Deborah FreemelTitle: Associate Faculty
Department: Social Sciences
Division: Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Organization: Saddleback College
Alt Phone: (949) 582-4900 x3156
M.A., California State University, Fullerton
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
Deborah Freemel joined Saddleback College in August, 2003 as an associate faculty member. Deborah has also taught at Mira Costa College. Her current teaching assignment includes: Soc 126 Sociology of Death and Dying. Previous courses include: Soc 180 Introduction to Gerontology; Soc 25 Social Stratification; Soc 1 Introduction to Sociology; Soc 10 Sociology of Marriage and Family; and Soc 15 Socialization of the Child.
Prior to teaching Deborah worked extensively in the community for many years as a social gerontologist. Her career path working in the field of Gerontology began right out of high school. Deborah has worked both hands on and in administrative positions in nonprofit and government agencies (older adult recreation; emeritus adult education; adult day care; senior center; nutrition center; senior transportation; crisis intervention; information and referral; Medicare education and advocacy; community human services task force and advisory boards).
In her spare time, Deborah volunteers for the American Red Cross in disaster services and is a First Aid/CPR and Disaster Services instructor. Deborah is also a volunteer Girl Scout adult education trainer. Her favorite pastime is curling up on the couch with a good book and her ever present golden retriever 'shadow'. She also enjoys visiting both her daughter in San Francisco and daughter, son-in-law, 3 year old grandson and newborn grandson in San Diego. When Deborah teaches exclusively online, she spends time in Alaska where her husband of 38 years is currently working.
Previous Professional Appointments
• San Diego County 5th District Social Service Representative to Board of Supervisors
• San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board member. In Home Supportive Services Chairperson
• California HICAP Association Chairperson (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy)
• American Society on Aging (ASA) Medicare Part D National Trainer