Electrical Association Instructors

Mike Miller, Director of Education

Electrical credentials:  Class A Master Electrician in Minnesota; North Dakota Master; South Dakota Electrical Contractor; South Dakota Electrical Inspector License
Educational background:  SDSU Broadcast Journalism; Graduate SDIEC Apprenticeship School; Graduate US Army OCS, & Basic Officer Branch School
Electrical experience:  Working as an electrical contractor specializing in commercial and industrial wiring - design and installation - 39 years.  Providing electrical safety inspections for manufacturing plants and sewer plants
Contractor, owner, or principle of:  Mike Miller, Inc. - Watertown SD
Experience as a trainer:  Six years CEU provider Lake Area Technical Institute - Watertown, SD; 15 years electrical instructor providing public & private classes - Mike Miller Instructional Services
Experience as a trainer for the Electrical Association:  Teaching continuing education and apprentice classes since 2017. Director of Education since 2019
Professional organization affiliations:  NFPA; SD Electrical Council, State Board of Directors (former State president); IAEI
Publications, awards, certifications:  Published new 8-hour presentation every year on NEC since 2000.  Author of electrical curriculum for licensure updates, electrical safety manuals, and electrical maintenance procedure manuals for private industry and municipal agencies; Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Family, hobbies, interests:  Enjoying time with ten grandchildren and four children; hobby - computers

Jeff Keljik

Electrical credentials:  40+ years licensed in Minnesota; Master “A” and former Journeyworker "A" 
Educational background:  Dunwoody College electrical program,  Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications
Electrical experience:  Working as an electrician for Federal government; Dunwoody college as Master of Record Contractor; Master of Record for Solar PV contractor; Owner of Keljik Writing Co.
Experience as a trainer:  35 year teaching and management experience at Dunwoody, including Department Head, Director or New Programs, and Coordinator for International Training operations
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association:  20-25 years teaching exam prep, apprentice classes, continuing education in class or online, writing lesson material
Professional organization affiliations:  IAEI; NFPA; former member and Chair of the Executive Board of the North Central Electrical League (NCEL)
Publications, awards, certifications:  Written multiple electrical textbooks, written NEC updates and Exam Preparatory courses; Award for International Technical Teacher Education; Former Executive Board member and Chairman of North Central Electrical League; have written answers to reader’s electrical questions for a Minneapolis newspaper, Management and Leadership certificate from Carlson School of Management at U of Minn. Written textbooks for National IBEW. Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Family, hobbies, interests:  Retired, travel to foreign lands, enjoy live theater, sharing time with family

Chad Kurdi

Electrical credentials:  Class A Master Electrician in Minnesota & Registered Professional Electrical Engineer since 2003 in MN and 37 States
Educational background: 
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; Masters Degree in Adult Education (2005); Construction Electrician Technical Teaching License, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Architectural Drafting/Electrical Design Technical Teaching License, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Graduate level Career & Technical Education Certificate (2005); Carlson Certificate of Quality, Dunwoody College of Technology (2004)
Experience information: 
30 Years of Experience in the Electrical Industry as Electrical Engineer, Electrician & Trainer. Currently. Director & Senior Electrical Engineer at BKV Group
Contractor, owner, or principle of:
Powerfully Green Master Electrician of Record 
Experience as a trainer: 
Previous Instructor & Department Director at Dunwoody College for 12 years
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association: 
19 years training experience in Apprenticeship, NEC classes, Exam Prep, 70E & MV classes (since 2003)
Professional organization affiliations: 
International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), Electrical Association (EA), North Central Electric League (NCEL), Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE); MN Society of Professional Engineers
Publications, awards, certifications: 
Electrical Association Certified Trainer; Special Contribution to Industry (EA 2017), Exceptional Contribution to Industry Award (EA 2012), Outstanding Technical Teacher Award Finalist, (ATEA 2011), Industry Partnership Award (EA 2009), President's Award for Teaching Excellence (Dunwoody 2007), Director's Award for Outstanding Achievement (Dunwoody 2003)
Family, hobbies, interests: 
Hiking, Reading & Collecting vintage NEC books! Creator of "Electrical Professional" YouTube Channel with 673 videos, 1400 hours, 20.1K subscribers and 2.8M views

Jeff Kunkel

Electrical credentials:  Minnesota Master “A”; Minnesota CE instructor
Experience information:  Working as an electrician for the family business since high school
Contractor, owner, or principal of: Third-generation owner of Kunkel Electric for 6 years
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association: Since 2000, NEC Code updates, apprentice classes, continuing education in class and online  
Publications, awards, certifications:  Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Professional organization affiliations:
  Kunkel Electric has been a member of the Electrical Association since 1968. Jeff is serving a third (and final) term as Maple River School Board member
Family, hobbies, interests:  Jeff and his wife, Vicki, have six kids. Samantha is a civil engineer in Colorado. AJ is an apprentice with Kunkel Electric. Tanner is living in Grand Forks and working in retail. Jonathan is a senior in High School and contemplating his future. Nick and Zach are in various activities at school. Vicki and I like to travel to visit family and attend activities the kids are involved in. 

Jim Schoon 

Electrical credentials:  Minnesota Journeyman & Master "A" electrician
Educational background:  AAS Degree from U of M with a double major in Small Business Management and Sales and Marketing
Experience information:  Working as an electrician since 1991 and started as a project manager/estimator in 2007, and in 2016 became Vice President of Design Electric
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association:  Teaching apprentice electrician classes and 16-hour continuing education classes since 1997
Publications, awards, certifications: Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Family, hobbies, interests:  Hunting, working in his shop (currently restoring a 1979 Chevy Truck) and riding motorcycle

Tim Zinniel

Electrical credentials:  Master Electrician in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa; Journeyworker Electrician in Colorado; NABCEP Advanced PV Certification; 18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp.

Educational background:  AA in Electrical Construction from Jackson Vocational Technical Institute.
Experience information:  Started working in the family business as a he child, until he officially took over the business in 2015.
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association:  Instructor of electrical apprentice courses and NEC code training
Professional organization affiliations:  Electrical Association member; Former Electrical Association Chairman of the Board, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary; MREA member; Chamber of Commerce (Sleepy Eye, MN; Springfield, MN; Morgan, MN; New Ulm, MN)
Publications, awards, certifications: Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Family, hobbies, interests:  Tim and his wife live in New Ulm, MN. They have two grown children. He enjoys spending his free time with family, or outdoors, traveling, watching movies, reading, deer hunting, and fishing.

Joe Gatewood

Electrical credentials:  Journeyman, Master, and Contractor licenses. MN certified CE trainer since 2002
Educational background:  St. Cloud Technical Institute, Willmar Community College, Mount Scenario University-Wisconsin, member of first graduating class of Association of Builders & Contractors (ABC) Wheels of Learning Electrical program
Experience information:  Worked for a large Electrical Contractor (200+ electricians) in 7 states, Mexico, and Asia
Contractor, owner, or principle of:  Owner of Gatewood Electric, Inc., starting the business in 1999
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association:  Taught ABC and Electrical Association apprentice courses
Professional Organization affiliations:  Electrical Association, West Central Builders Association, IAEI
Publications, awards, certifications:  Received the GFI (Good for the Industry) award from the Electrical Association
Family, hobbies, interests:  Wife, Lynn, and sons, Max & Jackson. Enjoy foreign and domestic travel, backyard gatherings & BBQs

Polly Friendshuh 

Electrical credentials:  Master Electrician "A"  and Journeyworker "A" Minnesota. 
Educational background:  U of Minnesota Bachelor's degree in Career & Technical Education, and Masters is Business Administration MBA, Concordia University
Experience information:  Working as an electrician for IBEW for 16 years, Light Rail, City of Minneapolis Traffic, U of M Construction
Experience as trainer:  15 years teaching and management experience at Dunwoody College, currently Associate Professor and Program Manager of Electrical Construction & Maintenance and Electrical Construction, Design & Management. Polly has taught in the electrical programs, construction management, and automated systems and robotics as well as taught the 2-hr unlicensed classes and 16-hr classes
Professional, Awards, Certifications:  In 2022, Polly was named the Academic Dean of Construction Sciences & Building Technology, as well as the Business Program. Dunwoody College Deans Award, Instructor of the Year, Academic innovation, building community awards. City of Bloomington Hall of Fame award. Stories in anthology books: "After the Diagnosis, Medullary Thyroid Cancer Memoirs" and "The Butterfly Sings: After the Diagnosis, Medullary Thyroid Cancer Memoirs" Custom book for basic electricity; Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Family, Hobby, Interests:  Travel to a beautiful lake, playing in the garden, creating artwork

Mike Lindberg

Electrical credentials:  Minnesota Master “A” since 1985 and Journeyworker “A” since 1980
Educational background:  2-Year electrical degree from Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Wadena 
Experience information:  Working as an electrician for Grist Mill, IHF, ConAgra Foods, Treehouse Foods in Lakeville for 34+ years. Contractor and owner of Michael J's Electric Service.
Experience as a trainer:  35+ years teaching in-house electrical courses. Developed and taught Motor Controls & Troubleshooting; NEC; Maintenance Electricity I & II; Blueprint Reading; Allen Bradley RSLogix programmable courses; 4 years NEC and Electrical Maintenance I & II teaching at DCTC
Experience as a trainer with the Electrical Association:  Started teaching NEC classes in 2021
Publications, awards, certifications:  Allen Bradley RSLogix PLCS; Project Management, Supervisory Leadership; and AutoCAD Applications; Electrical Association Certified Trainer
Family, hobbies, interests:  RV traveling/camping throughout the continental US with his wife, children and grandchildren; landscape photography; and wood carving