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Bellerud, Heather; Secretary Senior

Bellerud, Heather; Secretary Senior Office: 006-0101

Phone: (509) 533-3710

Email: Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Heather joined the staff at SFCC in December 2016, shortly after moving to Spokane with her family. She's excited to be exploring the region on foot and by bicycle, and considers the landscape here to be a natural fit for her love of the outdoors. Heather is a gardener, tinkerer, and creative mess maker.

Heather started her career in archaeological site preservation and cultural-natural resource interpretation with the National Park Service in New Mexico and Arizona. Following a period teaching art and environmental education in Colorado, she moved to Seattle when she accepted a position in the education department at the Museum of History and Industry. Heather later joined the education department at the Frye Art Museum, where she managed the museum’s programming for youth audiences.

Since leaving the museum community, Heather has remained devoted to non-profit program administration; leading children's art and literacy programs, volunteering as a family bicycle advocate, and coordinating a community garden. If you see her with dirt in her hair and grease under her nails, you’ll know she was up to some sort of mess making - hopefully the creative kind.

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Brunt, Bonnie; Dean of Visual and Performing Arts

Brunt, Bonnie; Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Office: 015-0105

Phone: (509) 533-3339

Email: Bonnie.Brunt@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Bonnie Brunt moved to Spokane for a job at SFCC in 2004 and subsequently fell in love with both this college and the Spokane area. In the fall of 2012, after 20 years teaching Spanish, Bonnie stepped into an interim dean position to fill a vacancy. Much to her surprise, she found that she really enjoyed the job, so she applied and was offered the permanent dean position in 2013.

There are many things she loves about this college and her current role here. Her favorites are probably the opportunity to effect positive change at the college on a broader scale and to take care of the faculty, staff, and students of the programs under her supervision (Fine Arts, Music, Audio Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Digital Media Production, and Journalism). She loves that the job is complex and different every day, and she’s really proud of the work that is being done in the division.

She misses teaching Spanish and also the daily contact with the students in the classroom, but fortunately has been "adopted" by the students, faculty, and staff in the Visual & Performing Arts.

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Day, Jennifer; Administrative Assistant

Day, Jennifer; Administrative Assistant Office: 015-0104

Phone: (509) 533-3720

Email: Jennifer.Day@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Jennifer has been at CCS since 2012 and with the Visual and Performing Arts Division since 2015. With a background in cultural anthropology, she has long loved the arts, both as reflections of the everyday and as windows into society. She particularly enjoys classical and jazz music as well as clay, fiber, and glass. She enjoys listening to music students sing and 'jam' in the hallways and getting the chance to view the variety of student work across the division.

She enjoys being back in an academic environment, working with faculty and students. Before moving to Spokane, she worked in global health and development programs and research in Africa and Asia, after initially serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal and earning her Masters in Public Health (MPH).

Since arriving in Spokane, she has been active in the local community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and supporting sustainable development, walkable neighborhoods, and public health, here and in low-income countries. Aside from her role as administrative assistant to the Visual and Performing Arts Division at SFCC, she is also adjunct faculty at EWU's MPH program at the College of Health Science and Public Health, and guest lectures in various departments at SFCC.

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Duncan, Tom; Instructional Tech (Photography)

Duncan, Tom; Instructional Tech (Photography) Office: 011-0115

Phone: (509) 533-3725

Email: Tom.Duncan@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
A life student, Tom is always open to learning new things, improving on things already learned, and knowing when to unlearn things of little or no value. His life quote is, "No fear? Know fear!" - Hayduke

As a mechanical engineer in the electronics industry, Tom had many opportunities to travel; he lived abroad for a year and spent time in Asia, Australia, the South Pacific, Europe, and Britain (Scotland). After retiring he returned to school and completed his AAS Degree in Photography in spring of 2011 and joined the team for the Photography Program the following September.

Tom has a passion for portraiture as he truly loves interacting with people and learning about them while creating images together. He looks forward to each new year with anticipation, wondering who will come through our doors and what they will bring, or more importantly, what they will take!

You can view Tom's work on Tom's website.

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Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor

Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor Office: 019-0119

Phone: (509) 533-4185

Email: Jason.Nix@sfcc.spokane.edu

Communicator Online English 101 Media Writing English 131: Introduction to Literature
Jason has been a faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College since 2005. Prior to moving to Spokane, he was an award-winning reporter for newspapers in Alabama and Georgia. Jason has also worked as a freelance reporter in the Dominican Republic, where he served as the English Language Coordinator for a private bilingual high school.

Jason is a graduate of Auburn University and has completed additional training at the University of Southern California and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

As the lead instructor in the Journalism program, Jason oversees program direction and course development, and teaches courses in multimedia news production, print news production, mass media, and news writing. He is the adviser for The Communicator, Communicator Online, and The Current, a news-based television program.

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