Meet Our Instructors

2019 - 2020 Instructors

Ray Aberle

Ray is part of the Front Range Community College Natural Resources academic faculty and is also a Wilderness First Responder. He will be one of the instructors for the non-credit Risk Management class through Continuing Ed this fall.

Bruce Breshears

Bruce 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 FRCC non-credit classes in Digital Photography and Digital Image Editing, ranging from basic to advanced, over the past several years. For more information about Bruce, visit his Facebook page at

Susan Dailey

Susan has been painting murals since 1977. Her work can be seen around Fort Collins and throughout the region, and has been featured on HGTV and PBS as well as various publications. Susan has a B.F.A. in Painting and M.A. in Art from Indiana University, and has taught Art in public schools, Front Range Community College, and in artist-in-residence programs throughout the country. In the summer, she teaches Plein Air Landscape painting at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. To see her work, check out her website at

Heather Dannahower

Heather, part of the Front Range Community College academic faculty, has been teaching courses on Safe Chainsaw use at FRCC for 17 years. Her experience has included both classroom and field safety instruction as well as woods safety and felling operations. She will also be the instructor for the non-credit Safe Chainsaw Practices class through Continuing Ed this fall.

Charis Fleshner

Charis has an M.F.A. in studio art from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in Art and Design from the University of Northern Colorado, is a mixed media artist who has many years of experience teaching Art at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. For more information about Charis, visit

Ron Fortier

Ron is an award-winning author who has been writing professionally for 45 years. With over 600 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 on his blog site,, or his review column, Pulp Fiction Reviews,

Janet Freeman

Janet Freeman is a writer with over fifteen years of experience writing for radio, newspapers, magazines, and Web-based venues. She has received several awards for her writing, including a Million Writers Award, awarded for the best fiction published on the web. Janet holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University, and has been writer-in-residence at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony, Dorset Colony House, and Centrum. She was an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and has taught numerous fiction workshops, both in the US and abroad. To learn more about Janet, visit

Sheryl Harrell

Sheryl 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 35 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences. Sheryl has taught EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and other energy methods in her well-being and mentoring practice since 2005.

David Herder

David 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.

Marlene Hutchinson

Marlene, a credentialed teacher, guitar instructor, musician, and producer and founder of Marlene’s Music, developed a simple method of learning to play guitar that has influenced and inspired guitarists around the world. As seen on PBS, Marlene’s popular Learn to Play Guitar in a Day workshop is based on her signature guitar method created to help absolute beginners play quickly and easily. For more information about Marlene, visit

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer, Front Range Community College academic faculty in Applied Environmental Sciences, has been teaching Leave No Trace Awareness classes and Risk Management to FRCC academic students for over 10 years, and will also be teaching the non-credit LNT and Risk Management classes for Continuing Ed this fall.

Lucile Lunde

Lucile, M.A. in French and German from Colorado State University, was born in France and grew up bilingual in French and German. After receiving her B.A. in Foreign Languages and M.A. in International Tourism in France in 1991, she worked in international corporations across Europe, before moving to British Columbia, Canada in 2004, and then to Fort Collins in 2009. Lucile has been teaching French and German in group classes since 2012. In 2013, she extended her language services to offer private and semi-private lessons to adults, teens, and children.

Alan Kee

Alan is a Building Specialist for the Larimer County Building Department. He will be instructing the International Residential Code 2018 course for Continuing Ed this fall.

Betsy O’Malley

Betsy, a certified master teacher of Irish music (CCE, Dublin Ireland), has been a folk instrumentalist for four decades and has taught people to play music for more than 20 years. Betsy specializes in the repertoire and performance of traditional dance music and songs of Ireland. She is a mandolinist with extensive professional stage time in the US Mid-Atlantic region, and co-founded The Borderland Reunion Band, The Bogwanderers, and The Irish Inn Mates. She teaches all levels of mandolin, and enjoys guiding her students to develop strong foundational skills. The choice of pacing and methods are well-tuned to group needs, keeping her lessons fun and rewarding. For more information about Betsy, visit

Carol Ostrom

Carol is an instructor in the Holistic Health department at Front Range Community College. Her passion for studying dreams began four decades ago. For more information about Carol, and dream exploration, visit her web page at

Mark Payler

Mark 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). To see Mark’s photography, visit

Margaret Pond

Margaret has a B.A. in Business Education from Arizona State University, Tempe, and has been an Adjunct Instructor for the Front Range Community College/Larimer Campus accounting department since 2011. She has also taught business and computer courses for IBMC since 2009. Her years of experience in the business world have provided her with insight for the practical applications of the subjects she teaches.

Lynn Rose

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

Michael Seltsam

Michael, Front Range Community College faculty in the Integrated Technology department, is also one of the instructors for the non-credit Welding for Fun classes through Continuing Ed.

Jesse Shively

Jesse has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Biomedical Engineering Certificate from Colorado State University. In addition to many years of work in the biomedical field, Jesse has taught medical classes for IBMC in Fort Collins, as well as Science and Technology Literacy and Computer Skills for the Education and Life Training Center. Additionally, his background includes work in social media development, management, and promotion.

Jeff Slemons

Jeff has been a professional illustrator for over 25 years. After graduating from of the Colorado Institute of Art in 1986, he quickly became a sought-after illustrator for magazines and corporations nationwide. For more information about Jeff and to view some of his work, visit

Debbie Smith

Debbie, R.N., is an energetics practitioner, program leader and former nurse. Through her Levity Zen laughter classes, she helps teach laughter wellness principles that can reduce stress, increase energy, boost morale, and improve well-being. For more information about Debbie, visit

Ron Stern

Ron is a travel columnist for several news syndicates. His freelance work has been published in Mobil Travel Guides, La Jolla Today, Voyaging and many others. He is the media coordinator for the North American Travel Journalists Association. Learn more about Ron on his website at

Reno Toffoli

Reno, Front Range Community College faculty in the Integrated Technology department, will also be teaching the non-credit Small Engine Operation & Repair for the Natural Resources Field class through Continuing Ed this fall.

Julie Trone

Julie, M.Ed. in Nutrition Education, Post baccalaureate in Physical Education, is a certified Yoga instructor, a specialist in wellness program development, and a physical education and wellness specialist / coach / educator. Julie has instructed yoga and meditation at Front Range Community College instructor, and has many years of experience in the instruction of Yoga, Meditation, Physical Education, and Nutrition and Wellness Education.

Nancy Van Reeth

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

Steven VanDyke

Steven, Front Range Community College faculty in the Integrated Technology department, is also one of the instructors for the non-credit Welding for Fun classes through Continuing Ed.

Randy Vinton

Randy, a native of Texas, moved to Colorado after high school. He initially studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and received his M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. He taught in public schools for 28 years and has been teaching at Front Range Community College for 23 years, for a combined total of 51 years. Education is his life. Randy is very passionate about teaching and working with individuals that want to learn to communicate in a different language.

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