Fred Brown
(970) 339-6640

Margaret Carleton
(970) 339-6286


Morning Classes:
Mark Brothe
(970) 339-6497

Afternoon Classes:
Larry Baker
(970) 339-6674

Night Classes:
Dan Sisson
(970) 339-6623


Morning/Afternoon Classes:
Zac Kreider
(970) 339-6308

Night Classes:
Kyle Cadarette
(970) 339-6475

Meet Our People

Automotive Service Technology Faculty and Staff:

Larry Baker

(970) 339-6674

Larry Baker started teaching Automotive Technology at the Aims Fort Lupton Campus part time in 2008. He moved to full time in 2010 just in time for the new building in Windsor!

He holds an A.A.S. degree in automotive technology from the Denver Institute of Technology as well as several certifications, including:
  • ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician
  • Nissan Master Certified Technician
  • Certified Honda Technician
  • Certified Toyota Technician
  • Snap-On Certified Train the Trainer in all diagnostic platforms
  • Secondary and Post Secondary CTE credential

Mark Brothe
(970) 339-6497

Mark started teaching at Aims in 1996. He earned his Associate of Applied Science degree from Aims in 2004 as well as an Associate of Liberal Arts degree in 2008 from Aims. He went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling.

He also holds several certifications and awards, including:
  • Certificate, Air Conditioning Recycling and Recovery, 1996
  • Certificate, General Motors Heavy Line Technician, 1995
  • Certificate, Isuzu General Line Technician, 1991
  • Certificate, Colorado Emissions Inspector, 1990
  • Certificate, General Automotive Technician, Aims Community College, 1988
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002 and 2010
  • CATS Service Award, 10 years of teaching automotive service in Colorado, 2006
  • Favorite Faculty Student Award, 2006
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician, 1992 – present
Mark teaches Automotive Service Technology courses.

Fred Brown
Director, Auto & Tech Center
(970) 339-6640

Fred Brown joined Aims Community College as the Director of Automotive Programs in 2009 and was directly involved in the ground up construction and operation of the Aims Automotive and Technology Center in Windsor.

Fred holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and has over 30 years of management and leadership experience operating multi-location businesses, million dollar automotive dealership groups, and non-profit community based organizations.

Fred is also a Management and Leadership Consultant to independent businesses, owners, operators, leaders, managers and individuals. He has also served as a consultant to the Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Credit, Snap-On Tools, Gates Corporation and a multitude of other organizations. His quest is to make the Aims automotive programs “Simply the Best”!

Kyle Cadarette
Instructor, Automotive Collision Repair
(970) 339-6475

Kyle Cadarette has been teaching at Aims part-time since October of 2009. He received his A.A.S in Automotive Collision Technology from Aims. Kyle teaches all courses in Automotive Collision Technology and has ten years of industry experience. Kyle is an ASE certified repair technician.

Margaret Carleton

(970) 339-6286

Margaret began working for Aims in 1998 as an Academic Advisor and with Admissions and Records. She moved to working in the Automotive department in 2007. She is the receptionist and building coordinator for the Aims Automotive and Technology Center and brings basic advising and admissions knowledge to the building as a resource for students and faculty.

Masters of Education Degree in Career and Technology Education
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Arts
First Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate

Vince Cordova-Sanchez

(970) 339-6592

Mike Hanscome

(970) 339-6689

Mike Hanscome graduated from Aims in 1991 before spending 20 years in the industry. He returned to Aims in 2012 as an assistant and moved to a part time instructor later that year. In his years in the collision industry he has worked in collision shops, restoration/Hot Rod shops and built cars for drag racing.

Mike also holds several certifications, including:
  • ASE Certified Structural Repair
  • ASE Certified Non-structural Repair
  • ASE Certified Refinishing
  • PPG Certified Waterborne Paint
  • EPA ASR Certification
Mike teaches collision repair courses.

Zac Kreider
Instructor, Auto Collision Rep
(970) 339-6308

Zac started at Aims in August 2009. He earned his A.A.S. in Automotive Collision Repair Technology from Aims and holds several certifications, including:
  • Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Credential for Career and Technical Education – Transportation Maintenance and Sales
  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Structural Technology Certificate / Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Nonstructural Technology, Aims Community College
  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Auto Body Repair Certificate, Aims Community College
  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Auto Body Refinishing Certificate, Aims Community College
  • Painting and Refinishing – Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair, Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, A.S.E.
  • EHP/CWC Waterborne Technologies Certified Deltron Paint System Certification 21 Certified, PPG
  • National Area Source Rule 40CFR Part63 Subpart 6H Certified, E.P.A.
Zac teaches Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing courses.

Doug McDuffee
Teaching Assistant
(970) 339-6286

Doug McDuffee received a doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College and is currently assisting with instruction of automotive education at Aims in addition to his role as a practicing chiropractor.

A strong advocate of hands on, inquiry based learning, he assists with involving the students in a variety of problem solving and technology inspired activities that provide them with real world experience as an Automotive Service Advisor. His background and interests focus on automotive and engine performance, in race application, and his current projects include advising Aims Full Throttle Club members along with promoting student involvement in Skills USA.

Scott Seaman

(970) 339-6263

Dan Sisson
Instructor, Auto Service Technology
(970) 339-6623

Dan Sisson attended Aims and received an A.A. degree in Automotive in 1979. He worked at a local dealership in Greeley then taught part-time in August of 2006. He moved into full-time in August of 2010 and now teaches automotive students at the Windsor facility.

Brian Smallwood

(970) 339-6697

Brian Smallwood has been teaching part time for Aims Community College since 2010. He graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute in 1998 and is an ASE master automotive technician.

Brian teaches automotive and light diesel classes.

Scott "Rick" Speer

(970) 339-6673

David Swieter

(970) 330-8008 x3307

Kara Tripician
Advisor, Senior
(970) 339-3306

Student Services
Loveland Campus
Loveland, CO 80537

Background: I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy. Before joining Aims, I had a private counseling practice serving couples, families and children in play therapy. I have also worked in K-12 education for five years. Prior to that, I earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Medical Technology and one in Microbiology, and I worked as a Medical Technologist and Microbiologist for 7 years.

Area of Specialty: I am an Admissions and Academic Advisor on the Loveland Campus. I look forward to meeting you!

Advising Philosophy: My advising philosophy is to partner with and empower students as they navigate their way toward their academic and career goals. I am committed to listening to the students, and providing support, information and tools the students need in order to take ownership of their journey and make informed choices.