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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 at Creighton Univ., College of Saint Mary, and the Fashion and Art Institute of Dallas at Omaha.

Kim Guyer

Executive Director Ms. Guyer has over 20 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.

Sandy LaRocca

Director of Financial Aid Ms. LaRocca has been involved in the educational field for over 25 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’s 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 director. 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.

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.

Bryce Journey

Director of Education/Instructor Mr. Journey holds master’s degrees in English and education and a bachelor’s in creative writing. He is a published writer and has 16 years of experience in administration, design, and copywriting, including over nine years in education, teaching at both the high school and college levels.

Tim Grutsch

Instructor Mr. Grutsch has over 30 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 15 years professional experience in both the commercial art and illustration fields. She holds bachelor’s degrees in illustration and design, and an additional Master of Fine Arts degree in illustration.

Jan Dotzler

VP/Instructor Mrs. Dotzler is a published, award-winning illustrator with over 40 years of experience in the graphic design and advertising fields. She has also illustrated children’s books in addition to creating numerous editorial 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 in curriculum and instruction. He has received numerous awards in art, and is regularly featured in art magazines.

Tamara Dickson

Adjunct Instructor Dr. Dickson holds a PhD in metaphysical science, as well as an MBA and bachelor’s in accounting. She has over 25 years of experience in management, coaching, and college instruction. Dr. Dickson is currently a personal and business wellness provider, and owns Taraji, LLC, in Omaha.

Jeff Koerten

Adjunct Instructor Mr. Koerten holds a bachelor’s in education and a master’s 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 BS and MS degree in education and has over 25 years of experience in education including administration and teaching. In addition, Mr. Owen has over five years of sales experience.

Susan Waters

Adjunct Instructor Ms. Waters holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and studio art as well as a master’s degree in instructional design & development. She has over 25 years of experience in education and consulting and is the co-owner of Waters and Associates, a training and coaching company.