Course Listing - by Instructor

NameBiography
Derek Althof
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.
Mike Bardole Mike Bardole grew up around racing and fast cars. With decades of experience in the automotive industry, he is excited to share his knowledge and passion in automotive repairs and performance with anyone who has interest in this area.

Mike has been teaching at UVU, MATC, and in the automotive industry since 1995. He still finds each year a totally new experience by sharing new ideas with his students. His mission is to share his knowledge with students wanting to learn new insights in the fast growing technical field of automotive repairs and service. With a passion for engine performance, he holds a master ASE certification along with an L-1 ASE endorsement in advanced engine performance and a (Level 2 state educators license). He has several other endorsements and training certifications in many other areas of auto repairs and service such as the I/M 240 and train the trainer programs.

Mike runs his own automotive business in natural gas (bi-fuel) conversions and has been converting vehicles to alternative fuels for over 12 years. He plans to continue moving forward into new areas of fuel applications. His goal to enhance fuel economy in most diesel and gasoline engines is the driving force that keeps him interested in this exciting industry. His dream is to perfect the first 100 mile per gallon car by developing a new fuel vaporization process he hopes to share and give away free to everyone.
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
Elora Clark
Danielle Cook
Holly Coutts
Karla Eagle

Karla Eagle was the owner/manager of La Paella Gourmet Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a chef/instructor at the Gourmet International Food in Mexico City Mexico. Owner/manager Tortes Mexicana’s I and II in Mexico City Mexico. She has had extensive background in the cooking preparation of Mexican food for many years. The diplomas that she has received from different cooking schools are:
Gastronomy diploma, (Lopez y Gomez Gourmet) Madrid and Malaga, Spain
Spanish Gourmet Cuisine diploma, (Lopez y Gomez Gourmet) Madrid, Spain
International Cuisine diploma (Escuela de Gastronomia- Lefty Gordon) Mexico City, Mexico
Mukimono diploma (Escuela de Gastronomia – Lefty Gordon) Mexico City, Mexico
Spanish Cake Decorating and Sugar confections diploma (Alta Cocona- Bety Zozayacorrea) Mexico City, Mexico
Debora Escalante (Facilitator) - Debora Escalante, Ph.D., completed a B.A. and M.A. in Theatre at BYU and has spent most of the last thirty years teaching and directing children and adults of all ages. She is currently an assistant professor of education in the UVU School of Education where she teaches Elementary Arts Integration Methods.
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.
Lindsey Gerber
Holli Harris Holli Harris has been practicing mindfulness for 8 years. In 2016, she obtained her yoga and meditation certification in India. Soon after, Holli founded Elevate Corporate Wellness, an organization dedicated to helping corporations create wellness programs rooted in mindfulness and yoga. Holli has taught Elevate's curriculum for over 20 companies and organizations including Nature's Sunshine Products, Vivint Smart Home, and Associated Food Stores. Holli has continued her education through Google's Search Inside Yourself mindfulness training, the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, and the Sacred Falls Meditation Center on Oahu.
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
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.
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.
Deborah McGraw
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.
Luke Peterson
Amanda Pyle
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
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.
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.
Staff
Emily Swan
Alisha Wall
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.
Keith Wride
Di Wu