Staff Members

Abby Fagerlind: Health Career Pathways: Certified Nursing Assistant

I have been teaching as a Health Careers Instructor at the Waterloo Career Center since 2019. I started working in healthcare at the age of 16 when I became a CNA. I worked as a CNA through high school. After high school, I started attending Allen College for my BSN and was hired as a Student Nurse Tech at Allen Hospital. After graduating from Allen College I worked on a Medical Surgical Unit for a year and then transferred to Outpatient Surgery where I enjoyed my time as a nurse for the next 10 years before joining the team at the WCC

Abby Fagerlind

Health Careers 

Alex Place- Anatomy and Physiology + Nutrition

5th year experience teaching at the college level

BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Minor in Kinesiology 

Master’s Degree in Biology 

Head Soccer Coach at Cedar Falls High School- Girls Soccer

Previous work experience- UNI, Wartburg and Hawkeye Community College teaching Biology

Teaching at the Career Center is exciting to me to offer career opportunities to high school students, for free! It’s exciting to engage with future health care professionals and see how their knowledge, experiences and opportunities can grow from attending classes at the WCC.

We work directly with UnityPoint, Cedar Valley Medical Specialists and other area health centers to give students the opportunities to learn from local community members.

Alexandra Place

Health Careers 

Amy Miehe- Administrator

I graduated with my BA in Social Science Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 2006.  I began my teaching career that same year here in Waterloo, at East High School teaching Social Studies, while also coaching softball and volleyball.  I then earned my MA in Educational Leadership at UNI and found myself eager to take on leadership roles to grow in the profession.  I have always enjoyed working with young adults and supporting them to reach their fullest potential.  In 2017, I began my role as a Career Coordinator and working at the Waterloo Career Center and discovered my passion for supporting young adults to discover their lifestyle.  Beginning in 2021, I am proud to serve as the Administrator at the WCC where I get the opportunity to help students be exposed to numerous career pathways, professionalism, community and business relationships, networking and work-based learning.  Students leave the WCC with a competitive advantage over their peers and are college and career ready. 

Amy Miehe

Administration (WCC Director)

Brian Hahn- EMS Instructor

This is my 1st year teaching at WCC.  I have been an EMT/Paramedic for 29 years.  I decided in the last few years to transition from full time street shifts to teaching.  I also teach EMS classes at Hawkeye a couple of nights a week.  I grew up in Anamosa, IA and began my EMS career there as a volunteer EMT in 1993.  I have also worked for EMS services in Cedar Rapids and also in Wisconsin, where I lived for a short time. I have spent time as an ambulance director of both private transfer and public 911 EMS services.  I moved to the Waterloo area last year.  I also still work as needed for MercyOne Cedar Falls as a Critical Care Paramedic.  I enjoy teaching those interested in EMS, whether they are in high school or college.  EMS is a truly rewarding career, where you can make a literal life change for your patients.  Being able to help train the next generation of health care workers is extremely rewarding as well.  The WCC provides a unique opportunity to help get young people involved and educated in the workforce, that benefits everyone!

Brian Hahn

Health Careers

Greg Reints- Plumbing

3rd year teaching Plumbing 

Heavy Equipment Operator, CDL Licensed.

Certified Refrigeration technician thru Hawkeye.

Paramedic Certified 

42 years as a Master Plumber

Certified Plumbing Inspector, Certified Building Inspector.

B.A. in Business Administration, Business Management, & Psychology 

With a Minor in Accounting.

Had a Business in Plumbing & Heating and Cooling for a few years.

Water Technician 1&2 Certified.

Enjoying teaching Plumbing to High Schoolers & seeing them learn a life skill that will stay with them

Gregory Reints

Trades (Plumbing) 

Heather Beaufore-Health Career Pathways

I received a Diploma and Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Hawkeye Community College. I then obtained a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and Criminal Justice Minor at Upper Iowa University. I was a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate until I graduated Nursing School and started working in Health Care in 2001. Most of my Career was spent working in the Emergency Department. I have experience in many other fields including; Forensic Nursing, Cardiac Nuclear Medicine, OutPatient Medical, Resource, Administration, Psychiatric and Detox, Mental Health Case Management, and Hospice Care. 

I started teaching at WCC Fall of 2018. I was excited to start teaching high school students basic nursing skills. My mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer when I was in high school. I didn’t know much about healthcare and I was terrified because I didn’t know how to care for her. She was all I had. I was amazed by the care and treatments my mother received that ultimately and unpredictably saved her life. This fear and amazement drove my decision to become a nurse. Teaching here at WCC brings my career back full circle. I can help students understand and not fear the health care world at such an impressionable time in their lives.

Heather Beaufore

Health Careers

Jane Frost-Early Childhood Instructor

BA-Early Childhood & Elementary Education UNI, MA-Clarke University

I taught preschool for two years before teaching Kindergarten at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Waterloo for 34 years. When I found out that Sacred Heart was closing, I began to search for a new opportunity which was the WCC where I have been for 4 years.  After receiving my MA, I became an adjunct at the University of Northern Iowa which helped me to appreciate older students. I believe this is what allowed me to believe in myself as a high school teacher after spending most of my career with kindergartners. I never thought that I would change my career path at my age. I love my job at the WCC! I get to share my knowledge about what I have learned about early childhood students with current students who also have a passion for this age of child. While observing high school students in preschool classrooms, I also get to spend time with preschoolers who bring joy as well. It is an all around happy life!

Jane Frost

Education (Early Childhood)


Jeff Frost

Administration (Director of Career Technical Education)


Josh Barta

Mentor Coach

Jill Schares – Marketing Management

4 years at WCC

West High graduate 1987

BA – UNI in Business Marketing, minor Business Communication

MBA – Business Accounting 

Worked in the business field for 25 years

Jill Schares

Business (Marketing)

Joe Boyle- Electrical

  • Master Electrician for 30 years with state certification 
  • I have been the owner of Liberty Electric since 1998 and work in the Cedar Valley part time during the school year and full time in the summer
  • In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends at our cabin in Lansing, Iowa boating and fishing
  • I have worked for various electrical contractors in the area since 1992
  • I have worked as a superintendent/project manager for Point Builders and a Building Automation Specialist for Halvorson Trane working on commercial HVAC controls for hospitals and all of the Waterloo Community Schools buildings
  • I have been teaching at the WCC for 3 years
  • I graduated from East High School in Waterloo
  • I received my AAS degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Hawkeye
  • I started working at the WCC to help student professionals start their career as electricians
  • We work closely with electrical contractors in the area to help build the workforce 
  • We are constantly finding new ideas to help the students keep up with technology such as virtual reality, motor controls, programmable logic controllers, and many other aspects of the electrical field. 
  • I have helped dozens of students find jobs in the electrical field and hope to help more in the years to come!.

Joseph Boyle

Trades (Electrical)

Kyle Kuhlers; Information Technology –  Web Programming and Cybersecurity

I have been teaching Information Technology for the Waterloo Career Center since 2018.  Previously I taught Business and Computer Education at Union for 3 years and Alburnett for 12 years.  In 1993 I graduated from the University of Iowa and worked for Kinseth Hotels and Oral-B Laboratories in Iowa City until starting teaching in 2002.  Business partnerships and classroom learning makes the WCC unique.  My classroom is a mini-laboratory always ready and willing to try new ideas, which includes: students competing in esports, students competing in Cyber competitions, students completing business developed & led classroom projects, students telling their WCC story, and students demonstrating their learning by teaching others.  My biggest achievement at the WCC is to have multiple students each semester out in our community working in IT to gain experience in developing their future career path.  My proudest moments are when students come back to visit.  I have the opportunity to learn from my former students’ experiences and learn what resources they are using to improve my teaching opportunities for my current students.

Kyle Kuhlers

Information Technology (Web Programming and Cybersecurity)

Leigh Schmidt- Secretary

I graduated from the University of Wyoming with my BA in English and Professional Writing. I have moved from Wyoming, to Colorado, to Des Moines and now to Cedar Falls, where I live currently. I have a daughter and a Bernedoodle dog. I have been with the Waterloo Career Center since 2019. Before working at the WCC I was in Ophthalmology for 12 years and so excited to be in the education field now! I love getting to know and making connections with students, watching them grow and discover their path in life. There are so many amazing opportunities for students here, it’s hard not to get passionate about it!

Leigh Schmidt


Lori Dale – Part time Secretary   I was born here in Waterloo, but mainly raised in Chicago. I spent my childhood visiting Waterloo in the summers, and enjoying the differences each city has to offer. Before coming to the WCC, I was an Educational Talent Search counselor at UNI-CUE for over eleven years. In that position I served East and West High school students. I had the pleasure of visiting the middle school students as well. After leaving Talent Search to go back to school for Digital Mass Media, I realized I missed working with students. So, when this position at the WCC opened, I jumped on the opportunity to work here! I am also the Talent Acquisition Director for SHIPHT, a program that exposes black and brown students to different careers that they would normally not have access to. My goal here at the Career Center is to provide another welcoming face for our students, increase the population of students, and increase diversity here at the WCC.

Lori Dale

Part Time Secretary


Matt Mcculley

Sustainable Construction

Mark Aalderks- Finance, Entrepreneurship and Accounting

20+ years of School Teaching Experience- Personal Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Career Exploration, Co-op(WBL), CAPS(Project Based Learning)

14 Years – Southeast Polk Schools(Altoona/Pleasant Hill)

4 Years – Cedar Falls Schools

3 Years – Waterloo Career Center

BEFORE teaching-

Public Accounting(School Audits) – 2 Years

Private Industry – Golf (1 Year) Inventory Control/ Shipping

Banking – Norwest/Wellsfargo (1 Year) Personal Banker

Retail – Scheels (3 Years) Department Manager – Cold Weather/Golf

BA Accounting- University of Northern Iowa 96

BA Teaching- University of Northern Iowa 01

Mark Aalderks

Business (Entrepreneurship/Finance) 

Matt Dunkerton – Digital Interactive Media

BA in Graphic Design from UNI ‘96

Worked in the Digital Media industry for 30+years

  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • T-shirt design
  • Web Design
  • Marketing Manager
  • Video Production Artist
  • Motion Graphic Artist
  • Instructor

Matthew Dunkerton

Interactive Media

Robert Plagge – Advanced Manufacturing

Grad of University of Northern Iowa ( Industrial Technology), then went back to UNI for my degree in Industrial Technology Education.  I started my teaching pathway at Dunkerton High school, then to Logan in Waterloo.  I was offered a job in manufacturing management in north central Mn.    I stayed there for 15 years, then returned to teaching  at West High School.  At West I taught Engineering classes for 10 years before transferring to the WCC to teach Advanced Manufacturing.

Robert Plagge

Trades (Advanced Manufacturing)


Samuel Bass



Tammy Kinnetz

Education (K-12 Teacher Prep)

Todd Kern – Digital Graphics

I spent approximately 17 years in the apparel industry after going through college ‘the first time’.  I worked for a number of labels and traveled quite extensively.  Working up the corporate ladder lived in New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Ohio. My largest claim to fame was being a Sr. Creative Designer with Abercrombie and Fitch and assisting in the development of the Hollister line of clothing.  I also worked with Hanes and WalMart to design a line of apparel for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.  Throughout all of this time I wanted to teach, finally I worked my way out of the apparel industry, returned to school to receive my teaching certification in Art Education and also finished my Masters in Art Education at the University of Northern Iowa.


I have taught for nearly 11 years with the last 5 years being here at the Waterloo Career Center. I feel the WCC provides a unique opportunity for students to truly immerse themselves in the possibilities of what their future can unfold to be.  By utilizing industry standard equipment, working with true professionals straight from the field and working through industry challenges and practices; students develop their skills in such a way that they (the student) have a distinctive competitive advantage over their peers when they enter the military, college or continuing onto a career.

Todd Kern


Tom Laures–  Math for Liberal Arts, Intro to Statistics, Applied Geometry for the Construction Trade, and Applied Math for Manufacturing.

I have been teaching at the WCC for 4 years.  Before that I taught at another High School for 19 years.

After high school I went to the University of Iowa and studied Mechanical Engineering. After 3 years, I began to question if I really wanted to be an engineer.  Over the next 3 years, I traveled around Iowa doing various jobs….I delivered pizza, I blew up balloons, I worked at a paint factory,  I was in commissioned sales, I worked at an metal fabrication shop, I worked in a cold storage facility, I was a property manager, I was night manager of a laundromat/dry cleaner….I basically had little direction and did many labor positions.  After that stint, I began school at UNI, where I got a BS in Mathematics and a MA in Education.  My time between colleges was important because it really helped me to figure out what was important to me.  I became employed teaching senior-level math…Trig, Pre-Calc, Algebra 2, Statistics and Math for Liberal Arts, and Geometry.  I spent nearly every day telling students that they needed to go to college even though I knew that only a portion would have success there.  

It was then that I had an identity crisis, and this position at the WCC became available and seemed like a perfect fit for me.  I got to teach practical classes that can be used immediately and didn’t feel like I needed to push students towards college.  

Since coming to the WCC, I have been involved with numerous construction and building projects.

Tom Laures


Tracey Hulme – Culinary Arts Instructor

Bachelor of Science from UNI

Started teaching at West High in 2011 and moved to the WCC in 2019

Owned my own catering company 

Love to help kids open their minds to new cooking techniques and flavors

Live in Traer, Iowa

3 kids

Taught FCS in Hudson and Montezuma

Tracey Hulme


Sherry Davis

I am the building sub, testing facilitator and many other things. I have worked for the Waterloo school district for over 18 years. I am also an alumni of the Waterloo schools. I’m going to school to get my Special Education degree. When I’m done with my degree I plan on teaching in the schools here.I have seen what the WCC can do for young adults that have been through the programs.

Sherry Davis

Building Substitute 

Whitney Fischer – Career Coordinator  I have been in education for 13 years, most of which were spent in the middle school classroom. I graduated from UNI in 2009 with a degree in Secondary Social Science Education and immediately began teaching at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo. After three years at Hoover, I moved to Omaha, Nebraska and taught in Omaha Public Schools and then Council Bluffs Community Schools for six years. While in Omaha, I earned my Masters in Education from Morningside College. In 2018, my family and I moved back to the Cedar Valley and taught at Carver Academy and West High. In 2020, I was hired as a Career Coordinator at the WCC. I am currently finishing my degree in Educational Leadership through Viterbo University. What I love most about the WCC are the multitude of opportunities that are afforded to our students through career based learning, professionalism, work based learning opportunities, and relationship building with staff and community members. When a student comes to us with no plan, finds their passion, then leaves us with a purpose, that is when we know we have done our job. The students of the Cedar Valley deserve the best and the WCC gives them the absolute best educational experience that will prepare them to graduate with a ‘Diploma and a Plan’.

Whitney Fischer

Career Coordinator