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Brian Addington

Brian Addington

Community College Professor

After twenty years in supply chain management in the private sector, Brian is pursuing his passion in teaching and sharing with students his love of operations management. Just prior to joining TMCC, Brian worked for Boeing as a Senior Project Manager in supplier management for the 787 Dreamliner program in Everett, WA. Other opportunities at Boeing included implementing common MRP systems across all the defense sites in North America. Brian also acted as a lean assessment focal auditing and scoring lean manufacturing practices for Boeing manufacturing sites. As a supply chain integrator, Brian was responsible for integrating with suppliers to bring parts directly to the production floor. Prior to working for Boeing, Brian was a Purchasing and Materials Manager for a scientific instrument company.

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Lisa Buehler

Community College Professor

Lisa Thornton Buehler holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, MBA in Finance, and a JD She is a self-proclaimed life-long learner, with current research interests in elder law, International Financial Accounting Standards, and federal taxation. She has been a licensed CPA in Washington State since 1990 and has an extensive “real-life” accounting background including experience in governmental, manufacturing, and service industries. Lisa has taught part-time for over 20 years and accepted a full-time position at TMCC in 2014. Over the years, she has taught classes across the curriculum including courses in accounting, business, computer science, economics, English, law, and mathematics. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, playing the piano and guitar, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, gardening, and traveling.

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Vanina Coudriet

Community College Instructor

Vanina is a native of Argentina and has lived in Reno for the last 20 years. She earned her BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Research and Planning from the University of Comahue, located in the Patagonia region in Argentina, and an MBA from UNR. She has spent the last 20 years working in the hospitality and technology industries. She worked for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority for many years as a Hispanic Specialist, Tourism Coordinator, and the first Outdoor Adventure Manager. She also worked as a project manager for a business automation company, where she monitored projects for hospitality-related clients. She joined TMCC as a part-time instructor in 2016 and became the Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator in 2017, responsible for developing the new Hospitality and Tourism Management program and creating the Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Hospitality and Tourism Club and a member of the International Faculty Advisory Committee. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, skiing, and all the outdoor activities this area has to offer. 

Tanja Hayes

Tanja Hayes

Community College Instructor

Tanja came to Nevada after finishing high school in her native Sweden. She earned her BA degree in Economics from UNR, with minors in Mathematics and French, and her MA degree in Economics from Columbia University. Tanja has worked in the non-profit world, and taught economics and statistics for over a decade before joining the full-time faculty at TMCC. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Business Club, and a member of the Curriculum Review Committee, the Diversity Committee, and the International Faculty Advisory Committee. In addition to teaching, Tanja enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as working out, singing, dancing, and connecting with nature.

Robert Kirchman

Robert Kirchman

Community College Professor

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Robert Kirchman currently holds the position of Management Instructor in the Business Division at Truckee Meadows Community College, where he teaches classes in Management, Economics, Business, and Marketing. In addition to teaching, Robert is a member of the TMCC Faculty Senate, representing the Business Division; and is a member of the Food Service Committee. Robert has held a number of officer-level positions in companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. In addition, he has owned and operated his own businesses in the consulting and retail segments. Robert earned the AB in Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and the MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is currently engaged in course work in graduate Economics at the University of Nevada Reno.

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Michael Miller

Community College Instructor

Michael Miller graduated from Westfield State University with a BA in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. He holds a MA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire with additional studies at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis on natural resource and environmental economics. Michael has worked on educational reform in the non-profit sector and has a decade of teaching experience. Over the years, he has taught economics, statistics, personal finance, finite math and problem-solving. Michael is the advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the prestigious international honor society for two-year colleges. In his spare time, Michael enjoys yoga, cooking, playing the guitar, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

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Nancy O'Neal

Community College Professor

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Nancy O'Neal graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a BS degree in Industrial Management and a minor in Industrial Engineering. After working a few years for Arthur Anderson and General Dynamics, she went back to school and received her MBA from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She then worked for Hewlett-Packard for ten years in the Bay Area, and eventually moved to Reno in 1999. In Reno, she worked briefly for a startup-up, iGo.com and then worked for ten years at the University of Nevada, Reno in the business school teaching management classes primarily on a part-time basis. She joined TMCC in 2012 and is the faculty lead for the Entrepreneurship Program. She also teaches business and management classes.

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Kofi Poku

Community College Instructor

After earning his bachelor’s degree from his native Ghana, Kofi earned his MS in Marketing, MBA in Marketing/Internal Auditing, and PhD in Marketing and Business Development from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor.  Prior to joining TMCC as a full-time Instructor, Kofi worked as corporate Internal Auditor for Eastman Kodak which took him traveling all over the world. He is an entrepreneur and has also taught classes in marketing, business, and management for over a decade. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, assisting developing countries to strengthen entrepreneurship education and training programs. Kofi is a life-long learner who has just become a licensed Life Insurance producer and is pursuing other financial industry licenses. Currently, his research interests are in consumer marketing and strategic management.  Besides teaching, Kofi is active with Toastmasters International in public speaking and leadership development. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, connecting with nature, and traveling.    

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Ben Scheible

Community College Professor

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Ben Scheible has been a professor of real estate at TMCC since 1998 where he teaches real estate pre-licensing courses. He has also taught introduction to business, various computer applications courses, business law and political science. Ben graduated from Stanford University with distinction in 1975. He earned a law degree at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1982 and practiced law in California for approximately 15 years before coming to the college. He is also a licensed real estate broker-salesperson in Nevada and a licensed real estate broker in California. Ben is a published author of numerous real estate continuing education booklets and the following pre-license textbooks. Ben takes great pride in the following awards: Teacher of the Year, TMCC 2003 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, TMCC 2004 Educator of the Year Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors, 2003 and 2005

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Phil Smilanick

Community College Professor

Phil Smilanick is a certified public accountant in Nevada and has over 16 years of audit, tax and management consulting experience in a large public accounting firm environment. He has a bachelor's and master's of business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he also taught for five years as a full-time lecturer. Phil has been a court-appointed bankruptcy overseer, CFO for a public mining biotechnology company and trustee for several community bank start ups. His experience is important because it enables him to teach accounting from the industry point of view, rather than as an academic. Phil attended the University of Nevada on a golf scholarship and for many years competed in local, state and regional tournaments. He is an avid motorcyclist and participates in many track days. Phil was born and raised in Reno.

Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Dean

Amy Williams has been with Truckee Meadows Community College since 2005 overseeing the Workforce Development and Community Education and Adult Basic Education departments, prior to becoming interim dean in July of 2017 and dean in January 2019. She has an additional eight years of experience in education with the Davidson Institute and the National Judicial College, as well as workforce development, marketing and training experience with the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation for the state of Nevada. Amy has a master of science degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada, and a bachelor of arts degree in communications from William Jewell College.