2023-2024 Catalog and Handbook 
    
    Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog and Handbook

Personnel



Administrative Faculty

Blankenbecler, Nora
Project Director, Health Information Management Grant
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Milligan College
M.B.A, King College
Advanced Study, Weber State University

Boggs Kelly, Beth
Counselor, Career & Transfer Services
A.S., Southeast Community & Technical College
A.A., Southeast Community & Technical College
B.A., Lindsey Wilson College
M.Ed., Lindsey Wilson College

Bradshaw, Lelia
Dean, Student Services
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.A., Ashbury Theological Seminary

Brownsberger, William
Vice-President, Academic Affairs and Workforce Solutions
S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University
S.T.L., Pontifical Gregorian University
M.A., The Catholic University of America
B.A., University of Dallas

Clarkston, Deborah
Associate Professor, Nursing
B.S.N., University of Michigan
M.S.N., University of Virginia

Deel, Ritchie
Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Technology
Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.S., Western Governors University

Dorton, Kim
Dean, Health Sciences
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.A., Lenoir-Rhyne University

Edwards, Kemper
Counselor, Student Support Services
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.A., East Tennessee State University

Greear, Amy M.
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.Ed., East Tennessee State University
Ed.D, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Hall, Kristy
Dean, Enrollment Services & Financial Aid
B.S., Radford University
M.S., University of Nebraska

Ketron, Jessica
Project Director, TRIO/Student Support Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M. A., East Tennessee State University

Lee, Dale
Counselor, Disability Services
A.A., Anne Arundel Comm. College
B.A., University of Maryland
M.Ed., Lincoln Memorial University
Ed.D, Lincoln Memorial University

Lee, Valerie
Director, Human Resources
A.A.S., Hiwassee College
B.S., Virginia Intermont College
M.B.A., King University

Mullins, James W., RRT-NPS
Assistant Dean, Business Information and Technology
A.A.S., Roane State Community College
B.B.A., King College
M.B.A., King College

O’Quinn, Becki
Director, Small Business Development Center

Rose, Matthew
Dean, Applied Science & Technology
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.S., Old Dominion University
M.A.T.M. Welch College

Tabor, Natasha
Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness
B.S. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.B.A. King University

Vicars, Ron
Vice President, Financial and Administrative Services
B.S., University of Virginia at Wise
M.B.A., King College
Ed.S., Lincoln Memorial University

Westover, Kris
President, Mountain Empire Community College
A.S., Colby Community College
B.S., Fort Hays State University
M.S., Fort Hays State University
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University

Whisman, Derek
Dean, Arts and Sciences
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ed.D., Northwestern University

President Emeritus

Suarez, Terrance E.

Faculty

Arnold, Bethany
Professor, English and Education
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.A., East Tennessee State University
Ed.D., East Tennessee State University

Booth, Ted
Associate Professor, History
B.A., Milligan College
M.A., Emmanuel Christian Seminary
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Bott, William
Assistant Professor, Chemistry/Mathematics
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.S., Washington State University
Advanced Study, South Dakota State University
Advanced Study, University of North Alabama

Bryant, Derek
Instructor, Mathematics
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.A., East Tennesee State University

Bowen, Emily
Professor, Dental Assistant
B.S., Virginia Tech
D.D.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
Advanced Study, Clemson University & Stanford University
M.A., Michigan State University

Camponovo, Crystal
Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S. University of Tennessee
M.S. New York University
Ph.D. East Tennessee State University

Cluesman, Donna H.
Associate Professor, Nursing
B.S.N., Radford University
M.S.N., Walden University

Coeburn, Fred
Instructor, Information Systems Technology
A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Clinch Valley College

Cooke, Rosa-lee
Instructor, Water/Wasterwater
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Oregon State University
M.S., University of Idaho

Cowden, Sabrina
Professor, Practical Nursing
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S.N., King College
M.S.N., Aspen University

Davis, Amanda
Assistant Professor, Nursing
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S.N., King University
M.S.N., Frontier Nursing University

Edwards, Philip
Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems
B.A., Virginia Tech
M.S., University of Tennessee
Graduate Certificate, Valdosta State University
Advanced Study, Valdosta State University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

England, Robert C.
Professor, Administration of Justice
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.A., East Tennessee State University
M.A.Ed., Virginia Tech
Advanced Study, Virginia Tech

Fleming, Noelle
Assistant Professor, Phlebotomy
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
MLS Certificate, Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Fritts, Shannon
Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S., Virginia Intermont College
D.C., Life University

Garland, Jim
Assistant Professor, Electromechanical & Manufacturing
A.S., KCTCS-Kentucky
B.S., Morehead State University

Gilliam, Sarah
Assistant Professor, English
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M. A., East Tennessee State University

Gilly, Jacob
Associate Professor, Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.S., Penn State University

Jones, Jane
Associate Professor, Administrative Support Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Tusculum College
M.A.T., East Tennessee State University
Advanced Study, Virginia Tech CEHRS Certification

Jones, Mitzi
Associate Professor, Nursing
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S.N., King College
M.S.N., Chamberlain College of Nursing

Lane, Terri
Associate Professor, Information Systems Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Clinch Valley College
M.S., East Tennessee State University

Long, Dora
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Technician
B.S.N., East Tennessee State University

Martinez, Brandi
Instructor, English
B.A., Northern Arizona University
M.A., Northern Arizona University

McKinney, Melissa
Assistant Professor, Psychology
B.S., Virginia Tech
M.A., Union College

McMurray, Eric L.
Associate Professor, Manufacturing/Electronics
A.A.S., Virginia Highlands Community College
A.S., Northeast State Community College
B.S., Milligan College
B.S., Old Dominion University

Oaks, Miranda
Instructor, Mathematics
B.S., Vanderbilt University
M.A.T., University of Idaho

Ogbonnaya, Chuks
Professor, Environmental Science
B.S., University of Nebraska
M.S., Northwest Missouri State University
Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Pittman, Jimmy
Instructor, Welding

Ramey, Jerry
Associate Professor, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
Certificate, Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Ramsey, Adam
Assistant Professor, Biology
A.S., Pellissippi State Community College
B.S., University of Tennessee
M.S., University of Memphis
Ph.D., University of Memphis

Rasnick, Kimberly C.
Assistant Professor, Simulation Lab Coordinator, Health Sciences
B. S. N. Radford University
M. S. N. Aspen University

Ringley, Cynthia
Associate Professor, Administration of Justice
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.A., East Tennessee State University
Advanced Study, East Tennessee State University

Robbins, Mandy G.
Instructor, Nursing
A.A.S. Mountain Empire Community College
B.S.N., King College
M.S.N., Aspen University

Rose, Michael
Instructor, Power Lineman Program

Scanlan, Kyle T.
Assistant Professor, History and Political Science
B.A., King College
M.A., East Tennessee State University
Advanced Study, Virginia Tech

Shular, Bryce
Instructor, Energy Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Snodgrass, Elizabeth P.
Professor, Legal Assisting
B.A., Clinch Valley College
J.D., Washington and Lee University

Tucker, Kendall
Professor, Sociology and Geography
B.S., Lambuth College
M.A., East Tennessee State University
Ph. D., Ecole Superieure Robert de Sorbon

Ward, Sabrina K.
Professor, Administrative Support Technology
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.B.A., King College
M.S. College of St. Scholastica

Whisenhunt, Lena
Professor, Nursing
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S.N., Old Dominion University
MSN,RN-FNP-BC, King University

Wright, Deborah
Associate Professor, Nursing
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.A., University of Virginia
B.S.N., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.S.N., Old Dominion University

Wright, Frank
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Physics
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.S., University of Tennessee
M.A., University of Virginia

Yates, Joe
Coordinator, CDL Program
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College

Professor Emeriti

Bliese, Rhoda
Brown, Patricia
Bumgarner, Gary
Carter, William (deceased)
Carroll, Perry
Davis, Margaret Ann
Durham, James
Durham, Peggy
Fisher, Sharon
Harris, William
Hicks, Leah
Reynolds, Carolyn
Ringley, Shuler
Rose, Van Perry
Rusek, Peggy (deceased)
St. Clair, Reginald Dr.
Wells, Shirley
Wheless, Benjamin (deceased)

Staff

Adams, Megan
Education Support Specialist III, Career Navigator
B.S., East Tennessee State University

Artrip, Donnie L.
Trades Technician II, Facilities

Asher, Jennifer
Retail Specialist II, Bookstore

Austin, Susie
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Financial and Administrative Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.B.A., King College

Baker, Sierra
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Dual Enrollment
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Beverly, Roderick
Housekeeping/Apparel Worker I, Facilities

Bevins, Becky
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Business Office
B.S., Clinch Valley College

Bolling, Windell
Trades Technician III, Facilities
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Bowling, Kayla
Education Support Specialist III, Enrollment Services
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Lindsey Wilson College

Brummett, W. Chris
Printing Technician III, Printing Services

Campbell, Rebecca
Administrative and Office Specialist III,Fiscal Tech, Business Office

Clarkston, Sarah
Education Support Specialist III, Health Sciences
B.A., History, University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Clendenon,Cindy
Administrative and Office Specialist III,Fiscal Tech, Business Office

Clendenon, Todd
Education Support Specialist III, Recruiter, Enrollment Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.A., Lindsey Wilson College
M.S.C.E., University of West Alabama

Collins, Denise
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Student Services
A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
Certification, Mountain Empire Community College
Certification, Mountain Empire Community College

Cooke, Brandi
Policy & Planning Specialist I, Financial Aid
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Cothram, Grayson
Campus Police Officer, Campus Police
Professional Leadership Certificate Mountain Empire Community College
A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Crabtree, Sally
Business Office Manager, Business Office
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Cupp, Tina
Education Support Specialist III (Tutor Coordinator), Student Support
Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A. & S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Old Dominion University

Darnell, Cory
Human Resources Analyst, Human Resources
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.A., East Tennessee State University

Davidson, Tamara
Education Support Specialist III, Workforce Solutions

Davis, Lee
Workforce Coordinator
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Davis, Pauline
Education Support Specialist III, Industrial Technology
QMHP-A, Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling
Virginia Career Coach Certification, VCCS
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

DeFoor, Dana
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Arts & Sciences
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Dingus, Lori A.
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Workforce Solutions
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Durham, Belinda
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Facilities
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Dye, Shamra
Education Support Specialist II, Financial Aid
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Comm. College
B.A., Old Dominion University

Egan, Patricia L.
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Business Office
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Ely, Cliff
Information Technology Specialist II, Center for Computing & Information
Technology
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
A.A.S. Mountain Empire Community College

Fields, Matt
Educational Support Specialist III, Talent Search
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., University of Virginia College at Wise

Fig, Jennifer
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Talent Search
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.&S., Mountain Empire Community College

Fraley, Christina
Great Expectations/Single Stop Coordinator
B.S., Coastal Carolina University
M.S., Missouri State University

Fritz, Henry
Housekeeping/Apparel Worker I, Facilities

Fuller, Matthew
Information Technology Specialist II, Center for Computing & Information Technology
B.S. East Tennessee State University

Gibson, Doug
TRiO Talent Search Advisor
B.A., History UVA Wise
M.Ed., Lincoln Memorial University

Gibson, Megan
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Foundation

Gibson, Peggy
General Administrative Coordinator, President’s Office

Gilliam, Linda
Administrative and Office Specialist II, Bookstore

Grace, Lena
Education Support Specialist II, Veterans Affairs, Enrollment Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Grizzel, Sarah
Education Support Specialist III, Student Outreach and Success
B.S., Liberty University
M.B.A., Liberty University
ED.S., Educational Leadership Liberty University

Guthe, Donald
Housekeeping/Apparel Worker I, Facilities
B.A. University of Tennessee

Hale, Cindy
Education Support Specialist II, Financial Aid

Hale, Jonathan
Housekeeping &/or Apparel Worker I, Facilities
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Harper, Dawn
Education Support Specialist III, Student Outreach and Success
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Old Dominion University
M.S., Education, Old Dominion University

Harvey, Arietta
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Health Sciences
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Hay, Courtney
Education Support Specialist II, Library
A.A.&S., Mountain Empire Community College

Hickman, Krisanne
Library Specialist I, Library

Hill, Dora
Retail Manager II, Bookstore
A.A.S., Virginia Highlands Community College
B.B.A., King University
M.B.A., King University

Jobe, Kerstein
Administrative and Office Specialist II, Human Resources

Kelley, Amy
Housekeeping & Apparel Services Worker I, Facilities

Kennedy, Lana L.
Media Specialist II, Printing Services
Certificate, Clinch Valley College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.A., Lindsey Wilson College

Kilgore, Jason
Media Specialist III, Center for Computing & Information Technology

Layne, Preston
Trades Manager I, Facilities

Lee, Christy
Instructional Technologist, Center for Computing & Information Technology
A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College
B.S., Mars Hill College
M.S., East Tennessee State University
Advanced Study, Liberty University

Lee, Kevin D.
Policy & Planning Specialist I, Institutional Effectiveness
B.S., Appalachian State University

Lester, Angie
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Business & Information Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., Western Governors University

Mabe, Ashley
Food Service Supervisor, Red Fox Grill

Mabe, David
Trades Technician III, Facilities
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

McCarty, Alison
Education Support Specialist II, Enrollment Services
B.A., Berea College

McDonough, Ernest J. “Dougal”
Security Officer I, Campus Police

McGuire, Deborah
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Business Office
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

McLaughlin, Robert
Information Technology Specialist I, Center for Computing & Information Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Mosier, Cindy
Administrative and Office Specialist II, Switchboard

Mullins, Emma
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Workforce Solutions

Mullins, Hannah
Education Support Specialist III, Arts and Sciences
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.A., Virginia Intermont College
M.Ed., Lindsey Wilson College

New, Stephanie
Education Support Specialist III, Workforce Solutions
B.A., Old Dominion University
M.Ed., University of Oklahoma

Owens, Christy Lee
Talent Search Advisor, Education Support Specialist III
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.Ed., Liberty University
ED.S., Liberty University

Palmer, Shane
Food Server, Red Fox Grill
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B.S., King University

Parton, Thelma Jane
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Center for Computing &
Information Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Pearcy, Vicki
Education Support Specialist III, Assistant Registrar
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Pierson, Kathy
Administrative and Office Specialist II, Business Office
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
Phillips, Karen
Food Server, Red Fox Grill

Reynolds, Angelia
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Vice President of Academic Affairs
and Worforce Solutions
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Rhoton, Connie
FCCLA Program State Advisor, Workforce Solutions Facilitator
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Advance Study, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Roberson, Karen
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Student Support Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Roberts, Joe
Housekeeping and/or Apparel Worker I, Facilities

Roberts, Joseph
Housekeeping and/or Apparel Worker I, Facilities

Roberts, Shelli
Education Support Specialist II, Financial Aid
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Rutledge, Vicki
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Industrial Technology
A.S.T. Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Scarberry, Nikki
Admissions Officer, Enrollment Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Smith, Suzette
Operational and Administrative Support, Small Business Development
Center
B.A., Murray State University
A.S., University of Kentucky

Stallard, Deborah
Education Support Specialist III, Career Navigator
B.S., Radford University

Stanley, Farrell
Housekeeping & Apparel Services Worker I, Facilities

Stanley, Kevin
Information Technology Specialist II, Center for Computing &
Information Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
B. S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Stewart, Jason
Housekeeping & Apparel Services Worker I, Facilities

Tankersley, Cheryl C.
Education Support Specialist III, Career Navigator
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College
B.A., Emory and Henry College
M.A., University of Virginia

Townsend, Nancy
Education Support Specialist III, Lead Career Navigator
B.A., Tennessee Wesleyan College
M.S., University of Tennessee

Wallen, Chelsey
Trades Tech I, Facilities
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

White, Cody
Education Support Specialist III, Career Navigator
B. A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Whitt, Kody
Library Specialist I, Library
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Whitaker, Sherry
Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid
B. A., Berea College

Yates, Kevin
Campus Police Officer, Campus Police

Yates, Miranda
Education Support Specialist III, Student Outreach and Success
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College
B.S., Bluefield College
Virginia Career Coach Certification, VCCS

Young, Joseph
Information Technology Specialist II, Center for Computing &
Information Technology
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College
B.S., Bluefield College
M.A., Old Dominion University

Staff Emeriti

Beverly, Peggy
Buckles, Jamie
Gilbert, Russell
Givens, Joseph
Keith, Margaret
Kindle, Deborah
Lawson, Rickey
Nelson, Nita
Parsons, Pat
Rhoton, Martha
Rogers, Linda
Sloce, Braccle
Sturgill, Joyce
Wilson, Carolyn
Wilson, Glenda
Wilson, Neka

Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program Faculty

Akers, William R., NRP
Program Director
B.A., Emory & Henry College
M.S., Virginia Tech

Brown, Elizabeth, NRP, RN
Clinical Coordinator
A.A.S, Virginia Highlands Community College
B.S.N., King University

Brewer, Macy, NRP
Instructor
A.A.S, Mountain Empire Community College

Clark, Kevin, NRP
Instructor
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Cox, Jason, NRP
Instructor
A.A.S, Mountain Empire Community College

Cross, Michael, NRP
Instructor
A.A.S, Mountain Empire Community College

Hubbard, James, NRP
Instructor
A.A.S. Mountain Empire Community College

Jackson, Cody, NRP, FP-C
Lead Instructor
B.A., Emory & Henry College

Jones, Stephanie, R.N., NRP
Instructor
A.S., Lincoln Memorial University
B.S.N., Old Dominion University
M.S.N., King University

Massie, Sheffey B., RN, NRP
Lead Instructor
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Midkiff, Sara, NRP
Lead Instructor
B.S. Western Governor’s University
M.S. Jacksonville State University

Vincent, Eric, NRP
Instructor
A.A.S, Mountain Empire Community College

Respiratory Therapy Adjunct Clinical Staff

Canter, Douglas, RRT
Lecturer, Respiratory Therapy
B.B.A, King University

Crawford, Jason, RRT
Lecturer, Respiratory Therapy
B.B.A, King University

El-Minaoui, Wael, K., M.D.
Medical Director
M.D., Beirut University

Long, Heather, RRT
Lecturer, Respiratory Therapy
B.S., East Tennessee State University

Phillips, Alice, CRT
Lecturer
Certificate, Mountain Empire Community College

Pinnell, Jennifer, RRT
Lecturer, Respiratory Therapy
A.S. East Tennessee State University

Sharrett, Isaac, RRT
Lecturer, Respiratory Therapy
B.B.A, King University

Wilson, Robin, RRT
Lecturer, Respiratory Therapy
B.S., East Tennessee State University