The Salvation Army College For Officer Training At Crestmont
Curriculum - Meet The CFOT Instructors & Training Staff

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Brian Saunders

Training Principal

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Major Brian Saunders

Training Principal

D. Min., Fuller Seminary; M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary; B.A., Political Science, Azusa Pacific University; A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army, School for Officers’ Training, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Robert Birks

Assistant Training Principal

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Major Robert Birks

Assistant Training Principal

A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army, School for Officers’ Training, Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Faculty: Mission & Ministry; Theological Studies B.A., Booth University College, Canada

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Stacy Birks

Director of Campus Services

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Major Stacy Birks

Director of Campus Services

AA in Christian Ministries from the Salvation Army College for Officer Training

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Dr. Jim Hartman

Director of Institutional

Planning & Accreditation

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Dr. Jim Hartman

Director of Institutional Planning & Accreditation

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration and Counselor Education, Ohio University; M.A., Sociology, Ohio University; M.Ed., Counseling and Student Personnel Services, Ohio University; B.A., Sociology and German, Heidelberg College.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Lt. John Acosta

Transporation Officer

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Lt. John Acosta

Transporation Officer

Classroom Support A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major John Brackenbury

Director of Personnel

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Major John Brackenbury

Director of Personnel

Administration, Faculty. 22 years of service. A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Pamilla Brackenbury

Director of Personnel

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Major Pamilla Brackenbury

Director of Personnel

Administration, Faculty. 32 years of service. A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Ethan Bradley

English Development Specialist

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Ethan Bradley

English Development Specialist

M.A., TESOL, Biola University; B.A., English, Northern Arizona University.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Sheila Chatterjee

Director of Library and Museum Services

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Sheila Chatterjee

Director of Library and Museum Services

M.L.I.S., Information Science, Catholic University of America; B.A., Latin, University of Minnesota.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Lieutenant Nathan Darling

Curriculum Officer

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Lieutenant Nathan Darling

Curriculum Officer

M. Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; B.A., Philosophy-Religion, Northwest Nazarene College, A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Annalise Francis

Curriculum Officer

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Captain Annalise Francis

Curriculum Officer

M.A., Religion, Gordon/Conwell Theological Seminary; B.M., Vocal Performance, Boston University; A.A. Occupational Studies, The Salvation Army College for Officer Training, Suffern, New York.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain William Francis

Senior Instructor

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Captain William Francis

Senior Instructor

D.Min.(ce), Ashland Theological Seminary, S.T.M., (Master of Sacred Theology), Boston University School of Theology; M.A., Missions, Gordon/Conwell Theological Seminary; M.A., Church History, Gordon/Conwell Theological Seminary; B.A., Music, Hunter College, CUNY; The Salvation Army School for Officer Training, Suffern, New York.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Lourdes Griffith

Personnel Officer

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Major Lourdes Griffith

Personnel Officer

B.A., Nazarene Bible College,Teaching Assistant, 15 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Lt. Joy Groenleer

Personnel Officer

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Lt. Joy Groenleer

Personnel Officer

B.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Ragina Halverson

Family Care Director

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Major Ragina 'Gina' Halverson

Family Care Director

MA Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University - Walks 2016. BA Leadership and Ethics from Nazarene Bible College. AA Ministries from College for Officers Training at Crestmont. Life Verse 2 Timothy 2:15. Most importantly - Wife of a loving husband and a mother of 3 amazing children.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Shane Halverson

Personnel Officer

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Major Shane Halverson

Personnel Officer

BA in Leadership and Ethics from Nazarene Bible College. AA Ministries from College for Officers Training at Crestmont. Life Verses Romans 12:1-2. Most importantly - Husband of a wonderful woman and dad to three incredible kids. I enjoy sports, playing guitar and photography.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Nancy Helms

Director of Field Training

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Major Nancy Helms-Cox

Director of Field Training

B.A.(ce), Counseling for Christian Ministries, Nazarene Bible College; A.A., Applied Science, North Seattle Community College; A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Brian Jones

Director of Curriculum

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Major Brian Jones

Director of Curriculum

Jones, Major (Dr.) Brian, Faculty: Biblical Studies; Theological Studies, D.Min., M.Div., B.A., Azusa Pacific University, M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary. 31 years of service

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Gwendolyn Jones

Campus Chaplian

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Major Gwendolyn Jones

Campus Chaplian

Guest Lecturer: Introduction to Christian Education. B.A., Azusa Pacific University. 37 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Jeff Martin

Territory Secretary for Education

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Major Jeff Martin

Director of Personnel

M.S. in Leadership, Grand Canyon University; B.S. in Management Studies, University of Maryland; A.A. in Ministry Azusa Pacific University while attending The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Lt. Celeste Morefield

Field Training Officer

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Lt. Celeste Morefield

Field Training Officer

Classroom Support, A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Ms. Jeannie Moss

Educational Specialist

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Ms. Jeannie Moss

Educational Specialist

B.A., Women’s Studies, California State University, Long Beach; A.A., Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Theater and Music, Long Beach City College.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Rubina M. Navarro

Personnel Officer

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Captain Rubina M. Navarro

Personnel Officer

B.A. (Youth Leadership), B.A. (Regular and Special Elementary Education), University of Hawaii, Manoa.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Neil-Favio Sison Navarro

Personnel Officer

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Captain Neil-Favio Sison Navarro

Personnel Officer

B.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Catherine Nolan

Finance Officer

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Captain Catherine Nolan

Finance Officer

M.S., Accounting, Walden University; B.S., Accounting, University of La Verne; A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Kelly Nolan

Director of Business Administration

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Captain Kelly Nolan

Director of Business Administration

M.B.A., Project Management, Walden University; B.S.E.E., Electronics Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara; A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Clarissa Ochoa

Field Training Officer

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Captain Clarissa Ochoa

Field Training Officer

B.A.(ce), Counseling for Christian Ministries, Nazarene Bible College; A.A., Ministries, The Salvation Army College for Officer Training, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain David (Kwan Geun) Oh

Curriculum Officer

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Captain David (Kwan Geun) Oh

Curriculum Officer

Faculty. M.Div., Hansei Theological Seminary B.A., Choong Ang University. 9 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Ellen (Meeae) Oh

Campus Services Officer

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Captain Ellen (Meeae) Oh

Campus Services Officer

Classroom Support. A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont. 9 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Major Beryl Pierce

Personnel Officer

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Major Beryl Pierce

Personnel Officer

Classroom Support, A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont. 24 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Jaime Ramirez

Manager of IT Education

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Jaime Ramirez

Manager of IT Education

M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix; B.S., Business Administration with Information Technology, California State University, Dominguez Hills; A.A., Business Administration, Los Angeles Southwest College.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Christian Riesebieter

Worship Arts Director

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Christian Riesebieter

Worship Arts Director

M.M.(ce), Euphonium Performance, Azusa Pacific University; B.M., Music Performance, Boston Conservatory; A.A., General Studies, San Diego Mesa College.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Erin Riesebieter

Music Education Director

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Erin Riesebieter

Music Education Director

M.A., Music Education, Boston Conservatory; B.M., Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Cristian Sibaja

Home Officer

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Captain Christian Sibaja

Home Officer

Classroom Support. A.A.S., New Mexico State University. A.A., College for Officer Training at Crestmont. 11 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Captain Rebeca Sibaja

Family Care Officer

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Captain Rebeca Sibaja

Family Caare Center

Faculty. M.A. (ce), New Mexico State University, B.A., National University, Costa Rica. 11 years of service.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Duncan Sutton

Coordinator of Research and Institutional Effectiveness

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Duncan Sutton

Research Anyst to the Director of Institn'l Planning & Accred

ED.D.(c) Educational Leadership, California State University, Long Beach; M.A., Music Education, California State University, Long Beach; B.A., Music, Colchester Institute School of Music, England.

CFOT Officer and Instructor

Julie Sutton

Officer Care and Development Therapist/Faculty

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Julie Sutton

Officer Care and Development Therapist/Faculty

M.A., M.F.T., Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Azusa Pacific University; B.A., Psychology, Colorado Christian University.