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Successful senior leadership professional with proven academic experience in curriculum development, design, management, marketing, and operations at the executive level.
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El Salvador
English, Spanish, Italian
United States Of America
The University of Phoenix
Masters In Business Administration
Accountability, Assertiveness, Attention to Detail, Awareness, Capability, Character, Creativity, Timeliness
Church/church activities, Do it yourself, Home Repair, Travel, Volunteer

I grew up in a Latin American country where civil war was not only the daily dosage, but it was something that was quite defining. Nonetheless, I rose from very humble beginning to currently being a candidate for a Doctorate Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Leadership and Learning in Higher Education. Needless to say, one's story is not about how we start, but about how we finish! I continue to learn about myself and hold myself to a very high standard, as one never knows what life may bring tomorrow!

Project Management
> 10 Years of experience
> 10 Years of experience


Expert in working with first year non-traditional students and adult learners at the undergraduate levels in distance education, while increasing enrollment, and improving and maintaining high retention rates in less than two years.

Ample accreditation experience in standards and guidelines with regional and nationally accredited organizations (DEAC, ACICS), with vast expertise in the development of accreditation standard reports and SER.

Responsible in all levels of bi-annual academic assessment process and development of key progress indicators, while aligning the institutional effectiveness planning process and strategic plan for annual compliance.

Oversee and approve the college’s curricular content, design, and instruction, ensuring all programs meet state, national, and accreditation standards.

Repeatedly recognized by Board of Directors, institutional administration, program directors, and leadership for maintaining high academic standards, that adhere to a consistent academic rigor, always adhering to compliance standards and institutional vision.

Resourceful leader known for developing strong and dynamic cultures, with collaborative teams by adopting emotional intelligence models, strategic thinking, and an innovative approach.


BRIGHTON COLLEGE- Scottsdale, Arizona

A Distance Learning/Online Institution

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Scottsdale, Arizona and Remote

January 1,2018 to Present


Operating with shared duties from the President/CEO, Executive Committee, and members of administration. Responsible for the overall everyday administration, coordination, and development of instructional policies, programs, personnel and virtual classroom facilities (40+ local and virtual staff and faculty).


Creating and sustaining an environment of academic and professional excellence for students and faculty and a collaborative working environment with academic team members, which supports every level of the study lifecycle in a virtual environment, and the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.


Responsible for the financial performance of the Academic Department, while sustaining the college’s vision, development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees, sound economic principles, and an environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.

Continued collaboration in sharing program knowledge, best practices and retention strategies to service the non-traditional student population, strategies that grew the student population from 320 to 540 in a year. Representing a 65% growth in student population in 2018.

Daily commitment to student success, through the active implementation of retention strategies, coupled with academic collaboration that drives faculty commitment to excellence, thus fostering innovation, transparency, and integrity.

Collaborates closely with the President in organizational, business development, and programmatic marketing promotions, while maintaining close oversight of best compliance practices.

Continually coordinate general compliance of the institution’s educational practices with national, state and regional accreditors. Leading the team through the completion of the SER in preparation for the five-year reaccreditation review (within two years).

Guide the Academic Department in hiring, developing, and mentoring faculty and staff members. Continually improving the faculty and educational staff orientation, training and development activities to promote a culture of learning.

Lead and oversee the strategic planning process and the institutional effectiveness plan, by communicating short- and long-term organizational goals, always in compliance with accreditation standards and industry demands.

BRIGHTON COLLEGE-Scottsdale, Arizona

A Distant Learning/Online Institution

Curriculum Director

Scottsdale Arizona and Remote

January 2017 - December 2017


Authored, revised and developed course curriculum for all 13 programs offered by both Brighton College and The Paralegal Institute, which includes Associate Programs in Business, Allied Health, Paralegal Studies, and additional certificate programs.

Developed Brighton’s College Curriculum Manual for new LMS migration (Talent/online platform), in accordance with accrediting body guidelines, while migrating and aligning more than 120 courses in less than a year.

Collaborated with SME's, faculty, PAC’s and Curriculum Committees and key stakeholders to align and validate student learning outcomes that aligned to institution’s mission, objectives and goals.

Managed, directed, and coordinated, distance learning academic and curriculum consultants, publisher content (Cengage, Pearson, McGraw Hill, etc.) and distribution of ancillaries for SME’s and faculty.

Created cross-functional curriculum processes between faculty, student services, and SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) that aligned with synchronous and asynchronous models of learning, implementing blended learning models in a virtual environment.

Oversaw Phase 1 to 4 of the new LMS adoption, migration and transition between Brighton College’s proprietary LMS and the new LMS platform TalentLMS.

Collaborated daily with the VP of Academics, the President, the CEO and the Board in the curriculum alignment and accrediting body standards (DEAC), guidelines, and compliance.




Business and General Education Program Director

and Curriculum Developer

April 2011 – April 2016


Responsible for the Tucson Campus curriculum development of Business and General Education classes (200 to 300 courses), guaranteeing proper instruction, design and delivery of resource materials for the programs. Assuring full compliance with regulations and requirements of ACICS (accrediting body).

Collaborated with Campus Director, Director of Education, Curriculum Director (Home Office), and Corporate Online Department, thus helping create cross-functional processes between departments (e.g. Financial Aid, Career Services and Admissions) and student population.

Actively engaged with Curriculum Director in the development and update of curriculum for Online/On ground/hybrid programs for Business, Gen Eds and MA courses. Responsible for the academic and curriculum transition, training and the creation of cross functional policies and procedures within the scope of curriculum development from a brick and mortar environment to a virtual environment.

Online and classroom teaching expertise in Business courses and Gen EDs, including Business Law, Marketing, Finance, Business Principles, Business Management, Critical Thinking, Crisis Communications, Quality Management, Student Success, Customer Service, etc. Most classes were taught online through MOOCs and Blackboard. Using Windows 2013.

Continually developing short and long-term goals/objectives for the department’s faculty, including but not limited to fulfillment of faculty development plans, assigning and directing special projects assigned from corporate, appraising and evaluating employee performance, always adhering to academic policies.



Operations Research Branch Manager                                                                                                                                    

August 2009 – May 2012


In less than three years grew a seemingly low revenue generating office from a -$250K deficit to $1M with an average labor of 30% or below.  Accomplished this with minimal supervision from the corporate office located in Florida, thus applying independent metrics that applied to the Tucson market.

Engage in the development of a full reorganization of the Tucson branch. Revitalized and built employee morale during the 2008 economic downturn, thus spearheading corporate promotions for two new managers in the Miami and Nashville markets.

Coordinate field studies of various market research methodologies with new and existing clients on a national and international level. Clients included Anheiser-Bush, Coca-Cola, IKEA, etc. Projects ranged from, sensory studies and consumption tests, product development and testing, one on one interviews and focus groups.



Senior Account Executive/On Air Camera Talent                                             

August 2005 – July 2009


Launched a thriving sales and marketing campaign for existing and new clients, thus building annual revenue of $1.5 million within the first two years with minimal oversight.

Gained accessed to key decision makers in the private sector seeking to reach the growing Hispanic population.  Clients included, Jim Click Automotive Group, The Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Desert Diamond Casino, O’rielly Chevrolet and many small and medium size companies.

Gathered and interpreted industry research data and developed marketing plans and budgets that ranged from $5K to $50K a month, often exceeding monthly goals.


Director of Marketing                                                                             

August 2002 – June 2005


Developed a national marketing campaign focused in reaching greater national and international visibility in the food industry.

Joined forces with graphic designers, publishers and magazine editors to generate new short and long-term visual concepts in the hydrocolloids products industry.

Focused in the ongoing brand development for showcasing at various national and international food shows (ASTA, IFT, RCA, Food Expo, BEMA, etc.).  



Certification “Preparing for DEAC Accreditation”, MaxKnowledge 2018 - 2019

Certified by CHEP in Online Teaching, MaxKnowledge 2017-2019

Foundations of Virtual Instruction, 2015, University of California, Irvine

Certified by the Arizona Private School Association (APSA) in Administration Accreditation, Admissions Accreditation and Internal Audits, 2015 – 2016

Certification in Digital Marketing Specialization, 2015-2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Digital Analytics in Theory, Specialization 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Fluent in Spanish and Italian (Read, Write, Speak)

Advance proficiency in Windows Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.), additional online publishing programs include McGraw Hill Online Resources, Cengage, MindTap, CampusVue, TalentLMS, VitalSource, Moodle, Blackboard and Sharepoint.

Social media savvy in the development and tracking of Facebook, Google Ads, Constant Contact, LinkedIn and Twitter. Knowledge and practical application of local network management system, live data handling, including but not limited to proper network maintenance, administration and operation of local servers and computers         

Enamored with international travel and cultures. Countries visited in the last five years include, Israel, Colombia, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, The United Kingdom, Italy, France, Monaco, Greece, Geneva, Mexico, and Panama.


Speaker/Business Mentor of SCORE and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2012- 2018

Headed in-house research project to introduce a new “Bachelor’s Business Program” on ground, including Tucson’s market job growth analysis and campus profitability 2014

Led and mentored Brookline College’s Toastmaster International Tucson Chapter, VP of Membership 2014

Keynote Speaker, “Consejos para un Empresario Exitoso” Mexican Consulate 2013 -2015

“Higher Education Technology Workshop” offered by McGraw Hill Career College, December 2013

“Research Strategies in Psychology” speaker for Cochise College, Douglas, AZ, February 2012

Keynote Speaker, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Hispanic Marketing Series”, Tucson, AZ, 2012-2014