Riverside Business Discipline Faculty
The Riverside Business Discipline brings over 100 years of educational and professional expertise to the classroom

Dr. Pardee is a Distinguished Full Professor of Business Administration & Management at Riverside City College, where he has taught for the past 36 years. Dr. Pardee was a Dean at the college for seven years and has taught at three Universities as well as at the graduate school level. He has taught over 35 different courses at RCC.  Dr. Pardee has developed and delivered hundreds of hours of training and consulting for public agencies, multi-national corporations, financial institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Pardee has been the keynote speaker at nearly thirty national and international conferences. He has published five articles in professional journals and was selected as “Distinguished Faculty Lecturer” at RCC in 1991. Dr. Pardee is listed in nine “Who’s Who” publications and has been selected twice as Distinguished Faculty of the year by the California Community Colleges Economic Development Program. He was also recognized as Teacher of the year by the Association of Community College Trustees for the nine-state Pacific region of the United States. He holds the distinction of “Master Teacher” from the International Conference on Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Pardee was awarded two National Science Foundation research Fellowships in Management.   He serves as Chairman of the Board on two CAPE (California Baldrige) winner businesses, as well as being trained as a CAPE examiner himself.  He has been married to his wife Cyndi for 40 years. Both Dr. Pardee and his wife are graduates of RCC. Both of their sons attended RCC, before transferring to the University.

"February of this year marks five years since my completion of Cancer treatments, so I can now officially claim to be a 'Cancer survivor'.  "My Cancer was presumably as a result of exposure to Agent Orange during the two years I served in Viet Nam."

Don Ajené Wilcoxson is a Full Professor of Business Administration at Riverside City College where he has taught for 16 years plus 1 year as an intern under the guidance of Mr. Jose Duran. Prof. Wilcoxson has taught at two Universities one at the graduate school level and the other as a guest lecturer. He has taught over 15 different courses within Business to include, management, and marketing at RCC. Prof. Wilcoxson has also presented at many national educational conferences and is published. 

He has served as a board member on several community organizations including Concilio For Spanish Speaking, the NAACP Riverside and is an Alumni of Leadership Riverside. Prof. Wilcoxson has received The California State Senate Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award, was instrumental to the college receiving the California State Chancellor’s John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award, and recognized with the RCCD Chancellor’s Award of Appreciation.

Prof. Wilcoxson is an ordained minister, serves as an ambassador to The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and is a student of Emotional Intelligence, Spiritual Intelligence, and Logotherapy. He has been married to his wife Jacqueline for 23 years. Both Professor Wilcoxson and his wife are graduates of RCC.

Chie Ishihara is an Associate Professor of Business Administration. She has been at RCC since 2005, teaching a variety of business, management, and marketing classes. Her specialty is International Business as well as Advertising.  

Associate Professor Ishihara’s teaching philosophy is to teach what is practical in the business world so that students can use what they learn in her classes and apply them immediately that same day at work and in life. Students often tell her that they enjoy her sharing with them the business experiences, what worked and what didn't.

Her business experiences are quite extensive and cover the globe. She has worked at two advertising agencies spanning over 12 years. Dentsu is the largest ad agency in the world, headquartered in Tokyo. Associate Professor Ishihara worked at the Los Angeles office servicing clients with advertising campaigns, event sponsorships, public relations, etc. Some of the more fun things she did were, to be on the rescue team of Richard Branson (CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records) when her client sponsored his cross-Pacific Helium Balloon adventure. She also helped Earth, Wind, and Fire get title sponsorship for their comeback world tour. In the other advertising agency, a joint venture between a New York major ad agency and a Tokyo based major ad agency, Associate Professor Ishihara was stationed in Japan to do strategic planning for M&M/Mars account. That often took her to Hollywood and to Sydney, Australia for TV commercial shoots. She also worked at an event coordination company where she took the Sumo wrestlers for an exhibition match in Royal Albert Hall in London, England.  Associate Professor Ishihara was also stationed for 6 months in Honolulu, Hawaii to put together a marathon event that invited high school track students from all over the world. After her advertising days, she moved on to International Business and helped in a $600 million dollar project of launching DirecTV in Japan.
While Associate Professor Ishihara is currently focused on teaching and passing on her business experiences to the students, she keeps herself current in business with her own international business consultancy. Some of her recent projects being helping a Japanese company launch a skin care line in the U.S., helping an American children oriented service start a business in Japan, mediating selling of copper from Congo to the buyer in China via U.S. buyer, and mediating selling of diamonds from Guinea, Geneva, Angola to a buyer in U.K. who will then distribute to all over the world. “Business is fun and as the world gets smaller, business gets even more interesting!!!”

Associate Professor Ishihara has a bachelor's degree from Pomona College (Claremont Colleges) and M.B.A. degree from California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona) with induction to Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. 

In her personal life, she is a strong advocate for children and animals. She believes in fitness and enjoys playing tennis. You will often find her running up the stairs to keep in shape unless she is dragging her roller school bag!

Charlie Wyckoff has been an Associate Professor at Riverside City College since 2005.  Prior to beginning his teaching career, he was in the Financial Services business for 25 years. “It had always been a dream of mine to teach and I took an early retirement in order to do so.” Associate Professor Wyckoff started his career in insurance sales and rose through the ranks of two of America’s oldest and respected Financial Services companies. He was the Vice President of Individual Marketing and was responsible for the firm’s entire domestic marketing operation as it related to non-business customers.  This position entailed creating and implementing strategic marketing plans, including target marketing for various ethnic markets, developing training programs for sales and sales management personnel and managing a staff of about 125 employees.  

In Associate Professor Wyckoff’s last position of Vice President, International Marketing prior to retirement, he was a key member of a small team of executives who successfully expanded a 100+-year-old company into international markets for the first time in its history. “We built a dynamic, creative organization which grew from three employees at startup to a sales force of approximately 300 representatives and management personnel and a support staff of about 20 employees.”  The subsidiary achieved profitability 18 months ahead of plan and when Associate Professor Wyckoff left it was producing a significant percentage of the company’s overall profit.

“I take pride in the fact that I have been successful at doing everything I teach including Marketing, Advertising, Management, Employee Relations and general business areas.  I am fulfilling my dream of bringing my considerable business and life experience to my students and providing them with a “real life” educational environment.  I view having this opportunity as a privilege and I am excited about it every day.”

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