Trainers

Joe Atwell

Training Topics: Industrial electricity, industrial motor controls, PLC’s, industrial maintenance.

Background: Joe has a broad experience base spanning from drafting to field services to power utilization. His abilities include high and medium voltage power skills. He has experience providing field-engineering services including maintenance, upgrades, start-up and commissioning. Joe has extensive knowledge of Utility Electrical System (Transmission, Distribution and Generation) as well as experience with Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems for Power Plants (solid fuel and natural gas).

Credentials: NCCER Trainer. Certificate, Transmission System Operator, Southern California Edison. Certificate, Substation Operator, Southern California Edison. Operator Simulator Training for Siemens 501F simple cycle gas turbines. Certificate, Emerson, Ovation Operator Class – OV010WIN, PG&E. Certificate, INPO, Nuclear Initial Instructor Training, Exelon Corp. Certificate, Fundamentals of Electricity & Energy Efficiency, Southern California Edison. Certificate, Basic Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Southern California Edison. Certificate, Gauge Calibration Technician. Certificate, Sonar Technican A School.

Paul Belt

Training Topics: Soft skills including communication, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching motivation, teamwork, managing change, delegation, decision  making, problem solving, organizational skills and time management

Background: Paul has more than 40 years of diverse Leadership Experience and Speaking. He has worked in a variety of settings from small to large agencies and companies. His 30 plus years of experience as a motivational speaker makes him well suited to address workplace challenges and the specific content of each topic here at the COS Training Resource Center. He brings to each session contagious enthusiasm along with heartfelt, practical and individualized application. His decades of working with people in Ministry and Personal Development settings gives further expertise and resource.

Credentials: Studied Psychology, Class of ’78 California State University, Chico. Post-Graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.  Ministry & Executive Credentials, Youth For Christ International. Pastoral Ministry Lic. Southern Baptist Convention.

Heather Bixler

Training Topics: Soft Skills including communication, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, motivation, teamwork, motivation, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills and time management.

Background: Heather has worked at College of the Sequoias for 16 years. She has been a Community Development Facilitator & Trainer in Tulare/Kings/Fresno counties for over 15 years, training at Leadership Tulare, Young Entrepreneurs Academy and numerous topics at Fresno State University.

Credentials: M.A. Communication, California State University Fresno State. B.A. Speech Communication, California State University Fresno State. Certificated in online instruction at Cerro Coso College and Brandman University. Certified in Customer Service Academy and Generational Diversity training.

Tara Bosma

Training Topics: Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, specializing in Excel.

Background: Tara has worked at College of the Sequoias for 1 year. She has a plethora of experience working with technology in education at institutions such as Central Valley Christian school and San Diego State University. She is a member of Central Valley Computer Using Educators and is a Summa Cum Laude Scholar.

Credentials: M.A. Educational Technology, California State University San Diego. B.A. Liberal Arts Studies, Pepperdine University. California SB 2042 Clear Multiple Subject Credential, Pepperdine University.

Kyle Campbell

Training Topics: Soft Skills, Communication, Disability Education, Personal Development.

Background: Kyle was born and raised in Visalia, CA. After moving to San Luis Obispo and graduating with his B.A. in 2010, he worked in several different capacities with teenagers and adults for a non-profit Mental Health organization. He moved to Fresno, CA, and in 2015 graduated with his M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. After working several years for a day program contracted through Central Valley Regional Center, he moved back to Visalia to be around family and to work full-time at College of the Sequoias in the Access and Ability Center. He has also thoroughly enjoyed working as a Part-time Instructor at COS teaching Personal Development.

Credentials: B.A. in Philosophy, Cal Poly State University. M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, California State University, Fresno. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Cathy Carlson

Training Topics: Food Safety, PC for Human Foods, Produce Safety

Background: Cathy has owned her own food safety-consulting firm since 2014, providing services to fresh cut produce and specialty crop industry. She provides on-farm risk assessments, internal audits and guidance in areas such as HACCP, GFSI, GAP, GHP and GMP. She serves as a food safety committee member for the Western Food Safety Summit in Salinas, Ca. Cathy is a farmer herself, farming lavender, culinary herbs and honey. She has worked in various industry roles as a Food Safety Program Manager, QA and Food Safety Manager, Food Safety Project Manager, USDA PPQ GS 7 Regulatory Officer, Water System Operation Manager and more.

Credentials: B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz. Certificate in Food Safety, Hartnell College Salinas. Certified in HACCP NSF, SQF Program 2000, HACCP On-Farm, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, ISO 9001, GlobalG.A.P-North America Inc., and FSSC 22000 Principals. Licensed in National Pesticide Applicator, Basic Agriculture Safeguarding, CA Water Distribution Operator Level 1, Cottage Food Operations and ServSafe Ca Food Handler. FSPCA Lead Instructor Training for Preventive Controls for Human Foods.

Shannan Cooper

Training Topics: Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Soft Skills including communication, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, motivation, teamwork, motivation, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills and time management.

Background: Shannan has worked at College of the Sequoias for 5 years, teaching computers, economics, sales and marketing, leadership, management and accounting. Before C.O.S., Shannan worked as a Structural Designer, designing packaging for the central valley agriculture and industrial segments to move goods through the supply chain. She has also worked as an Account Executive for sales in containerboard packaging and recycling, working with ag producers to help get their products to retailers and consumers.

Credentials: M.B.A., California State University Fresno. B.S. Industrial Technology w/ minor in Packaging, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Certified in Customer Service Academy and Generational Diversity training.

Nettie Drake

Training Topics: Food safety, PC for Human Foods, HACCP, PC for Animal Foods, Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Background: Nettie has 24 years of professional consulting experience in areas such as food safety, business growth, regulatory compliance and sustainability. She has a plethora of experience working with many farm and food operations in the Central Valley of California and knows all the ins and outs of FSMA and developing food safety programs.

Credentials: M.S. Agricultural Engineering Technology, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. B.S. Animal Science and Industry, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. FSMA Lead Instructor for Preventive Controls for Human Foods and Preventive Controls for Animal Foods and Foreign Supplier Verification Program. International HACCP Alliance trainer. SCS Global Services training. University of California Cooperative Extension Moderator training.

Randy Emery​

Training Topics: Welding & Plumbing

Background: Randy worked as a plumber and welder for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters for almost 25 years. He has been teaching at College of the Sequoias for almost 22 years. Randy also serves as chairman of the American Welding Society Central Valley chapter.

Credentials: Certificate of Completion Welding Technology/Welder, College of the Sequoias. 5 Year Apprenticeship program completion, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. Certified Welding Inspector and Educator, American Welding Society.

Ed Fifield

Training Topics: Food safety, Produce Safety Grower

Background: Ed has over a decade of experience working at companies as well as consulting in quality assurance and food safety. He has experience as a HACCP Chairman as well as a Process Engineer/Food Safety employee at packaging companies. He has also provided consulting services to many farming operations in the Central Valley.

Credentials: B.S. Industrial Engineering, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. ISO 22000 Lead Auditor, ASQ Certified HACCP Auditor, Good Manufacturing Practices trained, HACCP certified, HAZMAT certified, FSMA Produce Safety Rule trainer, and more.

Laurel Garver

Training Topics: Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Soft Skills including communication, customer service, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, teamwork, motivation, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills and time management.

Background: Laurel has worked at College of the Sequoias for 5 years. She has trained Microsoft Office classes and has facilitated leadership training for different audiences from high school students to classified employees to healthcare workers.

Credentials: B.A. Business Management, Fresno Pacific University. A.A. Business Administration, College of the Sequoias.

Andrea Hawkins

Training Topics: Writing and communication skills including: Grammar and Style, Effective Communication, Audience and Tone, Clarity of Message, Email Strategies, and Minute Taking Techniques.

Background: Andrea has worked at College of the Sequoias for the past year in both the English department and through Business Communications training. In the past she has worked in a business setting as a professional copywriter in charge of website content, social media, competitor analysis, and client communication. She has also created, developed, and led several writing communities both academically and creatively and participated in leadership teams in past professional jobs relating to worker safety, SEO, and Management-Employee communication.

Credentials: M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) Creative Writing,  Spalding University with a focus on writing and reading for Young Adults and Children. B.A. English and minor in Creative Writing, Concordia University Irvine. Also holds a substitute credential from California Teacher Commission.

Rhonda Herb

Training Topics: Soft Skills including communication, customer service, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, teamwork, motivation, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills and time management.

Background: Rhonda Herb is a communications consultant with four decades of corporate experience. As a former public relations and marketing professional, she knows the importance of communicating effectively through written, spoken, and nonverbal communication. She is a regular speaker, facilitator, and instructor on topics ranging from teamwork and collaboration to the nonverbal elements of voice and body movement.

Credentials: PhD Communications, Regent University Virginia Beach, VA. M.A. Education, California State University Fresno. B.A. English, California State University Fresno. Certified in Facilitative Leadership, Power of Persuasion, Consensus Building, Presentation Skills, Understanding and Managing Diversity, Interpersonal Communication Skills and Ombudsman/Mediator Training. State of California Department of Insurance, Health and Life Licensed (1995-2011).

Rose Lacey

Training Topics: Soft Skills including managing personalities, communication, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, motivation, teamwork, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem solving.

Background: Rose has a natural gift at developing, coordinating and delivering worthwhile, relevant, cutting edge content; and it is anything but boring@ Her training style has been described as engaging, original, down to earth and fun. Her talent is not surprising as Rose draws on over 30 years of leadership experience & public speaking in diverse settings in the community, higher education, and ministry. Rose is fascinated by interpersonal communication and has made it a field of study which continues to add to her value as a trainer. She is dedicated to continually improving the Training Resource Center offerings so that each training provides the utmost value and impact to the participants.

She received awards for her leadership during her 35 years in higher education as a manager & supervisor in the administration. This experience has made her uniquely aware of the challenges and concerns managers face. Rose currently serves on the SHRM Board, is a certified facilitator for National Coalition Building Institute and certified trainer for True Colors International. ​

Credentials: College of Sequoias, Oregon State University. Certified in Customer Service Academy and Cultural/Generational Diversity training. Certified True Colors Trainer, Certified Emerging Leaders Institute, Certified facilitator for NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute)

Alan Landon

Training Topics: Math, Blue Print reading, Basic Measuring Instruments

Background: Alan Landon brings a wide array of teaching and professional experience. Alan has taught 29 years in local public schools. Early on Alan was involved in teaching high school mathematics and vocational Building Trades classes. Alan started the Drafting/CAD classes at El Diamante high school in 2005. Currently Alan is the embedded tutor at COS for Career Technical Education (CTE) courses such as Automotive, Welding, Industrial Maintenance and Environmental Control Technology.

Credentials: B.S. Mathematics, California State University Fullerton with completed work for California Teaching Credentials for Mathematics and Industrial Arts. A.A Architecture, College of the sequoias.

Rangel Melendez

Training Topics: General Industry Safety and Health Outreach Training in OSHA (Federal) and Cal/OSHA in both English and Spanish. Lean Manufacturing, Quality Management, Root Cause Analysis.

Background: Rangel brings a wealth of experience in extensive manufacturing, quality management and safety experience in aerospace, military, oil, medical devices and consumer products. Rangel has been in a leadership roll with the American Society for Quality local chapter and is a regular presenter for the professional group.

Credentials: MBA, California State University Fresno. B. S. Engineering Technology, Option Quality Assurance, California State University, Long Beach. AAS in Non-Destructive Testing, Southeast Community College, Milford, Nebraska.
OSHA and Cal/OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer, California State University, Dominguez Hill. Hold certificates from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).

Dan Nadler

Training Topics: Soft Skills including communication, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, motivation, teamwork, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills and time management.

Background: Dan brings a wealth of experience as a trainer, educator, communicator and administrator. He background in Criminal justice has provided mastery in areas of Leadership,  Conflict Management, Values and Ethics. Dan’s experience includes a career as a correctional sergeant, SERT team squad leader, criminal justice program director/instructor, and small business owner.  His combined teaching and program management experience includes both on-site and online delivery formats on a variety of topics.  In addition to his training role he continues as adjunct faculty for a private university in Virginia and College of Sequoias.

Credentials: BA Economics/Business -Westmont College; MS Criminal Justice- Michigan State University

Suzi Picasso Gonzalez

Training Topics: Soft Skills including communication, customer service, conflict management, diversity, interpersonal skills, coaching, teamwork, motivation, managing change, delegation, decision making, problem-solving, organizational skills, emotional intelligence and time management.

Background: Suzi has had a lifetime of education, dedication, ideas, and dreams realized. She is a much sought after motivational speaker, mentor and  coach. She expanded her passion as a creative image-maker with over 20 years of experience in Celebrity Makeup Artistry, to launch her own cosmetics collection “Suzi Q” cosmetics selling internationally, in 2005. She’s also passionate about her community and helping others succeed. She served two terms as a member of the Lindsay City Council and was reappointed by the Governor to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board of Directors where she served 5 years. She served as a Board Member between 2008-2013 and Chairwoman 2010-2012 for the Tulare County Economic Development Board and the past nine years has been a Professional Development Instructor where she has taught College Learners Emotional Intelligence and Strategies for Success. In 2019 she co-authored The Superwoman Entrepreneur book.

Credentials: College of Sequoias, Certified NALEO California Health Leadership, Certified Mastering the Attitude of Success (EQ) Instructor by The Pacific Institute. Certified Instructor for Revamping Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom with Technology. Pearson VUE Certified Administrator.

Lori Quinzon

Training Topics:Soft Skills including team building, leadership development, communication, temperament identification (MBTI©, True Colors), conflict management, stress management, customer service, personal development, customer service, integrity and values, strengths discovery.

Background: Lori has worked in a variety of business and ministry settings for more than 25 years. She is a Certified Life Coach and Myers-Briggs Trainer, and has worked to guide and encourage people at all stages of life. She worked as an Equipping Pastor for more than 5 years developing and administrating training programs in all areas of leadership and personal development.

Credentials: M.A. Leadership Studies, Fresno Pacific University. B.A. Christian Ministry, Fresno Pacific University. A.A. Theater Arts/Acting, College of the Sequoias. Certified Trainer for Myers-Briggs©, True Colors, and StrengthFinder©. She is also Certified Life Coach through American Association of Christian Counselors.

Mason Stewart

Training Topics: Social Media marketing

Background: Mason worked as an Account Executive at a marketing firm for 3.5 years, developing strategies based on research findings, performing market research, analyzing client research to help them increase their profits, creating/managing content for social media and overseeing marketing campaigns. He has also developed and implemented his own marketing plan for some of his college’s sports teams, increasing attendance for baseball by 12%.

Credentials: M.B.A. Business Administration, California State University Fresno State. B.A. Business Administration – Sports Marketing, California State University Fresno State.

Jorge Zegarra

Training Topics: Quality Management Systems, Continuous Improvement, ISO 9001, Lean manufacturing, Blue Print reading, SPC, Soft Skills, Vocational ESL

Background: Bilingual Quality Management Systems and Continuous Improvement professional with over 30 years of extensive international experience in the manufacturing and service industries in the USA, Latin America and Asia. Functioned in various production, quality assurance and management capacities. Developed and delivered training courses, including web-based workshops.

Jorge has assisted hundreds of companies across multiple industries in the USA and Latin America through the delivery of management system certification services, evaluation of continual improvement activities and assessment of conformance to international quality management system standards such as ISO 9001.

Jorge is a Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and Lean & Six-Sigma practitioner. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the Department of Industrial Technology at Fresno State University. Currently Jorge is the Director of College of the Sequoias Training Resource Center, which provides customized training and consulting services to private and public organizations in the California Central Valley as part of the regional economic and workforce development.

Credentials: M.B.A., California State University Fresno. B.S. Engineering Technology – Quality Assurance, California State University Long Beach. Vocational Technical degree in Machine Tool Technology, SENATI Industrial Institute.

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