Department Chair

Joan Rettinger, Esq.


Angham Yousif


Full-Time Faculty


Michael Aubry

D.B.A., Alliant International University
M.B.A., National University
M.S. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, National University
B.S. Finance, San Diego State University
A.S. Business Administration, Grossmont College
U.S. Air Force Reserve– Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant 
Christopher O’Byrne
M.S. Financial and Tax Planning, San Diego State University
M.B.A., Lehigh University
B.S. Finance, Lehigh University
B.S. Economics, Lehigh University 
Joan Rettinger
J.D. Child, Family, and Elder Law Concentration (with Honors), California Western School of Law
B.A. Political Science (with Honors), San Diego State University
State Bar of California

Part-Time  Faculty

Tracy Branton
M.B.A., University of Phoenix
M.S.A. (Master of Science in Accountancy), University of Phoenix
Julie Ducharme
D.B.A. Leadership, University of Phoenix Graduate School of Business
M.B.A. Marketing, National University Graduate School of Business
B.A. Communications, Christian Heritage College


Rachel Farris,CMA
M.B.A., National University
M.H.R. (Masters in Human Relations), University of Oklahoma
B.S. Finance/Accounting, Illinois State 

Dana Fitch
M.B.A. International Business (with honors), Tuoro University International
B.S. Philosophy (Pre-Law), Northern Arizona University
U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer (retired)

John Hafner
J.D., St. John’s University School of Law
B.S. Finance, Fairfield University
State Bar of California
Kentucky Bar Association
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit
Kentucky Real Estate Commission—Licensed Broker (escrowed) 
Jennifer Newmann
EdD Educational Leadership, UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos
M.B.A., National University
B.S. Psychology, Arizona State University


Rick Pacco, CPA
M.S., San Diego State University 
Judge Harold Rucker
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
M.A. Political Science, San Diego State College
B.A. Political Science/Public Administration, California State College Long Beach
Administrative Law Judge
Deputy District Attorney
Judge Pro Tem of the Municipal and Superior Court

Mary Sessom
J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law
M.S. Political Science, San Diego State University
B.A. Anthropology, CSU-San Bernardino
A.S. Child Development, Cuyamaca College
Shawn Spaulding
LL.M, Master of Laws in Taxation, University of San Diego School of Law
J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law (cum laude)
B.S. Business Administration, Trident University (cum laude)
State Bar of California, Certified Tax Law Specialist
United States District Court – Southern District of California
United States Tax Court 
 Al Taccone
Ph.D., Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University
M.B.A., Anna Maria CollegeB.S.
Business Education, Bryant University

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