Faculty teaching in our ETSP and BASSP programs:

 Gail Alexander bio photo   Gail Alexander
Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices

Gail Alexander has more than 25 years of experience in education, program management, and scientific research, having worked at institutions that include Antioch University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Oregon State University, the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute, the University of Southern California, and the University of Washington. She holds an M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, an interdisciplinary M.S. in Environmental Science, History of Science, and Oceanography from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in Zoology (with a minor in Science, Technology, and Society) from the University of Calgary. She is also nationally certified as a Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA).

Brian Bansenauer   Brian Bansenauer, PhD
Business and Information Technology

Brian Bansenauer graduated in 1992 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, which included extensive work in computer modeling. Dr. Bansenauer became interested in learning theory while teaching in the mathematics and computer science departments at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. While at North Seattle College, he directed the creation of a new web developer program, which launched in the spring of 1999 and graduated its first students in June 2000.

Rebecca Burke   Rebecca Burke

Rebecca Burke is a priority hire faculty member in math. Rebecca has previously taught at Truckee Meadows Community College, Lamar Community College and Campo School. Prior to moving into the teaching field Rebecca was a Reliability Engineer and a Senior Web Development Engineer for a semiconductor company in Massachusetts. Rebecca holds a B.S in Physics (with a Co-Major in English) from Creighton University and a M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University.

Soroya Cardenas   Soraya Cardenas, PhD

Soraya Cardenas received her doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her specializations in Sociology include, Sustainability & Environment, Inequalities, Race & Ethnicity, and Social Justice. She later would spend three years in Oaxaca to study poverty and the environment. While a professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), she produced documentaries with her classes. One of her films, which explored Aroostook County's interest in biomass, was financially supported by a National Science Foundation grant. She received the Trustee Professorship to study windmills near the vicinity of communities, and in 2010, was awarded "Researcher of the Year" for her work with students in the classroom along with chairing the maiden event, "Scholars Symposium". In 2012, Dr. Cardenas was nominated for the Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence. In 2014, Dr. Cardenas took a group of students to Maui to study permaculture. When Dr. Cardenas is not working with students or in the classroom, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing, running and spending time with her family.

Lisa Citron photo   Lisa Citron, PhD

Lisa Citron joined Cascadia as a full-time faculty member in Economics in 2007. She was an associate faculty member here for the previous five years; during that time, Dr. Citron completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University. She also has a M.S. from the University of Arizona and a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her expertise in economics, Dr. Citron is fluent in French and Moroccan Arabic, and proficient in Spanish.

Jodie Galvan


  Jodie Galvan
Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices

Jodie Galvan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Resources and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science both from the University of Idaho. She is a certified as a LEED AP in BD+C and is a member of the International Society of Sustainable Professionals.  Prior to joining Cascadia, Jodie managed a visitor’s center for The Nature Conservancy in southeast Idaho, led the Solano Resource Conservation District in the implementation of soil, water and habitat best management practices in central California, taught studio courses for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California Davis, implemented a watershed scale river restoration program on the Cedar River and raised public and private funding for conservation projects at Forterra NW.  Jodie is excited to share her knowledge and experience with Cascadia students working to launch their own careers in the growing field of sustainability.

 Mark Nieman bio photo
Mark Nieman
Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices
Mark Nieman is an active member of the Seattle area mechanical engineering community with over 24 years of industry experience with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and building systems, currently working for McKinstry Co. in their energy services group. Mark is an Energy Engineering Manager and performs building and facility project development under Energy Services Performance Contracting (ESPC). Mark also implements project development activities including performing Preliminary Facility Assessments (PFA's), development of Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM's), development of Facility Improvement Measures (FIM's) and project planning with an eye towards sustainability and resource conservation in the built environment. Mark has been an Associate Faculty for Cascadia College since 2011 and is a member of the Sustainable Practices Advisory Committee. Mark has a passion for energy conservation in the built environment and works to share that knowledge in his classes.

Erin Richards
Erin Richards
Political Science
Ms. Erin Richards has a bachelor of arts in international relations from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and a master of arts in political science from Washington State University where she is ABD. Her academic interests include American Government institutions and voting behavior, State and Local Government, Women in Politics as well as issues around citizenship, civic engagement, and political science education and pedagogy. Ms. Richards currently serves on the Status Committee for Community Colleges for the American Political Science Association (APSA) tasked with assessing and raising the visibility of the role of community colleges in political science education. She has published book chapters and articles on teaching at community colleges and worked on multi-campus projects on the role of American Government courses in promoting citizenship education and engagement. Prior to Cascadia, she taught at Washington State University, Olympic College, and Green River Community College.

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Keith Roraback
Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices
Keith Roraback comes to Cascadia with more than 25 years of experience protecting water resources. Mr. Roraback is currently a Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator at the King County Brightwater facility. Prior to that he worked for Herrera Environmental Consultants, Snohomish County and the City of Everett in various water-related positions. Concurrent with these positions, Mr. Roraback was a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve for more than 20 years, working on oil spill response and waterfront facility inspections. Mr Roraback has a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University, and Bachelor of Arts in Science Education from Western Washington University.

Sadie Rosenthal
Sadie Rosenthal holds a Master's in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame where she focused on freshwater ecology and invasive species biology. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Minor in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her applied education, she has spent many years traveling across the U.S. as a field and laboratory biologist. She worked on projects including the biological control of schistosomiasis, the biological effects of sun and shade coffee plantations in Puerto Rico, the botanical inventory of USFS lands in Alaska, and the monitoring of fisheries in the Bering Sea. Prior to being hired full-time, she taught as an associate faculty for two years at Cascadia College.

David Shapiro photo
David Shapiro
David Shapiro has a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He is Education Director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, an organization that brings philosophy and philosophers into schools and community centers throughout the Puget Sound Area. His scholarly interests include applied ethics, philosophy of human rights, and philosophy with children. Mr. Shapiro has co-authored several books in the area of personal purpose and meaning and is the author of a book on applied ethics, Choosing the Right Thing to Do: In Life, at Work, in Relationships, and for the Planet (Berrett-Koehler, 1999).

John VanLeer
John VanLeer
Earth Science
John VanLeer earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography with an emphasis in Geological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Arts in Physical Sciences from West Chester University. Mr. VanLeer has taught as a member of a five person interdisciplinary team at the middle school level and also as adjunct professor at West Chester University and Delaware County Community College. He has also served as an Associate Geoscientist for McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering Corporation and as Environmental Scientist for McCormick Taylor and Associates.

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