Newsletter – Welcome to New Staff & Faculty

This new 2019 year has bought the addition of many amazing new CMU staff members! CMU is happy to welcome Bree Moore, Andi O’Briant, Christy Gay, Dr. Gooyabadi, Farnaz Gorjian, & Dr. Zayer.

Bree Moore, Finance
In CMU’s finance department you will find Bree Moore. She was born and raised in San Diego, California. Coming from a family of programmers, she was introduced to computer software at a young age. With that upbringing, it encouraged her to expand her knowledge with different programs. That was when her interest in accounting began and she became certified in accounting software.

At an early age, Bree started her professional career off in management and billing. Taking courses and attending seminars to advance her career. Her attention to detail, organization and professionalism set her up for success. Over the years, she has gained experience in a variety of fields. Adapting and utilizing each experience to advance her knowledge and strengthen her core skills. Armed with her drive and extensive experiences, Bree’s entrepreneurial spirit engaged. By the age of 25, she opened her own company.

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Andi O’Briant, Digital Marketing Administrator
Andi O’Briant has always had a passion for art, design, and event planning, the question was, which industry would bring her the most joy and satisfaction in life. Although she truly loved the tradeshow industry and enjoyed starting a business with her father, the world of higher education was the industry that inspired her the most. The reason universities were so interesting to her was the transformational power they have to offer people opportunities to achieve their goals through knowledge and skill building and because lifelong learning is her personal passion. Andi quickly realized that the digital art world was the way of the future and the possibilities were vast and inspiring. She graduated top of her class from the College of Fine Arts at Ball State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication with a minor in Marketing from the Miller College of Business in 2009. Andi received a certificate from Purdue University Ext. in their Community Leadership Program in 2016.

Along the road of her career she has worked as a graphic designer, event coordinator, and operations manager for three universities, an in-house designer for two different tradeshow exhibit companies, a small business owner, a designer for a large corporation, the sole designer and brand manager for a small manufacturer, and as a freelancer graphic designer. Andi’s experience working with universities has prepared her well for creating digital marketing and communication pieces to help students understand their campus and their academic world with all the opportunities and growth it offers. The trade show industry environment has taught her how to successfully juggle multiple client projects and to work quickly and efficiently. Working in-house, she learned to follow brand guidelines and to be creative while still maintaining consistency. Andi’s freelance experience has strengthened her communication skills with clients and developed strong organization skills and independent problem solving abilities. Her combined knowledge from all these worlds has given her the experience and confidence to work with amazing clients from around the globe.

Andi currently coordinates all student events, social media platforms, website design and management, print and digital graphic design pieces, and university video creation. She is passionate about California Miramar University student life and is excited to make CMU better every day!

When Andi is not designing, you’ll find her enjoying playing cooperative games with friends or relaxing with her husband at the tennis courts or the beach or walking around her beautiful sunny San Diego neighborhood. She loves volunteering and joins her grandfather, George (Pop) O’Briant every year for a weeklong trip to help provide meals and build houses for families in need in Biloxi, Mississippi with the organization called Back Bay Mission. Andi loves to draw and paint and is known to lace up her motorcycle boots and head out for a ride along the coast.

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Christy Gay, Registrar, Corporate Relations
Growing up along the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego, California, Christy developed an intimate understanding of the inter-related social, economic, and environmental factors that have fueled crises in the region for many generations. Her exposure to these issues sparked a personal interest in the development process and its effects on a population.

After completing her undergraduate degree in International Relations at United States International University in Mexico City, Christy’s personal and professional goal was to actively participate in the development process and to apply specific knowledge and practical skills to the evaluation of its impact on the population. She devoted her energies to acquiring practical experience and expertise through work in community and economic development, low-income housing, community outreach and mobilization, workforce development, and international health. After receiving her Master of Science degree in Population and Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science, she continued to work as a consultant to various development institutions and organizations around the world.

In 2011, Christy began teaching undergraduate courses in American National Government, Introduction to Politics, International Relations, Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution, Communications, Ethics, and graduate level courses in Thesis/Research, and International Business. Her love of teaching soon grew to include the administrative side of academia. At Coleman University, she assisted the Chair of the Graduate Studies Department in creating a Model of Assessment to carry out a Program Review. She also managed the Graduate Studies Writing Center and served as Chair of the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee.

Presently, Christy is the Registrar at California Miramar University, where she also works to build Corporate Relations. As higher education undergoes a major metamorphosis, Christy is working to ensure CMU emerges as a leader in the industry.

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Dr. Gooyabadi, President / CEO
President Gooyabadi, Ph.D. began his activities at California Miramar University (CMU) by working on developing “the strategic reengineering plan of CMU” from 2018. His professional life has started in the field of electrical and control engineering, moved into teaching in higher education institutes, evolved into large scale project management and matured into the strategic aspect of high-tech assimilation and talent development. He has held high-level executive positions in multinational corporations and has been conducting executive coaching on a regular basis since 2009. Dr. Gooyabadi could be called an educator, strategist, c-level executive, technology expert as well as an “edupreneur” with ample experience as a consultant, executive coach, mentor, professor and a businessman in the USA, the Middle East, and Asia region. Here is a brief review of his qualifications:

1. Ph.D. Degree in electrical engineering (Summa Cum Laude!), from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
2. Ph.D. research in US Air-force academy, Colorado Spring, USA based 3 years grant from NASA’s Center For Space Construction and Control
3. M.S. Degree in electrical engineering (Magna cum laude!), from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
4. B.S. Degree in electrical engineering (Cum laude With Honors!), from the University of Colorado, Denver, USA.
5. More than 25 years of teaching at various universities in USA, UAE, Singapore and Iran.
6. Senior Member IEEE
7. In charge of many mega projects at national level.
8. Development of Technology Strategic Programs for the advancement and assimilation of technology for the past decade at the national level.
9. His core specialty is in the area of Information and Communication Technology assimilation in government agencies.
10. Keen interest in Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), and Education 4.0.

Farnaz Gorjian, Operations Manager
CMU’s Operations Manager, Ms. Farnaz Gorjian, MBA in Information Technology from Tehran University, Iran, has more than 14 years of experience in different positions ranging from system/business analyst to project manager in National as well as International projects. She has held managerial positions in high-tech companies where she has acquired the required critical-thinking skills of making quick decisions in difficult situations. She is a qualified expert in Business Process Modeling as well as in Mega Project Management. Her research interests revolve around the role of service-oriented architecture human interaction in the management of large organizations. She also is a Certified Advanced Pranic Energy Healer which enables her to leverage this knowledge of wellness and energy to create balance in any work environment. She is inherently endowed with a strong interpersonal skill that has been amplified further through her Spiritual Healing Training. She is keen on furthering these capabilities in applied corporate culture research within the larger context of Human Sciences in both physical as well as mental health. She implements a balanced approach in dealing with Human Capitals in any organization towards effective and sustainable human-centric management. The followings are a brief review of her qualifications:

• She ranked first (Summa cum laude) in both her Bachelor and MBA degrees in University of Tehran, Iran.
• She performed her MBA research about “Implementation analysis of modern Service Oriented Architecture approach in public service sector towards the creation of applied guidelines”.
• She has been involved in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations as an analyst for different enterprise level companies in the Middle East.
• She has held an Executive position in ASHNA professional services group (the largest IT professional services group in the country) for 9 years.

Her Fields of Expertise are Information Technology Systems management, IT business plan and Marketing plan, PMBOK, Design, and analysis of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) using Service Oriented Architecture approach (Especially as a concept in organization structure). She plays a very unique complimentary role within the construct of CMU’s Leadership.

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