Meet the Faculty
Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek
Professor - Clear Communication, Working with Others, and Managing Yourself at Work
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 - Practical Problem Solving
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.
Ms. Debra Hunter
Instructor - Project Management Foundations
Ms. Debra Hunter holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a M.S. in Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and was also a Sloan Fellow in Public Policy Management and Analysis at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is an expert in her field with more than 20 years of industry experience, having worked in local government with the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach and for consulting firms such as Sierra Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), she regularly teaches and mentors others to contribute to the Project Management and Technology professions. She also serves on the Small Business and Job Creation Advisory Board for the 36th Congressional District of California.
Mr. Reed Shell
Instructor - Project Management in Practice
Mr. Reed Shell holds a B.A. in Communication from Boise State University and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. He is a 30-year Information Technology professional who has worked for Fortune 50 companies, non-profits and small businesses. As a Certified Scrum Master and active Project Management Professional, he coaches companies in their agile transformations and served as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Northern Utah Chapter.
Ms. Jamie Grettum
Instructor - Salesforce Admin Super Set Foundations
Ms. Jamie Grettum earned her B.A. in Social Work from San Jose State University and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator. She specializes in teaching system admins and new users the essential Salesforce skills needed to accomplish daily tasks, and has been training and consulting around Salesforce since 2010. Jamie spent a large portion of her earlier career as a Business Analyst supporting Sales Operations in the corporate training industry. This experience laid the foundation for understanding the unique needs of sales users and where those needs intersect with sales technology configuration.
Ms. Sandy Dolan
Instructor - Salesforce Admin Super Set Skills
Ms. Dolan earned her B.A. in Management Information Systems from Auburn University and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator. She has been involved with the Salesforce ecosystem since 2007 and has extensive experience in training both end users and administrators. She also consults with companies who want assistance with making Salesforce work for them. In her free time, Sandy co-leads her daughter's Girl Scout troop and tries to find ways to beat her husband in board games.
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 is the Senior Coach, providing direct coaching to our students and is responsible for leading our student coaching program. Nick was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish and graduate degrees in business and education. After finding success in sales, he transitioned into a student support role at a nonprofit online university, and most recently started and sold his own business. He enjoys working with others to move his organization or team forward and is thrilled to bring his experience and enthusiasm to Foundry College. When he’s not working, he is spending time with his family, planning his next trip, or mountain biking near his home in Phoenix, Arizona.
Susan Chang is the Personal Coach, providing direct coaching to our students. Susan was born in Taipei, Taiwan, spent her early childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil and now resides in Southern California. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Business, a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology, a Certificate in Human Resources Management and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and a MBTI Certified Practitioner. She has navigated several career transitions and has over 20 years of combined experience, most recently in higher education, career coaching, and human resources. She is passionate about helping students get the most of their academic experience as well as achieving work/life integration. When she is not working, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.
Dr. Beth Callaghan
Dean, Foundry College
Dr. Beth Callaghan is the Dean of Foundry College, leading the college’s curriculum development and faculty. She received her B.A. in English and World Literature from UCLA, her M.A. in English from UC Irvine, and her Ph.D. in English and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. She has taught in high school and college classrooms in southern California and was previously an Assistant Professor and course designer at The Minerva Schools at KGI. She is passionate about creating curriculum that gives students real-world skills and connects concretely to their life experiences.