Glendale Community College Summer 2023 – Meet our 9 new faculty in residence at GCC. If you see them passing by, please welcome them to our beautiful campus.
(left to right) Manuela Jimenez, Genea Stevens, Alisha Stott, Matt Piercy, Natalie Dominguez, Kate Hope, Stacey Colaiacovo, Matt Lowenkron, Lee Lanz
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Originally from Columbia, I transferred to pursue a PhD in Educational Psychology – Applied Science from the University of Virginia. After graduation, I worked as a research professor at ASU, where I (re)discovered my love for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, so I decided to find a position focused on this area. I’m so glad I found it in GCC!
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I love spending the little time I have exploring this beautiful state campground or hiking with my husband and little dog. I also love all kinds of dance and performing arts, from ballet to belly dancing. We are very excited about the opportunity to join GCC and work with you all!
During my first career in law enforcement, I had the opportunity to be involved in various types and levels of staff development, and I decided that I wanted my second career to focus on helping people achieve their goals. I have served in law enforcement for over 20 years in the local Internal Affairs Division, where I held the rank of Sergeant for 14 of my 20 years. I finished my doctorate before retiring in 2015. When I retired, I took a position with the National Online University and managed the law and public administration programs. Four years later an OYO position opened up in the Public Safety Science Department at Glendale Community College and I jumped at it. I started teaching at Glendale Community College as an adjunct in 2007, so it was like coming home. In addition to teaching Administration of Justice classes, I am also the Director of Law Enforcement Operations (Training) at Glendale Community College, overseeing specialized law enforcement training courses and the Law Enforcement Training Academy. I believe that my experience as an intern will enrich the courses I teach to my students. I want to share not only the lesson content but also my experiences with my students to help them succeed. I am a first-generation college graduate and have been working adults throughout my educational journey, so I have great empathy for our students who are balancing personal, professional, and school responsibilities. On a personal note, I am a native of Arizona and currently live with two Australian Cattle Dogs, Jasper and Percy, whose antics keep me busy. I like to spend my “spare” time on DIY projects around the house.
My name is Alisha Stott and I am one of three NUR 152 “Block I” professors for the Nursing program at GCC. I have been a registered nurse for 20 years, primarily in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and some time in Oncology, perioperative care and various other settings as a swim nurse. I am nationally certified as a Critical Care RN (CCRN-K). I first discovered the love of teaching when I became a Critical Care Educator in a large health system in 2008. I came to GCC in 2020 as an assistant professor of NUR 252 “Block 3”, but switched to NUR 152 after two semesters. I love to teach people what is on my mind and show them how to be a caring and caring nurse, even from day 1 of nursing school.
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Remember I have been married for 10 years and we have an 11 year old son and an 8 year old daughter. Both keep me on my toes as one into swimming, Xbox, music and animals and the other into volleyball, golf, unicorns and every animal ever created. We love camping on the beach. We are busy with the Phillies because our cousin is shortstop for the team. We also watch a lot of football and fight about which team is on TV. I’m also into Broadway musicals – Hamilton, Phantom, Rent and Wicked are my biggest obsessions. I almost always have one of those in my office when I work and play in my car. I can’t wait to continue my career at GCC and develop our future nurses!
I received my B.S. in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. from the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at Arizona State University. My work focuses on the interaction between viruses and the human immune system. Now I teach microbiology and general biology. Prior to working at GCC, I was a full-time faculty member at Yavapai College for 15 years. I serve as a peer reviewer and a member of the Institutional Activities Board of the Higher Education Commission. During the summer I worked as a river guide in the Grand Canyon. I’m excited to be a part of the GCC community!
Hello everyone! My name is Natalie Dominguez and I am a new faculty member in the Department of Fitness and Wellness. I am grateful to have been offered a position here at GCC. I myself have been a student at GCC for some time and have always considered it “home”. I attended school here in 2006 to become certified as a group fitness instructor. Since then I have worked in many locations around metro Phoenix teaching group fitness classes, teaching yoga, personal training and working in wellness programs. I have had the opportunity to work in everything from youth health programs to health coaching for retired adults to physical training for professional baseball during spring training. In 2015 I returned to GCC to begin working towards a Masters in Exercise Science so that I could transition into the fitness industry full time. It was then that I discovered my passion for teaching and knew that I never wanted to leave GCC. I was lucky enough to be hired as an athletics lab on campus after my partner’s graduation and teach in the fitness and wellness department after graduation. I have been in GCC for almost five years now. An interesting fact about my journey at GCC is that the two teachers/coaches that I went to class with in 2006 are now my colleagues!
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My name is Kate Hope and I am a resident faculty member of the Department of English at GCC. Most recently, I was an assistant professor of English at California State University, Stanislaus, where I taught courses in English as well as children’s literature and writing for teachers. Prior to Stan’s tenure, I taught first-year composition and secondary English at ASU, I supervised student teachers at the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, and I taught first-year at Yavapai College, all while completing my Ph.D. I also taught English at Queen Creek High School for seven years. This semester I teach ENG 101 and ENG 102.
Besides teaching, my time belongs to my family. My husband Brian and I have three daughters: Megan, Charlotte and Jillian. Our favorite activities include camping, mountain biking. All my girls play soccer, so Friday nights and Saturday mornings we run the field. As a family, we also eat more guacamole and tacos than I care to admit, we love to laugh with each other, and of course, we talk and share great books.
Hello fellow Gauchos! My name is Stacey Kolaiakovo and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of the faculty there. I worked at GCC as a night adjunct for 8 years while teaching high school math. After that I worked as an OYO for the last 3 years in our Mathematics department. So this is technically my 12th
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Year, but first! Outside of work, I’m an Uber driver (for my kids), cook (for kids, husband, puppy, and turtle), and maid (for the above). I joke of course! As funny as it is, I have loved every minute of serving my family, friends, and students, and I look forward to the new relationships that will form this year.
I am originally from Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a BSBA in Management, my pursuit of education continued at Arizona State University with a BA in Accounting. As a resident of Peoria, Arizona, the tax preparation industry offers a rewarding career that includes dynamic customer service. When I became an Enrolled Agent (EA), my role was greatly enhanced to help clients meet their tax obligations.
My interest in hiking and other outdoor activities became a passion. Maricopa County has a whole network of people to help you explore and enjoy the beauty of Arizona. A large amount of effort and a sense of achievement