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Eastern Montana College

Bachelor of Science in Business Education, Accounting Emphasis, 1977

Minor:  Communication Arts

Montana State University–Northern

Masters in Education, 1994

post graduate

50+ graduate credit hours

Emphasis    Educational theory

                         Computer technology


Enrolled in Doctoral program—Adult and Higher Ed (Teaching emphasis)

Teaching Experience 


1985 to Present




Montana State UniversityBillings


Business and Office Instruction Courses Taught—

  • Accounting Procedures I &II

  • Accounting Principles I & II

  • Cost Accounting

  • Financial Accounting

  • Payroll Accounting

  • Computerized Accounting

  • Marketing

  • Business Law

  • Principles of Business

  •  Keyboarding

  • Legal Terminology

  • Business Math

Microcomputer Applications Courses Taught—

  • Introduction to Microcomputers

  • Integrated Software Applications

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Publisher

  • Adobe PageMaker

  • Quickbooks

Workshops/Seminars Taught—

  • Windows 95—Where’s the Program Manager?

  • Using and Understanding the Internet

  • Adobe PageMaker for Faculty & Staff

  • Layout and Design for the Artistically Challenged

  • Microsoft Word for Faculty/Staff–Banner conversion

  • Microsoft Excel for Faculty/Staff–Banner conversion

  • 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Annual Teacher Institute

    Tech Prep/School to Work

    • PowerPoint/Windows 98 (2001)

    • PowerPoint/Graphics/Peripherals (2002)

    • Desktop Publishing/Digital Images (2003)


Online Courses Taught—

  • Mountain Plains Distance Learning Partnership

    Computerized Accounting

  • Montana State University - Billings, College of Technology

    • Accounting Procedures I

    • Computerized Accounting

  • Montana State University - Billings, College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning

    • Microsoft Excel for Educators

    • Microsoft PowerPoint for Educators

    • Microsoft Office for Educators

  • Montana State University - Billings, College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning/International School of Accountancy

Continuing Education/Contract Training—

Summer session and evening classes as well as specialized training provided for private companies  and agencies such as the IRS, the Naval Reserve, the Billings Board of Realtors, Big Sky Economic Development Center, Conoco Refinery

1978 - 1987


Adult Education - School District #2, Billings, Montana


Adult Continuing Education classes in Business and Office Education

Academic appointments

  • Montana State University - Billings

Department Chair (1987 - 2000)

Coordinate educational activities in the Business and Office Technology Department and Related Instruction Department including—

  • curriculum development

  • course instructor scheduling

  • budget planning and management

  • purchasing

  • long-range planning

  • book ordering

  • equipment management

Serve as liaison between faculty and—

  • administration

  • student services

  • fiscal operations

  • student government

Chair and direct the Industry Advisory Committee

Accomplishments include the smooth transition from School District control to State governance; the curriculum and program structure conversion from a quarter system to a semester system; the development of seven Associate of Applied Science degrees; establishing and administering Tech Prep articulation agreements for the Business and Office Technology Department; sharing in the various tasks involved in the merger of the Billings Vocational Technical Center and Eastern Montana College; participating in the development of the Strategic Plans of  Montana State University–Billings, the College of Technology, and the Business and Office Technology Department; development of departmental catalog/viewbook. 

  • Billings Vocational Technical Center

Coordinator of Instructional Services

Assisted Associate Director by preparing annual Academic Calendars, Final Exam schedules, course syllabi and catalog offerings for all departments.

  • Montana Deputy Commissioner of Vocational Education Council for Instructor Evaluation

Instrumental role in the development of the currently used instruments and procedures for Montana Colleges of Technology instructor evaluation. 

  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges

Selected to serve on the Site Visitation Team for the accreditation study of Billings West High School, Billings, Montana. 

  • Montana University System Business Alignment Group

Composite group of representatives of all units of Business/ Marketing/Management/Information Systems in the Montana University System whose purpose is the sharing and distribution of knowledge and technology upgrade in Business Education.

  • South Central Montana Tech Prep Consortium

  • Active role in the development and implementation of Mission and Goals for area Tech Prep program

  • Development and execution of articulation agreements between College of Technology and numerous area and out of area high schools

  • Annually attend and represent MSU-Billings COT at the Montana Tech Prep/School to Work Conference

  • Represented the Central Montana Tech Prep Consortium at the Northwest Regional Now and In the Future conference in Portland, Oregon

  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

Prepare, proctor, and evaluate exams for a National Business Competition (1996 & 2004)

  • National Publishing Textbook Review Panel

Served on panel to proof, critique, and edit accounting textbook drafts for a national publishing firm, Cincinnati, OH

  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)

  • Judge for District Conference competition

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Graphic Design

  • Judge for Montana State Conference competition

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Graphic Design

  • Textbook editor/reviewer

  • Glencoe Publishing

  • Paradigm Publishing


  • Software User Group Symposiums

  • CorelDraw—Washington, D.C.

  • Aldus PageMaker—Seattle, WA

  • PC Expo in Chicago—Chicago, IL

  • PREP Software—Dallas, TX

  • Innovative Approaches to Accounting Instruction Conference

South-Western Publishers, Boston, MA

  • Midwest Conference for CBE (1990)

Participated in the annual conference/seminars/workshop for Competency Based Education—University of Iowa, Ames, Iowa

  • American Vocational Association Annual Convention and Trade Show (1996)

  • Technology in the Classroom Conference

Course Technology, Spokane, WA  

  • Distance Learning/Tele-Video Sites Visitation, Denver Colorado  

  • Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo (2000. 2001, 2003 & 2005)

  • CyberCamp 2001& 2002

Star Schools, U. S. Department of Education

Central Wyoming Community College

  • Layout and Design

SkillPath Seminars

  • Photoshop Techniques

Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center (2002)

  • Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TACTYC) National Converence

San Diego Mesa Community College, San Diego, CA, 2005
Georgia Perimeter Community College, Atlanta, GA, 2006

Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN, 2007

Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX, 2008

Scholarship, Research, and Artistic Creation


  • Using and Understanding the Internet (Intersession Workshop)

Systematic study of the various components and aspects of the Internet entailing creation and application of lecture and course material for the support of instructional activities between Semesters.  Students were actively involved in the research and also conducted research of their own.

  • Publications–Campus, et al

Application of expertise and individual scholarship to professionally produce documents and publications for use on campus and in the community

  • NWASC Self Study Newsletter—“Kiosk”

  • Commencement Program Cover/Booklet

  • College of Technology Strategic Plan

  • Layout and design for Student Nurses Association, State Newsletter

  • Layout and design for Catering Business, Soccer Club, Funeral Home, Montana JobLINC, United Building Centers, et al

  • Professional Web Page development

    Designed, created and published curriculum web page to inform and assist current and prospective students regarding course offered, professional vitae, office hours, course schedules, and course syllabi.

  • Online course development

Designed, created and published several Business and Information courses compliant with two different internet platforms

Committee Experience/


  • Department Chair Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Department Chair Committee—MSU Billings

  • Curriculum and Academic Affairs Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Catalog Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Enrollment Management Committee—MSU Billings

  • Merger/Affiliation Study Committee—MSU Billings

  • Graduation Committee—MSU Billings

  • Computer Use Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Strategic Planning Committee‑MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • University Strategic Planning Task Force—MSU Billings

  • Business and Office Technology Advisory Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Faculty Council on Athletics—MSU Billings

  • Academic Standards and Scholastic Standing Committee—MSU Billings

  • Merit/Promotion/Tenure Review Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Combined Campus Campaign Volunteer—MSU Billings, 2001-2003

  • Dean's Leadership Council—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • College of Technology Online Task Force

  • Professional Development Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Safety Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology

  • Curriculum Committee—MSU Billings, College of Technology


Robert Whalen, Principal

Billings Skyview High School

1770 High Sierra Boulevard

Billings, MT 59105

(406) 247-2301


David Irion, Principal

Billings West High School

2201 St. John's Avenue

Billings, MT 59102

(406) 655-1300


David Rigg, CPA

Anderson ZurMuehlen & Company, PC

1601 Lewis Avenue, Suite 105

Billings, MT 59101 

(406) 248-1191

Russell Lord, Professor

MSU Billings

1500 North 30th Street

Billings, MT 5910

(406) 655-2011


Janet Mullaney, Instructor

MSU Billings

3803 Central Avenue

Billings,  MT 59102

(406) 656-4445


Dr. Gary Pitts, Director

School of Dental Hygiene

Salish Kootenai College  

Pablo, MT 59855

(406) 675-4800

Business Experience

Licensed Real Estate Broker - State of Montana (1978 - present)

Broker/Owner of Real Estate Brokerage (1986 - present)

Member Billings Association of Realtors (1978 - present)

Member Montana Association of Realtors (1978 - present)

Member National Association of Realtors (1978 - present)

Member Billings Multiple Listing Service (1978 - 1995)

Vice President/Stockholder - Burritos Unlimited, Inc.  (1982 - 1996)

Operating company of quick service franchise restaurant

Major shareholder—HOBS, Inc. (1982 - 1996)

Closely held holding company for commercial real estate and restaurant property management

Vice President/Owner - SP Inc.  (1994 - present)

Montana corporation which owns/operates restaurants and related  commercial properties

Personal Data

Excellent health




Church Affiliation:

Organizations: xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx      





Age 55


Stephanie (Stevie) Schmitz, Ed.D.

Errin, Anna, Nathan, Matthew, Lauren (ages 18 through 31)

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Habitat for Humanity, Christikon Bible Camp, B.P.O.E., Montana Youth Soccer Association

Area Executive Director—Lutheran Marriage Encounter

Regional Executive Director—Lutheran Marriage Encounter

Regional Financial Director—Lutheran Marriage Encounter

International Executive Board—Lutheran Marriage Encounter

Endowment Committee—Lutheran Marriage Encounter

Board of Directors, Magic City Soccer Club

Long-Range Planning Committee, Magic City Soccer Club

National "E" License Certification, US Youth Soccer Association

State "D" License Certification, US Youth Soccer Association

Head Coach, Magic City Soccer Club

Head Coach, Billings Boys and Girls Club Fall Soccer League

Head Coach, Yellowstone Soccer Association

Varsity Assistant Coach, Billings West High School Boys Soccer
Junior Varsity Coach, Billings West High School Boys Soccer
Varsity Asst Coach, Billings Central High School Boys Soccer

Pastoral Call CommitteeGood Shepherd Lutheran Church

Property Management CommitteeGood Shepherd Lutheran Church

Montana Center for Civic Education, State judge


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