Professors of Business should be well educated, and they must be “doers.” They should also be committed Christians who know the business world and what it takes to be successful. You’ll find our professors to be thoroughly competent business professionals who are committed to equipping Christian students with top-notch skills and preparing them with the ability to compete successfully. In addition, they are committed to developing leaders who will represent Christ in the business world through high ethical standards and a concern for social responsibility.

Trish Fisher, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of Business, School for Graduate and Professional Studies; M.B.A. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; M.S. Mathematics, University of Massachusetts; B.S. Mathematics, University of Massachusetts. Professor Fisher has held marketing management positions at The Procter & Gamble Company, has served as senior marketing/management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and has led strategic planning initiatives for non-profit organizations.

Professor Fisher Teaches:

  • BUOM 378 Research Methods
  • BUOM 471 Principles of Marketing
  • BUOM 485 Strategic Marketing Management
  • BUOM 456 Business Strategy
  • MATH 106 Business Math
  • MATH 105 Math Essentials
  • MATH 109 Math for Statistics

Bonni Stachowiak, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Business & Management; M.A. Organizational Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources, Chapman University; B.A. Social Sciences, Chapman University. Professor Stachowiak completed an Ed.D. Program in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University and has served in executive capacities in the franchising and technology industries.

Professor Stachowiak teaches:

  • BUSN 108 Intro to Oral Business Communication
  • BUSN 114 Intro To Business
  • MRKT 360 Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 366 Sales & Sales Management

Jim Walz, PhD. JimWalz11
Professor of Business and Management. Jim graduated from University of Hawaii and has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and comes to Vanguard with over 25 years of experience as a university professor both full-time and as an adjunct. His professional experience stems from a long love of entertainment and music. He oversaw a small entertainment empire that included television production, music recording and publishing, live concert performances, and tours.

Dr. Walz teaches:

  • BUSN 435 Business Ethics
  • BUSN 455 Business Policy & Strategy
  • MRKT 360 Principles of Marketing

Ed Westbrook
Professor of Business and Management. Ed has been associated with Vanguard University since 1985, beginning as an adjunct professor of business law and outside legal counsel while still in private law practice. Since joining VU in a full time capacity in 1994, Ed has filled a variety of administrative and faculty positions, serving on the business faculty (1994 to present); chairman of the division of business for over 10 years, prior to its restructuring as the School of Business and Management; assistant to the president (1994-1998, and 2008); interim vice president for student affairs (2006 & 2007); and legal counsel (1994 to present).Ed earned his bachelor of arts degree from Westmont College, a California state teacher’s credential from Vanguard, and his Juris doctoral degree from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983 and, shortly thereafter, was admitted to the northern, central, and southern districts of the United States district courts. He was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 2003.

Professor Westbrook teaches:

  • BUSN 106 Intro to Ethical Reasoning in Business
  • BUSN 120 Business Math
  • BUSN 316 Legal Aspects of the Business Process
  • BUSN 317 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business

James Woodrow, Ed.D.
Professor of Management; Ed.D. Vanderbilt University; M.S. University of Southern California; M.S. Peabody College; B.A. David Lipscomb College. During his career, Dr. Woodrow has lived and worked in London, England, consulted to more than a dozen organizations, and served in various management and teaching capacities.

Professor Woodrow teaches:

  • BUSN 293 Non-Profit Management
  • MNGT 325 Management Theory & Practice
  • MNGT 342 Human Resource Management
  • MNGT 346 Organizational Behavior
  • MRKT 369 Consumer Behavior

Part Time Faculty

Tracy Riggs
Tracy Riggs CPA; B.A. Accounting, Vanguard University. Professor Riggs has over 20 years of accounting and business experience, including: public accounting with KPMG, Controller for Reel Lumber Service, and she is currently a Consultant for a variety of companies.  Professor Riggs has returned to Vanguard after taking a 15 year break from teaching.

Professor Riggs teaches:

  • ACCT 225 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 321 Accounting & Finance for Decision Making
  • ACCT 427 Auditing

Adjunct Faculty

Ilene Bezjian
Ilene Smith-Bezjian, DBA, is a highly sought-after marketing and business consultant. With more than 30 years of experience as an international business relations expert, she has brokered successful negotiations with countries such as China, England, Germany, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. Recognized as an outstanding business leader by the American Marketing Association, Smith-Bezjian has worked with the aerospace, education, and entertainment industries. Her research areas include consumer behavior, integrating service-learning into business curricula, and transformational scholarship. Dr. Bezjian’s education includes: DBA, Management from the United States International University,  MBA (Emphasis in Marketing) from Azusa Pacific University
and B.S., Marketing, from California State University, Los Angeles.

Kirk Davey
Kirk is a partner in the CPA firm of Loftus & Davey, CPAs. He specializes in small business accounting and taxes. He has worked for CPA firms since 1980 and has been with Loftus & Davey since 1987. Kirk has been a CPA since 1983. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Taxation (MT) from Golden Gate University and dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration – Accounting & Finance (BS) from California State University Long Beach.

Lee Farris
Lee has been an Adjunct Professor teaching Federal & Corporate taxation classes for Vanguard University’s Business Department for10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Marketing from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. Lee is a CPA and has over 25 years of tax and accounting experience in both the corporate sector and public accounting, including over seven years with one of the Four Big accounting firms. He currently is president of his own public accounting firm in Orange County.

Hal McNaughton
Hal McNaughton is the owner of Legacy Financial Services. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He is a Certified Financial Planner and helps individuals with their investment and retirement needs. Hal’s credentials include the Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses and a California Real Estate Broker’s license. Hal graduated with degrees in Business and Psychology from Vanguard University.

Daniel Park
Daniel Park, Ph.D, is qualified to teach a variety of finance courses. Park’s areas of expertise include corporate finance, financial institutions, and investments. He has written articles for such publications as Journal of Corporate Finance, Advances in Financial Education, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and Journal of Religion, Spirituality, & Aging. His eduction includes: Ph.D., Finance, University of Oklahoma (2002), MBA, University of Oklahoma (1996), B.A., Pusan National University (1992)

Jessica Woolworth
Jessica Woolworth is a CPA at Ronald Blue & Company, a national financial planning firm.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Vanguard University, and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.  Her responsibilities at Ronald Blue & Co. include oversight of the internal continuing education program for all professional taxation staff, and advising individual and corporate clients on complex multi-state taxation issues.  She is currently involved at Mariner’s Church Mission Viejo, and on the weekends can be found pursing her passions of photography, reading, and drinking coffee.

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“Each business professor contributed to my success in meaningful ways! Faculty were more than my teachers- they were great mentors who spoke into my life daily!”

“In the School of Business, the professors taught with such a passion for business and education that it made me actually want to learn the material! More than that, they taught me how to integrate my faith and love for business simultaneously, too.”

My experience with the business department at Vanguard University stretches far beyond the classroom with each and every professor supporting students through advice, time, and sharing real world experience.”

“Not only did I learn business skills from some of the most elite professionals I have ever met, but I have also gained life skills that will impact my life forever.”

“My professor were constantly engaged with their students and interacted- not only throughout class, but even after to help us develop life-long skills that I, personally, will cherish forever.”

The Business Department at Vanguard University is unique in the aspect that they focus on developing the student as a complete individual ready to conquer the business world in areas relating to ethics, accountability, and knowledge in the student’s particular field aspirations.”