Life Sciences Program Chair: 
Lynne Fox-Parrish

Physical Sciences Program Chair:
David Olson

Department Office
(970) 339-6233


Sciences Faculty and Staff:

Sara Burtwell
Assistant Professor, Astronomy and Physics
(970) 339-6660

Sara has been teaching at Aims since 2007. She graduated with a B.A. in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and earned a M.S. in Physics from Brandeis University.

She teaches Conceptual Physics (PHY 105), algebra-based physics (PHY 111 and 112), calculus-based physics (PHY 211 and 212) and Astronomy (AST 101).

Dr. Lynne Fox-Parrish
Instructor, Biology
(970) 339-6231

Lynne started teaching part-time at Aims in January 2009 before going full-time in August 2011. She received her B.S. in Biology from Florida Southern College and her M.S. in Biology/Zoology from Emporia State University. She then earned her Ph.D. in Biology Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Lynne teaches non majors biology courses.Lynne was a part-time faculty member in the science department at Aims for many years. Lynne became a full-time faculty member in 2011. Lynne teaches biology courses.

Christine Gaudinski
Professor, Chemistry and Chair of Sciences Dept.
(970) 339-6488

Christine began teaching at Aims in August 2007. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from LaSalle University and an M.A. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She also completed advanced graduate study in chemistry from Colorado State University.

Christine teaches Introduction to Chemistry, Chemistry in Context, General College Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

Tom Griffin
(970) 330-8008 x3311

Tom Griffin started teaching at Aims in 1991. He completed his graduate studies through Kansas State University and studied the geological origin and evolution of the San Isabel batholith in Colorado.

Tom teaches geology courses at the Aims Loveland campus.

Maxine Obleski
Professor, Biology
(970) 339-6389

Maxine has been a faculty member at Aims Community College Since September 2003.

She teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology at the Greeley Campus.

Dr. Leba Sarkis
Professor, Biology
(970) 339-6367

Leba Sarkis began teaching at Aims in 1984. He also taught at the University of Northern Colorado from 1990-1991 and the University of Ryadh Saudi Arabia from 1983-1984. He attended Purdue University, Huntington University for undergrad and then earned his bachelorís degree from California State University. He went on to earn his masterís degree in biology from UNC and his doctorate in Biological Science: Microbiology also from UNC.

He has published two books, BIO 105 lab book (various editions and updates) and BIO 111 lab book, published by McGraw-Hill in 2013.

Awards include:
  • 2011 Faculty of the Year, Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education
  • Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year, 2009-2010 and 2006-2007
  • Keynote Speaker, Academic Honors Ceremony, 2010 and 2007
  • Whoís Who Among Americaís Teachers, National Deanís List, 2006-2008 and 2008-2013
Leba teaches BIO 111, 112, Principles of Biology, Basic Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology.

Jim Stone
Professor, Geology
(970) 339-6293

Jim Stone started teaching at Aims in 1997. He completed his graduate studies through Kansas State University and studied the igneous geology of the northern Wet Mountains of Colorado near Canon City.

Jim teaches geology courses at the Aims Greeley campus.