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College of Legal Studies

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nadine Cohen Orliczky - Esq.
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. Religion, Bryn Mawr College, 2000
    • J.D., Cum Laude, Pepperdine University, 2006
    • Over eight years of experience working in Family Law, 5 years as an attorney
  • Stephanie Pelosi
    Paralegal Studies
  • 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
  • Jack Sorokin - Esq.
    Paralegal Studies
    • B.A. English Literature, UCI, 1972
    • J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1975
    • California Bar Association, 1975
  • 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
  • Golden Thrower
    Paralegal Studies
    • MBA Walden University, 2008
    • Paralegal Studies Certificate El Camino college 2005
    • B.S. Business Administration, University of Phoenix 2004
    • Five years of experience as a litigation paralegal
General Education
  • 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.

  • Dr. Nicole Minor
    General Education
    • B.A. Biology, Washington University, 1992
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University
    • Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Sara Butler
    General Education
  • Jennifer Sumerel
    General Education
    • B.S. Sociology, University of North Alabama, 1999
    • M.S. Sociology, Mississippi State University, 2002
    • Ph.D. Community College Leadership, MSU
  • Bradley Waltman
    General Education
    • B.A. Spanish, Political Science, James Madison University, 1983
    • MA English, Hunter College 1992
    • PhD English, Rhetoric and Linguistics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Ruby Evans
    General Education
    • B.S. Grambling State University , Mathematics Education 1981
    • Master of Applied Statistics, Louisiana State University 1983
    • Doctor of Education, University of Florida 1998
    • Over 20 years of experience teaching mathematics
  • Sarah Cisneros
    General Education
Library Services
  • Sarah Tekavec
    Librarian