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Our Staff

The Center for Research and Innovation Custom College hosts a staff of highly qualified and experienced people who are ready to work with you to meet your organization's needs.

Mr. Anthony Schaffhauser, M.S., Executive Director
Anthony Schaffhauser, M.S., provides overall management for the Center for Research and Innovation and Custom College.  Mr. Schaffhauser draws on his extensive knowledge of regional workforce needs developed from his previous experience as a Regional Analyst for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), researching and analyzing economic and labor market information for business and industry.  Prior to that, Schaffhauser conducted applied research, developed and managed a number of training programs for business and industry, served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and was a Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

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Ms. Kerry Ross, Associate Director
Ms. Ross provides administrative and operational management of the CRI including purchasing equipment, budgetary oversight, technical assistance to project managers, and supervision of support personnel. Ms. Ross is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all non-credit instruction and corporate contracts including scheduling and identifying appropriate classes, identifying and supervising instructors, contract development and quality control.  She is also a skilled focus group facilitator.  Her experience includes 10 years in Human Resource Management.  She has been a professional corporate trainer for more than 7 years focusing on Human Resource topics including Leadership and Supervisory Skills, Conflict Management, Teambuilding, Time Management, Delivering Effective Customer Service, and Managing Change in Your Organization.

Mr. Kris Williams, Industrial Training Coordinator (Information Systems)
Mr. Williams is the WEB master for the Northern Tier High Technology Corridor project including the day-to-day information systems development. ( He is also responsible for the development of our web based delivery efforts, and CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Video and Multi-Media development. His latest efforts include the production of multi-media learning objects for Minnesota Online, and other MNSCU schools. These learning objects aid in the learning process for classes delivered online. Contact Mr. Williams if you have a need for the creation of learning objects. Mr. Williams also researches existing and evolving technologies in order to continually expand the capacity of the CRI. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. in Design Technology with an emphasis in 3D/Multi-Media design.

Richard R. Lehmann, Northwest Technical College Office Manager for Custom College 
Richard Lehmann is the Northwest Technical College Office Manager for Custom College.  Richard is responsible for completing contracts for companies that retain our services and trainers that are contracted to provide those services.  Richard also does the scheduling and coordinating of the various trainings that take place on the Northwest Technical College campus.  He is also responsible for reporting and record keeping for learner credentials and college administration.  Richard is a graduate of Northwest Technical College with a diploma in Automotive Service Technology and Bemidji State University with a BA in Political Science.  Richard has also been Mayor of Bemidji since 2001.

Ms. Jacyln Ryder, Office and Administrative Specialist
Ms. Ryder is the Office Manager for Bemidji State University?s Center for Research and Innovation.Jackie?s responsibilities include contracts, invoices, purchase orders, and record keeping to ensure adherence to BSU and MnSCU guidelines.She also schedules use of CRI space.A graduate of Bemidji State University, her work experience includes 23 years as an administrative assistant at Bemidji State University.She had previously taught junior high social studies and English, and was an employment representative for (then) Department of Economic Security.She has served 6 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Hope House, a local non-profit, is active in the local AFSCME and MN AFL-CIO organizations, and is also a member of the City of Bemidji Charter Commission.

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