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.
Cathy Barbouletos Cathy Barbouletos has a Masters in Forestry and Hydrology. She has a forest supervisor for the Flathead National Forest from 1998-2010.
Byron Beers
Richie Berndt
Ben Butts
Susi Byrne
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.
Leigh Clausen
Marita Combs
Ned Cooney
Elizabeth Cummings
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
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
Autumn Gottschlich
Jennifer Griffith
Cindy Hackenberg Cindy Hackenberg learned how to make pine needle baskets from a class at FVCC in 1988. She has been teaching for 20 years in her own home and giving private lessons. She teaches both in private homes and at a community center during the winter months in Baja, Mexico.
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.
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.
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 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 Chef 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.
Curt Jacobson
Stephanie Juneau
Katharina Junker
Michelle Kaney
Julene Krause
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."
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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.
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.
George Michels
Deborah Misik
John Nelson
Hannah Nikunen
Chany Ockert
Matthias Peiffer
Tim Price
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.
A Daniel Redford
Sherri Sadino
Karen Sanderson
Jerelyn Sandtner
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.
Kymberli Stone
Julie Waltz
Rachel Wambeke
Abigail Woods
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.