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.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.

Kimberly Arbour Gingell, B.A., Leadership Grand Traverse graduate, and DISC certified, has been a Human Resource professional for over 25 years. She currently is the HR director for Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth and has presented to multiple organizations and non-profits including the TC Chamber, Benzie Chamber and CPAmerica.

Tania Arens has bee studying Tae Kwon Do at NMC since 2007 and obtained the rand of 1st Degree Black Belt in 2015. She has taught under the guidance of NMC Tae Kwon Do instructors Robert Odette and Doug Mehl.

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.

Bill Bailey taught math and science to high school students for 30 years. He has been a member of the Grand Traverse Sail and Power Squadron for 10 years. He is a past Commander of the Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron and completed the Junior Navigation course which deals with finding your way at sea with a sextant.

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.

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. She is director of Crooked Tree Yoga and Therapy in Acme.

Jennifer Blakeslee is the chef/owner of The Cooks’ 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.

Bo Burke, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker and Climber Specialist, has more than 15 successful years in the preservation, restoration and care of trees. He has taught tree climbing for many years.

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 is a published novelist and journalist who teaches writing seminars and workshops for NMC-EES. Her work has been produced on stage and for NPR. Her 12th mystery will be published in 2016. The third in her Texas series will be published this November and she is working on a new series beginning with: A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery.

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.

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 recording studios that include Paramount and Record Plant. Currently he works as an adjunct instructor for NMC’s Audio Technology Department.

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.

Chris Courtright is a 1995 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Upon graduation, he was one of four students annually hired by the school to participate in their Fish and Seafood Fellowship program. Chris has worked in many restaurants, most notably working under Top Chef judge, Eric Ripert, at his NYC restaurant, LeBernardin.

Fred Curow, B.A., M.A., M.Ed.-social studies curriculum specialist., has 35 years secondary social studies teaching experience in Michigan and Hawaii. He was 12 years a moderator for adult discussion classes on population, globalization, and Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions in Washington State.

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.

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. (

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. 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 is the author of “The Essential Principals of Taiji Quan”.

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

Robert Doering, Ph.D.-psychology, is a clinical psychologist who has had a private practice, taught for universities, worked as a consultant, been a school psychologist, and is a practicing musician. He has a post-graduate degree in aging and has been involved for several years in a study of the brain and memory as it relates to aging.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Melody Hamill, co-owner of the Circle H Stables at Ranch Rudolf, has been teaching children to ride for the past 10 years. She created and continues to run a variety of horse camps.

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.

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.

Donald B. Herrmann, C.P.A., B.A.-accounting, owns Herrmann and Associates, P.C., a certified public accounting firm specializing in accounting and tax preparation for individuals and small businesses. He has worked as a Certified Public Accountant since 1985.

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.

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.

David Husser, B.M., M.M.-music education, maintains a private piano studio. He is a member of the music faculty at Northwestern Michigan College. During the summer, he teaches at Interlochen Arts Camp. He composes music for piano and for various vocal ensembles.

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 for the past 7 years has worked with children and horses teaching novice through advanced levels of riding.

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.

Marti Jeffs, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, is the owner and yoga teacher at Yoga At Ladaka near Frankfort. She has been teaching yoga since 2000 and studied Ayurveda at New World School of Ayurveda (2008-2013).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Philip Leete has a mechanical engineering degree from Hope College. He teaches robotics, mathematics, and dance at TC West Senior High and is the founder of the Northern VEX Robotics League in Traverse City.

Nikki Lennox, B.S.-criminal justice, is of Greek decent and enjoys teaching classes from her heritage. She has taught community education for more than 15 years and owned a gourmet food company for five years specializing in gourmet desserts.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Walter Muellenhagen, B.A., is currently a Certified SBDC Small Business Consultant at Networks Northwest. Walt is a former Commercial Lender of 12 years, served in the US Air Force for 7 years, and has a background in sales and small business ownership. He also serves as the Michigan Elks Association State Treasurer.

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.

Anne-Marie Oomen is author of Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields, both Michigan Notable Books, An American Map: Essays (WSUP); and Uncoded Woman (Milkweed Editions). She serves as instructor at The Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College (MA), Interlochen’s College of Creative Arts (MI), and at conferences throughout the country.

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.

Mary Parrish, B.M.E.-music education, has been teaching elementary general and vocal music with TCAPS since 1965. She has taught private piano and been a conductor/accompanist for the Traverse City Elementary Honors Choir.

Eric Patterson is the chef/owner of The Cooks’ 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.

Sandy Proctor, B.S.-Spanish, has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, and studied and taught ESL in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2007 to 2012. She has been teaching Spanish since 2008.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Daniel Rogalny, B.A.-sociology, has over 40 years of work experience in the field of human services. He is a self-described Anglophile with an interest in English history and literature. He has travelled to England twice enjoying the landscape, castles, cathedrals and bookstores.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Mike Schmerl is a Master Electrician and electrical contractor with over 30 years of experience. He is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer as well as a solar PV and electrical code trainer throughout the Eastern U.S.

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.

Greg Seaman has been a guitarist, singer, music instructor and songwriter for 30 years. He teaches private lessons on ukulele, guitar, bass guitar, 5-string banjo, and voice.

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.

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.

Scott Silliman, B.S., A.A.S., is a 1st degree black belt in Yoshokai Aikido. He has been teaching at NMC since 2004.

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.

Alexandra Smith B.A.-communications, B.F.A.-graphic design, has worked for several marketing and promotions firms including Visual Services, Inc. and Evigna, where she worked on accounts for several Fortune 500 companies such as Ford, Jaguar and Bosch. She now dedicates herself full-time to teaching, and is currently an instructor for the Digital Graphic Design and Digital Imaging classes at NMC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Bryan Ulbrich is a winemaker and owner of Left Foot Charley Winery and Tasting Room in TC.

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

Todd Vipond is Director of the Dolce Ensemble of the Northwestern Michigan College Children’s Choir.

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.

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.

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.

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

Holly White holds a degree in psychology and works in the Custom Book Publishing department at Jenkins Group, a local self-publishing services company. She assist aspiring authors and self-publishers from all over the world in making their manuscript or idea into a book.

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.

Jerry Williams served 8 years in the US Navy and was a professor at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at NMC for 30+ years. He has been a member of the Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron for 25 years and served as Treasurer and Squadron Education Officer for 6 years.

Wendy Williams, B.A.-social work, has been deaf since birth. She has tutored students in American Sign Language for over 20 years. She is an advocate for the Deaf Community and hosts monthly gatherings of ASL students with the Deaf Community.

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.

Richard Wolin, M.B.A., is project manager for NMC Contract Training. He has extensive education in organizational development and ten years’ experience in manufacturing. Richard has extensive knowledge of teamwork training and facilitation, interpersonal skills training, and customer and employee satisfaction research. He is a member of the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI).

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.

Part-time instructors wanted

Extended Education at Northwestern Michigan College seeks part-time instructors to teach short courses in calligraphy, social media, and video editing. Teaching degree not necessary. Looking for enthusiastic presenters with content knowledge, passion, and willingness to share. Email resume and letter with interest areas to before September 18, 2015.

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