Executive Administrative Assistant to the President and Secretary to the
Board of Trustees
When I was 12, my family relocated to the mountains of North Carolina
from Minnesota and I have loved NC from day one. We lived in Virginia for
about 15 years, but we moved back "home" in October 2001. My husband Randall
works for a warranty vendor and travels quite a bit in NC. We have two grown
children who are both married and have very successful careers. Our
five-year-old granddaughter, Eva, is a joy and a blessing in our lives and
our two dogs, Petunia and Coco, keep us busy. I have worked in many aspects
of education—a private four-year college, a public school system, and in the
community college system and have enjoyed being involved in such an
important aspect of everyday life. Mitchell Community College is a wonderful
place to work!
I have Ph.D. and post doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),
New Delhi, India. I started my career as a researcher then moved over to
teaching. I have sixteen research publications. I have been teaching for
over two decades in India, Canada and the US. I have taught Physics, Math,
Physical Science, Statistics and Computer Applications. I have joined
Mitchell Community College as Physics Instructor. My only daughter has Ph.D.
in Physical Chemistry and is getting ready to get in the workforce. I have
been working with less privileged children in India. I contribute towards
their education in form of time, resources and money. I love to swim and is
looking for an instructor to teach me synchronized swimming. I play piano
and also like to read.
Criminal Justice/Political Science Instructor
Prior to coming to Mitchell, I served as a magistrate in Catawba County.
My wife and I have been married for 19 years. We have six children, two
dogs, an iguana, and a hermit crab. I also serve as a commissioned minister
of Religion at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory. When I have spare time, I
enjoy golfing and reading.
WiFi Helpdesk Coordinator
While finishing my degree at Mitchell, I was very blessed with two
internships, plus an opportunity to work the WiFi Helpdesk. I am a single
mother with three kids—Brian (17), Nicole (14), and Korban (11). My kids and
I run a small zoo with a dog, cat, a rabbit, and two birds. in my spare time
(what’s that?), I try to spend with my kids. We love to camp, swim, hike,
kayak. when were not having fun, were cleaning—or I’m cleaning—they try!
My name is Andrea Carnaggio and I was recently hired to teach psychology
at Mitchell Community College. Before working at Mitchell, I worked as a
school counselor and taught psychology at CPCC. In my free time I love to
travel, watch football (Go Steelers!) and spend time with my nieces and
My name is Christa Cowen and I am a full-time nursing faculty member. I
have been a part-time clinical instructor here at Mitchell for the past
three years. I am married and have two children and a dog. I am excited to
begin my work here at Mitchell and look forward to the opportunity!
I am a new English instructor at Mitchell. I moved to Statesville from
Manassas, VA, where I taught at Northern Virginia Community College for six
years. I have two young sons, and we love to explore children’s museums and
local parks on the weekends. We are always on the lookout for great
Hello, my name is Kellie Kerley. I am a nursing instructor and a
Statesville native. I have worked the past 10 years at Iredell Health
Systems with a background in medical/surgical, cardiac, intensive care, and
cardiac rehabilitation. I am married, have a young daughter, and a Yorkie
Administrative Assistant to the VP for Student Services
My name is T’Sha Harrison and I am happily married to James C. Harrison.
I have recently been promoted to the position of Administrative Assistant to
the Vice President for Student Services. Prior to the administrative
assistant position, I served in the admissions office for three years as an
admissions technician. I graduated from Mitchell Community College in 2003
with an associate degree in Office Systems Technology. I consider it an
honor to be a part of the Mitchell family.
Accounts Receivable Specialist/Cashier
I was a stay at home mom of six kids prior to coming to Mitchell in 1998
to get my Office Systems Technology degree. I started at Mitchell in 1998
after receiving receiving my GED. While taking classes, I got the
opportunity to work as a work study and co-op student with Financial
Services. My employment steadily grew from that point to full-time and here
I am 11 years later. I am now a full-time student working on my accounting
degree from Mitchell. My spare time includes a lot of homework and a little
crocheting, spending time with my grandchildren and being involved with my
My name is Michelle Wilburn. I am originally from Illinois. I have been
with Mitchell Community College Since August 2003. I have been a
cosmetologist for 27 years and an instructor for 11 years. I truly enjoy
helping students start their career paths to success. I believe that as
cosmetologists we are changing lives one head at a time.
My name is Kathy Hester. Before joining Mitchell in Financial Services
in 2006, I worked at Dana for 27 years. My husband Mike and I have been
married for 31 years, enjoy two daughters, three grandsons, three granddogs,
church, walking, playing tennis, and Disney World! Blessed beyond measure!
Business Administration Instructor
I’m Phil Holleran, Instructor of Business Administration at the
Mooresville Center. I’ve been here since August 2007. I grew up in New
Hampshire; my adult life has been a steady series of moves farther south. I
remain, however, a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Allied Health Coordinator
My name is Stacy France. I am the new Allied Health Coordinator for
Continuing Ed. I come to you from Southwestern Community College located in
Sylva, N.C. which is within 15 miles of the Cherokee Indian Reservation,
Harrah’s Casino, and the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. I was with Southwestern for nearly 13 years before coming here. I was
a Continuing Education Director and managed the Certified Nursing Assistant
program along with two other large programs, Heritage Arts and Defensive
Driving. I have 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren, no pets. I love the
outdoors, hiking, camping, etc. I feel very proud to now be a part of
Mitchell and the Continuing Education Department and looking forward to
meeting and working with all my colleagues.
Ireland, Basic Skills Administrative Assistant
My name is Carole Ireland and I am the new Basic Skills Administrative
Assistant. Before coming to Mitchell, I worked for a church and I was the
Chick-fil-A Kids Night Coordinator. Before that, I worked for the
Winston-Salem Journal for eight years, introducing teachers and students
to the newspaper. I am a CNA and still do some home health care work. I’m
the mother of two daughters and have a four-month-old grandson. I love
spending time with them! I also enjoy spending time with my dogs and cat. I
like making things with my hands and am currently working on a quilt. I
serve on the production team at my church, The Cove.
Curriculum Mathematics Coordinator
In August 2006, I started as an instructor at Mitchell Community College
and then took on the role of Curriculum Mathematics Coordinator in August
2011. I grew up in Florida, where I received a B.S. in mathematics (music
minor) from Florida State University and an M.S. in mathematics (education
minor) from the University of Florida. Some of my outside interests include
community theatre, disc golf, ball golf, music, movies, and video games.
Director of Contextual Learning and Teaching/Psychology Instructor
For the past 11 years, I’ve primarily taught psychology courses and
occasionally sociology courses here at Mitchell Community College. Although
I still enjoy both of these academic disciplines, working with our students
in the classroom over the years has led me to develop a keen interest in the
theories and techniques associated with adult education. In January 2012, I
accepted the position of Director of Contextual Teaching and Learning (CTL).
I am looking forward to working with other MCC professionals in this
capacity, because I truly believe that CTL is a solid pedagogy, and that
collaborating to develop CTL projects will have a positive impact on student
motivation and achievement. My wonderful wife, Stacy, is a K-12 special
education teacher currently working in Catawba County. Our daughter, Sadie,
is a sweet-natured but somewhat precocious four-year old. She loves to sing,
dance, and read/watch movies about Disney princesses. We live in Statesville
with our dog Minnie, and our cat Roxie.
Human Resources Data Specialist
My name is Anna Sigmon and I am the new part-time Human Resources Data
Specialist in the Human Resources Department. I just recently graduated from
Lenoir-Rhyne University in December, 2010, with a bachelors degree in human
and community service with a minor in sociology and psychology. I am now
working on my master of arts degree in counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne
University. While attending L-R, I was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha where
I held the leadership role of the fund-raising chair for breast cancer
awareness and education. I have lived in Statesville my whole life. I am the
proud mommy to a quarter horse named Cosmo and a Yorkie named Bandit. In my
spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, working out, shopping,
riding four-wheelers and riding horses.
My name is Barbara Salamon and I am a curriculum mathematics instructor.
I am new to North Carolina and have taught previously at several community
colleges in the Chicago area and have worked as an actuarial mathematician.
My husband, David, is an actuarial consultant. My oldest daughter, Kyra,
will be a freshman at University of Illinois in Chicago this year and my
youngest daughter, Cori, will be a sophomore at Statesville High School.
Additionally, I have two elderly horses, Bessie and Bubba, and three
dogs—Emma Lemma, Seven and Sadie and three barn cats; Tiggy, Baby, and Silk.
In my spare time, I ride dressage and do dog agility with my dog.
Sherrod-Kimble, Developmental English Instructor
Hello! I am Crystal Sherrod-Kimble and joining Mitchell as a
Developmental English Instructor has been a full-circle experience for me
since I began my academic journey at a community college. Before coming to
Mitchell, I taught secondary English and Journalism and worked with ESL
students in a university writing center. The Charlotte home I share with my
husband and children is filled with an eclectic mix of music, good food, and
lots of laughter. My interests also include yoga, meditation, and world
cultures. I feel as if teaching is in my DNA and look forward to helping
Mitchell’s students grow.
Hi! My name is Benjamin Pressley. I am the new full-time English
instructor at the Mooresville Center. I have worked at several community
colleges and small liberal arts schools (two recognizable examples would be
Pfeiffer University and Guilford Technical Community College), where I have
taught both English and religious studies. I enjoy reading, hiking and
playing the fiddle moderately well and the guitar very badly.
Developmental Mathematics Instructor
My name is Mary Bilmanis and I am a fairly recent transplant to North
Carolina coming from Maryland. I started here at Mitchell as a part-time
academic advisor in June, 2010. In August, 2010, I became an adjunct
instructor in developmental mathematics as well. In Maryland, I worked for
about one year as an academic advisor at the College of Southern Maryland
and for 15 years as a developmental mathematics instructor. My husband,
Andy, and I have three children and one grandchild. In addition to spending
time with the family, we enjoy fixing up a log cabin in Sherrills Ford.
Mary Ann Dietrich,
Office Administration Instructor
Hello! I am Mary Ann Dietrich, a full-time office administration
instructor at MCC. Prior to this full-time position, I worked for the same
department as an adjunct for 17 years. After graduating from MCC with an
associate’s degree, I attended Gardner-Webb University and earned a
bachelor’s degree. I look forward to teaching and working with the students
Developmental English Instructor
My name is Maryann Earwood. Although this is my third year at MCC, it is my
first year as full-time faculty member. I am thrilled to be teaching
developmental English and enjoy taking part in all MCC activities. I was
born in Charleston and grew up in Atlanta, so I am a UGA fan. I have two
sons; my older son is a criminal lawyer in Raleigh, and my younger son
operates his own Tai Kwon Do school in Mooresville. I like southern fiction,
college football, and design, but I most enjoy the relationships with my MCC
colleagues and students.
Printing Technician/Publishing Assistant
Hi, I’m Kathy Welborn (Katie), a retired high school art teacher. I retired
in 2007 teaching my first year in New Hanover County, two years at
Statesville Senior High (now called Statesville High) and 27 years at my
alma mater, North Iredell High School. I earned my BFA in art education at
UNC-Greensboro and NO, I DID NOT have to wear a uniform at UNC-G. From May
of 2008 to October of 2010, I taught the intermediate and senior mastery
levels of ESL with the continuing education program. I thoroughly enjoyed my
ESL students. I currently teach private art lessons in my studio in my home
during the academic school year. On a personal note, I have two sons, Clint
Garris (27) and Houston Garris (25). I also have a cat, Matisse (who runs
the show at my house) given to me by three former students seven years ago.
I’m very pleased to be a part of the MCC staff. Judy Phillips is a former
art student and yearbook staff member of mine at North Iredell High School,
so I have a very special relationship with her. We have gone full circle in
our lives, and I’m excited about being a lifelong learner.
Criminal Justice Instructor
Hello everyone! My name is Adam Atwell, and I’m a criminal justice
instructor for MCC. Prior to graduate studies, I worked at the Concord
Police Department for three years on patrol. I have two pit-bulls who keep
me company, and they’re just hilarious when around people. I enjoy reading,
traveling, and the NC mountains. I also attempt to play the guitar like a
My name is John Barkley, and I’m an outdoors man. My position at MCC is in
the maintenance department. In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and
reading my Bible. I’m single and a have 20 year old son.
I became a part of the Mitchell team as an adjunct instructor in 2006. I can
honestly say that I enjoy teaching more than any other job. In addition to
teaching, I love to spend time experiencing the natural beauty of North
Carolina’s mountains and coasts with frequent hiking and camping trips.
Financial Aid Specialist
Hello my name is Mark West and I’m the new Financial Aid Specialist. I am
fairly new to the Statesville area. I’ve lived in the Hickory and
Taylorsville area for about 17 years now. My most recent job was at the
NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, as a Financial Aid Advisor. I’m
married with four children and they are involved with various sports. I
enjoy walking, weight lifting, competing in the Scottish Highland Games and
watching football. We also have two dogs that are yellow lab/ridgeback mix
and are sisters.
I am originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, but have been in North Carolina
for over 20 years now. I consider myself a Tar Heel (except when they are
playing the Vols). My librarian days started back at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, then two research libraries, then Blue Ridge Community College
in Brevard, NC. My husband, Steve, and I moved to Mooresville over ten years
ago and really love it here. We have a grown son, a teenage daughter and a
wonderful dog. We all enjoy spending time on beautiful Lake Norman, hiking,
camping and gardening.
Counselor/Coordinator of Special Populations and Disability Services
My name is Daryl Bruner (A.K.A. the Bow Tie Guy) and my position is the new
Counselor/Coordinator Special Populations and Disability Services at MCC.
Prior to joining MCC, I served as Director of Counseling at Pfeiffer
University and as Interim Associate Dean of Students at Schoolcraft
Community College in Livonia, Michigan. I live in Salisbury and love to
travel, especially cruising. I even worked part-time as a travel agent once.
My name is Jasper Wagoner, and I’m single, with no children. My new position
is Facilities Technician. In my spare time I enjoy dining, hanging out with
my family and friends, and traveling on church functions. I have a Maltese
dog name Boo Boo that gets plenty of attention. My family is very small, and
we love each other very much. Before coming to MCC, I worked at Gulistan
Carpet for 30 years, and for the last eight years of them, I was a
supervisor. God bless!
My name is Charles L. Giles and I work in groundskeeping and maintenance.
Before coming to MCC, I drove a taxi in Gastonia for 20 years. I am single
and actively involved with the Fifth Street Ministries of Statesville. In my
spare time I like to draw, paint and play the guitar.
My name is David Drum and I’m the new full-time security officer. I was in
the U.S. Army from 1970-1973, as an army security agency, and was also in
Vietnam from 1971-1972. I worked for the Statesville Police Department from
1974-2002 and retired as a detective. I joined Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 2002
as director of security until 2009 and started at MCC on November 10, 2010.
My name is Erica Smith, the new Accounting Supervisor. I have six years of
community college finance through employment at Montgomery and Sandhills
Community Colleges. Previously, I was the Finance Officer for the
Communities for Schools of Moore County, Inc. The position was with a
non-profit organization and their mission was to "surround students with a
community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in
life." I have one husband of 16 years, one dog, no television, and plans for
six chickens before the year is complete. I like to spend my time outdoors
in the garden or in a game of Frisbee (I toss and the dog catches).
Scott Lail (Network
Hello my name is Scott Lail. I am your new Network Manager. I live in Newton
and have worked in IT approximately 14 years. My wife is a photographer, and
we enjoy traveling. My hobbies are working on cars, computers, video games,
trains, RC airplanes and model rockets.
My name is Joshua Young. I have worked part time for Mitchell Community
College for the last two years. I worked under the Leadership of Vicki
Caldwell in the Huskins Library. I am now a full-time employee of the
College. My current position is Audiovisual Technician (IT Department) under
the leadership of Jeff Benfield. I graduated with an Associate Degree in
Business Administration from MCC in 2008. I reside in Harmony, NC with my
wife Ebony, my daughter Jahyra and Baby Young (due Dec. 2010). I love to
compose gospel music and spend time with my farm animals and family.
I’m Myra Lewis and I am happy to be the Senior Advisor at MCC’s new Advising
Center. In addition to this position, my life’s callings thus far have
included teaching at the college level most currently, and, for the majority
of prior years, serving in other human service positions with the hope of
being helpful to others. My background has primarily been in behavioral
healthcare. I held the position of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Director for
CBHC for several years. I was a Regional Clinical Supervisor for DAIS under
Centerpoint. I also served as a clinician for the area’s Assertive Community
Treatment Team. All of these positions provided clinical services for adults
and children with severe, persistent mental illness and substance abuse
diagnoses. I specialized in services for individuals in their homes as well
as for the homeless. The greater joys of my life are my husband, our three
daughters, two sons-in-law, our grandchildren, and my little poodle. I serve
as an ordained elder in my church. I enjoy various art activities, people,
writing, traveling, and life, in general.
(Human Resource Assistant)
My name is Pamela Davis and I’m currently employed at MCC as a part-time
Human Resource Assistant. I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor at Gardner-Webb
University in the Business Administration program and will be graduating in
December. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing, reading my Bible,
fellowshipping with my family and especially with my five grandchildren.
Kelly Hicks (Nursing
I am a new Nursing Instructor for MCC. I worked at Iredell Memorial
Hospital here in Statesville on the Birthplace floor as a labor and delivery
RN, prior to coming to Mitchell. My wonderful husband, Jeff, and I have been
married for almost three years. We have two miniature dachshunds, Mattie and
Rocky. In my spare time I like to travel and scrapbook.
Engineering Technology Instructor/Coordinator)
I have an MS in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University
and I have over 13 years experience in manufacturing before coming to MCC
full-time in 2000. I grew up in Salisbury and now live in Stony Point.
(Developmental Mathematics Instructor)
My name is Karen Brannen. I am an interim full-time developmental math
instructor. I have worked at MCC since 2001 as an adjunct, and I love it
here. I’m excited to be working full-time this year. I am married with two
children ages ten and eight that keep me busy running between ball and
dance. We love camping as a family and I’m actively involved in my church
and the Shepherd Community in Mooresville. I am also working on my masters
in adult education through ECU. In my spare time, I sleep!
Hi all, I am Dr. Gina Sloan, a new biology instructor. I received my PHD
from Wake Forest and was completing a post doctoral fellowship before I
joined MCC. I lived in Statesville and wanted to be closer to my four month
old son. I am thrilled to be at MCC and look forward to getting to know
English instructor enjoys using words to construct fantastic worlds filled
with creatures both vile and sublime. Her other interests include skylarking
with her husband, Stan, and stepchildren, Summer and Tallon; napping with
her dogs, DJ and Sappho; and avoiding the claws of Anna and Boone, two
John Scott joins the mathematics department as a temporary full-time
instructor for fall 2010. He served as an adjunct instructor at MCC from
2005-2007. His most recent experience was Network Engineering Manager for
Bank of America. He serves as the newsletter editor of the North Carolina
Community Sailing and Rowing Center on Lake Norman. He’s in his 11th year as
newsletter editor for his amateur radio club. As a "ham," he is certified as
an emergency communicator and for fun, is well on his way to having a
confirmed radio contact with almost all of the countries in the world.
My husband, Harold and I are going to be empty-nesters this fall. Our
daughter, Amy, is headed to SCAD in Savannah to study professional writing.
Eric, our middle child, is a junior at Stetson in Florida with a double
major in music theory and performance (clarinet), and our oldest, Justin,
who just graduated from ECU magna cum, is going to UNC-G for graduate school
in exercise physiology. Needless to say, we are an academic family! I love
my job in the library and enjoy getting to know our students. I love books
and enjoy reading. I LOVE to play tennis, work outdoors, go to the beach,
and collect special edition Barbie’s. Our Siamese cats are also part of the
(CIS/Distance Learning Instructor)
Before joining the Mitchell family, I was a Learning Technologist for
Stanly Community College. I was also an adjunct instructor at CVCC for five
years. My husband and I have no children but we have a wonderful little
Cockapoo named Xander. I enjoy technology, reading, cooking, growing house
plants and traveling.
Mary Ann Earwood
(Developmental English Instructor)
My name is Mary Ann Earwood, and this is my seventh year teaching
community college. I have been teaching developmental English at MCC for a
year and enjoy my students immensely. I was born in Charleston, SC, and grew
up in Atlanta, GA. The south has been pivotal in my life.
I am Ron Davis, Dean of Business/Computer/Engineering Technologies. I
have been at Mitchell since June, 2001. I started with the North Carolina
Community College system in 1985 at WPCC in Morganton. As of August, 2010, I
will complete my 26th year as a North Carolina community college educator. I
was the coordinator of Electrical Engineering Technology at WPCC, but have
taught a wide variety of subjects, including desktop publishing,
professional development, marketing, business math, hydraulics, introduction
to computers and, of course, various electrical/electronic courses. I very
much enjoy my position here and feel like an "old timer." I enjoy golf,
tennis, my motorcycle and have been married to my very talented wife Sherry
for 40+ years. Our son Jason (a gifted singer/songwriter) graduated this
year from WPCC and is continuing his education at ASU. He hopes to teach at
a community college eventually. Like his dad, he’s getting a late start on
this higher education thing, but it definitely worked out well for me.
Sherry and I have two grandsons, Cadence (7 years) and Marshall (3 years).
(Biology and Chemistry Instructor)
Before coming to Mitchell fulltime, I was in private practice as a
Naturopath here in Statesville. Previously, I worked in HIV Education in
Durham. I am a big fan of Iredell County and I enjoy cooking, walking,
knitting, sewing, gardening, and listening to live music.
(Developmental Math Instructor)
I am Kent Shoffner. I have been recently hired to teach developmental
math. I am originally from Pennsylvania. I moved to North Carolina in 1997.
I have 13 years experience with the Iredell-Statesville Schools, 12 at
Brawley Middle School and one at Lakeshore Middle School. I am married to
Kelly Shoffner, who is an English teacher at Lake Norman High School, as
well as an adjunct here at Mitchell. We have been married since 2005. We
have two girls, Riley (four years old) and Reagan (two years old). We have
two dogs. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping,
playing softball, attending Panther football games, and following the
Steelers, Pirates, Pitt Panthers, and Penguins.
(Interim Art Instructor)
My name is Nicholas Sorlien and I am the new Interim Art Instructor. I
primarily make installation art, although I dabble in other mediums as well.
Previously, I worked for artist Mel Chin as a fabricator/assistant. Before
that, I lived in Boston where I met my wife, Sally Vacca, who also teaches
here and who also is an artist. We met in grad school at Massachusetts
College of Art. We are going to have a boy in another two months! Presently,
we are in the process of rehabbing an old house here in town. We have no
time for anything else!
Hello everyone, I am Bret Benton, the new HVAC Instructor/Coordinator. I
have five years experience teaching at CPCC, where I also advised the HVAC
club. I am from Midland and have no wife or kids. In my spare time I work
for the family company and pan for gold.
R. Eric Nielsen
My name is R. Eric Nielsen, and I am the electrical instructor teaching
Basic Wiring, Transformers and Code. Afer graduating from Biola University
and completing the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC)
Program for electrical and working as an electrician, my wife, Cara, our two
children Joshua and Megan, and myself, moved from California to North
Carolina in 2004. After moving to Mooresville, I began a career with Ryan
Homes as a project manager. My wife and I enjoy playing USTA League tennis
My name is David Patterson. I am a Maintenance Mechanic and have been
employed at Mitchell for four years. I enjoy spending time with my three
grandchildren and my hobbies include boating and fishing.
(Student Activities Coordinator)
I am excited to join the Mitchell Community College staff as the Student
Activities Coordinator. My family and I moved to Iredell County during the
summer of 2009, so my husband could start a new United Methodist Church in
the Troutman area. We have three children: Rachel (9), Jaya (7) and Isaac
(5). I have taught remedial English at CVCC and worked with student
activities at the University of Kentucky.
(Director of Safety,
Security and Energy Management)
After 33 years in law enforcement I retired from the Westport, CT
Police Department as Deputy Chief of Police and also the town’s EMS
Director. My wife, Darlene and I moved to N.C. to begin a new chapter in our
lives. I have two grown children and one granddaughter. I enjoy being part
of the Mitchell family.
(Administrative Assistant, Allied Health Office)
My name is Joyce Chambers. I’m an Administrative Office Assistant for
the Allied Health Office at the Cherry Street Center. I have been employed
at Mitchell for 12 years. I graduated from Mitchell Community College in
1997 with a certificate in administrative office technology. I’m married to
Ronnie Chambers, who works in the library as the Computer Lab Coordinator.
We have four children and 11 grandchildren. I love the work that I do at
Mitchell because of the challenges that it entails. I also enjoy meeting all
the interesting people that I encounter. In closing, Mitchell Community
College is a great place to work because of the faculty and staff that I
My name is David Galliher and I work in maintenance and housekeeping. I
came to Mitchell in 2005 after working at Gulistan Carpet for almost 30
years. I am single and enjoy gardening and sports. I am also Choir Director
and Sunday school teacher at my church.
I am Gail Lee Elmore, Coordinator, Distance Learning. I am proud to
be a graduate of the North Carolina Community College System with a degree
in computer programming. After earning my associate degree at CVCC, I worked
in industry and did computer consulting while completing my BS and MA from
ASU. MCC has given me many wonderful memories—cheerleader advisor, DPMA
advisor, Circle K advisor, and wonderful friends. I enjoy cooking, spectator
sports, spending time with my granddaughter, and spending time with my
(Director of Human Resources)
My husband and I moved from Ohio to Hickory in 1997. We have 2 grown
children, 3 dogs and 1 cat and we are now grandparents! I have held HR
positions in manufacturing and academia in the past and enjoy reading, golf
and any chance I can to go to the beach.
My name is Donna Arnett and I have been with Mitchell Community
College for over eighteen years. I am the manager of the College Bookstore.
I love what I do in the bookstore and enjoy getting to know the
faculty/staff and assisting the students. I am an alumna of Mitchell
Community College with my bachelor’s degree in business administration from
Gardner Webb University. I am an only child. I have two sons; their ages are
11 (Jarod) and 13 (Jacob). Both children are very active in Boy Scouts and
sports. The three of us as a family love the outdoors and enjoy numerous
activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and traveling.
My name is Jeff Holland. I work in maintenance and have been with
Mitchell for almost four years. My wife, Vicki, also works at Mitchell and
we have two daughters. I enjoy bowling, spending time with my family and
working at Mitchell.
Assistant to the Director of Development)
I am Vicki Holland and I have worked in the Development Office at
Mitchell since May, 2002. Prior to moving here, I lived in CA and worked at
the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. I have been married to my husband
Jeff, who also works at Mitchell, for almost 18 years and we have 2
wonderful daughters, Angela and Samantha. In my spare time I love to cook
and spend time with family.
My name is Robert Johnson. I am a maintenance technician here at Mitchell.
Before coming to Mitchell I worked for Bernhardt Furniture. My wife Jill and
I have three daughters—Fran, Mary and Kim. Our family dog is Shadow. I enjoy
fishing, playing golf and working around the house.
I’m Lamont Kinney and I work in maintenance doing housekeeping in the
Vocational Building. Prior to coming to MCC, I served in the US Navy, worked
at Uniglass, Thorlo, and Commscope. I am married and have two daughters. In
my spare time, I enjoy my sports!
Chad Lackey (Grounds
My name is Chad Lackey. I am the Grounds Supervisor here at MCC. Prior
to coming to work here, I was a Golf Course Superintendent at Fox Den
Country Club and Brushy Mountain Golf Club for over 14 years. I have enjoyed
working with everyone here at MCC and look forward to a long career with the
My name is Jeanne Compton. I have worked as a housekeeper at Mitchell
for six years. I think Mitchell is a great place to work. I have one
daughter and her name is April. My hobbies are reading and walking.
My name is Charles Shuford. I work in housekeeping at the Technology and
Workforce Development Center here at Mitchell. I really enjoy my job here.
Before coming to Mitchell, I worked at the Department of Transportation for
12 years. I am married and have three daughters and 9 grandchildren. I am a
member of the First Baptist Church and also a member of the NAACP. In my
spare time, I attend football and basketball games. I also like to go deep
sea fishing and I love to travel.
David Ross (Webmaster)
I’m David Ross, the newly appointed Webmaster. Before coming to
Mitchell, I owned a website design and development company for eight years,
where I worked with many different companies to help them get the most from
their websites and Internet marketing. I live in China Grove with my two
cats. I’m originally from Seattle, Washington, where the surrounding
mountains gave me a love of nature—which is why I enjoy hiking, mountain
biking and camping. My other hobbies include photography, reading, music and
Hello! I am Amanda Patterson, the new full-time sociology instructor at
MCC. I am a graduate (2002) of Mitchell and glad to be back here. I look
forward to helping students achieve their potential at Mitchell Community
College and to getting to know all of the faculty and staff here at
Mitchell. I have four children and three dogs. I enjoy traveling, singing,
and playing my Wii. Have a great new year and spring semester!
Samantha Brown is the new Counselor/Admissions Specialist at the
Mooresville Center. She holds a B.S. degree from East Carolina University
and a M.S. degree from Kansas State University. Before coming to MCC,
Samantha was the Associate Director of College-wide Advising and Testing at
Brevard Community College in Cocoa, FL. She enjoys watching all sports,
reading, and exercising.
Bryan Ottone (Grounds
My name is Bryan Ottone. I am 25 years old. I am currently working as a
grounds technician in the maintenance department. Before I came here, I was
in the Army as an engineer working with demolitions. After the Army, I moved
to Kentucky and worked for Western Kentucky University on the grounds crew.
I worked there for two years before moving back home. I’m glad to be
employed here and am looking forward to many more years.
Beth Carter (Early
Childhood Adjunct Instructor)
I am a wife and mother of two boys, ages 21 and 24. I have been a speech
language pathologist for 20 years in the public schools, nursing homes and
hospitals. I received my undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro and my
masters degree from ASU. I enjoy the outdoors, animals, music and reading.
(Early Childhood Adjunct Instructor)
Valerie L. Davis is an adjunct instructor with the Early Childhood
department. She has been an educator for over 12 years. Her education
experience has lended her to work in an early childhood setting with
three-year-olds, teach kindergarten for two years, teach children with
disabilities in grade K-8 for five years, serve as a mentor teacher and
trainer to educators for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a Coordinating
Teacher and currently serve as Distance and Online Learning Curriculum
Coordinator in Union County Schools. Valerie holds a bachelors degree in
mass communications and a masters degree in education. She has a teaching
certificate in birth to kindergarten, K-12 general education/special
education, and exceptional children’s administration. Valerie has been
married to Gary Davis, Sr. for seven years and has a three-year-old son,
Gary Davis, Jr. She loves God, her family and her community very much.
(Developmental Mathematics Instructor)
I moved to North Carolina in July, 2005, with my (now) husband and my
three cats after accepting a teaching position with CCTL. Since then, we’ve
gotten married, adopted a son, acquired another cat, and I am now with MCC
full-time teaching DE math. So it’s been pretty busy! But in the little
spare time I have, I like to play Texas Hold ‘Em online, run and bake.
(Assistant Director of Developmental Education and Academic Support)
My husband, David, and I moved to Statesville, home to our daughter and
her family, from New Orleans. To my professional experiences of math
educator, curriculum coordinator, administrator, and counselor, I add my
position, Assistant Director of Developmental Education and Academic
Support. I love to travel, play canasta and read.
(College Transfer Math Instructor)
My name is Tessa Townsend. I am the new College Transfer math
instructor. I have taught at Pickens High School, Mars Hill College, and
Newton-Conover High School. I have several dogs that I love dearly. My
hobbies include scrapbooking and hiking.
Firstly, my name is Benjamin Kimrey, and I actually am a recent graduate of
Gardner-Webb University. I obtained my B.S. in accounting, and was
ultimately very eager to capitalize on an opportunity to work for Mitchell
Community College. My "significant other," so to speak, is a student here at
the college, and my grandfather, Rick Kimrey, was, in actuality, an employee
here in the Continuing Education Department for a number of years. Needless
to say, I am by no means unfamiliar with the institution. I love to spend
time with my family, exercise, and am a huge sports fan. In all honesty,
this short description pretty much sums "me" up.
(Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and
My name is Michelle Lambert, and I am the administrative assistant to
the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Prior to coming to MCC, I
was self-employed. My husband and I have been married 30 years. We have two
daughters, three dogs, one cat and three horses. We are involved in
community and church activities and the Samaritan’s Purse. In my spare time,
I like visiting the beach or mountains and spending time with my family and
(Coordinator for the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Lab)
My name is Lee Troutman, Coordinator for the new Advanced Integrated
Manufacturing Lab. My wife, Carolyn, and I have two children, Amanda and
Brett. We attend St. Paul Lutheran Church. We have three dogs, Mattie, Rocky
and Norma Jean. My hobbies include music and sports including NC Special
(Director of Development and College Relations)
My name is Harry Stillerman and I am the new Director of Development and
College Relations. Prior to joining Mitchell, I worked for Foundation For
The Carolinas in Charlotte as a development officer serving their affiliate
community foundations in Iredell, Cabarrus, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties.
My background also includes several years working in retail and small
business banking here in Statesville. I’m a native of Winston-Salem and a
graduate of the University of Richmond (the 2008 NCAA Football Champions—Go
Spiders!). I am married to Reagan, and we have a 10-month-old son, Henry. We
love taking him for walks around the neighborhood...it helps compensate for
our love of sweets and 1st RX onion rings! I enjoy running, reading, playing
Wii, rooting for the Braves and Panthers and following ACC Basketball. I
look forward to the chance to work with everyone.
I am Jeanne Miller, and I am the new Bookstore/Mailroom Assistant here
at Mitchell! I’m married to Robert almost 40 years, and have two grown
children, Jody and Chris, and two lovely grandchildren, Kaylie, 7, and
Hanna, 5. I’ve attended classes at MCC for the last year and a half, and
LOVE being a student! Before that, I worked as office manager with my
husband in his metal finishing business of 22 years. I’ve been active in
Sweet Adelines for many years, and have won several first-place ribbons
singing in a quartet. I also do professional caroling at Christmas-time with
my quartet. I love to bake, cross-stitch, and take walks with my Border
(Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Cherry Street Center)
I came to MCC in 2004 after working for a company for 17 years, which
closed due to moving overseas. I was given the opportunity to go back to
school where I earned an A.A.S. degree in office systems technology. My
employment began in 2006 as a co-op student with Dr. Roxanne Newton as an
office assistant. I later began working part-time in Basic Skills as an
office assistant. I thoroughly enjoyed working with students in the GED
program. I have recently begun working full-time as Administrative
Assistant/Receptionist to the Cherry Street Center. My experience here at
MCC has been rewarding because I love working and helping others. My husband
Roby and I have been married for 18 years. Our grandson Jordan (11) lives
with us and keeps us busy in sports. In my spare time, I love to go shopping
and spend time with my family.
Gregg White (Grounds
Gregg White is my name, and I work in the maintenance department. I was
formerly employed at Hanes Brand, Inc. My wife is Kassana White, and we have
2 daughters—Patrice Lackey and Ashley White—and 1 son, Gregg A. White, Jr. I
am a Deacon, Sunday School, Bible Study Teacher, president of the usher
ministry, and a mentor at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. We visit the sick
and shut-ins in our nursing homes ministry. We will be grandparents in June!
Marc Davis (Business
Before coming to Mitchell, I was a territory sales manager for
Rubbermaid Commercial Products. I spend my spare time swimming laps, reading
about economics, business, and following the Detroit Lions & Tigers.
(Salon Office Specialist)
My name is Catherine LeRoy, I am the new Salon Office Specialist. I live
with my sister on a farm we call Critter Creek. We spoil five horses, one
mule, four llamas, six dogs, and five cats. My last job was in the regional
office of Keller Williams Realty. I have four daughters, three of them live
in Hawaii on the island of Maui, my eldest lives in Texas. We have a garden
every year, which keeps me busy canning, freezing, and drying our crops. I
knit all the time and am a voracious reader.
My name is Beth Downing and I’m the new nursing instructor. I received my
BSN from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire before moving to NC six years
ago. I recently completed my MSN at UNC-Greensboro. I’ve been a part-time
clinical nursing instructor for four years at Iredell Memorial Hospital
working with MCC students and my background in nursing is post-op
surgical/orthopedics. My husband and I live in Mooresville with our
nine-month-old daughter, Rylie. In my spare time I enjoy reading,
scrapbooking, and spending time with my family.
I am thrilled to start my fourth year at MCC as a full-time faculty member.
I received my BMEd from Appalachian and my MMED from the University of
Georgia. Before I came to MCC I taught middle school and high school, band
and chorus, in GA and NC. My husband Chris and I have 2 boys, Bayden and
Canon. I love to travel, read and play on the lake.
(Business Areas Instructor)
My name is Keith Miller and I am a Business Areas Instructor. I retired from
the Air Force and was adjunct faculty in Sumter, SC. My son, Justin, is in
Tacoma, WA, and I have several family members in the Charlotte area. I enjoy
church activities, working outdoors and laughter.
(Director of Admissions and Records/Registrar)
Hello, my name is Kirby Moore, and I am the new Director of Admissions at
MCC. I am very excited to be back at Mitchell after spending four years in
the Boston, MA area, most recently at North Shore Community College, where I
worked in disability services as well as in their enrollment and admissions
center. I have an M.A. in education (counseling concentration) from Wake
Forest University. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Victoria,
ten-month-old daughter, Angelina, and our chocolate lab, Indiana.
(Human Services Instructor)
My name is Nanci Burt and I am the new Human Services faculty member. I have
worked in Florida’s community mental health and Iredell County schools. I
have two children: Walker (10) and Madison (8). I am single and enjoy being
with friends and family. I have had a home-based business with Southern
Living at Home for six-plus years.
Ricciardelli (MIND Center Coordinator)
My name is Tony Ricciardelli, and I am the MIND Center Coordinator at MCC.
Three years ago my family and I relocated to Huntersville, NC, from Beverly,
MA. I previously worked at Verizon Directory Services, first as a Community
Relations manager, and later as a Training and Development manager. For 10
years I co-chaired the company’s school-business partnerships program,
providing assistance to schools in danger of losing their accreditation. I
have a B.A. in communication studies from U. Mass, Amherst, and an M.A. in
English from Salem State College. I have a wife, Ann, and three daughters.
In my spare time I like to cook, read, and follow the Boston Red Sox.
Gillespie (Campus Security Supervisor)
Hello, my name is Dennis Gillespie and I am the new campus security
supervisor here at Mitchell. I received my associate degree in criminal
justice at Mitchell and am married with two children. I worked as a
correctional officer at Alexander Correctional Institution before returning
to Mitchell. In my spare time, I like to ride motorcycles and ATV’s and
spoil my little girl.
Brooks (Coordinator of Early College Programs)
Hello! My name is Michael Brooks and I am the Coordinator of Early College
Programs. I taught chorus in Rowan County before coming to MCC. I am
originally from West Virginia (no jokes please) and enjoy tennis, soccer,
movies and the arts. I look forward to being a member of the MCC staff.
(Music Department Coordinator)
I was a music instructor, private piano and theory instructor before coming
to MCC. I have a husband, Dan and two daughters, Susan and Lea, a musician
and minister, respectively. Dan is a part-time vocal/choral instructor at
MCC. I enjoy my work as president of the Jensen Foundation and paint in my
spare time as well as accompanying the MCC Community Choir.
(Mooresville Center Evening/Weekend Coordinator)
I am John Duke, the new Evening/Weekend Coordinator, Mooresville Center. My
previous employers include Central Piedmont Community College and Eastman
Kodak Company. I have one son who recently graduated from high school and
has been accepted into the United States Air Force. I enjoy spending time
with my family.
Knox (Financial Aid
I’m Rachel Knox, the new Financial Aid Specialist. Prior to this, I worked
here at Mitchell as Accounts Receivable Coordinator for over 10 years. I
have been married to Wade for 28 years; we have five sons and two dogs. In
my spare time I enjoy reading, drawing, cooking and spending time with
My name is Corinne Meader and I am a counselor/admissions specialist. Prior
to working at Mitchell Community College, I was employed at McLeod Addictive
Disease Center. I moved to NC almost 2 years ago from Ohio with my cat,
Lola, and dog, Oscar.
of Special Populations)
I am honored to be a part of the Mitchell Community College system and look
forward to a long career serving both the students and community. I have
thirteen years of experience coming from community and private mental health
agencies which include teaching parent education programs, child
developmental testing, client rights advocacy and clinical supervision. Some
of my favorite things are preparing meals with my husband and watching my
children play outside and chasing bubbles and butterflies.
I’m Joyce Marquez. I am the Bookstore Cashier. I am retired from Safeway
(retail grocery business) in San Diego, California. We acquired my family’s
“home place” in Statesville, moved here in 2000 and completed extensive
remodeling. My husband and I have five children and 14 grandchildren, the
last two of which are twins. I enjoy reading, gardening and painting (but
not houses)! I enjoy spending time with family and we are also active in our
My name is Kendra Duncan. My title is Gift Accounts Specialist and I work
with Mitchell’s Endowment. I came to Mitchell from Appalachian State
University, where I worked in the Foundation office for 7 years. I live in
Hickory with my little girl (the four-legged kind) Lizzie. I am very active
in the Lion’s Club where I hold the position of treasurer and am very active
in my church and hold the position of Choir Director. In my spare time, I
like to do painting, gardening and renovating my house.
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Assistant/Receptionist, Cherry Street Center)
I started with Mitchell Community College in October of 2006 as part-time
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist for the Cherry Street Center. I became
full-time in July of this year and I love being a part of the Mitchell
family. I am an alumna of Mitchell Community College having graduated in
1987 with a criminal justice degree. I was employed with ASMO North
Carolina, Inc. for 17 years in the Quality Dept. before deciding to make a
career change. My husband Jerry and I have been married for three years and
we are very active in our church. My hobbies include attending craft shows
and festivals, scrapbooking, country/primitive décor and spending time with
my family and friends.
My name is Sally Lindsay. I am originally from Toledo, Ohio, where my
children Stacy, Jordan and Jason and grandchildren Donald, Dacoda and Dylan
still reside. I moved to NC a year ago and started at Mitchell Community
College this fall semester as a cosmetology instructor. I have been
passionately in the business for 39 years and taught for 25. I love what I
do, who I do it with and who I do it for. Glad to be at Mitchell.
My name is David Moss. This is my first year as a full-time English
instructor at MCC; I have taught as an adjunct for several years. I have
both a BA and MA in English from DePaul University in Chicago and have
taught in numerous places, including nearly three years in Tokyo, Japan. I
am married to a wonderful woman named Annette, and we have three
children—Caleb, Leigh and Nathan. My oldest is a dual-enrolled student here
at MCC. I love to teach, travel, and build custom furniture.
My name is Phillisa Jones. I am an enthusiastic and passionate cosmetology
instructor. I have a cosmetology license, a cosmetology instructors license,
and an associate degree in general education. I am blessed to have a
wonderful family. My husband is Richard, and we have two incredible
children—Malik is our 17-year-old son, who received an athletic scholarship
in basketball, and is a freshmen at the University of Nevada, Reno (GO
WOLFPACK!) Aja, our daughter, is a 6-year-old, first grader. She is a
yellow belt in Karate and loves the Cheetah Girls!
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I recently relocated from California, where I worked at a level one trauma
center for ten years with the University of California Davis Medical Center
as an RN, educator and nurse manager. Before relocating to Mooresville, I
worked for Sacramento City College and American River College for six years
as clinical nurse instructor. At Sacramento City College, I worked as the
lead instructor for the first RN to BSN program which launched new studies
for future programs. I also worked as the lead instructor for American River
College; there we launched the first Healthy Cohort Community Project which
allowed indigent students the opportunity to enter the nursing program. I
completed my masters in science of nursing with California State University,
Sacramento. My husband and I are avid cycle riders and have recently
completed the Century Liberty ride for the developmentally disabled. Our
next community projects will involve search and rescue and teaching for the
American Red Cross.
I am now Anna Gordon not Anna Hughes. I married my wonderful husband Barry
on October 2, 2004. I have also added two stepsons, Zach and Morrow, to my
family. Of our five children, two have graduated from college, two are in
college and one is a junior at Statesville Senior High School.
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I was born and raised in Havana City, Cuba. Prior to coming to America in
1999, I earned my BA in teaching English as a Foreign Language from the
Higher Pedagogical Institute “Enrique José Varona,” a section of the
University of Havana. I also earned my MA in Spanish (with a concentration
in “Translating and Translation Studies”) at UNCC while working at Mitchell
Community College. I previously worked at SCS, and now I am the Coordinator
of the Foreign Language Department here at MCC. I am honored to work with
colleagues who have an enthusiastic approach to serving our community. I
love to practice sports, especially fencing and table tennis. My family is
growing—my wife and I have two children, Anthony, and one on the way.
(Early Childhood Program Coordinator) UPDATE!
My son, Jay Barr, graduated from Virginia Tech on May 12, 2007, with a BS in
civil engineering and married Susan Day from Charlotte on June 28, 2008. I received my masters in
education (M.Ed.) from UNC-Charlotte in 1989. I have worked in the NC and SC
community college systems for over 20 years. The early childhood program
began at Mitchell in 1998. We received the National Association of Education
for Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation in May, 2006. I love reading, teaching, tennis, any place with water
(Basic Law Enforcement
This is my 1st year as a full-time employee with MCC. I replaced Gordon
Knight as the BLET Coordinator. I’ve been a part-time BLET instructor since
1995. I’m originally from Ashe County, but have made Mooresville my home
since 1993. Before MCC, I was a police officer for the Wilkesboro PD; a
police officer for the Mooresville PD with duties ranging from patrol
officer, D.A.R.E., background investigator, training sergeant, patrol
sergeant & patrol lieutenant. I also worked as an instructor/field tech. for
the DHHS FTA Branch. I instructed officers in the area of alco-sensor,
intoxilyzer, standardized field sobriety testing, drugs that impair driving
& drug recognition expert. I’m sworn part-time with the Troutman PD & have a
BS from Gardner-Webb University. I’m happily married to Jason Fleming who is
a state trooper here in Iredell County. We have two beautiful daughters,
Grayson, 7, and London, 4. All my free time is spent with them and other
family members. God has truly blessed me!
I am a Mitchell Community College graduate with an A.A.S. in accounting. I
enjoy working with the faculty and staff and would like to thank everyone
for making me feel welcome. I have lived in Iredell county all of my life. I
enjoy spending time with God, my husband Richard, and my son Tyler.
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Beverly Satterfield Brown
I’m currently teaching 2 sections of Music Appreciation, Intro. to Jazz,
Jazz Band & History of Rock Music. I'm an online instructor for Randolph
Community College, as well as a private music instructor in Mooresville &
local masterclass instructor. I received my bachelor of music education
degree with a minor in psych. from App. State U. I then moved to GA to
attend the U. of GA, where I received my master in music education degree
with a concentration in music therapy. I’ve also taught at the middle & high
school levels in band & chorus & have conducted honor bands. At both
Effingham County & Brawley Middle Schools, I was responsible for maintaining
programs of over 350 students each, while consistently earning “superior” &
“excellent” ratings at state concert festivals. My husband Chris & I have
two sons. I love spending time with family & friends, cooking, reading &
traveling. I continue to love teaching at MCC, as every semester offers new
challenges & fun discoveries with my
music & life.
Programming/Information Systems Instructor)
I'm now starting my 4th year as a full-time instructor in computer
programming & information systems. I also taught one semester as an adjunct
math instructor in 2003 & worked as a MIND Lab tutor. I have a BS in
mathematics & education from Syracuse University in my hometown of Syracuse,
NY. I have an MS in recreation resources administration from NCSU & also an
MS in computer science from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as a
system analyst/programmer for about 20 years first working for Philip Morris
in Richmond, VA, & then for Gaston County Dyeing Machine Company, a
family-owned textile machinery company in Mt. Holly. I was laid off in 2001
due to the problems in the textile industry but have happily found my home
here at MCC. I'm married to Harry Watt, an MCC graduate & we live in north
of Statesville. We're proud parents of two dogs & enjoy biking, camping and
hiking & working on our property.
I also enjoy knitting, swimming & playing the saxophone in the MCC Concert &
Lee Jan Waddell
I begin each day by thanking the Lord for my salvation, the new day, and my
husband. I am thankful the Lord has allowed me to work here since 2002, and
I appreciate the Mitchell family because you make this a great place to
I would like to express how proud I am to be considered a member of the
Mitchell Family. I moved to North Carolina from Jamaica and was in culture
shock for an entire year. But the years after that have been awesome. I
obtained my teaching diploma at Bethlehem Teachers’ College in Jamaica, my
bachelor’s degree at Western Carolina University and my Masters at Walden
University. In my spare time I enjoy watching TV, cooking Jamaican dishes,
going to the movies and of course spending time with my husband Joe.
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(Assistant Financial Aid
It is my first week here at Mitchell Community College and everyone has made
me feel so welcome. I have spent the last 20 years traveling the world with
my husband (who recently retired from the United States Air Force) and we
decided to call North Carolina our home. I am originally from Ohio and
graduated with my BS in accounting from the University of Southern
Mississippi. I love animals, enjoy singing and anything that involves being
Although I have only recently joined Mitchell Community College, I already
feel comfortable because everyone is extremely kind and helpful. Before
coming to Mitchell, I taught English at a college in New Mexico. I am
originally from Ohio. I earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish and
an M.A. in English with concentrations in composition and rhetoric and women
’s studies from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. In my spare time, I
enjoy exploring North Carolina, riding my motorcycle, reading, writing,
playing various sports, and spending time with Morpheus, my cat.
I would like to thank everyone at MCC for being so helpful and welcoming
during my first month here. I have the privilege of working for the English
department as coordinator. Prior to moving to Mooresville, I lived in
Asheville and was the department chair of English and communications at A-B
Tech. My education is from Florida State (basic studies), Agnes Scott
College (B.A. English), Emory University (M.Ed. English), and Western
Carolina University (finishing up the M.A. English program). In my free time
I like to boat on Lake Norman, take ballet and yoga classes, go to minor
league baseball games, quilt, cook, read, and play with my cats.
I am thrilled to be back at Mitchell in a permanent position as a Counselor,
FINALLY. I have worked off and on in Student Services as a temp and as a
graduate student intern. The past year, I worked as the Director of the
Student Enrichment Center at McDowell Technical Community College in Marion.
I will be marrying the best guy in the world, Cameron, this January. We
currently live in Hickory with my two unruly cats, Bobbie and Fuzz. In my
rare moments of spare time, I enjoy doing as little as possible.
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I came to Mitchell Community College in August of this year and my time here
has been very exciting so far. I completed both my undergraduate and
graduate studies in Spanish at NC State University. After growing up in
Salisbury and spending several years in Raleigh, I now live with my husband,
Kurt, in China Grove. I love to travel and spend time with our family and
Industrial Training/New & Expanding Industry)
I began work with Mitchell last September and am greatly enjoying the fast
pace of work with Iredell County’s large variety of business and industry
while providing educational opportunities for the work force. When I am not
working, I am often doing something musical; chorus, quartet, directing two
children’s choirs at church or simply enjoying listening to good music. I am
also a runner, hiker, and water-color artist. I am married to Mike Scipione
and we have a herd of furry children, namely two chocolate labradors and
three rescued cats!
Assistant to the Basic Skills Department)
This coming September, I will have been employed with Mitchell for one year
as the Administrative Assistant for the Basic Skills Department. However,
Mitchell has been a long time part of my life since 1986, when I first came
as a student. While attending Mitchell, I have received an A.A.S. in
accounting and an A.A. degree. I have two children, Marisa, age 15, and
Andrew, age 12. I enjoy singing, playing the piano, and cake decorating.
I am Bruce Sowers. I have worked as a maintenance technician at Mitchell
Community College for 3 years. I enjoy my work here at Mitchell. My hobbies
are collecting old kerosene lamps and horseback riding.
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I became a part of the Mitchell Community first as a student, then as a
tutor, an adjunct instructor, and now as full-time faculty. I received my
B.A. in English literature from Lenoir-Rhyne College and have my master’s
degree at UNCC almost completed. I was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to
N.C. as a child. I have three children, Heidi (20), Stephen (19), and Suzi
(17) who all are working and going to school, just like their mom! My one
pet is a lovable, but not handsome, mutt named Lucky. I am an avid reader, I
dabble at writing, I hike, and I am an amateur Muay Thai fighter.
Assistant, Nursing & Allied Health Division)
As a proud member of the Mitchell Community College family, I serve as the
Administrative Assistant for the Nursing, Allied Health and Public Service
Technologies Division. I have never been married, so I have no liabilities
to report. I am from Charleston, SC, and moved to Statesville to be a
caregiver for my mother and brother. My interests and hobbies are gemology
and antiquing. I have a great love for animals and have a nice fat cat,
Jasmine, and a puppy named Rocky. I refused to subject the Mitchell
community to a current picture, so I submitted a picture of my smaller self
as a reminder of my most important goal.
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(Basic Skills Program
I have been with MCC for 19 years. Prior to being employed here, I was a
student here. I earned my High School Equivalency and my associates in
Business Administration from Mitchell. I earned my B.S in business
administration from Catawba College in Salisbury. My employment began in
1985 as a work-study student, where Carolyn Gray and Carolyn Morrison
trained me as switchboard operator. I later became a part-time assistant
instructor in the Basic Skills program and got full-time employment in 1994.
I do intake, orientation, placement testing and serve as GED Examiner when
needed. I serve on the board as secretary for the Family Self Sufficiency
Program at Statesville Housing Authority. My time here at MCC has been very
rewarding and I enjoy working with adults. My husband James and I have been
married for nine years. I enjoy reading and cooking.
Allied Health Coordinator)
As a child I had some wonderful teachers. When asked what I wanted to be
when I grew up, my response was “a teacher.” As a teenager I worked at Davis
Hospital two summers and decided to go into the nursing program at
Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. As an RN I have enjoyed many
patient education opportunities. I later completed my BSN at Gardner Webb
University. I have enjoyed teaching at Mitchell and currently work as HRD-Plus
Coordinator for Project HEALTH.
Born in Zimbabwe, Africa, I obtained a diploma in secretarial at Speciss
College in Harare. My first secretarial job was at the University of
Zimbabwe. Prior to moving to the USA in April 2000, I was with the National
Railways of Zimbabwe Public Relations Department for more than 10 years. My
husband Graham, my daughter Portia and my two sons, Knollen and Bradley, and
I live in Mooresville. I am so excited to be a part of MCC Student Services.
I like knitting, sewing and reading. I love to eat fresh cherries.
I came to MCC as a pediatric nursing instructor about 18 years ago.
Previously, I taught at UNCC for ten years. Prior to UNCC, I taught at
Clemson and I’m a devout Clemson fan. I am originally from southern New
Jersey and received both my BSN and MSN from the University of Rhode Island
College of Nursing. My husband and I live in Sherrills Ford with our dog,
puppy, and three cats. We have one daughter, who now teaches 4th grade in
Catawba County. In the summer I am a wildlife rehabilitator and you might
find me caring for baby possums, rabbits, and other wildlife.
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The North Carolina Community College System has been an important and
exciting part of my life, first as a high school student collecting dimes to
help build Wilkes Community College, later as a member of the first
associate degree graduating class of what is now GTCC, and finally in my
current position at Mitchell. Before coming to Mitchell full-time in 1992, I
operated an accounting service for small businesses and taught classes at
Mitchell in Income Tax and Small Business Operations. My husband, Scott, and
I are life-long residents of North Carolina, having re-located to
Statesville in 1977 with his job. We have two daughters, Jennifer, who lives
in Granite Falls, and Natalie, who lives in West Iredell. I enjoy sewing and
reading, but spend most of my leisure time enjoying my three grandchildren:
Garrett, age 5, and Claire and Kassie, age 2.
(Communications/Humanities Area Coordinator & Instructor)
I have been an instructor here for six years. I teach interpersonal
communication, public speaking and occasionally a humanities course. I
previously worked in radio, WSIC/WFMX, for about 14 years. I’m happy to be
at Mitchell. I enjoy interacting with my colleagues and especially with my
students. I’m a lifelong resident of Iredell County.
I came to Mitchell from Dinostar Inc, an educationally based retail store
and e-Commerce site. My wife Jodi and I founded Dinostar about 7 years ago
and sold authentic dinosaur bones and spacecraft artifacts. While operating
Dinostar, I taught marketing for CPCC. Before Dinostar, I worked in the
defense, manufacturing and high-tech industries. I have been a
vice-president for both a Fortune 500 and a Nasdaq 100 company. Jodi and I
live in south Charlotte and dream of a shorter commute when our son Jake
(15) graduates high school. Three poodles—a toy, a miniature and a
standard—round out our family which orginally hails from St. Louis,
Missouri. I am extremely pleased to be with the faculty, staff and students
of Mitchell Community College.
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My name is Susan Stinson, a computer instructor at MCC. I am a 2000 graduate
of MCC. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Lenoir-Rhyne College and my master
of arts degree in education media/computers in 2004 from Appalachian State
University. I taught as an adjunct instructor at MCC until recently becoming
a full-time instructor. When not teaching, I have been involved with Phi
Beta Lambda for 6 yrs. and currently work with our group on campus as the
adviser. I have lived and worked in the Troutman area all of my life and
love to travel to other places especially on cruises. I also enjoy reading
and spoiling the grandchildren. I have one daughter & son-in-law, two sons,
and two grandsons as well as 4 dogs and a cat.
Dr. Tim Brewer
I am a North Carolina native originally from Cary. Before coming to Mitchell
Community College, I worked in the System Office. Prior to working at the
System Office, I was an instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division at Wayne Community College. When not working I enjoy spending time
with my wife Shannon, 2-year-old son Ethan and 10-week old daughter Kamryn
around the house or at my family’s cabin in the mountains. We are new to
Iredell County but feel right at home because of all of the kind and
My name is Sheryl Cornelius, originally a graduate of Mitchell in 1992 with
ADN nursing. Most recently I graduated from Duke with a master of science in
nursing. I am married, with two wonderful little boys—K.C. and Kirk. Most
evenings are happily spent at soccer, baseball, or football games. I
scrapbook and have recently started camping with my family. If you know me,
you know this was a big step (ewwh bugs!) My background in nursing is
hospital and home health with teaching in both realms and part-time at MCC
on and off. My goals include a doctorate and to write a book someday . . .
and eventually retire to the NC coast.
I am originally from Memphis, but also lived and worked in Rhode Island,
Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, and Wyoming. I am married to
the former MaryJane Skinner and we have a 2-year-old son, Jack, who has the
same birthday as Johnny Rivers. We all love it here in North Carolina and I
am very happy and proud to be a part of Mitchell Community College. When I’m
not at the Wallace House or painting, I enjoy composing and recording music,
writing, and watching bad monster movies.
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My name is Aspen Chang, and I am a new biology instructor here at Mitchell.
Originally from Raleigh, I am a two-time alum from NC State University. I
have a bachelor’s in biological sciences and a master’s of microbial
biotechnology. I spent one summer of my graduate career as an intern at
Novozymes in Franklinton; I was also a teaching assistant in the biology
labs where I realized teaching was what I wanted to do. In my off times, I
enjoy writing, traveling, and visiting friends.
I grew up in Eastern N.C. near the beach & enjoyed spending my summers
working & surfing. While I was attending community college I decided to see
more of our wonderful state, so I transferred to Gardner-Webb University. I
liked this area so much that I decided to stay. I do miss the beach but have
put down roots here. I have spent the last 24 years working in the
educational & clinical world of psychology in many various setting. So yes,
I have a number of humorous stories to share. My wife, Jennifer, & I have 3
children & live in the lake Norman area. Some of my hobbies and interests
are; running, camping, reading, fly fishing, & a good cup of coffee. I am
delighted to be at MCC & look forward to a long relationship with the
My name is Barbara Dobbins and I am a housekeeping technician here at
Mitchell Community College. Before starting work at MCC in October, 2004, I
worked for the City of Statesville as a housekeeper for eight years. I am
originally from Statesville, the daughter of Ira W. Lackey, Sr. I have one
daughter named Kayla Dobbins. I belong to Bibleway Church of the Living God,
where I am on the usher board and sing in the choir. My hobbies are cooking
and volleyball. I strive every day to be a pleasant person to everyone I
encounter; this is especially easy at MCC because I thoroughly enjoy working
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I have joined MCC as Accounts Receivable Specialist. I received my associate
in applied science degree in accounting from MCC in 2003. My husband Randy
and I relocated to Statesville from Jacksonville, NC, in 1998. I’m very
happy to be part of the MCC family. My first day of employment at MCC was
very memorable—I won the door prize (a 30” widescreen HDTV) at the MCCEE
Auction held on April 15!
Katha Stewart (Administrative Assistant for the Cooperative Education Department)
I am a native of Iredell County. When the doors to my textile factory
position closed for a venture overseas, a window of opportunity opened here
at Mitchell Community College. I began this journey here as a student during
the spring semester of 2000. I graduated with an A.A.S. degree in office
systems technology two years later. I worked part time in the Cooperative
Education Office and the GED-Learning Lab prior to being hired as temporary
full-time administrative assistant for the Co-op/Minority Male Mentoring
Grant in 2004. Working at Mitchell is thoroughly enjoyable, and the
experience is very rewarding. I love this learning environment and the
diversity. My personal life includes my loving husband, our three wonderful
children, and our four wonderfully delightful grandchildren.
I have only been with the MCC family for a few months, but a great few
months it has been. I graduated from MCC with both an A.A.S. in computer
programming and information systems in 2001. After I graduation from MCC I
started working at Spectrum Financial Systems, Inc. in Mooresville. There I
worked with ATM machines, bank administrations, help desk, developed
software, and taught classes to technicians for 4 years. I have been married
to my lovely wife for 5 years and we are expecting our first child in May. I
am currently attending Gardner-Webb University at night to obtain my B.S. in
management of information systems.
I am a native of Iredell County. I graduated from South Iredell High School
and then received my BA in English from UNC-Charlotte. I taught at
Mooresville Senior High for 4 years and South Iredell High for 6 years. I
have been with MCC as a part-time instructor in the Project LEAD Lab since
1993. I have just recently begun a full-time role at MCC as Coordinator of
Secondary-Postsecondary Programs, where I will be working with Tech Prep,
Huskins, and Dual Enrollment. I have also served on the Iredell-Statesville
Board of Education since 1998. My husband Pressley and I have been married
for 23 years. We have one daughter, Meghann, who is a junior at Lake Norman
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I have lived in the Statesville area since I was 8 years old. After
graduating from North Iredell High School in 1994, I attended East Carolina
University for 2 years, where I studied interior design. I continued my
education at MCC in the fall of 2002. In February, 2004, I began working
part time at MCC as Web site administrator assistant for the edu Web site. I
graduated with an A.A.S. in internet technologies. I taught at the Summer
Technical Institute in June, 2004, & began working full time at MCC last
fall. I teach internet technologies, including Web design and multimedia. I
feel very fortunate to be a part of MCC. I plan to continue my education
this fall in pursuit of a bachelor of fine arts degree in computer arts &
multimedia. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Chad, for almost 7
years. We have a little boy, Hayden, who will be 2 years old in May. When I
am not working, Chad, Hayden and I like to play ball, color, read, play
cars, play hide & seek and build memories.
My name is Milton Beamon. I have been married to the lovely Chris H. Beamon
for a wonderful 32 years. We have two children, Rochelle and Reaco. I have
been employed with Mitchell Community College since July 11, 2003. My
position is maintenance supervisor. Working at Mitchell is rewarding because
it presents daily challenges and an opportunity to smile and make someone’s
day; I utilize my God-given talent to repair things that otherwise would be
discarded; and I work in a position where the job that is being done helps
the employees’ and students’ environment be more conducive to learning. I
enjoy people, fishing, going to garage sales and auctions with my wife, and
spending time with my grandchildren.
I began working part-time at Mitchell Community College in 1992, teaching
GED preparation classes. Since then, I have worked in a variety of
capacities within the college, but I have been the HRD Coordinator for the
past 4½ years. My work is both challenging and rewarding in that the HRD
Program assists dislocated workers with acquiring re-employment skills and
obtaining retraining. I received a BA in English and psychology and a MA in
English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I feel very
fortunate to work within a profession that I truly enjoy and to work with
such a great group of people. I have been married to my husband, Ed, for
over 27 years, and we have two sons—Travis is 22 and a recent graduate of
MCC, and Tanner is 11.
(Human Services Program
I received my bachelors and master’s degrees from Winthrop University just
over the border in Rock Hill, SC. My career background has been in substance
abuse treatment and counseling. I have worked in a detox center, a jail and
a middle school! I came to Mitchell four years ago as an adjunct instructor.
I have been married to Al for 15 wonderful years and we have two daughters,
Nora,12, and Courtney, 10. We live in Mooresville. We love to travel and
shop! I am a Girl Scout leader and active in my church. Every once in a
while you might see me on the back of my husband’s motorcycle!
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I graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2001 with a BS degree in
business administration. I feel very fortunate to have worked in the
financial services department for 2 years and enjoy specifically working in
the payroll area. During my free time I enjoy fishing with my boyfriend
Brian, and spending time at Lake Norman with friends and family. I also
enjoy taking mini trips of snow skiing and white water rafting, and going to
antique auctions. I have a very sweet and spoiled calico cat named Calie
with whom my parents and I share custody since I have bought a home of my
I have been employed at Mitchell Community College since 1987 working with
the Basic Skills Program at Continuing Education Center. I attended
Appalachian State University and received a BS in Reading Education and have
continued studying at ASU in Adult Education. I enjoy working with adults in
our program and watching their progress. I have two children, a daughter,
Andrea who attends Erskine in SC and a son, Casey who attends West Iredell.
I also have three dogs: Lucy a golden retriever, Ally and LeeLou,
dachshunds. I enjoy my dogs, swimming, water sports and reading.
My husband, two daughters, and I moved from Northwestern Pennsylvania 16
years ago. I was employed as Payroll Coordinator for Quaker State
Corporation in Oil City, PA. After moving to Statesville, I worked full-time
for Iredell-Statesville Schools for 12-1/2 years. In April 2003, I took some
time off to help in relocating my two daughters, one to Baltimore, MD, and
the other to Wilmington, NC. During my short hiatus, I was employed as a
peak-time teller in the Outpost at the State Employees’ Credit Union and
helped in the planning of my daughter Mary’s wedding, who was married June
12th of this year. I became part of the “Mitchell Family” at the end of
August this year. I enjoy quilting, reading, travelling, camping, and taking
I was born and raised in Indiana and graduated from Ball State University. I
put myself through school working full time and truly enjoyed my college
experience. Afterwards, I worked in Financial Aid for several years and am
amazed at the electronic progression that has taken place during a brief
absence. I am happy to be back in the college setting and even happier to
have been in North Carolina for the past 16 years. My busy home in
Mooresville includes my son Jay, who is in the 7th grade and daughter Emily,
who is in the 1st grade. Recently I aquired a small kitty cat named Jewel.
And considering that I have never owned a cat, I am happy to report she has
settled in nicely.
This is my first semester at MCC, Davie County High School was my previous
employer, and am enjoying my time as the physics instructor. I grew up near
Lenoir, NC and earned my first college degree from Caldwell Community
College and Technical Institute. Afterwards I earned my bachelor’s degree
from Lenoir-Rhyne College and taught high school for several years. I
decided to pursue graduate school and at UNC Charlotte I received my
master’s in applied physics and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. My
research specialty is in the field of precision optical measurements. After
teaching at UNC Charlotte as a post-doc for 1 year, I took a position at
Digital Optics Corporation in Charlotte as a Senior Test Engineer. I have
also worked summers for two Department of Energy laboratories and have
published a few papers. Hobbies and interests include most sports, hiking
and camping, computers and making “stuff.” I live in Mocksville with my
wife, Charlene, two small children, Micah and Caleb, and various pets.
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Although I am a native of Statesville, after preparing myself for a
professional career in the computer field, I could not find an opportunity
to improve and polish my skills in Statesville, so I moved to Charlotte.
There I taught for a small computer school for about 3 years. Afterwards, I
was employed by Microsoft as a Certified Visual FoxPro Database Programming
Support Engineer. This employment also lasted for about 3 years. While
working for Microsoft, I was hired by MCC as a part-time computer
instructor. This lasted for 5 years when a full-time position became
available to me, and I accepted. Presently, I am into my 6th year at MCC and
I still find teaching challenging and also very rewarding. The small
contributions that I make to help people find out that they have choices in
their lives that can make their living conditions improve and affect the
people around them in a positive way, motivates me to get up and come to
work every day.
I have been with Mitchell Community College since August of 1997. I began as
a curriculum student and a work-study student in the Financial Services
Department. Since then I have held positions of part- time Office Assistant,
Cashier, and Accounting Clerk. I have taken numerous classes on the main
campus and at the Continuing Education Center and have received a lot of
valuable knowledge. I am currently working toward an office systems
technology degree and plan to graduate in May. It is a joy to work at
Mitchell and be a part of the MCC family. I have a husband, Mike, and a
stepson Coty, and we enjoy walking and bicycling.
Safety & Security Officer)
I have experienced Mitchell as an employee and as a student. I graduated
with my A.A.S. in Criminal Justice here in May. I thoroughly enjoy all the
interaction with faculty, staff, and students. I moved to this area in June
of 1990 from Clintwood, Virginia, leaving behind my entire family. Since
then I am happy to report , both my brothers, my niece, nephew, and my Mom
reside in Mooresville. I was employed by Draymore Mfg. until the summer of
1998, when the company went out of business. I enrolled at Mitchell at that
point, and I am beginning my fourth year here in Security. I am blessed with
two wonderful girls, Melanie and Decota, three adorable grandchildren, Noah,
Alecsai, and Brock Allen, my son-in-law Paul, and my fiance, Wayne Bailey.
of Special Populations & Disability Services)
I am a 1992 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College. Over the years, I have had
several disability related positions. Most notably, I was the Disabilities
Coordinator at L-RC from 1999 to 2003. While employed at Lenoir-Rhyne, I
completed my masters degree in counseling. This spring I passed the National
Counselor Exam and should receive my N.C. Licensed Professional Counselor
credential in early 2005. I am very happy to be at MCC. Everyone I have met
has been very friendly and I felt at home here right away.
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As a graduate of Mitchell College, before it became a community college,
Mitchell was a stepping stone for me in achieving my educational goals. I
received my bachelor of arts degree from Mars Hill College & my master of
library science degree from ASU. I've had the privilege of working at MCC
for 25 yrs. & have been the Librarian since 1987. Many changes have taken
place during these 25 yrs. but the one thing that has remained constant is
the commitment of faculty and staff in providing quality education and
services to the students at MCC. It is an honor & privilege to work with so
many talented, caring, and committed individuals who give of themselves so
willingly to encourage students to meet their individual & collective goals.
My wonderful husband, Bill, is a design engineer & we stay busy being
caregivers to my dad & my grandmother, both of whom live with us. My
grandmother will turn 99 on July 1 so we are planning a big celebration in
her honor. I enjoy reading, crafts and spending time with Bill.
Assistant to the Vice-President for Instruction)
I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in home economics.
I majored in foods and nutrition and minored in business. I worked for many
years in a university food service setting before going over to “the other
side.” After all these years, I’m still wondering what possessed me to
choose home economics for a major, since I avoid cooking at all possible
costs! I’ve worked at Mitchell for about two and a half years now. As many
of you know, my husband Mike teaches developmental English. Meghan, our
daughter, is at Penn University working on her masters degree in art. And
our son, Ryan, is a senior at Western Carolina majoring in criminal justice.
The rest of the family consists of Maggie, the Springer Spaniel, and Chuck,
Jo-Bu and Faux Paw, the cats. Having grown up in the flatlands of Illinois,
where the view consists of mile after mile of rows of corn, we love the
diversity and beauty of the North Carolina countryside. We both enjoy
working with the folks at Mitchell.
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Assistant, Occupational Extension & Community Service Departments)
Mitchell has been my second home since spring quarter of 1995 when I
enrolled on the Main Campus as a displaced worker. I began working at the
Continuing Education Center in February 1996 part-time as the afternoon
receptionist. After many courses and some wonderful instructors, I graduated
in June 1997 with high honors and an AAS in administrative office technology
and an accounting certificate. On June 1, 1998, I began my full-time
employment with Mitchell as the Occupational Extension Secretary & Data
Specialist. The job title has changed a little; however, the mission remains
the same: helping students, instructors, and co-workers. My husband of nine
years and counting, Allen, and I recently moved closer to Statesville. We
have a spoiled Basset Hound/Beagle mix named Cookie who thinks she’s human.
I enjoy cooking and am looking forward to trying my hand at
I was born in Camp Springs, Maryland on 12/25/74. My father was in the Air
Force so I was a “military brat” growing up. I’ve lived in so many places &
attended so many schools, I really have no idea where home is. After
graduating from high school, I joined the Air Force & served for five years.
I was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Dover Air
Force Base in Delaware, & Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany. I left the
Air Force in July of 1998 & utilized my GI Bill to attain my associate
degree in information technology here at MCC. After graduation, I became a
contractor for the town of Cornelius, Cornelius F.D., Cornelius P.D., & the
Carolina Medical Center working as an IT technician. I would not be where I
am today if it were not for my mother, sister, & girlfriend Julie. They have
supported & motivated me to accomplish all my goals in life. I’m truly
grateful for MCC hiring me as the IT Coordinator—I will give 110% to meet
the technical needs of everyone here.
I started working for Mitchell College in March 1984. I have worked in all
areas of housekeeping and maintenance here at Mitchell. I really enjoy
helping maintain all locations of Mitchell College campuses. I have a wife,
Christina Brown, and a son, Coty Brown, who is 11 years old. When I have
time, I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and motorcyling.
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(Records & Registration
I moved to Iredell County from Southwestern Virginia in March 1984, which
was almost 20 years ago—where has the time gone? I spent many years in the
local factories, with my last being Burlington Industries. When it
relocated, I chose Mitchell as my new direction in life; it was a good
decision. I graduated with my A.A.S. degree office systems technology in
2002; and in July 2003, I became part of the Mitchell family. My husband is
Phillip, and my three sons are Michael, Scott, and Terry. I enjoy boating,
camping, gardening, and reading.
For those who do not already know, I am Tia Johnson’s identical twin sister.
I started working here part-time in August 2003. I became full time this
past semester. I graduated from East Carolina University (both undergraduate
and graduate). My husband, David, and I have a four-year old son named Donye.
We also have a six-year old longhair white cat named Snow. We recently made
two additions to our family. After the finals in December, we got two cute
puppies. They are eleven weeks old. One is tan and is named Cinimin and the
other is brown and black and is named Moka. Besides loving to teach, I also
enjoy reading, cooking, and collecting cookbooks.
I joined the Mitchell faculty last semester as a Chemistry Instructor.
Previously, I had been teaching at my alma mater, Mooresville High School.
My educational background includes undergraduate studies at North Carolina
State University where I completed a BS in chemistry. I earned an MS in
chemistry from the University of NC–Charlotte. With four years of teaching
experience at the high school, I decided my career would not be spent in a
public secondary school. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the MCC
faculty and pursue my teaching career here. My husband, Ben, and I just
bought a new home, so my semester break was quite busy with moving and
getting settled in. I enjoy designing and making jewelry, sewing, exercising
and reading; when I’m not “thinking about chemistry.” Thanks to everyone at
MCC who has made this transition such an easy one for me. I love it here and
hope to be here a long time!
2004 is the beginning of my third year in North Carolina. My husband was
transferred by his company to Winston-Salem from St. Louis, Missouri. While
in St. Louis, I taught maternal-newborn nursing at Deaconess College of
Nursing. I am originally from Illinois. My BSN is from West Virginia
University and my MSN from Boston University. My daughter lives and works in
New York City. I enjoy growing orchids, citrus plants, and walking. Have a
happy, healthy new year!
(Dean of Student
I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I earned my BA in letters from the
University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners!) and my MS in student personnel services
(higher education administration) from Oklahoma State. My first 10 years in
higher education were spent in various counseling positions at Tulsa
Community College. In 1990 I left my position as Director of Counseling at
TCC’s Southeast Campus to follow my wife, Terri, to North Carolina for her
to take a position at UNCC. From 1991-2001 I was the Associate Dean for
Enrollment Services at Central Piedmont Community College. I have been Dean
of Student Services at MCC since September 1, 2001. I have two sons, both of
whom are now college students. Colin is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill and
Evan is a freshman at Appalachian State. The only dependent left in the
house on a full-time basis now is Shane, my 85 pound yellow Labrador “lap”
dog (or so he wishes).
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(Financial Aid Director)
I have been employed with MCC for three years and I must say that I really
enjoy working here. Before coming to MCC, I was employed with CPCC for 10
years in financial aid and prior to that I was employed by a proprietary
school in the same field. I find this profession to be ever changing and
always very challenging. I am from a small, dairy town in Eatonton, Georgia
known for the birthplace of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus
stories. I met my husband Ty while attending Georgia College & State
University. We have two children, Kirstie age 14 who is our built-in
babysitter for Christian, age 5. My hobbies and interests have changed over
the years. My current hobby is being a softball mom on the weekends to my
daughter, while chasing my son around between each play.
Education Center Registration/Records Specialist)
I am Margaret
Young. I prefer to be called by my middle name, “Nina.” I am an MCC graduate
with an A.A.S. degree in office systems technology and am currently working
on a second degree in accounting. I began full-time employment with Mitchell
in February of 2002, after having the wonderful opportunity to work as a
work-study student for Amy Ray in the Electrical/Electronics Program. I have
enjoyed working at Mitchell. My present position as the Continuing Education
Center’s Registration/Records Specialist allows me to use both the office
systems and accounting skills I acquired as a full-time student. I presently
live in Troutman. I have three sons, Preston (13), Tristan (7), and Gabriel
(3). When time permits, we enjoy family activities, such as painting and
collecting porcelain pigs.
Assistant, Small Business/Industrial Training)
The textile factory I worked for closed in 1995, so I decided to take
advantage of the opportunity to attend MCC for training. This was the best
decision I ever made. After I graduated with my A.A.S. degree in office
systems technology, I became a full-time employee in the Small Business
Center and Industry Training departments as administrative assistant. I like
having the opportunity to help others who are finding themselves in the same
place I was just a few short years ago. Many nontraditional students have a
difficult time adjusting, and I’ve found that those I’ve talked with feel
much better after I tell them how I got here. The relief I hear in their
voices makes every day worthwhile. I have been married to John for over 12
years and we have 5 very energetic grandsons. I am also ‘owned’ by Missy, a
15-year-old Siamese cat who has no idea she isn’t human. My favorite things
are spending time with family or reading a good novel.
I live in Olin and am married to William James. Before coming to Mitchell
Community College, I worked at Gulistan Carpets for 35 years as a lab
technician. I came from a large family (6 sisters and 5 brothers). I have
met a lot of good people here at Mitchell. I have one daughter, Stephanie
James and four beautiful grandchildren: Ashely, Tia, Kelly, and Jerick. I
attend Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where I am a member of the Usher Board.
My hobbies are going to car shows and cooking.
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is my theme for 2003. I am new to Mitchell Community College and the
community college system; I am also new to Statesville and Iredell County. I
was married for the second time June 28th of this year, so I have a new
wife. I am delighted to be here at Mitchell, where I have found faculty and
staff to be very friendly, accommodating and helpful to me as a rookie. The
students are bright and energetic and seem to have a lot of focus and
purpose in being here at Mitchell. This is my first venture in teaching. I
spent 26 years in the corporate world, most recently with IBM. I only wish
that I had discovered the calling to teach earlier. I attended Clemson
University where I graduated with a B.S. degree in financial management and
later received a masters degree in accounting from Clemson. I have three
sons, aged 15, 17 and 20. I enjoy all sports, both as a spectator and
participant. I particularly enjoy playing golf and I am looking forward to
doing some kayaking around this area.
Assistant to the Director of General Education)
I call Statesville my home. My husband and I, with three young children,
moved here in 1977 with Clark Equipment. I think of my first professional
experience as a “stay at home” mom. As the children needed less attention at
home, I began to build a future outside the home. I have taken various
classes at Mitchell Community College to build on the experiences I had as a
“domestic engineer.” My work experience outside the home has been as an
administrative assistant with the Centers for Handicapped Children and
Adults and ASMO North Carolina (a manufacturer of small motors for
automobiles.) In my free time, I enjoy my grandsons (4- and 6-years-old),
scrapbooking, caring for my mom and dad and many church-related activities
Returning to the North Carolina Community College System after 3 years of
teaching in the 4-year private college sector seems like homecoming for me.
I love the students, faculty, & administration here at MCC. I
especially enjoy the enthusiasm for learning among the majority of the
students. The students here as hardworking and dedicated as they progress
through their academic lives at the College with a sense of purpose. I
completed my undergraduate work at Bennett College with a BA in English
education. Soon afterwards, I attended NC A&T State University where I
received an MA in English & African-American literature. I then started
teaching at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC. Following
that, I was employed as an assistant professor at Livingstone College in
Salisbury, NC. 3 years later, I heeded the call to return to the community
college system by teaching here at MCC. I have been married to my dear
husband Keith Moore for 16 yrs. & we're the proud parents of two sons Brien
I am the Director of Institutional Technology here at the college and a
native of Iredell County. In the IT Department, we are responsible for all
computer technology at the college. This includes approximately 750 PC’s, 18
Windows type network servers, 2 UNIX servers, 1 Novell GroupWise server, 1
Blackboard server, and 2 web servers. I graduated from West Iredell High
School were I met my lovely wife Elizabeth. After high school I married
Elizabeth and joined the United States Air Force where I served 20 years 18
days and retired in 1997. During my Air Force time I served in South
Carolina, Oklahoma, Saudi Arabia, West Germany, Michigan, England, and New
Mexico. I hold a bachelor of science in business information systems and a
master of science in computer information systems from the University of
Phoenix. Elizabeth and I have two children, Jennifer, a freshman engineering
student at NC State and Daniel, a junior at South Iredell High. My hobbies
include running, rock climbing, white water kayaking.
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This is my first “permanent” semester here at Mitchell. In January 2003, I
was hired as a temporary instructor just a few days before school started.
Before then, I was employed by First Union (Wachovia) for two years, and was
also teaching evening courses at CPCC. I attended Appalachian State, where I
received a B.S. in applied communication, then went on to the University of
Georgia, where I completed my M.A. in speech communication. I was “born and
raised” in Charlotte, and am now living near Concord, which was convenient
to my previous employment, but makes for a long commute to Statesville. I
live with my two dogs, Rigby and Abbey, who are brother and sister
Peke-a-poos. (Bonus question: There is a naming theme, can you guess it?)
Besides being a single mom to two pups, I enjoy traveling to new places.
This past year I visited Toronto, New York, and the Outer Banks, and there
are many more places I hope to visit in the future.
Assistant for the Business, Computer & Engineering Technologies Department)
My name is Angie Goodman and I am the administrative assistant for the
Business, Computer, and Engineering Technologies Department. I came to
Mitchell after spending almost 15 years with the Iredell-Statesville School
system. I have two children, Shannon, who is married and works at ECOM as a
911 dispatcher, and Amber, who works at the Department of Transportation as
an Engineering Technician. I am also the “Nana” to my one and only
three-year-old grandson, Justin. I love playing the piano, and I am the
pianist at my church. I enjoy working with the wonderful faculty and staff
(Director of Facilities
and Auxiliary Services)
I was born in West Virginia and raised all over the world as an “Army Brat.”
I spent my early teen years in Hawaii and graduated from Fayetteville High
School while my father was stationed at Fort Bragg. I earned my Bachelor’s
degree from NC State. After six years in banking, I returned to school and
earned a Masters degree in Industrial Technology from Appalachian State.
After several other career attempts and failures (teaching, furniture
manufacturing, retail) I ended up at Mayland Community College in 1988. I
served there as an instructor, Head of the Business Department, and Dean of
Continuing Education. I came to Mitchell in 1992 as Assistant Dean for
Vocational and Technical Programs. In 1995 I assumed my current position as
Director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services. I live on Walnut Street with
my wife, Shirley (who is the manager of RBC Centura Bank in Statesville) and
our three year old daughter, Abby. Shirley and I each have three grown
children, now we’re doing it again and loving it.
Finance and Administration)
My wife, Jan, and I moved to Statesville almost five years ago when I was
offered my current position with MCC. We have four grown children who keep
us very busy traveling to their locations in New York, Washington DC, and
Mt. Vernon, Ohio. I have held numerous positions in public accounting,
retailing, manufacturing and farm cooperatives. I grew up near the Amish
farmlands in central Ohio, which is very similar to the countryside of
Iredell county. We enjoy traveling, exploring new places, working around the
house, and playing golf. I feel privileged to be working at MCC and enjoy
assisting everyone in opening new doors of opportunity for all of our
I’m Velva Stevenson. I have worked in the housekeeping department since
1989. I’m married to James Stevenson and we have three children and four
grandsons. I’ve enjoyed working at Mitchell—it gives me great pleasure
coming to work every day. I enjoy meeting students, faculty and staff and
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I am fortunate to have been selected as the new Payroll Officer for the
college. Although I have only been at Mitchell a couple of weeks, I can
sense the atmosphere of teamwork and family. I graduated from MCC in 1997
with two associate degrees: accounting and business administration. My
husband of 35 years and I live in the West Iredell community. We have one
son and daughter-in-law that we are very proud of and a very spoiled little
poodle named Scooter. I attend Monticello Baptist Church where I teach 1st
and 2nd grade Sunday School, participate in the Women on Missions
activities, and sing in the choir. I hope to meet, or at least speak, to
many of you in the near future.
(Student Records Technician)
My name is Nancy Fields. I am the Student Records Technician in the
Admissions & Records Office. I graduated from Mitchell two times. In 1983 I
received my associate in arts degree and then in 1989 I graduated with my
AAS in general office technology. This is my 14th year of employment at MCC.
It has been a big part of my life. I feel so very fortunate to work with the
great people at MCC! I am married to Harold, my very tolerant husband, and
have one son, Alex who is 11 years old going on 16. I have 2 goofy dogs
named Max and Dexter and 2 sometimes loving cats named Jack and Sammy, (all
adopted, so remember to support your local Humane Society!) and love to
garden and read!
(Receptionist for Continuing Education)
I am the Receptionist for Continuing Education. I started working part-time
two years ago and decided that Mitchell was a place I’d like stay for a
while so I applied for a full-time position. I recently celebrated my
one-year full-time anniversary with Mitchell Community College and look
forward to many more. I truly enjoy my job. Learning is on-going with all
the things we do here at Continuing Ed. I am comfortable with the family
atmosphere here at Mitchell and feel that I am exactly where I am supposed
to be. I love greeting all the people that come in the door as well as on
the phone. My husband, Randy, of 18 years and I have two wonderful sons
Matthew, 15 and Marcus, 13. I enjoy gardening, camping and the outdoors and
OneStroke Painting, which I am working on becoming a certified instructor to
teach at Continuing Ed. I look forward to my future at Mitchell Community
College and I am thankful for all the opportunities that God has given me.
(Counselor/Coordinator of Student Activities)
I joined the MCC family on Apr. 1 as the new Counselor/Coordinator of
Student Activities & will soon take over the reigns of advising SGA. I
obtained my BA in mass comm. from Winthrop U. & my MEd in student personnel
in Higher Ed. from the U. of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). I am an Air Force brat &
have lived all over the US. I was married in Dec. 2001 to Charles Amerson of
NY. He & I met while we were both working in student affairs at Virginia
Tech. We reside in Charlotte & have one child, a spoiled dog named Spot. My
newest hobby is traveling with Charles. We’ve already been on 2 cruises to
the western Caribbean & have visited many beautiful countries. In my free
time I volunteer on several committees with my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha,
& serve on the board of my neighborhood association. Most recently I did
special events & fund raising for a non-profit health organization. I really
missed working with students and am very excited to return to higher ed. I
look forward to meeting the students, fac. & staff!
I am the self-professed “oldest rat in the barn.” Actually, that is only
half true. I am not the oldest; but I have been in the barn longer than
anyone else. After Lenoir-Rhyne, I taught freshman/sophomore high school
students (i.e. babysat badly for one year) and fled back to ASU for my
master’s. I then applied at one place only, Mitchell. The little college was
experiencing an enrollment spurt (600 students) and needed three new
history/social science instructors. I interviewed on my way to the beach,
was asked if I drank and if I went to church. Apparently I answered
correctly and in September (year withheld) began what has become the rest of
my life. And, I love it.
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(Basic Law Enforcement Training Director)
My name is Gordon Knight. I am the Director of Basic Law Enforcement
Training. I have been at Mitchell for almost eleven years. I have a lovely
wife named Charman and two fun-loving children. My son Zane is 6 and is my
very own clone. My daughter Jaycie is 2, she is Daddy’s girl. I am a
Mitchell graduate and also have BS and MBA degrees from Gardner Webb
University. My hobbies are my family, my house and occasionally golf. I also
have been known to run a mile or two in my day. My greatest accomplishment
is my family. My personal goals for 2003 are to run a marathon, have a sub
20 minute 5K time, see my son run a 5K, and have a good time with my family.
(Cooperative Education Coordinator)
I'm from a small, quaint town in eastern NC, Pollocksville. I lived there
until graduation from high school. From there I left & spent 3 years in
Uncle Sam’s Army as a Military Police Officer. In the Army, I had the chance
to travel a lot & meet a lot of wonderful people in 6 different countries,
which let me know that the US is not the center of the universe. I left the
military in 1981 & entered college at NC Central U.where I obtained my BA’s
in criminal justice & sociology & my master’s in career counseling with a
cognate in human resources admin. After college I entered the real world of
work for the 2nd time with stops in the city of Raleigh as HR Coord., NCCU
as Co-op Coord., Winthrop U. as Asst. Director of Career Services, & finally
here at MCC as Director of Cooperative Ed.. I am married to Sheryl; have 2
beautiful daughters, Erica & Christin; and a spoiled tea cup poodle, Pepee.
I have been employed with MCC for 10 yrs. It has been rewarding and
interesting to see the College change with the times.
(Director of the South Statesville Skills Center)
I am the Director of the South Statesville Skills Center. The Skills Center
is a part of a partnership between Mitchell Community College, the
Statesville Housing Authority, the Iredell Partnership for Young Children,
Teen Health, Inc., and PUT, Pastors United Together. MCC offers Continuing
Education Classes at this location. I began working at MCC in February 1994
as a part-time Basic Skills and HRD Instructor. I became full-time in
September, 2001. My husband, Todd, and I have two daughters, Jasmine, 11
years old, and Danielle, 7 years old. We relocated to Statesville from
Greenbelt, MD. in the fall of 1993. MCC has been a big part of my life here
in Statesville. Some of my first friendships were developed at MCC.
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(Director of Nursing and Allied Health)
Hello! I am the new Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Mitchell
Community College. I started my career in nursing in 1978. My clinical areas
of expertise are maternity and pediatrics. I have been involved in nursing
education for the past 12 years. I worked at Northwest AHEC as an Associate
Director of Nursing for four years and for the past eight years I worked at
Winston-Salem State University as an assistant professor and the RN-BSN
Coordinator. I feel like I have been in school all my life. I am currently
completing the course work for my doctorate. It is in the area of
educational leadership. I am planning to focus on nursing leadership as my
dissertation topic. I have been truly blessed with a wonderful family. I
have been married to my husband for 23 years. We have two great children, a
daughter who is a senior in high school and a son who is in the fourth
grade. I am very happy to be a part of MCC and I look forward to working
with all of the faculty, staff and students.
I am one of the biology instructors here at MCC. I have been at Mitchell for
almost 2 years now - I started in the fall of 2001. My husband, Tray, and I
moved to this area from Washington, N. C., which is on the east coast. I
received both my B.S. degree in anatomy and physiology and my M.S. degree in
cell biology from East Carolina University. Many of you know by now that I
have an identical twin sister, DeShaun Williams, who is also a biology
instructor currently teaching here temporarily. I was very fortunate to get
a teaching position straight out of college. I feel blessed that MCC had
faith in my abilities, and I will always remember that my first job was at
MCC. I am really enjoying working here. All of my students have been great,
and the faculty and staff are all so nice. It is a blessing to be apart of
an institute that touches the lives of so many people each and every day.
Teaching is truly a rewarding profession, and I really love what I do.
(Medical Assisting &
Phlebotomy Program Coordinator)
I’m Mary Marks and I “live” at the Mooresville Center. I work with the
medical assisting and phlebotomy students. I am a Pennsylvanian and a
Nittany Lion. Contrary to popular belief, I am not responsible for the
recent snows that have fallen in Iredell County. I have a daughter in
graduate school at Western Carolina, a son at Appalachian State, and a son
I'm a native of Wayne Co. in eastern NC. In 1966 I left a loving family
deeply rooted in farming & the grocery store business to serve in the US Air
Force. For the next 4 years I was Uncle Sam’s guest in many locations
including Germany, Libya, Spain & Florida were I met my wife Brenda, a young
elementary school teacher from MS. Benda & I have been married for 31 yrs.&
God has blessed us with the 3 greatest accomplishments of our life, our
sons, Ryan, 28, captain in the US Army, Timothy, 25, employed by the NC
Forest Service, & Dustin, 23, an ATM Software Specialist. In 1973 I earned
my BS in business administration from the U. of Southern Mississippi. Over
the past 30 years I have held a variety of financial positions. Before
joining the Financial Services staff at MCC in Feb. 1999, I was Director of
Accounting for the NC Baptist Hospitals, Inc. for 15 years. I feel very
fortunate to be a part of the MCC family and enjoy working with the
students, faculty, and staff here at the college.
(Office Systems Technology Instructor)
A native of
Vermont, MaryBeth Powden left two brothers, two sisters, and the Green
Mountain State to marry Michael, a Naval Officer. For the next 25 years she
called many places home, including California, the Philippines, Florida,
Australia, and Georgia, where she earned her masters degree in business
education at UGA (go Dawgs!). Her travels have given her a diverse
professional background, as she has held both public and private teaching
positions, as well as a variety of administrative positions in finance,
government, and education. During her spare time she enjoys reading,
gardening, and playing the piano. She loves all sports, both as a
participant and spectator. Her current golf handicap, which will stay
confidential, is completely and absolutely a result of the time she spends
in her current position as an instructor in the Office Systems Technology
Department, a job she calls her most favorite ever!
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(Network Integration Coordinator)
I am pleased to be a part of the Mitchell Community College team and the
Information Technology Department. I came to work for MCC in January. Prior
to that, I spent 11 years with Electronic Data Systems, where I was most
recently a UNIX Systems Administrator. I am a native of Nashville,
Tennessee, and earned my A.S. in computer technology from Nashville State
Community College. I am currently studying to earn my credentials as a
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. I have lived in North Carolina for 10
years; at this time I live in Charlotte with my wife, Linnea, and children,
Connor (5) and Ashlyn (3). I am a black belt in Wado-Ryu Karate, and also
enjoy sport shooting and “shade-tree” auto mechanics.
(Educational Support Services Center Coordinator)
I am the Educational Support Services Center Coordinator (to translate, I
coordinate printing services and am also the graphic designer for the
College.) I have been at Mitchell since 1987—first as a student, then as a
part-time staff member in the AV Department (then ESSC) and was hired as a
full-time employee in 1995. I have designed such materials as the College
Catalog, The Circle magazine, the course schedules, the Student Handbook and
this very publication, Mitchell Columns. My college career is a long story,
but to summarize, I received an associate in arts degree from MCC and a
bachelor of arts degree in communications from Lenoir-Rhyne College. I am
originally from Lloyd Harbor, New York (Long Island) and moved to
Statesville in 1983. I have 2 four-legged children—a 2-year-old kitty named
Bailey and a 1-year-old puppy named Lucy.
(Director of Humanities and Developmental Education)
I am a lifelong resident of Iredell County and a proud MCC graduate. I
earned my BA and MA degrees in English from UNC Charlotte. This is my
seventh year at Mitchell—this time. From 1986-1989, I worked as an adjunct
instructor, teaching English and supervising the MIND Lab. Currently I am
director of the Humanities and Developmental Education division, and I am
honored to work with such dedicated, hard-working faculty members. I love
bird-watching, sewing, reading, and gardening. I have two delightful grown
children, Ethan and Hannah.
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I am Marie Prather—System Administrator for the IIPS and Colleague computer
systems. I am a graduate of Statesville Business College and Mitchell
Community College. Prior to being employed at Mitchell, I was Office Manager
for the Business Office and Data Processing Department at Wonderknit Inc. in
Administrator / GroupWise Coordinator)
I have been at Mitchell for 14 years, learning the true meaning of job
diversity. Starting in the Business Office “purchasing, accounts payable,
accounts receivable, cashier/receptionist” to computers. I began working
with Marie Prather as Backup System Administrator in 1989 on a part-time
basis and began full-time in 1991 and put on the hat of GroupWise
Coordinator in 1998. Mitchell has been a great source of learning
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I have been employed at Mitchell Community College for the last 19 years.
Prior to being employed here, I was a student here. I earned my associate in
arts degree from Mitchell in 1981 and my B.S. degree from Gardner-Webb
University in 1983. This was at a time when Gardner-Webb classes were held
at Mitchell Community College. So I feel as if most of my adult life has
been spent here, and I can say that MCC has been very good to me. First they
educate me and then they hire me! I have an MA in reading education from
Appalachian State University and have taught adults basic reading and math
skills as well as English as a second language. I enjoy teaching adults and
watching as they continue to improve their chance for a better life through
education. The GED graduation, held each May, is one of the proudest days
for many of our students and one of the proudest days for me as well. I have
two sons and three beautiful grandchildren.
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