Washington State Welcomes and Transitions 13 Staff and Faculty

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Washington State Community College is pleased to announce the addition, transition, and rank advancements of 13 staff and faculty members within our teaching community.

Samantha Brodie is joining the College as an Instructor in Web Application Programming. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and also has a Diploma of Information Technology from The Devry Institute of Technology (Columbus). Her previous experience includes work at Enron Energy Services and Computer Sciences Corporation, as well as a Software Engineer for Digital Motorworks, Inc. and Insight Global.

Cristin Canter is taking over as Advisor for the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Washington State. Canter received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Education from Kent State University. Her career in education began in 2007; while working on her bachelor's degree, Canter was a Counselor for the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She also worked as a high school guidance counselor, substitute teacher, and most recently, as an Advisor and Adjunct Instructor with Zane State College.

Tara Freshour is joining the College as a Developmental Studies Instructor. Freshour obtained a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University, and a Master of Art in Reading from West Virginia University. She worked as a substitute teacher and Reading Specialist for over eight years, including with the Belpre City School District. Additionally, Freshour is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Sandra Morgenstern first joined the College as a Work Study in 2005; three years later she returned to work in the Mail Room. Morgenstern will be continuing her current Mail Room position while also serving as Front Desk Receptionist (Morning). This year, Morgenstern completed her Associate Degree in Business Management at Washington State.

Tracey O'Dell will join the faculty as an Instructor for the Associate Degree Nursing program. O'Dell brings more than 20 years of experience in nursing, first as a Licensed Practical Nursing and, since 1994, as a Registered Nurse. Last year she also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. O'Dell worked as a staff nurse for Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, a Director of Health Services with the Athens County Board of Disabilities, and Assistant Director of Nursing with the Meigs County Health Department. For the past three years O'Dell served as a travel nurse at five satellite clinics for the Department of Veterans Affairs (Chillicothe).

Claudia Owens is taking over the position of Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations with the College. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, Graduate of Economic Development Institute from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in Applied Communications from Cleveland State University, as well is a doctoral learner in Higher Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. Owens' career in marketing, communications, and public relations first began in 1994 as the Director of Client Marketing for Rockford (Ill.) Area Chamber of Commerce. She's also worked with Evoice of Networking Solutions, LLC and has taught communications courses at Bryant and Stratton College and the University of Phoenix.

Diane Rush is transitioning within the College, from Front Desk Receptionist to Administrative Assistant for Health Sciences. Rush first joined Washington State as a receptionist fifteen years ago. Before working at the College, Rush was a Teacher's Aide and Substitute Administrative Assistant with Marietta City Schools from 1993-1996. She received her Associate of Arts Degree from Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg.

Amanda Sutphin is joining Washington State as a Front Desk Receptionist (Afternoon). Sutphin obtained her Associate Degree in Business Management Technology/Marketing and Sales from Washington State. Since her graduation, Sutphin worked as a Clerical Specialist with the Washington County Department of Jobs and Family Services, an Office Manager with River City Dance Academy, and Coordinator for the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD).

Additionally, five current faculty members advanced in their rank for 2012. They include: Casey Corbett, from Instructor to Assistant Professor; Diana Eesley, from Instructor to Assistant Professor; Laura Garcia, from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor; Natalie Lowe, from Associate Professor to Professor; and Tanya Wilder, from Associate Professor to Professor.


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