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.
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 and Salesforce Admin Super Set Skills
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.
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.
Allegra Lanzara is the Personal Coach, providing direct coaching to our students. Allegra was born and raised outside of Albany, New York. She earned an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies, a graduate degree in education, and is a Certified Professional Coach through Coaching for Transformation. She has worked in higher education for almost ten years, most recently as an Academic Adviser. She has a passion for helping students navigate structure and organization while supporting individual experience. When she’s not working, Allegra is spending time with her family and dogs, practicing yoga, or exploring near her home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Louise Vigeant
Student Services Manager
Dr. Louise Vigeant is the Student Services Manager, leading student support services and providing academic oversight of the student experience. Dr. Vigeant received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University, and has over 10 years of experience in higher education as both a professor and an administrator. Her career began at Amsterdam University College, where she designed and ran the college’s academic advising system, and also managed the Department of Social Sciences. She subsequently moved to the University of Mississippi to teach in the Department of Public Policy Leadership, where she founded and continues to lead Team 36, a non-profit that helps students from under-resourced high schools prepare for and succeed on the ACT. Most recently, Dr. Vigeant taught and designed courses for Minerva Schools at KGI.
Dr. Beth Callaghan
Dean of Faculty Affairs
Dr. Beth Callaghan is the Dean of Faculty Affairs, leading our faculty support services to recruit, advise, and train our 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.