Dr. Arlette Poland, formerly an attorney in the Palm Desert area, is now a Ph.D professor at COD and regularly teaches both World Religions and Perspectives on Death and Dying classes. Dr. Poland also teaches at U.C. Riverside, U. of Redlands, Cal State San Bernardino, and CSUSB's Osher Life Long Learning Program. Dr. Poland also has the pleasure of leading workshops and facilitating education opportunities privately.
Tracy Albrecht has been on the Adjunct Faculty since 2003. She is an Instructor of Conservation of Natural Resources. She received her BA in Biology from UCSB. She holds a CA Life Science Teaching Credential from CSUF and an MA in Education Administration from Azusa Pacific. Tracy is employed full-time with the Bureau of Land Management.
Carly McKean graduated Magna cum Laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in Food Marketing and Agribusiness Management and earned an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Conservation of Natural Resources. Carly has taught science and natural resource courses at various schools throughout Southern California. She is actively involved with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and regularly participates in painting and photography exhibitions.
The Rev. Dr. Philip Culbertson spent 15 years teaching in the Theology faculty of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In 2004, he was awarded the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Prize by the University. He was also a psychotherapist in private practice, and taught psychotherapy at two training institutes in Auckland. He has also lived and worked in Israel and Switzerland. In 2008, he semi-retired and moved to Palm Springs. He teaches philosophy and sociology courses as an adjunct at College of the Desert, and continues as a guest lecturer in both Theology and Counseling Psychology at the University of Auckland. He has published over 80 articles in academic journals, and his fourteenth book, Pacific Identities and Wellbeing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, will be published by Routledge in November 2012.
Ted Grofer has 30 years' experience as independent desert marketing professional. He founded TGA Publishing in 1980. Since then he has created marketing, advertising, and public relations programs for a wide range of industries, including banking, medicine, hospitality, automotive, retail shopping centers and municipal business improvement districts.
Prior to beginning his independent marketing business he was publisher of The Desert Sun newspaper from 1974-1980. Before that he served as marketing director for The Detroit News from 1969-1974, and marketing director for The Jam Handy Organization, the largest marketing communications company in the country at the time, from 1962 -1969.
Grofer became a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity in 1954 and served as Resident Counselor at The University of Iowa, National Director of Public Relations and sat on the Fraternity’s Supreme Council from 1982 to 1984.
He currently serves as executive director of The Cathedral City Auto Center Dealers Advertising Association.
Grofer served as secretary for the Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Club from 2004 to 2012, and serves on the board of directors of Sunrise Villas Homeowners Association. He is a founding member and past president of Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Club, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, the desert chapter of The American Cancer Society, Hospice of the Desert, St. Theresa’s Parish Council and Sunrise Villas Homeowners Association. He also served as district treasurer for Rotary District 5330.
Grofer earned a master’s degree in Mass Communications from The University of Iowa, a bachelor’s degree in English and Theater Arts from The University of Cincinnati, is listed in Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in Entertainment, and teaches Mass Media/Mass Culture, Public Speaking, and Newspaper Production at College of the Desert (COD). He is faculty advisor to COD’s campus newspaper, The Chaparral, and sat as the elected representative from the adjunct faculty for five years on COD’s Academic Senate and the Academic Senate Executive Committee. Grofer served on the COD's President's Planning Council. He also serves as the chairman of the Administrative Appeals Board for the city of Palm Springs.
Grofer has been married to his wife Mej for 500 years and has two grown daughters, Catherine and Laura and a son, Daniel.
Jacquie Litto holds a B.A. in Italian in addition to the TESOL, TEFL and California Teaching Credential in Designated Subjects from UCLA.
As a faculty member at University Community Adult School from 1995 to 2004 she acted as Chairman of the ESL Department for Accreditation, was a frequent presenter at the California Council of Adult Educators and became a member of AAHE (American Association of Higher Education). She also became a member of CATESOL in 1996. She initiated the daytime Italian class at University C.A.S. in the Fall of 1998 and held the position of Special Education Job Coach for High School Seniors , preparing them for college and/or employment after graduation.
At University Community Adult School and Beverly Hills Community Adult School Jacquie had the opportunity to teach all levels of ESL (1-6) and Italian 1 and 2. For over twenty years during this time and to the present she has taught Italian, elementary through advanced, to private students. She also tutors French, Spanish and ESL in private sessions.
Being of Italian descent and having made over over fifty visits to Italy, she has experienced the Italian culture and language, affording her the opportunity to hone and perfect her knowledge on many levels. In Italy and in America she has acted as interpreter and translator in Italian.
She is currently in her third year as Adjunct Instructor of Italian at C.O.D. and holds an M.A. equivalency.
Nancy Wolf MSN RN PHN is an adjunct faculty clinical instructor in the Nursing Department of the Health Science and Education Division at College of the Desert. Since 2008, Nancy has taught clinical nursing to fourth semester students enrolled in Concepts for Nursing Practice for Acute Alterations in Health.
In addition, Nancy is a part time lecturer for California State University San Bernardino. She teaches Acute Care II Advanced Nursing Process and Intermediate Nursing Process at the Palm Desert Campus to students enrolled in the BSN program. Nancy is a Critical Care Nurse in the Cardiac Surgery Unit at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage.
Nancy received a Masters of Science in Nursing with Academic Nursing Education Concentration from California State University San Bernardino, a Bachelor of Science Nursing from California State University San Bernardino and an Associate of Science Degree in the Nursing Curriculum from Mount Aloysius Junior College, Cresson, Pennsylvania.
The California Board of Registered Nursing has approved Nancy as an Instructor in Medical- Surgical and Geriatric Nursing. She has certification as a California Public Health Nurse. The American Heart Association certifies her as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor.
Professional memberships include: American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Rho Beta Chapter, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 215, National League of Nursing and California Simulation Alliance.
Podium Presentations: Joint Southern California Sigma Theta Tau International 2011 Odyssey Conference: Interactive Disaster Preparedness Education for Nursing Students
Joint Southern California Sigma Theta Tau International 2012 Odyssey Conference: Effect of Practice on Nursing Students SBAR Communication Skills
Stella has been a librarian at COD since 2006. She has a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon, a B.A. from California State University, Chico and evidence of assorted other learning endeavors, because she just can’t help herself. (Paralegal certification from the UCLA School of Law; travel agent course-track at Los Medanos College.)
Stella is also a writer. 4 Gigs of Trouble was published in 2011, The Postman Always Shoots Twice in 2012. Both are thrillers featuring plucky female protagonists, which Stella wishes she had the courage to be.
Over the past thirty years, Stella has worked as a reference librarian, young adult (teen) library specialist and department manager, and community relations manager. Her most recent public library experience was at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, where she served as the Principal Librarian. After leaving Rancho Mirage in 2005, Stella has split her time between being a librarian and being a writer. As a part-time librarian, she has worked at UCR Palm Desert Graduate School and at the Riverside County Law Library in Indio, in addition to COD. In her free time (?) she volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.
I am teaching English 1A online this semester. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Education, 1997, double majoring in English and History, and my Master's in English from the University of Central Arkansas in 2001. I spent ten years teaching in Arkansas before moving back home to the Cahuilla Reservation in Anza, CA, in 2008. Currently, I serve on the Tribal Council for my Tribe, work as an Adjunct instructor for COD part-time, and am employed as a Tribal Women's Advocate for victims of domestic violence. In my spare-time, I enjoy traveling and seeing the world, spending time with my family, reading, and attending my son's sporting events. I am very active in my Tribal government and cultural events, and I enjoy talking to my students about "being a Southern California Indian."
I'm very pleased to be a part of the COD adjunct faculty.
My education is B.S. Applied Math from the University of California, Riverside 2008 and M.A. Economics from the University of California, Riverside 2010. I started my first business, while working on my undergraduate degree. Currently, I teach at various Community Colleges in Southern California. My research interest is Natural Resource Economics. In particular, the interaction between natural resource consumption and economic growth. My favorite sport is hockey. My team is the Anaheim Ducks. I also enjoy going boating and relaxing with my family.
Currently teaching Biology and Conservation of Natural Resources. Employed full time as Sr. Environmental Scientist, Californa Department of Fish and Wildlife Graduated Pearl River High School, Pearl River New York 1976 Bachelor's degree in Zoology, minor in Chemisty, California State University, Fresno 1981 Master's Degree in Biology, California State University, Fresno 1986
“Maggie” was born here in the Coachella Valley. She was brought up by her parents, two agricultural field workers who always stressed the importance of education. Their guidance paid off. Maggie excelled academically while at Coachella Valley High School, graduating 5th in her class, and earned an academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. She then went on to earn two Masters degrees – one in Communications and the other in Educational Administration, plus a secondary teaching credential. She has been a local motivational speaker, has presented at conferences on the topic of children’s educational television, she was one of the founders of the Multicultural Student group at Palm Desert High School and was honored as PDHS’s Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at College of the Desert for the past eight years and as a Spanish teacher at Palm Desert High School for seven years. She is fluent in Spanish, a marathon runner and was just recently elected as Councilwoman for the City of Coachella.
I have been teaching at the College of the Desert for 17 years in the Department Sociology and Psychology as an adjunct instructor in the Alcohol/Drug Counseling Program. Since 1989, I have been involved as a private psychologist and running Anger Management Programs privately as well as for business entities.