Meet the Trainers

Jodi Bruns

Jodi Bruns is a Leadership and Civic Engagement Specialist for NDSU Extension. She works with rural community leaders to assist them in developing long-term plans as well as providing various research-based resources from NDSU. She also delivers professional development training and facilitation for private industry, government agencies as well as communities. Jodi earned a B.A. degree in Mass Communication from NDSU and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from NDSU. She is a certified trainer for Real Colors®, Everything DISC®, and Crucial Conversations® and has completed Successful Strengths Coaching through the Gallup organization.

Jodi and her husband Steve farm in rural Dickey County and they have one son, Walker who is a freshman at NDSU.

Patricia Caldwell

Patricia grew up in Iowa and Pennsylvania and has lived in 12 states.  She has been a librarian at Valley City State University and now at NDSCS as its library director at the Mildred Johnson Library. She earned a B.A. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. in English from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), and a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL).

Patricia taught both urban and rural Elementary, Middle, and High School Special Education and English classes in Texas and Florida in addition to working as a librarian for the past 10 years in New York City, Florida, and for the most time, in North Dakota.

She loves to travel, read, hike/bike, attend concerts, and do floral paint-by-numbers!

Ed Cronin

Ed is a certified AutoCAD instructor and teaches AutoCAD, Revit, and Microsoft Office – Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Project. He also facilitates IDT classes for local John Deere dealerships. Before beginning his teaching career, Ed worked for various engineering consulting firms in MN, SD & FL.
When asked, "What do you like about teaching?" he responded, "The ‘aha moment’, when that light bulb goes off and a student ‘gets it’. It’s my favorite part of teaching computer software. Hearing students excited about going back to work to try out the new tools they’ve discovered in class.”
Ed has taught at NDSCS since 1995 and has been with TrainND SE for 18 years, and when he is not in the classroom, he enjoys working on tracing his family genealogy.
Ed lives in Wahpeton, with his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Meaghan. 

Charmayne DelaBarre

Charmayne grew up in Minot, North Dakota and moved to Fargo in 2002. She earned a B.S. degree in Vocational Business Education from Minot State University. 

Charmaybe was an instructor at many different levels of education. She spent nine years at Minot High School, nine years at Minot State University and several years at Shanley High School as well as teaching classes at NDSCS-Fargo.

She is married with two grown children and four grandchildren.  Charmayne is also a devoted Bison fan!

Ann Dolence

Ann Dolence is a certified Tiny Habits® Coach and has been a frequent presenter of the Tiny Habits® method to teachers and students K-12. She is a Certified Recreation Therapist working in the field of psychiatric care for 15 years. She has owned her motivational speaking and training service for 30 years and provided health/wellness consultation to schools and classrooms for the past 15 years.

Ann teaches/offers Recreation Inclusion for People with Disabilities, Community Involvement for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities as an adjunct instructor in the classroom and online at the University of North Dakota for 6 years.

Brian Fuder

Brian Fuder is a professional trainer and educator and is a certified independent speaker, trainer, and coach with The John Maxwell Team. Brian brings knowledge and experience from a wide array of backgrounds including Civil Engineering Technology, Surveying Technology, Construction Project Management, Fire Fighting/EMS, Emergency Management and leadership skills. Brian has taught at NDSCS, NDSU, MSUM, and MState and served as Engineering Training Manager for Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Along with this, Brian is also a published author.

Brian considers a day not learn as a day not well spent.

Brian is married with 4 grown children, and lives in Moorhead.

Carol Hansen

Carol has been an adjunct trainer with NDSCS for 18 years, specializing in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office. She has trained Crystal Reports as well has other common office programs. 

In addition to being a classroom trainer, Carol has many years’ experience in bookkeeping, marketing and human resources. Carol retired from Travel Travel in 2009 and enjoys traveling, collecting music,motorcycling and of course - all things computer.

Rob Johnson

Rob has been a production graphic designer in industry for 18 years prior to teaching. He's been training both student and professionals alike in software instruction and production workflow training for nearly two decades--along with extensive production graphic design and management training.

As a past Adobe Certified Expert trainer, Rob's software passions are Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Amy and Avery Nubson

Amy Nubson is an entrepreneur, designer, business coach and teacher. Amy’s been working in the design industry since 2001 and got her start at a small print shop in Eau Claire, WI. She now is an owner of Nufire Marketing, formerly Nubson Design, and works with businesses of all sizes.

She holds an Associates degree from Art Institute of MN, a bachelor of science degree from Bemidji State University and now has a master’s level certificate in digital marketing from Digital Marketer.

Avery Nubson has been using Photoshop and Illustrator since Photoshop 4 came out. Way back in 1999, before there was an undo function. Since then he’s been working as a web designer, designer, illustrator and co-owner of Nufire Marketing, formerly Nubson Design.

Avery has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University and a Master’s level certificate from Digital Marketer.

Claudette and Tim Peterson

Claudette Peterson, Ed.D. is on the faculty at North Dakota State University and is interested in adult learning in a variety of settings. She has experience working in business (Federal Express, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), not-for-profit agencies, and university settings. She earned her doctoral degree in adult learning in 2006. She is certified as a Gallup Strengths coach and Gallup Builder Profile coach.

Tim O. Peterson, Ph.D. is Professor of Management in the College of Business at North Dakota State University. He teaches change management, leadership, organizational behavior, worklife competencies, and transportation and logistics. He has experience working as a professor and administrator in university settings, a consultant with business and industry, and he served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is certified as a Gallup Strengths coach and Gallup Builder Profile 10 coach, as well as the Strong Interest Inventory used in career assessment.

Michael Quinn

With over 10 years of experience in the marketing arena, Michael Quinn has helped dozens of small businesses get loads of new phone calls through online marketing —primarily by getting them to the top of Google search results.

He owns and operates an online marketing company in Fargo and works with clients across the U.S. providing search engine marketing, Google pay-per-click, and Facebook advertising.

Michael squashes popular misinformation about social media marketing and focuses on data driven strategies that actually earn businesses money and most importantly, can be measured. Michael’s company is able to help businesses get an average of 30-40 additional phone calls each month.

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