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Idichandi Idicula, M.S., RRT, CPFT

photo of Idichandi IdiculaFaculty and Respiratory Care Program Coordinator
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Idichandi Idicula teaches several Respiratory Care courses as well as HPRS 2010, Basic Health Professions Skills II. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in physics and the other in education, from the University of Kerala, India, as well as a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Texas. He is a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and certified pulmonary function technologist (CPFT), as well as a CPR and ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) instructor.

He has also taught at the Metropolitan Group of Hospitals’ School of Respiratory Therapy, affiliated with the University of Illinois, and developed and taught an accelerated in-house respiratory therapy program while working as a respiratory care educational coordinator at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He received the Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship Award for aerosol technique development in 2002 from the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF). He is an active member of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) and a member of the Geriatric Society of Respiratory Care.


Jennifer D. De La Garza, B.A., RRT

photo of Jennifer D. De La GarzaFaculty
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Jennifer De La Garza began teaching in the Respiratory Care program in 2008. She has worked as a respiratory care practitioner for the Parkland Health and Hospital System since 1991, where her responsibilities have included bedside therapist, team leader, staff educator and research project participant. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of patient care protocols for the hospital.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas and an associate degree in respiratory care from California College of Health Science. She is the author of several published articles and abstracts (research summaries) that have appeared in The American Journal of Surgery and in Respiratory Care, the journal of the American Association of Respiratory Care. She is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care and the Texas Society for Respiratory Care and holds credentials as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).


Kande L. Mann, B.S., RRT-NPS, RCP

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Kande Mann teaches the Health Occupations Core Curriculum as well as Respiratory Care courses in pediatrics, clinical education and mechanical ventilation. She earned an associate degree in respiratory therapy technology from Denver Community College and a bachelor’s degree in allied health education from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In her 30-year professional career, she has held positions in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado and has experience in all of the subspecialties of respiratory care: critical care, transport, pediatric and neonatal, home care, rehabilitation and education.

A registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and respiratory care practitioner (RCP), she has taught respiratory care full time since 1994 as as adjunct faculty since 1987. She received an Excellence in Teaching award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for part-time faculty in 1995. She has been an active member of the Respiratory Rally Planning Committee of the American Lung Association since 1999 and a member of the annual state meeting planning committee of the Texas Society of Respiratory Care since 1989. She has held several subcommittee positions for the American Association for Respiratory Care since 1977. Her areas of special interest are physical medicine/rehabilitation and pediatrics.

Gary Peschka, M.Ed., RRT, RCP

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Gary Peschka served as the Respiratory Care coordinator and faculty at El Centro College for 18 years. Today he serves as an academic advisor for El Centro's allied health occupations programs and works part time as a critical care therapist at St. Paul Medical Center of Dallas. Over his career, he has served as a staff respiratory therapist at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, as director of education for the American Association for Respiratory Care in Dallas and as an instructor at Tarrant County College, the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, the University of Louisville, Ky., Health Science Center and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

He holds an advanced certificate and a master’s degree in health occupations teacher education from the University of Illinois at Urbana and earned a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and respiratory care practitioner (RCP) — and since he earned his first respiratory certification in 1965, holds a registered RRT number below 1000. He was selected as a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor for excellence in teaching at El Centro College in 2002, and has chaired and served as a member of numerous subcommittees and task forces of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). He belongs to the AARC and to the Texas Society for Respiratory Care.

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