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For more information or help
please contact:
Riverside Campus, Medford
Bea Frederickson
[email protected]
541-956-7127
Redwood Campus, Grants Pass
Jennifer Burkes
[email protected]
541-956-7066

Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty

Elijah Bunnell
Experience
Oregon State University, Graduate teaching assistant, 2007-2009; Math instructor Linn-Benton Community College, 2010; Adjunct math instructor Chemeketa Community College, 2009-2011; Adjunct math instructor Rogue Community College, 2010-2011; Math instructor, 2012-Present.

Courses Taught (at RCC)
Math 60, 65, 95, 105, 111, 112, 243, 251, 252, 253

Hobbies
Mushroom hunting, Frisbee, video games, chess, mtg, guitar, hiking/backpacking.

Favorite Joke
Q: What is a polar bear?
A: A cartesian bear that has undergone a coordinate transformation.

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Portland and raised in various locations between Idaho and Oregon.

Degrees Earned
Southern Oregon University, B.S.
Oregon State University, M.S.

[email protected] 541-956-7227 

Annie Droullard
Biography
I love math, and I love teaching, so I feel incredibly fortunate to have the career that I have. There is nothing I'd rather do. I've taught full time at RCC since 2007, and before working here, I taught math at Polk Community College in Lakeland, Florida. I enjoyed living in Florida, but I was born and raised in Oregon, and I'm happy to be back home.

When I'm not working, I spend my time reading (mostly mystery novels), watching movies, and most of all, playing with my two kids.

Degrees Earned
George Fox University, B.S.
Oregon State University, M.S.

[email protected] 541-956-7259 

Kathy Foster
Degrees Earned
California State University Chico, BS Oregon State University, MS
Certificates
California Teaching Credential Oregon Teaching License

[email protected] 541-956-7229 

Doug Gardner
Biography
Mathematics gives us a beautiful way to describe and understand the world. It is play for the mind and power in the workplace. It is our goal to help you master this most productive and universal language.

Work Experience: 18 years high school math teacher, 12 years general contractor, 10 years architectural designer.

Hobbies: kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.

Degrees Earned
University of Oregon, B.S.
University of Oregon, M.S.

[email protected] 541-956-7014 
MALONE BUOY, DANIEL [email protected] 541-956-7228 

Mary Middleton

Biography
I am passionate about education and the power it has to change one’s life. My background includes a wide array of diversity and experience. I am a Midwest native, growing up near St. Louis, Missouri and took several opportunities to travel. I taught in Colorado, South Korea, England and Oregon. I love meeting new and interesting people and experiencing life from new perspectives.

In Colorado, I earned both my Bachelor of Arts. in mathematics and Master of Science in applied mathematics while also gaining experience with public education (middle school and high school) in addition to experience at the community college and university levels. I love the field of mathematics and get excited about its many uses.

Within mathematics, I am most interested in algebra, statistics and chaos theory. I find these topics challenging in unique ways and love seeing the many ways that we use this math in our daily lives.

I am also an advocate for healthy eating, and a fanatic for fermentation. I make my own sauerkraut, sourdough (pizza is my specialty), lacto-fermented vegetables, kombucha tea, ginger soda and more.

Degrees Earned
University of Colorado, M.S.
Fort Lewis College, B.A.

[email protected] 541-956-7230 
MURPHY, KEVIN [email protected] 541-956-7069 

Svetlana Varner-Garske

Biography
I enjoy teaching lower division math courses, showing the students alternative ways of doing math and changing their attitude about math and about themselves. I love to hear, “I am actually getting this!”

Biography
Chernivtsi State University, M.S.

[email protected] 541-956-7016 

Adjunct Faculty

Frank Armstrong
Biography
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lived and worked in the Rogue Valley since coming to Oregon in 1954. Graduated from Crater HS in 1965.

Attended Stanford University for 3 years and completed undergraduate work at Southern Oregon College. Served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1969 - 1972. Stationed in Nuremberg and Augsburg, West Germany. After the service, completed teacher certification at Southern Oregon State College.

Began teaching mathematics and coaching wrestling at Grants Pass HS in 1974. Taught math at GPHS for 28 years. While at GPHS, earned a Masters Degree from Southern Oregon State College.

Upon retiring from GPHS in 2002, started teaching part-time at RCC.

Degrees Earned
Southern Oregon College, BS
Southern Oregon State College, MS

Certificates
Teacher Certification (K - 12) in Mathematics and Social Sciences (1974).

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Kim Benson
Biography
I have taught Math at Lakeview, North Medford High School, Eagle Point & Hedrick Middle Schools for a total of 30 yrs. I have worked Part-time @ Rogue Community College for over 10 years and have been a Mentor for 1st and 2nd year teachers in the Medford School District for 5 years. Fabulous jobs!

I have been happily married to Lee Benson for 43 yrs and have a wonderful son named Ryan.

I love all forms of exercise ( snow shoeing, downhill skiing, dance, hiking etc.) traveling (England, Scotland, Amsterdam, Germany, Singapore. Thailand, Prague, Vienna, Turkey ,Florida, Belize etc.) , flower gardening and collecting fine wines.

This year I'll be going to Palm Springs and St. Thomas.

Degrees Earned
Southern Oregon University, Masters of Science

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Ace Cranford
Biography
Born in Louisiana, raised in Georgia...with regular visits to Oregon to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

My Dad was born in Bend and I always threatened, "I'm moving to Oregon someday." Finally got it done in 2001.

I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, home-brewing, golf, tennis, frisbee, occasional drums, and regular Bible study.

Degrees Earned
Macon College, A.S.
Georgia College, B.S.

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Frances Gunson
Biography
I have had the pleasure of working at Rogue Community College as a part-time math instructor for over a decade. I began at the Medford Campus, moved to the Grants Pass Campus and now work at both the Table Rock and Grants Pass Campus.

I especially enjoy working with people in math classes. Watching students grow in their understanding of the topics as the term proceeds is very satisfying. My other job is working as a seasonal tax preparer. Again, people + numbers = fun for Fran.

What else is fun? Being with our granddaughter, hanging out with our dogs and cats, knitting, crocheting, gardening, cooking, camping, reunions with family and friends, floating down the Rogue, biking.

My husband and I love working and living in this beautiful Valley. We both plan on working and living here for many years to come.

Degrees Earned
Southern Oregon University, Mathematics BA
Southern Oregon University, Math Education MA

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Natalie Holliday
Biography
I was born in Poughkeepsie New York, however I am very glad that my parents moved to California when I was five. I grew up in Palo Alto California. From an early age I have loved to swim and hike. I went camping every summer. That is how I found and fell in love with Southern Oregon. I knew from an early age that I wanted to move here. I love the outdoors and spend my free time outside as much as possible. I found math to be a favorite subject from an early age. I enjoyed helping others to break through barriers of frustration in math and gain understanding. It seemed natural to turn to teaching math when I started looking for a career after raising my children. I continually strive to share my love of mathematics and teaching with all I meet.

Q: Who was the roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table?
A: Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

Degrees Earned
Rogue Community College, AAOT
Southern Oregon University, BS
Southern Oregon University, MAT

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Stephen Holst
Biography
Math and science teacher for last 20 years. Spent 2 years as a City Planner, and 5 years as Youth Pastor/Pastor. My hobbies are having coffee with my wife, rafting, camping, and going backpacking in beautiful places (my favorite is the Trinity Alps in No. Calif.) Four of my children have been to RCC.

Degrees Earned
San Diego State University, BA
Azusa Pacific University, MA
Concordia University, M.Ed.

Certificates
Oregon Math and Science Teaching Credential.

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Cathy Mulleary
Biography
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, I finished my schooling in Southern CA. Taught junior high school, worked in aerospace as a mathematician and project engineer, owned and operated a restaurant, retired, raised some cattle, landed in Oregon and started teaching at RCC.

I absolutely love working in the Math Dept. at RCC because it is filled with so many terrific people . The TRC campus is perfect for me because it is close to home and the students are awesome. My heart is with my husband, family and our menagerie of animals; happiness is being outside doing anything that needs doing. I am thankful to have a blessed and wonderful life.

Degrees Earned
Cal State San Bernardino, BA

Certifcates
CA Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential in Mathematics.

[email protected] 541-956-7325 
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Daniel Lebowitz
Biography
After high school I started my collegiate journey at Rogue Community College where I earned my AAOT and also was awarded the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Math Education from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from Oregon State University.

Teaching Experience:
I originally started teaching at Rogue Community College in 2010 after I earned my bachelors degree. I left Rogue Community College from 2011 until 2013 to finish my masters degree. While in graduate school I taught at Oregon State University and Oregon Coast Community College. I came back to teach at RCC in 2013 and also started teaching online at several universities all across the United States. I have taught Fundamentals of Algebra I/II, Intermediate Algebra, Contemporary Mathematics, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I/II, Business Calculus, Introduction to Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Business Statistics, and Regression Analysis.

Actuarial Experience:
I have passed two actuarial exams through the Society of Actuaries, including P/1 - Probability and FM/2 - Financial Mathematics. I also interned at Kaiser Permanente, where I helped set the 2014 health and dental rates during the Summer of 2013.

Degrees Earned
Oregon State University, Masters of Science
Southern Oregon University, Bachelors of Science
Rogue Community College, AAOT

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Mark Otto
Biography
As an undergraduate I studied at several schools in New Mexico before moving to Oregon. I finished my Bachelor's in 2002 at Southern Oregon University. As an undergraduate, my team and I received Honorable mention in the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications' 2002 Mathematical Competition in Modeling. I was also Inducted into Sigma Xi for my research. After being a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Oregon State University for a year, I decided to pursue a Master's in Teaching, which I earned in 2007.

Degrees Earned
Southern Oregon University, Bachelor of Science
Southern Oregon University, Master of Arts in Teaching

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Bill Petitt
Biography
I was born in the Rogue Valley and I have lived here most of my life.

Biography
Degrees Earned
SOU, BA
SOU, MA

Certificates
Secondary Education/1974 Administrative Certification/1991 Vocational Certification in Computer Science/2000.

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Biography
Virginia has been in education almost 35 years. She spent 20 years as a high school teacher, then 12 as an administrator at Southern Oregon Education Service District, working in School Improvement and Distance Education, as well as educational technology.

Virginia has been teaching Math 20 online at RCC for over 2 years. She is married to RCC math teacher Bill Petitt and has two adult daughters.

Degrees Earned
Southern Oregon University, Bachelor of Science
Southern Oregon University, Master of Arts

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John Salisbury
Biography
I was born and raised in Grants Pass and have recently returned, after having lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Salem, and Portland. I have had a life-long interest in mathematics since I took pre-algebra at North Junior High in Grants Pass.

I am a strong believer in community colleges, especially Rogue Community College. Here at Rogue, everyone is welcome, and everyone can learn and grow. One of my goals is to have all of my students at some point marvel at the human achievement that is mathematics.

My hobbies include astronomy, chess, walking, and playing second clarinet in the RCC College Concert Band. I also serve on the RCC Foundation Board.

Biography
I was born and raised in Grants Pass and have recently returned, after having lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Salem, and Portland. I have had a life-long interest in mathematics since I took pre-algebra at North Junior High in Grants Pass.

I am a strong believer in community colleges, especially Rogue Community College. Here at Rogue, everyone is welcome, and everyone can learn and grow. One of my goals is to have all of my students at some point marvel at the human achievement that is mathematics.

My hobbies include astronomy, chess, walking, and playing second clarinet in the RCC College Concert Band. I also serve on the RCC Foundation Board.

Degrees Earned
Harvard College, A.B.
University of Southern California, J.D.
Western Governors University, M.A.

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Moreland Smith
Biography
I have a broad range of interests, from current events to art to the outdoors to woodworking to applications of mathematics to "real life". I typically teach statistics with either a math 20, 60, or 65. Hope to see you in class!

Degrees Earned
Principia College, Bachelor of Science
Golden Gate University, Masters of Business Administration
Southern Oregon University, Masters of Arts in Teaching

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Beth Spears
Biography
I have lived in the Rogue Valley for over 25 years and raised my two children here. I think this is a beautiful area. Before moving to Ashland, I lived in Louisville, KY.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, trips to the coast, and making pottery. I really love teaching Algebra here at RCC and interacting with students.

Degrees Earned
Carleton College, BA
Southern Oregon University, MAT

[email protected] 541-507-6255 

Yan Wang
Biography
Yan grew up on the beautiful east coast of China and came to the United Sates in 1998. She lived about four years in College Station, Texas, and four years in Evanston, Illinois, then moved to the Rogue Valley in 2005.

She began her teaching career at Northeastern Illinois University, where she taught basic accounting courses and tutored Business Statistics. After moving to the Rogue Valley, Yan started teaching math classes at RCC, ranging from Basic Math (Math 20) to different levels of Algebra (Math 60/65/95). At present, she frequently teaches Elementary Statistics (Math 243).

Degrees Earned
Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Bachelors
Northeastern Illinois University, Masters

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Department Staff

BURKES, JENNIFER [email protected] 541-956-7066 
FREDERICKSON, BEA [email protected] 541-956-7127 
GARDNER, DOUG [email protected] 541-956-7014 

For more information or help
please contact:
Riverside Campus, Medford
Bea Frederickson
[email protected]
541-956-7127
Redwood Campus, Grants Pass
Jennifer Burkes
[email protected]
541-956-7066