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D A Coordinator

Lidia Abbott

Nita Alexander

Debra Atkinson While a college professor in the field of communication for 17 years (with a BA in English/History and a MA in English/Rhetoric), my first degree was in elementary education with an emphasis in special education. Complementing my teaching career, I have earned the highest level of certification in tutoring (Level III in Texas) through UTA's tutorial program. Most of my private tutoring is with elementary aged children. In fact, after being hired to tutor a five-year-old (in 2010), the parents hired me to develop a kindergarten/1st grade home-school curriculum for their son who had lagged behind in kindergarten. Within 5 months, he increased his reading and vocabulary skills to a 2nd grade level.

My personal philosophy is bound to education, and the rewards students experience when they develop new critical thinking skills; for once these skills are established, they help to shift a student from being extrinsically motivated, and dependent on others, to intrinsically motivated, and therefore an independent thinker-a major academic rite of passage. As an educator, my greatest joy is to watch as learners of any age rise above their doubts or concerns and accomplish formative goals…the many milestones in the learning curve of life. Once a friend asked me, "Have you ever felt euphoric?" Without hesitation, I replied, "Every time I'm in class with my students."

B B Coordinator

Barry Baker

Tracie Baker

Tandi Ball Tandi received a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Oklahoma and has been in the industry of occupational safety and health since 1991. She is a Certified Safety and Health Official, in both the construction and general industries. As an OSHA Compliance Officer for the State of New Mexico, she participated in the OSHA response to the events on September 11, at the World Trade Center. She has been an OSHA Education Center instructor since 2001.

A Lucy Barragan

I was born in Colombia, South America. For most of my life I was educated in an all-female boarding school, at a time when the women of the house were not allowed to go to college, because a blend of boys and girls in the same place was not a choice. All throughout my formative years, reading was required first by my mother at home and then at school. While children in my neighborhood where playing with their friends inside or out of their homes, we were compelled to read and discuss the contents of the books. Since my mother's side of the family produced a line of low and high profile politicians and diplomats, our education, both tutorial and in school, emphasized local and world politics as well as global geography and its socio-economic impact.

Later in my life, in the USA, while studying marketing, I worked at Berlitz to earn extra money. But there was another purpose: to learn their very exclusive and distinct method of teaching that has now become a very popular and no doubt the best way to learn a language - Total Immersion. My love for the language and the great satisfaction of watching the results convinced me that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Today, and every day, I know I made the right decision, as a number of my private students can now read literature and understand movies made in Spanish, without the help of translations.

Benjamin Bell

Nichole Bennett

Troy Benthall

Douglas Bergere

David Boone David Boone is certified through the United States Navy as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. With over 26 years of experience in the construction and general industry, Mr. Boone's career began running heavy equipment and progressed rapidly to site supervisor, project manager, safety management and safety consultant. Over the years, David has attended Texas State Technical College as well as the University of Texas at Arlington receiving numerous certifications from OSHA, the EPA, and the TCEQ (Petroleum Storage Tank Investigator, Texas Water Utilities Association Training and Class D Basic Water Licensing) as well as the Texas Railroad Commission and the RVDA-RVIA. Mr. Boone has spent the last 6 years conducting expert witness work, safety consulting, curriculum development and instruction for private firms such as Mitchell, Goff, Mitchell and the New England Water Works Association as well as individual companies both locally owned and operated and nationwide. Mr. Boone also conducts training for the University of Texas at Arlington (instructing and curriculum development for Transportation Training, Public Works, Military Service Center, OSHA Education Center and Environmental Training Institute.

Roger Boos

Thomas (Tom) Burns Tom Burns has instructed Ergonomics and other safety courses for OSHA Education Centers, universities, industrial organizations, and governmental agencies for more than 15 years. His credentials include Certified Professional Ergonomist, Licensed Professional Engineer, Board Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Environmental Safety and Health Trainer.

Douglas Castro

Walter Castro

Simon Chavez Simon Chavez has obtained a Master in Education from New Mexico Highland University. Simon has been in the education and instructor industry for more than 35 years. He has been in the Occupational Safety and Health industry for 11 years. He gained his experience from being an adjunct instructor for Texas Engineering Extension Service, and Consultant for New Mexico Environment Department Occupational health and Safety Bureau. Simon is a Certified Safety and Health Official for General Industry and Construction Industry.

Farina Chawdhry

Jody Christopherson-DeGan

John (Rex)David Coffman Rex is an award-winning trainer/facilitator in the fields of environmental health and safety, and has had the opportunity to work with, educate and coach safety and environmental professionals, students and military personnel both academically and professionally for 15 years. Rex is a seasoned environmental professional with more than 30 years of leadership in the implementation, management and facilitation of complex environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement proceedings at the federal, state and local levels of government. He is also very experienced in the legislative and regulatory processes, and has provided technical comments on several major federal and state environmental rules, and has offered expert testimony before the Texas Senate Natural Resources, and the Texas House of Representatives Environmental Regulation Committees. Rex received his MS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Environmental Engineering, Public Administration and Business) from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Texas Tech University. Rex has also been very fortunate to assist in providing educational success and leadership at a number of exceptional educational organizations including the University of Texas at Arlington, and Tarrant County College as well as with a number of private firms. Rex is a Veteran of the United States Navy having served proudly aboard USS Long Beach, CGN-9 where he was the Launcher Captain of the aft Mark 10 "Terrier" Guided Missile Launching System.

Bryan Cook

Scott Cooper

Clay Crowell

David David

Marsie De Oliveira Marsie De Oliveira is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has a Master of Science degree in Environment, Safety and Health from the University of Miami. As a Department of Energy (DOE) Facility Representative, she provided oversight to 25 DOE defense program facilities at Sandia National Laboratories. As a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve, she served as an Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene Officer. For over 25 years, Marsie De Oliveira has provided workplace exposure monitoring, job hazard analyses, management and program development and training services to the civilian and government sectors in environment, safety and health. Ms. De Oliveira has presented at safety and health conferences and served on various safety committees. Currently, Marsie provides technical support and training at National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites, is an Instructor for the University of Texas at Arlington, and is the Principal for De Oliveira Enterprises, LLC.

Kenneth Delaney

Stan Demke Stan Demke works full time as a CNC applications engineer for a major CNC machine manufacturer. During his 20 years experience as a machinist and CNC programmer, Stan has been instructing apprentice machinist students since 1999 and instructing the CNC Programming classes at UTA since 2008. Stan uses his experience as an applications engineer to engage students with practical programming situations and techniques. Stan also uses social media to expand on communicating class examples and videos to students. Search CNC Programming on Facebook to see more.

Tylene Di Sciullo

Cassandra Dillon Cassandra Dillon currently holds certifications as a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer (CESCO), Safety, Health, Environmental Professional (SHEP), and Construction Site Safety Master (CSSM). Also, she has a M.S in Risk Control from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University. In industry, she has provided comprehensive support to companies in all areas of Environmental, Safety, Occupational Health, Engineering, Security and Regulatory Compliance. Currently, as an Associate/Adjunct Professor, she lectures and consults in the areas of environmental systems -air, water, waste and energy management, occupational safety, health, risk management, emergency planning, and logistics.

Ramona Dorough

WITS Education

Oscar Enriquez Oscar Enriquez has been in the field of Electrical Engineering for since 1980. His experience stems from being a Plant Engineer, Safety and Environmental Manager, and Construction Electrical Foreman. He works as an occupational safety and health professional conducting safety audits, developing safety programs, delivering training, helping to reducing job related injuries. Oscar has been an OSHA Education Center instructor since 2007 years and is a Certified Safety and Health Official for General Industry and Construction Industry.

John Erichsen

C F Coordinator

D F Coordinator For information on the training site please contact the coordinator, Dino Franco, at 505-344-2072 or

Michael Fairchild

Judith Friesenhahn

J G Coordinator

S G Coordinator For information on the training site please contact the coordinator, Stephanie Glover at

Michael Gallaway

Michael Gallaway, CIRM, ICGB is a Six Sigma and Supply Chain Professional with 27 years of professional experience in Logistics & Supply Chain Management across 4 industries. His areas of expertise include: Warehousing & Distribution Management, Forecasting Customer Demand, Sales & Operations Planning, Inventory Management, Business Process Creation & Improvement, Project Management, Customer & Vendor relationships, Business Process Improvement, & CPFR.
Professional Experince and Credentials:

  • APICS Certified Professional
  • IASSC Green Belt Certified
  • Inventory Manager, Vintage & Collectibles Boutique
Teaching Experience:
  • Adjunct Professor, Supply Chain Certificate, UTA
  • Adjunct Professor, Logistics Technology, Northlake College
  • Adjunct Professor, Logistics/International Business, San Jacinto College
Civic Involvement:
  • Irving ISD District Improvement Committee
  • Irving Las Colinas Chamber Transportation Management Association
  • Irving City Council, 2010-2013

Nichole Gambulos (Waggoner)

Marti Geron

Marti has over thirty years experience in the health care industry that includes billing, coding, reimbursement, education and management. She has had the opportunity of working in different positions and many specialties in the medical field earning her CMA, CM, and CPC certifications. As one of the nation's first certified coders, she was named a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders National Advisory Board and proctored the Certification exams from 1995 to 2000. She was awarded Associate Instructor of the Year at PMI's National Conference in June and, consequently, was asked to serve on the Practice Management Institute (PMI) 2007-2008 National Advisory Board. She has worked for the UT System over thirteen years and due to her love of teaching and the need for certified coders she has taught evening courses at two major universities for the last seven years.

Marti has been very active as Founder and President of three AAPC Chapters throughout Texas and named networker of the year twice through the AAPC's Dallas Medical Center Chapter. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of "The Coding Institute" for ten of their specialty newsletters. As one can see she stays busy. but she says, "It is an ever changing field that never gets boring".

Sandy Goins

George Gonzales

Brandie Green

C H Coordinator For information on the training site please contact the coordinator, Cindy Hammons, at 479-936-5178 or

L H Coordinator

Emily Han

Shaina Hanhart

Michael Hartman

Diane Havlik

David Hearnsberger

Kelly Heathington

Lothar Heller

Greg Holdburg

Mary "Molly" Holden Ms. Holden received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Geology from Grand Valley State University and the University of Illinois, respectively. She has nearly 20 years' experience in environmental consulting with CH2M HILL Companies, where she held the positions of field hydrogeologist, site safety supervisor, and project manager. Her experience includes primarily site investigation/remediation projects in accordance with CERCLA, RCRA, and the CWA. Ms. Holden has spent the past 10 years in consulting, curriculum development (including online course), and instruction. Her clients have included private firms, Texas Christian University, Tarrant County College, and the University of Texas-Arlington. As a UTA-DED instructor, she develops and teaches several courses for ETI and OSHA Education Center.

Melanie Hollis Melanie Hollis, LVT, has over 30 years experience in the veterinary field working in general practice, large, equine, small and exotic, emergency critical care, and small animal internal medicine. She's been a volunteer at the Dallas zoo, providing zookeeper support for the animals there. She currently serves as an executive board member on the state veterinary paraprofessional association and has been a lecturer at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.

She can be contacted at

Melinda Howser

Melinda Howser has taught math for 7 years. Her teaching experience began earlier in 1998 with camp counseling, and later included teaching privately as an academic and music tutor. Her test preparation skills include her own successful testing resume as an SAT National Merit Finalist and most recently in May 2012 as an invited member for a multi-state educator advisory panel event in Princeton, NJ. While in Princeton, she met researchers, educators, and professors from across the U.S. at the Chauncey Conference Center to discuss algebraic constructs in student development of math understanding.

In addition to her certifications in Math, Science, Technology Applications, and Supplementary ESL, Mrs. Howser has experience teaching subjects such as Jewelry Making, Wood Burning, Robotics Club, Crafts, Piano and Cello. She lives with her loving husband Michael and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Michael (Shane) Huff

David Hunter

Joe R. Jackson Joe Jackson is a seasoned General Industry OSHA compliance adult trainer with over 25 years of professional management and technical experience in the fields of industrial hygiene, safety, quality, training, production management and OSHA regulatory compliance. Has proven ability to develop policies, safety management systems, practices, training programs and compliance measures that result in the reduction of short and long-term safety and health (ESH) liabilities.

Lorenza Jackson I have thirty-seven (37) years experience as a medical technologist. Graduated from Baylor University Medical Center Feb 1971, worked as a lab manager or supervisor for 20 years in area hospitals, and I have been an instructor of phlebotomy at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster and at Tarrant County Jr. College in Ft. Worth, and presently teaching Phlebotomy at UTA. I am registered with the American Medical Technologist Registry. I also have a registry from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, issued in 1977.

Romell Jackson Romell K. Jackson's credentials in Environmental Safety, Risk Management, Loss Prevention, Loss Control, and Safety Culture span more than 17 years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technology and has served in multiple consultation and management roles for Fortune 1000 companies. Mr. Jackson's development and oversight of day-to-day implementation of corporate training, safety policies and loss control programs make him a uniquely qualified subject matter expert serving on the faculty of the MC101 course series.

Mark Joeckel I have been involved in non-profit fundraising for over 20 years working with budgets that range from $200,000 to $2 million. As Executive Director of Arlington Proud (501c3) and as a social media and community development specialist, I focus on partnerships with municipalities, businesses, non-profits community groups and the media. We work together to develop healthy and creative neighborhoods based on the Arlington Proud Priorities. Alongside this work, I partner with the same groups to market Arlington to potential new residents.

Arlington,Texas Proud to Call it Home started online in 2012 to serve as a base for this process of re-neighboring. Our online Proud Family now numbers over 30,000 followers and friends. 100,000 interactions take place weekly on our social media platforms and website+.

Neighborhood by neighborhood, we are partnering to develop creative, safe, healthy and fun “places” to live and develop an atmosphere attractive for starting new businesses.

Contact Information:

Raymond Johnson

Quintin Jones

Sharon Jones Sharon has over 27 years experience in environmental compliance, the first 14 as a state regulator with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the areas of underground storage tanks, industrial and hazardous waste, and in the enforcement division as an investigator for the Texas Environmental Crimes Taskforce. Since 2001, she has been the environmental training manager and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Representative for the Texas Army National Guard. During her tenure she has developed statewide training curriculum, awareness materials, regulatory guidance, waste management plans and training videos for handling of hazardous and universal waste and spill prevention plans.

Amador Juarez

James (Skipper) Kendrick Named by Occupational Hazards magazine as one of the most influential safety leaders of the last decade and as a member of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Power 101, James "Skipper" Kendrick, CSP has over 38 years experience in the fields of safety, education and training. Skipper holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology, with a safety option, from Louisiana State University. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by examination. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Skipper is a recipient of ASSE's highest honor, that of being named a Society Fellow. He was selected as the recipient of ASSE's National Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award in 2000 and has also been recognized as Safety Professional of the Year for the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter (1985), Fort Worth Chapter (1989-90) and Region III (1988-89). Skipper also has been recognized as Bongarde SafetyXchange's National Safety Trainer of the Year.

Terry Kirkpatrick

Kathryn Kroll Kathryn Kroll is the owner of KrazyKat Studio. As an independent Graphic Designer & Software Training Consultant, her expertise is in marketing graphics, visual communications and personal instruction. Kathryn has taught Graphic Design courses since 1990, she has been teaching at UTA since 2002.

Kat has worked in advertising design and production for more than 25 years. In her Studio, Kat uses Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat; Quark XPress; Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, & related support applications on a daily basis.

Her Studio design projects include: Greater Meadowbrook News advertising and production, Handley Fest marketing materials, catalog and newsletters for Media Tech Institute, brochures and display units for the Alzheimer's Association, packaging for HEB "house-brand" products, and contract assignments working on catalogs, advertising and other large documents at some of DFW's largest companies.

Away from the computer, Kathryn enjoys her pets-cats and dogs, home improvement projects, gardening, camping, and sewing costumes for renaissance festivals.

Technical Skills:

Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, GoLive; Quark XPress; Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Support applications: Suitcase Fusion, Fetch, Barcoder, iWeb, Numbers, Keynote, Macintosh OSX and Windows 7.

Xavier Krone

As a freelance marketer Xavier has developed a broad array of web solutions and client acquisition strategies to generate revenue through social media and build digital presence. Consulting with a variety of companies representing multiple industries from beauty product manufactures to real estate investment firms. As a social media Instructor he has developed, designed and implemented a custom training curriculum which showcases immediately, actionable strategies to connect engage and convert social media users into consumers and loyal advocates for their product or service.

Take a look at his slideshow presentation get a better understanding of the financial benefits of social media!

Connect with Xavier:

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Anna Lamikanra

Bob Lansdale

Mike Lewis

Mike has 20+ years in the computing industry, worked as a 1st level tech for Tandy, 2nd and 3rd level tech working for AST, Server team member, moved into AST corporate training, went to Microhard as an A+ instructor, then taught Windows NT certification, achieved and MCSE, A+, and other certs. Lewis worked as an IT Senior instructor for 10 years at ITT Technical Institute (in computer networking, computer security, and network forensics). He got into computer security about 5 years ago and have been fascinated with it ever since. Achieved forensic cert in 2010.

Lewis has been teaching MS Office for TCC since 2009, working at Westwood as an instructor, SME, curriclum designer and Program chair for both CJ and IT since 2011, and has helped design a few networks for businesses. He now specialize in InfoSec and forensics.

Personally, he has been married for 35 years to the same fiery redheaded woman, and still going strong. Hobbies include building wooden things (like desks) and bookshelves, etc.

K M Coordinator For information on the training site please contact the coordinator, Kim Mason, at 713-843-3700 or

M M Coordinator

Janet Manley

Pedro Martinez

Laurel Mayo

Sonya McCall

Joshua McCollister

Robert McDonald

Randy McKechnie

Randy McKechnie, President of RLM Consulting, Inc. Is a Licensed Real Estate Broker for almost 30 years, a Property Tax Consultant, a Trained Professional Mediator, and offers services as an Expert Witness. Contracted as a Brokerage Consultant for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Century 21 Judge Fite, Co., The Seller's Advocate, Fedelius, Buyer's Voice and many other large and small brokerage firms in Texas.

Former president and owner of Century 21 Select (Terrell and Garrett). Former coordinator and current instructor for the University of Texas at Arlington pre-licensing real estate education program. Review editor for Dearborn Financial Publishing, Inc. for the review and editing of Contract Law and Law of Agency texts.

More than 200 hours of Alternative Dispute Resolution services with a greater than 85% success rate. Served as Broker Chairman of the Texas Real Estate Commissions Broker-Lawyer Committee. The committee that provides the real estate industry with all legally drawn contracts, addenda, and notices for promulgation and approval to be used by real estate licensees. Contract educator for Continuing Education Institute, Institute of Real Estate Professionals, University of Texas at Arlington and many other organizations.

You can contact Randy at his website

Laurie McKendall Laurie J. McKendall received her Master of Art in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. Laurie is a certified ombudsman and trained mediator. Laurie completed her basic mediation and advance family mediation training at the University of North Texas. She has successfully concluded a wide range of mediations, including business contracts, employer/employee conflicts, landlord/tenant issues and interpersonal and family disputes.

She is highly qualified in facilitating communication and reducing hostility between disputing parties and adept at providing a collaborative mediation environment in which the parties can reach mutually acceptable agreements. Laurie is a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator TMCA. She a member of the American Bar Associations ADR Section, Texas Associations of Mediators and Mediators Beyond Borders.

Ian McVea

Lourdes Molinar

Barbara Moody

Jonathan Moreno

Robert Moura Pharmacy Technician Instructor

Carlos Munson

Nicole Nixon

Heberto Ochoa

Tommy Oldham

Mario Olmos Mario Olmos works as an R&D consulting scientist and environmental specialist. He has worked as a field researcher, manager of endangered species program and director of sustainable management programs for several conservation organizations such as The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Birdlife International, and Nature Conservancy. His passion for sustainability and conservation lead him to develop new programs for the sustainable management of natural resources, allowing industrial development, environmental conservation and socio-economical benefits in small communities of Latin America. He is an active member of Costa Rican Ornithological Society (Founding Member), American Ornithologist Union, Association of Field Ornithologist, Integrated Nutritional Society, and The Society for Integrated and Comparative Biology.

Donna Patterson Donna C. Patterson is a Senior Litigation Paralegal who has worked in many areas of law, including bankruptcy, criminal, family, estate, real estate, employment, appellate, medical malpractice, insurance defense, commercial, and general litigation. She is employed by the law firm of Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller LLP, where she assists in insurance defense, commercial, and general litigation.

Mrs. Patterson has:

Written over 200 training presentations on varied topics such as electronic discovery, legal ethics, legal terminology, Texas criminal code, trial preparation, age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, responsibilities of management, proper conduct in the workplace, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Been an instructor for the Paralegal Program at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2002. Prior to working in the legal field, she was an Arlington business owner and worked in computer systems, computer software, and sales and brokering of computer hardware.

Received her Paralegal Certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Paralegal Association as Ethics Chair. She has served as 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair, Scholarship Chair, and Public Relations Chair for the Fort Worth Paralegal Association. She is currently working on a quarterly series addressing paralegal ethical pitfalls and solutions entitled "Ethical Emma."

Mrs. Patterson supports local charities, including Arlington Charities, Arlington Life Shelter, The Veterans Hospital, and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.

Daniel Pearson

TL Peters TL has worked in the field of occupational safety and health since 1989. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety from the University of Texas in Tyler. He has been an OSHA Education Center instructor since 2006 and is the owner of United Safety Group, providing customized training for companies in all industries. Previously, TL has been the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for companies such as Pioneer Frozen Foods, Atrium Windows and Doors, and The HON Company. Prior to his managerial roles, TL was a safety engineer for Vistawall Architectural Products and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. TL is a Certified Safety and Health Official in General Industry, a Certified Safety, Health and Environmental Trainer (CET #27-350), Certified Instructional Technologist (CIT #27-350), and an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry and Construction.

Homer Peterson

Donald Petru

Candace Pierce

Grover Pierce

David Posey

Libby Purser

M R Coordinator

Miranda Rahimzadeh

John (Jack) Rindt

Randy Roberson

Tom Roberts Thomas has been a member of the occupational safety and health industry since 1971. His educational background comes from Louisiana College, where he received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry. Thomas' work experience is in the field of Industrial Hygiene and Petrochemical industry, where he has been responsible for recognizing and abating safety hazards and ensuring compliance with OSHA Standards. Thomas is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

William (Dan) Rosenthal

Amber Royer Amber Royer is the author of the cookbooks There are Herbs in My Chocolate and I Can Can With Herbs. She is also a regular columnist for the Dave's Garden On-Line Community. Her work has also appeared in Appleseeds and Odyssey (children's magazines). Amber is an active member of the Fort Worth Herb Society, and an avid gardener. As a degreed youth librarian (MLIS from UNT, experience working with all levels, from babies on through teens and even adults), Amber helped design the instructional materials for the Young Writer's Program portion of National Novel Writing Month. Amber became interested in creative writing when she was still young (and joined her first professional writer's organization at the age of 12) and is always touched when she gets to inspire a new generation of young writers. In addition to teaching, she enjoys crafting, cooking and travel - especially when it affords a chance to learn more about food or plants, whether it's visiting pineapple plantations of Hawaii, or sampling cocoa pulp straight from the pod in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit her web site:

C S Coordinator For information on the training site please contact the coordinator, Janie Good, at 512-719-5263 or

F S Coordinator For information on the training site please contact the coordinator, Marty Gutierrez, at 210-458-2411 or

J S Coordinator

Charles Sanchez

John Seither

John Seither is one of a few internationally recognized computer forensics authorities. Given the relative newness of the field, his nearly two decades of computer forensics experience help to make him among the most knowledgeable anywhere. In that regard, John was set apart by many of his peers as being an unusually well qualified manager of a major law enforcement agency computer forensics program. His training and experience is not limited to technical investigations. Retiring from federal service in late 1998 with well over a quarter century of law enforcement experience, spanning burglaries to espionage, John is also a decorated officer and air combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Proving a clear exception to the old saying that those who can't do, teach, he has taught at some of America's best known accredited universities and colleges, with police officers traveling from as far away as Australia and India to attend his courses.

John received a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, a Masters degree from Webster University and pursued a PhD at Saint Louis University prior to his transfer with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

The following are included among his more relevant accomplishments as a field and supervisory special agent, most recently with US Customs and previously with NCIS and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Following many months of technical training at private corporations and the Central Intelligence Agency in the mid-1980s, John became the Navy Department's primary resource in the investigation of high priority and sensitive computer investigations world wide.

His prior mainframe programming experience had earlier facilitated a successful computer matching operation to economically identify fraud within the US Navy's payroll system. Hired by US Customs in 1987 and tasked with keeping a watchful eye on their giant mainframe computer center in northern Virginia, he was promoted and transferred about a year later to the Office of Investigations. While assigned as Customs National Fugitive Coordinator, a program responsible for the establishment of the Ten Most Wanted program and led to the arrest of several previously illusive major felons, he was called upon to design and supervise the building of the computer network for the Treasury Department's newly formed Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and later two large wide area networks for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and serving Customs, FBI, DEA and IRS. Both during his headquarters assignment and afterwards as a senior narcotics agent in Houston, TX, John provided Customs' input to DOJ's Federal Guidelines on Searching and Seizing Computers.

As the Customs' senior computer forensics examiner for Oklahoma and much of Texas, he recognized the need for sharing technical investigative resources between law enforcement agencies. To that end, he formed the Houston Area Technical Support Interagency Group, which ultimately numbered over 800 members in the US and British Commonwealth. It was also during this period that John developed what is widely reputed to be the first automated computer forensics program, a Windows variation of which was commercially marketed in computer stores across the nation. Selected in 1997 to be the first National Computer Forensics Program Manager for Customs' Office of Internal Affairs, John also pioneered the use of data mining to detect criminal activity transacted on Customs vast world-wide computer network.

Retiring in late 1998 at 53 years of age, he created a computer forensics training program for a high tech subsidiary of the giant Litton Corporation and assisted in the design of artificial intelligence computer forensics tools for the Air Force, much of which was accomplished from his home in a rural mountain top community in eastern Tennessee. Since then, John developed multimedia computer forensics laboratory intensive courses that are regularly offered by state and private universities and colleges.

Augusto Serrano

Catrina Shafer

Phil Sheppard

Susanne Spartano

Susie Spartano, SPHR is the Regional Director of Volunteer Services with the American Red Cross North Texas Region with responsibility for overall planning, recruitment and retention strategy for the Red Cross’ volunteer workforce spanning 111 counties across North Texas. She also serves as a Supervisor in the Staff Relations function within the Disaster Service Human Resources system of the American Red Cross.

Previously, she served as the Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Management at the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross with full responsibility for directing the Human Resource and the Volunteer Management function within the chapter's 12 county jurisdiction.

She holds a BS in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resource Development with the University of Texas.

She served 4 years on the Diversity Committee with Dallas HR, the local SHRM affiliate as the Chair of the Publicity and Outreach Committee.

Notable is her 18 years of people management and her 12 years of service to the American Red Cross during which she aided in the relief to victims of 9/11, Katrina, Gustav/Ike and several other disaster relief operations.

Ralph Steele Dr. Ralph Steele provides mediation services for a variety of public and private business clients. Dr. Steele wrote, developed, and teaches the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate Program and the Attorney Mediation Certificate Program at the University of Texas, Arlington. He teaches basic and advanced family, employment, conflict coaching, negotiation, and transformative mediation. He is a certified mediator with, chair of the affiliations committee of the Mediation Beyond Borders. His Doctorate degree is from Oxford University, Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University, Bachelors from Concordia University, Seward, NE, and Associate Degree from Concordia, Selma, AL. He resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.

Eric Stephan Eric has been in the construction industry since 1985. His experience stems from being a Deputy Sheriff for Travis County Sheriff's Dept, Safety Director for White Construction Company, and an OSHA Education Center instructor for numerous training institutes. Eric has also helped to negotiate large budget construction programs for many corporate construction businesses, and is an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Austin.

Joshua Strittmatter Josh W Strittmatter, CFP®, CRC®

Josh is the president and CEO of Strittmatter Wealth Management Group, LLC based out of Weatherford, Texas. He has over ten years of experience as a financial planner and specializes in retirement planning and investment management. Josh graduated Cum Laude with a BBA majoring in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has also obtained the CFP® and CRC® designations. Josh has a passion for education and believes that the key to financial success is knowledge.

Find out more about Josh and Strittmatter Wealth Management Group, LLC. by visiting

Todd Tavis

Latasha Taylor

Sally Thompson

Laurel (Diane) Van Buren

Thomas Vinson THOMAS VINSON, founder of the Zero Waste Network has worked on projects that have helped companies identify ways to save over $1.3 million, while reducing nearly seven million tons of waste, three million gallons of water use, over a million kWh of electricity use and other reductions in pollution. He has worked for the University of Texas, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He helped develop the Pollution Prevention Planner and over 500 approaches for source reduction. Vinson has completed ISO 14001 lead auditor training. Currently Thomas is an Instructor for the University of Texas at Arlington, and annually trains over 150 people, and speaks at workshops and trainings throughout the world. Courses on sustainability, environmental management systems, risk management, pollution prevention and lean manufacturing are a few of the topics he uses to help businesses connect environmental performance to their business mission.

Don Tuantu Voxuan

Don Voxuan is a freelance instructor with UTA since 2001, he continues to offer job assistance and mentorship for his students whenever possible through his network and collaborative efforts with local businesses and non-profit organizations. He currently works as a senior web developer and team lead for a company in Dallas.
Although a technical person by profession, he is an avid supporter of the arts.  For his "creatives" he funds an independent production studio called the Imprint Society. Join him on Twitter or Facebook to receive notifications about job opportunities and social events. Creative enthusiasts can participate in projects through the Arlington Film Group and Arlington Photography Group; these "meet ups" encourage local amateur and professional interest in the arts as a profession.
Voxuan is a spirited adventurer and an avid student of ethnography. He also enjoys world travel, parkour, tennis, glamour photography, riding motorcycles, Formula 1 racing, and art. This motley combination of interests often inspire creative solutions for his clients, which he executes with both enthusiasm and calculated stubbornness.

Technical Skills


Web Programming

System Design


  • Acrobat
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Story


  • C# .NET
  • PHP
  • SQL Server
  • XML
  • JSON
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • CSS, CSS3
  • (X)HTML, HTML5


  • UML
  • Visio
  • Catalyst Methodology


  • Access
  • Outlook
  • Word
  • Powerpoint
  • Excel
  • Sharepoint

S W, Site Coordinator

Patrick Walsh

LWPI Wedding Planning Institute

Tycer Whaley

Crystal Wilson Crystal Wilson is currently employed with the law firm of Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller. She has worked in the areas of commercial litigation, oil and gas, and family law, and assisted in many depositions, hearings, trials, speeches and presentations. Ms. Wilson has worked in the legal profession for twenty years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Ms. Wilson received her paralegal certificate from the University of North Texas, Professional Development Institute in 1992. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas -Paralegal Division and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Ms. Wilson volunteers with the Legal Aid of North West Texas.

Gregory Wilson

Adriana Winnett