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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
“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.
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.
Lisa Sander has been a part of the Sac State Paramedic Program
since 2018. She began her paramedic career in 2007 working for a
private ambulance company and in 2012 she joined the Flight Team
at REACH Air Medical and is still currently employed there. Lisa
loves teaching the next generation of paramedics, because she
knows what paramedicine is capable of if we educate our
paramedics to the highest level.
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
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
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
Xiaoyan (Sherry) 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.
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 associate professor and Chair
of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at
Sacramento State. She is faculty coordinator for the Second
Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a
degree completion program coordinated by the College of
Continuing Education. She also works as a speech-language
pathologist at Sacramento City Unified School District.
Rustin Vogt, a professor in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering and a Sacramento State graduate, has helped us
expand our Summer Academies for High School Students. He
has also put his expertise to use on a couple of fronts in
the community. This year he will be teaching Presentation
Skills for College with Kelly Siefkin, a development director at
the College of Continuing Education and the Alumni Association.
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.