Five Cypress College Faculty Honored for Earning Tenure

Marc S. Posner
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Five Cypress College faculty were recognized on Tuesday evening (April 27, 2010) by Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District for earning tenure.

The five professors are: Joel Gober, (Biology); Rebecca Gomez (Health Information Technology); Lenore Landis (Chemistry); Dave McCament (Mortuary Science); and Keith Vescial (Reading).

Rebecca Gomez
Health Information Technology (Health Science Division)

Rebecca Gomez began working in Cypress College’s Health Information Technology Program in 1998 as an adjunct faculty member and has been employed here full-time since the fall of 2006. She has worked for several years in hospitals, ambulatory care and home health in various management positions. She was also a consultant who helped hospitals and clinics prepare for licensure surveys and the implementation of federal privacy laws. Gomez also developed software for release of information, electronic records and occupational health.

At Cypress College, Gomez has served as a member of the Staff Development Committee, the Distance Education Committee, and is a Standard Chair for Resources as part of the Accreditation Committee. Off campus, she is a volunteer in the Read OC adult literacy program and was recently elected as President-Elect for the Greater Orange County Health Information Association.

She earned her Bachelor’s of Science from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, her Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration, from California State University, Long Beach, and Master’s of Arts in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco.

Dave McCament
Mortuary Science (Health Science Division)

Dave McCament is a Cypress College graduate who returned to teach in the program he completed back in 1978. He is a licensed embalmer, funeral director and crematory operator in California. Additional experience includes: mortuary management, cemetery plot sales, crematory operations, maintaining mortuary records, accounting, pre-need sales, extensive public speaking, interfacing with local coroner offices, and establishing both a grave marker retail business and a trade embalming service in  Southern California.

While he has worked in the death care industry for 35 years, McCament has also worked in education; prior to accepting his current faculty position in the Mortuary Science department in 2006, he was a credentialed, vocational R.O.P. high school auto shop instructor.

His career in education started as an aide while he pursued his Bachelor’s (Psychology) and Master’s (Forensic Science) degrees through National University. He currently serves as the SLO Representative for his division. He resides with his wife, Lisa, in Escondido.

Keith Vescial
Reading (Language Arts Division)

Keith Vescial began teaching Reading at Cypress College in the Fall of 2006 after a varied educational background that prompts him to share that “I don’t think my wife will allow me to go back to school again!” His first Bachelor’s of Arts degree was in Biology from Loma Linda University, which was followed with a Master’s of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He later went back to school and completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in History at the University of Maryland, University College and a Master’s in History from University of California, Riverside. Vescial went back to school a third time to earn a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adult Literacy.

For most of his twenties, he worked as a civilian contractor for the United States Army in Europe. He returned to the United States and began working as a teacher — including five years as a high school teacher in the Paramount Unified School District as well as in the Continuing Education and History programs at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. “I always had a special love for community college teaching; so, four years ago when Cypress College hired me for my current full-time position, I was ecstatic,” he said. “I am just so happy and appreciative every single day to work at an amazing place like Cypress College.”

Vescial currently serves on the college’s Program Review Committee. In the past, he has served on the architectural review committee for the Humanities Building remodel.

Lenore Landis
Chemistry (Science/Engineering/Mathematics Division)

Lenore Landis started working at Cypress College in the Fall of 2006 as a full-time chemistry instructor. Her professional career began as a biochemist researching the role of various proteins involved in urological cancers. Landis started teaching in 2002 at the high school level after earning a teaching credential from California State University, Northridge. She was also an adjunct instructor at Los Angeles Pierce College, where she taught biology.

At Cypress College, she has taught General Chemistry for science majors, and she is currently teaching Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for students entering allied health professions. She has written new laboratory assignments with updated biotechnology techniques for the Biochemistry program.

Landis has served for three years as the Science, Engineering and Math Division representative for the Expanded Student Learning Outcome Committee. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology from California State University, Long Beach and her Master’s Degree in Biological Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Joel Gober
Biology (Science/Engineering/Mathematics Division)

Joel Gober began teaching at Cypress College in August, 2006 after working as a part-time instructor of biology, anatomy, and physiology courses at other community colleges in Los Angeles. He previously was the Director of the Southern Illinois University Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility. Gober also completed a post-doctoral National Institutes of Health Fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, to develop whole human body nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy methods.

He also worked with Philips Medical Systems and the USC School of Medicine Department of Radiology developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), angiography (MRA), and spectroscopy (MRS) techniques. He has published numerous scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals concerning MRI, MRA, and MRS applications in medicine.

Gober earned both his Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Science in Physiology, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Science from Southern Illinois University, with specialization in enzyme kinetics observed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

At Cypress College, Gober has served on numerous hiring committees, is the faculty advisor of the Aquarium Club and co-advisor of the Biology Club. He is a member of the Accreditation Committee on Institutional Effectiveness and the SEM Division representative-elect on the Program Development Committee. He has revised the human anatomy laboratory curriculum, co-wrote a new customized human anatomy laboratory manual, and is the co-coordinator of the human anatomy and human physiology laboratories. He has developed online and hybrid curriculum and has produced various multimedia learning and self-assessment activities for students such as captioned videos and lecture recordings, and makes them available as DSPS compliant webcasts to on-campus and on-line students. He has recorded and webcasted every lecture he has presented at Cypress College.