Course Listing - by Instructor

Bonnie Andersen
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.
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
Joe Belnap

Joe Belnap is a published author, has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and serves in the Office of Information Technology at UVU where he was honored with the IT award of excellence by the Board of Trustees. He has over 15 years of consulting experience where he received a Commitment to Excellence Award, and recognized as one "Driven to Continuously Improve." Joe is a graduate from Disney Institute's Leadership Excellence program and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Belnap brings over 35 years of extensive business experience. In addition to his technical expertise, he has a broad business background, including finance, human resources, operations, marketing, and executive administration.
Nastia Bigun
Kourtney Burgner
Lauren Burton
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!”
Danielle Cook
Holly Coutts
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.

Nikki (Nadira) Ekenstam
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.
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.
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.

Glenda Gray
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
Vera Hamilton
Sherry Hardy

Sherry Hardy owns a child's touch pottery studio in highland Utah, where she and her family have lived since 2000. She has been teaching pottery for UVU Community Education for 10 years. When she's not doing pottery she loves to play in the backyard and take family vacations anywhere as long as there is a beach involved.
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.
Ken Hastings

Ken Hastings is an award-winning photographer who started his photographic studies in the late sixties in high school. After two years in college, he started working in the field of photography, in selling cameras, doing commercial jobs, and assisting professional photographers in the San Diego, California area.

After moving to Heber, Utah in 1992, he worked for a photography company, Camera Den, in sales. He also taught numerous instructional classes for new camera purchasers.

Hastings' next position was with Wasatch Wave Publishing, in the capacity of a photographer, copy writer, and as a printer.

He has been an instructor for Utah Valley University, Wasatch Campus over the last ten years in both credit and Community Education classes. In addition, he developed his own photographic business and studio.

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 Houghton

Amie Houghton is currently a full time professor in the Forensic Science Program at UVU. Prior to her teaching appointment, she served as a Special Agent for 11 years with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). During her time as a federal agent, she conducted felony level investigations for the Navy and Marine Corps. Amie specialized in forensic field investigations, which included crime scene processing, analysis and reconstruction. She has worked all over the world, to include California, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Okinawa. Amie has a Masters degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in crime scene investigations and a Bachelor's degree in Biology.
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.
Marne' Isakson
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
Kynsie Kiggins
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.
Chris Lindquist
Rachel Lunt
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
John McCombs
Aaron McGuire
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.
Tamara Nelson
John Newman (Facilitator) - Dr. John Newman is an assistant professor in the UVU Theatre Department and teachers theatre for young audiences and playwriting. He also directs UVU's Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth.
Katherine O'Donnell

Katherine O'Donnell has been cake decorating and teaching cake decorating classes for the past 10 years. She worked at a professional bakery as their Lead Cake Decorator, and has successfully run her own business from her home in Springville Utah. Katherine currently has a TV show airing on Spanish Fork Channel 17 all about cake decorating, as well as a YouTube station - "A Piece of Cake Utah". Katherine not only enjoys cake decorating and teaching it, but she loves to read, snow shoe, sew, and do just about anything crafty! Cake decorating is more than a job or hobby for Katherine, "it's a fun and creative outlet, a way to connect with others, and something that is always challenging me. I absolutely love it and more than anything I love sharing my skills with others."

Luke Peterson
Larry Prisbrey

played his first professional Chess Tournament in the 1966 Utah Open. He also played in the Pan American Intercollegiate Championship, playing fourth board for Brigham Young University Chess team which placed 32 that year.

From 1974 to 1995, he served as the Chess Club Faculty Advisor for Brigham Young University (BYU). As the Chess Faculty Advisor, he coordinated United States Chess Federation (USCF) Rated Tournaments three to four times a year and instructed/coached the BYU Chess team members in the rudiments of Chess and to identify where they needed to improve or develop in their Chess Skills. Almost every year he sent a Chess Team of four or five to the Pan American Intercollegiate Championship where the team did quite well considering they waived our two Sunday matches. The team placed 8th or 9th one year and 12th, 16th and 24th in other years out of some 30 to 40 different Colleges Teams.

From 1974 to Present he has taught Chess Classes for the Continuing Education Department of BYU, Independence High School (Utah 1a State High School Champion 1990), Dixon Middle School, Provo High School (In 2001 the team placed 2rd place at the National High School Championship Tournament), Liberty Academy Charter School, Pleasant Grove Recreation Center, Odyssey Charter School, Cherry Creek Elementary, Maeser Preparatory Academy (Utah 2a State Junior High School Champion 2015), Renaissance Academy and now Utah Valley University Community Education.
Allen Purvis
Axel Ramirez
Hannah Rose
Hannah Rose is a digital marketing and print journalist specialist with a degree in public relations from Utah Valley University. She has published over 155 articles to local and national online platforms. She has worked with start-up e-commerce companies to grow organic traffic and revenue by 30% year-over-year. She has worked internally for a Utah-based healthcare network as a marketing specialist and consultant for 72 doctors.
Her passion for effective communication has led her to where she currently works, Stryde, a Utah-based digital marketing agency. Her clients include TruSelf Organics, Artificer Woodworks, Cariloha and Henry Schein.
LTR STEM and Robotics Instructors
Avinoam Sapir
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.
DeShawn Smith
John Somerville
Art Haven Staff
LTR Staff
Ovidia Tarin
M. Harvey Taylor

M. Harvey Taylor was full time teacher for Alpine/Nebo School Districts (33 years) and just recently retired. He and his wife Janet Rae Dixon have 4 sons (Evan, Matthew, Michael and Aaron)

Harvey has taught the after school Scratch classes for the past five years for the UVU Community Education program and Southern Utah University. He earned his bachelors degree and his ESL endorsement from Brigham Young University and teaches in the ESL program through UVU Community Education.
Mike Walker
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.
Alex Woffinden
Keith Wride
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.

Jason Young