January 2021 Presenter Bios
Regina D. Biddings-Muro, Ed.D
Dr. Regina D. Biddings-Muro is Vice President for University Advancement at California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran). In this role, she leads a dedicated team of professionals who are expanding a culture of philanthropy among the University’s alumni, donors, staff, faculty, students, and friends. Prior to her appointment at Cal Lutheran in 2018, Dr. Biddings-Muro was Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement at Purdue University Northwest in Indiana. Before her promotion to Vice Chancellor, she served as Chief of Staff for eight years. In addition to fundraising, Dr. Biddings-Muro’s higher education experience includes leadership in alumni affairs, community relations, legislative affairs, communication, marketing, and strategic university events.
Regina also worked as a communication strategist, sales executive, and community relations director in the steel, natural gas, and electric utility industries. Her first career, while an undergraduate at Purdue, was in broadcast journalism as a news anchor, reporter, and talk show host. Regina has volunteered on several boards and committees focused on health and wellness, economic development, and human services, in addition to foundation, non-profit, and corporate boards.
Regina earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University in Illinois. She also holds a master’s degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication, both from Purdue University.
Her husband, Edmundo Muro Jr. is a 37-year retired firefighter. They reside in Ventura County, CA.
Sarah Fischbach, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Fischbach received her PhD from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 2013 and her research focuses on marketing ethics and pedagogy. She has presented pedagogical techniques at national conferences including Society of Marketing Advances, Marketing Educators Association Conference, and National Conference for Sales Professionals, she has also published articles on the ethics and the use of graphic novels as training tools in the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Consumer Research. She has co-authored several articles on pedagogical techniques in the classroom. Her recent work on the ethics of native advertising and sponsored content has been widely accepted in the academic community. Her professional experience includes holding positions in professional sales and marketing for small, large, profit, non-profit and government organizations. She is an award winning Fortune 500 sales professional receiving national business development manager and account manager in 2005. Dr. Fischbach is the President-Elect of the Marketing Educators Association (MEA) Conference http://www.marketingeducators.org where theories and ideas are communicated across campuses and across borders. She is a long-time member of the American Marketing Association and continues to build community relationships to improve professional and academic success in the classroom.
Dr. Fischback received her PhD in Philosophy in Marketing from New Mexico State University in 2013, an MBA from Ambrose University in 2002 and BA in Business Administration from Augustina College in 2000.
Bonnie Johnson is a financial executive with over 35 years of management experience, including 7 years at the CFO level. For the past 15 years, she has taught finance, accounting and strategic management at both the MBA and undergraduate levels. She worked in various business environments and industries , including financial institutions, entertainment, manufacturing, education, wholesale distribution, staffing, real estate and not-for-profit.
In addition to her professional experience, as the wife of a pastor, Bonnie has been involved with ministry for over 40 years providing not only an academic understanding of the church finances but a practical one as well.
Reverand Sunitha Mortha
Reverend Sunitha Mortha focuses on topics relevant to strategy, innovation, DIBs (Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging), and leadership. She has 10+ years of experience working on developing and delivering ministries as Director of Mission Formation with the ELCA Global Mission Unit, and as Associate to the Bishop for Metro Chicago. In addition she has 25+ years of consultation, training and facilitating experience.
In addition to her professional experience, she holds several degrees from both India and the United States. She has a Masters in Intercultural Ministry from Luther Seminary, a Bachelors in Economics, Political Science, and Public Administration from St. Francis College in Hyderabad, India, and a Certificate in Fostering Diversity and Inclusion from Yale University.
Tim Perlick is currently working on his MDiv at United Lutheran Seminary with candidacy out of the Pacifica Synod. Tim’s professional experience continues in Innovation and Strategy as Faculty at the Rutgers Business school in working with clients including Cisco Systems, General Electric and Caterpillar.
Dan Hieu Vo, Ph.D.
Dr. Dan H. Vo joined the School of Management at California Lutheran University (CLU) in the Fall of 2018 as a Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining CLU, Dan was a assistant professor of Business Administration at Hartwick College – a liberal art College in upstate New York, where he was also the director of the Baker Simpson Entrepreneurship Program and the founder and academic advisor of Hartwick College’s Investment Club. Prior to that, Dan was a Research Fellow at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He was also a member of the 2013 NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp.
As a huge believer of experiential learning, Dan works diligently in bringing real-life experiences and practical applications to his classes through a variety of activities ranging from guest speaker series to case discussion to projects with local businesses. These activities provide a seamless integration of theoretical frameworks and practical applications of those frameworks. Under this belief, Dan has developed and taught a variety of courses in the area of entrepreneurship, finance, and microeconomics.
Dan is also deeply involved in academic research. His area of expertise is entrepreneurship with a special focus on entrepreneurial finance. Dan is currently working on several projects that explain how angel investors and venture capitalists finance early-stage ventures. His research emphasizes the interplay between financial resources and strategic objectives pursued by both the investors and the entrepreneurs. He has presented at both regional and national conferences, and published in the journal of Small Business Management and has several papers under review at Financial-Times-50 journals. He is an active member of the Academy of Management, Financial Management Association, US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Dan received his Ph.D. in Economics with special focus in entrepreneurial finance from the University of Victoria in 2013. He was a Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia. He is fluent in English and Vietnamese.