Faculty

Learn more about the Communication faculty. Links are available to their individual websites and contact information.

Kimberly Burdon  

Kimberly Burdon

Kimberly is a first generation college graduate, earning her AA in Speech Communication at Mt. Hood Community College, BS at Portland State University, and MAIS at Oregon State University. As a student at MHCC, she participated in speech and debate (forensics) where she won medals for poetry and persuasive speaking.

As an undergraduate, Kimberly spent a semester abroad with Brigham Young University in Israel where she studied the various differences between Palestinian and Israeli-Jewish peoples living in the West Bank. She also spent time in Egypt and Jordan exploring the historical and religious sites of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim importance.

In graduate school, Kimberly studied Speech Communication, Adult Education, and Business. She also acted as an assistant forensics coach and taught Public Speaking, and Argumentation & Critical Discourse.

Kimberly has taught at Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Chemeketa Community College, and Linn-Benton Community College. In private industry, she has been a quality assurance trainer, and a health management systems trainer for Kaiser Permanente. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys hiking in the beautiful northwest, photography, and yoga.

 

Erin Cook

 

Erin Cook

Erin Cook earned her BA in Speech Communication at Oregon State University with a Minor in Spanish and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Interpersonal Communication, Rhetorical Theory, and Women Studies at Oregon State University as well. During her undergraduate studies, Erin was an active member of the OSU Speech Communication Club, worked for Student Media Services, and studied abroad in Santander, Spain.

Continuing her education at Oregon State University, during graduate school Erin taught Argument and Critical Discourse and her research focused on the impact that interpersonal communication between women has on women's abilities for career advancement.

Erin has been an adjunct instructor at LBCC since 2008 and has taught a variety of Communication courses in the traditional face-to-face as well as online format. Erin loves OSU football, traveling to the coast, running, and spending time with her husband and their two girls.

 

Hailey Goplen

 

Hailey Goplen

Hailey earned her BS in Corporate Communication at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (Go Dukes!). After completing her undergrad, she spent two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA serving in Wenatchee, WA and Moorhead, MN.

After AmeriCorps, Hailey received her MA in Speech Communication from North Dakota State University (Go Bison!). During graduate school, Hailey taught Public Speaking as well as researched the socializing messages first-generation college students receive that influence their decisions to pursue higher education. Through her teaching and research, Hailey realized she loved working with college students and decided to enter Student Affairs in the areas of leadership, service-learning, and civic engagement. 

During her time in Student Affairs at both Concordia College and NDSU, Hailey created numerous programs that exposed students to issues of social-justice impacting local, national, and global communities. Additionally, she spoke frequently at conferences and seminars, guest lectured around campus, and taught a Community Leadership/Activism course that integrated many interpersonal communication concepts. 

In her free-time, Hailey enjoys chasing around her rambunctious son, learning random trivia, and sipping tea out of quirky mugs. She is absolutely thrilled to be teaching Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication at LBCC!

 

Imran Haider

 

 

Imran Haider

Imran earned both his BS and MS from Portland State University in Communication Studies. He has been teaching at the collegiate level since 2009 and is currently a full-time instructor for Interpersonal Communication at Oregon State University. Imran has a sports journalism background and enjoys playing basketball and golf in his spare time.

When he is not in the classroom, Imran works as a manager at a restaurant & brewery owned by his childhood friend. He feels this provides valuable experiences associated with class concepts as well as a solid discussion platform for evaluation and hiring.       

              

Zach Harper

 

Zach Harper

Zach graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a BA in Communication in 2007. While working towards his degree at the school, he served as President for three different campus organizations: College Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association, and the Association of Communication and English Students. In 2009, he earned his MA in Communications from Northern Illinois University while also beginning his college-teaching career at the school (at the ripe age of 22)! After moving to Oregon, he was an instructor at Chemeketa Community College and Lane Community College before joining LBCC in 2013.

When not in the classroom, Zach enjoys attending sporting events and has adopted his wife's beloved Oregon State Beavers as his own when it comes to collegiate sports loyalty. He is also an unapologetically avid pro-wrestling fan and walking encyclopedia. He has written a variety of scholarly papers on the topic (including his Master's thesis). No, really!

 

Aaron Kaio

 

 

 

Aaron Kaio

Ms. Kaio has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Portland State University in Communication Studies. She has years of experience coaching college speech and debates teams in Oregon. She is also interested in Public Address, Presidential Communication as well as Argumentation and Debate. She has been teaching Speech Communication courses since 1995. She regularly teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Communication. Ms. Kaio conducted several workshops at Communication conferences on teaching strategies, learning styles and teaching in an online environment.

Ms. Kaio was born and raised in Portland, OR and regularly attends soccer games to support the Thorns and the Timbers.

Zakir Khan

 

Zakir Khan

Zakir is a social justice driven educator who originally hails from California. A proud community college student, he originally attended Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to UCLA to complete a BA in Political Science. From there, Zakir completed a MA in Communication Studies at CSU-Los Angeles and a JD from Loyola University–New Orleans.

During law school, Zakir advocated on behalf of many different marginalized groups. At the Center for Constitutional Rights, he successfully protected the rights of hundreds of people of color. As a member of Loyola’s Litigation and Technology Clinic, he represented indigent clients in Orleans Criminal District Court.

After completing his JD, Zakir spent two years teaching speech and coaching debate at Broward College. During the 2015-16 season, he coached Broward to state titles in Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary Debate.

In his spare time, Zakir enjoys playing volleyball and watching hockey (Go Canucks Go!). 

 

Oriana Mulatero  

Oriana Mulatero

Oriana Mulatero earned her BA in Anthropology at University of South Florida in Tampa, with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. During her undergraduate, Oriana studied abroad in Oxford, England and Florence, Italy. In 2016, she earned her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University with a focus on Rhetorical Theory, Interpersonal Communication, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

During her time at OSU, Oriana began her teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant with the Communication department. She also won top graduate student paper at various conferences: The School of Language, Culture and Society Conference at OSU, The Lambda Pi Eta Conference at OSU, and The Northwest Communication Association Conference at Coeur D’Alene, ID.

Outside of academia, Oriana enjoys being part of various local improv troupes. You can catch a show at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis on a monthly basis. Her other passions include swing dancing and playing video games with her husband, Jason.

 

Jared Short

 

 

Jared Short

Jared Short was born and raised in Salem, OR. Jared began college at Chemeketa Community College before transferring to Oregon State University where he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Psychology. He continued on with Oregon State and earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Rhetoric and Social Influence with minors in Interpersonal Communication and Adult Education. Jared's thesis focused on analyzing college's recruitment rhetoric towards minorities.

Jared has been teaching at Chemeketa since 2010 and LBCC since 2015. He has taught a variety of Communication classes offered at both institutions. He and his family enjoy being outdoors and reading together. Current selections include classics like Dr. Seuss.

Anna Thompson  

Anna Thompson

I was born and raised in Hood River, OR. I enjoy reading, skiing, wakeboarding, and rodeos, and I love the outdoors of this beautiful state! I live here in the Willamette Valley with my husband, Riley, who was my college sweetheart.

As a Beaver Believer, I attended Oregon State University, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication (with a minor in Spanish). Two years later, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - my studies focused on Rhetoric & Social Influence, Interpersonal Communication, and History. My thesis was a rhetorical analysis of the popular and scientific works of Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran, a renowned neuroscientist pioneering the use of mirror-box therapy to treat phantom limb pain.

For the past five years I have had the privilege of teaching COMM 111 (Public Speaking) both at OSU and Linn-Benton Community College. I truly love my job; my colleagues are great people, and each term I get to meet and work with a terrific group of students. Welcome to LBCC, and I look forward to meeting you!

Rosemarie Tillman

 

 

 

Rosemarie Tillman

Rosemarie earned a Radio/Television A.A.S. degree from Onondaga Community College, and a B.S. and M.S. in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. Her advanced degrees include an M.S. and C.A.S. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Educational Policy and Management.

Professor Tillman has been an adjunct faculty member for over 20 years. At various times she has been affiliated with as many as four institutions within one academic term. Professor Tillman currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Lane Community College and Linn-Benton Community College. She also is engaged with a variety of professional associations, such as the American Educational Research Association, Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, and the Western States Communication Association. Professor Tillman conducts research on faculty work life, gives presentations, pursues publication, guest lectures, engages in institutional professional development, serves on committees, and teaches face-to-face as well as online.

 

Mark Urista  

Mark Urista

Mark earned his AA in Speech Communication at El Camino Community College, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley, and MA in Communication at University of the Pacific. As an undergrad, he was an active member of student government and successful forensics competitor. During grad school, Mark taught classes, coached forensics, and co-authored several conference papers and journal articles exploring social media's role in interpersonal communication. He also served as a consultant for the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters and became an active volunteer in the local community.

Mark was an instructor at Modesto Junior College, CSU Fullerton, and El Camino College before moving to Oregon with his wife. He has been teaching at LBCC since 2010 and is the current Department Chair of Communication. In his spare time, Mark's activities include volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and geocaching.