Faculty Biography Information
Anne Baer began teaching in the fall semester of 2003 and has a Master’s degree in Management from Friends University. Her undergraduate degrees are in Business and Psychology. Anne has over 30 year’s computer experience working as a program analyst and educational support technology coordinator. She is currently the Director of Outreach Student Services at Allen working from the Burlingame campus. Anne began those duties in 2007.
Michael Campbell started with Allen teaching Group Guitar for Beginners course in the fall of 2011. With a Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology, Michael began teaching Introduction to Computers online in the spring of 2012. He then went on to develop Introduction to Computer Programming, which he currently teaches online along with a Computer Concepts & Applications class. Michael is nearing the close of a long career for corporate America as an electronics technician and is well versed in the use of proprietary computer software applications. He enjoys reading and studying philosophy, theology and history, playing and listening to traditional folk, bluegrass, and mountain music and has written and recorded several songs of both religious and secular natures, and holds copyrights in music theory.
Nicci Denny began teaching for Allen in 2011. Nicci earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration and is ABD in Business Administration. She provides expert knowledge and experience in numerous areas of business including accounting, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. Nicci has a diverse work experience having managed a small, privately owned medical practice, served as a medical office coordinator for a large health care organization, and worked as an online learning coordinator for Allen. Nicci is a member of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and recently earned her Entrepreneurship Specialist Certificate.
Mike Higgins began teaching for Allen in 1997 and taught at the Iola campus until 2003 when he moved to Allen's Burlingame campus. His Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are both from Pittsburg State University. Mike is a Certified Cisco Networking Academy instructor and in addition to teaching, has done computer and network support for Allen and USD454 Burlingame schools since 2005. Mike teaches Computer Repair, Linux Essentials, and Computer Concepts and Applications.
Dr. Roberta Jolly joined Allen Community College as an adjunct in the spring of 2008. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education with an emphasis in management from Emporia State University. She also has a computer science degree from Washburn University; her doctorate is in educational administration from Kansas University. She has certifications in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Internet and computing core competencies (IC3); and certificates in Distance Learning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Johnson County Community College, and the Learning Resources Network (LERN) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Her professional career includes teaching and administration at the middle school, high school, continuing education, technical, college, and university level. Her earlier career also includes computer programming. She has written numerous training manuals in using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software; professional development manuals focusing on effective time management, stress management, conflict management, trainer training, effective business writing, and employability skills. She reviews textbooks and learning management systems for several publishing companies and beta tests Microsoft Office certification exams. She received the James M. Young Excellence in Continuing Education Award.
Sharon Lawless began teaching for Allen in 1994. Sharon earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Master of Science in Institutional Management from Kansas State University and graduate level certificate in computer networking from Fort Hays State University. Sharon’s interest in technology started by taking computer programming courses as an undergraduate student. This interest continued in her Master’s thesis by researching computerized software for recipe development. She is a registered and licensed dietitian. Sharon has also completed advanced Blackboard instructor training and developed a several of online courses. She is the division chair for Business and Technology and Certified Cisco Networking Academy instructor.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Morris joined Allen as an adjunct in 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a Master of Science in Management Information Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and a Ph.D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology with research in quantum cryptography and systems engineering.
He is a Senior Cyber Operations NCO in the U.S. Army and is currently serving as the Sergeant Major in the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He has authored several journal articles and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the International Council on Systems Engineering and the Information Systems Security Association.
Judy Schwanz began teaching Basic programming for Allen in the early 1980s. She has taught Computer Concepts and Applications (Introduction to Computers) for about thirty years. She has also taught the WordPerfect Suite and then Microsoft Office when the Burlingame campus was established in 1991. She also taught math, business, computers, and was K-12 librarian at various times during the forty years that she worked for the Burlingame School District. She has worked at several jobs besides teaching that required computer skills. She has a Bachelor of Science from Emporia State University with a major in math and business and a minor in librarianship. She has a Master’s degree in Librarianship from Emporia State University. She has studied Basic, Pascal, COBOL, and FORTRAN languages besides various computer applications classes. She has been a member of NEA, KNEA, NBEA, KBEA, and KSLA. Currently, she is a member and officer of the local chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma, P.E.O., Friends of the Burlingame Library, and Burlingame Community Library board.
Donna Sowers graduated from Allen Community College with an Associate in Science degree. She started teaching computer and business courses at Allen in 2001 after completing her Master’s degree in Management Information Systems. Her experience includes on-campus and online instruction. Courses she has taught include Marketing, Introduction to E-Commerce, Windows, Internet Basics, Computer Concepts and Applications, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher as well as Microsoft Office. In addition to teaching Donna has designed online courses for Allen using the Blackboard online course management system.
Donna retired from AT&T in December of 2013 with nearly 35 years of management experience. The majority of her career was spent in consumer markets sales and service supervision as well as providing training and system support for call center monitoring, call routing, forecasting and scheduling applications. Since retiring Donna has spent time as a K-12 substitute teacher and is currently back at AT&T as a part-time contracted executive assistant supporting the President of Kansas and his staff.
Advisory Council Members
Coordinator of Technology
Aburn-Washburn USD 437
Lyndon Public Schools USD 421
Director of Technology
Ottawa Public Schools USD 290
Director of Technology
Osage City Public Schools USD 420
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kanas
Network System Analyst
Payless Shoesource, Inc
Central Office Technician