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.
Agriculture & Equine
Jennifer ColeAssistant Professor of Equine Studies
Jennifer Cole is passionate about horses and brings her passion to the classroom.
Drew SchrockInstructor of Farrier Science
Drew Schrock is the rodeo coach at CWC but also brings knowledge of farrier science to students.
Keith DurenInstructor of Agriculture
Keith Duren is an Instructor of Agriculture
Amanda WinchesterInstructor of Agriculture and Meat Science
Amanda Winchester is an instructor of agriculture and meat science faculty
Business & Entrepreneurship
Brittany YeatesAssociate Professor of Business
Working with students gives Brittany the opportunity to invest in them the way they invest in CWC.
Tammy ForbisAssistant Professor of Business
Tamara Forbis has worked at CWC for more than four years as an instructor for business.
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Joseph FountainAssistant Professor 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 TiltonAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice
Jim ThurmanProfessor of Political Science
Dr. Jim Thurman has worked for CWC for more than 15 years and has worked throughout the world.
Joyce CampbellInstructor of Human Services
Career and Technical
Ken PattonInstructor of Automotive Technology
Amy MaderaInstructor and Program Director of Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management
Amy Madera comes to CWC from West Palm Beach, Florida and has hospitality management experience from various parts of the world.
Dr. Lael NoonanDirector of Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees
Dr. Lael Noonan has a passion for leadership and she's excited to share it with the community.
Pam CapronDirector of Cosmetology, Instructor of Cosmetology
Pam Capron is the Director of Cosmetology, she enjoys how student-friendly CWC is and as an instructor she enjoys seeing each students individualism.
Tracy WrightInstructor of Cosmetology
Darryl SteedsProfessor of Welding
Darryl Steeds is a certified welding inspector and has years of experience in the welding industry.
Health and Nursing
Stacey StanekNursing Director and Professor of Nursing
Stacey is the contact person for students who are applying to the nursing program.
Amy HernandezProfessor of Nursing
Amy began working as a registered nurse in 1997 and loves bringing her experience to the classroom.
Anne NezProfessor of Nursing
Anne Nez brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.
Terry WilsonInstructor of Nursing
Terry Wilson brings more than 34+ years of nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings.
Anna BalerNursing Instructor
Anna is a nursing instructor at the CWC outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.
Elizabeth OliverInstructor of Nursing
Liz Oliver has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a great deal of time mentoring new nurses.
Cathy BeckInstructor of Nursing
Cathy Beck is a member of the CWC faculty team as an instructor at the outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.
Jim KniolaNursing Instructor
Jim brings with him nine years of nursing experiences from his time spent working in ICU, home health, and teaching at a four-year university in Michigan’s upper peninsula.
Media, Arts and Humanities
Jeremy CochranInstructor 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 NielsenAssociate 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 CassityAssistant Professor of Communication
Maygen Cassity is passionate about teaching and truly feels fortunate to be in the role.
Joey WestInstructor 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 KehoeProfessor of Art
Nita Kehoe has taught at CWC for more than 20 years and has shown artwork internationally.
David GrayProfessor of English
David Gray brings experience in marketing, journalism, theatre and military communications to the classroom.
Buck TiltonAssociate 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 GabrielsenAssociate Professor of Radio Broadcasting
Past sports director and general manager at radio stations and co-founder of Wyopreps.com, John Gabrielsen has more than 25 years experience in the radio broadcast field.
Amanda NicholoffProfessor of TV/Broadcasting
Amanda Nicholoff brings experience from her professional career producing at NBC to the classroom.
Wes ConnallyProfessor 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 BartlettAssociate 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 EvansProfessor of English
Ben Evans has taught English at CWC for many years.
Outdoor and Environment
Darran WellsProfessor 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.
Jacki KlancherProfessor of Environmental Science and Health; Director of Instruction and Research at the Alpine Science Institute; Agriculture
Jacki Klancher has been an educator for more than 20 years. Originally from Patricia, Alberta Canada, Klancher has been at CWC for more than 10 years as a professor and she was integral in launching the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition. This undergraduate research program has allowed her to integrate the classroom component of the EHS Environmental GIST and Expedition Science programs with wilderness travel and adventure.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Michael BostickProfessor of Mathematics
Passionate about math, Mike Bostick, enjoys teaching math and helping students comprehend and solve tough math concepts.
Kirsten KappProfessor of Biology and Math
Kirsten Kapp has a passion for wildlife and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.
Jennifer KellnerProfessor of Mathematics
Jennifer Kellner has taught mathematics for more than 10 years at CWC.
Kate PattersonAssistant Professor of Mathematics
Kate Patterson is a math instructor at CWC and is ready to share her love of math with others.
Melena OsborneInstructor 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 GrahamInstructor 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 FinneyAssistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Bill Finney engages his students by creating an interactive learning environment
Matt HerrInstructor of Computer Technology
Professor Matt Herr brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom.
Tara WomackProfessor Biology
Tara Womack lets her students be their own subject by drawing their own blood to determine blood type, counts and more!