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Browse all executive, academic and administrative faculty of Western Nevada College. More information about each person listed below, click on their name.

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Annalisa Acosta
Director,
B.S. - Psychology, Santa Clara University. At WNC since 2017.
Richard Arrigotti
Community College Professor, M, Liberal Arts
B.S., Mathematics, St. Mary's College; M.S., Mathematics, University of California at Davis. 2004-2005 WNC Instructor of the Year; 1996-1997 WNC Instructor/Teach of the Year. At WNC since 1976. 2004-2005 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1996-1997 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Stephanie Arrigotti
Community College Professor, M, Liberal Arts
B.A., English, University of California at Davis; M.M., Piano Pedagogy, University of Nevada, Reno. 2006-2007 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member. At WNC since 1987. 2006-2007 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member

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Rachelle Bassen
Instructor, Biology, Liberal Arts
M.S., Biology - New Mexico State University, B.S., Biology - New Mexico State University. At WNC since 2017.
Ronald Belbin
Library Services Specialist,
B.S., General Psychology, University of Stirling; M.S., Library Science, University of North Texas. March 2009 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation. At WNC since 2008. March 2009 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Joseph Bell
Instructor, History, Liberal Arts
M.A., History, California State University, Chico. At WNC since 2015.
Elizabeth Best
Enrollment & Retention Special,
A.A., General, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 2010.
Rebecca Bevans
Instructor, Psychology, Liberal Arts
Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology (Cognitive and Brain Sciences) - University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2017.
Smriti Bhattarai
Instructor, Biology, Liberal Arts
Doctor of Philosophy - Environmental Science & Public Policy, George Mason University. At WNC since 2017.
Mandy Billings
Planning & Assessment Coordina, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
M.A. Colorado State University, Creative Writing; B.A. Colorado State University, English. At WNC since 2017.
Sherry Black
Director of Career & Technical Education,
B.S., Business Administration/Finance; M.A., Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1987. 2010-2011 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member; 2005-2006 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2002-2003 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1998-1999 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year; 1994-1995 Regents Outstanding Faculty Award
Kevin Burns
Veterans Resource Center Coord, Student Services
B.A., History, Pennsylvania State University. At WNC since 2007. 2008-2009 WNC Part-Time Academic Faculty Award
Roberta Butterfield
Instructor, Business,
Masters of International Management - Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. At WNC since 2017.

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Larry Calkins
Reference Librarian,
B.S., History; M.L.S., Library Science, University of Oregon. At WNC since 1997.
Temple Campana
Scholarship/Student Employment, Financial Assistance
M.A, Counseling Educational Psychology, Emphasis: College Student Development, University of Nevada, Reno; B.A., Psychology, Minor: Child Development, California State University, Chico. At WNC since 2012.
Steve Carman
Community College Professor, B, Biophysical Sciences
A.A., Chemistry, Colby Community College; B.A., Chemistry, Fort Hays State University; Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1990.
Deborah Case
Counselor, Counseling Services
B.A., Comparative Literature, San Diego State University; M.Ed., Community College Counseling, Northern Arizona University. At WNC since 2005.
Maxine Cirac
Community College Professor, Foreign Languages, Liberal Arts
B.A., French/Spanish; M.A., French, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1985.
Jayna Conkey
Community College Professor, G,
A.A., Art, Truckee Meadows Community College; B.A., Art, University of Nevada, Reno; M.F.A., Art/Photography/Electronic Media, University of Colorado at Boulder. At WNC since 2000.
Deb Conrad
Assistant To The President,
B.S. Liberal Studies, Oregon State University. At WNC since 2015.
Elizabeth Cordero
Instructor, Nursing,
M.S. Nursing, Western Governors University; M.B.A Strategic Management, University of Minnesota; B.S.N., Nursing, San Jose State University. At WNC since 2012.
Judith Cordia
Director Of Nursing & Allied H,
Division Chair
B.S.N., Nursing, University of Rochester; M.S.N., Nursing, State University of New York at Buffalo; Ed.D, Nova Southeastern University. At WNC since 2002.
Jody Coxon
Instructional Specialist,
B.A., English, Boise State University; M.A., Education, Reading, Boise State University. At WNC since 2015.
Jamie Craig-McNinch
Director, Information & Marketing Services
A.A., English Education, Illinois Valley Community College; B.A., English, Illinois State University. At WNC since 2009.

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Skylar De Pedro
Career Connect Coordinator,
M.A., Counseling, Webster University. At WNC since 2015.
Kim Desroches
Instructor, History, Liberal Arts
B.A., History, Gonzaga University; M.A., Military History, American Public University System. At WNC since 2014.
Brigitte Dillet
Community College Professor, Geophysical Sciences, Liberal Arts
B.S., Geology; M.S., French D.E.A.; Ph.D., Geology/Petrology/Granite, University of Clermont II, Clermont-Fd, France. At WNC since 1995.
Darla Dodge
Business Officer,
A.A., Western Nevada Community College; B.S., Business Management, Western Governors University; M.B.A., Western Governors University. At WNC since 2001. January 2003 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Jeffrey Downs
Community College Professor, M, Liberal Arts
M.A. Math, California State University, Fullerton: B.S. Math, California State University, San Bernardino. At WNC since 2004.
Lisa Dunkelberg
Instructor, Nursing,
M.A., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno; B.A., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2002.
Ellie Dutton
Nursing Laboratory Technician,

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Gary Evett
Community College Professor, C, Liberal Arts
B.S., Microbiology; M.S., Microbiology; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University. At WNC since 1993. 1996-1997 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year

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Sean Findley
Senior Programmer, Computing Services
Richard Finn, Jr.
Community College Professor, C,
A.A., Law Enforcement, Santa Rosa Junior College; B.S., Administration of Justice Law-Enforcement, San Jose State University; M.P.A., Public Administration-Local, State, and Federal Governance, Golden Gate University. At WNC since 1990. 1991-1992 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Joshua Fleming
Community College Professor, E, Liberal Arts
Academic Skills Center Coordinator
Community College Professor of English A.A., English, Sierra Community College; B.A., English, Cal Poly State University; M.A., English, University of California, Santa Cruz. At WNC since 2004. 2009-2010 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
April Flynt
Foundation/Development Special, Development
B.S. Business Management, Bellevue University. At WNC since 2017.
Mary Foraker
Instructor, Nursing,
M.S., Nursing - University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2015.
Robert Ford
Instructor, Construction,
M.S., Texas A&M University - Commerce; B.S. Texas A&M University - Commerce. At WNC since 2014.
Cindy Frank
Community College Professor, A,
B.A., Liberal Studies, California State University, Hayward; M.A., Deaf and Hard of Hearing, California State University, Northridge. At WNC since 2005.
Denise Frohlich
Director Of Library & Media Se,
B.A. Psychology, Adelphi University. At WNC since 2017.
Cathy Fulkerson
Director, Institutional Research, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
M.A. Washington State University, Anthropology. At WNC since 2010.
David Fulton
Instrutor, Machine Tool Techno,
Machine Tool Technology
A.A.S., Machine Tool Technology, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 2015.

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Kevin Gaffney
Director,
At WNC since 2007.
Kristie Gangestad
Library Services Supervisor,
A.A.S., Western Nevada College; B.G.S., General Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1993. June 2001 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Mark Ghan
Acting President, President's Office
B.A. English, Western New Mexico University; J.D., Law, Santa Clara University. At WNC since 2006.
Amy Ghilieri
Instructor, History, Liberal Arts
Doctor of Philosophy, History, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2015.
Edda Gibson
Community College Professor, N,
B.S.N.; M.S., Nursing, University of Nevada Reno. At WNC since 2004.
Mary Gillespie
Instructor, English, Liberal Arts
M.A., Literatures in English, University of California, San Diego. At WNC since 2013.
Niki Gladys
Foundation Director,
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing - Western Michigan University. At WNC since 2016.

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Chelsie Hamtak
Scheduling Coordinator,
B.A. Liberal Arts Studio, Montana State University - Bozeman. February 2011 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation; October 2009 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation; February 2008 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Anne Hansen
Special Asst-external Affairs, Information & Marketing Services
B.A., Communications, University of Dayton; M.A., Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1986.
Nigel Harrison
Instructor, Construction,
B.T. Technology, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 2015.
Bette Hartnett
Grant Project Manager,
M.A. in Teaching, Grand Canyon University. At WNC since 2016.
Lawrence Hawkins
Instructor, Applied Industrial,
B.S., Engineering - California State Polytechnic University. At WNC since 2017.
Ruby Herman
Grant Manager,
B.S., Human Development & Family Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2012.
Thomas Herring
Community College Professor, P, Liberal Arts
B.S.,M.S.; Ph.D., Physics, University of Utah. At WNC since 2010. 2011-2012 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Dianne Hilliard
Director Of Admissions/Registr, Student Services
B.A., Psychology; M.A., Counseling, California State University at Chico. At WNC since 1987. 2004-2005 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year
Erich Holcombe
Library Circulation Specialist,
B.G.S., General Studies, University of Nevada, Reno; M.S., Library Science, University of North Texas. At WNC since 1998. 2006-2007 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; 2004-2005 WNC President's Awards: Classified Staff Excellence; May 2004 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Angela Holt
Coordinator, Adult Literacy & Language, Student Services
B.A, English, University of Nevada; A.A, English, Truckee Meadows Community College. At WNC since 2007.
Emily Howarth
Community College Professor, C,
M.S., Information Security & Assurance, Western Governor's University; B.I.T., Information Technology, American InterContinental University; A.A., Liberal Arts, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; A.A.S., Computer & Switching Systems, Community College of Air Force - Microsoft Certified Professional Certification; Professional, Professional+ Internet, Systems Engineer, and Trainer; Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician; Cisco Certified Network Associate ; EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker; GIAC Certified ISO-27000 Specialist - G2700 . At WNC since 2005.
Susan Howland
Director, Computing Services, Technology
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Idaho; M.A., Vocational Educational/Computer Technology, University of Idaho. At WNC since 2000.

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Deborah Ingraffia-Strong
Community College Professor, N,
B.S.N., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno; M.S.N., Nursing, University of Phoenix. At WNC since 2005.

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Linda Jacks
Instructor, Nursing,
M.N., Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles. At WNC since 2014.

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Kelly Kiesow
Assistant To Vice President,
Fred Kille
Community College Professor, E, Liberal Arts
A.A., English and Mathematics, El Camino College; B.A., English; M.A., English, California State University at Long Beach. At WNC since 1984.
John Kinkella
Dean,
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
B.A., Philosophy, St. John's College, M.S.Ed., Administrative Studies, Mount St. Mary's College. At WNC since 2004. 2006-2007 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year
Richard Kloes, Jr.
Community College Professor, A, Accounting
A.A., Business, Yuba College; B.S., Accounting, California State University at Chico. Certified Public Accountant. At WNC since 1995. 2001-2002 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Winnie Kortemeier
Community College Professor, G, Liberal Arts
B.S., Geology, Furman University; M.S., Geology, Arizona State University; Ph.D, Geology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1989. 2003-2004 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year; 1999-2000 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 1998-1999 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member

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J.W. Lazzari
Director Of Financial Aid, Financial Assistance
B.S., Management; M.A., Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2007. 2011-2012 WNC Outstanding Administrative Faculty Member of the Year
Pao Lee
Counselor, Counseling Services
M.S. Counseling, B.A Liberal Studies - California State University, Fresno. At WNC since 2016.
Lilly Leon-Vicks
Coordinator of Student Life, Student Services
MA - Illinois State University, Political Science; BA - Illinois State University, Political Science. At WNC since 2014.
Walter Lewis
Distance Education Support Spe,
A.A., Business, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 1996. November 2004 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Coral Lopez
Controller, Business Office
B.S., Accounting, California State University, Long Beach. At WNC since 2010.
Ann Louhela
Project Director,
B.S., Public Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At WNC since 2008.
Shawna Lynch
Admissions & Records Technical,
B.S., Music, Pacific Union. At WNC since 2012.

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Gil Martin
Community College Professor, A, Liberal Arts
B.A., English Literature; B.A., Art History, University of Washington; M.F.A., Painting, University of Oregon. At WNC since 2004.
Rebecca Martinez
Accountant, Business Office
ASOE, Business Administration, Columbia College. At WNC since 2013.
Phyllis Mason
Supervisor, Technology
A.A., Business, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 1996. 2004-2005 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; 2003-2004 WNC President's Awards: Classified Staff Excellence; December 2002 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Claire McCully
Community College Professor, E, Liberal Arts
B.A., English, California State University, Chico; M.F.A., Creative Writing, California State University, Fresno. At WNC since 2005. 2007-2008 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Justin McMenomy
Distance Education Specialist,
A.A., General, Western Nevada College; B.A., Political Science/Information Systems, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2007.
Piper Mccarthy
Director, Counseling Services, Student Services
Counseling
M.S., Applied Psychology, Eastern Washington University. At WNC since 2015.
Mariah Mccloskey
Counselor, Counseling Services
M.S. in Education - University of the Southwest, School Counseling; B.S. in Education - New Mexico State University, Secondary Education. At WNC since 2017.
Kathleen Mcfarlin
Financial Aid Advisor/Student, Financial Assistance
A.A., General, University of Alaska, Anchorage; B.B.A, Management, University of Alaska, Anchorage. At WNC since 2010.
Sierra Montana
Scheduling Assistant/Jump Star,
Tiffany Morelli
Fiscal Analyst,
Robert Morin
Community College Professor, P, Liberal Arts
B.A., Political Science and Sociology, Hamline University, M.A., Criminal Justice, George Washington University; J.D., Law, Gonzaga University, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Nevada Reno. At WNC since 2003. 2005-2006 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year
Scott Morrison
Interim Vice President,
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
B.A., M.S., Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2006. 2006-2007 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year

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Randy Naylor
Community College Professor, W,
B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. AWS Welding Inspector. I-CAR GMA Welding Inspector and Test Administrator. At WNC since 1996.
Tina Nelson
Programmer/Analyst, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
B.S. Environmental Science, Oregon State University; M.S. Environmental Policy & Management, American Public University. At WNC since 2010.

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Holly O'Toole
Community College Professor, B, Liberal Arts
B.S., Agricultural Education, University of Nevada, Reno; M.S., Science, University of Nebraska at Kearney. At WNC since 2007. 2010-2011 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2007-2008 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year

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Jack Piirainen
Director,
Nevada Police Officers Standards and Training (POST); Louisiana Police Officers Standards and Training (POST). At WNC since 2000. February 2003 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Geraldine Pope
Instructor, English, Liberal Arts
M.A. in English - Arizona State University. At WNC since 2013.
Susan Priest
Community College Professor, E, Capstone/Student Success
BA, Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago; M. Div., Pacific School of Religion. At WNC since 2005.

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Juan Ramirez
Instructor, Welding,
Lupe Ramirez
Assistant to the Dean/Coordinator of Latino Student Outreach, Student Services
A.A., Business, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 1989. 2009-2010 Regents Academic Advisor of the Year; 2008-2009 WNC Classified Employee of the Year; January 2007 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation; December 2005 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation
Joshua Rau
Instructor, Welding,
At WNC since 2016.
Heather Reardon
Instructor, Nursing,
M.S. in Nursing, Idaho State University. At WNC since 2016.
Ambra Reed
Financial Aid Verification Coo, Financial Assistance
Brian Ridpath
Instructor, Mathematics, Liberal Arts
M.S., Education (Secondary/Advanced Math) - Western Oregon University, B.S., Mathematics - Bethany Nazarene College. At WNC since 2017.
Dave Riske
Instructor, CISCO Technology, CIT, and IS,
A.G.S., Western Nevada Community College; B.G.S., University of Nevada, Reno; MSIT Masters of Science in Information Technology, Capella University. At WNC since 1996.
Craig Robinson
Coordinator,
Masters of Public Policy Admininstration, University of Missouri - St. Louis, B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa. At WNC since 2016.
Sally Root
College And Career Transition,
Michelle Rousselle
Community College Professor, E,
B.A., English; M.A., English, University of Wyoming; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University. At WNC since 1998.
Jessica Rowe
Instructor, English, Liberal Arts
Chris Ryan
Community College Professor, Geography/Environmental Science, Liberal Arts
B.S., Geography; M.S., Geography/GIS, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2000 (Full Time), 1993 (Part Time). 2010-2011 WNC Instructor/Teacher of the Year; 2006-2007 WNC President's Awards: Teaching Excellence

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Gary Schwartz
Interim Director, Liberal Arts,
B.A., M.A., Mathematics, George Washington University; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Illinois. At WNC since 2010.
Gregory Sly
Project Director,
B.S., Criminal Justice Administration, San Jose State University. At WNC since 2014.
Jason Spohr
Instructor, Automotive Mechani,
Bachelor of Vocational Education, California State University - Los Angeles. At WNC since 2012.
Hal Starratt
Community College Professor, A, Liberal Arts
B.A., History/Political Science, University of California Davis; M.A., Communication Studies and Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento; M.A., Anthropology, Tulane University; Ph.D., Anthropology, Tulane Univeristy. At WNC since 2003.
Lauren Stevens
Coordinator Of Advising/Counse, Counseling Services
M.A., Counseling/Education Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2012.
Richard Stewart
Community College Professor, B,
Community College Professor of Computer Technology B.A., Mathematics, Pacific Union College, M.S., Computer Science; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Nevada, Reno. Outstanding Faculty Member-2000. At WNC since 1989. 1999-2000 WNC Outstanding Academic Faculty Member
Denise Stout
Coord. Of Retention/Counselor, Counseling Services
B.S.W., Social Work, University of Nevada Reno. M.S.W., Social Work, University of New England. At WNC since 2014.
Jim Strange
Community College Professor, M, Liberal Arts
B.S., Mathematics, Sonoma State University; M.S., Mathematics, New Mexico State University. At WNC since 1995.
Ryan Swain
Webmaster, Computing Services
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Washington University; Minor in Web Design and Management. At WNC since 2015.

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Felicia Tam
Instructor, Mathematics, Liberal Arts
Doctor of Philosophy, Physics - Rice University, M.S., Physics - Rice University. At WNC since 2017.
Elizabeth Tattersall
Community College Professor, C, Liberal Arts
Dual A.A., Natural Science and Spanish, Lake Tahoe Community College; B.A., Communications, Stanford University; Ph.D., Cell/Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2007.
Troy Tingle
Coordinator,
B.S.,Northern State University, S.D. in Commercial Design; B.S., Northern State University, S.D. in Computer Aided Art. At WNC since 2009.
Susan Trist
Coordinator Of Disability Supp, Disability Support Services
B.A., Psychology, Bloomburg University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Clinical Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. At WNC since 2005. 2010-2011 WNC Outstanding Administrative Faculty Member of the Year
Irene Tucker
Assistant Director, Human Reso,
A.A., Western Nevada College. Certificate in Human Resources Management and Certificate in Beginning Mediation, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 1990. December 2006 WNC Classified Employee Appreciation; 1998-1999 WNC Classified Employee of the Year

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Angela Viera
Fallon Campus Support Speciali,
B.S., Business Administration - University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2016.

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Troy Wadsworth
Programmer/Analyst, Computing Services
Supervisor
AGS, Western Nevada College. At WNC since 2010.
Tricia Wentz
Coordinator Of Outreach/Counse, Counseling Services
M.A., Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno. At WNC since 2013.
Robert Whitcomb
Community College Professor, B,
Ph.D., Education, University of Maine. At WNC since 2012.
Georgia White
Interim Director of Career & Technical Education,
Doctor of Philosophy, Marketing, University of Oregon; M.B.A, Quantitative Methods, University of Oregon. At WNC since 2015.
Linda Whitehill
Coordinator Of Community Servi,
At WNC since 2005.

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Brenda Yenkole
Human Resources Analyst, Human Resources
B.S. Business - Human Resources Management, Western Governors University; A.A. Business Management, Robert Morris College; Certificate in Human Resources Management and Certificate in Beginning Mediation, University of Nevada, Reno. PHR Certification. At WNC since 2009.
Eric York
Instructor, Mathematics, Liberal Arts
M.S., Mathematics, New Mexico State University. At WNC since 2015.


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