New Faculty Academy

Each year, PACE welcomes and facilitates the new, full-time faculty cohort for that year.

2019-2020 Faculty Cohort

David Arnapole David Migrandasa Arnopole is a Nursing Instructor and will report to Angela Lunsford. David earned his Associates in Nursing from Pellissippi State in 2015.  He then worked as a Med-Surg and Emergency Nurse while earning his Bachelors’s from King University.  David continued his education with King for his Master’s in Nursing with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner and graduated in 2019.  As of now, he is working on his Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on patient and nurse education regarding influenza vaccines.  David’s email is dmarnopole@pstcc.edu.
Joseph Blauvelt 

I started my career at McDonalds at the age of 15, working as executive chef to bartender it was time to prove myself in the kitchen. After graduating with a dual degree in Culinary and Pastry arts from Sullivan University in Louisville KY, I took the opportunity to travel to Europe where I worked at a bakery in Obercorn Luxemburg for six months, and worked the Cannes Film Festival. After returning to Sullivan University where I met my soon to be wife, I worked as bakery manager for the school’s student run bakery. Afterwards we moved to Knoxville for a Research & Development position where I worked with corporate chain restaurants creating soups, sauces, and side dishes. It was a very rewarding position, but something was missing. It wasn’t until I took the teaching position that I found what was missing. With 35 years of kitchen experience I’ve finally found my calling, teaching future culinarians the way around the kitchen.

Lisa Brown Lisa Michelle Brown is a Nursing Instructor and will report to Angela Lunsford. She earned her Associates of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University in 1997. She then practiced in Nashville, TN for 5 years in cardiac and critical care before moving back to her East Tennessee home. Lisa continued her education obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from King College in 2011. She worked at Park west Medical Center in West Knoxville for the next 14 years in critical care, emergency room, interventional radiology, and vascular access placement. Lisa earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing Education, focus critical care specialist in 2017 from Tennessee State University. While earning her Master’s she practiced as a Vascular Access Specialist traveling across Tennessee and Virginia. Lisa started working as an adjunct clinical instructor for Pellissippi State Community College in 2015. Lisa’s email is lmbrown3 @pstcc.edu
Spencer Christensen Spencer D. Christensen is an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts Department. Spencer earned his BA and MA in Communications from the University of Kentucky and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Spencer has taught with several institutions over the years such as the University of Kentucky, the Bronx Community College, and Lake Superior State University. His email is sdchristensen@pstcc.edu
Mandy Comes Mandy L. Comes is an Associate Professor of Biology in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences Department.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology From King University, and her Master’s in Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from the University of Toledo.  She has worked as a full-time laboratory technician and adjunct instructor for three years, and full-time faculty for thirteen years at Rockingham Community College in North Carolina.  Her email is mlcomes@pstcc.edu.
Danisha Davis Dannisha Davis is an Instructor for the Nursing Department’s Skills and Simulation Lab. She also serves as the course facilitator for the Nursing Department’s Mental Health hybrid course. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, and her Master’s in Nursing Education from Western Governor’s University. Dannisha has worked for several years as a Med-Surg nurse and has practiced nursing in various fields, such as Mental Health, Public Health, and Perioperative Care, in addition to serving as a Clinical Adjunct for Pellissippi’s Nursing Department. Her email is ddavis@pstcc.edu.
Geoffrey Fogelman Geoffrey Fogleman, Instructor in EnglishGeoff earned his BA in English from The Ohio State University and his MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked as an adjunct in Chicago from 2013-2018 at Harper College, College of DuPage, and DeVry University. He also taught math (of all things) to special needs children at Chicago Bulls College Prep. in 2018. His email is gsfogleman@pstcc.edu.
Ward Hooker Ward Hooker is an Assistant Professor, Business and Computer Technology and will report to Mike Wolfe. Ward earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics/Finance from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina and his Master of Arts in Economics from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Ward most recently worked as an Economics instructor at Surry Community College in Dobson, North Carolina. Ward’s email is wlhooker@pstcc.edu.
Elizabeth Kelly Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kelly is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education in the department of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. She received her B.S. in Child Development from the University of Tennessee and her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from East Tennessee State University. Before working at Pellissippi State Community College, Lizzie spent seventeen years working at the Early Learning Center for Research and Practice at the University of Tennessee. In her role as demonstration teacher at the Early Learning Center, she taught in either preschool or infant-toddler classrooms and mentored a wide range of pre-service teachers. You may email Lizzie at ekkelly@pstcc.edu    
Skyler Lauderdale Skyler Lauderdale is an Instructor of Sociology.  Skyler earned his BA in Sociology from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.  He earned his MA in Sociology and advanced to doctoral candidacy at the University of South Florida.  Prior to joining the faculty here, he was an Instructor of Sociology at Northern Arizona University.  His e-mail is cslauderdale@pstcc.edu.
Jonathan Maness Jonathan Maness holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies – Recording and Production from Appalachian State University. He recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Master’s Degree in Music Production and Engineering – Summa Cum Laude. Jonathan has parlayed a lifelong love of classical, jazz, and country music into highly developed skill sets in music performance and audio production. He can be heard playing multiple instruments in commercials for Farm Bureau, Home Federal Bank, Gatlinburg, and Visit Knoxville. He has recorded and produced projects under his own name, and with the country duo, WestWend. As an engineer, he is working with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra as the broadcast engineer for Live at Lucille’s (East TN PBS). His audio company, Anteflow Records, is the production company for the Oak Ridge Summer Sessions (ORNLFCU), and WDVX’s Secret City Radio and Clinch River Breakdown. He will be serving as a Faculty Instructor in Audio Production Engineering and reporting to Margaret Anne Jeffries, the Dean of the Engineering and Media Technologies Department.
Anna Matsen Cantrell Anna Matsen Cantrell is an Instructor of English and will report to Sue Yamin. She earned her BA at Tennessee Technological University and her MA at Belmont University. Anna’s most recent work experience was as an Adjunct at Pellissippi State and at Roane State. She has also tutored for Pellissippi State. Anna’s email is aematsen@pstcc.edu.
Chris Nicholson Christopher Nicholson is an Instructor in Business and Computer Technology and will report to Tammie Bolling.  Christopher earned his Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in Religious Studies and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Christopher most recently worked as an Instructional Associate at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Christopher’s email is cjnicholson@pstcc.edu.

 

Katy Ross Katy Ross (they/them or she/her) is an Instructor of Communications in the Liberal Arts Department and reports to Toni McDaniel. Katy has earned three degrees, all of which are in Communication Studies: a B.S. from East Carolina University, a M.A. from Texas Tech University, and most recently, a Ph.D. from Ohio University. Katy relocated to Knoxville from Ohio to complete dissertation research focusing on transgender and queer communities, and has since fallen in love with the area. Katy previously taught at PSTCC as an adjunct instructor before serving as a visiting instructor at Tusculum University for the 2018-19 school year. Katy’s email is kaross1@pstcc.edu.
Joe Schmitz Joseph Schmitz
Mary Ellen Spencer Mary Ellen Spencer is the Dean of Library Services and reports to Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathryn Byrd. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She was awarded her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Indiana University. Mary Ellen has held positions at North Carolina State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Oklahoma. Her email address is mespencer@pstcc.edu.
Donna Trogdon is an Instructor of Criminal Justice in the Liberal Arts Department.  She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security from Austin Peay State University, M.S. in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security from Tiffin University and is working toward her Ph.D. in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination at Walden University.  Donna has worked as a Senior Intelligence Instructor and as a Special Investigator. In addition, she has been an adjunct instructor at several institutions for seven years teaching criminal justice, homeland security, intelligence and emergency management courses.  Her email is dtrogdon@pstcc.edu.
Barbara Veith Barbara Veith is an Instructor of Chemistry in the Natural and Behavioral Science Department.  She earned her B.S. in Chemistry at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She received a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University.  Barbara’s most recent work experience was as an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Pellissippi State and Roane State.  Barbara’s email is bmveith@pstcc.edu.
Nathan Widener Nathaniel Widener is an instructor of World History in the Liberal Arts Department. He earned a B.A. in Music and History with Secondary License at Maryville College. He earned a MA in History from Appalachian State University. Nathan has worked at several different higher educational institutions such as: Limestone College, Western Carolina University, and Kennesaw State. His email is nrwidener1@pstcc.edu.
Karen Wright Karen Wright is an Instructor in English and reports to Sue Yamin. She completed her BA in English at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and her MA in English at Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU she taught English courses and served as the assistant director of the University Writing Center. At Pellissippi State, she has taught as an adjunct and full-time instructor in English. Karen’s email is kkwright@pstcc.edu.

2018-2019 Faculty Cohort

Anna Childs Anna Childs is an Instructor, English and will report to Sue Yamin. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts at the University of Tennessee and is working on her Ph.D. from Lincoln Memorial University. Anna’s most recent work experience was as an Adjunct at Pellissippi State, Roane State, Tennessee Wesleyan, Tusculum, and UTK. She has also tutored for Pellissippi State. Anna’s email is aechilds@pstcc.edu.
Leslie Coffman Leslie Coffman is an Instructor, History and will report to Jonathan Fowler. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska in Omaha where she graduated Magna Cum Laude Extra Muros. She also earned her Master of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska.  Leslie’s most recent experience was as an Instructor at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, University of Nebraska, and Iowa Western Community College. Leslie’s email is lcoffman1@pstcc.edu.
Melissa Dos Santos Melissa Dos Santos is an Instructor, Engineering & Media Technology and will report to Margaret Ann Jeffries. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Melissa also earned her A.A.S Communications Graphics from Pellissippi State. Melissa most recently worked as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. She also worked as an Adjunct at Pellissippi State in Communication Graphics and has served as a Mentor and Advisor to Hardin Valley Academy’s Communication, Technology & Education Advisory Board. Melissa’s email is mrdos@pstcc.edu.
Brandi Funk Brandi Funk is an Instructor, Business & Computer Technology and will report to Mike Wolfe. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services and her Masters Business Administration in Organizational Development from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Brandi most recently worked in a Temporary Full-Time Instructor role at Pellissippi State, but also worked in a tenure tract position for Pellissippi State a few years ago. Prior to her career in higher education, she was a Home Mortgage Consultant/Personal Banker for Wells Fargo in Iowa. Brandi’s email is bfunk@pstcc.edu.
Sam Gleason Samuel (Sam) Gleason is an Instructor, English and will report to Sue Yamin. Sam earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Master of Arts in Literature from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sam most recently worked as a Latin Teacher at the Episcopal School of Knoxville and a Research Collections Assistant at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.  He has also been an Adjunct in English at Maryville College and Pellissippi State. Sam’s email is sjgleason@pstcc.edu.
Chris Harder Christopher (Chris) Harder is an Instructor, Engineering & Media Technology and will report to Margaret Ann Jeffries. He earned his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Chris worked most recently as a Temporary Full-Time Instructor in EMT at Pellissippi State. Chris’s email is  crharder@pstcc.edu.
Olga Malkina Olga Malkina is an instructor, Engineering & Media Technology and will report to Margaret Ann Jeffries.  Olga earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and her Master of Science in Linguistics, both with Honors, from Southern Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia. She earned her Master of Science and her Ph.D. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University in Florida. Olga has worked as an Adjunct for Pellissippi State, a Teaching Assistant at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, and an Instructor at South Ural State University in Russia. Olga’s email is oomalkina@pstcc.edu.
Kent McQuilken Kent McQuilken is an Instructor, Engineering & Media Technology and will report to Margaret Ann Jeffries.  Kent earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Kent most recently worked as a 3D Modeler and Animator at Oak National Laboratory Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division and was a tenure tract Instructor for Pellissippi State. Additionally, he worked as a Contract Motion Designer for Scripps Productions and has produced animated films.  Kent’s email is fkmcquilken@pstcc.edu.
Jennifer Priano Jennifer Priano is a Clinical Lab Instructor, Nursing and will report to Angela Lunsford. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science of Nursing with Honors and her Master of Science of Nursing from King University.  Her most recent work experience was as an Adjunct with Pellissippi State, a Staff RN at Blount Memorial Hospital, and RN PRN at University of Tennessee Hospice. Jennifer’s email is jlpriano@pstcc.edu.
Charlotte Rose Charlotte Rose is an Instructor, English and will report to Sue Yamin.  Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of California in Los Angeles, CA and her Master of Arts in English from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  She has worked as an Adjunct at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ, a lecturer at Rutgers. Charlotte’s email is ckrose@pstcc.edu.
Ken Swayne Kenneth (Ken) Swayne is a Professor, Engineering & Media Technology and will report to Margaret Ann Jeffries.  Ken earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  His most recent work experience was as a Senior Controls Engineer/Principal Engineer for the Mississippi Power Company and a Professor/Program Coordinator at Pellissippi State.  Ken’s email is keswayne@pstcc.edu.
Caleb Williamson Caleb Williamson is an Instructor, Business & Computer Technology and will report to Mike Wolfe. Caleb earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has worked most recently as an Adjunct at Pellissippi State and he was an Engineering Intern at the Eaton Corporation. Caleb’s email is cjwilliamson2@pstcc.edu.

 

2017-2018 Faculty Cohort

Pictured to the right, from left to right:

 

  • Deboarah Szwarc, Accounting (BCT) instructor
  • Michael Wolf, Dean of Business and Computer Technology
  • Antija Allen, Psychology instructor (NBS)
  • David Rasnake, English instructor
  • Laura Lawson, Early Childhood Education (NBS)
  • Summar West, English instructor
  • Not pictured: Gail Lambert, Computer Applications instructor (BCT)

New Faculty Retreats from Multiple Years