Medical Coding InstructorContact Becky →
Becky is a certified professional coder who is leading instruction for our medical coding career training class. She came to WMCAT in 2017 with more than 10 years of experience in family practice and dermatology insurance billing and coding. Becky, who is currently pursuing a degree in registered health information administrator from Ferris State University, has extensive experience in processing large volumes of patient information, and interpreting and validating diagnoses and billing information.
Pharmacy TechnicianContact Cindy →
Cindy is a licensed pharmacy technician with more than seven years experience in both hospital and retail settings. In addition to teaching at WMCAT, she currently works as medication history technician at Spectrum Health. She worked as a pharmacy technician at both Walgreens and Meijer, after graduating from Careerline Tech Center in 2008.
Medical BillingContact Andrea →
Andrea joined WMCAT as our medical billing instructor in 2014 with a wealth of experience in health care support services, education and administration. She was an instructor in the medical assistant program at Everest Institute, working with students on skill-based training and career development. Andrea also served as the coordinator of the SMART Program – Occupational Health at Spectrum Health for more than 10 years, through which she improved processes, implemented a quality improvement program, and worked within the regulatory system. She was also a billing specialist at Metro Health. Andrea earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Cornerstone University.
Game ProgrammingContact Kali →
Kali is passionate about making games and helping others. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Digital Animation and Game Design from Ferris State University in 2015. She currently works for a local video game development studio called Near the Resolution as a 2D and 3D environment artist. Kali has also been a volunteer for the past four years at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where she has met and worked with industry professionals all over the country.
Audio ProductionContact Brandon →
Brandon Copeland is an award winning Hip-Hop/Jazz Saxophonist and Engineer that plays in the bands Les Créatif and The Extra Texture. He is the former director of The Death House, an underground music venue that specialized in Punk, House, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music. He also runs and is a co-founder to The Beat Suite, a showcase on the production side of Hip-Hop music, and is creative director for the Couture Tape Co-Operative, a media news source for Grand Rapids music scene. Brandon is passionate about audio in both the creation of sound and the technology behind capturing sound.
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Intro to Ceramics and Advanced CeramicsContact Jo →
Jo shares her talent and passion for arts education as our teaching artist for ceramics and sculpture. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Functional Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design, where she also taught several courses in ceramics. A working artist who has exhibited statewide, Jo taught at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts and Ox-Bow Summer School of Art; and sold work on consignment through galleries. Throughout her career she has received several awards including a Studio Excellence Award from Kendall and honors from Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. You can even find her creative touch as an ice sculptor at local events and on “Ice Brigade,” a 2011 Food Network show.
Intro to Video Production and Advanced Video ProductionContact Mike →
WMCAT Teaching Artist Mike Saunders is passionate about video production. He is a producer on three award-winning films with Sob Noisse – “Coyote,” “Ape” and “Buzzard,” which premiered at the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival and was featured at the New Directors/New Films festival in New York City. A lover of music, particularly those tunes he can find on vinyl, he is a co-founder of The Grand Rapids Soul Club and a popular DJ. Mike is also co-founder of Plastic Son Productions, through which he has worked with nonprofits to produce documentaries. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University and completed the Lexia program at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
Intro to Illustration and Advanced IllustrationContact George →
George Eberhardt teaches drawing, painting, illustration and other design classes at WMCAT, where he has worked since 2006. George has worked with young people at UICA’s Artworks, the Cook Arts Center and City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation. As a professional artist George is a founding member of GR8, an art collective, a founder of Rouge Syndicate studio and gallery, and a member of Sleeping Giant Inc. He has exhibited throughout Michigan including ArtPrize and the Detroit Art Battle.
Intro to Photography and Advanced PhotographyContact Dennis →
Before coming to WMCAT to start the photo program in 2005, Dennis spent many years as a photo instructor at the college level, both at Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design. He has a Bachelors degree in painting and drawing from CMU and a Masters degree in photography. As a working artist, Dennis has won many awards for his hand-colored photographs and digital images, and his work is found in public and private collections across the U.S. and abroad. Many of his students have gone on to professional careers in the arts, and he was named “Teacher of the Year” in 1996 at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. He has a passion for photography, but running, reading, and laughing are also some of his favorite things to do.
Fashion DesignContact John →
John Cox specializes in color, design and textiles. He has taught fiber arts at WMCAT since 2008. John earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art and Design with additional studies in textiles, industiral design and art history. He owned an arts retail business in Grand Rapids for 12 years and worked as an artist in Japan. John has displayed his work at galleries throughout west Michigan. Currently he is working on a collaborative project with artists in Canada.