Meet Our Tutors

Jane Goodman, OLLI-CSUF Collaboration / Nursing Head coordinator

Jane Goodman(In her own words):I am not a teacher but over many years of practical and hands-on experience, I feel as though I have mastered the art of proper language and grammar. I did attend some college at the University of Wisconsin but after a short stint there, I decided that I was better suited to enter the work field and did so as a legal secretary. Years later, after moving to California, I returned to school and became a certified professional legal assistant/paralegal. In 1984, upon completion of the program, I went to work for a tax lawyer and remained there until my retirement in 2008.

My husband and I moved from Palos Verdes to Fullerton in 2010 to be closer to our grandchildren. Between our involvement with exercising, OLLI, our synagogue and other organizations, we are keeping very busy, both physically and mentally.

Tutoring students in need will allow me to give back some of the practical knowledge and experience that I have gained throughout my many years of employment. I also look forward to the one-to-one interaction that I will have with the students. Knowing that I might have even a small part in helping these students succeed in their chosen careers is both rewarding and satisfying to me.


Barbara Gossett

Barbara GossettBarbara spent her last 18 years of employment as a planner at Caltrans, writing reports and editing engineering documents. She retired in 2009, recently enough that she misses the fun and challenge of helping people construct readable reports that present sound arguments, peppered with well-chosen words, and she is looking forward to working with nursing students.


Lorraine Thone Ritch

Lorraine Thone RitchThone Ritch, a Southern California native, earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature from CSUF. She taught English for thirty-three years in West Covina Unified School District, with thirty of those years at the high school level. She is the mother of one son with learning disabilities, so she understands firsthand the challenges these present.

Thone has traveled to Switzerland, France, Viet Nam, Thailand, Cambodia, Hawaii, and the Caribbean Islands. Her sense of adventure throughout her adult life led her to experience white water rafting, ballooning, kayaking and jet skiing. She has flown a Cessna 4-seater plane and parasailed over the North Eastern Sea (aka the China Sea).

Much of the excitement in her retirement years has come from Osher Life-Long Living Institute (OLLI) and CSUF’s Council for Successful Aging (CSA). Both groups have led her to staying physically and mentally active. Tutoring at CSUF is a way of giving something back to the university and the medical profession for all the help given to her in the past and the present.