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.
James R. Adkins, B.S., holds a 9th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo and is a Shaolin Disciple Monk, Shaolin Temple, DengFeng, China. He has been a Martial Artist and teacher for over 37 years. He is a member of The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Nancy Krcek Allen, a graduate of California Culinary Academy, has over 25 years experience in kitchens and classrooms. She has taught full-time at the Institute for Culinary Education in Manhattan and owned and operated City Kitchen in Traverse City. She recently published the text book Discovering Global Cuisine, available through Amazon.
Joedy Annis has formal training in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. She danced professionally for three years, and has been teaching Hip Hop since 2002.
Debra Anton-Coburn, B.F.A., B.S.-art education, and K-12 certified. Having taught art for elementary and middle schools, she now teaches fine arts at the high school level. She also teaches art workshops for adults.
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.
Chava Bahle, M.A., is a Rabbi, writer, and instructor. She is Director of the Or Tzafon Retreat Center and an ordained Maggid (storyteller and inspirational preacher). She has taught religion courses at University of Michigan and NMC. She is a former organizational development consultant.
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.
Robert Bartle is the co-founder of Three Swords Fencing Club of Traverse City. His experience with all three fencing weapons allows flexibility to train students in the weapon of their choice. Under his leadership, the club has incorporated many games that are not only enjoyable but enhance fencing skills.
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.
Fernando Belmar is a native of Spain and resident of the US. Having lived, studied, and worked in both countries about the same amount of time, he has unique insights into the cultures of both countries. He is married to a Traverse City native.
Margaret Bennett, R.Y.T., B.A.-psychology, is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has taught yoga at NMC since 1997, is a Reiki Master, and has formal training in meditation traditions.
Jim Bertoldi, B.B.A.-accounting, has over two decades of experience working in the area of public accounting and consulting.
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., has taught technical writing, web content design, and research writing at National Louis University, Benedictine University, and College of DuPage. Her background as a newspaper columnist and features writer and her love of language and style inform her teaching.
John Briggs, B.S., is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, teacher, and speaker. He spent 30 years in sales in the marine industry and currently is a coach/manager in a boat dealership. For the last 10 years he has been studying and implementing the philosophies behind personal development and the role emotions and vision play in leadership.
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.
Mary Buschell is a dairy goat farmer, who partnered with her husband Dick Flowers, raises and milks a small herd of Alpine goats. She has been making cheese for over five years and has attended cheese seminars in the U.S. and Northern Italy.
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, B.A., is a novelist, short story writer, speaker, journalist, and book reviewer for Northern Express. Her latest novels Dead Dancing Women and Dead Floating Lovers are in bookstores.
Mickey Cannon, executive chef and owner of Tuscan Bistro, has been a chef for over 20 years. Much of his career has been in Washington D.C. where he worked at the Italian Embassy, cooked for four presidents, was a chef for Sandra Day O’Connor, and was voted the outstanding young chef in 1987.
Craig Carlson, B.S., A.S., is a 1st-degree black belt and certified instructor with the Aikido Yoshokai Assoc. of North America. He has been trained in aikido since 1989.
Tonja Carlson, A.A.S., has been involved with beading and other crafts including Native American arts since 1970. She currently works and teaches for Nawbin’s.
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.
Jennifer Coleman, MHSA, FACHE, CMM, is the Executive Director for Grand Traverse Radiologists, P.C. and President of the Radiology Business Managers of Michigan. She has worked in nearly every aspect of the health care industry from national to local levels including the American Hospital Association, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Priority Health, and Northern Physicians Organization. She is a former graduate level instructor with Rush University’s Health Systems Management Program.
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.
Michelle Corteggiano, founder of ATI Attraction Marketing, has over 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.-education, is a retired teacher, artist and grant writer with a certificate in EdTech. She has been studying and practicing meditation for over 25 years.
Ced Currin, is the President of Currin Corporation of Midland and has been a solar practitioner since 1983.
Joan D’Argo is a diplomat of Asian Bodywork Therapy and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is also a member of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia and is a graduate of the Blue Lotus School of Shiatsu and Asian Medicine.
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.
Jared Diephouse, has 13 years’ experience as a small engine mechanic. He has numerous equipment and engine repair certifications including by the Equipment and Engine Training Council. He is a para-professional at TBAISD Career Tech Center.
Kristine Dietrich, M.A., learned Spanish in Mexico and studied in Spain. She has been teaching Spanish since 2000 and ESL since 1985.
Douglas Domine, B.S., B.F.A., A.A., is an instructor in the Humanities Discipline at NMC, who worked for eight years at the Art Institute of Houston.
Doug Dornbos, B.A.-business, is owner of Cherry Capital Cab and Grand Traverse Limousine. He has been in the transportation business locally since 2007.
Chris Doyal, a commercial photographer for over 20 years, owned a studio in South Bend, IN. His specialty areas include product and underwater photography. Chris majored in photography at Purdue University and is currently the ecommerce manager for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.
Carolyn Ebbinghaus is the owner of Pickleball Outfitters. She has played and taught Pickleball for over six years and is nationally ranked by the United States Pickleball Association.
Gael Eschelweck, A.A., is an accomplished classical and Spanish guitarist. She performs for weddings and other local events. Gael taught guitar classes for TCAPS and gives private lessons.
Kate Fairman, M.S.-environmental policy, is an adjunct instructor for Grand Valley State University. She is also a freelance writer, artist, adventurer, and kayak instructor. She has taught for NMC-EES since 1989.
Richard Fidler, M.S.-biology, Ed.D-education, was a Traverse City high school biology teacher for over 30 years. He is a “practicing botanist” with ongoing involvement in local outdoor groups and organizations.
Tina Norris Fields, M.A.-leadership, B.S.-Bus/CIS, owns Tall Pines Computer Training and specializes in facilitating adult computer mastery. Her background includes database systems development, adult education, and genealogical research.
Holly Finch, 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.
Robin Fisher has been practicing Yoga for 20 years and has been certified at the 200 and 500 (master) levels through Union Yoga—a school which complies with all Yoga Alliance requirements. She practices and teaches all the eight limbs of the Yoga path.
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.
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.
Leslie Friend is a certified reflexologist and has used aroma therapy in her practice for over 15 years. She has received specialized training in aroma therapy. She owns On-the-Spot Reflexology.
JoAnne Gasco, J.D., is the former Chief Judge of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. She served as Vice-President of the Michigan Indian Judicial Association.
Mary Bevans Gillett, M.B.A., M.A., B.F.A., has worked in marketing communications, professional services and nonprofit management for over 30 years, with experience as a grant writer, reviewer and manager as well as branding, strategic planning, community building, project management and marketing.
Cheryl Gordon, A.A., has over 25 years experience teaching art to students from age 4 to 90, and has taught for College for Kids since 2004. She is currently a teaching assistant for TBAISD.
Fresia Granados, B.A.-elementary education and culinary degree from NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Fresia was born and raised in Costa Rica and today enjoys being a personal chef and sharing the flavors of her homeland.
Paul Griggs, B.A., works as a Consultant for MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division, which provides construction safety services for the counties of Northern Michigan.
Robert Grose has worked as a welder since 1999. Beginning fall of 2010 he began teaching welding for the CTC and the NMC welding programs.
Sara Hartley earned her A.A.S. in Baking and Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, Pittsburgh before working on the cake team at Patisserie Vanille in Chicago. She left Chicago to serve as head decorator at The Priory and baker for Sweet Tammy’s in Pittsburgh. While in Baltimore for the past two years, Sara taught baking and decorating for Charm City Cupcakes and continues to offer custom baked goods and confections out of her home in Traverse City.
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.
Nan Horstman, M.S., Ed. Spec., a retired teacher and elementary school principal, has taken many cooking classes including a weeklong course in Provence, France.
Mike Hunter teaches instrumental music at NMC and performs with the NMC Faculty Jazz Quartet. He is a trombonist and arranger, and works freelance with many jazz artists.
Gail Ingraham and Lisa Harold became SoulCollage Facilitators, licensed to sponsor and facilitate SoulCollage groups after a year long study with a SoulCollage group. Their training was led by Seena B. Frost, creator of SoulCollage. Lisa and Gail both have extensive teaching experience in their individual fields of dance choreography and garden design. They were drawn to SoulCollage by their interest in self discovery and community.
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.
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.
Jerrold Jenkins is the President and CEO of Jenkins Group, Inc., a service company for independent publishers, small presses, and the information industry. Jerrold is the publisher of two trade magazines—Small Press and Publishing Entrepreneur and has authored two books, Inside the Bestsellers and Publish to Win.
Mark Johnson, B.A., studied viticulture and enology at the Technological University of Wiesbaden, Germany. He has been a winemaker on Old Mission Peninsula since 1983 and has served as vice president at Chateau Chantal since it began in 1993.
Scott Johnson, an admitted geek, has been building, tweaking, and tuning computers for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in tutoring users for home and business. He owns the Stained Glass Cabinet Company.
Chad Kahler, B.S.-environmental education, earth science, and biology, has taught in the College for Kids program for many years. He is also a part-time instructor in the Physical Education Department at NMC.
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.
Kerry Kelly has been chairman of 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.
Brandon Kietzman, A.A.S., graduated from Bikram Yoga College Teacher Training in 2002, then recertified in 2006 and 2009. 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.
Kevin Kimble, B.S., has over 20 years of small engine repair experience, and is presently working as a certified teacher at the TBAISD Career Tech Center.
Diane Kimmel, M.A., teaches high school full-time for TCAPS in the English language arts program. She taught business and computer programs for TCAPS for 4 years and 8 years for GTACS and is certified in online instruction. She has taught computer application courses for NMC-EES since 2004.
Brian Kissel, graduate of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, is the owner of Blue Slipper Bistro in Onekama and currently is the chef at Manistee National Golf & Resort.
Gretchen Knoblock, CHMS is an award-winning Interior Designer and Certified Home Staging Specialist. She has been practicing design professionally since 2005 and currently owns New Leaf Interiors in Traverse City.
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 is also a vocal soloist.
Carrie Leaureaux is Odawa and Ojibwe and a descendent of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. She is the Lead Anishnaabemowiin instructor for the Band. Her duties include the revitalization of the native language among tribal members and interested community. She has provided management training in Cultural Sensitivity to the Band to area businesses.
Nikki Lennox, B.S.-criminal justice, is of Greek decent and enjoys teaching classes from her heritage. She has taught community education for over 15 years and owned a gourmet food company for five years specializing in gourmet desserts.
Stephen Lewis, Ph.D., has published seven novels, and several short stories and poems. He has taught writing for 30 years and is retired as professor of English from Suffolk Community College. His most recent novel, Stone Cold Dead, was released in 2007.
Doug Lichty, B.B.A.-business administration, is a member of the PGA Golf Profession with 20+ years of teaching experience. He was the 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 and Japanese language at NMC since 2005.
Zack Light, M.S., holds certifications as a personal trainer, is employed as a police officer, and is supervisor of the NMC Health and Fitness Center. He has had success locally and internationally as a weight lifter and body-builder.
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 is also the owner of an online retail store selling cremation urns (stardust-memorials.com), and he is a digital publisher of a WordPress blog devoted to fly fishing (truenorthtrout.com).
Travis Mandenberg, B.A.-video production, has worked on several television and movie production sets including “Salmon Showdown” and several as yet unreleased movie productions. He was the videographer for the 2013 “Horse Shows by the Bay”.
Carrie Mayes, D.C., in chiropractic practice for 12 years, provides wellness education and ergonomics coaching in the community in addition to her private practice. Previously she was a physical education teacher and coach for 10 years.
Laura McCain is a graduate of NMC’s Culinary program, a Registered Dietitian, and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has worked as a Clinical Dietician at Munson Medical Center since 1995 and does community cooking and nutrition education.
RuthAnn McGrath-Priest, B.F.A., M.A.-counseling, has taught art to both children and adults.
Barbara B. McIntyre, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC is a board certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor who has specialized in grief and loss issues for people of all ages. She consults with other agencies to provide credible art therapy services to help others deal with life transitions. Dr. McIntyre is also a part-time faculty member for Wayne State University and Spring Arbor University.
Will Michael, PhD, CHT, is a clinical hypnotherapist and a retired psychologist. He is the founder of the Institute for Holistic Living and the Clinical Hypnosis Institute of Montana. He is a certified hypnotherapist through the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and has been training and certifying hypnotherapists for several years. Will has over 30 years of experience leading holistic health seminars.
Phillip Mikesell, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, taught comparative politics at Wabash College for over 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.
Brad Miller is a certified ski instructor and a certification examiner for the Central Division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.
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.
Jim Moses and Linda Grigg have grown Shiitake mushrooms on their Leelanau County farm mushroom farm since 1986. Their customers include many area restaurants. Jim has attended seminars on mushroom cultivation since 1980, and is a member of the West Michigan Mycological Society and the North American Mycological Association.
Gladys Muñoz, B.S., M.S.A., owns Language and Cultural Awareness Services of Northern Michigan LLC. She is an English-Spanish interpreter and has worked extensively with migrant and seasonal farm workers.
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 a musician for over 25 years. He owns “The Beat Lab” teaching studio, and is on the faculty at GTACS, and is adjunct faculty at NMC.
Robert Odette, B.A.-education, is a first-degree black belt with nearly 10 years of teaching experience.
Lori O’Neil has been involved with crafts most of her life and has been teaching rag rug braiding at NMC for many years.
Devon O’Shea, B.S.-mechanical technical engineering, Central Michigan University, designs and installs renewable energy systems for Contractors Building Supply in Copemish, Michigan. His experience includes installation of the NMC Bergey Wind Generator and the Cherryland/TCLP Community Solar Project. Devon is a Midwest Solar Training Network Instructor.
John Pahl, M.A., is a full-time faculty member teaching in NMC's Communications Discipline. John studied English literature at Cambridge.
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.
David Parrish, B.M.E., M.M.E.-music education, M.F.A.-humanities, is a retired music and humanities teacher. He taught choral music and served as Music Coordinator for TCAPS.
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.
Fran Perkett, M.T.S., B.A., has worked for over 20 years in education and pastoral positions. She is a regional workshop leader.
Harlan “Pete” Peterson was an industrial designer with Ford Motor Company for ten years. Following his passion for cooking, he moved to Northern Michigan in 1984 and opened Tapawingo restaurant. Located in tiny Ellsworth, Tapawingo garnered national attention for its menu of fresh local foods, artfully presented.
Jonathan Pool is an out-of-the-box thinker who’s passionate about helping others achieve what they did not believe possible. He draws on his infectious energy and personal experience to make a difference in everything he does. Jonathan is the Professor of Idea and Opportunity for the Free Agent Academy, and a certified Paterson Center strategic advisor and coach.
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 over 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 at NMC and coordinator of the Michigan Energy Demonstration Center. He served on the Built Green Grand Traverse committee, and built a green home in Cedar, Michigan. Bill instructs a variety of recreational activities including skiing and kayaking.
Steve Quick is a musician/singer/songwriter with over 25 years’ experience as a recording engineer and record producer. He teaches Music Technology in NMC’s Humanities Area. He was lead recording instructor at the Recording Institute of Detroit, and was trained by former Motown personnel.
Maggie Quinn, M.A.-clothing and textiles, B.A.-home economics, is a certified personal trainer and a certified Jacki Sorensen aerobics instructor.
MaryPat Randall, R.N., M.S.N, has over 35 years’ experience as a registered nurse, patient advocate and resource coach. She is a U of M nursing instructor and executive director of Healthcare Coordinates, LLC.
Megan Raphael, B.A., is President of Courage Project, a personal and management development company. She has over 30 years of experience managing, consulting, training, and coaching in health care and business. She is the former Director of National Writers Series, and also serves as a SCORE mentor for business owners.
Mary Reh, B.S. culinary arts, has worked as a restaurant chef, banquet chef, pastry chef, and executive sous chef for Hyatt Hotels. She was the Executive Chef at the Culinary Institute of America Dining Room and currently works as a personal chef.
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.
Joan Richmond, B.F.A., M.F.A., teaches painting in NMC’s Humanities Area. She has exhibited regionally in galleries and juried exhibitions. Her work is in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S.
Diane Roach, RD, is a registered dietitian at Munson Medical Center. She has worked with all ages providing nutrition counseling for 30 years. She has led many workshops and classes through Munson and has taught for NMC-EES.
Libby Robold, M.A., RYT, PRYT, has been teaching yoga for NMC since 1984. An experienced art and yoga therapist, Libby has authored articles on education, yoga and Ayurveda lifestyle wellness. She co-directs Yoga for Health Education, Center for Conscious Living, 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.
Peggy Rod, B.S., is a retired TCAPS elementary teacher. Her retirement activities still include teaching; now it is teaching adults to play Mah Jongg. She has enjoyed the game since 2001.
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.
Lyn Salathiel, M.A., is a teacher and traveler who taught English and Humanities at TC Central High School for 36 years. Art appreciation and critical thinking were components of the curriculum. His travels have included Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East.
Pat Samborski has been involved with sewing all her life. She owned and operated The Added Touch, a consignment shop specializing in gifts made by area craftspersons. She is now a freelance seamstress and sewing instructor.
Margaret Schaal, B.B.A., has been involved at Old Town Playhouse for over 20 years as a director, producer, painter, designer, and teacher. She has served on the Artistic Board, been Volunteer of the Year, and is an Unsung Hero Award recipient.
Stephanie Schall-Brazee, M.M.E., B.M.E., teaches elementary music for TCAPS. She has worked with elementary, high school, and college choirs.
Paul H. Schultz, Bachelor of Law, Wayne State, a 45-year member of the State Bar of Michigan, is in private practice and a Prosecuting Attorney. He has a certificate of Specialized Training in Estate Planning through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Teresa Scollon, M.F.A., M.B.A, is a poet, essayist, editor, and freelance writer. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and past writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, she teaches at NMC. She also serves on the board of Michigan Writers, Inc. Her teaching experience includes corporate and nonprofit training, high school, and college. Her poetry collection To Embroider the Ground with Prayer (Wayne State University Press) is available in bookstores.
Jack Segal, M.A.-international relations, is Chief Political Advisor to the NATO Joint Force Commander. Previously he worked in the White House as a director on the National Security Council, was a negotiator on the START agreement, and with his wife, Karen Puschel, opened the first western Consulate in central Russia. As a State Department Foreign Service Officer, he served in Israel, Russia, Greece, Botswana, and Washington.
Cheryl Send, CPT, is a personal and fitness education trainer who has been active in group fitness since 2000. She also works with sports teams conditioning with sport specific drills and core training.
Maggie Shaughnessy, M.A.-adult education/training, has been an online instructor for Tutor.com and Baker College.
Sarah Shimek, B.S.-public health education with a minor in human nutrition, worked four years in health departments, focusing on client counseling, lifestyle interventions, motivational interviewing, and health coaching. She is the Employee Wellness Coordinator for NMC. She is a Level 1 Certified Crossfit trainer specializing in performance nutrition. She has been a contributing author sharing nutrition information, cooking tips, and original recipes.
Dorothy Sirrine, RYT 200, has been a student of yoga for over 12 years, drawing from vinyasa flow, ashtanga, and yin traditions. She was certified to teach yoga by Union Yoga in 2009, and has been attending workshops and seminars since.
Julia Slack has been teaching cake decorating at NMC since 2004. She enjoys baking, cooking and creating special cakes for all occasions.
Randy Smith, B.S.-resource development, has skied all Nordic disciplines for 40 years and is a PSIA-certified Instructor for classic and skating techniques. He is also the owner of Renewable Services, LLC, a design/installation company for solar PV, solar thermal, and wind energy with BPI certification for home energy diagnostics. Randy has been part of the NMC Energy Demonstration Center since its inception and has residential and commercial installations throughout Michigan.
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 is 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 throughout the U.S., Africa, and Australia. He makes presentations 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.
Sheila Stafford, M.A.-art/photography, has taught photography at NMC since 1980.
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.
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 over ten years’ experience learning and teaching German, including a year spent in Hamburg, Germany where she was immersed in both the language and culture.
Jeff Straw M.S., B.S.-electrical engineering, has been teaching computer technology courses at NMC since 2002. Previously, he was an engineer and manager for high-tech companies in Colorado. Jeff has recent A+, MOS, and MTA certifications.
Marcie 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. She has completed 15 half marathons in the last five years and participated in triathlons and other sporting events.
Keith Tampa, A.S., B.S., is a Physical Education Instructor at NMC.
Terry Tarnow, B.F.A.-weaving, is manager/buyer for Dennos Museum Store at NMC. She has taught Jacki Sorensen Aerobics since 1991.
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 over 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.
Nancy Vanderwall has been weaving baskets for nearly 20 years. She has studied the craft in Alaska, England, and Nantucket Island, weaving with a variety of natural fibers. She teaches classes and has a home workshop.
David Van Hammen, M.A., has lived and traveled in the Middle East and North Africa for over 20 years. He is fluent in Yemeni and Egyptian Arabic. He was trained by the Peace Corps as an Arabic Language instructor.
Adam Van Houten, B.F.A.-art education, has been teaching photography and other art classes for TCAPS since 2004. Photography is part of his art-making process, and he has been using Prezi in the classroom since 2009.
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. Birds and especially Piping Plovers are her major focus.
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.
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.
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 upnorthbusiness.org.
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.
Kent Wiejaczka, M.A., is a licensed builder and an award-winning artist specializing in realistic painting and drawing.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, former travel executive and consultant, has over 30 years of travel agency experience. She has traveled extensively and organized travel for many individuals, business travelers, and travel groups.
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.