Meet the Faculty
Dr. Melanie Obitz-Bukartek
Professor - Managing Yourself at Work, Practical Problem Solving, Clear Communication, and Working with Others
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.
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. Sandy Dolan
Instructor - Salesforce Admin Super Set Foundations
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.
Ms. Jamie Grettum
Instructor - 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. 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.