Meet Our Instructors
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- Susan Baller-Shepard was part of the undergraduate Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, has graduate degrees in Social Work and Divinity, and has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for twenty-eight years. She serves on the Council for the Synod of Lincoln Trails, which includes the states of Illinois and Indiana. Along with local involvement, Susan has worked on international development projects in Haiti, China, and Brazil. Susan teaches Major World Religions and Literature of the Bible at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, and she is completing a memoir and a poetry collection of villanelles entitled "Sung." Susan's essays, poetry, photography, and sermons have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post's "On Faith section," Spirituality & Health, Writer’s Digest, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Typishly, Patheos, Day One, the Tattooed Buddha, and other publications. Her book Doe, a poetry collection from Finishing Line Press, is due out in March 2019. Her poetry has been featured on WGLT-FM Poetry Radio.
- Melinda Baur is a local knitting guru that has been knitting and designing knitwear for over 30 years. She has been writing knitting patterns for the past few years including designs that were selected for publication in Knit Simple and Noro Knitting.
- Beverly Beyer serves as Stevenson Center Associate Director at ISU. A certified Professional Community and Economic Developer, she coordinates the Peace Corps Fellows Program, Applied Community and Economic Development Fellows Program, and Peace Corps Master’s International Program. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria) and has served with AmeriCorps and non-profit organizations. She is currently on the Board of Mid Central Community Action, and she volunteers with the local AmeriCorps Alums chapter and the Ecology Action Center.
- Paul Bihn has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Truman State University and has worked at State Farm as an analyst for almost 24 years. He has created religious Android game applications such as Memory Cathedral, and Book of Revelation. He has also published an Android board game called Tablero. He loves to program and teach programming.
- Diane Boeck is a Certified Teacher of Hatha Yoga through a 200 hour home study course. She currently teaches classes at Heartland Community College and in other locations in Bloomington/Normal. She also teaches Water Aerobics. Diane has found personal benefit in both yoga and water exercise. She enjoys sharing these exercises for the benefit of others. She is also a University of Illinois Master Gardener.
- Scott Bolbock graduated from the University of Iowa and worked for more than 30 years in product management and marketing. Though he learned a lot about drinking wine during those years, it wasn’t until he quit travelling that he became a Certified Specialist of Wine and worked in the North Carolina wine trade. Scott teaches wine appreciation courses at Heartland.
- Kay Bowen has worked with computers for the last 40 years. She worked at State Farm Insurance for 17 years before coming to Heartland Community College.
- Lauren Bruggenthies-Lott has been crafting and making art since she was able to hold a paint brush. She grew up in a creative household where her mother was an artist and designer and encouraged her to follow her passions. She graduated from ISU with a B.S. in studio arts with a concentration in painting and lithography and enjoys encouraging others to be creative.
- Carol Burroughs is a certified Financial Planner® and Principal of Forward Financial Planning, LLC in Normal where she provides guidance in investments, retirement, insurance, education funding, and estate planning for individuals and small businesses.
- David and Sheri Burns operate Long Lane Honey Bee Farm in east central Illinois. As a family business the Burns give the personal touch needed to become a successful beekeeper. The family started beekeeping in 1994 and began building beekeeping equipment in 2005. David began beekeeping after hiving a swarm from a fallen tree. Sheri is a former teacher who joined the business in 2008. A graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a degree in business management, she does just that - manages the business.
- Michael Burt is a high school teacher at Normal West High School. He has bachelor of arts degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and a master’s degree in biochemistry. During his teaching career Michael has taught in the Chicago Public Schools and Unit 5 Schools. Over those years, he has taught chemistry, biology, and earth & space science.
- Julie F. Callahan lives and works in McLean County. She is a mixed media and mural painter with a distinctive style. She has been teaching art for over 10 years both privately and in the classroom. Her studio in uptown Normal is open by appointment year round and she welcomes visitors and art enthusiasts both young and old.
- Ying Chen graduated from the Wuhan College of Education. From 1989 to 1991, she taught at Wuhan Zaodao Street Junior High School. In 2003 she received an AA degree in computer science, and in 2005, she received an AA degree in accounting. She has been teaching Chinese at Heartland Community College Chinese schools since 2012.
- Olva Cochran currently holds her MA in Communication from ISU and is working on her PhD at ISU Department of English. At Heartland she taught Conversational Russian and was a master tutor for ESL courses last summer.
- Brain Copple is a 28 years retired Sargent for the Illinois State Police. He also taught classes for the State Police, including driver’s safety courses. He worked with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to start teaching the BASSET alcohol safety courses in 2012, before it was a requirement by the state. Brian is passionate about teaching and helping students realize what their rights are and enjoys helping them become better citizens in their community.
- Adrianne Cornejo holds a Bachelors in Business and Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 2002 she flipped her first house and was hooked! By 2016 Adrianne was a Licensed Real Estate Broker." Since then, Adrianne has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including the Ivey Weaver Award. In 2017 she earned her Accredited Commercial Professional designation. Adrianne is also active in her community through volunteering, partnering, membership, and serving on several boards. Adrianne has a passion for helping people make educated decisions, so teaching Continuing Education classes on real estate investments and design is a perfect fit!
- Devin Davis is the owner and operator of DL Transport. He has been driving for over 16 years locally and over-the-road, logging over 1 million miles. He has over 15 years of experience farming and operating farm equipment. He attended the Joliet Junior College automotive technology applied science program.
- Anuja Deshpande is a Diet Consultant from India and moved to Bloomington in 2003. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Life Science and has been practicing Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) for over a decade. Anuja believes Ikebana is an effective therapy for relieving stress. She is passionate about healthy eating, yoga, creative art, photography and jewelry making.
- Carlos Diaz is a native of Mexico City, Mexico. Carlos joined the HCC Community Education Program as a Spanish instructor in 2011. Among other things, Carlos has been a cultural consultant in the healthcare and real estate fields, interpreter and translator for over a decade. Currently, Carlos is working on his toughest language project thus far – teaching Spanish to his six-year-old son.
- Marvis Dickinson received a B.A. (1975) in German education and an M.A. (1977) in German literature from the University of Iowa. She has over 40 years of teaching experience. She retired in 2011 from Unit 5 as a German teacher and Foreign Language Building Chair at Normal Community High School. She has studied and taught summer programs in Germany and Austria.
- Michael Donovan is an Adult Probation Officer with over 20 years experience in the field. He is a lifelong Martial Artist holding a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has over 25 years teaching experience and specializes in women's self-defense and personal safety.
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- Jill Elston joined Challenger Learning Center staff after teaching 5th grade for 33 years with Unit 5. She brought many classes to the CLC on field trips over the years. She enjoys seeing students think critically and apply their problem-solving abilities in missions.
Penny Feehan, Master Gardener and upcycle genius says this: “Beginning at an early age I have enjoyed working and creating with my hands. It is a sheer joy for me to see just how far my mind can stretch. Whether I use new, raw or recycled materials the end result is the same, an expression of my artistic and creative abilities. In the classroom I have a passion to teach others to think outside the box and to stretch their imagination. We all have something to say, let’s say it loud with color, texture and purpose.”
Ron Douglas Frazier is a self-taught photographer, working with 35mm photography in the early 1980’s, then moved into digital photography in the 1990’s. His subject matter evolved from travel photography to architectural and the rural Illinois landscapes. After a couple decades of work Frazier began searching for new a new direction. A close friend acquired a camera drone about five years ago and they began a close collaboration. Frazier conducted a session at the DRONES IN THE HEARTLAND Conference in 2018. A highly successful solo show, ‘Illinois with Altitude’, was held at HCC Joe McCulley Gallery in 2019.
- Garry Fulk is a First Aid/CPR/AED Continuing Education instructor for Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. Garry has many years of experience as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, Paramedic and CPR Instructor. He also worked for 26 years at a major employer based in Bloomington, IL where he developed, designed, and delivered computer software & hardware, customer service, and leadership training. Garry’s audiences included call center representatives to executive leaders. Garry holds a Bachelor's of Business degree and is a Certified Instructor through the American Heart Association. The combination of wit and life experiences provides Garry the tools, as well as knowledge to deliver CPR and First Aid Training in a unique and engaging fashion.
- Erin Furimsky is a practicing studio artist in Normal, Illinois whose work focuses on the relationship of sculptural form with highly ornamented surfaces. She received a BFA from the Pennsylvania State University (1997) and an MFA from Ohio State University (2002). She has exhibited her work nationally with inclusions of her work in international exhibitions in China and Taiwan. As an educator, she has been a featured presenter at national workshops, as well as serving as a visiting professor at Illinois State University and Heartland Community College.
- Dave Gentry has been an active N-scale model railroader for 45 years. He began building NTrak modules in 1991 as part of a Bloomington-Normal NTrak club. He started building T-Trak modules in 2014 and currently has 11 T-Trak modules. Dave retired from Growmark in 2014. Guess how he spends his free time.
- Deborah Gentry has been working in secondary and post-secondary academic institutions for many years. She has been a professor and administrator at Illinois State University as well as coordinator of faculty development at Heartland. Her primary expertise is the relationship between teaching and learning, especially among adult learners. She has been recognized as an outstanding teacher as well as written about and presented topics related to teaching and learning.
Ben Hauck pursued a successful career as an environmental engineer for nearly a decade, then picked up his first brush at a Tucson Parks and Recreation class in the winter of 2002 and immediately discovered his true passion. Ben’s artistic mission is to awaken individuals to their potential, to bring out the best in people, to leave every single person that views his art with a sense of greatness, wonder and excitement about themselves. He brings his mission to his art instruction as well, always helping his students grow both in their art and in their life outside of art. Ben designs his classes to be fun and inspiring and he always guides his students to discover the best in themselves.
Claire Hedden is a ceramic artist and educator. She earned her BFA and MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She exhibits her artwork nationally and has twenty years of experience working with people in the arts. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the school of art at Wesleyan University and has been teaching ceramic classes for HCC Continuing Education since the fall of 2017.
Cathy Hempstead has taught various Ballroom, Latin, and Nightclub styles of social partnership dancing since 1996. She owns her own dance studio, Dance Partners, where she teaches intermediate and advanced dance classes.
Gina Henry, owner of Go Global Inc., teaches travel classes in over 86 cities nationwide, has traveled to over 80 countries and 40 states, and is the author of many travel publications, books, DVDs & CDs.
Julie Hinz has over 15 years of laboratory experience, currently working as a Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP), Lead Lab Assistant, and Phlebotomy Educator at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. She also has over 6 years of experience as a Phlebotomy Instructor at Heartland Community College where she teaches and trains both new and experienced healthcare professionals. Julie believes patients expect and deserve a professional caring experience and accurate lab results. As an instructor, she provides her students with the proper training to complete this task.
Tony Hodge is a life-long resident of Central Illinois, retiring after 34 years of military service. He served as a victim advocate during his military service and has decades of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat experience, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He brings our Personal Safety Self-Defense for Women course (previously available only at our Main Campus in Normal) to our Lincoln campus.
Christopher Howick was born in Littlehampton, England and moved to the USA in 1999. He obtained US citizenship in 2015. An 11 year 1.5 million mile Truck Driver, he is currently studying at HCC for a Psychology degree. Christopher is a big soccer fan and an enthusiastic supporter of Liverpool FC.
Brian Huonker came up through the ranks executing marketing campaigns for fortune 500 customers. At Illinois State University, he combined his marketing and UX experiences with a master’s degree in communications to build trust among alumni and students through the development of a content marketing program (news.illinoisstate.edu). He then brought his storytelling/content marketing experiences to State Farm, where in his current role, he is the product owner for Simple Insights, an integrated content marketing platform. Brian speaks at conferences across the country on social media, content marketing, and digital advertising. He also started @Midwest, a social media conference designed to help small to medium-sized businesses market effectively to today’s generation.
- Cindy Houser has a M.S.W. degree from the University of Illinois and is a licensed clinical social worker. She completed her yoga teacher training through Feel Your Best Yoga and is registered as a yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance at the 200 hr. level.
- Lyn Johnson started teaching knitting classes for Heartland Community College back in 2014. She continues teaching eager knitters how to start knitting and some slightly more advanced techniques.
- Ian Jorgensen is a New York trained Yoga instructor and brings with him over 15 years of experience helping people improve their strength and flexibility. Ian was originally trained as a dancer, receiving his MFA in modern dance at the University of Utah. However, it was in New York where he immersed himself into the Yoga and Pilates communities. Ian has studied with and taught for a number of the best studios in bustling Manhattan, bringing to Heartland a passion for “heart-centered teaching”.
- Greg Joyce is a professional magician who has been instructing youth magic programs and performing stage magic and close-up magic for over 15 years. He has developed a very creative and enjoyable magic course which has been enjoyed by hundreds of students over the years, giving them the knowledge and confidence to be their own magical entertainer.
- Jo Kitchens is a Flight Director at the Challenger Learning Center. She is a retired U.S. Air Force Space Command satellite operator with over a decade of hands-on crew and classroom instructor experience, as well as developing lesson plans, technical manuals and professional development for the military. She taught at the National Security Space Institute. Jo graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the University of Illinois with a Master of Science degree. She enjoys using her space experience to inspire students to follow their dreams.
- Jenny Knuth worked in "Corporate America" long enough to discover it wasn't her calling. She felt more at home in smaller, family-owned businesses, and once her own family opened Ivy Lane Bakery, she discovered her real passion is baking. Jenny is excited to be part of Ivy Lane's journey, and we are very excited to have Jenny as a baking instructor.
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- Allison Lehman is a Nutrition Specialist/Vet Assistant. Growing up with a love for animals, it was an easy choice for Allison to join the veterinary field. Allison earned her BA from Eastern Illinois University and joined the veterinarian team in 2012 as a full time veterinary assistant. In 2013 she went to Midwest National Healing for Animals- Equine Massage/ Rehab School and became a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (CESMT). In 2016 she became a certified Pet Nutritionist through Hills Pet Nutrition.
- John LeGear earned his BS degree in Journalism at Southern Illinois University and has served as a marketing communications specialist for national not-for-profit organizations in education, nutrition and athletic health care since the 1980s. American history and film history presentations for community colleges fulfill his lifelong passions today.
- Ron Maier is a licensed counselor with over 30 years experience in universities, a community behavioral health center, and private practice.
- Laurie Mueller is a program coordinator in HCC Continuing Education as well as an instructor for the Yoga l class. She has been a student of yoga for over 8 years, and is passionate about combining exercise and teaching. She enjoys helping others become more flexible, balanced and strong.
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- Kevin O'Shaughnessy is a Registered Pharmacist and graduate of Butler University. He began his career working at his father's Pharmacy in Pekin, and went on to own the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in West Peoria for many years. He also has experience in Hospital Pharmacy, Chain Store Pharmacy, Long Term Care and Compounding.
- Paul Peacock is a teacher at Lexington High School in computer education courses, including computer applications, yearbook design and programming. He holds a master's degree in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University.
- Joanna Pomrenke was born and raised in China. She moved to the US in 2001 and received her BS and MS in Accounting from Bradley University. She is a CPA and has worked at CNH America LLC as Sr. Financial Analyst for more than 5 years. She is currently working at James Hardie Building Product as the Sr. Cost Accountant.
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- Molly Ramirez was first immersed in French during a year-long study abroad. This inspired her to continue her study of the language at Illinois State University. She has been teaching French to children and adults in the Bloomington-Normal community for the last four years, and believes that learning a foreign language at any age is beneficial to intellectual development. Molly also believes that learning any foreign language gives an appreciation for cultural diversity and empathy toward people who are different from ourselves. Plus, we should also mention that it’s fun!
- Tonya Reno has been in the restaurant industry for 31 years, managing a popular chain as well as owning her own local eatery. She is well-versed in all aspects of the business from the back of the house to the front line. Tonya has even cooked on TV! Tonya brings a great experience to the kitchen. She is wife and mother, a volunteer firefighter and EMT, Jr. Women's League Vice President, philanthropist and community leader. Tonya says it best herself, “Strong, honest, fair, with love. It’s how I operate.”
- Raegan Rinchiuso is the Marketing and Public Information Specialist at Heartland Community College and has five years experience in non-profit marketing. She has an advertising degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is pursuing her MBA at Illinois State University.
- Erika Rosenberger received her Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational-Social and Developmental Psychology at Illinois State University. Since then, she has participated in many teaching experiences, including teaching Psychology at the college level and Japanese to interested adults and children. Her goal is to help people understand themselves and others better through engaging and fun student-centered teaching style.
- Scott Rowan graduated from The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. After working for a few catering companies, Scott worked for Maggiano’s Little Italy, where he eventually became Sous Chef and helped open several Maggiano’s across the country. After joining Biaggi’s in Bloomington as a Sous Chef, Scott subsequently worked with ISU Campus Dining and was the Executive Chef at Baxter’s in Bloomington. Chef Scott served as the Executive Chef with Consolidated Management Company at Heartland Community College and is currently the Culinary Instructor at the Livingston Area Career Center and Pontiac Township High School. Scott and his wife Sally live in Normal with their two children.kip this section's alphabet listing.
- Ashlee Sang is a writer and communications strategist for small businesses and nonprofits. She has a wide variety of interests, including sustainability, conscious consumerism, wellness, and travel. One of her favorite things to do is help people discover and develop their passions.
- Stacey Shrewsbury has been a part of the Challenger Learning Center since 2003, after teaching in public and private schools. She received a BS and MS in education from Illinois State University. Her favorite aspect of teaching is when students are able to apply what they have learned. Living the mission: inspire, explore, learn, she is a certified flight instructor (CFI) and drone pilot.
- Kent Simpson is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience providing portrait, wedding, corporate and school photography services. Kent and his family moved to Illinois from Hawaii in 1987 and established Photography by Kent, which they continue to own and operate in Normal, IL. His interest in photography began at a very young age and includes work with nearly all formats of film cameras, developing and printing color and B&W film, and state-of-the-art digital technology. His love of travel and the outdoors continues to broaden both his photography experience and extensive collection of images. Kent has been an Instructor at Heartland Community College for 10 years, working with the Adult, Corporate and Youth Enrichment Programs.
- Christina Lea Smith holds a master's in history from ISU and is currently working toward her master’s in Library & Information Science at the U. of I. in Champaign. She has over twenty years teaching experience at colleges across Illinois as well as presenting to women's organizations, historical societies, and other groups. She focuses on nineteenth century American history and Civil War seminars. Christina has published articles locally about women during that period as well as in the Journal of Illinois History. Her thesis on Joseph Addison Truner won the 2015 James C. Bonner Award for best master's thesis.
- Tanya Smith enjoys teaching because of the opportunity to connect with people who enjoy crafting. Book folding is an art that she has been doing for over a year. She believes it is a fun and creative way to recycle unwanted books into something amazing.
- Lisa Summers is a certified personal trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). Lisa owns a health and wellness business "Live Centered" that offers personal training and wellness coaching. The goal is to help educate people on ways to incorporate healthy habits a little at a time to create and follow a healthy lifestyle! She has a BS in Education from ISU and loves teaching people about health in the classroom along with the gym!
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- Danny Tanner is a Certified Teacher in Unit 5 Schools where he teaches Digital Media to 6th-8th graders. He enjoys learning from his students as much as he enjoys teaching them.
- Cindy Termuende is a Licensed Massage Therapist with additional training in Oncology Massage and Hospice Massage. She is the owner of The Massage Spot and volunteers at Compasses Hospice and Integrity mental health services. Her goal in life is to show the healing power of caring touch. In addition, she has a bachelor's degree in Music from Illinois State University and a master's degree in business from Olivet Nazarene University.
- Dee Thompson majored in Fashion Merchandising at Western Illinois University. Dee is a costumer for Bloomington High School's Drama department, and has worked with Normal Parks and Recreation’s Summer Theater program, the Peoria Opera, for CATS, and for MOVIN' ON during their Bloomington performances.
- Libby Torbeck has enjoyed combining her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with her passion for space & technology for nearly a decade at the Challenger Learning Center. Her adventures in the aerospace world help bring simulated space missions, camps, and other programs to life for both children and adults at the CLC. She particularly loves the magical moments where students realize that if they work together and put their minds to it, they are capable of amazing things!
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- Margaret Varney received her BA from Illinois Wesleyan in Elementary Education with a minor in English and her MSED from Illinois State in Early Childhood Special Education. She taught Early Childhood Special Needs in the public-school district and preschool in HCC’s CDL. Although retired, she continues to teach for HCC’s Early Childhood Department. Margaret does storytelling programs for audiences of all ages in the Central Illinois area. She serves on the Board of the Twin City Tale Spinners.
- Shiwei Wang received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in 2004 (Beijing, China). She trained for the “International Chinese Teacher Certificate" at Jinan University and was awarded a certificate of “Professional Competency of International Chinese Teachers” from the Committee of Overseas Chinese Education in July of 2016 (Dalian, China). She was a part time reporter for 5 years when she lived in China. She teaches youth group classes at Chinese school on Sunday afternoon and also teaches private classes for youth and adults.
- Cory Washington received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication & Rhetorical Studies and Psychology from Illinois College. He has a Master’s of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. For the last decade Cory has been working in the field of Higher Education in Illinois in a multitude of roles. Along with being an Instructor in Continuing Education, Cory is also a Financial Aid Counselor at ISU. He is currently serving as the Chair of the College Awareness and Preparation committee for the Illinois Association of Financial Aid Administrators. He has a passion for student development and ensuring learners are provided with necessary resources to accomplish any goals established.
- Mandy Webster is a media manager at Illinois State University. She blogs, writes novels and offers consulting services to small business websites in her spare time. Mandy earned a master of arts in English with a concentration in professional writing/creative writing track from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI in 2013. She earned a bachelor of science in business administration (2006) and a master of science in business management (2009) from Cardinal Stritch University, also in Milwaukee. Her writing blog won the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Individual Blog Award in 2013.
- Alisha Wheeler is a Professional Development Consultant and Team Building Coach. She received her degree from Carthage College in 2011. She has taught classes on a variety of topics, including communication, goal setting, priority setting, creative problem solving and gamification in the classroom. Alicia enjoys helping others become more effective in the workplace and expanding their knowledge on practical solutions for success
- Christy Willert guides many youngsters and their families in outdoor adventures to engage them in nature play. She is a leader in the nationwide Tinkergarten program and developed activities for Bloom Community School’s Winter WonderLearn series. She hopes to encourage parents to let go a little so that their children may experience the wonders of nature and all it has to offer in helping develop skills that kids need. You can get more information at www.Tinkergarten.com and via Facebook on the page @NaturePlayThatMatters. She holds a Theatre Design/Production degree from ISU.
- Kevin Woods earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). Kevin’s professional experience has included work in the construction industry, local government, and hospital administration. In 1998, Kevin formed Woods Consulting Group. The small firm works in a variety of sectors including health-care, housing, non-profit organizations and small business. Kevin is a certified sales trainer from the Xerox Professional Sales Training system.
- Bernie Wrezinski is the Director of Midwest Operations for the Foundation for Financial Education (F3E). He attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, as well as the United States Military Academy at West Point. Bernie is a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his academic and military service, Bernie turned his attention to the financial services industry in 1977, and has been educating people in this field ever since. He is committed to helping retirees stay on top of the options available to them to ensure a secure and comfortable retirement.
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- Chris Yates is the Chief Meteorologist of WMBD & WYZZ in Peoria. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a degree in meteorology. He briefly worked with the Twistex Tornado research team and assisted deploying probes and instruments in front of tornadoes. Chris accepted his first on-air job in August 2008 as the morning meteorologist at KGWN in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was promoted to Chief Meteorologist the following year and continued working at KGWN until he accepted a position at WMBD in April 2015.
- Tina Zimmerman is the owner of Manestream Training which opened in 2007. Tina founded US Honor Dogs which trains and donates service dogs to police, firefighters and the military. She has worked as a vet tech for 25 years. Most recently Tina is the owner/trainer of 2 National Champions and has founded Harvest Guards in Uganda. Manestream Harvest Guards International is a training program that is geared toward teaching people how to use dogs to protect their farms and families. Tina loves helping people understand and interact effectively with their dogs.