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
Read more about our instructors and faculty in the profiles
Professor Dale Ainsworth brings a background in public health and
research to the Health Careers 101 Academy. He’s been a professor
at Sacramento State since 2014 and has written extensively on
topics including healthcare needs in the Sacramento region and
within vulnerable communities.
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
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.
The Fashion Academy has been featured in the local
news, including Good
Day Sacramento and ABC 10.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sacramento State graduate Lance Hastings returns to the
University, this time as an instructor in the Exploring
Careers in Manufacturing Academy. He’s currently president
and chief executive officer of the California Manufacturers &
Technology Association and was appointed by Governor Gavin
Newsom to serve on the Future of Work Commission. That
commission, which includes leaders from technology, labor,
business, education and other sectors across California, is
examining jobs of the future and planning educational and
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
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
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
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
Brad Hunt has worked as both an EMT and paramedic skills
instructor with the Sacramento State Prehospital Education
Program since January 2018. In 2019, Brad took on the position of
Lead Instructor in the EMT course. 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.
Steve Jones is a certified interior designer with designTECH
Interior Design Services, Inc. in Sacramento and brings more
than 30 years of experience designing projects that include
hospitality, restaurants, healthcare, education, retail and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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.
Stephanie McGann Jantzen has delivered expertise and experience
in political and policy consulting, crisis communication and
public affairs strategies across the political landscape in
California for over 25 years. She has managed statewide
California races, Congressional, Senate and Assembly campaigns,
as well as local campaigns and ballot measures.
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
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
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.
As as a director in Student Affairs at Sacramento
State, Haley Myers Dillon has worked tirelessly to help
students in realizing their goals. She founded and
chairs the annual, campus-wide entrepreneurial pitch competition
called STRONG: Hornets Imagine Tomorrow’s Solutions, where Sac
State students compete to win one of four $1,000 cash awards by
presenting a 15-minute pitch to regional employers.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 an instructor in the
Communication Studies Department at Sacramento State and teaches
multimedia storytelling. He is a veteran multimedia
journalist, who has 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.
Dr. 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
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.
Jimmy White has been with the Sacramento State Paramedic Program
since 2017. Jimmy began his career in EMS with a private
ambulance company in Contra Costa County in 2008 as an EMT,
and then later as paramedic in 2012. Jimmy was later hired as a
Firefighter/Paramedic with the Sacramento City Fire Department in
2015, where he continues to serve today. He has developed a
passion for teaching and has high expectations of the students
and the quality of paramedicine they provide to the community.
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