Sosten Lungu is certified nutrient management specialist and instructor of agronomy at Vermont Technical College. I learnt when I was a young boy in Zambia, Africa that “everything comes from the soil”. We need healthy soils to produce high quality food. Sosten graduated from Mississippi State University with a doctorate in soil fertility. Sosten has conducted extensive research in use of manure a plant nutrient source. In addition, he has also evaluated use of chemical amendment s to reduce solubility of phosphorus (P) in soils. Sosten’s major interests are in nutrient cycling and management of nutrients to reduce environmental degradation. Attendees will learn how to build nutrient cycling to ensure soil health and good harvest.
Tina Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene department providing instruction in General Pathology and Pharmacology, Dental Radiology, and in the second and third-year clinical program and didactic courses for associate degree students. In the baccalaureate program, Tina teaches a course in Educational Methodology and Leadership. She is an alumnus of the University of Vermont, with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In 1996, after thirteen years of clinical dental hygiene practice in Vermont and Massachusetts, Tina became involved in dental hygiene education as a clinical instructor for first-year dental hygiene students, and eventually accepted a full-time teaching position after completing her Master’s degree in 2002. Tina has worked in the profession of dental hygiene for thirty-two years.
Professionally, Tina has served as President, Continuing Education Chair, and Membership Chair of the Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is currently faculty advisor to the Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SMADHA) at Vermont Tech.
Tina resides in Georgia, VT with her husband Jeffrey. In addition to teaching, she enjoys gardening, traveling, biking, Nordic skiing, and yoga.
Professor Maynard has taught in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department for over 20 years. She has taught a wide variety of mechanical topics, such as computer-aided drafting, statics, dynamics, kinematics, and strength of materials, but her favorite courses to teach are Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer. Professor Maynard is a registered Professional Engineer. She is particularly interested in sustainable design, high performance buildings, heating, cooling, ventilation, and alternative energy, and has designed and installed small solar and water systems. For over a decade, Professor Maynard has been active with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), assembling, evaluating, and writing questions for the Professional Engineer exam. She grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and likes canoeing and sailing on the lakes and in the Florida Keys.
From the time I was in high school, I knew I wanted to work in health care and help people. It was during my senior year that I learned about respiratory therapy and decided to pursue a career in this field.
I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Therapy in 1982 from Saint Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas. After working for a few years at my hometown hospital, I took a job in Lubbock, Texas working in the neonatal intensive care unit and on the neonatal transport team. I moved to Vermont in 1987 where I initially worked as a staff therapist at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Over the years, I practiced in many areas at Fletcher Allen Health Care including the pediatric and neonatal transport team, the pulmonary function lab, the outpatient pulmonary clinic, and the pulmonary rehabilitation program. During those years, I also served as department manager of respiratory therapy at the Fanny Allen Hospital and I worked at Northwestern Medical Center in Saint Albans as a per diem staff therapist. Currently, I continue to practice per diem at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In 2008, I was appointed the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy program at Vermont Technical College beginning my career in education. In 2015, I received my Master's in Education from Southern New Hampshire University. I believe that my years of practice in multiple areas of respiratory care have provided me with the experience I need to train respiratory therapists in the many roles available to them.
I have been an active member of the American Association of Respiratory Care since 1981. I served with the state professional society in Texas and I currently serve on the board of the Vermont/New Hampshire Society for Respiratory Care. In my free time I like to Nordic ski, kayak and bike with friends and spend time with my family.
Professor Miller is an architectural engineer in the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology department. He teaches computer aided design, construction materials, construction detailing, surveying, construction management, estimating, and architectural history. His professional experience includes the design and project management of major buildings in Connecticut. He is a member of the Online Learning Consortium and ASHRAE. Brad is a licensed civil/structural engineer and a LEED accredited Green Associate. His current professional interests center on online, hybrid, and blended instruction.
Russ Mills has taught writing at all levels since joining the Vermont Tech faculty in 1981. He has also taught a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences, plus computer programming and physics. Besides his teaching responsibilities, Russ has chaired his department and served for many years on the faculty evaluation committee.
Although Russ’s Ph.D. is in English literature, his scholarship focuses mainly on the history, philosophy, and sociology of technology. After coming to Vermont Tech, he earned a master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies. Russ has written articles and presented papers about the cultural meaning of technological products such as bicycles, computers, and high-end audio components. He is co-author of Energy, Economics, and the Environment, published by Prentice-Hall.
Russ has been active in the faculty union since he started at Vermont Tech. He has been part of the union leadership at the college, statewide, and New England levels, serving as president, treasurer, and grievance chair, among other responsibilities.
Outside the college, Russ plays a variety of musical instruments. He has called square and contra dances, and his various bands have frequently included Vermont Tech students.