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Full Time Faculty

Joel Castellaw

Department Chair
Joel Castellaw

Building 24, Office 266
tel: 619.644.7805

Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:

Mondays 9:15-10:45am

Tuesdays 10:45am-12:15pm

Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm

Mr. Castellaw decided to become an educator when he was a student at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, where he fell in love with the Community College system and its mission to provide a quality education to anyone who wants it. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Speech Communication from San Diego State University. He likes teaching Communication courses because they give students practical skills that are useful no matter what a person is pursuing in life.

Victoria Curran

Victoria Curran

Building 24, Office 265
tel: 619-644-7771

 Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:

Tuesdays: 2:00-3:00pm

Tina Perez

Tina Perez

Building 24, Office 267
tel: 619.644.7282

Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:

Mon-Thur: 7:15am - 7:45am

Tues-Thurs: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Denise Schulmeyer

Denise Schulmeyer

Building 24, Office 264
tel: 619.644.7285


Jade Solan

Dr. Jade Solan

Building 24, Office 267

Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:

Monday: 5:05 – 6:05pm

Tuesday: 10:00 to 11:00am & 9:20 to 9:50pm

Wednesday: 12:30 to 2:00pm

Thursday: 10:00 to 11:00am

Dr. Jade Solan holds a Doctorate in Communication & Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Masters in Communication Studies and a Bachelors’ in English from Arizona State University. She primarily teaches Interpersonal Communication and Communication Studies: Race and Ethnicity. She has explored the interface of Communication with body-mind awareness, personal and relational growth, community building, and expressive arts for over two decades. She is also an active, certified Nia Brown Belt teacher.


Sheri Strothers

Sheri Strothers, Ed.D

Building 24, Office 268A
tel: 619.644.7242

Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:


Tuesday: 9:00-9:30am

Wednesday: 11:30am-12:30pm

Thursday: 9:00-9:30am & 12:30-3:30pm 

& by appointment 


Dr. Strothers returns to Grossmont College as a Communication teacher after being a student, athlete, and member of Grossmont's student government in the late 1980's. She primarily teaches Public Speaking and Group Communication, with an emphasis on community projects and everyday interaction. Dr. Strothers earned her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Diego, where she focused on adult education, ethics in education, small group studies, and leadership. When not teaching she enjoys serving her community and spending time with her husband, children, and dogs and cats.


Roxanne Tuscany

Building 21, Office 249-250.
tel: 619.644.7276

Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday: 3:00-5:00pm

Roxanne Tuscany has an AA. from Normandale C.C. in Bloomington, Minnesota, a B.S. degree from St.Cloud State University, with a double major in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and a Masters Degree in Speech Communication from CSU, Fresno. Roxanne is the Director of Forensics (the Speech/Debate team), and she teaches a wide variety of courses including: Small Group Communication, Argumentation, Oral Interpretation and Public Speaking. Roxanne spent Fall Semester 2000 in Florence, Italy with the SDICCCA Study Abroad Program.

The Speech/Debate team has had the privilege of traveling to China 3 times, in 2007, 2010 and 2013.  When not teaching she enjoys traveling, and taking care of her many cats.

Adjunct Faculty

Gary Carter

Bobby Chambers

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Kevin David Corcoran Jr., M.A.

Kevin David Corcoran Jr. is a widely recognized trainer, teacher, speaker, and author. Throughout his experience teaching, whether in university classrooms or out on the trails, Kevin’s specialty is taking complex ideas and breaking them down to lessons that are accessible, engaging, and most of all, enjoyable. With a Masters and Bachelors degree in Communication from San Diego State University, and many years of teaching experience around the city, he has had the continuous opportunity to align his personality and passion with students’ pursuit for success. “All in all, learning is an adventure, so I say let the adventure begin!” 

Darron Devillez

Michael Elizondo

Jennifer Gueniot

Jennifer Gueniot earned her B.A. from University of San Diego and her M.A. from CSU, Chico. She taught in the Departments of Communication and Business Administration at CSU, Chico 1998-2007. She also taught both Communication and Self Defense at Butte College during that time. She has been teaching at Grossmont College since 2007.

Jennifer also teaches group fitness classes and martial arts. When not teaching, she loves spending time at the beach, hiking and having fun with her family.

Christina Harrell

Susan Jarboe

Susan Jarboe, Ph.D.

Susan Jarboe (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986; M.A., University of Oregon, 1973) attended the Francis W. Parker School and Hilltop High School, where she was on the speech and debate team. She selected speech communication as her major at the University of Washington during the height of the free speech movement, because “we talk about important things in communication classes.” She chose a career in higher education for the same reason: to discuss interesting ideas with intelligent people. She has taught at Cal State Fresno, Penn State and SDSU. She reads voraciously in a wide range of areas, from murder mysteries to science fiction, from history to theology. She enjoys film and theater. Her musical tastes are eclectic including opera, classical, chant, and taize. She still listens to classic rock and is delighted when she sees a student wearing a T-shirt of the Rolling StonesLed Zeppelin, or (best of all) Pink Floyd. She engages in regular meditative practice and reads aloud to the visually impaired.

Michael Kidwell

Alisha Lenning Solan, Ph.D.

Spring 2019 Student Drop in Hours:  

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00-9:30 am
Monday & Wednesday: 12:15-12:30pm
Thursday: 3:00-3:30 pm

Alisha Lenning earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has an M.A. in Communication from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in Education and Theatre from Muskingum College. Dr. Lenning has over 20 years of teaching experience at a variety of universities, private schools, and community colleges. She is author of Powerful Learning Communities and Brain Changers 365.

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Charmin Lindholm

Charmin Lindholm earned her M.A. in Communication Studies at San Diego State. She is a Return Peace Corps volunteer who served in Eastern Europe. 

Charmin has been at Grossmont since 2006 teaching public speaking, interpersonal and group communication. She has been an Adjunct Professor at public and private four-year universities. Charmin is a TEDx speaker coach. She serves as the Adviser for TEDxCSUSM, a student-run event that started in 2017. 

Charmin is a Logistics Producer for a local late-night variety show where she puts all of her communication skills to work.

Michael McHan

Robert Opliger

Robert Opliger

Robert Opliger earned his B.A. in Speech Communications and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is both a Navy veteran and a former Peace Corps volunteer. Robert has been an Adjunct Professor at Grossmont College since 2004. He also teaches communication courses at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and DeVry University. He has his own consulting company, training individuals and groups of people to become effective public speakers. He has been an active member of Toastmasters International since 1986.

ph: (619) 201-7986

Patricia Pollack

Pat Pollack is a graduate of SDSU, receiving both her BA and MA in Speech Communication. She teaches Public Speaking, Communication Basics, and Interpersonal Communication.

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Lauren White

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Kimberlee Wirig

tel: 619.465.1700 x3636

Naomi Young

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