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2019 Cabrillo Summer Youth Program
Instructor Bios and Partner Organizations

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Would you like to know more about our AMAZING Summer Youth Program Instructors that lead our camps? Use the index below to click on their name to learn about their skills, experience, and a few other fun details that will help you get to know them!



Sean Adams


Sean is a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management student at Cabrillo College with a lifelong passion for food, community and local produce. He is currently the teen instructor at Teen Kitchen Project, inspiring the next generation of chefs and foodies.

  • Teaches: Summer culinary arts camps
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz
  • Favorite hobby: Playing drums
  • Favorite pet: His dog Wilson, a spunky one year old white lab.
  • Favorite food: Mexican



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Cheryl Anderson

Cheryl is the Director of the Cabrillo Youth Chorus and the CYC Voice Camp as well as the Director of Choral Activities at Cabrillo College. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Educators. In addition to her elementary and secondary school teaching, she has served on the faculties of Transylvania University, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of California, Santa Cruz in choral/vocal music, music education, and music theory.

  • Teaches: Voice and music
  • Hometown: Claysville, PA
  • Hobby: Climbing in the mountains - She has climbed Kilimanjaro!
  • Favorite food: Italian
  • Favorite pet: My 3 dogs.  “I love all animals!”



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Anne Baldzikowski



Anne is an award winning culinary instructor in the Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department. She has owned two wholesale bakeries and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her classes. She was recently inducted into the 49th chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier International. This is an esteemed group of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy. Membership is by invitation only. She has been teaching youth baking camps through Cabrillo Extension since 2012 and her classes are full of teamwork, problem solving, laughter, learning and fun!

  • Teaches: Culinary arts
  • Hometown: San Jose, CA Teaches: Doughlicious Camp
  • Favorite hobby: Caring for the chickens at the Live Oak Grange as a Chicken Tender.
  • Favorite food: Freshly harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs from her garden.
  • Favorite pet: Gorby, her Boston terrier



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Annie Barrett

Annie has a BA in Physical Education & Kinesiology, has been a high school PE teacher, and a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Her favorite hobbies include mountain biking, cooking, playing guitar, CrossFit training, riding horses, camping and exploring new places. She loves laughing and being silly and will never turn down a good joke...she even loves broccoli, can you believe that? She also loves adventuring with her 3 year old son, her husband, and her bulldog named "Bacon."

  • Teaches: Athletics, movement and conditioning
  • Favorite hobby: Cooking, playing guitar, mountain biking
  • Favorite pet: Her bulldog named Bacon
  • Favorite vegetable: Broccoli



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Kiki Barrett

Kiki Barrett is a local designer and sewing instructor with a passion for helping others get past the fear and frustration of sewing as to bring their creative ideas to life.  When not creating, sewing or teaching, she loves to watch old movies, listen to records, and enjoy time with her family and 2 kitties.

  • Teaches: Sewing, design and fiber arts camps and workshops for adults and teens
  • Favorite hobby: Watching old movies and listening to records
  • Favorite pets: Her two kitties



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Kaitlin Bonifacio

Kaitlin has studied Shibori dyeing in Niigata Prefecture, Japan and has taught workshops through Craftsmen Collective, All Hands, and Mini Mint.



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Heidi Boynton

Heidi is the founder of the Mini Mermaid and Young Triton Running Clubs. She is working to change the lives of girls and boys by shifting their internal experience and the way they interact with the world around them through innovative character-driven fitness-based curriculum. These after-school running clubs for girls and boys focused on building emotionally and physically balanced kids.

  • Teaches: Mini Mermaids Running Club
  • Heidi is married, has two sons and lives in Santa Cruz.
  • To learn more about Heidi go to



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Katelyn Byrne

Katelyn is a visual artist focused on mural painting, jewelry and crafts. She has been teaching art to youth in Santa Cruz since 2014 through Mariposa Arts, William James Association, and Branciforte Middle School’s Arts

  • Teaches: Jewelry, macramé, mural painting and other art camps
  • Favorite hobby: Katelyn loves to cook and ride her bike, not at the same time!
  • Favorite pet: Katelyn enjoys hanging out with her cat.



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LeAnn Copriviza

LeAnn has been a middle and high school instructor for 10 years, and a  Coordinator for Where Everybody Belongs, a middle school orientation and transition program. She has a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and is currently completing Kidpower Instructor training.

  • Teaches: Leadership Challenge
  • Hometown: She was born in Utah, but moved to Watsonville at age 3 - where she grew up.
  • Favorite hobby: LeAnn is an avid outdoor adventurer and loves to hike, mountain bike, and swim in remote places.
  • Favorite food: No one favorite food, but she loves to cook!
  • Favorite pet: All her pets are her favorite. She currently has a 93 lb. hound named Belle, and 3 chickens)



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Terrel Eaton

Terrell (3rd from the right - the one that is laughing!)
has taught music in Santa Cruz County for three decades. He currently directs the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, and co-directs the Kuumbwa Jazz Camp.

As a performer, he has toured/recorded with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Bonnie Raitt, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, and Larry Elgart.



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Trevor Fournier

Trevor is a graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay, with a B.S. in Marine Science and of Monterey Peninsula College with an A.A. in Business Administration. Trevor has participated in four research expeditions as a science technician and has designed and fabricated sensors and samplers for deep sea exploration.



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Jerad Fox

Jerad is a versatile guitar player from Santa Cruz, CA. With over 20 years of guitar playing experience, Jerad brings a contemporary approach to the guitar, and truly enjoys playing and teaching all styles of music. He is an alumni of Cabrillo College and in 2009 Jerad earned a Bachelor Degree of guitar performance from Musicians Institute. Jerad is currently working as a guitar teacher, both privately and for Mariposa's Art after-school program. His hobbies include cooking, and working on cars.

  • Teaches: Guitar
  • Favorite hobby: Cooking and working on cars
  • Interesting fact: He plays in a classic rock cover band called
    Vintage Point



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Steve Hardin

Steve studied at Sonoma State University. He is currently an instructor at Cabrillo College for the Construction and Energy Management Department. He is passionate about solar energy and teaches the subject matter at Cabrillo. Steve also owns a small computer business called A+ Computer Repair. In his spare time, he likes hiking the Santa Cruz Mountains and taking yoga classes. He also loves sports and coaches soccer at all levels.

  • Teaches: Computer and technology
  • Favorite hobby: Mountain biking in the Santa Cruz mountains
  • Interesting Fact: He teaches solar energy classes at Cabrillo College and is currently learning Yoga!



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Lori Kearney

Lori Kearney, MA, is a certificated K-8th grade teacher. Aside from traditional classroom experience, she has taught computer technology, reading intervention and English Language Development. She is an Advisory Board Member with UnChained, a local non-profit that teaches at-risk youth to train shelter dogs. She is also on the board of Pickleberry Pie, a non-profit that provides music to children in hospitals across the country. She has worked with Children's' Creative Response to Conflict and as a volunteer grief counselor for children and adults through the Centre for Living With Dying in Santa Clara. She enjoys taking part in a local singing circle, writing, and spending time in the Sierras with her daughter, husband, and silly yellow lab. As a family they enjoy playing board games, music, and being on or near the water.



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Bob Kittle

Bob is the head baseball coach for Cabrillo College.

  • Teaches: Baseball
  • Hometown: Raised in Mammoth Lakes, California, lives in Ben Lomond
  • Hobby: baseball, reading, and golf
  • Favorite food: pizza and lasagna


    Here’s what Bob is teaching this summer:
  • Baseball


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Nancy Kvam, BA/MME

Nancy is a violinist and Artistic Director of the Cabrillo Youth Strings Program. She has performed with the Santa Cruz Symphony and has taught in the Cabrillo Youth Strings Program for many years. She directs the CYS Chamber Music Program and currently conducts the 4th-6th grade Beginning Ensemble. Nancy has been past Concertmaster for the Cabrillo Stage, has performed with the Monterey County Symphony, and has studied with the Concertmasters of the St. Louis Symphony and San Francisco Ballet.

  • Teaches: Youth Strings

Click HERE to see what Nancy teaches!


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Caitlin Lackey

Caitlin completed the Aerial Arts Instructor training several years ago and enjoys teaching all ages, levels, and abilities. She has been taking Aerial and Circus Arts classes for over four years, performing internationally and locally, including at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. She is committed to encouraging students to overcome fears, gain confidence, and have fun.
  • Teaches: Aerial arts


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Marco Lucadano

Marco is the graphic design and digital photography instructor at Soquel High School where he has been teaching for 8 years. He has experience as a freelance graphic designer and has been teaching for more than 15 years in Santa Cruz County. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to travel and spend time with his family.

  • Teaches: Graphic art, digital art and design, digital photography
  • High School: San Clemente High School, home of the Tritons
  • Favorite hobby: surfing and photography
  • Favorite food: pizza vs Thai
  • Favorite holiday location: Bali
    Favorite pet: Sniffles and Burrito, my 2 cats


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Joe McCullough, Ph.D.

Joe is the Department Chair of the Physics Department at Cabrillo College, and has taught physics at Cabrillo College for the past 16 years. During his years teaching, he saw a number of students experiencing school related anxieties and phobias. Interested by the brain and how people learn, he became a Destination Coach by studying the brain and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He is now a best-selling author of Accelerated Learning Techniques for Students. His passion is to optimize learning in a fun and upbeat atmosphere.

  • Teaches: Accelerated Learning Techniques
  • Favorite hobby: He is an avid outdoorsman and an amateur magician


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Wendy Milette

Wendy Milette, MFA, is a GATE mentor and Hi-Tech Innovation Lab Director at Pacific Elementary School and has been working with youth for over 30 years. Her background includes teaching filmmaking, technology and the arts. She is the Director of Media Arts Education for the MY HERO Project, a globally connected learning community. To learn more go to

Wendy lives in Davenport with her husband Chris and cat, TINK. Wendy loves adventure with her kids & grandkids. She enjoys kayaking, camping, dance, music and Italian food. She has travelled to many parts of the globe with her favorite places being the wild jungles of Costa Rica!


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Kelsee Montagna

  • Hometown: Madera, CA
  • Teaches: Volleyball
  • Hobbies: Yoga, Hiking, Skiiing
  • Pets: Would have pets if she could!
  • Favorite Food: Poke Bowl and Pizza


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Alix Mullins

Alix is an internationally published, licensed, award winning artist, photographe, and college instructor. She teaches Digital Media Photoshop & Creative Digital Illustration at Gavilan College during the school year, as well as Illustration workshops. When not teaching students how to edit their digital photographs and create illustrations, she is busy creating her own digital images of fine art & people.  Her art is licensed & published on puzzles, posters & other items as far away as Europe, Australia and the Middle East.  She also enjoys making colorful, fun illustrations for children's storybooks to entertain her own young children at home.
For fun, a day at the beach building driftwood tepees or wandering through trails in Big Sur or the redwoods of Nisene Marks with her family, which includes her 3 children, are the most treasured moments!

  • Teaches: Digital Art, Design, Digital Photography
  • Favorite hobby: Building model kits and electric skateboarding
  • Favorite Place: Yosemite



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Rhoxanne Morris-Vaughan

With her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Rhoxanne has been the instructor of the Girls in Engineering program since its creation in 2012. She has also been a teacher, tutor, and coach for over 20 years. She believes in inspiring the next generation of women in engineering through teamwork, creativity, and exciting hands-on projects.




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Melody Overstreet

Melody Overstreet is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through CNP and UCSC's Arboretum. She teaches nature-themed workshops through UCSC’s Arboretum, the Natural History Museum, and Kids in Nature. Melody has nearly 10 years of teaching experience. To learn more about Melody go to

  • Teaches: Paper making, soap making, gardening
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • Favorite hobby: She loves any projects centered around plants, which includes gardening, medicine making, weaving, natural dying, cooking, and seed saving.
  • Favorite food Persian food, especially Gormeh Sabzi (a hearty green stew) prepared in the way of her grandmother.
  • Favorite pet: She loves animals, and recently got two new kittens join our family, Quince and Sabzi (named after a Persian word meaning “fresh green herbs”).



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James Page, MA

James has a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education/Recreation and Sport Sciences, is the Director of the Wellness Education Center at Cabrillo College, and is the Assistant Coach of the Cabrillo men’s basketball team. He is well known for his infectious smile, work ethic, communication skills and high level of enthusiasm.

  • Teaches: Basketball
  • Hometown: Ramona, CA
  • Favorite hobby: Watching basketball
  • Favorite food: Sushi
  • Favorite pet: His dogs Chuck and Bella



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Inka Petersen, MFA

Inka is a boatbuilder and cabinet maker. She has taught woodworking to youth and adults for the past 15 years. Inka is a member of the national Teaching with Small Boats Alliance, and has led youth boat building programs at Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito and with the Adriatic Maritime Institute in Split, Croatia. She has taken over a thousand teens on educational sailing trips and voyages for various Bay Area and international non-profits, and is an avid proponent of experiential learning. She is originally from Germany, has a 17 year old stepson and a dog named Lola.



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Sasha Petrenko

Sasha is an artist, educator and Artistic Director of The New Urban Naturalists, a pop-up eco-art performance collective. Sasha's sound art, video and sculpture has been exhibited internationally and at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, the Monterey Museum of Art, the de Young Museum of San Francisco among others. She weaves baskets, builds wood furniture and animals homes to encourage deeper interspecies relationships. She is currently an Assistant visiting Professor of Art at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and spends her free time traveling, trail running, dancing, baking, and playing music with friends.



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Holly Schipper

Holly loves animals, traveling, and the outdoors. She is the mother of two wonderful children, one who is about to turn 19 and attending Cabrillo college, and the other who is a sophomore in high school. Holly has an adorable shiatzu/terrier mix named Sparky, and a rambunctious cat named Kittan who was scooped up when she was just a newborn from the middle of an intersection and has been loved ever since. Her family also has their much-loved Fatta Catta (need they say more?

Holly and her husband enjoy sailing, skiing, and traveling whenever they can.

She has enjoyed all ages of kids and finds that being a mother and a teacher has kept her young at heart.



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Alison SooHoo Daniel

Alison has taught art in Santa Cruz City City Schools for over a decade and is the resident teaching artist at Bay View Elementary School. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and has studied metal sculpture, created ceramics, and practices drawing & painting. As a professional face and body painter, she shares her art at corporate and private events throughout the Bay Area. Alison is a mother of two, and loves to spend time by the ocean with her family.



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Jim Triplett

Jim Triplett is the head coach of the Aptos Swim Club and has been the head swim coach at Aptos High School since 1981. Over twenty of his athletes have gone on to swim in college, including Arizona State, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

  • Teaches: Swimming

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Aleah True

Aleah began working in the food service industry in 2013. She studied Environmental studies with an emphasis on agricultural sustainability at Sonoma State University. Aleah was a part of the Sonoma State Growers CoOp where she was responsible for growing and selling her produce to Sonoma State cafeteria. Through this she gained experience in agricultural production to the food service industry. She moved back to Santa Cruz to continue furthering her knowledge of the food industry by working for Lifestyle Catering. She has also worked for the Santa Cruz County ROP Culinary Arts Program, and at Aptos Jr High as the head culinary arts teacher. She is passionate about providing students with knowledge to be able to cook for themselves and others with confidence! She looks forward to this summer filled with many delicious fruits, vegetables, and sunshine!

  • Teaches: Culinary arts
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Favorite hobby: Backpacking
  • Favorite pet(s): Dogs!
  • Favorite food: Ratatouille



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C. Geoffrey Wheat, Ph.D.

Geoffrey is a Research Professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and an Adjunct Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Dr. Wheat has participated in 74 oceanographic expeditions of which 47 included a submersible or ROV component. His motivation for starting the SS-ROV Camp and other related programs comes from his desire to provide children with fun and challenging learning opportunities in STEM fields. He love dogs especially Labradors and enjoys everything on and under the water, mountain biking and camping. He likes hanging out with his kids even though they think he’s old.

  • Teaches: Science, engineering and underwater
    remote operated vehicles
  • Favorite hobby: everything on and under the water!
    And mountain biking.
  • Favorite pet(s): Labradors



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Steve Wilson

Steve (second from the left) has been a director of Kuumbwa Jazz Camp for over twenty years. He is a long-term music instructor at Cabrillo College, currently teaching Jazz Combos, Popular Songwriting and Jazz-Pop Solo Voice. Wilson performs with Bop of the Bay, Cabrillo Stage, the Robin Anderson Big Band, the Monterey Jazz All-Stars, and other local ensembles.



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Partner Organizations

Cabrillo Extension is proud to partner with the following organizations for our summer youth program.


Baskin Girls in Engineering

Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo College aims to inspire girls to explore all fields of engineering: aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, software and structural. 



Black Rocket

Black Rocket is a family owned and operated tech education company. They utilize cutting-edge, easy-to-use, low-cost technology to foster innate student creativity and spark self empowerment with a “make your own” philosophy. Their students come away with practical real world experience, 21st century skills, career awareness, and individualized learning. Most importantly, they come away saying: “That’s cool!”.


Cabrillo CyberPatroit Youth Program

The CyberPatriot Youth Program began in 2017 with the goal of developing pathways to success in cybersecurity for K-12 students in Monterey & Santa Cruz County, California. Our primary focus is cybersecurity educational outreach & building teams in the northern California area to compete in CyberPatriot's National CyberDefense Competition. Our vision is for all high school and middle school students to have the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity and compete in CyberPatriot competitions.


Code Naturally

Code Naturally is a Santa Cruz education tech startup providing a math-first approach to computer programming. They develop software, curriculum, and approaches to get students coding in 3rd-12th grade.



Kuumbwa Jazz

Education has been fundamental to Kuumbwa’s mission for more than 40 years, and our commitment to sharing with our community the history, theory and artistry of Jazz has grown stronger with each passing year. The professional jazz artists and educators who participate in our programs and talks enlighten players and listeners at every skill and interest level.

But Kuumbwa’s greatest passion remains to educate and inspire young people – the artists and audiences of the future. Kuumbwa’s educational legacy spans a broad spectrum across Santa Cruz County, from those learning to listen, to those learning to play, to the growing ranks of young musicians whose professional careers have taken wing on the tutelage of their dedicated Kuumbwa teachers and mentors.

Kuumbwa remains steadfast in its promise to our entire community and especially our young people: as long as there is a Kuumbwa there will be an open chair, an encouraging ear, and a wealth of opportunities to learn about the thrilling creativity and limitless possibility that is Jazz.


Mad Science of the Bay Area

Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic and we don’t stop there.

For over 25 years, we have invested in research and development and continue to do so. We believe in the importance of being at the forefront of our industry and continue to create hands-on science programming for kids.

Our approach to teaching science invites children to pursue STEM careers. We encourage parents, teachers and schools to contact a Mad Science location near you to find out more about services in your community.




Play-Well TEKnology

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded by Tim Bowen in 1997. Introduced to the LEGO® building system in 1996 and recognizing it to be both a popular play medium and a tremendous learning medium, Tim began to develop projects which drew on his professional experience and combined the elements of fun, challenge, and learning. He began operating a summer camp program in 1997, followed by after school enrichment classes in 1998. Their staff and instructors are bent on constantly improving the programs.

Play-Well TEKnologies strives to:
•             Build problem-solving skills
•             Provide an opportunity for creative expression
•             Foster a greater appreciation of how things work
•             Encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self confidence in children

They do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, activities that both the children and the instructors enjoy!



Motivated by the desire to address today’s technological workforce needs, SS-ROV Camp was started in 2013 through the collaborative efforts of Dr. Geoff Wheat and his team of program developers with funding from University of Mississippi, NIUST, NASA, NSF-USC (C-DEBI) and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

SS ROV's mission is to encourage future scientific engagement, development of teamwork, STEM capabilities and understanding of the oceanic environment through hands-on, technology-based activities



Safety Matters at Camp! Your child’s safety is our top priority. We require all staff to pass State and Federal background checks.

Each camp location has security protocols in place to ensure that our students are safe and protected on campus, in the classroom, and on their computers at all times. If you ever have a concern, Alicia Bierson, Summer Camp Coordinator, and Jill Gallo, Assistant Director of Community and Contract Education, are just a phone call away.




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