Meet Your Executive Board

David Bashore

David Bashore

CODAA President, Adjunct Faculty, Communication Studies

davidnbashore@yahoo.com

David Bashore has served on the CODAA executive board since June 2010, first as secretary and then elected president in January 2011.

David received a B.S. degree in Speech and Theater from the State University of New York, Oneonta in 1970.  He earned an M.S. degree in Speech Communication from Illinois State University in 1971, and an M.B.A. in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University in 1986.  His teaching career has spanned over 30 years at the college and university levels and 17 years’ corporate training experience.  He has been teaching Communication Studies at College of the Desert for 13 years.

Catherine Levitt

Catherine Levitt

CODAA Vice President, Adjunct Faculty, Economics

cathylevitt@msn.com

Catherine Levitt holds a B.A. magna cum laude in French and Philosophy from John Carroll University, a Master’s degree in International Business from Pepperdine University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration in Strategic Management from United States International University.  Dr. Levitt also holds another graduate degree in Southeast Asian Studies and Vietnamese Language and is a certified Commercial Contracts Negotiator.

Dr. Levitt has more than 15 years of private industry experience at an executive level as well as several years with the Department of Defense.

Dr. Levitt has lived, worked and taught in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic.  Her particular area of interest and expertise is in the privatization process that accompanies the transition from a command economy to free-market practice. Integral to this research is the study of the changing mindset and cultural change that accompanies and underpins economic change.  Interested in languages, art, and cultural formation, Dr. Levitt speaks English, German, French, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese well and can limp along in a few other languages.  She reads Spanish and Italian.

Currently, Catherine Levitt continues as Director of the Center for East-West Entrepreneurial Studies in Southern California and does consulting on privatizing industries in transitional economies.  Dr. Levitt is the Representative at Large for the Americas to the Executive Council of the International Association for Chinese Management Research.   She was Provost of Golden Gate University’s Southern California Region from 1998-2000.

Michael Gladych

Michael Gladych

CODAA Secretary, Adjunct Faculty, Radio/TV

indiprod@earthlink.net

Michael Gladych is an Emmy-winning film producer, writer and editor. He teaches courses in film, mass media and motion picture production at College of the Desert.

He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he was awarded the CBS Scholarship and worked as a teaching assistant in film production.

He went on to become an editor and writer of behind-the-scenes special features for major studios including Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal and Paramount. He also worked as an editor on network television specials including the Academy Awards Show, and as a field producer for the Disney Channel.

His hobbies include astronomy, motorcycle riding, ocean racing and electric cars.

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

CODAA Treasurer, Adjunct Faculty, Hospitality Management

d-coop@hotmail.com

Dan Cooper is a Hospitality Management Instructor for the School of Business. He has taught at COD since 2016.
Prior Career:  Country Club General Manager – 30 plus years
Bachelors in Hospitality Management, Cal Poly Pomona
Certified Chief Executive
Certified Club Manager

Robert R. Holmes, Jr.

Robert R. Holmes, Jr.

Member-At-Large, Negotiations Team, Adjunct Faculty, Business

rrhol@aol.com

Robert Holmes is an experienced business executive who has spent over 40 years in manufacturing, marketing, sales, and distribution.  He has served as a CEO, President, COO, Director or General Manager of several global organizations and has worked alongside the automotive legend, Lee Iacocca.  Mr. Holmes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA with specialization in marketing and finance, both from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.  Mr. Holmes has been an Adjunct Instructor at College of the Desert since 2003.

Dr. Arlette Poland

Dr. Arlette Poland

Member-At-Large, Adjunct Faculty, Philosophy

arlette@powerthinking.us

Dr. Poland holds a JD, MA in Religion, MA in Ethical Leadership, and a Ph.D.  A former lawyer, she is now Adjunct Professor and has been with COD since 2001. She has taught classes in Business, Political Science, World Religions, Ethics and Perspectives on Death and Dying. Dr. Poland has been on the CODAA Board as At-Large Member for several years and is proud to support the association whenever possible.

Lynda Shaeps

Lynda Shaeps

Member-At-Large, Adjunct Faculty, Theatre Arts

lshaeps@collegeofthedesert.edu

Lynda Shaeps has proudly served as an adjunct instructor at the College of the Desert for over 25 years. Lynda’s Theatrical Makeup course focuses on the current industry makeup techniques and effects for stage, television, film, print and video.

Beyond the academic course, Lynda ‘s career experience and relationships in the entertainment industry enable her to provide students with unique backstage, and onset work experiences.  Many of Lynda’s previous students are professional working artists all over the United States. Lynda serves as the staff makeup/hair designer for the McCallum Theatre, Coachella Valley Repertory Company. She is also hair and makeup advisor for Musical Theatre University at Rancho Mirage High School.

Owner of Sunrise Beauty, Lynda served on the board of Riverside Film Alliance and founded Children’s Playtime Productions. Lynda is a guest speaker at Riverside Community College film and television department.  Lynda has had the pleasure to work at SYFY, Tennis, Golf Channels, ESPN, CNN, FOX, NBC, ABC Networks and the United States Military.  Trained by industry giants, Harry Blake, Robert Schiffer, and Maurice Stein Lynda continues to her pursuit of excellence in the field of makeup attending industry academic seminars and classes.

Lynda has had the honor to provide client services of  hair and makeup  for some of Hollywood’s most famous faces which  include Kristen Chenoweth, Ryan Seacrest, Linda Eder, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Martin Short, Colin Powell, President Ford / First Lady Betty Ford, Olivia Newton-John, Linda Ronstadt, and Paul Newman, Merv Griffin, Alan Cummings, Martin Short, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Storm Large, Monty Hall, Gladys Knight and Lindsay Wagner.

Other members:

Artel Garcia
CODAA Member-At-Large, Adjunct Faculty, Spanish
velasuhail@msn.com

Julius Varga
CODAA Member-At-Large, Adjunct Faculty, Automotive
vargs2523@aol.com