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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 regulatory compliance.

Toni Reese

Library Resources/Instructor Ms. Reese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a Master of Science degree in Library Science. She has over 15 years of experience in public and specialized libraries.

Rich Caldwell

Director of Admissions Mr. Caldwell has 15 years of experience in education including admissions, admissions management and campus direction. He has an additional 27 years of experience in the printing industry including sales and customer service.

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.

Jeff Karros

Admissions Mr. Karros has over 10 years of experience in management and recruiting for the United States Navy. His experience has carried him across the nation, and includes training, coaching, and mentoring, as well as overseeing the compliance of government policies and laws.

Michael LaVelle

Admissions Mr. LaVelle has over 35 years experience in marketing and sales and is a retired art teacher and business owner. He is also a fine artist, with shows in Omaha and New York. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art.

Carlos Tibbs

Admissions Assistant Mr. Tibbs has over six years of customer service and communication experience in public, private, and government organizations including college admissions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

Diane Rivers

Director of Education/ Instructor Dr. Rivers holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision, a M.S. in Elementary Administration and Supervision, a B.S. in Elementary Education, and an Urban Instruction Certificate. She has over 30 years in educational leadership, curriculum design, staff development, and teaching all age groups.

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.

James Cattlett

Adjunct Instructor Mr. Cattlett is the owner of Cattlett Photography 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.

Jeff Koerten

Adjunct Instructor Mr. Koerten holds a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in Physical 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.