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​​​Farshid Mirzaei
Farshid Mirzaei, M.Arch.​
Associate Professor
Drafting,
Architecture,
and Engineering

951-738-7723​
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A Kurdish, Persian, Canadian, American who believes in transformative learning through teamwork and building together.
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​​​Khosrow Rad
Khosrow Rad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Electronics/Electrician

951-372-7035
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Dr. Khosrow Rad is an Assistant Professor of Electronics/Electrician at Norco College.
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​​​James Thomas
James Thomas, D.P.A.​​
Professor
Construction

951-739-7816
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Jim Thomas is a Professor of Construction at Norco College.
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​​​Paul Van Hulle
Paul Van Hulle, M.A.​​​
Assistant Professor
Manufacturing

951-372-7108
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Paul Van Hulle tells his students all the time that if he can be a success, they can be one as well.
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​​​John Alpay
John Alpay, M.B.A., J.D.
Assistant Professor
Management (Law)

951-372-7198
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John Alpay is an Assistant Professor of Management Law at Norco College.
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​​​Eric Doucette
Eric Doucette, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor
Business Administration

951-453-7469
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Eric Doucette is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Norco College.
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​​​Adam Martin
Adam Martin, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Business Administration

​​951-738-7400
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Adam Martin is a full-time faculty member of Norco College. He teaches in the areas of business administration and entrepreneurship.
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​​​Dana White
Dana White, M.B.A.
Associate Professor
Accounting

951-738-7739
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Dana’s positive energy and enthusiasm for faculty development bring a breath of fresh air to professional development events.
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​​​Patty Worsham
Patty Worsham, M.B.A.
Professor
Business Administration

951-372-7194​
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Patty Worsham never enjoyed studying accounting. That's ironic because now, she teaches it.
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​​​Michael Bobo
Michael Bobo, MLA, M.A.​
Associate Professor
Humanities

951-738-7733​
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Michael Bobo is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Norco College. He earned a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University, Domiguez Hills and a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.
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​​​Steven Camacho
Steven Camacho, M.A.​​
Assistant Professor
English

951-372-7191
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Steven Camacho is an Assistant Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Nicole Capps
Nicole Capps, M.A.​​​
Associate Professor
English/
Lead Instructor,
Writing and
Reading Center

951-739-7849
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Nikki Capps has been teaching English Composition and Literature for over 20 years and has been a proud Norco Mustang for the past 13 years.
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​​​Miguel Castro
Miguel Castro, M.L.I.S.
Assistant Professor
Communications

951-372-7150
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Miguel was nominated as Mustang of the Month in July 2022 for his role in tirelessly communicating and coordinating with students requesting laptops, hotspots, and textbooks through the Library's Laptop, Hotspot and Textbook loan programs.
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​​​Tami Comstock
Tami Comstock, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

951-739-7851
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Tami Comstock is an Associate Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Araceli Covarrubias
Araceli Covarrubias, M.A.
Associate Professor
Spanish

951-738-7752
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Araceli Covarrubias is a Spanish professor. She earned an associate of art degree from Santa Ana College, a baccalaureate and master’s degree in Spanish from California State University, Long Beach.
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​​​Jessica Dobson
Jessica Dobson, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

951-738-7769
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Jessica Dobson is an Associate Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Andres Elizalde
Andres Elizalde, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

951-739-7817
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​I'm a product of the California Community College system. The community college system represents the best ideal that Americans offer the world.
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​​​Lisa Hernandez
Lisa Hernandez, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

951-372-7036
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Lisa S. Hernandez is a Humanities Assistant Professor who has been teaching various college-level English and literature courses since 2007.
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​​​Kiandra Jimenez
Kiandra Jimenez, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor
English

951-738-7036
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Kiandra Jimenez is an Assistant Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Ammanda Moore
Ammanda Moore, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

951-739-7846
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Ammanda Moore is an Associate Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Natalie Morford
Natalie Morford, M.A.​​
Associate Professor
English

951-738‐7768
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Natalie Morford is an Associate Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Tim Mount
Tim Mount, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Communication Studies

951-738-7699
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Tim Mount is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Norco College.
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​​​Sara Nafzgar
Sara Nafzgar
Associate Professor
Communication Studies

951-738-7406
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Sara Nafzgar earned an associate of art degree from Mt. San Antonio College and a baccalaureate and master’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Fullerton.
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​​​Lisa Nelson
Lisa Nelson, Ph.D.
Professor
English

951-739-7812
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Lisa Nelson is a Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​Ana Marie Olaerts
Ana Marie Olaerts, M.A.
Associate Professor
Speech Communication

951-739-7815
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Ana Marie Olaerts is an Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Norco College.
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​​​Dan Reade
Dan Reade, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

​951-738‐7772​
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Dan Reade is an Associate Professor of English at Norco College.
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​​​José Sentmanat
José Sentmanat, M.A., J.D.
Associate Professor
Philosophy

​951-738‐7773
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Upon completion of his military service after graduating high school, José Sentmanat earned his B.A. in philosophy from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, in 1991.
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​​​Mitzi Sloniger
Mitzi Sloniger, M.A.
Associate Professor
Academic Literacy and Reading

951-372-7131
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Mitzi Sloniger is an Associate Professor of Academic Literacy and Reading at Norco College.
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​​​Dominique Voyer
Dominique Voyer, Ph.D.
Professor
Spanish and French

951-372-7066
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Dr. Dominique Voyer was born in the south of France and received her education from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, with majors in French Literature and Spanish Linguistics.
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​​​Cameron Young
Cameron Young, M.A.
Associate Professor
English

​​951-738-7405
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En Taro Adun, Executor! Cameron Young has been teaching just shy of ten years and has worked at Chaffey College, Fullerton College, Mt San Jacinto College, and Norco College (with Norco being the longest).
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​​​Sarah Burnett
Sarah Burnett, Ph.D.​
Professor
Early Childhood Education

951-739-7872​
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One wrong turn transformed Dr. Sarah Burnett’s life.
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​​​Sigrid Williams
Sigrid Williams, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Administration of Justice

951-739-7825
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Dr. Sigrid Williams is a dedicated advocate for the Administration of Justice discipline and students at Norco College.
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​​​Maria Adams
Maria Adams, M.A.​​
​Associate Professor
Early Childhood Education

951-372-7106
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Maria Adams is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Norco College.
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​​​Michael Leese
​Mike Leese, M.A.​​​
Assistant Professor
Administration of Justice

951-372-7000
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Mike Leese has been a police officer just shy of 20 years for LAPD.
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​​​Kelly Carpenter
​Kelly Carpenter, M.A.
Associate Faculty
Administration of Justice

951-738-7403​
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​Lt. Kelly Carpenter has been with Brea PD for over 30 years.
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​​​Liam Doyle
​​Liam Doyle, Ed.D., MBA​​​
Associate Faculty
Administration of Justice

951-372-7000
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Liam Doyle began his career in law enforcement after the leaving the Navy where he held the position of Master At Arms.
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​​​M​​​onishia Miller
​M​​​onishia 'Moe' Miller, M.S.​
Associate Faculty
Administration of Justice

951-372-7000​
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​Monishia “Moe” Miller is a criminal justice scholar and childhood adversity​ expert.
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​​​​​Lynsey Walker
​​Lynsey Walker, M.A.​​​
Associate Faculty
Administration of Justice

951-372-7000
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Lynsey Walker has worked for the City of Corona Police Department for the last twenty-one years.
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​​​Svetlana Borissova
Svetlana Borissova
Assistant Professor
Math

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951-738-7414​
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​​​Elisa Chung
Elisa Chung, M.A.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-372-7024​
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​​​Joseph DeGuzman
Joseph DeGuzman, M.L.Q.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-372-7133
ATEC 221
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​​​Janet Frewing
Janet Frewing, M.A.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-372-7174
IT 200O
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​​​Caroline Hutchings
​Caroline Hutchings, M.Stat.
Assistant Professor
Statistics

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​951-738-7023​
ATEC 218​
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​​​Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson, M.A.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-372-7196
ATEC 213
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​​​Bibiana Lopez
Bibiana Lopez, M.S.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-372-7185​​
ATEC 212
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​​​Jeffrey Mulari
Jeffrey Mulari, M.S.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-738-7771
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​​​Stephen Park
Stephen Park, M.A.
Associate Professor
Math

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951-739-7853​
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​​​Andy Robles
Andy Robles, M.S.
​Associate Professor
Math

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​​​Steff Warsinski
Steff Warsinski, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Math

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951-738-7774​
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​​​Ashlee Johnson
Ashlee Johnson, M.S.
Associate Professor
Engineering

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​​​John Coverdale
John Coverdale, M.S.
Associate Professor
Computer Information Systems

951-372-7098
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John Coverdale is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norco College.
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​​​James Finley
James Finley, B.A.
Game Development
​​951-739-7868​
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For many people, James Finley has a dream career. By day, he is the studio director and CEO of Broken Circle Studios.
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​​​Jeff Clendenning
Jeff Clendenning, M.F.A.​​​
Assistant Professor
Game Art

951-738-7240​
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Jeff Clendenning is an Assistant Professor of Game Art at Norco College.
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​​​Jessiah Ruiz
Jessiah Ruiz, Ed.D.​​​
Assistant Professor
Computer Information Systems

951-372-7023​
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Jessiah Ruiz is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norco College.
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​​​Ruben Aguilar
Ruben Aguilar, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

951-372-7168
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As a United States veteran and purple heart recipient, Ruben Aguilar has sacrificed much.
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​​​James Finley
James Finley, B.A.
Game Development
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For many people, James Finley has a dream career. By day, he is the studio director and CEO of Broken Circle Studios.
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​​​Teresa Friedrich Finnern
Teresa Friedrich Finnern, Ph.D.
Biology
951-372-7012​
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Dr. Finnern is a Professor of Biology and the Biology Co-Chair for the Department of Science and Kinesiology. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Hope College in Michigan, then an M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.
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​​​Virgil Lee
Virgil Lee, Ph.D.
Chemistry
951-738-7770​
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Dr. Virgil Lee was nominated Mustang of the Month by more than one person; each described his inclusive spirit, keen editing eye, and above all his sense of fairness.
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​​​Judy Perry
Judy Perry, M.S.
Computer Science and Game Development
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Judy Perry has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC, but she is not an engineer.
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​​​​​​Paul Van Hulle
Paul Van Hulle, M.A.
Manufacturing Technology
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Paul Van Hulle tells his students all the time that if he can be a success, they can be one as well. That statement is normally met with confusion, until they learn that he has struggled many years with dyslexia.
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​​​Alexis Gray
Alexis Gray, Ph.D.
Professor
Anthropology

951-739-7828
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Dr. Alexis ​Gray is recognized for her skilled and effective teaching and program development, and for her work as Chair for the Program Review Committee through two accreditation cycles.
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​​​Laura Adams
Laura Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychology

951-738-7732
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Laura Adams is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Norco College.
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​​​Rosalio Cedillo
Rosalio Cedillo, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor
Sociology​​

951-739-7854​
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Rosalio Cedillo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology​​​ at Norco College.
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​​​Stephany​​ Kyriakos
​Stephany​​ Kyriakos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
History

951-372-7167​​
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Stephany​​ Kyriakos is an Associate Professor of History at Norco College.
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​​​Sandra Po​piden
Sandra Po​piden, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor
Political Science

​951-738-7754​
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Sandra Po​piden is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Norco College.
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​​​Nancy Quiñones
Nancy Quiñones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ethnic Studies

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Dr. Nancy Quiñones began her career in higher education in Student Development and has worked with First Year Experience, Student Transition, Engagement and Retention and Multi-Ethnic programs, Health Services, Career Services, and Women's Resource Centers.
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​​​Timothy Russell
Timothy Russell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
History​

951-738-7753​
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Tim Russell is an Associate Professor of History at Norco College.
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​​​Melissa Wilson
​Melissa Wilson, M.A.
Assistant Professor
Psychology

951-372-7000​
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​Melissa Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Norco College.
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​​​Aldo Yanez-Ruiz
​Aldo Yanez-Ruiz, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor
Political Science

951-738-7271​
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Aldo Yanez-Ruiz is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Norco College.
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​​​Kara Zamiska
Kara Zamiska​, Ph.D.​​
Associate Professor
Psychology​

951-738-7776​​
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Kara Zamiska is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Norco College.
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​​​Meghan Chandler
Meghan Chandler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Art History

951-738-7404
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Meghan Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Norco College and holds a Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine.
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​​​Kim Kamerin
Kim Kamerin, M.B.A.
Professor
Music Industry Studies

951-738-7703​
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Professor Kamerin is an award-winning educator and twenty-year veteran of the music classroom.
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​​​​​​Brady Kerr
Brady Kerr, A.A.
Instructor
Music Industry Studies

951-372-7197​
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Brady Kerr is a Grammy®-nominated educator, a voting member of The Recording Academy, and has been in the music and theater business for over 40 years.
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​​​Megan Lindeman
Megan Lindeman, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
Art

951-372-7107
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Megan Lindeman joined Norco College in 2014 as Associate Faculty and became a full-time Assistant Professor of Art in 2017 and Associate Professor in 2021.
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​​​Michelle Ramin
Michelle Ramin, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
Art/
Art Gallery
Director

951-738-7698
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Hailing from the mountains of North Central Pennsylvania, Michelle Ramin received her BA from Penn State University and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
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​​​Khalil Andacheh
Khalil Andacheh
Sociology
(Retired in June 2020)

Khalil Andacheh was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Norco College with 19 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Kristine Anderson
Kristine Anderson
English
(Retired in June 2020)

Kristine Anderson has taught college English for over thirty-five years. She was hired at Riverside Community College in 1989 and began teaching at Norco College in 2014.
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​​​Melissa Bader
Melissa Bader, M.A.
English
(Retired in June 2024)

With over twenty-nine years of experience as an educator, Ms. Bader has served as English professor and leader (wearing many hats) at the college and beyond.
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​​​Rex Beck
Rex Beck, M.B.A.
Business Administration
(Retired in June 2022)

Most people aren’t lucky enough to have one long, successful career, never mind two. But that’s exactly what Rex Beck has had, and he’s still going strong in the second.
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​​​Celia Brockenbrough
Celia Brockenbrough
Library Services
(Retired in June 2020)

Celia Brockenbrough was a Professor of Library Services at Norco College with 29 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Cathy Brotherton
Cathy Brotherton, M.S.
Computer Information Systems
(Retired in June 2020)

Some of Cathy Brotherton’s students weren’t even born yet when she began teaching, that’s how long she’s been making an impact on the Riverside area’s education system.
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​​​Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis, M.A.
Speech Communication
(Retired in June 2024)

Mark Lewis is an Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Norco College.
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​​​David Mills
David Mills
English
(Retired in June 2020)

David Mills was an Associate Professor of English at Norco College with 19 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Jan Muto
Jan Muto
Communication Studies
Journalism

(Retired in June 2021)

Jan Muto was a Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism with 12 years of teaching excellence at Norco College.
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​​​Judy Perry
Judy Perry, M.S.
Computer Science and Game Development
(Retired in June 2024)

Judy Perry has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC, but she is not an engineer.
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​​​Bob Prior
Bob Prior
Mathematics
(Retired in June 2020)

Dr. Bob Prior was a Professor of Mathematics at Norco College with 30 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Karin Skiba
Karin Skiba
Art
(Retired in December 2011)

Karin Skiba is a Professor Emerita of Art who taught at Norco College with 21 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Charles Sternburg
Charles Sternburg
Anatomy and Physiology
(Retired in June 2020)

Charles Sternburg was a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Norco College with 27 years of dedicated service.
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​​​​​​Walter Stevens
Walter Stevens, M.F.A.
Theater Arts
(Retired in June 2024)

Walter “Buck” Stevens is Professor of Theatre Arts at Norco College in California, and has been at the college since 1995.
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​​​Stan Tyler
Stan Tyler
Chemistry
(Retired in June 2021)

Stan Tyler was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Norco College with 12 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Jesus Vela
Jesus Vela, M.A.
Electronics/Electrician
Business Administration

(Retired in June 2024)

Jesus 'Gil' Vela is Associate Faculty with both Electronics/Electrician and Business Administration at Norco College.
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​​​Tom Wagner
Tom Wagner
Business Administration
(Retired in June 2020)

Tom Wagner was a Professor of Business Administration at Norco College with 28 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Beverly Wimer
Beverly Wimer
Kinesiology
(Retired in June 2020)

Beverly Wimer was an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Norco College with 31 years of dedicated service.
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​​​Gail Zwart
Gail Zwart, M.B.A, D.P.A.
Business & Management
(Retired in June 2020)

Dr. Gail A. Zwart was once a college dropout. She only stayed out for six months, but it was long enough to realize that working a minimum wage job was not what she wanted for herself or her future.
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​​​Marissa Iliscupidez
Marissa Iliscupidez
Counseling

Marissa Iliscupidez was a Counselor at Norco College from 2011 to 2022.
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​​​Barbara Moore
Barbara Moore
Biology

Barbara Moore was a Professor of Biology at Norco College for 17 years.
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​​​Phu Tran
Phu Tran
Physics

Phu Tran was an Associate Professor of Physics at Norco College for 14 years.
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