Tom Aasheim  - Director of Training and Dean of Trades. He also serves as the Coordinator and Instructor for the Commercial  & Industrial Painting and Drywall Finishing.  He moved to his full-time postion in 2011 after teaching as a part-time instructor for 2 years. Tom has over 20 years experience in Commerical & Industrail Painting.  He also has numerous certifications and is the instructor for RRP and Lead Worker training. Email:

Brian Hagberg is the Coordinator for Glazing and Glassworkers.  Brian is a Journeyworker Glazier, who worked with Brin Northwestern Glass for 20-years.  Brian started with FTI-UM in September 2008 as the Glazing and Glassworking Coordinator/Instructor.  Brian is OSHA 500, OSHA 501Rigging & Signaling, Forklift, Boom Lifts and American Heart Instructor certified.  He is currently working on his American Welding Society Certification. E-mail:

Greg Renne is our new Recruitment Coordinator. Although Greg is new, he has over 20 years of experience as a Glazier. He has served as the Administrator of the IUPAT Labor Management Cooperation Initiative(LMCI) and also served as a Recruitment Manager for the FTI International in Hanover Maryland. You can contact Greg by email at: Email:

Ed Kane is one of our painting instructors with over 30 years of experience in the field.

Amy Peterson is the Drywall Finisher Instructor at FTI-UM, and has substantial experience in the trade.  Email:

Tony Osborn is an Instructor for the Glazing and Glassworker program.  Tony is a Journeyworker Glazier, who has many years of hands-on experience in the Glazing field.   Email:

Dave Sears is an Instructor for the Painters program. Dave has over 30 years of experience in the field and is certified in many areas.Email:Email:

Davitt Dougherty is one of our commercial paint instructors who has held a variety of titles in the field with over 20 years experience. Email:

Sarah Jeske is our newly appointed Student Services Administrator. Sarah has many years of leadership and administrative experience. Sarah handles all Associate Degree questions and Apprentice training.

Jessica Perez is our Office Administrator. Jessica comes with many years of experience in higher education. Jessica handles organized worker questions and takes payments. Email:


Finishing Trades Institute ~ Upper Midwest Board of Trustees

Management Labor
Gary Buchert
JB Nelson & Sons
Terry Nelson
District Council 82
James Bringle
Craig Olson
District Council 82, Local 106
Matt Marquis
MN Drywall & Plaster Assn.
Mark Christianson
District Council 82, Local 386
Mike Horovitz
Minneapolis Glass
Scott Parker
District Council 82, Local 681
Rick Palmateer
Universal Signs, Inc.
Warren Harder
District Council 82, Local 1324
Pat Rome
Lakeview Guidance Inc.
Tom Mundhenk
District Council 82, Local 880