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Faculty and Staff

 Ukiah Staff

Lisa KellyLisa Ray, Ph.D.

 Director, Ukiah Center


Dr. Lisa Ray is the director of the Dominican University of California, Ukiah Center. She received her Ph.D. and MA from Bowling Green State University, and her BA from the University of the Pacific. She holds multiple-subject and single-subject teaching credentials, as well as an administrative services credential. She has over thirty years of experience as an educator in California elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. A former high school English teacher, she has previously held teaching positions at Mendocino College, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis. She currently teaches the elementary and secondary student teaching seminar, the Teaching Performance Assessment course, and the education and culture course at the Ukiah Center. Her current research interest is place-based education. 


Colleen Hale


Colleen P. Hale

Program Administrator, Ukiah Center


Colleen Hale is the Program Administrator for Dominican University of California's Ukiah Center. She received her BA in 2011 from Sonoma State University's Hutchins Program.  Colleen brings many years of professional experience and has volunteered in local schools for over fifteen years. She has lead fundraising efforts, coached high school sports, taught enrichment programs and collaborated with local educators on various projects. Colleen is excited to join the Dominican University family and will bring her enthusiasm into promoting the great programs that are offered at the Ukiah Center.


 Ukiah Faculty

Dorothy AyresDorothy Ayres
MA, University of San Francisco

Erin GardinerErin Gardiner
MA, University of San Francisco

Paul Joens-PoultonPaul Joens-Poulton
MA, Sonoma State University

Chris HermanChris Herman
MA, California State University, Fresno 

Steve JuristSteve Jurist
MA, California State University, Northridge

Debra PolakDebra Polak

MA, MA University of California, Berkeley


Nancy Rogers-ZegarraNancy Rogers-Zegarra
MA, PhD, University of California Riverside

Katherine SparrowKatherine Sparrow
BA, University of California, Davis

Phil WarfPhil Warf
MA, University of South Carolina

Stephanie WaymentStephanie Wayment
MA, Walden University

Lynn ZimmermannLynn Zimmermann
MA, University of California, Berkeley

Mitch MendosaMitch Mendosa
BA, California State University, Northridge

Ryan WiedawRyan Wiedaw
BA, Sonoma State University 






Grace Curtin-FianoGrace Curtin-Fiano
MA, University of Maryland                                    


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Ukiah Center
2240 Old River Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
o. 707-463-4800
f. 707-463-5525

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