As Western Nevada College students get settled into the 2016-17 school year, the college welcomes 30 new full-time faculty and staff members.
Here is a closer look at their professional and educational backgrounds:
Sandra Burnette, Administrative Assistant I, Disability Support Services and CareerConnect: Burnette is a past and current student at WNC. She started in the DSS office as a student worker and now is an administrative assistant. She has an Associate of Arts degree from WNC, graduating magna cum laude, and an Associate of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Virginia College. She is currently working on an Associate of Applied Science degree, and is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member.
Tara Burke, Administrative Assistant III, Performing Arts Department: Burke, a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism, owns Computer Artistry Graphic Design firm in Carson City. Her client list includes the City of Carson City, Carson City Visitors Bureau, many local theater companies, and many businesses from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine. She also is the marketing manager for Wild Horse Children’s Theatre of Carson City. With a lifelong background in community theater, Burke is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Stephanie Arrigotti and the Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company.
Deborah Conrad, Assistant to the President, President’s Office: Conrad graduated from Oregon State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she began a 20-plus-year stretch in the private sector, building her skills, knowledge and expertise as an executive assistant and project manager for various companies. Conrad moved to Reno in 1999, trading city life for the Wild West. For 13 years prior to joining WNC, Conrad provided direct support to the president and vice-president of a full-service advertising agency. During this time, she also became involved with a nonprofit entity called Horses for the Spirit, sparking her desire to move from the private sector into an organization with a mission to serve the community.
Cherrice Dotson, Accounting Assistant II, Business Office: Dotson served in the Army for three years before becoming a stay-at-home mom for 24 years. She enrolled at WNC in 2012 and graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with an Associate of Applied Science-Accounting Degree.
Ellie Dutton, Laboratory Technician, Nursing and Allied Health: Dutton worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Carson City for 12 years before enrolling at WNC in 2010 to pursue an Associate of Arts degree. She participated in work-study in the Business Office from 2014 to 2015, and accepted an administrative position with the Nursing and Allied Health division. She graduated from WNC in May with an Associate of Arts degree, and accepted a Laboratory Technician position in August.
Pao Lee, Fallon Campus Counselor: Pao graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs and College Counseling. His master’s thesis project focused on “Acculturation Factors That Impact Hmong Male High School Students.” Pao previously worked at Oklahoma City Community College for two years, advising a diverse population. He also interned at SupportNet and University Outreach Services at California State University, Fresno. Pao enjoys helping students succeed in school.
Lee Malara, Nursing Instructor, Nursing and Allied Health: Malara is a retired Army Nurse of 23 years. Malara began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant at age 16. She served as an Army Combat Medic before becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse for the Army. In 2001, she graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College and began working as a registered nurse. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2002. In 2012, Malara graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus on education. She has been a hospital educator and trauma program manager, and has provided teaching and training for emergency medical technicians, paramedics, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and medical doctors.
Tiffany Morelli, Fiscal Analyst, Budget Office:
Tiffany Morelli divides her work time between the Business Office in the mornings and the Budget Office in the afternoons. She has worked for the State of Nevada for 11 years in accounting and budgeting. Previously, she was employed in the State Treasurer’s Office as the Deputy of Cash Management. She has managed banking administration, worked through multiple banking conversions, built budgets, and worked in Human Resources. Morelli is excited that her WNC duties put her on both sides of accounting.
Geraldine Pope, English Instructor: Pope has taught as an adjunct English Instructor at WNC for the past three years, becoming a full-time faculty member this fall. She earned a dual degree in Women’s Studies and English Literature at UNR in 2010, and a graduate degree in English Literature at Arizona State University in 2012. Since teaching at WNC, Pope has the developed her skills as a teacher in online, interactive video (IAV) and Jump Start classes.
Heather Reardon, Nursing Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health: Reardon, MSN, RN, comes to WNC from a small community in Idaho, where she taught Maternal Child Nursing for seven years. She previously worked in Reno as a staff Labor and Delivery nurse. Reardon is excited to be back in the Reno-Tahoe area as she loves the outdoors and spending time with her family. She is excited to join ‘an amazing nursing education team that will make positive contributions to the next generation of nursing professionals’.
Craig Robinson, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator: Robinson was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, specifically chemical engineering. He worked in the environmental consulting and hazardous waste management field before joining the University of Missouri, Saint Louis as its safety and environmental program manager. While there, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration. He was also an active member of the student radio station, where he had his own one-hour radio program called Recreational Chemistry. Prior to coming to Northern Nevada, he worked for UCLA Environmental Health and Safety in Los Angeles. Most recently, Robinson was employed by Northwest Territorial Mint in Dayton as Safety and Environmental manager.
Ryan Swain, Webmaster, Computing Services: Swain served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps before moving to Central Washington and working as a Web contractor while attending Central Washington University in 2009. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Web Design in 2013. After graduation and prior to joining WNC, Swain moved with his family to Dayton and worked as a Web contractor and front-end programmer and designer.
Angela Urso, Financial Aid Advisor/FA Systems Coordinator, Financial Assistance: Urso has worked in several administrative positions in the Reno-Carson City area before beginning her career in financial aid with Prospect Education/Charter College. She held various financial aid positions during her eight-year association with Prospect Education. Urso is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communications through Southern New Hampshire University.
Richard Vlach, Administrative Assistant IV, Student Services: Vlach served in the United States Marine Corps as a legal administrator, then moved to Dayton with his wife, April. He enrolled at WNC in 2013 to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Vlach graduated in 2015 and has since continued his work with the Veterans Resource Center as the pre-admissions adviser. He continues to support veterans by participating in several organizations, including the American Legion and United Veterans Legislative Council.
Sandra Williams, Administrative Assistant, Specialty Crop Institute: Williams joined WNC’s Fallon campus in July 2015. Three years ago, Williams and her husband moved from Carson City to Fallon, where they both grew up. Her previous employment includes working 17 years for the State of Nevada as a legal secretary and senior secretary, and working in private business. In her spare time, Williams enjoys quilting and embroidering.
Other new full-time employees:
- Sherry Aseph, Accounting Assistant III Development;
- Everett Ebbs, Personnel Tech I, Human Resources;
- Cristian Estrada, Custodial Worker I, Facility Planning and Management;
- Niki Gladys, Director of Development;
- Ruby Herman, Perkins Grant manager;
- Lisa Herron, Child Care Worker II, Child Development Center;
- Frederic Howland, Security Officer, Public Safety;
- Linda Jacks, Instructor, Nursing and Allied Health;
- Adrienne Keith, Child Care Worker II, Child Development Center;
- Hillary Nelson, Administrative Assistant IV, Career and Technical Education;
- Kathryn Keever, Security Officer, Public Safety;
- Joel Rasmussen, Facility Attendant in Public Safety;
- Joshua Rau, Welding Instructor;
- William Sisco, Grounds Maintenance Worker II, Buildings and Grounds;
- Angela Viera, Campus Support Specialist, Fallon Campus/Rural Development.