At Platt College, we believe effective instruction stems from a blend of classroom and practical knowledge.
Our diverse full-time and adjunct faculty are an integral part of our students’ education, combining teaching quality with industry experience to help prepare our students in their chosen field of study. See below to find out more about some of our faculty members. Schedule a campus visit today to find out more about our programs, tour our facilities, and explore our class offerings, and meet our faculty!
Instructor, Paralegal Studies | Los Angeles Campus
Ara Hatamian holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Trinity International University. He has been an instructor in Platt College’s Paralegal Studies program since 2005.
As a legal Professional, Ara brings years of experience both in the private sector and the government sector of the Justice system, including Criminal Law, Torts Law, Civil Service Law, Administrative Law, and matters of Affirmative Action. He has worked as an Advocate for the Chief of Police of Los Angeles County Police, working directly with the Chief of Police to arbitrate police misconduct in accordance with Civil Service Rules, Procedures and the Peace Officers Bill of Rights. Prior to his appointment as an Advocate for the Office of Public Safety, Ara spent 3 years with the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office as a senior law clerk assisting in the prosecution of criminal defendants in the County of Los Angeles.
Ara prides himself on his civil service, and has volunteered teaching intercity 5th graders of crime prevention. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and new born nephew. Ara’s favorite quote is “Choose a career path you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
Instructor, Paralegal Studies | Ontario Campus
Carina Aguirre has been an instructor at Platt College since 2007, teaching students in Family Law I-II, Research and Writing I-II, Legal Writing, Civil Procedure, Advanced Trial Procedure, and Wills & Trusts.
Carina has multiple years of experience working in Southern California private law practices specializing in Family law and Immigration, advocating the rights of domestic violence victims.. Her bilingual ability and intercultural training brought her to create her own business in 2005. She founded Pacific Mediation, a practice specializing in family and domestic relations.
Carina also has served as an adjunct professor at several private universities and community colleges in the Southern California area teaching various areas of law and specialized training to paralegals and legal assistants. Carina is also a privately contracted continuing education speaker that has toured throughout California.
Carina holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Texas Tech University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M. While at Texas Tech, she was nominated for “Who’s who Among American Law Students”, and an active member and elected officer of the Hispanic law student society. During her law school career, she was an invited public presenter of her own thesis, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures: Guarding the Global Trading Community, at the inaugural Texas Tech Law and Science Symposium. Copyright and publication is currently held by Texas Tech University Law School.
David Michael Morfin
Instructor, Paralegal Studies | Los Angeles Campus
David Michael Morfin has been an instructor in Platt College’s Paralegal Studies department since January 2007.
Mr. Morfin received his Juris Doctor degree in Law from The George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C. While at GW Law, Mr. Morfin completed the Pro Bono Honors Program, which required him to volunteer his time to various pro bono (free) legal programs throughout Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
Prior to graduating from law school, Mr. Morfin received an Associate of Arts degree with Honors in English from Cerritos College, where he was accepted into Phi Theta Kappa and served as Vice President of Youth Excel. He continued his education atUCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Political Science. While at UCLA, he was placed on the National Dean’s List two times, served as Editor of the Westwind Undergraduate Research Journal, won numerous Provost and Vice-Provost awards, was accepted into the Golden Key Honor Society recognizing the top 15% of students, admitted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, and graduated from the College Honors Program, the highest academic distinction of UCLA’s College of Letters and Sciences.
Mr. Morfin has a wide array of experience in both Civil and Criminal Law. He currently works for L.A. County, as an Advocate working on Employment and Administrative Law issues, where he conducts hearings and participates in mediations and arbitrations. He also worked at the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office as a Senior Law Clerk, and previously a Certified Law Clerk where he prosecuted numerous criminal trials and Preliminary Hearings. He has conducted trials and hearings as a Student-Attorney with the D.C. Law Students in Court Criminal Law Program, volunteered with the CAIR Coalition (Immigration Law), and worked on Tax and Property issues with the D.C. Bar Advice and Referral Clinic.
Mr. Morfin also clerked at the Washington, D.C. civil law firm of Harmon, Wilmot & Brown, L.L.P, where he assisted in both civil and criminal litigation. Additionally, Mr. Morfin worked as a Legal Research Assistant for a world-renowned professor of Law and Forensic Sciences at GW Law, where he engaged in numerous research and writing projects, assisted in an archaeological dig at the Gettysburg battlefied in Pennsylvania, and partcipated in a forensic exhumation in Wyoming.
Mr. Morfin has also volunteered his time teaching inner-city children. From 2002-2005, as part of Geoge Washington University’s Street Law Program, he taught basic legal principles to teenagers in Washington D.C., culminating in his students conducting a mock-trial at his law school. Furthermore, while at the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Morfin volunteered his time teaching Los Angeles elementary school students about crime prevention and the power of education.
His publications include two years as a writer and researcher for Scientific Sleuthing Review, a widely circulated legal journal of Law and Forensic Science, Editor for Westwind Journal, and U.S. Supreme Court writer for Nota Bene, the Official Newspaper of the George Washington University Law School.
Program Chair, Paralegal Studies | Ontario Campus
Ugo Nwaoha has been with Platt College since 2000.
Ugo’s professional experience includes teaching with Riverside County public schools, and as a member of a local legal practice where is work includes: drafting motions, trial briefs, and settlement agreements; responding to discovery requests; and legal research and opinion writing.
Ugo holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of West Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of California Berkeley.
Instructor, Visual Communication | Ontario Campus
John LeDell has worked in the Multimedia Design field for over 16 years.
John is the President and Director of Running Dragon Productions, a locally-based advertising/marketing production agency specializing in production of video, film, multimedia, post production, motion graphics, visual effects, animation 2D/3D, graphic design, branding, digital imaging, printing, and web design.
John has been an instructor at Platt College since 2003, teaching courses in Drawing, 3D Animation, Art and Film Editing, and Video Compositing.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts, and a Master of Arts degree in Art and Art History, from Cal State University Northridge.
Program Chair, Graphic Design/Visual Communications | Ontario Campus
Ms. Denys has been an instructor in Platt College’s Visual Communication Department for over 20 years, served as Director of Education from 1992-2004 at the Newport Beach campus and a Department Chair in Ontario since 2004.
Ms. Denys holds a Master in Fine Arts degree from the Vermont College of the Union Institute, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. During her career, Ms. Denys has authored and designed several books, including: Artistic Leanings (in progress), Animal Magnetism, Smithmark Publishing, New York, 1998, Faces of the Vatican Collections, and Celebrate San Antonio: A Cookbook.
Her photographs have been published in magazines and books such as Tasha Tudor’s, The Great Corgiville Kidnapping, “International Artist,” “Country Living” and “Southwest Art.” She is a working artist who has exhibited internationally.
She is a regular presenter and contributor at national conferences in visual communications and design, including the School of Visual Arts Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York City and has three published papers.
Ms. Denys has been selected for Who’s Who in America’s Teachers, and has been named by the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools (CAPPS) as Teacher of the Year.
Instructor, Visual Communication | Los Angeles Campus
Scott Greene has been an instructor in Platt College’s Visual Communication department since 2001.
As a graphic designer and web editor, Scott Greene has amassed a wealth of knowledge which has prepared him for his current role as an instructor at Platt College. Scott has held graphic arts, web design and editing positions at several agencies.
As an instructor, Scott provides his students with a great deal of personal attention and support, and with a detailed clarification of materials and technology. His studies of art history and filmmaking also serve him well. With a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Philosophy from Emory University and an MFA in Film Directing and Editing from the USC School of Cinema/Television, his extensive knowledge in graphic arts, editing and consumer product sculpture has helped him in various positions working with companies as diverse as the Hartford, the Walt Disney Store and Disney Consumer Products.