Welcome our 2017 faculty!

Aerospace Studies

Tech Sergeant Jessica Gates enlisted in the Air Force right out of high school in August 2000.  She is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota. She is married and has a two-year old daughter, Pearl, and a nine-month old son, Axil. She has a degree from the Community College of the Air Force in human resources management and is working toward her bachelor’s in the same degree.  She enjoys knitting, scrapbooking and taking motorcycle rides with her husband.


Dr. Rishabh Kumar is starting in Fall 2017 as assistant professor of economics at California State University, San Bernardino. Before joining CSUSB, he was an economist for the City of New York. He previously taught at the Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts in New York and was part of the Institute for New Economic Thinking Sustainable Growth Program at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis.

Kumar received his Ph.D. in economics from The New School for Social Research in New York in May 2017. Prior to this he was educated at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the University of Delhi. His research covers topics such as wealth inequality, national accounts and macroeconomics. Kumar’s ongoing work is an effort to document the historical evolution of wealth in India. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as the popular press. He frequently writes blogs on his website ( as well as portals, such as and Ideas for India.

Geography & Environmental Sciences

Jennifer B. Alford is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. She grew up along the North Carolina coast where she developed a passion for conserving the unique natural resources and ecosystems of the Southeastern United States. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUSB, her endeavors included teaching at small liberal arts colleges and large regional universities, developing public-private partnerships, and working with stakeholders to implement comprehensive environmental programs and policies. In her free time, Alford enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and traveling domestically and abroad.

Alford’s teaching and research interests reflect her passion for understanding and illustrating the geospatial interplay between human activities and complex environmental systems. Her courses often include interactive learning activities that assist students with gaining relevant real-world experiences through the lens of academic research and community partnerships. Alford’s most recent publication examines the spatial-temporal relationships between surface water impairments and human activities in the Cape Fear River Basin of North Carolina. Alford is very excited about expanding her teaching and research agendas to include the intricate issues surrounding water resources and environmental sustainability in the Southern California region.

Military Science

Captain Terek Nelson graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in military science in May 2011. He has been with the Department of Military Science since 2013.  He first served as the executive officer at Claremont McKenna College before transferring to California State University, San Bernardino as a military science instructor in 2015. He is an active member of the United States Army Reserve serving as the Battalion S6 for the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion Airborne.

His professional certifications include the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification and the CompTIA Security+ Certification.

His military education includes the 27D Army Paralegal course (honor graduate), 25A Signal Basic Officer Leadership course, Signal Captain’s Career course (honor graduate), Battalion S6 course, Airborne School and Air Assault School.


Stacy Forcino received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Idaho State University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology/pediatric psychology at the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic and Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Forcino has spent the last several years teaching as an adjunct at CSUSB, while also maintaining a private practice in child clinical psychology. At CSUSB, Forcino has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses and supervised graduate student therapists in the Community Counseling Center. Forcino’s research focuses on training parents to manage childhood behavior problems. She is interested in using behavioral science to solve clinically significant problems of childhood (e.g., disruptive behavior disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders), as well as more common problems of childhood (e.g., noncompliance, bedtime problems, picky eating, difficulty with toilet training).

Social Work

Dr. Rigaud Joseph is a Haitian lawyer who came to the United States in 2007. Between 2010 and 2012, he attended Florida Atlantic University where he received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work, as well as an undergraduate and a graduate certificate in child welfare. Dr. Joseph then worked as a family therapist and registered clinical social worker intern in South Florida between 2012 and 2014. Before joining the California State University, San Bernardino School of Social Work, Dr. Joseph worked as an adjunct professor at Florida International University where he earned a Ph.D. in social welfare in 2017. His areas of interest include evaluation of poverty and social welfare policies, economic self-sufficiency among low-income families, theory and scale development, and empowerment practice and social advocacy.

James Simon joins the School of Social Work with 20 years of practice experience. He began his career working with at-risk youth while completing his B.A.s in psychology and German at California State University, Northridge. His focus expanded to families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) while completing his MSW at the University of California, Los Angeles. Afterward, he worked as a social worker for the Department of Children and Family Services in L.A. in several departments, including Adoptions, Emergency Response, the Child Protection Hotline, the Accelerated Placement Team, and Family Preservation. His experience as a child abuse investigator led him to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.


Simon primarily researches CPS interventions and post-investigation outcomes, with a focus on families that were investigated for child maltreatment and subsequently referred to prevention services. His other research interests include predictors of child welfare recidivism, client engagement in services after an investigation, families with complex needs, and matching needs and services to prevent child maltreatment. Moving forward, his research will continue to identify how various post-investigation services affect engagement, the match between needs and services, and CPS recidivism to improve the lives of families at risk of maltreatment.