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Business & Technology

Digital Arts Instructors

Instructor Name
Tim Anderson

As a publisher and a photographer, Tim has worked in a variety of media for more than 40 years. He has published a variety of small-town newspapers, internationally-distributed magazines and newsletters, books, and online magazines and email-based newsletters. His photography spans a broad landscape including political profiles, concerts, travel and performance, as well as fine art photography.

Upcoming Classes:

Email Newsletters: 21st Century Internet Marketing ‐ 3/17/16

Aaron Barreras

Aaron BarrerasAaron Barreras holds a BS in Animation from Westwood University. Award winning animator, independent filmmaker, and designer, Aaron has over 16 years experience in high-end digital art and visual effects, and has been sharing his passions as a teacher for over a decade. He is currently the CG Technical Director at a New Mexico based production company specializing in animation and documentary films.

Upcoming Classes:

Illustrator: Intermediate ‐ 3/1/16
Photo Editing: Retouching Photos ‐ 3/19/16
Illustrator: Advanced ‐ 4/5/16
Illustrator: Expert ‐ 5/3/16

Joey Belville

Joey BelvilleJoey Belville is an award-winning music producer who has many national releases to his credit, several of them recorded in Logic Pro. He was an early adopter of computer based audio recording and has been using it on a professional level for over 10 years. Joey is an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro.

Upcoming Classes:

Podcasting: Modern Storytelling - InfoByte ‐ 3/29/16
Digital Audio I ‐ 3/7/16
Logic Pro X 10.1: Professional Music Production ‐ 4/18/16
Podcasting ‐ 5/7/16

Pat Berrett

Pat BerrettPat Berrett received an MBA from UNM Anderson Schools. Pat has worked in commercial photography since 1980. His primary client base includes those in the arts, crafts, and performing arts. He also works with many high tech and emerging technology clients.

Upcoming Classes:

Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 2/17/16
Photography Composition ‐ 2/22/16
Photography with a Digital Camera II ‐ 2/23/16
Cell Phone Photography ‐ 3/28/16
Cell Phone Photography ‐ 3/28/16
Sports and Action Photography ‐ 3/29/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 3/30/16
Photographing People in Digital ‐ 3/7/16
Starting an Art Business ‐ 4/11/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 4/16/16
Macro Photography ‐ 4/19/16
Photographing Your Artwork ‐ 4/25/16
Portfolios for Photographers and Designers ‐ 5/9/16

Jeff Brody

Jeff BrodyJeff Brody has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Jeff has over 25 years experience in information technology and software development. He currently owns his own consulting company specializing in application programming, website development and training for small businesses.

Upcoming Classes:

Creating and Maintaining a Website ‐ 2/15/16
HTML and CSS: Beginning ‐ 3/7/16
Creating and Maintaining a Website ‐ 4/11/16
HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery ‐ 4/18/16
HTML and CSS: Beginning ‐ 4/25/16

Virginia DeBolt

Virginia DeBoltVirginia DeBolt received an MA in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. After a career in public education, Virginia embarked on a new career in technology, teaching web design classes and writing several books about web design, HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver. She is the Community Manager for a national web standards company.

Upcoming Classes:

Creating and Maintaining a Website ‐ 2/15/16
Web Design: Getting Started ‐ 2/27/16
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In ‐ 3/12/16
HTML and CSS: Intermediate ‐ 3/21/16
HTML and CSS: Beginning ‐ 3/7/16
Creating and Maintaining a Website ‐ 4/11/16
Web Design: Using WordPress ‐ 4/23/16
HTML and CSS: Beginning ‐ 4/25/16
Accessibility for Web Design ‐ 5/2/16
Web Design: Getting Started ‐ 5/9/16

Sonja Dewing

This instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Creative Copy for Print and Web Media ‐ 3/9/16
Acrobat Pro: Working with PDFs ‐ 4/6/16
Web Analytics with Google ‐ 5/16/16

Mary Elkins

Mary ElkinsMary Elkins has a BA in mathematics and an AA in commercial photography. A lifelong fan of cameras and lighting gear, Mary has mastered the most complicated style of imagery—architectural and interior photography while working for a local photography studio. Mary specializes in digital techniques using Photoshop and Lightroom.

Upcoming Classes:

Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 2/17/16
From Camera to Computer ‐ 2/25/16
Photoshop Elements: For the Digital Photographer ‐ 3/16/16
Lightroom: Beginning ‐ 3/28/16
Scanning and Digitizing Photos ‐ 3/29/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 3/30/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 4/16/16
Using Natural Light in Digital Photography ‐ 5/11/16

Thomas Gagliano

This instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Photoshop and Illustrator: Advanced Graphics ‐ 4/16/16

Adele Gangai

Adele GangaiAdele Gangai received a BFA in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Adele has over 30 years of graphic design experience from working in advertising, newspaper, printing, animation and museum agencies. She has won several awards and was a contributor to the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service as a graphic developer. Adele owns and operates her own graphic design business.

Upcoming Classes:

InDesign: Beginning, Section ‐ 2/11/16
Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art ‐ 2/15/16
Illustrator: Intermediate ‐ 3/1/16
InDesign: Intermediate ‐ 3/3/16
Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art ‐ 4/4/16
InDesign: Beginning, Section ‐ 5/16/16

Kevin Glasgow

Kevin GlasgowKevin Glasgow holds a BS in Graphic Design and Art Education from Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin has over 25 years experience as a graphic designer in both print and broadcast media. He currently works as creative director for a regional industrial supply company.

Upcoming Classes:

History of Graphic Design ‐ 2/16/16
Graphic Design I ‐ 3/31/16
Logo Design ‐ 4/21/16

Gene Higgins

Gene Higgins received an MA in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from UNM. Gene has over 10 years of experience in scripting client- and server-side web applications. He is currently a Blackboard Learn Technician for a local higher education institution.

Upcoming Classes:

JavaScript Beginning ‐ 2/16/16
Javascript Intermediate ‐ 3/10/16
WordPress: Beginning ‐ 3/31/16
PHP and MySQL: Beginning ‐ 4/21/16
WordPress: Intermediate ‐ 5/12/16

Donny Hornstein

Donny HornsteinDonny Hornstein is an Apple Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Systems Administrator with more than twenty years experience in information systems. His specialties include deployment and troubleshooting problems with Apple Macintosh systems particularly in mixed computing environments.

Upcoming Classes:

Yosemite 101: OS X Support Essentials 10.10 ‐ 2/23/16

John Impallomeni

As a published video game developer, John understands the challenges that creative minds go through to create their vision He currently works for the IT Department at the University of New Mexico. He has over fifteen years of experience in IT in a variety of industries including entertainment, government contracting, healthcare and education.

Upcoming Classes:

Mac OS X: Beginning ‐ 4/2/16

Joshua Martinez

Joshua received his BS in Elementary Education and his MA in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology at UNM. Joshua has worked for UNM in several IT capacities since 2008. Joshua has over 10 years experience working in the IT Field on User and Hardware support as well as the Systems Administration level.

Upcoming Classes:

Mac Maintenance and Support ‐ 3/7/16
Mac OS X: Beginning ‐ 4/2/16
Captivate: Building Instructional Media ‐ 4/4/16
Mac OS X Security for Home and Business ‐ 5/2/16

Mary Ellen Merrigan

Mary Ellen MerriganMary Ellen Merrigan received a BA in Speech with an emphasis in Radio/Television from Northwest Missouri State University. Mary Ellen is president of a local marketing business and develops successful D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) marketing strategies for a wide range of clients. Mary Ellen is certified in Social Media from VA Classroom and a graduate of SelfGrowth.com’s Social Media University.

Upcoming Classes:

Marketing with Social Media I ‐ 3/8/16
Self Promotion for Artists ‐ 4/13/16
Marketing with Social Media II ‐ 5/10/16

Barak Naggan

Barak NagganBarak Naggan has been an award-winning adventure videographer/editor and stills photographer since 1995. Barak has traveled around the world shooting documentaries, worked as a cinematographer on short and feature films, and was the primary videographer for an aerial photography company. Barak has shot and edited video for the European National Geographic Channel and is an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro.

Upcoming Classes:

Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 2/17/16
Nature and Landscape Photography in Digital ‐ 3/1/16
Digital Videography I ‐ 3/1/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 3/30/16
Documentary Videography ‐ 4/12/16
Creating Depth in Digital Photography ‐ 4/12/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 4/16/16

Dan Noyes

Dan NoyesDan Noyes holds a BFA from UNM with an emphasis in Photography. Dan has worked in printmaking for over 10 years. His artwork has been exhibited in the US and Canada and has been published in several publications, including Inquiring Mind and Remembering 9/11 Through the Eyes of a Printmaker. He has completed Public Art Commissions for the City of Albuquerque and Urban Forest.

Upcoming Classes:

Web Design: Create an Online Gallery ‐ 2/20/16

Robert Reck

Robert ReckRobert Reck has an MA in Fine Art from UNM with an emphasis in Photography and a minor in Art History. Robert is an internationally recognized architectural, interior design, and hospitality photographer with numerous books to his credit. He has held a staff photographer position with Architectural Digest for over 25 years, and currently serves as a board member of the NM chapter of ASMP.

Upcoming Classes:

Architectural Photography ‐ 5/12/16

Brad Stoddard

Brad StoddardOwner of a local production and postproduction company, Brad Stoddard produces, directs and is a picture editor with awards and credits in television, documentary and narrative film. Brad is an Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro and President of the New Mexico Post Alliance.

Upcoming Classes:

Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 2/26/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 2/26/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 2/26/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 2/26/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 2/26/16
Final Cut Pro: Intermediate ‐ 3/1/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 3/18/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 3/18/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 3/18/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 3/18/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 3/18/16
Final Cut Pro X: Professional Post Production ‐ 4/12/16
Final Cut Pro X: Professional Post Production ‐ 4/12/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 4/15/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 4/15/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 4/15/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 4/15/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 4/15/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 5/13/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 5/13/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 5/13/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 5/13/16
Apple Certification Exam - IT and Creative ‐ 5/13/16
Final Cut Pro: Advanced ‐ 5/3/16

Lisa Tannenbaum

Lisa TannenbaumLisa Tannebaum holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. An award-winning natural light digital photographer, Lisa owns and operates an online photography business. In addition, she has worked as a freelance web designer, specializing in search engine optimization and the arts, since 1998.

Upcoming Classes:

Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 2/17/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 3/30/16
Photography with a Digital Camera I ‐ 4/16/16

Zac Van Note

Zac Van NoteZac Van Note has a BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University. Zac has over 20 years of experience in graphic design, web development and marketing communications. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including websites, user interface design, catalogs, magazines and tradeshow booths. He is currently a manager of User Experience and Multimedia Development at a Fortune 100 company.

Upcoming Classes:

Photoshop: Beginning ‐ 2/23/16
Photoshop: Intermediate ‐ 3/15/16
Graphic Design I ‐ 3/31/16
Graphic Design II ‐ 4/19/16
Photoshop: Advanced ‐ 4/7/16
Color Calibration for Photographers and Designers ‐ 5/10/16
Photoshop: Expert ‐ 5/12/16
Photoshop: Beginning ‐ 5/2/16

Diane Villegas

Diane Villegas has a BA in Communication and Journalism, BA in Spanish and Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. Diane has been in the marketing field for 20 years and is owner of a local marketing company, where she works with clients to develop broad-range and long-term marketing strategies. Diane is also a SAG actress with many years of experience on stage and in film.

Upcoming Classes:

Creating Compelling Online Promotional Videos ‐ 5/11/16

Denise Weaver Ross

Denise received her MFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Denise has been a graphic designer and artist for over 30 years. She has designed everything from advertisements to books, brochures, flyers, manuals, posters, signs, and websites and owns her own graphic design business. She is also a published poet and exhibits regularly as a fine artist.

Upcoming Classes:

InDesign: Beginning, Section ‐ 2/11/16
Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art ‐ 2/15/16
Dreamweaver: Beginning ‐ 2/24/16
Dreamweaver: Intermediate ‐ 3/28/16
InDesign: Advanced ‐ 3/29/16
InDesign: Intermediate ‐ 3/3/16
Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art ‐ 4/4/16
Digital Prepress ‐ 4/6/16
InDesign: Digital Publishing for Tablets ‐ 5/11/16
InDesign: Beginning, Section ‐ 5/16/16
InDesign: Expert ‐ 5/3/16

Ryan Young

Ryan YoungRyan Young received his BA from Oklahoma Christian University. For over nearly a decade, Ryan has been one of the Southwest’s most up and coming wedding photographers with over 400 weddings and events under his belt. Voted "Best Photographer in New Mexico" by the Wedding Elite, he holds awards from Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Wedding Photography ‐ 4/20/16

Computers and Technology Instructors

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Health and Wellness Professions Instructors

Instructor Name
Jennifer Cady

Jennifer Cady, MA, LPCC, LADAC has been on the faculty of the Substance Abuse Studies Training Program since 2000. She received her B.S. from Ohio University in Community Health Education and shortly thereafter a M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Case Western Reserve University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Her work includes Case Manager/Resident Advisor in Ohio and New Mexico, Mental Health Worker and UNM CASAA Counselor, Family Services Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for both adolescents and adults needing psycho social assessment, treatment planning, group and individual therapy to patients. Jennifer received her M.A. in counseling psychology in 1989 and is currently completing her doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is actively involved with the New Mexico Addiction Education Network to help those entering this field become educated. Jennifer goes the extra mile with joy to guide those with a passion for this challenging but satisfying work.

Upcoming Classes:

Managing Co-Occurring Disorders ‐ 2/27/16

Michael DeBernardi, PsyD

Michael DeBernardi, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health Services at The Life Link in Santa Fe. He received degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. A clinician, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and consultant, Dr. DeBernardi also serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and has conducted a variety of CBT trainings around the country. His agency, The Life Link, is a major provider of mental health, substance abuse, case management, housing, employment, and a variety of other services for homeless and indigent clients in the Santa Fe area.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Supervision ‐ 4/2/16

Tristan Keller

Tristan Keller LCSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, with an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, and a Bachelor's in Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Tristan has over 10 years of experience as a clinical social worker in psychiatric and medical inpatient settings, home based settings, outpatient clinic settings and intensive outpatient settings, serving individuals ranging in age from 5 years old to Geriatric providing individual, group and family therapy in addition to clinical case management and treatment coordination to ensure adequate services were put together for those he served. Since moving into a Senior Social Worker position at the Veteran's Administration in Gallup in the summer of 2011, Tristan has been broadening his practice to a macro level by engaging in regular outreach with over 4 community treatment groups while serving over 30 Veterans at a time as case manager, counselor and peer support. Tristan has an ongoing interest in effective case management of all kinds, from information referral to assertive community treatment to provide more effective outcomes for the homeless and at risk for homelessness population in the Gallup community.

Upcoming Classes:

Case Management ‐ 2/20/16
Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning ‐ 3/19/16

Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, LADAC

Dr. Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, has been working in substance abuse and mental health for over 23 years. She has worked with homeless, homeless youth, criminal justice, and domestic violence clients during that time. For seven years, she worked at UNM/CASAA and is a veteran of several clinical trials with CRA, A-CRA CRAFT and MI protocols, including COMBINE (Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions), ESTAR (Expanding Services to Albuquerque's Runaways), and OTEP (Opiate Treatment Enhancement Project). She has been teaching evidence based treatments for addictions at SASTP for the past 14 years. Recently she was working in Juvenile Justice and is a statewide coordinator of substance abuse treatment services, training staff in CRA and MI and is now at UNMH as a therapist. She received a Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree from Arizona State in 2014.

Upcoming Classes:

Group Therapies ‐ 4/16/16

William Pearson, MS LPCC LADAC MAC SAP

William Pearson, MS LPCC LADAC MAC SAP SAP-NMDOT Bill Pearson is commitment to workforce development for human service workers and counselors, especially in McKinley County. With a strong background in treating co-occurring disorders, Bill keeps up with developments in the field by maintaining his dual-licensure as both LADAC and LPCC. Specializing in the area of addictions work and maintaining expertise in both additions and other mental health disorder treatment, his teaching covers professionalism and ethics, assessment protocol and procedures including SBIRT. As a Clinical Supervisor and Director of Synergy Behavioral Health Center in Gallup, New Mexico, Bill has over 25 years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy addressing chemical dependence, co-occurring and mental health needs in outpatient, residential, corrections and crisis response settings.

Upcoming Classes:

Working with Family Members ‐ 4/30/16
Working with Family Members ‐ 4/9/16

Bob Phillips

Robert O. Phillips, D.BH, LADAC, LMSW Dr. Bob Phillips is a terrestrial from Roswell, New Mexico and is Coordinator of Human Services and Addiction Studies at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. With 35 years of experience, Bob serves as clinician, educator, trainer, and consultant in the fields of addictions treatment and the integration of behavioral health into primary medical care. His research interests include program evaluation, youth risk and resiliency, and occupational health including risk and protective factors for burnout and compassion fatigue. In addition, he has served and led the human service professions at local, state, and national levels and organizations, including the New Mexico Addictions Education Network; the International Coalition of Substance Abuse Educators; and the National Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health.

Upcoming Classes:

Behavioral Couples Counseling ‐ 3/5/16

Brian Serna

Brian SernaBrian Serna, LPCC, LADAC, is an international trainer and consultant in Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) and Cultural Issues in Behavioral Healthcare. Mr. Serna has trained clinicians around the world in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) all of which are prominent EBPs in the treatment of addictions. His teaching style is engaging and experiential, demanding that students sometimes take risks in order to integrate the material. He has directed substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in New Mexico and Oregon. Currently, he is the Health and Wellness Division Director for the Pueblo of Tesuque, is in private practice in Santa Fe, NM and teaches at the University of New Mexico and Southwestern College.

Upcoming Classes:

Working with Adolescents: Treatment and Prevention ‐ 3/19/16

Robert Tanner, M.A., MPA, Ph.D., LMFT

Robert M. Tanner, M.A., MPA, Ph.D., LMFT is the coordinator of the counseling and human development department at Albuquerque Academy. He has a myriad of experiences in mental health that spans a 30-year period, including independent schools, inpatient and outpatient services, and addictions/dual diagnosis treatment. He has also taught counseling and psychology courses at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Bob is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team and has been deployed on a number of national disasters. He has worked with families of victims lost in the World Trade Center, and more recently, with victims of Hurricane Katrina. In recognition of Bob's many volunteer disaster preparedness and response activities with the American Red Cross, the New Mexico Psychological Association in 2009 appointed him to lead its Disaster Response Network program. Bob holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Michigan State University, a master's degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico, a master's degree in public health administration, also from UNM, and master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute.

Upcoming Classes:

Working with Family Members ‐ 4/30/16
Working with Family Members ‐ 4/9/16

Professional Development Instructors

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Personal Enrichment

Personal Enrichment Instructors

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Culture

Culture Instructors

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Youth Programs

Youth Programs Instructors

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Pat Berrett

Pat BerrettPat Berrett received an MBA from UNM Anderson Schools. Pat has worked in commercial photography since 1980. His primary client base includes those in the arts, crafts, and performing arts. He also works with many high tech and emerging technology clients.

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Photography for Youth (ages 10-15) ‐ 2/15/16

Denise Weaver Ross

Denise received her MFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Denise has been a graphic designer and artist for over 30 years. She has designed everything from advertisements to books, brochures, flyers, manuals, posters, signs, and websites and owns her own graphic design business. She is also a published poet and exhibits regularly as a fine artist.

Upcoming Classes:

Photo Editing for Youth (ages 10-15) ‐ 2/15/16


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