Faculty & Student Support

Practical Expertise Meets Research-Backed Pedagogy

At Foundry College, every class is designed and taught by an experienced faculty member with a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Our faculty and support teams work together to provide students with the academic and personal support they need to be successful in the program.

Meet the Faculty


Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek
Professor - Clear Communication, Working with Others, Managing Yourself at Work, and Thinking with Software

Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her M.Ed in Data-Based Decision Making and Organizational Improvement from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her successful teaching record spans nearly two decades, and for the past six years, she has instructed adult learners both online and in-person. In addition to her specialization in adult education, Melanie is an expert in literacy, data-based decision making, and educational leadership. She has received multiple awards for Innovation in Teaching, and was a Kiwanis Club of Annapolis 2017 Teacher of the Year Winner.


Dr. Kacey Warren
Professor - Critical Analyses, Practical Problem Solving, Learning at Work, and Analyzing and Conveying Information in Business

Dr. Kacey Warren received her B.A. in Philosophy and French from CSU Sacramento, and earned her Ph.D. from CU Boulder, where she was also a Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for the James R., Anne M., and R. Jane Emerson Student Support Fund in the Humanities. Kacey had the honor of acting as Subject Matter Expert for the development of Philosophy 12 (Ethics) for CCCOnline and was recently awarded Instructor of Excellence for the Arts and Humanities, 2018. She is a published author specializing in Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy of Disability and Bioethics. Kacey’s most recent publication “Using Stimulants to Promote Academic Equality” is an open peer commentary and was published in 2016 in the American Journal of Bioethics.

Student & Faculty Support

Our faculty and student support staff serve important roles at Foundry College, overseeing and supporting both faculty and students to ensure academic success.

Nick Rothacher

Nick Rothacher is the Senior Coach and leads the student coaching program.

Allegra Lanzara

Allegra Lanzara is the Personal Coach.

Dr. Louise Vigeant

Dr. Louise Vigeant is the Student Support Manager and leads student support services.

Dr. Beth Callaghan

Dr. Beth Callaghan is the Faculty Manager and leads faculty support services.

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