Fullerton College is pleased to welcome 23 new full-time faculty this fall. Read below to find out more about their backgrounds and expertise.
Chad Baum brings in 20 years of coaching and teaching experience at the Division 1 level and has worked at Cal State Fullerton, Santa Clara University and University of California Irvine. Baum was the recruiting coordinator for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball program the last three years and has been to the College World Series six times, winning a National Championship in 2004 with Cal State Fullerton. He earned his master’s degree in physical education at Azusa Pacific University and was a professor in the Kinesiology Department at Cal State Fullerton. Baum has been involved in the local community Little Leagues as well as the Miracle Baseball League of North Orange County.
Prior to joining Fullerton College, Dr. Porsha Boyd served as a counselor at Santa Monica and Los Angeles Mission College in the General, Athletics, Black Collegians, At-Risk, and Dual Enrollment Counseling programs. Prior to entering community college, Boyd started her career in the K-12 system. She served as an academic and college counselor, teacher, and athletic director for more than 12 years. In addition, Boyd also worked as a college consultant for UCEazy. Boyd is currently an instructor at the University of Southern California in the Rossier School of Education in addition to serving students at Fullerton College.
Dr. Ziza Delgado is a proud alumna of the California Community College system and earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Delgado conducts research on and teaches about the history of ethnic studies, race, racism, social movements, education theory and praxis, restorative justice, U.S. history, and carceral studies. Her research, teaching and campus leadership emphasizes the potential of education to empower historically marginalized populations through liberatory curricula and pedagogy. Delgado has been an advocate for reversing the ‘school to prison pipeline’ by developing programs and services for currently and formerly incarcerated students. She sees the mission of her work in this area to transition members of this community from incarceration to higher education while supporting their journey to re-entry and healing. Delgado is excited to be joining Fullerton College and utilizing her expertise to support campus-relevant services that will benefit the diverse student population, her colleagues and the local community.
Archie Delshad joins the full-time faculty after serving as an adjunct professor for the past three years. His expertise is in American politics, race and ethnicity, class relations, political theory, and the Middle East. Delshad is a proud Fullerton College alumnus; he attended Fullerton College from 2008 to 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology (summa cum laude) in 2012 and earned his master’s degree in political science in 2016. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at UC Irvine.
Ronald Farol earned a Master of Arts in English Literature with an emphasis on Rhetoric & Composition from CSU, Dominguez Hills, where he has also served as a supplemental instructor, research assistant and adjunct lecturer. Since 2015, he has proudly taught at Cerritos College, Compton College, Saddleback College, Cypress College and El Camino College. In addition to teaching, he still enjoys studying rhetoric and composition, mindsets, emotional intelligence, agency and autonomy. He looks forward to serving at Fullerton College this fall as a faculty member. When he is not teaching, studying, or parenting, he watches all things pro-wrestling.
Jessica M. Garcia joins this position with more than four years of experience working with students as an adjunct community college counselor. Garcia has been counseling and teaching in a variety of capacities at both Fullerton College and Orange Coast College. Garcia earned her associate’s degree at Fullerton College and bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton. She also earned a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California.
Richard Ghidella holds an Associate of Arts degree from Fullerton College and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Cal State Fullerton. After 15 years in finance and leading several internet start-ups he moved into the teaching arena at the urging of his family, and received his first adjunct assignment at Fullerton College. Ghidella has been teaching full-time for 15 years in California and Wyoming. When the opportunity presented itself to teach full-time at Fullerton College he stated “it was like I was returning home.” Ghidella has taught just about every business class but primarily teaches real estate and personal finance courses. Ghidella has been married to his beautiful wife Eileen for 23 years and they have three children.
Seung Ji has been teaching physics and astronomy since 2015. He has taught at LA Mission College, LA Trade Tech College and West Los Angeles College. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His research field is biophysics which focuses on the mechanism of hearing, nonlinear dynamics and chaos.
Jessica Langlois has been working as a journalist, essayist, and college instructor for nearly a decade. Her stories about arts & culture and grassroots organizing have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, East Bay Express, and others. She was previously a visiting assistant professor in journalism at Loyola Marymount University and has taught at UC Berkeley, Cal State Northridge, Woodbury University and Academy of Art University. She holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Mills College in Oakland and a B.A. in journalism from New York University.
Elisa Latourelle completed a B.A. in psychology from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. in educational counseling and PPS credential from University of La Verne. She has worked with students in higher education since 2013, counseling within programs such as Disability Support Services, TRiO, and First Year Experience. She has also taught counseling and student development courses including career development. She began her career at Fullerton College in 2016 where she worked in general counseling and taught counseling courses at local feeder high schools. This year, she is excited to continue her role as general counselor and counselor/co-coordinator of the Fullerton College Puente Program.
The music of Allen W. Menton reflects his many cultural interests, encompassing literature, history, religion, dance, theater, and the visual arts. His compositions have been performed by ensembles across the county and have been recorded professionally. A dedicated and innovative teacher, Allen Menton is excited to join the faculty at Fullerton College. Previously, he taught at Pomona College, Charles University in Prague (as a Fulbright Scholar), and at the Long Beach and San Bernardino campuses of California State University. He holds degrees in Music Composition and Comparative Literature from Stanford, Cornell, USC, and UCLA. Hear more of his music at www.allenmenton.com
Kaitlin “Katie” Morgan has more than six years of experience teaching anatomy and microbiology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from UCSD and a master’s degree in biology (focus in molecular biology and immunology) from CSULB. Her graduate research focused on the influence of recombinant human anti-mannan IgG antibodies on phagocytosis of Candida albicans, for which she was awarded the “Best Graduate Research” award at the 2016 Southern California ASM Conference. She also worked at Science Care, a company specializing in cadaver procurement for scientific research and medical practice. There, she gained extensive experience with cadaver dissection, identification, and even surgical technique.
Anastasia Nagel is a developmental neurobiologist who loves teaching and focusing on designing case studies that bring contemporary scientific discoveries into the biology classroom. Her interests include pedagogical research on effective STEM education and how early neural wiring events shape the developing nervous system. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. from UC Irvine, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Nagel began her teaching career at Fullerton and Santiago Canyon Community Colleges and recently completed a visiting assistant professor position at Claremont McKenna College.
Rachel Nevarez brings over 20 years of experience in the Fashion Industry to Fullerton College. Her expertise includes fashion design, product development, garment manufacturing, pattern making, and sewing, as well as entrepreneurship, marketing, and e-commerce knowledge from starting multiple fashion businesses throughout the years. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an associate’s degree in Fashion Design from FIDM. Prior to teaching, she was a production manager at a local garment manufacturing facility and has spent the last decade skating and coaching roller derby to girls and women ages 8-50.
Kaylan Rasch has more than six years of experience working with students in higher education of which the last four years have been devoted to working as an adjunct counselor and professor at Fullerton College and Saddleback College. As a former community college student, she understands the power of effective counseling. She is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about helping students define and achieve their educational goals and is excited to join the FC counseling family full time, and looks forward to creating a welcoming, equitable and inclusive environment for all students. Rasch earned a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
Alan Ray Joins Fullerton College with more than 35 years of experience in the Architectural field specializing in residential, commercial and hospital construction projects. Ray graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona with a five-year bachelor’s degree in architecture. Alan is a licensed architect in California and also holds a Class A Hospital Building Inspector Certification. Alan began working at Fullerton College in fall 2016 as an adjunct professor in the Architecture Department.
Computer Information Systems
Brian Roach has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology and currently serves as a faculty member for the Computer Information Systems Department at Fullerton College. Before joining Fullerton College, he worked in the private sector as a principal enterprise security architect at Verizon, and as director of enterprise architecture at Microsoft. Roach is a graduate of the National Intelligence University in Washington DC and earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence and Cyber Security. He also holds a Master of Arts in Computer Information Systems from Webster University, and bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Roach was a commander in the Navy Reserve Intelligence Corps and served in the Defense Intelligence Agency and Special Operations Command as an intelligence officer specializing in cyber threat intelligence, exploitation, and attack strategies. He was also a former Marine Corps Infantry Platoon sergeant in the 2nd Marine Division and over his 24-year military career has deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Luciano Rodriguez joins Fullerton College with extensive experience in modeling, simulation, computer analysis, data mining, and software engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computational sciences from Chapman University. He is currently finishing his doctorate degree in computational sciences at Chapman University. Rodriguez started his teaching career at Chapman University in 2012 and has taught a variety of disciplines in mathematics and computer science at Fullerton College. In addition to teaching, he has conducted research at Rice University and NASA, and collaborated with local fire agencies and electrical companies.
Alexandria Rosales earned her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach. She has served as a community college counselor for the past seven years, including five years in the International Student Center and one year in the Counseling Center at Fullerton College. She is committed to supporting diverse student populations gain access to and achieve success within higher education. She is extremely excited to join the EOPS family. Alexandria values quality time with family and friends, especially her 10-year-old son, Noel.
Joel Salcedo was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Fullerton with a special emphasis in Persuasion, Argumentation and Rhetoric. Salcedo has more than 15 years of experience coaching competitive speech and debate, serving as the assistant director of Forensics at Cal State Fullerton. Prior to teaching Salcedo was a door-to-door salesperson in the midwestern and southern United States for a telecommunications company. Salcedo hopes to build bridges across campus to discover innovative ways to foster collaboration and support student success.
Mohammad Shahin attended UC San Diego and received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacological chemistry and master’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry. At UCSD, Shahin was elected to the position of associate director of Community College Initiatives. He led longitudinal academic enrichment programs designed to support underrepresented minority (URM) community college students pursuing degrees in STEM and healthcare. In addition, he founded Open Doors for mentoring prospective transfer students and significantly increased the number of URM transfer students. Additionally, Shahin was recognized at UCSD with the prestigious Best Graduate Award.
Anya Shyrokova has been an adjunct librarian at Fullerton College since January 2017. She has abundant experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Prior to joining Fullerton College, she was a usability researcher and designer. Shyrokova holds a master’s degree in information science with an emphasis in human computer interaction from the University of Michigan and a dual bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and international political economy from the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not geeking out about unique books, Shyrokova can be found exploring local parks with her dog or cooking for her family.
Juan Zaragoza joins Fullerton College as a mathematics instructor and brings extensive experience in the fields of teaching and professional development. He is an avid practitioner of pedagogies that promote active learning and civic engagement. Prior to joining Fullerton College, he worked for six years at Florida SouthWestern State College as a math professor where he contributed to course redesign initiatives and led pilots that tested innovative teaching practices. He graduated from College of the Desert and earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in mathematics from the University of California, Riverside.