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 ConleyAmanda Conley is an accounting and bookkeeping professional of over 15 years. She holds a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Colorado State University – Global and a Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University. Amanda owns an accounting and tax practice, works for one of largest providers of accounting and tax software and services, and has a passion for education. She has spent the last 13 years working in higher education, helping students achieve their career goals with practical and applicable skills.

    Amanda lives in Washington with her husband and two rescue dogs, Lola and Abbey. She enjoys time outdoors camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

  • 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!

  • Google Ads & Google Analytics

    Ben Kepner InstructorGlobal 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.

  • Betsy LawlessBetsy has over 25 years’ experience in the training world.  She has trained in the corporate world as well as taught in the academic world.    She loves working with people and is passionate about helping others with their training needs and loves seeing their breakthroughs with the materials they are working on.  She teaches power skill courses such as negotiation skills, business writing for bankers, critical thinking and building relationships as a tool.  She also teaches technology courses such as MS Office, Tableau, Photoshop and social media. She is a modern classroom certified trainer.

    Microsoft Office SpecialistBetsy believes we are at our best when we continually learn and that’s why she loves working with others and learning from them and helping them to learn new passions and ways to prepare for a rewarding job path.  

    Betsy lives in Rochester, New York and enjoys the great lakes.  She loves to spend her time racing sailboats or just enjoying being on the water.  Her other passion is photography.  She loves to capture slices of time doing whatever people love to do.  She also loves to snow show, ski and hike. 

  • 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.

  • Carrie CaldareraCarrie Caldarera is an art educator with over 17 years of teaching experience. She has been interested in technology and visual arts since her youth. Carrie holds a degree in graphic design and illustration, an all-level art educator certification, and an online teacher certification. Carrie has lived and worked in creative positions in England, Scotland, Australia, Thailand, Hawaii, and Texas. Her passions include reading, cooking, traveling, painting, decorating, musical theatre, holidays, and creating.

  • 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).

  • Christie AdamsI grew up in Miami, Florida, my mother, Scandinavian, and my father, Cuban. Their mixture of cultures sparked a desire to become immersed in different cultures, so I joined the Navy. I was stationed in Japan for four years and Rota Spain for three years. While in Japan, I vacationed in Hong Kong and Korea. During my stay in Spain, I backpacked for three weeks through 7 countries. My experience in the Navy opened up a whole new world filled with people who expressed fascinating beliefs, traditions, and ideas, inspiring me to become a teacher and mentor.

    After I retired from the Navy, I pursued my passion for teaching. I am a Master Certified Microsoft Instructor, CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer, Dale Carnegie High Impact presenter, and curriculum developer with over 25 years of experience facilitating engaging, interactive training from Salesforce concepts to Microsoft Office for diverse audiences. In October of 2021, I received a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a major in Software Development. (Summa Cum Laude) from ECPI University.

    Over the years, I have built a reputation among my repeat clientele for my passion and unique ability to reach beginners and challenging the more advanced by connecting their interests via relatable analogies and hands-on projects. Additionally, I use my artistic and theatrical talents to create a visual and fun learning connection.

  • 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.

  • 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 Fischer

    Jenny has 20 years of experience as a creative professional under her belt, with experience ranging from publication production and management, to digital marketing strategy. 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 design clients.

    A proud Ram with a BFA in Graphic Design from CSU, Jenny also has an MS in Journalism Innovation from Syracuse University. She is currently combining these academic experiences in her role as Instructor for the Journalism and Media Communication department at CSU.

  • Jon WretlindI am Jon Wretlind, and have been in the graphic design and website development industry for more than 25 years. Currently, I am the Senior Web Developer at Beyond Blue Media in Fort Collins and I run a graphic design/development studio in Loveland Colorado. I specialize in developing online applications for clients working to make our shared human experience a better one.

    I have a Bachelors in Graphic Design from ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena CA, and a Master's in Divinity with a focus on Chaplaincy and Counseling from Denver Seminary. In the past, I have also worked as a part-time chaplain at the Medical Center of the Rockies and in hospice care for Front Range Hospice helping families cope with the emotional burden surrounding trauma and death.

    I love to teach adult students, drawing from my many different experiences professionally as an artist and developer. I also enjoy painting in watercolor, oil and acrylics, and play guitar. Currently, one of my goals is to run my first marathon this year and enjoy training in the great Colorado outdoor trails in and around Fort Collins and Loveland.

  • Jose VegaMy name is Jose Vega, I was born and raised four blocks from the beach on Puerto Rico's beautiful north coast but have spent half of my life in the continental United States. Most of my 28 years of software development experience were focused on the Retail Industry, consulting for clients such as Home Depot, Ulta Cosmetics, Gap, Pep Boys, Luxottica among others.  Although I wore many hats during those years, from Developer, Technical Trainer to VP of Engineering, my unofficial title was "El Curandero" (The Healer) due to my knack for finding solutions for my clients.

    I've always been passionate about teaching and found ways to do so in my professional career while traveling the world. I retired from the software development industry in 2019 and decided to focus my energy on sharing my experiences to help address the digital literacy divide, especially in the adult Spanish-speaking community.  I am looking forward to continuing this effort with DWC helping with Digital Literacy, MS Office, and Google Suite.  When not teaching, you will find me dancing salsa, improvising recipes in the kitchen, or walking our dog around beautiful Austin, Texas.

  • 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.

  • Kelvin HuntleyKelvin Huntley, a native of Greensboro, NC comes to DWC with a plethora of government and teaching experience. He has served in several positions including Information Security Manager, and Information Technology Director. Kelvin is a recent graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned his M.S. in Network Operations and Technology and where he developed multiple Augmented Reality applications for the Microsoft HoloLens while writing his thesis titled: “The Persistent Use of Augmented Reality in the Naval Domain.”

    Kelvin lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and spends his weekends either on his motorcycle or with his prized English bulldog named Dior. Kelvin is a high-energy instructor and his classes are filled with enthusiasm and creativity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Quinita WhitfieldQuinita Whitfield has a background in Business Intelligence with a focus on Power BI. She has worked on several implementation projects with a focus on self-service visualization with Power BI. As part of these projects, she has taught many professionals how to consume, create, and use these reports and dashboards as tools to better equip them for their jobs. Quinita greatly enjoys empowering professionals through visual analytics tools.

    Quinita is a University of Washington Alum. She earned her Masters of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Washington Tacoma.  In her current role, Quinita is a Remote Business Analytics Consultant.

    In her spare time, Quinita enjoys painting, roller-skating with her dog, and enjoying the beaches in her new home town of San Diego, CA.