Dr. David McKinney, Director

Dr. McKinney received his Doctorate in City and Regional Planning in 1976, a Master of Science in Planning in 1968 and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1967 from the Illinois Institute of Technology. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, he has previously taught at schools such as National University, Western International University, College for Financial Planning, the GIA School of Business, Santa Fe Community College, Arizona State University and Butler University. He has conducted seminars and management training programs throughout the world such as London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Johannesburg. Dr. McKinney has accumulated more than 35 years of practical business experience in both the public and private sectors. He was the managing CEO of 26 businesses simultaneously in which he had started.


Dr. Edmund Khashadourian, Assistant Director

Ed Khashadourian is the principal at Opportunity for Assets, a startup Social Enterprise that offers programming, technology, and technical support to community-based organizations in the field of asset building. He has an extensive research background and has published articles in the areas of saving, wealth building, and economics. In 2008, Ed received the Master of Innovation Award from United Way of Greater Los Angeles. In 2009, he was recognized as an Innovation Champion by the Center for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington DC and in 2012, Ed received the Robert A McNeely Trailblazer Award from the Community Financial Resource Center in Los Angeles. Ed holds a Ph.D. degree in international economics.



Professor Jennifer Hirashiki, Assessment Coordinator

Jennifer has served in various capacities that include teaching, teacher training, academic management, and program chair positions.  Her duties in those positions have included hiring, training, and supporting faculty, developing on-ground and online curriculum, teaching, participation in program review and accreditation efforts, and overseeing learning outcomes assessment initiatives. Currently, she serves as the Graduate Program Chair in the College of Education, as well as Assessment Coordinator. She has presented at various conferences on topics relating to discussion board engagement, faculty on-boarding, and teaching with technology. Her professional interests include curriculum development, educational technology, teacher and faculty development, and student learning outcomes assessment. She is currently enrolled in the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy.



Amy Tieu, Research Analyst

Amy Tieu is a Research Analyst in the Institutional Research Department at Westcliff University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Statistics at the University of California, Riverside. As a Data Specialist intern at Loma Linda University Medical Center, she worked with medical professionals and conducted statistical analyses for clinical research projects. It was then Amy became intrigued with how certain variables affect outcomes and continued to study on how to manipulate data. In her spare time, she likes to travel, try new foods, and read in the park.




Visal Dom, Research Analyst

Visal Dom is a Research Analyst for the Institutional Research Department at Westcliff University.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.  He then obtained his Masters of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach in 2014.  While at CSULB, Visal was a Graduate Assistant for the Political Science department and a research assistant for the College Business Administration researching academic articles and manipulating and mining data.  His fascination with data began with his love for Sports.  He would look in the newspaper every day to see the players’ and teams’ statistics.  His passion for data translated into working and enjoying his position as a research analyst at Westcliff University.  Fun Fact:  His favorite singer is Bryan Adams.



Giang Do, Research Analyst

Giang is a Research Analyst for Institutional Research Department at Westcliff University. She completed her BA in International Business in 2010 and worked in the banking industry for 2 years. While working in the finance and banking industry, Giang discovered her passion for information systems and data analysis. She then pursued her MS in Information System and Decision Science at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She focused on data mining and business analytics. While at CSUF, Giang was the VP of Business and Data Analytics Club. She enjoys working with international students and contributing to the research projects at Westcliff University.



Silpa Shrestha, Research Analyst Intern

Silpa received an MBA in marketing from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from Nepal. She is currently a student at Westcliff University working on her second MBA focusing on STEM in IT Project Management. Before attending WU, she worked with data as a banker. The desire to focus on statistical data emerged while learning about the field at WU.  Her ambition turned into reality by becoming a Research Analyst Intern for the Institution Research Department. As an intern, Silpa is growing in the field by becoming more involved with research and data. In her free time, she loves traveling, cooking and dancing.