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 has been teaching Hip Hop since 2002.

Debra Anton-Coburn, M.A. Humanities, B.F.A., is a retired Fine Arts teacher who continues to enjoy teaching classes and workshops for both adults and kids.

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.

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.

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 more than 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.

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 more than 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 six novels include Dead Dancing Women, Dead Floating Lovers, and A Tough Nut to Kill.

Mickey Cannon, executive chef and owner of Tuscan Bistro, has been a chef for more than 25 years. Part of his career was spent in Washington D.C. where he worked at the Italian Embassy, and cooked for four presidents.

Dan Carlson has had a lifelong passion with photography. He started Carlson Photography in 2008 where he specializes in family and senior portrait sessions 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 more than 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.

Christina Collins is a local artist and Lego builder. 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 the annual Lego Carnival. 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.

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.-education, is a retired teacher, artist and grant writer with a certificate in EdTech. She has been studying and practicing meditation for more than 25 years.

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.

Michael Davis, B.S.-music, has performed as a professional jazz musician on saxophone and flute for over 40 years and is founder and leader of the Mike Davis Trio. Mike started the NMC Jazz Ensemble. He is the saxophone instructor at NMC and a private woodwind instructor.

Sherry Davis is a certified Food for Life cooking instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). She helps northern Michigan residents learn how food impacts our health and how to make simple and nutritious recipes that promote health. (

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. She currently works at 9 Bean Rows in Suttons Bay.

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 has 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.

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.

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.

Conor Fagan, B.F.A., M.F.A., teaches art classes for Interlochen Academy of Art. He sells his original works commercially and enjoys sharing his skills with others.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Heidi Gustine, MPA, is a Senior Consultant with Flack Consulting, LLC with experience in healthcare and non-profit strategic planning, organizational development, group facilitation and training.

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 and guided 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.

Nancy Honchell, B.A., is a retired teacher with a variety of experience. Nancy has taught floor cloth classes through the Oliver Center for the Arts (formerly Crystal Lake Art) in Frankfort.

Allen Horstman, Ph.D., J.D., began his career as an attorney and is Professor Emeritus at Albion College where he taught history, law, and social science for 27 years. Allen has published several books, his most recent is "Christianity - A Guide for the Thoughtful".

Nan Horstman, M.S., Ed. Spec., a retired teacher and elementary school principal, has taken and taught many cooking classes.

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.

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 currently offers services as a personal chef.

Jerrold Jenkins is the President and CEO of Jenkins Group, Inc., serving 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.

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.

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.

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.

Brian Kissel, graduate of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, is the chef at Manistee National Golf & Resort.

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 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 more than15 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 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 an ACE Trainer certification as well as certification as a personal trainer. He winters in Florida and during the summer months he 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 (

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., has 16 years of public school teaching and another 6 years in the pre-school Michigan Readiness Program. She has significant professional development in reading, writing and classroom management.

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.

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

Doug Mehl has studied Tae Kwon Do for 25 years and holds the rank of 3rd-degree Black Belt.

Janet Messerschmidt, D.O., is a practicing internal medicine physician at Milliken Medical DLLC. Prior to medical school, she had extensive training as an exercise physiologist which included sports medicine, rehabilitation, and kinesiology.

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.

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.

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.

Robert Odette, B.A.-education, is a first-degree black belt with nearly 10 years of teaching experience.

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 more than 20 years in education and pastoral positions. She is a regional workshop leader.

Harlan “Pete” Peterson was an industrial designer with Ford Motor Company who, following his passion for cooking, 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.

John Pratten III, B.A., is an ASNT compliant, Level III trained thermographer who has conducted courses in North America, Europe, and Asia including customized training for fortune 500 companies. John worked for Fluke Corporation for 10 years as a Thermography Specialist and Thermography Trainer. John’s courses focus on the fundamentals of IR, camera operation and how to set up viable and sustainable Predictive Maintenance programs to maximize his customers’ program investments. He also performs thermography work and training in building science, and has trained various State Agencies involved with projects to improve the quality of Low Income Housing in Minnesota. John has authored a number of published articles and has a patent in the area of IR. He owns Proactive Maintenance Consultants, LLC, in Eden Prairie, MN. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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, AYT, 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.

Carl Rocheleau, A.A.S., received his private pilot’s license while still in high school. He teaches Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) classes at NMC and expects to have his BS completed spring 2015.

Peggy Rod, B.S., is a retired TCAPS elementary teacher. She has enjoyed the game of Mah Jongg since 2001.

Mary Rogers, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center and Certified Small Business Consultant, has helped hundreds of business owners get their idea off the ground. Founder of Marigold Women in Business, she has owned and operated two small businesses, lead several small business organizations and is a tireless champion for entrepreneurship.

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.

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.

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.

Diane Samarasinghe, M.S.W, R.Y.T., is a registered yoga teacher and retired state social worker. She was certified as a Beginning and Gentle Yoga Instructor at Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia.

Margaret Schaal, B.B.A., has been involved at Old Town Playhouse for more than 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.

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.

Kennith Scott, B.A.-mechanical engineering, is a training specialist with NMC's Training Services. He has over 10 years of manufacturing experience including roles as senior manufacturing engineer, frontline supervisor, and value stream owner. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Laurie Sears, is Director of Jazz Bands and an Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds. Laurie is also on the faculty of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts Adult Band Camp. Band directing experience includes TC West Junior High and TC Christian School.  While in the Chicago area, Laurie directed the Jazz Ensemble and was an Adjunct  Instructor of Woodwinds and Jazz at Columbia College, Concordia University Chicago and Triton College.

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.

Joan Sheard, M.S., R.N., has 30+ years as an educator and nurse—10 years at EMU teaching health education and serving as Director of Substance Abuse Education and Training, and 20 years as a school nurse and teacher. She has written and taught Lifestory writing at NMC for several years.

Heather Shumaker, M.S., is a freelance writer who began writing professionally in 1996. She is the author of “It’s OK Not to Share: and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids” (Tarcher/Penguin 2012) and has published in magazines like Parenting, Organic Gardening, and Traverse. She is a frequent speaker on early childhood issues.

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

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 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. Following professional mentoring, this became full-time work. 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.

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.

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

Marcia Talicska is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, ACE Personal Trainer, and Indoor Cycling Instructor. She teaches private and semi-private sessions at Village Pilates in Traverse City. A lifelong runner she has completed 21 half marathons and several triathlons. In addition to teaching a variety of fitness classes at NMC she enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, and showshoe running.

Keith Tampa, A.S., B.S., is a Physical Education Instructor at NMC.

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.

Adam Van Houten, M.A.-curriculum and teaching, B.F.A.-art education, has been teaching photography and other 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. 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.

Hillary Voight, B.S., has been dancing since 1998. She has performed dance internationally and has been teaching creative movement, pre-ballet, and beginning ballet since 2013.

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.

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.

Jacob Wheeler, M.F.A.- creative nonfiction, is an independent journalist, editor and teacher. He is the faculty advisor for NMC’s White Pine Press student newspaper, and edits and publishes two community newspapers, the Glen Arbor Sun and the Betsie Current.

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.

Bill White is an avid barbecue aficionado and has spent years developing his skills cooking everything on a backyard charcoal grill.

Delbert Whitman Jr. has been practicing sustainable natural beekeeping in northern Michigan since 2005. He is currently working to develop methods and equipment for northern climate sustainable non-migratory beekeeping as well as developing new urban beekeeping methods.

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.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, former travel executive and consultant, has more than 30 years of travel agency experience. She is a training specialist for NMC’s Training Services and a program coordinator for Small Business and Professional Development for NMC Extended Education. Her training has focused on business development and leadership.  

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 having worked with numerous authors including Stephanie Mills, John Gierach and Jerry Dennis. 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.

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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