dominican logo top
You are here: Home / Academics / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute / Fall 2014 Faculty Bios

Fall 2014 Faculty Bios

Edythe Bresnahan, MA, completed her graduate studies in Painting at the University of California, Berkeley and continued to do post graduate work in printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. She also received a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Edythe was chair of the Art Department at Dominican and has taught Botanical Drawing at both CCAC and Dominican. Currently her artwork can be seen at K. Imperial Fine Arts at 49 Geary Street in San Francisco.

Bryson_SteveSteve Bryson, PhD, is Target Scientist for the Kepler Mission to find Earth-size planets around Sun-like stars. He also leads the false-positive identification effort and monitors Kepler performance at the pixel level. Prior to joining Kepler in 2005, Steve developed new, high-accuracy numerical methods for solving nonlinear differential equations and participated in the early development of virtual reality. Steve is an avid amateur astronomer, and worked at Chicago's Adler Planetarium in the late 70's. Steve has a PhD in computational mathematics from Stanford University, and for more than 10 years taught modern physics in adult education classes at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences.

Eilenberg_LarryLarry Eilenberg, PhD, has had a distinguished career in the American theatre as an artistic director, educational leader, and pioneering dramaturg. Dr. Eilenberg earned his B.A. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. and M.Phil. at Yale University.  He is Professor of Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University, where he served three terms as Theatre Arts Department Chair. He has also taught at Yale, Cornell, the University of Michigan, and the University of Denver.  Artistic Director of the renowned Magic Theatre during the period 1992-2003, Dr. Eilenberg has also served as a commentator for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” as a U.S. theatrical representative to Moscow, and as a popular lecturer on comedy.

Fearnley_HankHank Fearnley, PhD, has taught History and Political Science at the college level for over thirty-five years, most of which has been spent at the College of Marin. He received an MA in History from Georgetown University and a PhD in History from University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1999 he received a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to study the impact of globalization on Malaysian and Singaporean politics and society. Professor Fearnley has been honored with numerous teaching awards from Alpha Gamma Sigma and the College of Marin student honor society.

Douglas Lee, PhD is a semi-retired professor, who teaches at De Anza College and San Francisco City College.  He has a BA from Lewis and Clark College, an MA from the University of Michigan, a PhD from UC Santa Barbara, and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School.  His fields of specialization are modern Chinese history, Chinese American history, and Chinese law and political economy.

Meis_KerrinKerrin MeisMA earned her master's degree in Art History at U.C. Berkeley.  After teaching the History of Art at San Francisco State University and the College of Marin for many years, she is now in demand as a lecturer for Elderhostel, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Jewish Community Center. She taught European and Middle-Eastern Art History classes at Book Passage for a number of years and has led travel/study programs to Europe.



Diane Frank, MA is an award-winning poet and author of five books of poems, including Entering the Word Temple and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars.  Her first novel, Blackberries in the Dream House, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  She lives in San Francisco – where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University, Brandeis-Hillel as a Poet in the School, and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop.  She is also a documentary scriptwriter with expertise in Eastern and sacred art.


Gloria NeumeierGloria Neumeier, MA has taught in universities throughout Asia, including two years in the People’s Republic of China. She visited Shanghai in 2010 as a delegate with the San Francisco – Shanghai Sister City Commission to the World Expo and recently spent two months in Burma. She has degrees in international relations and history from Barnard College, Columbia University, and from Dominican. 


O'Connor_WilliamWilliam J. O'Connor, JD, is a retired attorney and former Judge/Commissioner from San Francisco who was an active trial lawyer and mediator for 40 years in the Bay Area. He has taught at many educational levels, including, college and law school and has recently created a special course on reading the US Constitution which he has offered at senior centers and OLLI. He lives with his wife in Sonoma. His personal interests have included singing as a member of the Sonoma Valley Chorale and sailboat racing on SF Bay.


John F. Rothmann, MA is a politics/foreign policy consultant specializing in the US, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. A talk show host on KGO–AM Newstalk radio, he is a frequent lecturer on American Politics and has been called “a scholar of modern Republicanism” while being acknowledged “for his unique insights, and in particular for rare and crucial materials.” Rothmann served as Director of the Nixon Collection at Whittier College from 1968 to 1970, as Chief of Staff to Senator Milton Marks, Field Representative to Senator Quentin Kopp, and in 1982 was one of the founders of the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club. Widely published and honored, Rothmann has spoken on more than 150 college/universities in the US, Canada and Israel and has been on the faculty of USF. Both his B.A. and his Masters in Arts in Teaching are from Whittier College. Prof. Rothmann is the co-author of Icon of Evil — Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam.

Schreibman_HenryHenry Shreibman, PhD, Rabbi, DD, has been an adjunct faculty member over the last three years at Dominican and University of California, Davis in Comparative Religion, History, Ethics, and Philosophy. In 2008 Dr. Shreibman was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Dominican University as an adjunct. He served as the Head of School of Brandeis Hillel Day School for 13 years and was on the governing board of the California Association of Independent Schools.  Dr. Shreibman has been an observer of changes in the Middle East, having lived, worked and travelled in Israel and Egypt and as a member of the peace movement known as Peace Now.

Nina Solomita has an M.F.A. from Goddard College in Creative Writing.  Her play Fania was produced in Monterey, CA. and also performed at Threshold Theatre Company in Boston, MA. Her play Brought Me No Comfort was performed in Boston by the Theatre in Process Company and her other plays have had staged readings and workshop productions.  Ms. Solomita has been involved in theatre in various capacities (acting, directing, administration, writing) for over 30 years. Her monologues have been published in the ICWP Mother/Daughter Monologues. Her work has also appeared in The Pitkin Review, Plath Profiles and in several periodicals. She is an experienced instructor and has taught creative writing workshops for several years. In Marin, Nina has presented writing workshops at Book Passage, the Elsewhere Gallery and Yoga Sausalito. She also provides consultation and writing services to clients at all stages of a project.

Sinrod_EricEric J. Sinrod, JD is a partner at Duane Morris LLP and an adjunct professor at Dominican. He is a strong and experienced advocate for his clients and has represented them before the United States Supreme Court, other appellate courts, and in a number of jury and court trials, arbitrations and mediations. His practice has covered many important international, Internet, software, software defect, technology, intellectual property (trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets), information, communications, commercial, antitrust, eDiscovery, education, environmental, and insurance coverage issues. He has represented domestic and international clients in major class actions and where hundreds of millions of dollars have been at stake. He also has handled numerous matters for smaller companies and individuals. Mr. Sinrod has been highlighted by an outside publication as "the leading IP attorney in the land," and he has been selected by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Cyber Law and annually as a "Super Lawyer" for Business Litigation

Sutton_JoanJoan Sutton, MA, received a BA in English from Stanford University.  She subsequently taught English literature and became a professional storyteller for thirty years. Joan then focused on her lifelong interest in ancient Greek literature and culture. She began learning the language of ancient Greek in 1995, and in 2008, she received an MA in Classics from San Francisco State University. Her specialties include: Homer’s epics, Greek tragedy and Hellenistic poetry. Since receiving her MA, Joan has taught several courses at SF OLLI, including: “Gender and Power in Ancient Greek Drama,” “Homer, the Epic Experience,” and “Close Encounters with Six Greek Gods.”

Common Sites & Pages


Faculty & Staff