Spring 2017 Instructor Bios

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Joe currently teaches this course at SDSU, Mira Costa, Southwestern and Cuyamaca Community Colleges. He is also the host of “Your Money Your Wealth” on AM 760 KFMB radio. Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida, and is a frequent speaker for a wide range of professional groups in San Diego County. He is a board member of The Society of Financial Service Professionals and a member of the Financial Planning Association.


Roberto is a guitar player/singer/songwriter from Texas with over 25 years of experience. He is versatile in many styles including rock, blues, country, and electric. Roberto has played in several bands and onstage. He has played in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Nashville, and other cities. He also loves to buy, sell, trade, repair, and modify guitars.


Christine studied ballet professionally with the School of American Ballet of the New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Center City Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She performed with the Princeton Ballet Society and Princeton University Dancers. Christine is a graduate of Princeton University and has a graduate degree from Stanford University. She is the President of the Americas Foundation - Fundacion de las Americas and has also been directing the performing arts program of the La Esperanza schools and of the fledgling Universidad Marucana for the past 27 years.


Lorena, a native of Mexico City, has a B.A. from CESSA University in Mexico City. In 1998, she founded Elia Enterprises, a company that provides professional translation services in more than 150 languages.  Lorena operates after-school foreign language programs in private schools in Nevada and at CUSD. Her extensive travel has provided her love and respect for other cultures and languages.


Carrie is a certified instructor and has been teaching since the age of 17. After serving in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, she made San Diego her new home. Her professional experience includes a career as an intellectual property paralegal, executive coach, and fitness manager. She studied transformational coaching with best-selling author and columnist for O: Oprah’s Magazine, Dr. Martha Beck. Carrie learned yoga under the instruction of Dave Oliver, known worldwide for adjusting students into a stronger practice. Carrie enjoys teaching yoga flow, yoga sculpt, yoga dance, Pilates, high-intensity interval training, cycle, and barre formats while encouraging others to lead an active lifestyle. Her formal education consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Adult Education & Development from the Southern Illinois University, and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Behavior from Alliant International University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership and a Masters in Special Education with a teaching credential in mild to moderate special needs. She is the author of Single, Sassy and Sexy, a Practical Guide for Single Moms and the founder of Our Daily Bliss and Our Daily Flow.


Renee has an aerobics instructor certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She has been teaching for over 16 years.


Lois has been teaching ESL for about 10 years in the San Diego area. She has a Masters in Education and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Oregon, along with a TESOL certificate from UCSD. She loves inspiring second-language learners and helping them to reach their potential.


Laurie has been a certified PiYo instructor  for two years. She teaches PiYo Love 3-5 days per week, and is passionate about fitness and enjoys inspiring others to be their healthiest. She believes regular exercise is not only good for the body but also for the mind by reducing stress and creating happiness.


George is a career naval aviator who began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. He has written twelve books published by mainstream publishers including the New York Times best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film and The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph and has also written over 300 articles in national media and professional publications. His latest project, in collaboration with St. Martin’s Press, is a reboot of the Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series. His last three novels are New York Times best-sellers. He teaches writing at venues throughout San Diego.


Coronado native, Kirstin Green graduated from Coronado High School in 1995. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in art and classics at SFSU, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Ghana for over two years. Kirstin has worked as a professional mosaic artist and teacher since 2001, and has mosaics on display in Coronado, Pasadena and Ghana, Africa.


Valerie has been practicing yoga since she was very young and took her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 with Deep Yoga and a second in 2012 with Yoga One. For her, teaching is thrilling, especially for people from all walks of life; students are a great source of joy. Valerie has also studied Alexander Technique, Karate, Dance, Nutrition, Psychology, Art, and other healing modalities.


James is an avid tennis player and tennis fan. He is the Assistant Coach for the Coronado boys Varsity team and Head Coach for the Junior Varsity team. James has played on and captained USTA teams and has participated in many tournaments.


Greg has been organizing adult recreation basketball and softball leagues for many years. In addition, Greg is an assistant coach for the Coronado High School boys’ basketball program.


Originally from the Northeast, Andrea Kane has lived in Coronado for the last 10 years and is the owner of The Bungalow Spa and Coronado Pilates. With more than 25 years experience in bodywork and yoga, and seven years of Pilates training, her classes are appropriate for beginners and advanced students. Kane is STOTT Pilates trained.


Sarah King is a student of music with an emphasis in vocal performance at San Diego Mesa College. She is currently a part of the Applied Music Program in the music department. She has extensive experience in choral music as she’s been singing in choirs since she was in elementary school. She’s on the road to a Bachelors in music and would like to apply that to teaching private students full-time. She is very excited to meet new people and help them with their craft.


Sonia has been teaching since 1993.  She is an award-winning jewelry designer and artist and a former host of a segment in a morning TV program on Television in Mexico.  Her work has been featured in several shows on HGTV. Her passion is to teach how to create unique artwork using latest trends and materials. She hold a 3-subject teaching credential: Fine & Applied Arts, Fashion and Interior Design, and Sales and Service (Real Estate) and Business Management.


Elizabeth graduated from Coronado High School and was a recipient of the Arrowmont Scholarship her senior year. She studied ceramics for three years at Grossmont College and went on to San Diego State University where she received her B.A. in Art with an emphasis in ceramics, studying under Richard Burkett. Elizabeth has obtained her teaching credential in Art.


Aloha! Noelle Lana is a Polynesian professional dancer who grew up on the island of O’ahu where she trained the island’s traditional dances. She wants to bring the beauty of her home’s culture to the mainland through exercise.


Dee returned to yoga after a disabling injury, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Yoga awakened a path of healing and restoration in her life. This led to a desire to earn her Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Somatic & Movement Therapist, and Nutritionist Counselor Certification at Natural Healing Institute College in Encinitas, CA. She is committed to utilizing the many self-empowering tools of nutrition, yoga, and somatic to help others enhance, maintain, and restore health and well-being.


William received his B.A. in Photography from  University of California, San Diego and then continued his education at NYU’s Graduate Film School. His interest in the arts was sparked by his father who was a landscape photographer in William’s native Tehachapi, California. William has been fortunate enough to have been mentored by film Director Spike Lee upon his graduation from NYU.