NameBiography
Caitlin Amy
Emy Amy Emy Amy enriches her students with history, shared stories and life experiences in her hands-on classes. She practices a self-sufficient and sustainable life style and passes along the how-to-skills to anyone who wants to have fun while learning. Her teaching stems from how to provide high quality and flavor while being resourceful and practicing economics. 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."
Jack Andenoro
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.
Byron Beers
Hannah Bissell Kauffman
Shane Braverman
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.
Donald Bumgarner Don Bumgarner has a B.A. in mathematics and Physical Sciences, 1967 LaVerne University, California and M.A. Secondary counseling, 1974 UNLV, Las Vegas; Secondary education certification 1969, State of California, Secondary education certification 1970, State of Nevada; 1970-1996, teaching secondary math, chemistry, physics CCSD Las Vegas, Nevada. He was an adjunct faculty memberfor CC of Southern Nevada from 1981-2004 teaching credit courses in astronomy and operating the planetarium facility. He also taught astronomy credit courses at Nellis Air Force Base and several correctional facilities in southern Nevada. Don taught astromomy for FVCC's Continuing Education Department from 2009-2013 and has returned to teaching at FVCC.
Benj Burke
Ashleigh Clark
Leigh Clausen Leigh has been practicing yoga since 2006 in a variety of studio and outdoor locations in California, Utah, Maryland, Florida and Montana. Leigh works as an Interpretive Park Ranger with the National Park Service, and as a result of living in beautiful but often remote areas, she did not have the luxury of taking a regular group class with a single teacher in the early years of her practice. Instead she often used online resources and practiced outdoors in some of nature's best classrooms, which forced her to take ownership of her practice, and to truly find how each asana expressed itself in her body. By 2016, after 11 years of solo practice and the occasional group class, she was ready to take her practice to the next level. She received her initial 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Hive and Figure Yoga. She specializes in very detailed verbal instruction, allowing students to often take an entire class with their eyes closed following her clear supportive verbal guidance.
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.
Casey Corbett Casey is an experienced Mind Management practitioner with a background in counseling and athletic coaching. Combining certifications in NLP, CBT and Sports Psychology, along with his coaching and counseling experience, Casey offers a comprehensive and down to earth approach to understanding and improving our own mental well being.
Terry Crooks Terry has been teaching dog obedience classes for over twenty years. Terry is a volunteer member of David Thompson Search and Rescue and has been involved with the Search and Rescue Team for twenty five years. He is the K-9 unit leader and has raised and trained several Search and Rescue dogs. Terry has travelled nationwide giving Search and Rescue dog training as well as evaluating and certifying K9 teams for search and rescue.
Thesia Crooks
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). She has responded to over 1,000 crime scenes to collect evidence and one of the first homicide scenes to assist with was the Green River Killer. 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, an A.A. in Police Science from Green River College, Auburn, Washington and received training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. 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.
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 30 years and presents writing workshops for both creative writers and those wishing to become more effective in their daily business communication.
Katie Eberhardy
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Staff Flathead City-County Health
Dee (Deborah) 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.
Staff Glacier Nordic Center
Shawn Goodwin
Staff Great Northern Whitewater Raft
Bobbi Hall Bobbi Hall has a lifetime of experience working with horses. She is a superb horse person and is certified as a Level II Centered Riding Instructor and has been certified as a Horse Specialist and Equine Assisted Learning in EAGALA – Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and OK Corral Series by Greg Kersten. She also offers EAL “Horse Powered Reading ©” She has learned to communicate with horses by using their language which forms a partnership that is safe and beneficial to both horse and rider. Bobbi doesn't call herself a horse whisperer, because it is the horse that whispers.
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.
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.
Christiane Hinterman Christiane Hinterman has been active in the field of Interpretation for over 13 years. While attending Michigan State University, Christiane studied Interpretation in the School of Parks and Recreation and received a master's degree in Environmental Education with the Expedition Education Institute and Lesley University. She has worked as an Interpretive Ranger in five National Parks and four National Forests, has managed interpretive programs at two non-profits, and mentored interpretive guides for three years. In 2002-2003 she took her passion abroad to train adult nature guides in Guatemala and Mexico with The RARE Center.
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 50 years of experience. He has been teaching Basic Massage at FVCC for over thirty years.
Jarret Isles
Sheena Istre
Emily Jense Emily has been practicing Pilates since 2017 and finished teacher training through Balanced Body in July 2022. Her dedication to the practice evolved as she felt her body respond with increased strength and stability and decreased pain and injury. Emily looks forward to introducing the magic of Pilates to new clients who are ready to transform their bodies through mindful movement.
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.

Jill Kanewischer
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.
Meg Killen Meg Killen has called Montana home for almost 25 years, and has been exploring the backcountry on skis for 15 of those. As she developed her own avalanche education, she became invested in teaching others. She joined the FOFAC team in 2019 as the youth educator, and has since stepped into the role of Education Director in 2021. She enjoys bringing avalanche education to this community whether it be teaching kiddos or adults. Meg has her level 2 Avalanche Certification and will be working towards her Pro Level 1 this winter. Outside of her role teaching courses, you can typically find Meg backcountry skiing with her husband Tim and working on her mediocre snowmobiling skills. In the off season, you can find her in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, where she has worked for over 15 years leading volunteer trail work trips for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.
Gerri King
Seonmi Klug Seonmi Klug (pronounced "Sun-me") is from South Korea. She has worked in the education field for almost 20 years. She is excited to teach the Korean language and culture.
Misty Koyuncu Misty Koyuncu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Instruction with a concentration in flute and vocal performance from Southern Oregon University. Misty began her interest in music in her early childhood by teaching herself keyboard, and continued her interest in music by private lessons, and classes throughout her childhood and into her undergrad degree. She has traveled through Europe to expand her musical ear, and she currently teaches private lessons in the Flathead Valley while working as the Student Union Coordinator at FVCC.
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.
Phyllis Lucht
Crystal MacInnes
W. Dudley Marburger Dudley Marburger has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He has been self-employed for over 25 years as an Arborist. Dudley is a four-time winner in black belt in various martial arts and a third place winner in the World Competition of Martial Arts in Korea. His self-defense class teaches techniques that revolve around real-life situations.
Kathy Martin Kathy Martin has been an art educator for over thirty years. She is passionate about sharing art and the role it play in connecting people with communities, other cultures and the natural world. A practicing artist, Kathy enjoys drawing, painting, stained glass and cultural art forms such as the making of pysanky. Kathy is currently the Director of Education at the Hockaday Museum of Art where she manages and develops education programs that promote the Museum's mission. She has been employed at the Hockaday for over 14 years.
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.
Peter Metcalf
Dave Micone
Linda Miller Linda Miller is a registered Yoga teach with 200+hours. She has taught gentle, therapeutic Hatha yoga, including chair yoga since 2010. She has also worked as an Occupational Therapist with rehabilitation patients for 35 years.
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.
Kyara Nelsen
Allyson Norwood Bush
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.
Dennis Olson Denny Olson's formal training as a biologist and geologist, as well as teaching nature for over 50 years in the north woods and mountain west, has given him expertise in many disciplines. He has done research on beavers, hares and loons, and received an M.S. Degree, (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Minnesota. He has Adjunct Professorships at three Universities. From those scientific beginnings he forged an unlikely union between science, humor, and drama, and established a national reputation as an innovative performer and educator. He has since settled into semi-retirement as the Conservation Educator for Flathead Audubon. Denny has trained thousands of naturalists, teachers and students in oral storytelling techniques, and conducted workshops nation-wide. He has performed his humorous alter-egos (incl. Doc Wild, Dr. Death, Prof. Avian Guano, Dr. Loonacy, The Lost Voyageur, The Mad Herbalist) over 3000 times, in 49 states, for over 2 million people. Included in these totals are 79 conference keynotes, 44 national park presentations, and 26 university performances. His books, Way of the Whitetail, Shared Spirits: Native Americans and Wildlife, and Cougars -- Solitary Spirits have been critically acclaimed. "Critterman's World", a light-hearted view of the "top news stories from the woods" appeared weekly on NBC affiliates across Montana for four years.
Mike Parrish Mike Parrish is a Technology Management Consultant and the owner of Nonprofit Tech Services. He formed Nonprofit Tech Services after completing technology leadership careers in the Military and Electric Utility industries. He served as an Information Technology Chief for the Space and Naval Warfare Center and the Center for Naval Intelligence and as the Director of Information Technology at Flathead Electric Cooperative. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Curriculum Development from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from Strayer University in Washington DC. He is passionate about using his knowledge and experience to help organizations manage their technology portfolios in a manner that supports their strategic goals. Mike is a graduate of Leadership Flathead Class of 2014, a volunteer at My Glacier Village and a member of the FBI Critical Infrastructure Alliance program (Infragard).
J. Elise Poston
Kathy Prim Kathy is a certified Square Foot Gardening instructor and has taught the SFG method for the last 20+ years. She turns her sewing room into a sowing room each spring in order to bring Seed Starting: Growing for Your Garden to FVCC Continuing Education. Her goal is to bring skills to her students that will provide food for the family in the longrun with organic and frugal gardening concepts.
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
Morgan Ray
Dane Regan Dane Regan manages the FVCC Campus Farm and has several years of vegetable growing experience in the Flathead Valley. He is a young and enthusiastic grower with a passion for food, cooking, and sustainable systems.
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 15,000 hours of independent research to learn how to cautiously invest during retirement. He shares his methods that led to a more consistent and risk-averse investing experience. He has years of experience of advising people on how to maximize Social Security benefits - for themselves and their spouses.
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.
Greg Rice
Will Richards
Greg Schatz Greg Schatz learned to pack stock in New Mexico. Thirty years ago he moved to Montana where he started packing in earnest, logging a thousand miles a summer in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Greg spends his summers offering pack stock support to non-profit trail maintenance organizations as well as packing for outfitters.
Conner Seyfert
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!
Jerry Smalley Jerry Smalley is a retired teacher from School District 6 in Columbia Falls. He has taught fishing-related classes at FVCC for over 40 years and enjoys working with students. A significant part of Jerry's free time is spent fishing and tying flies.
Peter Strasser Peter Strasser currently works as a consultant on a U.S. State Department anti-corruption project in Mongolia. Prior to that he was the Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney in New Orleans. In that capacity, he served on the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Sub-committees on Cyber Crime and Terrorism/National Security. Other professional experience includes being a partner in New Orleans' oldest law firm, specializing in corporate compliance and criminal litigation. He spent 12 years as a DOJ Legal Attaché, serving in U.S. Embassies in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, and 15 years as a federal prosecutor. Among his many jury trial convictions was that of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards on corruption and racketeering charges. Peter also was an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School and has published law review articles on comparative criminal law and justice. He grew up and studied in Virginia and Austria, served as a U.S. Navy officer, is fluent in German, and has traveled to over 75 countries.
Alan Styles
Chris Tempel
Rick Trembath
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.
Susan Wagner Susan Wagner is currently an art educator at Heritage Academy teaching 6th through 12th graders. She loves teaching and encouraging people of all ages to express themselves creatively through various art mediums. She got her degree from the University of Montana in Education with a focus on Clothing and Textile Design and a minor in Art. She personally enjoys working with watercolor, batik, oils, acrylics, and pine needle basketry.
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.
Jemina Watstein Jemina has been a national and international art educator for the past 16 years, here in the valley and beyond. She has a Master degree in Fine Art Photography and is currently working on a dissertation in order to complete a PhD in International Educational Leadership. Jemina believes that it is her responsibility as an art teacher to provide an inquiry-based experience that will help fill students' internal toolboxes so they can develop all they need to be their best selves.
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 30 years and Japanese for 9 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.