Faculty and Staff
Ray Dotzler - President
Mr. Dotzler is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Creative Center. He is also owner of Dotzler Creative Arts, an award-winning design studio. Mr. Dotzler has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Creighton University, College of Saint Mary, and the Fashion and Art Institute of Dallas at Omaha.
Kim Guyer - Executive Director
Ms. Guyer has over 15 years of experience in design, copywriting, project management, instruction, accreditation procedures, and college administration. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Beth Connor – Business Manager
Ms. Connor has over 25 years of experience in administration and has been with the Creative Center since its founding. Her experience includes placement and admissions assistance, project management, bookkeeping, and administration.
Sandy LaRocca – Director of Financial Aid
Ms. LaRocca has been involved in the educational field for over 20 years. Her expertise includes financial aid, student placement and career services, marketing and recruiting, as well as general administration and instruction.
Sharon Dermann – Financial Aid Assistant
Ms. Dermann has earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, as well as an Associate degree in Paralegal Studies. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate
Arlene Wright – Learning Resource System Coordinator/Instructor
Ms. Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Secondary Education, and a Master of Science degree in Library Science. She has over 20 years of experience in public, special, and college libraries.
Rich Caldwell – Director of Admissions
Mr. Caldwell has 15 years of experience in education including admissions, admissions management and campus director. He has an additional 27 years of experience in the printing industry including sales and customer service.
Derek Dibbern – Admissions
Mr. Dibbern has over 15 years of experience in sales and customer service including managing advertising innovations and coordinating key portions of a national entertainment tour for several years.
Kathleen Broderick – Admissions
Ms. Broderick has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, including both retail and business-to-business environments. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Marketing.
Dawn Roth – Admissions
Ms. Roth has over 15 years of experience in sales and customer service, including both direct-customer and business-to-business environments. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Shanna Hiatt – Admissions Assistant
Ms. Hiatt has over 10 years of customer service, sales, and
phone experience in both retail and corporate environments.
Susan Paley – Director of Education/ Instructor
Mrs. Paley holds a BS degree in Education and a MA degree in Communication. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in administration, management, marketing, coaching and mentoring.
Paul Dotzler – Systems Analyst/ Instructor
Over 30 years of professional experience has allowed Mr. Dotzler time to hone his computer skills in the graphic arts. He is also an expert in many Macintosh software programs, including networking and hardware repair.
Tim Grutsch – Instructor
Mr. Grutsch has over 25 years of experience as a creative designer, illustrator, and computer graphics expert. Mr. Grutsch, an award-winning designer, holds an Associate of Applied Sciences from the Fashion and Art Institute of Dallas at Omaha.
Alissa Apel – Instructor
Mrs. Apel has over 10 years of professional experience in both the commercial art and illustration fields. She holds Bachelor degrees in Illustration and Design, and an additional Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration.
Jan Dotzler – Instructor
Mrs. Dotzler is a published, award-winning illustrator and cartoonist with over 35 years of experience in the advertising field. She has also illustrated children's books in addition to hundreds of editorial, technical, and whimsical illustrations throughout her career.
Paul Straatmann – Instructor
A graduate of the Creative Center, Mr. Straatmann holds an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Design, Illustration and Computer Graphics, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. He has over 10 years of experience in graphic design and photography.
James Cattlett – Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Cattlett is the owner of Urban Creative Arts and holds BA degrees in Fine Art, Graphic Art and Education as well as a Master of Science and Education in Curriculum and Instruction. He has received numerous awards in art, is regularly featured in art magazines, and has exhibited publicly for the last 15 years.
Todd Eby – Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Eby has over 25 years of experience in advertising, with experience in concepting, design, layout, and TV production, as well as art instruction. Mr. Eby is the President and Creative Director of Eby Creative Group.
Pat Ervin – Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Ervin is the President of Fountain Creek DezignWorks and has over 30 years of experience in the advertising field. He was the co-founder of Ervin & Smith, a full–service advertising and public relations agency, where he worked for over 27 years.
Jeff Koerten – Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Koerten holds a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in Pysical Science. After 30 years of teaching for Millard Public Schools, he currently works as a groundskeeper for Papio-Missouri NRD.
Michael Matulka – Adjunct Instructor
A graduate of the Creative Center, Mr. Matulka holds an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Design, Illustration and Computer Graphics. With over 10 years of experience, he is the owner of Basik Studios, a design studio based in Omaha.
Cliff Owen – Adjunct Instructor/ Admissions
Mr. Owen has a Bachelor and Master degree in Education and has over 25 years in education including administration and teaching as well as over five years of sales experience.
Gary Townswick – Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Townswick holds a BFA degree in Art from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. He has over 20 years of experience in graphic design and illustration and currently owns his own company.