Posted at 1 p.m. Oct. 3, 2016

LCCC welcomes new faculty

Angela Kortemeier

Health information technology instructor

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

I hope to help move the HITM program in accreditation.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

Re-purposing furniture, softball, hobby farm.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

What past job experience do you have?

Medical transcriptionist, Director of health information services, office manager, Faculty at community college.

One interesting fact about yourself?

I love goats.

Maria Durazo-Means

Interim biology instructor

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

Getting students fired up about learning and spreading the word, thereby increasing enrollment in our classes.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

I like to hike and play the guitar.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

I studied at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and University of Arizona in Tucson.

What past job experience do you have?

I have 14 years of experience working for federal land management agencies but the highlights are working as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park and forester on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

One interesting fact about yourself?

I am bilingual in Spanish.

Christy Dvorsky

Welding faculty

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

I am hoping to help the welding students gain a better knowledge of welding and help them learn about the trade.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

I enjoy coaching my son’s soccer team. I love to swim and read a good book every once in a while.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

I went to school at Aims Community College and got my A.A.S in welding. I have also taken classes at Front Range Community College and some English classes at Stanford University.

What past job experience do you have?

I joined the Navy after high school. When I got out and went to school, I worked for Kodak and Sears Auto Center. I have since worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Walker Manufacture. I taught welding for the past five years at Front Range Community College before I started here a few weeks ago. I am hoping to be here for a long time.

One interesting fact about yourself?

Even though I choose to work hands on in jeans and boots where I get dirty, I do have to dress up on occasions when I work my Mary Kay business.

Lori Ann Hart

Nursing Instructor

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

One student at a time. I enjoy helping students discover the joys of a career in nursing.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

Grandkids, gardening, cooking and travel.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

Ph.D from Capella university, master’s in nursing degree at University of Utah, associates/bachelors in nursing degree at University of the State of New York which is now called Excelsior College.

What past job experience do you have?

Registered nurse for 33 years for emergency department, labor and delivery and public health. Also a nurse practitioner for 20 years and teaching for 16 years.

One interesting fact about yourself?

Our nursing class was the last one required to wear nursing caps.

Michael Van Why

Diesel instructor

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

Bring in new equipment to learn on.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

Antique tractors and farm equipment.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

LCCC Auto Diesel, worked in the industry.

What past job experience do you have?

I worked for Volvo/Hitachi, Case Industrial and Caterpillar.

Andrea Birkby

Anthropology instructor

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

Only in positive ways such as enriching student minds and perspectives. What are some interests you have outside of education? Other cultures and animals.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

University of Colorado.

What past job experience do you have?

I worked at college and university levels.

One interesting fact aboutyourself?

I’ve been to southeast Asia 11 times.

Amber Telander

Radiology coordinator, Dental Hygiene

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

I hope to be a positive influence in the Dental Hygiene program as well as in many other aspects of LCCC.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

I enjoy playing woodwind instruments and serve as board member at large for the Cheyenne Civic Concert band. We perform free concerts at Lions park throughout the summer months. I have also volunteered my musical talent in several Little Theatre musicals. Giving back to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter is important to me. I am also currently a secretary for the Wyoming Dental Hygiene. Association.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

I completed my bachelor of science in dental hygiene at Northern Arizona University. I have also earned an associate’s degree from Sheridan college as well as Laramie County Community College.

What past job experience do you have?

I have worked in the dental field for the past 18 years as either a dental assistant or dental hygienist in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. I have worked many customer service jobs. I even worked a semester in the bookstore here at LCCC when I was a college student.

One interesting fact about yourself?

I sewed my own “Rosie and Riveter” costume for Halloween.

Rosemary McBride

Interim agriculture instructor

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

How do you plan to impact the college during your time at LCCC?

I want to engage students in agriculture so they love learning and desire to grow where they are. I want them to feel they are prepared to take on the future problems they may face in the marketplace and on their landscapes.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

I am in love with the outdoors. You can find me doing anything outside from back-country skiing to gardening.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

Bachelors from Utah State University and masters from University of California, Davis.

What past job experience do you have?

I have taught for Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and as a prior adjunct for LCCC.

One interesting fact about yourself?

My husband and I spent two and a half years in the Peace Corps in Morocco. One of my primary assignments was working with herder nomad populations in a designated biological site in the Middle Atlas Mountains to come up and draft grazing-use plans and alternative forms of income to help protect the Cuvier's Gazelle. Mostly we camped a lot with shepherds.

Michael W. Thompson

Zoology/biology

What are three reasons you chose to teach at LCCC?

LCCC has good community support and a positive outlook on higher education.

Cheyenne and the surrounding areas have ample outdoor recreational opportunities.

The faculty and staff who were in contact with me during the application and interview processes were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.

What are some interests you have outside of education?

I am an avid runner, cyclist, and triathlete, and have been an advocate of outdoor recreation. I have competed in many events in the past and recently completed a half-ironman triathlon.

Where did you study prior to joining the LCCC team?

I have a bachelor’s in zoology and chemistry from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky.

What past job experience do you have?

I served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University, where I studied blood coagulation enzymology. I become a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University where I taught anatomy and physiology, genetics, and biology for seven years. I then joined the faculty at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky, where I taught anatomy & physiology, and eventually rose to the rank of chair in the Department of Biology. Over my career so far, I have published 10 peer-reviewed and two invited scientific publications.

One interesting fact about yourself?

I recently self-published a book, “Pedaling Paducah and the Jackson Purchase”, that serves as a guide to cycling in the far western region of the state of Kentucky and describes much of the history and points of interest in the region.