Stephan D. Schuster has over 40 years of experience as an organizational consultant, university professor of management, and corporate executive. After receiving his BA in Psychology from Duke University, he earned a Masters degree at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas. Dr. Schuster has been a human resources executive at Atlantic Richfield Co. and Capitol-EMI Music. He is Faculty Emeritus at California State University, Northridge and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in management and human resource management at several universities including California State University, Northridge, Claremont Graduate University, and the American Jewish University. In the consulting arena, he was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young’s Consulting Group, and has extensive experience as an independent consultant, blending his business and psychology backgrounds to help enhance organizational and managerial performance. In addition to organizational consulting, he is a management and leadership coach having worked with such diverse organizations as high-tech start-ups, Los Angeles Police Department, family owned small businesses, and several major entertainment companies.
KURT M. SAUNDERS is a Professor of Business Law at California State University, Northridge. He received his B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, his J. D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University. Professor Saunders is the author of the book, Practical Internet Law for Business (Artech 2001), as well as numerous law review articles on intellectual property law, business law, Internet law, and legal education.
Professor Saunders currently teaches courses in intellectual property law, business law, estates and trusts law, and international business law. Prior to joining the faculty at California State University, he practiced law in Pennsylvania. As an attorney, his main areas of practice were business planning and estate law. He also served as Jury Commissioner in Pennsylvania during 1995-1997. Professor Saunders has been an instructor at the George Washington University Law School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Clinical Professor of Law at the Duquesne University Law School.
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Dr. David T. Russell, Professor of Insurance and Finance, received his Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1997. He earned an A.B. in Economics cum laude from Amherst College. He joined CSUN in 2002 after teaching at the Katie Insurance School at Illinois State University. Dr. Russell has two books on insurance and has published in several journals, including the Journal of Insurance Issues, Journal of Risk Finance, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, and others. His current research interests include transferring insurance risk to the capital markets, insurance company service quality and insurance agent compensation. He is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the American Risk and Insurance Association, and the Western Risk and Insurance Association. Dr. Russell also serves as the director of the Center for Risk and Insurance.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of property/casualty insurer Unico American Corporation (NASDAQ: UNAM) and is Chairman of the Board of First Connect Insurance Services, an Austin, TX, based auto insurer. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Westside Neighborhood School, a K-8 independent school in Los Angeles.
In 2012, Dr. Russell received the Rie R. Sharp "Insurance Person of the Year" Award from Los Angeles area CPCU chapters.
Cristina Rubino received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational psychology from the University of Houston. Her major research interests include employee health and well-being, diversity, and teams. Her work focuses on expanding established stress-strain models, examining diversity at both the individual and team levels, and integrating well-being research within the team context to identify additional factors that impact team outcomes. She has published academic articles in journals such as Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Stress & Health, and International Journal of Selection and Assessment. She also has applied her expertise by leading and participating on a variety of large-scale projects focused on job analysis, training, team composition, customer satisfaction, and mentoring with numerous organizations, including City of Los Angeles, ExxonMobil, and NASA. She has also presented her research at the top conferences, including the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Academy of Management annual meetings.