Carrie Dimino is the Coordinator of the KCKCC Writing Center and an Associate Professor of English. She earned a B.A. in Professional Writing Studies and a M.A. in Poetry from the University of Missouri-KC. Her specialties include close reading, argumentation, creative assignments, and writing in the sciences.
Sarah Cole is our new Math Tutoring Coordinator. She comes to KCKCC from MCC where she was a Learning Specialist and Learning Center Coordinator for 5 years. During this time, she worked closely with students by providing student centered tutoring and content to students in a variety of subjects, particularly math and math related courses. She also coordinated tutoring and oversaw the day to day activities in the Learning Center. She dedicated herself to working closely with students in CTE programs and providing math support to these students in their content courses. She enjoys learning and takes a student-centered approach to learning and teaching. Sarah has also tutored math from basic to differential equations and taught High School English in Japan for two years.
She holds a master's degree in Mathematics from UMKC (2019), a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from KU (2007), and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Truman State University.
Adoria F. Wilson holds a master's degree in Adult Occupational & Continuing Education from Kansas State University, a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Human Services from St. Mary University, and an Associates degree in General Studies from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Adoria has been employed in customer service for over 30 years in various not-for-profit organizations. She spent 12 years working as an Employment Specialist with clients that were on probation or parole. She taught life skills, employment skills, and helped them to seek employment. Her favorite past time activities are reading, writing, baking, entertaining family and friends & enjoying life to the fullest.
Hi, I’m a former student of KCKCC where I received my associate degree in science. From there I went on to graduate from Emporia State University with a BSE in Mathematics Education. As an educator and now Administrative Assistant, my goal is to help students and colleagues to have a smoother experience in their day-to-day here at the main campus.
Mary Ann works at the TEC Learning Commons at the front desk. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Benedictine College and has worked in various aspects of customer service for over 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys making watercolor art, playing Dungeons and Dragons, watching horror movies, anime, and cat videos, and reading manga.
Doug Sikkel is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Doug holds dual master’s degrees in Human Development and Social Work. He teaches social work, human development, human service, criminal justice, ethics, victim services, ethics and psychology at KCKCC and is currently licensed as a Clinical Specialist Social Worker. He enjoys cooking, brewing beer, and tutoring KCKCC students who visit the Writing Center.
Sabrina Gross is a graduate of Emporia State University, Sabrina holds a master's degree in English with emphasis in Creative Writing. She teaches composition courses at KCKCC as well as other colleges locally and online. In her free time, she spends time with friends and family, enjoys skydiving, roller skating, and talking to her cat
Wayne Hobelmann received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science Degrees from Emporia State University. He has been a Math Adjunct Teacher at KCKCC for 25 years. He has been a Math and Computer Teacher in Kansas City, Kansas for 54 years. He taught Math and was an assistant coach in Football and Track at Wyandotte High School for 8 years. He taught Math and Computers and was the Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Washington High School for 21 year. On February 1, 2019 he was inducted into the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame as Head Cross Country and Track Coach.
Wayne has been a Master Runner for 43 years winning several awards. He is a lay ministers and loves to share his faith. He is a member of the Gideon’s and makes Gideon Bibles available in the Lower Jewell Center. Wayne has four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. He loves to spend times with his grandchildren especially going to their athletic games and other activities that involve music. Wayne was married to his wife, Cathy for 52 years and lost her to Alzheimer’s four years ago. Wayne has sung in school, church choirs, worship team and sang the National Anthem at Hospital Hill run in 2012 and sang the National Anthem at the KCKCC 5k the last two years in May.
Ann Elwell holds multiple degrees in psychology and applied behavior analysis from the University of Kansas. She’s used her education to work with the severely emotionally disturbed. The goal has been to help these people remain in the least restrictive environment, and to lead happy, productive lives. Conducting mediation sessions is another interest of hers. She enjoys the intense, “think-on-your-feet” atmosphere found in a mediation session. It's rewarding to help others see the array of options that can meet the interests of multiple parties.
Her interests, while still rooted in psychology, have evolved to include behavioral economics. She returned to school to earn an MBA, still asking herself, “Why did you do that, and how can I positively manipulate your behavior?”
Throughout her career, one of her favorite and most rewarding experiences has been working with the students. She views learning as a collaborative process. The students she teaches at KCKCC contribute their own unique perspectives to the subject matter, which makes for a powerful learning experience for her and them.
Brandon Funk is a graduate of Missouri State University, Brandon holds a master’s degree in English with emphasis in Creative Writing. He teaches composition courses at KCKCC and is the Center’s grader for online essay submissions. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, raising chickens, fishing, gardening, and writing poetry.
Sallie Chapin is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Sallie holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. She teaches Social Work classes for KCKCC and is an instructor at the Y. She enjoys working out, hard labor, and photography. Come see her in the Writing Center; she is always at the computer, hard at work.
Debbie Garza has been teaching ESOL to community college and university students for over 25 years, a career she began after owning businesses for many years. She has Master’s degrees in French as well as Teaching English as a Second Language and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Training people to get the most out of life is my life work. I have taught mathematics and Physics in high schools and colleges here and overseas for over 50 years. Degreed in undergraduate Mathematics/Physics, I did math graduate work at the University of Notre Dame. As part of my Ph.D. Program at KU, I was a lab assistant for Stat I and took additional hours in graduate mathematics to write my dissertation which brought my total graduate math hours to 22. I have been teaching mathematics in 5 colleges as an adjunct for the past 14 years and at KCKCC for 12 and have probably made every math mistake currently known (I’m sure more will be invented) —which is why I can usually help with most math conundrums. My broad range of life experience including piloting small planes, sports, and running private schools here and abroad coupled with my fundamental love of people and teaching motivates me to keep trying to help everyone I can succeed to the best of their ability.