MESA/STEM Associate Dean
Napa Valley College alumnus who was part of
the EOPS, SSS TRIO, DSPS and MESA Programs. Luis then transferred to UC
Berkeley to earn a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and in 2015 obtained a M.S.
in Engineering Management from California State University, Eastbay.
has worked in MESA Programs as a manager and mentor with middle and high school
students at Washington State Yakima Valley and Tri-Cities area and at CSU East
Bay and has worked with community college and university MESA students at
Washington State Columbia Basin College and at CSU Eastbay.
resume also includes a long list of leadership experience and community
affiliations such as Engineers without Borders of San Francisco, Puente
Program Mentor at Hayward High School and Ohlone College, and President of MESA
Club at Napa Valley College.
Rene has been working with the MESA Program, since
2002, as a MESA/STEM Program Advisor/Student Affairs Specialist.
Rene Rubio has been assisting the MESA program in supporting NVC students
to successfully transfer to four-year institutions in STEM majors. He enjoys advising
and supporting NVC’s STEM National Chapters and clubs; SHPE, SACNAS, the Robotics,
the Discovery, the Dreamers of Community Change (DOOC) premed, and Women in
STEM Empowerment (WISE) clubs. With sixteen years of experience in the field of education, he has contributed to
successful grant proposals funded and completed which include Special Projects
MESA Grant since 2002, Hewlett-Packard Community College Pre Engineering/Computer
Science Grant Award, the US Department of Transportation’s, Dwight David Eisenhower
Fellowship Program since 2009, Napa Valley College Hispanic Serving
Institution STEM Grant from 2011-2016, and coordinator of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Scholars Program. He will continue to oversee the STEM
tutorial program. Rene is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Patricia earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocational Education/Technology and Workforce Development from Sacramento State University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Chabot College. Patricia worked at Peralta College District as an Adelante Learning Communities Counselor/Coordinator and Instructor from 2009 to 2013 and Chabot College as an Articulation Specialist/HSI Project Coordinator from 1996 to 2013. Her additional work experience includes Mental Health Clinical Specialist for Contra Costa West County Detention Facility for Women from 2013 to 2014; and Marriage Family Therapist for Alameda County Sheriff's Ashland Youth Center and Youth and Family Services from 2012-2013. Patricia is a Registered Marriage Family Therapist Intern. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys spending time with her 8-yr old grandson and watching him play baseball and flag football.
Schedule Appointment: (707) 256-7221 (Counseling
Office or MESA Center (707) 256-7280)
MESA/STEM Administrative Assistant
Cynthia earned an A. S in Natural Science & Mathematics from Napa Valley College (NVC) and a B. S in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. Recently, Cynthia worked at John F. Kennedy University as an Administrative Compliance Coordinator for the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) grant's Undergraduate Success Center and was promoted to Academic Counselor to support undergraduate programs. Previously, she worked at Napa Valley College for the HSI STEM grant as Program Assistant and Secretary II through the end of her assignment. Her passion is to support student success just like the wonderful support she received from the Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO program when she was a student here at Napa Valley College. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two beautiful nieces and family. She is happy to have the opportunity to once again be part of the NVC team!
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Professor of Biology
Professor Burns received her Ph.D. from U.C. Davis in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Her research interests included the effect of diet on the expression of metabolizing enzymes. She has been teaching biology at Napa Valley College since 2005. She has taught several college biology courses including general biology for non-majors, general biology for majors, and human biology. Prior to teaching at Napa Valley College she worked for the Peregrine Fund, researching the effects of pesticides on birds of prey. Currently, Dr. Burns teaches Human Biology (BIOL 105) and General Biology (BIOL 120) and is serving as the division chair of Science, Mathematics & Engineering. Her extracurricular interests include bird watching and dog activities (agility and herding) with her two Belgian Malinois dogs.
Professor of Physics
Dr. Erin Quealy is Physics Faculty here at NVC.
She is working to create student research internships, such as the CA Space
Grant funded internships at Sonoma State and a new pilot program with NASA
about microcontroller programming. Erin advises two student clubs: SACNAS
(Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) and
Circle K (a Kiwanis-affiliated service club). Before coming to NVC she was a
doctoral student at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation research was in astrophysics,
specifically building telescope cameras to measure relic radiation from the Big
Professor of Chemistry
Forest grew up in the San Joaquin farming and oil communities of Bakersfield and Taft California. He attended Cal State Bakersfield for two years before transferring to UC Santa Barbara. Three years later he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He went to graduate school at UC Davis and received a Master's degree working with nanoparticles, and then a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering working with battery technology.
After graduate school he did postdoctoral research at Hawaii's Natural Energy Institute working on enzyme based fuel cells and then postdoctoral work in reaction kinetics at UC Davis. He joined the faculty of Napa Valley College in 2008 where he teaches Introductory and General Chemistry and he has served as club advisor to the MESA and SACNAS clubs on campus. Forest won the 2015 McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award.
Professor of Engineering and Physics
Antonio Castro teaches physics and engineering at Napa Valley College (NVC). He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University Fullerton in 2000. After working in industry for several years, he returned to college and earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Antonio was born in Santa Ana, California; however, he grew up in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of thirteen, he returned to the United States. In 1994, he graduated 3rd from Valley High School in a class of 572 students. Antonio has industry experience in design and manufacturing of amplifiers, electrical measurement and test equipment, and photovoltaic systems. He started working at NVC in 2006. Antonio won the 2014 McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award.
Professor of Chemistry
Professor Fawl received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1985 the same year he began teaching at Napa Valley College. Dr. Fawl teaches, Introductory Chemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and when available, Quantitative Analysis. Steve grew up in the Bay Area and went to Skyline Community College in San Bruno and later went to Davis for both his Bachelor's and PhD degrees.
In his spare time he does animal rescue (birds, cats, and dogs) has been the president and/or founding member of a couple of rescue organizations. He enjoys doing research in theoretical thermodynamics/statistical mechanics and is currently writing a textbook in Chemistry. Despite having a full ride scholarship to art school, Steve chose to go into Chemistry. He's wanted to be chemist since he was 7 years old and has never regretted his choice.