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Leonor Cabrera (Dean, Business, Design & Workforce)

Business, Design and Workforce - Division Office

Leonor Cabrera

Dean Cabrera is Interim Dean for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her backgraound is in accounting and has taught our accounting courses, including financial and managerial accounting.

Candice Nance (Assistant Professor)

Business, Design and Workforce - Business

Candice Nance

Degrees: MBA, International Business, American International College; BS, Marketing with Honors, San Jose State University; AA, Business with High Honors, Ohlone Community College

Teaching Experience: Ohlone College, Fremont, CA; Cañada College, Redwood City, CA (2013 - Present)

Career Highlights: My love for community college began back when I was a community college student myself at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. My passion for traveling and study abroad stemmed from an opportunity through Ohlone College to study abroad at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. I transferred to San Jose State University to earn my degree in marketing and then became a Marketing Communications Coordinator for NASA’s Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program at the NASA Ames Research Center. From there I moved to London, England to work in marketing and sales at IPC Systems, Inc. creating specialized communications solutions for the financial trading industry. I completed my MBA in International Business on nights and weekends while living in London and then transitioned to wrap up my studies in Bangkok, Thailand. When I returned to the States, I worked at Stanford University’s Overseas Resource Center assisting students pursuing scholarships for study and research abroad.

Passions: When I’m not teaching, I’m usually traveling the world one country at a time or buzzing around the Bay Area in a small plane or tinkering with technology. All with my family and friends in tow.

Favorite Quote: “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” - B.B. King Website: or

Lale Yurtseven (Professor)

Business|Technology - Business

Lale Yurtseven

Degrees: MBA, International Business Management and BA, International Relations, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Teaching Experience: Foothill-De Anza and West Valley Mission College District, CA (2006 - Present); Cañada College, CA (2014 - Present).

Career Highlights: I am a MBA professional with international management experience and extensive knowledge in business management, sales, training and development offering technical know-how and excellent understanding business processes, entrepreneurship and higher education. For three years, I managed statewide grants as the Grant Project Director at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. I co-founded a Startup company in 2000 called Small Business Experts, where I now serve on the board. I have extensive experience in the industry as being a Director of Sales and Marketing and Director of Business Development for over 8 years, and I have also worked at the United Nations as a Senior Documentation Consultant.

Passions: Swimming, running, entrepreneurship, languages, and international business.

Favorite Quote: “Peace at Home, Peace in the World” - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Brian Bennett (Adjunct Professor)

Business, Design and Workforce - Business

Brian Bennet - Adjunct Faculty

Brian has more than 25 years of management and consulting experience spanning industies including high-tech, medical device, financial services and public accounting industries. He participated in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and is listed as a co-inventor on three issued patents. Also, Brian competed in the Olympic Games and has worked internationally. In general, his classes are very interactive since the field of business is constantly changinf and he will draw upon real life business current events, companies, products, and services to enhance your learning experiemce.

Brandon Napoli (Adjunct Professor)

Business, Design and Workforce - Business

Brandon Napoli - Adjunct Faculty

A son of a community college teacher, I grew up on campus and later attended Cuesta College. Both experiences planted a dream to teach after gaining over a decade of experience. In 2006, I started my career in poverty alleviation through supporting underserved entrepreneurs. That year, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in microfinance - providing small loans to people in poverty to start and grow their business. Inspired, I pursued microfinance and learned how access to capital helped entrepreneurs build dignity and create jobs. After receiving my MBA from SDSU, I joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala. I assisted the small business development efforts in ecotourism, focusing on providing an alternative income to the subsistence farming. After returning to the States, I supported entrepreneurs at higher levels. First, as the Director of Microlending at Valley Economic Development Center – growing the micro lending portfolio to top 5 in the US and testifying to congress on the state of micro lending. Afterwards, I became the Director of National Microlending Initiatives managing an investment fund for microlenders across the US. At the end of 2016, I responded to a passion to intersect faith and entrepreneurship and relocated to Palo Alto to start a faith-based coworking space.

Janet Laurin (Adjunct Professor)

Business, Design and Workforce - Business

Janet Laurin - Adjunct Faculty

This fall, Janet will be teaching online at Cañada College while entering her 15th year of teaching online at community college level. Teaching at this level was her dream while attending community college after high school. Now, as an instructor she truly enjoys the teaching experience--both online and face-to-face. Janet received a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her background includes 28 years of experience in financial and administrative management while working in a wide range of environments, including entertainment (Disney), manufacturing (aerospace), non-profit (AARP), and education (student services). She has also co-owned a small business since 1980.

Kirk Tramble (Adjunct Faculty)

Business, Design and Workforce - Business
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Kirk Tramble - Adjunct Faculty

Oduro Takyi (Adjunct Professor)

Business, Design and Workforce - Business

Oduro Takyi - Adjunct Faculty

Degrees: MBA, Business Administration, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York; LLB (Honors) University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. Teaching Experience: Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Los Altos, CA (2000 – Present) Cañada College (2017 – Present) University of Phoenix, San Jose, CA (2000 – 2004)

Career Highlights: As a result of teaching prospective entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley how to write business plans to start their businesses at De Anza College, I decided to start my own management consulting business, The Boardroom Planning Group in San Jose, CA. As the Principal Consultant, I have provided consultation to clients on business planning, financial management, the development of feasibility studies, and product expertise. Clients have included insurance carriers, county and city risk managers, and the State of California Department of Industrial Relations. I have also been a Learning Consultant at the Kaiser Permanente Regional Offices in the Information Technology Division, Walnut Creek, CA where I trained management and their staff and maintained curriculum for a software development initiative.

Passions: (1) Avid reader of numerous John Grisham legal thrillers; (2) Aficionado of CNBC’s ‘The Shark Tank.’ (3) Professional basketball, football and soccer enthusiast.

Favorite Quote: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” – Alexander Pope.