Michael Barendse

Michael Barendse, instructor of Accounting, earned an MBA from UCLA. He is also a licensed CPA in the state of California. As an adjunct instructor, Michael taught graduate and undergraduate business and accounting classes at Cerritos College, Marymount College and Webster University.

Michael also held professional positions outside of teaching including, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for mysmart.com, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for American Golf Corporation, Vice President and Controller for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Senior Manager for Ernst & Young.

Brian Keliher

Department Chair

Brian Keliher is a full-time instructor at Grossmont College where he teaches Business Communication and Business Law. His academic background includes a BBA degree from Eastern Michigan University and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Brian brings significant real-life business experience to the classroom including work as a freelance journalist for San Diego Lawyer Magazine that resulted in a San Diego Press Club Award for a published interview with novelist Scott Turow. Many years of his pre-teaching career were spent as owner of a boutique PR agency where clients received exposure in media including The New York Times, Los Angles Times, and NPR. His law practice focused on entertainment/publishing law where he negotiated contracts with major media companies such as Disney, 20th Century Fox, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Publishing.