Dr. Grimes is the Dental Hygiene Program Director at the Vermont Technical College. Prior to the transition of the program to Vermont Tech she taught in the Dental Hygiene Department at the University of Vermont since 1984. Her areas of expertise are the Dental Sciences, Emergency Procedures, Clinical Dental Hygiene, Oral Pathology and the Administration of Local Anesthetics. She was the recipient of the 2001 UVM Kroepsch Maurice Award for teaching excellence.
Ellen received her Baccalaureate Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene. She earned a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University and a second Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM in 1999.
Ellen was the President of the Vermont Dental Hygienists' Association from 1993-1994 and has served that organization in numerous capacities over the past 25 years. In 1998 she was honored with the VDHA Outstanding Dental Hygienist of the Year Award. Ellen was appointed as an accreditation site visitor for the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation in 1999 and served on the Dental Hygiene Review Committee for the commission from 2003 – 2007 and was reappointed to a second term. She is a consultant for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and was serves on its Examination Committee. In addition, she served on the Dental Hygiene National Board Test Construction Committee from 2008 - 2012 and was reappointed for a second term beginning in 2016. She is the author of the textbook Medical Emergencies: Essentials for the Dental Professional now in its second edition.
While taking her first introductory flight, Robin Guillian became enamored with aviation. She was intrigued by the complex systems that were involved, the hand-eye coordination that was required, and the fact that she could work outdoors. She first became a certified flight instructor before moving on to flying commercial cargo and commercial passenger planes.
Guillian logged more than 5,000 hours as an airline transport pilot. Based for four years in Brussels, Belgium, she flew Boeing 727s as a Flight Engineer and First Officer for Express One International. This was perhaps her most challenging and rewarding position as she worked 12-hour shifts in the dark in some of the world's worst weather and congested airspace. There she learned the importance of working as a tight team. “You have to manage morale to get through the night,” she says. “You need to be a cohesive team and get through emergencies together – all while having fun!”
She later flew Boeing 737s as a First Officer for Aloha Airlines, based in Hawaii. She flew around the islands and could be home in time to meet her son after school. More recently she spends as much time as possible with a new passion: flying floatplanes on Lake Champlain.
Guillian earned a master's degree in mediation in 2013, realizing that this knowledge would help in any field and everyday life. “It goes with everything you do – whether at home, in a classroom or a cockpit,” she says. Outside of her teaching role she is also a conflict management trainer, mediator and justice of the peace. She's been researching the challenges of conflict resolution training in the airline industry. In 2013, she made a presentation on the topic at the American University Intercultural Management Institute's annual conference.
As she continually updates aviation coursework, Guillian takes pride in creating an extremely relevant program for her students. The aviation world changes so quickly (policy, expectations of employers, technology, rules, ratings and more) that courses cannot be based on textbooks, she says. “I love Vermont Tech's can-do attitude and its emphasis on creating graduates who are ready to get jobs.”
Guillian clearly gets a lift from teaching. “The cool thing about teaching flying is that you get to be with people who are very passionate about what they are learning,” she says. “You get to spend time with people during the best part of their day.”
Jean has 25 years of experience working for Bell Laboratories/AT&T/Lucent/Avaya. Because of her consistent contributions, and leadership to large development teams, and delivery of software systems, she rose through the ranks from Member of Technical Staff to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, then to Consulting Member of Technical Staff, and eventually to director. At times, Jean dealt with customers of products being developed, and with suppliers of components that were acquired. She traveled across the country meeting with potential corporate clients.
Jean’s technical focus is on networks. One of the networks she architected and oversaw its construction was one that connected systems in Arizona, Virginia, and New Jersey. While at VTC, she expanded the course offerings in the Information Technology degree to a complete program that competes with any in the area. This allowed VTC to become a Cisco Academy. Working with other faculty, she enhanced the curriculum of the CIS Department to a rich mix of courses. Her management experience allowed her to easily assume the role of department chair of the CIS Department.
Jean holds two US patents in Telecommunications which were granted in the US and Europe. She is a graduate from Seton Hall University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also is a Cisco Certified Professional.
I wish I could say that I always wanted to be a nurse. I was pregnant with twins when I was laid off from my job as a mortgage underwriter in the first housing crisis in 2003. Unable to find work, I went back to school. I had talked extensively to a nurse educator at the bedside when I was inpatient awaiting the birth. I knew that I loved to teach and was fascinated by her job. I started my nursing prerequisite courses when my twins were 6 months old. I completed my LPN certificate when they were 16 months old; my associate’s degree (ADN) when they were 3.
Once I started practicing in the Birth Center of a tertiary care center, I was hooked. I started precepting new hire RNs when I had been in my position just over a year. I completed my Bachelors (BSN) just 5 years after I had been originally laid off. In 2010, I started teaching clinically in the ADN program that I had completed. I completed my Masters (MSN) in nursing education in 2012 and accepted a position as the educator in the Birth Center. I discovered that not only was nursing a passion but nursing education – all facets of it, is what drives me. I started working on my Doctorate (DNP) in May 2015 - the same month I accepted a position as an assistant professor of nursing here at VTC. I teach exclusively in the online BSN program. I graduated from my Duquesne University with my DNP in May 2017.
When not working, I am home with my awesome husband, teenage twins, tween son, 75lb labradoodle, 20lb beagle, 12lb kitty, 10lb bunny and a small leopard gecko. I love to knit and read spy novels. I am also a sports mom – girls play softball, soccer, field hockey, and indoor softball – year-round running!
Dr. Higgins is a technical writer, having worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Vermont Castings, Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation, the Vermont Business Roundtable and the Vermont State Colleges. He is also a successful grant writer and coordinates Vermont Tech's corporate education programs for IBM, GE-Aviation, UTC, GW Plastics and others. He has been a faculty member at Vermont Tech since 1986.
I am an assistant nursing professor with Vermont Tech at the Williston campus, working with practical nursing students and laying the foundation of their nursing education through our ADN and online BSN program. I have worked for Vermont Tech since 2008, first as a clinical instructor for the ADN’s in Williston, and then continued on to full-time faculty in the practical nursing program. My nursing specialties include nursing education, medical/surgical nursing, hematology and oncology nursing, leadership, and simulation. I am oncology certified, as well as a medical/surgical board certified nurse. I received my MSN in Nursing Education in 2010 and my Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2014. I am a member of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders and was selected to participate in their Leadership Fellowship program bringing nurses to the forefront of healthcare. I am also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Northern Vermont Oncology Nursing Society, and the National League for Nursing. I am also an in-patient hematology/oncology nurse at Fletcher Allen Healthcare. I am the creator and coordinator for the Vermont Walk for Williams Syndrome. I am Vermont Tech Alumni, and have worked through all levels of nursing from Licensed Practical Nurse to Doctor of Nursing Practice. My passion is nursing education and integrating new technologies to meet the demands of today’s practice. I see nursing as a profession with endless possibilities and always strive to instill this in my students. I enjoy teaching the practical nursing students as this is the beginning of their nursing careers. I also believe in loving what you do as a nurse and helping my students find the love of nursing in themselves. I keep busy with three young boys and enjoy running whenever I can get outside: rain, snow, or sun.
Caitlin Janus has spent most of her life working with horses. She began riding at age 12 with Carol Fleck of Partridge Hill Stables in East Barre, VT. She has ridden a variety of disciplines and breeds, starting with western and huntseat and progressing to eventing at UMASS-Amherst, to most recently focusing on dressage. Before joining us at Vermont Tech, Caitlin was the barn manager, assistant trainer, and instructor at East Hill Farm in Plainfield, VT under the guidance of Ruth Hogan-Poulsen. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary and Animal Science from UMASS and is also a certified equine and canine massage therapist from Equissage, in Leesburg, VA.