Full-Time Science Faculty and Staff
Steven Cole came to the Biology Department at RCTC in 1999. He earned his A.A. from Austin Community College, B.A. from Westmar College, M.N.S. and M.A. from the University of South Dakota, and additional graduate study at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and Montana State University.
Theresa (Teri) Hill, Ph.D., came to the RCTC Chemistry Department in 1997. She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.
Gina Korf, Ph.D., came to the Biology Department at RCTC as an adjunct instructor in 2006. She became a permanent instructor in 2013. She earned her B.A. degree in Biology from the University of St. Catherine and her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the University of San Diego California and San Diego University. She was a researcher in molecular biology labs at Mayo Clinic Rochester and taught at Winona State University before joining the RCTC science faculty.
Chadd Kunkel started at RCTC in January 2018. Chad was born in St. Cloud, MN, and graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree of Biological Sciences in 2014. He is an avid golfer and disc golfer.
Rod Milbrandt, Ph.D., came to the Physics Department at RCTC in 2002. He earned his B.A. from St. Olaf College, followed by two M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught previously at Garden City Community College in Kansas, as well as at Loras College in Iowa.
Randy Renken came to the Biology Department at RCTC as an adjunct instructor in 2001. He became a permanent instructor in 2004. He earned his A.S. degree from RCTC, his B.S. degree from Winona State University, and his M.S. from the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences.
Jennifer Rubin, Ph.D., joined the Biology Department at RCTC in 2004. She attended St. Olaf College and graduated with a B.A. in Biology. She went to the University of Illinois for her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Biology, which she completed in 2001. Since then she has done post-doctoral research and adjunct teaching in North Dakota.
Cory Rubin, Ph.D., holds both a master’s and doctorate degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Heather Sklenicka, Ph.D. came to the Chemistry Department at RCTC in 2003. She graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in chemistry in 1998 and continued on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2003.
Jim Stegge came to the Biology Department at RCTC in 1999. He earned his B.S. from Briar Cliff College, his M.A. from the University of South Dakota, and additional graduate study from Iowa State University and Morningside College.
John Tacinelli, Ph.D. came to the Earth Science Department at RCTC in 1997. He earned his A.S. from Dutchess Community College, B.S. from State University of New York at Stony Brook, M.A. from Binghamton University, and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Minnesota in 2000.
Ramona Taylor came to the RCTC as a student graduating in May of 2004 with a degree in the Administrative Assistant Program. She became Science Division Administrative Assistant in March of 2004.
Jaime Tjossem came to the Biology Department at RCTC in 2002. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and taught there two years before coming to RCTC.