Full Time Faculty


John Cicero

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.

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Scott "Brad" Banghart 

Business (BUAD)



For three decades I have held positions as a faculty member or administrator at various community colleges in the U.S. and at Shasta College since 1996. In addition, I have had the good fortune to engage in entrepreneur opportunities as an owner/manager for several businesses (Sole-Proprietary, Partnerships, Sub-Chapter "S"​ & ​Nonprofit Corporations). It is my hope that this background and experience will enhance the learning environment for each student. 


Don Cingrani 

Accounting (ACCT) 



I was born and raised in Southern California.  After spending two years at Ventura Community College, I attended Cal State Northridge where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  I began my professional career in Ventura County before relocating to Redding in 1976.  As a licensed CPA, I spent nearly forty years in public accounting, providing audit, tax, and consulting services to a wide variety of business and professional clients.  I also spent 6 years in private industry serving in controllership positions in the construction and retail grocery industries.  I retired from my public accounting practice in 2005 and have served as a full-time accounting faculty member at Shasta College since that time. In my spare time I enjoy skydiving, snowboarding, white water rafting, backpacking, rollerblading, and sharing a tandem bicycle with my wonderful wife, Marie.  


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Scott Gordon 

Accounting/Business/Office Administration (ACCT/BUAD/OAS)


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. 

Ron Hardin
Heavy Equipment/Commercial Driver (HEOP) 

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.

Trena Kimler- Richards

Agriculture (AG) 


I was raised on a cattle, hog, hay, and feed store operation in Grass Valley, CA.  Attended CSU, Chico, and received a BS in Agriculture Business, and an MS in Agriculture Education.  Have coached and competed on livestock judging teams, parliamentary procedure, debate, and public speaking teams.  Had the wonderful opportunity to teach and coach at Red Bluff HS and then was hired at CSU, Chico, as the College of Agriculture outreach coordinator.  I enjoy fly fishing and spending time with my husband and son.


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John Livingston

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.


Tom Martin 

Computer Information Systems (CIS) 


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.




Craig Carmena

Administration of Justice (AOJ)




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Ray Nicholas

Diesel Technology/Industrial Education (DIES/INDE)


For decades I worked as a Diesel Technician, with a good portion of that time in the local area. It is a great occupations 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.


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Computer Information Services (CIS) Instructor







Jeff Hendrickson
Computer Information Services
(CIS) Instructor


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/Office Administration (BUAD/OAS)


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​.



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Mark Smith

Welding (WELD)



I was born and raised in Southern California.  I received my bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in 1980 and worked as a welding contractor for 12 years.  In 1992 I moved my family to Redding, CA, to pursue teaching at Shasta College in the welding program.  I am an American Welding Society “Certified Welding Inspector.”  I’m married, have three sons and three grandchildren, and, I love teaching, hunting, fishing, my dog and playing with my grandkids.




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 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.

Office Administration (OAS)

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.



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.