Meet Our Expert Instructors

Wisconsin’s technical colleges have outstanding faculty with relevant experience in their fields that makes career programs meaningful for students. They also bring a variety of life experiences and community involvement to their teaching. These stories demonstrate how our faculty members add value to the technical college experience.

Jon Burman, Western faculty member
Jon Burman is so passionate about renewable energy his family built an off-grid cabin powered only by solar panels. He has earned certificates in photovoltaics from Midwest Renewable Energy Association and traveled to Colorado for a Micro-Hydro certification from Solar...
GTC faculty member Patrick Hoppe
Pat Hoppe first engaged in technical education for the same reason as many others – he sought skills for a career, stability and a future. He found that and much, much more – and has since come back to give...
Josh Vandeberg, Western Technical College instructor
While earning his philosophy degree, Joshua Vandeberg spent summers pouring concrete. He went on to get his contractor’s license and worked in construction for 20 years. During that time he gave his talents to working with disadvantaged youth. “Building Opportunities...
Valerie Dantoin, NWTC instructor
Valerie Dantoin and her husband, Rick Adamski, have been practicing sustainable agriculture on Full Circle Farm in Seymour since the 1980’s . They maintain a herd of 80 to 100 head of dairy cattle using organic and managed grazing principles...
Craig Kunce, Western Technical College faculty
As an art director, Craig Kunce hired many technical college graduates. He wanted the opportunity to mentor students, pass along what he had learned and prepare them for employment so he became an instructor. “I’ve been where they are,” he...
Farris Saifkani, NWTC instructor
As an elementary school student in Tehran, Iran Farris Saifkani discovered the wonders of magnets. He came home from school and made his own electro magnet. The family learned of his experiment when Saifkani plugged his magnet into the wall...
Brian Goodman, CVTC instructor
Friends and teachers at Gilman High School thought Brian Goodman was obviously university material. However, Goodman told them he would attend what was then called District One Technical Institute. First, Goodman enrolled in the Electronics Servicing technical diploma program. He...
Susan Hunter
Susan Hunter likes to remind her Madison College students not too long ago she was sitting where they are now. “At 40 years old, I felt it was important that I understand the science of mental disorders not only to...
Chris Kuborn, NWTC instructor
Students may think Chris Kuborn is a strict instructor, but they usually thank him later. “I am serious about everything we do here,” he says. “What we do is related to employment. We move and we move fast. There is...
Bill Rosandick, MSTC instructor
When Bill Rosandick came home after almost six years in the Philippines, he didn’t know what career direction to take. After high school he earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and spent a few years working at a...
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Mike Melaney values volunteering. He spends his off work hours leading groups of high school and college-aged youths on service trips to various locations throughout the United States. Some of the church-sponsored trips involve construction, other times participants serve people...
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For 14 years Ocie Kilgus, Nicolet College Spanish and English instructor, has had the privilege of taking students to Latin America and seeing their lives changed. The experience has changed her life too. "This experience changes the way [the students]...
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Mary Vogl-Rauscher is a woman of boundless energy. She’s also a risk taker who enjoys bringing people together to accomplish goals. "If I see something that should be done, I say 'we can make this happen!'" she states. "I’m not...
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When Matt Green left his corporate job as a programmer analyst to become a Computer Information Systems instructor at Waukesha County Technical College several years ago, he wasn’t sure what to expect. "I was asked how I felt about the...
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Like most of his colleagues who teach in the Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement associate degree program, Rick Cole has worked as a police officer. What makes him distinct is that he also holds a law degree and has served as an...

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