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Purposeful thinking and communication theory



Marie ArcidiaconoMarie Arcidiacono

Marie Arcidiacono, "Mrs. A" to many of her students and debaters, earned her M.A. in Speech Communication and B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication from C.S.U. East Bay. She is currently the Co-Director of Forensics, Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee and member of the Honors Advisory Board. You can find her teaching in both Pittsburg and Brentwood during the week, but her main office is in Brentwood (A3).


Before planting her roots at LMC Marie taught at C.S.U. East Bay and Contra Costa College. Marie is a Pittsburg girl, through and through so it was only a matter of time until she was able to teach in her hometown.


Way back when, as an undergrad she was a founding member of the C.S.U. East Bay Debate Team and a staff writer for, "The Pioneer." Marie attributes much her coaching style to her former Director of Forensics and mentor, Dr. Terry West.


When she isn't inside the classroom teaching or travelling with the Debate Team you can find her at Health & Wellness events on campus. In her downtime, Marie enjoys running, particularly half marathons, and actively seeking out the best donuts in the greater Bay Area.



Emily PadillaEmily Cross

Emily has a B.A. from Arizona State University in Speech Communication and Spanish and is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Graduate Program of Communication.  Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the University of Nebraska‚Äôs Educational Leadership and Administration program with a focus in Higher Education.


Emily has been teaching at LMC since 2008.

Cross professional experience is a balance between small business, corporate management and higher education. She also co-founded a non-profit focused on literacy efforts in the states and abroad. 

She actively works with various businesses as a research consultant.  Her passion and research falls into intercultural relations, public speaking, small group theory and intrapersonal communication.  



Zachary Feere




Kasey GardenerKasey Gardner

Kasey teaches speech and communications courses, while developing a new LMC debate team. Kasey grew up in Cayucos (in San Luis Obispo County). A community college grad, he earned his AA in Liberal Arts at Moorpark College, BA's in Political Science and Communication at Western Kentucky University, and an MA in Political Communication at the University of the Pacific. Kasey has taught at Sierra College, the University of the Pacific, University of San Francisco, and San Joaquin Delta College. He also did a stint working for Defenders of Wildlife, a national environmental non-profit.


Kasey loves teaching and believes that "communication is the essential skill in today's globalized world. We need to be efficient and flexible in the way we share information in order to be successful. Communication is even more important when applied to advocacy and debate. We have serious challenges ahead in our society and the next generation doesn't just need to think critically, they need to speak critically too."


Kasey continued to share his thoughts about LMC and a debate team: "My most coveted goal here at LMC is to build the best community college debate team in the United States. That team will give elite transfer and scholarship opportunities to our students and prepare them for critical thinking in life and the workplace. It is going to take a lot of time, sacrifice, and community from other faculty and staff; but I think we can win the community college national championship in parliamentary debate in the next ten years."





Rebeca Moran

Professor Moran was born and raised in the city of San Francisco! She specializes in intercultural communication and also teaches public speaking in addition to her career in real estate.




Nancy PertersonNancy Petersen

Nancy earned her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, in Speech and Communication Studies, with an emphasis in organizational communication.


Nancy took her first speech class at LMC and was scared to death. However, she found thatfacing her fear of public speaking, helped her face other fears in her life. It was an empoweringexperience. In fact, she is currently writing a book, focusing on managing and facing our fears.


Nancy started teaching at LMC, in 2001 and also teaches at San Joaquin Delta College and Merritt College. Nancy loves teaching speech and communication classes. It is her passion!


In her spare time, she spends as much time, as possible, with her three grandchildren, Tyler, Jessiann, and Hunter. They are the lights of her life! She’ll also share a fun fact with everyone: If you attend races at the Antioch Speedway, you probably have seen her daughter, on the race track. Her nickname is “Mighty Mouse!” She has won four championships.


Whenever possible, Nancy and her husband, Philip, enjoy playing golf and taking short trips, in their RV.




Shiela Rodolfo



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