General Courses

General Courses2019-03-18T12:28:21+00:00

Computer Science

Abdulrahman Aulabi

Instructor, Computer Science

•  M.A. Cybersecurity in Computer Science-The George Washington University

•  B.A. Computer Science-George Mason University

Mr. Aulabi has had extensive experience in programming in the professional world, with over 8 years of hands-on experience in programming, software engineering, and software testing. He started his career at Accenture, a global management consulting company, as a Software Developer, with a concentration in Object Oriented Programming and database technologies. Currently, Mr. Aulabi is a Senior Software Developer at CARFAX, a company that uses big data technologies to keep track and maintain nearly 20 billion records. In his free time, Mr. Aulabi likes to play soccer, lift weights at the gym, and do some extreme sports like skydiving, paintballing, and snowboarding.

Technical Business English

 

Magaret Dr. Hoo-Ballade

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  Magaret Dr. Hoo-Ballade

•  Ed. D. Education-George Washington University

•  M.A.T. Curriculum instruction-Trinity University

•  B.A. History-University of Rochester

Dr. Hoo-Ballade holds a Doctor Degree in Education from George Washing University and master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction. She had been directing research teams at Green Technology Group and had been serving as a consultant at CRW Management. With her extensive experiences, she is ready to be a great consultant of student’s future by giving great advice. Also, Dr. Hoo-Ballade worked ten years at DC Public Schools, teaching English, Language Arts, and Research Method. She joined our school to help the student to learn technical Business English in October 2013.

Natasha Thomas

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  M.A. Business-Strayer University

•  B.A. Business-Strayer University

 Instructor Natasha Thomas joins Columbia College as a Business Instructor in the Business management administration program. Prior to coming to Columbia College, she was a Business Instructor at Career Technical Institute in the medical office professional program. Natasha received her B.A. in Business Administration and MBA from Strayer University. Natasha is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Science of business technology at Capella University. Natasha’s teaching interests include operations management, marketing management, leadership and organizational behavior and business management theories. She has assisted with redesigning and redeveloping courses as a Business instructor at Columbia College and Career Technical Institute. Her primary research interest is to explore the role of digital communication channels in daily work practices that affect manager to employee relationship development in the workplace informed by social exchange theory.

Christine Patterson

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  B.A. Spanish and French- St. Mary’s College

•  TEFL/TESOL Certificate

Ms. Patterson studied languages in St. Mary’s College, specializing in French and Spanish. She is fluent in three different languages. She has had extensive experience over 9 years in teaching, started her career at Lado International Institute and managed ESL classes. She joined Columbia College in October 2016.

Christina Sapp

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  M.A. Early Childhood Education- City University of New York

•  B.A. Elementary Education-City University of New York

Instructor Christina Sapp joined Columbia College as an instructor in ESL program since 2010. Prior to coming to Columbia College, she was a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools and Hillsborough County Public School, teaching Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. During 16 years of teaching experience, she has tried to enrich the lives of students and prepare them for success in the future. She will be happy to motivate students in study as well as bring them professional knowledge.

 

General Education

Ok Cha Soh

Okcha Soh

Vice President

Professor, General Education and Psychology

Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio

M.A., Theology of Missions, Capital Bible Seminary, Lanham, Maryland

M.A, Counseling Psychology, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland.

Psychology, counseling and general education professor with 24 years’ professional experience in higher education. Heavily engaged in minority human rights’ protection and advance activities. Served as the president of Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc. Activities include organizing seminars and conferences and presenting lectures to more than 45 universities and organizations internationally. Spearheaded the nationwide campaign to pass House Resolution #121 at the U.S. Congress (2007). As a part of those efforts, testified at the U.S. Congressional Hearing on behalf of Comfort Women (February 2007). Currently serve as the president, Korea-U.S. National Prayer Breakfast-Washington, D.C.

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Shamima Nasreen 

Instructor, General Education

M.A. in Secondary Education, Marymount University, Arlington VA

B.S. in Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Shamima is a passionate instructor who loves and enjoys teaching. She genuinely cares about each and every student and puts a lot of effort into tutoring them one on one in her classroom. She believes in every student’s strengths, and she guides and motivates them to reach their full potential. She has been teaching for the past three years, and she finds her experience to be very rewarding.

Laura Farfan

Instructor, General Education

•  M.A. Spanish Linguistic-SDSU_Son Diago

•  B.A. T.V and Film-SDSU_Son Diago

Dr. Ratliff has had extensive experience in the education field, with over several years of experience in teaching students. He started his career at Oakton Community College with a concentration in teaching education program, ESL and GED. Currently, Dr. Ratliff works at Prince William County School, providing reading, math and history lessons to students.

Teaching English for Early Childhood

 

Dr. Shawn R. Ratliff

Instructor, Teaching English for Early Childhood

•  Ed.D. Organizational Lead, Argosy University

•  M.A. Economic Development-North Park University

•  B.A. Business Management-Ferris State University

Dr. Ratliff has had extensive experience in the education field, with over several years of experience in teaching students. He started his career at Oakton Community College with a concentration in teaching education program, ESL and GED. Currently, Dr. Ratliff works at Prince William County School, providing reading, math and history lessons to students.

Sherry Hughes

Instructor, Teaching English for Early Childhood

•  M.A. Education- George Mason University

Ms. Hughes holds a master’s degree in Education from George Mason University. She has 19 years’ professional experience in higher education, served as the principle of Hopkins House and as the director of St. Lukes Preschool.  She loves guiding students to reach their full potential and motivating them to learn!

Massage Therapy

 

Marquita Redd-Hickson

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  B.A. Science in Human Resource Management- University of Maryland

•  Certificate- Holistic Massage Training Institute

•  Certificate- Von Lee International School of Aesthetics.

Ms. Redd-Hickson studied Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland and graduated in Holistic massage training institute and Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. She has worked in the field for several years and provided massage for clients including medical benefit and relaxation. While working in the field, she led a team in scoring over 90% on base compliancy inspection and received best practice accolades in three functional areas. Ms. Redd-Hickson joined as a faculty member at the Columbia Institute on Feb 2019 and currently teaches theory and practices focused on the licensure exam.

Julia Geragthy

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  Licensed Massage Therapist

Ms. Geraghthy specializes in sports and recuperative therapies. She has five years of experience in coaching a hockey team for Fairfax Public School, teaching strategies and fulfilling student learning needs. Also, she has worked in Massage Envy Burke as a Massage Therapist for several years, experienced in wellness care and deep tissue massage. She joined the Massage Therapy program of Columbia College in January 2018.

Bree Delac

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  A.S. in Massage Therapy, Georgia Medical Institute, Marietta, Georgia

Ms. Delac is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Virginia with 15 years of field experience. She also has worked for massage administrative duties – clinical documentation, treatment plan development, and client scheduling administration. Ms. Delac has an expertise in Neuromuscular, Deep-Tissue Myofascial Trigger Point Release, Swedish, Prenatal, Sports and Injury Treatment, and Stretching. She is currently teaching Kinesiology course at the Columbia College.

Marissa B. Heidebrecht

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  M.A. in Education, Core Gateway College, San Jose City, Philippines

•  A.S. in Massage Therapy, Provincial Manpower Training Center, Gen.Tinio St. Cabanatuan City, Philippines

•  B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Pines City Colleges, Baguio City, Philippines

•  B.S. in Biology, University of Cordillera, Harisson Rd.Baguio City, Philippines

Ms. Heidebrecht is both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Nursing Assistant in Virginia. She joined the Massage Therapy program of Columbia College in October 2017. Ms. Heidebrecht has ten years of experience in classroom dynamics, versatility in teaching strategies and perceptive of student learning needs. She has worked and has been trained in medical and health related science as an Occupational Therapist and Nursing Assistant. She has also taught at professional college with extensive subjects in health and bodily systems and functions. She is currently working as a top producer in massage sales and retention with a winning client based clinical approach to therapy. She teaches Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology courses.

Jong Hwa Lee

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Columbia College, Fairfax, Virginia

•  B.A. in Portuguese, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Pusan, Korea

As a Licensed Massage Therapist in Virginia, Mr. Lee has been active both in field and education settings in massage therapy area. He provided over 100 massage clients the Swedish massage services and taught over 50 students the massage therapy theories and practices focused on licensure exam. Currently he teaches massage lab practices and supervised clinical practicum at Columbia College.

Sang Kwon Hong

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Columbia College, Fairfax, Virginia

Mr. Hong is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland. He has worked in the field since 2009 and provided the massage for clients including medical benefit and relaxation. He has taught the students for 7 years specializing massage practice/lab and clinical practicum. His teaching focuses on sharing a broad knowledge of Eastern paradigm of bodywork therapy along with contemporary Western modalities and instructing students how to offer the highest quality service to clients and to communicate with managements of employers.

Chenglong Liu

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Columbia Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland

Dr. Chenlong Liu studied Epidemiology to earn his Ph.D. degree from UCLA, and worked as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University for 9 years. While researched and taught the students at the Georgetown Univ. he expanded his scope to massage therapy and to teach the courses. Dr. Liu joined as a faculty member at the Columbia Institute (Columbia College’s Silver Spring Extension) on August 2017 and currently teaches theory and practices focused on licensure exam.

Tamla Waters Campbell

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Potomac Massage Training Institute, Washington, DC

•  A.S. in Music & Dance, Montgomery Community College, Rockville, Maryland

Dr. Hyungk Ki Min

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Active License of Maryland Chiropractic, Maryland Chiropractic & Massage Board

•  Ph.D. in Chiropractic, Life University, GA

Dr. Min has over 13 years or experience, knowledge of the muscular system and practice in chiropractic and rehabilitation. He earned his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with honors from Life University Doctor of Chiropractic. His expertise is in soft tissue techniques and spinal manipulation. Dr. Min has been awarded scholarship for Doctor of Chiropractic (1999-2003) and has amplitude trust technique for the ankle in 2003.
He has professional experience from Kyonggi University Alternative medicine graduate school in South Korea (2004-2006), Carefree Land Chiropractic LLC (2008-2014), and from Columbia College for anatomy and physiology. Dr. Min is also certified for physiological therapeutics from sport health science and certified at the dry needling institute.

 

Culinary Arts

Randy Beattie

Instructor, Culinary Arts

•  Master Certification in Hospitality Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

•  Certificate in Food and Beverage Manager, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York

•  US Air Force Culinary Program

 Chef Beattie has had the pleasure of working at some of the top hotels in America, and under some of the top chefs in the world. He was trained under Necip Euturk, one of the top 5 Master Chefs in the world and fully qualified Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director. Chef Beattie received his Master Certification in Hospitality Management from Cornell University. He has done 2 presidential inaugurations as a chef (one as Executive Chef of special events), 5 international sporting events, guest chef at the Kennedy Center at Washington D.C., and private chef to the Kennedy family. He has cooked for several presidents, royalty, hundreds of celebrities.
Chef Beattie’s specialties are operational turnarounds, pre-opening, opening operation, setting corporate standards. He has worked as a chef instructor at 4-year culinary schools and is very strong in trouble-shooting operations.

 

Dental Laboratory Technology

Dr. Han Il Kim

Instructor, Dental Laboratory Technology

•  Instructor, Director of Dental Lab Technology

•  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Chosun University, Korea

•  M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Yonsei University, Korea

•  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Myoungji University, Korea

•  A.A.S. in Dental Laboratory Technology, Korea University, Korea

Dr. Kim is a licensed Dental Laboratory Technician, who also holds professional certifications in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is a highly knowledgeable instructor in the Dental Lab Technician field with over 10 years of higher education teaching experience. He has been building a wonderful reputation at Columbia College of his student-centered teaching style, lab-based course activities, and passion for the program and its students.

 

 

 

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