We draw from a rich pool of campus faculty, as well as off-campus industry leaders. CCE attracts and retains a diverse group of instructors, making sure to match subject matter expertise and research disciplines with course offerings to ensure the best student experience.
Read more about our instructors and faculty in the profiles below.
As a criminal justice instructor, Timothy Albright says his goal is “demystifying the law enforcement profession for students and preparing those future practitioners to better lead within the communities they serve.”
Jackie Alcalde Marr joined Sacramento State in 2014 and teaches leadership courses at the College of Continuing Education. She is the founder of Evolutions Consulting Group, providing business consulting, facilitation, and coaching to individuals and teams.
Tim Aldinger is the director of Workforce Development Services at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, supporting the economic and workforce development for the 113 Community Colleges of California. He designs and facilitates trainings for the California Workforce Association (CWA) and brings his expertise in communication to CCE’s Workforce Development Professional Certificate and Apprenticeship programs.
Esther Amato is an award-winning designer and educator and together with Ernie Olson, professor emeritus, they lead the popular Fashion Academy each summer at Sacramento State. The high school academy covers the life cyle of fashion, from sketching designs to creating clothes and merchandising.
Professor Seung Bach not only teaches entrepreneurship at Sacramento State, he turns theory into action and success. As director of the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, his expertise has helped launch local startups including Silk Road Soda, Safer Lock, Activity Jungle and Sacramento Eco Fitness. Comstock’s Magazine featured our high school academy in its October 2018 issue on young entrepreneurs on the move.
As a data scientist, Professor Anna Baynes looks for meaning from the mounds of information that’s collected every day. From the apps and games on our electronic devices to online shopping and visits to the doctor’s office, “that’s billions and billions of data,” says Baynes, who’s worked with software engineering teams from around the world in understanding big data. During the new Data Science Academy, students will apply computer science techniques to discover interesting trends and insights hidden inside everyday data.
Jeannie Benoist joined Sacramento State in 2007 teaching in the Project Management series at the College of Continuing Education. She took a break after the birth of her daughter and rejoined the team in 2015.
Dr. Ann Blanton is a licensed speech-language pathologist, who has been a professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Sacramento State since 2008. She also teaches in the Second Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a degree completion program coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.
A choreographer, performer, activist and educator, Professor Bernard Brown adds his talent and creativity to the Performing Arts: Dance Academy. He teaches dance in Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as artistic director for Sacramento/Black Art of Dance, a modern dance company. He describes dance as a catalyst that “sparks dialogue and change within our communities.”
Dr. Tina Burton joined Sacramento State in 2015 as an instructor in the Project Management certificate program at the College of Continuing Education. Dr. Burton is currently the associate dean for the School of Business and Information Technology at Kaplan University.
Dr. Brooke Choo started teaching at the College of Continuing Education in 2015 in the learning disabilities (LD) assessment courses. She is a learning disabilities specialist and psychologist and currently works at Irvine Valley College coordinating the Student Success Center.
Professor Chia-Jung Chung will bring her passion in education to the Future Teachers Academy, where high school students will explore teaching careers and gain hands-on experience in inspiring the love of learning in children. She’s been a professor at Sacramento State since 2004 and specializes in educational technology.
David Coffman is a retired Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and an instructor with the Summer Academies for High School Students in the College of Continuing Education. The Law Enforcement Summer Academy provides students with a broad understanding of the law enforcement profession and what it takes to become a successful police officer or sheriff’s deputy in an urban community.
If you can decipher “P B & J,” then you can start coding, says Devin Cook, a computer science professor at Sacramento State and instructor of the Coding Academy. “Students might believe that computer science is difficult or complicated or frustrating,” he says, “but if they can write down how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, they can program a computer. It’s the same exact thing.”
Jeff Cooke has been with the Sac State Paramedic program since its start in 2009 and has always been a student favorite. Jeff spent the first 10 years of his career in EMS as an EMT and later a Paramedic with a private ambulance company in Stockton, California. In 1994 he was hired with Sacramento City Fire Department and has been serving the community of Sacramento as a Firefighter/Paramedic since. Jeff has worked in multiple capacities for Sacramento Fire Department including Rescue and Hazmat specialties.
Jill Correll has been a Lead Lecture Instructor with the Sacramento State EMT course since 2016. Jill began her career in 1987 as a Firefighter/EMT for San Mateo Fire Department. In 1990, Jill took a position as a Firefighter/EMT with the Sacramento Fire Department until she retired in 2006.
Dr. Timothy Croisdale brought an extensive background in crime analysis when he returned to Sacramento State, this time as a professor in the Division of Criminal Justice. He started out as a graduate student in the university’s criminal justice program before heading to British Columbia to earn his doctorate degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Larry W. Culler joined Sacramento State in 2014, teaching his communication workshop, “The Effective Communicator,” at the College of Continuing Education. Larry is the owner of Culler Consulting, primarily focusing on communication consulting and facilitating his workshop.
Before starting his own consulting business, he had a long career in the computer industry and held positions with Burroughs/Unisys, Intel and Schoolhouse Software.
Trudy Currier joined Sacramento State in 2012 as an instructor in the Train the Trainer program at the College of Continuing Education.
Trudy is a quality services manager with Delta Dental. Before joining Delta Dental, she held positions with National Imaging Associates, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Blue Shield of California.
Trudy holds a master’s degree in special education from Sacramento State and serves on and supports the local chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). She is a resident of Sacramento and enjoys singing in her spare time.
Lindsay Curtis holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Sacramento State. She taught English as a foreign language for two years at an elementary/middle school in the Republic of Azerbaijan. She has tutored several English learners to help improve their speaking, reading, and writing skills, and has interned in two college composition classes for multilingual learners.
Growing up in China, Jun Dai didn’t own a computer but he was still able to master video games. He got access to computers and the internet through “net bars” that rented machines by the hour. And there, he discovered his passion and a profession, not as a gamer but as a defender. Cyber defense is Professor Dai’s specialty at Sacramento State.
Julie Davis-Jaffe has spent 25 years on employment services for youth, adults and dislocated workers. She manages the Sacramento Works America’s Job Centers as a workforce development manager at the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and also provides staff development and training. She brings an extensive background in career coaching to CCE’s Workforce Development Professional Certificate and Apprenticeship programs.
Rachel Dillon has been a graphic designer for over 25 years as well as an art educator and is currently an instructional designer at Franklin Templeton Investments. She has developed instructor-led and web-based training courses for external financial advisers and internal staff, and “micro learning pieces on specific financial topics” for the public, she said..
Dillion joined Sacramento State in 2018, bringing her visual design talents and teaching background to the Instructional Design for eLearning certificate program at the College of Continuing Education.
Tamara Dorris joined Sacramento State in 2005 and teaches communication studies at the College of Continuing Education. Professor Dorris is a faculty member with American River College’s Business Department.
She is also a sales trainer and author of 16 books. Professor Dorris holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in communication from Regis University. She has been awarded as a leader in social media and noted as an expert in the neuroscience of sales and success and holds training seminars across the United States.
Craig Duehring joined Sacramento State in 2002 as an instructor in the Project Management Certificate program at the College of Continuing Education.
Craig is an engineering manager with the California Air Resources Board. Before joining the Air Resources Board, he held positions with the California Department of General Services, California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Transportation, where he managed many high-profile projects over his career.
Marcia Durst owns Durst Event Strategies, and joined Sacramento State in 2014 as an instructor in the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate Program at the College of Continuing Education. “It was a great opportunity to share my experience, to help people breaking into the field or just getting started. It was a natural fit for me.”
“The program is very well known in the events community, which is important for students to know.”
Matt Fisher joined Sacramento State in 2013 teaching in the Business Analyst Program. Matt is currently the chief of training with the 70th Air Refueling Squadron, United States Air Force Reserve.
While an active reservist for 19 years, he held civilian positions as a contract negotiator for Petroleum Properties Land Company, a competitive intelligence analyst and supervisor for VSP, the sales and product director for The Dentist Insurance Company, and was an IT implementation consultant for KAI Partners.
Brett Gardenhire is a specialist in professional and organizational development with a focus in learning performance, productivity optimization and situational leadership. With over 20 years’ experience in both change management and entrepreneurial growth strategy, he partners with organizations as a coach, consultant and trainer, helping to enhance workplace culture through improved engagement, enhanced communication and the application of creative innovation.
In 2012, Jay retired as a Battalion Chief for Sacramento City Fire Department after 32 years as a career firefighter. ‘Chief,’ as he is respectfully called by his students, has always had an interest in EMS and received his first certification as an EMT 2 in 1983 and later became a licensed Paramedic in 1993. In addition, he is trained as a Certified Tactical Medic and has been in EMS instruction for over 20 years.
Professor Janet Hanstad has 20 years of experience teaching at the college level and currently teaches biology at Sacramento State. She brings her expertise in biotechnology, environmental science, natural resources, zoology, and anatomy and physiology to the Introduction to Biotechnology Academy.
Jason Hemler has been a part of the Sacramento State Paramedic Program since its inception in 2009. He became program director in 2013 and has been instrumental in making the Paramedic Program a leader in quality prehospital education in California. He’s also an instructor in the Summer Academies for High School Students, leading the Fire and Emergency Services Academy.
Michael A. Hodge joined Sacramento State in 2014, teaching in the online supervisory program at the College of Continuing Education. Michael is the owner of Organizational Development Services and teaches at the Los Rios Community College District Government Training Academy.
Shelly Hodgkins works as a sergeant in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and has been one of the instructors in the Summer Academies for High School Students program for several years. As leader of the Law Enforcement Academy, Hodgkins wants young people to meet and talk with different officers, to get a first-hand look at their assignments and to explore law enforcement as a career.
Elena Honeycutt joined Sacramento State in 2015, teaching in the Human Resources Management Certificate program at the College of Continuing Education. Elena is a senior consultant in the organization effectiveness department with Health Net, Inc.
Before joining Health Net, Elena held human resources positions with Sutter Medical Foundation, Comcast and AT &T Wireless. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources from Sonoma State University and a master’s degree in human resources management from Golden Gate University.
Allison Horak joined Sacramento State in 2014, teaching in various supervisory series and the Business Analyst Certificate program at the College of Continuing Education. She is a trainer with People Development Systems.
Allison holds a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UC San Diego, and is a member of the California and Oregon State Bars. She serves as the 2016 co-director of programs for the Sacramento chapter of the Association for Talent Development.
Helen Horyza joined Sacramento State in 2007, teaching business communication, leadership development and employee engagement at the College of Continuing Education. Helen is president of Elevate, Inc., which specializes in online career assessment.
Before joining Elevate Inc,. Helen held positions with UC Davis and the University of the Pacific. She holds a master’s degree in career development and is a nationally certified career counselor.
Rick Hudson has been a part of the Sacramento State Paramedic Program as the Field Coordinator since 2015. Rick began his career in EMS in 1987 when he became an EMT and a certified Paramedic in 1991 from UCSF. Rick has worked in a variety of counties and different agencies as a firefighter and a paramedic. As the field coordinator he targets recruitment, mentoring, and internship placement. He currently also works as a battalion chief for the Sacramento City Fire Department.
Brad Hunt has worked with the Sac State Prehospital Education Program since 2017. In 2018, Brad took on the position of Lead Instructor in both the EMT course and Paramedic Program. Brad started his career in 2002 with a private ambulance company in Stockton, California where he worked in the 911 system as an EMT for 3 years. During paramedic school, Brad was hired with the El Dorado County Fire Department where he currently serves as a firefighter/paramedic.
Stewart Knox’s dedication to workforce development has defined his career. He is currently executive director and a governor appointee to the state Employment Training Panel. He has also served executive roles for a number of partnerships and municipalities and brings his strategic and practical leadership to CCE’s Workforce Development Professional Certificate and Apprenticeship programs.
Professor Laurie Kubicek has been teaching law to undergraduate students in the California State University and the University of California systems since 1998. She has taught in the Division of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State since 2002. A member of the State Bar of California, her areas of interest include criminal law, judicial process and legal research.
After years of classroom teaching and school management, James Lane turned his attention to instructional design, test creation and e-learning course development. He entered the healthcare industry, where he has been working as an instructional designer, new hire trainer and quality manager at Dignity Health.
He joined Sacramento State in 2018 as an instructor in the Instructional Design for eLearning certificate program. He holds a a master’s degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana University.
Bob Lanter, executive director of the California Workforce Association (CWA), is co-creator of CCE’s Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program. He teaches professional skills - specifically the practical know-how on forming strategic alliances with employers, labor, industry and education.
“Leadership is providing direction and focus to an individual or group of individuals that is so inspiring or compelling that it guides them down a path of excellence. It is communicating their worth and value to the point that it inspires self-growth beyond what they expect for themselves.”
Kris Lea joined Sacramento State in 2009, teaching in the Train-the-Trainer, HR, Master Analysis and State Supervisor Basics programs at the College of Continuing Education. Kris is an executive consultant with KAI Partners, a local IT consulting firm.
Before joining KAI Partners, Kris held positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Kaiser Permanente and Intel Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems, a master’s degree in organization development (OD), and is finishing up her doctoral degree in OD.
Jeremiah Lewis began teaching in the Sac State EMT course and Paramedic Program in 2012, and in 2016 he took on the position of Lead Lecture Instructor in the EMT course. He started his career in EMS in 1999 working as an EMT for a private ambulance company. He has also worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic for city fire departments.
Jannene Litchfield joined Sacramento State in 2001, teaching in the field of leadership at the College of Continuing Education. She is the chief human resources officer at Litchfield HR Management.
Jannene has held positions with Schools Financial Credit Union, MCI Communications and Verizon Wireless. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Texas Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from National University. She is a member of the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association.
Born and raised in Dortmund, Germany, an industrial mining city destroyed in World War II, Ulrich “Ulli” Luenemann developed a strong sense of wanderlust at a very young age. As a young adult, he pursued military service as his ticket to freedom and volunteered with the German Luftwaffe (air force). “I’m like Top Gun, I have a need for speed,” says Luenemann. Flying ﬁghter jets across Europe and the United States furthered his passion for world travel.
Ingrid E. Lundquist CSEP joined Sacramento State in 2014 teaching in the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate program. Ms. Lundquist is the owner of The Lundquist Company, event design, management and production. She is also founder of The Book-In-Hand Roadshow which presents workshops on topics of interest to writers. Ms. Lundquist holds a Masters of Arts degree in Fine Art, a Bachelors of Art in Fine Art, and a Bachelors of Art in English, all from Sacramento State University (now, California State University Sacramento).
Keithia Kirkaldy has a diverse background that spans information technology, project management, LMS administration and eLearning instructional design and development. She has had careers in several industries including engineering, technology and healthcare.
Her passion for eLearning developed after joining the global online learning department of MWH Global Inc., now Stantec. Keithia says it was refreshing after all the years of IT support to formalize the learning she had been sharing for many years.
Keith Mahoney has spent two decades in information design – encompassing web and instructional design as well as technical writing and training. He has worked for NASA, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and other Silicon Valley start-ups and currently is a manager with Intel.
He joined Sacramento State in 2018 as an instructor and curriculum co-developer for the Instructional Design for eLearning certificate. A graduate of the program, Mahoney says the certificate led to a new professional role and “provided credibility” when he applied for a graduate program at Sacramento State.
Mike Mangelson joined Sacramento State in 2015, teaching in the business analysis area at the College of Continuing Education. He is a business architect with VSP Optics Group.
Before joining VSP, Mike held positions with EDS. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in business administration from Sacramento State. He has held several different leadership positions in his church. Mike lives locally and loves to read in his spare time.
Allison Martin, a biology instructor, researcher and alumnus of Sacramento State, will return to her roots teaching high school students, as leader of the Health Careers 101 Academy. “I hope after participating in the health academy, students are able to see that there are many opportunities in healthcare, to help people and build rewarding careers with financial security,” said Martin, who will be teaching in the Summer Academies program for the first time in 2019.
Rosanne McHenry joined Sacramento State in 1999, and currently teaches classes for the State Supervisory Online Certificate Program at the College of Continuing Education.
Rosanne initially developed a series of online business skills classes called The State Training Center Virtual Classroom. These classes were redesigned to become ELearning for Government Professionals. She’s taught many other classes at CCE, including Critical Thinking Skills, Analytical Skills and Time Management.
Brian Melville joined Sacramento State in 2012, teaching in the Business Analysis program at the College of Continuing Education. He is a principal management consultant with NuSight Consulting.
Before founding NuSight, Brian held positions with Experis and EDS. He has consulted with organizations in government, healthcare, banking, manufacturing, distribution, and high tech. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in business administration from Sacramento State.
Mark Mitchell joined Sacramento State in 1986 teaching in the Telecommunications Management, Purchasing Management, Contract Management and Project Management programs.
Mr. Mitchell is a credentialed California Teacher with a Lifetime Teaching Credential. He held positions with the Department of General Services and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, in their Contract and Procurement Sections as well as their Project Management Offices.
Dr. Stephanie Mizrahi brings experience in prosecuting cases and analyzing intelligence as an assistant professor in the Division of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State. She also teaches in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, an online degree completion program coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.
Lisa Montanaro joined Sacramento State in 2013, teaching in the areas of productivity, organization, and time management at the College of Continuing Education. Lisa is the owner of Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, LLC, which she founded in 2002.
Scott Nipper joined Sacramento State in 2010 teaching in the Certification Program for Instructional Design and is currently the director of training with Barco, Inc.
Before joining Barco, he held positions with Kaiser Permanente and Intel Corporations. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in applied management from Azusa Pacific University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer information systems from Golden Gate University. He supports the Association for Training Development (ATD) and served on the board of directors in 2014.
Dr. Ernie Olson, known for his creative approach to teaching and his humorous delivery style, received an outstanding teaching award from the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State. Throughout his tenure, he consistently earned top marks from his students and now, he’s now inspiring a new generation of students as an instructor in the Fashion Academy.
“I enjoy teaching a skill, rather than just knowledge,” says Tom Pearson, an instructor at the English Language Institute. ”It forces me to be creative in my approach, and it forces students to be active participants, both of which make for a better class.”
Roberta Pickett joined Sacramento State in 2001 teaching in various management programs. She is currently a certified professional co-active coach and certified business coach with Roberta Pickett Coaching & Training.
Before opening her own business, she held leadership positions over a 25-year period with Sprint. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California and her master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Robin Purdy has planned and implemented federal workforce legislation, developed customer-centered workforce policy, engaged businesses and other partners in developing a one-stop system for job seekers and is now, preparing the next generation of workforce leaders in California as an instructor in CCE’s Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program.
Carl Rabun, Ph.D., has over 25 years of experience in customer service, with more than 10 years of experience in government agencies, He has over 10 years’ experience managing teams in various public and private sector organizations and is a Leadership and Management consultant for Sacramento State College of Continuing Education, Rabobank N.A. and UC Davis Extension.
Katherine Raines has taught writing courses at Sacramento State since 2012, but it wasn’t until 2017 that she taught her first online class for the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (BSCTS) degree completion program.
Her challenge was to fold an entire semester’s worth of work – in this case, multicultural children’s literature – into a five-week online course.
Raines picks up the story from there, in her own words:
Professor Drew Reams brings his students into the real world of criminologists as instructor of the DNA Forensics Academy, one of the longest running and most popular of the Summer Academies for High School Students. He is a professor of biological sciences at Sacramento State and heads our DNA Forensics Academy, showing students how forensic biology can help solve crimes and how CSI really works.
“What our students bring is knowledge. But they also bring a lot of wisdom from working in the actual world. When you combine both, it’s an extraordinary experience for them,” says Dr. Francisco Reveles, a faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies, a degree completion program for working adults at Sacramento State. The program is coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.
At 22, Michael Roddy had just started graduate school and worked as a law firm clerk when he made an unconventional decision, to say the least. He quit his job in order to become an unpaid student intern. As Roddy tells the story, he saw his future in the California court system and “never looked back.”
Thomas G. Rogers joined Sacramento State in 2003, teaching in the areas of communication and leadership at the College of Continuing Education. Dr. Rogers is currently an independent consultant and trainer.
Dr. Rogers had been a professor in the doctoral faculty of a joint program at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In 2014, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies.
When Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin talks about children who struggle with language and learning, she speaks from the heart. Her son had dyslexia and struggled greatly as a young child. She’s helped him overcome those difficulties, as both a speech-language pathologist and a mother.
Tim Saville joined Sacramento State in 2015 teaching sales negotiation in the Professional Sales Certificate Program. Tim is currently the CEO and president of North State Lumber and the general manager and director of business development with General Truss Company.
Kim Schnurbush is an assistant professor in the Division of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State, whose research surrounds death penalty and wrongful conviction issues. She also teaches in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online degree completion program, coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.
Diane Schoendienst has been part of the Sac State Paramedic Program since 2017. Her primary focus is introducing paramedic students to anatomy and physiology, and how these relate to human disease processes. She is a lead instructor during dissection labs at the Sacramento Coroner’s Office, where paramedic students further connect concepts of A&P with disease.
Professor Heather Sellens is an instructor in the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies online degree completion program, coordinated by the College of Continuing Education. The online offering began in 2015.
Her class, Assessment and Instruction in Career Technical Education, makes the connection between the teacher teaching and the student learning. ”Teachers must be confident their students have learned what was taught. This class will give future teachers and staff developers multiple ways to measure success.”
Whenever he travels, Abhijeet Shirsat takes along a long a list of recommendations. He likes to know if a place lives up to its reputation, like the time in Philadelphia where he stood in line for three-and-a-half hours for a Philly cheese steak sandwich. “I’m passionate about travel and food. Hospitality is my life,” said Shirsat, professor in Sacramento’s State Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management, who’s leading the new Hospitality and Tourism Academy.
Gary Slavit, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), joined Sacramento State in 2002 to teach in the Project Management Certificate Program at the College of Continuing Education. Gary is a private independent consultant specializing in project management, non-profit organizations, and small business; and serves as an equity partner and board secretary for Response 1 Medical Staffing, Inc.
A journalist by training, Andrew Stoner has used his communication skills in a variety of careers, as a deputy press secretary, a marketing communications director, an author and a professor. He has also written on a variety of topics, from mass media and politics to history and popular culture.
Xiaoyan Sun, a computer science professor at Sacramento State, will lead the Digital Forensics Academy and introduce students to one of the fastest growing fields in information security. “The worldwide prevalence of electronic devices has increased the need for digital forensics and created high demand for skilled digital forensics investigators,” said Sun.
Heather Tanfani, a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), joined Sacramento State in 2004, teaching in the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate program at the College of Continuing Education. She is currently president of events!, which she started in 1995.
William (Bill) Teeple joined Sacramento State in 2001, developing courses and teaching in the Contract Management program, Project Management program, and Caltrans programs at the College of Continuing Education. He is a business advisor and consultant for the Sacramento Metro Chamber Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Dr. Heather Thompson is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Sacramento State and one of the faculty members of the Second Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a degree completion program coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.
A speech-language pathologist, Dr. Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Waterloo, her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Western University and her doctoral degree in speech-language pathology from University of Utah.
Katrina Tupper knew she wanted to teach English as a second language (ESL) after traveling one summer with a friend to the island of Roatan in Honduras. They were both Sacramento State students at the time, and they casually started a volunteer project. For a couple of hours every day, they “would set up shop and teach English to vendors on the street in a back alleyway,” and Katrina saw firsthand how learning English made a positive difference in their lives.
Rustin Vogt, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sacramento State, has helped us expand our Summer Academies for High School Students. In addition to leading our Engineering and Robotics Academy, where students build their own robot, Vogt will teach the new Introduction to Welding and Fabrication Academy, where they handle tools of the trade and create a unique welding project.
Dennis Wade joined Sacramento State in 2003 teaching in the subject area of management and leadership. He is currently principal of People Development Systems (PplDev).
Before joining PplDev, Dennis held positions with Intel Corporation and Level One Communications. He earned his master’s degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco.
Tyler Wade joined Sacramento State in 2009 teaching in the State Supervisory Training Certificate Program. He is currently a people developer with People Development Systems (PplDev).
Before joining PplDev, he held positions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the California State Legislature, and Intel Corporation. He earned his master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), serving as president of the Sacramento chapter in 2012.
Education: B.A. in English, M.A. in English/Creative Writing, Sacramento State and M.A. in TESOL, Sacramento State
Languages spoken: English and Japanese
What do you enjoy most about being an ESL instructor?
“I’ve always enjoyed studying English, and so teaching it gives me a chance to learn and enjoy it even more, and learning about the different students’ languages and cultures is a wonderful added value that deepens my appreciation of everything.”
George Warren is a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Sacramento State and teaches multimedia storytelling. He is a veteran multimedia journalist, who earned Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in San Francisco and Northern California, and was inducted into the chapter’s Silver Circle for Lifetime Achievement.
Professor Michael Washington joined Sacramento State in 2014 as an adjunct professor in the College of Education’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, teaching courses in education leadership. In 2016, he developed curriculum and began teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (CTS) degree completion program.
Nicole Welch joined Sacramento State in 2012 teaching in the Train-the-Trainer Certificate Program. She is currently the principal consultant and executive coach with Transformation Catalysts.
Nicole has provided training, coaching and organization development strategies to public and private clients in California and has worked with the California Department of Public Health, California Employment Development Department and the California Department of Transportation. She currently teaches a management and leadership course at American River College.
Tracy Williams joined Sacramento State in 2006 teaching in the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program. She is currently an administrator in the California Department of Justice and serves as the analytical manager for Western States Information Network (WSIN).
Melinda Wilson Ramey joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State in 2005 and brings her talent to a new audience through the Summer Academies for High School Students program. She has teamed up with fellow Sacramento State professor Philip Flickinger for the Theater and Performing Arts Academy, where students explore the dramatic world of performing arts and learn about educational opportunities in the arts.
Joan Zeglarski, one of the founding instructors in the CHHS Supervisory Academy, is a Principal and Co-Founder of HRT Associates; a private consultancy dedicated to helping corporate and government organizations to build productive and rewarding work environments.