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."
Cathy Barbouletos Cathy Barbouletos has a Masters in Forestry and Hydrology. She was the Forest Supervisor for the Flathead National Forest from 1998-2010. Cathy has been teaching bridge through FVCC's Continuing Education department for five years.
Donna Bryant
Carol Buchanan Instructor Carol Buchanan is an award-winning author of four historical novels about the Vigilantes, a series she has dubbed the "Vigilante Quartet." With a Ph.D. in English Literature and History, she has been called "an historian with a novelist's ear capable of rendering the individual voices of character into the orchestral narrative of a sweeping story." Craig Johnson, Creator of the Longmire Series.
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.
Marita Combs
Ned Cooney Ned began his consulting practice in 2005. After years of serving as staff and volunteer in a variety of organizations, Ned’s goal is to leverage his experience to assist clients to learn and make better decisions together, and ultimately to succeed in reaching their aspirations. Ned brings to this work a heart for the importance of a strong civic society, and the importance of the nonprofit sector, volunteer action, and committed public servants. He brings a unique combination of perspectives: as both grant-maker and grant-seeker; as volunteer, staff, and board member in a variety of organizations; as educator and consultant in organizational and academic settings; and as active participant in several community coalitions at the state and local levels.
Lynne Dean Presenter, Lynne Dean, Forensic Scientist, retired from King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle, Washington after over 35 years on the job. She was a Latent Fingerprint Examiner in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The Green River Killer was one of her first homicide scenes to assist on. She has responded to over 1,000 crime scenes to collect evidence. Over 1 million fingerprint comparisons she has analyzed/worked. Lynne has trained examiners, police officers, and detectives for processing evidence and has presented her techniques at forensic conferences, students and community events. She has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, and an A.A. in Police Science from Green River College, Auburn, Washington. The FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia she has also received training at. Currently she is an adjunct instructor for Green River College in Auburn, Washington.
Raymond Dickinson Raymond Dickinson is an established wine professional. Twenty seven years in the industry including sales, product management, regional managment and education.
Will Dickinson Will Dickinson was born in 1979 in Washington, DC. He spent his childhood in Alexandria VA. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences and the Glasgow School of Art majored in Fine Arts and Anthology graduating with honors. Subsequently, he studied portraiture in Philadelphia. He lives in Montana and splits his time working in Umbria, Italy. His art has been featured at various group shows and solo exhibitions in New York City, Washington D.C., Florence, Assisi (Italy). He is currently represented by the Artspace 109 in Washington, DC and teaches at the Art Students League of Denver.
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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Dee Fleming About the instructor....Dee Fleming is a music educator, vocalist, pianist and guitarist. An award winning composer and songwriter, she has produced six albums of music as a performing and recording artist, and currently performs region-wide. She taught Middle and High School music for public schools in Montana and Arizona for 28 years before retiring in 2014. She taught credit and non-credit classes at University of Montana-Western in Dillon for 10 years and has been teaching at FVCC's Continuing Education department for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Montana State University and is currently completing a Master's Degree from Grand Canyon University.
Dana Fraley Dana Fraley is an elementary teacher and loves to teach art. Her passion is watercolor painting; she took her first watercolor class at FVCC from Karen Leigh. Dana received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Montana.
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.
Janet Haines
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.
Jon Hatch Jon Hatch is an Irish/American dual citizen who works as an educator, writer, and post-conflict expert. He received his Masters and Doctorate from Trinity College Dublin and has 15 years' experience living and working in Ireland developing education programs as part of the peace process after the conflict in Northern Ireland. He divides his time between the US and Ireland.
Sam Herbert Sam Herbert has a B.A. in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a PhD in Clinical psychology from Alliant University. He has over 30 years consulting with small to large profit and non-profit organizations. Sam was a professional mental health counselor for many years.
Ellen Horowitz An outdoor educator whose career spans more than four decades, Ellen Horowitz teaches preschoolers to adults about the wildflowers and wildlife of the Rocky Mountains. She is a writer, adjunct botany professor at Flathead Valley Community College and a long-time natural history instructor with the Glacier Institute and Road Scholar/Elderhostel. As a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, she connects people and nature for health and wellbeing. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors including Montana Audubon's Educator of the Year Award, and magazine writing awards from Outdoors Writers Association of America and National Wildlife Federation. She is author of the award-winning children's book, What I Saw in Glacier.
Bill Hunger Bill Hunger is a Certified Massage Therapist and Certified Reflexologist with more than 43 years of experience. He has been teaching Basic Massage at FVCC for over twenty-two years.
Jill Kanewischer Montana based Narrative Collage Artist, Jill M.L. Kanewischer, has been refining her skills and techniques through her most recent work on the "Reincarnation" series (new life for old photos or an interpretation of the stories of vintage photos) and another series "ROY G BIV" ( a series of 70 colour study collages). Loving all things paper, Jill began experimenting with bookmaking in 2005 and box making in 2014. The addition of creating 3 dimensional pieces has provided another means for Jill to capture stories with her artwork. Jill also believes that everyone is creative and enjoys helping others find and explore creative pursuits through teaching art and creativity classes for people of all ages.
James LaPierre
Mark Leichliter Mark Leichliter is the author of the contemporary crime novel The Other Side. Writing as Mark Hummel, he is the author of the contemporary literary novel In the Chameleon's Shadow and the short story collection Lost & Found. His fiction, poetry, and essays have regularly appeared in literary journals including such publications as The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. A former college professor and writing program director, he has served as a teacher in an independent high school, directed a writers' conference, worked as a librarian, and taught on the faculty of several writers' conferences. He is the founding editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories. A native of Wyoming, Mark lives in Montana's Flathead Valley. You can learn more about his work at
Joshua Lewis
Ivan Lorentzen
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.
Dan Moe Dan Moe, FVCC's Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry Instructor.
Kerry Nagel Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Kerry has also lived in Texas and had the opportunity to study in Japan and travel a bit in Europe. She is fanatical about making and viewing art, loves food, and practices yoga daily. She has lived and worked in the arms of the Rocky Mountains for over twenty years, and is proud to call the Flathead Valley of Montana her home. Kerry has a Bachelor of Arts degree, from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
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.
Janita Pavelka
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.
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.
Patty Rambo
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.
Tom Reynolds After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, I served 22 years in the military mostly as an Engineering Test Pilot with the military and as a Research Test Pilot with NASA. Following retirement from the military, I taught Computer Application courses at FVCC, worked in the IT department and managed the GIS Department for Flathead County, and eventually worked in the IT department for Plum Creek. I've always loved dance and after several years of Ballroom, Polka, Lindy Hop, and Latin, my dance partner and I started teaching and managing an Argentine Tango group.
James Robertson Dr Robertson is a Corporate Consultant to Beyond Resilience LLC based in Somerville, New Jersey. He is a graduate Engineer with a Doctorate (PhD) in Engineering. Dr Robertson has been involved in Strategic Planning and Strategic Plan Implementation for three decades and brings a wealth of experience to this program. He will be presenting methods and techniques that he has developed over thirty years of practical application in business.
Cheryl Ross After retiring from a career as a studio potter in the Flathead Valley I pursued my passion for dance. Replacing the rhythm of clay on the potters wheel with the natural movement of dance has been highly rewarding. Recently I assisted in establishing an Argentine Tango group in the Flathead.
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!
Racheal Vargas Racheal Vargas, is the co-owner of Montana K9 Safety. She has over 25 years of experience in Healthcare and has been an active instructor of various emergency and healthcare programs for the past 15 years. She is a current Instructor teaching programs under American Heart Association and Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
Dan Vogel Currently serving as the Assistant Director of Food & Beverage for Xanterra Travel Collection, Glacier National Park, Dan Vogel brings 40 years of broad Hospitality Leadership experience to the FVCC classroom. Industry sectors include direct restaurant and hotel management, professional Sommelier positions in retail, fine dining, and wholesale wine sales & management, media creation & professional authorship, point-of-sale & staff scheduling technologies, and overall hospitality consulting.
Amelia Ward Amelia is a full time employee at FVCC in our IT Department coming from a 20 years career in the Air Force. She has over 30 years' experience in Information Systems and Technology and brings many practical life-experiences to her classes.
Karla West
Ruth Wrightsman
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.