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Faculty Profiles

Christina Friedle

Christina FriedleChristina 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.

Dimitar L. Dimitrov, Ph.D.

Dimitar Dimitrov Dr. Dimitrov received his academic training, as well as his 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. Dr. Dimitrov has over sixteen years of academic research experience and more than twenty-five years of teaching experience in Geography.

Since living in the US, Dr. Dimitrov has taught a number of courses at several US colleges and universities, including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Mary Washington, Portland State University, and Willamette University.

At PCC, Dr. Dimitrov teaches Human Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography of Oregon, Natural Environment, and Geography of Europe.

Joe Gordon

Joe GordonJoe Gordon grew up in Eugene, Oregon and received an M.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon. His research fellowship at the UO focused on modeling the intersection between global climate change and socioeconomic vulnerability, and his thesis focused on mining and mapping social media data during the 2012 presidential election. Simultaneously, as an intern at Lane Council of Governments, Joe began dabbling with LiDAR and learning how to model vegetation and perform feature extraction. As a GIS Specialist at Metro, his current focus is split between demographics and remote sensing, the underlying theme in both fields being the identification of patterns in data and potential relationships between variables. As an instructor at PCC, Joe enjoys sharing with and learning from aspiring practitioners in the ever-changing and advancing field of GIS.

Chris Grant

Chris Grant Chris Grant has a background in chemistry, software development, project management, geospatial analysis, and cartography. His recent projects have included data acquisition and cartography for the OR-DEQ Incident Response Information System, urban planning analysis for the City of Portland, and conservation mapping for a number of agencies in the Portland area. He was the principal organizer for the 2013 Portland Cartography Symposium. Chris holds a BA degree from Reed College, a PhD from University of Oregon, and a graduate certificate in GIS from Portland State University. He has a particular interest in cartography and data visualization techniques.

Veronica Hotton

Veronica HottonVeronica Hotton teaches human, physical, and regional Geography courses at PCC Rock Creek and currently team-teaches Senior Inquiry at Westview High School, which is a dual-credit course in University Studies through Portland State University. Veronica has also taught Education at Simon Fraser University; she has taught Geography at Portland State University, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Kapi‘olani Community College, and Honolulu Community College. Veronica received a Ph.D. in Education from Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) that focused on Curriculum Theory and Implementation, Philosophy of Education. She has an M.A. in Geography from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Veronica also has a B.S. in Environmental Studies & Music, and a B.M. in Orchestral Instruments, which are both from Central Michigan University.

Tuba Kayaarasi

Tuba Kayaarasi 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 Kheirabadi

Masoud Kheirabadi 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

Bryan KilburnBryan 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

James ManzioneJames 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.

Kerry Pataki

Kerry Pataki Kerry Pataki has been teaching at PCC since 2002. ​He teach​es​ both geography and anthropology, ​with a particular​ ​​interest in the relation​ship​ 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 group​s​, ​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 journal​s​ 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 consult​s​ on health and environment for the World Health Organization and others.​

Eric C. Roberts

eric robertsEric spent the last 16 years as a geospatial intelligence officer for the United States Air Force and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He was lucky enough to work a variety of missions and projects all around the world across the spectrum of remote sensing and GIS disciplines as an analyst, project manager, instructor, and team lead. Most recently, Eric led a team of geospatial professionals analyzing relationships between transnational criminal organizations and the environment in various parts of Latin America. In the summer of 2015 he and his family decided it was time for a system reboot and headed west to settle in the Portland area.  He teaches introductory GIS courses at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College while completing graduate studies at Portland State University.

Lindsay Skog

Lindsay SkogLindsay Skog teaches human and regional geography courses at PCC Sylvania, Cascade, and the Newberg Center. Dr. Skog has also taught at Portland State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mt. Hood Community College, and with the School for Field Studies in Bhutan. In addition to teaching in Bhutan, she has led education abroad programs in India and Nepal. Dr. Skog earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, for which she worked with the Sherpa community in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal to explore the role of sacred landscapes in environmental conservation efforts and indigenous rights agendas. She earned both an M.A. in Geography and an M.S. in Education Administration from Portland State University, and a B.A. in Religious Studies—East Asian Traditions from Lewis & Clark College.