Bios of Faculty


Vu H. Pham, Ph.D.

Chair of Elevate

As the Chair of Elevate, Vu H. Pham, Ph.D. works with dozens of organizations from the Fortune 500 to government and non-profit agencies. Elevate is a partnership with the Center for Executive Development at the University of California, San Diego's Rady School of Management, as well as Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside's Career Centers. The Elevate Program boosts organizational performance and strategic effectiveness through interactive training and data-driven research. Dr. Pham’s works have been featured on multimedia venues from CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, KSCI International TV, and Strategic Innovators. He has published several books and numerous articles, while donating countless hours and fundraising for non-profit organizations.


Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in creating culturally and linguistically competent programs. He serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, WI. He provides direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include: Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Inclusion Advocates, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity, and Talent Acquisition.


Stephanie Piimauna

Stephanie Piimauna is a faculty member of Elevate, which is a partnership that includes the University of California—San Diego, the University of California—Riverside, California State University—Fullerton, the University of California Office of the President—MESA, and Spectrum Knowledge. She is veteran of the hospitality industry for over 25 years and currently serves as an executive at one of the largest international Entertainment, Gaming, and Hospitality companies in the world. She has thrived in the area of Learning and Development for most of those years and continues to follow her passion for developing leaders. In addition, she provides cutting-edge diversity training and oversight of the company’s many Employee Resource Groups through her leadership in Diversity and Inclusion. Stephanie also manages company groups that are involved in various environmental, philanthropic, and volunteer initiatives.