Christina Friedle has been teaching Geography & Geographic Information (GIS) classes at Portland Community College since 2007. She has worked on a wide variety of geographically based projects including: Director of a Watershed Education program, Conservation Geographer for a salmon conservation organization, and as an independent GIS contractor in conservation, transportation and planning. Christina received an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University with a focus on Natural Resource Management, Protected Areas, and Central America. Christina has been instrumental in designing and implementing the GIS Certificate Program at PCC.
Michele Dailey has worked as a spatial analyst in Oregon and Washington since 1998 using her skills in non-profit and government sectors and as a consultant. She received her MS in Geography from Oregon State University focusing on bio and physical geography. Michele’s professional interests include integrating science and complex spatial analysis in land use planning and breaking down the silos between disciplines and organizations. She is particularly interested in ecosystem services analysis.
Dimitar received his academic training, as well as my teaching and research experience, from the best academic program in Geography in Bulgaria – Sofia University, where he taught at a level of Assistant Professor before coming to the US. Dimitar has over sixteen years of academic research experience and more than twenty-two years of teaching experience in Geography.
Since living in the US, Dimitar has taught a number of courses at seven US colleges and universities, including introductory courses in Human Geography, World Regional Geography, specialized courses on political and economic situation in Eastern Europe, Russia and other Newly Independent States, as well as Geography of Europe and Political Geography.
At PCC, Dimitar teaches Human Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography of Oregon, and Geography of Europe.
Tuba is a human geographer with a particular interest in cultural geography and feminist political ecology. Her regional focus is Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Tuba holds a M.A. in International Relations with a particular focus on the political economy of the environment and studied the impacts of oil production on the environment and the Ogoni people of Nigeria. In 2006, Tuba earned a M.S. degree in Geography with a focus on gendered impacts of agricultural mechanization and intensive cotton production in Southeastern Turkey. In 2008, Tuba earned her third Master’s degree in Education in Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning, focusing on vernacular knowledge, education, and self-determination for indigenous peoples.
Tuba currently teaches various human geography courses at PCC including Human Geography, Geography of Africa, Geography of Global Issues, and World Regional Geography. She also works at Immigrant and Refugee Communities Organization (IRCO) as an instructor. The focus of her work at IRCO is to teach basic literacy and cultural adaptation skills to newly arrived refugees and immigrants.
Masoud (Ph.D. and M.A., University of Oregon; M.S., Texas A & I University; B.S., University of Tehran) is an Adjunct Professor. He has taught at PCC since 1993. He has also taught courses and seminars at University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark College, Marylhurst University, and Portland State University. These courses and seminars range from introductory to advanced courses covering various topics dealing with geography, environmental science, population, resources, sustainability, and Middle Eastern/Islamic studies. Dr. Kheirabadi has received awards for excellence in academic service and teaching from Marylhurst University. Sustainable development, ecology, politics, and spirituality and religion are among his favorite research topics. Among books published by Dr. Kheirabadi are ‘Iranian Cities: Formation and Development’; ‘Modern World Nations: Iran (second edition)’; ‘Sri Satya Sai Baba (Spiritual Leaders and Thinkers)’; and ‘Islam (World Great Religions)’.
Bryan Kilburn has 15 years experience as a GIS professional and has used the technology to provide analysis and support for: regional demographics studies, redistricting, transportation planning, urban planning, environmental planning and parks-recreational planning. Mr. Kilburn completed a bachelors from Stephen F. Austin State University in Forestry and masters from the University of Texas at Dallas in GIS. He thoroughly enjoys the opportunity that being an instructor gives to pass these skills along to future GIS professionals.
James Manzione is a New York native who has focused much of his academic and professional work on GIS Programming and Hydrological research. Currently employed as a Physical Scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, James has contributed to an array of different projects that support local, regional, and national environmental and water resource management initiatives.
Randy originally enrolled in PCC’s GIS Certificate program to supplement a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management; he loved the GIS program so much that he was inspired to a graduate degree in geography. Randy delights in introducing new students to the field and sharing his enthusiasm for GIS and love of cartography, but he also loves that fact that PCC attracts experienced, cross-disciplinary students from whom he can learn as much as he teaches.
Kerry Pataki has been teaching at PCC since 2002. He teaches both geography and anthropology, with a particular interest in the relationship between environment and culture. Kerry has a MA in geography and a PhD in anthropology. His master's graduate work focused on population growth, migration and the long-term environmental effects on indigenous groups, while his doctoral research focused on cultural value systems and their impact on the environment; both involved fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere. Kerry is published in a number of books and journals on various subjects, including health aspects among migrants in the Yakima Valley in Washington and the Heiltsuk Kwakiutl in coastal British Columbia.
As for teaching, Kerry has taught at Reed College, University of Colorado in Boulder, University of California (San Francisco and Berkeley), and University of Papua New Guinea. Kerry also consults on health and environment for the World Health Organization and others.