New Faculty at Rainy River Community College

February 02, 2018

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) announces five new additions to its teaching staff, Andrea Luella Gohl (Art), Andrew Berry (Philosophy), Britta Lofgren (Phlebotomy), Kallie Kantos (Sociology) and Kyle Anorve-Andress (Chemistry). Rainy River Community College, located in International Falls, is a member of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

  • Andrea Gohl

    Andrea Luella Gohl received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. During her time in New Mexico, Andrea was also a participant of the Land Arts of the American West program based out of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Among her teaching experiences, Andrea taught studio art courses at NMSU and environmental education in Belize and Guyana. She continues to be an active studio artist and has shown in a number of galleries including Red Dot in Santa Fe, NM, Franklin Art Center in Brainerd, MN, and the Holtzman Gallery at Towson University, MD. Andrea said, “The one thing I enjoy the most about being a part of the RRCC community is the people. At RRCC, we have a diverse community that is full of so much positive energy. The students are enthusiastic and eager to learn. Everyone has been wonderful in welcoming me into the college. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of RRCC’s dynamic community while helping students discover and express their creative voices.”

  • Andrew Berry

    Andrew Berry grew up in Walker, MN; attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN graduating in 2008 with a BA in Communication and Minor in Religion; after college he attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA graduating in 2012 with a Master of Divinity (M-Div). Andy and his wife, Rachel (RRCC Communications Instructor), moved to Littlefork after graduation and ordination where he is serving his sixth year as Pastor of Littlefork Lutheran Church. He is an avid hiker, canoer, wood carver, gardener, fish keeper, wrangler of Mabel (our fluffy Newfoundland) and a homebrewer. Andy said, “I am excited for the opportunity to be an instructor at Rainy River Community College because teaching is a part of my ministry I want to grow in and it's a privilege to help students explore the rich diversity of religious thought and practice.”

  • Britta Lofgren

    Britta Lofgren graduated from NDSU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. She moved back to International Falls upon graduation and obtained a position at Rainy Lake Medical Center as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. She became Laboratory Manager in April 2015 and Laboratory Director in January 2018. Her community involvement includes being a Board Member of Borderland Young Professionals and member of the Chamber Economic Development Committee. Britta said, “My passion is to bring attention to the Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Laboratory Science careers and to provide proper techniques to all involved with laboratory specimens. I am incredibly happy to see RRCC partner with LSC to bring this program to our community and I am happy to be a part of it in any way that I can.”

  • Kallie Kantos

    Kallie Kantos has a Master of Science, Applied Sociology with an emphasis in Deviance, from North Dakota State University. Kallie is currently teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice and Sociocultural Diversity. She has taught Introduction to Sociology at RRCC, NDSU and at what used to be called Northwest Technical College in Moorhead, MN. Kallie said, “I attended five colleges and graduated from four. My first college experience was RRCC. I enjoyed the small class sizes and the attention that the instructors were able to provide. The same things that I enjoyed as a student at RRCC, I enjoy as an instructor. I like being able to interact with my students one on one. I feel like I am part of a close-knit family working at RRCC. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful.”

  • Kyle Anove-Andress

    Kyle Anorve-Andress has a Master Science, Organic Chemistry, from UMD. Kyle is currently teaching Introduction to Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry and Forensic Science. Commenting on his experience, Kyle said, “The Rainy River Community is full of numerous friendly and intelligent people that are always striving for excellence.”

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