2024-2025 Catalog and Handbook 
  
    May 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Handbook

Personnel



Administrative Faculty

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

Booth, Ted
Dean, Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., University of Tennessee 
M.A.R., Emmanuel Christian Seminary
M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee
B.A., Milligan University

Boggs Kelly, Beth
Coordinator of Advising
M.Ed., Lindsey Wilson College
B.A., Lindsey Wilson College
A.S., Southeast Community & Technical College
A.A., Southeast Community & Technical College

Bradshaw, Lelia
Dean, Student Services
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Licensed Professional Counselor, Virginia Department of Health Professionals

Brownsberger, Dr. 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
M.S.N., University of Virginia
B.S.N., University of Michigan

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

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

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

Hall, Kristy
Interim Vice President, Finance and Administration
M.S., University of Nebraska
B.S., Radford University

Jones, Jane
Dean, Business and Information Technology
Advanced Study, Virginia Tech CEHRS Certification
M.A.T., East Tennessee State University
B.S., Tusculum College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

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

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

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

Mullins, James Wes., RRT-NPS
Dean, Health Sciences
M.B.A., King College
B.B.A., King College
A.A.S., Roane State Community College

O’Quinn, Becki
Director, Small Business Development Center

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

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

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

Wilson, Meg
Librarian, Wampler Library
M.S., University of Oklahoma
B.A., University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

President Emeritus

Suarez, Terrance E.

Faculty

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clark, Kristen
Instructor, Nursing
B.S.N., Radford University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jones, Mitzi
Professor, Nursing
B.S.N., King College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Jones, Stephenson
Instructor, Police Science
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
CSC, Mountain Empire Community College

Kilbourne, Joey
Assistant Professor, Information Technology Systems
M.S., Eastern University
B.S., Old Dominion University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

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

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

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

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

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

Pittman, Jimmy
Instructor, Welding

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

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

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

Rose, Michael
Instructor & Coordinator of Power Line Program

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

Sharrett, Isaac
Assistant Professor, Respiratory Therapy
B.A., King University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

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

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

Spears, Jason
Instructor, Commercial Driver’s License
CDL Certification- Mountain Empire Community College

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

Turner, John
Instructor, HVAC Refrigeration
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College

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

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

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

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

Yates, Joe
Instructor & Coordinator, CDL Program
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University
A.A.S., Southwest Virginia Community College
 

Professor Emeriti

  • Bliese, Rhoda
  • Brown, Patricia
  • Bumgarner, Gary
  • Carter, William (deceased)
  • Carroll, Perry
  • Cotham, John
  • Davis, Margaret Ann
  • Durham, James
  • Durham, Peggy
  • Fisher, Sharon
  • Harris, William
  • Hicks, Leah
  • Osborne, William Dub
  • Phillips, Richard
  • Ratliff, Vickie
  • Reynolds, Carolyn
  • Ringley, Shuler
  • Rose, Van Perry
  • Rusek, Peggy (deceased)
  • St. Clair, Reginald Dr.
  • Tomlinson, Fran
  • Wells, Shirley
  • Wheless, Benjamin (deceased)

Staff

Anderson, Nikki
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Student Outreach & Success
B.S., Liberty University

Baker, Jordan
Law Enforcement Officer II

Barker, Chelsea
Financial Aid Advisor, Financial Aid Office
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Barker, Justin
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
B.S., Radford University

Bevins, Becky
Grants Accountant, Business Office
B.S., Clinch Valley College

Bolling, David
Housekeeping, Facilities

Bolling, Israel
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Small Business Development Center
M.A., Liberty University
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

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

Boring, Amber
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Health Sciences
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Bowling, Kayla
Academic & Financial Aid Advisor, Enrollment Services
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Lindsey Wilson College

Bradley, Steven
Trades Technician III, Facilities

Brummett, W. Chris
Printing Technician III, Printing Services

Campbell, Rebecca
Fiscal Tech & Purchasing, Business Office

Clarkston, Sarah
Academic Advisor, Health Sciences
B.A., History, University of Virginia’s College at Wise

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

Cole, Johnson
Trades Technician I, Grounds

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 & Interim Bookstore Manager
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Cothran, Grayson
Chief of Police, Campus Police Department
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
Tutor Coordinator, Student Support Services
B.S., Old Dominion University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A. & S., Mountain Empire Community College

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

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

Davis, Pauline
Academic Advisor, 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 Division
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

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

Dotson, Miranda
Admissions Office, Enrollment Services
B.A., University of Pikeville

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

Dye, Shamra
Fiscal Technician, Student Accounts, Business Office
B.A., Old Dominion University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Comm. College

Edwards, Cathy
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Business and Information Technology
A.A.S., J. Sargent Reynolds 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

Eventide, Althea
Retail Specialist I, Bookstore

Fields, B. Matt
Advisor, Talent Search
B.S., University of Virginia College at Wise
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

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
M.S., Missouri State University
B.S., Coastal Carolina University

Fritz, Henry
Housekeeping/Apparel Worker I, Facilities

Gibson, Doug
Advisor, Talent Search
M.Ed., Lincoln Memorial University
B.A., History University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Gibson, Megan
PR & Marketing Specialist/Funds Coordinator, Foundation

Gibson, Peggy
Executive Assistant to the President, President’s Office

Grace, Lena
Interim Dean, Enrollment Services, Veterans Affairs Specialist, Enrollment Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Grider, Robert
Law Enforcement Officer II

Greene, Susan
Career Navigator
M.Ed., East Tennessee State University
B.S., Carson Newman College

Guthe, Donald
Housekeeping, Facilities
B.A. University of Tennessee

Hale, Jonathan
Housekeeping,  Facilities
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Harless, Carmen
Financial Aid Officer, Financial Aid
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

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

Harvey, Arietta
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Center for Computing & Information Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Hickman, Krisanne
Library Specialist II, Wampler Library

Igo, Brianna
Housekeeping, Facilities

Jones, Holly
Human Resource Analyst
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Kelley, Amy
Housekeeping, Facilities

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

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

Lancaster, Amanda
Fiscal Technician, Accounts Payable, Business Office

Layne, Preston
Trades Manager, Facilities

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

Lester, Angie
Dual Enrollment/Governor’s School Coordinator
B.S., Western Governors University
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Lewis, Victoria
RSVP Career Coach
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Maggard, Brandon
Information Technology Specialist I

Manis, Victoria
Career Navigator
B.A., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Matthews, Amanda
Academic Advisor, Business & Information Technology
M.Ed, Lindsey Wilson College
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
A.A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College
 

McCarty, Alison
Library Services Specialist I, Wampler Library
B.A., Berea College

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

McGuire, Deborah
Fiscal Technicial- Accounts Receivable, 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

Middleton, Vicki
Fiscal Services Specialist, Foundation
A.S.T. Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Miller, Angela
Career Navigator
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Mosier, Cindy
Administrative and Office Specialist II, Switchboard

Mullins, Emma
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Workforce Solutions

New, Stephanie
Project Coordinator, Project Amelioration, Workforce Solutions
M.Ed., University of Oklahoma
B.A., Old Dominion University

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

Pearcy, Vicki
Assistant Registrar, Enrollment Services
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Perkins, Alisha
Financial Aid Officer, Financial Aid

Phillips, Karen
Food Server, Red Fox Grill

Reynolds, Angelia
Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Academic Affairs & Workforce Solutions
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Rhoton, Connie
FCCLA Program State Advisor, Workforce Solutions Facilitator
Advance Study, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S., 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, Joseph W.
Trades Technician II, Facilities

Roberts, Joseph R.
Trades Technician I, Facilities

Roberts, Shelli
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Dual Enrollment/Governor’s School
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Robinson, Dwayne
Trades Technician I, Grounds

Scarberry, Nikki
Administrative and Office Specialist III, Industrial Technology
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Schenck, Christy
Admissions Officer, Enrollment Services
A.A & S., Mountain Empire Community College

Stallard, Deborah
Career Navigator
B.S., Radford University

Stanley, Farrell
Housekeeping, Facilities

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

Stidham, Thomas
Housekeeping, Facilities

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

Tomlinson, Fran
HRSA Grant Coordinator
M.A., East Tennessee State University
B.S., University of Virginia’s College at Wise

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

Villiard, Gracie
Bookstore Associate, Bookstore
B. A., Virginia Tech

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

Worley, Ariel
Case Manager, Project Amelioration Expansion
B.A., Lindsey Wilson College
A.A.S., Mountain Empire Community College

Virgo, Rebecca
Fast Forward Coach
B. A., Weber State

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

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

Staff Emeriti

  • Bartley, Tim
  • Bays, Della
  • Beverly, Peggy
  • Buckles, Jamie
  • Gilbert, Russell
  • Givens, Joseph
  • Green, Charlotte
  • Keith, Margaret
  • Kindle, Deborah
  • Lawson, Rickey
  • Nelson, Nita
  • Parsons, Pat
  • Pierson, Kathy
  • Pippin, Debbie
  • 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