About Us

Meet the Team

Jennifer Hirashiki

Head of LITE and Assessment Coordinator

Jennifer has served in various capacities that include teaching, teacher training, academic management, and program chair positions. Her duties in those positions have included hiring, training, and supporting faculty, developing on-ground and online curriculum, and teaching, participation in program review and accreditation efforts, and overseeing learning outcomes assessment initiatives. Currently, she serves as the Graduate Program Chair in the College of Education, as well as Assessment Coordinator. She has presented at various conferences on topics relating to discussion board engagement, faculty on-boarding, and teaching with technology. Her professional interests include curriculum development, educational technology, teacher and faculty development, and student learning outcomes assessment. She is currently enrolled in the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy.

Evelin Suij-Ojeda

TESOL Faculty Member and PD Coordinator

Evelin is a Ph.D in Education student at Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana . She holds a Master’s degree of Arts in Teaching English and another MA of Education in Spanish Reading and Writing. She has been working as Spanish/English teacher, teacher trainer and ELT consultant for the last 17 years not only in Valencia, Venezuela but also abroad, specifically in England and The Netherlands. From 2003 to 2014, she was a university professor, academic director and teacher trainer at Universidad de Carabobo, Faculty of Education in Venezuela, coordinating different subjects and modules dealing with language teaching and learning. She has been an active member of VenTESOL since 1999 starting as a regional representative and organizing several successful events ever since. She was VenTESOL president 2013-2015. Currently, she holds the past-presidency, acting as an advisor for this teachers’ organization. She is also an active member of TESOL International Association. Besides, she is a TESOL faculty member at Westcliff University. Her interests include blended learning, written corrective feedback, creative writing and reading.

Miguel Perez Ramos

Academic Assistant and Website Administrator

Miguel Perez is an experienced, both online and classroom setting, K-12 and adult teacher who holds a B.A. in Education, English Major from University of Carabobo. He has been teaching English as a Foreign Language to students all ages and levels for over 10 years now. Miguel is also a teacherpreneur; he founded and heads MFL Academy in San Felipe, Venezuela. He is a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2017 alumni where he further developed his skills as an entrepreneur. He has also been an active member of VenTESOL since 2010, serving as a State Representative, Communications Coordinator and Third Vice-President. He has been a speaker and organizer in regional, national and international conventions for TESOL teachers. His main areas of interest are continuous professional development, learning technologies in ELT, virtual learning environments and web design.

Jennifer Phan Nguyen

Graphic Designer and Administrative Coordinator

Jennifer Phan Nguyen is the Graphic Designer and Administrative Coordinator at Westcliff University. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. Her hobbies are painting, snowboarding, paddle boarding and yoga. She plays a multi-functional role often gearing in different tasks throughout the day as she supervises and assists several departments. Her technical expertise is well-blended with human resources management skills which arcs a leadership role for her in motivating different departments across the board. Being a complete team player, she brings enormous value to the table every single day!

Christa Bixby

Writing CenterSpecialist

Christa Bixby is an Adjunct Professor of TESOL. She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University’s Master of TESOL program with a background in elementary education. Prior to her post working as an English Language Fellow with the US Department of State, she was teaching in South Africa, Vietnam and Los Angeles promoting language enrichment and collaborative classrooms. She has extensive experience in training and managing teachers, developing curriculum and syllabi, organizing and chairing TESOL conferences, directing writing centers, and creating standardized test materials. Her interests consist of discovering creative avenues to peak student interest and engagement in the classroom, facilitating teacher training and collaboration on both small and wide scales, and perpetually attempting to create classroom environments that resemble a community and foster empowered learners.

Instructional Design Committee

Dr. Sayegh

Dean, College of Business

Dr. Sayegh holds a Doctor of Business Administration & Information Systems degree, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Business Management degree, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, an Associate of Science in Engineering degree, and an Associate of Science in Electronics Technology & Computers degree. He has conducted postgraduate research in speech recognition for improving medical productivity among physicians, and has co-authored 2 published papers in the areas of Information Systems & Applications in the Medical Field, and Mobile Work and Wireless Companies. Dr. Sayegh has served as an adjunct faculty member, Assistant Professor, Professor, Professor of Practice, Program Chair, Associate Dean, and Dean, teaching courses in Computer Science and Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Technology & Business, Mathematics, Business, Critical Thinking & Planning, and Management & Leadership. He has extensive experience in designing business and information systems curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Jackie Dubay

Senior Student Services Advisor

Jackie Dubay is a Senior Student Services Advisor at Westcliff University working closely with the faculty and students of the EDU and DBA programs. Jackie comes from a background of ten years in education. She worked nine years in secondary education as a Spanish teacher including 4 years with Virtual Learning Academy Charter School based out of Exeter, NH. She worked a year in Student Services at Southern New Hampshire University before moving to California and joining Westcliff University. Jackie uses her experiences in online teaching, curriculum development, and educational technologies to advise and collaborate with the Technology Department on continually improving Westcliff’s technology platforms for both faculty and students. Her interests include advising students, mentoring and training faculty and staff, consulting on the design of technology platforms to ensure their user-friendliness and visual appeal, and continually learning and developing herself in the field of instructional design.

David Dinh

IT Assistant

David Dinh is an IT Assistant/Technical Support Help-Desk in the Technology Department at Westcliff University. He spent his undergrad studying Biology at the University of California, Irvine. After realizing biology wasn’t for him, he decided to pursue a career in the technology industry. He has worked at companies such as Panasonic and Samsung. His hobbies are playing music, watching anime, and building Gundam models.