John Knox

Phone: (802) 728-1204
Department: Mathematics

John Knox has been teaching mathematics at Vermont Technical College for 43 years.  John received his B.A. in education from Norwich University in 1963 and his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1969.  Upon graduation from Norwich University, John was commissioned a 2/Lt in the United States Army and served on active duty at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and in Vietnam. 

During John’s teaching career he was promoted to full Professor, served as Division Director, and has been the Mathematics Department Chairperson since 1983. He was the first recipient of the Harry Wirtz Master Teacher Award.  John was a pioneer in teaching mathematics over Vermont Interactive Television, and he produced three video mathematics courses.

John’s non-academic interests include playing professional baseball in Canada, umpiring baseball in Central Vermont for 25 years, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox.  He is also a successful photographer of Vermont landscapes, and his pictures have been published in many magazines and calendars.

Josephine Kruse, MSN, RN

Phone: (802) 442-8811
Department: Nursing

I currently hold the title of Assistant Professor of Nursing here at Vermont Tech.  I began working here in 2015 after receiving my Masters in Nursing Education from New York University.  I teach in both the practical nursing (PN) and associate degree (ADN) programs at the Middlebury campus. I have experience working in critical and cardiac care units, however my true love is community health.  My years as a visiting nurse in Vermont taught me about the true spirit and art of nursing, and I try to bring the community perspective into the classes I teach.  I enjoy teaching as much as nursing, especially the satisfaction of seeing students gain knowledge and achieve their goals.  I have also been enriched by the things I learn from students, both personally and professionally.  When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, working in my garden, sewing, and walking through our beautiful Vermont countryside.

Jason Lacroix

Phone: (802) 728-1205
Department: Mathematics

Ric Lavallee, NRP

Department: Paramedicine

Krystina Laychak, MSN, RN

Phone: (802) 879-5965
Department: Nursing

Kyrstina is a clinical associate of nursing at the Williston campus and teaches classes in the Practical Nursing (PN) clinical program. She holds a degree in nursing and creative writing from Colby Sawyer College and a MSN in nursing informatics from Walden University.

Kyrstina has experience in both bedside and leadership nursing positions including developing the state of Vermont’s health infrastructure. She has also published, Intensive Care, an anthology of nursing-related poems and prose. She was named a Nursing Leader Fellow in 2013 and was recognized by the American Dental Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys writing and spending time with her family in northern Vermont.

John Lemmon

Department: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mary Lew

Department: Dental Hygiene

Ross Lieblappen

Department: Science

Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Science Department, teaching physics (PHYS 1041 and PHYS 1042) and environmental biology (BIO 1020), and is a faculty advisor for the Outdoor Recreation Club.  He received a B.A. in environmental studies and chemistry from Middlebury College, a M.S. in mathematics from The University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.  Currently, he also does research with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) located in Hanover, NH. Take a look at his work here.

Ross researches the microstructure of snow, ice, and other geologic samples from pole to pole.  One recent project looked at saltwater channels in sea ice in around Barrow, Alaska, and the Ross Sea in Antarctic to examine how salt moves through sea ice from the ocean to the atmosphere.  As part of the project, he developed a device which allowed him to drive 20 ice cores from Alaska to New England for analysis all while maintaining the natural sea ice temperature gradient.  He recruits students to join him in his research projects with opportunities to work at a governmental lab, publish scientific papers, and present work at national and international conferences.

He loves to call Vermont his home and just recently moved to Middlesex with great access to the woods of VT.  In his free time, Ross enjoys adventuring outside with his wife and two dogs whether it be skiing, hiking, biking, paddling, or adventure racing (sometimes with Vermont Tech students).  If you are interested in getting involved with polar research, looking for tips on outdoor adventures, or want advice about class or life as a scientist, don’t hesitate to reach out (email is best).

Amie Lloyd

Department: Dental Hygiene

Jose Luzardo

Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Penne Lynch

Department: Business Technology & Management

Patrick Malone

Phone: (802) 728-1734
Department: Fire Science

Peter Maloska

Department: English

Michael Marceau

Phone: (802) 879-8262
Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology

Michael teaches courses that include: Introduction to Engineering, Electrical Circuits I, Electrical Project I, Electronic Circuits I, LabVIEW, Electronic and Data Communications, and Electromechanical Project II.

Michael earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. While a graduate student at UVM, he was employed as a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering department from 1984-1988. He joined the IBM Corporation in Essex Junction in 1988 as an associate engineer in new product development and left in 2002 as a product yield characterization engineer in manufacturing.

He came to work at Vermont Tech in the fall of 2002, serving as department chair from 2003-2011, and is currently as a professor in the ECET department.

Michael says teaching is in his blood; both of his parents taught at the college level. He truly enjoys working with Vermont Tech students.

He also enjoys traveling and attending conferences on education, industry topics and teaching. He likes spending time at the family camp in the Champlain Islands where he tends to and expands his orchard of apple and pear trees. Michael may also be found tinkering with machinery and equipment.

Tina Marshall

Phone: (802) 879-2314
Department: Dental Hygiene

Tina Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene department providing instruction in General Pathology and Pharmacology, Dental Radiology, and in the second and third-year clinical program and didactic courses for associate degree students. In the baccalaureate program, Tina teaches a course in Educational Methodology and Leadership. She is an alumnus of the University of Vermont, with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In 1996, after thirteen years of clinical dental hygiene practice in Vermont and Massachusetts, Tina became involved in dental hygiene education as a clinical instructor for first-year dental hygiene students, and eventually accepted a full-time teaching position after completing her Master’s degree in 2002.  Tina has worked in the profession of dental hygiene for thirty-two years.

Professionally, Tina has served as President, Continuing Education Chair, and Membership Chair of the Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is currently faculty advisor to the Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SMADHA) at Vermont Tech. 

Tina resides in Georgia, VT with her husband Jeffrey.  In addition to teaching, she enjoys gardening, traveling, biking, Nordic skiing, and yoga.

Kathleen Mason

Department: English

Tracy McGuinness, BSRT, RRT, M.Ed.

Phone: (802) 879-8250
Department: Respiratory Therapy

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.

Michelle McKay

Phone: (802) 879-5643
Department: Dental Hygiene