Liberal Arts & Sciences

B.A., English/Psychology, University of South Dakota
M.A., English/Creative Writing, University of South Dakota
M.A., Sociology, University of South Dakota
M.A., Theological Studies/Pastoral Care, Bethel Seminary

Carrie Allen has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Marriage and Family, Moral Problems, English Essentials I & II, and College Writing I at Southeast since 2006. In addition, she has team-taught Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing with colleague Pete Beurskens. She has also served as a professional tutor at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) focusing on numerous subjects including English, sociology, psychology, and moral problems, along with helping students build resumes and application essays for scholarships. Carrie is also a published poet who loves to create one-of-a-kind natural gemstone earrings and necklaces in her spare time. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their three cats: Sam, Sophie, and Sasha. 

B.S., Cell Biology, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oregon State University 

Bradley Alsop has been a biology instructor at MSC Southeast since 2004. He currently lives in Red Wing with his wife and son where he enjoys camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

B.A., English, University of Northern Iowa
M.A., English, University of Northern Colorado

Pete Beurskens has taught college writing and literature since 1990 (in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) and has published a number of articles, poems, and essays in regional and national publications. He has also served as newsletter editor for the Minnesota Association of Scholars and has worked as a salesman, non-profit director, grant writer, and forest fire fighter. In addition, he teaches writing and great books courses to homeschool students. Mr. Beurskens enjoys hunting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking with his family. They live on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin. 

B.E.S., Sociology/Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
M.S., Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for Human Resource Management

Greg Cady began his teaching career in 2004 as an adjunct instructor at the college with acceptance of a full-time position in 2007. He has dedicated nearly eighteen years to the criminal justice profession, serving in various positions. Additionally, he is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with over twenty years of service. He currently lives in Red Wing with his wife LeAnn and enjoys skiing, boating, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities

B.S., Business Education, University of North Dakota
M.S., Business Education, Southern New Hampshire University

LeAnn Cady joined MSC Southeast in 2008 as a Computer Applications Instructor for the Department of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Her experience has included teaching a variety of business and computer courses and writing numerous supplements in her role as a contributing textbook author. LeAnn relocated to SE Minnesota in 2008 and is currently living in Red Wing where she enjoys physical fitness, blogging, and volunteering as a Minnesota Marine MoM.

B.A. English, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
M.A. English Language and Literature, Winona State University

Cindy Ciszewski came to MSC Southeast in 2010 as a member of the English faculty. Before that, she taught College Reading and Writing at Winona State University and worked in their Writing Center. She has also taught Film and American History at Western Technical College in La Crosse. In her free time, Cindy enjoys reading (of course, she's an English major), running, cooking, antiquing, and flower gardening. Her favorite time of all, though, is that spent "up-north" with her husband and two daughters.

A.S., Early Childhood/Professional Nanny, Minnesota State College Southeast
B.A., Early Childhood Education, Southwest Minnesota State University
M.A., Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University

Rachel Daley has been teaching Early Childhood Education at MSC Southeast since 2010. Her career experiences include family childcare, director of religious education, childcare trainer, preschool teacher, foster parent, behavior coach, participant on the community student assistance team, and substitute teacher. She believes that educators are to uphold the highest integrity in guiding learners while striving to become better facilitators in the learning environment. As reflective practitioners, they must continually grow as a community and inspire inquiry and active learning with their colleagues, their children, and themselves. In her free time, Rachel enjoys academic reading, nature, and outdoor activities, particularly camping with her husband and two daughters.

B.A. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Morris
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Iowa State University

Tim Doherty has been a chemistry instructor at MSC Southeast since 2010. Before that he was a chemistry lecturer at DMACC and previously worked as a lab chemist at 3M. Tim received his doctorate from Iowa State University in 2009. When not involved with chemistry related tasks, he enjoys fishing, camping and being outside, especially with his family.

B.S. Biochemistry, B.S. Biology, University of Minnesota, Duluth
High School Science Teaching Licensures, Viterbo University
M.S. Ed, Physics Emphasis, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
M.S. Biology, Clemson University

Bob Duerst has been an instructor at MSC Southeast since 2014. Previously he taught at several colleges and universities, and two rural Wisconsin high schools. He has also worked in an ecology lab studying how invasive zooplankton impact the biomagnification of mercury in Minnesota lakes, and worked in a genetics lab characterizing genes responsible for nectar secretion in the Brassica genus. When not at work he enjoys working out with his wife, hanging out with his children, reading science fiction, gardening, and camping in a tent.

B.A., College of Saint Teresa, Independent Study in Performing Arts
M.F.A., Early Music Performance, Sarah Lawrence College

David Lee Echelard has performed as a soloist in major cities across in the U.S. and has appeared at the Holland Early Music Festival, London South Bank Festival, and Bang on a Can Marathon New Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany. He lives in Winona and is an active freelance vocalist and performer of new music and early music, composing and performing on the human voice, hurdy-gurdy, French bagpipes, accordion, recorder, blues harp and multi-track digital recording looper. He served as an adjunct professor at Saint Mary's University of Winona for nine years, and has taught at MSC Southeast since 2000.

B.A., Anthropology and East Asian Studies, Macalester College
M.S., Education – Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Jean Egbert joined the college in 2008 after having taught mathematics at Red Wing High School for five years. Before becoming licensed to teach, she worked for non-profits serving refugees in the Twin Cities for twelve years. She lives on a hobby farm with her husband, dog, chickens, and bees. Her two sons have finished college and are working on graduate degrees. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading widely from American and international authors, and cooking Indian food.

B.A., Music, University of Alaska-Anchorage
M.A., Music, Peabody Conservatory

Eric Graham is active as a musician, composer, and music educator. He has performed in music venues from New York to California, played on the album Beyond Blues, and has been listed on various top 10 jazz charts around the nation. He has won awards for his music compositions, one of which was featured on the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Chamber Music Series. He even appeared once on the Today Show. Eric and his wife were raised in Barrow, Alaska (an Eskimo village 350 miles north of the Arctic Circle), and have two children both born in Ethiopia.

B.A., Music, University of Alaska-Anchorage
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law

Tamra Graham was a President's Scholar at William Mitchell College of Law. She has worked in both the public and private legal sectors. Since 2005, she has taught political science, philosophy, and criminal justice courses MSC Southeast. She was raised in Alaska and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and many outdoor activities, including geocaching..

B.A., Speech-Communication, Bethel College
M.A., English, St. Cloud State University
M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Arkansas

Michael Larson is the recipient of major poetry fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His full-length collection of poetry, What We Wish We Knew, was published in 2005; and his short story, "The Woods," appeared in The Malahat Review (2011). He has been teaching writing, literature, and speech courses at the college level since the late 1980s, at MSC Southeast exclusively since 2003. In addition to his teaching and literary endeavors, he is the faculty advisor for the school chess club. In his free time, he likes to fly fish in the area's many trout streams.

B.A., French, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., English, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Erik Sigurd Lee has taught a combination of French, English, English as a Second Language, and communications courses since 1994 in France, Taiwan, Brazil, and the U.S. He has worked at private and public schools at both the high school and college levels. He continues to study Western literature and to travel to Europe and South America for his professional development and personal enjoyment. 

B.S. Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
M.S. Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Liz Micheel has been with MSC Southeast since fall 2010. In 2009, Liz left her seasonal position as a wildland firefighter in Idaho to begin a career as a teacher. Now a permanent faculty member at the college, Liz continues to do wildland firefighting in the summer and prescribed burning locally in the spring. She is involved in the area equine community as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Liz enjoys spending time on her hobby farm with her goats, chickens, horses, and of course, her family. 

B.S., Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
M.A.E., Educational Psychology, University of Northern Iowa

Angel Mytas has been teaching psychology since 2004. She loves all areas of psychology, but has a special fondness for Developmental, Social and Health Psychology. She grew up in Cashton, WI and returned to raise her family there. She is married to Martin who is a chiropractor and owner of Thrive Wellness in Cashton. Her most-loved study of human development is her children, Quinn, Eliza, and Isaiah. She has two dog and loves reading, camping, and spending time with her family.

B.A., Spanish, Religion, Augustana College
M.A.T., School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont

After serving two and a half years in Latin America with the Peace Corps, Lynne Rabuse returned to Minnesota and has been teaching high school and college-level Spanish courses for over thirty years. She has travelled extensively, led five student trips to Mexico, and presented on pedagogical techniques at numerous local and national conferences. Lynne has published a collection of chants and rhymes for use in the Spanish classroom.

B.S., Physics, Winona State University
M.S., Educational Leadership, Winona State University

Michael Sass has taught post-secondary education for over twenty years. Along with teaching in a college setting, he has also taught for industries in the Winona area, tutored college students, and created and implemented mathematics courses for the college. He has also applied his math skills to building and remodeling projects in and around his home.

B.A., Chemistry, St. Olaf College
Ph.D., Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Leah Schnaith has been a chemistry instructor and previously a math instructor at the college for the past several years. She has also worked as a chemistry and math tutor in the Learning Resource Center. Prior to that, she worked in collaboration with the Red Wing School District in math and science enrichment. She lives in Red Wing with her husband and two children. Enjoying their children’s activities consumes much of her free time, but when time allows, she enjoys cooking, reading and long walks with her family.

B.S., Theology, Crossroads College
M.A., History, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Chris Stout has been teaching a wide range of history and culture classes at Southeast at both campuses and online since 2007. Before coming to Winona, Chris taught middle school, high school, and college in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota region for four years. His graduate research focused on southeastern Minnesota and the history of mental illness, which adds a great local perspective to his history classes. He also tries to include Bruce Springsteen in every class period. Chris has two boys and an adorable wife and has lived in Southeast Minnesota for the past 20 years.

B.A., English, Winona State University
M.A., English, Winona State University

Robert Stuber has taught English and communications courses at Southeast, Winona State University, and St. Mary's University of Minnesota; tutored at Winona State University's Writing Center; and served as the communications manager for a Winona company. His graduate studies focused on the plays of August Wilson, whose cycle of ten plays attempts to chronicle the lives of African Americans through the Twentieth Century. Additionally, he is a local free-lance live sound engineer, plays guitar and mandolin-family instruments for fun, and occasionally performs in the Winona area.

B.S. Geology, Winona State University
M.A. Geography, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Rich Swanson began teaching part time at Southeast in the fall of 2010 and currently teaches Physical Geography and World Regional Geography. He has spent time working for the U.S. Military, the oil industry, the Department of Agriculture's Soil Survey Program, and is currently working as a Research Analyst for a demographic consulting company based in the Twin Cities. He was raised in Wabasha, but has lived all across the U.S. including, California, Illinois, Alaska, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Colorado and Washington. In his spare time Rich enjoys building wooden boats, running, and pretending like he can play his guitar.

A.A., Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, Iowa
B.A., Psychology, Iowa Wesleyan College
M.S., Psychology, Western Illinois University

An Iowa native, Amy Whitcomb has been teaching psychology since 1999, and came to MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus in the fall of 2010. In the past, she has done counseling and social work, but decided she loved teaching far more than trying to save the world. While she is interested in most areas of psychology and criminal justice, social psychology and criminology are her favorites. In her spare time, she likes reading true crime accounts, watching true crime shows, listening to opera and classic rock, and spending time with her children. She has become an excellent cook, but remains unfulfilled by it.

B.S., Comprehensive Business Education, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Cindy Ziegler joined the college in 2011 after having taught business education and computer science classes and serving as technology director at Cochrane-Fountain City High School for nineteen years. She also taught at GET and Gilmanton High Schools. She enjoys reading, biking, walking, sewing, and baking cookies.

B.A., Mathematics, Winona State University
M.A., Mathematics, Winona State University

Alice Zimmer teaches mathematics at the college and has done extensive industry-specific curriculum development as well as taught mathematics applications onsite at local industries. She is an active community volunteer and a strong advocate for the development of career opportunities for rural students, especially in the areas of mathematics and nanotechnology. She has written successful college and community grants and is one of the founding board members of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology. Alice enjoys reading non-fiction and Victorian England novels, keeping up with world news, planting flowers, watching professional boxing and UFC mixed martial arts, attending live theater, and spending time with her friends and family, including her daughter-in-law and her two sons.

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