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Tanna joins our pilot program from Eastern Oregon University where she served as a university advisor and the Assessment and Accreditation Manager for business and education programs. Prior to her work at EOU, she was an advisor in the TRiO/Student Support Services program at Blue Mountain Community College. Tanna earned her Ph.D. in Education at Seattle Pacific University.
Tanna will work directly with pilot colleges in several ways. She will work with students after they fill out an academic plan with a pilot college adviser. She will also work with prospective students before they see an adviser and with pilot college advisers if they have any questions.
Adam Diaz began his education at Columbia Basin College and earned his associate's degree. From there, he continued to the University of Idaho and received his bachelor degree in accounting. He completed his formal education at the University of Denver and attained his masters degree in taxation.
In 2011, Adam founded First Fruits Accounting, PLLC, focusing on tax and accounting services. He owns and operates First Fruits Accounting to this day. In 2013, Adam began teaching at Columbia Basin College and realized he found his niche. Teaching is becoming more of a passion for him every day.
Since 2009, Nathan Sand has been instructing courses in English and Communication Studies. He’s taught abroad at international universities in Thailand, and both onsite and online for a number of different colleges within the US. Growing up in the Midwest, he graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica (B.A., Communication) and North Dakota State University (M.A, Speech Communication). He believes Public Speaking is a form of empowerment that affords individuals an opportunity to positively influence the world around them, whether at home, in the neighborhood, or in the workplace. When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found on the golf course or at home with his daughter, Nora.
Dr. Shelli Carter has a PhD in biology with a focus on molecular biology from the University of Alabama and a MS in education with a focus in instructional design and technology from Purdue University. After completing her PhD, she worked for a private forensic company, as a consultant for the MITRE Corporation, and as a research scientist for the US government. Dr. Carter completed her MS while working full time so she appreciates the juggling act of the non-traditional, online student. She currently teaches online for several institutions and loves the classroom and what she gain from students.
In her free time Dr. Carter enjoys knitting, running, and gardening. But only when not chasing her daughter around the house or yard, which is a full time job in itself.
Paul Jones has spent most of his professional career in education. He has nearly two decades of teaching experience and eight years of online teaching experience. He took a short break from higher education to enter the business world where he worked for a telecommunications company. He believes this new experience is going to make him a better instructor especially when it comes to competency-based education design of this program.
For over 18 years, Anne has devoted her professional career to the people and to the field of teaching. With a great passion for both online education and for the English language, it is her endeavor to create a classroom and a learning experience that leaves students with a greater love for writing and for excellence in everything they pursue. Besides the many years she has taught English in the traditional classroom, she also has five years experience as an online instructor. She also holds an M.A. in English and a M.Ed in Adult Education. She was once an online student herself, so understands the unique needs of the online student. Because of this, she strives to make the online classroom not only a place where dynamic learning takes place but also a place where community is evident.
Anne has three children -all teenagers! Needless to say, she has spend the last decade standing in the rain at soccrer games, watching balls and strikes behind backstops, and cheering at swim meets. Along with the kids, she has a perpetually lazy and wonderful chocolate lab with no greater goal in life but to sleep and eat.
Anne is thrilled to be a faculty member of Columbia Basin's online degree program and looks forward to being a part of such an exciting program that will benefit so many individuals.
Kimberly is originally from Oklahoma but currently lives in Georgia. Her background includes a BS in Geology, an MS in Environmental Geology and a current PhD in Science Education. Her current PhD research focuses on distance education in the sciences. She has been teaching at the college/university level for over 17 years and teaches a combination of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses including labs.
Growing up in rural central Florida, Wendy’s love of the medium of photography lead her to a bachelor of fine art degree. After spending time practicing art in Chicago and Atlanta, she became involved in web design projects, working as a web and graphic designer in Atlanta for seven years. An opportunity to teach workshops in web design at Georgia State University opened up a new passion for teaching, and a desire to return to her art practice. Wendy returned to school, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from interdisciplinary fine art program at Florida State University in 2010, where she also trained to be a teacher.
Currently she teaches college level courses in fine art, visual communication design, and art history in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area. Her teaching practice focuses on mentoring students in applying a process of critical and creative thinking to solve visual problems.
Her current art practice explores her interests in historical analysis and visual communication to participate in the contemporary problem of having an honest conversation about the social construction of race, including white privilege and structural racism.
Political Science Instructorshorn@columbiabasin.edu
Steven Horn has taught political science at Everett Community College since 2004. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2008. His dissertation focused on the relationship between property rights and democracy. His primary areas of interest include political economy and the politics of race.
Steve loves living in the Pacific Northwest and tries to take full advantage of the outdoor playground we enjoy, including rafting, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.
Political Science Instructor
Since a very young age, Cathy Matresse has been attracted to the field of human behavior and relationship dynamics. Fascinated with the development of earlier civilizations and cultures as well as with current ones, there was no way that she could choose among them, so she combined them through multiple degrees. She earned Bachelor Degrees in both Psychology and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University and a Master's Degree in Psychology at Eastern Washington University as well.
As a life-long learner, she continues to amass post-graduate classes in these various disciplines and today at Eastern Washington University, the University of Idaho, and Lewis and Clark State College. She teaches Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology classes and says that she enjoys the perspective that she receives from the experience of teaching a variety of social and behavioral sciences.
Economics/Business Law Instructorajorgensen@columbiabasin.edu
Allen Jorgensen is originally from Washington and very happy to have recently returned from California. He received both his BA and MA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and also received a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. He has been teaching numerous economics courses at many colleges and universities for over 15 years.
Economics/Business Law Instructor
Drew Proctor has been a librarian at Columbia Basin College for 20 years. Her previous employment includes stints at the Hoover Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Congressional Budget Office. At CBC, Drew handles cataloging, reference, and bibliographic instruction. She received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 1989.
When not at work, Drew enjoys reading, watching movies, and training her dogs.