Science Department Faculty - School of Health, Math and Sciences

Lenny Gannes

Lenny Gannes
Chair, Science Department, Biology

Dr. Lenny Gannes became interested in the natural world at a young age. During his undergraduate degree he worked with animals: rehabilitating injured raptors, researching white pelican behavior, and working for the California Condor Recovery Program tracking wild condors. He received his B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Gannes received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His doctoral research addressed the physiology and ecology of small songbirds migrating across the Sahara Desert.

Dr. Gannes has taught high school at Santa Fe Preparatory School, and college at Prescott College, Wild Rockies Field Institute, Oberlin College, College of Santa Fe and Cornell College. He has taught a variety of field courses in the western United States and abroad, and has taught courses in environmental literature, creative writing and water policy. He currently teaches courses that place science in its evolutionary, ecological, physiological and societal contexts, including introductory biology and climate change.

Jerry Friedman

Jerry Friedman
Physics and Math

Jerry Friedman received an A.B. in physics from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been teaching at SFCC since 2002, before which he taught at what was then Northern New Mexico Community College in Española.

Jerry has taught all of the physics courses SFCC offers, including classes for Monte del Sol High School, as well as various math and developmental math courses. His goal is to help students learn to solve problems using the methods of mathematics and physics.

Steve Gomez 

Stephen Gómez

Dr. Stephen Gómez is a native New Mexican. He received his B.S in biology at the California Institute of Technology and his M.A and Ph.D. in molecular, cell and developmental biology at UCLA. His doctoral research examined the interactions between photosynthetic pigments and proteins in chloroplast membranes. He was awarded two Ford Fellowships, one at UCLA in biochemistry and the other at the U. of Wyoming in botany. Dr. Gómez started his career in the biomedical field with appointments at the Dept. of Molecular Biotechnology, U. of Washington; Dept. of Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, UCLA and the Respiratory Immunology and Asthma Program, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.

Since returning to New Mexico, Dr. Gómez’ interests have shifted to sustainable agriculture and biofuels. He has served as a consultant to Sandia National Laboratories in Renewable Energy and managed the research program in low-water greenhouse agriculture at the Indio-Hispano Academy of Agricultural Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Gómez joined the faculty at SFCC in 2014. Before that he taught biology at UCLA, U. of Washington, U. of Wyoming, UNM and CNM. While at CNM he developed a curriculum in Green Energy as part of the engineering program. At SFCC, Dr. Gómez splits his time between biology courses in the School of Health, Math and Sciences and sustainability/biofuels courses in the School of Trades and Technology.

Neil Hunter

Neil Hunter

Neil Hunter holds a B.S. in biology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and an M.Sc. in molecular biology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also did graduate work in science education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After teaching anatomy and physiology for four summers at SFCC, he accepted a full-time instructor's position within the Biology department in August, 2005. Previously, Neil taught biology in Hong Kong, Great Britain and New Mexico with the United World Colleges. He has also served as a counselor, dean and vice president within that organization.

Neil teaches cell biology and genetics to science majors, anatomy and physiology for pre-nursing students and introduction to biology to non--science majors.

Janie Milner

Janie Milner
Assistant Professor, Biology

Janie Milner holds a B.S. in Animal Production and an M.S. in Zoology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. She came to SFCC in 1999 as Lead Biology Instructor and served as the Science Department Chair 2003 through 2010, and in 2013. She has been recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She works with The Wildlife Center in Espanola. Prior to coming to SFCC she taught at Central New Mexico Community College, worked at the Albuquerque BioPark, studied Hantavirus at the University of New Mexico, and worked for the National Biological Survey studying mammals.

Janie teaches Microbiology for Health Science, Biology for Health Science, and Anatomy and Physiology. She hopes to pass on her curiosity and respect for living organisms to students, and give them the confidence to make wise decisions concerning health and environmental issues.

Azer Saleh

Azher Saleh

Azher Saleh holds B.S. from the University of Mosul in Nineveh, Iraq and an M.S. from the University of Arizona at Tucson. He has been teaching chemistry at SFCC since 2001. Previously, he taught at Pima Community College and was a staff instructor at the University of Arizona. Azher received the Distinguished Teaching Award Math and Sciences in 1992, and was recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2000.

His mission is to provide quality education to chemistry students so they can pursue their goals with confidence and a solid background.

For more information, please contact The School of Health, Math and Sciences, 505-428-1323 ,

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