By dedicating their time, talent, and expertise to the Senior University program, these instructors provide Northwest Indiana seniors with opportunities to learn new skills and to see their communities from interesting new perspectives.
Senior University Instructors
Nicholas ("Nico") first joined Indiana University Northwest in 2017 as a visiting librarian for Coordinator of Library Instruction. Now he is Assistant Librarian for Teaching & Learning where he works with a team of other librarians to deliver instruction sessions for classes throughout campus with an emphasis on information literacy. His research interests include fake news and misinformation.
Previously, Nico was a reference librarian at Morton College in Cicero, Illinois, teaching instruction sessions and a project coordinator at Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago. He earned his Master of Library & Information Science from Dominican University and his Bachelor of Music Education from Saint Xavier University.
Cathy is a Chicago-born Contemporary Artist currently working in mixed media. Cathy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at IU Northwest with a concentration in painting, in addition to earlier having studied illustration. While working as a freelance illustrator in Chicago for 12 years, she was chosen to participate in the Air Force Art Program and her work can be found in its national collection. Cathy also has current work in Indiana University’s permanent art collection. Serving as the Exhibits Director for the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for seven years, Cathy has developed and taught an elementary school art curriculum, as well as Drawing and Painting courses at IU Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College. She also leads gallery tours and workshops for a variety of community engagement programs. Cathy currently lives and makes art in Northwest Indiana and is the Exhibition and Project Coordinator at IU Northwest’s School of the Arts.
Billy is a respected, pianist, composer, educator and producer. He has performed as a professional musician for the past 35 years, and in addition to performing with others, has led his own groups for much of that time. Billy has also written and produced music for several television commercials.
Billy received a Bachelor of Science from Defiance College and a Master of Music from Roosevelt University, with additional study at New York University and private study with famed jazz pianist, Jaki Byard. As an educator, Billy is retired from 35 years as a Gary public school music teacher. Billy also served as jazz piano instructor at Valparaiso University from 1980 to 2014. In this capacity, he conducted many jazz clinics, lectures and educational performances. In addition, he was a member of the Valparaiso University Faculty Jazz Trio.Currently, in addition to his private studio and Senior University workshops, Billy teaches piano at IU Northwest. He is also the host of the popular radio show the "Billy Foster Jazz Zone" on WGVE 88.7 FM in Gary.
Charlie has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue and is currently a Professor of Management in the AACSB-accredited School of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest, where he has taught MBA and undergraduate classes in Human Resource Management, Leadership, Teamwork, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurship since 1981.
In addition, Charlie has 160 professional publications/presentations, 3 books, and 2 websites on HR-related topics, has provided training/consultation services to 200 organizations (Fortune 100 to new start–ups), and functioned as an expert witness in 40 cases involving workplace and educational discrimination.
Bridgette is currently a Physical Education and Health Instructor at Steel City Academy located in Gary’s Glen Park neighborhood and is a Logistics Officer in the Indiana National Guard. Her educational experience includes receiving a Bachelor of Science from Chicago State University, Master of Public Affairs from IU Northwest, and a Master of Science from California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Northcentral University. She is NASM and NAFC certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her areas of interest are youth social emotional development and whole body fitness.
Becky has degrees in biology and communications and a master’s degree in Health Services. She works and volunteers as a consultant in the business field and has taught health, physical education, and recreation classes at Indiana University Northwest. She also enjoys coaching, training, and helping student athletes reach their full potential.
Brittany is owner and operator of I Tech Teach You, LLC a company dedicated to making technology work for you! Brittany has been knowledgeable in the Technology Industry since 2001. Most of her training has been hands-on as a banker at a reputable firm. She went to a very competitive high school where she learned the fundamentals of computers and technology. She has skill sets in Java Script, Java, some Coding and fluent in video upload tutorials. Brittany is dedicated to the advancement of technology and desires to bring the older generation with her. When not working on techy things, she enjoys vacationing with her husband and attending church.
Chelsea (Stalling) Whittington is a native of Gary, IN and proud graduate of West Side High School (salutatorian), Howard University (B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Magna Cum Laude) and Purdue University (M.A. Organizational Communications, Summa Cum Laude). Chelsea’s career in communications spans more than 25 years having worked in non-profit, governmental, publishing, educational and telecommunications spaces. Most recently, Whittington served as the Director of External Affairs and Special Events for the Chicago Urban League. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest and Indiana Wesleyan University teaching courses in Business Communications, Social Networking and Special Event Planning. In Spring 2019, Whittington began operating her PR Consulting firm, C WHITT, on a full-time basis. There she develops public relations and social media strategies for clients as well as presents workshops and trainings on social media and public speaking. She is married to her husband Terrell, and they reside in Gary, Indiana.