Dean of Sciences and Engineering, Diablo Valley College
Tish is a first generation college student and the first woman in her family to get a degree. She is the first of either gender to get an advance degree. Tish got her BS & PhD in Chemistry at Arizona State U, after transferring from Bucks County Community College just outside of Philadelphia. She worked for 6 years as a research scientist with a biotechnology company in drug discovery. Though she loved the science, her favorite time of year was when the college interns arrived, and she realized teaching and education was where she belonged. After moonlighting at Laney College and starting their biotechnology company, she got a full time job at Diablo Valley College. After 13 years teaching at DVC she was given the opportunity to be the Dean of all of the sciences and engineering which includes many technical programs from electricity to dental hygiene. With 4 years administrative experience she still feels there is an enormous amount to learn and to contribute.