Hamilton Technical College

Faculty

Katrina Pivovarnik has taught Communication and Humanities in the Electronics Engineering Technology program since 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College and a Master’s degree in English from Morehead State University. Katrina has experience teaching college students, middle school students, veterans, and community members. She is also a former employee of the National Park Service and National Forest Service. Katrina is the Academic Dean of Hamilton Technical College.

Robin Laughead is Hamilton Technical College’s longest serving instructor, with 34 years in the classroom. He primarily teaches Industrial and Advanced Electronics Technology. Robin has an Associate’s degree in Electronic Technology (Process Control) from Black Hawk College and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Hamilton Technical College. Robin is an FCC Examiner and Electronics Technician Examiner. He has 10 years in the field and is a veteran of the Air Force.

Craig Wright has taught Communications Electronics Technology for 25 years. He has an Associate’s degree in Electronics from ITT Technical College. He has five years in the field and holds an FCC license.

Joe Wesenberg has taught at Hamilton Technical College since 1987. He now teaches Computer Fundamentals; however, over the years, he has taught many other semesters. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Hamilton Technical College. He holds an FCC license and A+ certification. Joe has 22 years in the field – 10 as a Senior Field Service Engineer – and was a generator technician in the Air Force.

Larry Bradley has been teaching at Hamilton Technical College since 1999 and primarily instructs Basic Electronics Technology in the Electronics Engineering Technology program (although he is proficient a variety of courses). He earned three Electronics Engineering Technology degrees from Hamilton Technical College: Associate’s degree in Applied Science, Associate’s degree in Science, and Bachelor’s degree. He has 12 years in the field and was a weapons control systems mechanic for the Airforce. He also holds training clinics on horsemanship.

Tim Edens has taught for Hamilton Technical College since 1999. He has primarily taught Digital Electronics Technology with several semesters of Basic Electronics Technology and Computer Fundamentals. He has a certificate in Basics Electronics and Advanced Electronics from the Marine Corps Communications Electronics School, Formal School Instructor Course Certificate from the Marine Corps, and Masters Instructor certificate from the Department of Defense. He attended St. Ambrose University. Tim also has an FCC license and is certified under the Illinois State Board of Education as a paraprofessional. Tim has over 20 years in the electronics field. He was a member of the US Marine Corps for 23 years.

Bob Behm is an Instructor Emeritus at Hamilton Technical College. Bob started teaching in 2001 and, apart from a small gap after his retirement, has continued to teach and substitute teach on campus. He is familiar with every Electronics Engineering Technology course offered on campus. Bob earned his Associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Hamilton Technical College (Alpha Beta Kappa) and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Health Sciences) from St. Ambrose University. He also passed the NCMA exam. Bob has over 32 years in the field. He was also a certified respiratory therapist in the Navy.

Ryan Mitro has taught three courses since starting at Hamilton Technical College in 2016: Communications Electronics Technology, Industrial Electronics Technology, and Advanced Electronics Technology. He has an Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Black Hawk College and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Hamilton Technical College. Ryan has over five years of experience in the field.

Steve Morford has taught Math (and for the first year, English) since 2013. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Marycrest College and Master’s of Arts in Teaching from University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 38 years, with 36 years as a Project Lead Engineering Technician. Steve has been a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Government representative to the ASME and Compressed Gas Association, and member of the Art Legacy League in Davenport. He has also taught calligraphy and artistic book binding for 20 years.

John Menard teaches Human Relations and Business Communications in the Electronics Engineering Technology program. He has been on campus since retiring from a 26-year career at John Deere. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University. John is a veteran of the Army. Throughout John’s career, curriculum design and instruction played a major part in his professional success. He has a strong background in professional development and mentoring. John is a Certified Project Management Professional.

Gary Canfield has taught Computer Fundamentals and Applications at Hamilton Technical College since 2016. He has three degrees from Kaplan University: Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, and Master’s degree in Information Technology. He has 32 years in the electronics field, including 17 years as a field service engineer and 4.5 years in aviation electronics in the Navy. His primary focus while in the field was installing and supporting network servers and associated peripheral equipment primarily consisting of printers and scanners. He has also taught a wide variety of Associate and Bachelor level courses such as Local and Wide Area Networking, Database Concepts, Project Management, Systems Analysis and Design, Network Administration, TCP/IP, and Visual Basic Programming. Gary holds the A+ certification from CompTIA as well as Novel’s CNE and Microsoft’s MCSE.

Ivey Earl is the Program Director of the Medical Assistant Technology department at Hamilton Technical College. She began as a Medical Assistant student and moved into a teaching role in 2005. She primarily teaches in Terms 3 and 4. Ivey has an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Black Hawk College and a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University. Ivey has three years in the field.

Katie Keesecker has taught Terms 1 and 2 of the Medical Assistant Technology program since 2015. She earned an Associate of Applied Science with a focus on Medical Assisting from Lincoln School of Commerce (now Kaplan University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Substance Abuse) from Kaplan University. Katie has 10 years in the field. She is also the Student Services Advisor at Hamilton Technical College.

Brandy Russell has taught in Terms 1, 2, and 3 of the Medical Assisting Technology program since2016. She is a graduate from the program and has 6 years of experience in the field.

Lenore Cowdery has taught Medical/Insurance Coding at Hamilton Technical College since 2017. She has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Black Hawk College and has been in the field for over 36 years. Lenore has 18 years of prior teaching experience.

Carl White is a new English instructor at Hamilton Tech. Carl is a graduate of Illinois State University and a Master's graduate of Western Illinois University. He has 26 years of high school teaching experience and 10 years of college teaching experience.

Lauren VanNatta began teaching Communication and Humanities in the Electronics Engineering Technology program in the summer of 2018. She taught Communication for six years at the college and university level. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Education and a Master’s degree in Communication from Illinois State University. Lauren is also a photographer, published author, painter, and musician.