Faculty

The faculty of the Web Professional program bring creative, technical, and industry expertise to the classroom, as well as a passion for teaching and student success.

Suzanne (Suzie) Ama

Suzanne, a full-time faculty member, coordinates the Web Professional program. She has taught at Cerro Coso Community College since 1998 and has been teaching web development/design and digital media courses online since 2001. She has 30 years of experience in the field of graphic design, including ownership of a small design firm for 8 years. In addition to producing print design products such as business cards, stationery, brochures, and product packaging, she has designed web sites for companies across the country. Suzanne has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Visual Communications from American InterContinental University and a Masters of Science in Education from California State University East Bay. Her other interests include nutrition, mountain biking, running, yoga, and camping with her husband and two dogs. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Ray Hocker

Ray teaches digital video production in this program. He is also a producer, filmmaker, and photography. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from National University.

Valerie Karnes

Valerie, a full-time faculty member, teaches Introduction to Computer Information Systems. She also teaches numerous other courses in the Computer Information Systems program. Valerie has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and dog, Magi.

Kathleen O’Brien

Kathleen teaches computer science and web scripting classes at various California colleges and universities. She teaches both online and face-to-face classes. She joined Cerro Coso as adjunct faculty in fall 2004 to teach online. Her twin passions are technology and education.

Elaine Rudis-Jackson

Elaine has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in Canada, India, and the U.S., the most recent of which was at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California, in November of 2000. She admits to having a serious geeky side which she indulges by building her own PCs. She is also a freelance web designer/developer and has completed several hand-coded websites as well as commercial sites with the Joomla! content management platform.

Vickie Taton

Vickie has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Nevada Reno. She also teaches digital imaging and design at Big Pine High School.  She loves digital media and enjoys helping students develop their creative skills.