Faculty and Staff


Dr. Robert Chi - Ph.D., MIS

Dr. Chi received his MS degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas-Austin. He has 29 years of teaching experience at California State University Long Beach, University of California Riverside, and other schools. Dr. Chi has served as the Department Chair for 6 years and Associate Dean for 5 years at CSU-Long Beach. He is a member of many advisory boards and a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. He has published research articles in academic journals in E-commerce and Information Systems. He is the founder and Chief Editor of Journal of Electronic Commerce Research which was ranked #4 in quality by more than 400 scholars worldwide in 2002.



Dr. Melody Kiang – Ph.D., MIS

Dr. Kiang is a Professor of Computer Information Systems.  She received her M.S. in MIS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS) from the University of Texas at Austin. She has 29 years of teaching experience at California State University Long Beach and Arizona State University. Her research has been published in top journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), and other professional journals.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Electronic Commerce Research since 2000 (SSCI Impact Factor 1.875) and a member of the Distinguished Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal of Information Management (SSCI Impact Factor 8.210).


Dr. Ping Lin – Ph.D., Accounting

Dr. Lin is a professor of Accounting. She received her Ph.D. degree in accounting from the University of California, Irvine.  Her areas of expertise and research interest are accounting education, management performance evaluation and compensations, and readability of financial reporting.  She has published in 15 scholarly journals including, Journal of Accounting Literature, Internal Auditor, Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, and the CPA Journal.


Dr. Banafsheh Behzad – Ph.D., Industrial Engineering

Dr. Behzad is professor of Decision Technologies and Statistics. She received her Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Northern Illinois University. And, received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has countless publications in academic journals and has been part of presentations on the topic of healthcare as it pertains to her field of mastery. In addition, she was VP of Communications for Women in OR/MS (WORMS).


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Dr. Mohamed Abdelhamid – Ph.D., Management Science and Systems

Dr. Abdelhamid received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Intercollege with distinction. He received his Master in Business Administration with MIS emphasis from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. And, he has received his Ph.D. n Management Science & Systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Abdelhamid has publications in journals and books. He has presented in various conferences on privacy issues as they pertain to information management systems in the healthcare industry.


Prof. Christopher Medina – Master Of Business Administration

Prof. Medina received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. He received his M.B.A. from the Azusa Pacific University. Prof. Medina has taught courses in traditional marketing and digital marketing at renowned universities and has experience in the marketing field as a(n): Account Manager, Senior Account Executive, Marketing Consultant, and Consulting Director of Integrated Communications. His field experience includes directing, leading, and executing countless advertising campaigns for businesses such as Chase Freedom, L.A. County Health Department, and State of Arizona Department of Tourism to name a few.

Dr. Steven Fisher – DBA., Accounting

Dr. Fisher is professor of Accounting. He received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Akron. He received his Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Transportation and Logistics from Kent State University. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience. He has written over 20 articles in the field and has been awarded the William M. Lybrand Award by the National Association of Accountants for his contribution to accounting literature.


Dr. Sean Jasso- Ph.D., Political Science

Dr. Jasso is professor of Management Strategies. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Master of Public Policy from Claremont University. He also received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont University. He has taught in various universities including the University of Redlands and Los Angeles Pierce College. He has several publications including a book he authored, The New Corporation: Aristotle, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the Future Manager. He also has industry experience and has held leadership roles in various businesses.




Chief Financial Officer – Lesley Chen

Lesley is the CFO of the Financial Department at Virscend University. She received her MBA and M.S. in Accountancy from California State University Long Beach. She has 5 years of Accounting/Finance experience in the industry and 4 years of accounting experience at California State University Long Beach International Training Program.  Primarily responsible for finance and accounting security, implementation and review of internal controls, facilitating and overseeing accounting, reporting, financial analysis, and budget monitoring.

Director of Operations & Information Technology – Eric Shurter

Eric Shurter is the Deputy Director of Financial Services here at Virscend University. He has over 3 years of e-commerce experience and over one year working in an Admissions Office. Eric focuses primarily on day-to-day operations and managing the financial transactions of the university.  He also has experience with budget development and financial planning.  Eric works with staff, faculty, and students to meet their needs on a daily basis.  He strives to continuously improve and implement new procedures to give students the best possible university experience.

Director of Student Success and Distance Education – Allison McInnis

Allison McInnis has served as the Deputy Director of Student Success and Distance Education since February 2020. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego and an MS in Applied Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Director of Marketing and Admissions – Raven Jade Emmert

Raven Jade Emmert has served as the Director of Marketing and Admissions at Virscend University since Spring 2021. She graduated with her degree in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Long Beach in 2019 where she worked as a Marketing Assistant in Associated Students, Inc. at CSULB which is the largest student-ran non-profit in the CSU system. At CSULB, she was also a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) as well as the captain of the Club Cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen '18 and graduated with honors.

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