Course Listing - by Instructor

NameBiography
Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen is an avid photographer and member of the Allen's Camera family business.
Jonathan Allred
Amy Austin

Amy Austin has over 13 years experience in floral design and stays on the cutting edge of fashion and trends. Amy has worked as a designer on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and now owns Bloomique an Event Florist, and travels the world creating floral masterpieces.
Kellan Baird

Kelly Baird is a professional educator with over 29 years of teaching experience. He has taught woodworking and construction skills to students ranging from middle school to post-secondary. Currently, he is the program coordinator/associate professor for the Cabinetry and Architectural Woodworking program at UVU. Kelly graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Industrial Education and owns and operates a cabinet/furniture shop on the side with 20+ years of experience. He also was a licensed general contractor and enjoys building custom homes and furniture.
Lesli Baker
Brett Barker Brett Barker was born and raised in Provo, Utah. He has worked as a software tester for multiple companies in Utah County over the last 10 years, and has been teaching the Extended Education Principals of Software Testing for the last 3 years. Brett lives in Lehi with his wife of 12 years, and their 4 cats. He enjoys reading, watching movies and playing video games in his spare time.
Connie Barker
Kate Baxter
Daniel Bean
Gilbert Bennett

Gilbert Bennett has been painting professionally for the past twenty-six years. Gil has a lifelong love with the subjects he paints --trains. Gil's passion for painting trains developed from his relationship with his grandfather a freight agent for the Chicago & North Western Railroad. His talent of drawing grew over the years and migrated toward architecture in relation to his study of architecture; and currently holds M.A. from the University of Utah.

Gil has been painting in both watercolor and oil for close to thirty years. He was commissioned to do 30 paintings, for a company in Minneapolis, mostly of railroad subjects. Gil has painted wildlife, landscape, western art and portraits and his paintings have graced book and magazine covers, articles, calendars and Christmas Cards. In 1999, Railway Reflections was published which is a history of railroads in Utah illustrated using Gil's paintings. Gil currently lives with his wife and four sons in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Jacob Boden

Jacob Boden’s passion for photographing the outdoors has taken him from the glaciated mountains of Alaska, down through the beaches, mountains and rainforests of the Northwest, to the top of the rugged peaks of the Teton Range of Wyoming, and down the sculpted narrows of dozens of slot canyons in Southern Utah. In between his adventures, he has managed to get a BFA in Photography and an MPS in the Business of Art and Design. When he is not on an adventure, he serves as a full time photographer for his family, covering everything from baby photos to weddings.

Jacob loves teaching and sharing his knowledge with others and is always excited for a new batch of photographers to be turned loose on the world. To view his work or to contact him, visit www.jacobbodenphotography.com
Shahar Boyayan
Jeff Breglio
Shelby Carroll
Laurie Cerroni
Tony Child
Karen Cloward

Even as a little girl, Karen Cloward was fascinated with fossils. She collected, drew, studied, slept, and constantly talked about fossils. When her children were all in school, she found she had a couple of hours to pursue her passion for fossils by volunteering at a local paleontology lab. She was soon hired and for the next several years prepared fossil fish and dinosaurs for museums all around the world. She spent several weeks each summer excavating for new dinosaurs in the famous Bone Cabin Quarry. Karen wrote papers on and named several new species including Hesperosaurus Mjosi, Harpactognathus gentryii, Tanycolagreus, Gargoyleosaurus and others.

The culminating experience of her career came when she was asked to be one of the developers/designers of the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point. The enormous amount of time spent on developing, designing, and then filling a museum with fantastic specimens was both exhilarating and exhausting. Karen also served as the Director of Exhibits and Education for a time after the museum opened. “I get a thrill every time I about dinosaurs and fossils with children or adults. Fossils represent a fascinating past of our earth!”
Justin Comstock
Danielle Cook
Richard Crandall

Colonel Richard Crandall joined the Idaho Army National Guard when a senior in high school. He served continuously in the service of his country until 1995, a period of 38 years. He attended college at Brigham Young University and received a BS Degree in Sociology and a minor in Air Science.

Col Crandall has piloted T-37 and T-38 jet aircraft, Boeing KC-135s (the air force's primary refueling craft), flown 85 combat missions in SE Asia, and run cargo missions with the C-124 Globemaster and T-33 Shooting Star jet. He also has served at the Pentagon as a plans officer for the Air Force Reserve, then at Space Command in Colorado Springs, and finally at Langley AFB in charge of mobilization support for the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Col Crandall retired from active duty in 1995.

His love of flying led to employment in 1996 in the Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) flight department where he eventually served as Director of Flight Training, Academic Support, and Safety, and where he saw the program grow to be the fifth largest collegiate flight program in the nation. Colonel Crandall retired for the second time in 2011, but still remains on the faculty as an aviation history professor, part-time flight instructor, and director of the Day Camp and Road Scholar programs.

Ruthann Cunningham
Julie Davies
Sheldon Davis

Sheldon Davis has taught Woodworking in the School Districts for the past 31 years and has been teaching our Woodworking classes here in Community Education for the past 10 years
Chad Deavers
Marlin Eldred Marlin Eldred has vast experience in municipal, county and private economic development. Specifically, he has served over 16 years helping private and public entities expand their economic programs. Most recently, he is the Economic Development Director of Lehi City, where he is responsible for business retention and recruitment, downtown revitalization, community engagement and helping to create a better quality of life for Lehi residents. He is also the President and CEO of Economic Development Planning Group where he has worked with numerous rural communities and counties in the State of Utah. Projects include contract negotiations, Economic Development Strategic Planning, meeting facilitation and consensus building, Community Development Area Creation, Sales Tax Leakage Study and more. With his diverse background Mr. Eldred can help municipalities determine the realities of where they are at with economic development, create a feasible path and generate goals to accomplish desired outcomes. Relationship building and a defined path are two critical keys to success. He is married to the love of his life, Jill, and they have four wonderful children and one grandchild. He enjoys being in the outdoors with family.
Garth Fielding
John Fisher
Joshua Forsyth Josh has been a paramedic for 15 years and worked 14 of those years for Provo City Fire where he was also a member of the education committee and head of the critical care committee.

After earning his RN, he worked in the Shock Trauma ICU and ED at the Intermountain Medical Center. He has taught in UVU's paramedic program for 7 years where he was also the coordinator for the CCEMTP course. Currently Josh is a flight nurse for AirMed and is a member of the education committee.

He is married to Saint Amy whose three miracles include putting up with Josh for 14 years, mothering 5 kids (all of whom have obvious "Josh" traits), and staying incredibly gorgeous after living for 14 years with the aforementioned tribulations.

Lisa Gardner

Born and raised in Provo, Utah Lisa Gardner was surrounded by art. Her grandfather sold homes and often they were paid with paintings of resident great artist of Provo. Access to Brigham Young University's art departments via private school increased her art ability and raised it above students of her age. She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has not stopped teaching and producing art for her community, organizations, and her Gardner gallery, card, and supply company. With and emphasis in color, abstract and many famous artists, she finds joy in teachig others what she has learned and taking them with her in their "ART" journey. Lisa is a resident artist for Sundance Resort, Promontory Point, and Red Ledges.
Hossein Ghaibi
Brayden Green Developing since January 2015
Broad knowledge of many languages both back and front end (also speaks fluent Spanish).
Worked on a team doing high priority fixes and builds for CEO at one of the largest hosting sites in the world.
Graduate of DevPoint Labs FullStack Developer course, and completion of many other online curriculums.
Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Nearly 10 years prior in the construction industry, including owning and managing own company and personnel.
Susan Guinn
Tom Henry Dr. Tom Henry is an Associate Professor of Literacies & Composition at Utah Valley University and an instructor in Extended Education. He possesses a doctoral degree in Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. When Tom isn't teaching or technical writing, he is an avid composer and songwriter.
Amie Homolik
Jeff Hutchinson

Jeff Hutchinson has a BS degree from BYU in Computer Aided Engineering and has worked for many years in the Information Technology field supporting and maintaining computers. He also owned a computer training and consulting firm in San Francisco, California. After selling his business in 2001, he has worked as a computer applications instructor throughout the country teaching a variety of classes, such as: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote), Project, Visio, Publisher, PowerPivot, Excel Visual Basic, Adobe Products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat), Project Management Techniques, Office 365, Lotus Notes, Crystal Reports (database reporting), Microsoft Access, HTML programming, Cascade Style Sheets, Dreamweaver, Trivantis Lectora (elearning development), and Camtasia (video editing).
Seth Iorg

Seth Iorg and Simply Coding have put on summer camps for kids for the last 3 summers at various locations and taught well over 1000 of our youth how to code. Before Simply Coding, Seth was running an online company hiring and managing programmers. That is when he and a friend got the idea to start teaching coding to kids! Since then he has written courses for kids to learn how to code in JavaScript, Java, HTML, CSS, Swift, and PHP & Python. Simply Coding’s courses are in Charter Schools throughout the valley and with home schooler’s nationwide. The best way to learn is to get the students excited about creating and coding their own ideas. Our camps and courses are all project-based tutorials that give kids a great foundation to use as a resource for them to start developing custom programs.
Jennifer Jenkins

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta...until the writing began. Author of Young Adult fantasy and co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, she divides her time between reading, writing music, taking spontaneous trips, and researching random events from the past. NAMELESS, a Young Adult tribal fantasy, releases October 6, 2015 with Month9Books. She is represented by Amy Jameson. Visit Jennifer at jajenkins.com
Kathy Jensen

Kathy Jensen has been in the real estate business for 16 years. She has owned her own company for 13 years specializing in assisting first-time home buyers. Her philosophy is to teach before and during the home buying process.
Kylene Jones

Kylene Jones has an educational background in business management as well as in family studies. She has also served on the advisory board and on the board of directors for TACDA and is currently the editor for The Journal of Civil Defense. She has a passion for researching and experimenting, adding a sense of real life to their writing and teaching. She is the co-author of The Practical Prepper - A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies and blogs at www.theprovidentprepper.org. A firm believer in hands-on learning, she involves her family in emergency training for everything from fire drills, to living off food storage and garden produce, to turning off the power in the dead of winter just to see if they can survive it. Many powerful lessons are learned from these experiences, the best lesson being that we are tougher than any challenge. We will not only survive, but we will emerge better, stronger people as a result of the adventure.
Jacob Kent
Rod Lacey
Sharee Laidlaw
Scott Lemon
Hailey Liechty
Julie-Anne Liechty After twenty five years as a New York/LA/Chicago actress, Julie-Anne Liechty returned to her native Salt Lake where she started sharing her wealth of knowledge in her ACTORS IN ACTION classes. Ms. Liechty's vast experience and training includes a BFA in acting from DePaul University's Theatre School in Chicago, classes and showcases at NYC's Circle in the Square Theatre, where she worked with legendary American playwright Landford Wison, and at the Juilliard School where she studied the Alexander Technique. She also studied Shakespeare with the London Theatre Exchange, and in Los Angeles she spent three years at Playhouse West learning the Meisner technique with Jeff Goldblum and Mark Pellegrino. Her credits range from New York City Off-Broadway and Regional theatre, to LA film and TV work, to plays at Pioneer Theatre Company and other film, TV and commercial castings. Due to the effectiveness of the "Liechty Technique," she is taking the Workshops to other US cities in hopes of revolutionizing more acting careers from coast to coast.
http://www.actorsinactionclass.com/acting-instructor/
Lisa Mangum Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for the Shadow Mountain imprint and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.) and some children’s picture books.

Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello). She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.
Susan Martin
Christopher Martinez
Jeff Maxfield
Kevin Mellander

Kevin Mellander lives in Orem and has been a teacher and instructor for over 25 years. He has taught adult education courses in Silicon Valley and Utah for many years, including the entire Microsoft Office suite. He has many years of technical support and training experience at companies like Apple Computer and multiple startups. He is currently working as a Project Manager for a Salt Lake City based company and is married with 4 children and (soon to be) 9 grandchildren.
Marynika Miche
Donna Milakovic
Kaleb Money
Jose Morales
Clayton Morgan Clayton Morgan has been a landlord for seven years and owns multiple rental properties. Prior to owning properties he worked as a contractor and construction project manager for over ten years, which included management of commercial properties for institutions and corporations. Clayton also draws on his experience working for municipalities where he authored zoning and design codes.
Jim Mortensen
Guy Nelson

Guy Nelson has been a woodcarver for over 30 years and enjoys teaching people how to make their own characters. He has taught hundreds of boy scouts and carved over 6,400 scout bolos.
Lorissa Nelson
Tammy Nelson
Stephen Nibley

Stephen Nibley has studied and personally practiced daily meditation for about 10 years. He has been initiated into the tradition of Kriya Yoga Meditation practice by Phil McLemore who was initiated by Roy Eugene Davis who was initiated by Paramahansa Yoganada. In 1920 Yogananada was commissioned by his Guru's to come to America and teach the traditional practices of Kriya Yoga meditation. He has taught meditation classes to students training to be Yoga instructors.
Wendy Oldroyd
Tyler Pack

Tyler Pack has taught Italian in some degree or another for the last 8 years of his life. After an LDS mission to North Central Italy, Tyler graduated with a BFA in Illustration and a BA in Italian at BYU. During his undergraduate degrees he taught Italian 102, 201, and Conversation Classes, as well as worked and studied in Siena, Italy during the spring of 2006.

After undergraduate work, Tyler graduated with an MA in Italian (Emphasis in Art History and Communication) from Middlebury College's Satellite Program in Florence, Italy, taking classes from both Middlebury and the University of Florence. Thesis defended: The Demonic Iconography of The Divine Comedy.
Camille Pendleton
Andria Pulu
Amanda Pyle Amanda Pyleis a Utah Valley University graduated with a Bachelor degree in General Deaf Studies. She was born Deaf and raised using her first language, American Sign Language whole of her life. She had a lot experience teaches ASL from her church, high school, ASL club, community, elementary school as teacher aide, sports, her friends, and her families. She is currently ASL teacher for Utah Valley University community education and teacher aide for the deaf students.
Bridget Renshaw
Ellen Richey
Lauren Riddle
Erin Riggs Enjoys teaching and seeing the creativity in all of us

Erin Riggs recently moved to Utah from Portland, Oregon, to join UVU as the University Herbarium/Plant Museum Curator. She works with UVU to fulfill their mission as a teaching institution building lifelong learners and leaders. In addition to botanical science and outdoors she has an artistic side. Erin's favorite people are inquisitive lifelong learners, volunteers and citizen scientists.

Erin worked in a 2-year Apprenticeship, learning tapestry techniques including American, Gobelin and Aubusson with Master Tapestry artist Pam Patrie. pampatriestudios@yahoo.com

Through Erin's over 12 years weaving experience she has taken many continuing education weaving classes, offered through private instructors including: floor loom, rigid heddle loom, color in weaving, iridescence, fiber types, spinning. Erin also has fun with off-loom weaving techniques of traditional North American flat braiding Inkle loom (band weaving). And she likes weaving historic fabrics.
Wendy Shapero
Karen Showell
Jason Slack

Jason V Slack, PhD is the Associate Dean - College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University. He received his doctorate in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah, masters in Physical Education at Brigham Young University, and his bachelors in Physical Education from Southern Utah University. He has been a wellness consultant for Neways International and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has served as coach for several teams and honorably served in the Utah National Guard. He has written and presented extensively on wellness and exercise.
Don Smith

Award winning Pipe Major Don Smith has studied with some of the world’s premier pipers. He has over 30 years of experience playing and instructing on the Great Highland Bagpipe. Don is a professional educator, and has traveled extensively performing, and refining his craft. He loves to meet new people, and enjoys helping them discover their hidden talents, and untapped abilities through learning to play, and perform on this unique and culturally rich instrument.
Carol Snyder
John Somerville
Judy Sommerfeldt

Judy Sommerfeldt is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in English and a minor in French. She taught secondary education after earning her bachelor's degree. Books have always been an important part of her life but it was in a calligraphy workshop eighteen years ago that she was introduced to the beauty and joy of handmade books. Since that time she has taken every opportunity to study and learn the art and craft of making one-of-a-kind book structures. She currently teaches bookbinding at BYU.
Jim Spainhower
Staff
Tom Sturtevant
Stephen Sylvester
Ovidia Tarin
Brad Wardle
Ben Williams
Hannah Williams-Schindler

Hannah Schindler is a UVU graduate with a BA in Spanish. She served a Spanish speaking mission in Minnesota for the LDS faith. She is a snowboarder and enjoys climbing, biking, and anything outdoors.
Billy Wright

Billy Wright joined the UVU country dance team "Fire and Ice" in 2001 and enjoyed competing as a team and individually in Texas two-step and West Coast Swing. The Fire and Ice dance team traveled from California to Canada and took first place in many competitions. He took 2nd place in a lead follow two step competition in Las Vegas Nevada in 2004. Since 2001 he has taken various dance classes in Ballroom and Country swing at BYU and UVU. He was a teaching assistant at BYU for a couple years and a teacher for a few semesters. He has also taught and competed Jack and Jill (lead and follow) West Coast swing locally and in California since 2005 and has placed in a couple of different venues. He began teaching for UVU in 2010 and has enjoyed teaching here ever since. He also enjoys teaching for church, business and community groups as well. Dancing has always been a passion of his and his goal is to get as many couples dancing as possible.
Di Wu
Sofia Ybarra

Sofia Ybarra was born and raised in Utah. She completed her BA in Community Health Education at UVU and TESOL certification at Anaheim University. Sofia loves teaching ESL in UVU's Professional and Continuing Education program. It's great to meet such diverse people, and it makes her so happy to know she can help them learn a skill that will help them improve their lives.

Jeanne Zimerle Jeanne Zimerle graduated from Lehi High and spent most of her adult years living in Phoenix, Arizona. She worked at high end resorts planning and executing theme and décor parties and activities for convention groups for 18 years. She has a passion for design and it has been a big part of her life. Her 6 week course teaches all the basic fundamentals that go into creating a beautiful and functional home.