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  Debi Bouwens
Office: T 2328
Phone: 562-938-4295
  Paula Fisher
Office: Child Development Center LAC
Phone: 562-938-4728

Julie Frumkin
Possition: Department Chair
Office: T 2326
Phone: 562-938-4792

This is the start of my 9 th year at LBCC. My previous experiences include teaching/directing in Child Development Centers, teaching/running the CSULB extension training program, and working at San Diego Children's Hospital as a Child Life Specialist. I have always loved teaching in the classroom, and have recently added a new way of teaching by developing on-line courses to further meet our students' needs. I am married and have 4 children.

  April Juarez
Office: T 2326
Phone: 562-938-4547

Kristin Pierce
Office: T 2367

MS at CSULB in Marriage and Family Therapy

Currently in school to complete a doctorate in counseling psychology.

I taught first grade in Long Beach for four years. I also saw clients in therapy for seven years, mostly children and adolescents. I have been teaching classes at LBCC for the past 8 years and I am currently teaching online and in the preschool classroom with field work students.


Donna Rafenello
Position: Assistant Professor & Director, Project RISE
Office: LAC F113
Phone: (562) 938-4761

Donna relocated from Chicago in 2002 and will probably always consider herself a Midwesterner, as grateful as she is to leave Chicago winters behind! She earned her B.S. in social work from Loyola University and her M.Ed. in early childhood leadership and advocacy from National-Louis University , both in Chicago . Donna and her partner live in Long Beach with their daughter, Sadie.

Work Experience:

Donna has over 20 years' experience working with children and families, including the following roles: preschool teacher and director, nonprofit administrator, program director, home visitor, nanny, child development lab instructor, and child & family counselor. Positions she has held in her career include:

  • Children Today: Child & Family Counselor, Program Director, Executive Director
  • Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association: Executive Director
  • The McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National-Louis University : (Director) Training Coordinator, Field Supervisor, Communications Manager, and Senior Research Associate
  • National-Louis University : Early Childhood Graduate Faculty
  • ChildServ: Parent Educator/Home Visitor

Areas of Expertise/Research Interests: Program administration, children's mental health, child abuse prevention, and serving diverse populations in early childhood settings through a multicultural and anti-bias education.

Writing/Editing Credits:

Donna's writing has been published in numerous early childhood publications including Young Children, Child Care Information Exchange , and the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education . In 2004, Donna published her first book -- Can't Touch My Soul - based on personal interviews with adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Donna's writing and editing credits include:

  • Child Care Exchange: Associate Editor & Writing Project Director
  • UCLA: Senior Writer & Editor
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Contributing Editor
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children: Consulting Editor
  • Chicago Parent Magazine: Columnist (book reviews)
  • Editorial Review Panels:
    McGraw-Hill, 2006 to present
    Morrison Bookworks 2008
    Pearson Merrill Prentice-Hall, 2004 to present
    Reviewer, Thomson Delmar Learning, 2006 to present
  • California AEYC: Editorial Panel
  • Child Welfare League of America, National Task Force on Children and HIV Infection, Contributing Editor

Professional Activities:

Member, Long Beach Early Care and Education Committee, 2007 to present

Long Beach Homeless Coalition, 2002-present

Board Advisor, Children Today, 2004-2007

Child Care Exchange

World Forum Communications Team, 2005

Panel of 300, 2000-present

Validator, NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation, 1993-2003

Board of Directors, Chicago Metro AEYC, 1996-97

Advisory Board, Cook County Child Care Resource and Referral, Chicago, IL, 1994-95

Award Committee, Illinois Preschool Owners Association/NCCA, 1997-2000

Member, Reader Panel, Working Mother magazine, 1999-2003

  Dana Van Sinden
Position: Coordinator, California Early Childhood Mentor Program
Office: Child Development Center, PCC
Phone: (562) 938-3274