Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
The RiverFront
Selena Aguilar
Voices For All
Molly Anderson Certified Knitting Instructor
Dana Andreasen
Timothy Aulner
David Ballard
Joseph Barden
Adam Barnett
Rhiannon Bartlett
Matt Belcher Matt Belcher is an experienced builder and nationally-recognized consultant and Author on the business of green building. He has been actively involved in the St. Louis area residential construction industry for three decades, including six years as a top building codes official. He founded Belcher Homes in 1993, specializing in building Sustainable “green” homes and light commercial construction using low-impact, ecological development.

Mr. Belcher has also lent his expertise to lobby for green building legislation, advising on managing legal risks associated with green building as a member of Construction Dispute Resolution Services National Panel of Green Construction Specialists. He also assists other HBA’s and Trade Associations in developing green building programs, green educational programs and promoting building practices shown to create homes, buildings and developments that are safer, cleaner, more energy-efficient, healthier and better for the environment.

Mr. Belcher serves on the National Association of Homebuilders Board of Directors and NAHB’s Green Building and Energy sub-committees and NAHB’s Building Codes and Standards sub-committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Green Building Initiative.

Mr. Belcher was the 2007 President of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. He has served on its Building Codes committee for sixteen years including seven as Chairman. He chaired both the 2006 NAHB National Green Building Conference in Albuquerque NM and the 2007 Conference held in St. Louis. He was instrumental in helping to organize the St. Louis HBA’s green building effort and has served as its chair for the past four years.

Mr. Belcher is a Technical Partner with the University of Missouri’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. He is also a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the US Green Building Council. He was recently invited to testify to the U.S. House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee on Climate Benefits of Improved Building Energy Efficiency.
Nicole Benegas
Katherine Benoit
LaCorkney Bishop
Richard Brayshaw
Eileen Britton
Molly Brost
Robert Caldwell
Debra Carlson Debbie Carlson grew up in rural Minnesota where her love of sewing started. At age 7, she was quilting and embroidering and by age 9, constructing clothing. She was a member of the local 4-H group, where she entered projects into the county fair and developed her skills. It was a natural path for her to be able to attend a yearlong commercial tailoring course taught by a German Master Tailor. The class instruction included basic and major alterations, pattern making, sloper fitting, designing and constructing men’s and ladies jackets and trousers. The training was good preparation for employment in the clothing industry, where she worked as an alterations tailor, taught tailoring classes and became certified to teach at the vocational level. Today, Carlson stays busy with wedding dress sewing and alterations and receives requests for drapery and simple upholstery work.
Chris Case
Douglas Chrisman
Robert Clines
Duane Collins
Michael Combs
Manne Cook
Robert Cote
Bryce Coulton
Casey Craven
Amy Curtis
Jim Daday
Johhnie Davis
Jason DeWater
Liliana Delgado
Christine Donaghy Paulson
Joshua Doy
Kimberly Dusek
Kaitlin East
Anthony Elias
Brian Erdman
Denise Ervin
Alexandra Espinoza
John Evans
Ellen Fields
Christine Flaxbeard

Chris began her career as a Registered Nurse in adult and neonatal ICU and then spent 25 yrs. in Hospital Administration. After leaving the hospital setting, she became the owner of a health care company. Both of these experiences led her to a career in insurance. As a nurse she worked with Medicare, Medicaid and many different insurance companies assuring the patient they received the proper benefits for their episode of care and as a small business owner she was responsible for assuring her employees received the best health, dental, and vision plans available.

Chris also spent time volunteering for the State of Nebraska’s SHIIP Office where she would educate clients on all aspects of Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Part D Plans, and state subsidies available to help with financial problems, and to provide support during the decision-making process.

As the owner of Flaxbeard Insurance Advisors, Chris focuses on health insurance for every age group and represents many insurance companies so her clients are able to choose the one that best fits their needs.

Christine was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She is married to Gary Flaxbeard and they have 3 adult children.

Gary Flaxbeard
Daniel Flores
Aline Fouche
Nick Friedrichsen
Janette Fritz
Megan Geren
David Gillis
Phillip Goldsmith
Maggie Gorman
Ruthanne Grimsley
Josh Gruhn
Alea Hall
Julie Hamilton-Dort
Mimi Hannor
Elaine Heath
Kenneth Heinze
Jackson Henning
Schonda "Rena" Herbert
Terry Hill
Eric Holstein
Langston Hoover
Natalie Hueske
Jeffrey Ingraham
Pamela Ingraham
Teri Ispas
Craig Jacobus
Aditi Jain
Matthew James
Stephen Johnston
Julissa Jones
Jessie Jordan
Erica Joslin
Mike Kassebaum
Benjamin Keeler
Lizz Keene
Susie Kemp
Randy Kessler
Dylan King
Chris Knight
Vernetta Kosalka

Vernetta Kosalka is an award-winning hospitality professional specializing in event planning, event design and hospitality management education in Omaha, NE. Kosalka graduated from College of Saint Mary in 2003 with a dual degree in Business Administration and CIM and later received her Master's in Organizational Leadership in 2007. With over thirteen years of experience, she has garnered respect from her peers and continues to give back to the Omaha community through volunteering on the Omaha Police Officers Ball Committee benefitting Special Olympics Nebraska, being an Advisory Board Member of the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and serving as the Special Events Committee Chair.

Kevin Kowskie Kevin Kowskie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is passionate about travel and art. His artwork has been displayed at the College of St. Mary’s, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Durham Museum and has been included in a group show at the Joslyn Art Museum. Kowskie’s love for foreign travel and cultural enrichment goes back as far as he can remember. While traveling with his family to Rocky Mountain National Park as a child, he developed a keen desire to expand his journeys to distant lands, and the rest was history. After traveling through much of the United States as he got older, this ambition drew him to expand his travels on an international scale—discovering destinations in Canada, Mexico and a dozen European nations. In his early thirties, Kevin and a friend devoted two weeks every year to backpacking through Europe and visiting different nations and destinations via train. He loves encountering new cultures and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. After someone suggested to him that Omaha would appreciate seminars on European travel, Kowskie followed his passion to become a noncredit instructor on the subject for MCC. Planning, organizing and leading group tours are part of his favorite pastimes. Kowskie is currently a trip leader and coordinator for MCC’s Traveling Classrooms, sharing his experience and knowledge as part of the motivated Continuing Education staff.
Laura Krasneck
Aurora Lagattuta
Lyle Laizure
Tylynda Lewis
Alexa Luther
Jim MacNabb
Tyler Magnuson
Naomi Mardock Uman
Midori Maruoka-Buchanan
Alexis Mattan
Timothy McCabe
Charissa McCartney
Matthew McCuen
Louis McDaneld
Nicole McDonald
Beatrix McDowell
Taylor McHugh
Alexander McKamy
Fredric McMains
Roger Mead
Sara Mellor
Michele Michaelsen The instructor is Michele, who has been creating and selling wire jewelry for several years with her business Elements by Michele. She has previously taught workshops at Hot Shops Art Center and at the Omaha Bead Affair.
Rhonda Middleton
Grace Miller
Mike Modrcin
Kimberly Moeller
Diana Molina
Sarah Nascimento
Tara Neese
Khoi Nguyen
Maureen O'Brien
Beth O'Hanlon Beth O’Hanlon received her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Art History and Studio. This education has served her well in her professional pursuits because it has given her a dual approach to understanding and sharing art. O’Hanlon later returned to school and earned her teaching certificate in Art K-12 and Gifted Education K-12.

She has taught art classes in public schools and art history at the University of Cincinnati, Metropolitan Community College and Southeast Community College. O’Hanlon enjoyed mentoring gifted students with Lincoln Public Schools and has now earned her Master’s Degree in Gifted Education and is currently facilitating gifted education at Omaha Public Schools.

O’Hanlon’s studio work has been rewarding with multiple solo exhibitions in painting and many group exhibitions in sculpture and painting. She has been showing her work in galleries for more than 20 years including nature centers and charity events. O’Hanlon has found these to be highly rewarding and she is encouraged that art has a community purpose beyond classroom education. In 2000, she joined the Nebraska Arts Association, Artists in Schools and Communities Program.

O’Hanlon brings many years of art and teaching experience to her business, Adventure in Art. Since buying the business in 2014, she evolved it into a working studio, which offered classes. Since 2017, O’Hanlon has continued the business without the studio space and enjoys bringing many classes and events to the community.
Brian O'Malley
Iskandar Odinaev
Adetokunbo Oredein
Levent Oz
Natalie Palmgren
Wayland Snookie Parker
Sarah Parys
Traci Patzner
Gregg Pejsar
Lisa Pelto
Deanna Peterson
Derek Peterson
Adrian Petrescu
Vanessa Piper
Mary Provaznik
Steve Prusia
Keri Quintanilla
Elizabeth Rahl
Sharon Ramos
Alan Ramsey
Black Rocket
Steven Rodie
Patricia Rodriguez
Garrett Ross
Midwest Rug Hookers
Marshawn Rush-Ford
Valerie Russell
Michael Saklar
Armando Salgado
Cassandra Salter
Julie Sanford
Timothy Schulz
Stephenie Sealy
Divine Shelton

Divine W. Shelton, MPA, MA (he/him/his) serves as a Public Health Project Coordinator for CityMatCH. This Omaha, Nebraska, native attended Creighton University receiving his Bachelor of Art in Philosophy. Divine went on to Saint Louis University where he earned a Dual Masters in Public Administration and Political Science.

While in St. Louis, Divine worked on retention programs to retain black male students at Saint Louis University and Lincoln Universities. He served in various capacities during his seven years in St. Louis from: working for a large housing non-profit, city government, and a youth homeless shelter.

Prior to joining CityMatCH, Divine served on the St. Louis staff of United States Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri where he gained experience working in public policy, government, federal grant, community outreach, day to day operations of high profile programs, negotiation and program implementation.

Divine joined the organization in 2019, and looks forward to learning from the staff at CityMatCH while seeking health equity for disenfranchised and marginalized communities nationwide.

In his spare time Divine spends time with his family, enjoys running with his husky, and lifeguarding.

Michael Shonka
Sydney Simon
Jeannie Sisson
Quintin Slovek Quintin Slovek is a fourth-generation Omahan and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Alabama American Studies Master's Program where he focused on early 20th century popular culture. Quintin worked as a teacher's assistant and later guest-lecturer for Omaha Public Schools award-winning Making Invisible Histories Visible Program from 2013 to 2019. He also served as an assistant artist and historical researcher for the South Omaha Mural Project, a public art series dedicated to the area's immigrant communities. He has also worked as a tour guide for the last three years, primarily focused on the Old Market area. His interests include labor and immigration history, Prohibition and organized crime, and collecting the merch of old-school Omaha restaurants, breweries, and other institutions.
Alice Smith
Lisa Strilkivsky
Amber Sturdivant
Andy Stzatko
Brad Swanson
Michelle Swoboda
Sierra Taylor
Kevin Thompson
Seth Vander Laan
Randy Veach
Barbara Velazquez
Walter Vosicka
Toan Vuong
Santha Walters
Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant
Sarah Watson
Kent Weilage
Ted Weitkemper
Erin Welsh
Amy Welte
Sandra Wendel
Da'Quisha Whitaker
Kim Whiteside
Craig Wiles
Jason Wilson
Mary Wolford
Bonsy Yelsangi
Alexis Zgud