Leisure Instructor Biographies

Center Activities is always looking for Leisure Instructors! Are you an expert at something? Do you offer training in a new skill? Are you looking to expand your business to offer classes in your field? Click here to get to our Jobs & Internships under the Leisure Instructor heading. You can download the Leisure Program's Proposal Information and Application Packet for more information. Contact Susan Hamblen at 826-4195 or slh2@humboldt.edu.         

Phillip Lazzar
Phillip teaches many classes for Center Activities including our First Time Home Buyer's Seminar and Einstein's Relativity Theory. He is a California licensed real estate broker with over 30 years of local experience. He's a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Humboldt Co. MLS. He's been teaching Special Relativity for several years at middle and high schools as well as for HSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Center Activities. He makes the subject easy to understand in a fun atmosphere. 

Steve & Cindy Scherrer
Steve has been paddling since 1966, yes 52 years! Cindy since 1983. They owned a kayak shop in Portland for nearly 20 years and then worked for Confluence Watersports for 10. Now Steve and Cindy travel the country teaching SUP and kayaking and certifying instructors.


Leo Marella
Leo has been an American Red Cross Health and Safety Instructor for 14 years. He began as a Lifeguard and Swim instructor in his teens in San Diego, CA. Throughout the years, he expanded into an instructor for many Red Cross classes while attending college and working for the Arcata Community Pool as well as Center Activities. When not teaching CPR and First Aid classes, he works as a chocolate maker and enjoys running, cycling, swimming, and if time allows, baking.

Tommy & Melanie Rowsey-McWilliams
Tommy and Melanie are married local medics that teach the EMT Program and work to inspire the next generation of dedicated prehospital providers and other medical professionals. There are 30 years of experience between them. Multiple nationally recognized certified instructor courses, and a boatload of “behind the redwood curtain” real world field applicability, makes them the ideal team to train the first EMT to arrive on Mars. A combo of real world degree and HSU education make for a dynamic teaching combo unlike any other experience. Want to get elbows deep in real world experience? Don’t miss the next HSU Center Activities EMT Program.

Neill O’Brien
Neill is currently certified with USA Archery and US Collegiate Archery Association (USCA) as a coach. He has been the head coach of Humboldt State University's (HSU) Intercollegiate Archery Club since 2012; he was previously an assistant coach for the club. He also teaches archery classes at Humboldt State. He trained the 2013 California State Indoor Barebow Champion through HSU's archery program.  As a student he was an accomplished archer and held the post of President and Vice President of his team. Most notable, in 2010 he placed third in the men's recurve division at the Tulare Invitational/ Collegiate National Indoor Championship.

Jacob Pressey
Beer Brewing 101 is taught by Jacob Pressey, he is the owner/brew master of Humboldt Regeneration Brewery & Farm in McKinleyville.  Jacob graduated with an Environmental Science degree focusing on Soils and Alternative Agriculture in 2010 from HSU.  He worked as a brewer for Eel River Brewing Company for over seven years before starting Humboldt Regeneration, and has been farming beer since 2010. 








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