Laney College

Faculty Bios

Faculty Bios

Linda Sanford

After spending many years working in K-6 special education programs, Linda returned to school and obtained a BA degree in Environmental Studies and a MA degree in Geography.  While teaching Geography at various Community Colleges in the Bay Area she also reached ABD status in Environmental Geography at UC Davis focusing upon California’s northeastern corner and the Modoc Plateau. 

 Linda became a contract instructor at Laney College in 2001 and served as the Geography/Geology Department Chair until she moved to the position of Dean of Humanities, Language Arts and Social Sciences during the summer of 2005.  During the time that Dean Sanford was teaching, she also served as the President of the Board of Directors and CEO of Mount Diablo Interpretation Association, overseeing the operation of the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center and docent training program for Mount Diablo State Park.

 Best known for her publications, including Student Guide to Physical Geography, Trail Map of Mount Diablo State Park and Mount Diablo Wildflowers, Linda currently lives in Berkeley with her husband Dr. Richard Moore and has two sons and five grandchildren. 



Lisa Cook

Lisa R. Cook received her B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from the Naropa Institute and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from The University of Massachusetts, Boston. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Marshall Islands and a teacher trainer at a teachers college in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, China. She has been a full-time instructor in the ESL Department at Laney for ten years and served as Tutoring Coordinator for three years.




Wilma Fuller is thrilled to be a part of the LEAP faculty at Laney College. She received both her undergraduate and advanced degrees from Mills College in Oakland and can personally relate to the challenges faced by working students. She is a life long learner who writes fiction and non-fiction and has successfully participated in two NaNoWriMo events in which a 50,000 word novel is written in 30 days.





Dangthu (Danielle) Ta

September 1999 – June 2001: California State East Bay, Hayward, CA
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics; GPA: 3.93.
September 1997 – August 1999:  California State East Bay, Hayward, CA
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Teaching Option)


  • January 2001 – Present: Mathematics Instructor, Laney College, Oakland, CA
  • January 2002 – Present: Mathematics Instructor, Chabot College, Hayward, CA
  • January 1999 – January 2006: Mathematics Lecturer, Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA
  • January 1995 – January 1990: Vietnamese Bilingual Academic Mentor, Oakland Unified School District


  •  Outstanding Mathematics Senior, California State University, Hayward (1999)
  • Cum Laude Undergraduate Student, California State University, Hayward (1999)
  • THEODORE N. TRACEWELL Scholarship (1998) 
  • W.S. WRONA Scholarship (1999)

Ms. Thadani has been a nurse for 30 years and received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California.San Francisco. Ms. Thadani has been involved with education  in various capacities regarding nursing and health for 17 years.  For the last 12 years she has specialized in Wellness promotion and works full time at Laney College;  she receives outstanding evaluations from her students. Ms. Thadani has received over 28 awards in innovation, service and education.