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A word from Lisa Klein Pearo, DBA, on West's curriculum model.

Not just instructors.
True thought leaders.

Western International University® (West) professors are highly educated, highly experienced, and highly respected — by both students and peers. West professors include both traditional academics and industry professionals. This ensures that West students receive the dual benefit of academic knowledge and practical application throughout their educational experience.

A word from Lisa Klein Pearo, DBA, on West's curriculum model.

Meet West’s Program Chairs



  • Lisa Klein

    Lisa Klein Pearo, DBA

    Core Faculty & Program Chair, Business

    Dr. Klein Pearo earned her Doctorate in Business Administration in Marketing and her Master in Business Administration in General Management from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University. She has done research and consulting in the areas of hospitality marketing, online marketing, and market research on consumer behavior in interactive environments and taught extensively in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs.


  • Jennifer

    Jennifer E. Lee, PhD

    Core Faculty & Program Chair, Behavioral Science

    Dr. Lee earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of Toledo, specializing in psychobiology and learning, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Redlands in California. Her teaching practice includes course and curriculum writing in Behavioral Science, Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and she has expertise in a variety of online learning technologies. Dr. Lee has a breadth of research experience, including student sensitivity to reinforcement schedules, learning in single celled organisms, secondary reward value, prepulse inhibition, and hearing across species.


  • Wendy

    Wendy W. Achilles, PhD, CPA

    Core Faculty & Program Chair, Accounting

    Dr. Achilles earned her PhD in Business with a specialization in Accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed CPA. She spent several years in corporate taxation, working as a tax manager for a multinational corporation performing duties such as tax compliance, international tax research, and Securities & Exchange Commission reporting. She has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and her research interests include behavioral issues in taxation and accounting education.