Meet Our Instructors

2017 - 2018 Instructors

Chuck Barrett is an award-winning author of the Jake Pendleton series— Breach of Power, The Toymaker, The Savannah Project, and Disruption, as well as his 2015 award-winning blockbuster, Blown, the first book in his new Gregg Kaplan series. In addition to teaching novel writing for FRCC Continuing Education, Chuck also speaks and conducts workshops at book festivals, book clubs, reading groups, writers’ conferences, and writers’ groups.

Bruce Breshears has over 20 years of professional photography and digital imaging experience including scientific, military, sports and commercial applications. He studied fine arts photography at Webster University in Missouri and Electro-Optics engineering at the University of Missouri. Bruce has taught Front Range Community College classes in digital photography and digital image editing, ranging from basic to advanced, over the past 9 years. His educational background includes both technical and fine arts aspects of photography.

Debra DeVilbiss is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with many years of experience in designing and providing trainings for coaching, career transition, and career and professional development.

Edward Faller is currently an adjunct instructor of Italian at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College, and has also taught conversational Italian for many years at Aims Community College.

Jeff Fanning, owner of Retirement & Estate Advisors, Inc. in Fort Collins, has been co-teaching the highly popular Passport to Retirement class offered through FRCC’s Continuing Education Department for several years. Jeff holds a BA in Education and entered the financial services field in 1984 following a successful teaching and coaching career. He is a Certified Financial Planner, (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF).

Ron Fortier is an award-winning author who has been writing professionally for forty-five years. With over six hundred published comics, he has written comics featuring such well known characters as Peter Pan, Popeye, Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe and Rambo. He is best known for his work on the Green Hornet comic series for Now Comics and writing Alex Ross’ first comic project, Terminator: Burning Earth for the same company. Learn more about Ron at his blog site,, or his review column, Pulp Fictions Reviews,

Connie Gomez is an Interior Design instructor at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College, and owner of Carriage Houses Designs, Ltd. She an interior designer who has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Her experience is in both residential and commercial design, with an emphasis on space planning and soft good furnishings. In addition to her current position at FRCC, Connie’s taught for ten years with Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. She enjoys travel and exploring her passion for historical architecture.

Barbara Fleming is a local historian and published author of several books about the history of Fort Collins, including Fort Collins: A Pictorial History, Then and Now in Fort Collins, Journeying, Fort Collins: The Mark Miller Photographs, and Legendary Locals of Fort Collins.

Sheryl Harrell has been an instructor for the Holistic Health Program at Front Range Community College since 2010, and has been in the Health and Wellness field for over 34 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences. Sheryl has taught EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and other energy methods in her wellbeing and mentoring practice since 2005.

Joshua Heuerman teaches welding in the Integrated Technology department at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.

David Herder is a HWE/HPR/CPR instructor in the Allied Health department at Front Range Community College. Certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR instructor, he is an EMT/Firefighter, Registered Nurse, and licensed EMT.

Lynn Higley teaches Qigong for the academic side of Front Range Community College, as well as our non-credit Qigong class.

Michael Houdek is a math tutor for the Learning Support Center at Front Range Community College, and teaches our non-credit Math Refresher class.

Mark Payler has a BFA in Photography from Ohio University, and has spent a lifetime in the field of photography. He spent 3 years as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati, and has taught photography at both the high school and college level for over 25 years. His work has been featured in books (A Day in the Life of America), magazines (Popular Photography), and exhibits throughout the world (his photography has been featured in every U.S. embassy).

Margaret Pond has been an adjunct instructor for the Front Range Community College/Larimer Campus Accounting department since 2011, and has taught business and computer courses for IBMC since 2009. Her many years of experience in the business world have provided her with insight for the practical applications of the subjects she teaches. A lifelong learner with a passion for teaching, Margaret holds a BA in Business Education from Arizona State University, Tempe.

Jeff Ratterman holds degrees in Music and Recording Arts from Miami University and University of Colorado, respectively, and has published educational research with the Audio Engineering Society. He has been active professionally in the Front Range since 2009 providing live sound engineering and audio for video services, and is currently building a commercial recording studio in Loveland, opening in 2017.

Lynn Rose has many years of experience as a teacher and an interpreter of American Sign Language. She holds a BA in Behavioral Science, MA degrees in Educational Psychology and Elementary Teaching, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreting.

Heidi Quist is an instructor of English at Front Range Community College, and has taught conversational French in a variety of settings, including community colleges, elementary, and private tutoring. Her cultural experience includes having lived in France as a missionary.

Michael Seltsam teaches welding in the Integrated Technology department at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.

Joseph South teaches automotive technology in the Integrated Technology department at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.

Ron Stern is well-known throughout the Rocky Mountain region as a knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer of travel-related programs. He is a travel columnist for several news syndicates and his freelance work has been published in Mobil Travel Guides, La Jolla Today, Voyaging and many others. He was the media coordinator for the North American Travel Journalists Association and is Editor-in Chief of, an online travel e-zine. Learn more about Ron on his website at

Nancy Stern is a travel writer for the online travel journal, The Daily Meal, and author of The Travel Writer’s Wife: A Travel Memoir.

Michael Tolle is an instructor of Music for the Creative Arts, Design, and Humanities department at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.

Janine Tillman holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Agency Counseling. She has taught a variety of wellness classes and workshops for several years at numerous colleges and community colleges in Hawaii and Montana.

Stephanie Train, M.Ed. in Adult Learning, is a published author who has taught creative writing - including fiction, nonfiction and poetry - at Colorado State University, as well as Composition at CSU, AIMS Community College, and Laramie County Community College.

Nancy Van Reeth is a local businesswoman and graphic design artist who shares her expertise in the design and creation of painted silk scarves in her 3-hour Silk Scarf Painting workshops.

Wayne Wagner is an experienced Spanish teacher with a BA from the University of Wyoming and an MA from Drake University in Des Moines. In addition to teaching Spanish Classes for Continuing Education at Front Range Community College, He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Spanish-speaking countries in South America, in addition to Puerto Rico, perfecting his language skills in Bolivia. Wayne’s Spanish classes incorporate the latest language acquisition techniques, using creative, interactive activities.

John Young is an instructor of Journalism and English for the Rhetoric, Languages, and Philosophy department at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.
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