Faculty and Staff Directory

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Browse all executive, academic and administrative faculty of Western Nevada College. More information about each person listed below, click on their name.

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Valerie Andersen
Public Services Librarian,
B.A., Special Education, University of Arizona; M.L.S., Library Science, Emory University. At WNC since 1984.
Angela Andrade
Coordinator,
Richard Arrigotti
Community College Professor,
B.S., Mathematics, St. Mary's College; M.S., Mathematics, University of California at Davis. At WNC since 1976. 2004-2005 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1996-1997 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Stephanie Arrigotti
Community College Professor,
B.A., English, University of California at Davis; M.M., Piano Pedagogy, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1987. 2006-2007 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Jaime Aust
Webmaster,

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Shelly Bale
Student Center Manager, November 2010 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Ronald Belbin
Library Support Specialist,
B.S. Psychology/Biology, Stirling University. At WNC since 2007. March 2009 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Bonnie Bertocchi
Assistant To The President,
A.A., Western Nevada Community College, B.S., Business Management, Western Governor's University. At WNC since 2000.
Sherry Black
Director_career/Technical Educ,
B.S., Business Administration/Finance; M.A., Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1987. 2010-2011 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member; 2005-2006 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2002-2003 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1998-1999 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year; 1994-1995 Regents Outstanding Faculty Award
Chet Burton
President, President's Office
B.A., Business Administration, University of Virginia; B.A., Business/Marketing, St. Cloud State University. At WNC since 2009.

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Larry Calkins
Reference Librarian,
B.S., History; M.L.S., Library Science, University of Oregon. At WNC since 1997.
Temple Campana
Scholarship/Student Empl Coord, Financial Assistance

MA Counseling Educational Psychology, Emphasis: College Student Development, UNR, 2001

BA Psychology, Minor: Child Development, CSU Chico, 1994

. At WNC since 2012.
Dr. Steve Carman
Community College Professor, Biophysical Sciences
A.A., Chemistry, Colby Community College; B.A., Chemistry, Fort Hays State University; Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1990.
Deborah Case
Director,
B.A., Comparative Literature, San Diego State University; M.Ed., Community College Counseling, Northern Arizona University. At WNC since 2005.
Maxine Cirac
Community College Professor, Foreign Languages,
B.A., French/Spanish; M.A., French, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1985.
Jayna Conkey
Community College Professor,
A.A., Art, Truckee Meadows Community College; B.A., Art, University of Nevada, Reno; M.F.A., Art/Photography/Electronic Media, University of Colorado at Boulder. At WNC since 2000.
Elizabeth Contreras
Accountability Specialist,
Elizabeth Cordero
Instructor,
Judith Cordia
Director,
Division Chair
B.S.N., Nursing, University of Rochester; M.S.N., Nursing, State University of New York at Buffalo; Ed.D, Nova Southeastern University. At WNC since 2002.
Jamie Craig-McNinch
Publications Development and Project Manager, Information & Marketing Services
A.A., English Education, Illinois Valley Community College; B.A., English, Illinois State University. At WNC since 2009.
Brian Crowe
Coordinator,
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University. At WNC since 2000.

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Linda Devon
Grant Manager,
Brigitte Dillet, Ph.D.
Community College Professor, Geophysical Sciences,
B.S., Geology; M.S., French D.E.A.; Ph.D., Geology/Petrology/Granite, University of Clermont II, Clermont-Fd, France. At WNC since 1995.
Darla Dodge
Budget Officer,
A.A., Western Nevada Community College; B.S., Business Management, Western Governors University; M.B.A., Western Governors University. At WNC since 2001. January 2003 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Andrea Doran
Director,
B.A., Psychology; M.A., Early Childhood Special Education, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1997.
Jeffrey Downs
Professor of Mathematics,
Lisa Dunkelberg
Instructor,
Katie Durbin
Coordinator, Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy
A.A.S., Probation and Parole, Western Nevada Community College. P.O.S.T. Certificate. At WNC since 1996.
Doris Dwyer, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.A., Social Science; M.A., History, Eastern Kentucky University; Ph.D., History, Miami University of Ohio. At WNC since 1980. 2009-2010 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2008-2009 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2004-2005 Regents Teaching Award; 2003-2004 WNC President's Awards: Teaching Excellence; 1999-2000 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1996-1997 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member

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Paul Eastwood
Community College Professor,
A.A.S., Machine Tool Technology, Western Nevada Community College. At WNC since 2004.
Kevin Edwards
Coordinator,
B.S. Business, M.A. Teaching, Western Oregon University. At WNC since 2005.
Gary Evett, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.S., Microbiology; M.S., Microbiology; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University. At WNC since 1993. 1996-1997 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year

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Richard Finn
Community College Professor,
A.A., Law Enforcement, Santa Rosa Junior College; B.S., Administration of Justice Law-Enforcement, San Jose State University; M.P.A., Public Administration-Local, State, and Federal Governance, Golden Gate University. At WNC since 1990. 1991-1992 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Joshua Fleming
Community College Professor,
Academic Skills Center Coordinator
Community College Professor of English A.A., English, Sierra Community College; B.A., English, Cal Poly State University; M.A., English, University of California, Santa Cruz. At WNC since 2004. 2009-2010 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Cindy Frank
Community College Professor,
B.A., Liberal Studies, California State University, Hayward; M.A., Deaf and Hard of Hearing, California State University, Northridge. At WNC since 2005.
Cathy Fulkerson
Director, Institutional Research, Institutional Research
Catherine Fuller
Instructor,
A.S., Los Angeles Pierce College B.S. Nursing, University of Nevada-Reno B.S.N., M.S.N., Nursing Education, Walden University. At WNC since 2009.

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Kevin Gaffney
Project Director,
At WNC since 2007.
Kristie Gangestad
Library Services Supervisor,
A.A.S., Western Nevada College; B.G.S., General Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1993. June 2001 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Mark Ghan, J.D.
Vice President & General Counsel,
B.A. English, Western New Mexico University; J.D., Law, Santa Clara University. At WNC since 2006.
Edda Gibson
Community College Professor,
B.S.N.; M.S., Nursing, University of Nevada Reno. At WNC since 2004.

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Delinda Hamilton
Assistant To Vice President,
B.A., English, Sierra Nevada College. At WNC since 2014.
Anne Hansen
Director, Information & Marketing Services
B.A., Communications, University of Dayton; M.A., Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1986.
Michael Hardie, Ed.D.
Community College Professor,
B.S., Mathematics, University of Santa Clara; M.Ed., Counseling; M.S., Mathematics, University of Idaho; Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1981. 2012-2013 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1994-1995 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1994-1995 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Lee Harrell
Director, Financial Assistance
Bethany Henry-Herman
Assistant Softball Coach, Atheletics
At WNC since 2013.
Thomas Herring
Community College Professor,
B.S.,M.S.; Ph.D., Physics, University of Utah. At WNC since 2010. 2011-2012 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Dianne Hilliard
Director,
B.A., Psychology; M.A., Counseling, California State University at Chico. At WNC since 1987. 2004-2005 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year
Christina Hillis
Assistant To Vice President, 2009-2010 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; April 2007 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Erich Holcombe
Library Circulation Specialist,
B.G.S., General Studies, University of Nevada, Reno; M.S., Library Science, University of North Texas. At WNC since 1998. 2006-2007 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; 2004-2005 WNC President's Awards: Classified Staff Excellence; May 2004 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Emily Howarth
Community College Professor,
A.A., Liberal Arts, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; A.A.S., Computer and Switching Systems, Community College of Air Force; Microsoft Certified Professional Certification; Professional, Professional+ Internet, Systems Engineer, and Trainer, B.I.T., Information Technology, American InterContinental University. At WNC since 2005.

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Deborah Ingraffia-Strong
Community College Professor,
B.S.N., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno; M.S.N., Nursing, University of Phoenix. At WNC since 2005.

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Rhonda Kiernan
Accountant,
Fred Kille
Community College Professor,
A.A., English and Mathematics, El Camino College; B.A., English; M.A., English, California State University at Long Beach. At WNC since 1984.
John Kinkella
Dean_ Student Services,
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
B.A., Philosophy, St. John's College, M.S.Ed., Administrative Studies, Mount St. Mary's College. At WNC since 2004. 2006-2007 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year
Richard Kloes
Community College Professor, Accounting
A.A., Business, Yuba College; B.S., Accounting, California State University at Chico. Certified Public Accountant. At WNC since 1995. 2001-2002 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Winnie Kortemeier
Community College Professor,
B.S., Geology, Furman University; M.S., Geology, Arizona State University. At WNC since 1989. 2003-2004 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year; 1999-2000 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1998-1999 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member

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J.W. Lazzari
Coord. Of Retention/Counselor,
B.S., Management; M.A., Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2007. 2011-2012 WNC Outstanding Administrative Faculty Member of the Year
Katie Leao
Director, Development
B.S., M.Ed., Parks and Recreation Management, Northern Arizona University. At WNC since 2007. 2009-2010 WNC Outstanding Administrative Faculty Member of the Year
Walter Lewis
Distance Education Supp Spec,
A.A., Business, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 1996. November 2004 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Coral Lopez
Controller, Business Office
B.S., Accounting, California State University, Long Beach. At WNC since 2010.
Ann Louhela
Project Director,
Shawna Lynch
Admissions/Records Tech Coord,

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Renee Magrini
Community College Professor,
B.S., Biology; M.S., Biology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1990.
Clarence Maise, JR.
Instr Designer/Multimedia Spec,
At WNC since 2010.
Michael Malay
Community College Professor,
A.A.S., Nursing, Onondaga Community College; B.A., Psychology, State University of New York College, Geneseo; B.S., Nursing, State; University of New York College of Technology; M.S., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno; CCRN, Critical Care Registered Nurse. At WNC since 2004.
Ron Marrujo
Coordinator of Rural Student Services/Counselor,
A.A., General Studies, Great Basin College; B.S. Ministerial Science, Bethany College; M.A., Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2000.
Ed Martin
Instructor, Career & Technical Education
Instructor, Welding
A.A.S., Automotive/Welding, American River College; B.S., Adult Teacher Ed./Corporate Training, Idaho State University. At WNC since 2006.
Gil Martin
Community College Professor,
B.A., English Literature; B.A., Art History, University of Washington; M.F.A., Painting, University of Oregon. At WNC since 2004.
Phyllis Mason
Supervisor, Technology
At WNC since 1996. 2004-2005 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; 2003-2004 WNC President's Awards: Classified Staff Excellence; December 2002 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Chad McCully
Community College Professor,
B.A., English, California State University, Chico; M.F.A., Creative Writing, California State University, Fresno. At WNC since 2005. 2007-2008 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Justin Mcmenomy
Distance Education Specialist,
Robert Morin
Community College Professor,
B.A., Political Science and Sociology, Hamline University, M.A., Criminal Justice, George Washington University; J.D., Law, Gonzaga University, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Nevada Reno. At WNC since 2003. 2005-2006 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Scott Morrison
Director_ Liberal Arts,
B.A., M.S., Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2006. 2006-2007 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year

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Randy Naylor
Community College Professor,
B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. AWS Welding Inspector. I-CAR GMA Welding Inspector and Test Administrator. At WNC since 1996.
Kathleen Neal
Fin. Aid Advisor/Loan Coord, Financial Assistance
Sherry Neil-Urban, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.S., Nursing, Sonoma State University; M.S., Health Science, San Francisco State University; M.S., Nursing, University of Mary; Ph.D., Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota. At WNC since 2003.
Tina Nelson
Programmer/Analyst, Institutional Research
M.S. Environmental Policy & Management, American Public University B.S. Environmental Science, Oregon State University. At WNC since 2010.
Diane Nungary
Perkins Grant Manager,
A.A.S., General Business, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 1993. September 2001 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation

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Holly O'Toole
Community College Professor,
B.S., Agricultural Education, University of Nevada, Reno; M.S., Science, University of Nebraska at Kearney. At WNC since 2007. 2010-2011 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2007-2008 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Bill Oney
Community College Professor,
A.A., Electronics Technology, College of San Mateo; B.A., Social Science and B.A., Industrial Arts, California State University at San Francisco. At WNC since 1997.

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Cheryl Pawluk, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.A., San Jose State University; Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1980.
Jack Piirainen
Director,
Nevada Police Officers Standards and Training (POST); Louisiana Police Officers Standards and Training (POST). At WNC since 2000. February 2003 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Susan Priest
Community College Professor
Instructor, Counseling and Guidance Personnel BA, Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago; M. Div., Pacific School of Religion. At WNC since 2005.

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Jose Quiroga
Financial Aid Systems Coord., Financial Assistance

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Lupe Ramirez
Assistant to the Dean/Coordinator of Latino Student Outreach, 2009-2010 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year; 2008-2009 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; January 2007 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation; December 2005 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Dave Riske
Instructor,
A.G.S., Western Nevada Community College; B.G.S., University of Nevada, Reno; MSIT Masters of Science in Information Technology, Capella University. At WNC since 1996.
David Rollings
Director,
Certificate, The Complete Course on Facilities Management, Rockhurst University. At WNC since 1998.
Michelle Rousselle, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.A., English; M.A., English, University of Wyoming; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University. At WNC since 1998.
Chris Ryan
Community College Professor, Geography/Environmental Science,
B.S., Geography; M.S., Geography/GIS, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2000 (Full Time), 1993 (Part Time). 2010-2011 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2006-2007 WNC President's Awards: Teaching Excellence

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Susan Schoeffler
Director, Technology
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Idaho; M.A., Vocational Educational/Computer Technology, University of Idaho. At WNC since 2000.
Gary Schwartz
Community College Professor,
Jason Spohr
Instructor,
Hal Starratt, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.A., History/Political Science, University of California Davis; M.A., Communication Studies and Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento; M.A., Anthropology, Tulane University; Ph.D., Anthropology, Tulane Univeristy. At WNC since 2003.
David Steiger
Director, Economic Development
Lauren Stevens
Coord. Of Advising/Counselor,
Richard Stewart
Community College Professor,
Community College Professor of Computer Technology B.A., Mathematics, Pacific Union College, M.S., Computer Science; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Nevada, Reno. Outstanding Faculty Member-2000. At WNC since 1989. 1999-2000 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Jim Strange
Community College Professor,
B.S., Mathematics, Sonoma State University; M.S., Mathematics, New Mexico State University. At WNC since 1995.
Ryan Stryffeler, PH.D
Instructor,
Ph D is in English (Doctor of Philosophy in English). 2012-2013 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Danna Sturm
Reference Librarian,
B.A., Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno; M.L.S., Library Science, North Texas State University. At WNC since 1996.
Ken Sullivan
Director,
A.A., Santa Fe Community College; B.A., History, University of Florida; M.L.S. Library Science, Florida State University. At WNC since 1993.

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Elizabeth Tattersall, Ph.D.
Instructor,
Dual A.A., Natural Science and Spanish, Lake Tahoe Community College B.A., Communications, Stanford University Ph.D., Cell/Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2009.
Sharon Tetly
Community College Professor,
B.F.A. in Studio Arts, Painting, Cornish College of the Arts; M.F.A. in Studio Arts, Sculpture, Washington State University. At WNC since 2002.
Lori Tiede
Fallon Manager,
B.A., Speech Communication; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2004.
Troy Tingle
Coordinator,
1993 BS from Northern State University, S.D. in Commercial Design; 1993 BS from Northern State University, S.D. in Computer Aided Art. At WNC since 2009.
Susan Trist
Coordinator, Disability Support Services
B.A., Psychology, Bloomburg University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Clinical Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. At WNC since 2005. 2010-2011 WNC Outstanding Administrative Faculty Member of the Year
Irene Tucker
Assistant Director,
A.A., Western Nevada Community college. Certificate in Human Resources Management and Certificate in Beginning Mediation, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1990. December 2006 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation; 1998-1999 WNC Classified Employee of the Year

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Cesar Vega
Programmer/Analyst,

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Troy Wadsworth
Programmer/Analyst,
Supervisor
Barbara Walden
Grant Project Manager,
Leah Wentworth
Softball Coach,
B.A., Media Arts, Long Island University, Brooklyn. At WNC since 2009.
Tricia Westergard
Coord. Of Outreach/Counselor, Counseling Services
Robert Whitcomb
Instructor,
Linda Whitehill
Coordinator, Continuing Education
At WNC since 2005.
D.J. Whittemore
Baseball Coach,
B.S., Liberal Studies, Oregon State University. At WNC since 2004.
Bob Wynegar
Vice President,

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John Yurtinus, Ph.D.
Community College Professor,
B.S., Education; M.A., History, Kent State University; Ph.D., History, Brigham Young University. At WNC since 1980. 2007-2008 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2000-2001 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1993-1994 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year


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