Category: Instructor Profiles

Rick and Trent Bryson Photo.jpgPHOTO (L-R): Rick and Trent Bryson of Bryson Finanical

As a successful Long Beach businessman, Trent Bryson is an ideal instructor for CCPE’s Human Resources Management Certificate Program. In addition to being CEO of Bryson Financial Group, a leading employee benefits consulting firm, Trent is also a Certified Financial Planner. So he has plenty of experience to draw upon in the classroom, where he instructs students on the intricacies of a range of HR management duties, from hiring new staff and handling employee benefits, to helping top executives with strategic planning.

Voice-019.JPG​PHOTO: Professor Andrea Caban demonstrates her unique techniques to help actors in Barcelona utilize Spanish, Catalan, and other accents


When students speak, Professor Andrea Caban listens. And what she hears is the sound of their story: who they are, where they’re from, and what makes them unique.

As the head of voice and speech in CSULB’s Department of Theatre Arts, Caban guides her students in developing their skills while preserving their individuality.


“Impossible” isn’t a word that seems to exist in Margaret Muhr’s vocabulary.

For example, in just five years, she rose from an administrative coordinator in the planning and development department for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, to serving as its director of emergency services. At the same time, while working full-time, Muhr completed her undergraduate degree, then enrolled in the 18-month Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security—becoming its first and only Native American graduate. As if that weren’t enough, she did all of this as a mother of four children.

Director Ken Santarelli

In late October, Dr. Ken Santarelli, Director of CSULB’s Antelope Valley Engineering Program, was recognized by the Lancaster-based humanitarian group Agents of Change for his leadership and commitment to promoting mechanical and electrical engineering in the Antelope Valley.


Ghostwriting certificate program with Claudia Suzanne.

Claudia Suzanne went from living a life loud and on stage to one of a ghost. Sidelined by a medical condition, the former professional drummer found a new career quietly authoring books and screenplays. Today, she is a highly respected, sought-after ghostwriter and instructor of CCPE’s Ghostwriting Professional Designation program. Claudia works with celebrities and well-known personalities crafting their memoirs, novels, and scripts, and teaching others to do the same.

EMER program director Steve Jensen (front) tackles a training fire at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport

Dr. Steve Jensen, director of the Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (EMER) program at CSULB, has spent many years working in the field of emergency and disaster relief. A former firefighter, Steve worked in refugee camps in Southeast Asia for the United Nations, and later moved to New Zealand to develop programs that guide emergency management and disaster work. He is now focusing on the academic side of his career, passing what he’s learned on to the next generation.