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Biology Faculty

Lindsey Carter
Lead Instructor
Office: BRH 6446

I grew up in the panhandle of Oklahoma and I love teaching science. I graduated from Seward County Community College with an Associate Degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine, after which I transferred to Oklahoma State University. I earned my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Zoology from OSU. In 2011, I moved to Oxford, Miss. where I taught Biology at Ole Miss and taught Anatomy & Physiology at Northwest Mississippi Community College. I'm very excited to be back in Kansas and teaching General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology at Butler. 


Bob Broyles
Office: BOA 5122N

Hi, I'm Bob Broyles, and I teach Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology. I began my college career at a community college, earned my B.A. in Biology and my M.S. in Biology at Wichita State University.

I am excited to be teaching here at Butler, a quality school with wonderful faculty and staff!
I am passionate about the natural world, and I try to incorporate this excitement in my teaching. I am fascinated by the wonder of the human body -- how the systems and structures function together to maintain health and vitality. I am equally excited about birds and their ecology, particularly birds of prey. My graduate research was the nesting ecology of the Cooper's hawk, Accipiter cooperii, in south central Kansas. I am also fascinated with spiders and snakes, and I teach a non-credit course here at Butler where we discuss the importance of these misunderstood yet vital "underdogs" of the natural world.

I am a Master Gardener and enjoy organic gardening. I also have an interest in landscaping for wildlife, including the restoration of tall-grass prairie with native prairie plants originally adapted to our climate.

Most importantly, I am here for you, the student, to help you succeed in your endeavors at Butler Community College. I am thrilled to be here to assist you on this leg of your journey through life in any way possible! 


Office: BRH 605

Hi! My name is Melissa Elliott. I graduated from Wichita State University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. I recently finished work on my Master's in Science from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. I teach Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry Review for Biology Students. I am also involved in developing the Forensic Science Program here at Butler.

My Master's research included a study of the frequency of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)carriers in Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service personnel. My other research interests include the effects of E. coli 0157:H7 entertoxin on epithelial cells.


Office: BOE 15112B

Hi! My name is Susan Forrest. I have taught Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Chemistry Review for Biology Students (online) at Butler since the fall of 2001. Before that I taught at Allen Community College in Burlingame, Kan. and was an adjunct professor for two years at Butler while finishing my Master's degree.

I am a graduate of Butler Community College, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. My B.S. is in Secondary Education and my M.S. is in Biology.

I have taught Science at the Middle, High School, and now College level. I enjoy collecting microbes and culturing cells. My thesis was "Effects of DDT on adherens junction proteins in MDCK cells" so I classify myself as a cell biologist.

My goal to for all the classes I teach is to help students become more curious about the living world around them. If you are interested in participating in an undergraduate research project or a service learning option for Majors Biology or Microbiology, I have ideas and resources to get you started.


Office: BOE 15148

Hi! I am Kathy Gifford. I teach Chemistry Review, Anatomy & Physiology, and Anatomy & Physiology with Review (I and II).

I received my Associate Degree in Nursing from Labette Community College and my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biology from Pittsburg State University.

My first year of teaching was at Missouri Southern State College. I have been at Butler since January 1994

My areas of specialty include Field Biology and Anatomy. 


Office: BOA 6446

Hello! My name is Kerry Fahnestock. I am the General Biology (BI 110) Instructor for the McConnell campus.

I received my Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Western Kentucky University, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Immediately after receiving my degree I moved to Ft. Collins, where I was accepted into a graduate program at Colorado State University. I spent most of my time in Colorado pursuing my Master's Degree in Botany, though I did find time to explore the beautiful terrain.

I have many interests outside of teaching, although developing my teaching skills is certainly top priority these days. I enjoy many types of outdoor sports including rock climbing, biking, running and whitewater kayaking. I also spend time reading and writing, and am currently learning how to paint (though quite poorly). I still keep in touch with the proprietors of W.O.L.F. , a wolf-refuge located near Ft. Collins where I spent time volunteering. I try to get back to Colorado to see "my" wolves as often as possible.   


Office: BOE 15113

Hi! I am Michael Heffron.

I am currently teaching Chemistry Review for Biology Students, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Issues, and Wildflower and Weeds.

I graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and a Master of Science degree in Zoology.

I have taught at community college since 1989, and started at Butler in 1992.

My greatest joy and challenge is helping my students learn to be their own best teachers.

My interests outside of education include studying & enjoying all aspects of nature - especially wild plants and birds. One of my favorite places to commune with nature is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. I hope you can join me there sometime. 


Office: BOE 15133

Hi! I am Tonya Kerschner. I have been at Butler since 1979. I graduated from Bethany College with my B.S. in Biology and from Emporia State University with my M.S. in Biology.

My General Biology classes began collecting aluminum cans and selling t-shirts to help purchase acres of Rain Forest in 1989. Since then we have raised money to save more than 200 acres of rainforest through The Nature Conservancy.

My interests are in the realm of Environmental Biology.

My passion is helping students become aware of the real world around them, and their part in it. 


Office: BOE 15141

Hi! I'm Jeff Meyer and I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Cadaver Dissection. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I was raised in Wichita and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kansas in 1991. After several years of continuing education in the natural and physical sciences I went to North Carolina where I earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Wake Forest in 1999. I stayed at Wake Forest until 2004, completing a residency program in anatomic and clinical pathology, and served as Chief Resident from 2002-2003. I worked as a forensic pathologist with the Forsyth County Medical Examiner (North Carolina) and the Franklin County Coroner's Office (Ohio) before leaving the practice of medicine to pursue a career in teaching. I have been at Butler since 2009 and could not be happier with my new professional position as a tenured instructor in the Biology Department.


Apryl Nenortas
Assistant Professor
Office: BOE 15107


Office: BOA 6439

Hello, my name is Martha Sager and I teach biology and Anatomy and Physiology with Review (I and II).

I earned my Bachelor's in Biology from UCSC, and have a M.S. in biological oceanography and a Ph.D. in science education from Florida Institute of Technology. I’ve taught science at both the high school and college level, and enjoy most the interaction with students and those great “aha” moments when a concept becomes clear or a new interest starts to grow. It is always gratifying to see a student come into a class with concerns about “taking science” and to leave the class with a feeling of accomplishment and a greater understanding in biology or anatomy/physiology.

As might be assumed from my background, I also have an interest in aquatic and marine environmental science and the protection of these ecosystems. I generally manage to work these subjects into my lectures sometime during the semester. I also enjoy wildlife photography as a hobby.

I hope my students leave my classes with a greater understanding (and interest) in biology, the environment, and themselves and are able to make informed decisions in these areas. 


Kristy Zieman
Office: BOE 15106

Hi! My name is Kristy Zieman. I have taught Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology at Butler since the Fall of 2013. Before coming to Butler, I taught at Wichita State, Friends, and Newman Universities over the past 10 years. I am very excited to be teaching at Butler now with such fantastic faculty and staff!

I was drawn into the world of science at a young age after being diagnosed with a congenital reproductive syndrome known as MRKH. While learning about my syndrome and receiving treatments for it, I developed an insatiable curiosity for Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Reproductive Biology; our bodies truly are amazing biological machines!

I began my college experience right here at Butler earning an Associate in Science and continued onto Wichita State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology, and my Master of Science in Biology. My graduate research was focused on implantation and early pregnancy by studying the involvement of LIF during the uterine decidualization of the Golden hamster; so I consider myself a cell biologist. From there I moved on to the University of Texas Medical Branch where I was able to do some really amazing research in the field of Biomedicine with umbilical cord stem cell experiments involving differentiation and growth effects on stem cells including use of VPA and TEPA treatments to determine effects on CD133 percentages; as well as experiments looking at correlations between uterine environment and genetic factors using an apoE gene knockout mouse line to investigate the effects of fetal programming of cardiovascular disorders such as atherosclerosis. 

I am a huge Star Wars fan so stop by my office sometime and see some cool action figures! I also enjoy reading science-fiction books and love watching movies in my spare time. I am passionate about biology, and wish to pass my enthusiasm onto my students so that when they leave my class they are just as passionate as I am about the biological word within them as well as around them! I can’t wait to help you during your academic journey here at Butler.


Jordnn Cogan
Assistant Professor
Office:  BOE 15147