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."
Anne Beckenstein I love reading, writing, and traveling. Seven years of international teaching have broadened my perspective. I write poetry and am currently finishing my first novel. I raised a large family and learned a tremendous amount from them. Soon I will begin yoga certification. My hobbies are gardening, exercise class, photography, and paddle boarding.
Byron Beers
Morgan Burkholder
Jon Campbell
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.
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.
Raymond Dickinson Raymond Dickinson is an established wine professional. Twenty seven years in the industry including sales, product management, regional managment and education.
Staff Flathead City-County Health
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.
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
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.
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.

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.
Mark Leichliter
Patrick Liddell Patrick began his flight career in 2008, earning his private pilot certificate here in the Flathead Valley. Eventually earning an instrument rating and commercial and flight instructor certificates, and has accumulated over 800 hours of flight time. He is currently employed as a flight instructor at Montana Air Adventures.
Phyllis Lucht
Michael Makieve I have been a high school history and business teacher for ten years. As technology has advanced I have kept an interest in computers and applications and how the general population can use this technology. My approach to teaching is try to meet the needs of the students.
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.
Rod McIver
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.
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.
Kathy Prim
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.
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
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!
Kevin Shea
George Shryock
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.
Alan Styles
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.
Beverley Zierow Beverley Zierow has been a genealogist for 38 years and has taught genealogy classes in both Montana and Arizona continuing education departments for 20 years. In 1998, she was a speaker at the Montana Governor's Conference on Aging held in Kalispell and spoke on writing a personal/family history.
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."