Instructor Bios

Elizabeth Abeel, B.A., a batik artist since 1975, is a member of the Michigan Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, has won numerous awards for her work, and has taught for EES since 1995.

Joedy Annis has formal training in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. She danced professionally for three years and teaches Hip Hop dance at NMC.

Debra Anton-Coburn, M.H. Master of Humanities, B.F.A., B.S.-art education, and K-12 certified, recently retired from teaching fine arts at the high school and middle school level. Debra now teaches art workshops for adults and children around the community. Her medium of interest as an artist is Fused Glass.

Debra Anton-Coburn, M.H. Master of Humanities,  B.F.A., B.S.-art education, and K-12 certified, recently retired from teaching fine arts at the high school and middle school level. Debra now teaches art workshops for adults and children around the community. Her medium of interest as an artist is Fused Glass.

Jarred Araujo, B.S., is a certified teacher currently working at Kingsley Area Schools in the Title 1 Program. He has been working in education since 2009. He enjoys working with technology and teaching students how to use it for their own enjoyment and benefit.

Tom Auch, B.S.-business, teaches Photoshop at NMC. He is a photographer for White Pine Press, and is on staff at the Center for Learning at NMC.

Yvette Babin-Ringsmuth, B.A.-linguistics/international business, worked for an international company, commuting regularly to Latin America and worked as a language training consultant for business executives.

Lindy Barnes, B.A., M.Ed., is a retired elementary teacher. She has been knitting since she was 10 years old and has taught knitting to young and old alike.

Leanne Baumeler, B.S.W., is a nationally certified sign language interpreter, has worked with the deaf and hard of hearing since 1986, and is the disability support services specialist at NMC.

Margaret Bennett, CYT, RYT, B.A.-psychology, is a certified yoga instructor and therapist. She has taught yoga at NMC since 1997, is a Reiki Master, and has formal training in meditation traditions. Margaret is director of Crooked Tree Yoga and Therapy in Acme.

Jim Bertoldi, B.B.A.-accounting, has more than two decades of experience working in the area of public accounting and consulting.

Scott Birch, B.S.-elementary education, is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate, a wilderness guide, certified Wilderness First Responder, and a former summer camp director. He currently is the Intervention Specialist at Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids.

Jennifer Blakeslee is the chef/owner of The Cook’s House on Front Street specializing in local sustainable cuisine. She was formerly the sous chef at Andre’s French Restaurant in Las Vegas.

Mary Bridges, M.A.-writing, has taught at the National Louis University and the College of DuPage. She has extensive computer experience.

Ali Bridson has been an active member of the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association since 2006. She has spent many years riding and racing mountain bikes on the local trails that she enjoys helping to maintain.

Olivia Brown is a spring 2015 Early Childhood Education graduate from Western Michigan University. She has been volunteering and working with young students in Kalamazoo County since 2010.

Pat Brumbaugh, A.B.D. in horn performance, M.M., was the Director of Bands at West Senior High for the past 13 years. Prior to her work in Traverse City, she taught at the University of Memphis and Arkansas University.

Bo Burke, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker and Climber Specialist, who has taught tree climbing for many years. He has over 12 successful years in the preservation, restoration, and care of trees.

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli is a published novelist and journalist who teaches writing seminars and workshops for NMC-EES. She is now working on a non-fiction book with a survivor of 9/11. Her work has been produced on stage and for NPR.

Jim Camp, CLU, CHFC, LUTCF, CASL, has been in the insurance business for over 25 years working as an agent, trainer, and managing partner. He has moderated LUTC courses for 10 years and taught insurance courses at NMC. He is past president of the Northwest local NAIFA.

Dan Carlson has had a lifelong passion with photography. He started Carlson Photography in 2008 where he specializes in family and senior portraits and wedding photography. He has shared his passion and talents with others in small group classes.

Jeffrey Cobb, M.M.-choral conducting, is the Director of Music Programs at NMC. He has over 20 years of experience in music education as a teacher, choral director, composer, and church Director of Music. Choirs under his direction have received state and national awards and invitations; several of his compositions have received awards. Jeff also performs as a Jazz vocalist and pianist.

Kathy Cole, B.S., has over 30 years experience in early elementary education. She is a former pre-school and kindergarten teacher and writer of educational materials. She loves fun, hands-on activities and believes playing with a concept is the best way to learn.

Christina Collins is a local mixed media and brick artist. Christina is a member of Michigan LEGO® Users Group, has been featured on Interlochen Public Radio, and builds at History Center of Traverse City during annual brick events. She has taught both art and LEGO® to children ages 4-17.

Dean Conners, B.F.A., B.L.A., is a registered landscape architect and member of the North American Society of Landscape Architects. His company, Borealis Design, focuses on regenerative, low-impact landscape and site design as well as installation of sundials and solar calendars. He has been making maple syrup at home since 1996.

Brady Corcoran, A.S.-recording engineer, B.S.-finance, is a lifelong musician and multi-instrumentalist. Brady is a song writer, music teacher and recording engineer, and has worked for several major LA recording studios that include Paramount and Record Plant. Currently he works as an adjunct instructor for NMC’s Audio Technology Department.

Michelle Corteggiano, founder of ATI Attraction Marketing, has more than 20 years of experience in direct selling, marketing, sales, relationship building, and leadership. A nationally recognized social media speaker, strategist and author; her book, “Power of Attraction” has been featured in the media.

Claire Crandell, B.A., is a retired teacher, artist and writer who loves to explore our world through travel, photography, and hiking. She has been studying and practicing meditation for over 25 years. She currently works with Sylvan Learning Center.

Patty Cron-Huhta is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Program and is the Dining Room Management instructor at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

Cedric Currin, M.S.-electrical engineering, is President of Currin Corporation specializing in design, supply, and training related to a wide variety of solar power systems. Currin Corp has installed PV systems in the Great Lakes Region, Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Cindy Daniel has a Business Management degree from College of William and Mary. She spent 12 years as a National Account Manager and Agency owner for Xerox Corporation in Baltimore, Dallas, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon. She served as the Marketing Director for Muskegon Catholic Schools for four years where she managed marketing campaigns, implemented a new website, and managed the enrollment process.

Joan D’Argo is an intuitive energy healer, teacher, and coach. With a gentle and compassionate approach, she helps people clear clutter, whether it’s physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. She recently completed her Level II Qigong certification with internationally acclaimed Lee Holden.

Sherry Davis is a certified Food for Life cooking instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (

Heather Deegan, B.A.-German language and literature, has more than five years experience tutoring German, ESL and basic reading skills to adults. She spent a year in Germany as an exchange student and occasionally does German to English translating.

Andrea Deibler began her culinary education in the barbecue mecca of Kansas City. She then spent six years in Chicago honing her butchering and charcuterie skills before moving to Michigan.

Shawn Denton, M.S., B.S., teaches in the Business and Physical Education Areas at NMC.

Nancy Deye, M.A.-education, B.S., is a certified TCA (Tai Chi for Arthritis) instructor. She has been a student and teacher of Sun and Yang style Tai Chi since 2003 and authored the book “The Essential Principals of Taiji Quan”.

Paul Deyo, B.A., has over 35 years experience in automotive and industrial design. Initial training as a model maker formed the basis of transitioning these skills to computer design. He has consulted at major design firms around the world and is currently a senior designer at Auto Desk, Inc.

Kristine Dietrich, M.A., learned Spanish in Mexico and studied in Spain. She has been teaching Spanish since 2000 and ESL since 1985.

Scott Diment, B.S.-education, has been teaching since 1988 including the past 13 years with TCAPS. He has been a skateboard enthusiast most of his life.

Val Domkiv, M.A.-human behavior, has been a classroom teacher for 13 years. She is co-author of several Teacher Education books.

Elizabeth Dornbos, B.A.-education, is a certified elementary teacher. She taught in Alaska since 2010 and recently moved to Traverse City.

Chris Doyal, a commercial photographer for more than 20 years, owned a studio in South Bend, IN. His specialty areas include product and underwater photography. Chris is currently the ecommerce manager for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.

Julie Doyal B.A., has 12 years of elementary teaching experience. She is a Program Coordinator for NMC-EES.

Erwin (Duke) Elsner, Ph.D., is an Agricultural Agent for MSU Extension and has assisted GT area farmers and home horticulturists with their insect problems. Dr. Elsner has conducted university research on insect pests. He is also an instructor for the MSU Master Gardener Program and MSU/NMC Plant Science Program.

Gael Eschelweck, A.A., is an accomplished classical and Spanish guitarist. She taught guitar classes for TCAPS and gives private lessons.

Barbara and Gordon Evans have been enjoying RV time for the last several years after operating a B&B in Interlochen in the first retirement. Barbara is a retired teacher and life story writer. Gordon spent much of his career as a Foreign Service officer and later became president of International House in NYC.

Kate Fairman, M.S.-education, is an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University and artist who has taught art and outdoor education courses since 1984.

Tina Norris Fields, M.A.-leadership, B.S.-Bus/CIS, owns Tall Pines Computer Training and specializes in facilitating computer mastery for both adults and children. Her background includes database systems development, adult education, and genealogical research.

Linda Fletcher, LTC/ANC (ret), MS in Trauma Nursing, was born into a military family and went on to have a 22-year career as an Army Nurse Corps officer. In 2008, she received her certificate as a Master Hypnotherapist and is currently writing a book about PTSD. She has extensively reviewed current literature, attended conferences, interviewed many military personnel and families, and consulted with national leaders, scholars, and organizations involved with PTSD.

Larry Flynn, B.S. Business Admin., Enrolled Agent (EA), Accredited Business Accountant (ABA), Series 7 Securities Licensed, Investment Advisory Representative (IAR). Larry served 3 times as president of the Independent Accounting Association of MI.

Heather Fraizer, Ph.D., joined the NMC Training and Research staff in 2008. She is a Lean Champion providing training to both manufacturing and service organizations.

Jackie Freeman, B.F.A., M.A.-adult learning, has taught art, led educational tours, owned a Suttons Bay art gallery, and covered the art show beat as a columnist for Northern Express. Her painted glass art was featured in Traverse Magazine.

Leslie Friend is a certified reflexologist and has used aroma therapy in her practice for more than 15 years. She has received specialized training in aroma therapy. She owns On-the-Spot Reflexology.

Annie Froehlich, B.A., is a preschool teacher at Grand Traverse Academy.

Mary Bevans Gillett, M.B.A., M.A., B.F.A., has worked in marketing communications, professional services and nonprofit management for more than 30 years, with experience as a grant writer, reviewer and manager as well as branding, strategic planning, community building, project management and marketing.

Shanna Girrbach, B.A.-business administration, is a certified elementary teacher with a major in language arts. A mother of two energetic preschoolers, she previously taught preschool for 3½ years and was a summer camp supervisor for 3 years.

Pamela Grath, Ph.D.-philosophy, brings classroom and real-life experience to her topic. An independent bookstore owner for over two decades, she has additional experience in the publishing world, both in acquisitions and as a copy editor. She has taught NMC classes through the Humanities Department.

Liz Graves has been a certified Yoga Instructor since 2010 and a certified applied functional trainer since 2014. She offers private and semi-private sessions in Traverse City.

Kristen Grote, M.S.-biology, is a trained biologist, an outdoor educator, and a certified high school science teacher. Currently, she coordinates the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative, working with school teachers to execute place-based education projects and activities in their schools.

Gloria A. Halligan, M.A.-education; B.S.-health management, is owner of Traverse City Walks, LLC. She has led walks for the past 3 years on TC trails as well as guiding mountain hikes in AZ. She provides training and conference presentations. She was the Interagency Coordinating Council facilitator for Char-Em and COP counties. Gloria became a walker at the age of 35.

Chuck Hawkins, Orvis Endorsed 2010 Guide Service of the Year and Certified Fly Casting Instructor, brings over 35 years of fly fishing experience to his clients. Chuck is the owner of Hawkins Outfitters of Lake Ann, MI.

Stephanie Hawkins has a 1st-degree black belt through the U.S. Judo Federation. She has competed nationally, and is State Judo Champion numerous times in her division.

Jody Hayden, co-owner of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate in Empire, is an avid food adventurer. She has led dozens of chocolate tastings, classes and even trips to Ecuador to visit cacao farmers.

Jennifer Helferich has been involved with beading and other crafts since 2004 and sells her handcrafted jewelry locally. She has been a youth group leader since 2008.

Lisa Hockin, A.A. B.F.A.-art education, is currently an elementary art educator with Elk Rapids Public Schools. As an artist, she uses a variety of art mediums including clay.

Jennifer Hoffman, M.A.-early childhood education, is a certified elementary teacher. She has taught kindergarten and first grade at Kingsley Elementary since 2002.

Nancy Honchell, B.A., is a retired teacher with a variety of experience. Her background as a Language Arts and Reading Specialist often brought art to students as an extended activity. Retirement allows time to experiment with various art media and craft projects. Nancy has taught floor cloth classes through the Oliver Center for the Arts (formerly Crystal Lake Art) in Frankfort.

Nan Horstman, M.A., a retired teacher and elementary school principal, has taken many cooking classes and teaches cooking classes for NMC/EES.

Robb Houston, M.A., is on the faculty at NMC in the Science/Math Area. For the past 10 years, he has taught a variety of geology-related courses including earth science, physical and historical geology, Michigan basin geology, and oceanography.

Bart and Gail Ingraham have lifelong agricultural backgrounds with specific horticultural studies, certification in the Master Gardener program, and have been gardening in Northern Michigan since 1977.

Debra O. Jackson, B.S.-business management, is a business professional with experiences in sales, marketing, training, and business management in small and large companies. She has also worked with acquisitions and reorganizations.

LeeAnn Jacobs, B.A., grew up with horses and has worked with children and horses teaching novice through advanced levels of riding since 2000.

Cheryl Janz graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and previously taught culinary classes at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has recently moved back to Michigan where she enjoys cooking with the many local products.

Scott Johnson, an admitted geek, has been building, tweaking, and tuning computers for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in tutoring users for home and business. He owns the Stained Glass Cabinet Company.

Jackie Kaschel is the Executive Director of PEACE Ranch which uses rehabilitated rescue horses in therapy programs. The rehabilitation process for rescues is based on natural equine communication methods often referred to as “horse whispering”. Ms. Kaschel is Advanced Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, a Certified Equine Interaction Professional, and Certified at the Partnership Level in Parelli Natural Horsemanship.

Steve Kellman, B.A., is an award-winning journalist with a decade of newspaper experience. He is the Coordinator of Web Content at NMC and an adjunct instructor.

Bryan Kelly is an adjunct instructor in NMC’s Construction program specializing in Carpentry. He has a lifetime of woodworking experience.

Kerry Kelly has been on the board of directors for the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes since 2006. He retired from Dow Chemical in 2004 and is involved in a wide variety of volunteer projects at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

David Kenny has worked with TC athletes for 20+ years, coached elementary sports for five TCAPS schools, and coached Little League baseball for 10 years. He teaches at Blair Elementary and coaches football at TC West High School.

Brandon Kietzman, A.A.S., graduated from Bikram Yoga College Teacher Training in 2002, then recertified in 2006, 2009, and 2013. He has attended many Bikram Yoga Seminars, studied with senior Bikram yoga teachers, taught nearly 10,000 yoga classes, and has been teaching for NMC since 2009. He is director of Bikram Yoga T.C.

Diane Kimmel, M.A., is a recently retired certified teacher specializing in educational technology. Throughout her career she has taught English, Business, and Computer courses. Diane has been teaching computer courses for NMC-EES since 2004.

Coreene Kreiser, B.F.A.-photography, owns Tavla Studio in Traverse City, where she works as a commercial and portrait photographer. She is currently a guest teacher with TCAPS.

Pete LaCourse, B.A.-physical education, is the Physical Education Program Coordinator at NMC. He has worked in physical education and recreational program administration since 1979.

Maribel LaLonde, B.S.-education, has been a Jackie Sorenson Aerobics certified instructor since 1998.

Kathleen Merrill Leach, M.A., is a voice teacher, adjudicator and clinician, and music educator. She has been a choral and ensemble director at the high school and college levels. She has been teaching cooking classes for teens for many years, cooked for summer camps, and cooked as a personal chef.

Philip Leete is currently the Robotics Program Director at TC West Senior High School and runs the Northwest Michigan VEX and VEX IQ Robotics League. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering, Math and Dance Choreography along with a deep fondness for all things “technology.”  

Nikki Lennox, B.S.-criminal justice, is of Greek decent and enjoys teaching classes from her heritage. She has taught community education for more than15 years and owned a gourmet food company for five years specializing in gourmet desserts.

Stephen Lewis, Ph.D., has published seven print novels.  His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous journals. Templates, his sixth college textbook, a sentence level rhetoric, was published in 2014 by Broadview Press. He retired as Professor of English Emeritus from Suffolk Community College, and currently teaches composition online for Ferris State University. His most recent novel, A Suspicion of Witchcraft, an ebook original, was published by Belgrave House in 2014.

Thomas Lhamon, M.E.-education leadership, B.S.-math and general education, has over 20 years of experience teaching high school science and math in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Doug Lichty, B.B.A.-business administration, is a member of the PGA Golf Profession with 20+ years of teaching experience. He was head golf pro at Leland Country Club from 1993-2004 and now owns the Traverse City Golf Center.

Misaeng Suh Liggett, a native of Japan, attended Tsuji Cooking School in Tokyo and worked as a chef. She has taught Japanese cooking workshops at NMC since 2005.

Zack Light, M.S., holds an ACE Trainer certification as well as certification as a personal trainer. He winters in Florida and during the summer months is employed as a police officer in Antrim County. Zack has had success locally and internationally as a weightlifter and bodybuilder. Zack is an adjunct physical education instructor at NMC.

Jordan J. Lindberg, Ph.D., is executive vice-president of eFulfillment Service, Inc., a Traverse City-based order fulfillment company primarily servicing online retailers. He owns an online retail store selling cremation urns (, and is digital publisher of a WordPress blog devoted to fly fishing (

Ali Lopez has been cooking, feeding and teaching others about “real food” since 1992. She was Chef de Cuisine at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY, one of the largest vegetarian kitchens in North America. Ali is also a Certified Health Coach, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Maddie Lundy, B.A.-history and museum studies, is the Executive Director at the History Center of Traverse City. She has 10 years of experience as a camp counselor/supervisor with the Crystal Lake Park District in Illinois.

Albert Lynch, DVM, CVA, CVCP, has been a practicing veterinarian for over 45 years. His current focus is on Integrative Medicine which serves to combine traditional Western medicine with complementary holistic therapies.

Shirley MacDonald, M.A.-teaching, has been an elementary and young child teacher for over 20 years in the Detroit area. Now permanently living in this area, she has carried her interest and love for balanced language arts and children’s literature into her recent retirement.

Colleen Masterson-Bzdok, B.S.-biology, B.A.-education, and M.S.-Great Lakes studies, environmental geosciences, has done research on all five Great Lakes, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Colleen is an adjunct instructor at NMC.

Liana May, M.S.-conservation, ecology, and the environment, has taught labs for two graduate level courses at U of M, Forest Ecology and Remote Sensing and an undergraduate course in plant taxonomy. Her work experience includes consulting for the Leelanau Conservancy and field ecology for Nature Serve and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Shannon McCann, B.A.-secondary education, has taught at Grand Traverse Academy since 2010. She holds a teaching certificate with a biology endorsement.

Stewart McFerran, B.A.-environmental studies, has worked for years as an outdoor leader and educator teaching orienteering with compass and maps.

RuthAnn McGrath-Priest, B.F.A., M.A.-counseling, has taught art to both children and adults.

Robert Meisner, J.D., B.A., is a nationally known condominium specialist. He has been a practicing attorney since 1968, is general legal counsel for United Condominium Owners of Michigan, and is co-draftsperson of the Michigan Condominium Act. Mr. Meisner has been teaching condominium law courses since 1981, is an adjunct professor of law, and authors a syndicated column.

Phillip Mikesell, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, taught comparative politics at Wabash College for more than 40 years. He lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He retired from active teaching in 2009 and is currently working on the topic of democracy and economic development.

Matt Miller is a graduate of the Wilderness Awareness School Residential Program & Anake Leadership Program and completed the Wildlife Tracking Intensive program at Alderleaf Wilderness College. Matt serves as Executive Director and Lead Instructor at HumaNature School in Traverse City.

Wayne Moody, is Director of Automotive Technology at NMC. His is an ASE Master Automotive and Truck Technician who, for 34 years, owned and operated a local automotive repair facility in Traverse City.

Christi Morgan, B.A.-early education and family service, has almost 20 years of experience working as a caregiver, coach, teacher, counselor, and program director. She currently works with youth, parents, and providers through MI Families LLC.

Jim Moses and Linda Grigg have grown Shiitake mushrooms on their Leelanau County farm mushroom farm since 1986. has attended seminars on mushroom cultivation since 1980, and is a member of the West Michigan Mycological Society and the North American Mycological Association.

Nicole Mullin, B.A., is a certified elementary teacher who has been a guest teacher with TCAPS since 2010 teaching Kindergarten through high school.

Kelly Nash, B.A., M.A., is a certified teacher currently teaching with TCAPS. She has been teaching since 2005 in Florida, Michigan and Alaska.

Rachel North, B.A.-journalism, has 25 years helping businesses succeed with marketing including advertising, public relations, media buying, and merchandising. Her experience ranges from $1M budgets for Ford, GM, and Ralston Purina to leveraging free and low cost tactics for smaller clients.

Brad Novak has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. He studied at Central Michigan University and the Berklee College of Music in Boston with famed instructors Larry Finn, Dave Zerbe, and Robert Hohner. Presently Brad teaches percussion for Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and is owns the Beat Lab in Traverse City.

Madame Der-Boghossian Parker is a French-born citizen who lived in Provence. She teaches private French lessons, tutors French, and holds French cooking classes.

Eric Patterson is the chef/owner of The Cook’s House on Front Street specializing in local sustainable cuisine. He was the chef at Andre’s French Restaurant in Las Vegas prior to moving to Traverse City.

Kim Peltier, M.A.-early childhood education, B.A.-English language and elementary education, is currently a special education teacher for Forest Area Community Schools, working with students preschool to first grade.

Jerrilynn Pike has over 17 years coaching and judging experience in cheerleading. Former Ferris State university head coach and now head competitive coach at Traverse City West High School and L.E.A.P cheer through West middle school. She is certified nationally through National Cheerleading Association for first aid, CPR and cheerleading safety for tumbling and cheerleading. 

Dennis J. Prout, CFP®, has taught financial planning courses since 1985. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Master Elite Advisor through Ed Slott & Company, LLC. He founded Prout Financial Design more than 20 years ago. For more than 10 years, he has hosted a Retirement Planning Radio Show weekly on WTCM’s News Talk 580 AM.

Bill Queen, B.S., is a Program Coordinator for NMC Extended Education and MREA solar site assessor.

Heather Quick, B.S.-elementary education, is a retired teacher with 20 years experience teaching kindergarten.

Steve Quick is Coordinator of Audio Technology at NMC. With more than 25 years experience as a recording engineer and record producer, he was lead recording instructor at the Recording Institute of Detroit before teaching Music Technology at NMC.

Maggie Quinn, M.A.-clothing and textiles, B.A.-home economics, is a certified personal trainer and a certified Jacki Sorensen aerobics instructor.

Maggie Racich, B.S.-theatre performance, is a certified Yoga Instructor. She has been teaching kinetic and circus arts since 2008. Presently, she is co-owner of Third Space Movement in Northport, MI which provides performance and instruction services in kinetic arts.

Pattie Ramoie is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design. She is a designer and returning College for Kids teacher. She has taught art workshops and classes for over 25 years and her experience spans pre-school through adults.

Tim Reed owned and operated Reed’s on the River, a gourmet cook shop, in Tawas from 2007-2014. This followed a 30-year career with General Motors. He currently lives in Traverse City and offers personal chef services through TR Cooks.

Chris Remy is a certified bike mechanic from Bike Lab TC with 7 years of professional bike shop and field experience. Chris provides repairs for many of the area’s bicycle events and races.

Annette Richter has worked in early childhood education since 1993. She has completed Early Childhood I and II and has worked for pre-schools in Cedar Rapids, IA. Recently, she worked for Head Start and is currently a church Children’s Director.

Richard Rischar, Ph.D.-music history, has taught a variety of music history, film/multimedia, and music theater courses at the college level for over 10 years. He has taught at University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dickinson College, and Devry University.

Libby Robold, M.A., E-RYT, PRYT, AHC, has been teaching yoga for NMC since 1984 and yoga therapy for many years. She and her husband co-direct Yoga for Health Education in TC.

Michael Robold, M.A., CYT, has been teaching yoga since 2002, after assisting in classes for 15 years. He teaches for NMC and co-directs Yoga for Health Education, Center for Conscious Living, in TC.

Rosemary Rokita, B.S., lived and traveled in Japan for three years where she taught English.

Laura Rozeboom, B.A., has a TESOL certificate from the School for International Training and a CELTA certification from Cambridge University (UK). She has taught English as a Second Language in Greece, Tanzania, and England, and locally since 2006.

Mark Rozeboom, M.A.-education, teaches English and drama at Traverse City Christian Schools. He has directed many theater productions.

Holly Rudolph, B.A., is President of Frost Hill Financial Services, LLC. She is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. She has worked in finance since 1992.

James H. Ryan, B.A., graduate work in marketing, had a career in management, sales, and product development for a profit center with 300+ employees and 8 branches. He also has 17 years of consulting, training, and process facilitation for his firm, JRA.

Diane Samarasinghe, MSW, RYT-500, is a retired social worker who has been teaching yoga at NMC and other sites since 2005. Through her gentle and integrated approach, Diane provides opportunities for students of all ages and levels to access the healing powers of yoga.

Deanna Sayer, M.S.-education, B.S.-marketing and management, is an experienced teacher working with students of all ages. Deanna is currently working as a consultant and advisor, assisting parents and students in all that is involved in the college admissions process.

Caroline Schaefer-Hills is a lead faculty for NMC in the Visual Communications program. She has been with NMC since 2000.

Stephanie Schall-Brazee, M.M.E., B.M.E., teaches elementary music for TCAPS. She has worked with elementary, high school, and college choirs and currently directs NMC’s Advanced Children’s Choir.

Mike Schmerl is a Master Electrician and electrical contractor with over 30 years of experience. He is an adjunct instructor in NMC’s Renewable Energy program and a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and solar PV and electrical code trainer throughout the Eastern U.S.

Kate Scott, B.A., has worked as a guest teacher for TCAPS since 2011.

Jack Segal, M.A.-international relations, was a senior US diplomat who served in Israel/Palestine during the Gulf War and the first Intifada. He is presently Co-chair of the International Affairs Forum of Traverse City. Previously he worked in the White House as a director on the National Security Council, where he dealt with Russian and Ukraine, and with Iranian and North Korean weapons of mass destruction and nuclear non-proliferation. He was a negotiator on the START agreement, and with his wife, Karen Puschel Segal, opened the first western Consulate General in central Russia.

Pam Shaberly, M.S., is a retired elementary teacher who first learned the game of Mah Jongg in 1976 in New York. She has been sharing her knowledge of the game since moving to Leelanau County in 1997.

Andrew Sias, B.S.-education, is a certified teacher. He has taught history, English, art, photography, and design in since 1998 and currently teaches art at Kingsley Middle School.

Scott Silliman is an adjunct instructor in NMC’s Physical Education area.

Janene Silverman received her formal training from the Culinary Institute of America. She lives in Piemonte, Italy where she has savored its tradition of food and wine since 2000 and summers in Traverse City.

Marcia Sivek, M.S.-nutrition, is the lead nutritionist and owner of BeProvided, a nutrition consulting and education company in Los Gatos, CA. Marcia has been educating individuals and groups about healthy eating since 2010. She is a Traverse City native currently living in California.

Julia Slack has been teaching cake decorating at NMC since 2004. She enjoys baking, cooking and creating special cakes for all occasions.

Jason Slade, B.S., M.S.-electrical engineering, is a NMC Engineering Technology staff member.

Elizabeth Sonnabend, M.B.A., has 15 years of marketing experience working for various companies throughout northern Michigan.

Maggie Sperry was one of the youngest people in the U.S. to achieve the level of Shodan, first-degree black belt in Judo. She has been a youth Judo instructor at NMC since 1989.

Charles St. Charles III is a nature and wildlife photographer and writer. His photography is displayed in private and public settings in the U.S., Africa, and Australia. He presents to photography classes, environmental groups, governors, and elementary school students. He works from Alaska to Asia, Canada to Hawaii, but his home is here in Michigan.

Jodi Rae Stahl, M.A., has over 20 years of teaching experience with TCAPS. Currently, she teaches at Blair Elementary. She enjoys math, majored in math and science, and has taught multiple levels.

Michael W. Stalker began his career as a teacher doing part-time work with tile. Michael has over 20 years of experience in the trade working in residential and commercial settings.

Steve Stanton, B.S., works with IBM on the worldwide deployment of a major software tool for internal and IBM Business Partner users. He developed classroom training in the U.S., Canada, France, and England.

Janet Steinhoff, B.S.-education, with a major in elementary-level sciences, has over 20 years of experience in K-8 classrooms. She has also been a Girl Scout leader, Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge, and a 4H leader.

Jenni Steinhoff, B.S.-elementary education, with an emphasis in early childhood education, has 6 years of experience in K-8 classrooms. She has been a camp counselor, Americorps volunteer, and currently works in an Early Childhood classroom. 

Kimberly Stevens, B.A., ACE certified aerobics instructor, has taught exercise classes since 1985. Kim teaches at Grand Traverse Resort and works for Western Michigan University.

Nora Stone, B.A. in German studies, has more than 10 years experience learning and teaching German, including a year spent in Hamburg, Germany where she was immersed in both the language and culture.

William Allin Storrer, Ph.D., holds an engineering degree from Harvard, a Master’s from Boston University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University in Comparative Arts. A world expert on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (author of two books) he has taught the history of western architecture to college and high school students.

Jackie Stremlow, B.A.-elementary education, M.A.-curriculum, has been teaching kindergarten and first grade since 2005. She currently teaches kindergarten at Eastern Elementary for TCAPS.

Jerry Sura, M.A., is retired from teaching high school mathematics, GED, and ESL. He hikes and bikes the region and recently earned the Northern Naturalist Certificate from NMC Extended Education.

Gerry Swaney, B.S., has worked in engineering and education, including 8 years at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center designing packaging of space foods for Apollo and other space missions.

Brian Sweeney, B.S.-mechanical engineering from West Point, M.S. Cornell University, retired after 26 years working as a nuclear weapons and ordinance disposal technician.  Currently, he teaches physics, electronics, photonics and lasers at NMC.

Marcia Talicska is a certified Piloxing instructor and has her Personal Trainer Certificate through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). An athlete throughout her life, Marcia has taught classes at Yen Yoga and for She Skis/She Bikes.

Terry Tarnow, B.F.A.-weaving, is manager/buyer for the Dennos Museum Store at NMC. She has taught Jacki Sorensen Aerobics since 1991.

Cole Thornton, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, has worked in professional kitchens since 1999 including fine-dining Chicago restaurants and Little Nell Hotel in Aspen. He currently is the Executive Chef for Hagerty Center.

Michael Torre, M.A., art instructor at NMC, has taught college courses since 1990 in drawing, ceramics, and 2- and 3-D design, sculpture, and art appreciation. His work has been included in more than 100 national exhibitions, books, and magazines.

Shirley Triplett, BRE, has been a stained glass artist since 1989. Employed at the Stained Glass Cabinet Company in Acme, she has taught classes for NMC since 2007.

Bruce Trudgen, B.S., is a retired automotive engineer. He has been teaching trailering classes and writing trailering articles for national magazines since 1978. He has owned six tow vehicles and ten trailers and has logged over 125,000 miles towing trailers all over North America.

Adam Van Houten, M.A.-curriculum and teaching, B.F.A.-art education, has been teaching photography and art classes for TCAPS since 2004.

Alice VanZoeren, B.S.-natural history, is a local freelance naturalist. She has taught NMC-EES classes since 1993 and works with local schools, the Leelanau Conservancy, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

John Velis, B.S.-mathematics, secondary certifications in mathematics and science, with over 25 years in education, information technology, web site design and is currently an instructor at NMC in Computer Information Technology. He is an active coach and mentor for various unmanned vehicle and robotics teams.

Paul Vittorelli, who studied Shotokan Karate in the 1980s, was introduced to the Filipino martial art of Kuntaw in 1994 and now holds a 4th-degree black belt in Kuntaw. He has instructed a variety of martial arts around the country and continues to study them.

Susan Walker, B.A., is an award-winning quilt maker, teacher and lecturer. She has taught children, teens, and adults for more than three decades. She has developed and presented special programs on quilting in schools and for Girl Scouts. She is vice president of the Interlochen Quilt Guild.

Rebecca Walters, B.A., K-12 certified, currently teaches American Foods, Global Foods, and Creative Living at West Middle School. She has been a part of TCAPS since 2008.

Anna Wassa, M.A.-education, is a certified NIA White Belt instructor. She teaches at Glen Lake Community Schools where she has included NIA instruction for both student and parent groups.

Kirk Waterstripe, M.S.-ecology, is the Science Lab Manager at NMC and an adjunct instructor of Plant Biology. He has been an active organic gardener and compost maker since 1990.

John Watkins, B.A., is a business consultant and strategist with more than 30 years experience. As an entrepreneur and self-employed business owner, he knows the importance of self-promotion. An early adopter of LinkedIn, he has helped clients, business associates and friends build their profiles. He serves on a committee that stages LinkedIn events in TC and is a founder of the LinkedIn users group, TC Professionals.

David Weaver is a certified Desktop Support Specialist responsible for maintenance of NMC’s University Center Computers.

Tiffany Webb, A.A.-art education, is working to complete her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has volunteered and worked in many diverse classrooms throughout Traverse City.

Chris Wendel, B.A-economics, serves the Grand Traverse Region as a Business Consultant and Lender with Northern Initiatives, a private community development corporation providing rural entrepreneurs with access to capital, information, and markets. With a background in retail, marketing, and manufacturing, Chris has worked with hundreds of Michigan small businesses. He is also a contributing writer to the Traverse City Business News and

Mykl Werth has been performing and teaching professionally since 1983 focusing on partner dancing and modern dance as well as country, folk, clogging, Irish, show, and theatrical dancing.

Mimi Wheeler is the former owner/operator of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates in Leelanau County, featuring organic and natural ingredients. In her retirement, she continues to embrace chocolate and enjoys sharing its story and tastes with others.

Stephanie Wiitala, A.S., is a graduate of Great Lakes Culinary Institute. She is currently employed by Black Star Farms where she is a pastry chef and also their on-site wedding and event coordinator.

Sarah Wilcoxen, B.A., taught elementary children from 2003-2013 and now stays at home with her two young daughters who love to help her in the kitchen. She has taught College for Kids cooking classes since 2006.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, former travel executive and consultant, has more than 30 years of travel agency experience. She is a Training Specialist with NMC.

Janine Winkler, B.S.-elementary education, has been a certified teacher for over 20 years. She currently teaches with GTACS.

Kristi Wodek, B.A., M.F.A, has been teaching art and crafts in both the traditional classroom setting as well as art centers for over 20 years. She currently teaches for TCAPS.

Glenn Wolff, B.F.A., began his career as an illustrator for such clients as the New York Times. He currently concentrates on fine art and illustration. His mixed media fine art has been collected and shown privately and in public galleries. His work with environmental organizations and local groups in the area is legendary.

Richard Wolin, M.B.A., is Director of Training Services for NMC. He has extensive knowledge of organizational development, teamwork training and facilitation, interpersonal skills training, and over ten years’ experience in manufacturing. He is a certified Lean Office Champion Trainer.

Laura J. Wright, B.A.-English, has been teaching with TCAPS since 2000. She has participated in art & craft shows since 2008.

Holly Zatkovic, B.S.-chemistry and math, B.S.-secondary education, is a certified teacher focusing on chemistry and forensic science. Holly has 12 years of experience working as an analytical chemist and currently teaches at Elk Rapids High School.

Mary Jo Zazueta, B.A., is an editor, book designer, and publishing guide. In 1994, she established To the Point Solutions to help writers throughout the country achieve their goal of publishing.

Doug Zernow, B.G.S., is a sixth-degree black belt in Yoshokai Aikido. He is also head of his own advertising and marketing communications firm. He has taught at NMC since 1984.

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