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School of Technology

Grinstead Building, Room 009
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4439
Fax: 660.543.4578
Email: Dr. Doug Koch





Faculty and Staff

Automotive Technology Management (ATM)

Construction Management (CMGT)

Design & Drafting Technology (CADD)
Electronics/Networking Technology (ET/NET)
Engineering Technology (ENGT)
Fashion: Textiles, & Clothing in Business (FAME)
Graphic Technologies (GRAP)
SOT Graduate Programs
Innovative Tech/Tech Transfer
Professional Photography  (PHOT)

 

Administration

 

Dr. Doug Koch - Chair
koch@ucmo.edu
G 009
660-543-4439

 

Dr. Koch received his PhD in Technology Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Virginia Tech. He teaches in the areas of Industrial Management and Computer Aided Design and Drafting. His published works and funding efforts are in the STEM fields and related to problem solving, visualization, and design with his more recent focus on innovative education strategies and student retention. He currently serves as on the Executive Board for the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. Koch enjoys relating his practical, industrial experience to students in the classroom.

 

For a more in-depth resume, click here.

 

Susie Pine - Office Professional III
pine@ucmo.edu
G 009
660-543-4727

Lydia Cruse - Office Professional III
lcruse@ucmo.edu
TRG 318
660-543-4940

Delinda Beneke - Accountant I
dbeneke@ucmo.edu
G 009
660-543-4765
 

Giuseppina Zanti - Internship Graduate Assistant
zanti@ucmo.edu
G 009
660-543-4727

 


Automotive Technology Management

 

Dr. Scott Wilson - (Program Coordinator & Assistant Chair) Professor
swilson@ucmo.edu
TRG 318C
660-543-4065

Wilson received his Ph.D. in Career and Technical Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his BS and MS from UCM in Power and Industrial Technology. He became a UCM faculty member in 1983 in the department of Power and Transportation (Aviation, Automotive, & Electronics) and is currently an Assistant Chair in the School of Technology. In addition, Wilson has served as the Coordinator of the Automotive Technology Management (ATM) program since 1999. During that time the ATM program has received over $1 million in external grants, scholarships and donations including a $750,000 Department of Energy grant to develop a training program for electric and hybrid drive vehicles. Wilson is an Accredited Fluid Power Instructor, ASE Master Automotive Technician, Certified Technology Manager, as well as an Instrument-rated Private Pilot.

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Doug Short - Assistant Professor
dshort@ucmo.edu
TRG 112
660-543-4462

 

Mr. Short has been a faculty member of UCM since 1993. Since coming to Central, he has been active in developing his education along the lines of classroom discipline by earning his Education Specialist Degree in 1997.  Mr. Short has also concentrated his efforts on technical training to stay current with today’s evolving vehicle structure. Along with electrical and power-train knowledge, Mr. Short also hones his skills in fabrication, paint and bodywork through classic car restorations. Mr. Short also enjoys home construction as he completed his log home in 1994 and wrote a book on log home construction methods which is on record in the United States Library of Congress.

 

Mr. Short also stays involved in student activities as adviser for the UCM Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Here, Mr. Short assists students in various automotive activities and community service.

 

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Alex Richards - Assistant Professor
arichards@ucmo.edu
TRG 110
660-543-8415

 

Alex Richards started his path toward his career at a small junior college.  From there he continued his education to include not only a B.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology from Southern Illinois University, but also a M.S.ed from the highly accredited Workforce Education and Development department there at SIU.  While earning his Masters degree, Alex worked as a graduate assistant for the Automotive Department, where he discovered how much he enjoyed working alongside students, helping them achieve a greater understanding of the subject matter at hand. 

Alex, as an automotive instructor, strives to be not only a mentor, but an asset to his student's education, and specializes in areas of learning that are catered to his students needs, abilities, and requirements.

 

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Bill Whitby - Automotive Lab Manager
whitby@ucmo.edu
TRG 104A
660-543-4461

 

Darren McCrory- Graduate Assistant (Teaching)
dlm57990@ucmo.edu
TRG 213A

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Construction Management

Dr. David McCandless - (Program Coordinator) Associate Professor
dmccandless@ucmo.edu
COT 203C
660-543-4789

 

Dr. McCandless has been a faculty member of UCM since 2003 and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Construction Management program.  He is actively involved in the educational process and received his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.   He previously owned his own construction company and taught six years at State Fair Community College Career and Technology Center.   

 

McCandless is an accredited LEED-AP, BD+C and specializes in surveying, building layout, and applied construction practices. 

 

Curtis Bradford - Assistant Professor
cbradford@ucmo.edu
COT 107
660-543-8219

University of Central Missouri graduate, Mr. Bradford, joined the faculty in 2011 after spending thirty years building in the residential, commercial, and energy sector. He served as a carpenter, quality control manager, safety officer, general superintendent, construction manager, and senior project manager. His field and management experience are used to enhance classroom learning and student problem solving. He specializes in building structures, construction contracts, quality management and estimating.

Bradford is an American Institute of Constructors, Certified Professional Constructor and an ATMAE, Certified Technology Manager.

Joe Kupersmith - Assistant Professor
kupersmith@ucmo.edu
COT 103
660-543-4718

A graduate of Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri), Kupersmith became a UCM faculty member in 2000. He has been involved with the construction industry in some fashion since 1973; as a laborer, plumber, inspector, building official, zoning officer, project manager, superintendent, and now as an educator. Given his background, Kupersmith teaches courses in the SOT Construction Management program from a practical experience standpoint. His main area of expertise is in government regulations such as building codes and occupational construction safety.  He also teaches plans/specs review and mechanical systems for buildings. He has been a certified building official since 1995 and has been a certified OSHA 500 trainer since 2004.

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Dr. Jerry Penland - Assistant Professor
penland@ucmo.edu

COT 104
660-543-4746

 

Jerry Penland - assistant professor - A graduate of the University of Kansas and Iowa State University, Penland became a UCM faculty member in 2007 after thirty-three years of industry experience in civil engineering design and construction management.  In addition to UCM, he has teaching experience at the University of Kansas and Pittsburg State University. He teaches in both the Construction Management and Engineering Technology programs.

 

Penland is a registered professional engineer and has a D.E. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Management from the University of Kansas.

 

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Dr. Aaron Sauer - Assistant Professor
sauer@ucmo.edu
COT 101
660-543-8214

Dr. Sauer joined the UCM faculty in 2008 following ten years of professional experience in the commercial construction industry. As the faculty advisor to the Student Organization of Construction Managers (SOCM) he enjoys working with students outside of the traditional classroom setting to develop critical leadership skills. His favorite course is Advanced Estimating and Cost Analysis where he draws from his experience as a professional estimator to facilitate a high intensity “bid day” competition at the end of the semester. He is an alumnus of the UCM Construction Management program (1994) and completed a PhD in Technology Management from Indiana State University in 2013.


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Design and Drafting Technology

Dr. Kyle Palmer - (Program Coordinator, Assistant Chair, & Internship Coordinator) Professor
palmer@ucmo.edu
G 207A
660-543-4303

Roya Azimzadeh - Assistant Professor
azimzadeh@ucmo.edu
G 207E
660-543-4062

 

Roya Azimzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Design and Drafting Technology.  She became a UCM faculty member in 2007.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in E-Learning through Northcentral University and her research emphasis is in the area of E-Learning.  Azimzadeh’s areas of specializations include Architecture, CADD Technology, Technology and Occupational Education, and E-Learning.  Azimzadeh teaches introductory CADD courses.  She is also involved in Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Regarding her professional affiliations, she is a member of The Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).  She has had a number of presentations at ATMAE.

 

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John Guin - Assistant Professor
jguin@ucmo.edu

G 207D
660-543-4968

Jane Minihan - Assistant Professor
minihan@ucmo.edu
G 207C
660-543-4239
 

Aaron Schroeder- Instructor
schroeder@ucmo.edu
G 207
660-543-4439

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Electronics/Networking Technology

 

Dr. Ronnie Rollins - (Program Coordinator) Assistant Professor
rollins@ucmo.edu
TRG 318E
660-543-4436

 

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Dr. Clarke Homoly - Associate Professor
chomoly@ucmo.edu
TRG 318G
660-543-4980

Homoly has been teaching electronics here at UCM for almost 40 years.  Before that, he did some electronics teaching at the University of Wyoming and the University of Northern Iowa.

 

His passion has always been designing, building and repairing a variety of wireless communication equipment.  Getting his ham radio license in 1960 actually launched his electronics career.  When not immersed in electronics, his other passion has been fishing at Truman Lake.

Richard Lacy - Assistant Professor
rllacy@ucmo.edu
TRG 318F
660-543-4032

 

Richard is a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant with over 20 years of service.  He earned his B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology and his M.S. in Industrial Technology here at the University of Central Missouri.  Rich has been a faculty member here at UCM since 2004.  He is currently the instructor for digital electronics, active electronic devices, microprocessors, circuit analysis, and programming for electronics.  Additionally he is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) instructor supporting the Career and Technology Education program.

 

Joseph Berletic - Instructor

berletic@ucmo.edu

TRG 318K
660-543-4281

 

Berletic is originally from Northfield, Minnesota.  He is currently an Electronics Technology instructor at the University of Central Missouri. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics in October 2008.  In addition, he earned two Associate of Science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force. The first is an AAS in Aircraft Systems Maintenance Technology and the second is Instructor of Technology and Military Science. 

 

He graduated in December 2012 with a Master Degree in Technology.  He is currently pursuing his career goal of becoming a college professor.

 

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Jeff Banhart - Adjunct Faculty
jbanhart@ucmo.edu

 

Shawn Bentley - Graduate Assistant
seb21460@ucmo.edu
TRG 318

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Engineering Technology

Dr. Troy Ollison - (Program Coordinator) Associate Professor
ollison@ucmo.edu
G 014B
660-543-8660

Dr. Jeffrey M. Ulmer - Associate Professor
julmer@ucmo.edu
G 014A
660-543-8337

B.S. in Innovative Technologies & B.S. in Technology (Transfer) Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ulmer provides a diverse background from 24 years working in industry within engineering, production management, and quality management disciplines. After adding on eight more years at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Ulmer can help you compose a program of study that will help you complete a degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Note: the Technology (Transfer) degree can be completed TOTALLY ONLINE!

Dr. Ulmer has a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in Technology Management with an emphasis in Manufacturing Systems.

For a more in-depth resume, click here.

Pam Hoyer - Assistant Professor
phoyer@ucmo.edu
G 014D
660-543-4302
Shelby Scott - Instructor
scott@ucmo.edu
G 014C
660-543-8068
 

Joe Paul - Graduate Assistant (Teaching)
jpaul@ucmo.edu
G 009
660-543-4439

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Fashion: Textiles & Clothing in Business

Dr. Lynn Alkire - (Program Coordinator) Professor
alkire@ucmo.edu
G 224
660-543-4202 or 543-8184

Melissa Abner - Assistant Professor

mabner@ucmo.edu

G 215
660-543-8724

 

Melissa Abner, Instructor- After completing a bachelor’s degree in Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Columbia in Missouri, Abner worked in the fashion industry for 5 years before returning to UCM to get a Master’s in Education.  She has helped redesign the curriculum for the Fashion and Apparel Merchandising program at UCM and helps advise and recruit students.  Abner teaches Fashion Buying, Fashion Entrepreneurship, Visual Merchandising and Promotion, Sustainability for Consumer Products, Product Development, and Materials for Interior Furnishings among other classes.  She also supervises students working on site during Professional Work Experience in the summer. 

Abner is active in the sustainability initiative on campus and helps produce the Haute Trash Fashion Show each spring.  Abner is a registered buyer and attends market to purchase items for a family business as well as managing the website and social media presence. 

 

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Billie Perrin - Assistant Professor
bperrin@ucmo.edu
G 235A
660-543- 4647

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Graphic Technologies

 

Dr. Mark L. Rankin - (Program Coordinator) Professor
rankin@ucmo.edu
G 103B
660-543-4849

 

B.S. in Graphic Technologies program coordinator


Dr. Rankin’s areas of specializations within the graphic communications field include flexographic printing technologies, screen printing technologies, digital wide format ink jet printing, prepress workflow and software applications, color management, and production planning for the commercial and publication printing industries. He resumed the role of GT program coordinator in the summer of 2013, having previously served in that position for seven years.

 

Rankin completed his twenty-fifth year with the UCM Graphic Technologies program in May 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree at Morehead State University and his Master of Science degree at Purdue University. He graduated from Clemson University in 1988 with a Doctor of Education degree in Vocational and Technical Education.

David Barabas - Assistant Professor
barabas@ucmo.edu
G 113B
660-543-4484

Shannon Schroeder - Instructor

sschroeder@ucmo.edu
G 113A
660-543-8833

  Elmer Ragus- Instructor
eragus@ucmo.edu

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SOT Graduate Programs

 

Dr. Ronald Woolsey - (Program Coordinator) Professor
woolsey@ucmo.edu
G 009F

660-543-4340

 

M.S. in Industrial Management coordinator

M.S. in Technology coordinator

Ph.D. in Technology Management consortium coordinator 

 

A member of UCM's faculty since 1998, Woolsey can provide you with information and advisement about the School of Technology graduate programs both online and on campus opportunities. He specializes in management and operations of the industrial enterprise. He is a Certified Senior Technology Manager and is especially versed in distance learning, curriculum development, data analysis, six sigma quality and lean techniques. His background includes industrial experience as an engineering manager, assistant plant engineering, maintenance supervisor, and draftsperson along with P-21classroom teaching experience. He can help you with career advancement, admissions and advisement toward a doctorate in Technology Management.

Woolsey has his Ph.D. in Industrial Technology and Education from Iowa State University with specializations in automation, hydraulics, and computer integrated manufacturing. He is a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating. His professional memberships in technology and management include: the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Quality, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Epsilon Pi Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. His awards include recognition by his ATMAE peers as Outstanding University Professor in 1991 and 2003. He was selected for the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology award by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2003. He serves as a reviewer for professional publications, national accreditation team member, and as a national consultant for higher education.

Dr. Suhansa (Sue) Rodchua - Associate Professor

rodchua@ucmo.edu

TRG 318D
660-543-4438

 

Suhansa (Sue) Rodchua, associate professor – Sue teaches graduate programs in Industrial Management and Technology. She has published books and articles in the area of Quality Costs in Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, and Online Curriculum Development.  She holds professional certificates of ASQ-CMQ/OE and ATMAE – CTM. Sue also serves as an advisor of ASQ – UCM Student Chapter.

 

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Cynthia Horta-Martinez - Instructor

chorta@ucmo.edu

G 009F
660-543-4340

 

Horta is an instructor for the graduate programs at the School of Technology. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Technology Management with a specialization in Manufacturing at Indiana State University. She obtained a Master of Science in Industrial Management at UCM in 2004 and has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey – Campus Estado de Mexico in 2002.

Horta has worked in education and industry since 2003 and her knowledge and expertise is what makes her a great instructor for the Industrial Management and Technology programs at UCM.

 

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Joleen Byerline- PhD Fellow
byerline@ucmo.edu
TRG 318H
660-543-8118

 

Will Ford - PhD Fellow
wford@ucmo.edu

 

Yuri K. Hoverson - Adjunct Faculty
hoverson@ucmo.edu

  John Burden - Adjunct Faculty
burden@ucmo.edu
 

Grant Townsend - Adjunct Faculty
gtownsend@ucmo.edu

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Innovative Technologies/Technology Transfer

 

Dr. Jeffrey M. Ulmer - Associate Professor
julmer@ucmo.edu
G 014A
660-543-8337

B.S. in Innovative Technologies & B.S. in Technology (Transfer) Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ulmer provides a diverse background from 24 years working in industry within engineering, production management, and quality management disciplines. After adding on eight more years at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Ulmer can help you compose a program of study that will help you complete a degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Note: the Technology (Transfer) degree can be completed TOTALLY ONLINE!

Dr. Ulmer has a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in Technology Management with an emphasis in Manufacturing Systems.

For a more in-depth resume, click here.

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Professional Photography

 

Dr. Thomas Mitchell - (Program Coordinator) Assistant Professor

mitchell@ucmo.edu
G 105F
660-543-8914


Education:
Ed.D. University of Missouri-Columbia, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
M.S. University of Central Missouri, Industrial Vocational Technical Education - Emphasis in Photography
B.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Communications, Political Science Avila College, Art and Photography studies

Professional Organizations:
ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers (Midwest chapter board member)

Dr. Mitchell has been with the university since 1994, the first ten years as Manager of Photography in University Relations, the remainder as an instructor in the photography area. Currently he is the instructor of record for mostly upper level courses including the capstone business management and portfolio classes. His interests include traditional darkroom photography, fine art printing, iPhone and tablet imaging, and student learning and reading competencies. Dr. Mitchell has been a professional photographer for almost 30 years with experience in commercial, editorial, sports, portrait, public relations and fine art photography. He is professionally qualified in all formats of conventional and digital capture.

Richard Kahoe - Associate Professor
kahoe@ucmo.edu
G 207G
660-543-8841

Education:
Ed. S. University of Central Missouri, Human Services/IA&T
M.S. University of Central Missouri, Industrial Technology
B. S. University of Central Missouri, Photography

Preceding a career in education, Mr. Kahoe worked as a commercial/industrial photographer for fourteen years. joining UCM in 1990.  His areas of scholarly interest are the graphical display of quantitative information, digital haiga, Missouri's bridges, stop-motion photography, & online-teaching methods.  He has regularly taught both online and hybrid courses since his first online class in the Fall semester of 1994.

Jeremy Underwood - Assistant Professor
jrunderwood@ucmo.edu
G 105A
660-543-4919

Education:
M.F.A. University of Houston, Photography & Digital Media
B. S. University of Central Missouri, Photography
International Studies in Photography, University of Central Lancashire, England

Professional Organizations:
CAA, College Art Association
SPE, Society for Photographic Education
PPA, Professional Photographers of America
WPPI, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

Jeremy Underwood has an extensive knowledge of the photographic process and commercial business practices as seen in a decade long commercial photography career.  A sampling of his portfolio would reveal work with a studio known for photographing Fortune 500 corporate executives to coverage of society’s elite’s weddings and events.  His creative work embodies our complicated relationship with the environment and the contemporary landscape, focusing on the tension between nature and culture shaping these physical spaces.  Jeremy has been published in Photo District News, Wired Magazine and named an emerging talent by Lens Culture magazine. He has received a number of grants and fellowships from such institutions as the Society for Photographic Education, the University of Houston and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Recent exhibitions include the Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Jeremy has been awarded residency at Yaddo, one of the oldest and most competitive artist residencies in the United States. His recent research project entails collaboration with the Colorado Art Ranch, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and the US Fish and Wildlife, exploring wilderness stewardship along Massachusetts’s marine and coastal region.

Robert Breshears - Instructor
rbreshears@ucmo.edu

G 105D
660-543-4489

Education:
M.A. University of Central Missouri, Mass Communications
B.S. University of Central Missouri, Photography
A.A. State Fair Community College, Educational Studies
A.A.S. Community College of the Air Force, Airway Science

Professional Organizations:
NPPA, National Press Photographers Association
APA, American Photographic Artist

Robert combines his passion for photography with things he loves in life. He has carried his camera equipment to over 20 countries and on wilderness backpacking trips in 13 states, Canada and New Zealand. He has been shooting university athletics for ten years. At UCM he has taught Nature, Editorial, Creative, Portrait, Investigative, Digital Imaging, and Introduction to Photography.

Adam Caselman - Instructor
caselman@ucmo.edu
G 105E
660-543-4305

Education:
B.S. University of Central Missouri, Photography

Mr. Caselman has worked as a retoucher and assistant for a commercial photographer in Kansas City. In doing so, he has traveled throughout the United States working on photography projects for commercial clients and using post-processing techniques, delivered high-end photography to clients. He has a passion for retouching, product photography, printing, computer hardware, computer networking, and video. He teaches Studio Photography, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop.

Coleen Fritz - Instructor
sfritz@ucmo.edu
G 105C
660-543-8919

Education:
M.A. University of Central Missouri, Sociology
B.S. University of Central Missouri, Technical/Portrait Photography

Professional Organizations:
ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers
NAPP, National Association of Photoshop Professionals
PPA, Professional Photographers of America
SPS, Student Photographic Society
NILMDTS, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Coleen’s Passion for photography and zest for life has allowed her education to work with students and the opportunities to help them succeed in achieving their goals and dreams of photography. For twenty-one years Coleen had her own business. From 2000 to 2007, she was able to implement photographing children, families, wedding and creating memories. Coleen has worked for Our 360 photographing newborns at Western Missouri Medical. Since 2005 she has worked at UCM as Instructor and Lab Manager. “Photography is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass. From the beginning the process of transforming film onto paper has struck me as magical. And, over the years, that magical process from film to digital has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to professional. Photography fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity, and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality.”

Bryan Tebbenkamp - Adjunct Faculty
tebbenkamp@ucmo.edu
660-543-4893
  Shannon Meisenheimer - Adjunct Faculty
meisenheimer@ucmo.edu
660-543-8483

 

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