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Our faculty members are experts in their field who have years of industry experience. Whether you choose our multimedia design, business, legal studies, or healthcare program, you will receive a top-notch education at our school. Learn from the best of the best when you enroll in a degree program at Fremont College.

College of Healthcare
  • Stacie Rodriguez
    Program Dean of Healthcare and Wellness

    B.A. Business Management, Capella University, 2013
    M.A., Education, National University, in progress
    10 years of experience as an education director in allied health programs
    5 years of teaching experience

  • Lance Followell
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Diploma, Platt College, 2004
    • A.A. Long Beach City College, 1984
    • B.S. Kinesiology / Athletic Training, California State University, Long Beach, 2006
    • Over 10 years of experience as a private practitioner and instructor

    What Lance likes most about Fremont College is the students’ passion for life and learning. As the director of the School of Healthcare and an instructor of massage, Mr. Followell embodies that passion in his teaching. Lance is committed to giving Fremont’s students the necessary knowledge and skills to be highly successful in their chosen field. He is a certified massage therapist and active member of the American Massage Therapy Association. He holds a BS degree in Kinesiology from California State University Long Beach, with a specialization in Athletic Training. Mr. Followell’s private practice is focused on Olympic Development track & field athletes. Lance has practiced massage at the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2009 U.S. National Track & Field Championships.

  • Allison Denney
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Massage Therapy Diploma, Boulder College of Massage Therapy, 2000
    • B.A. Philosophy and Religion, Ithaca College, 1992
    • Over 10 years of experience as a massage therapist practicing Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and other specialty massage techniques
  • Dagmar Pechmann - CMT
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Massage School of Santa Monica, 1986
    • Over 10 years of teaching experience in massage therapy and continuing education workshops
    • Over 25 years of applied experience in medical centers, day spas and the entertainment industry
  • Cheryl Peterson
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • B.S. Industrial Technology, National University, 1989
    • Massage Therapy, Shiatsu Massage School, 1999
    • Over 20 years of experience as a massage therapist
  • Teena Lewis
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Certificate Massage Technician, IPSB, 2000
    • Certificate Advanced Massage Technician, IPSB, 2001
    • Certificate Thai Massage, 2003
    • B.S. Health Science, California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Teena Lewis has over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer and massage therapist. She began her massage career in 2000. Ten years later, she is just as passionate about this work. Her specialty is holistic pain relief, with a focus on the neck, shoulder, and back regions.

    She has worked with many professional athletes including NBA, AVP, and NHL players. Teena views her work as a fusion between intuition and years of formal training in the field of massage therapy. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice after having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a Community Health concentration. She is also a self-proclaimed massage junkie who loves to write health and healthcare content.

  • Dhahabu Bellard
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Nine years of experience as a Massage Therapist
    • Seven years of experience as a Massage Therapy Instructor
    • Certificate in Athletic Trainers Aid, Cerritos Community College
    • Certificate in Business Management, Cerritos Community College
  • Christine Salazar
    Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Certified Massage Therapy, Southern California School of Massage, 2001
    • Licensed Massage Therapist
    • More than 10 years of experience as a Massage Therapist
    • 5 years of experience as a massage therapy instructor

    Certified Massage Therapy, Southern California School of Massage, 2001
    Licensed to Massage Therapist
    More than 10 years of experience as a Massage Therapist
    5 years of experience as a massage therapy instructor

  • Jospeh Suapaia

    Associate of Science, Sports Rehabilitation Therapy, Fremont College, 2012
    More than 4 years of experience in massage and sports therapy
    More than 2 years of experience as a teaching assistant at Fremont College

  • Arline K. Melkonian - Esq.
    Dean, Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. English, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
    • J.D. Pepperdine University School of Law, 2002
    • Over 10 years of experience as an attorney

    Arline K. Melkonian is a Professor of Paralegal Studies and Dean of the Paralegal Studies program at Fremont College. Arline attended the University of California, Los Angeles (BA, 1998, cum laude) where she received her degree in English Literature.She obtained her legal education at Pepperdine University School of Law (JD, 2002) where she received a specialized Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and graduated in the top third of her class. With eight years of extensive experience in litigation, Arline actively maintains a law practice and handles a large variety of cases including personal injury, business litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, landlord/tenant actions, government tort liability, legal malpractice, insurance coverage, and bad faith litigation.

    Ms. Melkonian is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California. She is fluent in Armenian and conversationally fluent in French. Ms. Melkonian’s role at Fremont College is the amalgamation of her two passions: teaching and practicing law. With a deep and genuine affinity for education, her directorship provides her with the priceless opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a large community of students. It is an honor for her to be a part of the ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program at Fremont College.

  • Mark Rebernik
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. New York University, 1975
    • J.D. Pace University School of Law, 1979
    • Over 15 years of experience as a litigation paralegal
  • William Tortu - Esq.
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. History, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
    • J.D., George Washington University, 1975
    • Over 34 years of experience as an attorney
  • Patsy Moore - Esq.
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. Communications, Washington State University, 1980
    • J.D. California Western School of Law, 1995
    • Over 15 years of experience as an attorney
  • Vicky La Celle - C.P., A.C.P.
    Paralegal Studies
    • Certificate Management of Business Contracts, University of California Extension, 2009
    • Certificate Paralegal, University of California Extension, 1994
    • B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 1993
    • Management of Business Contracts Certificate, University of California, Irvine
    • Over 15 years of experience as a practicing paralegal for law firms and corporations
  • Jack Sorokin - Esq.
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. English Literature, UCI, 1972
    • J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1975
    • California Bar Association, 1975
  • Gene Moran - C.P., C.A.S.
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. Communications, Cal State Fullerton
    • ABA Paralegal Certificate, UCI, 2002
    • Certified Advanced Specialist, Litigation
    • Certified Legal Advanced Specialist, Litigation
  • Steve Gourley
    Paralegal Studies

    B.A. Spanish and Political Science, University of California Los Angeles, 1970
    JD, University of California Berkeley, 1973
    Over 30 years of experience in law practices.

  • Bobby Rimas
    Paralegal Studies

    B.A. History, University of California Los Angeles, 1994
    Attorney Assistant Training Program, University of California Los Angeles Extension, 1996
    More the 7 years of teaching experience
    More than 5 years of experience as a Paralegal at Onewest Bank
    More than 4 years of experience as a Paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, a leading global immigration firm.

College of Business
  • Barbara Ingle
    Business Leadership
    • B.S. Business Administration – Management, City College of Seattle, 1991
    • M.A. Business – Leadership/Human Resources, 1993
    • Over 10 years of experience teaching in-person and online courses for major universities and companies in the U.S. and Germany, as well as developing online course curriculum for Microsoft and several universities
College of Multimedia Design
  • Haykanush Hovsepyan
    Multimedia Design
    • B.S. Graphic Design, The Art Institute in Hollywood, 2007
    • B.A. Fine Arts & Technology Drawing, Terlemezian Art College , 1988
    • M.A. Fine Arts, Abovians Art University, 1999
  • Anissa Thompson
General Education
  • Barbara Ingle
    Business Leadership
    • B.S. Business Administration – Management, City College of Seattle, 1991
    • M.A. Business – Leadership/Human Resources, 1993
    • Over 10 years of experience teaching in-person and online courses for major universities and companies in the U.S. and Germany, as well as developing online course curriculum for Microsoft and several universities
  • Tim Short
    Dean of Online & General Education
    • M.A. Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 2000
    • Over 10 years of experience as an instructor in psychology

    Tim Short, Dean of Education, has a lifelong personal mission of inspiring others to reach their full potential. He holds an MA in Life-Span Developmental Psychology and a BA in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. He has worked in education since being employed as a student worker for the Dean of Graduate Education at Cal State. He taught at various community colleges, including Riverside Community College and Chaffey Community College. He served as a faculty member and administrator at Westwood College from 2004 to 2009. At Fremont College, Tim has focused on curriculum development, faculty development, staff training, online education, student retention, and improving systems and processes. He takes pride in getting to know students and helping to figure out each student’s particular path to success.

  • Asar Asgari
    General Education
  • Yelena Verba
    General Education

    Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Physical Therapy, Hunter College, 2001
    Competency based Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification, 2006
    Competency based Cervicogenic Dizziness Certification, 2007
    Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Health sciences, St. Augustine, 2007
    Over 12 years of experience in physical therapy.

  • Tony Arguelles
    General Education

    B.A. English, California State University Los Angeles, 2000
    M.A. Communication Studies, Speech, 2003
    Ed. D Student Development, Rossier School of Education, USC
    Over 10 years of teaching experience