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Adjunct Advisory Board


The Adjunct Advisory Board is composed of adjuncts like you who have your concerns in mind. Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions.

Daniel BallsDaniel Balls grew up in Soda Springs, Idaho.   After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from BYU and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Utah State University, Daniel taught for two years at Brigham Young University-Idaho.  He then completed the course work for a PhD in Math Education at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  Wanting to be closer to home, he and his family moved to Lyman where he teaches mathematics at Lyman High School.  He has been teaching mathematics classes for WWCC in the Bridger Valley since fall 2008.  In addition to enjoying everything about mathematics, Daniel loves spending time with his wife and their children. Contact Daniel at:

Aldena ChervaAldena Cherva is a new adjunct instructor at Western.  After receiving her associate’s degree from Western, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Management Information Systems and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Illinois - Springfield.  (The Illinois degrees were fully online.) All this after 30+ years in business in various management positions primarily in management information systems.  She has now returned to Western teach for the business department.  Contact Aldena at:

Joe CicconeDr. Joseph Ciccone received a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science from New Jersey City University, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Doctorate of Education in Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Ciccone retired after 20 years of service in Law Enforcement in the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area.  He commanded the second largest department in the state of New Jersey with nearly 500 sworn and civilian personnel, including the county jail, justice complex, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
He has extensive experience in the academic community, having been an elected official for the Board of Education, Professor of Criminal Justice at Monmouth University, and Dean of Learning Technology at Berkeley College, and Director of Education at Keiser University.
Dr. Ciccone is a former executive board member for the New Jersey Police Honor Legion, New Jersey Police Benevolence Association, New Jersey Dare Officers Association and was also appointed chairperson for the New Jersey “School Anti Violence Education” project.  Dr. Ciccone continues to offer training through the New Jersey Department of Education to school leaders and educators throughout the tri-state area in school violence issues.  Dr. Ciccone is committed to a progressive vision of law enforcement and correction that focuses on professionalism, technology, integrity, diversity, and responsibility to the public. Contact Dr. Ciccone at:

Larry Friedman

Larry Friedman has a Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois. During his time there he majored in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physical education. He spent 22 years practicing veterinary medicine before he began working full time running his freelance photography business, Wilderness Concepts. Larry has twenty years’ experience as a professional photographer and is comfortable using both traditional darkroom prints and digital photography programs. He was awarded a fellowship for the Wyoming Arts Council and was commissioned by the Wyoming State Museum to produce a traveling exhibit for the Wyoming State Centennial Celebration. Contact Larry at

Margery HalsteadMargery Halstead has a BA in Biology she recieved in 1984 and an MS in 1993. She's been an online science instructor since 2004, but a traditional instructor since 1994 teaching every single biology, chemistry, math, and computer science course she can get her hands on. Margery fell into teaching by accident and then fell in love with it so thoroughly that she decided never to leave! Margery thinks that there is nothing more wonderful than the sound a student makes when they discover something new. With the exception of one year when she served as a sabbatical replacement she has been an adjunct instructor.  Margery feels this experience brings with it a familiarity with the advantages and disadvantages of both full-time and part-time teaching. Right now she's working on her Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning. Now that she's experienced online education on the giving and receiving sides of the equation, she knows that online learning is going to thoroughly revolutionize all levels of education. Margery says: "It is Very exciting to be on the cutting edge of change!" Contact Margery at:

Robert GieseRobert Giese Dr. Giese is Vice President of GTR . He has an extensive teaching background including the Department of Computer Science at the University of Missouri, Department of Mathematics and the Graduate School of Business at the University of St. Thomas, the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University , and the Graduate School of Business, the School of Technology and School of Engineering at the University of Houston. Recently he became adjunct faculty at Prescott College, Western Wyoming Community College and the University of Wyoming. When not designing systems, his hobbies include ham radio, music, electronics, woodworking, bicycling, Nordic and downhill skiing, and other outside exercise.

Contact Robert at:



Mark Harris began teaching for Western as an adjunct in the Pinedale area. Currently, he teaches sociology online from Kansas and is a new dad. Due to his 24+ credit hour course load, Mark accepted the position of Lecturer for WWCC in the fall of 2006. His e-mail address is

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Jerry Mignerey

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Nancy Munsinger


Nancy Munsinger teaches computer science classes at the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins, and also to students enrolled in Western’s concurrent enrollment program at the Hanna—Elk Mountain—Medicine Bow Junior/Senior High School. She has volunteered to give in-service presentations to other adjuncts teaching concurrent courses in public high schools around the state. Nancy’s e-mail address is


Dianna Renz grew up on the Oregon Coast and moved to high desert country three years ago. After teaching high school English classes in California for seven years, Dianna has worked as an adjunct English instructor at Western since fall 2005. In addition to teaching, Dianna is currently serving as the Learning Assessment Associate, assisting faculty and staff to evaluate their programs and services within the College. Dianna earned a BA in English Literature from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and also has an MA in Teaching from Stanford University. Dianna enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, scrapbooking, reading, and practicing Tai Chi. She and her husband have two daughters. Contact Dianna at

Marty Nelson

Marty Nelson Dr. Marty Nelson currently teaches psychology courses at WWCC in Evanston. For his educational path he completed his Bachelor’s at SDSU in psychology; his Master’s at Webster U. in Counseling/Psychotherapy; and his Doctorate at Southern Cal in Psychology. Dr. Nelson has always enjoyed teaching and is happy to have the opportunity to engage students in exploring the theory and practice of psychology. 

Since beginning practice in 1995 Dr. Nelson has managed to be involved in a wide variety of professional activities, some rewarding, some not. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students in general psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory, child psychology and forensic psychology. He has worked with infant, child, teen, adult, and geriatric populations. He has worked in inpatient hospitals and outpatient clinics, community mental health centers, maximum security prisons, state institutions, an Army hospital, universities, and contracted for the Federal Government. Dr. Nelson has been lucky enough to attend a wide variety of trainings, traveled extensively, and treated a wide variety of people. And although these activities have kept him busy, he has always maintained a practice in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, as that is what he originally entered this field to do.

In his spare time Dr. Nelson enjoys outdoor recreation time with his daughter, whether its snowboarding, hiking, biking, or 4-wheeling. He also gets a big kick out of reading a book while listening to his music collection. Dr. Nelson is thankful for his classes and hopes his students like being in the classroom as much as he does.

Teisha VestTeisha Vest currently she lives in Lehi, Utah with her husband and son, Tennyson. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, Broadcast Journalism and a Master’s of Education. Teisha has been teaching Communication courses for 4 years. She teaches at Salt Lake Community College as well as Brigham Young University. Before she started teaching, she worked with a local sports radio station and did the morning show. Teisha also worked for the local Triple A Baseball team as the Director of Marketing and Promotions. Currently she is teaching Public Speaking Online at Western Wyoming Community College.

Teisha and her husband love living in Utah. They are fortunate enough to be able to snowboard during the winter and spend time on the lake in the summer. They also enjoy traveling. They try to go new places every year. One of her personal interests is History. Teisha loves to travel to and study American history. She is excited to serve on this committee! Contact Teisha at:

Barbar WeberBarbara Weber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Master of Arts degree in Special Education, and a Ph. D. in Education, Psychology and Technology.  She has taught for Simi Valley Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Anchorage School District, Glendale Junior College, California State University-Northridge, Alaska Pacific University, Union In statute and University, and Western Wyoming Community College.  Barbara also has an E-business where she sells antique dolls on  She has written a children’s book that she is working on getting published.    For fun she dyes silk scarves to sell at local arts and crafts festivals. Contact Barbara at:

Dianna Renz

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