Posts from September, 2016

EWC GEAR UP Program adds Parent Advisory Board

Parent Advisory Board members from left to right: Theresa Wilhem-PAB at Glendo Schools, Melisa Wilhoit-PAB at Torrington Schools, Judy Brown, GEAR UP Director, Tori Hunt-PAB at Lingle and Southeast schools.

Parent Advisory Board members from left to right: Theresa Wilhem-PAB at Glendo Schools, Melisa Wilhoit-PAB at Torrington Schools, Judy Brown, GEAR UP Director, Tori Hunt-PAB at Lingle and Southeast schools.

The Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP program has implemented a Parent Advisory Board (PAB) to promote the discussion and development of a shared vision of the educational needs of all EWC GEAR UP students. PAB provides a forum for parents to share their opinions and ideas with each other, the school GEAR UP staff and EWC GEAR UP Director Judy Brown.

PAB is made up of volunteer parent representatives from each EWC GEAR UP school. The PAB will attend GU monthly meetings in the school they represent, and offer assistance, advice and feedback to the EWC GEAR UP staff. PAB will aid the GU staff with monthly meeting, set up, notifications and reminders to parents who have students enrolled in the EWC GEAR UP Program they are welcome to attend.

PAB will attend tutor training each year to become more informed regarding the GEAR UP program in their school.

“I am honored to have these parents as part of the EWC GEAR UP team. Involving parents is a top priority. This helps students, parents and our EWC GEAR UP staff make the strong connection between home and the GEAR UP program”, said GEAR UP Director Judy Brown.

For more information about this program please contact Ms. Brown at 307.532.8269.

New Employees Introduced to Eastern Wyoming College

New employees at EWC

New employees at EWC
Back Row (L-R): Justin Griebe, Jeremy Christensen, Dean Gorsuch, Matt Hickman Dr. Dinesh Kasti
Front Row (L-R): Margaret Farley, Christine Chesser, April Johnson, Xi Feng, John Marrin, James McCord Not pictured: Wendy George, Coordinator for Counseling and Disability Services

Eastern Wyoming College welcomed several new employees to campus this fall.

New faculty and staff members include the following:

Xi Feng from Tianjin, China has been hired as EWC’s Data Analyst, his qualifications include:

  • Quantitative Analyst, CME Group
  • Statistical Consultant, University of IL
  • Research Assistant, University of KY
  • MS in Mathematics (University of IL, Chicago)
  • MS in Physics (University of KY)
  • BS in Applied Physics (Nankai University)

Matt Hickman, from Cheyenne, WY has been hired as a full time custodian. He is a EWC graduate in the Welding & Joining Technology program.

Christine Chesser, from Riverton, WY has been hired as the Cosmetology Department Head and Instructor. Her qualifications include:

  • License Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor
  • 30+ years Cosmetology experience (salon & school owner, instructor, and management)
  • Served 10.5 years on Wyoming State Board of Cosmetology
  • College of Cosmetology graduate (Gillette, WY)
  • Wright Beauty Academy graduate (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Attended Central Wyoming College

Jeremy Christensen, from Belmont, NC is EWC’s new Communication Instructor and Forensics Coach. His credentials are:

  • Debate Director & Adjunct English Instructor, Belmont College
  • Communication Instructor, Cloud County Community College in KS
  • Forensics Director & Communication Assistant Professor, Alderson-Broaddus University in WV
  • Forensics Director & Communication Assistant Professor, Central Wyoming Community College
  • Speech Communication Assistant Professor & Debate Assistant Director, Hillsdale College in MI
  • English Communication Assistant Professor & Forensics Director, Dakota Wesleyan University in SD
  • Defending PhD in English Literature this Fall (University of SD)
  • MA Communication Studies (University of SD)
  • BS Speech (Black Hills State University)

Dean Gorsuch, from Gering, NE has been hired as a Welding & Joining Technology Instructor. Dean graduated from EWC’s Welding program. Dean’s qualifications are:

  • Pipeline Welder, Kinder Morgan
  • 7.5 years of welding experience
  • Welder, Progress Rail
  • Welding Certificate (EWC)

Dr. Dinesh Kasti, from Nepal by way of Boca Raton, FL has been named the new Math instructor. His qualifications include:

  • Math Faculty, Kantipur College
  • Math & Statistics full Instructor, FAU
  • Software Developer & Senior Software Developer, Tech World IT Partner Ltd
  • Math & Computer Science Teacher, Basu Higher Secondary School & Mahendra Vidya Ashram School
  • PhD Mathematics (FAU)
  • MS Mathematics (FAU)
  • Post-Grad Certificate Computer Science, Staffordshire University (England)
  • MS and BS in Math (Tribhuvan University; Katmandu)
  • BS Computer Science (Tribhuvan University)

John Marrin, from Nebraska by way of Lamar, CO is the new Business Instructor at EWC. His experience includes:

  • President, Lamar Community College
  • Campus Dean, Colorado Mountain College
  • Instructor, Assistant Dean Student Services, Center Director, Dean of Business; WNCC
  • Plant Manager, Sidney, NE
  • Accountant and Mortgage Loan Sales
  • Forward Artillery Observer (Active Duty & NE Nat’l Guard)
  • Branch Manager, Far More Co-operative
  • MBA, Regis University, 1992
  • BBA, Chadron State, 1972

Wendy George, from Colorado by way of Gillette and has presently resided in Torrington this past year. She is the Coordinator for Counseling and Disability Services. Her credentials include:

  • Mental Health Counselor for Westcare Foundation of Wyoming at WMCI
  • Mental Health Counselor at Campbell County Memorial Hospital
  • Behavior Specialist for Campbell County School District
  • Horse Specialist & Equine Therapy, Sky Pony Program
  • MA Education, Community Counseling (Chadron State College)
  • BS Range Management (Chadron State College)

April A. Clark, RN, Instructor for the Douglas Campus nursing program. Her education and experience is as follows:


  • ADN Mt San Jacinto College, 2002
  • BSN CA Baptist University, 2008
  • MSN University of Phoenix, 2010
  • Ph.D Capella University, started 2010

Work Experience:

  • 8 years nursing work experience as Clinical Nurse (Telemetry, PCCU, ICU, DOU, Transplant and ER Nurse) and Preceptor
  • 7 years Instructor/Faculty experience in Higher Education as RN Clinical Instructor and LVN Faculty
  • 3 years AHA Instructor & Business Owner (ACRS Medical, Inc.)

Licenses / Certifications:

  • RN (CA, VA, OK)
  • AHA: BLS, ACLS, PALS Instructor

Margaret Farley, from Rolling Hills, Wyoming has been named the Associate Vice President for EWC Douglas Campus. Her qualifications are:


  • Margaret is currently working on her Ed.D at the University of Wyoming for Educational Administration
  • MPA, University of Wyoming, Public Administration, 1992
  • BA, University of Wyoming, Political Science, Minor in Spanish, 1990
  • She has 12 years’ education experience working in Converse County with high school and college students to achieve success.
  • Community Education and EWC Outreach Coordinator, Converse County School District #2
  • Transportation Dispatcher, CCSD #2,
  • Office Assistant, Montessori School of Casper
  • Housing Manager/Grant Writer, Casper Housing Authority

Also joining the EWC team are part-time custodians Justin Griebe and James McCord.

EWC Adult Education instructors recognized for certification training

Dr. Richard Patterson presents Diane McQueen, Adult Education Director a plaque from the Wyoming Community College Commission.

Dr. Richard Patterson presents Diane McQueen, Adult Education Director a plaque from the Wyoming Community College Commission.

Eastern Wyoming College President Dr. Richard Patterson presents Adult Education (AE) program Director Diane McQueen with a plaque from the Wyoming Community College Commissions at a recent In-Service.

Three EWC instructors from the AE program earned National Career Pathways Certification as endorsed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Chicago, IL. Diane McQueen, Torrington, WY; Dr. Sandy Cooper, Wheatland, WY; and Terri Griffin, Douglas, WY were presented with their Career Pathways Certification on April 22, 2016. In recognition of these completions, the Wyoming Community College Commission’s Adult Education program officially recognized the Adult Education Centers in Torrington, Wheatland, and Douglas as official Career Pathways Centers for the State of Wyoming.

“I am confident that the effort and zeal of your Adult Education Team will continue to improve the lives of Adult Education students and to build the workforce in EWC’s service area,” said Joseph McCann, Ph.D., Programs Team Leader.

For more information about the Adult Education program at EWC please contact Diane McQueen at 307.532.8399.