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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Staff Flathead City-County Health
Dee Fleming
Shannon Freix Shannon learned Spanish as a second language as an adolescent, but earned a BS in Communication with a minor in Spanish Language from the University of Texas in Austin. She has experience working in professional bilingual settings and has put her language skills to use traveling extensively in Spanish-speaking countries. She assisted and tutored study-abroad students in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic before her time in Montana. She has recently launched a creative multi-media business called Whipsaw Creative. She enjoys working with small businesses and local organizations to assist with their branding and messaging efforts. Her creative services include website development, photography/videography, graphic design and aerial/drone photography.
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.
Jennifer Griffith
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.
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 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.
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.
James LaPierre
Ivan Lorentzen
Susan Matter
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.
Carla Moss
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.
Kathy Nielsen A native of Libby, one of Kathy's hobbies throughout most of her adult life has been photography. She loves going out with the camera, striving to get "that" picture as much as she enjoys sharing that knowledge with others in showing them how to use their camera and how to compose their pictures.
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
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.
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.
Abigail Schrade
Stephanie Seguin
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.
Megan Sutherland Megan Sutherland is a Libby local who's learned the skills of online selling. With an entrepreneurial mindset, she's become a Top Rated Seller on EBay and built a profitable Etsy business. She's motivated to share her expertise.
Tyler Thompson
Angela Tollerson
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
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.