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Emy Amy Emy brings a lot of life-experiences to her classes. While in Golden, Colorado, Emy ran a living history farm that serviced school kids from all over the state. She now lives in Montana and still practices the "living history motto."
Ayesha (Sheila) Ashley Ayesha Ashley has been both a teacher and performer all her life. In 1998, she was in summer stock at the Virginia City Players, and has acted in several Bozeman productions; at the present time she is a singer and bassist in a blues band. She has trained and performed in Comedy Improv groups for more than 7 years both in Las Vegas and Bozeman.
Terry Atzen Terry Atzen has a BS degree from Iowa State University. He is a 45 year market veteran spending 28 years with Wall Stree firms and 17 years as an independent advisor. Terry is a consultant, author and lecturer.
Dean Batchelder Dean Batchelder graduated from Colorado School of Trades in 1992 and in 1997 had his own shop and did bluing and general repair. In 2001 he started at Brownells as a Technical Support Gunsmith, and since then he has taught yearly classes on the AR15 and on Alternate Finishes to the students at various Gunsmithing Schools and also at NRA Summer Schools. Dean Batchelder, Senior Tech Support Gunsmith, Brownells.
Cindy Carpenter Cindy Carpenter holds the two top Human Resource certifications - the SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) and SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional). With a degree in Business Education from the University of Monatana, she has over 25 years of training experience primarily focused on human resource and people topics. To compliment her training background, she has been a practicing Human Resource professional since 1996 in the Banking and Insurance industries. You will find that Cindy provides a valuable combination of training, education, business ownership and real life experience to all training she facilitates.
David Clough David, the founder of the Bigfork Photographic Institute, is an award-winning traditional photographer with over 30 years of experience. He works primarily with black and while film. David's subject matter ranges from landscapes to historic architectural structures and his work is characterized by dramatic employment of light and an emphasis on texture and tonality. He employs all formats from 35mm to ultra large format. David has studied under several highly regarded photographers including Bruce Barnbaum, Al Webber, Dave Vestal, Dan Kirby and Bob Henderson.
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Raymond Dickinson Raymond Dickinson is an established wine professional. Twenty seven years in the industry including sales, product management, regional managment and education.
Kathleen Dunnehoff Kathy Dunnehoff is a national bestselling and Zola award winning novelist and screenwriter. A "hybrid" author, she's both independently published through her business, Blue House Publishing, and traditionally published. She's taught writing and creativity courses at FVCC for over 20 years and presents writing workshops for both creative writers and those wishing to become more effective in their daily business communication.
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Dennis Foley Dennis Foley lives and works in Whitefish, Montana. He started his writing career in Hollywood where he worked as a writer and producer for many years. He has written for major motion picture studios as well as network television. He has worn many hats as screenwriter, freelancer, staff writer, producer, consultant, or technical advisor on a wide variety of television shows, episodic series and motion pictures in addition to working as a screenwriter and novelist. Dennis is a nationally recognized writing instructor and frequent guest speaker and lecturer at writer's conferences, workshops and college campuses around the country. He taught fiction writing at the UCLA Writer's Program for fifteen years and continues to teach online through Writers on the Net and locally at Flathead Valley Community College. Dennis holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Authors Guild.
Nick Fucci Nick's work has been published throughout 11 countries and in over 70 different calendars, books, magazines including Montana Magazine, Montana Outdoors, Alaska magazine and Flathead Living. He has captured images from across the globe, from Alaska to Africa, Brazil to Costca Rica, and Mexico and most of the United States. He has been teaching photography classes through FVCC's Continuing Education Center since 2006. Nick has an Engineering degree from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Dan Gorton Dan Gorton is the director of the Kalispell Small Business Development Center. Dan has more than 30 years of experience as a small business owner. In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience as a director for a locally owned community bank. He holds a bachelor's of science from Montana State University.
Katie Halling Katie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Sign Language from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been an intern at Communication Services for the Deaf and also an intern at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in St. Paul. She has been teaching ASL classes at FVCC since 2007.
Carla Hannaford Dr. Carla Hannaford is a biologist, author, educator, and kinesiologist with more than forty years teaching experience including high school and over twenty years as a biology professor. She also was a counselor for elementary and intermediate school children with learning difficulties and fifteen years as an international consultant to 50 countries. Carla has been the keynote presenter for over 200 conferences worldwide, taught over 1,000 workshops and been quoted in over 1,000 books and journal articles on the importance of movement, music and art for life-long learning and brain function. She is the author of four books.
Shannon Hanson Shannon Hanson has been playing with computers since the early eighties. A lot has changed - In the early days much of his computer time was spent programming his TRS-80 CoCo computer to play Judas Priest songs. Since then, Shannon has followed and tried to stay ahead of the rapid changes in technology. Shannon still enjoys programming but has moved on from guitar solos.
He wrote his first invoice in 1993, transforming himself from Computer Junky to Professional Computer Junky - As the owner/operator of The Computer Doctor, he repairs computers, consults on all sorts of technology matters, facilitates seminars on the importance of Social Media, and teaches technology classes at FVCC.
Lowell Jaeger Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press, graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Jaeger has taught creative writing courses at Flathead Valley Community College for 35 years. He was awarded the Montana Governor's Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse. He is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent of which are Earth-blood & Star-shine (Shabda Press 2018), and Someday I'd Write This Down (Shabda Press 2019).
Lisa Jones Lisa Jones is the owner of LJ Communications, Inc. and an adjunct faculty member with the Flathead Valley Community College Continuing Education Center. Lisa is a communications professional, providing over 25 years of experience in customer service training, strategic planning, marketing communications and public relations. Lisa offers extensive knowledge, unique insight and consistent enthusiasm for both enhancing the customer service experience and supporting the service provider.

Stephanie Juneau Stephanie Juneau joined the Kalispell SBDC in September 2016. Her most recent work experience includes the role of Chief Financial Officer with a start-up manufacturing company in California. Prior to launching and leading that company, Stephanie was a Senior Vice President for several community and commercial banks in Southern California. Stephanie's commercial banking career spanned over 20 years, where she developed expertise in financial analysis, loan structuring, credit underwriting and risk mitigation. She has been a business consultant for a broad range of companies in various stages of their business lifecycles with experience in industries such as general contracting, professional services, technology, alternative energy, bio-medical, manufacturing and import/export. Stephanie is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Economics.
Heidi Keaster-Blaize Heidi is a native Montanan. She is a student, a teacher, a baker and a Mom. Heidi is currently completing her master's degree in education, and she works as a baker for Montana Coffee Traders. When she is not working or studying, she is devoted to her family including her three young children. She has wrangled tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, taught sea turtle ecology in Costa Rica, and studied Argentine literature and culture in Argentina. She loves speaking and reading in Spanish.
Julene Krause Julene Krause has been teaching dance classes at FVCC since Fall 2017. Following in the footsteps of long-time instructor, Roz Kristoffersen. When she was growing up in Iowa, she would watch dancers on TV and knew that's what she wanted to do. She is now living her childhood dream, after having attended one of Roz's dance classes at FVCC. Julene met her husband and dance partner in a dance class. She is eager to see if any of her four children or seven grandchildren inherited her dancing gene.
Brien Kreps Brien Kreps is a local CPA who spent 20 years working in private businesses before becoming a CPA. He has spent the last 18 years as a CPA helping small businesses improve their profitability.
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Michael Makieve I have been a high school history and business teacher for ten years. As technology has advanced I have kept an interest in computers and applications and how the general population can use this technology. My approach to teaching is try to meet the needs of the students.
Ashley Mason Ashley Mason is a Geologist and former Glacier Park Naturalist. She has been a conservation educator and naturalist in NW Montana since 1992 and has worked for organizations such as The Glacier Institute, Road Scholars, and Flathead Audubon Society.
Bill (William) McCabe Bill McCabe is a certified Pet Tech instructor living in Kalispell, MT. As an outdoor enthusiast who shares his love of nature with his dogs, Bill's real life experience, and his Pet Tech training and knowledge are the perfect combination for educating pet parents. His goal is to help pet owners acquire necessary skills to confidently help their pet in the event of a medical emergency.
Allison McCarthy Allison McCarthy brings to her instruction a powerful combination of high energy and practical tools, with overwhelmingly rave reviews, both through her business and as an adjunct faculty instructor for the FVCC Continuing Education Center. Allison began her career working for several large corporations in a variety of leadership positions. Since 1995, she has been running her own Flathead Valley management and computer training business, having effectively instructed thousands of people on technical computer, interpersonal and management skills.
Beverly Medved Beverly Medved is a certified Wilton Method Instructor who has been teaching in the area for 30 years. Beverly also holds Master’s Certification in Graphoanalysis and works throughout the state with private individuals, law enforcement, and attorneys in the areas of personality profiling and forensic document examination.
Steven Miller Steve has 35 years of teaching and professional fashion illustration experience. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at The School of Art Institute of Chicago and has been teaching there since 1991. Primarily working for major retailers such as Nordstrom, Bullocks, and Dillard's department store, his work has been represented by various galleries and is in numerous private and corporate collections. He has maintained a fashion studio in Chicago working for designers, retailers and manufacturers. Steve works in all major mediums and has been published by Laurence King Publishing, London UK. His book "Drawing Fashion Accessories" is available in six languages, English, French, Spanish, Polish, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.
Molly Neu Molly Neu is a Health Promotion Specialist for the Flathead City-County Health Department in Kalispell Montana. Currently in her position, she works in the Montana Cancer Screening Program, assists worksites in developing sustainable worksite wellness programs and teaches a variety of classes including Montana Living Life Well and Worksites: Montana Living Life Well. To learn more about programs offered through the Flathead City-County Health Department, please call Molly at 751-8260.
Chany Ockert As a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Chany Reon Ockert's services include the creation and implementation of a comprehensive, customized fund development plan; coaching in fundraising; and Board and staff training. For over 10 years of consulting, Chany has been privileged to bring visions into reality.
Yelena Popovich Yelena brings her organizational skills, flexibility, and ability to work with a group to her classes. She is an ambassador of FVCC having participated in the art auction and taken her art to China as a gift to the sponsored university. She enjoys working at jobs that require a lot of repetition.
Rebecca Pulju Becky Pulju received her Master of Music from the University of Minnesota in 1988 as well as studying Master Courses in Kodaly and Orff at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. In 2004, she achieved National Certification in Massage (NCTMB) and Reflexology (ARCB) and studied Active Isolated Stretching with Aaron Mattes in 2011. Becky also discovered the joy of Zumba in 2011 and over the next several years was certified in many forms including Zumba Gold (low-impact) in 2012, and Zumba Gold Toning (very light weights) in 2014. She utilizes several of these routines in her senior fitness classes as well as choreographing many of them herself.
Phil Quigley Phil Quigley honed his talent development, coaching, and cross cultural communications skills in the emerging markets of Hong Kong, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan and India, where he spent most of his 14 year career with Yahoo
Phil cut his entrepreneurial teeth as Vice President Sales for Axlon, a startup toy venture comprised of veteran Atari engineers and marketers. At the expense of heavily entrenched competitors, he drove sales to the 10 million dollar level before helping to sell the company to Hasbro.
In 2011 Phil joined Talentron, a Scott's Valley, California talent development consultancy focusing on building leadership capabilities of frontline managers, using performance support apps to reinforce key learning points and boost productivity.
Ben Reppond Ben Reppond has spent over 40 years in the financial industry services. He now owns his own Registered Investment Advisory firm. After he sold his former company, he spent 10,000 hours conducting research. His goal was to learn how to obtain as acceptable rate of return while minimizing downside risk in all market conditions.
Sherri Sadino Sherri received her Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley College and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Montana. She has been an active community volunteer and has served as a Coordinator for Special Olympics, the DREAM program, and youth soccer. She is focused, positive, and people oriented.
Jennifer Sanderson Jennifer Sanderson is a writer, director, & producer. Recently, she was a finalist in the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women and the Sundance Institute Writers Intensive. She is a Gold Addy Award winner for writing, directing & producing. She has held positions for the Academy Awards (Oscars), Anderson Cooper 360, Radio Disney, Yahoo Music, and Larry King Live, amongst others. As a humanitarian, she produced relief PSAs for Japan and the Philippines that went viral, garnering financial and creative support from Ang Lee, Dean Devlin, Dan Lin, Richard Sakai, George Takei, Tia Carrere, and more ($2M+ raised). She was appointed to the LA County Arts Commission grants committee, delegate to the GCS International Korea Visitation Program, and a fellow in the USC Network of Korean American Leaders. Her favorite past time is fly-fishing in Montana
Leigh Schickendantz Leigh is a long time student and practitioner of the perennial wisdom traditions. She is the co-founder and visionary of Two Rivers Consulting and Two Rivers Aikido / Kalispell Zen Center. Montana has been her home for nearly six decades where she is forever loyal to the wild land, clean water, and big sky. Leigh has a B.A. from Montana State University, an M.A. from John F Kennedy University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Jan Shanahan Jan Shanahan owns Wild Sky Industries, which serves the business needs of both technical companies and artists who are focused on developing their art business. She served as General Manager /Senior Marketing Manager for Microsoft Corporation for more than a decade. Prior to Microsoft, Jan's education at UCLA and Stanford readied her for work in energy research and the IT industry in the Bay Area for 20+ years. This experience was very helpful in establishing licensing and marketing arrangements for new products-both art-focused and computer applications-that allow her to assist people in doing the same. Jan lends entrepreneurial expertise in business and organizational development, project management, and publishing to courses focused on business creation or improvement. As an artist, she works mostly with fibers/textiles-having done work for Sunset Magazine, Family Circle, and other companies that offer creative kits for sale. Being home in her native Montana, Jan appreciates the opportunity to coach artists as they begin or grow their business career. She is pleased to offer both creative workshops and business workshops where she meets so many new friends and colleagues!
Kymberli Stone Dr. Kymberli Stone is a retired Naturopathic Doctor, having worked in many states across the United States. With 35+ years of teaching, she shares her knowledge of essential oils and herbs with us for education and information purposes.
Yoshimi Yamamoto-Derks Yoshimi Yamamoto-Derks was born, raised, and lived in Japan until 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bunkyo University in Japan and a certification of Japanese Language Teacher in Japan. She has taught English for 25 years and Japanese for 6 years as a private tutor, an instructor at schools in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan as well as to Korean businessmen at one of Korea's top companies. She has taught students from elementary, junior and high school age as well as adults. She has also introduced traditional Japanese cuisine classes at FVCC. She has a certification of Flower Essence Counselor & Therapist from International Flower Essence College in Japan as well as certifications from several well-known flower essence brands from all over the world.
Fred Zeglin Fred Zeglin has designed a line of successful wildcats called Hawk Cartridges. He has been building custom rifles for 35 plus years and specializes in wildcat designs. His knowledge of headspace and ballistics is extensive. Fred has taught NRA Gunsmithing courses for several schools. He has published three books and two instructional DVDs in the gunsmithing genre. He designs his own reloading dies to speed delivery of wildcat projects that combine technology with modern materials and principles to produce the best possible specialty dies and rifles for his clients. He also designed and produced several new specialty tools for wildcatting and accurate reloading of ammunition. Fred earned his AA degree and Professional Certificate in Gunsmithing at Lassen College. He is currently the Program Coordinator for Firearms Technology at FVCC and Owner of 4D Reamer Rentals LTD.
Beverley Zierow Beverley Zierow has been a genealogist for 38 years and has taught genealogy classes in both Montana and Arizona continuing education departments for 20 years. In 1998, she was a speaker at the Montana Governor's Conference on Aging held in Kalispell and spoke on writing a personal/family history.
Danielle de Leon "Ms. Danielle de Leon is the Operations Manager, Cinematographer, Editor, and Drone Pilot at world-renowned drone service company Bird Eye of Big Sky; the founder of drone training company, Pilot EQ, that is focused on crash reduction; and a focused Certified Iyengar Yoga Level I & II Teacher (CIYT), providing four classes per week that focus on meditation in action, by teaching mindfulness with the anatomy and kinesiology of poses. Ms. de Leon has become a globally recognized female cinema drone pilot and camera operator, who has worked for brands such as Google, United Nations Women, BBC, PBS, HBO, NBC Sports, and others. Her background in mental wellness and psychology inspired the creation of a flight training program that involves psychology, crash reduction, and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) techniques to increase efficiency in problem solving through flying drones. The combination of technical capability and ecological awareness has molded this successful entrepreneurial woman into a resourceful instructor who is eager to share her experience with others."