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Laurus College Instructor - Melanie Bryant

Melanie Bryant

Business Systems Department Director
Teaching at Laurus since 2014
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An accomplished educator and professional writer, Melanie brings a unique mix of experiences to the Professional Business Systems Department. She uses her copywriting and marketing ingenuity to help businesses promote their products and grow their brands through strategic social media marketing and relevant content development. While she’s worked with a variety of clients in diverse industries, she focuses on the luxury sector, with an expertise in the niche food, fine wine and real estate markets.

Melanie holds both a BA in Communications and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. She is also a certified Technical Writer.

Laurus College Instructor - Clint Stover

Clint Stover

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2010
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Clint brings to Laurus College a unique background that includes a lifelong interest in computers and computer programs as well a formal education, both which are of benefit to his students. He graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2010 with a major in Applied Studies and a minor in Communications. Clint’s unique college major combined both business and liberal study classes providing a broad spectrum of study encompassing the business world as well as general cultural knowledge.

Laurus College Instructor - Richard Krueger

Richard Krueger

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2012
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Richard has extensive experience in marketing, product management, communications and business development. He developed and directed the successful launch of innovative software, storage and RFID solutions and has proven success with growth, turn-around and start-up firms in the hi-tech industry. His expertise includes corporate strategy formation and driving alliances with global technology and channel partners. Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science / Operations Research from California State University, Los Angeles.

Laurus College Instructor - Derae Keech

Derae Keech

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2012
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Derae moved back to the San Luis Obispo area and has been teaching at Laurus since August 2012. She recently started teaching in the last 3 years after working over 15 years as a graphic designer / Assistant Marketing Director with a major record label (Sparrow Records), as well as a Client Account Manager and Project Manager at a Fortune 500 Technological Company (Xerox) in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her undergrad in Business Management with a minor in Ethics at Lipscomb University and then her Secondary Education Master through the University of Phoenix.

Laurie Manibusan

Laurie Manibusan

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2013
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Laurie brings over 24 years of experience in public administration to the Professional Business Systems Department at Laurus College. Additionally, Laurie’s expertise extends into the areas of legislative and public policy, fiscal and grants management, and human resources. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and on both the East and West Coast.

Recognized on numerous occasions by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (NWT) for her commitment to excellence in customer service, Laurie is equally dedicated to the success of her students. She actively volunteers in serving military personnel and their families and community outreach. Laurie holds both a BS and a MS in Public Administration from the University of Guam.

Laurus College Instructor - Lynda Mondragon

Lynda Mondragon

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2014
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Lynda has a unique and diverse work background. She graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a Major in Human Communications, and an emphasis in Media studies and Journalism. She is also passionate about the performing arts and went back to school to pursue her education in Theater and Theatrical Arts at PCPA. She has 10+ years of experience working in the teaching and mentoring field, and has mostly worked in local non-profit agencies throughout the central coast.

Laurus College Instructor - Nancy Munkres

Nancy Munkres

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2014
Nancy received her MBA degree from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She has a California State Vocational Teaching Credential and over 12 years’ experience teaching. Nancy also owns and operates, along with her husband, a small internet business and also sells merchandise in two brick and mortar locations. She enjoys encouraging her students to further their education and helping them to learn topics that they will use in everyday life.

Laurus College Instructor - Wendy Fuentes

Wendy Flores

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2014
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Wendy has been in the professional business field for several years. She held a management position for a large financial institution, giving her the opportunity to get acquainted with different businesses while serving her community. Her passion for teaching and serving as a mentor is what really drives her, sharing a variety of expertise from management to business development with her students. Wendy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University Of California Santa Barbara.

Laurus College Instructor - Rachel Villanueva

Rachel Villanueva

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2015
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Rachel earned her B.A. in English from the University of California Santa Barbara with specializations in Early Modern Studies, and Modern Literature & Critical Theory. Her experience in teaching has stemmed from working with local students in grades K-8, both in traditional and special education classrooms. Along with teaching she serves as an active volunteer with youth from the Santa Maria Valley community.

Laurus College Instructor - Troy Nichols

Troy Nichols

Business Systems Instructor
Teaching at Laurus since 2015
Troy comes to Laurus College with breadth of experience in business start-up and youth and young adult development, in a variety of settings. He is an adjunct professor at California State University Sacramento, has been a small business owner for over 10 years, and serves as an Associate Pastor in a church located in Sacramento. His passion is to see individuals become the best version of themselves. He looks to empower students to develop their own unique skills and abilities, and provides tangible tools for students to apply those skills in the workplace and life.

Troy holds a MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Post University; BS in Recreation and Leisure Administration with an emphasis in Commercial and Tourism Management from California State University Sacramento.