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Meet the Deans of Instruction

Dean of Instruction, Communications and Liberal Arts

Anna Marie "Ree" Amezquita has been at Moreno Valley College for over twenty years. Ree began teaching for MVC in fall 2000. In 2001, shortly after her first year of teaching, she became one of the founding coordinators of the Puente Program. Ree was also the Writing and Reading Center Coordinator for six years and served as Communications Department Chair for six years.

In August of 2016, she began her current position as one of the three MVC Deans of Instruction. Ree currently serves in other leadership positions as Strategic Planning Council Faculty Co-Chair. She was also the Basic Skills Coordinator, and the English Discipline Facilitator.

Ree enjoys serving students and working with her colleagues, classified professionals, and faculty.

 

Dean of Instruction, STEM and CTE

Melody Graveen, Ph.D., a Pennsylvania native, serves as MVC's Dean of Instruction, STEM and Career & Technical Education. She began her career as a data systems technician in the United States Navy. She also served as a technician for Commander Patrol Wing One in Kamiseya, Japan and Fleet Integrated Logistics Overhaul at Mare Island, California, as well as an instructor duty tour at Combat Systems Technical Schools Command at Mare Island, California. As a result of the Navy base realignment and closure in the early 1990s, Graveen left the Navy to continue service as a contract instructor with San Diego City College at Service Schools Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in 1995.

She has spent the past 25 years working as an instructor, lead instructor, associate dean, dean, chief operations officer, and acting director, delivering high quality training and support.

During her career she worked closely with the Center for Naval Engineering to establish its online testing program for Basic Engineering Common Core (BECC) and was instrumental in the seamless process to add instructors for civilian support at Training Support Center (TSC), San Diego, California. As a veteran, her passion is to provide quality training and support to our military members. Her skills include writing and managing contract proposals, curriculum development, strategic planning, ethics program development, teaching, and leadership.

Graveen earned her master's of science degree in Educational Leadership and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Dean of Instruction, Public Safety

Phillip Rawlings' career in fire and emergency medical service spans three decades, beginning in 1988. He began his career as an emergency medical technician after receiving his training from Crafton Hills College. In 1991, he launched a fire service career as a volunteer firefighter for the city of Perris. In 1995, he accepted a position with the Riverside County Fire Department as a paramedic/firefighter in the Cove communities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage. Rawlings steadily climbed the ranks, eventually becoming a chief officer. Last month he retired as division chief of Support Services at the Ben Clark Training Center for CAL FIRE.

Rawlings has been involved in training and education throughout his professional career. He believes education and training are important for personal and developmental growth, a philosophy which he has advocated during his career.

He has served as an adjunct faculty for Palo Verde, Mt. San Jacinto and Moreno Valley colleges. He holds an associate of science degree in Emergency Medical Service, a bachelor's degree in Emergency Medical Care with a minor in Education, and a master's degree in Emergency Services Management. He is also an accredited chief EMS officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and maintains his California paramedic license. He currently serves on numerous working groups at the local and state level related to EMS and fire programs.

Phil and his wife, Karen, live in the Temecula area and have been married for 29 years. They have two wonderful children, Bradley, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and works as a Paramedic, and Alexandra, who is a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at California State University San Marcos.