Construction Faculty

HEATHER GAY

PROGRAM MANAGER
Master in Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Minnesota State University

Certifications: Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Green Profesional (CGP), LEED AP BD+C

Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM)
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
  • American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
  • Kiewit Faculty Advisory Board
  • U.S. Green Building Council
Projects
  • Study Abroad for sustainability, Austria
  • Hurricane Katrina & Rita recovery work
  • Kraft Foods and Barilla Pasta commercial/industrial projects
  • Historic green sustainable preservation
  • Rosie’s Girls Camp coordinator
Recognition
  • William and Kate Dunwoody Award for Outstanding Service, 2011
  • USGBC Volunteer of the Year, 2009, 2010

james a. strapko

PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR
Master of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, Beloit College

Professional Memberships/Certifications: National Council of Registration Boards (NCARB), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Licensed Architect

Experience
  • Architect, Strapko Pahl, Ltd
  • Architect, Horty Elving & Associates
  • Drafter, Trussbilt, Inc.
Recognition
  • Distinguished Teacher, Dunwoody College, 2017
  • Author, Office Design for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, 2nd and 3rd editions, 2007 and 2016, publisher: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)

RICK LARRABEE

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
EdS Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Masters in Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Experience
  • President/Owner/General Contractor, Master Builders
  • Project Manager/Estimator/Manager, Menomonie Builders
  • Project Manager/Scheduler, Miron Construction
  • Administrator, Regional SkillsUSA
  • Project Forman, Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • Facilitator, Menomonie Community Gardens
Recognition
  • Outstanding Teacher, University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Instructional Design Certificate

KARIE L. JOHNSON

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Masters in Organizational Leadership, Saint Mary’s University of MN (in progress)
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Masters Certificate in Business Analysis, Auburn University
Mini MBA, University of St. Thomas
Six Sigma Green Belt, Villanova University

Certifications: Registered Architect (RA/AIA), LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, Certified Interior Designer (CID), Prosci Certified Professional

Professional Memberships
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • MN Change Management Network
  • AGC BIMForum
  • 1006 Summit Avenue Society
Experience
  • Founder, AEC Transformations LLC
  • CIO/Director of IT Integration & Innovation, Nor-Son Inc.
  • National Director of Virtual Design & Construction, Adolfson & Peterson Construction
  • Integrated Design Coordinator, Mortenson Construction
Recognition
  • 40 Under 40 – Design + Construction, 2008
  • AIA MN Chapter Award Recognition, 2008 & 2014

derek hillestad

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Master of Science in Administration, Ball State University
Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Professional Memberships
  • International Association of Venue Managers
  • Board of Directors, Venue Operations Summit
  • Advisory Board Member, Century College Sport Management
  • Advisory Board Member, Concordia University – St. Paul Sport Management
Projects
  • Occupancy to Ownership, University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Operational Design and Occupancy to Ownership, TCF Bank Stadium
  • Operational Design and Occupancy, CHS Field
  • Operator, University of San Diego
  • Event Operations Consultant, 7 Super Bowls and 2 Pro Bowls
Recognition
  • University of Minnesota Athletics Teammate of the Month, May, 2009
  • Security Technology Executive Innovation Award, Most Innovative Security Project of 2010, 2nd Runner Up

ben holbrook

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), International
  • American Concrete Institute
  • Minnesota Concrete Council
Projects
  • Highway 53 Relocation Project
  • Franklin Avenue Bridge Replacement
  • St. Croix Crossing
  • CHS Field
  • US Bank Stadium
Recognition
  • Engineer in Training

Matt Durand

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Masters in Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Minnesota Contractors License

Professional Memberships
  • Advisory Board Member, U of M Erosion & Stormwater
  • Workgroup, State of Minnesota Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS)
  • League of Minnesota Cities Stormwater Coalition (MCSC)
  • Advisory Board Member, South Central College Carpentry Program
Work Experience
  • Residential Project Manager, Mohs Homes
  • Associate Professor Construction Management, Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Storm Water Manager, City of Owatonna
  • Commercial Project Manager, Kraus Anderson Construction
  • Board Member, United Way of Steele County
  • Community Steward, Owatonna Forward
Recognition
  • Excellence in Teaching, Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Minnesota Division Stewardship Award, Izaak Walton League