May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

About San Juan College


Mission: Educate and empower individuals to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Vision: Inspire success through world-class education and life-changing experiences.

Values: San Juan College is committed to serving the needs of our students and the community through a process of continuous quality improvement.  Incorporating the acronym of “iCare”, San Juan College upholds and affirms the values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence.

San Juan College History

San Juan College was founded in 1956 as the Farmington Branch of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. All classes were initially taught by part-time instructors during evening hours at Farmington High School. In 1958, the name was changed from Farmington Branch to San Juan Branch, NMSU.

During the 1966-67 year, the College received federal grants to construct a facility for a branch campus on 590 acres of land that the Farmington City Council returned to the Bureau of Land Management.Thus, with the first building constructed in 1967-68, San Juan Branch had a permanent site in the northern part of Farmington.

From the first phase of construction in 1967 to 1981, the College grew exponentially.  As the community and local school districts invested more money and support in this university branch campus, the natural desire for more local control and autonomy arose.  A successful county-wide election was held in 1981, approving of separation from NMSU and financial support for a newly created junior college district. On July 1, 1982, an independent and separate community college known officially as Junior College District of San Juan County, and informally as San Juan College, came into being.

Whether you are looking to begin or continue your journey in higher education, increase your job skills, or simply engage in learning for fun, San Juan College offers a wide range of learning opportunities. The College provides an affordable, personalized education offering both face-to-face and online programs with a credit enrollment of more than 8,000 students per year. Staff size has grown to more than 900 people who operate the College, including approximately 150 full-time faculty and nearly 300 part-time faculty.

Nondiscrimination Statement 

Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Statement

San Juan College is dedicated to providing equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other category protected under federal, state and local laws.  This dedication extends to recruitment, employment, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns, institutionally sponsored education, training, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs, staff development opportunities, and advancement. The College is committed to ongoing support that promotes equal opportunity, inclusion, and non-discrimination efforts for its faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors. The programs will require the personal dedication of every member of the college community to implement the commitments of the institution.

Questions should be directed to the EEO Officer at 505-566-3515.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the information in this publication will be made available in alternative formats upon request to Student Services.  Call (505) 566-3271 for assistance.


San Juan College Main Campus


San Juan College serves as a regional leader in education. The beautifully landscaped main campus is located at 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM. The College’s facilities consist of 16 main campus buildings and four off-campus facilities occupying more than 979,978 square feet and represent a value of more than $342 million dollars for buildings only.

San Juan College 30th Street Education Center

(505) 326-3311 

San Juan College 30th Street Education Center is located at 3401 E 30th Street in Farmington, NM.  The 30th Street Education Center houses the ACE Center, the Community Learning Center and ENCORE, the ENLACE Family Center, Marketing and Public Relations Department, the Center for Workforce Development, the Office of Institutional Research and Strategic Planning, the Veterinary Technology Program, San Juan College’s University Programs partners, and other departments.

San Juan College East

(505) 566-4151

San Juan College East is located at 315 South Ash Street in the Aztec Family Center. The East Campus offers registration and payment assistance for all credit and non-credit classes; credit courses; computer lab; and a variety of popular non-credit classes. 

San Juan College West

(505) 566-3598

San Juan College West is located at 69 County Road 6500 in Kirtland, NM. The campus offers a variety of services, including registration and payment assistance; credit courses; computer lab; and a variety of credit and non-credit classes. The campus provides library services for both students and the community and computer access to the main campus library. 

800 S. Hutton Street Complex

(505) 326-3311

The San Juan College Hutton Street Campus is located at 800 South Hutton Street in Farmington, NM. The campus offers training for the College’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Fire Science programs.

Accreditation and Affiliations

San Juan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1973 when it received accreditation as a branch of New Mexico State University.  In the 1980’s, San Juan College was awarded a transfer of accreditation from New Mexico State University, San Juan Campus to San Juan College.  In 2000, San Juan College was selected by the HLC to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP), a systematic, on-going approach to institutional accreditation and continuous quality improvement.  Following submission of a successful Systems Portfolio in 2018 and HLC’s discontinuation of the AQIP pathway, San Juan College has moved to HLC’s “Open Pathway” and will have its next review and site visit in 2024.  Accreditation information can be viewed by the public on the web at  The college is also a member of the following organizations:  


  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Accreditation Review Committee Surgical Technology/ Surgical Assisting
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Service Professions
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
  • New Mexico Public Education Department


  • Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
  • College Reading and Learning Association
  • International Tutor Training Program
  • National College Testing Association


  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers   
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Education Association
  • American Dental Hygienists’ Association
  • American Library Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (NM not listed on site)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Association of College & Research Libraries
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (NM not listed on site)
  • Association of Institutional Researchers
  • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
  • Community College Business Officers
  • Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
  • CompTIA: Information Technology (IT) Industry and Association
  • Consortium of College Testing Centers
  • Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • CyberWatch West Consortium
  • International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
  • Learning Resources Network
  • Mountain Plains Library Association
  • National Association of College Auxiliary Services
  • National Association of College Stores
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers
  • National Cyber Watch Center
  • National League for Nursing
  • New Mexico American Physical Therapy Association
  • New Mexico Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
  • New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry
  • New Mexico Association of Institutional Researchers and Planners
  • New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
  • New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing
  • New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
  • New Mexico Collegiate Business Articulation Consortium
  • New Mexico Deans and Directors of Education
  • New Mexico Dental Association
  • New Mexico Dental Hygiene Association
  • New Mexico Joint Organization of Education
  • New Mexico Library Association
  • New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium
  • New Mexico Tech Council
  • New Mexico Trucking Association
  • Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
  • Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Institutional Researchers Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Western Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Western Society of Periodontology


  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of Respiratory Care
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Association of Small Business Development Centers
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • League for Innovation
  • Mountain States Association of Community Colleges
  • National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
  • New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries
  • New Mexico Independent Community Colleges
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

San Juan College Foundation, Inc.


(505) 566-3200

San Juan College Foundation, Inc. was established in 1972 as a 501 (c)(3) corporation. Its purpose is to support San Juan College by encouraging, soliciting, receiving, and administering gifts and bequests of property and funds. The Foundation provides funds for scholarships for San Juan College students, instructional enhancement, and faculty development.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of outstanding volunteers interested in supporting higher education. The Board has sound fiscal policies and procedures and publishes annual CPA audits.


Kathy Jo Myers, President
Brandon Jakino, Vice President
Scott Bird , Treasurer
Steve Grey, Secretary
Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, SJC President
Shane Chance, College Board Representative
Gayle Dean, Executive Director



Pete Atcitty

Chad King

Tucker Bayless John Mayer

John Beckstead

Susie Neely

Danny Beyhan Joshua Payne

Marjorie Black

Chad King

Terry Dayish Ken Leach

Gary Frey

Louis Salazar

Andy Hawkins

Brad Schulz

Laurie Henry

Bev Taylor

Jeff Howle Arvin Trujillo

San Juan College Board



Valerie Uselman


District 7

R. Shane Chance


District 6

Evelyn B. Benny

Vice Chairwoman

District 2


GloJean Todacheene


District 1

Joe Rasor


District 4

Byron Manning


District 3


Beverly Taylor


District 5





Administration, Professional Staff, and Faculty

Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass-President

B.A., New Mexico State University, 1993
M.S., New Mexico State University, 1994
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Edward DesPlas-Executive Vice President

B.B.A. University of Texas, 1986
M.A. Amberton University, 2000

Dr. Boomer Appleman-Vice President for Student Services

B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1992
M.S., University of Central Oklahoma, 2000
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, 2014

Dr. Brandon Whatley-Vice President for Learning

B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2007
M.Ed, Eastern New Mexico University, 2009
Ed.D., Vanderbilt University, 2023

Dr. Kerri Langoni-Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Activities

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 2003
J.D., University of Montana, 2008

Dr. Lorenzo Reyes-Associate Vice President, Center for Workforce and Economic Development

A.A., El Paso Community College, 1979
B.A., The University of Texas at El Paso, 1983
B.B.A., The University of Texas at El Paso, 1988
M.Ed., Sul Ross State University, 1996
Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2014

Gayle Dean-Executive Director of Foundation

B.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1972


Senior Leadership Team

Frank Cole-Senior Director, Purchasing

B.A., Alameda College, 2002

Christy Ferrato-Senior Director, Advising & Counseling Center

B.F.A., University of Denver, 1979
M.S., University of Oregon, 1980
M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2008

Chris Harrelson-Senior Director, Physical Plant

Journeyman Electrician License, 2015

Rhonda Schaefer-Senior Director, Marketing and Public Relations

B.A., New Mexico State University, 1994

Mindi-Kim Schrum-Senior Director, Financial Aid

A.A., San Juan College, 2000
B.U.S., University of New Mexico, 2008

Carrie Tsosie-Jim-Senior Director, Institutional Research and Strategic Planning

B.A., Stanford University, 2006

Dr. Jenniffer Valora-Senior Director, Student Success

A.S. Pueblo Community College, 1995
B.S. Colorado State University, 1998
M.B.A., University of the Southwest, 2012

Roy Lytle-Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Center

B.S., University of Kansas, 1992

Yolanda Benally-Dean of Students, Office of Admissions

B.A., New Mexico State University, 2005
M.A., New Mexico State University, 2008

Alicia Corbell-Dean, School of Energy

B.B.A., Texas Tech University, 1978

Troy Brown-Interim Dean, School of Trades and Technology

Retired Battalion Chief, 20 years of service
25 years Fire and EMS instructor
Certified Fitness Coordinator

Dr. Michael Ottinger-Dean, School of Science, Math, and Engineering

Ph.D., University of Texas, 1997

Sherry Paxson-Dean, School of Health Sciences

B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1987

Eddy Rawlinson-Dean, School of Humanities

B.F.A., School of Visual Art, University of North Texas, 1979 
M.F.A., Texas Christian University, 1994

Murdoch Maloney- Dean, School of Business, Information Technology, and Social Sciences

B.A., University of New Mexico, 1990
M.B.A., University of New Mexico, 1993

Professional Staff

Karen Acree-Director of IT ERP/SIS Implementation, ATLS

M.A., New Mexico State University, 2006

Stacey Allen-Assistant Director/EDI Officer, Human Resources

B.A., Saint Leo College, 1992
M.S., Troy State University, 1994

Brandon Ashley-Director, Native American Center

B.A., Cornell University, 2005

Richard Barnes-Assistant Director/Assistant Professor, Nursing

B.S., University of Phoenix, 2010
M.S., University of Phoenix, 2012

Tenesha Betoni-Director/Instructor, Early Childhood Education

A.A., San Juan College, 2014
B.A., Highlands University, 2020
M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2022

Jon Betz-Director, Human Health Performance Center

B.B.A., New Mexico State University, 1992
M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2008

Anthony Bezich-Director, SSS Program-EDGE

M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Jillian Bishop-Director, Center for Student Careers & Employment

A.A.S., ITT Technical Institute, 2008

Laura Black-Director/Associate Professor, Veterinary Technology

A.A.S Cedar Valley College, 1997

Charisse Buchanan-Director, Student Health Center

M.S., University of Akron, 2017

Arely Caro-Director, ENLACE/Herencia Latina Programs

B.S., New Mexico Highlands University, 2011
M.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2012

Carol Carreon-Director, Payroll

B.A., University of New Mexico, 1974

Maxine Chapman-Director/Assistant Professor, Surgical Technology

Certified Surgical Technician, 2003
B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2014

Margaret Clair-Director, Public Events-Fine Arts Center

M.A., San Francisco State University, 2007

Frank Cole-Senior Director, Purchasing

B.A., Almeda College & University, 2002

Liesl Dees-Director- Continuing Education, Community Learning Center

B.A., Samford University, 1989
M.A., The George Washington University, 1992

Karen Doughty-Registrar, Registration & Records

B.A., Wayland Baptist University, 2004
M.A.Ed., Trident University International, 2007

Christy Ferrato-Senior Director, Advising & Transfer Center

B.F.A., University of Denver, 1979
M.S., University of Oregon, 1980
M.F.A., Union Institute & University, 2008

Greg Gallegos-Assistant Director, Financial Aid Office

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1995

Chris Harrelson-Senior Director, Physical Plant Administration

NM State Journeyman’s license

Samanthi Hewakapuge-Director, Library

B.A., University of Peradeniya, 1996 
M.A., Ohio University, 2001
M.L.I.S., University of Arizona, 2003

Kenneth “Kenny” Hibner-Director, Department of Public Safety

A.A.S., San Juan College, 2003

Deborah Honstad-Director/Professor, Health Information Technology

B.A., College of St. Scholastica, 2001
M.A., Concordia University, 2007

Ashley Huntsman-Director-User Services, Information Technology Center

A.S., Computer Science, San Juan College, 2005
CompTIA A+ Certification, 2010
HP ExpertOne Accredited Platform Specialist-HP
      Desktops, Workstations and Notebooks, 2012

Ibtesam Ibrahim-Director-EOC, TRIO Educational Opportunity

A.A., San Juan College, 2014
B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2017
M.S., New Mexico Highlands University, 2020

Randall Keeswood-Director of Infrastructure, Information Technology

B.A., Kaplan University, 2013  

Kelly Kelley-Director/Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant

B.A., San Jose State University, 1994

Shawna Kemper-Director, Nursing

B.A., San Diego State University, 1993
M.A.T.B.S., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2006

Kristina Lacey-Director/Associate Professor, PTA Distance Learning

A.S., San Juan College, 2010
B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2014

Dr. Julius Manz-Director/Professor, Dental Hygiene Program

B.S., University of New Mexico, 1985
Naval Nuclear Engineer, U.S. Navy, 1987
D.D.S., University of Colorado (Denver), 1998

Carmen Martinez-Director, Small Business Development Center

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1991
M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2001

Jennifer Martinez-Maestas-Director, Adult Basic Education- ACE

B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2016

Kymbr McLaughlin-Director/Assistant Professor, Career-Life Engagement and Readiness (CLEAR) Program

B.S.,  Southwest Texas State University, 2001

Diane Meyer-Director/Assistant Professor, EMS Program

B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2015
Paramedic Certificate, HealthOne Denver, 2002

Scott Michlin-General Manager, KSJE Radio

B.A., State University College-Buffalo, 1986

Francell Nakai-Director, Child and Family Development Center

A.A., San Juan College, 2007
B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2009
M.A., Easter New Mexico University, 2013

Dr. Janet L. Peterson-Director, Center for Professional Exploration and Development

B.A., University of Colorado, 1990
M.A., Arizona State University, 1994
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2000

Shelley Pickett-Director, Risk Management

M.A., University of Texas, 1990

Lydell Powell-Director/Assistant Professor, Surgical Technology 

A.A.S., Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, 2017
Certified Surgical 1st Assistant, National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting, 2012

Eileen Richey-Director, Auxiliary Services Administration

M.A., New Mexico State University, 1996

Amanda Robles-Director, Student Activities

M.A., Baker University, 2017
B.A.,  Fort Lewis College, 2003

Eileen Salazar-Director, TRIO Upward Bound

B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2017
M.B.A., New Mexico Highland University, 2021

Rhonda Schaefer-Senior Director, Public Information Office

B.A., New Mexico State University, 1994

Mindi-Kim Schrum-Senior Director, Financial Aid

A.A., New Mexico State University, 2000
B.U.S., University of New Mexico, 2008

Linda Schwinghammer-Director, Testing & Accessibility Services

B.A. Mankato State University, 1982
M.A. Ed., Hamline University, 1998

Rory Truby-Director, CDL Program

A.S., San Juan College, 2022

Carrie Tsosie-Jim-Senior Director, Institutional Research & Strategic Planning

B.A., Stanford University, 2006

Elizabeth Utley-Senior Director, Teacher Ed/Teach Up

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1990
M.A., Northcentral University, 2020

Dr. Telletha Valenski-Director, SJC West

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1994
Ed.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2021

Jenniffer Valora-Director, Student Achievement Center

B.S., Colorado State University, 1998
M.S., College of the Southwest, 2008

College Faculty

Annette Abend- Associate Professor, Business

M.B.A, Columbia College, 2013

Ehap Alahmead-Assistant Professor, Business

M.B.A., Yarmouk University, 2013
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2023

Byron Aspaas-Instructor, English

B.A., Institute of American Indian Arts, 2013
M.A., Institute of American Indian Arts, 2015

Damien Augustine, Instructor, Mathematics

M.A., Grand Canyon University, 2020

Sara Avila-Assistant Professor, Nursing

A.S., San Juan College, 2010
B.S., Western Governors University, 2018

Eric Bateman-Professor, English

B.A., Brigham Young University, 1990
M.A., Idaho State University, 1992

Donald Beauregard-Coordinator/Associate Professor, Auto Technology

B.A., Adam State College of Colorado, 1974
M.A., University of New Mexico, 1990

Matthew Bell-Associate Professor, Mathematics

M.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2011

Michele Berkey-Professor, Chemistry

B.S., Fort Lewis College, 1991
M.S., University of New Mexico, 1996

Dr. Jacob Bertrand-Assistant Professor, Biology

B.A., Grinnell College, 2000
Ph.D., University of California, 2009

Carrie Bixby-Professor, Mathematics

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1995
M.A.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2015

Dr. Crystal Blake-Professor, Biology

B.S., Brigham Young University, 2003
M.S., Brigham Young University, 2008
Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 2010

Jared Blood-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Auto Body

Auto Certificate, San Juan College, 2005
A.A.S., San Juan College, 2009

Dr. David Bramhall-Professor, History

B.A., Wake Forest University, 1972
M.A., Monmouth University, 1995
Ph.D., Drew University, 1999

Tina Bruce-Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology Program

B.S., Louisiana Tech, 2009

Dr. John Burris-Professor, Geology

B.A., Miami University, 1996
M.S., University of Wyoming, 1998
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2004

Kelsey Byrne-Instructor, English

B.A., University of New Mexico, 2011
M.A. University of New Mexico, 2016

Allison Cahoon-Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

B.D.H., University of New Mexico, 2000
M.D.H., Idaho State University, 2013

Christopher Caine-Assistant Professor, CDL Program

NM State Certified CDL Examiner

Angela Campbell-Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology

A.A., Lake Land College, 2010
B.A., Eastern Illinois University, 2010
B.S., Stephens College, 2011
M.S., Southern Illinois University, 2018

Michael Charles-Assistant Professor, EMS Program

A.S., Community College of the Air Force, 2002
B.S., The College of Santa Fe, 2006

Burton Chavez-Instructor & Academic Coach, Adult Education

B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2018

Lori Cheney-Associate Professor, Nursing-CNA

A.S.N., San Juan College, 1993
B.S.N., Eastern New Mexico University, 2012

Dr. Minhwa Choi-Assistant Professor, Mathematics

B.M.E., Myongji University, 1997
M.S., University of Missouri, 2003
Ph.D., University of Nevada, 2018

Jefferson Chorn-Assistant Professor, Auto Technology

B.E., University of New Mexico, 2015

Richardyna Christie-Associate Professor, Learns

A.A., San Juan College, 1996
B.A., University of New Mexico, 1998
M.A., Eastern New Mexico, 2006 

Amanda Clark- Instructor, Veterinary Technology

A.A.S., San Juan College, 2010 
B.S., Iowa State University, 2000

Tamara Coombs-Assistant Professor, Mathematics

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1991
M.A., New Mexico State University, 2006

Dr. Andrea Kay Cooper-Professor, Anthropology

B.A., Grinnell College, 1998
M.S., University of New Mexico, 2002
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2007

Dr. Cameron Cooper-Associate Professor, Computer Science

B.A., Occidental College, 1996
M.S.I.N., Carnegie Mellon University, 1997
M.A., Northwestern University, 2000
Ed.M., Harvard University, 2001
Ph.D., Walden University, 2007

Sherri Cummins-Professor, Student Success

M.S., Colorado State University, 1994

Chancy Deal-Assistant Professor, Auto Body

A.S., New Mexico State University, 2008 

John Detrick-Instructor, Mathematics

B.S., Brigham Young University, 2012
M.S., University of New Mexico, 2016

Peter Doerfert-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Safety Program

Level 2 Teaching License, State of New Mexico, 2012
B.A., New Mexico State University, 1978

Margret Donohue, R.N.-Assistant Professor, Nursing

B.A., College of St. Thomas, 1989
A.D.N., San Juan College, 2002
M.S.N., University of Phoenix, 2012

Candice Dotson-Instructor, Nursing

B.S., University of Texas-Tyler, 2007
M.S.N., University of Texas-Arlington, 2021

Dr. Marc Dziak-Associate Professor, English

M.A., Boise State University, 2007
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2014

Curtis Elifritz-Assistant Professor, Mathematics

B.S., Southern University, 2003
M.S., University of Utah, 2006

Katherine Elliot-Assistant Professor, Accounting

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1985
M.S., San Diego State, 1992

Don Ellis-Professor, Fine Arts-Ceramics

B.S., McMurry University, 1982
M.F.A., University of North Texas, 1986

Dr. Andrea Ericksen-Professor, Psychology

B.A., University of California, Riverside, 1998
M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2000
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2003

Dr. Veronica Evans-Professor, Biology

B.S., University of New Mexico, 1998
Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2005

Dr. Teun Fetz-Associate Professor, Music

D.M., University of Illinois, 2003

Johnathan Fisher-Professor, English

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2001
M.A., San Francisco State University, 2006

Mollie Fox-Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology

B.S., Virginia Tech, 1999  

Kate Fulton-Professor, Psychology

B.A., James Madison University, 1984
M.Ed., Southwest Texas State University, 1991

Russell Grahn-Professor, Biology

B.S., University of California at Irvine, 1993
M.N.S., Idaho State University, 2005

Arlene Gutierrez-Coordinator/Instructor, Surgical Technology

A.A.S., San Juan College, 2012

Ann Hardy-Assistant Professor, Nursing

M.S., The University of New Mexico, 2011

William Hatch-Professor, Fine Arts

B.F.A., Brigham Young University, 1982
M.F.A., Brigham Young University, 1984

Jason Hayes-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Diesel Technology

A.A.S., San Juan College, 2006

Anthony Henderson-Instructor, Welding

A.A.S., San Juan College, 1998

Kimberly Henderson-Instructor, English

M.F.A., University of Montana, 2007

Genevieve Hiltebrand-Instructor, Mathematics

B.S., Duke University, 2004
M.A., University of Maryland, 2021  

John Hoff -Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Welding

B.S., Black Hills State University, 1988

Phillip “Paul” Hughes-Assistant Professor, Welding

Welding Certificate, New Mexico State University, 1998

Lawrence Hunt-Instructor, Instrumentation

A.S., San Juan College, 1998

Dr. Mark Johnson-Associate Professor, Physics and Engineering

B.S., Brigham Young University, 1996
M.S., Brigham Young University, 1997
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2007

Mary Jones-Instructor, Nursing

A.S., San Juan College, 2018
B.S., Aspen University, 2020

Laura Kim-Instructor, Teacher Ed/Teach Up NM

B.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2019

Dr. Jean-Paul Konda-Ntusi-Assistant Professor, English

B.A., Institut Pédagogique National, 1998
M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015

Kris Kraly-Assistant Professor, English

B.A., University of Wyoming, 1979
M.A., University of Wyoming, 1982
M.A., University of Arizona, 1996

Dr. Karen Krob-Associate Professor, Psychology

B.A., University of Puget Sound, 2004
M.A., University of Northern Colorado, 2005
Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, 2015

Dr. Woon Lam-Assistant Professor, Mathematics

M.S., University of Texas, 1999
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 2007

Errol Lano-Assistant Professor, Drafting

A.A., San Juan College, 2011
B.A., Collins College, 2002

Casey Ledford-Assistant Professor, CDL

A.A.S., Umpqua Community College, 2006
Other Terminal Degree, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training/State Police Academy, 2006 

Jennifer Lewis-Associate Professor, Biology

B.A., College of Wooster, 1994
M.S., Wayne State University, 2003

Vaughn Lewis-Associate Professor, Auto Technology

A.A., San Juan College, 1981
33 years Auto Technology experience

Nicholle Liessman-Assistant Professor, Psychology

A.A., San Juan College, 2012 
B.A., Fort Lewis College, 2013
M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University, 2016

Kolbjorn Lindland-Assistant Professor, Petroleum Production Operations

Licensed Well Control Instructor, IADC, 1983

Michael Lindsay-Assistant Professor, Industrial Plant Lease Operators

A.A., San Juan College, 1994

David Loney-Assistant Professor, Biology

B.A., University of Iowa, 1988
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1999

Shannon Lyman-Instructor, Nursing-ADN Program

A.S., San Juan College, 2018
B.S., Chamberlain University, 2021

Corrine Marshall-Instructor, PTA Distance Learning

A.A.S., San Juan College, 2013

David Mayeux-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Planetarium

B.S., Louisiana State University and A&M College, 1990

Heather McCarthy-Instructor, Veterinary Technology

A.A.S., San Juan College, 2019 

Robert McCartney-Assistant Professor, Auto Technology

A.A., San Juan College, 1997

Gregory McCarty-Assistant Professor, EMS Program

B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2017
Paramedic Certification, 2000

Brent McCay-Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Assistant Program

B.A., Lubbock Christian University, 1997
Physical Therapy Assistant Certificate, 2016

Karen McKay-Instructor, Teacher Education

B.A., Lubbock Christian University, 1999
M.A., Texas Tech University, 2002
M.S., Wayland Baptist University, 2004
M.S., Colorado State University Global, 2019

Charlie McCollum-Assistant Professor, CDL

A.S., Columbia Southern University, 2013
B.S., Columbia Southern University, 2014

Dr. Eric Miller-Professor, Chemistry

B.A., University of Colorado, 1986
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1994

Mary Mould-Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology

A.S., St. Petersburg College, 1999
A.A., St. Petersburg College, 2010
B.S., St. Petersburg College, 2010
M.A., University of Phoenix, 2012

Dawn Myers-Professor, Social Sciences

B.A., University of New Mexico, 1987
M.A., Adams State College, 2011

Nichole Nelson-Garcia-Assistant Professor, Human Services

B.S.W., New Mexico State University, 1993
M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University, 2005

Brittany Nichols-Instructor, Dental Hygiene

A.S., San Juan College, 2006
B.S., Northern Arizona University, 2009

AJ Odasso-Instructor, English

B.A., Wellesley College, 2005
M.A., University of York (UK), 2006
M.F.A., Boston University, 2016

Luke Odenthal-Instructor, Mathematics

B.S., University of Toledo, 2017
M.A., University of Toledo, 2020

Christopher Opperman-Assistant Professor, Fire Science

Fire Science Instructor I&II, IFSAC, 2018 

Janet Parkes-Assistant Professor, Chemistry

B.S., University of Arizona, 1987
M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2017

Claude Pence-Assistant Professor, Diesel Technology

B.A., University of Texas Arlington, 1981

Zachary Pettijohn-Assistant Professor, Building Trades

B.A., Drury College, 1997

Elizabeth Phelps-Professor, Reading

B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University, 1980
M.A., New Mexico Highlands University, 2008

Jeffrey Pomeroy-Assistant Professor, Communications

B.S., New Mexico State University, 1996
M.S., New Mexico State University, 1998

Teresa Ponder-Instructor, Cosmetology

A.A., San Juan College, 2021

Amy Procassini-Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology

A.A.S., Cedar Valley College, 2006
B.S., Thomas Edison State University, 2016

Hannah Rankin-Associate Professor, English

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 2005
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2010

John B. Reese-Assistant Professor, Biology

B.S., University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2011
M.S., University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2019

Luke Renner-Professor, Digital Media Arts and Design

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1997

Dr. Kelly Robison-Professor, History

B.A., Kenyon College, 1988
M.A., University of Montana, 1992
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1997

James Rooker-Assistant Professor, Auto Technology

B.S., Western New Mexico University, 2003

Ana Sawyer, Assistant Professor, Modern Language

B.A., Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 2003
M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University, 2011

Lori Schiess-Professor, Biology

B.A., Idaho State University, 1994
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2002
M.A., Michigan State University, 2004

Jeffry Schofield-Assistant Professor, Auto Technology

ASE Certified Master Technician, 1981

Qinqin Schoser-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Instrumentation and Controls

B.S., Changsha University of Electrical Power, 2001

Dr. E. Michael Scott-Assistant Professor, Business

B.A., State University College, 1981
J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1984

Brian Seavey-Coordinator/Associate Professor, Drafting

B.S., University of New Mexico, 1991
B.S., University of New Mexico, 2000

Dr. Ali Sirusi Arvij-Assistant Professor, Physics and Engineering

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2016

Jennifer Slough-Assistant Professor, PTA Distance Learning

A.A.S., Amarillo College, 2009
B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 2017 

Donna St. John-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Cosmetology

AA., San Juan College, 2023

Michael Striegel-Instructor, Teach Up NM

B.S., Regis University, 1991
M.S., Capella University, 2006

Michael Tenski-Assistant Professor, Diesel Technology

Certified in Automotive and Diesel Technology
27+ years experience

Chad Triplett-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Building Trades

B.S., Aurora University, 1994
M.S., Aurora University, 1995
15 years construction experience

Keila Tubbs-Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology

B.S., Brigham Young University, 2004

Timothy Ulrich-Assistant Professor, Industrial Plant Lease Operators

B.S., Colorado State University, 1993

Travis Wade-Assistant Professor, English

A.A., San Juan College, 2007
B.A., Clarion University, 2008
M.A., Chatham University, 2013

Ivan Ward-Assistant Professor, Instrumentation

New Mexico Journeyman Electrician License, 2018
New Mexico Electrical Contactor License, 2018

Dr. Ryan Webster-Assistant Professor, Biology

M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2020
D.C., University of Western States, 2000

Gerald Williams-Professor, Mathematics

B.S., California State University, 1989
M.S., Yale University, 1992

Vernon Willie-Associate Professor, Mathematics

B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1994
M.S., Northern Arizona University, 1996

Shannon Wilmer-Assistant Professor, Welding

A.S., San Juan College, 1996

Mikel Wilson-Lead/Assistant Professor, CDL

New Mexico Commercial Driver’s License Examiner, 2012

Stacy Wolfe-Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant

B.S., Western Michigan University, 1995
M.S., University of Indianapolis, 2000

 Perry Woolsey-Instructor, Industrial Plant Lease Operators

Generation Journeyman Control Board Operator Senior, 2013
12+ years Journeyman Experience


College Emeriti Faculty

Lynn Abbott, Instructor, Carpentry -1999
Ed Ahlm, Assistant Professor, Carpentry - 2009
Joan Arrowsmith, Assistant Professor, Nursing - 2012
Lillie Begay, Assistant Professor, Administrative Office Assistant - 2009
Dr. Karen Benally, Associate Professor, Anthropology - 2008
Wilfred Beaupre, Dean, Business and CIS Division - 2002
Wendy Bircher, Director/Professor, PTA Program - 2010
Melvona Boren, Professor of Business Education - 1994
Elizabeth Brock, R.N, Assistant Professor, Nursing - 2000
Nisa Bruce, Director, Nursing- 2017
James Burgess, Associate Professor, Communication - 2004
Elizabeth Castle, Assistant Professor, English - 2007
John Collins, Coordinator, Fire Science, Welding - 2010
Gail Cramer, Associate Professor, Developmental Learning - 2006
Dr. Patricia Dalton, Director, Early Childhood - 2002
Richard DeLaBarcena, Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Instrumentation & Controls - 2015
Linda Edwards, Associate Professor, Music- 2018
Linda Fredericks, Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Teacher Education/Alternative Licensure Program-2014
Alfonso Garcia, Associate Professor, Business Administration - 1998
Patricia Goff, Assistant Professor, Office Careers - 2012
William Gray, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities
Richard Greenaker, Associate Professor, School of Energy - 2013
Lew Hamilton, Assistant Professor, Mathematics - 2000
Rod Hancock, Professor, Economics and Business Administration - 1998
Kenneth Heil, Professor, Biology and Geology - 2001
Dr. Donna Hobbs, Professor, Biology - 2015
Dr. Robert Hokom, Assistant Professor, English - 2004
Dr. Victoria Holmsten, Professor, English - 2014
Charlie Houghton, Dean of Trades and Technology - 2004
Thomas Hudson, Assistant Professor, School of Energy - 2012
Donald Hyder, Professor, Biology- 2018
Mary Lou Jaeger, Education Program Specialist/Assistant Professor, Teacher Education/Alternative Licensure Program-2014
Dr. Connie Jacobs, Professor, English - 2008
Dewey Jelen, Assistant Professor, Machine Shop - 2008
Arthur Jones, Assistant Professor, Machine Shop - 1995
Curtis Joslin, Assistant Professor, Automotive - 2010
Connie Kelt, Associate Professor, Business - 2011
Pete Kinnas, Associate Professor, Humanities - 2015
Larry Kraemer, Associate Professor, Instrumentation & Controls - 2015
Carla Lich-Assistant Professor, Nursing-2014
Mort Lord, Associate Professor, Mathematics - 1995
Dale McCoskey, Instructor, Auto Body - 1998
Roger McCoskey, Assistant Professor, Auto Body - 2012
William McQueen, Assistant Professor, Controls Technology - 2012
Dr. Jimmy Miller, Professor, History/Political Science - 2002
Fred Moore, Assistant Professor, Welding - 2000
Jinny Moore, Assistant Professor, English - 2008
Dr. Ralph Moorehead, Professor, Psychology - 1999
Gerald Nix, Assistant Professor, English - 2001
Judy Palier, Professor, Political Science - 2016
Susan Pierce, Associate Professor, Office Career - 2011
John Prather, Assistant Professor, School of Energy - 2013
Vonda Rabuck-Assistant Professor, Mathematics-2014
Nancy Redhouse, Assistant Professor, English - 2004
Theresa Reherman, Associate Professor, Humanities, 2015
Dr. Timothy Reeves, Professor, Computer Science, 2012
Bonnie Rung, Assistant Professor-2013
Bobby Sanders, Assistant Professor-2013
Dr. Sue Schmedinghoff, Associate Professor - 2003
Carroll Schnabel, Director, Health Information Technology - 2010
Virgene Stan, Assistant Professor, English and Philosophy - 2000
Deanna Stanford, Assistant Professor, English/Social Science - 1999
Christine Sterton, Lead Teacher, CFDC - 2015
Raymond Stevens, Professor, Government/Sociology - 1987
Archie Stock, Assistant Professor, School of Energy - 2010
David Thompson, Instructor, Welding - 1992
Gene Trenary, Assistant Professor, Accounting - 2007
Richard Vaughan, Assistant Professor, English - 2009
Jana Wallace, Assistant Professor, Math - 2006
Larry Welsh, Associate Professor, Math - 2006
T. Jerry Wilson, Assistant Professor, School of Energy - 2010
Dr. Judith Wooderson, Professor, Drafting - 2002

Past Presidents

Dr. James C. Henderson, Campus Director - 1975-1982; President - 1982-2002; Chancellor Emeritus
Dr. Carol J. Spencer, President - 2002-2011