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John Burcaw

Director of Academic Education and Chief Administrative Officer

John is responsible for managing academic programs, recruitment, marketing, and promotion. He serves as the liaison between the board and government agencies, along with maintaining accreditation and licensing requirements, student records, and strategic partnerships. This includes all federal or state divisions of Apprenticeship, the Minnesota Department of Education, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, and other agencies that oversee academic education.

John is an accomplished, results-oriented professional with wide-ranging skills and experiences, including the development and implementation of organizational programs and strategic initiatives. John also forms, grows, and maintains business partnerships for the benefit and advancement of the FTIUM, its members, affiliates, and stakeholders.

John has been a member of the IUPAT for 29 years and has over 18 years of union executive-level leadership experience.

Tom Aasheim

Director of Technical Education and Accreditation Liaison Officer

Tom started as a part-time instructor and has worked his way up to being the Director of Technical Education. As the Director of Technical Education, he is responsible for managing technical instructors and trade coordinators. This includes all course scheduling. He facilitates technical instructors and trade coordinators' professional development and serves as our liaison with the FTI International and appropriate industry associations. Tom also manages continuing education for technical, health and safety courses, and finishing trades' industry certifications.

Managing learning resources, technical infrastructure, and facilities (assets, IT, computers, modules, studios, and buildings) are also Tom's responsibility.

Tom has over 20 years of experience in Commercial & Industrial Painting and is a well-respected industry-recognized instructor holding numerous industry certifications.

Brian Hagberg

Glazier and Glassworker Coordinator

Brian is a student advocate responsible for establishing curriculum, supervising craft instructors, and instructing both apprentice and continuing education courses. He is a journeyworker glazier who worked at Brin Northwestern Glass Company from October 1990 to August 2008. Brian completed his glazier apprenticeship during this time.

Brian started with FTIUM in August 2008 as the Glazier and Glassworker Coordinator and Instructor. Brian is certified in OSHA 500 (Construction), OSHA 501 (General Industry), Rigging & Signalling, Forklift/All-terrain Forklift, and Aerial Lifts. He is also an American Heart Association Instructor, Certified Welding Inspector Associate, a proctor for the NCCCO Signaling Practical Exam, and an AGMT Certified Technician.

Brian holds an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Education and a proud member of Local 1324 with thirty-one years of service.

Greg Renne

Recruitment Coordinator

Greg serves as the Recruitment Coordinator for the FTIUM. He is responsible for recruiting, enrollment, admissions, community organization outreach, and employer engagement.

He has served over 21 years as a Glazier. Before arriving at the FTIUM, he served as the Administrator of the IUPAT's Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) and as a Recruitment Manager for the FTI International in Hanover, Maryland. In his current role, Greg is responsible for promoting, recruiting, and placing the next generation of craft workers while also expanding community and high school outreach and collaborating with DC 82 signatory employers.

Amy Peterson


Amy serves as the Drywall Finisher/Safety Instructor responsible for instructing the established curriculum lesson plans as needed for Career Readiness, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), Apprenticeship, and Continuing Education assigned or scheduled by the Director of Technical Education. This includes the maintenance and organization of the instructional areas, equipment, and supplies at all facilities and training sites.

Amy started her drywall career with Minuti-Ogle and worked there for 13 years before becoming an instructor. She is proud to say that they are the only drywall company she worked for.

Amy is proud to serve on the "Sisters of DC82" committee, the FTI International Drywall committee responsible for updating our learning resources, and served on the LMCI – FIF Summit Workgroup Committee for Drywall. Before her drywall career, she worked at American Family Insurance in Human resources for ten years. She was a trainer for the insurance agents on a new billing system for five years.

Amy has worked for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest for over 8 yrs.

Tony Osborn


Tony Osborn is a glazing instructor with 35 years of experience in the glazing industry. He holds many certifications through glazing and glass organizations, the IUPAT, and an Associate degree through Mountwest Community & Technical College. His recent accomplishments include becoming an AGMT certified glazing technician and completion of the IUPAT Changing the Culture of Construction course. Tony is committed to sharing his knowledge and skills with the next generation of industry professionals.

Dave Sears


David Sears is a wallcovering, paint, and safety instructor at the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest. He attended St. Paul College for painting and decorating. Graduating in 1984, he joined the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and proudly has been a member for 37 years. During his tenure, he was elected at vice president of District Council 82, sat on health and welfare and pension fund boards, and was an organizer for DC82. David is also active in his local union 61 as a previous president and currently is the treasurer. He also sits as a delegate of the St. Paul Building Trades. Since becoming an FTIUM instructor in 2017, David completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Development. David also has other certifications including but not limited to OSHA, First Aid & CPR, infection control risk assessment (ICRA), and supervisory training.

Davitt Dougherty


Davitt Dougherty is a Commercial Painter Decorator instructor at FTIUM. He entered the painting trade in St. Paul directly out of high school. After joining the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in 1995, he learned additional skills in the painting trade including wallcovering installation, drywall finishing, and industrial painting. In 2017, Davitt became an instructor with FTIUM and completed his Certificate of Technical Studies, Associate Instructor Program, and Associate of Applied Science degree between 2018 and 2019. In addition, Davitt holds certifications in OSHA 500, fall protection, infection control risk assessments, and 1st Aid and CPR. Davitt is proud to be an active member of Local Union 386 and currently is the president of his local union and a delegate to District Council 82.

Mark Duttenhefner


Mark Duttenhefner is an Industrial Painter and alumni of the FTIUM . He spent his career in the field specializing in abrasive blasting and application of coatings at numerous coal-fired power plants, refineries, water treatment facilities, mines, tank farms, and pipelines. Mark later went on to become a certified coatings inspector. He joined the FTIUM staff in 2019.

Liz Fall

Educational Administrator

Liz Fall is the Educational Administrator at FTIUM. With a computerized accounting and customer service background, she is responsible for bookkeeping, student enrollment, student records, appropriate student inquiries, requests for information, and recordkeeping. Liz joined the FTIUM staff in 2019.

Dana Raabe

Educational Administrator

Dana Raabe is the Educational Administrator at FTIUM. She works primarily with grant administration, academic accreditation, and distance learning. She comes to FTIUM with a Master's Degree in Education and over 10 years in the education field.

Board of Trustees


Gary Buchert
JB Nelson & Sons

John Nesse
Association Office

James Bringle


Jeff Stark
District Council 82

Craig Olson
District Council 82, Local 106

Craig Peck
District Council 82, Local 386

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