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Distinguished Alumni Spotlight

Distinguished Alumni Spotlight

CIAM alumni include CEO's of various startups and successful businesses, directors, executives; as well as our very own university president. Here we highlight a few of our alumni with great success or achievements.

  • Claudia Sarabia - Director of Campus Success

    Claudia Sarabia

    Ms. Sarabia has over 10 years of experience in office administration and data management in the areas of commercial real estate, banking, arts non-profit, and city government. At General Growth Properties she managed special projects and systematized data management for the top three leasing professionals nationwide. Additionally, she has a strong customer service background having worked with various commercial and retail companies. On graduation from CIAM, she was hired as Executive Assistant to the V.P. of Administration and Assistant Director of Organizational Development.

  • Donny Yu - Director of IT

    Donny Yu

    California Institute of Advanced Management
     - Master of Business Administration in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship
    California State University, Los Angeles
     - Master’s in Education, Computer Education and Technology Leadership
     - Bachelor of Sciences, Computer Information Systems

    In 1991, Mr. Yu established his information technology company and expanded to cover many industries, including education, communications and real estate. Mr. Yu has extensive hands on experience in server configuration, network integration, mission critical deployment, software customization and programing. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Business Solutions Certified Master.

  • Dr. Albert M. Randall - Director of Outreach Programs

    Dr. Albert M. Randall

    Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico
     - Diploma of Surgery and Medicine (Medico Cirujano), June 2003

    Claremont Graduate U. Claremont CA
     - MBA – Executive Management

    California Institute of Advanced Management
     - MBA - Executive Management and Entrepreneurship

    Ball State University
     - Master of Arts in Public Service

    West Texas State University
     - Master of Arts in Education

    California State University Los Angeles
     - Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education

    Dr. Albert Randall received his MD from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and New York Medical College. He also received an Executive Master of Business Administration from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.  Dr. Randall, a combat aviator in the F4 Phantom II, retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force after thirty years of service.  Dr. Randall also retired from Northrup Grumman Corporation after twelve years as an aerospace executive. He also served five years as a deputy bureau chief for the Department of Public Aid, State of Illinois, and State of Illinois.

  • Dr. Najib Babul -

    Dr. Najib Babul

    Dr. Babul is an entrepreneur, drug developer and inventor with over 25 years of experience in bringing new drugs to market. Dr. Babul was the Founder, CEO and CSO of TheraQuest, a clinical stage pharmaceutical company. He has served as VP, Clinical Development at Cadence Pharma, VP, Global Drug Development at Scirex Corp and Director, Clinical Research at Purdue Pharma. Dr. Babul has been an invited speaker at FDA and at scientific meetings. He has over 170 publications in leading medical journals. Dr. Babul received his undergraduate and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the University of British Columbia and SUNY, Buffalo, respectively.

  • Jennie Ta - President/CEO

    Jennie Ta

    Jennie Ta is a co-founder of CIAM. She served as CIAM’s Vice President of Administration/CFO since January 2015, having previously served as Director of Administration/CFO since January 2011. In both capacities, she oversaw the Accreditation, Accounting, Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Registrar and other Administrative departments.Prior to joining CIAM, she had many leadership roles at Real Mex Restaurants. Starting with her role at the restaurant level, as Assistant Manager and climbing the ranks to Assistant General Manager. She was responsible for all aspects of operations such as training, profit and loss, administration, inventory control, and more. Her hands-on approach boosted employee morale as well as developed new and existing customer loyalty, which lead to increased sales. She moved to a corporate assignment at Real Mex Foods, where she reported to the Vice President of Accounting as the Accounting Manager. Here, she oversaw 200 major distribution centers and retail outlet accounts where she and her team managed accounts that totaled over $3 million in receivables per month. Prior to that, Jennie was Coordinator in the Tuition Assistance department at Touro University International (now Trident University), and then was promoted to Advisor in the Financial Aid department, which at the time had approximately 5,000 students. She has experience in administrative and organizational management in different industries for well over a decade. She was one of five finalists out of 256 nominees as a  “Rising Star”  at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s  2013 Women Making A Difference Awards. She earned her MBA in 2013.

  • Miranda Lam -

    Miranda Lam

    Ms. Lam’s career spans from Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical to Library and Information Science. Having graduated with a BS in Pharmacology from UCSB, she worked as a Laboratory Analyst for industry giants Bayer Healthcare, Allergan, and Roche. With her MS degree from SJSU, she has had exposure to working in diverse library settings: corporate, academic, and public libraries. She continues to strengthen her professional experience, contribution, and motivation by currently working as a Medical Librarian at Charles Drew University.

  • Paul-Long Lee - Interim Director of Marketing

    Paul-Long Lee

    Mr. Lee is a graduate of CIAM, obtaining his MBA in 2014. He has had job experience in a variety of fields over the course of his professional career, from management, to marketing, to media management, and web development. Entering the workforce at a young age, Mr. Lee is equipped with over 10 years of extensive business experience, quick thinking, and a “git ’er done” attitude. He strongly believes that success is not a given, but rather earned through perseverance, flexibility, and an open mind. In 2013, Mr. Lee joined, managed, and operated a business in the powersports industry that grew to a multi-million-dollar operation during his 3-year tenure. Today, Mr. Lee has joined CIAM because of his strong belief of what school stands for: a revolution in education.

  • Penny Li - Director of Admissions/Student Success

    Penny Li

    Ms. Li has 8 years of professional media experience as a TV executive in China. During the production of a televised charity event, she organized a media aid project / fundraiser that raised $150,000 for 6,000 children with cerebral palsy. As an assistant counselor, Ms. Li assisted over 600 international and domestic students at California State University, Northridge, with their transition from their respective community colleges to CSUN. Ms. Li also has experience as a Chinese program coordinator at a Chinese language school in Los Angeles and was also a business assistant at the University Student Union, Inc. at CSUN and won an award for the most inspirational student assistant employee of the year.

  • Sammi Scott - Registrar/PDSO

    Sammi Scott

    Ms. Scott has 3+ years of professional experience working with event graphics and as a freelance designer. As a Community and Student Life Advocate she worked to plan events for over 1,500 residents, which promoted community and encouraged college students to get involved on campus. Ms. Scott also has experience as a newsletter editor and designer for the University Village at Cal Poly Pomona. Ms. Scott was chosen to participate in the invitation only Cal Poly Pomona 2013 “Mentor’s All Stars Exhibition.” She collaborated with two other students to create a spinning 3-demential photo-manipulation piece. She was also featured in the Edge of the Outback 2014 Gallery in Mildura, Australia, where her piece was purchased.

  • Sheldon Au -

    Sheldon Au

    Mr. Au has 10 years of experience in Technology as a Systems Analyst/Information Technology Consultant for Intnet Inc, which specializes in IT Infrastructure Virtualization, Data Integrity/Protection, and MS Dynamics NAV - empowering employees in work processes and business performance. His areas of expertise feature implementation and integration of ERP software, analysis of company workflows and enhancing them through software, and maintenance support of network performance for servers and peripherals. He is an alumnus of Cal Poly Pomona, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration - Finance, Real Estate and Law. He is currently the CTO for Intnet Inc.

  • Srinivas Santhanam -

    Srinivas Santhanam

    Mr. Santhanam excelled in corporate Technology for over 2 decades serving clients in envisioning and reaching their strategic roadmaps and goals. In 2013 he transitioned from a Zurich Executive role as Head of Emerging Technologies and Chief Architect for Global Shared Services to executing his personal roadmap as an Entrepreneur and completing an MBA in Executive Management & Entrepreneurship from CIAM in 2014.  

    His startup venture (iOS & Web) is a social networking marketplace that assists Mentees/Pupils in finding and connecting securely with Mentors to develop and strengthen extracurricular, career, and life skills. Srini also leverages his CIAM experiential skills as an Independent Consultant for his varied corporate clientele in their transformational IT journeys to the Cloud.

  • Truong Trinh -

    Truong Trinh

    Mr. Trinh has several years of account management and customer services experience from Northwestern Mutual, and Metropolitan Home Mortgage.   His experience ranges from sales and accounting across different industries such as academics and government services.   He advanced at Prime Automotive working in management efficiency, distribution sales, and inventory.  With Alliance Inspection Management, he worked as Business Development Analyst and is currently an On-Premise Consultant for Panasonic.

  • Winnie Phan -

    Winnie Phan

    Ms. Phan has garnered 2 decades professional experience in the mortgage and investment industries: last 13 years in investment counsel.  Working at Indymac Bank, she analyzed loan portfolios in generating time sensitive reports for management decision making on investor performance and loss mitigation.  At Payden Investment Counsel, she worked as a Portfolio Reporting Analyst for individual and institutional clients ranging from multi-million to multi-billion assets under management, ensuring portfolio analytics, reporting, and client service were best served.  She is Series 6 and 63 licensed (inactive).  She worked for Career Services Specialist and Accounting Manager for CIAM upon graduation. She is currently working with Arris at Google as a Supply Planner.