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Hartnell College Hires 20 New Faculty Members and Counselors

August 23rd, 2004

Twenty new faculty members and counselors have joined the Hartnell College staff this fall. Classes began Monday (August 16).


Commenting on the new employees, Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau said they are "extremely accomplished individuals with impressive credentials and a vast amount of valuable experience that will provide our students with an enriching educational experience."

The new employees are:
Tony Anderson, counselor, has 16 years of experience as a counselor for at-risk and high-risk students with disabilities and low-income students of diverse backgrounds. He has worked at California State University, Northridge, and San Jose State University as well as other colleges and universities. Anderson received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from San Jose State.

Robert Barminski, geology/oceanography instructor (temporary), is the president and principal hydrogeologist for CapRock Geology, Inc., of Salinas. In addition, he has taught part-time for both Hartnell and Monterey Peninsula College. He holds an A.S. degree from Santa Barbara City College; a B.S. from Sul Ross University, Alpine, Tex.; and an M.S. from San Jose State.

James Beck, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, has worked as a Peace Corps instructor in China and a part-time ESL instructor at San Jose State and Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills. He received his B.A. degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and his M.A. from San Jose State. Beck also holds a minor in Spanish from the University of Granada, Spain.

Lindsey Bertomen, administration of justice instructor, has 14 years of experience in law enforcement and 19 years of military service. He earned his B.A. degree from Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island.

Jessica Breheny, English instructor, has taught creative writing and literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and community colleges in the Monterey Bay area. She holds a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University; an M.A. from State University of New York, Binghamton; and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz.

Shawna Casey, speech instructor, has taught communications for several San Diego area community colleges. She earned her B.A degree from the University of Hartford, Conn., and an M.S. from San Diego State University.

Leticia Contreras, mathematics instructor, formerly taught at Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas. She holds a B.A. degree from California State University, Staninlaus, and an M.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

LaVerne Cook, counselor, has worked at Hartnell as an assessment technician and a part-time counselor. She earned her B.A. degree from Fresno State University and her master's degree from the University of LaVerne in southern California.

Alejandra Gutierrez, language laboratory specialist, was formerly with the Defense Language Institute of Monterey where she taught Spanish for nearly 20 years. Gutierrez earned her B.A. degree from Coligio Enrique d'Osso Guadalajara, Mexico, and an M.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Jeffery Hughey, biology instructor, has taught biology and medicine at the University of Washington. A graduate of Grossmont Community College in Southern California, he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Sonoma State University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Mohammad Hussain, mathematics instructor, was most recently employed by Sun Microsystems in Palo Alto as a verification and design engineer. He also taught math for several community colleges in the San Francisco Bay area. He holds a B.S. degree from Albion College in Michigan and an M.S. from the University of Southern California.

Hetty Keaton, English instructor, has taught at community colleges and a private university for 13 years. She received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis; her M.A. from the University of Pacific; and her Ph.D. from Tulsa University, Oklahoma.

Neil Ledford, agriculture instructor, has been the product marketing manager for Syngenta Seeds of Gilroy and product manager for Royal Sluis of Salinas, and formerly taught at Hartnell. He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Robert Maffei, business administration instructor, had had an extensive career in accounting management and community college teaching. He holds an A.S. degree from Monterey Peninsula College, a B.S. from Santa Clara University, and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.

Maria Michael, ESL instructor, has taught English to non-native speakers for the last 10 years, and also has taught Spanish to high school students and adult learners. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Pimol Moth, physics/astronomy instructor, has been a teaching assistant and researcher at the University of Florida for several years. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

Martha Pantoja, counselor, has been active in migrant education advising for many years. A graduate of Hartnell College, she holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from California State University, Sacramento.

Yvonne Reid, adaptive PE instructor, has operated her own health and fitness consulting firm since 1989. She earned her A.S. degree from Monterey Peninsula College, her B.A. from San Jose State, and her M.S. from California State University, Hayward.

James Riley, learning skills specialist, has a background in both math and technology, and has worked as a software developer as well as a part-time Hartnell instructor. He holds a B.A. degree from University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. from San Jose State.

Aron Szamos, counselor, was formerly an academic and career counselor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, College of San Mateo, and San Francisco State. He earned his B.A. degree from California State University, Monterey, and his M.S. from San Francisco State.