Employee Directory

Jacqui Anderson
Jacqui Anderson

Executive Assistant/Clerk of Board

Zach Arvieux
Zach Arvieux

Systems Administrator

Charles Bartlett
Charles Bartlett

Maintenance Supervisor

Brianna Bess
Brianna Bess

Hospitality Culinary Arts Instructor

Josey Booth
Josey Booth

Admissions Specialist

Taumi Boyce
Taumi Boyce

Graphic Designer

Joe Brazzle
Joe Brazzle

Automotive Technology Instructor - Emporia

620-341-1358
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Joe began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2019. He has over 23 years of experience in automotive repair, including owning and operating his own auto repair shop. Joe received his automotive education from Manhattan Area Technical College and holds several certifications including ASE Certifications of Master Automotive Technician and L1-Advance Engine Performance.

Joe Brazzle
620-341-1358
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Joe began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2019. He has over 23 years of experience in automotive repair, including owning and operating his own auto repair shop. Joe received his automotive education from Manhattan Area Technical College and holds several certifications including ASE Certifications of Master Automotive Technician and L1-Advance Engine Performance.

Corryn Brewer
Corryn Brewer

Welding Technology Instructor

620-343-4746
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Corryn began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Prior to that she spent four years in the welding industry, two working for L&M Ethanol Maintenance as a traveling combination welder and two years at Sauder's Custom Fabrication in Emporia as a welder. Corryn completed the Nevada Regional Technical Center Welding Technology program as a high school student. She then attended Missouri Welding Institute in 2018 and completed a Master Pipe Welding and Fitting course. She is a certified Pipe Welder per ASME Section IX/ All Positions and a certified Structural Welder under AWS D1.1.

Corryn Brewer
620-343-4746
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Corryn began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Prior to that she spent four years in the welding industry, two working for L&M Ethanol Maintenance as a traveling combination welder and two years at Sauder's Custom Fabrication in Emporia as a welder. Corryn completed the Nevada Regional Technical Center Welding Technology program as a high school student. She then attended Missouri Welding Institute in 2018 and completed a Master Pipe Welding and Fitting course. She is a certified Pipe Welder per ASME Section IX/ All Positions and a certified Structural Welder under AWS D1.1.

Andrea Cahoone
Andrea Cahoone

Business Technology Instructor

Brenda Carmichael
Brenda Carmichael

Dean of Enrollment Management

Erica Clark
Erica Clark

Director of Financial Aid

Gwen Clements
Gwen Clements

Financial Aid and Registration Specialist

Rhiannon Coffman
Rhiannon Coffman

Graphic Arts Technology Instructor

Wyatt Cortner
Wyatt Cortner

Welding Technology Instructor

620-343-4743
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Wyatt began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. He is a graduate of FHTC, holding an Associate of Applied Science degree in both Automotive Technology and Welding Technology. Prior to teaching, Wyatt worked as a structural welder/fabricator for six years. He is certified in API 1104 and all positions under AWS D1.1 and API.

Wyatt Cortner
620-343-4743
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Wyatt began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. He is a graduate of FHTC, holding an Associate of Applied Science degree in both Automotive Technology and Welding Technology. Prior to teaching, Wyatt worked as a structural welder/fabricator for six years. He is certified in API 1104 and all positions under AWS D1.1 and API.

Bryan Crouch
Bryan Crouch

Director of Admissions

Shannon Crouch
Shannon Crouch

Graphic Arts Technology Instructor

620-341-1332
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Shannon graduated from FHTC in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the graphic arts industry in a wide array of areas including digital sheet-fed presses, wide and grand format printing, vinyl graphic production and installation, screen printing, finishing and binding processes and graphic design.

Shannon Crouch
620-341-1332
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Shannon graduated from FHTC in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the graphic arts industry in a wide array of areas including digital sheet-fed presses, wide and grand format printing, vinyl graphic production and installation, screen printing, finishing and binding processes and graphic design.

Mike Crouch
Mike Crouch

Vice President of Advancement

Brice Dallke
Brice Dallke

Welding Technology Instructor

620-343-4745
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Brice, a graduate of the Welding Technology program, began as a full-time instructor at FHTC in 2019 having previously served as an adjunct. His prior work history includes working as a welder/fabricator for Mitchell Markowitz Construction. Brice is also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Brice Dallke
620-343-4745
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Brice, a graduate of the Welding Technology program, began as a full-time instructor at FHTC in 2019 having previously served as an adjunct. His prior work history includes working as a welder/fabricator for Mitchell Markowitz Construction. Brice is also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Caron Daugherty
Caron Daugherty

President/CEO

620-341-1306
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President Daugherty became FHTC's seventh president in 2021. She has 28 years of diverse higher education experience, including roles as an academic advisor, a faculty member, a director of grants and an honors program, a dean, and in executive positions as a vice president and as a vice-chancellor of instruction. She has been a part of the community-technical college landscape since 2002. Dr. Daugherty also serves as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer and as a Peer Review Chair. Recognitions include National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor and Moraine Park Association of Career & Technical Education (MPACTE) Administrator of the Year. Dr. Daugherty received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University, her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Caron Daugherty
620-341-1306
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President Daugherty became FHTC's seventh president in 2021. She has 28 years of diverse higher education experience, including roles as an academic advisor, a faculty member, a director of grants and an honors program, a dean, and in executive positions as a vice president and as a vice-chancellor of instruction. She has been a part of the community-technical college landscape since 2002. Dr. Daugherty also serves as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer and as a Peer Review Chair. Recognitions include National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor and Moraine Park Association of Career & Technical Education (MPACTE) Administrator of the Year. Dr. Daugherty received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University, her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Eva De Hoyos
Eva De Hoyos

Academic Advisor/Counselor

Bilingual

Jeff Devilbiss
Jeff Devilbiss

Power Plant Technology Instructor

620-341-1371
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Jeff began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard serving as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer where he overhauled, repaired, and tested the propulsion plant equipment, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Jeff Devilbiss
620-341-1371
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Jeff began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard serving as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer where he overhauled, repaired, and tested the propulsion plant equipment, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Kim Dhority
Kim Dhority

Dean of Academic Affairs

Instructional Design Center Director

Nathan Drake
Nathan Drake

Maintenance Technician IV

Jennifer Enns
Jennifer Enns

Adult Education Center Instructor

Barb Evans
Barb Evans

Director of Emergency Medical Services

620-341-1337
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Barb, a 2004 graduate of the FHTC Practical Nursing program, has worked at Flint Hills Technical College since 1997. She has been an EMS volunteer for 25 years, FHTC Instructor/Coordinator for 20 years and also serves as the area Training Center Coordinator.

Barb Evans
620-341-1337
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Barb, a 2004 graduate of the FHTC Practical Nursing program, has worked at Flint Hills Technical College since 1997. She has been an EMS volunteer for 25 years, FHTC Instructor/Coordinator for 20 years and also serves as the area Training Center Coordinator.

Cora Fleming
Cora Fleming

Accounting Clerk

Nicole Freeland
Nicole Freeland

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1317
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Nicole graduated from FHTC's Practical Nursing Program in 2007. She worked at Newman Regional Health for the Telemetry unit until 2010 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Butler Community College. Upon graduation, she worked for the Women’s Life Center at NRH and later for Same-Day Surgery. While in Same-Day Surgery she earned her Certified Ambulatory Per-Anesthesia Nursing Certification (CAPA), and was chair of the education council for NRH. In 2018 she joined the staff at Home Town Health Care and began pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Emporia State University. She graduated with honors in leadership from ESU in 2019. Nicole has been with FHTC since 2020.

Nicole Freeland
620-341-1317
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Nicole graduated from FHTC's Practical Nursing Program in 2007. She worked at Newman Regional Health for the Telemetry unit until 2010 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Butler Community College. Upon graduation, she worked for the Women’s Life Center at NRH and later for Same-Day Surgery. While in Same-Day Surgery she earned her Certified Ambulatory Per-Anesthesia Nursing Certification (CAPA), and was chair of the education council for NRH. In 2018 she joined the staff at Home Town Health Care and began pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Emporia State University. She graduated with honors in leadership from ESU in 2019. Nicole has been with FHTC since 2020.

Leann Garcia
Leann Garcia

General Education Instructor

Denise Gilligan
Denise Gilligan

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Laura Granado
Laura Granado

Custodian/Maintenance

Monica Graves
Monica Graves

Director of Dental Assisting

Division Chair - Health & Human Services

620-341-1314
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Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1995, and a master’s degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching a variety of Dental Assisting courses as well as Dental Materials and Dental Radiology for the Dental Hygiene program.

Monica Graves
620-341-1314
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Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1995, and a master’s degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching a variety of Dental Assisting courses as well as Dental Materials and Dental Radiology for the Dental Hygiene program.

Don Hatch
Don Hatch

Automotive Parts and Services Supervisor - La Harpe

Kyle Hayes
Kyle Hayes

Industrial Engineering Technology Instructor

Jason Hendry
Jason Hendry

Director of Adult Education Center

Julio Hernandez
Julio Hernandez

Admission & Enrollment Specialist

Troy Hobelmann
Troy Hobelmann

Automotive Parts and Services Supervisor - Emporia

Lynn Humphreys
Lynn Humphreys

Health and Human Services Administrative Assistant

Deb Illk
Deb Illk

Dental Assisting Instructor

620-341-1395
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Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the oral surgery field as a surgical assistant and assistant practice manager. In 1991, she received her DANB certification in Dental Practice Management and served as the oral surgery practice manager from 1990 – 2008. She began teaching at FHTC in 2010 in the Dental Assisting Program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Washburn University. She is responsible for teaching several Dental Assisting courses as well as Nutrition for Oral Health for both dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

Deb Illk
620-341-1395
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Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the oral surgery field as a surgical assistant and assistant practice manager. In 1991, she received her DANB certification in Dental Practice Management and served as the oral surgery practice manager from 1990 – 2008. She began teaching at FHTC in 2010 in the Dental Assisting Program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Washburn University. She is responsible for teaching several Dental Assisting courses as well as Nutrition for Oral Health for both dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson

Admissions Representative

Briana Julo
Briana Julo

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Lisa Kirmer
Lisa Kirmer

Executive Vice President of Student and Instructional Services

Brady Kohler
Brady Kohler

Biology Instructor

Steve Loewen
Steve Loewen

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer

Kayla Luder
Kayla Luder

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1368
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Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 2013. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.

Kayla Luder
620-341-1368
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Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 2013. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.

Gina Lyon
Gina Lyon

Hospitality Culinary Arts Instructor

Natalie Martin
Natalie Martin

Power Plant Technology Instructor

620-343-4717
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Natalie began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Her work experience includes roles in quality assurance across several manufacturing areas and as a high school chemistry and physical science instructor. Natalie has a focused interest in sustainability, the circular economy and renewable technologies and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Emporia State University.

Natalie Martin
620-343-4717
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Natalie began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Her work experience includes roles in quality assurance across several manufacturing areas and as a high school chemistry and physical science instructor. Natalie has a focused interest in sustainability, the circular economy and renewable technologies and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Emporia State University.

Dan McCoy
Dan McCoy

Director of Information Technology

Evelyn McGinnis
Evelyn McGinnis

Automotive Parts and Services Supervisor - Garnett

Judith McIntosh
Judith McIntosh

Adult Education Center Instructor

Kim McNeese
Kim McNeese

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1328
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Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at FHTC since 2008.

Kim McNeese
620-341-1328
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Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at FHTC since 2008.

Lori Moore
Lori Moore

Business Technology Instructor

Division Chair - Arts & Information Technology

620-343-4708
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Lori began teaching in the Business Technology program at FHTC in 2012. Her prior work experience includes employment as a victim advocate, corporate trainer, and non-profit community relations director. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Lori Moore
620-343-4708
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Lori began teaching in the Business Technology program at FHTC in 2012. Her prior work experience includes employment as a victim advocate, corporate trainer, and non-profit community relations director. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Katherine Morgan
Katherine Morgan

Dental Hygiene Instructor

620-341-1348
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Katherine is a graduate of two FHTC programs, Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene in 2012. Prior to becoming an instructor at FHTC, she worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant and dental hygienist. Katherine assists in clinical instruction.

Katherine Morgan
620-341-1348
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Katherine is a graduate of two FHTC programs, Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene in 2012. Prior to becoming an instructor at FHTC, she worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant and dental hygienist. Katherine assists in clinical instruction.

J.J. Nagy
J.J. Nagy

AEC Instructor

Juleen Nuessen
Juleen Nuessen

Accounts Receivable Clerk

Kenda O’Mara
Kenda O’Mara

Business Technology Instructor

620-343-4737
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Kenda has over 20 years of teaching experience and began as a Business Technology instructor at FHTC in 2013. Her prior work experience includes health education teacher, business corporate training supervisor and Project TEEN coordinator. Kenda is an NBEA Member and Phi Beta Lambda Business Advisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Kenda O’Mara
620-343-4737
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Kenda has over 20 years of teaching experience and began as a Business Technology instructor at FHTC in 2013. Her prior work experience includes health education teacher, business corporate training supervisor and Project TEEN coordinator. Kenda is an NBEA Member and Phi Beta Lambda Business Advisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Michael O’Shel
Michael O’Shel

Custodian/Maintenance

Tricia Parks
Tricia Parks

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1327
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Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Fort Hays State University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.

Tricia Parks
620-341-1327
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Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Fort Hays State University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.

Bret Pope
Bret Pope

Automotive Technology Instructor - Garnett

785-448-3072
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Bret began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 1999, prior to that, he worked as an automotive technician at an auto dealership. Bret holds an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree from FHTC. He also has several certifications including ASE Master Technician, L1 ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification, G1 ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification and NATEF Evaluation Team Leader.

Bret Pope
785-448-3072
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Bret began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 1999, prior to that, he worked as an automotive technician at an auto dealership. Bret holds an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree from FHTC. He also has several certifications including ASE Master Technician, L1 ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification, G1 ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification and NATEF Evaluation Team Leader.

Carol Porter
Carol Porter

Foundation Executive Assistant

Candice Price
Candice Price

Student Services Administrative Assistant

Amy Rhoads
Amy Rhoads

Accounts Payable Clerk

George Shove
George Shove

Automotive Instructor - La Harpe

Robert Sieberns
Robert Sieberns

Automotive Technology Instructor - Emporia

620-341-1329
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Robert began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2010. His prior automotive industry work experience includes parts store manager, automotive technician, fleet manager, service advisor and as a high school automotive instructor. Robert holds a bachelor’s in Automotive Service Management and a master’s in Technical Education, both from Pittsburg State University. He also has several certifications including A1-A8 ASE Master Certified Technician, A9 ASE Light Duty Diesel Certification, G1 ASE Maintenance and Light Repair Certification, P2 Automobile Parts Specialist Certification, and ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Section 609 Certification.

Robert Sieberns
620-341-1329
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Robert began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2010. His prior automotive industry work experience includes parts store manager, automotive technician, fleet manager, service advisor and as a high school automotive instructor. Robert holds a bachelor’s in Automotive Service Management and a master’s in Technical Education, both from Pittsburg State University. He also has several certifications including A1-A8 ASE Master Certified Technician, A9 ASE Light Duty Diesel Certification, G1 ASE Maintenance and Light Repair Certification, P2 Automobile Parts Specialist Certification, and ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Section 609 Certification.

Daniel Stair
Daniel Stair

Computerized Machine Tool Engineering Instructor

620-341-1316
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Daniel is a graduate of both FHTC’s Computerized Machine Tool Engineering and Welding Technology programs, he also holds a Mazak Hands-On Training Certificate. Daniel began teaching at FHTC in 2021. Prior to his teaching role, he spent 14 years in local industry as a CNC machinist.

Daniel Stair
620-341-1316
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Daniel is a graduate of both FHTC’s Computerized Machine Tool Engineering and Welding Technology programs, he also holds a Mazak Hands-On Training Certificate. Daniel began teaching at FHTC in 2021. Prior to his teaching role, he spent 14 years in local industry as a CNC machinist.

Adam Starr
Adam Starr

Network Technology Instructor

620-341-1315
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Adam received his Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology degree from FHTC in 1994. That same year, he began his career at FHTC as technical support for the college’s computers and networks and teaching classes for the Electronics Technology program. In 1998, Adam became a full-time instructor and FHTC’s Network Engineer. He holds numerous certifications and licensures including Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, March 2000; CompTIA Network+, March 2001; Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 Certification, March 2002; Certified Novell Administrator, March 2000; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License, Feb 1992; Kansas State Board of Education – Certification in Electronics, Fall 1994.

Adam Starr
620-341-1315
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Adam received his Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology degree from FHTC in 1994. That same year, he began his career at FHTC as technical support for the college’s computers and networks and teaching classes for the Electronics Technology program. In 1998, Adam became a full-time instructor and FHTC’s Network Engineer. He holds numerous certifications and licensures including Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, March 2000; CompTIA Network+, March 2001; Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 Certification, March 2002; Certified Novell Administrator, March 2000; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License, Feb 1992; Kansas State Board of Education – Certification in Electronics, Fall 1994.

Kyle Sumpter
Kyle Sumpter

Network Technology Instructor

620-341-1362
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Kyle received his Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology degree from FHTC in 2011. In 2012, he began his career at FHTC in the IT department and oversaw the installation of the network infrastructure in the college’s downtown campus. Kyle became a Network Technology instructor in 2014 and a full-time faculty member in 2015.

Kyle Sumpter
620-341-1362
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Kyle received his Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology degree from FHTC in 2011. In 2012, he began his career at FHTC in the IT department and oversaw the installation of the network infrastructure in the college’s downtown campus. Kyle became a Network Technology instructor in 2014 and a full-time faculty member in 2015.

Stacy Swift
Stacy Swift

Health Occupations Technology Director, Instructor

Nancy Thompson
Nancy Thompson

Vice President of Business Services

Larry Thompson
Larry Thompson

Automotive Technology Instructor - Garnett

785-448-3072
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Larry began at FHTC in 2019 as the Parts and Service Supervisor for Automotive Technology in Garnett and began teaching for the program in 2020. He has over 40 years of vehicle repair experience including owning and operating his own automotive repair shop for 14 years and seven years of repairing aircraft in the military. Larry holds numerous certifications related to the automotive industry.

Larry Thompson
785-448-3072
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Larry began at FHTC in 2019 as the Parts and Service Supervisor for Automotive Technology in Garnett and began teaching for the program in 2020. He has over 40 years of vehicle repair experience including owning and operating his own automotive repair shop for 14 years and seven years of repairing aircraft in the military. Larry holds numerous certifications related to the automotive industry.

Elizabeth Thrailkill
Elizabeth Thrailkill

Database Report Writer

Russell Thrailkill
Russell Thrailkill

Computer Program Design Instructor

620-343-4715
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Russell began his teaching career at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018. Prior to that, he worked as an Inside Plant Engineer for a telecommunication company. Russell holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Program Design & Development degree from FHTC and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Emporia State University.

Russell Thrailkill
620-343-4715
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Russell began his teaching career at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018. Prior to that, he worked as an Inside Plant Engineer for a telecommunication company. Russell holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Program Design & Development degree from FHTC and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Emporia State University.

Sondra VanSickle
Sondra VanSickle

Allied Health Instructor

620-341-1312
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Sondra has been a Registered Nurse since 1981 after graduating from Newman School of Nursing. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration/Management degree from FHTC. Her experience in the healthcare field includes med/surgical unit, ICU and telemetry, charge nurse, as well as serving as Director of Nursing at a long-term care facility for 26 years. Sondra taught part-time at FHTC before becoming a full-time instructor in 2014.

Sondra VanSickle
620-341-1312
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Sondra has been a Registered Nurse since 1981 after graduating from Newman School of Nursing. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration/Management degree from FHTC. Her experience in the healthcare field includes med/surgical unit, ICU and telemetry, charge nurse, as well as serving as Director of Nursing at a long-term care facility for 26 years. Sondra taught part-time at FHTC before becoming a full-time instructor in 2014.

Judy Walls-Moore
Judy Walls-Moore

Practical Nursing Instructor

Sandy Weeks
Sandy Weeks

Director of Human Resources

Colton Wellnitz
Colton Wellnitz

IT Support

Karis Williams
Karis Williams

Alumni/Annual Fund Coordinator

Christopher Wilson
Christopher Wilson

Industrial Engineering Technology Instructor

Division Chair - Technology

620-341-1360
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Chris Wilson has been teaching Industrial Engineering Technology at FHTC since 2012. Before that, he was a maintenance supervisor at Camso Manufacturing. Chris holds a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and an MT1 (Manufacturing Technician Level 1) Certification from the Manufacturing Skills Institute. Chris also teaches several summer workshops including Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Residential Wiring and Industrial Wiring.

Christopher Wilson
620-341-1360
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Chris Wilson has been teaching Industrial Engineering Technology at FHTC since 2012. Before that, he was a maintenance supervisor at Camso Manufacturing. Chris holds a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and an MT1 (Manufacturing Technician Level 1) Certification from the Manufacturing Skills Institute. Chris also teaches several summer workshops including Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Residential Wiring and Industrial Wiring.

Casey Wilson
Casey Wilson

Multimedia Design Instructor

620-343-4701
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Casey began his career with FHTC in 2018 as the Multimedia Design Instructor. His prior work experience includes Walt Disney Archives in Photoshop retouching and as a photographer covering NFL, MLB, and NCAA sporting events. Casey also holds an unmanned aircraft (drone) license that he utilizes for his video and photography businesses. His fine art landscapes and wildlife images have won national awards and can be seen displayed in local businesses. Casey holds a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado.

Casey Wilson
620-343-4701
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Casey began his career with FHTC in 2018 as the Multimedia Design Instructor. His prior work experience includes Walt Disney Archives in Photoshop retouching and as a photographer covering NFL, MLB, and NCAA sporting events. Casey also holds an unmanned aircraft (drone) license that he utilizes for his video and photography businesses. His fine art landscapes and wildlife images have won national awards and can be seen displayed in local businesses. Casey holds a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado.

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Jacqui Anderson
Jacqui Anderson

Executive Assistant/Clerk of Board

Zach Arvieux
Zach Arvieux

Systems Administrator

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Charles Bartlett
Charles Bartlett

Maintenance Supervisor

Brianna Bess
Brianna Bess

Hospitality Culinary Arts Instructor

Josey Booth
Josey Booth

Admissions Specialist

Taumi Boyce
Taumi Boyce

Graphic Designer

Joe Brazzle
Joe Brazzle

Automotive Technology Instructor - Emporia

620-341-1358
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Joe began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2019. He has over 23 years of experience in automotive repair, including owning and operating his own auto repair shop. Joe received his automotive education from Manhattan Area Technical College and holds several certifications including ASE Certifications of Master Automotive Technician and L1-Advance Engine Performance.

Corryn Brewer
Corryn Brewer

Welding Technology Instructor

620-343-4746
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Corryn began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Prior to that she spent four years in the welding industry, two working for L&M Ethanol Maintenance as a traveling combination welder and two years at Sauder's Custom Fabrication in Emporia as a welder. Corryn completed the Nevada Regional Technical Center Welding Technology program as a high school student. She then attended Missouri Welding Institute in 2018 and completed a Master Pipe Welding and Fitting course. She is a certified Pipe Welder per ASME Section IX/ All Positions and a certified Structural Welder under AWS D1.1.

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Andrea Cahoone
Andrea Cahoone

Business Technology Instructor

Brenda Carmichael
Brenda Carmichael

Dean of Enrollment Management

Erica Clark
Erica Clark

Director of Financial Aid

Gwen Clements
Gwen Clements

Financial Aid and Registration Specialist

Rhiannon Coffman
Rhiannon Coffman

Graphic Arts Technology Instructor

Wyatt Cortner
Wyatt Cortner

Welding Technology Instructor

620-343-4743
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Wyatt began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. He is a graduate of FHTC, holding an Associate of Applied Science degree in both Automotive Technology and Welding Technology. Prior to teaching, Wyatt worked as a structural welder/fabricator for six years. He is certified in API 1104 and all positions under AWS D1.1 and API.

Bryan Crouch
Bryan Crouch

Director of Admissions

Shannon Crouch
Shannon Crouch

Graphic Arts Technology Instructor

620-341-1332
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Shannon graduated from FHTC in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the graphic arts industry in a wide array of areas including digital sheet-fed presses, wide and grand format printing, vinyl graphic production and installation, screen printing, finishing and binding processes and graphic design.

Mike Crouch
Mike Crouch

Vice President of Advancement

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Brice Dallke
Brice Dallke

Welding Technology Instructor

620-343-4745
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Brice, a graduate of the Welding Technology program, began as a full-time instructor at FHTC in 2019 having previously served as an adjunct. His prior work history includes working as a welder/fabricator for Mitchell Markowitz Construction. Brice is also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Caron Daugherty
Caron Daugherty

President/CEO

620-341-1306
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President Daugherty became FHTC's seventh president in 2021. She has 28 years of diverse higher education experience, including roles as an academic advisor, a faculty member, a director of grants and an honors program, a dean, and in executive positions as a vice president and as a vice-chancellor of instruction. She has been a part of the community-technical college landscape since 2002. Dr. Daugherty also serves as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer and as a Peer Review Chair. Recognitions include National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor and Moraine Park Association of Career & Technical Education (MPACTE) Administrator of the Year. Dr. Daugherty received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University, her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Eva De Hoyos
Eva De Hoyos

Academic Advisor/Counselor

Bilingual

Jeff Devilbiss
Jeff Devilbiss

Power Plant Technology Instructor

620-341-1371
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Jeff began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard serving as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer where he overhauled, repaired, and tested the propulsion plant equipment, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Kim Dhority
Kim Dhority

Dean of Academic Affairs

Instructional Design Center Director

Nathan Drake
Nathan Drake

Maintenance Technician IV

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Jennifer Enns
Jennifer Enns

Adult Education Center Instructor

Barb Evans
Barb Evans

Director of Emergency Medical Services

620-341-1337
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Barb, a 2004 graduate of the FHTC Practical Nursing program, has worked at Flint Hills Technical College since 1997. She has been an EMS volunteer for 25 years, FHTC Instructor/Coordinator for 20 years and also serves as the area Training Center Coordinator.

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Cora Fleming
Cora Fleming

Accounting Clerk

Nicole Freeland
Nicole Freeland

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1317
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Nicole graduated from FHTC's Practical Nursing Program in 2007. She worked at Newman Regional Health for the Telemetry unit until 2010 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Butler Community College. Upon graduation, she worked for the Women’s Life Center at NRH and later for Same-Day Surgery. While in Same-Day Surgery she earned her Certified Ambulatory Per-Anesthesia Nursing Certification (CAPA), and was chair of the education council for NRH. In 2018 she joined the staff at Home Town Health Care and began pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Emporia State University. She graduated with honors in leadership from ESU in 2019. Nicole has been with FHTC since 2020.

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Leann Garcia
Leann Garcia

General Education Instructor

Denise Gilligan
Denise Gilligan

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Laura Granado
Laura Granado

Custodian/Maintenance

Monica Graves
Monica Graves

Director of Dental Assisting

Division Chair - Health & Human Services

620-341-1314
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Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1995, and a master’s degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching a variety of Dental Assisting courses as well as Dental Materials and Dental Radiology for the Dental Hygiene program.

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Don Hatch
Don Hatch

Automotive Parts and Services Supervisor - La Harpe

Kyle Hayes
Kyle Hayes

Industrial Engineering Technology Instructor

Jason Hendry
Jason Hendry

Director of Adult Education Center

Julio Hernandez
Julio Hernandez

Admission & Enrollment Specialist

Troy Hobelmann
Troy Hobelmann

Automotive Parts and Services Supervisor - Emporia

Lynn Humphreys
Lynn Humphreys

Health and Human Services Administrative Assistant

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Deb Illk
Deb Illk

Dental Assisting Instructor

620-341-1395
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Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the oral surgery field as a surgical assistant and assistant practice manager. In 1991, she received her DANB certification in Dental Practice Management and served as the oral surgery practice manager from 1990 – 2008. She began teaching at FHTC in 2010 in the Dental Assisting Program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Washburn University. She is responsible for teaching several Dental Assisting courses as well as Nutrition for Oral Health for both dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

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Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson

Admissions Representative

Briana Julo
Briana Julo

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

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Lisa Kirmer
Lisa Kirmer

Executive Vice President of Student and Instructional Services

Brady Kohler
Brady Kohler

Biology Instructor

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Steve Loewen
Steve Loewen

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer

Kayla Luder
Kayla Luder

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1368
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Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 2013. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.

Gina Lyon
Gina Lyon

Hospitality Culinary Arts Instructor

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Natalie Martin
Natalie Martin

Power Plant Technology Instructor

620-343-4717
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Natalie began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Her work experience includes roles in quality assurance across several manufacturing areas and as a high school chemistry and physical science instructor. Natalie has a focused interest in sustainability, the circular economy and renewable technologies and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Emporia State University.

Dan McCoy
Dan McCoy

Director of Information Technology

Evelyn McGinnis
Evelyn McGinnis

Automotive Parts and Services Supervisor - Garnett

Judith McIntosh
Judith McIntosh

Adult Education Center Instructor

Kim McNeese
Kim McNeese

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1328
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Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at FHTC since 2008.

Lori Moore
Lori Moore

Business Technology Instructor

Division Chair - Arts & Information Technology

620-343-4708
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Lori began teaching in the Business Technology program at FHTC in 2012. Her prior work experience includes employment as a victim advocate, corporate trainer, and non-profit community relations director. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Katherine Morgan
Katherine Morgan

Dental Hygiene Instructor

620-341-1348
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Katherine is a graduate of two FHTC programs, Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene in 2012. Prior to becoming an instructor at FHTC, she worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant and dental hygienist. Katherine assists in clinical instruction.

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J.J. Nagy
J.J. Nagy

AEC Instructor

Juleen Nuessen
Juleen Nuessen

Accounts Receivable Clerk

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Kenda O’Mara
Kenda O’Mara

Business Technology Instructor

620-343-4737
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Kenda has over 20 years of teaching experience and began as a Business Technology instructor at FHTC in 2013. Her prior work experience includes health education teacher, business corporate training supervisor and Project TEEN coordinator. Kenda is an NBEA Member and Phi Beta Lambda Business Advisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Michael O’Shel
Michael O’Shel

Custodian/Maintenance

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Tricia Parks
Tricia Parks

Practical Nursing Instructor

620-341-1327
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Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Fort Hays State University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.

Bret Pope
Bret Pope

Automotive Technology Instructor - Garnett

785-448-3072
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Bret began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 1999, prior to that, he worked as an automotive technician at an auto dealership. Bret holds an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree from FHTC. He also has several certifications including ASE Master Technician, L1 ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification, G1 ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification and NATEF Evaluation Team Leader.

Carol Porter
Carol Porter

Foundation Executive Assistant

Candice Price
Candice Price

Student Services Administrative Assistant

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Amy Rhoads
Amy Rhoads

Accounts Payable Clerk

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George Shove
George Shove

Automotive Instructor - La Harpe

Robert Sieberns
Robert Sieberns

Automotive Technology Instructor - Emporia

620-341-1329
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Robert began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2010. His prior automotive industry work experience includes parts store manager, automotive technician, fleet manager, service advisor and as a high school automotive instructor. Robert holds a bachelor’s in Automotive Service Management and a master’s in Technical Education, both from Pittsburg State University. He also has several certifications including A1-A8 ASE Master Certified Technician, A9 ASE Light Duty Diesel Certification, G1 ASE Maintenance and Light Repair Certification, P2 Automobile Parts Specialist Certification, and ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Section 609 Certification.

Daniel Stair
Daniel Stair

Computerized Machine Tool Engineering Instructor

620-341-1316
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Daniel is a graduate of both FHTC’s Computerized Machine Tool Engineering and Welding Technology programs, he also holds a Mazak Hands-On Training Certificate. Daniel began teaching at FHTC in 2021. Prior to his teaching role, he spent 14 years in local industry as a CNC machinist.

Adam Starr
Adam Starr

Network Technology Instructor

620-341-1315
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Adam received his Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology degree from FHTC in 1994. That same year, he began his career at FHTC as technical support for the college’s computers and networks and teaching classes for the Electronics Technology program. In 1998, Adam became a full-time instructor and FHTC’s Network Engineer. He holds numerous certifications and licensures including Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, March 2000; CompTIA Network+, March 2001; Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 Certification, March 2002; Certified Novell Administrator, March 2000; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License, Feb 1992; Kansas State Board of Education – Certification in Electronics, Fall 1994.

Kyle Sumpter
Kyle Sumpter

Network Technology Instructor

620-341-1362
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Kyle received his Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology degree from FHTC in 2011. In 2012, he began his career at FHTC in the IT department and oversaw the installation of the network infrastructure in the college’s downtown campus. Kyle became a Network Technology instructor in 2014 and a full-time faculty member in 2015.

Stacy Swift
Stacy Swift

Health Occupations Technology Director, Instructor

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Nancy Thompson
Nancy Thompson

Vice President of Business Services

Larry Thompson
Larry Thompson

Automotive Technology Instructor - Garnett

785-448-3072
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Larry began at FHTC in 2019 as the Parts and Service Supervisor for Automotive Technology in Garnett and began teaching for the program in 2020. He has over 40 years of vehicle repair experience including owning and operating his own automotive repair shop for 14 years and seven years of repairing aircraft in the military. Larry holds numerous certifications related to the automotive industry.

Elizabeth Thrailkill
Elizabeth Thrailkill

Database Report Writer

Russell Thrailkill
Russell Thrailkill

Computer Program Design Instructor

620-343-4715
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Russell began his teaching career at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018. Prior to that, he worked as an Inside Plant Engineer for a telecommunication company. Russell holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Program Design & Development degree from FHTC and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Emporia State University.

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Sondra VanSickle
Sondra VanSickle

Allied Health Instructor

620-341-1312
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Sondra has been a Registered Nurse since 1981 after graduating from Newman School of Nursing. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration/Management degree from FHTC. Her experience in the healthcare field includes med/surgical unit, ICU and telemetry, charge nurse, as well as serving as Director of Nursing at a long-term care facility for 26 years. Sondra taught part-time at FHTC before becoming a full-time instructor in 2014.

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Judy Walls-Moore
Judy Walls-Moore

Practical Nursing Instructor

Sandy Weeks
Sandy Weeks

Director of Human Resources

Colton Wellnitz
Colton Wellnitz

IT Support

Karis Williams
Karis Williams

Alumni/Annual Fund Coordinator

Christopher Wilson
Christopher Wilson

Industrial Engineering Technology Instructor

Division Chair - Technology

620-341-1360
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Chris Wilson has been teaching Industrial Engineering Technology at FHTC since 2012. Before that, he was a maintenance supervisor at Camso Manufacturing. Chris holds a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and an MT1 (Manufacturing Technician Level 1) Certification from the Manufacturing Skills Institute. Chris also teaches several summer workshops including Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Residential Wiring and Industrial Wiring.

Casey Wilson
Casey Wilson

Multimedia Design Instructor

620-343-4701
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Casey began his career with FHTC in 2018 as the Multimedia Design Instructor. His prior work experience includes Walt Disney Archives in Photoshop retouching and as a photographer covering NFL, MLB, and NCAA sporting events. Casey also holds an unmanned aircraft (drone) license that he utilizes for his video and photography businesses. His fine art landscapes and wildlife images have won national awards and can be seen displayed in local businesses. Casey holds a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado.

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Joe Brazzle
620-341-1358
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Joe began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2019. He has over 23 years of experience in automotive repair, including owning and operating his own auto repair shop. Joe received his automotive education from Manhattan Area Technical College and holds several certifications including ASE Certifications of Master Automotive Technician and L1-Advance Engine Performance.

Corryn Brewer
620-343-4746
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Corryn began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Prior to that she spent four years in the welding industry, two working for L&M Ethanol Maintenance as a traveling combination welder and two years at Sauder's Custom Fabrication in Emporia as a welder. Corryn completed the Nevada Regional Technical Center Welding Technology program as a high school student. She then attended Missouri Welding Institute in 2018 and completed a Master Pipe Welding and Fitting course. She is a certified Pipe Welder per ASME Section IX/ All Positions and a certified Structural Welder under AWS D1.1.

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Wyatt Cortner
620-343-4743
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Wyatt began as a Welding Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. He is a graduate of FHTC, holding an Associate of Applied Science degree in both Automotive Technology and Welding Technology. Prior to teaching, Wyatt worked as a structural welder/fabricator for six years. He is certified in API 1104 and all positions under AWS D1.1 and API.

Shannon Crouch
620-341-1332
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Shannon graduated from FHTC in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the graphic arts industry in a wide array of areas including digital sheet-fed presses, wide and grand format printing, vinyl graphic production and installation, screen printing, finishing and binding processes and graphic design.

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Brice Dallke
620-343-4745
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Brice, a graduate of the Welding Technology program, began as a full-time instructor at FHTC in 2019 having previously served as an adjunct. His prior work history includes working as a welder/fabricator for Mitchell Markowitz Construction. Brice is also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Caron Daugherty
620-341-1306
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President Daugherty became FHTC's seventh president in 2021. She has 28 years of diverse higher education experience, including roles as an academic advisor, a faculty member, a director of grants and an honors program, a dean, and in executive positions as a vice president and as a vice-chancellor of instruction. She has been a part of the community-technical college landscape since 2002. Dr. Daugherty also serves as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer and as a Peer Review Chair. Recognitions include National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor and Moraine Park Association of Career & Technical Education (MPACTE) Administrator of the Year. Dr. Daugherty received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University, her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Jeff Devilbiss
620-341-1371
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Jeff began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard serving as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer where he overhauled, repaired, and tested the propulsion plant equipment, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

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Barb Evans
620-341-1337
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Barb, a 2004 graduate of the FHTC Practical Nursing program, has worked at Flint Hills Technical College since 1997. She has been an EMS volunteer for 25 years, FHTC Instructor/Coordinator for 20 years and also serves as the area Training Center Coordinator.

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Nicole Freeland
620-341-1317
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Nicole graduated from FHTC's Practical Nursing Program in 2007. She worked at Newman Regional Health for the Telemetry unit until 2010 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Butler Community College. Upon graduation, she worked for the Women’s Life Center at NRH and later for Same-Day Surgery. While in Same-Day Surgery she earned her Certified Ambulatory Per-Anesthesia Nursing Certification (CAPA), and was chair of the education council for NRH. In 2018 she joined the staff at Home Town Health Care and began pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Emporia State University. She graduated with honors in leadership from ESU in 2019. Nicole has been with FHTC since 2020.

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Monica Graves
620-341-1314
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Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1995, and a master’s degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching a variety of Dental Assisting courses as well as Dental Materials and Dental Radiology for the Dental Hygiene program.

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Deb Illk
620-341-1395
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Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the oral surgery field as a surgical assistant and assistant practice manager. In 1991, she received her DANB certification in Dental Practice Management and served as the oral surgery practice manager from 1990 – 2008. She began teaching at FHTC in 2010 in the Dental Assisting Program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Washburn University. She is responsible for teaching several Dental Assisting courses as well as Nutrition for Oral Health for both dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

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Kayla Luder
620-341-1368
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Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 2013. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.

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Natalie Martin
620-343-4717
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Natalie began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2021. Her work experience includes roles in quality assurance across several manufacturing areas and as a high school chemistry and physical science instructor. Natalie has a focused interest in sustainability, the circular economy and renewable technologies and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Emporia State University.

Kim McNeese
620-341-1328
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Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at FHTC since 2008.

Lori Moore
620-343-4708
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Lori began teaching in the Business Technology program at FHTC in 2012. Her prior work experience includes employment as a victim advocate, corporate trainer, and non-profit community relations director. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Katherine Morgan
620-341-1348
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Katherine is a graduate of two FHTC programs, Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene in 2012. Prior to becoming an instructor at FHTC, she worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant and dental hygienist. Katherine assists in clinical instruction.

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Kenda O’Mara
620-343-4737
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Kenda has over 20 years of teaching experience and began as a Business Technology instructor at FHTC in 2013. Her prior work experience includes health education teacher, business corporate training supervisor and Project TEEN coordinator. Kenda is an NBEA Member and Phi Beta Lambda Business Advisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

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Tricia Parks
620-341-1327
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Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Fort Hays State University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.

Bret Pope
785-448-3072
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Bret began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 1999, prior to that, he worked as an automotive technician at an auto dealership. Bret holds an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree from FHTC. He also has several certifications including ASE Master Technician, L1 ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification, G1 ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification and NATEF Evaluation Team Leader.

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Robert Sieberns
620-341-1329
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Robert began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2010. His prior automotive industry work experience includes parts store manager, automotive technician, fleet manager, service advisor and as a high school automotive instructor. Robert holds a bachelor’s in Automotive Service Management and a master’s in Technical Education, both from Pittsburg State University. He also has several certifications including A1-A8 ASE Master Certified Technician, A9 ASE Light Duty Diesel Certification, G1 ASE Maintenance and Light Repair Certification, P2 Automobile Parts Specialist Certification, and ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Section 609 Certification.

Daniel Stair
620-341-1316
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Daniel is a graduate of both FHTC’s Computerized Machine Tool Engineering and Welding Technology programs, he also holds a Mazak Hands-On Training Certificate. Daniel began teaching at FHTC in 2021. Prior to his teaching role, he spent 14 years in local industry as a CNC machinist.

Adam Starr
620-341-1315
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Adam received his Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology degree from FHTC in 1994. That same year, he began his career at FHTC as technical support for the college’s computers and networks and teaching classes for the Electronics Technology program. In 1998, Adam became a full-time instructor and FHTC’s Network Engineer. He holds numerous certifications and licensures including Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, March 2000; CompTIA Network+, March 2001; Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 Certification, March 2002; Certified Novell Administrator, March 2000; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License, Feb 1992; Kansas State Board of Education – Certification in Electronics, Fall 1994.

Kyle Sumpter
620-341-1362
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Kyle received his Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology degree from FHTC in 2011. In 2012, he began his career at FHTC in the IT department and oversaw the installation of the network infrastructure in the college’s downtown campus. Kyle became a Network Technology instructor in 2014 and a full-time faculty member in 2015.

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Larry Thompson
785-448-3072
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Larry began at FHTC in 2019 as the Parts and Service Supervisor for Automotive Technology in Garnett and began teaching for the program in 2020. He has over 40 years of vehicle repair experience including owning and operating his own automotive repair shop for 14 years and seven years of repairing aircraft in the military. Larry holds numerous certifications related to the automotive industry.

Russell Thrailkill
620-343-4715
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Russell began his teaching career at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018. Prior to that, he worked as an Inside Plant Engineer for a telecommunication company. Russell holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Program Design & Development degree from FHTC and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Emporia State University.

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Sondra VanSickle
620-341-1312
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Sondra has been a Registered Nurse since 1981 after graduating from Newman School of Nursing. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration/Management degree from FHTC. Her experience in the healthcare field includes med/surgical unit, ICU and telemetry, charge nurse, as well as serving as Director of Nursing at a long-term care facility for 26 years. Sondra taught part-time at FHTC before becoming a full-time instructor in 2014.

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Christopher Wilson
620-341-1360
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Chris Wilson has been teaching Industrial Engineering Technology at FHTC since 2012. Before that, he was a maintenance supervisor at Camso Manufacturing. Chris holds a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and an MT1 (Manufacturing Technician Level 1) Certification from the Manufacturing Skills Institute. Chris also teaches several summer workshops including Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Residential Wiring and Industrial Wiring.

Casey Wilson
620-343-4701
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Casey began his career with FHTC in 2018 as the Multimedia Design Instructor. His prior work experience includes Walt Disney Archives in Photoshop retouching and as a photographer covering NFL, MLB, and NCAA sporting events. Casey also holds an unmanned aircraft (drone) license that he utilizes for his video and photography businesses. His fine art landscapes and wildlife images have won national awards and can be seen displayed in local businesses. Casey holds a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado.