President and CEO
Denise Gutierrez began her educational journey at Chaffey Community College. She is the mother of four wonderful children. Denise went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne. She praises her four children for being her biggest inspiration. She previously served as the director of development for the College of Business and Economics at Cal State Los Angeles for 4 years. She has an extensive background in institutional advancement, fundraising, and corporate and foundation relations. As the youngest of five children from El Sereno, California and someone who is the first in her family to earn a college degree, she is deeply committed to being of service to her community.
Chief Programs Officer
After reading his first economics textbook in a single weekend, Joshua went on to obtain a B.A. in Applied Economics from Idaho State University. He relocated with his family to Southern California to pursue graduate studies at Cal State Fullerton, which he is due to complete this fall. During his time there he worked as a graduate assistant for the Center for Economic Education and gained a taste for expanding others’ understanding of economic and personal finance principles and concepts as well as apply it in their lives to their own success.
Program Manager, Community Financial Education
Gladys Alfaro joined the CCEE team in September 2017 and is the Program Manager/Community Financial Education. Gladys is a gifted educator and leads community outreach trainings, including bilingual financial education and provides additional support to development, programs, and event management. Formerly, Gladys was Youth Development Coordinator and Instructor at Advancing the Seed, overseeing development and implementation of curriculum in financial education, leadership and personal development.
Development and Marketing Manager
Lexie Nguyen is a Long Beach, California native who studied Political Science and International Relations at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She has experience with international, state, and local non-profit initiatives; political and labor campaigns; and expanded learning education and policy. Lexie is a vibrant communications and marketing specialist, with an emphasis on digital marketing. She is a non-native Spanish-speaker and currently honing her Vietnamese. Lexie’s passion for ensuring effective and meaningful economic outcomes for marginalized or disadvantaged communities lends to her passionate, creative, human-centered approaches.
Academic Leadership Team
Radha Bhattacharya, PhD
Department of Economics Director Center for Economic Education California State University, Fullerton
Director since 2011 has been very active in carrying out the mission of the Center for Economic Education. She has partnered with U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo on several large projects over the course of her leadership and is currently putting together the first-ever Economics and Personal Finance Olympiad.
Jim Charkins, PhD
Professor Emeritus Department of Economics Director Center for Economic Education California State University, San Bernardino
At a recent conference for economics teachers, has been described as “caring more about economics and economics instruction than anyone else!” Dr. Charkins lead the passing of mandatory economics instruction at the high school level in the state of California, developed the MoneyWise Teen program and has been a vigorous advocate for K-12 economics instruction. He is a former executive director of CCEE and one of the instrumental founders of CASET, a partner of CCEE.
Jane Lopus, PhD Director, is an accomplished researcher, curriculum writer, and international consultant. She has authored Economics in Action! as well as materials for the national CEE; She has been an integral part of bringing economics and personal finance education to many countries of the former soviet union and continues to work with them, currently Ukraine.
Tom Means, PhD
Department of Economics Director, Center for Economic Education, San Jose State University
Director of the Center for Economic Education at San Jose State University helped to re-establish the Center in 2000 and has been at the lead in training and collaborating with AP teachers to ensure high school students are successful in college.
Director of BITA since 2009, Ms. Moore-Kelly is a math teacher with a background in the corporate sector having worked on the B-2 bomber program and Space Shuttle program. She is a passionate advocate for ‘21st –century’ hands-on teaching, incorporating technology use and first-hand business experiences for her students.
Zambelli has been an instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department at Cuyamaca College since 1979. He is a recipient of the Cuyamaca College President’s Award, the Award for Teaching Excellence and the Rainbow Award for service to the college community. He also received the Alfred Lord Whitehead Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Redlands.
Cecil W Jackson, PhD
Professor of Clinical Accounting, Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California
Dr. Cecil W. Jackson, Professor of Clinical Accounting in the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California, teaches courses on fraudulent financial reporting and managerial accounting for the MBA program and the graduate and undergraduate accounting programs. Jackson recently published the textbook Detecting Accounting Fraud: Analysis and Ethics, (2015) and has been featured on national business news programs.
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