Business Faculty

Red Rocks Faculty Focus:

The Business Faculty at Red Rocks Community College convert their real world business experiences into energetic classroom applications that provide students with a broad educational foundation and prepare them for a wide variety of career paths. Our full-time and adjunct instructors have all worked in the fields they teach, and many continue to do so. As such, our diverse team brings knowledge of current business conditions and practical application of concepts to our students in the classroom.

A Dynamic Exchange:

  • Prepares students for real world experiences
  • Addresses curricula that prepares students to meet a challenging job market
  • Provides assistance with employment preparation
  • Prepares students with skills & new perspectives to continue learning throughout life

Donna Armelino
Business Faculty

Academic Background:

  • BS Business Administration, Regis University – Denver, CO
  • Master of Science in Management (MSM) – Regis University – Denver, CO
  • Recipient of the John Brennan Excellence in Leadership Award

Industry/Professional Background:

  • Corporate careers in Finance, Marketing, and Project Management for national corporations
  • Accomplished Entrepreneur
  • Business Consultant and Strategic Planning Coach

Teaching Philosophy & Goals:

  • With solid corporate based experience, Donna incorporates knowledge of business in areas of finance, product development, marketing, and management to form the foundation of her teaching approach.
  • As an entrepreneur for nearly 7 years she brings personal application of business concepts and assist students in applying them to their everyday work environments.
  • "I like to make every assignment count as a personal experience so each one is designed with that focus in mind;  we all learn from each other so I highly encourage an interactive discussion forum seeking opinions that demonstrate student understanding of the topic."

Wendy H. Bird
Business and Real Estate Faculty

Academic Background

  • B.A. Saginaw Valley State University
  • J.D.  Wayne State University Law School

Industry/Professional Background

  • licensed attorney, Colorado (1994) and Michigan (1993) (inactive)
  • licensed Colorado real estate broker (inactive)
  • practiced law in Colorado, emphasizing areas of real estate, business, securities & estate planning.

Teaching Philosophy and Goals

  • Wendy’s teaching philosophy starts with respect for the students and a desire to help them achieve their goals.  She encourages students to chart a course that will lead not only to financial success, but more importantly to personal satisfaction.
  • While Wendy has a passion for the law and believes the content of her courses is important, she believes that the skills learned, like independent thinking and problem solving, are equally important.
  • By constantly striving to enhance and improve the learning experience and striving to serve different learning styles and preparedness levels, Wendy’s goal is to teach the student, not the material.  Having fun during the process is strongly encouraged.

Janet Tarase
Lead Accounting Faculty/Dept Chair


Laura Sakry
Business & Accounting Faculty



Kristin Aslan
Business Faculty