The University Executive Operations Team (UEOT) is a working group that functions in an advisory and consultative capacity. UEOT members have decision-making authority within their administrative areas and work to develop cross-unit collaboration and solutions in support of WesternU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents. UEOT works collaboratively with the Colleges and other university-wide units, departments, and committees.
Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, MBA, FACOG
Dr. Farias Eisner was appointed WesternU’s third president on March 1, 2022. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Farias-Eisner leads the Office of the President, Administrative Leadership, and offers a leadership style that balances shared governance, business acumen, with academic excellence and commitment to service. This allows WesternU to continue to respond to shifting market demands, opportunities, and healthcare needs of the region and beyond. Dr. Farias-Eisner has a decorated academic pedigree that includes a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UCLA, a medical doctorate degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California.
Paula M. Crone, DO
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Crone joined WesternU as the Executive Associate Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP)-Northwest in 2010. In 2012, she was named Vice President of Oregon Campus Operations and her leadership was integral to the founding of COMP-Northwest, serving as founding site Dean from its inception until 2013, when she was instated as Dean of COMP and COMP-Northwest and Vice President of the Oregon campus. Today, she oversees operations of both COMP-Northwest and the WesternU expansion of the College of Health Sciences, and all WesternU Colleges in Lebanon, Oregon. She started her Interim Provost and Chief Academic Offer role on April 22, 2022. Dr. Crone holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Portland and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from COMP.
Diane M. Abraham, PhD, CFRE
Senior Vice President, Advancement
Dr. Abraham was appointed Senior Vice President of University Advancement in 2017. In this role, she builds awareness and engagement with WesternU Alumni & Friends resulting in enhanced gifts to the University through the Annual Fund, Student Scholarships, the Emergency Fund and Planned Giving opportunities. Dr. Abraham brings over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership positions, including Executive Director of UW Fox Valley Foundation, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Vice President of Philanthropy for Dignity Health Arizona, and Interim President/CEO for Barrow Neurological and St. Joseph’s Foundations. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and her Doctorate in Leadership Studies at Marian University. Dr. Abraham is a certified fundraising executive through CFRE International, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy.
Suresh Appavoo, EdD
Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism
Dr. Appavoo joined WesternU in November 2021 as the University’s first Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in higher education leading Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Anti-Racist initiatives, plans and programs. He previously served as Senior Executive for Equity and Diversity/Title-IX Coordinator for Southern Oregon University in Ashland where he oversaw and led comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion planning, operations, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring for the institution. Dr. Appavoo earned his Doctor of International and Multicultural Education (EdD) degree from the University of San Francisco, a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. His research and practice focus on intersectionality, transformative DEI leadership, and systemic change-agency in higher education.
Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA
Senior Vice President and Founding Chief of Mission Integration
Dr. Bowlin joined WesternU in 1990 as an instructor and went on to serve as Dean of the College of Health Sciences for 20 years. She now serves as Senior Vice President and Founding Chief of Mission Integration. The Office of Mission Integration (OMI) oversees Institutional Research and Effectiveness, the Pumerantz Library, the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), which houses Learning and Development, Instructional Design and Technology for Learning, as well as Academic Community Engagement. The OMI supports the efforts of WesternU by ensuring exceptional coordination of resources of the academic and operational entities, providing mission integration leadership, and assuring integration of the University’s basic principles, including humanism, equity, inclusion, and diversity, into the fabric of the institution. Dr. Bowlin graduated from the University of La Verne with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree from WesternU in Health Professions Education, and from the Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program in 1981.
Beverly A. Guidry, EdD
Senior Vice President Student Affairs
Dr. Guidry joined WesternU in 1982. During her tenure at WesternU, she has served as Director, Health Careers Opportunity Program/Admissions Recruiter, Assistant, Associate and Director of Admissions before being named Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in 1996 and later Dean of Student Affairs. She served as Vice President of Enrollment Management and University Student Affairs and was named Senior Vice President for University Student Affairs in 2019. She leads the offices of Strategic Enrollment Management, Recruitment, Admissions, Admissions Operations, Enrollment Data Systems, Registrar, Student Affairs and Learning Enhancement and Academic Development. Dr. Guidry holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management, master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Strategic Organizational Development, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.
Bradley S. Henson, DDS, PhD
Interim Senior Vice President, Research & Biotechnology
Dr. Henson was appointed Interim Senior Vice President for Research & Biotechnology in March 2022. He leads the Office of Research & Biotechnology and oversees all research activity at the University. The Office of Research &Biotechnology serves as a centralized hub providing a supportive environment to the faculty and investigators/collaborators/students engaged in research activity. Dr. Henson is an Associate Professor and has served as the College of Dental Medicine Assistant/Associate Dean for Research and Biomedical Sciences since 2011. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Michigan. As a dentist-scientist, his approach to teaching and research in dental education has always focused on bridging the biomedical sciences with the clinical sciences.
Clive Houston-Brown, EdD
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Houston-Brown joined WesternU in February 2019 and leads the Operations Administrative Unit responsible for Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities, Campus Safety and Compliance/Environmental Health and Safety. He has more than 34 years of experience within the higher education environment in California. Prior to joining WesternU, he was Vice President for HR, IT, Facilities & Safety at the University of La Verne. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of support for the university’s physical plant, capital projects, technology, human resources, campus safety, and parking and transportation. In addition to almost 22 years at La Verne, Dr. Houston-Brown served in various IT capacities for 12 years at California State University, Stanislaus. He holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a master’s in Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. His doctoral dissertation researched perceived barriers to African Americans and Hispanics entering the Information Technology field.
Jeffery Keating, MA
Chief of Community and Governmental Affairs
Jeff joined WesternU in 2008 as Executive Director of Public Affairs and was named Chief of Community and Governmental Affairs for the University in July 2019. In this role, he cultivates and enhances University relationships at all levels of government and works with University senior leadership in the development of proposals and strategies to advocate for University priorities. Jeff currently is president of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association (DPOA) Board of Directors and has served on the DPOA board since 2010. He is a past two-term president of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and now is the Chamber’s Chief Financial Officer. He also represents WesternU in the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and its Healthcare Sector Council and on the Los Angeles Business Federation (BizFed) Board of Directors. Jeff has been a member of Pomona Rotary since 2008 and was club President during the 2018-19 service year, for which the club was awarded a Rotary International Presidential Citation with Silver Distinction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne and a master’s degree in history from Arizona State University.
Joshua McFarlen, CPA, CA, MPAcc
Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Josh joined WesternU in July 2018 as Associate Vice President for Finance. He was then named Vice President for Finance, and in 2021 was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer. He leads the Financial Services & Treasury Unit and is responsible for operations in the offices of University Financial Services & Treasury, Student Financial Aid, Auxiliary Enterprises (Bookstores), Procurement Services and Risk Management. The CFO’s Office supports the efforts of WesternU by ensuring the financial growth, stability, and long-term sustainability of its mission. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Regina and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. He is an active, licensed Certified Public Accountant in California and Canada. He began his career in the audit practice of Big 4 public accounting firm KPMG, then served as a Financial Administrative Officer as well as in the Controller’s Office at the University of Saskatchewan. He also spent time in a CFO role in private financial services prior to joining WesternU.
Rose Murillo, EdD
Interim Vice President of Human Resources
Dr. Rose Murillo joined WesternU as Interim Vice President of Human Resources to assist with temporary oversight of the HR function. She has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, as well as certifications as a Senior HR Professional through both HRCI and SHRM.
Barbara O’Malley, EdD, MBA
Chief Communications Office
Dr. O’Malley was appointed Chief Communications Officer in 2020 and leads the Public Affairs & Marketing Unit, which includes creative services, photography and videography, website and digital, and media relations and communications. She has been working as a strategic communications and marketing consultant and practitioner in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors for more than 20 years. She has spent more than 10 years in public and private higher education working with leaders to reimagine and redesign marketing communication units to adapt to changing technologies, industries, markets, and consumer preferences – leading to sustainable futures. She has an EdD in Leadership & Learning in Organizations through Vanderbilt, an MBA from the University of Denver, a BS in communications and journalism from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. She has earned Executive Education Certificates in Dynamic Management from Duke; Crisis Leadership from Harvard; High Performance Leadership from Oxford; and Leadership Coaching from Georgetown.