Graduate Studies Programs

Simpson University offers the following master's programs and teaching credential programs (single or multi-subject).

MACP Information Meeting

Education Information Meeting

MAOL Information Meeting


  • Graduate Studies Admissions Staff
    Amy Warner

    Amy Warner - Recruiter for Graduate Studies Programs
    (530) 226-4198

  • School of Education Office Staff

    Becky Shaughnessy - Education Program Specialist
    (530) 226-4113

    Cherlyn Chairez - Credential Analyst
    (530) 226-4942

    Shari Lynn Merrill – Education Program Coordinator
    (530) 226-4109

  • MACP / MAOL Staff
    Addie Jackson

    Adeline (Addie) Jackson, Ed.D.
    Dean, Adult and Graduate Professional Studies
    (530) 226-4788

    Dr. Jackson holds a B.S. in behavioral science from the University of LaVerne, a M.A. in marital and family therapy from Azusa Pacific University and a Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Argosy University, Hawaii. She has worked in higher education administration since 1998.

    Dr. Jackson teaches a limited number of courses in both the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership programs. Her clinical experience includes work in community mental health settings, residential and outpatient addictions treatment, hospital-based behavioral health, employee assistance, and private practice. She has been a trainer and consultant in a variety of organizational settings including state and local government, the visitor industry, labor union, hospitals, and insurance companies. She has been at Simpson University since 2009.

    Program Coordinator, School of Graduate Professional Studies: Open


  • School of Education Faculty

    Full-Time Faculty

    Craig Cook, Ph.D.
    Dean, School of Education
    B.A., Biola University
    M.Div. Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
    Ph.D., Ateneo de Manila University
    Ron McGraw

    Ronald K. McGraw, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor of Education
    B.S., Butler University
    M.A.E., Ball State University
    Ed.D., Ball State University
    Paul Jones

    Paul Jones, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor of Education
    B.A., Sonoma State University
    M.A., California State University, Chico
    Ed.D., University of Southern California
    Carol Wertz

    Carol Wertz, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor of Education
    B.S., Central Michigan University
    M.A., Sonoma State University
    Ed.D., University of Southern California
    Edward Mooney

    Edward Mooney, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor of Education
    B.S., Montana State University
    M.A., University of California, Riverside
    Ed.D., Northeastern University, Boston

    Adjunct Faculty

    David Alexander, Ed.D.
    B.S., Humboldt State University
    Ed.D., University of LaVerne

    Philip Brown, C.P.A.
    B.A., California State University, Humboldt
    M.A.T., Simpson University

    Allison Brogoitti, M.A.
    B.A., California State University, Sacramento
    C.P.A, California State University, Sacramento

    Tom Forbes, Ed.D.
    B.A., California State University, Humboldt
    M.A., California State University, Humboldt
    Ed.D., University of Southern California

    Joseph D. Funderburg, M.S.
    B.S., Southern Oregon University
    M.S., Southern Oregon University

    Matt Garrett, M.A.
    B.A., California State University, San Bernardino
    M.A., Simpson University

    Scotti Gleason, M.A.
    B.S., California State University, Sacramento
    M.A., Simpson University

    Richard K. Harris, Ed.D.
    B.A., Seattle Pacific University
    M.A., University of Redlands
    Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University

    Diane Kempley, Ed.D.
    B.A., California State University, Chico
    M.A., Simpson University
    Ed.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    Cyntiha Magnuson, Ph.D.
    B.S., Troy State University
    M.A., California State University, Chico
    Ph.D., Capella University

    David Peek, M.S.
    B.S., Humboldt State University
    M.S., California State University, Chico

    Al Rocca, Ph.D.
    B.A., California State University, San Jose
    M.A., California State University, San Jose
    Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • MACP Faculty

    Reg Watson, Ph.D.
    Clinical Training Director
    (530) 226-4705

    Dr. Watson earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. He holds an M.S. and C.A.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University as well as a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Northwest Nazarene University. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Watson is the Clinical Training Director for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program.

    Danielle Beck, Ph.D.

    Courses: Child & Adolescent Development, Research Methods, Issues of Diversity in Counseling

    Dr. Beck is the Chair for the undergraduate psychology program at Simpson and teaches courses as an adjunct faculty in the master of arts in counseling psychology program. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Washington. She is a developmental psychologist with current and past research projects studying executive functioning in children. She supervises research projects for undergraduate students.

    Bob Boyle, Psy.D.

    Courses: Psychopathology in Adults, Child & Adolescent Psychopathology

    Dr. Boyle holds a Psy.D. degree from Rosemead School of Psychology, and is a California licensed clinical psychologist. He has extensive experience conducting psychological assessments and diagnostic evaluations. Dr. Boyle has been teaching in the undergraduate psychology program since 2006 and in the master of arts in counseling psychology program since its inception in 2010. He is a recipient of the MACP Excellence in Teaching Award.

    Michaele Brown, MSW, LCSW

    Courses: Theory and Practice of Group Therapy

    Ms. Brown earned her master’s in social work degree at Chico State University and is a licensed clinical social worker. She was a supervisor of Tehama County drug and alcohol services in Red Bluff and is currently a clinician in Tehama County mental health where she provides services with a focus on children with trauma and incarcerated women.

    Rosie Flores-Wilfong, M.A.

    Courses: Child & Adolescent Therapy

    Ms. Flores-Wilfong currently provides community-based mental health services in Tehama County, teaches at Shasta College and is a trainer and consultant on preschool education and child development. She provides counseling and mental health services to the Spanish speaking population in Tehama County. She has many years’ of experience in program development and is a trainer and consultant on accreditation of early childhood education centers.

    Adam Hilton, M.A.

    Courses: Contemporary Issues in Family Therapy, Adult Development

    Mr. Hilton is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. He earned his MA in psychology and marriage and family therapy from Chapman University. His professional experience spans a variety of settings and client populations including community—based mental health, county mental health, and church settings.

    Lisa Jellison, M.A.

    Courses: Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology and the Family, Child Abuse and Family Violence

    Ms. Jellison earned her Master’s in counseling psychology from National University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional clinical counseling in California. Her professional experience includes working with children, adolescents and couples. She supervises trainees and interns in a community-based agency setting and teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Lisa has been the recipient of the MACP Faculty Member of the Year award (selected by students), Excellence in Teaching award and the Excellence in Supervision award.

    Simeon Jones, M.A.

    Courses: Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

    Mr. Jones is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. He is the clinical director for Restpadd, a county funded psychiatric inpatient facility in Redding. Mr. Jones has extensive experience providing and supervising mental health and clinical services in hospital settings. He has been a research assistant, consultant to physicians and other health care workers and currently provides counseling and supervision in a church-based counseling center.

    Kimberly McKinney, M.A.

    Courses: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders

    Ms. McKinney received her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from National University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified addiction specialist in California. Ms. McKinney is employed by Shasta County Mental Health where she provides addiction treatment and mental health counseling services.

    Christina Newton, M.A.

    Courses: Counseling Skills, Theories of Counseling I & II, Family Therapy Theory & Practice I, Couples Therapy and Domestic Violence

    Ms. Newton graduated with honors from Chapman University with a Master’s in psychology. She is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California. Her clinical experience includes providing services to children with special emotional and psychological needs in the school setting, conducting divorce and separation recovery groups for families, counseling and support services within a large social service agency, and private practice.

    Patrick O’Leary, M.A.

    Courses: Family Therapy II, Legal and Ethical Issues

    Mr. O’Leary holds a Master of Arts in marriage, family and child therapy, a Master of Science in pastoral counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. He is a California licensed marriage and family therapist. Mr. O’Leary is a supervisor for Shasta County Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug programs. He has served as the regional director for a community based foster care and mental health agency for adolescents, in multiple positions providing clinical and consultation services in public schools and county mental health departments.

    Ramona Stewart, R.N.

    Courses: Psychopharmacology

    Ramona is a registered nurse whose clinical experience includes psychiatric nursing . She has experience providing medication education to patients and their caregivers, as a charge nurse supervising shift nurses and psychiatric technicians and collaboration between providers. She has been a telehealth nurse providing post-acute hospitalization care and coordinating the services of providers in remote locations.

  • MAOL Faculty

    Joe Ayer, M.B.A.

    Courses: Leadership Theory

    Mr. Ayer is the Administrative Director for the North State regional office of BloodSource, Northern California Community Blood Bank. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration degree with a focus on organizational leadership from Brandman University where he also teaches a number of courses in leadership. He serves on several advisory boards locally including Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, Shasta County Public Health, Shasta College Nursing advisory council, Institute of Technology LVN advisory council. He has extensive experience as an administrator and leader is the non-profit sector.

    Sharon Brisolara, Ph.D.

    Courses: Program Research and Evaluation, Strategic Planning

    Dr. Brisolara holds a Doctorate in Program Evaluation and Planning with concentrations in sociology and city and regional planning from Cornell University. Her Master of Science is in Human Service Administration with concentrations in rural sociology and city and regional planning, also from Cornell. Dr. Brisolara is the Director of Evaluation Solutions, a company she owns providing evaluation consulting to a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations in the North State and across the country including USAID; the National Science Foundation at University of New Mexico Los Alamos, First 5 Shasta County, The California Endowment Healthy Eating, Active Communities; Siskiyou County Children and Families Commission; Washington State Association of Community Action Agencies, among many others. She is the co-author of two textbooks on program evaluation: Feminist Evaluation and Research: Theory and Practice published by Guilford Press in 2014 and The Feminist Evaluation Model published by Sage in 2012. In addition to teaching in SU’s MAOL program, Dr. Brisolara also teaches in SUs undergraduate psychology program, at Shasta College and for National University online.

    John Burson, Ed.D.

    Courses: Leadership Theory

    Dr. Burson earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in physical science with a concentration in chemistry from CSU Chico. He has served as the Dean of Adult Studies and Graduate Planning at Simpson U, as an instructor for CSU Chico, William Jessup University and Butte Community College and has developed and led leadership training seminars for private industry, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations among many other senior-level administrative positions.

    Laura Cootsona, M.A.

    Courses: Board Governance, Resource Development and Fundraising for Non-profits

    Ms. Cootsona earned her Master of Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Religious Studies from University of California, Berkeley. She is the owner of LRCConsulting providing consulting services primarily to non-profit organizations on board development, strategic planning, fundraising, and mentoring CEOs. She has held positions as the Assistant Director of the Jesus Center, Associate Faculty in the Business Department at Butte Community College, Vice President and Senior Consultant for The FOCUS Group, LLC, Development Chair and Executive Committee Member for Christians in the Visual Arts, among many others.

    Donna DiMatteo-Gibson, Ph.D.

    Courses: Leading & Managing Human Resources, Women as Leaders

    Dr. DiMatteo-Gibson holds a Doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Master of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from CSPP, San Diego. She holds a certificate in quality teaching, learning and assessment, and a certificate in Instructional Design/e-learning from the American Society of Training and Development. Dr. DiMatteo-Gibson has worked as a Human Resources Analyst for the County of San Diego District Attorney’s office, an Organizational Development Specialist for Molecular Biosystems, Inc., and ICS Advent in San Diego, and as a consultant. In addition to teaching for SU, Dr. DiMatteo-Gibson teaches courses in management and organizational psychology for Capella and South Universities.

    Rick Fauss, Ed.D.

    Courses: Communication and Conflict Resolution

    Dr. Fauss is a graduate of University of LaVerne in southern California with a Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. He is the superintendent of Redding School District and New Millennium Partnership. He has been superintendent at two other school districts and a principal in K-5. Dr. Fauss’ career in educational leadership has been distinguished by his strong fiscal management, commitment to excellence and integrity, his community involvement and ability to work well with multiple cultures and employee groups.

    Michael Redman, B.A., and Kathryn Redman, M. Div.

    Courses: Marketing for Non-profits

    Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from CSU Chico in Instructional Design and Technology and has worked in various areas of media production and technology for many years. Along with his wife, Kathryn, he owns Half a Bubble Out, a full-service marketing and advertising agency. Kathryn earned her Master’s of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary and a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in religious studies from California State University, Chico. Both have strong backgrounds in sales, marketing, customer service, graphic and web design. They have specialized in internet and traditional marketing and consulting on business/organization development, business promotion strategy, marketing and business plans, and ongoing strategic counsel. Michael and Kathryn team teach together.

    Suresh Thomas, D.Min.

    Courses: Leading Change, Servant-hood, Faith and Leadership

    Dr. Thomas holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Religion from Canadian Theological Seminary, a Master of Social Work from University of Madras, India and a Diploma in Business Management from Besant Management Institute in Madras, India. Dr. Thomas’ states his personal objective as “To raise transformational leaders who will influence others in all areas of life’s domains.” He has over 22 years’ experience in organizational leadership, primarily in non-profit and social services. His experience encompasses work as a project director for psycho-social rehabilitation in areas affected by civil war in Sri Lanka, as a case manager for refugee resettlement for International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, Georgia, and he has taught many courses in leadership and leader development in the US, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. He is currently the executive director for Family Concern International, a non-profit in Suwanee, GA.

    Shawna Wentlandt, Ph.D.

    Courses: Behavior in Organizations, Team Building and Leadership

    Dr. Wentlandt earned her Doctorate in Leadership and Organization Change from Walden University, and her Master of Arts in Management from Wayland Baptist University. She has a breadth of experience in higher education administration including as a Marine Corps base university program manager, Director of Student Finance and Professor of Practice. In addition to teaching for Simpson U she has taught numerous courses in leadership and management for Grand Canyon University, Intercontinental University and Ashford University.