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Rob Benard Robert Benard - Faculty - Coordinator, Information Technology - Technology Division

Robert Benard

Regional Technology Center - RTC2330
Office Hours By appointment

Robert Benard is a Professor and Programs Coordinator of Information Technology at Mott Community College. He also has experience developing computer software, web applications, and providing IT consultation services to industry and governmental organizations. Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Communications concentrating in Computer Information Systems from Rochester College and his Master of Business Administration concentrating in Management Information Systems from Baker College.

Robert holds Post Graduate Certificates in Learning Technologies and Strategies from Pacific Lutheran University. He is CompTia Security+ certified, IC3 certified, and is a Microsoft Technology Associate. Robert consistently continues his education by taking graduate college courses and attends professional conferences. He also serves on local high school advisory boards.

His areas of expertise are software development, database design and administration, and web development. Specifically, he is interested in creating data oriented applications for business environments to enhance productivity.

Robert resides in Millington, Michigan with his wife and son. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, snowmobiling, and being a dad.

Default image no photo provided Dawn Bright - Faculty - Forensic Science - Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division

Mott Memorial Building - MMB2122A
Office Hours By appointment

Dawn Bright, joined Mott Community College’s Department of Social Science in 2009. Dawn teaches Occupational Health and Safety in the Autopsy Assistant Program. She is a licensed Medical Technologist accredited through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dawn’s Master’s Degree in Science, is specialized in Environmental and Industrial Health, through the University of Michigan-School of Public Health. Her thesis work concentrated on the effects of heavy metals in fetal development and neuro-deficits in children. Dawn has worked in medical laboratory, forensic laboratory and environmental laboratory setting for over 30 years.

As an educator, Dawn brings 13 years of experience to the forensic science classroom and three decades of teaching in the Clinical Laboratory Science discipline. She has taught Occupational Health and Safety, American Heart CPR/AED, First Aid, Forensic Science, Biotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Parasitology, Microbiology, Environmental Biology, Biology, and Health Care Administration courses. She has previously taught courses at Baker College and the University of Michigan-Flint. Dawn has been teaching the Occupational Health and Safety course as an online hybrid course since 2012. She currently serves on the Genesee County Emergency Planning Committee, the Clinical Laboratory Advisory Board for the University of Michigan, the Autopsy Assistant Advisory Board for Mott Community College, acts as an advisory for the Health Occupations Students of America, and volunteers for the Science Olympiad Competition.

Heidi Clippard Heidi Clippard - Faculty - Health Sciences Division

Heidi Clippard

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2302B
Engagement Hours by Appointment

Hi everyone! I am full-time nursing faculty here at Mott Community College. I began my formal teaching career at Beecher Adult High School over 20 years ago teaching health occupations and health courses. I have since moved on to teaching registered nursing at the college level. I am a proud double MCC alumnus earning both an Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science-Nursing degrees. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree with a dual emphasis in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, and a Master’s Degree with a concentration as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Michigan State University. That means I can Go Blue! or Go Green! at the drop of a hat- literally!:).

I am the epitome of the life-long learner- there is so much in this world to do, see, and understand. I find that holding a spirit of curiosity makes life much more interesting and rewarding! I am a big time lover of Shakespearean literature- plays, poems, etc., and travel to Stratford, Canada almost every year to take in the plays. I am also a bit of a travel buff with an interest in learning about the history and the food of anyplace I travel. Most of all I love to read- anything, anytime, anywhere! My absolute favorite book of all time is the Oxford English Dictionary- etymology is fascinating!

Kindra Conley Kindra Conley - Faculty - Counseling and Technology Divisions

Kindra Conley

Prahl College Center - PCC 2030
Regional Technology Center - RTC 2700F
Office Hours By appointment

Kindra Conley is a full-time Academic Success Specialist member of Counseling and Student Development. Kindra is also an adjunct instructor in the Counseling and Technology Divisions. Kindra graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. She also holds a PhD in Business Administration, Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Science.

Kindra is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the state of Michigan. As an Academic Success Specialist she focuses her attention on student success, retention, and completion. She is also the President-Elect of the Genesee Area Counseling Association.

In her free time, Kindra enjoys outdoor activities, travel, being with her family and gaining more knowledge.

Dalton Connally Dalton Connally - Coordinator - Social Work - Fine Arts and Social Sciences Divisions

Dalton Connally

- MMB 2002D
Office Hours By appointment

As a new teacher, I focused on myself as a standard bearer: I told myself I could set high standards as long as I was willing to "do whatever it takes" to help students achieve those standards. Later, I learned the importance of a dual skill: involving students in class so they actively learn more. By actively involving students, and by holding them to high standards, I try to empower students to find their voices.

Why is voice so important? Students will spend much of their lives working; and three-quarters of their time on the job will be spent communicating with others - either orally or in writing. Communicating well is especially important for social work students to be effective academically, professionally, and personally. Therefore, I take a dim view of "knowing" and a much more esteemed view of "voicing". I use voicing to mean communicating effectively by learning to read and think critically, argue persuasively orally and in writing; and, empathize with others, especially those different from you.

I chose to teach at Mott Community College because helping students acquire the foundational skills necessary for a successful social work career is my passion. I love teaching, and wanted to do it at an institution where I could invest in student’s futures. Preparing social work students is my way of creating a better world.

What makes my students successful is attending class with an open mind, and a desire to learn. I will do everything possible to ensure their success. Students will participate in class, do their assignments, and read the textbook. The most important thing that they can do to ensure success is to talk with me when they are struggling. I am always available for students before and after class, or by appointment. I cannot help you if I don't know you are struggling. Please talk with me!

Students who take my class tell me that my course is engaging, fun, and thought provoking. They learn a different way to view the world by utilizing critical thinking skills. They also learn practical, real world application of social work skills.

Michele Dunnum thumbnail Michele Dunnum - Faculty - English - Humanities Division

Michele Dunnum

- CM1105
Office Hours By appointment

If I had not become an English professor, I would have become a neuroscientist. I am fascinated by how our brains work, how they learn, and how they develop patterns of thinking that can have a tremendous impact on our whole lives, for the better or the worse.

My English 101 course asks students to examine the patterns of thinking that they have developed around writing, reading, learning, and college in general. We read other writers and reflect about how their ideas and narratives might help us better understand our own thinking and develop mindsets that will help us reach our goals. Our research writing focuses on personal or academic challenges we are facing, with the aim of developing strategies and solutions for our real lives, even as we accomplish English 101 course objectives.

In English 102, we examine our patterns of thinking in the context of argument, exploring the differences between emotional gut-level reaction and critical thinking. We aim in this course to slow down our reactivity when we encounter an argument and to develop our ability to think about the quality of evidence presented to us. At the same time, we work to develop our own ability to present an argument rationally, without manipulating our audience. These skills are crucial not only for effective college writing, but for effective citizenship and even day-to-day personal communication.

I have been teaching in Mott’s English department since Fall of 2004. Prior to that, I completed a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where I also taught developmental writing students and worked as a consultant in the Sweetland Writing Center.

I chose to teach at Mott Community College because Community College students are more interesting than students at any other kind of educational institution. I thrive in the diversity of a Mott classroom (face-to-face or online), where students range in age from 17 to 75 and bring with them a tremendous amount of wisdom and life experience. Even the youngest have stories to tell, and these stories keep me engaged.

What makes students successful in my courses is participating in class and trusting me-- which means engaging in the learning process that I have designed, taking intellectual risks, and asking questions.

Students who take my class tell me that my course is challenging but fair. They appreciate the safety net that I have created; the opportunity to revise most writing assignments for a new grade helps students feel more comfortable taking on difficult tasks.

Christopher Enge Christopher Enge - Associate Professor - Business Division

Christopher Enge

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2133D
Office Hours By appointment

Christopher Enge is an Associate Professor in the Business Division. He teaches management and business law.

Professor Enge has extensive experience as a business litigator in the San Francisco Bay Area, concentrating on corporate and insurance disputes. He has taught business, leadership and law classes for Northwood University, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Saginaw Valley State University, Cañada College and Skyline College. He has taught in all manner of formats, including traditional in person classes, hybrid classes, and pure online classes.

Professor Enge holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, Flint, a JD from Stanford Law School, and a BS in Finance from Millikin University.

Professor Enge lives in Frankenmuth with his wife Heidi and The Skweeky Katt. He and Heidi founded and operate Tozy Tea, selling premium teas and accessories. He is an avid outdoorsman, concentrating on fishing and hiking. His sports loyalties lie with the Chicago Cubs and Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Giants, Stanford University and the University of Illinois. He also believes Skyrim and The Last of Us are the best video games ever made.

default image no photo provided Alana Ferguson - Faculty - Accounting - Business & International Studies Division

- CM2102
Office Hours by appointment

Alana (A-lain-a) Ferguson is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Mott Community College where she teaches accounting courses in a variety of formats: on campus, online and hybrid (a mix of both). Alana is a Mott Community College Alumni! Go Bears! Alana started her college journey at Mott Community College then transferred to Walsh College to complete a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy and a Masters Degree in Accountancy. She worked in accounting departments of manufacturing and commercial property management companies before working in public accounting. Alana is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and runs an IRS sponsored tax site under the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program at Mott.

Outside of work, Alana enjoys spending time with her husband and four young children. They love sports and motorsports and are often enjoying the many Michigan seasons.

Becky Garske Becky Garske - Program Coordinator Early Childhood Education - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Becky Garske

- MMB2120B
Office Hours by appointment

Hi, I am a full time faculty member of the Early Childhood Education program and the ECED program Coordinator. I have been teaching at Mott since 2003 and the program coordinator since 2006.

I am a graduate of the Mott ECED program and love having the opportunity to be teaching here where I began my professional career pathway. Prior to teaching at Mott I worked as a Child Care Center Director and as a trainer for early child care providers and ECE staff.

I have four grown sons and two grand daughters who often are featured in videos highlighting course objectives. I teach most of the upper level ECED courses and the majority of them include an additional lab component in addition to your classwork.

The most common thing I hear from students is that "there is a lot of work, but I learned a lot from this class " and that I do not "spoon feed information,", "you make us look for it and then apply it". "We learn how to use the information in the classroom". Guilty as charged; I will insist that you look up information and explain how this will apply to your work as a professional but over these years I have had many students return to say "you were hard but fair, and I learned so much".

That is my goal, to help you begin your professional path with the tools you will need to help support the children and families you work with and to help form the foundation for your continued success as you travel your journey as and ECE professional.

default image no photo provided Aaron Gulyas - Faculty - History - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

- MMB2120D
Office Hours by appointment

A teacher, historian, and writer (generally in that order), Gulyas received his BA in History from Hanover College in 1998 as well as an MA in United States History from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 2003. He then moved into teaching, and has been at Mott Community College since 2006. His online courses include World History to 1500, World History to Present, American Military History, History of the Holocaust, and East Asia 1600 to Present. He also works with several of the college's curriculum and accreditation efforts.

Gulyas is the author of a number of articles and books on media history and criticism, science fiction, and fringe political cultures.

Anne Gupton Anne Gupton, L.P.C., N.C.C - Faculty - Counseling & Student Development Division

Anne Gupton

- PCC2030
Office Hours by appointment

I have been fortunate to work in higher education for 30+ years in Student Services beginning as a Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator, moving to Student Employment & Career Resource Center Director, then onto Counseling & Student Development for the past 15 years as a Counselor/Faculty Member. I began a new position in 2015 as Program Coordinator - College Readiness Faculty and continue to teach student success courses. These classes include Survival Skills for College, Career Exploration, Human Relations Skills, Job Seeking Skills, etc. I earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from Oakland University and I am a Licensed by the State of Michigan as a Licensed Professional Counselor with National Certification.

I have been an advocate of incorporating digital products and e-books into classes to help students acquire and develop workplace skills through the use of learning paths and engagement activities. Real world examples and experiences are discussed and incorporated to prepare students for success throughout their lives.

I thoroughly enjoy the educational environment, working with students, collaborating with colleagues and learning. I strongly believe the keys to success are persistence and positive attitudes. My interests are health, wellness and being outdoors in the flower/garden enjoying family, pets and nature.

default image no photo provided Dr. Joel Hachem - Faculty - Information Technology - Technology Division

Regional Technology Center - RTC2320
Office Hours: See posted e-learning office hours

Dr. Joel Hachem, is a Professor of Information Technology at Mott Community College. He has been in IT field for the past 25 years in various positions such as but not limited to: Computer Networking Engineer, Penetration Testing Engineer, Microprocessor Designer, IT Project Manager, Forensic Analyst, Software Developer....

He worked for multiple institutions such as Intel, Oracle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comcast.... and now own his IT consulting firm in the Metro-Detroit area, Michigan and provide services in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Dr. Hachem, earned multiple degrees, he earned a Bachelor in Mathematics, Computer Science, a Master in Mathematics, and Master of Science – IRM, and a Doctorate in Computer Science – Security and still pursuing a Master of Business Administration. He strongly believe that education keeps his mind sharp and allow him to stay up to date.

He specializes in many areas, such as Computer Networking, Cyber Security, Data Mining, Ethical Hacking, System Analysis and Design, Software Development, etc.… and enjoys very much anything related to Computer Networking Security.

When he has free time, he enjoys writing algorithms to create computer viruses and find the antivirus for them and attacking his own computer network at home. He loves to travel with his wife and 2 boys to Europe and Africa to visit family and friends, loves Soccer (he played pro soccer in Africa and semi-pro in France).

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott - Faculty - English - Humanities Division

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott

- CM1101A
Office Hours: By appointment

I can best say that I live to teach writing and literature. It is not just a job for me; it is my life’s breath. I have taught English composition and literature in the US and abroad. I have taught English writing skills to hearing and Deaf college students. My doctoral dissertation focused on teaching English composition to Deaf college students. If I am not teaching, I am serving as a teacher of teachers, those preparing to enter the profession.

I not only teach writing; I am a writer. I have written five books—an English handbook, a text for only Deaf students, an online text, a book on team building, and an e-book for those aspiring to become school principals. In addition, I have edited a book on parenting.

I have been a publisher for over twenty-three years, owning two publishing companies. One is a textbook publishing company that has published various authors throughout the country and abroad. For example, one of the texts published is one teaching the proper manner to bow and place one’s hands when in Japan. The self-publishing company provides more than writing, marketing, and distribution services. It provides additional support services to those aspiring to become writers.

As a businesswoman, one of the few women in the country who solely owns two companies for over twenty years, I provide consultation services to women who are trying to start a business or maintain their businesses.

Finally, everything I do is with the belief that I have been blessed with a gift from the Great Teacher. And so, I have made certain that I give back academically and financially to the local, national, and world communities to various charities. I work hard to please my Great Teacher and the students with whom He has blessed to touch my life.

I am not an easy teacher. I challenge my students. I am a fair professor who will give all I have to help those students who want to learn. I am a willing student of my students. I love teaching so much because I have learned so much from my students. My methodology for teaching is based on my varied personal and professional experiences. I encourage diverse opinions because of my diverse experiences. I respect different thoughts and I challenge my students to see the world critically and in different ways so that their writing is rich, well-developed, and provocative. I love working with complex individuals because I am complex. And so, I, Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, am a teacher, teacher of teachers, writer, publisher, consultant, student, and child of the Great Teacher.

default image no photo provided Susan Hinton - Faculty - Counseling and Student Development

- PCC2030
Office Hours: See posted e-learning office hours

Susan Hinton is an adjunct faculty member in Counseling and Student Development. She has been with MCC since 2006. Susan earned her B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University and her M.A. in counseling from Oakland University in 2004. Prior to coming to Mott, she worked in Career Development at Rochester Community Schools. She also worked as a high school and middle school guidance counselor.

Her teaching interest includes Job Seeking Skills, Career Exploration and Decision Making, Study Skills, College Survival Skills and Stress Management. Susan resides in Holly and has 3 grown children. In her free time she loves to travel and has recently been on a cruise to Eastern Europe. Her other interests include exploring antique shops and flea markets to find items to decorate or repurpose.

Dr. Larry Juchartz Dr. Larry Juchartz - Faculty - English - Humanities Division

Dr. Larry Juchartz

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2002
Office Hours by appointment

Dr. Larry Juchartz is a professor of English at MCC. After completing his first two years of courses at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, he received a B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Michigan State University. He taught at three other community colleges as well as at EMU before coming to Mott full-time in 2001. In addition to teaching, Dr. Juchartz is also a strong supporter of organized labor and enjoys restoring classic muscle cars, renovating houses, and vacationing anywhere near water.

Susan Lechota Susan Lechota - Faculty - Early Childhood - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Susan Lechota

Mott Memorial Building - MMB 2133
Office Hours: See posted e-learning office hours

My name is Susan Lechota and I have been a member of the Early Childhood Education faculty at MCC since 2006. I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. I am also the Director of the Mott Community College Early Childhood Learning Center (MCC ECLC). The MCC ECLC provides child care to Mott students and the community as well as serving as the MCC Laboratory preschool where MCC Early Childhood students complete hours of practicum experiences with young children which are required for graduation.

I feel that I have the best job in the world because I have the privilege of working with both MCC ECED students and with MCC ECLC children and their families. I greatly enjoy being in a position to encourage and guide ECED students as well as young children and their families during their time at MCC.

I am looking forward to getting to know you, both via Blackboard and in our email and face to face conversations.

LindaLee Massoud LindaLee Massoud - Faculty - Information Technology - Technology Division

LindaLee Massoud

Regional Technology Center - RTC2110C
Office Hours: by appointment

LindaLee Massoud is finishing her third decade at Mott Community College. She was initially the coordinator of the (American Sign Language) Interpreter Training Program for the first set of years, then taught in the Paralegal program, and has spent the last numerous years teaching computers.

An "early adopter" type of teacher, she has been active in many of the newer teaching styles and modalities, including remote classroom, distance learning (both video and online), hybrid, Open Entry, flipped classroom, and experiential learning. Students never know what to expect in a class from her, but it will be interesting and engaging – as well as focused on job-prep skills.

Townes Osborn Miller Townes Osborn Miller - Faculty - Music - Fine Arts & Social Sciences

Dr. Townes Osborn Miller

Mott Memorial Building - MMB1034
Office Hours By appointment

Dr. Townes Osborn Miller, Associate Professor of Music, currently serves on the faculty of Mott Community College (MI), teaching courses in music, and coordinates the outreach and music program for the division. She serves as the adjunct flute instructor at Saginaw Valley State University (MI) and also conducts the SVSU Flute Choir. She has also served on the faculties of Northwest Missouri State University, Washburn University and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Dr. Miller has been the featured soloist with the St. Matthias Chamber Orchestra (NC), the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Guild (TN), Kansas City Flute Choir (KS) and with Midland Adventist Academy (KS). As an active performer, Dr. Miller performs regularly in Flint and Saginaw, MI area and the Kansas City, MO and Cullowhee, NC area. She also performs with the We Three Trio (flute, oboe, bassoon) in North Carolina. Dr. Miller has performed recitals and/or given master classes for Mott Community College (MI), Saginaw Valley State University (MI), St. Cecilia Society (MI), Pittsburg State University (KS), Western Carolina University (NC), Prairie Winds (KS), and Graceland University (IA). In addition, she has performed with the Saginaw Eddy Band (MI), St. Joseph Symphony, Overland Park Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony Municipal Band, Kansas City Puccini Arts Festival, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Psalmfest for the Historic Northeast Cultural Arts Commission, and the Asheville (NC) Choral Society.

As an educator, Dr. Miller brings two decades of teaching experience to the classroom. She has taught Music Appreciation since graduate school and has been teaching online at Mott since 2012. As a flutist, she has served as an adjudicator for the Southeast Michigan Flute Association Flute Competition, Flint Institute of Music, KSHSAA State Music Festival, and Kansas and Missouri All-State auditions.

Dr. Miller is a member of the National Flute Association and served as the volunteer coordinator for the 2008 convention, College Music Society, Southeast Michigan Flute Association, Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and has served on the Board of the Kansas City Flute Association. She also served on the Inspirational Grant Committee for ArtsKC (Kansas City), for three years. Currently, Dr. Miller serves on the Music in the Parks committee (Flint), the Whiting Council (Flint), chairs the NYE committee for The Whiting, Movie Under the Stars committee with Communities First Inc., and will now be serving as the NFA permanent volunteer coordinator beginning in November 2015. She holds a BA and MA from Western Carolina University School of Music and a DMA, with honors, from the University of Kansas School of Music.

Dr. Candice Munoz Dr. Candice Munoz - Faculty - Communication - Humanities Division

Dr. Candice Mundoz

- CM1101B
Office Hours By appointment

Hello! My name is Dr. Candice Munoz and I am a COMM faculty member and Co-Coordinator for Communication in the Humanities Division here at Mott (since 2009). Here at Mott, I currently teach a variety of classes: COMM 131: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, COMM 140: Principles of Interpersonal Communication, COMM 210: Persuasion, and COMM 220: Intercultural Communication. Overall, I have worked in college and university settings for over 20 years because I truly enjoy working with students. I have also spent over 6 years working in student affairs doing everything from coordinating student support programs, designing alternative spring break trips, working in student admissions, and assisting with retention efforts.

My academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a Specialization in Writing) from the University of Michigan-Flint, a Master of Arts in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Focus: Communication and Culture) from Bowling Green State University. Prior to teaching at Mott, I taught a variety of classes within Communication, English, Lifelong Learning, and Ethnic Studies at Wayne State University and Bowling Green State University.

Now that I spend most of my time in the classroom, I’ve found that this background helps me guide my students through their college experiences by helping them utilize the resources around them. My degree in English is also a tremendous asset because I enjoy demystifying the writing process and helping my students develop sound research skills. When I spent a lot of time conducting research, I focused on rhetoric, language and power, persuasion, social justice, and aspects of intercultural/multicultural communication. I LOVE teaching and learning about Communication in the city that I grew up in (Flint) and sharing my knowledge and expertise while meeting new people. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling, bike riding, volunteering, and trying new food.

default image no photo provided Lisa Novak - Faculty , Advisor - Business Division

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2133D
Office Hours By appointment

Lisa Novak is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Mott Community college in the Business Division. Prior to coming to Mott Community College, she worked for many years in the non-profit and governmental accounting area as well as a few years in public accounting. Lisa received her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint with a major in Accounting and her M.S.A. from Central Michigan University.

Lisa’s teaching interests include non-profit and governmental accounting, financial accounting, computerized accounting and cost accounting. She has developed new courses in non-profit and governmental accounting, computerized accounting, and business capstone. In 2014, she was awarded Instructor of the Year by the MCC Student Government Association for excellence in teaching and dedication to students and for making receiving an education an enjoyable experience.

Her primary research interests are in the field of utilizing Strengths for students. She has earned certification as a Strengths Advocate for Mott Community College.

Lisa resides with her family in Lapeer. In her free time, she enjoys walking, reading, and spending time friends and family.

Holly Richardson Holly Richardson - Faculty - Music - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Holly Richardson

Mott Memorial Building - MMB1028A
Office Hours by appointment

Holly Richardson, Adjunct Professor in Music, graduated from MCC in 1986, and finished her BME at U of M-Flint. Catherine McMichael was Professor Richardson’s piano coach at U of M. She earned a MA from Marygrove College in 1994. Professor Richardson has an additional 27 hours of graduate credit from WMU and Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. She has been part of the Music Faculty at MCC since 1998, she also is employed full time at Flint Community Schools and is the Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Professor Richardson performs locally for charity events and area churches.

Christy Rishoi Christy Rishoi - Faculty - English - Humanities Division

Christy Rishoi

- CM2112
Office Hours by appointment

Dr. Rishoi is Professor of English in the Humanities Division, where she has taught since 2002. She teaches online and campus-based courses including Composition, American Indian Literature, Introduction to Literature, and Children’s Literature.

After earning her PhD in American Studies from Michigan State University, she taught full-time at Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan before joining the faculty at Mott College. She has also taught as a guest instructor at Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Aquinas College. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling.

She thinks a life in school is the best life there is.

Melissa Rueterbusch Melissa Rueterbusch - Faculty - Economics - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Melissa Rueterbusch

Mott Memorial Building - MMB2101A
Office Hours by appointment

Hello! My name is Melissa Rueterbusch and I'm the instructor for this course. A little bit about me: I grew up in Oxford, MI a small town just south of Lapeer. After high school I headed off to Central Michigan University to pursue a business degree. My favorite classes in the business program were the Economics courses, so after I graduated with my BS in business, I decided to continue on and get an MA in Economics. I have taught Economics for over 20 years at various colleges including Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, Lansing Community College, and, of course, Mott Community College. I have been here at MCC since 2000, and I truly love teaching here. I have also completed my PhD from Michigan State University in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, with a focus on the economics of education. I have been married since 1987 and have a wonderful little boy who was born in 2004. I like to ski, camp, read, and help out at my son's school.

default image no photo provided Lauren Ruffin - Faculty - Psychology - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Mott Memorial Building - MMB2123A
Office Hours by appointment

Lauren Ruffin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Fine Arts and Social Science Division. Prior to joining Mott Community College, Lauren worked in the clinical realm as a mental health therapist. Her years of clinical experience include working with multiple populations, ranging from children to elderly adults. She did behavioral therapy with children who had developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and then she moved on to conducting individual and group therapy sessions with adolescents who had been expelled from the public school system. Lauren has also worked with the adult population, ranging from individuals who simply felt "stuck," to individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Lauren also started her educational journey at a community college, and she loved it! A native of Kansas City, MO, Lauren graduated from Blue River Community College with an Associate's Degree. She then transferred to a small, private university (Avila University) where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Research, as well as a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology.

Lauren teaches classes in General Psychology (Psyc-281), Abnormal Psychology (Psyc-286), and Human Development (Psyc-291).

Sunni Samuels-Larry Sunni Samuels-Larry - Faculty - Mathematics- Science and Mathematics Division

Sunni Samuels-Larry

Gorman Science Center - 2206A
Office Hours by appointment

A famous quote remarks that "Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions". Being a teacher of mathematics allows for me to not only teach my subject but to assist others in their quest to learn how to think. Teaching mathematics consists of making difficult concepts more accessible to students. I attempt to make the material manageable while remaining true to the content. I believe that students who are able to make sense of the basic ideas present within mathematics will have the opportunity to make connections to topics in future classes which will improve their chance for success.

I was born and raised in the phenomenal and resilient city of Flint, Michigan. I am a proud graduate of Flint Central High School. From there I had the pleasure of earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from South Carolina State University and a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

My employment background ranges from high school mathematics teaching and program coordination to algebra state test preparation and scoring for the state of Maryland to high school training for teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland. In the past I have also taught for Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, Baker College of Flint, and for DeVry University online.

I am currently a full-time mathematics instructor with Mott Community College. I live with my husband, two children, and cat in Grand Blanc, Michigan. In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, and trying new restaurants.

I look forward getting acquainted with each of you this semester.

Mary Beth Schmekel Mary Beth Schmekel - Faculty - Nursing- Health Sciences Division

Mary Beth Schmekel

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2313P
Office Hours by appointment

My name is Mary Beth Schmekel and I have been a member of the Nursing and Allied Health faculty at MCC since 1999 (fulltime since 2005). I have worked as a Registered Nurse in many roles since 1980. Like my students, I started my educational journey at a community college and earned an Associates Degree. While working fulltime, it took me nine more years to get a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University. The ultimate challenge was taking graduate-level courses on-line with the dreaded ‘dial-up’ method of having internet! My Master’s in Nursing Education is from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska.

I have three grown children and two grandsons. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, boating, and crossword puzzles.

I really enjoy teaching at MCC. Both face-to-face and on-line courses have allowed me to meet so many great people who are working hard to achieve their education, and eventually their healthcare degree.

Cheryl Shelton Cheryl Shelton - Faculty - Information Technology - Technology Division

Cheryl Shelton

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2118
Office Hours By appointment

Cheryl was a classroom and online adjunct instructor at Mott for 17 years in the Information Technology department of the Technology Division. She has taught courses in general computing, computer programming, computer networking and computer security. Her full-time position is as Chief Technology Officer in the Information Technology Services department here at Mott. Cheryl has her bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan - Flint and her master's degree in Management Information Systems from Ferris State University. Prior to coming to Mott in 1998, Cheryl worked in various computer jobs in a variety of industries in the fields of help desk, network administrator and systems analyst before making the transition to education. Here at Mott, she has worked in Academic Computing and been an Executive Dean before her current position as Chief Technology Officer.

Cheryl resides in Clarkston with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, golfing, boating and spending time with her two grandsons. She has also served on the board of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties and various IT Boards in Genesee County.

Laura Sigmon Laura Sigmon - Faculty - Business Division

Laura Sigmon

Curtice-Mott Complex - CM2123
Office Hours By appointment

Laura Sigmon has nearly two decades of corporate management experience with demonstrated abilities to anticipate and capitalize on market trends. Her career accomplishments are steeped in her ability to identify profit potential, and position business units or segments to maximize market share.

Laura acquired her management experience by managing business units for FedEx National, USF Holland and United Parcel Services (UPS). She has strong management oversight as a change agent including strategic planning, human resources management, capital improvement, budget/finance and sourcing. She had devoted her entrepreneurial pursuits to developing and growing small businesses throughout the State of Michigan. She has successfully helped to launch and expand more than 50 small businesses in Metro Detroit.

Laura holds an MBA in Business Administration with special concentration on her under graduate degree in Management and Organizational Development.

Mrs. Sigmon launched in 2008 Best Practices Consulting Services, LLC (BPCS) a consulting firm designed to partner with small businesses seeking direction in business planning, business development, marketing, and government contracting. BPCS has a team of four veteran consultants each maintaining successful partnerships in both for-profit and non-profit areas of interest, working to expand market share and sustainable profitability.

She is an adjunct instructor at Mott Community College, in Flint, Michigan where she teaches Small Business Management, Principles of Management, Strategic Marketing, Business Leadership and Introduction to Business.

Laura Sigmon trains small business owners through an economic development program in the city of Detroit and Flint, MI. She’s also a Marketing Technical Assistance provider for ProsperUS Detroit and Motor City Match, Detroit, MI.

Past Appointments

Advisory Board Member, Baker College, Allen Park, MI
Vice President, Rosedale Park Community Development Corp, Detroit, MI
Advisory Board Member, Bivens Transportation, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Board Secretary, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce, Detroit, MI

Current Offices

President & CEO
Best Practices Consulting Services
Board President
Church of the Messiah
Housing Corporation
Board Secretary
Courageous Incorporated
Advisory Board Member
C.O.L.O.R.S. Detroit

default image no photo provided Jeff Simms - Faculty - Counseling and Student Development

Prahl College Center - PCC2030
Office Hours By appointment

Jeff Simms is a full-time faculty member of Counseling and Student Development. Jeff graduated from Oakland University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.

Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Jeff focuses his energy on student success, retention, completion, and mental health awareness. Jeff provides professional mental health and career counseling to students when not teaching. Jeff is a clinical counseling supervisor for Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC). Jeff is a Past-President of the Genesee Area Counseling Association.

Jeff’s area of expertise includes mental health counseling for anxiety and depression, stress management, social media, and academic advising.

Haley Slade Haley Slade - Faculty - Criminal Justice - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Haley Slade

- MMB2002D
Office Hours by appointment

Haley Slade is a full-time faculty member and the program coordinator for the Criminal Justice and Corrections programs at Mott Community College. She started teaching at MCC in the Fall of 2017. She teaches several courses in the Criminal Justice program including CRJU 161 - Introductions to Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, CRJU 162 - Administration of Justice, CRJU 230 - Ethics and Leadership, and CRJU 269 - Juvenile Justice.

Haley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University. Haley has a background in law enforcement and law. She was a police officer for almost 8 years and spent 2 years as a practicing attorney. She has experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney and as a staff attorney for the Friend of the Court.

Haley strives to make her classrooms (including virtual classrooms) an interesting and engaging place where everyone feels welcome, comfortable, and safe. Through her teaching, she hopes to not only teach her students about criminal justice, but also teach them about life and make them better people. She is passionate about teaching the next generation of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals and making Mott Criminal Justice graduates the best they can be. She strongly believes our graduates can make a difference and will make a difference. MCC graduates truly are ready for more!

default image no photo provided Frank Sobie - Faculty - Geography - Fine Arts Social Sciences Division

Mott Memorial Building - MMB2101D
Office Hours By appointment

Frank Sobie is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Fine Arts and Social Science Division. Prior to joining Mott Community College, Frank worked in the private sector for a number of organizations. His experience is primarily with civil engineering, utility, petroleum and geographic information systems (GIS) firms. Frank has been involved with mapping since graduating from college.

Frank has earned both a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from Eastern Michigan University. He earned an undergraduate degree with a major in Geography and a minor in Geology. His Masters Degree is in Geography with a concentration in Land Use Planning.

Frank teaches courses in World Regional Geography, Crime Mapping and GIS. His teaching interests focus on mapping (GIS), natural resources, geopolitics and North American Regional Geography. Frank was awarded the 2014 IMAGIN "Geospatial Achievement Award" for his lifetime contribution to the organization and continued commitment to the field of GIS and mapping.

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Jennifer Walker Jennifer Walker - Faculty - Dental Hygiene - Health Sciences Division

Jennifer Walker

Mott Memorial Building - MMB2036E
Office Hours By appointment

Jennifer Walker began her teaching career at Mott Community College in 2010 in the dental hygiene program. Beginning part-time, Jennifer was hired as a full time dental hygiene faculty in 2015. Prior to coming to MCC, she worked in private practice for 16 years.

Jennifer’s college career began at MCC! She received her AAS-Dental Hygiene in 1994 from Mott Community College. She went on to complete her BAS-Dental Hygiene from Siena Heights University in 2009. In 2013, she received her MA-Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Mrs. Walker is the faculty advisor for the dental hygiene club and student chapter advisor for the ADHA. Jennifer has also held positions within the local dental hygiene component and served as a delegate to the MDHA. Additionally, she is very involved in community service and has inspired her students to serve as well.

Jennifer lives in North Branch with her husband and two sons. Her oldest son received his associate’s degree from Mott Community College in 2015. Her youngest son will begin classes at MCC in the fall of 2016.

Brenda Zicha Brenda Zicha - Faculty - Sociology - Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division

Brenda Zicha

Mott Memorial Building - MMB2122F
Office Hours By appointment

I have been a Sociology Instructor at Mott since 1999. I came here from Orange County, New York after graduating from college. Like many of you will have, I have an Associates in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Orange County Community College, in addition to a Bachelors and Masters Degree, both in Sociology, from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The courses I teach at Mott are Introduction to Sociology, Marriage & Family & Race and Ethnic Relations and I teach them all in both face-to-face classrooms and online.

The most common student comments about my courses is that "there is a lot of work, but I learned a lot from this class that changed my whole way of thinking!" and "Ms. Z answers email faster than any Professor I have even had!" So, if you love to learn, want to expand your thinking and want a professor who lives on email & Google Chat just waiting for questions from students, you will love my classes! You will quickly learn that SOCIOLOGY ROCKS!!!!!

August 16, 2019
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