Marie ArcidiaconoMarie Arcidiacono Kaufman

Marie Arcidiacono Kaufman, "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 Department Chair, Director of Forensics, Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee and member of the Honors Advisory Board. You can find her teaching in both Pittsburg (Math 128) and Brentwood (A3) during the week.

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 traveling 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.


Zachary Feere

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 Nancy PertersonNancy Petersen

Nancy earned her B.A. and M.A. 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 that facing her fear of public speaking, helped her face other fears in her life. It was an empowering experience. 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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