Faculty Profiles

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Afarah Board, MBA and BS in Business, University of Redlands. Professor Board has over 30 years of professional experience leading teams and projects for Southern California Edison where she retired as Principal Manager in the SCE IT Delivery Management Organization (DMO). In this role, she ran the Program Management Office (PMO) responsible for approximately 200 IT staff members and numerous complex IT projects. She teaches Project Management and Human Resources Management.


Robyn Glessner, MA in History - University of London, BA in History - California Baptist University.  Professor Glessner is a seasoned writing and history instructor and teaches Early American History, Freshman Writing Seminar, and Masterpieces of Western Art and Music. She leads teams of students on international service projects and participates in the annual Advanced Placement (AP) US History exam reading conference.

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Nathanael Heyman, PhD in Physiological Sciences, University of Arizona, BS in Biological Sciences, Lee University. Professor Heyman serves as Associate Professor, Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Cal Baptist University. He teaches Scientific Principles and Practice. In his spare time, Professor Heyman participates in many outdoor activities, including ultramarathons.

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Pauline Soria,  DPA and MPA in Public Administration - California Baptist University, BS in Workforce Education and Development - Southern Illinois University. Professor Soria has served as a Communications Officer with the Riverside County Sheriff for the past two decades. She teaches US Government and Business Communications.

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Jon Burgess,  MBA and BS in Business - University of Redlands. Professor Burgess is a marketing consultant, serving as Vice President of RedFusion Media and Publisher of InlandEmpire.US. Mr. Burgess is also an industry and thought leader in the local region for topics ranging from search engine optimization, marketing, and advertising. He has served as Chair, Western Region, American Advertising Federation and has taught marketing for several years.


Mark Leonard, MBA - California State University, San Bernardino, BA – University of North Dakota. Professor Leonard teaches marketing and the Launch Pad - Design Thinking course. He also serves as Oak Valley’s Executive Vice President. Professor Leonard has worked in marketing for more than a dozen years in a variety of industries including non-profit, education, manufacturing, and healthcare. He founded a consulting firm in 2011 specializing in marketing and strategic planning. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Barnabas Group, and previously for the Inland Empire chapter of the American Marketing Association. Mr. Leonard is a leader in his local church in Redlands, The River Christian Reformed Church. He spent the early part of his professional career teaching music in public and private schools.


Thomas Hamilton, JD, Western State University, College of Law, MA in French, University of California, Riverside, AB, La Sierra University. Mr. Hamilton has more than forty years experience in law, covering a myriad of corporate and family law areas. He teaches Business Law and Ethics.  


Terry Morrow, PhD in Theology - Trinity Theological Seminary, MA in Theology, Simpson University, BA from Corban University.  Dr. Morrow began full-time ministry in 1984. He is the long-term pastor of Hillside Community Church in Wrightwood, CA, where he has led the church through growth and extensive building projects. Professor Morrow serves as the Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theology. He is the author of seven books on how the believer is to walk by faith and in the truths of God’s word.  His purpose statement for both his personal life and that of his staff and church is: “We exist to empower people to passionately live out their love for Jesus.”


Gene Valdez, MBA - USC and BA - UCLA. During his four decade business career, Professor Valdez was both a business loan consultant and commercial banker. The majority of his career (30 years) was spent in the banking industry. He held senior executive lending positions with such banks as Wells Fargo, Community Bank and Citizens Business Bank. His specialty was serving the needs of privately owned businesses with annual sales of $250,000 to $50,000,000.


Robert Brocco, MAS – Professor Brocco has nearly 30 years of Christian school teaching experience, including 10 years as a college instructor.  His approach to teaching is one of a holistic, Kingdom mindset. He currently teaches Math for Economics, Economic Principles and Economic Analysis. He possess a graduate degree in Applied Finance with study of financial markets and the appropriate use of economic principles, and the requisite calculations that is involved in these markets.

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Javier Blanco, DPA - Cal Baptist University MPA and BA - Cal State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Blanco teaches operations management. He has a career in the public sector supporting needy families with education, career training and other services. He also has extensive experience in event planning, public speaking, and program development.


Debbie Martis, MBA - University of Redlands, BS in Business - California State University, San Bernardino. Professor Martis is the Founder and CEO of Rebirth Homes, a Christian nonprofit serving women who have been victims of human trafficking. She teaches Leadership, Accounting, and Finance. Prior to launching Rebirth Homes, Professor Martis served as Executive Director of Sandals Church, VP of Operations for Newport Boats, Director of Support Services for Campus Crusade for Christ, and Director of Financial Services for Resort Condominium International Management. 

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Bruce Rawding, MBA - University of Redlands, JD and BAEd - Dalhousie University. Professor Rawding served in administration for more than 10 years at the University of Redlands, School of Business. He has taught extensively to business students over those years and currently teaches Philosophy for Oak Valley.


Nick In't Hout,  MA - Fuller Theological Seminary, BA in Education, Calvin College. Professor In't Hout serves as Redlands Area Community Chaplain. Prior to his current role, he served as Pastor of Discipleship and Families at The River Reformed Church. Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Youth Ministry. He teaches the Transitions course for Oak Valley.

Expect More from Oak valley Professors

Oak Valley College professors are more than experts in their field. Each of them are passionate Christians looking to contribute to your personal, professional, and spiritual development. 

First and foremost, each faculty member is dedicated to teaching you, the student.  

Secondly, faculty members will teach you how to succeed in the world around you. Our commitment is to see you excel. 

Although you will explore theories, because theories help explain how the world works, you learn real-world application of ideas and theories to every day situations. You will participate in a number of projects, case studies, and interactive assignments.  In other words, you learn by doing. That is why Oak Valley is a place where you learn it today...apply it tomorrow. 

The Curriculum Map provides details of how the courses fit within the program. For more details about the degree, please click here.