Business Associate Instructors

Lorna Hofer

Lorna Hofer

financial services

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Lorna joined the staff at LATI in January 2013. She held roles as the TAA Grants Project Officer and Educational Technology Specialist before moving to financial services. Prior to joining the team at Lake Area Tech, Lorna worked as a tech coordinator/computer instructor for the Waverly, Watertown, and Henry school districts. In addition, she has worked for Still Waters, Inc., HR Block, Daktronics, and was a co-owner of Lone Pine BBQ. Lorna graduated from high school in Missouri and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Business Education from Dakota State University in Madison, SD. In addition, she earned a Master's degree in Educational Technology w/ Technical Systems Specialization. Lorna is originally from Doland, SD.

Melissa Meidinger

Melissa Meidinger

business associate

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Melissa joined the Lake Area Tech team in August 2013. She is a graduate with high distiction of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in Management. Melissa's background in entrepreneurship includes 10 years as the owner of Mr. T.'s Sports Bar & Grill. In her free time, she enjoys being with people, traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

Tom Mulholland

Tom Mulholland

business associate

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Tom is an instructor of several classes in the Business Associate program at LATI and is also the BSA department supervisor. A graduate of Watertown High School, Tom went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and Marketing from North Dakota State University. Prior to working at LATI, Tom traveled the country as the exhibit manager for the Bodies Human exhibition. In Tom's free time he can be found on the golf course, playing guitar, or enjoying the outdoors.

Dennis Newman

Dennis Newman

business associate

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Dennis instructs the Design Fundamentals course. He currently has 23 years of experience teaching design in the Watertown School District. Dennis graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in Art Education in 1989. He has run his own pottery business for 10 years.

Marie Palluck

Marie Palluck

business associate

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Marie teaches in the Business Associate program. She has a BA in Business Administration from Mount Marty College and a MBA from Colorado Tech (Sioux Falls). She has worked in management at both the Sioux Falls and Watertown Wal-marts.

Mary Redlin

Mary Redlin

business associate

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Mary teaches in the business associate program. After graduating from the LATI Medical Assistant Program, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and an MBA from the University of Denver. She has management experience with Pitney Bowes, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies. Mary has owned her own consulting business and has worked in Uganda, South Sudan, East Timor, and Afghanistan. She spent four years in Uganda as a United Nations Volunteer and presently has a women empowerment program training women entrepreneurs in Uganda.

Rich Thomas

Rich Thomas

business associate

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Rich teaches in the Business Law option. He received both a BA in History/Political Science and an MA in History from the University of South Dakota. He has also done post-graduate work at the University of Wyoming, the University of Kansas, and Southern Methodist University. Rich taught for 19 years in Newcastle, WY. He has been teaching at the Watertown high school for 13 years. He lives at Lake Kampeska with his wife and youngest (of three) sons. Rich likes to hunt, fish, travel, and collect antiques.