Pacific Oaks College offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with a culture-centered education approach. This approach defines who we are as a community of learners and emphasizes the value we place on both human difference and commonality. Throughout every aspect of the Pacific Oaks experience, students are encouraged to recognize and nurture the uniqueness and inherent potential that each brings to the table, and to use the diversity of experience, heredity, abilities, and perspective to create a community of mutual understanding and respect.
Governance, Leadership and Administration
Pacific Oaks College is governed by a Board of Trustees, which meets three times a year and oversees policy decisions for areas that include academic affairs, institutional advancement, student services, and business and financial affairs.
Board of Trustees
Valerie Coachman-Moore, M.P.H. (Chair)
Fred Marcus, Esq., J.D. (Vice Chair)
Ryan Eisenberg, Ed.D
Michael Horowitz, Ph.D.
Dawn A. Kurtz, Ph.D.
Terrence “Joe” Layng, Ph.D.
Stacey Lydon, M.A.
Teresa Nuno, M.Ed
Jack Paduntin, D.B.M., President
Sharon Shelton, M.A.
Patricia A. Breen Ph.D., President Emeritus
Priscilla Burgess Gamb, Life Trustee
Dorothy Farris, Trustee Emeritus
Office of the President
Dr. Jack Paduntin is the President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School.
Reporting directly to the president and overseeing the day-to-day operations of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School are members of the Cabinet.
Carrie B. Zalkind, Chief of Staff, Secretary to Cabinet*
Jane Sawyer, Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness*
Michael Patton, Dean of Students*
Nubian London, Associate Vice President, Admissions*
Alexandra Pototskaya, Director of Finance*
Jerell Hill, Ed.D., Dean, School of Human Development and Education
Terry Webster, Ph.D., Dean, School of Cultural and Family Psychology
Bree E. Cook, Psy.D, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer & Accreditation Liaison Office (ALO)*
Judy Castro, Ed.D, Vice President, Advancement & Partnership Development*
Victor Soto, Executive Director, Pacific Oaks Children’s School*
*Members of Executive Cabinet