Full Time Faculty

Truck Driving/Heavy Equipment
(HEOP) Instructor​

Dan Bryant
Automotive (AUTO) Instructor​

I returned to Shasta College as a full time instructor in the fall of 2013. I am excited to share your journey into all things automotive. 

My journey began at an early age. My father was an auto mechanic in southern California. I watched him work on his race car in a shop behind our house. As I grew older he showed me how to handle tools and perform minor repairs. I tagged along on many trips to the Bonneville Salt Flats, southern California drag races and the dry lake beds near Edwards air force base. 

My family moved to Redding in 1968 and my father opened his own auto repair shop. Every summer after arriving in Redding I worked at my fathers shop. In 9th grade I worked after school everyday. After high school graduation I attended Shasta College and graduated with a degree in automotive technology.

I have worked almost every job available in an independent auto repair shop, from parts washer to owner. I hope to bring my skills and experiences to our classroom interactions and give you a window into the automotive profession. It is my hope that together we can develop the skills that you will need to be a success as you move into the workforce as an automotive technician

Craig Carmena

Administration of Justice (AOJ)Instructor
Computer Information Systems/Business  (CIS/BUAD)

I have an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Rochester, an MBA, and a PhD in Instructional Technology from Syracuse.  And just for good measure, I have a year of Law School tucked between things.  I arrived at Shasta College in 1990 initially lured by a position description in The Chronicle of Higher ​EducationI began my Shasta College career as Director (Dean) of the Business Division.  Over my more than 40 years of blended work experiences, I have moved from one thing to another: teacher, administrator, corporate manager, psychotherapist, consultant, and even artist and author.  I have been back in the classroom for the past 14 years.  During that time, my culminating achievement is my book, The Mystic Manager.

 Jay Davis
Welding (WELD) Instructor

Pete Dickerson
Heavy Equipment Instructor

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Office Administration (ACCT/BUAD/BSOT)

I received my MBA from Brigham Young University in 1984 with a dual emphasis in marketing and finance, graduating in the top third of my class.  My undergraduate degree is in Organizational Communications, with a minor in German, which I received graduating Cum Laude from BYU in 1981.  I have worked for several corporations including Exxon Company USA, Lockheed Missiles and Space, American Electronics Association, New York Life, and CalFarm Insurance.  In addition, I have worked as a sole proprietor in the insurance industry.  I started at Shasta College in 1999 as a business and technology instructor and was a Division Dean for six years.  Born and raised in Redding, I graduated from Shasta High School.  After high school, I lived in Switzerland and Germany for two years.  I am married, have five children and five grandchildren. 

Computer Infomation Systems (CIS), Business Administration (BUAD), and  Business Systems & Office Technologies (BSOT) Instructor

Darren Gurney served as the Senior Project Coordinator for Shasta College in the Economic and Workforce Development division. Darren managed the Pathways 2 Possibilities (California Trust) grant, a 5.6 million dollar grant connecting the community college system with local K-12 districts. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Darren was a part of the EWD division for the past five years and managed a number of different grant programs.
Darren has a strong background in banking and finance and has earned his master's degree in business administration from CSU Chico. He also has a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship from CSU Chico. Raised in an entrepreneurial family and from the Redding area, Darren has a passion for entrepreneurship, collaboration, education, and leadership that will enhance the well-being of the community he lives in
Ron Hardin
Welding (WELD)Instructor

​I have passion for preparing students for a career in the construction and building trades. My goal is help students gain the necessary skills to succeed in the fields of heavy equipment operations and the welding trades. Prior to becoming a Shasta College Instructor, I taught welding and a​griculture mechanics at West Valley High School in Cottonwood, Ca for 20 years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from CSU, Chico and my Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  Growing up in and around the construction industry I strongly believe in the “Learning by Doing” philosophy and emphasize learning through a hands approach.


Agriculture (AG) Instructor

Dhabih Hendershot
ter Information Services (CIS) Instructor

Jeff Hendrickson
Computer Information Services
(CIS) Instructor

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Equipment Operations and Maintenance (HEOP)

Born in Redding and grew up in Palo Cedro, married 25 years with two daughters.  I wrestled at Enterprise HS for four years.  I’ve worked in construction, operated forestry and heavy fire equipment, lead designer of Fire Track (an all-terrain fire fighting vehicle).  I’ve earned my BS – Mechanized Agriculture in 1982 from Cal Poly SLO, and then my MS – Agriculture in 1990 from Cal Poly, SLO.  I have taught 5th grade through community college in my
15 years of teaching.


Forestry / Naturals Resources
(AGNR) Instructor 


Fire Academy & Fire Science
(FIRS) Instructor


Tom Martin 
Computer Information Systems (CIS) Instructor

I have been teaching at Shasta College since 2002. I teach a variety of Business, Technology and Industrial Education courses and my passion is Entrepreneurship. I have started and sold several successful businesses and am always interested in new ideas and improving efficiency. I graduated from Red Bluff High School, have a BA in Business Information Systems and a Master’s in Business Information Management and E-Commerce from Utah State University. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of La Verne in Organizational Leadership in 2008.

 Thomas "Clancy" Mitchell
Truck Driving Instructor


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Diesel Technology/Industrial Education (DIES/INDE) Instructor

For decades I worked as a Diesel Technician, with a good portion of that time in the local area. It is a great occupation with good wages and with the need for trucking, transportation, and heavy equipment maintenance, industry are dependent on Diesel Technicians to keep them running. There is and will be an exceptional job market for those with skill and training. The training that you can acquire from our Shasta College Diesel Technology Program is invaluable.

Industrial Technology (INDE)

​Rick was born and raised in Southern California and relocated to the Redding area in 2006. Pulling from his years of industry and grant management experience, Rick currently holds the position of full-time Industrial Technology Instructor. Helping to drive manufacturing in the north state, Rick has assisted in developing new manufacturing programs ranging from industrial automation to machining and mechatronics. Having experience as both an industry expert and an instructor, Rick brings a unique perspective to the classroom

Ishmael Rivas
Automotive/Diesel (AUTO/DIES)

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Lew Schmitt
Computer information Systems (CIS)

I was born in Oregon,​ Illinois.  I started working in a sheet metal shop when I was nine until graduating from Rochelle Township High School.  After high school I attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.  I met my wife, Nancy, and we moved to San Diego, CA.  I began my Navy career as an Electronics Technician, advancing to Chief Petty Officer.  I accepted a commission as a Limited Duty Officer, Electronics and advanced to Lieutenant Commander.  My Navy career spanned more than 22 years.  In 1990, I accepted my current position to teach Computer Technology at Shasta College.  I teach Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Literacy Workshop, Microsoft certification classes, and Visual Basic Programming.

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 Casey Schurig
Business (BUAD)

I have a degree in Business with an Option in Finance and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Chico State.  I’ve worked for two years in the banking industry as a personal financial representative.  For seven years my career was a high school business educator while also instructing part-time at Shasta College.  I have been a full-time faculty at Shasta College for the last three years and this past year the Department Coordinator for Business, Office Administration, Accounting and Economics.  I graduated from Foothill High School in Redding, California​.

Accounting (ACCT) 
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 Leimone Waite
 Horticulture (AGEH/AGPS)

​I grew up on a cattle ranch in Trinity County where my family ran Beefalo (a cattle and bison cross).  I am the oldest of four children who were all home-schooled.  I started college at College of the Siskiyous, then transferred to U.C. Davis where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Education and a teaching credential in Agriculture.  I also have a Masters Degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Horticulture from Cal Poly, SLO.  I taught high school agriculture for five years before I started teaching at Shasta College in 1998.  I am married and have a daughter.  I enjoy gardening, reading, horseback riding and spending time with my family