Alliant’s Leadership and Governance Teams

Alliant International University is part of Arist Education System, a global system of universities focused on health and human sciences. Alliant is also partially owned by the Alliant Educational Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization which oversees scholarships, donations, grants, contracts, research and clinical training and professional service centers affiliated with the university. University management responsibility is delegated to the President, who is supported by the President’s Cabinet.

University Administration:

President Andy Vaughn, MSEd
Provost & Senior VP of Academic Affairs Tracy Heller, PhD
Chief Financial Officer & VP of Finance Diane Erdei, MA
Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Russell, PhD
Chief Information Officer Sue Wierenga 
Vice President of Student Affairs & Policy Assurance Mary Oling-Sisay, EdD
Vice President of Admissions Amy Kwiatkowski, MAOM
Vice President of Student Services Amber Eckert, MEd
Vice President of Marketing Ashley Chitwood


School Administrations:

California School of Professional Psychology

Executive Dean Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA
Academic Dean Dalia Ducker, PhD
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Debra Kawahara, PhD
Associate Dean of Training & Administration Stephanie Wood, PhD

California School of Forensic Studies

Executive Dean Gregory J. Brandes, JD
Director of Training Lisa Talerico, PsyD

California School of Education

Dean Mary Oling-Sisay, EdD

California School of Management & Leadership

Dean Rachna Kumar, PhD

San Francisco Law School

Executive Dean Gregory J. Brandes, JD

Undergraduate Studies

Dean Mary Oling-Sisay, EdD


Faculty, Staff and Student Government

Faculty governance structures directly involve academic leaders in all aspects of University management, including student recruitment, selection, monitoring, evaluation and curriculum development, and faculty recruitment and performance monitoring. Policy recommendations often originate from faculty committees or student representatives.

University staff members are represented by an elected Staff Council, a body that has both campus and systemwide officers.

At each campus, students are represented by a Student Government Association, a self-governing body that enhances student welfare, student life and educational quality. Via a systemwide University Student Government Association, students are actively involved in a wide variety of University governance issues

Campus Administration:

Fresno Brian Evans Coordinator of Campus & Student Services
Irvine Nicole Camaras Director of Campus Services
Los Angeles Stephanie Byers-Bell Director of Campus Services
Sacramento Kimberly Gardner Coordinator of Campus & Student Services
San Diego Kathy McIntosh Assistant VP of Student Life & Alumni Relations
San Francisco Angela Dickson Director of Campus Services

Board of Trustees

Joyce Berenstein
Geoff Brown
William Husson
William Hynes
Jeffrey Keith (chair)
Ron Longinotti
James Lyons
Natalie Porter
Jeff Tirengel
Andy Vaughn

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Fetter
Gonzalo Garreton, M.D.
Richard Grunsten
Kai Roemmelt (chair)
Saul Rosenbaum


Audit and Tax Filings