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Board President - Doug Husen, J.D.

Mr. Husen serves as a Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church for nearly 20 years. He was Superintendent of Crossroads Christian School (1,000 K-12 students) in Corona. He was US Marketing Manager for Pacific Image Electronics, a Taiwanese based company. For 10 years, he worked as a Marketing Specialist for IBM creating plans and programs to address opportunities within schools, colleges, and university marketplace. He graduated from California Polytech Pomona University with a BS in Marketing Management.

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Board Secretary - Joleen Smith, EdD

Dr. Smith is the Executive Principal at Crossroads Christian High School (CCHS) in Corona, California. As principal she implemented a learning environment emphasizing collaborative learning methodologies and technologies based on her book, Let’s Collaborate! ™ Collaborative Learning Techniques for Life-long Learners. A Facilitator’s Guide of Researched Tools and Materials . She has pioneered the A-G classes and students receiving college credit towards their Associate Degree during high school. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Hope University and Azusa Pacific University where she has taught the following:

• Student Teacher Supervisor for California Teaching Credentialing
• TEP 517/518 Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing
• TEP 527/528 Teaching Strategies and Models of Instruction
• TEP 547/548 Curriculum and Assessment


Miller Zhuang

Mr. Zhuang was born and lived in China until the age of 21 when he was selected because he was in the top 5% academically of Chinese students. He was allowed to go overseas to study after China’s Cultural Revolution. After completing his college degree in Canada, he traveled to Venezuela and worked with Chinese immigrants for 7 years. Now a fluent Spanish speaker, the Latin culture prepared Mr. Zhuang to help in his work with 2008 earthquake survivors in Chengdu. Government leaders honored Miller for the 10-year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake. Mr. Zhuang was the guest speaker. Mr. Zhuang’s training system is still being used to train generation after generation of teachers to recognize and help troubled kids. Mr. Zhuang is greatly respected in Beijing education and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Spanish, and 3 other languages.


Brett Freeman

Brett Freeman joined the Irvine International Academy Board during the Summer of 2021. He has lived and studied or worked in China, Costa Rica, Spain, and Mexico. He is passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding and educating children. He is a firm believer in creating a healthy, safe environment where children are nurtured, can develop their self-confidence, and form a strong sense of character. He was educated in the public school system, and received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio, and his MBA from UC Irvine.

University of California, Irvine – The Paul Merage School of Business, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Miami University – Marketing, International Business, Spanish, Bachelor of Science (BS)