Tom Aasheim 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.  He is currently working on additional SSPC certifications. 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:

Jerry Meissner is the Sign Display & Convention Worker Coordinator.  Jerry is also Senior Environmental Graphic Designer & Signmaker for the University of Minnesota.  He has been involved the the sign industry since 1987. Email:

Kerry Gallagher serves FTI-UM as the Painting Instructor since 2005.  Instructor certifications that Kerry currently holds includes:  American Red Cross, OSHA 500, CPWR Confined Space, OSHA Scaffold Competent Person, and OSHA Disaster Site.  Kerry worked as a Journey Worker Painter for 11 years at Sunrise Painting & Wallcovering and 14 years with Swanson & Youngdale. To stay current with practices in the trade, Kerry continues to work for Swanson & Youngdale during the summer months.  E-mail:

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

Fredy Castellanos serves FTI-UM as the Painting/Health & Safety Instructor.  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:

Stephanie Bly works as the Office Manager/Student Administrator of FTI-UM and has been in this position since July 2015.  E-mail:


Part-Time Instructors

John Kaiser

Rick Dahlstrom

Mike Bennett

Anthony McGarvey


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