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Passion to teach and for the community
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Ukiah, CA – After several years of working in the banking industry, former Ukiah High School graduate (1988), Business instructor Fac-Finnegan.gif returns home to teach at Mendocino College.

    The loss of some family members in a short period of time, combined with her husband’s desire to move out of the city, prompted Finnegan and her husband to move back home to Ukiah.

    “I didn’t know that I would end up in teaching.  I thought I might start a non-profit or a consulting business here,” Finnegan said.

     Before even getting started in a new career, Finnegan received a phone call from her cousin saying Mendocino College needed a part-time economics instructor for a summer class.

        “By the end of teaching that class, all I wanted in life was to teach,” Finnegan said.

    In 2004, Finnegan taught part-time until Professor Emeritus Emmett Jones retired and, at that time, Finnegan applied for and was offered the full-time position.  

    “I teach at Mendocino College because this is my community.  This is my home and there is a lot of need here in business education.  I have always loved the diversity of people in this community and the classroom is no different.  Despite the diversity, we all have the same needs: to gain knowledge, improve job skills, achieve professional success and ultimately experience a better quality of life,” Finnegan said.

After graduating from high school, Finnegan attended Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA where she graduated Cum Laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  At graduation, she earned the Adam Smith Award for the highest academic achievement in the field of economics.  

    Finnegan was then awarded a full graduate scholarship by Rotary International and served one year abroad as an International Ambassador for the South Ukiah Rotary Club.

    In 1994, Finnegan earned a Masters Degree in International Economics and Management from the University of Bocconi, an international business school in Milan, Italy.

    After returning from Italy, Finnegan worked for Wells Fargo as a Relationship Manager for offices in San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Phoenix, AZ from 1995 until 1999.

    From 1999 until 2002, Finnegan was a Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo in Santa Rosa and then as a Commercial Credit Officer at Summit Bank in Santa Rosa from 2002-2004.

    Currently, Finnegan is teaching accounting, business and micro-economics courses at Mendocino College.

Finnegan is also a co-instructor for Summer Entrepreneurship Academy, which is a 3 unit college course that will run for two weeks this summer.  The Entrepreneurship Academy is open to anyone who wants to have fun learning about how to start and run your own successful business.  

    “We primarily teach to high school students to promote student interest in business and entrepreneurship,” Finnegan said in the fall of 2007, Finnegan will teach accounting, taxation and economic courses.

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