New Employees Introduced to Eastern Wyoming College

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 • 12:51 pm

Eastern Wyoming College welcomes several new employees to campus this fall. “We are excited to welcome these new faculty members to our EWC family.  They bring with them rich academic backgrounds and workplace experiences.  Our music position had been unfilled for several years, so we are looking forward to rebuilding a robust music department.  The other positions have been refilled from retirements of long-term people which means they have “big shoes” to fill.  I’m sure our new faculty members are up to the task, and we are enjoying working with them” shared Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

New faculty and staff members include the following:

New EWC instructors

Left to right: Jennifer Minks, Michael DeMers, Rick Darnell and Kaitlyn Steben

Richard Darnell, Math Instructor.  Rick holds a M.A, 2012, from Chadron State College in Education, Mathematics and a B.S. 2006, from Regis University, Denver, CO in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. 1988, from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in Communications.  He also holds a Secondary Education Certificate, Mathematics for both Wyoming and Nebraska.  Rick has been teaching Math classes as an adjunct at Chadron State College, Western Nebraska Community College, and Laramie County Community College. He has held full-time teaching positions at Chadron Public Schools, Chadron, NE, Liberty Common School, Fort Collins, Co, and Youth PEP Center, Cheyenne, WY.

Jennifer Minks, Business Instructor.  Jennifer holds a M.S. 2007, in Accounting from the University of Wyoming, a BS, 2006 in Accounting, University of Wyoming, Cum Laude, and an AA, 2003, Eastern Wyoming College in Accounting.  Jennifer taught business classes at UW as a Graduate Assistant.  She received her CPA in 2008 and has been employed as a Staff Accountant for Western Sage CPA’s P.C. in Worland, WY.

Kaitlyn Steben, Agriculture Instructor.  Kaitlyn holds a B.S, 2008, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO in Agricultural Science.  Kaitlyn holds a M.S. 2012 in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming. She has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Wyoming.  She was an active member of their equestrian team and also served as the Delta Tau Alpha National Agriculture Honor society Historian, Treasurer.

Michael DeMers, Music Instructor.  Michael holds a B.A. 2007, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN in Music and a M.M., 2011, University of Arizona, in Music Composition.  Michael has been teaching music for EWC over the past year as an adjunct instructor.  He has also taught classes for Community Education and has been involved with community theater productions. 
Mai Lee Holmes, Admissions Coordinator. Mai Lee holds a B.S., 2012, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX in Agricultural Communications.  Mai Lee has been recruiting Ag students for the Texas Tech College of Agriculture as a student ambassador and a Texas Tech Agri-Techsan.  She is a past State Vice President of the Texas FFA.  She has been very active in the Texas Tech Block and Bridle, Meat Judging Team, and Natural Resources Agricultural Council.  She has also been a public relations and media intern focusing on relations with local communities.

Wade Bruch, Workforce Associate Administrative Director.  Wade holds a BS, 2004, in Business Administration, Marketing, from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE.  Wade previously was the Branch Manager for the U.S. Bank in Torrington.  Wade has served on the Community Healthcare Foundation Board and the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.  “Our workforce development efforts are important to us as we meet the needs of our communities and businesses throughout our service area.  Wade has been working closely with the Converse County businesses and industries in order to provide workforce training opportunities” added Dr. Ludwig.

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