Faculty Connections

Faculty Connections – Meet Chris Fimbres

Chris, 55, originally from the Bay Area, CA, is an HVAC instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Chris joined RSI in November 2018 and has 29 years of experience in the HVAC and electromechanical fields. He is currently teaching phase six of the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program, Comfort Heating & Cooling. Thanks for your time, Chris. […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Brian Willia

Brian, a Navy veteran from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an instructor for the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Associate Degree program at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Brian joined RSI in January 2016. Thanks for your time, Brian. Tell us about your career prior to joining RSI. My HVAC career started in the Navy in 1972. I was […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Ed Guerra

Ed, 52, from Gulfport, Mississippi, is an instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Ed joined RSI in February 2019 after a career that included 24 years in the United States Navy. Thanks for your time, Ed. Tell us a little about your career prior to joining RSI. I graduated high school in 1985. After that, […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Jim Russ

Jim, 61, originally from upstate New York, is a lead instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Jim joined RSI in August 2017. Thanks for your time, Jim. Tell us a little about your early career. I went into the U.S. Air Force out of high school. After two years, I got a scholarship to become […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Baran Galocy

Baran, 59, from Florida, is a photovoltaic instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Baran joined RSI in March 2018 after a 30-year career in the field. Thanks for your time, Baran. Tell us a little about your early career. I enlisted in the U.S. Army as a drummer at 17. When I was in high […]

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Faculty Connections – Jene Dawson

Jene, 63, from Wisconsin, is an instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Jene has been with RSI for a little over a year. Thanks for sharing your story, Jene. Is this your first teaching job? No, it’s not. I studied electronics at DeVry in the 1970s. After graduating, I was a telephone engineer for a […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Guy Caldwell

Guy, originally from Washington state, is an HVAC Instructor here at The Refrigeration School (RSI). Guy has been with RSI for over six years, with 18 years experience in the HVAC and electrical fields. Thanks for speaking with us, Guy. Tell us how you came to RSI. I owned HVAC and electrical businesses before I […]

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Faculty Connections – Alex Declair

Alex, 26, from Phoenix, AZ, is a welding instructor at the The Refrigeration School (RSI) in Phoenix. Alex, a graduate of Tulsa Welding School (TWS)—the largest welding school in the nation—teaches the new Welding Specialist program at RSI. Alex was interviewed back in 2015 for TWS’s Graduate Connection interview series, and you can read more […]

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Faculty Connection – Meet Michael Poeske

Michael, 40, born and raised in Seattle, is an Instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI) in Phoenix. He teaches Phase 5, the Fundamentals of Refrigeration. Michael has been in the HVAC field for 19 years and joined RSI in December 2016. Thanks for your time, Michael; what did you want to be when you were […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Alan Lucio

Alan, aged 51 and an Arizona native, is an Instructor at The Refrigeration School (RSI) in Phoenix. Alan teaches the 6th Phase, which focuses on residential comfort systems (residential heating & cooling) including gas furnaces.  Alan has been in the HVAC field for about 12 years. Thanks for speaking with us Alan. So, when did […]

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