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Faculty Biographies

 


 Christine Bolli

Christine Bolli is a Ph.D. Candidate in History of Art and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara. While her degree focuses on Classical and Medieval Architecture, she is passionate about art through every age and has taught a spectrum of courses at a variety of institutions, including Brooks Institute and UCSB. She also writes articles for the online Art History textbook, Smarthistory


 Kathleen Booth

Kathleen Booth received her B.S. in English, Speech and Theater from Kent State University. This was augmented by MBA education in Organizational Development and Marketing from Case Western Reserve University. Kathleen currently manages IMAGINE Consulting.


 Frank Barajas

Frank Barajas earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from California State University, Fresno and his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. He became one of CSUCI’s first 13 tenure-track faculty members and a founding member of the CSUCI History and Chicana Studies programs..


 John Buonamassa

John Buonamassa received his BA in music from Queens College, City University of New York, and his Master of Music from California State University LA. He is a lecturer at CSUN, teaching courses in music technology and recording, as well as courses in popular and classical music. John is active in the LA music scene as a performer, arranger, and composer.


 Caroline Cicero

Caroline Cicero has a Ph.D. in Gerontology from University of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She also has a masters degree in planning from the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and a masters degree in Social Work, with an emphasis on community organization, planning, and administration. Caroline’s concentration is in Social Research and Aging Policy with specialization in Housing, Sociology, and Urban Demography related to Aging Families.


 Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado with a dissertation on autobiographical writings of Cuban exiles. He has lived in Spain where he completed his master's degree. His publications include criticism, literary translations, interviews of major Cuban writers, and book reviews. He has taught at Northern Arizona University and Indiana State University. He enjoys teaching Latin American literature, literary translation, and Latin American culture and civilization.


 Traceylee Clarke

Traceylee Clarke received a Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Utah, Department of Communication, Salt Lake City, with a concentration in Environmental Policy Development, Community Outreach & Education, Native American Policy Development and Environmental Conflict Resolution. M.A. in 1997 from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Concentration in Environmental Policy Conflict, Native American Culture and Organizational Behavior. B.A. in 1995 from Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT. Double Major: Interpersonal Communication; Marketing/Advertising.


Jerry Clifford 

Jerry Clifford has spent over thirty years as a research scientist and educator after receiving a Ph.D. in nuclear physics at Iowa State University. As an Air Force officer, he taught physics at the Air Force Academy, worked on nuclear weapons programs, studied particle beams for Reagan's Star Wars, and worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense . Before anti-terrorism was in vogue, Jerry worked on new technologies to detect explosives in luggage for airport security. Jerry has been teaching physics and astronomy at California State University Channel Islands since 2004.


Bruce Collins 

Bruce Collins (M.A., English, Cal State Fullerton) taught English for 26 years at Ventura College, then a decade of 250+ courses for Road Scholar. He began OLLI in 2007, teaching courses in American pop music, the musical, and film: the Western, Cult Flicks, & Cinema of Shock. He draws material from his library of more than 2500 CDs & DVDs. He is also a poet.

 


 Vincent Coppola

Vincent Coppola teaches philosophy, comparative religion, and cinema at CSUN; he is a member of the Writers Guild of America and BMI. He is the author of A Human Venture: To Establish a Purely Human Spirituality and a Way to the Mysterious More for Our Times. His new book, Search (A search for the christic coming out of existence itself) will be published later this year..


 Matthew Curtis

Matthew Curtis, Ph.D., is an anthropological archaeologist who has carried out archaeological fieldwork and museum research in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the United States.  He is a former Fulbright fellow and has been co-principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded archaeology project in southwestern Ethiopia.


 

Gary E. Davis has studied nature and people since the 1950s as a scientist, aquanaut, and commercial fisherman. He now shares his enthusiasm for life with visual narratives and image galleries to better connect people to nature. He has explored California's giant kelp forests, Florida's Everglades and tropical estuaries, coral reefs and ocean depths in the Florida Keys, Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas. During more than 40 years of scientific research in national parks, he has realized that translating his science into clear visual narratives was as important as the discoveries themselves.


 Shannon Diffner

Shannon Diffner holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Literature from San Francisco State University. She has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, has taught college-level English composition and literature, and has been an instructor for the OLLI program since 2005. She is co-owner of Scarlet Letters Copywriting, a small business specializing in writing for various marketing arenas.


 Owen Doonan

Owen Doonan received his Ph.D. at Brown University's Center for Old World Archaeology and Art. He is an archaeologist and art historian specializing in the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. He is an associate professor at CSUN. He is also active in the Archaeological Institute of America, serving from 2007-2010 as the President of the Los Angeles County Society. He is involved in the contemporary art of the Middle East, especially North Africa and Turkey. He is Curator of Exhibitions and co-founder of the New Sahara Gallery in Northridge. His research has been supported by the National Geographic Society and other Foundations.


 Carolyn Dorrance

Carolyn Dorrance, Ph.D. teaches courses in history, political science and philosophy at Oxnard College.. The challenge of applying political ideas in practical politics and fulfilling the ideals of effective citizenship has long been a focus in her teaching. She engages in the public dialogue at the Institute of World Culture (Santa Barbara) as President and Program Coordinator.


 BiJian Fan

BiJian Fan received his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Having accomplished a scientific career in pharmaceutical research and development, BiJian moved on to visual art. He has exhibited internationally and earned numerous recognitions. BiJian integrates art and science in his creative practice and exhibits and lectures scientific art internationally.


 Bill Garlington

Bill Garlington, Ph.D, has a B.A. and M.A. in History from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Asian Studies and Sociology from the Australian National University. He has taught at all academic levels on three continents and carried out sociological/anthropological fieldwork in India. His main academic interests are the Sociology of Religion and the History of Ideas. 


 Cary Ginell

Cary Ginell holds a master's degree in Folklore from UCLA. He is an award-winning writer, the author of six books on music history. He is a jazz historian and discographer, a Grammy nominee, and five-time winner of an ARSC Award for Excellence. He is also a recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.


 Herb Gooch

Herb Gooch, Ph.D. is a professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University. He directs the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program. He holds a B.A. in History from U.C. Berkeley, and M.B.A. in Business Management, M.A. in International Relations, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA.   He is a frequent local media commentator on political affairs.


 Lanny Kaufer

Lanny Kaufer graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Biology. He is a retired high school teacher who leads interpretive native plant "herb walks" and nature hikes on Ojai, Ventura, and Santa Barbara trails for groups of all ages. He acquired much of his knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethno-botanists. He studied with the late William LeSassier and has co-led workshops, field classes, and expeditions with noted herbalists.


 Steve Kohn

Steve Kohn is a board member of the Opera League of Los Angeles, with much of his work concentrated in community education, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment. He has been a Community Educator for Los Angeles Opera for 14 years and is one of the more active speakers in the group.


Laura Hagel 

Laura Hagel received a BA and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She spent 10 years at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as the Rights and Reproductions Officer. In 2005 she was Program Manager for the "Art of Ancient Glass" exhibit showcasing the Gunter collection of vessels dating to the 6th century BCE. Since 2005 she has been teaching Art History and Art Appreciation at Ventura College..


Alisa Hall 

Alisa Hall holds an MA in Art History and a Museum Studies Certificate Degree from Tufts University. She has worked in several museums, most recently as the Assistant Curator for Modern & Contemporary Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where she organized the exhibition Identities and supported the international touring exhibition, Tamayo: A Modern Icon Re-interpreted.


Kevin Hughes 

Kevin Hughes received his Master’s Degree in History from Cal State University Northridge. He has taught twenty different types of history courses, including US History, Western Civilization, World History, 19th Century History, and 20th Century History at a variety of community colleges and Universities. His lifelong passion is researching history and making it accessible, exciting, and relevant to students.


 Saul H. Jacobs

Saul H. Jacobs and Bob Lipson  have had a lifelong interest in music we know and love as The American Songbook. They have been friends and colleagues for 63 years and have been performing together steadily since 2007 at more than 150 different venues throughout SoCal. Saul was a writer, director, and producer of informational and documentary films with experience as a lecturer on writing at UCLA Extension and CSUN, and Bob's career was in industrial real estate. After retiring they developed a series of 40 different programs called "The Golden Age of American Popular Music". Bob augments Saul's singing and multimedia lectures and the audience sing-alongs with his piano artistry and his own insights into popular music. The resulting programs are entertaining, educational, highly interactive, and lots of fun.


 Bob Koster

Bob Koster has over 40 years of experience in film and TV production.  He has taught production at UCLA, USC, Art Center College, the AFI, and lectured here and abroad, concentrating on early history of film and television.  He has authored three books on film production, and has worked in the archive department of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


 Priscilla Liang

Priscilla Liang has an MBA in Finance and received her Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Claremont Graduate University. She is an Associate Professor in the MVS School of Business and Economics at CSUCI. Dr. Liang's research focuses on behavioral finance and international finance, in particular the development of emerging financial markets and global portfolio management.


 David Knight Lynch

David Knight Lynch received a B.S. in Astrophysics in 1969 from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1975 from the University of Texas in Austin. He specializes in infrared spectroscopy of comets, novae, supernovae, young stars and very old stars. Dave also works in the field of optics in nature (rainbows, mirages, etc.) and geologic mapping. Dave's recreational activities include playing the fiddle in assorted southern California bands, camping, collecting rocks and rattlesnakes and reading the New Yorker. He also enjoys writing and won the 2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (Romance Category), as well as several "dishonorable mentions" since.


Michael Markman attended the New England Conservatory and Yale University.  He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, Boris Goldovsky, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, John Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Antonio Banderas, David Foster, Steven Spielberg and more. Michael has performed music in over 1000 films, hundreds of TV programs, including 24 years of "The Simpsons", countless CD's, and 19 Academy Awards telecasts.


 Brent Meeker

Dr. Brent Meeker has a B.A. in Mathematics, M.S. in Computer Science, and a B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics. He had a long career at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Point Mugu, and most recently worked for Jacobs Technology Naval Systems Group. Many of his scientific articles have been published.


 Jeanne Miller

Jeanne Miller received her BA and MA from UCSB. She has taught Native American history, history of American women, and US history at Ventura Community College. She won the Ventura County Women's History Project Award for outstanding contribution in the field of education in 1991.


Barbara Moroncini  

Barbara Moroncini received a Ph.D. in Musicology from UCLA, where she received numerous academic awards. Her doctoral dissertation was a study of urban landscapes, socio-political structures, economics, and their impact on the formation of identity and aesthetics goals of experimental musicians in LA. Barbara authored liner notes for the German music label Wergo, program notes for the LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl, for which she also gave pre-concert lectures. She taught Contemporary Music Studies at Victoria University's New Zealand School of Music where she designed courses for the academic curriculum and was director of the Post-Graduate Forum. She was invited to speak at the London University School for Advanced Studies, Institute for Musical Research. Back in Los Angeles, Barbara has happily returned to composing, focusing on electronic media. She was recently asked to guest lecture at UCLA, and continues to teach music theory, history, and composition, privately.


Peter Neff, M.M., is a composer/guitarist. His compositions can be heard in numerous movies, TV shows, recordings and commercials, including "The Sopranos," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Saturday Night Live" and "Nova." He has performed with Smokey Robinson, Wilson Pickett, Eartha Kitt, John Raitt and Petula Clark. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami


 Steve Norris

Steven M. Norris earned his Ph.D. in Zoology from Arizona State University. He has conducted ichthyological research in the US, Africa, and Europe, is an Adjunct Research Associate of the Fish Division of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and is an internationally recognized ichthyologist. He is interested in nearly all aspects of the biology, ecology, evolution, and conservation of fishes. Dr. Norris is an active faculty member at CSUCI.


 Maricarmen Ohara

Maricarmen Ohara  earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She taught Spanish and Italian language, literature, culture, and cinema at Ventura College from 1980 until 2005. She was Teacher of the Year in 1996 and 1997. A published author and is currently finishing two novels and a play. She is an avid gardener and enjoys teaching Latin Dance Aerobics and watching films from all over the world.


 Claudio Paiva

Claudio Paiva received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is an Economics professor at CSUCI. He was born and grew up in Brazil. After graduating from college, he came to the US for his graduate studies. He worked for the IMF for 12 years, analyzing sources of macroeconomic problems and how to address them. He wrote various research papers and also delivered courses in macroeconomic theory and policies to government and Central Bank officials around the world. His passion for teaching eventually brought him back to academic life.


 Nitika Parmar

Dr. Nitika Parmar received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA and completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship at UCLA. She received her BS in Biophysics and her MS in Biotechnology and MTech in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Nitika’s fields of interest include molecular biology, genetic engineering, and DNA recombinant technology. Her research focuses on understanding signal transduction pathways controlling cellular growth (normal and cancer) as well as studying protein damage in response to aging. She enjoys the excitement of research but tremendously enjoys teaching and interacting with students as well. She feels that molecular biology has no limits and that its benefits can be tapped with an unending potential--the only requirement being a sense of intense motivation and enthusiasm!


 John Pendleton

John Pendleton has a Ph.D. in History and teaches at CSU Channel Islands, Ventura College, and in the Road Scholar and OLLI programs. He is the author of a textbook on popular culture and is currently working on An American Identity: Heroism, Innovation, and Popular Culture. He is close to completion of Volume Two (since 1903) and will then work on Volume One (1776-1902). He is Director of Internet Research and a writer for an interactive educational course on American innovation.


 Robert Piccioni

Robert Piccioni graduated from Caltech, has a Ph.D. in high-energy physics, and was a research faculty member at Harvard. He hosts the internet radio show “Guide to the Cosmos” on webtalkradio.net and is the author of 2 award-winning books.


 Mark Rafter

Mark Rafter, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at College of the Canyons, is a member of the Association for Psychological Science and has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Riverside and an M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from CSU San Bernardino. He is known for emphasizing how the psychological theory and research related to each topic may be applied to our daily interactions.


 Brian Rasnow

Brian Rasnow received his Ph.D. in physics at Caltech. He is a lecturer in physics at CSUCI and a mentor, inventor, and consultant. He was a Principal Scientist in Research & Automation Technologies at Amgen Inc., earning Amgen's "Excellence in Science and Engineering" award. He co-founded a research instrument company. He is an amateur astronomer and photographer, competent in electronics and programming, an organic farmer growing ~100 varieties of fruit trees, and he mentors students from Caltech and other universities on numerous international development projects for the poor in Central America. He is also an inventor.


Richard Gotch Robinson 

Richard Gotch Robinson, Born in England. Educated Harrow School and Trinity College Dublin. Awarded the Icarus Poetry Prize. 30 years in London as typographer, publisher, bookseller. Moved to California with family. Instructional videographer. Hospice volunteer. Ran Poetry on Campus at Ventura College. Enjoys writing, painting, vintage photography. Publications: Eternity, Time and the Soul (2005), Selected Poems (2009), Ventura County Beginnings (2011).


 

 Mary Kay Rummel

Mary Kay Rummel received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and became a Lecturer at California State University Channel Islands School of Education in January 2003. She was selected Ventura County's first-ever Poet Laureate based on decades of achievement in the literary arts. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She is an active participant in poetry events around the county and has collaborated with visual artists, sculptors, musicians, and dancers.

 Holly Sacks

Holly Sacks received her BA in anthropology from UC Berkeley in 1970. After a long career as a senior marketing and strategy executive in multinational high tech companies, she completed the CMF certification program at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center in 2014.

John Snibbe 

Dr. John Snibbe, Ph.D., has been a clinical psychologist for over forty years. He worked in the Psychiatric Emergency room at LAC/USC Medical Center, for Kaiser Permanente in their psychiatric facility, LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Psychiatric Mobile Response teams, and special sensitive projects for the Board of supervisors. He has authored or edited three books and published many papers. He specializes in treating psychological trauma and disaster response as well as management of the seriously mentally ill. He is currently an instructor at the UCLA OLLI with past faculty at the USC &        UCLA School of Medicine.


 

 Robert Stellwagen

Robert Stellwagen was trained in biochemistry at Harvard University (A.B. degree) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D.). He conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Health and UC San Francisco before joining the faculty of the University of Southern California where he taught biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics and carried out laboratory research in the School of Medicine for many years.


James Stemen, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana. Master’s of Music in Music Education and Masters of Sacred Music in Conducting from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Professor Emeritus of Music at Moorpark College for 38 years while teaching music history and appreciation, choral music, voice and conducting. Founder and former conductor of the Los Robles Master Chorale for 30 years.


 Jessica Tade

Jessica Tade, Ph.D. Studied at University of California, Santa Barbara specializing in Romanesque architecture and sculpture.  She was previously an art history textbook editor for the McGraw-Hill Companies, a project archivist for the UCSB University Art Museum Architecture and Design Collection, and both a summer associate and teaching assistant at UCSB, covering the spectrum of art history.

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 Michael Teasdale

Michael Teasdale received a BA in Philosophy from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Economics from the Sorbonne, Paris. He directed theatre for 10 years in Europe winning the prize for the best foreign language play at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in 1984 for the Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau. Michael has run his own consulting firm and speaks frequently about change and operational strategy at global conferences for the Biopharmaceutical industry.

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 Margaret (Peggy) Tranovitch

Margaret (Peggy) Tranovitch, M.Phil, History of Art and Connoisseurship, University of Glasgow, has broad interests in art history. She did her Master’s thesis on Art in the Court of Queen Melisende, and is anxious to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for art and culture. She currently teaches at Oxnard College and has taught several popular OLLI classes.


 Jean Treiman

Jean Treiman, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., started her career in the late sixties and has worked as a teacher, administrator and researcher, at many different levels in education.  She retired in 2012 from University of California, Office of the President, spending her last five years as Executive Director, California Subject Matter Project (CSMP).  She has been a leader in professional development in the UC system and was an Education Programs Consultant in professional development for five years at the California State Department of Education.


 Marilyn Vail

Marilyn I. Vail ,Ph.D., earned her doctorate from Cornell University in French Literature, M.A. from Middlebury Graduate School of French in Paris, and B.A. in French and Spanish literature from the University of North Carolina. She has taught at Cornell University, Cazenovia College in upstate New York, Moorpark College, and Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.


 Jeannette Webber

Jeannette (Jinny) Webber,  Ph.D., is Professor Emerita from Santa Barbara City College and writes historical fiction. The first two books of her trilogy set in Shakespeare's England, The Secret Player and Dark Venus, have been published; the third volume, Bedtrick, will be out in November, 2015. In addition to her interest in British literature, she's fascinated by Greek and Roman mythology and currently is at work on a novel set in Bronze Age Greece.


 Matthew Weisman

Matthew Weisman received his MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. He is a professional screenwriter and producer, and a retired member of The Writers Guild of America. He is a devotee of World Cinema as art as well as movies in popular culture. Matthew Weisman received his MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts where he also taught classes in Cinema Studies and directed the Cinematheque film program. A professional screenwriter and producer, he taught Graduate Screenwriting at the USC School of Cinema for fifteen years. He is a retired member of The Writers Guild of America. A devotee of World Cinema as art as well as movies in popular culture, he looks forward to sharing these lifelong passions at OLLI.


 Clifford Wilcox

Clifford Wilcox, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in American Intellectual History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He focuses on the history of ideas and education in American society. An OLLI instructor since 2011, Cliff teaches courses on American culture and the history of American colleges and universities..


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