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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 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.

Shiela Caparida

Bookkeeper Ms. Caparida earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue University. She has over 15 years of experience in accounting for a variety of industries such as law, real estate, architecture, and marketing.

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.

Peter Bejmuk

Adjunct Instructor Mr. Bejmuk has over 22 years of experience in graphic design, web and UI design, and coding. He holds an Associate of Applied Sciences from Arapahoe Community College in graphic design and illustration.

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.

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.

Fredd Gorham

Adjunct Instructor Mr. Gorham has over 25 years of experience in web and UX design and development, in addition to working in design and illustration. He holds a BFA in graphic design from Iowa State University with an additional certificate from AIM Institute, and he owns Steel Angel Studios in Omaha.

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.

Suzie Hartman

Adjunct Instructor Ms. Hartman holds a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and advertising. Ms. Hartman is the owner of Flourish Design 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.

David Moore

Adjunct Instructor Mr. Moore is the owner of Objective Strategic Marketing in Omaha, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has over 35 years experience in advertising including creative director at agencies in Omaha, Lincoln, and Cleveland, OH.

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.