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Guido Krickx


Guido KrickxKrickx joined Sacramento State as the dean of the College of Continuing Education in November 2011. He was associate dean and director of Graduate Business Programs at St. Mary's College in Moraga before coming to Sac State. His doctorate is in management, and he earned an MBA from UCLA. He holds a graduate degree in management from Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgium. His undergraduate degree in commercial engineering is from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.

During his five years at St. Mary's, Krickx developed and directed graduate programs at four locations. He also worked at California State University, East Bay, from 1997 to 2006; he had several administrative responsibilities and oversaw the university's academic programming in Europe. He also managed MBA consulting project courses while at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a faculty member.

Krickx possesses considerable experience in global education and graduate degree development. His keen understanding of California's economy prompt him to craft innovative educational opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students, and he is forging strong partnerships with Sacramento State's seven other colleges. He is also bolstering the CCE English Language Institute's recruitment and success of international students.

Paulo Pinto

International Programs director

Paulo PintoPinto received a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Sacramento State in 2005. He taught at CCE's English Language Institute for six years before becoming director in June 2011. During his teaching time, he developed courses and curriculum for particular areas needed to enhance the program. He has received awards and other honors, such as being the Outstanding M.A. in Portuguese graduate student recipient, Outstanding Professional Achievement for BYU's International Community, the Spanish & Portuguese departmental full-tuition M.A. academic scholarship and the Jack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley full-tuition undergraduate academic scholarship. Pinto is a member of the French Honor Society - Pi Delta Phi. He is also a member of NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators). He functions fluently in English, Portuguese and French, and conversationally in Italian and Spanish.

Karen Johnson

Chief deputy director, California Department of Healthcare Services

Karen JohnsonJohnson was appointed chief deputy director of Policy & Program Support for the California Department of Healthcare Services in May 2007. She is responsible for managing and directing the day-to-day operations of DHCS as well as for implementing the department's policies and assisting in the formulation of policy to achieve the department's mission.

Prior to her appointment with DHCS, she served for two years as the deputy director of administration for the State Board of Equalization and worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 1989 to 2005, where she held several positions, including director of administration, audit director and auditor. Prior to joining CDFA, she was an auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense. Johnson is a graduate of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo., where she majored in Business Administration and Accounting. She is also a licensed ccertified public accountant (CPA).

Lance Guerra

Instructor and former Caltrans training officer

Lance GuerraGuerra has more than 21 years of experience as a training officer, training manager and chief learning officer for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Healthcare Services Division. As the acting chief of Caltrans' Learning and Development Office, he was responsible for overseeing several leadership, management and supervisory training programs from 2000 until his retirement in 2012. Under his direction, Caltrans Leadership Programs attained nationwide acclaim and worldwide recognition.

Guerra is also an experienced trainer and facilitator. His areas of expertise include first-level supervision, communication, teamwork, organizational alignment, completed staff work, self-development, customer service and training for trainers. He has also consulted with managers to find practical solutions to achieve their mission and vision.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies from Sacramento State.

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