Archived instructor bios

Archived Instructor Biographies

   Jay Balakrishnan

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Mahatma Gandhi – History and Application of Non-violence
Educational background
B.A., Finance, cum Laude, Minor in Computer Science, University of South Florida, College of Business Administration
Professional experience
Jay is a veteran and pioneer of the microcomputer software industry for over 25 years. Until recently, Jay was the Executive Producer for Radical Entertainment in Vancouver, supervising all games in development. Previously, he was Executive Producer at WildTangent and also Sierra/Dynamix. Prior to that, he was a successful entrepreneur for twelve years, founding and operating five companies, including Hesware in 1980, which was the first company in which Microsoft ever invested. He has shipped over 80 games on virtually all computer and videogame console platforms.
Personal interests

He enjoys flying (has a Private Pilot License with Instrument Rating),  yoga, and playing Indian drums.
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   Audrey Becker

Length of time teaching for TELOSsince 2014
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Boost your Brain Power and Health:  Nutrition
Biomedical Ethics
Educational background
MEd in Science Education, Arcadia University magna cum laude; BS in Biology, Albright College Albright Scholar; Certificate in Diet Counseling, Bauman College
Professional experience
From 1983 to the present, Audrey has had a career in Neurobiology and Teaching. She has been a Neuroscientist at Medical College of PA studying neurogenesis research with optics and brain regeneration. She has also worked at the Belgium Zoo focussing on brain research with dolphins and echo-location. Finally, she is the Director of the Marin County Office of Bauman College of Nutrition where she is Director of Cognitive Brain Coaching.
Personal interests

Audrey likes hiking and traveling to absorb the various cultures and languages around the world. She has a particular fascination about the use of vision and sound by animals. She has studied endangered big eared bats in West Virginia, primates at Bucknell College, and dolphins in the Pacific Ocean. She also enjoys environmental sciences and ethno-botany.  She has lived in western Washington since the early 2000’s and has two children.
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     Thomas Benediktson

Length of time teaching for TELOS –since Spring 2016
Course(s) taught in TELOS program:
Women in Ancient Greece and Rome
Educational background:
A.B., major in  Rhetoric, The University of California, Berkeley, 1972
M.A.,  Rhetoric, The University of California, Berkeley, 1974
M.A.,  Classics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1977
Ph.D.,  Classics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1982
Professional experience:
Dr. Thomas Benediktson taught for more than three decades at the University of Tulsa, including ten years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He has an extensive list of publications in the classics.
Special Achievements and Honors
Tom was a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, an agency accrediting educational institutions.  1999-2007
Personal interests:
Originally from California, Tom retired with his wife to the Seattle area to be near one of their children.

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   Stephen Bezruchka

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Americans Have Shorter Lives and Poorer Health. Why?
Educational background
MPH   Johns Hopkins University, 1993   (International Health)
MD   Stanford University, 1973   (Medicine)
AM   Harvard University, 1967   (Mathematics)
BSc   University of Toronto (Canada), 1966   (Mathematics, Physics)
Professional experience
Dr. Bezruchka has had a career as an emergency physician in the US from 1979 to 2008. He also worked in Global Health in Nepal running community health projects, training Nepali doctors in remote district hospitals, and supporting medical officers posted to remote regions. He has been Involved in travel medicine and altitude illness. Currently he is a faculty member in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.
Special Achievements and Honors
Stephan received the School of Public Health at the University of Washington’s outstanding teacher and faculty community service awards. He founded the Population Health Forum. Please see his TED talk on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0X2exKyC7k
Personal interests
He has devoted his life to making better known our embarrassing health status and the reasons why. Nepal and remote mountain regions have shaped his life.  Relationships have sustained it. He wrote the first trekking book to Nepal in 1972, with the 8th edition out in 2011.
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   Katharina Bomers-Muller

Length of time teaching for TELOS –since Fall 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program:
Social Media Made Easy
Mastering Your Mobile Devices
Mastering Your Mobile Devices:  Workshop (Android)
Mastering Your Mobile Devices:  Workshop (Apple) 

Educational background:
BA in Business Administration and General Management, Eastern Washington University, 1988
MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, 1991
Professional experience:
Katharina Bomers-Muller has previously been employed as an International Program Manager at various software companies. Currently, she is working as a Freelance Strategic Marketing Consultant
Personal interests:
Katharina is the mother of three college students and has tried to raise her kids to be internet savvy and responsible. She is very social and enjoys interacting with people young and young at heart. She loves to read, travel and is a passionate hobby photographer.  She also enjoys music and theater and has been President of the Woodinville High School Theater Boosters.
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   Winston Brill

Length of time teaching for TELOS –since 2011
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
How Life Began and Evolved
Germs and Us
Educational background
BA—Rutgers University (1961);
Ph.D.—University of Illinois(1965);
Postdoctoral work at M.I.T
Professional experience
Prior to retiring, Winston Brill enjoyed three careers: 1) professor at the University of Wisconsin, 2) founder of a biotech company, and 3) consultant and speaker on creativity and innovation.
Special Achievements and Honors
He has received national and international recognition for his work, including the Eli Lilly Award as “the most outstanding microbiologist under the age of 40 in the U.S. and Canada”, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award for “the most important breakthrough in the agricultural sciences”.  Business Week magazine identified him as one of the top ten most innovative scientists.  Dr. Brill has been featured in the television series Nova, on the CBS Evening News, and in Time and Newsweek magazines. He has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on innovation.  One of his more interesting experiences was speaking on the subject at the Vatican.
Personal interests
Winston likes art collecting and cooking.
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Jay Caldwell

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2014
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Jay teaches a course on Baseball as History.  In that role, Jay dresses as various period baseball players to explain how baseball has mirrored social developments in U.S. history.
Educational background
MBA in Finance and Accounting, Cornell University; BA in Genetics and Ecology, Cornell University.
Professional experience
Jay is an accountant by profession and the CFO of a local high technology company.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
Jay has been a passionate baseball fan since his earliest memories.  He primarily grew up in a village outside Cooperstown, NY, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  As a child he had frequent contact with notable Hall of Famers, in an era pre-dating the signing of autographs for a fee.  As a young boy, the first professional baseball player he met was Ty Cobb, a chance encounter that added to his already strong interest in baseball.
Special Achievements and Honors
Jay has given speeches on baseball history and arranged baseball art displays at museums and venues around the country, including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.   He is close to finishing his first book, Artball: a Baseball Tapestry, on baseball history and art and hopes to have it published by Christmas 2015.
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Bob_Crist2%20(4)_0Robert Crist   

Length of time teaching for TELOSsince Winter 2016
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
An Introduction to the National Park System
Educational background
Mr. Crist is a graduate of the University of Redlands and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Professional experience
Mr. Crist has more than 30 years of experience in professional management consulting and in senior executive positions. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crist has worked with more than 200 organizations in various industries. His positions included serving as chief financial and operating officer for Community Health Plan of Washington and for 23 years as a partner with the international accounting and consulting firm of Ernst & Young, most recently as the partner in charge of services to both the health care and natural resources industries.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from Professional experience
Mr. Crist has had a lifelong interest in the National Park System and has been to 386 of the 411 national park sites.
Personal interests
Mr. Crist has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations, including serving chair of Emerald Communities, the parent of Emerald Heights Retirement Community, Chair of Samaritan Health Service, and as president of the Bellevue Community College telecommunications advisory board, vice president of the Learning Disability Association of Washington, treasurer of the Health Care Purchasers Association,  treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Eastside Catholic High School, and on the Foundation of the national Presbyterian Church (USA).
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   Lisa Dyson-Meighan

Length of time teaching for TELOSsince Fall 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Iconic Architecture, I
Educational background
Studied architecture at Oregon School of Design
Professional experience
Lisa is owner of  Designer’s Choice Homes, a design company that specializes in unique custom homes.  She has over 25 years of experience in the architectural world, including 15 years with Lindal Cedar Homes.  She has worked on projects all over the United States and Canada, and has developed almost 100 new designs for 3 plan books distributed world wide.
Special Achievements and Honors
Lisa has obtained the title Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders and she has just won the Canadian Housing and Building Association’s National SAM Award for Custom Home of the year. 
Personal interests
Lisa Dyson-Meighan lives in Seattle with her husband and two children, ages 22 and 12.  She grew up in Oregon but has lived in various places including North Carolina and California.  She enjoys designing and teaching.
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      Michael Falangus

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2011
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Themes in Greek Mythology
Timeless Wisdom from the Ancient Greeks
Educational background
BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington. MA degree in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno
Professional experience
Careers as a Systems Analyst, a Retail Store Owner and Manager, and a Personal Financial Advisor.
Personal interests
Michael has always been fascinated about the philosophies of diverse cultures throughout history and their current relevance. Since retiring in 2011, he has come full circle to his original passion and has taught courses on Ancient Greek culture and philosophy.

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   Naseem Akhtar Hines

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Hindi Urdu Short Stories (In English Translation)
The Future of Islam and Sufism (with Farida Hakim)
Introduction to Hinduism
Educational background
Ph.D. 1997 in Asian Languages and Literature. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
M. A. 1983. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
B. A. 1981 in English Literature, University of Washington, Seattle
B. A. 1974. Osmania University, India. majoring in Sanskrit, Sociology, and English Literature.
Professional experience
Naseem was the former Chair of Indian Studies’ Language Committee where she monitored the Hindi Language Program in Jaipur, the Urdu Language Program in Lucknow, and the Punjabi Program in Chandigarh, in India. Since coming to North America she has had a number of Full Time Academic Positions at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University, Washington University (St. Louis), and the University of Washington.  She has also had Part Time Teaching Positions at Boston University, Wellesley College, Harvard University Summer School, and the University of California at Berkeley.  She has received a number of travel grants in support of her personal research projects and for training language teachers working for the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in India. For a number of years, she has been actively involved as an Expert Consultant in establishing the benchmarks for the Urdu and Hindi language Proficiency levels.  In 2007 she became a member of the American Institute of Indian Studies’ Language Committee. At that time the AIIS offered Intensive Language Instruction in seven different Indian languages at centers located at various cities in India. She has an extensive list of publications in English, Hindi, and Urdu languages. Her articles have been translated and published in prestigious Urdu and Hindi magazines and journals.
Special Achievements and Honors
In April 2010, she received the Distinguished Services Award from Al-Aqreba Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan, in appreciation for her services to the Urdu Literature.   In 2011, she was unanimously elected to become the President of the Language Committee at the American Institute of Indian Studies. As the Chair she worked closely with the Chair of AIIS, monitored the progress reports of the scholars working in India with the help of AIIS fellowships, to complete their thesis or dissertation, or post Doctoral projects. In recognition of her services to the Urdu Literature, the Pakistan American Democratic Forum’s Literary Chapter awarded her with their prestigious Faiz Ahmad Award in September 2012. She received the Excellence in Teaching Certificate from Harvard University eight times, the last, in the Spring of 2012.
Personal interests
Her work and travel experience have afforded her a deep insight into the literature, art and music and cultures of the world.
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    Nancy Lucero

Length of time teaching for TELOS –  since Summer of 2016
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Tai Chi for Beginners
Intermediate Tai Chi
Tai Chi — Beginner I
Tai Chi — Beginner II
Tai Chi — III
Professional experience
16 Years Teaching Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
Workforce experience in Human Resources, Marketing/Sales, Tradeshows/Event Planning and Administration.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from Professional experience
Nancy Lucero’s tai chi journey started in 1996 with Master Chen and, after his passing, she began studying with Master Yang in 2000. She was appointed Office Manager for his school and since 2012 has been School Manager. She became Master Yang’s Assistant in the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association in 2002 and in 2012 Director of the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Foundation. She has organized the Redmond School’s open houses, ranking events and practices, demonstration teams and performances, and anniversary celebrations. She feels extremely fortunate to have Master Yang as a guiding light through her exploration and understanding of his family art form.
Special Achievements and Honors
*Certified Academy Instructor for the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association
*2009 Received President’s Award for Outstanding Commitment and Service to International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association
Personal interests
Spending time with family and friends and taking care of my two kids – Ben & Chi-Chen.
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Norm Mah      Norm Mah

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2013
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
The Media Today
Educational background
BA in Communication and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Washington.
Professional experience
Norm is the senior public relations specialist at the Seattle Department of Transportation. Previously he held the position of Assignment Editor for Seattle’s KOMO-TV for nearly eight years. Before that he worked at KING-TV and NW Cable News.  He has also produced videos and conducted public and media relations efforts for Microsoft.
Special Achievements and Honors
He conceived, organized and produced a charity fundraiser for Oso disaster relief with project partners Chef Tom Douglas and Northwest Cherry Growers and recipient United Way of Snohomish County.
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   David Malcolm

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Wind Energy Basics
Educational background
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, M.Eng. in Structural Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics, University of Calgary, Alberta.
Professional experience
David has a varied background.  He was an engineer, W.S. Atkins && Partners, UK; Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta, Structural Dynamics Engineer, Indal Technologies Inc, Ontario, Structural Specialist, Lavalin Engineers, Toronto, Senior Scientist, R. Lynette & Associates, Redmond, WA, Senior Scientist, Global Energy Concepts, Seattle, WA, and Senior Scientist, Det Norske Veritas, Seattle.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
His thirty years in the wind energy industry saw an evolution from a struggling group to a multi-billion dollar business, it has also been a pilgrimage, bringing a potentially world-saving technology to fruition.
Personal interests
David has been involved with Nordic skiing (kids’ coach, instructor at the Summit), and road biking (coach with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for several years).  He is married, lives in Kirkland, and has three sons.
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    Michael O’Connor  

Length of time teaching for TELOS –since Winter 2016
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
20th Century Psychology Pioneers on Human Nature
Educational background
Dr. O’Connor has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, an MTS in Spirituality/Spiritual Direction from Seattle University, and a M.Ed. (Counseling Psychology) and BA (History, General Science) from the University of Washington. 
Professional experience
Dr. O’Connor retired as a Professor Emeritus from Seattle University’s Department of Counseling and School Psychology. During his 36-year tenure he helped prepare graduate students for service in K-12 schools, college and mental health counseling centers, and served as Counseling Department chair for 14 years. He also served on numerous state and national committees. His research interest is the interrelationship of counseling, religion and spirituality.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from Professional experience
Dr. O’Connor served in the Peace Corps (Philippines) for two years teaching English as a Second Language and training teachers in TESL methods. He also co-directed a teen drop-in center in Seattle for two years serving alienated youth.
Special Achievements and Honors
Michael has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. He and his wife have offered counselor education workshops in South and Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Europe.
Personal interests
Dr. O’Connor is married to Dr. Elsa O’Connor (also a retired psychologist) and has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Personal interests include wellness activities, photography, classical guitar and continuing education courses.
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Lee Anne Powers

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since summer 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Computer Basics for Retirees
Educational background
BA in Advertisng & Public Relations, University of Kentucky.
Professional experience
Lee Anne spent fifteen years in the television industry in Promotion and Production. Then she spent the following fifteen years developing marketing and event promotions for “big box” retailers.  She was the Lifestyle Enrichment Director for one of the largest senior living communities in Dallas.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
She has been a daily user of Word and Outlook for 28 years, both in the corporate world and for personal use.
Personal interests
She is married, with two sons and a stepson in Dallas, and a stepdaughter and her husband in Wyoming.  She lived in Dallas for 32 years, and moved to the PNW in 2013. She and her husband love living here–so gorgeous, great hikes, wonderful food and culture, and they enjoy the wine tasting rooms in their town of Woodinville.  They love retirement, and are trying to live life to the fullest!
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   Kirk Shulman

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since Fall 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Digitize Your Life
Educational Background
Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
Executive Marketing Program, 2013 – 2013;
University of Maryland – Robert H. Smith School of Business
MBA, StrategySupply Chain Management2002 – 2004
Babson CollegeBS, MISManagerial Accounting1995 – 1999
Professional experience
Kirk has worked for Military.com and Microsoft.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
He first realized that he had a knack for organizing when he visited his mother-in-law in Joppatowne, a few miles outside of Baltimore.  While she may be considered a “hoarder” by today’s TV standards, he saw her home as an opportunity.  Technology could make her life so much easier and cleaner, and to some degree she could still keep her “stuff”, just not in her house, but in “The Cloud”.  The project took weeks, but by the end of it she told him she never felt more free and alive (after she finally stopped fuming about all the trips to Goodwill).
Personal interests
Since coming to Microsoft a few years ago, he has loved the technology and the challenges he is working on, but sorely misses the outreach piece and the satisfaction of having a tangible impact on someone’s life.  He hopes to find that feeling again through educating folks about the breadth of technology tools available to organize their lives and keep them that way.
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    David E. Smith

Length of time teaching for TELOS – Since Fall 2013
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
Themes in Philosophy
The Old Testament
The Old Testament/Tanakh
The New Testament
The Bible
Comparative Religion
Contemporary Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
Mormonism
House of Worship Tours
Educational background
M.A. in Philosophy of Religion, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (1988), and M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (1999)
Professional experience
From 1988-1993 David was a Police Officer in Lynchburg, VA. From 2000 to the present he has held various faculty positions in Philosophy and Religious Studies, most recently at Central WA University, Ellensburg, WA. He currently runs Beliefs and Ethics Seminars and teaches for several adult continuing education programs in the Seattle area. David has a substantial publications list.  His website is www.beliefsandethics.com, from which you can access his blog, read a variety of articles on issues in religion and philosophy, and submit responses.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
David coordinated a colloquium for the CWU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (Spring 2013) entitled, “Mormon Intellectual:  Oxymoron or Viable Option?” with Dr. James Faulconer, Professor of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University. He also hosted Dr. James W. Green, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington: “Physician Aided Dying and Newer Medical Challenges at the End of Life.” A Philosophy and Religious Studies Colloquium, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. (October 26, 2011)
Special Achievements and Honors
2015-2016: Speaker for Humanities Washington (theme: religion and human rights)
Certificate of Merit in Teaching Award, Temple University (1996)
Personal story and interests
David grew up in the home of a fundamentalist Christian minister, but as an adult he gradually moved away from that paradigm and became a religious progressive/skeptic. He pursued advanced degrees in religious studies to find answers for himself and to prepare himself to empower others to find answers for themselves. In addition to academics, he loves exercise and sports, and is a certified personal trainer.
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       James Starkey

Length of time teaching for TELOS – four years
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
The Native American Experience: Looking Through Indigenous Eyes
The Hollywood Indian:  Looking Through Indigenous Eyes
Native Americans and Contemporary Issues

Educational background
BA, Communications Education – U. of Washington; MAEd, Learning Resources –  U. of Washington;  MAEd, American Indian Studies, Native Worldview & Philosophy, Traditional Teaching Methodologies – Antioch University, Seattle
Professional experience
James is currently an Adjunct Professor of Education at Antioch University. He was a teacher in the  Bellevue Public Schools, 1972-2012, teaching English and Social Sciences at all levels.  Prior to that he was a Vietnam Era Marine Corps Aviator, 1968-1972.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
He has served on the Eastside Native American Education Consortium for 35 years, providing outreach to over 250 Native families in the Bellevue, Lake Washington, and Northshore School Districts.
Special Achievements and Honors
He has two published books: Back to the Blanket: A Native Narrative of Discovery, a seven-generation narrative that chronicles his Ojibwe family within the context of the subjugation of his people; and The Native American Experience: Looking Through Indigenous Eyes, a companion text for his university class that includes issues of American Indian Studies, Native Worldview & Philosophy, and Traditional Teaching Methodologies.
Personal interests
He is a mixed-breed Anishinaabe/Ojibwe originally from the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota. He is proud to have been raised in Native ways by his parents.  He brings a passion of informing both Natives and non-Natives alike about the Native American Experience.

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    IN MEMORIAM . . . . . . . John Whitmer, beloved TELOS instructor, died on January 13, 2016. 

Length of time teaching for TELOS – since 1992
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
The Geology of our Remarkable Cordillera
Educational background
Dr. Whitmer spent one year at Montana State College, Bozeman and two years at Oregon State College, Corvallis.  He entered the University of Oregon Medical School in 1946.  He completed the requirement for BS in Zoology from Oregon State College in 1948 and was granted an M.D. degree in 1950.
Professional experience
John worked as a physician starting out in General Practice and was self-employed from 1951 to 1955. Later, he became the Director of the Student Health Service at the University of Wyoming from 1955 to 1961. Next, he worked as a Resident in Psychiatry at Stanford Medical Center & Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, California from 1961 to 1964. From 1964 to 1984, he was a Staff Psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Hospital, American Lake, Tacoma until he retired. Then he worked as a Psychiatry Consultant to the Washington State Office of Disability Insurance, Tumwater, WA from 1988-1991.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from professional experience
He has been seriously interested in geology since age fourteen, but never considered geology as a way to make a living. When his medical credentials were established, he devoted his spare time to the study of geology. Being a person in love with the crust of the Earth, he started mountain climbing, with particular attention to the glaciers and glacial land forms. While working at the University of Wyoming he studied Geomorphology, Paleontology & Structural Geology for credit.  By means of field trips, he acquired considerable understanding of Plate Tectonics and the geology of the western United States, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia, New Zealand, and Iceland. He has experienced several earthquakes, including the 1949, 1965 and 2001 events.
Special Achievements and Honors
He has been a member of the Northwest Geological Society (Seattle) since 1965. He edited the monthly newsletter for that society for twenty years. His efforts were so much appreciated that on three occasions he was awarded the “Tool of Geology” plaque for outstanding service to the geological community. Over the decades, he participated in most of that Society’s field trips in Washington and British Columbia. In 2006 he organized an outstanding field trip for that society, and was subsequently elected President of the Society for a one-year term.
Personal interests
Born in Spokane, WA, he witnessed years of controversy over the building of Grand Coulee Dam, which kindled his interest in Geology and in the Lake Missoula Floods.  He moved to Billings, Montana in 1938.
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    Jim Wilke

Length of time teaching for TELOS –since Winter 2016
Course(s) taught in TELOS program:
Jazz, Then and Now
Educational background:
University of Iowa, 1954-1959, BA,in Speech / Radio-TV-Film
Professional experience:
 Jim is a veteran radio broadcaster (KING-FM, KBCS, KUOW, PRI, KPLU) who has been involved in both jazz and classical music all his professional life.  His award-winning radio program “Jazz After Hours” on Public Radio International was carried each weekend by more than 70 stations from 1984-2014.  He is still producing his long-running show “Jazz Northwest” on KPLU – jazznw.org.  He is also a recording engineer, writer, member of The Recording Academy and Jazz Journalists Association.
Experience related to course topic(s) if different from Professional experience
He has taught Jazz History classes at both Bellevue (Community) College and at The Cornish College of the Arts.
Special Achievements and Honors
Jim has produced live radio shows with Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and many others. He has been named one of the top jazz radio producers nationally by JazzTimes and the Jazz Journalists Association. He is in the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and several musicians have composed songs in his honor.
Personal interests
Jim is interested in theatre, sailing, hiking, and tennis.
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   clint-work-270x300John (Clint) Work

Length of time teaching for TELOS –starting Spring 2016
Course(s) taught in TELOS program:
The US in East Asia: Foundations, Transitions, & Trends
Educational background:
Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS), University of Washington, September 2014 –present
Completing predoctoral coursework, focused in research methodologies and Korean Studies University of Chicago, Master of Arts (MA), International Relations 2012 – 2013
Boston College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science and History 2002 – 2006
Professional experience:
After graduating with a BA, Clint Work spent a year as a history teacher at the Salisbury School (Connecticut) and followed that with two years as a commodities trader at the Chicago Board of Trade.  Teaching English in Korea for almost three years resulted in an interest in East Asian issues and a return to school for an MA after which he worked as a Research Assistant for the International Crisis Group, also in Korea where he focused on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean security relations, economic reforms, intelligence capabilities and space programs.  While at the International Crisis Group and since beginning doctoral coursework, he has written numerous articles, many for the Diplomat magazine.
Special Achievements and Honors
Clint served as Rapporteur at 2014 Asan Plenum, Asan Institute of Policy Studies, April 2014 – April 2014 (1 month), |Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea. The Asan Plenum is an annual gathering of leading experts and scholars to discuss the pressing challenges facing the world. As a rapporteur, in addition to attending multiple sessions during the plenum, he wrote session sketches for two panels, including “Back to History in East Asia” & “The New Asian Economic Order.” These session summaries were utilized by local, regional and global media in their coverage of the plenum. Following the plenum, he wrote longer, more detailed descriptions of each panel to be published in the Asan Plenum 2014-Proceedings.
Clint has also been honored as the recipient of the competitive Richard B. Wesley Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship at the Jackson School, which is given to students to work specifically in the foundational fields of PVS (Peace, Violence, and Security) and/or SMS (States, Markets, Societies) in combination with one or more of the major powers of Asia.
Personal interests
 He was born in Chicago and moved with his family to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then Tucson, AZ during his adolescent years. He attended prep school in Connecticut for all four years of high school, and went to Boston for college. He has since lived in Chicago and Seoul, South Korea, and now resides in Seattle with his girlfriend and two cats.
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   Craig ZumBrunnen

Length of time teaching for TELOS –since Fall 2015
Course(s) taught in TELOS program
What’s All the Heat about Climate Change?
Educational background
Craig received a B.A. cum laude in geology with minors in mathematics, chemistry, zoology and history from the University of Minnesota in June 1966. Although accepted into the University of Minnesota′s Medical School, he chose instead to accept a five-year NDEA Fellowship in Geological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. While at Caltech he also began studying Russian language and became very interested in interdisciplinary environmental and social sciences and their roles in alternative approaches to economic-ecologic development. After receiving his M.S. degree in geological sciences in June 1968, he resigned his fellowship at Caltech and was accepted into the doctoral program in geography at U.C. Berkeley where he focused his studies on environmental problems in the former Soviet Union, especially water pollution problems.
Professional experience
He is currently Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Department of Geography, after teaching in the Geography department there from 1977 to 2014, the Departmental of Environmental Studies from 1989 to 2004, and the Jackson School of International Studies from 1977-2014.  He was a member of the Department of Geography faculty at Ohio State University From September 1972 until June 1977 and taught two summer courses at UC Berkeley in 1974.  He is still an affiliate professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Pt. Elizabeth South Africa since 2004.
Special Achievements and Honors
He is the author and editor of, and contributor to, a number of books including Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction of Humans and Nature and Urban Geography in the Soviet Union and the United States.
Personal interests
He grew up on a small farm about fifty miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There he started driving tractors for threshing crews in 1950 and did field work on the farm all the way through college and his first two summer breaks while he was in graduate school. In the summers he also worked as an electrician for his father’s business and did woodworking and machinery mechanics.  In high school football he was a linebacker and he also played basketball and during the summer he water skied nearly every weekend.  His father was an avid conservationist and co-founder of one of the first county park systems in Minnesota.  His father’s influence and his rural background and diverse interests ultimately led him to the fields of earth science and for the past fifteen years a focus on the problems associated with energy resource development and use and human-induced climate change.

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