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CBL Staff

Our program staff are available to provide the following:

  • Individual consultation on integrating community-based learning into your course
  • Class/meeting presentations per your needs and requests
  • A comprehensive list of approved community-based learning sites
  • Assist the community with the development and enhancement of community-based learning programming
  • Relationship building with new partners
  • Problem solving/quality control
  • Regular workshops/training on community-based learning


PCC District CBL Program Coordinator
Hannah Cherry

Hannah CherryHannah holds a MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and a BS in Public Policy and Management from University of Southern California. She served for several years as the Program Coordinator for SERVE (Service Experiences for Revitalizing Education) at CSULB, a program that supports the collaboration of faculty and community partners. She has also served in a variety of other service-related settings, including a year as an AmericCorps VISTA developing volunteer management systems. Hannah’s passion for service focuses on building bridges between educational institutions and the community. As the PCC Community-Based Learning Program Coordinator, Hannah works to develop partnerships with community organizations and help faculty develop successful community-based learning assignments for their classes.

Cascade Campus

CA CBL Faculty Coordinator
Lisa George

Lisa GeorgeLisa has given her time to community concerns as a student volunteer and a project manager for a variety of organizations. She has also taught social studies at a local high school where she supervised PCC community-based learning students in her classroom. She sees education as a liberating, empowering tool for students and the community. A part-time sociology instructor at PCC since 2004, her experience in various community-based learning roles gives her insight into what instructors, students, and partner organizations need to create enriching learning experiences that benefit all.

Rock Creek Campus

Rock Creek CBL Faculty Coordinator


Southeast Campus

SE CBL Faculty Coordinator
Catherine Thomas

Photo of Catherine ThomasCatherine holds a Master of Arts, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L) and a BA in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University. Catherine has 20 years of experience as an ESOL Instructor. She has been with PCC since 2008 as a Part-Time faculty member teaching in the areas of English as a Second Language, College Reading, Adult Basic Education, and Vocational-Career Pathways. In addition to her teaching, Catherine has also served as a Student Resource Specialist for Pre-College Advising at Sylvania Campus and serves on the Advising and Placement team for incoming ESOL students at Southeast Campus.

Catherine has been an active CBL practitioner and was recognized by the program in 2014-2015 for her collaborative CBL work. CBL has been a cornerstone of her pedagogical practice at PCC’s Southeast Campus, both in the ESOL department and in the Vocational ESL/Career Pathways department. Catherine has relished the spirit of interdepartmental collaboration in a number of campus CBL projects, the opportunity to engage students in meaningful community-building and self-reflection, and the connection to peers who welcome formal and informal mentorship and a deeper understanding of the CBL process.

Sylvania Campus

Sylvania CBL Faculty Coordinator
Greg Gerstner

Headshot of Greg GerstnerGreg Gerstner has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech University.  Greg has worked primarily in water resources engineering, has been teaching engineering at PCC since 2004 and is interested in the emerging discipline of Humanitarian Engineering. Greg is passionate about working with faculty and community partners to incorporate CBL-based pedagogy in PCC-Sylvania courses, especially in STEAM-related fields.

Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Outreach and Engagement Specialist
Madison Omohundro