Faculty at Breckenridge and Dillon

Highly qualified and talented faculty enjoy teaching at CMC and living in Summit County and surrounding areas

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SHARON AGUIAR holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Multicultural, Bilingual and ESL Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sharon has taught English to speakers of other languages abroad and in Summit School District for eleven years before becoming a full-time Associate Professor at CMC.

SUSAN ANDREWS has a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI.  Her most resent position was at North pointe Bank where she served as Vice President and Controller for 10 years.  Prior to that she was the controller for a manufacturing company specializing in producing cables for the automotive and furniture industries.

KATHY ANZELMO has a B.S. in Science education and a Master of Arts in Science Teaching, both from University of  New Orleans.  She originally taught at two high schools and then moved on to being a biology instructor at the University of New Orleans and also Loyola University.

ALLEN BACHER, BSBA from George Mason University and an MBA from Lindenwood University, is a former senior level corporate executive with international experience with an industry dominant company. Over 10 years prior adjunct (with MBA level) experience, holds RE and Insurance industry licenses. He has owned and operated four previous companies, has, as well, thirty years’ experience in businesses acquisitions, development, divestitures, mergers, start-ups, and valuations.

JEN BARCHERS holds a B.A. in Kinesiology from Western State College and an M.A. in Global Humanities from the University of Denver. She is finishing her PhD in Human Science at Saybrook University. Jen has been teaching Anthropology, Humanities and Philosophy since 2006 has also served as an Instructional Chair at the Summit Campus.

KRISSY BARRETT has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness from University of Idaho as well as and Master’s in Environmental Science, also from the University of Idaho. She has nearly 20 years of experience working as a consultant in the environmental industry in numerous, diverse disciplines including waste management, air pollution, energy conservation, pollution prevention, recycling, sustainable building design, health and safety and adult learning. Teaching at the college level is her new-found passion.

JOSH BLANCHARD holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.H. from the University of Colorado at Denver. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lake Dillon Theater in Dillon, CO.

WILLIAM BLAIR holds a M.S. in Finance from University of Denver.

ADRIENNE BOLAND  holds an M.S. in Sustainability Science and a B.S. in Conservation Social Science and Outdoor Recreation Leadership from the University of Idaho. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and encouraging hands on and experiential learning. Her teaching experience lies in outdoor and environmental education including skiing and snowboarding as well as yoga. When she is not enlightening minds she spends her time enjoying the outdoors and adventuring to new places to further her own knowledge of the world.

NANCY BRANCA has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth and holds a degree in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is an accomplished painter and also teaches at Peak School in Breckenridge. Nancy began teaching at the CMC Timberline Campus in 1998 and transferred to the Breckenridge Campus in 2008.

CARRIE BROWN-WOLF holds a M.A. in International Education from Columbia University (Teachers College) and has studied with award-winning authors Mat Johnson, Nova Ren Suma, Julia Mars, and Elinor Lipman. Carrie’s non-fiction book, Soul Sunday: A Family’s Guide to Exploring Faith and Teaching Tolerance won 7 national awards. She currently writes young-adult fiction, hosts a popular blog, and runs a freelance editing business.

JEFFREY R. BURNS is an attorney with over 25 years of experience; he holds a B.A. from University of Massachusetts and earned his J.D. from Washington College of Law, The American University. He is a member of Colorado and Continental Divide Bar Associations; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; American Association of Justice; National Ski Patrol Systems, Inc., former Legal Counsel for Rocky Mountain Division; Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section and Litigation Section, Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He is also a ski patroller with over 20 years of experience.

ROBERT CARTELLI holds an M.S. in Strategic Technology Management from Marlboro College in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has a strong e-business background and previous teaching experience at Champlain College where he was responsible for overseeing the development and teaching of e-business courses in the College’s eBusiness and eCommerce program. While at Champlain College, Mr. Cartelli oversaw the use of Coretomic’s Colligo Net program by 200+ students. He is currently a consulting partner with Coretomic, Inc.in S. Burlington, Vermont. He teaches a Management Information System course for MBA students in the Middle East and India for the University of Wales. He recently completed his Ph.D. coursework with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rob considers himself a lifelong ski bum and skis 200+days per year.

JENNIFER CASSELL holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Kansas, and a M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver. She has worked as a volunteer, campaign manager, and legislative staffer in Kansas, Colorado and Washington D.C.  She is currently a lobbyist in Colorado and active in Summit County politics.

ANNE CHAPMAN holds an M.A. in Education from Appalachian State University and has taught math in the Summit School District. She has been teaching at CMC since 2003.

KEVIN CLARKE, J.D. has been the Director of Summit Campus Culinary Institute at Keystone since 1999.He holds an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts from Colorado Mountain College and a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His fifteen year culinary industry work experience includes Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine at Keystone’s Ski Tip Lodge. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation. Kevin works closely with the local high school and coaches the SHS Prostart Culinary Competition Team. He also coaches CMC’s culinary apprentice competition team. In 2004 he was honored as the Summit Education Alliance “Friend of Education.” Other awards include Outstanding CMC Alumni and Summit Campus full-time faculty of the year. Kevin and his wife Claire along with their daughters are active members of the local horse community.

KELLY CORBIN holds a Wilderness EMT-Basic through CMC and has worked as a professional river guide and trainer for 14 years. She is a nationally registered EMT-Basic, holds Intravenous Therapy certification and is a CPR instructor.

CHRISTINA DAVIS holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. She has a wide range of experience in the classroom as well as design and freelance work for the business sector.

JEREMY DEEM holds a M.A. in History from Colorado State University and is working on a doctorate in education through University of Northern Colorado. He taught for the Colorado Outward Bound for 7 years, and has 20 years experience raft guiding, rock climbing, canyoneering as well as multi-day & international guiding experience. He teaches Outdoor Education, History, Sustainability, and EMS courses for CMC; and helps to manage OUT, WEMS, and STEM programs.

LYNN DONOVAN holds a B.S. from Colorado State University in Political Science with a music performance minor. She has a background in English & Literature and has worked in the Learning Lab since 2003.

COOKE FISHER received a Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction in 1986 from the University of Denver. Cooke’s career has varied from special education teacher, to real estate investor, yoga entrepreneur and inventor of the yogasizer  power pyramid.

ERIC FISHER holds a Juris Doctorate from American University.

HANA FOREST studied at Masaryk University Brno, the Czech Republic. She holds an M.A. in English, a M.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Finance. She has worked with CMC since 2002.

EMILY GALVIN has a BA in Bilingual Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in ECE from the University of Phoenix. She has been teaching ESL, GED, Elementary grades and Spanish since 1987 and is currently teaching Kindergarten in a dual language immersion school for Summit School District.

KYLE HAGADORN has taught whitewater kayaking courses since he was in high school, and was a sponsored whitewater paddler. He’s also worked on Arapaho Basin Ski Patrol for ten years, and has worked in CMC’s River and WEMS programs since 2012.

MONIQUE HAVERKORN is a Colorado certified ELA teacher. She earned her first TESOL certificate from Oxford House College in London, England. She earned her second Master’s Degree in the TESL graduate program at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in May 2006.

JESSICA HOOVER holds a M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University.

PHIL HUFF holds a B.A. from Emory and Henry College. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)and Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI). He has ten years public school teaching experience. Phil is currently involved as a provider of Internet Technology Systems including computer software and hardware vending.

BARBARA JACKMAN holds a B.S. in Special Education and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. Barbara has worked in the early childhood field for twenty years and is currently working as a consultant. Her two major focus areas are early childhood teaching training/mentoring and mental health in early childhood.

BÉNÉDICTE JEANSON holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in Business. She has eighteen years community college experience in teaching mathematics, facilitating challenge/rope courses, and academic advising.

KRISTAN JOHNSON has a Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley in Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and a Fellowship in Early Childhood Leadership. She has completed initial doctoral work in Educational Equity and serves as Instructional Chair on the CMC Summit Campus.

KATE KIESLER graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration and subsequently illustrated over twenty books for children before pursuing painting full-time. Inspired largely by the landscape, Kate spends most days painting in the mountainous environment of Summit County.

JANE KOERNER holds an MS in Literature and Writing from Utah State University and a BA in History from Colorado College with a minor in English. After teaching in the journalism department at Utah State University, she joined the CMC English department in fall 2012. As a three-time managing editor in the magazine industry, she has written hundreds of articles, editorials and essays. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as High Country News and The Denver Post, and her radio essays have been broadcast on Radio West produced by University of Utah’s NPR station.

JEAN KRAMLICH holds an M.S. in Counselor Education and a B.S. in Human Services from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Jean has worked in higher education/student development since 1988 and is currently the Student Development Counselor at CMC-Breckenridge.

KAREN LAPIDES holds a B.S. in Human Psychology/Kinesiology from C.U. Boulder. Karen is a Wilderness EMT and paramedic for the Breckenridge Ski Patrol and Estes Park Medical Center. She has over 15 years experience as a mountaineering instructor and course director for the Colorado Outward Bound School. An EMS adjunct faculty at CMC, Summit Campus, she enjoys ski mountaineering, trail running, and rock climbing in her spare time.

MORGAN LIDDICK holds an M.A. in History from California State University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Washington. He has been a Public Information specialist with over twenty-five years of U.S. and international experience.

GARY LINDSTROM is a former county commissioner and Colorado state legislator. He received his Master’s in Human Communication from the University of Northern Colorado and his Bachelor’s in Human Resources from Colorado Christian. Gary has taught for CMC since 1983.

MATT LIT is an award-winning professional photographer specializing in People & Dogs. His fine art photography is recognized internationally in exhibitions and competitions, including the International Color Awards, International Black & White Spider Awards, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Colorado Council on the Arts, Denver International Airport, and many other galleries. His wedding photojournalism and dog photography also receive awards. He recently edited the manuscript for a photography textbook by author Dennis Curtain and is a featured photographer in the book.

KIERSTEN ROBERTS MACREERY holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University. She has been teaching ESL at CMC since 2001.

VICKY MAYFIELD holds an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an M.A. in Education (emphasis in math-education and research methodology) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She has over 20 years of math teaching experience from Junior High through College level and has been teaching at the Community College level since 2010.

KRISTY McCLAIN holds an M.A. in English Literature from Iowa State University. She is currently a full-time instructor at Summit High School. Kristy began teaching at CMC in 2007.

MISTY McMILLIAN holds an M.A. in Communication Consultancy and a B.A. in Speech Communication from Oklahoma State University. She has worked as a workshop facilitator and instructor in Speech Communication.

DIANE MERRALL has a B.S. in Secondary Education, Biology from Wright State University and an MBA with a concentration in Technology and Innovation from the University of Akron. She has taught Chemistry and Physical Science at the high school level and Marketing, Management, and Computer Science at the college level.

DREW MIKITA, LPC holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M. Ed. In Rehab and Community Counseling from Ohio University. He is currently pursuing his Psy. D. in Sport Psychology from the University of the Rockies. Drew has a small private practice working with athletes. He is also the co-owner with his wife of Vertical Runner Breckenridge. Drew taught adjunct at CMC from 2008-2011, he is currently an Associate Professor of Social Sciences in Summit county. He has two dogs and two cats and loves to be outside.

KARIN MITCHELL holds a B.A. in Education from St. Louis University and an M.A. in Writing from Regis University. Karin taught Special Education for 5 years. Her debut novel, Between Families, was launched through the CMC Speaker Series. When not writing or teaching, she spends lots of time playing in the dirt and snow with her husband and two boys.

PATRICIA MOORE holds a Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, a M. Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.S. in Recreation with a second major in Driver and Traffic Safety Education from Appalachian State University. She has been leading worship at the Breckenridge Ski Area since 1991. Pat has been teaching guitar at the Summit Campus since 2002.

LAURIE MOROCO holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Duquesne University with an emphasis in interpersonal communication and ethics. She also received a master’s degree in Corporate Communication from Duquesne and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Slippery Rock University of PA. Her research is in the field of interpersonal communication and relationship development. Her dissertation focused on the idea of phenomenological distance in relationships. Currently, she is working on research in the area of social media and the effects on relationship. She recently worked on two documentaries including producing the student-led service learning documentary project on homelessness and she co-produced a documentary on social media entitled, “Social Networking: Maintaining Relationships in a Digital Age.” Laurie is also a RYT certified yoga instructor and enjoys teaching and practicing in Summit County.

JOYCE DEVLIN MOSHER holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Literature and Criticism, an M.A. in Language and Communication from Regis University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Penn State. Joyce has taught college writing, literature, mythology, and French for four decades. She has published on classroom pedagogy, women writers, and western writers.

CESAR MUNOZ holds a B.A. in Art from Dartmouth College, and has studied screenwriting at the University of California. He has a secondary teaching certificate for foreign language from Southern Utah University and has taught Spanish for CMC since 2000.

TONI NAPOLITANO holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana and Masters Degrees in Psychology and School Psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  She has worked as a school psychologist in public school settings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and Summit County, Colorado for over 30 years.

MARIE ORLIN holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Assessment and a B.S. in Elementary Education. She owns a web design and graphic art business. She has operated a consulting business in Summit County since 1998. Classes taught at CMC including the Adobe CS series (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Fireworks), MS Office, web design and others beginning in 2003.

BILL PAINTER holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University and an M.S. and B.S. in Zoology from Clemson University. He has taught at both Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa, and at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins.

MARK PALZ earned his MA in Fiction and Literature from Florida State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. He has been teaching at Colorado Mountain College since 2008 and continues to write both fiction and nonfiction while teaching Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing with CMC. He has also been an instructor and fly fishing guide in the local community for many years. He lives in a cabin with a spotted leopard named Spock.

LAURA PLESS holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts and Education from Regis University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a teaching certificate for K-12 from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and is certified as a Developmental Education Specialist from the Kellogg Institute. Laura is the Associate Professor of Developmental Studies and has taught for Colorado Mountain College since 1991.

JUSTIN POLLACK earned his N.D. at Bastyr University in Seattle, worked as a resident and adjunct clinical faculty at NCNM in Portland, OR and holds a B.A. from the Evergreen State College. While working through his doctorate, he had an “early retirement” working as an herbalist, kayak instructor, raft guide, outdoor educator, naturalist guide and medical volunteer (in the US and Central America). Dr. Pollack maintains a private practice at the Mountain-River Naturopathic Clinic in Frisco, co-owning the clinic and the Backcountry Herbal Apothecary with his wife, Dr. Kim Nearpass. He has been with Colorado Mountain College since 2004, and is now an associate professor.

CLINTON RIDDELL holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Ohio University. He has three years of experience teaching Human Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, and Human Physiology to both undergraduate and graduate students. He also has four years of experience working in NIH funded laboratories. Additionally, Clint has experience working at the interface of business and technology. For two years he worked as a consultant for Tech Growth, Ohio helping faculty of Ohio University commercialize their inventions and form start-ups. He later went on to Co-found Molecular Technologies Laboratories in Athens, Ohio with one of his clients.

ELIZABETH ROUSH holds a M.A. in curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver.

ABIGAIL RUBY holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She has worked extensively with interdisciplinary issues of gender and sport. She has also taught Composition classes at Pikes Peak Community College.

MARIO SANTA CRUZ received his B.S. in Physics from Loyola Marymount University, and he received his M.S. in Physics from University Colorado Colorado Springs. Mario was an officer in the US Navy, where he served as division officer on board a destroyer. He worked in industry as a Quality Engineer and Product Manager at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia. He has worked as a math and science teacher in middle school and high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Jefferson County School District (Jeffco) here in Colorado. Since 2009, Mario has taught physics here at CMC as an adjunct professor.

ANDREW SCHOENEMAN holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Regis University with emphases in Philosophy, Intellectual History, and Literature.

KAT SLAUGHTER earned a Master’s in Applied Philosophy and Ethics and a Bachelor’s in English and Philosophy from Texas State University. She has taught in the Philosophy department at CMC since spring, 2012.

HARUKO SMITH has studied ballet at Ballet Califia in San Francisco Bay Area, l’Academie de Dance Monparnasse in Paris, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and several other schools in New York City, and brings over 30 years of dance training. Her academic background is in mathematics, her professional background is in business and technology, and she considers herself extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to share her love of the arts through teaching ballet at CMC. When not dancing, she’s a web developer, yogi and figure skater, and since moving from NYC to Summit County in 2012, has discovered hiking and cross country skiing.

STACY SMITH earned a Master’s in Community Counseling and runs a private counseling business. She is pursuing her PhD in Psychology.

WHITNEY SMITH holds a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an M.S. Interdisciplinary degree in Human Nutrition and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. Whitney is the Director of the Summit County WIC Program. She has practiced as a Registered Dietitian for 7 years and devotes her spare time to her brindle mutt Maggie.

SUZANNE STONE holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Thomas Edison State College and an M.A. in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester. A member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, she has sixteen years of experience in field and lab work including business development, technical leadership and training, and project management. Her specialties include Egyptology and artifact conservation, and she has worked on projects across the United States, Egypt, and in Pompeii. She has taught anthropology, archaeology, and Egyptology courses at the college level since 2006.

BRIAN TAYLOR holds a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Northland College, Ashland, WI. Brian is a wilderness EMT and paramedic for local agencies. He has over ten years experience as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator. Brian also volunteers with Summit County Rescue Group as a team leader, technical rescue specialist, and is on the avalanche response team. Brian is the EMS Coordinator and Faculty Chair at CMC-Summit.

MARILYN TAYLOR holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver, an M.A. in Secondary Education from San Francisco State, M.Ed. in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley where she majored in English. She has also held Secondary Teacher of English and Reading Licenses and/or K-12 Administrator (principal) licenses in California and Colorado. Her professional experience in teaching in secondary and higher education spans 40 years during which she has held tenured faculty positions at University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Alaska Southeast, and Metropolitan State University in the field of teacher education, and a subject area focus on teaching English Language Arts. In Alaska, she was Dean of the School of Education at UAS. Prior to higher education, Marilyn was a high school English teacher in California and Colorado. She is currently a member of the Summit County Schools School Board, and an adjunct instructor at CMC in Developmental Education—Composition and Reading.

PETER TAYLOR holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from George Washington University. Peter’s expertise is in economic forecasting and public policy analysis based on over twenty years experience working as an economist for the U.S. Congress and for the Executive Office of the President. He has been a visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Shippensburg University, and Colorado College.

MORGAN THOMPSON is proud to say that she is a Breckenridge, Colorado Native! She graduated with a BA in Human Development and Early Childhood Education in 2005 from The Metropolitan State College of Denver. She went on to finish a MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Early Childhood Education in 2009. Aside from teaching at the CMC, Breckenridge Campus, she has been the Assistant Director at The Little Red Schoolhouse for 6 years.

EMILY TRACY received her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her BA in Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked for more than 25 years in human services, including child protection, foster care and adoption. She served for eight years on the City Council of Cañon City, and has been a candidate for the Colorado Legislature. She also managed the mediation in the courts program for four years for the Colorado Judicial Branch in four judicial districts, is a trained mediator, and has served as a trainer in conflict resolution. Emily has served on Summit County’s Countywide Planning Commission for nine years, and works for a local nonprofit. She has taught at CMC since May 2014.

LISA VENZ has a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.A. in Education from the University of Maryland. She has taught and developed Spanish curriculum at Summit School District for nine years. Sheen joys teaching Spanish and its culture to students and continues to tutor in Spanish at all levels.

STEVE VLASS – Executive Chef at Keystone Ranch.

SUSAN VLASS – Executive Pastry Chef at Copper Mountain.

LEANNE M.WIRTA holds an M.A. in Art (drawing and painting emphasis) from California State University at Chico, did postgraduate work in painting at California State University at San Diego, and holds a B.A. in Studio Art (drawing and painting emphasis) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Leanne has taught as an adjunct faculty member for CMC for more than ten years.

MICHELLE WOODS-PENNISI holds a B.F.A. with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She furthered her education by attending Utah State University and participating in multiple residencies.

PAGE VAN METER holds a PhD in Zoology from Michigan State University and earned a B.S. from Emory University. Her research has focused on the endocrine physiology of several species living both in the wild and in captivity, including the orangutan and the spotted hyena. She currently studies a third species Homo sapiens as a data analyst at Columbia University. She has been teaching biology at CMC since 2014.

JOANNE YANTZ holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) from Marygrove College in Detroit, a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She worked in public education in NJ and taught on-line at Marygrove College.  Joanne began working as an adjunct at CMC in 2006.  She enjoys all outdoor activities, hiking, biking and skiing are her favorites.


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