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yolanda coleman

Yolanda Coleman - Counseling Faculty/Articulation Officer/Honors Program Counselor
: 408-855-5045

Yolanda has been providing academic and personal counseling to the general student population at Mission College since 1999. She serves as the campus Articulation Officer working closely with 4-year colleges and universities to assist in a smooth transfer process for students. She has served as an advisor for Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society and has served on several campus committees such the Curriculum Review Committee, the Program Review Committee, the Student Success Committee, and the Basic Skills Committee. Furthermore, Yolanda teaches COUNS 000A, New Student Orientation and COUNS 007, University Transfer Planning every semester.


M.S. in Counseling/Career Development, California State University, Sacramento
B.A. in Sociology/Organizational Studies, University of California, Davis
Additional graduate coursework at University Wisconsin-Platteville in student success strategies and empowerment

diane lamkin

Diane Lamkin - Faculty, Biological Sciences
tel: 408-855-5333

Diane has been a full-time instructor at Mission College since 1990. She teaches human anatomy and physiology courses. Prior to Mission College she taught neuroscience courses at Palmer College of Chiropractic- West and she also was a teaching associate in physiology at U.C. Berkeley.


Ph.D., Physiology, University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Additional Graduate Work, University of Washington

clement lam

Clement LamDean Math, Science & Engineering
tel: 408-855-5332

Clement Lam is the Division Chair for Math & Science and has been a Mathematics instructor since 1997. Previously, he served as Division Chair for Mathematics from 2003 to 2008. Additionally, Clement was the assistant Women's Badminton Coach for 2001 and Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society from 2004 to 2008.


Ph.D, M.S., and B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa

thais winsome

Thais Winsome - Faculty, Biological Sciences
tel: 408-855-5330

Thais Winsome joined the Biological Sciences department in 2005. She teaches the biology majors' course, BIOSC 043, Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology. Prior to teaching at Mission College, Thais worked as a research associate at the University of California, Davis.


Ph.D. Ecology, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
M.S. Soil Science, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Conservation & Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Wenxian Xu

Wenxian Xu - Faculty, History
tel: 408-855-5273

Wenxian Xu has been a full-time instructor at Mission College since 1989. He is the current chair of the History Department and teaches U.S. and East Asian history courses at Mission College.


M.A. in History, University of California, Davis
M.A. in History, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
B.A. in Western Literature, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, Beijing, China

steve lipman

Steve Lipman - Faculty, Communication Studies/Honors Program Coordinator 
tel: 408-855-5044

jeff cormier

Jeff Cormier - Department Chair, Psychology and Sociology 
tel: 408-855-5483

Jeff has been teaching Psychology and Sociology at Mission College since 1999.  Aside from teaching, he provided health education programs to disenfranchised and incarcerated populations of Santa Clara County.  


San Jose State University, Master of Arts in Criminology, 1996
San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 1993
Northcentral University, Graduate Courses in Psychology, 2004


Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999 Proclamation of Accommodation from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Health Educator of the year  
Mission College Faculty of the Year, 2002, 2004, 2007 & 2010