Warren C. Kocmond, Chairman and CEO of BG Radia Corporation, Research Professor of Atmospheric Physics. Prof Kocmond brings extensive senior-level management experience to the SNC Board and has directed operations of companies ranging from a few scientists and engineers to several hundred professionals. With a mathematics degree from the Univ of Arizona and a masters in meteorology from Penn State University, Kocmond went on to become Head of Atmospheric Physics at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory when he was 29.
In 1978 Kocmond was named Executive Director of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute and later Acting President of the Institute in 1983. While at DRI he was honored as one of a handful of scientists to have his experiments chosen for flight on board space shuttle’s Atmospheric Cloud Physics Laboratory (ACPL). In 1984 Prof Kocmond became President of Sierra Nevada Corp, a navigation and avionics firm specializing in proprietary product development. SNC is now the largest defense contractor in the state of Nevada. Currently he is Chairman and CEO of BG-Radia Corp, an award winning designer and manufacturer of high performance loudspeakers that qualify as some of the finest audio products in the world.
He is a 36 year resident of Incline Village and is married to Janet Pahl, recognized as a long time friend of Sierra Nevada College.
- BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MS, Elementary Education, Nova Southeastern University
- MEd, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- PhD, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Delilah Krasch is an adjunct faculty member for the online M.Ed. program. Dr. Krasch is also a project facilitator for the Early Childhood Department of Clark County School District and is an autism and early childhood special education content specialist for the New Teacher Center and the e-Mentoring for Student Success program. She has also served as a part-time instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and taught third grade, second grade, and self-contained autism classes.
- PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Dottie Kulesza is a former Clark County School District administrator. All of her degrees are from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been teaching a variety of courses for the past several years in Sierra Nevada College’s TED, both face-to-face and online. Dr. Kulesza joined SNC as a full-time staff member in 2013.
History of Art
- Ph.D. Art History, Pennsylvania State University
- M.A. Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art
- B.A. Art History and Anthropology, The University of Arizona
Pierette studies the intersection between Renaissance Italy and Italy under the Fascist dictatorship. Her research explores the lives of objects, the way in which objects lead intriguing, multi-faceted lives, continuing to make new meaning after their initial moment of creation. Her research has been published in the Italian monograph La Chiesa di Santa Rosalia: La cappella dei principe Barberini a Palestrina (Palestrina, Edizione Articolo Nove) 2015. Her dissertation was awarded with Penn State;s Alumni Dissertation Award, and she has received a number of fellowships to fund her studies. Pierette teaches topics ranging from introductory surveys to Renaissance Italian art and art in film.
Dr. Lalchandani holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University. Throughout his career he focused on the application of operations-research techniques to a variety of industrial and government problems and operating roles in the high-tech industry, predominantly superconductors, computer systems, and software. His role gradually increased in scope from strategic planner to chief financial/administrative officer and finally as chief executive officer of a venture-backed software company (representative companies are National Semiconductor and Oracle).
For the past 15 years, he has worked as part-time advisor, board member, and general business mentor to a number of early-stage information-technology companies. Representative companies are Juniper Networks, AtHome Corps, and Cerent & Equinix.
- BA, New College of California, San Francisco
- MFA, University of California, Davis
Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His graphic novel “Combustion” was published by Fantagraphics Books, and his comics have appeared in a variety of venues, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Reader, Nickelodeon Magazine, and the Indiana Review. He is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Believer, HiLobrow.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon Magazine, the Bay Guardian, and the Comics Journal. Most recently, he curated the exhibit “The Art of Howl,” featuring concept and animation art from the film “Howl,” which featured James Franco as the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He also did storyboarding for the film. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College.
- MA, California State University at San Jose
Michael is in his 44th year in professional education.He has served in the capacity of secondary teacher and college adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor for student teachers, as a secondary counselor, and as a principal at elementary, middle and high school levels. He also was a district director of K-12 programs.