Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist
WLAC ONLINE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Mohamad Ali Alwash completed both his Bachelor and Master (Algebraic Topology) of Science Degree in Mathematics at the University of Baghdad. In addition, he received his Master of Science in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in Fluid Dynamics and Control from the University of Southern California. Dr. Alwash also has a Ph.D. in Mathematics in Nonlinear Differential Equations from the University of Wales.
In addition to teaching both on-campus and online for West Los Angeles College, he has more than twenty years experience teaching mathematics at universities and colleges including the University of California Los Angeles, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and Los Angeles Valley College. He has taught Elementary, Intermediate and College Algebra; Set Theory, Foundations of Mathematics, Axiomatic Systems, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Mathematical Methods, Finite Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Real Analysis, Complex Variables, Differential Geometry, Ordinary Differential Equations, Integral Transforms, Boundary Value Problems, Engineering Mathematics, Partial Differential Equations, Nonlinear Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and Equations of Mathematical Physics.
Dr. Alwash is a member of the London Mathematical Society, the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. He has also been a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews since 1990 and has reviewed a book on Differential Equations for Prentice Hall. He is a referee for the Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, the Journal of Symbolic Computations, the International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, Applied Mathematics Letters, Electronic Journal of Differential Equation, Computers and Mathematics with Applications and Communications on Pure and Applied Analysis.
Dr. Alwash's research interests include Nonlinear Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, Computer Algebra, Algebraic Topology and Applications in Biology and Medicine. His papers have been cited in approximately fifty research journals.
Instructors may not be available by email before the start of the semester. Inquiries may be directed to the Dean of Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Eric Ichon at: IchonE@wlac.edu.
Bruce Anders is a veteran teacher who began his career as a high school English teacher at Farragut High School in Chicago’s westside. In 1980, he became a full-time faculty member in the English Department (now Language Arts Division) at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California. Here he teaches freshman composition, critical thinking, and literature, including his specialty, California Literature. Now retired, Bruce teaches only one or two courses per semester. Shortly before retiring (Spring 2006), he completed a two year tenure as Division Chair and a semester-long sabbatical leave to learn about online teaching.
In Chicago, Bruce trained as a reading specialist at the University of Chicago, after taking his first Master’s Degree at DePaul University in English with a specialty in American Literature. He holds a second Master’s Degree from Roosevelt University, also in Chicago, in Philosophy of Education with a specialty in Community College Studies.
In 1992, Bruce received a fellowship form the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Hollywood storytellers, those authors who emigrated to Southern California in the 1930s to write for the film industry to support their “real” vocations as novelists. His current academic interest is the literature of Los Angeles, an extension of his NEH grant work, and he plans to develop a course in this area to be ready in Spring 2007. In keeping with his interest in California in general, he has structured his writing courses around state of California issues.
While he has taught online for two years now, he still considers himself a novice, and every semester, he learns more about how to help students succeed in the online environment. Bruce looks forward to meeting you online, and helping you to achieve your academic goals.
Instructors may not be available by email before the start of the semester. Inquiries may be directed to the Dean of Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Eric Ichon at: IchonE@wlac.edu.
Holly Bailey-Hofmann, originally from the Philadelphia area, studied at De Sales University in Pennsylvania, St. Mary's College of Maryland (B.A. English) and the University of Cincinnati (M.A. English.)
Prof. Hofmann teaches grammar (Eng 94 and Eng 21), writing (English 28, 101), Critical Thinking (Eng 103), introduction to literature (Eng 102), creative writing (Eng 127) and literature classes. She is also the advisor of the WLAC Poetry Club.
In addition to her English classes, Prof. Hofmann is the Director of the Annual Spring Poster Showcase event, http://wlacpostershowcase.weebly.com, and the faculty co-chair of the Educational Masterplan Workgroup. Together with colleagues Katherine Boutry and Clare Norris-Bell, she wrote The West Guide to Writing, a composition textbook that students can use at every level of the composition sequence.
Her mission at the community college is to free students of any academic baggage and give them confidence and renewal in the subject of English and as learners in general. Her interests include: languages, historical linguistics, philosophy, cultural studies, language acquisition, neuro-linguistics, learning styles, and learning disabilities. She enjoys nature, traveling, and of course, reading and writing.
Instructors may not be available by email before the start of the semester. Inquiries may be directed to the Dean of Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Eric Ichon at: IchonE@wlac.edu.
Lucy lives and works in Los Angeles and her computer is in her art studio above her house. Her husband is Persian, her dog is part Chow, she is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and her daughter lives is in San Francisco.
She is a professional artist working on public art commissions when she gets them (local examples: a large sundial and two mosaic murals in Culver City, CA) and a series of mixed media paintings about the looting of the Baghdad Museum in Iraq.
Lucy loves teaching about art and this is her fourth semester teaching online.
Marianne Boretz received her doctorate in English from the University of Southern California. She taught at USC, Cal State LA, Cal State Fullerton, Pitzer College, Santa Monica City College, and Long Beach City College, before coming to Los Angeles City College in 1975, where she taught English and ESL full-time until June, 2002.
Fascinated by computer technology and its relevance to education, she went back to school online in 1999 to take courses in online teaching at UCLA and earned a Certificate in Online Teaching from Cerro Coso Community College in 2003.
Since leaving California, she has taught exclusively online. She is enthusiastic about online teaching since it provides a unique opportunity to work individually with students, a process she knows is crucial to the development of reading and writing abilities.
Presently she lives in the state of Maine on the East Coast with her husband and two cats.
Bill Buchynski has been teaching communications and related topics since 1990. He received his BA in Speech and Theatre from the University of South Florida in Tampa and went on to UCLA to complete an MFA in Theatre Arts.
You may have heard his voice on a number of commercials and is "affectionately" known as "FiberMan" having done voiceover work for the folks at FiberClear. In addition to voiceovers, Bill acquired much of his experience as a speaker while employed at WNCW Radio in the tiny "hamlet" of Spindale, NC. The station itself was in a small town but the transmitter was on Clingman's Peak, which, with the possible exception of Mt. Mitchell, is the highest point on the eastern seaboard. The station got into five states and covered eighty counties!!! One of Bill's main duties was training announcers for the airwaves and in his tenure at NCW, he probably put 250 budding "jocks" on the air. It was a terrific learning opportunity all around. In fact, if you want to hear a diverse mix of many genres of music as well as specialty programming you can catch their stream at WNCW.org. He was at NCW for almost thirteen years and when it was time to move on, he returned to California, his second home.
Since returning to California, Bill has taught Broadcasting, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Argumentation classes at West and Public Speaking at Pierce College. He is new to the world of online teaching and is thankful for yet another exciting opportunity to help students get out of their own way and become the best communicators that they can be.
Mr. Butler is an Associate Professor and the Vice-Chair of the Computer Science IT Division at West Los Angeles College. Professor Butler is also the CSIT Division data center manager making him responsible for the department’s cloud infrastructure.
Dr. Campbell is an experienced career Economist specializing in economic theory, analysis and policy, Long Beach, California-based Dr. Campbell is an educator with extensive training in economics. With a Ph.D. degree in Economics and Management, Dr. Campbell is also an experienced researcher whose analyses have been published in authoritative journals. Dr. Campbell has been teaching for close to ten years and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in economics.
Carrie Canales (Psychology)
Dr. Canales is originally from Texas, where she received her BA in Psychology and Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She then moved to sunny SoCal to attend Pepperdine University and received her MA in Clinical Psychology. After two years working as a social worker with foster children, she decided to go back to school for her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Southern California.
Cynthia Chambers (Aliied Health)
Cynthia Chambers currently serves on the faculties of UCLA School of Dentistry and West LA College of Allied Health. She holds an honorary undergraduate degree in Dental Hygiene from West Virginia University and a Masters in Health Science from San Francisco State University. Cynthia’s interests have included post graduate multi-disciplinary studies in writing.
“I respect the written word and efficiency of language fulfilled by expanded vocabulary. Medical Terminology provides a canvas for me to marry my love for teaching with writing. We will have fun learning this language as you become more professional. Welcome!”
Evan Charnov (Cinema & Broadcasting)
Hailing from Beverly Hills, California, Evan Charnov is an experienced, well educated executive producer and screenwriter with numerous credits including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," " Angel," " Fearless" and "Lords of Dogtown." He began his career in entertainment with Sandollar Television/Films, serving as the youngest production executive for shows like "Johnny X" (ABC), "Angel" (the WB), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (the WB/UPN), "Social Studies" (UPN) and "Use Your Head" (Disney Channel). In 2000, he wrote, "The Hunger: Sanctuary for Showtime" under the direction of Tony Scott and starring international superstar, David Bowie. Soon after, he co-produced "Alien Legion" for Showtime and MGM Television with director John Landis. In the years following, he founded Evan Charnov Entertainment, exclusively working for Jerry Bruckheimer as an executive producer/creator for one-hour drama pilots such as "C.U.B.O.", "Blowback" (Antoine Fuqua), "Golden Gate," "Time Marshals" and "Fearless." The latter, which was based on Francine Pascal's novels, was picked up by the WB Network, and aired during the 2004-2005 television season. As a proven talent generating positive buzz, Sony Pictures in 2005, appointed him as a producer for their skateboard-hipster film, "Lords of Dogtown." During the same year, he was approached by Spyglass Entertainment, Touchstone TV and the Fox Network to develop, "The Recruit," a one-hour drama pilot based on the feature film starring Al Pacino and Collin Farrell.
Judy Chow enjoys teaching online Internet research classes. She started teaching Internet research classes in 1994 in a traditional classroom setting. She began teaching the classes online in 2005. Since Judy started teaching online classes, she has had students from many parts of the state including Palm Springs, Lancaster and Palos Verdes, as well as from around the world, for example, China and Germany.
According to Judy, “Online classes require self-discipline and the interest to always want to learn what’s new about the Internet. I believe with these two ingredients, students can succeed in online education.”
Judy began working at West Los Angeles College’s Library Division in 1990. Prior to that, she worked for the Getty Oil Company Library, Inglewood Public Library, Foundation for the Junior Blind Library, Los Angeles County Public Library, and Los Angeles City Public Library. She received both her BA and MLS (Master of Library Science) from UCLA.
hobbies are: drawing, painting, music, travel, reading and eating
good food. Judy is also a Buddhist. Her biographical profile has
been published in Marquis Publications: Who’s Who in America (60th
Edition), Who’s Who is American Education (7th Edition), and Who’s
Who of America Women (25th Edition).
Kurt Festinger has been teaching music for thirty-eight years, and at the college level for 28 years. He is an active reedman on the Los Angeles freelance music scene, specializing in tenor and alto sax, clarinet, and flute. His greatest area of expertise is jazz and jazz improvisation. He has led the jazz ensemble at West Los Angeles College for 25 years and two jazz ensembles at El Camino College for seven years. He also teaches saxophone, clarinet, and improvisation privately.
Professor Fife has been teaching communications at the university level for the past 30 years, both in New Mexico, and California. She started as a classroom Public Speaking teacher, then expanded her expertise to Introduction to Communications, Argumentation and Debate, Small Group Communication and Interpersonal Communication, which she is currently teaching online for WLAC.
Howard Fisher (Health)
Howard Fisher is a native Angelino and holds a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Whittier College. Fisher is a product of the LACCD having received his Associate of Arts degree from Pierce College. He has been teaching health education and physical education courses in the Los Angeles Community College District for the last fifteen years at West, City and Mission colleges in addition to College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. He is currently certified in both the ETUDES and Blackboard online platforms.
Active in community college basketball, Fisher also enjoys a spirited game of ultimate Frisbee, the beach and music during his free time.
“The Internet is my life. From the moment I first logged on I knew great changes and opportunities would follow. It has had a profound effect on my life and career, and since I’ve been teaching online I’ve witnessed the advantages it has provided for so many students.”
Assistant Professor Suzanne Floyd has been teaching writing and literature for over a decade. She is a professional writer and editor and has written for a variety of publications including a New York City-based trade journal and a Caribbean daily newspaper. She received her M.A. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University, and taught at community colleges in New Jersey, Napa Valley and Los Angeles. Suzanne pioneered online English at both Santa Monica College and College of the Canyons.
“I love technology and I love the Internet. Teaching online and reaching students who would not otherwise be able to continue their education is incredibly rewarding. There are so many students with so many situations, who are dedicated to learning and getting the most out of their college education. They work full time, have young children at home, or have personal challenges that make getting to campus or getting around on campus extremely difficult. Online learning puts a college degree within their reach and I am proud to be able to do my part in getting students one step closer to their educational goals."
Suzanne has taught online using ETUDES, eCollege and WebCT. She is a certified ETUDES trainer and completed the Foothill Global Access Cyber Teachers’ Institute. In her spare time Suzanne enjoys troubleshooting computer and technology problems and can be found helping other online instructors or answering questions on the ETUDES LACCD Help Desk.
Seth Fogel is a 25-year veteran of municipal law enforcement. He has a wide breadth of experience in police work ranging from riding motorcycles to supervising a drug enforcement task force. He also served as the interim assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Culver City. He has taught traditional classroom courses in the Long Beach and Los Angeles community college districts. In addition, he has been teaching online courses for the past two years.
Seth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Arts, Jewish Studies)
Bernard Goldberg, Professor of English and Director of the American Jewish Cultural Studies Program at West Los Angeles College, has had short stories published and plays produced, most recently in the anthology "Los Angeles Under the Influence: 20 LA Writers, Their Influences and Their Work" (Doublewide Press). He leads the Creative Writing and Jewish Thought in Jerusalem Program. An interview with him appears in the VHS and DVD versions of the documentary film "Elie Wiesel Goes Home."
Lowell Habel has been focusing upon effective communication skills for the past fifteen years. As a corporate communications consultant, he works with employees at all levels to enhance their overall communication with others (one-to-one and group). Training is tailored to each employee's specific needs and includes polishing existing communication skills, and/or developing additional ones which will increase job productivity and personal satisfaction. Mediation between supervisors and subordinates is an area of expertise. Focus areas often include: Active Listening, Conflict Resolution, Empowerment, Leadership, Customer Service, Team Building, Assertiveness and Nonverbal Communication. Recent organizations that have benefitted from his training include Arthur Andersen LLP, ARCO, O'Melveny & Meyers, Home Depot, Boeing, City of Los Angeles, Wells Fargo Bank, Hughes Aircraft, Toyota Motor Sales, Nordstrom, TMT Engineering, Sir Speedy Printing, Disneyland and Cedars Sinai.
Lowell also provides consulting services to school and college districts. Currently, he is conducting on-going communication workshops for classified employees of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Recently, he conducted "Effectively Communicating on the Job" half-day seminars for employees at the Coast Community College District administrative offices, as well as for classified employees at Goldenwest, Orange Coast and Coastline Community Colleges. Over the past year, he has also worked with college instructors at Santa Monica and Orange Coast Colleges where he presented "Teacher as Motivator" half-day workshops.
In April, Lowell conducted a retreat for the Saddleback Community College District Board of Trustees focusing on group communication. In attendance at this six hour retreat were the trustees, the district's chancellor, three vice-chancellors, and the presidents of Irvine Valley and Saddleback Colleges. A follow-up retreat was held in September. Recently, Lowell worked with the State Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to organize and facilitate a two day retreat for the 18 members of the newly established Community College State Chancellor's Consultation Council. Lowell also just conducted training at an all day retreat for Irvine Valley College's certificated administrators, classified managers and school chairs.
Lowell also teaches communication courses at the Community College and University level. Over the past 15 years, Lowell has been an adjunct instructor at the following Community Colleges: Santa Barbara City, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Pasadena City, Glendale, Rancho Santiago, Goldenwest, Saddleback and Orange Coast. This fall, he is teaching a "Participatory Leadership" course for Ithaca College (Los Angeles location). In addition, he is teaching "The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication in Organizations" course at UCLA and UCI as part of the Business and Corporate Manangement Extension offerings.
Lowell enjoys speaking to business groups and local organizations; recent speeches were entitled: Effective Leadership, Enhancing Creativity and Critical Thinking, Enhancing Customer Service, The Positive Effects of Assertiveness, The Impact of our Communication Upon our Children. Over the past year, Lowell has conducted five all day workshops entitled "Dealing with Difficult People Tactfully." This is another one of his areas of expertise.
Lowell is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Master's Degree in Communication. He lives in Costa Mesa, California.
Deanna Heikkinen (Anthropology)
Professor Heikkinen is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Los Angeles Valley College who also teaches Anthropology at West Los Angeles College. At this webpage you find links to Professor Heikkinen vitae, teaching philosophy, colleges she teaches at, and a listing of classes she teaches with sample syllabi. Professor Heikkinen has recently returned to pursue a doctorate degree in Higher Educational Leadership at California Lutheran University. Professor Heikkinen’s current research is on government intervention in primary and secondary education and how that is impacting higher education. Professor Heikkinen’s educational background includes studying Art History, Anthropology, Archaeology, and History. Her research interests include Coptic art and archaeology, textile analysis, Graeco-Roman Egypt, early Christianity, and late antiquity.
Not only has Jan Howell taught Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practices, Appraisal and Finance in the Los Angeles Community College District, she has also taught in Adult ESL and School to Work Programs and holds secondary teaching credentials. Her business, managerial and real estate experiences are extensive.
She has worked for Pacific Bell, the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Airports, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a variety of capacities that have included: employment management, risk management, property management, real estate acquisitions, records management and customer service management.
Owning, operating and/or managing several family businesses that included a Subway Sandwich Shop, a real estate school, a radio station and a consulting business has provided her with diverse personal business experience. Although she is actively involved in the management of numerous family commercial and residental investment properties, Mrs. Howell considers herself basically retired.
Born and raised in Connecticut,Jan Howell holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Eglish and Education and a Master's in Education from the University of Connecticut. She moved to the Los Angeles area with her husband in 1971. The great weather and plethora of oppotunities has kept them firmly transplanted in Southern California where they have raised a daughter and a son. Both of whom are developing their own real estate enterprises.
Travel is Jan's passion. It is her plan to see the world. Paris, is her favorite city and she goes there as often and stays as long as she can. Bora Bora and Tobago are also high on her list of favorite places. She is also an international real estate investor!
Richard Kaplan (Philosophy)
Richard Kaplan received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. His scholarly interests are in the fields of Hermeneutics, Buddhist Studies and Medical Ethics. Dr. Kaplan has been teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Logic in Practice, Logic and World Religions at WLAC since 2005. He composes and performs American Roots and World music.
is originally from India. Jitendra immigrated to the United States
with his family to pursue an education and earned a Bachelor's degree
in Biology as well as one in Health Science. With Jitendra's eagerness
to learn he furthered his education and earned a Master's Degree
in Allied Health and thereafter, a Professor Khorooshi received a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida and a MA in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology. She also received a MA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Professor Khorooshi has been teaching Political Science courses for the last 11 years. post graduate degree in the Health
Sciences. Currently, Jitendra is pursing a Doctorate degree in Holistic
Professor Khorooshi received a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida and a MA in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology. She also received a MA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Professor Khorooshi has been teaching Political Science courses for the last 11 years.
A first-generation American, Nuala Lincke-Ivic is an associate professor of English at West, and the Basic Skills liaison for Language Arts. She completed her graduate and undergraduate work at The University of West Florida (UWF), "a beautiful, 1,000 acre nature preserve, where I was extraordinarily lucky to benefit from the great educations and fine minds of some of my English professors." As a freshman, she studied at Canal Zone College in Panama, and through UWF, she was able to study at the James Joyce School at University College Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two college-level writing composition textbooks. In the classroom, she likes to teach students "real writing"--paragraphs can range in size from one sentence to many sentences, depending on their purpose, and essays do not have to contain a certain number of paragraphs. Remembering her own experiences as a student, "I know that students will resist learning what they think isn't worth knowing--so-called 'busy work'!" Therefore, in her classes, she strives to engage students in "deep learning, not surface learning." Every assignment must be something that students will want to "put into their pockets and take out of the classroom with them."
Ming Lu received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and his master’s degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. His industry experience includes working in firms such as Merrill Lynch, KPMG Peat Marwick, Deloitte, and Northrop Grumman. Prior to joining West Los Angeles College, Ming taught financial accounting, managerial accounting, and economics at Foothill College and DeAnza College in Northern California. He currently works full time as senior corporate tax accountant at Northrop Grumman Corporation.
“Teaching is something I truly enjoy. I would continue teaching even if I won the lottery.”
Armine Lulejian has been teaching health education courses at WLAC over the last five years where she was the first instructor to teach health education online. Armine has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA's School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Her previous degree is in Psychobiology with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (UCLA).
Armine's passion is teaching and research in health. She has worked as a researcher in several settings including West Los Angeles Veteran's Administration and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. As the principal investigator, she conducted a health survey among Armenian American elderly living in Los Angeles.
Currently, Armine resides in New York and is working on her doctorate degree in health education at Columbia University. She enjoys reading, photography, arts and music in her spare time.
Syreeta Lyons-Burns earned her B.A. in English from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and her M.A. in English from Clark-Atlanta University. Originally from a small town in southwestern Louisiana, she has taught at several colleges within the L.A. Community College District before moving to Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and five-year-old son. She now teaches English full-time at Miles College in Birmingham, and she is currently preparing to return to school to earn her PhD.
Syreeta is a Christian who enjoys exercising, traveling, and cooking vegetarian recipes. As an online instructor, she is always trying to find new ways to make online instruction as hands-on as classroom instruction.
Peter has been teaching travel courses at West since 1984. He has been in the travel industry as a travel agent for over thirty years. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from California State College at Los Angeles, and has been qualified as an on-line Travel Division Instructor for about one year.
Rosemary Most (Child
Rosemary Most has been teaching in the Child Development department since 2001. She moved to the Los Angeles area in 1998 from Chicago. Prior to 1998, her teaching was in Illinois from private to public and rural to urban settings. She has taught infants to adults; primary, elementary, middle, high school, and university/college students. She has also served as an educational consultant for various corporations in Illinois. Rosemary received her B.S. Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and a second Master’s degree in Child Development from Southern Illinois University. She recently received California certification in ELL and Adult and Vocational Education from University of San Diego.
Her special academic interests are prenatal, cognitive and psychosocial development and methodologies in teaching special education. Stem cell research is of special interest. Rosemary believes that is important to understand our origins, but more importantly it is what we do with our origins/life.
“Teaching and education are a process of guiding and inspiring a mind.” Online teaching and learning is another viable approach to the development of the human mind and lives.
Assistant Professor Alma Narez-Acosta has been a faculty member at West Los Angeles College for eight years. She is an EOPS Counselor and is the CARE Program Coordinator on campus. She enjoys teaching Personal Development courses in addition to her counseling and coordinating responsibilities.
Her educational background includes a Master Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Mexican-American Studies from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. As a first generation college graduate, Ms. Narez-Acosta has a strong commitment for education and counseling. She strives to assist students in identifying, pursuing, and achieving their educational goals.
Dr. Nicholas retired in June 2013 as Director and Professor in the ABA Approved Paralegal Program at West Los Angeles College and now is a West Adjunct Professor. She was Chair of West’s Business Division from 9/2005-6/2010 which includes programs in Accounting, Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Law, Management, Marketing, Paralegal Studies (ABA Approved), and Real Estate. She served as the Director of the Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE) at West Los Angeles College for three years and has assisted the Disciplinarian at Santa Monica College in Student Judicial Affairs. Dr. Nicholas taught Paralegal classes for over 35 years in the community college system and held a variety of positions including Law Department Chairperson at Los Angeles City College where she taught for 20 years.
Lloyd Noonan received his undergraduate degree in theater from UCLA and his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He teaches humanities, creative writing and literature and in Southern California.
In teaching humanities, Noonan feels that it is important to help enhance a student’s critical eye. It is essential to demonstrate how the humanities of a particular time period work together. This is true if it is art, literature, drama, music, dance, technology, science, or other innovations. As most of the humanities that endure are a reflection of politics and/or religion, it is helpful to understand those relationships.
“Almost everything we study in the humanities tells a story,” Noonan explains. “A dramatic work literally tells a story. A work of innovation – a Roman aqueduct, for instance – tells a story of priorities, technology and lifestyle. As we go on, it’s fun to watch the stories change and stay the same.”
“If we are going to study the humanities,” Noonan says, “I want to encourage students to connect-the-dots and be able to look at works and individuals from another time and see how those works and individuals might have inspired – consciously or unconsciously – the arts in the 21st Century. It is, for me, an excellent way to help students develop a long-term appreciation for the arts.”
When Noonan teaches creative writing, he places emphasis on what many students don’t want to hear: craft – character and story first. “You have to understand the ‘rules’ before you can break them,” Noonan says, “and then you can decide you use them or begin to bend them. Only with a firm background in what has happened before can you begin to find your voice as writer.”
Lloyd Noonan is the dramatic writing editor of Quay Journal (www.quayjournal.org) and is a member of Roundtable Writers (http://roundtablewriters.org/aboutus.html) and the Dramatist Guild. His play , The Floating Island of Tobias Mora, will have a reading in June 2008 in Stowe, Vermont.
Currently, Joe Pilaro splits his time between writing, teaching, and editing. He comes to Los Angeles from Washington DC, where he was teaching writing at Howard University. Before that, he was the Program Coordinator for the Columbia University Film School. He has written stage and screen plays, and has directed an off-off-Broadway production at the Homegrown Theater. In addition to Howard, he has taught at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Baruch College, and Marymount Manhattan College. He received his BA from the University of Vermont and his MA from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Marcela Redoles (Spanish)
Currently, Professor Redoles was born in Santiago, Chile, earned her Bachelor of Arts at Universidad Catholic de Chile. She earned her Masters of Arts in Contemporary Latin American Literature at UCLA. Marcela has taught Spanish Language at all levels and at several colleges and universities, including New South Wales University in Sydney, Australia. Marcela is fluent in Spanish and English and is conversant in Portuguese. She is particularly familiar with the linguistics of South American Spanish. She is the recipient of 2004 Outstanding Teaching Award from Santa Monica College.
Vanessa Schulz (Philosophy)
Vanessa attended Pasadena City College before transferring to Boston University where she graduated with a BA in Philosophy/Political Science. After working at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for two years she decided to leave Boston and return home to sunny and much warmer L.A. She went on to pursue a Master's degree in Philosophy at Cal State LA which was awarded in the Fall of 2007. She currently teaches philosophy courses at Pasadena City College and West LA College.
Her interests outside of philosophy include music, art, and reading almost any book she can get her hands on. She greatly enjoys teaching and wishes to make philosophy as interesting to her students as it is to her.
Melinda has been teaching Health Education since 2001. She has always enjoyed an active, vibrant life through sports, traveling, eating healthy foods, cooking, practicing yoga and volunteering. She is blessed to have found an avenue in which she can turn her quest for a healthy lifestyle into a career in health and yoga instruction. She graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelors in Psychology and Social Behavior. She found her background in psychology blended well with a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Health Promotion and Education from Loma Linda University. Melinda has extensive field experience as a health educator working for a community clinic and delivering presentations on STDs, birth control, self esteem and women’s health issue to diverse settings. She also worked as an educator for the Alcohol and Drug Department for the County of Orange. She loves to share stories of her work in the field and her discoveries of traveling abroad to make health education expand beyond what is taught from a textbook.
Melinda is an avid traveler and has spent much time abroad. Her greatest achievement to date is traveling around South and Central America for 13 months while working in the international health sector and learning the languages and the cultures of foreign lands. Countries visited to date: Vietnam, Laos, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador (Galapagos), Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Dominica, Curacao, Antigua, Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Holland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Tahiti, Canada... and many more to come.
Prior to joining West Los Angeles College as full-time faculty in 2007, Melinda worked for Long Beach City College, Orange Coast College, CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton. She continues to teach yoga at El Camino College.
Nick Smith (Communications)
Nick was born in England and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Sussex University, England, a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University, England, and a Master of Arts from Pepperdine University, Malibu.
Since coming to Southern California in1986, he has taught Speech and Communications at the high school and college levels. He has also worked in the entertainment field as a screenwriter at Warner Brothers, a feature writer for Entertainment Today, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington D.C. Nick's nonfiction book, Concise Classics was published in 1995. Besides being an interviewer for BBC Radio London and presenter of such television shows as America’s Top Ten and Cinema, Nick has also worked as a voice-over actor in numerous radio and television commercials.
For the past several years, Nick has painted, conducted workshops, and taught Communications.
Stern (Education, Learning
Joshua Stern teaches for the WLAC Education and Learning Skills departments. Joshua is also an instructional development specialist providing WLAC faculty and staff with training in computer skills and educational technologies, including online distance learning tools and pedagogy. As well, he manages the WLAC online courses Website and online student helpdesk.
Since his graduation from U.C Berkeley with a B.A. in anthropology in 1992, Joshua has taught English language and culture to students from around the world. He has also successfully trained hundreds of teachers to do the same. Joshua has had the good fortune to have led courses domestically in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as abroad in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Hungary.
In 2001 Joshua received his M.A. in international and comparative education from UCLA. In 2005 he completed his Ph.D. in education at UCLA, focusing on educational technologies, specifically online distance learning course design, program development and instructor training. As a graduate student Joshua worked as an academic counselor, helping UCLA undergraduate students achieve their educational and career goals.
Joshua has dedicated both his academic and professional career to the field of online learning. "I consider myself a strong advocate of learning technologies and innovation in education. Yet, while I see clearly the potential for learning via the Web, I am also keenly aware of the many pitfalls presented by this emerging medium." Joshua believes that for online education to thrive, both students and instructors need to be self-motivated, independent workers who possess a reasonable level of comfort with computers and the Internet. However, "given these prerequisites, online learning can, indeed, be a beautiful thing."
Before teaching, Professor JOYCE SWEENEY was a professional opera / oratorio and concert singer performing in America and internationally. She has worked closely with composers, creating first performances of their work – such as Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco on his opera, “The Merchant of Venice” and collections of songs by Elenor Remick Warren and made recordings of those songs with the composer playing the accompaniments, which are in the permanent collection at the National Library of Congress. She also sung the leading role in an opera by Haydn, on PBS, and a series on CBS on the technique of acting in opera. Professor Sweeney currently teaches Voice and Music Theory.
Professor Taylor was born in Roswell, New Mexico. Her mother, also a Roswell native, always insisted that the whole alien-aircraft thing was a misunderstanding. Professor Taylor received her AB from Bryn Mawr College and her MA and PhD from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts (known--to those jealous of its location across Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art--as the ‘Tute).
Jan has taught business, accounting, psychology, entrepreneurship, management accounting, and computer science in the Los Angeles Community College District since 1978. The majority of that time has been at West Los Angeles College but he has also taught at Santa Monica College, El Camino College, Southwest College and Los Angeles Community College.
Jan earned a BA in Psychology and Chemistry from Luther College and an MBA in Finance from NYU. After relocating from New York to Los Angeles, Jan continued his academic pursuits earning Masters degrees in Psychology and Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Jan earned his Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Psychology at USC's Rossier School of Education. His dissertation topic was "A Case Study of Two California Charter Schools that Use Technology to Increase Parent Involvement".
Vocationally, Jan has worked as a business and technical support consultant for the US Small Business Administration, Health and Human Services Department and Urban Mass Transit Administration. In 1981, Jan open one of the first Southern California retail computer stores. In addition to work as a computer network engineer, Jan operates a business and personal income tax service.
Dr. Marie Walbridge has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University Los Angeles and a Doctorate in Learning Disorders and Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. She is also a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Walbridge has been an instructor at National University, Los Angeles, The Center for Developmental Studies in Los Angeles and at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.
Her special academic interest in the field of learning and motivation led Dr. Walbridge to focus special attention on learning and motivation in the work place. She has become an expert in the field of Learning Disorders, specializing in the development of coping mechanisms needed to manage in an increasingly fast and complex world.Currently she is the Clinical Director at the Independence Center, Los Angeles and serves as their Vocational Consultant. The Independence Center serves learning disabled young adults and assists them in learning the necessary social and vocational skills they need to live independently. Dr. Walbridge is also a consultant with the California Department of Rehabilitation and has a private practice as a coach for people of all ages with learning disabilities.
Associate Professor Yan is currently the Director of the Probation Training Academy Program, and Coordinator of the PC 832 - Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) at West Los Angeles College.
With over eight years of teaching experience in the Los Angeles County Probation Department's Staff Training Office, the instructor is also certified by the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) - Standards and Training for Corrections Program (STC). He has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring training for all levels of probation personnel assigned to the juvenile halls, probation camps, and specialized gang functions.
He is currently a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer in the Intake and Detention Control Unit at Central Juvenile Hall. He has supervisory responsibilities for eight (8) Deputy Probation Officers ensuring that they perform thorough investigations, make proper assessments, prepare high quality reports to the courts, and articulate a sound recommendation to detain or release the juvenile offender pending judicial review. The decision to detain or release is made in accordance with the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), California Penal Code, and the policies and procedures of the Probation Department that reflect public safety and what would be in the best interest of the minor.
On a daily basis, his deputies also advise and assist other law enforcement agencies in interpreting the juvenile laws and understanding the juvenile justice system.
The instructor has over 30 years of service with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. His knowledge and experience in Probation is extensive and diverse. He has worked directly with juvenile offenders in secured facilities such as juvenile halls and probation camps. He also supervised adult and juvenile Asian gang probationers in the community, worked closely with school officials in the Gang Alternative and Prevention Programs, community work service programs, recruitment and selection of probation personnel, staff training, and mentoring new probation employees. He also serves on the oral interview panel, interviewing prospective candidates who are pursuing a career with the Probation Department.
His credentials include a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Physical Education. He has completed over fourteen hundred (1400) hours of in-service training with Probation and other law enforcement agencies throughout the State of California. The instructor holds certificates in Peace Officer Standards and Training (PC 832-POST), Standards and Training for Corrections (STC), Juvenile Corrections Officer Core, Field Probation Officer Core, Basic Supervisor Core, Use of Chemical Agents, and Basic Physical Restraints.
Mr. Yan was awarded the academic rank of Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice discipline at West Los Angeles College on November 27, 2001; and on February 17, 2004, his academic rank was elevated to Associate Professor.
Francis M. Young (Real Estate)
Frances has had a long successful career in real estate. After Graduating from Cal State University of Fullerton, located in Fullerton California, Ms. Young decided to go into the field of real estate. She obtained her real estate license in 1979. Ms Young worked in real estate as a sales agent in Orange County, California for over 15 years. Specializing in property management and commercial properties she became pretty experienced in helping others get their start in the real estate business. Her successful career awarded her an article in the Wall Street Journal. Later she obtained a MS degree from City University Los Angeles.
Owning property herself gained her credibility as a landlord where she owned and managed income properties, as many as 90 units at one time. Ms. Young also took advantage of investment opportunities for a financial gain. Her experience has lead her to become a real estate broker and presently CEO and Director of Frances M. Young and Associates, INC. located in Inglewood, Ca. which includes affiliate companies, (DBA) Real Estate Concierge, Young and Associates Mortgage and Escrow Division, and REC Commercial Properties.
Her success in business has led her to share her knowledge by mentoring to new sales agents and instructing on a college level presently as an adjunct professor at West Los Angeles College. Ms. Young’s professional memberships consist of , the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and a member of the Southwest Board of Realtors, Member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) CLAW, National Association of Real Estate Brokers “REALTISTS”, Notary Public for the State of California (3 terms), Member of the Inglewood/LAX Chamber of Commerce and active Board Member in the Business Division/Real Estate at West Los Angeles College/WLAC , Culver City, CA.
As a single mom with an 11 year old daughter, Ms. Young has managed to achieve most of her goals while raising her daughter who has been identified as a gifted and talented student at 32nd Street/USC Magnet School. As she follows in her mom’s foot steps working side by side learning the ends and out of the business, she to will become a real estate broker.
Martin was born in New Jersey in 1944. After finishing high school, He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he studied painting under the well-known abstract artist, George Ortman. He graduated with a Certificate of Fine Art.
Martin then attended William Paterson College. But, with only one year under his belt and as time and place would have it, he was drafted in the Army. That was in 1966 when the Vietnam War was getting hotter and hotter.
After serving in the United States Army for two years, one of which was spent in Vietnam, Martin returned to William Paterson College and completed his BA and Teaching Certification. He then attended New York University where he received an MFA in Theatre.
While continuing to paint and sculpt, Martin founded two theatre companies in New York City. The first was the Title Theatre and, after several years, he established the Raft Theatre on Theatre Row. He stayed as Artistic Director for twelve years. During that time he wrote, directed and produced over two hundred theatrical plays. He also designed theatrical sets for numerous Off Broadway productions.
Martin's stage play, Old Friends, won the Forest A. Roberts Playwrights Award; February, The Present, won the Stanley Drama Award. Two other plays of his won the Colorado University Playwrights Competition for two consecutive years. Plus numerous other theatrical awards, He was twice awarded the prestigious Theatre of Renewal Award for: "Resplendent contribution to the development of American Theatre." Martin's collection of one-act plays, Aftermath: The Vietnam Experience, was recently published by Open Passages.
Martin has also been a professional screenwriter for the past ten years. Some of his writing credits include: Dog Watch, Barbour/Langley Productions with NU Image, Ground Zero, Castle Rock Entertainment, Raw Deal (First Draft), Dino DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group and King Kong Lives (First Draft), Dino DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group.
Martin still paints, draws, writes and teaches.