In the Business & Management Department, you will find our professors to be thoroughly competent business professionals who are committed to equipping 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.

Full-Time Faculty

Julius Agbor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics & Finance; Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa; M. Com (Cum Laude) in Economics from the University of Western Cape, Cape Town; Certificate of Attendance from the University of Cambridge (UK). Previous positions include: Consultant for The World Bank Group and for the U.S. State Departments’ Foreign Service Institute; Research Fellow for the Brookings Institution (Washington DC) and for the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. Prof. Agbor has published in high profile journals and contributed a number of book chapters on international political economy and development issues. His research has also featured in The New York Times.

Professor Agbor Teaches:

  • BUSN 215- Principles of Econ- Macro
  • BUSN 216- Principles of Econ- Micro
  • FINC 335- Corporate Finance

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 114- Intro to Business
  • MRKT 360- Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 369- Consumer Behavior
  • 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 (Capstone)
  • MRKT 360 Principles of Marketing

Ed Westbrook, JD
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 316- Legal Aspects of the Business Process
  • BUSN 317- Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
  • BUSN 470-01- Negations and Conflict
  • BUSN 470-02- Business Literature Review
  • MRKT 470- Actions Sports Marketing

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 330- Non-Profit Management
  • MNGT 325- Management Theory & Practice
  • MNGT 342- Human Resource Management
  • MNGT 346- Organizational Behavior
  • MNGT 470-01- Creativity & Innovation

Part Time Faculty

Tracy Riggs, CPA
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
  • ACCT 428- Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT 490- VITA

Adjunct Faculty

Jeffrey Bird, BA
Jeffrey Bird earned his BA in Accounting from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is currently working on his MBA from USC. Jeff’s previous positions include the following: Associate Pastor at Zoe Christian Fellowship; VP Financial Officer at ICFG which included overseeing a $1.8 billion in assets. Professor Bird currently teaches: FINC 332- Money and Banking.

Ilene Bezjian, Ph.D.
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. Professor Bezjian currently teaches FINC 440- Entrepreneurship, BUSN 344- Business Communication and MRKT 362- Advertising and Promotion.

James Bezjian, Ph.D.
James Bezjian earned his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2016. James also worked as an Associate for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, including an Associate Strategist at Outside Eyes Crisis Management & Branding corporation. Professor Bezjian teaches: BUSN 216- Micro Econ and MRKT 360- Principles of Marketing at Vanguard University for over 2 semesters.

Kirk Davey, MA / CPA
Kirk Davey 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. Professor Davey currently teaches ACCT 324/325- Intermediate Accounting

Lee Farris, MA
Lee Farris has been an Adjunct Professor teaching Federal & Corporate taxation classes for Vanguard University’s Business Department for 10 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. Professor Farris teaches ACCT 440- Individual Federal Taxation and ACCT 442- Corporate Federal Taxation.

Arthur Gray, JD
Arthur Gray received his Doctor of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University of the Ministry. He also received his Law Degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, including his BA in Economics from Loyola Marymount University. Art has an extensive background with a variety of  professional opportunities, which include: the Supervisor of Churches with the Foursquare Church, Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Office for over 7 years, and currently handles appearances for attorneys in various areas of legal practices. Professor Gray currently teaches BUSN 114- Intro to Business, BUSN 216- Micro Economics and other VU religions courses.

Bjorn Jonsson, MA
Bjorn Jonsson holds his Master’s from Pepperdine University and BA in Business Administration from VUSC. Bjorn professional experience has a wide range of various development, manufacturing and distributing ventures. Bjorn is currently the Director of International Sales at IE Distribution in Costa Mesa. Professor Jonsson currently co- teaches MRKT 470- Actions Sports Marketing with Professor Ed Westbrook.

Paul Jungkeit, MA
Paul Jungkeit received his Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton, achieved his professional CPA license and his BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting as well. Paul has been an instructor for over 10 years. He is also heavily involved in his church at Community Bible Church and is a Part-Time Accountant there as well. Professor Jungkeit currently teaches ACCT 225- Principles of Financial Accounting.

Benjamin Mayberry, MA
Ben Mayberry achieved his Master’s of Business Administration and Real Estate Development from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Ben currently holds a position at the Irvine Company as the Director for Asset Management and responsibilities included portfolio and asset level strategy and operational oversight. Professor Mayberry currently teaches FINC 340- Real Estate. 

Hal McNaughton, Broker’s License
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. Professor McNaughton currently teaches FINC 405- Investments.

Jean Morgan, MA
Jean Morgan holds his Master’s in Bible and Theology from Continental Theological Seminary and his BA in Religion and Psychology from VUSC. His professional experience includes Founder and Director of Hellenic Theological School in Athens, Greece, a Missionary-in-Residence at Vanguard university and is currently a Certified Dale Carnegie Senior Trainer. Professor Morgan currently teaches MRKT 366- Sales & Sales Management.

Eric Rodriguez, MBA, Ed.D.
Eric Rodriguez holds a doctoral degree from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Azusa Pacific University. Eric also has an extensive background in higher education. His professional experience includes: Executive Director of Education at International Education Corporation and the current Program Coordinator for Organizational Psychology in the Graduate Department at VUSC. Professor Rodriguez currently teaches MRKT 464- Strategic Marketing and MRKT 365- Marketing Research in the Business & Management Dept.

Sarah Scott, BA
Sarah holds her BA in Bible & Theology from Life Pacific College. Sarah has worked in higher ed for over 6 years, including UCLA and Life Pacific College. Professor Scott currently teaches BUSN 450- Business Internship Course.

Jessica Woolworth, MA
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.  Professor Woolworth currently teaches FINC 320- Personal Finance.

Ty Woolworth, MA
Ty Woolworth received his Master’s in Business Administration from UCI and is currently attending classes for his Master’s in Theology from Talbot Graduate School of Theology. Ty’s professional experience is a wide range from a Director of Corporate Development at American Red Cross to a Marketing Manager at Interactive Travel Solutions. Professor Woolworth currently teaches BUSN 125- Computer Applications.

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What the Students Say About Faculty:

“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.”