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Meet Our Faculty

At CWC, teaching isn't just a job - it's a passion. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers whose top priority is helping you reach your goals. 

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Agriculture & Equine

Jennifer Cole

Assistant Professor of Equine Studies

Jennifer Cole is passionate about horses and brings her passion to the classroom.

Drew Schrock

Instructor of Farrier Science

Drew Schrock is the rodeo coach at CWC but also brings knowledge of farrier science to students.

Scott Priebe

Instructor of Agriculture

Scott Priebe grew up on a corn and soybean farm in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Priebe said Future Farmers of America and agriculture have always been a big part of his life. Priebe said he is most looking forward to introducing students to the greater scope of agriculture.

Amanda Winchester

Instructor of Meat Science

Amanda Winchester is the newest addition to CWC as the meat science instructor

Business & Entrepreneurship

Brittany Yeates

Assistant Professor of Business

Working with students gives Brittany the opportunity to invest in them the way they invest in CWC.

Tammy Forbis

Instructor of Business

Tamara Forbis has worked at CWC for more than four years as an instructor for business.

Kyle Trumble

Program Manager - Student Support Services

Kyle Trumble has experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner and has worked in management roles for many different companies. He has been a business instructor for more than two years at CWC.

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Wayne Montgomery

Professor of Human Services

Wayne Montgomery has been at CWC for more than 11 years and shares his real world experiences as a mental health counselor in his human services courses.

Todd Guenther

Professor of Anthropology and History

Todd Guenther is passionate about anthropology and getting his students the field experience needed for the next level.

Joseph Fountain

Instructor of Psychology

Joseph Fountain loves psychology and hopes to excite and interest his students in it. Most people associate the field of psychology with mental disorders, but the study and science of the mind encompass so much more.

Kathleen Tilton

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Jim Thurman

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Jim Thurman has worked for CWC for more than 15 years and has worked throughout the world.

Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies

Tarissa Spoonhunter is focused on sharing knowledge with other races and nationalities to build relationships to increase understanding.

Career and Technical

Ken Patton

Instructor of Automotive Technology

Amy Madera

Instructor and Program Director of Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management

Amy Madera comes to CWC from West Palm Beach, Florida and has a culinary experience from various parts of the world.

Kaitlin Wood

Instructor of Cosmetology

Kaitlin Wood loves teaching her students new techniques. She enjoys watching them grow from their first day in class to becoming professionals in the industry.

Dr. Lael Noonan

Director/Instructor of Cosmetology

Dr. Lael Noonan is the cosmetology director and instructor at Central Wyoming College.

Pam Capron

Instructor of Cosmetology

Pam Capron enjoys how student-friendly CWC is and as an instructor she enjoys seeing each students individualism.

Darryl Steeds

Professor of Welding

Darryl Steeds is a certified welding inspector and has years of experience in the welding industry.

Health and Nursing

Stacey Stanek

Nursing Director and Professor of Nursing

Stacey Stanek comes to CWC with a wealth of knowledge in the nursing field.

Amy Hernandez

Professor of Nursing

With more than 22 years as a nurse, Amy Hernandez loves bringing her experience to the classroom.

Anne Nez

Professor of Nursing

Anne Nez brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.

Terry Wilson

Instructor of Nursing

Terry Wilson brings more than 33 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings.

Jennifer McCartney

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Jenn McCartney specializes in medical-surgical and administration but also has experience in intensive care, neurology, and the emergency department.

Chris Kube

Nursing Instructor

With 21 years in the healthcare field as a nurse and paramedic, Chris Kube is excited to share her various experiences with nursing students.

Elizabeth Oliver

Instructor of Nursing

Liz Oliver has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a lot of time mentoring new nurses.

Cathy Beck

Instructor of Nursing

Cathy Beck is a member of the CWC faculty team as an instructor at the outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.

Anna Baler

Nursing Instructor

Anna is a nursing instructor at the CWC outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.

Media, Arts and Humanities

Jeremy Cochran

Instructor of Instrumental Music/Director of Bands

Jeremy Cochran is the new music instructor at CWC and he hails from Duluth, Minnesota. Now he resides in Riverton and is ready to watch the music program grow and help students pursue their passion for music.

Jeremy Nielsen

Associate Professor of Film

For Jeremy Nielsen, the film program at Central Wyoming College is all about making movies and he puts cameras into the hands of his students the first day. CWC is the only college in Wyoming that has a film program.

Maygen Cassity

Assistant Professor of Communication

Maygen Cassity is passionate about teaching and truly feels fortunate to be in the role.

Joey West

Instructor of Theater

Joey West has been a part of the theatre world since he was a young child. His first performance was in the Nutcracker as a young boy where he fell in love with life on the stage. He spent his undergraduate at Southern Virginia University, he later moved to England to perform and earn a master's degree at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

Nita Kehoe

Professor of Art

Nita Kehoe has taught at CWC for more than 20 years and has shown artwork internationally.

David Gray

Professor of English

David Gray brings experience in marketing, journalism, theatre and military communications to the classroom.

Buck Tilton

Associate Professor of English

Buck Tilton brings three decades of experience teaching wilderness medicine and writing books and magazine articles to his job as an English Instructor.

John Gabrielsen

Associate Professor of Radio Broadcasting

Past sports director and general manager at radio stations and co-founder of, John Gabrielsen has more than 25 years experience in the radio broadcast field.

Amanda Nicholoff

Professor of TV/Broadcasting

Amanda Nicholoff brings experience from her professional career producing at NBC to the classroom.

Wes Connally

Professor of English

Dr. Connally enjoys seeing students move from one level of writing to the next. Watching the satisfaction students have with their achievements is something he loves about working with students.

Dr. Colleen Bartlett

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Colleen Bartlett has had the opportunity to work in many different settings, she began working in child care and went on to work with older children in preschool and the public school system. She has a unique perspective on early intervention and education and how important it is.

Ben Evans

Professor of English

Ben Evans has taught English at CWC for many years.

Outdoor and Environment

Darran Wells

Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership

Darran Wells is passionate about all kinds of outdoor activities - hiking, climbing, caving, and skiing, but mountain biking is a sport he dedicates most of his free time to.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Michael Bostick

Professor of Mathematics

Passionate about math, Mike Bostick, enjoys teaching math and helping students comprehend and solve tough math concepts.

Kirsten Kapp

Professor of Biology and Math

Kirsten Kapp has a passion for wildlife and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.

Jennifer Kellner

Professor of Mathematics

Jennifer Kellner has taught mathematics for more than 10 years at CWC.

Kate Patterson

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Kate Patterson is a math instructor at CWC and is ready to share her love of math with others.

Melena Osborne

Instructor of Mathematics

Melena Osborne wants to help students succeed in math. She recognizes that math can be a barrier for some students and she's here to help students break that barrier and succeed in college.

Lucy Graham

Instructor of Biological and Physical Sciences

Lucy Graham is from Aurora, Nebraska. Prior to earning her master's degree, Graham spent a year doing an internship at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services where she worked in the epidemiology department focusing on chronic disease prevention, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bill Finney

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Bill Finney engages his students by creating an interactive learning environment

Matt Herr

Instructor of Computer Technology

Professor Matt Herr brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom.

Tara Womack

Professor Biology

Tara Womack lets her students be their own subject by drawing their own blood to determine blood type, counts and more!