From the time I was in high school, I knew I wanted to work in health care and help people. It was during my senior year that I learned about respiratory therapy and decided to pursue a career in this field.
I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Therapy in 1982 from Saint Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas. After working for a few years at my hometown hospital, I took a job in Lubbock, Texas working in the neonatal intensive care unit and on the neonatal transport team. I moved to Vermont in 1987 where I initially worked as a staff therapist at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Over the years, I practiced in many areas at Fletcher Allen Health Care including the pediatric and neonatal transport team, the pulmonary function lab, the outpatient pulmonary clinic, and the pulmonary rehabilitation program. During those years, I also served as department manager of respiratory therapy at the Fanny Allen Hospital and I worked at Northwestern Medical Center in Saint Albans as a per diem staff therapist. Currently, I continue to practice per diem at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In 2008, I was appointed the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy program at Vermont Technical College beginning my career in education. In 2015, I received my Master's in Education from Southern New Hampshire University. I believe that my years of practice in multiple areas of respiratory care have provided me with the experience I need to train respiratory therapists in the many roles available to them.
I have been an active member of the American Association of Respiratory Care since 1981. I served with the state professional society in Texas and I currently serve on the board of the Vermont/New Hampshire Society for Respiratory Care. In my free time I like to Nordic ski, kayak and bike with friends and spend time with my family.
Professor Miller is an architectural engineer in the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology department. He teaches computer aided design, construction materials, construction detailing, surveying, construction management, estimating, and architectural history. His professional experience includes the design and project management of major buildings in Connecticut. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Architectural Historians. Brad is a licensed civil/structural engineer. His current professional interests center on travel abroad opportunities for students.
Russ Mills has taught writing at all levels since joining the Vermont Tech faculty in 1981. He has also taught a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences, plus computer programming and physics. Besides his teaching responsibilities, Russ has chaired his department and served for many years on the faculty evaluation committee.
Although Russ’s Ph.D. is in English literature, his scholarship focuses mainly on the history, philosophy, and sociology of technology. After coming to Vermont Tech, he earned a master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies. Russ has written articles and presented papers about the cultural meaning of technological products such as bicycles, computers, and high-end audio components. He is co-author of Energy, Economics, and the Environment, published by Prentice-Hall.
Russ has been active in the faculty union since he started at Vermont Tech. He has been part of the union leadership at the college, statewide, and New England levels, serving as president, treasurer, and grievance chair, among other responsibilities.
Outside the college, Russ plays a variety of musical instruments. He has called square and contra dances, and his various bands have frequently included Vermont Tech students.
I joined Vermont Tech as faculty in the fall of 2005. I am currently a professor in the Construction Management department (CM). I hold an advanced degree in Practical Arts Education from the University of Vermont, as well as extensive construction, business, and real estate investment experience. I own investment property and have managed and participated on construction projects ranging from $100K to $115M. I have participated in all phases of construction as a skilled worker, teacher, Superintendent, and Project Manager. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adult, Technical, Vocational, and Extension Education from the University of Vermont. I have 27 years of combined teaching experience in secondary, technical, adult, and post-secondary institutions across Vermont, including South Burlington High School, Community College of Vermont, University of Vermont, and Vermont Technical College.
While on sabbatical during academic year 2017-18, I was the Special Projects Coordinator for Whiting-Turner Construction for the Miller Hospital Project at the University of Vermont. This $115M project created 130 new hospital rooms at the UVM Medical Center. My responsibilities also included the Preconstruction Services Contract for the Patrick/Forbush/Gutterson construction project.
I was raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, attending Danville High School and St. Johnsbury Academy. I am a lifelong and avid learner.
I have never forgotten my first visit to a college campus, which was here at Vermont Tech.
Professor O’Leary worked in the engineering and environmental industries for over 20 years prior to coming to Vermont Tech, including owning and managing a 14-person consulting firm in Vermont. She continues to play an active role in the industry, working on retainer for her former company, participating in industry trainings and organizations, and providing technical and permitting services on college projects. Professor O’Leary hired a considerable number of Vermont Tech graduates at her former company and due to the exceptional practical knowledge and abilities of Vermont Tech graduates, this continues under the new ownership.
Professor O’Leary is Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Department, and her teaching responsibilities include CET 1020 Engineering Materials, CET 2020 Hydraulics and Drainage, CET 2030 Environmental Engineering and Science, and CET 2110 Mechanics of Soils. Additionally, Professor O’Leary teaches CPM 3130 Construction Soils for the department of Construction Practices Management and groundwater, land use, and permitting courses for the Sustainable Design and Technology degree programs.
Her education includes a Bachelors’ degree in Geology and a M.S. in Agricultural & Biologic Engineering, with a focus on Soil & Water Engineering. Professor O’Leary recently acted as the college’s Project Manager for the construction of our 4.5 million dollar Anaerobic Digester. Professor O’Leary has been on a Backcountry Rescue Team for years, and when not teaching or working tries to get out hiking and kayaking as much as possible.
Jeremy joined the Vermont Tech faculty in 2012 following a stint as a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering where he studied the impact of the solar wind on Earth's magnetic field using global-scale computer simulations. He also has industry experience as a systems engineer for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, testing and developing software for missile defense radars.
His primary areas of instruction are introductory programming, software engineering, software quality assurance, and game physics engine design. He especially enjoys supervising project courses where he can help students take ideas from concept to finished product.
My healthcare career started when I was a teenager, volunteering as an EMT for my local Emergency Service Agency. This experience made me interested in studying nursing because I enjoyed helping others in emergency situations. Prior to joining Vermont Tech as a full-time staff member in 2014, I worked in a variety of different positions including med/surg, cardiology, critical care, nursing administration and management and home health care case management. I started with Vermont Tech in 2010 as a clinical instructor before becoming a full-time assistant professor working with first year nursing students. I also work as a per diem nurse for the Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle County. My educational background is similar to a Vermont Tech nursing graduates. I started off with an Associate Degree in Nursing from UVM and then continued on to get my BSN followed by my MSN. In my free time, I enjoy the Vermont outdoors especially hiking, boating and skiing. I am also the father of three girls who keep me very busy.
Hello! My name is Amanda Perkins and I have been teaching at Vermont Tech since 2011. I currently teach in the practical nursing (PN) program but have also taught at the associate degree level. In addition to working for Vermont Tech, I also work per-diem at a local hospital and serve as peer-reviewer and editorial board member for the Journal Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. When time permits I enjoy writing articles for the journal Nursing Made Increcibly Easy! I have experience working in an intensive care unit, inpatient psychiatry, birthing center, long-term care, and residential care. I have worked as a floor nurse, nurse manager, staff development nurse, and Assistant Director of Nursing. I enjoy all aspects of nursing and looking forward to teaching and learning with my students.
I love Vermont Tech and think that it is the best nursing college around! Not only do I work for Vermont Tech, but I also attended Vermont Tech. My first degree from Vermont Tech was an Associates of Science in Biotechnology. I worked for 5 years in a lab called Haematologic Technologies and decided it was time for a change. I enrolled in the LPN program at Vermont Tech and then the RN program. I enjoyed my time in both programs and learned a lot. After completing the RN program, I obtained first my BSN, then my MSN, and finally my DNP all through Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Nursing aside, I am married with 3 wonderful daughters! I enjoy reading; writing; photography; hiking; sports, especially football; and spending time with my family.
Craig Popkess began, like many aviators, with a solo at age 16 from a hot and windy grass strip in Oklahoma, and obtained his Private License at age 17. Then came college and 15 years in the United States Air Force. Accumulating 1,200+ hours in the RF-4C and then 2,000+ hours in C-141Bs and another 2,000+ in the C-137 (Boeing 707s at Andrews AFB, MD,) he moved to Pan American World Airways and then Delta Airlines. Flying through turbulence, geopolitics, lightning, air refueling, emerging economies and airline bankruptcies, (2), he saw most of the world pass under his wings. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License with nine type ratings. Now he shares the lessons of four decades with others. He hopes his students are as lucky in their careers as he is.
I joined the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department in 2008 and I have loved every day that I have been here because I get to combine two of my favorite things: teaching and engineering. My background is in building systems, specifically heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), so classes I teach include subject areas like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, HVAC, plumbing and electrical/lighting systems. In all of my classes, I try to emphasize a combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications through lectures, labs and "real world" projects. I enjoy teaching both fundamental and advanced classes because it allows me to see the students grow both as people and engineers, which is very gratifying.
In addition to my teaching I am also the advisor for the Vermont Tech ASHRAE Student Branch, which is one of two clubs in the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department that is affiliated with a national, professional society. This club allows students to explore their interest in the field and network with practicing professionals. Each year we go to the ASHRAE Winter Conference which is a great opportunity for the students to attend a professional conference and trade show and also allows them to meet fellow student members from around the country.
In 2011 and again in 2014, I was selected by the ASHRAE Champlain Valley Chapter as their Young Engineer of the Year.
Rachel Repstad, Professor of Mathematics, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Johnson State College in 2002, and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 2004.
Teaching math is Rachel’s passion. She enjoys learning how to integrate new technologies into her instruction to make mathematics content available anytime, anywhere, and launched “drop-in” help sessions at the Williston campus to ensure that a student in any mathematics course has the opportunity to get help when needed. Her philosophy of teaching can be summed up as follows:
Even the most trivial topic in mathematics was a new, difficult, and exciting area of study at one point in history. A successful teacher must keep this in mind, and respect the position of the student.
Rachel takes great care to teach in a style that demonstrates command of the material, demands dedication from the student, but at the same time allows the student to feel at ease in the classroom.