New faculty members join LCCC family

By Careyanne Johnson

Joy BjerkeMathematics instructor

Joy BjerkeBjerke has had 14 years of teaching experience at the community-college level and the state-university level. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in pure mathematics from California State University-Fresno and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of La Verne. Bejerke’s first-year goal is to create a safe and friendly environment for her students, so they can be successful in their educational goals.

Jolene KlumppHuman services/psychology instructor

Klumpp said, “I am as old as dirt…dust in a dress,” and her experience teaching and working in the field of human services has spanned many years. She has been teaching in “bricks and mortar” for about 20 years, online for about seven years and has worked in the human services field for 22 years to be exact. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology, sociology and recreation; a master’s in counseling; and a doctorate in psychology with two specializations in academic-learning psychology and industrial-organizational psychology. Klumpp is currently working on an associate’s degree in graphic design and eventually hopes to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree, but she is not exactly sure on the specialization. She would then like to pursue a master’s in social psychology. Her goals are to ensure the new human services’ program is compatible with the University of Wyoming’s and eventually Colorado State University’s. This year, she would like to work toward completing the process with UW and would also like to develop strong relationships with the local community’s human services organizations and agencies to ensure LCCC human services students have field placements. In addition, Klumpp would like to sponsor a student group or club for those in the human services degree program.

Dean McIntireMath lab coordinator

Dean McIntireMcIntire has a master’s degree in mathematics and 130 graduate hours in mathematics. His goals for this year are to have the math lab up and running smoothly because currently a few logistics problems exist. He would also like to finish getting his doctorate part time because he shorted himself of getting it the first time. He said, “I think that would be real cool at my age to go back and achieve that.” Another goal he would like to fulfill is working full time at LCCC because he has only a one-year commitment now.

Holly ManningCommunications instructor

Holly ManningThis is the start of Manning’s fifth year of teaching full time. She taught previously at Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Concordia College. She has received her bachelor’s in psychology and communication studies from Hastings College in Nebraska and has a master’s in speech communication from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Manning’s goal for this year is to allow students to feel comfortable expressing their ideas and create more confident communicators and speakers.

Melissa MartinCommunications Instructor

Melissa MartinMartin has been teaching adjunct at LCCC since 2005 and is filling in as a sabbatical replacement for Crystal Stratton. She has bachelor’s in communication and will finish her master’s in communication this semester. Her goal for teaching is continuing to facilitate learning so students are prepared to work with others, either professionally or personally. She said it is her responsibility to create an environment of trust and openness so students are comfortable sharing with and learning from one another. She hoped to balance group work in the classroom with individual work outside the classroom to promote communication theory through application in the students’ lives.

Bryan WilsonAgriculture instructor

Bryan WilsonWilson normally teaches animal science and life science; however, this semester he is teaching livestock production, livestock health and management, introductory soils and livestock fitting and showing. He also is the co-coach of the Livestock Fitting and Showing Team. Wilson has been the coach of the Laramie FFA’s Farm Business Management team for the past three years, where the students won the state competition twice in three years. His degrees include an associate in agriculture from LCCC and bachelor’s in animal science and agricultural business, and he just completed his master’s in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wyoming. Wilson’s goal for his first year at LCCC is to become more natural with his teaching ability; this will aid the students’ learning process so they can better understand the material he presents. He also would like to improve the Livestock Show team by teaching critical skills so the team is capable of winning every class in which they enter cattle.

Paula BelknapNursing instructor

Paula BelknapBelknap, who is now a full-time instructor in the LCCC nursing program, has been a nurse for 20 years and has experience in long-term care, acute care, office settings and education. Belknap has been an adjunct instructor for the program since 2006. She has taught in a hospital setting as a clinical development specialist for the surgical units and at East High School as the department chair for the health occupations program. She is also a certified nurse’s aide instructor as well as an American Heart Association instructor. She recently joined Kaplan University to teach the NCLEX-RN Review course. She is an LCCC alumna, graduating from the nursing program in 1992 with an associate degree in nursing. She went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Graceland College and her MSN-CNS/NE from Graceland University. Belknap has a post-master’s certificate from Graceland University as a nurse educator and one national certification as a certified medical-surgical nurse. She is currently instructing in the classroom, skills lab, simulation lab and clinical setting with second-, third- and fourth-semester nursing students as well as CNA students. Her goal for this year is to provide students with the best experience possible, regardless of the setting. She wants to create a fun and engaging learning environment and wants to produce safe, effective and caring nurses who may one day care for us.

Robin Duncan Nursing instructor

Robin DuncanDuncan teaches in the nursing program and is the nursing II theory course coordinator. Her degrees and teaching experiences include a master’s degree in community health nursing and a post-master’s degree in family nurse practitioner. Duncan also has undergraduate degrees in nursing and radiology. Before coming to LCCC, she taught for 14 years at Sheridan College in the associate nursing degree program. In addition to teaching, she has worked in an acute care hospital setting and practiced as a family nurse practitioner. Her goals are to create a caring, interactive learning environment that promotes professional growth and an inquisitive mind.

Geoffrey Green Nursing instructor

Geoffrey GreenGreen teaches first-semester theory and nursing, second-semester clinical leadership and nursing, and fourth-semester clinical leadership and nursing. He earned his nursing education at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. He also completed presenter and pediatric trauma conferences at the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Green’s goals for this year are to support his students and do all he can to ensure their nursing education is a good experience. He would also like to build his presentations, develop strong test questions and gain a permanent position at LCCC.

Kimberly LaBreck Diagnostic medical sonography instructor

Kimberly LaBreckLaBreck has taught as an adjunct instructor at LCCC this past spring and summer. This is her first year teaching full time although she has worked with sonography students in the clinical setting for more than four years. She has an Associate of Science in radiography and completed her sonography training at the University of Colorado’s Medical Center. She is registered in abdomen/small parts, OB/Gyn, vascular and radiography. Her goals for this year are to learn new teaching techniques that can be used during lecturing and to become more familiar with the Angel course management system.

Amber Mercil Business/accounting instructor

Amber MercilMercil teaches “Principles of Accounting I and I,” and “Introduction to Information Management” at LCCC-ACC. Mercil has been adjunct teaching at UW since 2008: “Principles of Accounting I” and an advanced accounting topics class. This fall is the first year she has not taught “Principles I” at UW. Mercil has a bachelor’s in accounting from UW (2004) and a master’s in accounting from the University of Oregon (2006). She also has a couple of years’ experience in the public sector of accounting. Her goal for this first year, and every year, is to push the fail rate for accounting as low as possible. She said, “It sickens me that close to 30 percent of students fail ‘Accounting I,’ and I want that to go away!” So she is constantly updating the way she teaches and trying new ideas to engage the students more fully in class and remembering the material.

Christina Warren Nursing instructor

Christina WarrenWarren teaches pediatrics theory classes and instructs obstetric nursing clinicals in the nursing department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Phoenix. She has taught as an adjunct clinical instructor on a medical floor, worked as a registered nurse on labor and delivery floor and spent five years working in pediatrics. She hoped to teach her students all that they will need to know about pediatrics and keep them safe not only in class but also in their future professional careers.