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.

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.

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.

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.

Amanda Blondeau, B.S., Director of Business Advancement Center for Northern Initiatives, supports small businesses in 46 counties of Michigan and Wisconsin by providing training and coaching with a focus on social media, e-commerce, and online marketing.

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.

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.

Sherri Burford, M.S.-physical education, has studied Taikwondo since 1999 and has held the rank of 1st degree Black Belt since 2004.

Bo Burke, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker and Climber Specialist, has over 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 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.

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.

Randy Chamberlain, chef/owner of Blu in Glen Arbor, was a James Beard nomination in 2010 and a veteran of the Traverse City and Leelanau County restaurant scene for 35 years.

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.

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.

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

Cedric Currin, M.S.-electrical engineering, is President of Currin Corporation specializing in design, supply, and training related to 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 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.

Don Darnton, Ph.D., is a native of Detroit who grew up surrounded by the auto industry. He has taught business and economics classes, including business history, at several colleges and universities.

Brian Davis, B.S.-education, is a member of the Professional Golf Association and a golf instructor. With over 33 years of teaching experience, Brian has taught players of all ability levels. Currently, he is Director of Golf Instruction at Elmbrook Golf Academy at Elmbrook Golf Course in Traverse City.

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

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

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 is currently the ecommerce manager for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.

Gael Eschelweck, A.A., is a professional classical and Spanish guitarist. She performs for weddings and other public and private events. Gael also teaches guitar classes for TCAPS.

Barbara S. Evans, M.Ed., is a retired educator who taught in Asia, Africa, and the U.S. for 18 years. She and her husband Gordon owned and operated a bed and breakfast and Barbara has studied with chefs in Europe and the U.S. and published a cookbook.

Ric Evans, B.S. (Natural Resource Mgmt/Development), is a RESNET & BPI certified energy Auditor and licensed builder who owns and operates Paradigm Energy Services, an energy efficiency and renewable energy consulting company. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Land, Art, & Natural Design (ISLAND) and the Great Lakes Energy Cooperative. He has been teaching building science and energy efficiency best practices since 2006.

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 computer mastery for both adults and children. 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.

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.

Jackie Freeman-Jordan, 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 over 15 years. She has received specialized training in aroma therapy. She owns On-the-Spot Reflexology.

Kerry Fulcher is a graduate of Great Lakes Culinary Institute and currently serves as sous chef at the Goodwill Inn Kitchen. She has experience in both front of the house and back of the house having worked at Lobdell’s, the Wellington Inn, and Siren Hall.

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.

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.

Nathan Griswold is President of Inhabitect, LLC, and has worked in the green roof industry for nearly 10 years. He has played a role in the design, development, and construction of hundreds of green roofs throughout the US.

Janis Haine is the chef/owner of Occasions, A Catering Concern. She recently moved to Traverse City from the San Francisco Bay Area where she owned and operated Occasions for over 20 years.

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.

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.

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.

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 three books as well as numerous articles and book reviews.

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

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

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.

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

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

LeeAnn Jacobs, B.A., grew up with horses and 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.

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.

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.

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.

Keith E. Kelly, B.S., EET, MCT is the director of NMC Microsoft IT Academy. He teaches programming in the CIT Developer program and is prior coordinator of NMC Electronics Technology program. Keith leads NMC’s Makerspace effort creating new robotics and automation coursework in the Engineering Technology program.

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.

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.

Kate Lane, B.S.-international business, represents Michigan Venison Company, her family’s business based in Traverse City. Known as the “Deer Diva”, she oversees recipe and product development, special events, brand awareness and social media.

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.

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 (, and he is a digital publisher of a WordPress blog devoted to fly fishing (

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Trisha Neff, M.A., Chinese Studies, has studied mandarin in the U.S., mainland China, and has lived and studied in Taiwan.

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.

Judy Oien, M.A., B.S.-elementary education, is past president of the Northwestern Michigan Reading Council, Michigan Reading Association and the International Reading Assoc. She taught elementary school for over 40 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.

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.

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.

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.

Steve Quick is the Coordinator of Audio Technology at NMC. He has over 25 years’ experience as a recording engineer and record producer. Previously, he was lead recording instructor at the Recording Institute of Detroit.

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.

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.

Darrell Rogers, B.A., has been with NMC’s Training & Research since 1987 and specializes in process improvement skills, lean manufacturing, statistical process control, leadership skills, team training, facilitator training and train-the-trainer.

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.

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 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.

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.

Jodi Scott/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.

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.

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.

Maggie Shaughnessy, M.A.-adult education/training, has been an online instructor for and Baker College.

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. 

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.

Janene Silverman received her formal training from the Culinary Institute of America. She was owner and chef at Zza’s Trattoria in California before moving to Piemonte, Italy where she has savored its tradition of food and wine since 2000. She spends her summers in Traverse City.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, M.A.-curriculum and teaching, 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.

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

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.

Dorothy Vogel, M.M., currently teaches on the music faculty at NMC and has taught at Hope College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Western Michigan University.

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 over 30 years experience. As an entrepreneur and self-employed business owner, he knows the importance of self-promotion. An early adoptor 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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Wolterink, M.A.-mythological studies and depth psychology, is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation exploring the ways in which the mythic manifests itself in the human mind and the mind manifests itself in myth.

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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