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Instructor Bios

David Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He has an extensive background in popular, jazz and classical guitar styles, both as a performer and as a recording artist. He has given guitar and piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels.  His
teaching method involves helping students to improve both their music reading and aural skills.  He offers hands-on demonstrations of the techniques that students need in order to become better guitarists.

David teaches Beginning & Intermediate Guitar  for EMCC.

Malcolm Blazer has been a professional artist for over 30 years and in the valley since 1989. He has trained at the Laguna College of Art & Design. In addition to instructing Malcolm also does critiques and judging for art groups in the West Valley
area, and at Arizona Art Supply in Sun City. Malcolm’s paintings are in corporate and private collections across the United States. 

Malcom teaches Oil Painting, Oil Painting for Beginners, Beginning Watercolors, and Introduction to Pastel this semester. 

Jeff Holmes has been in the financial services industry  for 24 years and holds the following securities registrations: Series 7, 65, and 63. He also holds the following insurance licenses: Life, Accident & Health, Disability, and Property & Casualty. He teaches Financial and Retirement Planning Workshops at local companies and Community Colleges.

Jeff teaches these workshops using simple and easy to understand concepts and strategies. Jeff teaches Planning for a Comfortable  Financial Future for EMCC.

Maryse Doherty is a Native French speaker and has been teaching French for over 30 years at both high school and college levels. Originally from Canada, where she taught French Immersion, middle and high school, she now resides in the west valley where she continues to teach French. She has been in Avondale since 2001.

Maryse teaches French Basics 1 and 2   this semester for EMCC.

Donna Huisinga has been a resident of the valley since 1984. She is originally from Illinois and a graduate of University of Illinois. Donna began playing mah jongg in the 80s and currently plays at least twice a week. Donna teaches at EMCC and also teaches small groups in private homes across the valley. She loves the game for the strategy involved, yet still enjoys the fun factor. Mah jongg is a social game for the young and old alike.

Donna teahces Beginning and Intermediate Mah Jongg for EMCC.

David Simmons is an AriZoni and Arizona Governor's Arts Award nominee whose diverse career as a teacher, actor, musician, director, music director, playwright, composer, recording artist and education director has taken him to all 50 states, 14 countries, and 3 continents. Teaching and curriculum consulting experience includes work with The Missoula Children's Theater (Missoula, MT), Fort Peck Area Fine Arts Council (Glasgow, MT), The Tony Award winning Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolies, MN), The Steppingstone Youth Theatre (St. Paul, MN), The West Valley Arts Council, the Arizona Broadway Theatre's Education Outreach Program and the most recent, highly successful EMCC Kid's Colege (Avondale, AZ). Staff positions include Education Director for the Arizona Broadway Theatre and Fort Peck Are Fine Arts Council, Staff Music Director for the Missoula Children's Award nominated Grand Street Theatre (Helena, MT), Univeristy of Montana School of Music, St. Paul & Minneapolis Public Schools, Missoula MT Public Schools, Wyoming Arts Council and Montana Arts Council. Favorite roles onstage include Matthew in Multiple nationals tours of Harry Chapin's Cottonpatch Gospel, Daddy Warbucks in Annie at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Big Bopper in numerous tributes to Buddy Holly and Smee in Peter Pan at the Chidren's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN).
An honors graduate of the University of Montana, David lives in the Phoenix Valley with his rescue dog, Cooper and he is the proud father of one son, Niko, who lives and works in St. Paul, MN.

David is teaching Making a Scene: Acting for Everyone! for 3 different age groups (Kids College classes for 7-12, 13-18, and Adult class for 19 and up) this semester for EMCC 

Debra Williams is a professional artist, and has been for over 35 years while living in the West Valley.  Her passions are teaching and creating, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with adults and children alike.  Her specialty is working with gourds because “each canvas is so unique.”  In addition to providing education locally, she is a co-chair of the judging committee with the Arizona gourd society and Vice President of her local Gourd Patch.  Debra is also the illustrator of a recently published book, A Flash of Spirit.  She is a graduate of NAU with a Bachelor degree in fine arts with an emphasis in design.

Debra teaches 2 different Gourd Art classes (Creating a Leaf Bowl & Gourd Christmas Ornaments) , Beginning Calligraphy, Jewelray Making and Fun with Art for Kids College for EMCC.  

Kim Wagner-Hemmes is a native Chicagoan whose passion for reptiles led her to the Arizona desert in 2001. Her interest in herpetology began while completing a Master of Arts degree in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While there, she also developed a strong interest in film, which ultimately led to the production of her first documentary. The 2008 version of The Reptile Sanctuary was featured in the "Crocodiles: Ancient Survivors" exhibit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History and was the recipient of a Telly Award that same year. A new 2014 version has also been released, and is now available for sale at www.amazon.com. Other independent film projects include: Scream Machine (2015), Dead Enders (2010), and The Domain (2007). In addition to her involvement with film and herpetology, Wagner-Hemmes works as an academic/program advisor and freelance writer/photographer.

Kim teaches Photo Transfer onto Clothing and Photomontage.