Originally from Vienna, Austria, my life journey has taken many turns and I have come to appreciate each bolder or unexpected turn as a lesson and hidden blessing. I love guiding learners in embracing their life journeys and discovering their life purpose and intrinsic value as a whole person and gift to the world. Academically, I have a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning, and undergraduate degrees in environmental studies, theology, and languages (German, English, Russian). I am the proud mom of a 21 year old daughter who continues to be my greatest teacher. Nature offers deep inspiration and sustenance for me and guides my approach to learning and teaching. I am also a certified Biodanza movement facilitator, teaching classes in the Bay Area, and operate a small gluten-free Austrian home bakery on the side.
Our Mission Statement:
Merritt College puts students first. Through our rich educational programs, we foster a culture of equity and inclusion that empowers students to achieve their greatest potential and make meaningful contributions to their respective communities and our global society.
A. Evan Nichols
Dean, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Chriss Warren Foster
Assistant to the Dean