Our Instructors

Kevin W. Boyd, M.B.A., M.S.

Kevin is a multi award-winning Education Specialist and published author of the books eBay Business at Your Fingertips, eBay Rescue Problem Solver, eBay Rescue Profit Maker and the technical editor for The Complete Idiot’s Guide to eBay. As a professional online marketing consultant, he has appeared on various TV and radio programs including eBay radio. Reporters have interviewed him for his insights to online entrepreneurship with published articles appearing in Bloomberg News, Inventor’s Digest, Antique Trader, The Seattle Times and several other newspapers and magazines. The primary objectives for his writing, teaching and consulting, is to educate online sellers at all levels and equip them with the skills necessary for online entrepreneurial success.

Renee Breitbach

Renee is certified as a Handwriting Analyst by Handwriting University (2004). She is also the Principal of Breitbach Business Solutions, a company providing business assistance to entrepreneurs of start-up and existing companies throughout West Michigan; business plans, government incentives, business and funding research, annual reports, meeting and event planning. Breitbach Business Solutions is the Entrepreneur’s Virtual Assistant. She has five years experience as an executive recruiter in the healthcare field, and was the Marketing & Fund Development Director at Neighborhoods Inc., 2001-2005.

Renee is very active in the community and has been a board member of Battle Creek Unlimited since 1993 and has served as the 1st Vice Chair since 2003. She is the former president of the Battle Creek Rotary Club (1996-1997) and the Battle Creek Jaycees (1990-1991), and served as the Board Chair of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce in 1998-1999.

Renee is a graduate of Coldwater High School, Lansing Community College, and Michigan State University. She currently attends Kellogg Community College and holds a Certified Fund Raising Manager (CFRM) designation from Indiana University’s Center of Philanthropy.

Ben Brown

Ben has over 20 years experience on his family farm, in greenhouse management, plant propagation, animal husbandry, hay, grain, fruit and vegetable production. The past 10 years he has taught and organized community development projects specializing in organic and sustainable growing practices. He has developed primary and secondary school garden programs, worked with food security for county government and taught home gardening/personal food security. Ben’s love of gardening, his skill in communication, empowers and opens doors for his audience to explore the greater choice of aromas, flavors, textures, nutrition, even intimacy, uniquely possible with home and urban food production.

Sarah L. Byers, R.D.

Sarah has a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University and completed her Dietetic Internship and some Masters courses through Western Michigan University. She currently works at Battle Creek Health System and owns her own consulting business. Her special areas of interest are clinical nutrition, weight loss counseling and childhood obesity. She says, “I love nutrition and sharing helpful, factual information with others.” Her favorite teaching topics are related to better health and well-being.

Gary Colles

Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for twelve years. He lives with his wife Sylvia in Charlotte, Michigan. He has training from Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada. He has been guided by Ricki Carol of New England Cheese Making Company. He took a short cheese course from Michigan State University. His last training was from Peter Dixon in Pennsylvania on Farmstead Cheese Making. He has made many types of cheese, but most of his classes have been with the fresh cheeses which can be made easily in the home.

Eugenie “Coco” Cook

Coco graduated from Stanford University and received an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois. She has been involved in college admissions and administration for over 30 years, most recently working for Baker College. Currently she works for Kalamazoo Communities In Schools, promoting the Kalamazoo Promise and supporting the students in the Kalamazoo Public School system. She has taught the ACT Test Preparation course for over 20 years.

Janean Crapo

Janean offers classes in Feng Shui, Chinese 4 Pillars of Destiny, Overview of Chinese metaphysical studies, Aikido, Practical Self Defense, Medical and Buddhist Qigong as well as Job Skills classes such as interview skills and cover letter writing.
She has practiced Seidokan Aikido for 22 years and has been instructing for 20 years. She currently holds the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) making her the highest ranked woman internationally in the Seidokan Aikido system. With the re-organization of the system in Spring 2009, the co-founder and current head of the Seidokan Aikido system bestowed upon her the honor of Director of Ki Development for the organization. Janean teaches Practical Self Defense seminars throughout Calhoun, Branch, Barry, and Kalamazoo counties and has co-authored a booklet used by the Seidokan organization for teaching Aikido instructors how to teach Practical Self Defense to participants who have no previous knowledge of Aikido.

She is certified to teach Qigong by Masters Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching and has been teaching qigong at the Aikido Institute of Michigan for 12 years. Janean began her Feng Shui and additional Chinese metaphysical studies in 2000 under Master Joseph Yu of the Feng Shui Research Center. She has been a professional Feng Shui practitioner since 2001 and in 2009 earned the title: Master of Feng Shui from Master Yu and the Feng Shui Research Center.

In 2005, Janean began teaching Life Skills and Job Skills classes in a community program for persons with documented homelessness; the goal being to teach them how to gain and keep employment. In 2006, after being asked to take over a Supported Employment Program for young adults with disabilities, she completed the Employment Training Specialist Certification Program receiving certification as an Employment Specialist through Michigan State University, Department of Family and Child Ecology from their Projects for Community Inclusion program. In addition to working as a supported employment specialist, she has taught interview skills and cover letter writing to professional and non-professionals alike.

Chad Curtis

Chad graduated from Lakeview School District and attended Kellogg Community College for two years before transferring to Western State College of Colorado. He majored in Business Administration and spent 8 years working in the resort/lodging industry in Crested Butte, CO and Las Vegas, NV.

In 2002 he purchased Getaway Sports, a local bicycle and sporting goods store, and currently runs the day to day operations of the store.

Chad began playing disc golf in 1998. He designed and installed the course at the Fort Custer State Park that was used in the 2008 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships, and he served as the tournament director for the Fort Custer course during the World Championships. In July 2008 he received his PDGA Certified Official status. Currently he is working on the design and installation of a disc golf course at the Irving Park site and hopes to have the new course open to the public by August of 2009.

Dawn Daniels

Dawn is our Zumba instructor, CPR with a Dance Background and she shares, “I’ve been an active Zumba Instructor for 3 years, and encouragement is my specialty. I teach various age groups and get great results for all. I’m a busy Mom of 6 and I know what it’s like to want to get your best work out and have fun while doing it. Let’s get shakin!”

Ron Davis

Ron Davis is full time English faculty at Kellogg Community College. In addition to teaching in his academic field, he advises the KCC Golf Club and teaches the Spring and Fall Golf classes for the physical education department. Ron has completed training with the Golfworks Clubmaking Academy, U.S. Federation of Golf Teaches Level II golf instruction training, and currently volunteers with New Level Sports youth as golf instructor/mentor for youth ages 10-16. Ron enjoys family, teaching, competitive golf, basketball, movies, non-fiction literature and travel.

Randy Dirks

Randy gained his computer expertise through his wide and varied work history. He was a radioman in the U.S. Navy where he was responsible for communication security and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a civilian employee where he was a computer systems administrator. He holds Associate of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Accounting, and Certificate in Computer Information Systems from Kellogg Community College. His love of computers started in the 1970s where he remembers working on a Radio Shack TRS 80. He stays current in his industry by maintaining the computer systems of two area businesses and through his involvement in professional groups dedicated to computer technology.

Marc Doiron

A professional piano player since 1995, Marc Doiron is well versed in the fields of pop, rock, country, blues and jazz. He has a B.A. in Music from St. Francis Xavier in his native Nova Scotia. He is certified by The New School Of American Music to teach their one day piano workshop method. Since 2008, Marc has helped many busy adults make piano playing an enjoyable part of ther lives. He currently works as a piano entertainer throughout the country, in recording studios, and as a keyboard player in touring bands he’s opened up for several national acts including: Sheryl Crow, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Taylor Swift and more.

Kassie Dunham

Kassie is a Librarian at Kellogg Community College and a graduate of the LISP program at Wayne State University. She has been knitting and crocheting for 22 years and is always looking for a new technique to learn. She hopes to one day complete the Master Knitters Course from the Knitting Guild of America.

Yanira Flores

Yanira, pronounced as ‘Janita’ is originally from El Salvador, Central America. She has been in the United States for 20 years and has loved every minute of it. She has three lovely children, and works at Kellogg Community College in the Finance department. She shares, “Coming to this beautiful country, I faced different challenges such as not knowing the language and culture. I had to go to school like a regular kid. I did my homework using a dictionary so I could understand what was required of me. In the mid 90’s I taught English to migrant workers and helped them become more independent. It was a rewarding experience, one of my favorite being able to help the children understand their homework. My goal for the adults was to teach survival skills so they could handle any type of situation such as going to the doctor’s office, what to do in case of a fire, or if someone got hurt etc.”

In her previous jobs she was always able to help translate for someone; hospitals, stores, courts, schools etc. She said, “It is a wonderful feeling because helping others has been always something I want to do, and using my native language is great.” Her hobbies are listening to music, watching movies, going to parks, and talking to friends and family. She enjoys spending time with her children, and listen to all the goofy things they do.

Troy Huggett

Troy was Battle Creek’s FIRST Personal Trainer (1986) and holds both B.S. & M.S. degrees in Physical Education. He is a certified Personal Trainer and Gold Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American Council on Exercise and teaches the ACE Exam Review and Practical Training programs internationally. Troy has authored three fitness books (Fast Fat Loss Forever, Rounded Shoulders and Ultimate Fitness: The strength training way!), produced both a fitness audio (Personal Training 101) and video (Perfect Curves) program, authored the Champion Maker Series (sports conditioning programs) and 9 ACE continuing education program exams and is an item writer for all ACE certification exams. Troy also writes a regular fitness column in the Battle Creek Shopper News (12 years) and the Southwest Michigan Senior Times (7 years).

Troy works with people of all ages and conditions. His areas of specialty include: weight loss, with clients exercising less and losing more; · Medical conditions/post rehabilitation – he is the only personal trainer in Calhoun county qualified to work with medical patients; Senior Populations – his most senior client was 88 years old; Golf Fitness – he’s trained elite golfers from high school to professional; Athletics – he has trained athletes as young as 6 years old through high school, college, Olympic and professional levels, including the National Champion Northern Michigan University Women’s Volleyball program.

In addition to the above qualifications, Troy is an ABMP certified Bodywork & Massage Therapist who has worked with the Chinese Olympic team in Beijing China & a licensed Emergency Medical Technician.

Dianan Inman

Diana has worked with herbal remedies and lived the vegetarian lifestyle for years and has co-authored a vegetarian cookbook. She lives in Marshall MI and owns The Desert Rose, a natural health book store.

Jim Jackson

Jim has been involved with genealogical research since the mid 1970s and holds a masters degree from Central Michigan University in Business Administration (IT). He created the Michigan Biographical Index, a database of Michigan persons with nearly two million entries.

Jim moved to the Battle Creek area from Troy (Oakland county), Michigan several years ago after he retired and discovered he had roots here in Battle Creek with ancestors buried in Battle Creek’s historic Oak Hill cemetery.

Sandra Kelly

Sandra, RN BSN is a Clinical Nurse Educator in the Medical Surgical Oncology Unit at Battle Creek Health System. She has worked with many patients and their families to help them address the issues surrounding death and dying.

Sean Kelly

Sean is a Certified Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef at Arcadia Brewing Company. His wit and charm in the kitchen will keep you on the edge of your seat while your senses become enveloped in the wonderful aromas and tastes he creates as part of our demonstration cooking classes.

Tammy Kloack

Tammy is the owner of TK Planner and Design, and is an event planner. She has been assisting brides with their special day for the last four years. Her attention to detail eases the stress for the bride, the groom and their families so everyone can enjoy the moment and have a wonderful wedding experience. Tammy has also worked at Spring Arbor University for the last seven years and holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University.

Peter Kobs, M.S.W.

Peter is President of True Wind Media LLC, a Michigan-based marketing and creative services company that specializes in non-profit organizations and emerging small businesses. A graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities, Peter has been working with non-profits of every shape and size since 1995.

Cheryl Luts

Cheryl has been a Group Fitness Instructor for over 27 years, and has been certified through the American Council on Exercise for 15 years. She holds certifications in CPR, YogaFit, and Zumba and has taught exercise classes using Aerobic Dance, Step, YogaFit, Kickboxing, Slide, Circuit Training, and senior fitness using Sit and Be Fit. You may have seen her on Accessvision in the late 1980s as the host of “Luts Workout”! Cheryl is a current member of the Air National Guard and has served over 24 years in the military, and has been married for 36 years.

Susan Mae McCabe

Susan is the Paralegal Program coordinator at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While a law student, she completed internships with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. After graduation, she clerked for the Dane County Circuit Court. Susan practiced civil, family, and commercial law and was an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and area colleges before relocating to Michigan in 2002.

Xenia McKay

Xenia has been working in the field of interpreting for over 15 years. She shares: “Signing has always been intriguing and beautiful to me. I was drawn to it at a young age. Using ASL one can express the most complex, multifaceted concepts through affective non verbal means with grace and precision. I love what I do and it shows in my passion for Sign Language in my classes. I have been certified by the state of Michigan as a QAIII interpreter for the past 10 years. Since working in Interpreting since the age of 19 I have worked in a variety of settings: educational, medical, theatrical, technical, and religious. I love what I do and it shows in my passion for sign language.

“I worked as a language consultant on the children’s book “Ella’s Joy…Signs of Joy” by Marjorie Dykema. I successfully passed my E.I.P.A. (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) and am currently studying for my national credentials from R.I.D. (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf).

“I have taught sign classes for beginner and intermediate levels, as well as workshops. I have had the privilege and honor of serving others as a mentor and tutor in my field. I am a Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (K.R.E.S.A.) employee working in the K-12 setting. In my free time I enjoy photography and scrapbooking.”

Dawn McMillon

Dawn has been decorating cakes since 1996 and worked at Murphy’s Cake, Candy and Flowers, and Family Fare. She became a Wilton Cake Decorating teacher in 2000, and has taught over 175 students to date. She shares, “I have decorated more than 600 wedding cakes and a few thousand occasion cakes. In 2008, I was chosen to participate at the Spartan Decorating Challenge, I didn’t place, but it was a great experience for me. I am hoping to get picked again this year. My sister and I have made fancy candies for over 20 years and in the processes of learning about that we also started baking cookies. It has been a long tradition of ours to make the candy, cookies and cakes for the family get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas, with a little bit leftover for the New Year.”

Tim Minor

Tim is from Kalamazoo and has been working with marginalized youth throughout the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek area for the past three years. An accomplished Spoken Word artist, Tim has performed around the Tri State area for almost a decade. In 2005, he made it into the National Poetry Slam competition but was two months too young to compete. In 2009, he traveled to Chicago to perform in the original venue for Poetry Slam, The Green Mill. In 2010, he competed in the Rustbelt Poetry Slam against five states and eight different teams. Local poetry duo, Kinetic Affect, took Tim under their wing in 2008 and he has been their understudy/ mentor ever since. His goal is to help kids understand their importance through connecting them to literature and their own voices.

Becky Moore

Becky has been passionate about flower gardening and landscape design since purchasing her first home 20 years ago. Her passion led her to Lansing Community College where she received a degree in Landscape Horticulture. After graduating, she continued taking floral design courses and is currently working on her floral design certification through the Michigan Floral Association.

Carole Morgan

Carole embarked on her second career in 2007 after retiring from Meijer, Inc. as an Operations Vice President in 2003. Carole was trained by Barb Schwarz, the creator of the home staging industry, and certified by StagedHomes of Chicago. Her company, StageRight Home Staging, has staged, redesigned or remodeled nearly 100 properties including, vacant, occupied, commercial and residential sites.

Carole’s background and education in business management as well as art and design makes her well-suited for the home staging and design business. She recently expanded the business by adding two more home stagers and secured a contract with a national relocation service and provides exclusive service to all of southwest Michigan.

Carole’s favorite aspects of her job include re-purposing existing pieces, defining space, and giving that space purpose and color. Carole has lived in or near Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Public Schools, Kellogg Community College, and Argubright Business College (now Davenport University).

She is married to Howard Morgan and they have three adult children. Carole serves on the Board of Trustees for the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan and has three rescue cats at home. She shares the most exciting thing she has done recently is parasailing — up, up and away!

Patricia Nahikian

Patricia is a single mom residing in Allegan, MI. She considers herself very blessed to be able to create her professional life and passion around raising her two sons, Sam (17) and Charlie (13). On a metaphysical level, Patti is a Teaching Reiki Master, Energy Radiance Practitioner, and a Psychic Channel Spiritual Guide. She is also a Reverend, Licensed Aesthetician, Professional Makeup Artist, Certified Color Specialist and Certified Image Consultant. She owned and operated a full service beauty salon in South Florida for more than 10 years and has been published in several trade magazines and journals. She was also called upon to address groups of her peers and to review many trade publications including Milady’s Standard-Comprehensive Training for Aestheticians, which is used in most cosmetology schools today. Currently, Patti is the owner of Rainbow Shades, a custom natural makeup and image consulting business. She also can be found teaching metaphysical classes in energy, color and Reiki as well as offering private sessions in her studio and at Choices Unlimited in Richland, MI.

Liz Neumeyer

Liz is a retired teacher and Professor Emeritus at Kellogg Community College, where she taught history and psychology for 40 years. She is a graduate of Delta Community College, Central Michigan University (Master of Arts degree in History), and Western Michigan University (Master of Arts degrees in Counseling Psychology and Communication), and helped develop Heritage Battle Creek magazine and other works of local history. She is currently working on a project with the Historical Society helping 2nd grade teachers develop resources for teaching local history under a grant obtained from the Binda Foundation and Battle Creek Community Foundation. Her hobbies include researching local history, reading, bird watching and gardening.

Deborah Paul

Three years ago Debbie and her husband moved back to the home she grew up in, where she likes to practice every chance she gets to live a self-sustainable lifestyle with her husband, son and mother on their 10 acre wanna-be farm. They grow their own organic vegetable, herb and fruit gardens, as well as raise chickens and goats. She enjoys the feeling of accomplishment that comes with the process of preserving the food that they have grown and making her own household products, as well as the ability to share the homemade goodness with friends and family.

Joanna Stelloh Phelps

Joanna is a culinary Instructor for the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy program through the Calhoun Area Career Center, and is a monthly food columnist for Senior Times and Scene Magazine. She has over 25 years in food service, preparation, training, education, marketing, and hospitality with Bill Knapp’s Restaurants, the Mawby Center, Clara’s On The River, and is the owner/operator of a personal chef/on-site catering business. As the former chef at the Mawby Conference Center, she has served groups of 5 to 400. She serves as an advisor to the Calhoun Area Career Center culinary arts program, and has conducted culinary presentations and workshops at Burnham Brook, Mawby Center, Calhoun Area Career Center, and area adult education programs. She is also the owner of Norse Country Consulting, a firm specializing in event planning, marketing and public relations, and fund and program development.

Rebecca “Becky” K. Porter, R.N., B.S.N., C.M.T.

Becky has provided health education, rehabilitation and comfort care throughout her 35+ years of nursing experience in Hospital, Extended Care, Community Health, Hospice and Holistic Nursing. She received her BSN from the University of Michigan, became certified in Massage Therapy from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and completed licensed training in Spiritual Arts. She is a Reiki III practitioner and teacher, and continues her education through the Upledger Institute, and other providers of current and relevant education in the areas of psychology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical therapy and spiritual practice.

She is an experienced public speaker and addresses the areas of women’s health & transitions, basic nutrition and whole foods preparation, caregiver self-care and support, grief and loss, body/mind balance (anytime, anywhere practices), and spiritual growth. Her experience as a nurse, yoga & meditation teacher, and massage practitioner have given her the rare opportunity to observe how integration of the mind/body through touch, movement, music, mental imagery and supported relaxation, allows the individual to regain a sense of comfort and control throughout life’s natural transitions.

Becky is Owner-operator of the Holistic Health Center, Battle Creek. She is a current member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Michigan Nurses Association and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals since 1996, and Michigan Yoga Association since 1978.

Larry Porter, M.T.

Larry has received training in sports massage, relaxation massage, reflexology, polarity and on-site chair massage with the Kalamazoo Center for Healing Arts ’93-95. Craniosacral Therapy I&II SERI, Upledger Inst. ‘05-07. Reiki I-III, HHC. ’04-05. MFR ’06. He is a certified member ABMP, member of Michigan Yoga Association and co-facilitator for Health Rhythms percussion circles.

Ed Quinones

Ed has worked in the computer technology arena for many years. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and making fresh and canned salsa. He is always experimenting with different spices, peppers, fruits and vegetables to create his unique salsas.

Carli Ray

Carli has spent 15 years as a professional psychic medium and worked with the properties of stones and gems. She was born gifted as a psychic medium and loves to teach others how they can develop their own psychic abilities. She is an ordained minister and holds Reiki 1 and 2 certifications and degrees in Clairvoyance, Cartomancy, Remedial Massage, Herbal Medicine and Eating Disorders Counseling and Chi Kung. Her metaphysical classes include dream interpretation, Tarot interpretation, Theban alphabet and traditional ink writing, herbal medicine, chakra and aura reading, astral travel, guided meditation, the history of gods and goddesses, and a wide variety of psychic communication methods and tools. She is the owner of Bewitching Wares.

Thomas Rose

Tom’s teaching experience started when he was a police officer for the city of Coldwater MI. He taught Legg Middle School 6th graders a program on “Drugs and the Law” and Coldwater senior citizens computer classes through the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Kellogg Community College. Since then he has retired from the police department, completed his Associates Degree at KCC in 2003, and has the distinction of being the very first graduate of Miller College where he completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in Career Technology in 2006. He’s currently working on his Master of Arts in Leadership with an emphasis on Homeland Security through Siena Heights University.
Tom is an Open Entry Instructor at Kellogg Community College. In this role he works with KCC students to help them better use technology to improve their performance and enhance learning.

Delma Smith

Delma has been the owner of Organizing For You since 2002, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She brings her experience from her business and home organizing services to teach classes to others who struggle with clutter. Delma has her own line of wood organizing products that she sells on her web site. Her past experience has been from her structured life and 20 years of skills from employment with accounting and space management at Michigan State University. In her spare time, Delma enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with grandchildren, and playing her Banjo at different neighborhood jam sessions.

Kristy Smith

Kristy is a pianist, humorist and realist, not necessarily in that order. She holds a B.S. in Human Resources Development from Oakland University and M.A.s in Career & Technical Education and Community Agency Counseling from Western Michigan University, where she has served as an adjunct instructor. Kristy has developed and implemented multiple human services programs under the credo, “You can have fun doing serious work.” As a certified family life educator, credentialed Toastmaster and author of the weekly “Different Drum” humor column, Kristy delights in sharing relatable information in entertaining ways. She’s the kind of person you’d love to get stuck in an elevator with. Kristy operates as an agent of change, providing tools and training for creating more authentic, fully-engaged and sustainable living. You can learn more about Kristy’s re-writing of life’s possibilities at www.beyondokay.net.

Diana Stout

Diana holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Drama from Western Michigan University and is currently working on her PhD in English with an emphasis on education. She is a self-taught writer and has been writing for 30 years and sharing her love of language with others for over 15 years as a teacher. Diana has a substantial writing/publication portfolio in screenwriting, playwriting, both long and short fiction, and non-fiction for newspapers and magazines. Currently, she serves as the English Department coordinator and professor at Davenport University and works at both the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo campuses.

Barbara Sudeikis

Barbara has a Master’s Degree in Arts from Sienna Heights University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Western Michigan University. She is a familiar soloist, actress and vocal coach. She has performed on many stages in Michigan including Miller Auditorium, Shaw Theatre, the New Vic Theatre, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Chenery Auditorium, the Kindleberger Festival, and the Kalamazoo Civic. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Bach Collegium (Mozart Regina Coeli, Mozart Requiem), as Alto Soloist with the Bach Collegium (Mozart Requiem, Handl Messiah) and with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys as Mezzo Soprano Soloist (Schubert Mass in E-flat Major, Mozart Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore, Bach G Major Mass), and Alto Soloist in the Kalamazoo Messiah Sing. Other credits include Vivaldi Gloria, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Caldara Stabat Mater, and Mozart Missa Brevis. Her many theatre credits include The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s production of Rigoletto as Giovanna, Mrs. Baggot in The Battle Creek Boy & Girl Choir production of The Little Sweep, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Rebecca in The Crucible, Melissa in State Fair, Rachel in Rags, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Mother Superior in Nunsense and Nunsense II, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, and Queen Aggrevain in Once Upon a Mattress.

Jennifer Troutner

Jennifer has studied Yogic philosophy for four years. She shares, “When I started teaching Hatha Yoga 3 years ago it stemmed from Kripalu Yoga techniques. Currently my classes are a combination of Kripalu and Para Yoga styles with my own twist. I enjoy a high energy class while walking away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I live my life in devotional service to the art of yoga and plan to extend my passion to any who ask for it.”

Terri Vought

Terri has a Masters degree from Western Michigan University and taught in the public schools for six years before working in the non-profit sector. In 2000, she formed her own business, V&V Associates, which provides coaching and training for personal and professional development. Terri has taught a variety of classes for Lifelong Learning since 2004. You can learn more about Terri by visiting her website at www.terrivought.com

Vicki VanAmeyden

Vicki VanAmeyden received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI in 2002 with a concentration in printmaking and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI in 1986. She teaches drawing, painting and printmaking courses for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and is Adjunct Faculty in the Arts and Communications Department at Kellogg Community College.

Her diverse and interdisciplinary approach to art making often includes the use of text and non-traditional materials. Using image as metaphor for the human condition, VanAmeyden navigates through the empathy required in deciphering what it means to be a person in the singular and in the collective sense – from the cultural, political, and psychological, to the metaphysical and physiological.

VanAmeyden’s work has been acknowledged with awards at both the regional and national levels and includes a Lila Acheson Wallace Award for Illustration. Additional grants and awards include: KCC Outstanding Adjunct Award for Excellence in Teaching; WMU Teaching Effectiveness Award; Teacher Ambassador Appointment to Takasaki, Japan; West Michigan Merit Scholarship; WMU Faculty Development Grant; Creative Industries Development Grant; and Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative Grant.

Mike White

Mike holds a M.S. degree from Grand Valley State University in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, and a B.A. in Public Service Administration. Mike’s academic accomplishments include: Outstanding Criminal Justice Student of the Year 2007, Graduate Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence, and he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Societies. In addition, Mike has taught at Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and was a 3 time guest lecturer at Lansing Community College wherein he talked about overcoming critical issues.

Mike has been a police officer for 24 years and has worked for the Lansing City Police Department and Kalamazoo Township Police Department, where Mike is currently employed as a Patrol Sgt. Mike has been assigned to community policing, undercover narcotics, field training, firearms/tactical instructor, court security officer, part-time recruiter, and served the KTPOA as Union President, and an executive board member. Mike designed a patrol resource guide and a comprehensive training manual (Crime Free Multi Housing) and trained local landlords in how to eliminate/control criminal activity. In addition, Mike has received several investigative commendations and professional letters crediting his work as a police officer. Mike was responsible for enacting legislation making it a felony to disarm a police officer. Mike’s area of concentration centers on verbal and non-verbal communication, customer service, professionalism, and a variety of training concepts.

Forest Wilson

Forest “Rick” Wilson, CPCU, AIU, AIM, AIS has helped families through his financial workshops regain control of their financial future for over 10 years.

Ted Wyckoff

Ted recently retired as Director of Learning Technologies at KCC. He has taught classes in black & white film photography, digital photography, and video art at KCC. With undergraduate majors in motion picture and television production and previous work in the sales of computers and photographic equipment, Ted has had lengthy experience with imaging technology.

Joe Zsigray

Joe Zsigray is the former Executive Director of the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio. He has over 25 years experience in teaching music and lively arts on the elementary, college, and continuing education levels. Joe has done ground breaking work with the Simonton Cancer Center in California (Integration of Mountain Dulcimer in Health Plan of Cancer Patients); The Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium (Making Mt. Dulcimer a core instrument for music therapist); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Course of Study and Curriculum of Mt. Dulcimer for 3rd Grade Studies); and PROJECT JOY Clown Apprenticeship (200 hours of training and practicum based on releasing the inner child through the palette of the clown). Joe currently is a workshop clinician teaching music and lively arts in continuing education programs throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.