Instructor Biographies


Instructor Biographies

Russ Abbott is a registered financial advisor who holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics, and a Certified Portfolio Manager Designation. He has taught investment classes for more than 30 years.

David Anderson was in the radio business for more than 20 years. He plays guitar and keyboards and has written articles about rock music. 

Emil Augustine, BA Northcentral University; MA University of Minnesota; M.Div. Luther Theological Seminary; Doctoral Studies, Drew University; Adjunct Faculty, Princeton Theological Seminary; Guest Lecturer, Centenary College.

James Bopp is a registered financial advisor who has a passion for economics, investments, and world events. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Catharine Bramkamp holds a BA in English from UC Santa Barbara and a MA in Creative Writing from Sonoma State University. She has been an adjunct professor for three universities for the last seven years.

Steve Browning (Ambassador Ret.) served 34 years as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service. He was an instructor at the University of Southern California and has guest lectured on foreign policy and diplomacy at colleges and universities.

Sue Clark is a literary specialist and an award-winning ghostwriter. As a memoirist, she has helped numerous people write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing and memoir classes for more than 20 years.

Lincoln Curtis has a BA in Foreign Languages and Drama and an MA in German and Film Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar, director, actor, and documentary filmmaker, and has taught at the community college level for more than 20 years.

Sharon Delgado has a BA in Social Science, with a concentration in Peace/War Studies, from CSU, Sacramento. She earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a MA in Religion and Society, with a focus on environmental ethics, from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She has been speaking, teaching, and writing about climate change for more than 25 years.

Linda Derosier has been an Instructor for OLLI at Sierra College since 2010. She teaches film studies with an emphasis on “Femme Fatales, Feminists and Friendly Women in Film”.  She earned a BA in History and Drama from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Allan Enis has a BA in Metallungical Engineering. Lifelong lover of Laurel and Hardy. Member of the International Society to preserve and celebrate their memory named “The Sons of the Desert” from their 1933 film title. Sacramento “tent” is “Another Fine Mess”. 

Lori Fee first became interested in Tai Chi in the late 1990s. At that time she was busy with her General Engineering construction corporation, but in 2010 she learned to teach, and has been teaching Tai Chi for the OLLI program at Sierra College ever since.

Jason File has a BA in European History and Religious Studies and an MA in Religious Studies, Ancient Mediterranean Religion from University of North Carolina. He is a full-time instructor in Humanities and Religious Studies at Sierra College.

Tom Fisher had a dual career in aerospace and archeology. Along with working with and designing for NASA astronauts, he has conducted archeological field research in China, Italy, and throughout Central America.

Donald Fraser has a BS from UCLA in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. His lifelong interest in American History and Politics has led him to teach classes on the founding of the United States. 

Joan Griffin earned a BA in Psychobiology from UCLA and an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. Joan worked at IBM and was a small business owner, then was an English and history teacher for 25 years.

Joseph Guida studied with world-renowned T’ai Chi Master Da Liu in New York City in the 1980s. Joseph moved to Northern California and began teaching T’ai Chi for good health, relaxation and peace of mind. 

Susan Horst has a MM degree from UNR in Choral Conducting and has worked as a music specialist, conductor and adjudicator for more than 30 years.

Louise Johnson has a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University where she focused her studies on ecology and population genetics. She has been a high school teacher of biology, chemistry, physics and geology. She served as school principal, Assistant Superintendent and a 15-year veteran California school district superintendent.

Gopal Kapur teaches nutrition classes at UC Davis OLLI, has contributed to food columns in regional and national media, and is founder of Family Green Survival, a local not-for-profit. 

Trina Long has been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for more than 20 years. She specializes in senior fitness.

Katherine Longshore graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications. She spent several years as a freelance travel writer, 10 years writing fiction and has taught writing workshops.

Richard Lui is a 70-year-old therapist, author, actor, husband, life-coach, father who has renewed and found many callings in his life. He has been an adult education teacher for 40 years in the Sacramento area.

Liz McAteer has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is a credentialed English teacher who has taught English at both Nevada Union and Bear River High Schools in Nevada County.

Terence McAteer has a doctorate in Educational Administration from Univeristy of San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in History from San Francisco State. He has taught at the high school level and has been a history research fellow.

Lorin Miller has a Master’s degree from California State University and a distinguished background as a solo performer and choral director. He has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of styles ranging from Bach to Broadway.

Steve Miller has a BM and MM from CSU Sacramento. He is a part-time faculty member at Sierra College.

Brandon Montalvo is a registered financial advisor who holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Finance. He comes from a family with 30 years of experience in the finance industry. 

Phawnda Moore has an academic background in design and has studied with master calligraphers. She has taught calligraphy and design for 15 years.

Kent Penwarden is a retired electronic engineer and manager from Silicon Valley, one of whose avocations has been to maintain an interest in the long history of the Middle East.

Judie Rae has a BA in English and a MA in Professional Writing from University of Southern California. She has 25 years of teaching experience at universities and community college, and is a freelance writer.

Janet Rankin received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and her Master’s Degree in History at CSU, Sacramento. Janet has been teaching U.S. History and women’s history at Sierra College for more than four years. 

Ellen Sander has a BA and MA in French, a BA in Government, and an MA in International Affairs. She has taught for the UC Davis French Department and has been an OLLI instructor for six years. 

Sam Schlafer has worked in the library field since 2001, working for both the Department of Defense/Air Force and now at the Twelve Bridges library. He has taught classes for seniors, written about pop culture and is a member of the AFI.

Dan Shoemaker has taught courses on American culture and society, cinema, popular culture, and cultural studies for more than 20 years. He holds a PhD in American Studies, an MA in Popular Culture, and a BA in Communications and Media Arts (in which his focus was on Film History and Theory).

Jennifer Shouse has a BS, in Nutritional Science from California Polytechnic State University; a Master of Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education from Loma Linda University; and a teaching credential in Health Science from Chapman University. She has 15 years of teaching experience at the high school and community college levels and is currently teaching at Sierra College.

Anney Siegel-Wamsat has a BA in English from UC Berkeley. She fell in love with Tai Chi and has been training to teach with Sifu Renee Neal. She is excited to begin teaching the Advanced Tai Chi for the OLLI program. 

Michael Theodore has a BA in History from UCLA and has taught History and Art for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 36 years.

Kathrin Wilson has a BA from UCLA in Dance and an MS in Physical Education from CSU, Sacramento. She has danced professionally for 30 years.

Alex Yarmolyuk was born and lived in Soviet Ukraine for 25 years. He finished his BA in General Business at Nova Kakhovka, Ukraine, and served his mandatory two years in the Soviet military. In 1996, he emigrated to the United States.