Digital Workshop Center Trade School

our staff

 

STAFF

Stu Crair

Stu Crair

Training Director & Founder

Liz White

Liz White

Center Manager

Ally Biernat

Ally Biernat

Communications Coordinator

Yogi

Yogi

Security Guard

INSTRUCTORS

  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

    Alan PetersAlan Peters is a illustrator and graphic artist and owner of Boulder based studio Jupiter Visual. Jupiter Visual provides creative services including graphic design, illustration, and screen printed goods and can often be found drawing bicycles and robots. With roots in the midwest, Alan has been a creative professional in Colorado for over 15 years working with diverse clients from bands to breweries. Alan believes in community building, agile practices and rapid development in creative learning.

  • Amanda MacDonaldMy name is Amanda MacDonald and I am excited to help people take their first steps into the world of digital literacy! I have my bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and my Master’s in Educational Technology, both from Arizona State University. Next, my goal is to pursue a PhD in behavior and/or learning. I want to continue to learn how to help others learn and succeed.

    I have worked in the field of education for over 15 years in a variety of roles: tutor, teacher, curriculum developer, instructional designer, program manager, and curriculum director. When I am not working, I love to play outdoors with my children and our big, fluffy Alaskan Malamute dogs! I am excited to join the instructional team at the Digital Workshop Center and help students succeed. Good luck in your studies!

  • QuickBooks

    Becky Sheppard QuickBooksBecky has 20+ years’ experience in accounting & bookkeeping for a wide range of industries. Initially, she was trained using Peachtree for Accounting and later transitioned into QuickBooks beginning with the 1995 version. As the former Controller for a large company, Becky specializes in cleaning up messy books. She is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor with advanced certification in all QuickBooks software including Pro/Premier, Enterprise, QuickBooks Online, and QuickBooks Point of Sale.

    Becky currently maintains books for over 150 businesses that range from start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations. She is also in school working on her Masters of Accountancy degree so she can obtain her CPA license. After graduation, she plans to focus on accounting forensics through audit and fraud investigation.

  • Google Ads & Google Analytics

    Ben Kepner Instructor

    Global Social Media Marketing CEO, Google For Education Certified Trainer, Event Manager for Network After Work, Amazon Influencer, Google Ads & Analytics Instructor, and former English Teacher in Spain.

    After graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A in Marketing, International Business, Benjamin Kepner has 10 years of experience in global sales, technology, public speaking, training, blogging, partnership marketing, G Suite, SEO, Google Ads, WordPress, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Spanish for 100 brands and 100 events across 40 industries. My values rooted in generosity, collaboration, and transparency guide the vision and culture for the Global Social Media Marketing team to deliver positive results to our clients, 60K fans, and partners.

    I'm passionate about live music, hiking, surfing, food, travel, YouTube, and snowboarding to keep my soul balanced.

  • UX Design

    Brian WilkeBrian brings two decades of creative design experience to Digital Workshop Center. He has worked for Fortune 50 companies like HP, Canon, and Philips. Brian has worked both in agencies and corporate art departments. Most recently, he works with entrepreneurs seeking to grow their marketing efforts. You can see some of his most recent work at www.studiowilke.com.

    Brian lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Traci and their two amazing boys. Car enthusiast and cycling fan… Brian loves anything that goes fast. His classes will focus on getting more done in the least amount of time.

  • Microsoft Office

    CD Copper MS Office

    CD is an experienced trainer with over two decades of relevant training experience in Microsoft Office Applications from beginning to advanced proficiency levels.  CD is also experienced in soft skills and curriculum development.

  • Project Management

    Chris Hoquis InstructorWith nearly 15 years of experience spanning from project management, business analysis and software development to teaching, facilitation and leading process improvement initiatives, Chris is driven to continuously learn new things and connect with others with similar interests.

    Chris is a relentless enthusiast of knowledge, has 13+ years of experience in the tech sector and is a lead instructor at the University of Manitoba (Canada). He has been teaching courses in business, project management, analysis, development, and a variety of soft skill workshops at the University level and absolutely loves it.

    Outside of the classroom, Chris is a boxing enthusiast and an avid volunteer in the community. He's been coaching youth basketball for over 10 years, has been volunteering for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and is a local business advisor for high school students in the Junior Achievement program (high school program that teaches entrepreneurship by launching a business during the school year with guidance from business advisors).

  • Microsoft Office

    Darren ElvenDarren is an entrepreneurial technology professional with multi-industry experience spanning local startups through to global brands such as Disney and Crocs. A mentor and adviser with a passion for being a lifelong learner. He grew up in the United Kingdom, spent a number of years in France to finally return and change careers from Hospitality to High-Tech, after graduating from Middlesex University with degree in Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology he relocated to Colorado and began his first web development role with ServiceMetrics in Gunbarrel.

    Over the last 20 years his career has been all about technology, innovation and strategy. His background includes being a founder, software engineer, CEO, CIO/CTO and Chief Strategy Officer, as well as holding board seats for both for-profits and non-profits. His roles and responsibilities have included leading, coaching, and mentoring in areas such as web development, system architectures, enterprise architectures, global retail merchandising, point of sale, marketing systems, internet of things, smart cities, technology and business operations.

    Today, Darren is a farther of a toddler, enjoys planning life with his soulmate, and focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and growth opportunities for individuals as well as organizations. He is always excited to help newcomers discover digital technology and innovation and achieve their learning goals.

  • Microsoft Office & Basic Digital Literacy

    David WiatrolikDavid is a musician, educator, and small business owner based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He holds both a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters of Music in jazz performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In May of 2017, David completed a Doctorate of Music Arts from University of Southern California. His small business provides freelance entertainment, composing, PR, marketing, recording, and production services. David also performs music regularly with several groups across the Front Range.


    David has a talent for blending formal and informal learning techniques to suit the needs and goals of his students. His gift is reaching beginners and those who are new to using technology due to his use of a student-centered approach where the student takes active role in their learning by completing real-world projects. In this approach the instructor, acts more as a facilitator of learning and a resource of information. By remaining flexible and embracing the physical, aural and visual modes of learning, classes with David can be both fun and engaging, yet packed full of skills and knowledge relevant to your ambitions.

  • Microsoft Office, Business Soft Skills & Basic Digital Literacy

    Jose Valdes InstructorI was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and immigrated with my parents and sister to the United States as pollical refugees in 1962. We were quickly resettled from Miami, Florida to Denver, Colorado. Interestingly, I grow up in a Denver neighborhood with many families originally from the Netherlands.

    I graduated from Denver South High School and found that Colorado State University (CSU) was a terrific fit. It was such a good fit that I have an undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate from CSU. However, the doctorate came later in life while serving as the Associate Director for Telecommunications at CSU. In the interim, I was fortunate to complete a couple of graduate degrees in Telecommunications and Computer Information Systems.

    For over thirty years, my career was in telecommunications and information technology with various large communications, information systems companies, and CSU. Serving in technical and managerial positions, it was a wonderfully interesting, challenging, and ever evolving career.

    In parallel, for many of those years I taught business, career, and information technology related courses for a variety of two-year, four-year, private, public, and career institutions. There are not many academic environments dealing with adults that I have not experienced. All were learning experiences and rewarding.

    After retiring from CSU, I joined the College of Business, Department of Computer Information Systems at CSU as an Instructor. Furthermore, for about the same timeframe, I have been teaching for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University, and courses at the Digital Workshop Center.

  • Microsoft Office & Basic Digital Literacy

    Elizabeth Newton MS OfficeElizabeth Newton is an educator, coach and mentor. She holds a BA in Organizational Development with a minor in human resources from Regis University. She also holds a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Adult Education from Regis University and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Elizabeth has 20 years of teaching/support experience with Hewlett Packard and Weston Distance Learning.

    Elizabeth’s career began in a small local computer business selling computers and computer applications to small business in Loveland Colorado. She then brought her wealth of knowledge to Hewlett Packard where she taught Microsoft applications to support engineers worldwide. While employed at Hewlett Packard as a training specialist and consultant her goal was to provide world class customer experiences.

    Elizabeth has a passion for learning. She believes that in life we experience daily learning moments. She believes we have the power to capture each moment and grow professionally and personally. When not teaching, Elizabeth spends time with her family enjoying the outdoors hiking, camping and sitting around the fire telling tall tales with her granddaughters. She also enjoys yoga, tai chi, meditating and cooking.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office & Basic Digital Literacy

    Eris Klein InstructorEris Klein is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and multi-media instructor. For over 20 years she has provided illustration and design for a variety of businesses -- with an emphasis on mind-body-soul, health and wellness.

    During that time, she has also taught art and multimedia at several Colorado Community Colleges and Charter High Schools. She has taught Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Web Design, Animation, Graphic Novels, Art Appreciation, Watercolor Painting and more!

    Eris has a BFA with 30 graduate credits in multi-media. She also has a Career and Technical Certificate in multimedia and a K-12 Teaching License.  She loves art, technology, and assisting others to achieve their dreams.

  • Digital Marketing

    Greg Moore InstructorGreg Moore is a family man, entrepreneur, and business coach. His superpower is the ability to find hidden profit and growth potential in ANY business.

    After graduating from The University of New Mexico with a degree in Applied Mathematics, he entered the workforce as a Satellite Engineer maintaining software for the government. Later, Greg and his wife answered an internal desire to enter the business world, so they started their own remodeling company netting over $50 million in sales in less than a decade. Due to innovative marketing, advertising efforts, and creativity, their business was very prosperous. Much of their success was earned by internal core belief that empowering and mentoring employees evokes a mutually beneficial environment.

    Greg now runs a marketing and business coaching firm called AvaWing. Understanding the challenges of being an entrepreneur, such as working with little capital and the need for guided direction and quick, useful information enables him to pass his knowledge onto others. He also understands that as a small business, implementing smart and economical strategies to get sales, leads, and clients is crucial.

    Through conducting national workshops, 100’s of sales meetings, and pitching large corporations such as The Home Depot and Ace Hardware, Greg has gained invaluable industry knowledge. Working in the fields of Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Chemistry, Probiotics, Photography, Hospitality, and Home Improvement also taught him substantial business expertise to offer to the DWC community.

    Greg’s skills include Web Design, SEO, CRM Development, Lead Generation, Trade Show Planning & Management, Sales Management, Marketing, Advertising, Brand Building, Motivational Speaking, and Business Coaching.

  • Microsoft Office & Basic Digital Literacy

    Heather Burkley InstructorHeather is an educator, artist and entrepreneur based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She received both a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning as well as a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Watershed Management from Colorado State University. Her experience in teaching STEM topics in advanced programs unlocked her desire to use a practical approach in teaching computer topics.

     She enjoys working with those new to technology to guide them into becoming successful. She strives to build effective and creative learning with hands-on challenges to solve real-world problems.

    When not teaching or reading, she enjoys painting, traveling and being near water. You can find her hanging by the pool, lake or beach on a SUP board.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

    Jake VanNewkirkJake Van Newkirk is a creative director and graphic designer with almost 20 years of experience in creative direction, branding, graphic design, marketing, product design, product development, and retail / tradeshow space design. Over the course of his career, he has worked in-house as a Creative Director for nationally recognized brands in the apparel and footwear industries, as well as maintained a consulting practice for small and medium-sized businesses across various industries.

    Jake grew up in Fort Collins and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

    When Jake isn’t teaching or working behind his computer for his clients, he can be found biking, snowboarding, fishing and camping with his family in the great outdoors of Colorado.

  • Digital Marketing

    Jenny FischerJenny has 20 years of experience as a creative professional under her belt, with experience ranging from publication production and management, to her current role as digital director at Jet Marketing. During that time, she has been an Assistant Director for Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp., Creative Services Manager for an event company serving clients around the globe, and has maintained a handful of small businesses as freelance design clients.

    A proud Ram with a BFA in Graphic Design from CSU, Jenny also has an MS in Journalism Innovation from Syracuse University.

  • Jonathan RootMy name is Jonathan Root and I previously worked as a Frontend Web developer for Boeing. I also have worked as an instructor for the University of Washington, Nucamp, and Tacoma Community College. In addition to my instructor role with Digital Workshop Center, I work as a mentor for several coding programs like Thinkful, Lambda, Udacity, and OpenClassrooms. I am excited to be with Digital Workshop Center and to help you succeed in your career.

  • Photography, Adobe Lightroom

    Josh Hardin InstructorJosh Hardin has dedicated his life to looking for the best light to photograph Colorado’s peaks, plains and desert plateaus. Born and raised in Loveland, it was on childhood trips to the nearby Rockies that he discovered a passion for outdoor photography. He studied black and white darkroom techniques in high school, later managed a professional one-hour photo lab in Fort Collins and was as an editor of The Rocky Mountain Collegian while he was earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Colorado State University.

    Josh spent a year as a reporter/photographer for The BVI Beacon, a newspaper in the British Virgin Islands, then five years as the staff photographer for Regis University in Denver while earning a master’s degree in business administration there. Josh’s company Viewfinder Media recently released the book Classic Colorado: a compilation of his best nature shots.

    Today, Josh works as staff photographer for Colorado Life Magazine, moderates the Rocky Mountain regional forum on Naturephotographers.net and still spends an extensive amount of time exploring and photographing his home state.

  • Data Science

    Kevin McManusAfter completing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Math, Kevin worked as an econometrician for a Boston-area consulting firm, modeling steel industry demand, supply and cost. This work led to software engineering assignments focused on econometric applications.  After 25 years at Hewlett-Packard in various software engineering roles, Kevin retired to get in touch with his inner econometrician and pursue more quantitative endeavors.

    Upon retirement, Kevin took on several data-intensive consulting engagements. These included business intelligence applications using SQL Server and PowerBI addressing project management, resource allocation and cost reporting.  He completed Coursera’s Data Science Certification (in R) and Andrew Ng’s Neural Network Certification (in Python).

    In his most recent work, Kevin prototyped a product recommender web service for an industrial supplier, applied the Google Object Detection Framework to extracting radar reflections from ionosphere images. Currently as an Astronomy researcher at CU/Boulder, Kevin is applying machine learning techniques to the Gaia astronomical catalog to identify members of star clusters.

  • E-learning, Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline

    Kim Fields InstructorKimberly Fields is the owner, founder, and principal instructional designer at KF Instructional Design Solutions, LLC. Kimberly has over 15 years of experience in course design, development, and delivery, and specializes in applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning to the creation of highly engaging, accessible online learning experiences. Her company works with clients around the globe to deliver courses on a variety of topics, ranging from principles of research security management in higher education to soft skills for new supervisors in the hospitality industry.

    Kimberly is a bona fide technology geek who has dabbled with a wide variety of instructional technology tools over the years. She became hooked on helping others gain new instructional design skills while training her fellow instructors Laramie County Community College on emerging technology, where she served as an English Instructor and Instructional Designer. Her favorite development tools include Articulate 360, Adobe Captivate, Vyond (previously GoAnimate), Screencast-o-matic, and the Adobe Creative Suite.

    When Kimberly is not in the midst of delivering high-quality instructional content to her clients, you can find her making the most of life in the Colorado foothills, enjoying her family, walking the dogs, tending to her garden, or napping—because naps are awesome.

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  • Digital Marketing & Social Media

    Kristi LovetteKristi Lovette began her career as a graphic designer and account manager at an agency in Omaha, NE in 2003. There, she provided design and direct marketing services for a variety of businesses, including Boys and Girls Club, Oriental Trading, Omaha Steaks, Cabela’s, and more.

    She was soon recruited by one of her key clients, Cox Communications, and spent nearly a decade leading all customer targeted marketing tactics and providing a bridge between Sales & Marketing. After several consolidations across the country, the company eliminated all local Marketing teams, and Kristi took that opportunity to finally make the move to Colorado!

    Today, Kristi leads the Marketing and Business Development teams for an international wind engineering firm, based in Fort Collins. Here, she creates and implements digital and print marketing campaign, and sales strategies for the US and global markets.

    When Kristi isn’t working, she’s either hiking, in a Yoga class or spending time on her own fine art and photography projects.

  • Lisa UlleryLisa Ullery began her career in digital marketing at an agency in El Segundo, CA in 2010.  Here, she dealt with a large number of small businesses in a variety of industries.  Eventually, the agency was acquired by another organization and her role expanded to larger clients.  After being acquired, she had the opportunity to work with well-known brands such as Body Glove, Blue Dog Bakery, and Little Debbie.  
     
    Today, Lisa works for an international B2B events company where she creates and implements digital strategy for their North American trade shows. 
     
    When Lisa is not working, you can find her taking a Yoga class or taking a walk with her dog Ziggy.
  • Nathan BirchHello there! My name is Nathan Birch. I am a web and mobile app developer by trade. I am passionate about emerging technologies and helping students learn them. I started working in web development back in 2014 and have never looked back.

    I have a bachelor’s degree in CIT with an emphasis in Web and Database Development and a master’s degree from Boston University in Information Systems with an emphasis in Security. I have been teaching web and programming classes online since 2018 and have been a full-time professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at BYU-Idaho since 2019.

    My favorite part about teaching programming classes is helping my students gain lucrative skills that will benefit their lives in many ways. I am excited to work with you and to help you on your journey.

  • Video Design, Adobe Premiere Pro & Adobe After Effects

    Phil Broste

    Phillip Broste is an artist and filmmaker with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry.  Phil has a BA in cinema / television production from the University of Southern California and has worked as a visual effects artist and supervisor on several films, commercials, and TV shows including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Jem and the Holograms, Zombieland, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

    As a supervisor, Phil has spent several years developing for and teaching workflow and technique to junior artists.  He’s excited to bring that experience to his role as an instructor for Digital Workshop Center, teaching people in the Fort Collins community how to use creative software to express their own ideas and vision.

    When he isn’t teaching, Phil is a Pedal Steel Guitar player with various local artists.  He is also kept busy as a partner at VFX Legion, which often has him working remotely on TV and Film projects.  And in his free time you will often find him hiking and camping with his family in the foothills of the Rockies.

    To read the DWC community spotlight article on Phil, click here.

  • Microsoft Office & Basic Digital Literacy

    Ron ArrigoRon Arrigo has over 30 years experience working in the tech industry with Eastman Kodak and Hewlett Packard. His breath and depth of experience include software development, application management, systems management, network management, and extensive IT project management. Currently, Ron is a small business owner in Northern Colorado who owns and operates the Fort Collins Charter Service, Inc.

    His experience provides him with a unique blend of technical knowledge. His teaching style, coupled with his experience, allows him to share his understanding of the programs with a clear and straight forward approach focused on how to utilize the programs in today’s fast paced technical world.

  • Web Development

    Stefano Bossi

    Stefano has been making websites since 2001 when he learned HTML to publish his personal online portfolio. Born in Genoa, Italy he came to the US in 1996 to learn the English language before pursuing a career in Design & Visual Communications. The advent of the Internet and the prospect of a new expressive media inspired Stefano to research and train himself in various programming languages and disciplines including, but not limited to: UI/UX, Html, CSS, Javascript, Adobe Creative Suite, and Photography.

    Stefano lives in Fort Collins with his family. When not working on a project, he enjoys relaxing with the family, cooking, drawing or photographing beautiful Colorado.