NameBiography
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.
Hans Axelsen
Richie Berndt
Brock Bolin
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 rending the individual voices of character into the orchestral narrative of a sweeping story." (Books are available in the FVCC bookstore.
Bonnie Bushman
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.
Jennifer Cloutier
Marita Combs
Ned Cooney
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.
E.B. Eiselein E. B. has a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He is an adjunct instructor at FVCC and teaches courses in Anthropology (including Indians of North America and Introduction to Archaeology) and Geography.
Heather Estrada Heather Estrada received her PhD in Plant Science at the University of Alberta, and has a background in greenhouse management, agronomy, and plant breeding. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Agriculture program director at Flathead Valley Community College. She teaches a range of classes in plant and soil science, crop production, and food systems, and oversees the operation of the Campus Farm.
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Dee Fleming
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.
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 been teaching photography classes through the Continuing Education since 2006.
Dan Gorton
Kristi Greif
Bobbi Hall Bobbi Hall has worked with horses since she was young and is a superb horse person. She is certified as a Level II Centered Riding Instructor and Equine Assisted Learning as a Horse Specialist. 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.
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.
Ellen Horowitz Ellen Horowitz is an award-winning naturalist and writer. For more than 30 years, Ellen has taught field classes, guided tours and written about the flora and fauna of the northern Rocky Mountains.
Manda Hudak Manda Hudak has always had a passion for cooking. She chose a career in hospitality and received degrees from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and The Culinary Institute of America, completing apprenticeships at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and Marriott Hotel Group. Hudak held management positions with the Los Angeles Biltmore and the Beverly Hills Hotel before becoming director of catering at the historical Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and food and beverage director at the legendary Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. Additionally, she owned a catering company in Los Angeles with an eye toward healthful corporate meal preparation and custom social event planning. Hudak has shifted her focus to education, utilizing her craft and service expertise to prepare culinary professionals at FVCC for the future.
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.
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
Monica Jungster Monica has been practicing Tai Chi - Yang Style for over 25 years with variious Chinese instructors.
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.
Karen Kolar
Julene Krause
Brien Kreps
Mark Leichliter
Pete Lindskoog Pete is a Certified Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot who has given hundreds of hours of flight and ground instruction. He works at Montana Air Adventures - A division of Red Eagle Aviation - as a flight instructor. He'll be assisted by Dave Horner, Chief Flight Instructor and Director of Operations for Montana Air Adventures. Dave has logged thousands of hours of ground and flight instructing and is a former Designated Pilot Examiner for the state of Montana.
Phyllis Lucht
Michael Makieve
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.
Benjamin Charli Mattison B. Charles (Charlie) Mattison grew up in San Diego where his grandfather, who was a blacksmith and a miner, not only exposed him to forming metal, but to the wonder of gems and minerals. In his twenties, he simultaneously taught himself silversmithing and lapidary. Charlie took courses with the Gemological Institute of America and through the jewelry program at FVCC. His work has been displayed at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Grand Canyon tourist center.
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.
Pat McGlynn Pat McGlynn is the Montana State University Agriculture Extension Agent for Flathead County. She has over 30 years of horticulture experience. Pat received her Masters and Ph.D. in Education with a focus in Agriculture at Cornell University. She has been teaching the MSU Master Gardener course since 2008; conducts horticulture research on cherries, grapes, hops, apples and berries; works with residents on weed and insect identification; assists in diagnosing gardening problems; teaches pasture management for livestock; provides licensing for private pesticide applicators and co-teaches a small acreage landowner class.
Rod McIver
Benjamin McQuigg
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.
Deb Misik
Ahti Mohala Ahti Mohala is an award-winning woodwind artist, steel guitarist, bassist, composer, performer, recording artist and music educator with over forty years of experience. His credits include over 60 albums and CD's and the music for two major movies and two television series. He has done the sound tracks for six major national and international companies that include NBC, B.M., Sony, and the Sundance Film Institutes Theater Productions.
Amy Moore
Molly Neu
Chany Ockert
Petr Ondracek
Jessie Opel
Adam Paugh
Mark Paulson
Yelena Popovich
Louise Porter-Hahn Louise is a working sculpture/artist who has taught art in Connecticut for 21 years to all agaes. She is a board certified art therapist and former graphic designer.
Rebecca Pulju
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.
Blase Reardon
A Daniel Redford
Gerda Reeb
Ben Reppond
James Roets James N. Roets has over 37 years of experience in the Federal sector, 32 of which were with the National Weather Service. He served in every line office of the Service, from observer to forecaster, meteorologist-in-charge, aviation plans and programs leader, and then lead forecaster, and aviation weather expert, at the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, MO. James is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era. He retired from the National Weather Service in June 2015.
Karen Sanderson
Jerelyn Sandtner
Valeriya Sasser
Greg Schatz
Leigh Schickendantz
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.
Linda Solomon
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Kymberli Stone
Alan Styles
Jim Swab Jim Swab has both a B.A. and a B.S. degree with a major in Education and a minor in History. He was a high school political science and history teacher for 30 years. Now retired, Jim enjoys meeting people and having them exercise their brian and improve their memory skills with the challenging game of bridge.
Ronda Wakefield Ronda Wakefield, NW MT HR Solutions, LLC
Julie Waltz
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.
Beverley Zierow
Keagan Zoellner