Joseph L. Subbiondo, President
Joseph L. Subbiondo, president of CIIS since June 1999, has an accomplished background in both administration and academics. He brings a 30-year history of achievement in higher education, including appointments on several international academic committees; and he has been active on many accreditation teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Subbiondo's publications include extensive writings on the history of linguistics. Among his publications are studies of the history of philosophical language, 17th Century British educational reform, and the relation between language and the evolution of consciousness. Prior to coming to CIIS, he served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at St. Mary's College of California; vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Pacific; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University; and as a professor of English and linguistics at four universities.
Judie Wexler, Academic Vice President
Dr. Judie Wexler has been at CIIS since 2002. Her focus in higher education is on creating and enhancing academic programs that combine cognitive and personal growth and community service. A professor of sociology, Dr. Wexler has been teaching for more than 25 years and served as chair for both the Department of Sociology and the Division of Business Administration and Social Sciences at Holy Names College.
Between 1992 and 1997, Dr. Wexler held the positions of vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Holy Names College in Oakland, where she focused her energies on creating a faculty development program to incorporate multicultural materials into the curriculum, among other projects. Before coming to CIIS, she was associate executive director at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Michael Griffin, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Mike Griffin joined CIIS in the spring of 2008. He brings an extensive resume to the Institute, having served as assistant vice chancellor for enrollment at the University of Denver, preceded by roles there as associate dean of Admission and Enrollment Services and director of Marketing Communications. Mike also worked for six years at the University of Denver's School of Art and Art History as director of Admission and Student Recruitment, and has served as a consultant to the College Board. He earned a BA in Sociology at Colorado State University and an MA in Mass Communications at the University of Denver.
Chip B. Goldstein, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration
Dr. Goldstein joined CIIS in fall 2006 from Stanford University where he was the chief finance and administrative officer for Undergraduate Advising Programs and the Freshman Dean's Office. Dr. Goldstein also served for 10 years as registrar at Notre Dame de Namur University and as a senior project manager in the higher education division at Oracle Corporation. He has held academic administration posts at the University of Michigan and University of Detroit Mercy. A native of Philadelphia, he completed his undergraduate work at West Chester University, a master's at Michigan State University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Policy at Nova Southeastern University.
Shirley Strong, Dean of Students and Director of Diversity, Institute Disability Officer
Shirley Strong has been engaged in education, philanthropy, community building, and social action for nearly 30 years. Her academic experience includes service as an administrator and counselor at a variety of colleges and universities including the University of New Mexico, San Francisco State University, California State University East Bay, and Mills College.
Prior to coming to CIIS, Strong spent 13 years as the Executive Director of Project Change, a Tide Center organization founded by the Levi Strauss Foundation that develops and supports multi-racial community coalitions, partnerships, and alliances in local community building. In 1997, Project Change became a partner in a national joint anti-racism venture with Claremont Graduate University's Institute for Democratic Renewal, where she is a senior fellow.
Strong holds a master's degree in educational psychology/counseling from the University of Illinois, and she has studied in the doctoral program in counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco.
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Marisol Nealon, Director of Financial Aid
Marisol Nealon began her career working in academia at the University of California, San Francisco. She moved to Golden Gate University where she changed her career from Records and Registration to Financial Aid. Prior to joining academia, Nealon was an advocate of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for six years where she actively promoted the San Francisco Public Library Annual Book sales and solicited donors to assist Project Read, the library's adult literacy program. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
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Richard Buggs, Dean of Alumni and Director of Travel Programs
Richard Buggs has been CIIS Dean of Alumni since 2006 and is responsible for cultivation of alumni relations with the Institute's 3,400 alums, now living in 29 different countries. He has traveled across the country bringing alums together and creating CIIS Alumni Circles in Seattle, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston and Hawaii.
Buggs is also a member of the CIIS Advancement Group. He created the CIIS Travel Program in 2004 and annually leads alumni and friends trips to India. In 1996 he earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from CIIS and has a BA from San Diego State University. He is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy.
Buggs previously served on the board of directors for Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services and on the board of the California Psychology Internship Council. He also served at CIIS as dean of students (1998-2007) and as director of Career and Field Placement (1994-1998).
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Michelle Eng, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Michelle Eng, MA, has over 14 years of experience in higher education, as an administrator and as faculty. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining CIIS, Eng served as assistant dean of students at Chaminade University of Honolulu where she developed the curriculum for the First Year Experience course, which focuses on transitioning to college, cultural sensitivity, career planning, and community service. She has also taught writing and literature at TransPacific Hawaii College, Chaminade University, and the University of Hawaii.
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Kathy Littles, Director of Transformative Inquiry Department
Kathy Littles, PhD, joined CIIS in 2006 as an Adjunct Professor in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program. While teaching at CIIS, Dr. Littles held an administrative position in the Cultural Arts and Marketing Division for the City of Oakland. Previous administrative positions include the Cultural Council for Monterey County in Carmel, Calif., and University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2006 she earned her doctorate in cultural studies with a designated emphasis in feminist theory and research from the University of California, Davis. She earned a BA in anthropology and art from St. Mary's College of California in 1994, and her MA in anthropology from San Francisco State in 1998. Research interests include critical race theory, feminist theory, African Art, and the semiotics of museums and ethnic art.
Dan Gurler, Registrar
Prior to joining CIIS in June of 2007, Dan Gurler held several administrative positions at Golden Gate University, including admissions counselor, records office manager, director of student retention, and associate registrar. He also earned his MBA from Golden Gate University. A Midwest native, Gurler received his bachelor's degree in theatre and English from the University of Iowa, and has stage-managed plays for many small theatre companies in the Bay Area.
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Dorotea Reyna, Director of Development
Since March 2004, Dorotea Reyna has served as director of development. Prior to coming to the Institute, she was a fundraiser for Dominican University of California, the University of California at San Francisco, and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Reyna received a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University (1980), and a master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin (1984).
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James David Martin, Director of Communications
Jim Martin comes to CIIS with more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing in both for-profit and non-profit environments. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he began his career in higher education as publicist for UC Berkeley Extension where he led the grand opening campaign of its Redwood City Center. He then worked for many years in the entertainment industry, serving as personal publicist for film and television actors and directors, and as an art director and production manager for film premieres.
Prior to CIIS, Martin worked as a media advisor and freelance communications consultant. He is on the board of directors for Visual Aid, a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to helping artists with life-threatening illness continue their creative work.
S. Michelle Coleman, Director of Human Resources
Michelle Coleman came to CIIS from the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Northern California, Nevada, and Utah, where she served for two years as the human resources strategic business partner for the Division of the Chief Financial Officer and two years as program manager in Corporate Affairs.
Coleman has also worked as the director of Diversity Training and Development at Charles Schwab & Company and as assistant Vice president for human resources at Bank of America. She has been active in the areas of community service and spirituality for many years, and was initially attracted to CIIS by the appeal of its mission and Seven Ideals. Michelle is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a BS in Organizational Behavior.
Jonathan Mills, Director of Facilities and Operations
Jonathan Mills first became a member of the CIIS community in 1997 when he moved to the Bay Area to study Buddhism in the Asian Comparative Studies program. In 2002, after a hiatus of more than three years, he returned to lead the Facilities and Operations department and has since guided the Institute's expansion from 40,000 square feet to over 130,000 square feet, including the purchase of the Institute's main building at 1453 Mission and opening an additional counseling center.
Mills' background in facilities management and operation includes several positions in the business services departments of other non-profits, including UC Extension and the California Medical Review, Inc. He has a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and earned a master's degree in East-West Psychology from CIIS. Aside from establishing workflow improvements for the department and greening the Institute's operations, Mills' current projects include building a new space for the Institute's library.
Lise Dyckman, Library Director
Lise M. Dyckman joined CIIS as Library Director in 2001. Prior to that she worked in large university libraries (New York University and UC Berkeley) and smaller college libraries (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges); taught at Baruch College/CUNY; and supervised library services for teaching hospitals, non-profit organizations, and experiential education programs.
Dyckman's pre-librarian work life included creating social history programs and museum exhibits. She holds an MLIS from Drexel University and a BA/MA in American Culture/Museum Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Karim Baer, Director of Public Programs
Karim Baer became the Director of Public Programs in 2004. He has worked in a variety of fields including human resources, social work, and business management. Prior to coming to CIIS, Baer was the Director of 7th Heaven Body Awareness, a center in Berkeley specializing in yoga and other contemplative arts. Baer is also an alum of Naropa University. He envisions programs integrating body, heart, and mind in relation to service in the world.
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Becky McGovern, Director of MCP Field Placement and CIIS Clinic Sites
Becky McGovern has also served as core faculty in Somatic Psychology and clinic director at Center for Somatic Psychotherapy at CIIS, where she developed several partnership programs between community agencies and CIIS counseling students in field placement. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, supervises students, and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. Prior to joining CIIS, she worked for 15 years in a variety of publishing positions, including 7 years as a senior acquisitions editor for psychology and health administration books. She earned BA and MA degrees from an interdisciplinary program in Work/Culture/Society from the University of Illinois, Springfield, is ABD in sociology from the University of Oregon, and earned a second MA in Counseling Psychology from CIIS.