Full Time Faculty


Joel Castellaw

Building 24, Office 266
tel: 619.644.7805




Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:


Mondays 9:15-10:45am


Tuesdays 10:45am-12:15pm


Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm


Mr. Castellaw decided to become an educator when he was a student at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, where he fell in love with the Community College system and its mission to provide a quality education to anyone who wants it. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Speech Communication from San Diego State University. He likes teaching Communication courses because they give students practical skills that are useful no matter what a person is pursuing in life.



Victoria Curran - Co-Chair


Building 24, Office 265
tel: 619-644-7771


 Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:


Tuesdays: 2:00-3:00pm



Michael McHan





Tina Perez


Building 24, Office 267
tel: 619.644.7282


Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:


Mon-Thur: 7:15am - 7:45am


Tues-Thurs: 11:00am – 12:00pm



Denise Schulmeyer


Building 24, Office 264
tel: 619.644.7285



Dr. Jade Solan


Building 24, Office 267


Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:


Monday: 5:05 – 6:05pm


Tuesday: 10:00 to 11:00am & 9:20 to 9:50pm


Wednesday: 12:30 to 2:00pm


Thursday: 10:00 to 11:00am


Dr. Jade Solan holds a Doctorate in Communication & Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Masters in Communication Studies and a Bachelors’ in English from Arizona State University. She primarily teaches Interpersonal Communication and Communication Studies: Race and Ethnicity. She has explored the interface of Communication with body-mind awareness, personal and relational growth, community building, and expressive arts for over two decades. She is also an active, certified Nia Brown Belt teacher.



Sheri Strothers, Ed.D

Building 24, Office 268A
tel: 619.644.7242


Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:


Tuesday: 9:00-9:30am

Wednesday: 11:30am-12:30pm


Thursday: 9:00-9:30am & 12:30-3:30pm 

& by appointment 


Dr. Strothers returns to Grossmont College as a Communication teacher after being a student, athlete, and member of Grossmont's student government in the late 1980's. She primarily teaches Public Speaking and Group Communication, with an emphasis on community projects and everyday interaction. Dr. Strothers earned her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Diego, where she focused on adult education, ethics in education, small group studies, and leadership. When not teaching she enjoys serving her community and spending time with her husband, children, and dogs and cats.



Roxanne Tuscany - Co-chair

Building 21, Office 249-250.
tel: 619.644.7276


Spring 2019 Student Drop-In Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday: 3:00-5:00pm

Roxanne Tuscany has an AA. from Normandale C.C. in Bloomington, Minnesota, a B.S. degree from St.Cloud State University, with a double major in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and a Masters Degree in Speech Communication from CSU, Fresno. Roxanne is the Director of Forensics (the Speech/Debate team), and she teaches a wide variety of courses including: Small Group Communication, Argumentation, Oral Interpretation and Public Speaking. Roxanne spent Fall Semester 2000 in Florence, Italy with the SDICCCA Study Abroad Program.


The Speech/Debate team has had the privilege of traveling to China 3 times, in 2007, 2010 and 2013.  When not teaching she enjoys traveling, and taking care of her many cats.


Adjunct Faculty


Bobby Chambers





Darron Devillez





Michael Elizondo





Jennifer Gueniot




Jennifer Gueniot earned her B.A. from University of San Diego and her M.A. from CSU, Chico. She taught in the Departments of Communication and Business Administration at CSU, Chico 1998-2007. She also taught both Communication and Self Defense at Butte College during that time. She has been teaching at Grossmont College since 2007.

Jennifer also teaches group fitness classes and martial arts. When not teaching, she loves spending time at the beach, hiking and having fun with her family.



Christina Harrell





Susan Jarboe, Ph.D.




Susan Jarboe (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986; M.A., University of Oregon, 1973) attended the Francis W. Parker School and Hilltop High School, where she was on the speech and debate team. She selected speech communication as her major at the University of Washington during the height of the free speech movement, because “we talk about important things in communication classes.” She chose a career in higher education for the same reason: to discuss interesting ideas with intelligent people. She has taught at Cal State Fresno, Penn State and SDSU. She reads voraciously in a wide range of areas, from murder mysteries to science fiction, from history to theology. She enjoys film and theater. Her musical tastes are eclectic including opera, classical, chant, and taize. She still listens to classic rock and is delighted when she sees a student wearing a T-shirt of the Rolling StonesLed Zeppelin, or (best of all) Pink Floyd. She engages in regular meditative practice and reads aloud to the visually impaired.



Alisha Lenning Solan, Ph.D.




Spring 2019 Student Drop in Hours:  


Monday & Wednesday: 9:00-9:30 am

Monday & Wednesday: 12:15-12:30pm

Thursday: 3:00-3:30 pm


Alisha Lenning earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has an M.A. in Communication from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in Education and Theatre from Muskingum College. Dr. Lenning has over 20 years of teaching experience at a variety of universities, private schools, and community colleges. She is author of Powerful Learning Communities and Brain Changers 365.



Charmin Lindholm




Charmin Lindholm earned her M.A. in Communication Studies at San Diego State. She is a Return Peace Corps volunteer who served in Eastern Europe. 


Charmin has been at Grossmont since 2006 teaching public speaking, interpersonal and group communication. She has been an Adjunct Professor at public and private four-year universities. Charmin is a TEDx speaker coach. She serves as the Adviser for TEDxCSUSM, a student-run event that started in 2017. 


Charmin is a Logistics Producer for a local late-night variety show where she puts all of her communication skills to work.



Robert Opliger




Robert Opliger earned his B.A. in Speech Communications and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is both a Navy veteran and a former Peace Corps volunteer. Robert has been an Adjunct Professor at Grossmont College since 2004. He also teaches communication courses at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and DeVry University. He has his own consulting company, training individuals and groups of people to become effective public speakers. He has been an active member of Toastmasters International since 1986.


ph: (619) 201-7986



Samira Rostami




Furahaa Saba










Kimberlee Wirig


tel: 619.465.1700 x3636