ABS Faculty Bios

The Adult Basic Skills team at COCC is made up of outstanding faculty and staff that can help you achieve your goals. Also see the ABS Department Directory for a full listing of faculty and staff.


Adult Basic Skills instructor Lisa Bohard

Lisa Bohard
ABS Math & Transition Instructor - Essentials of Math
541-383-7701 ext 2107

Lisa has a long history with COCC, having attended as a student completing her Associate of Arts and then her Bachelor of Science through OSU Cascades campus. She obtained her MAT through Western Oregon University with an endorsement in Mathematics. Her enjoyment of Mathematics became a natural path towards teaching the subject and she joined COCC as a part time faculty member in the Mathematics Department one year after completing her education as an Algebra instructor, and then transitioned full time to the ABS Department two years later. She loves the outdoors and is an avid equestrian.

Stephina Brewer

Stephina Brewer
ABS Reading/Writing & Trans Instructor - Essential Communications

Stef has taught in a variety of contexts including teacher education,university intensive English, high school,community college, and adult education in six countries. Stef grew up in Northern Arizona, but got her degrees in Art History, Latin and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State where it is much warmer. When she isn’t reading, she enjoys walking/hiking long distances and riding bikes of all types.

Jennifer Judd

Jennifer Judd
ABS Reading/Writing & Trans Instructor - Essential Communications

Jennifer grew up in Central Oregon and teaches communications full time. She received a BA in anthropology at Whitman College and an MA in Adult Education and Training from Seattle University. She also received her initial certificate to teach English as a second language through Seattle University. Jenn discovered her passion for teaching when she worked as a reading and writing tutor at North Seattle Community College in 1994. Her favorite thing about teaching is the students because they are a constant source of inspiration and strength. Outside of work, Jenn enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, experimenting in the kitchen, reading new authors, and playing outdoors.

Marcus LaGrand

Marcus LeGrand
Pathways College and Career Success Coach

Marcus has taught and counseled in a variety of environments including high schools, colleges, military and corporate America. His wide range of experience and knowledge and advocacy for students has helped students over barriers and gave them access to a better education. Before joining the ABS Department, he worked for Redmond High School as Student Success Coordinator and taught College Success though the Human Development Department. Marcus has a B.A. in Marketing/Advertising from the University of Washington-Seattle. He received his M.A. from Rowan University with a degree in Counseling. When he’s not helping students, he enjoys spending time with family, officiating various sports, reading, and traveling.

Amy Stancliff

Amy Stancliff
ELL Instructor

Amy Stancliff has been with the ABS department for 13 years as an ELL instructor.  She also teaches College Success and Study Strategies for COCC through the Human Development Department.  Amy has a BA in English Literature with a Minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University.  She received her M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.  Prior to coming to COCC, Amy taught English in Uruguay and at Chemeketa Community College and has been instrumental in curriculum development and lesson planning workshops for other ELL instructors.    She is bilingual in English and Spanish.  

Amy Stinard

Amy Stinard
ELL Instructor

Amy has been teaching all levels of English Language Learning at COCC since 1997. She studied and received an International TEFL certificate and spent two years teaching English in the Czech Republic prior to joining the COCC Adult Basic Skills Department. She is conversational in Spanish and is familiar with the Czech and Portuguese languages.

Cynthia Viles

Cynthia Viles
ABS Math Instructor

Cynthia Viles, B.A., is a COCC Adult Basic Skills Instructor in Prineville, Madras, and Warm Springs. Prior to her current assignments, she held other positions for the COCC-ABS Program, the first as a volunteer tutor in the early 1980's, and more recently as the TOPS Data Accountability staff-person. Cynthia credits the ABS tutoring experience all those years ago for lighting her passion for working with adult-learners, which she honed in other fields of work, including positions for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and for the Portland Public School District. Publications include; First Oregonians, "Siletz Chapter, Oregon Committee for the Humanities, 1992, and "Rapid assessment procedures to describe tobacco practices at sites managed by Indian Tribes," Tobacco Control 1995; 4:156-161 (contributor). When not working, Cynthia enjoys time spent with family, playing mobile games, doing many forms of crafts, reading or watching comedies, and exploring minerals and plant-life.


For more information please contact:

Judith Gonzalez
Adult Basic Skills Administrative Assistant
Metolius 212
Phone: 541-504-2950

For Spanish call/ Para Español llame al: 541-504-2951