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UNM Continuing Education offers education and training from the most talented, experienced and dedicated instructors! UNM Continuing Education has many outstanding instructors, and just like our students, a love for learning brings them here.


Business & Technology

Digital Arts Instructors

Instructor Name
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 ‐ 4/7/15
3D Modeling: An Introduction ‐ 5/5/15

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:

Music Promotion and Distribution ‐ 4/21/15

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 Techniques ‐ 4/27/15
Photographing People in Digital ‐ 4/6/15
Sports and Action Photography ‐ 5/5/15

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:

Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap ‐ 4/20/15

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:

Dreamweaver: Intermediate ‐ 4/20/15
Facebook ‐ 4/8/15
Dreamweaver: Advanced ‐ 5/11/15
Principles of Accessible Web Design ‐ 5/4/15

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:

Lightroom: Beginning ‐ 4/6/15
Digital Photography Workflows ‐ 5/2/15
Photoshop: Beginning ‐ 5/4/15

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: Advanced ‐ 4/13/15
Digital Prepress ‐ 4/27/15
Computer Graphics: An Introduction ‐ 4/6/15
InDesign: Online Portfolios ‐ 5/11/15

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:

Logo Design ‐ 4/7/15

Eugene Higgins III

Eugene Higgins III

Upcoming Classes:

JavaScript: Beginning ‐ 4/7/15
HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery ‐ 5/5/15

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:

Mavericks 101: OS X Support Essentials 10.9 ‐ 4/28/15

Talia Kosh

Talia KoshTalia Kosh holds a JD and LLM in International Law. Talia practices law in Santa Fe, specializing in contracts, employment law, business law, nonprofits and personal injury. Talia is founder and president of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, counseling and educating artists on a wide variety of legal issues. Talia also serves on the Governor?s Counsel of Film and Media Industries and is the past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the New Mexico Bar.

Upcoming Classes:

Legal Issues in Digital Arts ‐ 4/9/15

Sean Lemons

Sean LemonsSean Lemons received a BFA in Computer Graphics from Central Missouri State University. Sean has 14 years of combined experience as an interactive systems developer with experience building and maintaining high-end web sites, kiosks, CDs, and multimedia software as well, with a background in graphic design, interface design, usability and accessibility issues.

Upcoming Classes:

Building Instructional Media with Adobe Captivate ‐ 4/21/15

Marc Leonard

Marc LeonardMarc Leonard has a BS in TV/Film from DeSales University. From film to television, Marc has a broad experience base in the visual arts. As a filmmaker, he has seen many projects from conception to completion, giving him a strong sense of post-production workflows and solutions. Marc specializes in editing, visual effects, and color grading.

Upcoming Classes:

WordPress: Beginning ‐ 5/5/15

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 and Self Promotion for Artists and Other Professionals ‐ 4/15/15
Social Media Marketing: Advanced Strategies ‐ 5/6/15

Marc Mintz

Marc MintzMarc Mintz is CIO of a local IT consulting and service firm. He is the only New Mexico member of the Apple Consultants Network to hold certification as both Apple Certified Technical Coordinator and Apple Certified Support Professional. In addition, he has produced award-winning graphic design and print advertising for Lexus, Infiniti, Toyota, Nissan, and Taco Bell, and is author of Practical Paranoia: OS X Security Essentials for Home and Business.

Upcoming Classes:

Practical Paranoia: OS X Security Essentials for Home and Business ‐ 4/16/15

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:

Action and Adventure Videography with GoPro ‐ 4/21/15
Documentary Videography ‐ 4/21/15

Haley Norris

Haley NorrisHaley Norris holds a BFA with an emphasis in Photography and Video from UNM. Haley also attended graduate school in Graz, Austria at Karl-Franzens-Universitat. Haley has been working professionally as a web developer, graphic designer, photographer, videographer, and multimedia editor for over 10 years. Currently she works on Kirtland Air Force Base as a multimedia specialist and Apple Certified Support Professional.

Upcoming Classes:

iCloud and the Apple Experience ‐ 4/16/15
Mac Maintenance and Support ‐ 4/28/15
iPad Apps ‐ 5/7/15

Caroline Orcutt

Caroline OrcuttCaroline Orcutt has an MA in Art from UNM with an emphasis in Printmaking and Photography and a minor in Art History. Caroline has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and digital arts. She ran her own business for many years and specializes in teaching graphic design. Caroline is the UNM Continuing Education program supervisor for Digital Arts.

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Arts Information Session ‐ 5/13/15

Joanne Schmidt

Joanne SchmidtJoanne Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Music from Hardin-Simmons University. An award winning photographer and UNM Continuing Education Digital Arts graduate, Joanne owns and operates her own digital image business. She specializes in filmmaking and photo art created with High Dynamic Range techniques.

Upcoming Classes:

High Dynamic Range Photography ‐ 4/21/15

Paul Simmons

Paul SimmonsPaul Simmons received a BAFA in Computer Graphics from the University of New Mexico. Paul has over 10 years of experience in graphic, web, multimedia and instructional design. He currently works creating multimedia training materials for the military.

Upcoming Classes:

Creating and Maintaining a Website ‐ 4/6/15
Create a Simple Website ‐ 5/9/15

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:

Final Cut Pro: Advanced Editing and Finishing Techniques ‐ 4/6/15
DaVinci Resolve: Introduction to Color Grading ‐ 5/4/15

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 ‐ 4/10/15

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:

Graphic Design and Visual Communication II ‐ 4/27/15
Photoshop: Advanced ‐ 4/7/15
Color Management and Calibration ‐ 5/14/15
Acrobat Pro: Working with PDFs ‐ 5/5/15

Barbara Waxer

Barbara WaxerBarbara Waxer has an MA in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University. Barbara brings three decades of experience in writing award-winning multimedia and copyright textbooks for Cengage Learning. She owns her consulting business, teaching copyright and finding media to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Upcoming Classes:

Find and Use Online Media ‐ 4/25/15

Computers and Technology Instructors

Instructor Name
Rick Berg

Rick BergRick Berg graduated college in 1972, then spent the next 6 years traveling around the world. He was a diver and journalist in Costa Rica, climbed in the Himalayas and Andes, and hitch hiked across the Sahara. He was the sixth person to do a solo canoe descent of the Amazon. He then returned to the U. S. to get a Ph.D. in economics from UC-Berkeley, but mostly to climb rocks in Yosemite. After that he spent 5 years at UC-Santa Cruz, twice being nominated as its outstanding teacher. But once again adventure called, so he built a sailboat and spent 9 years sailing it around the Pacific and Indian Oceans, stopping to teach economics at universities in New Zealand and Macau, but mostly windsurfing, diving, and climbing coconut trees. In 1995 he sold the boat and moved to New Mexico, where he started a successful software development company, DataWizards, specializing in database design for both web and desktop, and the creation of custom Excel spreadsheets. Clients include the Albuquerque police and fire departments, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and many private corporations. Most recently, he has been writing software in the Kingdom of Bhutan. In addition, Rick satisfies his love of teaching by giving classes at the University of New Mexico Department of Continuing Education.

Upcoming Classes:

Excel: Intermediate ‐ 4/20/15
Excel: Advanced ‐ 5/4/15

Margo Bouchard

Margo BouchardBS in Chemistry, Lewis University, Joliet, Illinois. Professional Trainer Certification through the UNMCE and the American Society for Training and Development. Microsoft Certified Professional. Margo has been teaching computer software classes for 17 years and has been with UNMCE since 1996. She primarily teaches beginning to advanced classes in Microsoft Word and enjoys making Word make sense for her students.

Upcoming Classes:

Windows: Organize Your Files and Photos ‐ 4/21/15
Learn to Use a Computer at any Age ‐ 4/28/15
Beginning Keyboarding ‐ 5/5/15

Mary Byrd

Mary ByrdMary Byrd enjoys teaching and office automation consulting throughout the southwest and has been helping adults learn various computer software applications since 1989. She began teaching for UNM Continuing Education in 1998. Learning from her students and incorporating fun and real world examples into all of her classes is a priority. She is a Microsoft Office Certified Master Instructor and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mary currently specializes in Microsoft Project and Office applications, Intro to PCs and Windows operating systems. She is a Colorado Springs native and an ardent Rockies fan.

Upcoming Classes:

PowerPoint: Intermediate ‐ 4/20/15

Diane C. Follstaedt

Diane Follstaedt obtained her master's degree from the University of Illinois and taught in public schools for 5 years before moving to New Mexico and obtaining a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from UNM. She taught computer software classes for Sandia National Laboratory employees for 6 years prior to coming to UNM Continuing Education in 1996.She specializes in Access but has taught many other courses including Crystal Reports, Excel, Word, and GroupWise.Diane has her own consulting business and has built Access applications and provided Access support and training for government agencies and private companies in New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Access: Advanced ‐ 4/21/15

Ralph Keeton



Upcoming Classes:

Security+ ‐ 4/28/15

Glenn Norman

Glenn NormanMA in English, University of New Mexico. Glenn is a Linux, Unix and Windows network consultant and programmer with 20 years experience in the medical, education and environmental fields. A member of the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM), he is the Project Manager for Hacker Highschool v.2 and a contributor to the OSSTMM ?hacker?s handbook.?

Upcoming Classes:

Security+ ‐ 4/8/15

. ProPoint

Jim Bolton is the president and founder of Propoint Solutions Inc. Incorporated in 2004, Propoint is a team of seasoned ITIL Experts who are focused on delivering excellence in IT Service Management, Consulting, Training, and Certification. Jim has extensive experience in diagnosing and solving complex organizational, process, and technical challenges. Jim?s leadership and knowledge of industry best practice have brought IT service excellence to numerous venues including: Higher Education, Healthcare, Federal, State and Local Government, and Manufacturing. Jim is a Service Management Consultant, ITIL/ITSM trainer, author, and speaker at conferences around the world on IT Service Management topics. Jim is a member of the HDI Strategic Advisory Board, the HDI Faculty, itSMF, and ISACA. He is an EXIN Accredited ITIL Trainer, an EXIN Accredited Courseware Provider, and has developed and delivered numerous ITIL and Service Management based courses. Jim holds an MBA in Technology Management, the ITIL v3 Expert Certificate, ITIL v2 Manager Certificate in IT Service Management, ITIL Practitioner?s Certificates for Support and Restore (IPSR), Agree and Define (IPAD), the ITIL V3 Certificates for Operational Support and Analysis (OSA), Service Offerings and Agreements (SOA), the itSMF ISO/IEC 20000 Consultant Certificate, and is a Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE).

Upcoming Classes:

ITIL® Service Strategy ‐ 4/28/15

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:

How to Become an Addiction Counselor in New Mexico ‐ 4/13/15
How to Become an Addiction Counselor in New Mexico ‐ 5/8/15

Lupe Chavez

Ms. Chavez has been employed in the Health Care Industry for over 28 years. Her experience ranges from coding and billing to compliance and education. She received her CPC (certified professional coder) certification in 1991 and her CPC-H (certified professional coder-hospital) certification in 1998 from the American Academy of Professional Coders. In 1998, Ms. Chavez is credited for initiating the Albuquerque AAPC Chapter in which she served as chapter president for 2 years. In 2007, Ms. Chavez received her CCP-P (certified compliance professional-physician) certification from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and her CMAS (certified medical administrative specialist) from the American Medical Technologists. Ms. Chavez was the co-founder of Medical Academy Services LLC and in 2008 became the sole founder of New Mexico HealthCare Consulting Services LLC.

Upcoming Classes:

CPC National Certification Boot Camp ‐ 5/23/15

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 ‐ 4/11/15

Michelle DuVal

Michelle DuVal, MA, is the Director of The Mindful Center, a business devoted to teaching mindfulness meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction. She is also the director and lead instructor for the mindfulness programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Life, the Presbyterian Healthplex, and the New Mexico Heart Institute.

Upcoming Classes:

Mindful Eating and Living (MEAL) ‐ 4/20/15
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ‐ 4/9/15

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:

Community Reinforcement Approach ‐ 4/25/15

Vickie McGinley, MA

Vickie McGinley, M.A., LPCC, has been working in substance abuse and mental health for over 20 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 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 13 years. Currently she is working in Juvenile Justice and is a statewide coordinator of substance abuse treatment services, training staff in CRA and MI. She will receive a Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree from Arizona State in 2014.

Upcoming Classes:

Group Therapies ‐ 4/25/15

Daniel Mintie, MSW, LISW, LCSW

Daniel Mintie, LISW, is a clinical social worker with over 24 years experience treating children, adolescents and adults. He has advanced training in mindfulness-based approaches to wellness, clinical hypnosis and the design and delivery of mind-body therapies for physical and mental illness. Mr. Mintie is certified through Dr. David Burns' Stanford University based Feeling Good Institute and trains local professionals in TEAM therapy, Dr. Burns' high-speed cognitive-behavioral approach to treating addictions, anxiety, relational conflicts and depression. Mr. Mintie has 40 years experience as a martial artist and teaches tai chi at Turtle Mountain Tai Chi in Albuquerque.

Upcoming Classes:

T.E.A.M. Level I ‐ 4/11/15
T.E.A.M. Level I ‐ 4/25/15

Robert Tanner

Robert M. Tanner 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 ‐ 5/9/15

Barbara Welcer

Barbara Welcer, RN, BAS, HNC, CHTP/I, Barb has practiced nursing in a variety of healthcare settings including in-patient pediatrics, emergency medicine, community health education and holistic nursing. Her philosophy on health and healing is based on the concepts of wholeness, recognizing the interconnectedness of our body, mind, spirit, and emotion. She has received certification in Holistic Nursing from the American Holistic Nurses Association and integrates holistic concepts in her practice as a nurse. Barb is also certified through Healing Touch International as both a practitioner and instructor of Healing Touch (HT), an energy based therapy. Her prior research on HT in the hospitalized patient demonstrated statistically significant improvements in self reported levels of pain, stress, and anxiety. Barb is dedicated to promoting the merits of energy work and holistic principles through teaching, research, and practice. She specializes in Reiki, Healing Touch, and holistic nursing interventions, teaching classes on self care, stress management, imagery, and breath work.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Energy Medicine: Healing Touch Program - Level I ‐ 4/25/15

Nicole White, CHC, AADP, RYT

Nicole White, CHC, AADP, RYT continues to heal her own life-long health challenges and takes control over sugar and harmful diets. Woven together, nutrition, emotional wellness and exercise provides the balance that Nicole shares from her 20+ years of experience, and healing into wellness. Her training includes studies in Washington to explore art and Yoga, Oregon to become a certified Mia and movement teacher, the west coast to explore meditation and spirituality, and the red rocks of Edna to learn about energy healing. Using her study with the top nutrition and coaching school in the world, Nicole brings her students the knowledge to make important lifestyle improvements for health and well-being with unique courses combining online and live components.

Upcoming Classes:

How to Beat the Sugar and Gluten Blues ‐ 5/2/15
Healing Lifestyles for Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes - ONLINE ‐ 5/5/15
Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Hormones ‐ 5/7/15

Professional Development Instructors

Instructor Name
Merry Bigelow

Graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting. Over 27 years of on-the-job experience in Accounting, ranging from full-charge bookkeeping to Controller positions. Additional experience includes over 21 years of experience in Management and Human Resources. Industries worked in are manufacturing, wholesale, media (radio and television), and most recently retail. Currently reside in Rio Rancho with husband and 21 year-old son.

Upcoming Classes:

Accounting: Intermediate ‐ 4/22/15

Mary Byrd

Mary ByrdMary Byrd enjoys teaching and office automation consulting throughout the southwest and has been helping adults learn various computer software applications since 1989. She began teaching for UNM Continuing Education in 1998. Learning from her students and incorporating fun and real world examples into all of her classes is a priority. She is a Microsoft Office Certified Master Instructor and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mary currently specializes in Microsoft Project and Office applications, Intro to PCs and Windows operating systems. She is a Colorado Springs native and an ardent Rockies fan.

Upcoming Classes:

MS Project Module 1: Project Plan Definition ‐ 4/14/15
MS Project Module 2: Budgeting and Tracking ‐ 4/28/15
MS Project Module 3: Team Communication and Productivity ‐ 5/12/15

Marianela Gish

Marianela (Mari) Gish is a professional mediator and nationally known trainer. She served on the board of the New Mexico Mediation Association and has won numerous awards for her conflict resolution and mediation programs. She is a graduate of Getting to the Heart of Conflict and also The Master Class for Mediators, Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, Harvard School of Law. She has presented at the Conflict Resolution Education Network International Conference and has taught Restorative Justice at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has trained thousands of students, teachers, and professionals in mediation and conflict resolution both nationally and internationally. Mari is recognized as a leader in the field of mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Upcoming Classes:

Mediation and Conflict Resolution: a Lunch and Learn Workshop ‐ 4/17/15

Ludmila Layne



Upcoming Classes:

Basics of Online Course Development-Hybrid ‐ 4/13/15

Steven Meilleur

Steven G. Meilleur, Ph.D. has more than 38 years of professional experience in human resources management in the public, private non-profit and private for-profit sectors. Dr. Meilleur has extensive experience in the non-profit sector as a trainer, nonprofit board member, and program volunteer for local and state organizations, such Adelante Development Center, NM Solar Energy Association, Director of the Center for Legal Education of NM State Bar, Plains Electric G&T Cooperative, and as a VISTA volunteer. Currently, he is Senior VP and Risk Services Consultant for HR and Employment with Poms and Associates, a national risk services and insurance brokerage firm, where he provides training and consulting services for its clients and other organizations. Dr. Meilleur is on the faculty of the graduate UNM School of Public Administration, and Webster University. He received his BA in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University, Executive MBA from UNM, and his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from UNM. His SPHR certification was received from the Society for Human Resource Management in 1995.

Upcoming Classes:

Volunteer Management - Managing and Motivating Your Volunteers ‐ 4/6/15

Carol L. Meincke, PMP

Carol Meincke has been employed at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico for over 20 years. Her current assignment is Strategic Planner for Sandia?s Energy and Water Program. She is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) with recognized program and project management expertise in the facilities field. Carol holds a B.S. in Pre-architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Carol has taught the PMP Exam Preparation course at UNM since 2001. Carol is a PMP, #21737 and a member of the Rio Grande Chapter of PMI. She is also a licensed Architect in New Mexico, a licensed Interior Designer in New Mexico, and a Certified Construction Specifier.

Upcoming Classes:

Project Management Professional (PMP)/CAPM Exam Preparation ‐ 4/15/15

Barbra J. Portzline, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbra Portzline has over 15 years? experience in evaluation, assessment, learning, organizational change, organizational development, instructional design, research and facilitation. Barbra has led assessments of organizational needs and developed strategy and initiatives based on the findings. Her experience ranges from supporting large scale organizational change efforts, to identifying and addressing barriers affecting programs, to developing and implementing strategies that mitigate risks. Using an evaluation methodology she developed based on a strengths-based approach, she has established a strong following of repeat clientele. Barbra Portzline has taught instructional design, training techniques, and evaluation courses at the University of New Mexico, presented on evaluation approaches and methodologies, authored articles on evaluation, created an evaluation mentoring program, and developed an evaluation social marketing web site.

Upcoming Classes:

Volunteer Management - Evaluating Your Volunteer Program ‐ 5/4/15


Personal Enrichment

Personal Enrichment Instructors

Instructor Name
Elizabeth Barnes

Elizabeth teaches Herbal Soap Making, Body Products Made at Home I, Body Products Made at Home II, Liquid Soap Making, exposes some myths about body products. Now she works part-time as a bookkeeper for a construction company?a career she grew from starting as a construction worker?and teaches with Continuing Education at UNM. She has an interesting background for someone who makes herbal soaps, body products and herbal hair coloring all with natural products and all out of her home. She was raised in a military family and went on to be the wife of a rancher. Now she works part-time as a bookkeeper for a construction company?a career she grew from starting as a construction worker?and teaches with Continuing Education at UNM. She has taught herbal soap making to over 900 people.

Upcoming Classes:

Bath Bombs and Fairy Dust ‐ 4/18/15
Body Products Made at Home I ‐ 4/4/15
Body Products Made at Home II ‐ 5/2/15
Liquid Soapmaking and Shampoo ‐ 5/23/15
Herbal Soapmaking--Cold Process ‐ 5/9/15

Terri Berrenberg

Terri BerrenbergTerri Berrenberg is the founder and President of Berrenberg Wealth Management, LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. Terri has a Master's in Business Administration and is a Registered Investment Advisor, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and Certified Financial Educator (CFEd?). Terri has a passion for sharing knowledge and has been teaching financial courses at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education since 1986.

Upcoming Classes:

Planning a Successful Retirement ? Common Mistakes to Avoid ‐ 4/21/15

Sonia Bologa



Upcoming Classes:

Hip-Hop Dance: Beginning ‐ 4/9/15

Iliana Carrillo



Upcoming Classes:

Silver Jewelry Using Metal Clay ‐ 5/23/15
Base Metal Clays - Bronze, Copper and Steel ‐ 5/30/15

Pamela Cornish



Upcoming Classes:

Food is Medicine: Rah! Rah! Raw! ‐ 5/23/15
Travvy Savvy -- Travel Smart ‐ 5/9/15

Kristin Diener

Kristin DienerThis dedicated artist recently went full-time in her career as an artist, making metal jewelry and teaching the craft to others. Her serendipitous path led her to enroll in a Jewelry Making class at a small Mennonite College in Ohio, where her instructor became her first mentor. Kristin says of her first encounter with creating metal jewelry, ?I liked what I was able to make and the thoughts I was able to achieve.? Kristin was hooked immediately when she discovered the torch, its flame and the tools of jewelry metalworking in her youth; she had found her calling. Kristin earned a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green University in Ohio. Then, on to Missouri where she began teaching fine arts classes at a small college. Her questing spirit later took her to Boston, Massachusetts, to a job she loved, teaching at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Kristin supplemented her income with residential and commercial painting in Boston and then her own house painting business when she came to Albuquerque. Recently, Kristin took the plunge and is now a full time artist and teacher with her own studio. Her work is selling in galleries in New Orleans and Albuquerque. She brings her MFA and professional teaching background to Continuing Education at UNM. In 2004, this unique individual began challenging Continuing Education students with her own brand of bold, unconventional and whimsical artistic vision, rooted in the solid fundamentals of a traditional jewelry-making craft. Her classes have inspired a following from the start. Like Kristin with her own first jewelry instructor years ago, many of her students are very loyal to her instruction and repeat the advanced class to pursue their own artistic visions. The Beginning Jewelry / Metals course starts with a series of sterling silver rings. Students learn to size, texture, chase, and form, then bezel-set a cabochon stone. ?I like teaching people of all different levels. Most have their own ideas of what they want to do

Upcoming Classes:

Beginning Jewelry/Small Metals and Silversmithing ‐ 4/7/15

Carol Erickson



Upcoming Classes:

Book Arts: Secret Belgian Binding ‐ 4/25/15

Jeannie Fagerstrom



Upcoming Classes:

Crochet: Intermediate ‐ 4/11/15
Knitting: Intermediate ‐ 4/4/15

Lindsey Fassler



Upcoming Classes:

Firearm Safety 101 ‐ 4/21/15

Nicole Feldman



Upcoming Classes:

Yoga for Lunch ‐ 4/13/15
Yoga for Lunch ‐ 4/8/15

Ming Franz

Ming FranzMing Franz was born in jungle region of Taiwan. As a child, she had to hike many miles to school; she continued hiking and is a strong hiker today. Because of my love for hiking, she also developed a love for nature, especially waterfalls, streams, rivers, trees, birds. As a result, painting landscapes comes naturally. Ming started painting when she was eight years old and later studied with masters of traditional Chinese painting, attending the National Art Institute of Taiwan, and continuing her art studies in the United States. In the early 90s, Ming was so inspired when she saw the splash ink paintings of world-renowned artist Master Chang Dai-Chein that she immediately wanted to attempt her first creation. She lives in Edgewood, NM, with her husband Ben and my two dogs, Missy and Gizmo. Ming has a home studio where she gives private lessons and workshops in both traditional Chinese painting and Splash Ink painting. She also teaches at the New Mexico Art League. Ming travel teaches at the Houston Art Expo, Gallery 408 in New Mexico and Silicon Valley Asia Art Center in California.

Upcoming Classes:

Splash Ink with Watercolor Workshop ‐ 4/17/15
Chinese Brush Painting ‐ 4/20/15

Jill Gatwood



Upcoming Classes:

Mosaic Tiling: An Introduction ‐ 4/29/15

Donna Greenstreet



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Stained Glass Beginning ‐ 4/12/15

Maria Isabel Haverkamp



Upcoming Classes:

Sign Language II ‐ 4/8/15

Polly Jackson

Polly JacksonProfessional fine artist with over thirty years of painting. Work shown in the Round House Capitol Arts Foundation Collection (permanent collection), Santa Fe, NM, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, and private collections around the world. Her work has also been shown 11/6/99 on HGTV, Interiors of Design. Her art was selected for the 2002 poster for The Old Pecan Street Festival; Spring, Austin, TX. In 1975, Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, NM issued four of her greeting card designs, and Gargoyles, Inc. sold her ceramic tile designs. Jumpin' Junipers Publishers of Santa Fe, NM has issued a poster and a greeting card with her designs. She has taught at Laguna Gloria Austin Museum of Fine Arts (3 years), Austin Community College (2 years) and Painting with Acrylics, Painting with Oils, Pastels and En Plein Air Painting through The University of Texas Informal Classes (8+ years) (and various private classes) and painting with acrylics at Gardner-Betts Juvenile Facility, in Austin, TX (5 years). 1965-66 Trinity University San Antonio, TX 1980 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 1997-99 College of Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM 1999-'00 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM B. A., Studio Art Walking History Tour Guide in Santa Fe, NM, downtown Art Tour Guide in Santa Fe, NM with Aboot About, Santa Fe Walks, Art instructor for Laguna Gloria (AMOA), UT informal classes, Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, Gardner Betts Juvenile facility, Austin, TX, and private clients in Painting with Oils, Painting with Acrylics, En Plein Air, Painting with Pastels, Experimental Drawing, Drawing for the Absolute Beginner and Papier Mache, Knowledge and experience with Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe PageMaker, MS Word, FileMaker Pro, DreamWeaver, data entry, scanning and HTML Knowledge of Museum Practices and Curatorial Practices, and researcher for Art History Slide Library, College of Santa Fe. One Person Show: Brick Oven Restaurant on 35th, 2008, Austin, TX, Westlake Retrospective, 2007, A

Upcoming Classes:

Painting with Acrylics ‐ 4/8/15

Janice Laird

Janice LairdJan Laird is a Native New Mexican. She grew up in Santa Fe and attended the University of New Mexico where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Home Economics and Nutrition Education. Jan also obtained her personal chef certificate from the United States Personal Chef Association. Jan is a Certified Personal Chef, Cooking School Instructor and Caterer. She teaches cooking classes that focus on the practical aspects of cooking good food that is both pleasing and nourishing. Chef Jan and her husband, C.E. started their business "Jan Can" in 2008. After raising 7 children together, they have been making Jan Can a successful business.

Upcoming Classes:

Freezer Meals ‐ 4/7/15
Grilling and Smoking ‐ 5/7/15

Gilda Latzky

Gilda LatzkyGilda Latzky has been a cooking teacher and caterer for 35 years. She originally ran a very successful business in New York City.She migrated to the Southwest 14 years ago and has traveled to teach in Continuing Ed programs all over the West. She has been a member of the Personal Enrichment faculty for 13 years. Gilda loves to get everyone involved and demystify cooking to make it a fun experience.

Upcoming Classes:

Mediterranean Table ‐ 4/14/15
Culinary Tour of Italy ‐ 4/21/15
Paella Valenciana ‐ 4/7/15

Katja Lauterstein

Katja has completed advanced Certification at High Desert Yoga. She is also certified to teach Children?s and Teen Yoga, and has attended many workshops/trainings with the gifted Yoga teachers High Desert Yoga brings to town. Katja loves dance and movement and has studied yoga and taken dance classes for 15+ years. She credits her massage therapist/musician father and Yogini mother with instilling this love. In her classes she seeks to create a space to explore, listen to, and connect with ourselves, our bodies, and the bigger picture around us, through mindful, intentional movement, and inner awareness. Katja holds a BA in Creative Writing and Art from the University of New Mexico. Katja assists with office and adminstrative duties at HDY!

Upcoming Classes:

Yoga Basics: The Fundamentals ‐ 4/10/15
Yoga for Lunch ‐ 4/10/15

Kristi Licera

Growth and Enrichment Instructor, Ballet Fundamentals

Upcoming Classes:

Ballet Fundamentals ‐ 4/8/15

Nancy Lovett

Nancy Lovett

Upcoming Classes:

Garment Sewing an Introduction ‐ 4/6/15

Sara Magnuson



Upcoming Classes:

Shibori: The Japanese Art of Fabric Dyeing ‐ 4/25/15

Dan Mahony



Upcoming Classes:

Singing for Those Who Can't Sing ‐ 4/6/15
Harmonica for Beginners ‐ 4/8/15
Our Existence After Life ‐ 5/6/15

Carol March

Carol March, MS, is an experienced career development specialist, workshop leader and published author who teaches individuals and groups about the skills needed to succeed and thrive in today?s workplace. Carol has a MS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Achieve Global Facilitator. She operates Compass Rose, a consulting firm that provides career planning, coaching, testing, and training services to individuals and groups. Carol?s specialty is helping people navigate career and life transitions and find ways to bring their natural creativity into their professional lives. She teaches courses in Career Development, Work Skills, Writing for Healing, Writing for Self Discovery, and Journaling for Caregivers. Check out Carol's website at http://www.CarolHollandMarch.com

Upcoming Classes:

Your Creative Self is Waiting for You ‐ 4/7/15

Steven Margulin

Steven MargulinSteven P. Margulin is a practicing financial advisor in Albuquerque. He teaches estate planning to CFP® candidates and is a sought after speaker on successful aging and related topics. Steve has made a life-long commitment to learning and has earned these professional designations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), while he continues to practice as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). He has been active in community service since 1994.

Upcoming Classes:

Retirement Planning Today, The Retirement Extender® Method ‐ 4/25/15
Retirement Planning Today, The Retirement Extender® Method ‐ 4/28/15

Herb McDonald

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Upcoming Classes:

Consumers Guide to Herbs and Supplements ‐ 4/18/15

Beverly McFarland



Upcoming Classes:

Herbal Walk ‐ 5/16/15

Andy Moss



Upcoming Classes:

Solar Cooking with Solar Ovens ‐ 4/25/15
Solar Cooking with Solar Ovens ‐ 5/30/15

Yevgeniya Novgorodskaya



Upcoming Classes:

Yoga Basics: The Fundamentals ‐ 4/11/15

Lino Saffioti



Upcoming Classes:

Life Drawing ‐ 4/6/15

Emily Stein



Upcoming Classes:

Prenatal Yoga ‐ 4/4/15

George Trujeque

Golf Instructor

Upcoming Classes:

Golf: Secrets for Success with the Shortgame ‐ 4/18/15

Elizabeth Valsala

Elizabeth ValsalaElizabeth Valsala (pronounced "VAHL-suh-luh") has practiced Reiki (pronounced "ray-kee")since 1988 and has been a full-time Reiki Master since 1991. She is a student of Usui Shiki Ryoho as presented by the Office of the Grandmaster (http://www.usuireiki-ogm.com). Her approach is simple and practical, and her classes are relaxing, healing and fun. For more information, please visit www.ReikiABQ.com

Upcoming Classes:

Reiki: An Introduction ‐ 4/18/15

Robert Ziock

Robert Ziock

Upcoming Classes:

Tennis: Intermediate ‐ 4/11/15


Culture

Culture Instructors

Instructor Name
Richard Blankmeyer

Richard Blankmeyer was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. He attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a BA in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to an LST home ported in San Diego. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39 year career in banking which included various management positions in internal audit, consumer loan operations, and project development. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.

Upcoming Classes:

The Guadalcanal Campaign ? The Allies go on the Offensive in the Pacific ‐ 4/20/15

Roberta Boggess

Roberta BoggessRoberta Boggess is on the Leadership Council of the OLLI at the University of New Mexico. She is an active volunteer, participating in membership drives and any necessary events from baking cakes to making presidential decisions. Roberta has a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in linguistics. She taught writing and literature in Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years. ?Bobbie? has received several teaching awards including the Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Teacher of the Year in 1990 and 1998. An informed and animated teacher, she loves explaining "the story behind the story" to make literature and history come alive. Ms. Boggess has taught the following courses for the Osher program: Beowulf, Chaucer?s Canterbury Tales, The Plague, Why Do We Say That? John Donne was a Rock Star, and Theatre from the Greeks to Shakespeare.

Upcoming Classes:

From Coughin? to Coffin: New Mexico and Tuberculosis ‐ 4/24/15
Is it Mythology? The Bible? or Shakespeare? ‐ 4/29/15
An Invitation to Tea ‐ 5/13/15
Kiss? and Make-up ‐ 5/8/15

Ann Braswell

For the last eight years, Ann has been Business Manager and Book Review Copy Editor for the Journal of Anthropological Research (Official UNM title is Coordinator, Technical Publication, Anthropology). She is also Editor and layout designer of the Anthology Newsletter, a biannual publication.

Upcoming Classes:

Downtown Chaco Canyon ‐ 4/11/15
Hiking Chaco Canyon: Uptown ‐ 4/25/15
Guadalupe Ruin Hike ‐ 5/2/15

Angelo Cervantes

Angel Cervantes is an avid genealogical researcher and has done historical and genealogical research in the Archivos of Chihuahua, Colima, Jalisco and Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked as a NM State Archivist in Santa Fe in 2001.

Upcoming Classes:

Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The Carthaginian Connection to New Mexican Families (Haplogroup E ‐ 4/10/15
The Spanish Founding of Florida and the Spanish Jesuit Massacre of Ajacán (Modern day Virginia) ‐ 4/17/15
Who was the Roman Emperor Trajan? ‐ 5/1/15

Amanda Cisco

Osher Instructor, B.A., English, Certified SoulCollage® Facilitator I have kept a journal for many years, but in 2003 I began to take classes with a teacher named Charlene Geiss. She owned a business called The Diarist's Workshop in Santa Fe and she came to an Albuquerque bookstore to teach. My journals went from whining and angry rants to writings about all aspects of my life and became a wonderful self-discovery tool. I took classes with Charlene for over six years and I am still writing regularly and filling up journals. My journals are full of images, photos, tickets, cards, invitations, rubber stamps, papers, and many other embellishments. When people see my journals, they want to know more about it. I will be bringing my journals to class.

Upcoming Classes:

Joyful Journaling ‐ 4/9/15

Mary Clark



Upcoming Classes:

Hearing Loss 102 ‐ 5/4/15

Jane Ellen

Jane EllenJane Ellen is a published, award-winning composer who shares her passion for music, history, and religious studies with Albuquerque audiences. Jane completed double majors with honors at the University of New Mexico, and shortly thereafter began working as a freelance lecturer. A popular, long-time instructor for OASIS, Jane has also presented programs for the International Anne Frank Foundation, Elderhostel, KHFM-Radio, and various social and religious groups. With a catalog of over 60 published works, and numerous commissions, she has released four CDs of original compositions and written for musical theatre, television, radio and film. An award-winning member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and former National Director of Sigma Alpha Iota's American Composers Bureau, her works have been internationally performed.

Upcoming Classes:

Claude Debussy: His Life, His Works and Edgar Allan Poe ‐ 4/22/15
The Life and Times of C.S. Lewis ‐ 4/24/15
Teen Idols of the 50's and Early 60's ‐ 4/3/15
Mamma Mia ? Here we go again! ‐ 5/6/15

Ramon Flores

Ramon FloresRamón Flores is a native of Albuquerque who earned BA in History and MA in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. In the course of a thirty year career as a theatre director, playwright, actor and producer Ramón has extensively researched and written on a number of historical issues. Ramón wrote, directed and produced two plays about New Mexico?s colonial period. With Lynn Butler Knight he co-wrote The Merchant of Santa Fe which addressed the plight of New Mexico?s Hidden Jews living under the shadow of the Inquisition in 1670. With Taos Pueblo writer James Lujan he co-wrote Casi Hermanos about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 which was produced in 1995. In 2004 Ramón co-wrote and produced the play The Peculiar Case of José Padilla about the New York born Puerto Rican who was held as an ?enemy combatant? in a US military brig for more than three years and accused of being ?the dirty bomber? for Al Qaida. This play addressed the issues raised by the ?Global War on Terrorism.? He is currently working on follow up play to The Peculiar Case of José Padilla. For the UNM Continuing Education Division, Ramón has previously offered the lecture series ?Islam and the West,? ?The Manhattan Project,? and ?A City Upon the Hill: American Exceptionalism from Puritan New England to Bagdad of 2007.? Ramón is a popular lecturer through Story of New Mexico and has led film series and other discussion groups. Recently, he provided courses for Osher on the origins and role of the Tea Party Movement, Propaganda, Populism and Corruption of Western Ideals and the Myth of Secure Borders. Ramón is a voracious reader and researcher and has a loyal following within the Osher community.

Upcoming Classes:

Vichy France (1940-44), Liberation (1944-45) and the Settling of Scores ‐ 4/15/15

James Gallegos

James GallegosJames Gallegos is a CPA who provides audit, tax, and consulting services to large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and employee benefit plans, beginning in an international firm, and now practicing in his own firm. James grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University in California with a Bachelor?s Degree with a concentration in accounting. James is active in the local business community, focusing on education and small business issues. He has participated on the City of Albuquerque Audit Committee, on boards of nonprofit organizations including Albuquerque Character Counts, Albuquerque Business Education Compact, Albuquerque Economic Development, and Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (its Chairman in 2004), and on various education committees and study groups. James also has an interest in art history. Besides formal and independent study, he visits the world?s major museums, attends art fairs, and teaches classes on Impressionism and Picasso through the University of New Mexico?s Osher Institute.

Upcoming Classes:

International Fairs and Exhibitions: Art Basel - Miami Beach ‐ 4/17/15

Bill Haller



Upcoming Classes:

D.H. Lawrence Ranch ‐ 4/22/15

Debi Harrington



Upcoming Classes:

Creative Container Gardening for the High Desert ‐ 4/17/15
Floral Design: Beginning ‐ 4/29/15

Dennis Herrick



Upcoming Classes:

How to Write a Mystery Novel ‐ 4/6/15

Carol Hill

Carol A. Hill is a geologist and author of many books including Cave Minerals of the World, and Geology of Carlsbad Cavern, and Geology of the Delaware Basin. She was featured on the NOVA show ?Mysterious Life of Caves,? which aired on PBS on October 1, 2002. Carol has been an ASA member since 1984 and a member of the ASA Affiliation of Geologists since its foundation.

Upcoming Classes:

Geology of White Sands National Monument and the Valley of Fires ‐ 4/15/15
Geology of White Sands National Monument and the Valley of Fires ‐ 4/8/15

Lizabeth Johnson



Upcoming Classes:

Pre-Modern European Migrations ‐ 4/24/15

Julius Kaplan



Upcoming Classes:

Russian Opera ‐ 4/6/15

John Krebsbach

John F. Krebsbach, M.S. is the Administrator for the NM DNA Identification System, the state-wide criminal DNA database for NM, and the Chairman of the state-wide DNA Oversight Committee. He has held each of these positions since the programs inception in 1997, building the database from scratch into one of the most effective programs for its size in the country. He was a member of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's Initiative on DNA Backlogs and was a member of the FBI's Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods, acting as the co-Vice Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. He is also the former Chairman of the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators. Having conducted over twenty-nine inspections of crime laboratories throughout the country, he has been a reviewer of inspections performed by other inspectors as a member of the National DNA Index System's Audit Review Panel. He earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Wayne State College in Nebraska, and an M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Upcoming Classes:

Functions of Criminalistics ‐ 4/22/15

Nandini Kuehn

Nandini KuehnNandini Kuehn has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a Master?s in Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in health and health care administration for over 25 years. Her health care experience includes ten years in California where she worked in hospital administration at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, and for a private consulting company in the Bay Area. She also has 16 years of international work experience in Australia and Canada where she worked within those health systems as an administrator and as a health policy analyst, health care consultant and evaluator of programs in various health care settings. She returned to the US (New Mexico) in 2003, and continues to work as a private consultant with a focus on evaluation and using health data for monitoring care systems for quality and/or output. She has been involved with state level efforts in health reform in New Mexico and has made presentations to the Legislature as well as to different community groups around the state of New Mexico, to the New Mexico Medical Society, to UNM medical students and to the doctoral level health policy students at the University of New Mexico. She has worked with various branches of the New Mexico Department of Health, non-profit groups in Albuquerque, and the UNM RWJ Health Policy Institute.

Upcoming Classes:

The Affordable Care Act ? Two Years Later ‐ 4/8/15

Michael Lawson

Michael Lawson received a MA in anthropology from UNM, and the PhD from ASU where he studied with Peter Iverson, author of Diné: A History of the Navajos. Mike has lived and worked in Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and Petrified Forest National Parks, the Pueblo of Zuni and Taos, and has taught and led field trips throughout the American Southwest for over two decades.

Upcoming Classes:

Zuni Pueblo and Village of the Great Kivas ‐ 4/17/15
Hopiland ‐ 5/7/15

Carol March

Carol March, MS, is an experienced career development specialist, workshop leader and published author who teaches individuals and groups about the skills needed to succeed and thrive in today?s workplace. Carol has a MS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Achieve Global Facilitator. She operates Compass Rose, a consulting firm that provides career planning, coaching, testing, and training services to individuals and groups. Carol?s specialty is helping people navigate career and life transitions and find ways to bring their natural creativity into their professional lives. She teaches courses in Career Development, Work Skills, Writing for Healing, Writing for Self Discovery, and Journaling for Caregivers. Check out Carol's website at http://www.CarolHollandMarch.com

Upcoming Classes:

Shamanism: From Witch Doctors through the New Millennium ‐ 4/23/15

Karen McKinnon

Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Program

Upcoming Classes:

Poetry in Motion ‐ 4/8/15

Helen Mullane



Upcoming Classes:

The Art of Thoughtful Letter Writing ‐ 4/3/15

Jon Nimitz

Jon NimitzJon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He was consistently rated by students as an outstanding instructor. After that he ran a small research and development business working on environmentally friendly chemicals. Always interested in philosophical and spiritual issues, since retiring from technical work he has taught classes for UNM CE on "Introduction to India," "The Meaning of Life," and "Loving What Is: The Work of Byron Katie." He is currently a self-employed investor. He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. He has made a point of exploring a wide range of spiritual traditions. He also gives talks on investment topics to the local chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). He has received numerous academic awards and has qualified to join MENSA. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers.

Upcoming Classes:

Taoism ‐ 4/8/15

Edwin Ned O'Malia

Ned O'Malia is a Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Religion and Culture; a degree he earned at Temple University, Philadelphia. Teaching and writing have been the center of his professional life for over 35 years but not the whole of it. He is a Professor at the University of New Mexico in the University Honors Programs as an Asian specialist. Within New Mexico and the Southwest he is a noted speaker and visiting lecturer. He has participated in many seminars, workshops, and panel discussions on Southeast Asia. Dr. O'Malia has personally traveled extensively in Asia, many times to China, and recently long travels to Burma (which is now Myanmar). But a true traveler will find adventure even on a trip to Socorro. Ned is a published photographer, a skill he uses to illustrate his lectures. He is a travel writer and has served as Travel Editor for Albuquerque?s Prime Time ? The Newspaper. In addition he is a talented chef, who prides himself on enrolling for cooking class in all the countries he visits. He is a food writer, television food commentator and serves as a food judge for the New Mexico State Fair. He has served as the SPAM cooking judge for 12 years. He is a passionate advocate of region and indigenous cooking; he has eaten everything which did not eat him first. Dr. O'Malia is a passionate world traveler as well as a talented Tour Director and Cruise Host. He started Tour Directing by leading groups of Manhattan teenagers on bicycles through the Canadian Rockies. Since, he has directed over a hundred group tours since 1971, taking people from the temples of Tibet to the Pagodas of Bali. He has traveled on Silversea cruise ships, old buses, bicycles, ox carts and in a dugout canoe. Many of these tours have been to Asia as he is always excited to enlighten people to the wonders of the orient.

Upcoming Classes:

After you Flush ‐ 4/14/15
After you Flush ‐ 4/16/15
Las Vegas: Where the Plains meet the Mountains ‐ 4/18/15
Before you Turn on the Kitchen Sink ‐ 4/23/15
Before you Turn on the Kitchen Sink ‐ 4/24/15

Edwin OMalia

Ned OMalia is a Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Religion and Culture; a degree he earned at Temple University, Philadelphia. Teaching and writing have been the center of his professional life for over 35 years but not the whole of it. He is a Professor at the University of New Mexico in the University Honors Programs as an Asian specialist. Within New Mexico and the Southwest he is a noted speaker and visiting lecturer. He has participated in many seminars, workshops, and panel discussions on Southeast Asia. Dr. O'Malia has personally traveled extensively in Asia, many times to China, and recently long travels to Burma (which is now Myanmar). But a true traveler will find adventure even on a trip to Socorro. Ned is a published photographer, a skill he uses to illustrate his lectures. He is a travel writer and has served as Travel Editor for Albuquerque?s Prime Time ? The Newspaper. In addition he is a talented chef, who prides himself on enrolling for cooking class in all the countries he visits. He is a food writer, television food commentator and serves as a food judge for the New Mexico State Fair. He has served as the SPAM cooking judge for 12 years. He is a passionate advocate of region and indigenous cooking; he has eaten everything which did not eat him first. Dr. OMalia is a passionate world traveler as well as a talented Tour Direct and Cruise Host. He started Tour Directing by leading groups of Manhattan teen agers on bicycles through the Canadian Rockies. Since, he has directed over a hundred group tours since 1971, taking people from the temples of Tibet to the Pagodas of Bali. He has traveled on Silversea cruise ships, old buses, bicycles, ox carts and in a dugout canoe. Many of these tours have been to Asia as he is always excited to enlighten people to the wonders of the orient.

Upcoming Classes:

Two Gentlemen on Route 66 ‐ 4/17/15
In the Footsteeps of Lewis and Clark ‐ 4/21/15

Richard Peck, Ph.D.

Richard E. Peck is an author, playwright, and retired academic, whose writing career ? detoured for years ? resumed when he left academe. After a career as an English professor and university administrator ? president at one time or another of three universities ? he now divides his time among three very satisfying pursuits: restrained meddling in the lives of his children and grandchildren, golfing at a level far below his aspirations, and writing. Dr. Peck continues to resist persistent but fading desires to return to the classroom. Occasional consulting stints remind him of the political pressures he?s traded away in order to take on the even more demanding but self-imposed goals and deadlines of full-time writing. Richard E. Peck was born in Wisconsin on August 3rd, 1936. After graduating from high school (at 16) and two years of factory work, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, as a green PFC was selected for flight training, and in June, 1956, was commissioned the youngest officer and pilot in the USMC at age 19. He subsequently completed an A.B. at Carroll College in 30 months, his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in three years. He taught English at the University of Virginia and Temple University, then filled administrative positions at the University of Alabama and Arizona State, leading to presidencies of ASU, the University of New Mexico, and the University of South Florida. During those years he committed his time and energies to scholarship, and his popular writing became infrequent. He did manage to complete 12 produced plays (three of them winners in national competitions), a score of short stories, a novel nominated as Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year (Final Solution, Doubleday), and TV scripts, as well as two editions of minor poetry. Dr. Peck is a member of Screen Writers Guild of America (West) and has contributed occasional columns to a number of newspapers. He lives in Placitas, NM, where he takes the 16 steps from his bed to his word pr

Upcoming Classes:

Why do we do Theater? ‐ 5/6/15

Stephen Poland



Upcoming Classes:

Living Resilient Lives ‐ 4/21/15

Michael Richie

Michael Richie first visited the Bisti Badlands with the Sierra Club in 1980 and quickly became an activist to save the Bisti, De Na Zin, Ah Shi Sle Pah, and Fossil Forest badlands from strip mining and other detrimental activities. With the help of Pat Hester, a Bureau of Land Management Regional Paleontologist, he has published 253 outdoor stories and 925 photos to date, with 48 stories on New Mexico?s badlands including thirteen on the Bisti and six on Ojito. Richie has also lead over 35 badlands tours with Story of New Mexico. For more information on the badlands and how you can get involved, please visit his website at PhotoTrekNM.com.

Upcoming Classes:

De Na Zin ‐ 4/12/15
Old Hoof Highway Scenic and Cultural Tour ‐ 4/14/15
San Jose Badlands: Rainbow Route ‐ 4/19/15
Lybrook: New, Advanced Route ‐ 4/23/15
Lybrook: New, Advanced Route ‐ 4/4/15
White Oaks Ghost Tour and Scenic Drive ‐ 4/8/15
Sangre De Cristo Aspen Walk and Canyon Road Artscrawl ‐ 5/1/15

Bryan Stoneburner

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, M.A. (Music History), 1981; Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, M.L.S., 1976; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, B.G.S., 1972.

Upcoming Classes:

Something More than Night: The Mean Streets of Raymond Chandler ‐ 4/28/15

Carol Sullivan

Carol is an artist and retired cultural anthropologist. She has collected art as part of her field work in the Brazilian Amazon, with HIV prevention in Cd. Juarez and while a counselor in local jails and prisons. Carol has spent many years viewing our local graffiti scene and enjoys sharing these wondrous works with others.

Upcoming Classes:

You Were There ‐ 4/11/15

Victoria Sullivan

Albuquerque Genealogical Society

Upcoming Classes:

Computerized Genealogy ‐ 4/6/15

Maya Sutton, Ph.D.

From Washington DC to teaching in South America, from Mexico to teaching in Mongolia and England, Dr. Maya Sutton is a traveler and educator. Maya graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Her specialties are adult learning, cognitive development, life stages, and experiential learning. For the past ten years she has taught courses in Celtic History and Mythology at UNM. Since the 1980s Maya has been active in distance learning for adults and in taking education to adults where they work. As president of Sutton Seminars, she has trained thousands of people in stress management at government and private organizations throughout the West.

Upcoming Classes:

The Celts ? Who Were They? Where Are They Now? Are You a Celt? ‐ 4/10/15

Shari Tarbet

Shari TarbetAn educator for 29 years, Shari has taught English, history, creative writing, and mythology from the 7th grade through college level. This includes three summers teaching with Upward Bound. She is a graduate of Kansas University with undergraduate degrees in education, humanities, and communications. She also holds an MA in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently working on her PhD at the same school. She has studied Urban Druidry with Dr. Maya Sutton, and is a published writer and photographer. She has also been a consultant with Intel Corporation. An Albuquerque resident for 24 years, her other interests include belly dance and jewelry making, her Scottish heritage, and three pet cats.

Upcoming Classes:

The Goddess and Sacred Women of Pre-History ‐ 4/16/15

Diane Thome

B.S. Experimental Psychology, M.B.A.

Upcoming Classes:

In the Spider's Web ‐ 4/22/15

John Trestrail

BS Pharm, FAACT, DABAT, Clinical and Forensic Toxicologist, Author, Speaker

Upcoming Classes:

Microbes that Changed History ‐ 4/17/15
Nature's Toxic Agents: A Menagerie of Poisonous Critters ‐ 5/11/15

Dave Weinberg



Upcoming Classes:

Fracking: A Curse or a Blessing? ‐ 5/5/15

Gay Witherington

Gay Witherington

Upcoming Classes:

The Continuing Journey of Life after Death ‐ 4/18/15


Youth Programs

Youth Programs Instructors

Instructor Name
Sandra Toro

Sandra K. Toro is an award-winning, best selling author who teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico. Her historical novels deal with World War II, the Holocaust, the Jewish immigrant experience, and The Spanish Inquisition, anti-Semitism in the 16th Century, and international political/military history of Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Her most recent novel, Secrets Behind Adobe Walls, concerns the crypto-Jews of New Mexico. In addition to being a writer, Toro has had a career on camera and as a producer of public affairs programs for ABC and PBS. She was a high-level political appointee in the administrations of President Carter and President Clinton. She coordinates the annual spring writer's conference for the University of New Mexico each April, and works regularly with agents and editors at major publishing houses.

Upcoming Classes:

UNM Young Writer's Conference (ages 11-17) ‐ 4/18/15


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