loma Linda University 2011
M.S. Health and Fitness Promotion California State University Fullerton 2008
B.S. Clinical Exercise Science California State University San Bernardino 2006

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James Zapata, Fellow

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
E-mail: jazapata@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Fellow Emergency Medicine Fellowship Arrowhead Regional Medical Center December 2020
D.M.Sc. Advanced Professional Practice University of Lynchburg January 2022
M.S. Physician Assistant Western University of Health Sciences July 2019
B.S. Human Biology with Minor in Biblical Studies Biola University May 2015
A.A. Liberal Studies Saddleback College August 2012

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Shasha Zheng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nutrition
Founder for Master of Science in Human Molecular and Medical Nutrition; Co-Founder for Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science
Office Phone: (951) 552-8386
E-mail: szheng@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H137

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Human Molecular Nutrition / Epigenetics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2011
Postdoc Fellow Immunology / Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Yale University School of Medicine
M.A. Medical Nutrition Sciences / Epidemiology Boston University School of Medicine 2007

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Brittany Davies

Director of Academic Operations
Office Phone: (951) 552-8727
E-mail: bdavies@calbaptist.edu

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Jessica Folmer

Research Associate
E-mail: jfolmer@calbaptist.edu

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Jenny Gonzalez

Administrative Support Specialist-Didactic Education
Office Phone: (951) 552-8978
E-mail: jegonzalez@calbaptist.edu

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Stephanie Moreno

Department Secretary, Allied Health Professions
Office Phone: (951) 552-8531
E-mail: smoreno@calbaptist.edu

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Pauline Nguyen

Department Secretary, College of Health Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4717
E-mail: pnguyen@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: HSCC Building F91

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Daphne Paramo

Department Secretary, Physician Assistant Studies
Office Phone: 951-552-8515
E-mail: dparamo@calbaptist.edu

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Stephanie Principato

Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Office Phone: (951) 552-8593
E-mail: sprincipato@calbaptist.edu

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Diane Rasmusson

Administrative Support Specialist
E-mail: drasmusson@calbaptist.edu

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Madison Rojer

Administrative Support Specialist
Office Phone: (951) 552-8962
E-mail: mrojer@calbaptist.edu

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