Course Listing - by Instructor
Naomi Asher is executive director of the United Way of Anderson County. She is a graduate of Johnson University, where she double majored in music and theology. Asher also earned an M.B.A. in marketing from King University.
Constance Bailey is an instructor for our Kids U summer camps. She will be teaching Molecules & Biomolecules in 3D.
Gavin Baker, principal of Baker Labs in Knoxville, has taught thousands of people about social media over the past five years.
Baker has provided training and digital media consultation for companies such as Ruby Tuesday, Pilot Flying J, Volkswagen, and the United Way of Knox County.
Esther Blakely, a certified master naturalist from the University of Florida, teaches weekend programs for the Smoky Mountain Field School.
Blakely also leads hikes and elk programs as a certified interpretive presenter through the Elk Outreach Program for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She is a long-standing member of the elite Elk Bugle Corps volunteer group in Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina.
James Brogan has an M.B.A. and is the president and founder of Brogan Financial. Brogan is a certified retirement financial advisor and a certified estate and trust specialist.
Brogan was named the 2011 National Advisor of the Year by Senior Market Advisor magazine and is also the host of Newstalk 98.7’s “More Living” with Jim Brogan.
Ronald Browning has taught UT non-credit courses in Spanish for several years.
Melissa Carrasco is an experienced labor and employment attorney whose passion is working with employers and employees to make the workplace work for everyone. She advises organizations on developing and implementing employment policies and procedures, understanding employment benefits, drafting employment agreements and handbooks, and complying with immigration law. She is also an editor and monthly columnist for DICTA, an official publication of the Knoxville Bar Association. Carrasco holds a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Terrence Carter is the vice president of workforce and economic development for the Knoxville Area Urban League, overseeing a $3.4 million loan program and preparing grants and investment proposals. He has more than 25 years of experience in community, economic, and business development.
Carter has worked for Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC) and has served as executive director for the Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement. He earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from Baruch College in New York City.
Carter is a results-oriented leader with demonstrated initiative and creativity.
Kendall Chiles is a freelance nature photographer with more than 25 years of photography experience. His photos have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and brochures, and he has taught various photography workshops for many years.
|Condensed Curriculum International||
UT Conferences & Non-Credit Programs partners with Condensed Curriculum International (CCI) to offer health care certificate programs. Based in Fairfield, New Jersey, CCI supports educational institutions in communities nationwide with leading eLearning and traditional content focused on healthcare and other in-demand disciplines.
Tony DeDominick has been teaching dance courses for UT Non-Credit Programs for over 30 years. He received his master's degree in mathematics and physical education from the University of Tennessee. He currently teaches a for-credit dance class at Maryville College and gives private dance lessons.
Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Wanda DeWaard is an experienced outdoor educator, sharing Earth Kinship with community groups, colleges, camps, nature centers, and teacher conferences since 1974.
Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Liz Domingue is a naturalist, guide, nature photographer, and environmental educator. Through photography, observation, and research, she has studied wildlife, plants, and the natural world throughout the United States and abroad.
Kelly Drummond is the vice president of human resources and grant administration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and has led national trainings on leadership, employee motivation, and personal effectiveness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
She previously served as the executive director of human resources for Knox County Schools and oversaw the hiring, employee relations, and benefits for nearly 10,000 employees.
She also serves as an adjunct professor at Bryan College and Tusculum University and facilitates the SHRM Certification course at Roane State Community College.
Kelly holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in human resource development from Lincoln Memorial University.
Jody Dyer, owner of Knoxville-based Crippled Beagle Publishing, coaches authors of all experience levels through the writing process, from idea to published work. Dyer earned a bachelor's degree in finance at the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.
|Greg Eisele CEC||
Executive chef Greg J. Eisele is director of the UT Culinary & Catering Program, which was recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) as a quality program.
Eisele serves as the current president of the Smoky Mountain chapter of the American Culinary Federation, and he is a frequent guest chef on WBIR-TV in Knoxville.
|Tennessee Rick Elliott||
Tennessee Rick Elliott is a retired teacher, guidance counselor, and school administrator who now spends his time behind the lens of a camera. Elliott is a certified professional photography by the Professional Photographers of America. Elliott earned a B.S. degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree from Xavier University.
John Fawaz, a financial planner for over 22 years, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Fawaz is a CFP® Certified Financial Planner™ and ChFC® Chartered Financial Consultant®. He is a past president of the East Tennessee Financial Planning Association, alumnus of Leadership Knoxville and East Tennessee Regional Leadership Program, a member of the University of Tennessee Chancellor's Associates and Knoxville Estate Planning Council, and a former Knox Heritage board member. He is also a frequent guest speaker on WATE-TV (ABC affiliate) in Knoxville and maintains offices at UT Federal Credit Union.
Securities and advisory services are offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. UT Federal Credit Union (UTFCU), UTFCU Financial Services and Financial Partners of TN, LLC are not registered as a broker-dealer or investment advisor. Registered representatives of LPL offer products and services using Financial Partners of TN, LLC and UTFCU Financial Services, and may also be employees of UT Federal Credit Union. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of, UTFCU, UTFCU Financial Services or Financial Partners of TN, LLC. Securities and insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are:
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Alexia Georghiou is the founder of The Knoxville Happiness Coalition & Life Betterment Through God. She has been a mental health therapist for over 20 years and recently completed a Leadership and Management Certificate online program from Wharton.
She contracts with individuals and organizations to foster engagement and motivation of employees, generate strategies for teams/organizations in transition, and develop healthy habits through life coaching. Georghiou believes the world is a better place because we are in it, and everything we do can shift the culture for the better good.
Faye Hacker is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she took several dance classes, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and ballroom. She has been a dance instructor for several ballroom dance studios and has participated in numerous competitions and showcases. Faye takes great pleasure in teaching students an exciting, fun, and healthy skill that they can enjoy throughout their lives.
Randy Harms has more than 30 years of successful sales, management, and coaching experience. Harms earned a bachelor's degree in business management at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Ila Hatter is an interpretive naturalist, artist, storyteller, wildcrafter, and gourmet cook with more than 31 years of experience teaching the cultural heritage of native plants. She is the producer of Roadside Rambles, a wild foods cookbook, and a video series titled Wild Edibles and Medicinals of Southern Appalachia.
|Dr. Al Hazari||
Al Hazari is a director of UT Chemistry Labs.
Chris Hill is a Knoxville native and owner of the podcast production company, HumblePod. In addition to producing podcasts for nationally-recognized thought leaders, Hill is the co-host and producer of the award-winning Our Humble Beer Podcast. He earned his undergraduate degree in business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in marketing & entrepreneurship, and he later received his M.B.A. from King University.
Curtis Hixon is an instructor for the Smoky Mountain Field School, leading weekend programs on orienteering. He previously has taught junior ranger programs on compass orienteering and basic map reading in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Lynn Hodge is an instructor for our Kids U summer camps. She will be teaching Hands-On STEM.
Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Joey Holt grew up in the foothills of the Smokies and earned his 900-miler status in 2012. He has been a lover of the outdoors all his life, enjoying activities such as camping and hiking.
Deborah Johnson, a certified Microsoft Office specialist, has worked in various teaching capacities in private industry, government, education, and consulting. She has taught computer courses since 1989, including several versions of Windows and almost every version of Microsoft Office products.
Johnson earned a degree in business management from the University of Memphis.
|Evonne Kautz, EA||
Evonne M. Kautz, EA (Enrolled Agent) is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is the recipient of the highest credential awarded by the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to preparing tax returns, she has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS for tax issues including audits, collections, and appeals. Kautz is the founder of 5-Star Holdings, Inc., a tax practice in Knoxville.
Patrick Koster has been teaching our ACT Prep Course for Kids U since 2014. He is the principal at Seymour Community Christian School.
Catherine Krane has always had an interest in creative writing and sharing her interest with others. When her children were young, she worked with them to write several small books. Cathy is a licensed attorney.
MindEdge Learning offers a comprehensive catalog of online professional development courses and certificates for busy professionals.
Nancy Lewelling is a personal IT consultant with an extensive background with Microsoft Office products.
Paul Lewis is a senior teaching lab and tutor specialist for the UT Department of Physics. He is an astronomer extraordinaire and shares his love of the night sky with others.
Robin Marsh has been teaching LEGO® camps for Kids U since 2014. She is the co-owner of Beyond a Brick, an organization which seeks to build up young minds through LEGO® and STEM education. She serves as the assistant judge/advisor for the FIRST LEGO® League competition in Tennessee and the director of the LEGO® competition at the Tennessee Valley Fair. Robin earned her B.S. at the University of Tennessee.
Tony Mayfield is a senior consultant at On-Target Innovations, LLC, a Tennessee-based technology and engineering consulting firm. He has over 30 years of experience in developing high-end projects, cost controls, information systems, process improvement, process re-engineering, and training with both commercial and government organizations.
He has a bachelor's degree in engineering, a master's degree in information systems, and is currently working on his doctorate in information systems.
Ron McConathy specializes in environmental portraiture, wedding, animal, and nature/science photography. He is a past president of Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers and a charter member of North American Nature Photography Association.
Deborah McConnon comes from a long line of Appalachian educators and has spent over three decades in the humanities classroom teaching a variety of history and religion courses. Throughout her career she has been invited to participate in both local history seminars and three National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes. After encountering a lack of understanding for the power of place among her students, she developed and offered a history elective dedicated solely to a study of Appalachia as both a region and a culture. She is excited to offer this course to her local community and looks forward to advancing a better understanding of both the people and the place that is Appalachia.
|Arthur "Butch" McDade||
Butch McDade retired from Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 30 years of service and has authored two books, The Natural Arches of the Big South Fork and Old Smoky Mountain Days.
Kevin Mickna is the lead instructor for the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program.
He is a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 29 years of service. In 2009, he completed certification as a High Risk Training Instructor at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal where he instructed in the school's Tools and Methods Division until transferring to the school's Demolition Division in 2016.
Mickna was contracted by RELYANT Global in 2017 to serve as the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program's secondary instructor, and he consistently receives high praise from the students under his tutelage. He was promoted to lead UXO instructor in 2020.
Bonny Millard is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry.
Millard earned a B.S. degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte.
Todd Mills is a certified master instructor of Krav Maga with more than 25 years of experience in teaching and training in martial arts.
He is a 6th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate, a CrossFit Level 1 Personal Trainer, and a certified Tactical Baton (ASP) instructor. He has received several awards, including 2011 instructor of the year from the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the 2015 master instructor of the year from the Universal Isshinryu and Jiu-jitsu Association.
David Montgomery, horticulturist at Patriot Lawn, is the lead instructor for the UT Landscape & Garden Design certificate program. With a degree in plant and soil science and more than 25 years of experience as a landscape designer, he is highly knowledgeable in horticultural sales, landscape maintenance, and installation.
An instructor of horticultural topics since 2000, David's main emphasis, in all courses, is presenting practical, usable knowledge to those who want a visually stimulating and low maintenance landscape.
Caitland Orlicz is senior MLS communications specialist at the Austin Board of Realtors. A graduate of Maryville College, she previously served as communications and community services director at the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. Orlicz also is a frequent contributor to the Knoxville Moms blog.
Ethan Pignataro is an award-winning art educator at Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor's degree in printmaking and photography at Georgia Southern University and a master's degree at the University of Tennessee.
Jennifer Reynolds is the inventory asset manager for Knox County Schools with over 20 years of experience in policy management and risk mitigation. She regularly communicates with local, state, and federal organizations to ensure compliance with the Tennessee Code Annotated and all Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. She investigates and audits internal misconduct, misappropriation, and property management issues as well as ensures that controls are in place to maximize efficiency.
Reynolds holds a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from Tusculum University. She also sits on the City of Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council and is a financial advisor to several local nonprofit organizations.
Stephanie Richer is the owner of Stephanie Richer Photography in Knoxville. She specializes in wedding and portrait photography and also volunteers her services as a photojournalist for the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville. Richer earned a B.A. degree in political science and M.S. in mathematics, both at the University of California, Irvine, and a juris doctorate at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Drew Rutherford is senior business advisor at Transworld Business Advisors of Knoxville. Previously a general manager for All Occasions Party Rentals, he launched and ran Tailgate Tennessee, the premium tailgating venue and place to be before Tennessee Volunteers football games. Now a business advisor, Rutherford helps clients with business exit strategies.
Zachariah Seiden is founder and CEO of Education Encompassed, a non-profit education planning company that helps students to identify and develop a career/educational plan. He earned a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Liberal Arts, Management degree at Harvard University Extension School.
|P J Silver||
PJ Silver is a successful grant writing professional, serving nonprofit organizations in East Tennessee for more than 25 years and securing in excess of $20 million in grant funding.
She recently worked as a volunteer fundraising consultant for No Más Perritos in Chelem, México. Previously, she was the executive director for the Blount County Education Foundation where she oversaw board development and support, the administration of a grant program for teachers and schools, annual events, fundraising, and more.
In 2001, Silver worked with UT Conferences & Non-Credit Programs to design and implement certificate programs in nonprofit management and grant writing; she also served as an instructor for the programs until 2012.
Tammie Smeltzer is a training specialist and the superintendent for the Instructional Development Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Division at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. She supervises a talented team of military and civilian personnel who develop curricula in traditional classrooms and online learning formats. In addition, she provides course analysis, conducts classroom instruction, and contributes to curriculum development on leadership issues.
Smeltzer is also a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of service. She holds a master's degree in adult education from Tusculum College.
Sally Smith is a calligraphy artist and instructor. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design at Mississippi University for Women and a master's degree in Biblical studies at Tennessee Temple University.
Alex Stokes is a professional stand-up comedian, public speaker, and author. His book titled 5 Years of This? Husband. Father. Comedian. My Story., is about the world of stand-up comedy and his journey to success.
J. Wade Tipton owns and operates Gallery Portraits in West Knoxville with his wife, Joy. He is a certified professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. In 2015 Tipton was inducted into the Tennessee Professional Photographers of America's Hall of Fame. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Mississippi State University.
Henry Wilson is a former history professor at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He is an active member of the East Tennessee Historical Society. Wilson earned bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees at the University of Tennessee.
Holly Yalove is the Marketing Manager of RDI Technologies in Knoxville. She is president of the Knoxville chapter of the American Marketing Association. Yalove earned a B.A. degree in psychology at Roanoke College.
|Amy Zubko Jordan||
Amy Zubko serves as a human resources manager at North Wind Group, a government contracting holding entity. Amy is practiced in developing staffing plans and employee programs, managing employee compensation and benefit plans, and developing and implementing HR policies. Amy serves as a consultant on performance management issues, is a business coach and mentor, and works with managers to create development plans for staff.
Amy holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management and a B.S. in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.