Pam Hughes, Larry Diekman, Ron Hofman, Jesse Salazar, Adrienne Skinner, and Linda Walker

New faces at Glen Oaks this fall

Glen Oaks Community College welcomes a number of new faculty and staff to campus this fall.

Pam Hughes is the new executive director of the Glen Oaks Foundation. In this role, she leads the college’s
advancement initiatives. Hughes has worked in development and has volunteered in the St. Joseph County community for over nine years. A native of Denver, Colorado, Hughes moved to southwest Michigan 20 years
ago. She worked at Perry Personnel Plus Staffing Co. for nine years. During that time she volunteered for the
American Cancer Society and eventually took a position with the organization in Portage, Michigan. Having
been there nine years, in her most recent role as senior manager for Relay for Life, she directed over 22
events each year.

Larry Diekman recently joined the college as a maintenance assistant. He was previously employed at
Lippert Components (formerly known as Star Design) in Elkhart, Indiana. Prior to that position, he spent 26
years in law enforcement. Diekman has completed courses from both Lansing and Glen Oaks Community
Colleges and from the Michigan State Police Academy.

Ron Hofman is the college’s new automotive instructor. He has over 36 years of automotive experience
including teaching the last ten years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He attended Denver Auto and
Diesel College and is credentialed with a number of certifications including: Automotive Repair, Master
Mechanic, Service Consultant, Parts Specialist, A/C Specialist, Emissions Inspector, Vehicle Safety Inspector
Training Instructor along with his I-CAR Certification. He also completed courses at KVCC. Hofman was
employed by Firestone for ten years and was employed by automotive dealerships in South Haven, Michigan,
for 16 years.

Jesse Salazar is the new part-time computer lab assistant. A native of Ojeda, Zulia in Venezuela, he earned a
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Santiago Marino, Zulia, Venezuela. Salazar
worked for PDVSA Oil Company in Venezuela where he worked in drilling design and held analyst positions
both in SAP and in health, safety and the environment. Salazar is pursuing a master’s in computer science.

Adrienne Skinner is the new admissions representative for the college. Born and raised in Jackson,
Michigan, Skinner earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Western Michigan University. She held
positions both in promotions and as a production assistant at Kalamazoo’s WWMT Channel 3 for three and a
half years. Prior to coming to Glen Oaks, Skinner was an admissions representative for Everest Institute in
Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Linda Walker has joined the Glen Oaks faculty as the new graphic design instructor. Born and raised in the
Chicago suburbs, she earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb,
Illinois. Walker worked as a freelance graphic designer and as a presentation graphics artist in Chicago. She
was a professional muralist developing and completing murals from concept to design and painting—her
business, known as Valentino Walker Murals and Decorative Painting, for 25 years. Walker received her
teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University and recently taught K-12 art at Burr Oak Schools. As a
Plein Air Artist of West Michigan, Walker was the 2012 Artist in Residence in Glen Arbor. Her work has been
shown in galleries throughout the state.

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