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
Experience information: 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; Twelve years electrical instructor providing public & private classes - Mike Miller Instructional Services
Professional organization affiliations: NFPA; SD Electrical Council, State Board of Directors, (Former State president); North Central Electrical League
Publications, awards, certifications: Published new 8-hour presentation every year on NEC since 2000.  Written numerous electrical safety and maintenance procedure policies for private industries and municipal agencies.
Family, hobbies, interests: Enjoying time with seven grandchildren and four children; hobby - computers

Jeff Keljik

Electrical credentials: Minnesota Master “A” and Journeyman “A”
Educational background: Dunwoody College electrical program,  Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications
Experience information: Working as an electrician for Federal government, and for Dunwoody college as Master of Record
Contractor, owner, or principle of: Keljik Writing Co.
Experience as a trainer: 35 year teaching and management experience at Dunwoody, including Department Head, Director,  and Coordinator for International Training operations
Experience as a teacher with the Electrical Association: 16-20 years teaching- exam prep, apprentice classes, continuing education in class or online,  writing lesson material
Professional organization affiliations: IAEI, NFPA, North Central Electrical League
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 Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspaper, Management and Leadership certificate from Carlson School of Management at U of Minn.  
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, Electrical Professional Engineer in Minnesota & 28 States,
Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master Degree in Adult Education, NCCER Certificated Electrical Instructor & Electrical Curricula Instructor
Experience information: 28 Years of Experience in the Electrical Industry as Electrical Engineer, Electrician, Trainer & Manager, Electrical Group Leader & Senior Electrical Engineer at BKV Group
Contractor, owner, or principle of: CA Electric Master Electrician of Record
Experience as a trainer: Previous Instructor & Department Director at Dunwoody College for 12 years
Experience as a teacher with the Electrical Association: 15 years training experience for MEA in NEC, Electrical Apprenticeship & Electrical Exam Prep, 12 years training experience for Dunwoody College in electrical wiring, electrical designing, electrical estimating & project management
Professional organization affiliations: International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), Minnesota Electrical Association (MEA), North Central Electric League (NCEL), American Technical Education Association (ATEA), Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Publications, awards, certifications: Special Contribution to Industry (MEA2017), Exceptional Contribution to Industry Award (MEA 2012), Outstanding Technical Teacher Award Finalist, (ATEA 2011), Industry Partnership Award (MEA 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 804 videos, 1400 hours, 14 thousand subscribers and two million views.

Jeff Kunkel

Electrical credentials: Minnesota Master “A” and Journeyman “A”
Educational background: Mankato State University - Electrical Engineering
Experience information: Working as an electrician for the family business since high school
Contractor, owner, or principle of: Kunkel Electric for over 15 years
Experience as a teacher with the Electrical Association: Since 2000, NEC Code updates, exam prep, apprentice classes, continuing education in class or online
Professional organization affiliations: Kunkel Electric has been a member of MEA since 1968
Family, hobbies, interests:  Spending time with his three children and three foster children: Baseball, Boy Scouts, football, and church camps. His oldest child, Samantha, is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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 as a project manager/estimator since 2007
Experience as a trainer:  Over 15 years teaching apprentice electrician classes and 16 hour continuing education classes. Family, hobbies, interests:  Hunting, spending time with my kids, woodworking and riding motorcycle

Tim Zinniel

Electrical credentials:  Master Electrician in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa;  Journeyworker Electrician in Colorado; NABCEP Certified PV Installation professional.
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 teacher with the Electrical Association: instructor of Apprentice courses
Professional organization affiliations: MEA Member; Former MEA Chairman of the Board, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary; MREA member; Chamber of Commerce (Sleepy Eye, MN; Springfield, MN; Morgan, MN; New Ulm, MN)
Family, hobbies, interests: Tim and his wife live in New Ulm with their children. He enjoys motorcycle rides, traveling, watching movies, reading, politics, time outdoors, deer hunting, and time with the family at the cabin up north.

Joe Gatewood

Electrical Credentials: Journeyman, Master, and Contractor licenses.  MN certified CE trainer since 2002
Educational background: College: 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: Have conducted continuing  to private and public groups ranging in size from 6 to 125 people
Experience as a teacher with the Electrical Association:  Taught ABC and MEA apprentice courses.
Professional Organization affiliations: MEA, West Central Builders Association, IAEI.
Publications, awards, certifications: Received the GFI (Good for the Industry) award from MEA
Family, hobbies, interests: Wife Lynn, sons Max & Jackson. Enjoy foreign and domestic travel, backyard gatherings & BBQ’s

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: 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.
Family, Hobby, Interests: Travel to a beautiful lake, playing in the garden, creating artwork.

Frank Claude

Electrical credentials:  Industrial Electronics
Educational background:  Dunwoody College, A.A.S. Industrial Electronics; Bemidji State University, BA Industrial Technology; University of Minnesota, technical education certification
Experience:  39 years teaching at Dunwoody College, Principal Instructor, electronics, computer, electrical, automation and robotics; Honeywell, Semiconductor R & D; Controls Engineering Consultant, Fanuc Robotics certified trainer
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Consulting experience:  5 years PLC and robotics programming
Professional Associations: MN IoPP (Minnesota Institute of Packaging Professionals), past Board Chair, and other board positions, and PMMI (Packaging Machine Manufactures Institute), SME for national mechatronics certifications tests
Experience with the Electrical Association: One year developing and teaching Year 5 Programmable Logic Controllers
Family, hobbies, interests: Retired, traveling now in retirement and avoiding snow, deep sea fishing, motorcycle rides, writing