Meet Our Faculty!

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Maureen Miramontes, RN

Health Technology Program Director

Maureen has been the program director since 2012. She received her nursing degree and California teaching credential in 2008. An experienced health care manager and teacher, Maureen managed and supervised an urgent care, family practice and occupational medicine clinic for 18 years. She also was clinical supervisor and assisted in testing specimens at a moderate complex physician office laboratory. For more than 17 years, Maureen has taught courses in the phlebotomy, medical receptionist and medical assisting program. 

Kathryn Atwood

Kathryn teaches Medical Transcription and Electronic Health Record classes. She has taught medical transcription and healthcare documentation for 10 years, and has worked in the medical transcription field for 25 years. Kathryn is currently the lead healthcare documentation specialist for the San Jose division of RadNet Corporation. 

Susan Erickson

Susan teaches the online Medical Terminology class at DeAnza, and has been a part-time instructor at West Valley College ifor 30 years. Susan earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in business administration from San Jose State University. She worked at Community Hospital of Los Gatos for 25 years as a clinical nurse manager for the Pediatric Department and then as financial analyst for the chief financial officer.

Patricia Hassel, RN, BSBA 

Patricia is the former Health Technologies program coordinator at De Anza, and is currently a part-time instructor teaching Introduction to Health Technologies. She graduated from the Montreal General Hospital's School of Nursing and worked as a staff nurse in several specialties and hospitals. She was a full-time instructor at De Anza from 1969-2012.

Mary Lavin, CLS 

Mary teaches Advanced Phlebotomy at De Anza and has been a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for more than 30 years, with experience managing laboratory and phlebotomy operations in clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing facilities. She has been an instructor for more than 14 years.

Tony Milano, CPT 1

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Tony teaches the lab portion of Skill Building in Clinical Laboratory Procedures II. He was co-owner of the Chatterton and Walker, Inc., School of Phlebotomy, and is a retiree from Kaiser San Jose. He has worked in the phlebotomy field for more than 30 years.

Sunita Rangwala

Sunita teaches Advanced Coding and has extensive experience in teaching Medical Assistant , Phlebotomy, and Medical Billing and Coding courses. She has taught in private and community colleges.  She engages her students and helps them learn through real-world scenarios, while challenging them to think critically.

Juanita Russell, CLS 

Juanita teaches the Clinical Procedures I course and has been a Medical Technologist, CLS, MT (ASCP) for four major hospitals. She has also worked for private laboratories in various positions, including technical and general supervisor.

Susan Schmitz

Susan teaches some of the Advanced Medical Terminology courses at De Anza.  She is currently working as a Pediatric Advice Nurse.  Her nursing experience covers a variety of fields, including positions as a cardiovascular surgical nurse, AHA CPR and first aid instructor, and a flu nurse coordinator.

Sumedha Sherlekar

Sumedha teaches Advanced Medical Terminology courses at De Anza. She has bachelor's degrees in both microbiology and medical technology. In addition to teaching, she has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and for a blood bank. 

Roy Shurtliff, RHIT

Roy teaches Medical Communications and Medical Law and Ethics. He has more than 30 years of experience in the health information field. He is currently director of the Health Information Management Department and is the Facility Privacy Official for a local acute-care hospital.

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