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Meet our Team

Training Directors and Staff


Jeff Grunewald, Dean of Apprenticeship & Economic Development

Bill Persinger, Assessment Services Manager

Jill Hennessey, Training Director, Business and Industry

Tammy Beringer, Training Director, Business and Industry

Rich Olson, Business Solutions Manager

Ryan Herber, Business Solutions Specialist/Apprenticeship Liaison

Ruth Semph, Seminar Planner

Debbie Cribbs, Inside Sales Specialist

Jenny Beltran, Apprenticeship Administrative Specialist

Haley Cyganek, Community Education Specialist

Selected Training Instructors

Justin Barrett, Wind Energy Technology Instructor
Justin Barrett has been teaching in LTC’s Wind Energy Technology program since 2015. He worked in the wind industry for six years, earning rescue certifications with multiple companies. Justin holds Associate degrees in Wind Energy Technology and Electro-Mechanical Technology from LTC.

Jim Ervin, Quality Assurance/Supply Chain Instructor
Dr. Jim Ervin has over 35 years of experience working in large and small companies as plant manager, union president, and general manager. He’s currently a full-time instructor at LTC, teaching a variety of courses including Teamwork, Management, Logistics, and Supply Chain. He earned his doctoral degree from Northcentral University, his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and his associate degree from Prairie State College.

Wendy Franklin, Adjunct Instructor
Wendy Franklin has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in organizational development, human resources and executive-level leadership development working with industry leaders like Kimberly Clark, Kohler Company and RR Donnelly. Additionally, she owned and operated her own printing and graphic arts business for 11 years in the Green Bay area. Within the Wisconsin Technical College System, Wendy assists clients with navigating organizational issues, analyzing dynamic conditions, assessing gaps, and providing solid human capital solutions. She is well versed in LEAN and high-performance cultures and has a strong record as a natural Servant Leader. Wendy holds a BA in Business Administration & Organization Development from UW Green Bay and an MBA in Organizational Management/Emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.  

Jim Gruenke, Electromechanical Program Coordinator/Instructor
Jim Gruenke has over 25 years of industry experience as an Engineer and Engineering Manager. When Jim was ready for a change in position, he decided to share his expertise in the industry by becoming an instructor. He's enjoyed developing classes such as Electrical Troubleshooting, Robotic Programming, and has now been in this role for over 11 years. Jim prides himself on being able to deliver the real working knowledge that is needed and an example of that is when he published his own technical training, “Programming Fanuc Robots for Industrial Applications” ISBN: 978-0-8269-3412-3, through the ATP (American Technical Publishers) website. It’s Jim’s eye for the skills gap that motivated him to not only publish formal training but continue to work with several industry partners in developing courses that work to bridge them. Jim was a pivotal part of the development of the Mechatronics Apprenticeship program as he served on the development committee.

John Hanson, Public Safety Instructor
John Hanson has more than 18 years of experience in technical and management applications of workplace safety and emergency management. He teaches courses in occupational safety and health, 10/30 hour general industry certification, industrial and first responder emergency management, and hazardous waste site worker certification. John is a certified hazardous materials technician, and is a state-certified professional emergency manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in disaster and emergency management.

Terry Koenig, Manufacturing Management Instructor
Terry Koenig is a Six Sigma Black Belt with over 15 years' experience in manufacturing and service organizations. He holds degrees in Manufacturing Management and Business Management and is a Certified Quality Technician and Certified ISO9001:2015 Lead Auditor. Terry teaches Quality Assurance and Manufacturing Management at LTC.

Kelly Ryba, Mechanical Design Instructor
Kelly Ryba is an LTC instructor that brings with her over 7 years of industry experience, 17 years of customized training, and 20 years of teaching experience. Kelly is also the lead instructor in our additive manufacturing initiatives including a full operational Fab Lab that incorporates 3D printing and scanning, lazer cutting and engraver as well as machining and fabrication processes. Her areas of expertise include Machine and Product Design, GD&T Basics and Advanced Principles, Tolerance Stack Up and Analysis, and she is WTCS certified in Math, Physics, and Mechanical Design. We are super proud to have Kelly as her education started with an Associates from Lakeshore Technical College in Mechanical Design but has since went on to complete her Bachelors of Science of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering and her Master's in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch, both located in Milwaukee, WI.

David Saunders, Welding Program Instructor
David has more than 24 years of experience in welding and fabrication. As an instructor in the LTC welding program, he teaches all classes offered in the welding program, including GMAW, SMAW, GTAW, welder's math, blueprint reading, and metallurgy. He also leads seminars and individualized courses customized for area industries. David holds certification through the American Welding Society as a welding educator and a welder.

Brian Strebe, Welding Program Instructor
Brian is an instructor in the LTC welding program with more than 15 years of experience in welding and fabrication. He teaches all classes offered in the welding program, and leads seminars and individualized courses customized for area industry. Brian holds certification through the American Welding Society as a welding inspector, welding educator, and welder.

Wayne Whiting, Public Safety Instructor
Wayne Whiting has been an emergency response instructor in Public Safety at LTC for more than 27 years. He has taught individuals and teams from a large variety of industries and municipalities. Specialty teaching areas include HAZMAT and emergency response, incident command, confined space entry, fall protection, and rescue. Prior to joining LTC, he worked in industry in industrial hygiene and research & development. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology/chemistry, a master’s degree in environmental administration, and certifications as a medical technologist and environmental trainer.

Wade Wittmus, Electro-Mechanical Instructor
Wade Wittmus has 15+ years teaching automation courses.  Wade specializes in PLC programming, specifically from Allen-Bradley, but does some basic programming with Siemens PLCs.  He teaches the SLC architecture along with the ControlLogix models.  He also teaches Touchscreens, Industrial Networks and Servo motion from Allen-Bradley.  Wade holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and has an MBA.

Workforce Solutions has qualified instructors in many fields. Contact one of our training directors for more information on how we can assist in your training needs.