From a Harvard educated doctor who works with Doctors Without Borders to a business instructor who is Founder and Principal of Silicon Valley Institute, students will hear firsthand from experts in their field. 

Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

UC Berkeley

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Ex: Trial Law – Jack McMahon, JD, MA

Former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Rhode Island, and has taught law at Roger Williams University.

Yale University

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Ex: Finance & Investing, Peter Mombaur, MBA

Former Managing Director of a private equity investment firm and consultant with McKinsey & Co.

Georgetown University

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Ex: Architecture – Phil Muse, M.Arch

Leads an architecture firm and has worked on major projects such as Washington National Airport and Yongjin Light Rail System in Seoul.


Click here to see all Boston instructors.

Ex: Genetics – Summer Morrill and John Replogle, Ph.D. candidates

Ph.D. candidates at MIT in the department of Biology. They will team teach the course on the campus of MIT.

San Diego

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Ex: Drone Cinematography – Brandon Murphy, MBA

Leads drone operations for San Diego-based video production company and worked with Fortune 50 companies.

All Instructors

SSB - Laura Manyweather

Dr. Laura Manyweather, Ed.D., MBA

With 29 years of experience with private corporations and 12 years in academia, Laura brings systems, processes and organizational structure to small and micro businesses.


Dr. Ramin Ramezani, UCLA

Dr. Ramin Ramezani is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science and a Research Scientist at the Center for Smart Health, UCLA.

SSB - Benjamin Supat

Dr. Benjamin Supat, UC San Diego

Dr. Benjamin Supat is a Stanford educated emergency medicine physician, currently working as a senior resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC San Diego.

ssb george mansfield

George Mansfield, MSME

George Mansfield is a university professor and for the past 50+ years he has also maintained an active engineering consulting practice in diverse disciplines for many companies.

Lena Choudhary

Lena Choudhary, JD, MSN, RN

Lena Choudhary has been a professor of nursing for over 10 years at various colleges and universities in the Washington D.C. area.

Violet Bagni

Violet Bagni, UCLA

Violet Bagni is an EMT Clinical Instructor at UCLA with over 20 years of experience teaching the fundamentals of emergency medicine.


Matt Miller, BA

Matt Miller is an adventure photographer and videographer from Tennessee, currently working in San Diego and LA.

Cheryl Burke, DNP, RN

Cheryl Burke is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Northeastern University, School of Nursing with over 20 years of experience.

Artin Davidian, MS

Artin Davidian is an engineering professor with over 15 years of teaching experience in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Krista McCutcheon, M.Sc.

Krista McCutcheon has been working as a professional drug hunter for over 20 years, and is a co-inventor on multiple drug patents.

Dr. Tina Klein, UC San Diego

Dr. Tina Klein has taught at top business schools: UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, USC’s Marshall School of Business, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and UC San Diego's Rady School of Management.

Dr. Anton Theunissen, Ph.D.

Dr. Anton Theunissen is the Executive Director of the MS in Mathematical Finance program at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Karen Markowitz

Karen Markowitz, MA

Karen Markowitz has been a psychology instructor for over 20 years at various colleges and universities in the coastal San Diego area.

instructor - brandon murphy

Brandon Murphy, MBA

Brandon Murphy has worked with small businesses and Fortune 8 companies for over 13 years, bringing a wide range of expertise to RJ Films.

Dr. Christopher Faraone, Ed.D

Christopher Faraone has over 13 years of experience in the field of education. Currently, he is a history teacher in New Jersey where he successfully conceptualized, authored and presented curriculum for new AP Comparative Politics class.

Darren Gibson, Ed.D., MBA

Dr. Gibson is a professor of Business at Trinity Washington University, holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, and is certified in Six Sigma.

Paula Matei-Grysiak, MS

Paula Matei-Grysiak is a skilled and enthusiastic teacher with extensive experience teaching Physics and Mathematics.

Dr. Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Donahue served as the Chief Nursing Officer for the Western Connecticut Health Network, the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York.

Dr. Lisa Acerbo, Ed.D.

Dr. Lisa Acerbo is a university professor and published author of five young adult and new adult novels.

Dr. Sean Choi, Facebook

Sean Choi completed a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a M.S. degree in computer science at Stanford University and B.S. degree in computer science and business economics and management at California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Reza Alam, UC Berkeley

Dr. Reza Alam is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley as well as the American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Ocean Engineering.

John Keszler, MIT

John Keszler is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Craig Kutz, UC San Diego

Dr. Craig Kutz is a physician-scientist, currently working as a senior resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC-San Diego Health.

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