Meet Our Instructors

2015 - 2016 Instructors

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. Bruce has created an informative, fun, interactive, and experience-based series of photography classes that focus on both the art and science of capturing images.

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, and 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).

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.

Helen Goody
is a ten-year veteran in the Web content and eCommerce world. She is an experienced communications manager, freelance writer, editor, Web and social media consultant, and instructor for basic web Design.

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.

Catrina Mianecki, an instructor for the Holistic Health department at Front Range Community College, is a Certified Aromatherapist. She has been in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. Her extensive educational background in the field includes a Bachelor’s in Wellness Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master’s in Adult Education-Computer Assisted Technology from Colorado State University, and a Master’s in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. A Professional member of NAHA, Catrina uses her clinical aromatherapy training as part of her holistic Oriental medicine practice.

Kathryn Mattingly is an award-winning author and college educator, with a passion for the written word. Her short fiction has appeared in various themed anthologies, as well as Dark Discoveries magazine. Kathryn’s debut novel, Benjamin, was a New Century Quarterly Finalist, and her short story collection, Fractured Hearts, includes several of her award-winning stories. Kathryn enjoys mentoring other writers, and is a judge for a couple of annual literary contests. Her writing is inspired by places she has lived or traveled and by real-life events.

Mark Payler, BFA in Photography from Ohio University, 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. While Mark started with traditional film cameras, he was an early adopter of digital cameras and media (Photoshop when it was loaded on floppy discs!), and now exclusively shoots in various digital formats. 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). Mark’s hands-on and engaging style will have you well on your way to mastering digital photography techniques!

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 35 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.

Heidi Quist is currently 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.

Allison Robin has over 20 years of experience in the event planning industry. She has created and facilitated hundreds of events for businesses and higher education including breakfasts, award luncheons, dinner banquets, bicycle tour events, speaker series, craft fairs, golf tournaments, live and silent auctions, professional conferences, tours, and receptions. Allison holds a certificate in meeting management and special event planning from the University of California, San Diego. She has developed and managed all aspects of nonprofit events including fundraising, marketing, budgeting and enjoys teaching others all the specifics of how to successfully create and manage their own professional and personal special events.

Ron Stern is well-known throughout the Rocky Mountain region as a knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer of travel-related programs. After retiring from a career in law enforcement in LA, Ron moved to Colorado and continued to pursue his interest in travel and travel writing. He became 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

Pete Thrasher is a managing broker for Headwaters Realty in Fort Collins. He has been a real estate agent in the Northern Colorado area since 2004. In addition to his experience as a listing agent as well as buyers’ agent, Pete has been the Broker Manager of a large National Franchise office, where he was involved in many unique and challenging transactions over the years. He has also managed and formally instructed other agents for one of the top real estate companies in the area.

Faith Timm has been a sign language interpreter for more than 20 years. She holds two national certifications, interpretation (CI) and transliteration (CT), and has been a leader in the interpreting community in multiple states serving on the state level as president of affiliate chapters of the National Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf. Faith has worked with deaf individuals in a variety of settings including post-secondary education, employment and community interpreting.

Patricia Torrance, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) with a specialization in Clinical Nutrition, is the Branch Manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of Boulder County, a non-profit providing support and education in celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and IBS. She has taught courses in Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Nutrition in Seattle, and has developed and taught community education programs on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in the Boulder area.

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, Wayne provides Spanish training for numerous local businesses and agencies through the Corporate Solutions branch of Continuing Education at FRCC. He has lived and travelled 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.

Jason Walsh is a Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welder with an A.A.S degree and C.I.S Certificates in G.T.A W, S.M.A.W, G.M.A.W and AutoCAD design. He has over 15 years of experience as an ironworker/dock builder in New York, and owned and operated a steel fabrication company for 5 years. His love of metalwork started at a very early age and continues today. Welding and fabrication have provided a stable and satisfying career and an excellent outlet to express himself creatively. In Jason’s words, “I love the idea of passing on my knowledge, skills and passion for metalwork to others whether they are interested as a hobby or a career. Jason is currently a welding instructor at Front Range Community College and also offers a series of non-credit “Welding for Fun” classes through FRCC Continuing Education.
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