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At their February 4 meeting, East Central College trustees dealt with a number of personnel matters. 


Three administrators were reappointed for the 2014 fiscal year.  They include Ina “Cookie” Hays, vice president of student development; Jean McCann, vice president of instruction; and Phil Pena, vice president of finance and administration.


Trustees accepted the retirement of six employees, the resignation of two others, and also hired six full-time employees and adjunct instructors for the 2013 spring semester. 


Three faculty members will take advantage of the retirement incentive package approved by trustees last October.  Mathematics professor Joyce Martin has been employed at ECC since the fall semester of 1977.  Harry Waters, professor of geography and political science, started teaching at East Central in September of 1978.  Dan Kern started as an instructional assistant at ECC in 1996 and in recent years has been a reading instructor. 


The faculty member’s service to the college will end at the close of the 2013 spring semester on May 18. 


Trustees also accepted the retirements of three staff members effective June 30, 2013.   Shelley Lewis has worked at ECC since August of 1984.  A specialist in the Learning Center for many years, she also handles degree audit responsibilities. 


Sharon Witte, program coordinator in continuing education, has worked at East Central since 1989.  Bernadette Mayall, administrative assistant in continuing education, also plans to retire.  She has been employed by the college since 1994.


Those six employees join four others who submitted their retirement paperwork in December.  


The retirement incentive includes 33 percent of base salary for the current year or $750 per year of service, paid in two annual installments beginning in August of 2013. Retirees will also receive the cash equivalent to one year of health, dental and vision insurance premium. Retirees can elect to continue insurance coverage under the college plan, but would be responsible for the monthly premium.


Trustees also accepted two resignations.  Kamealya Farrell, instructor of biology and health sciences, was released from the remainder of her 2013 employment contract.  Grants specialist Brittany Watz was also released from her contract.


Three full-time instructor positions were filled.  Audrey Reed was hired as nursing instructor at ECC-Rolla.  Reed earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Methodist University.  Since 2011 she served as clinical coordinator at Pulaski Medical Clinic at Phelps County Regional Medical Center.  Prior to that she was director of the emergency services department at PCRMC.  Reed has over 10 years of experience as a staff nurse at various hospitals.


Trustees also approved the appointment of Amber Dunn as instructor for ECC’s new medical assistant program.   Dunn has worked as a registered medical assistant and nurse for many years.  She previously taught medical assistant classes at Everest College and St. Louis College of Health Careers.  Dunn obtained her medical assistant certification from Midwest institute for Medical Assistants.


Effective with the start of the 2013 fall semester, Sarah Havens will teach biology and health science classes at ECC.  Havens obtained her master’s degree in biology from Missouri University of Science and Technology.   She was a full-time temporary instructor in ECC’s biology department from 2010 through 2012 and is the current coordinator of the Health Career Transitions program at East Central.  


Terri Warmack will become the new Health Careers Outreach coordinator.  Warmack earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida.  She currently teaches at ECC on a part-time basis, serving as instructor for the certified nurse assistant program.  She is also a clinical instructor for the Washington School of Practical Nursing.  She previously worked as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Washington.


Lora Warner, retention/career service specialist at ECC since last July, will become the career navigator at the Washington Career Center.  Warner completed a master’s degree in college student personnel from Miami University in Ohio.  Prior to coming to ECC she spent four years as career development coordinator at Columbia-Greene Community College in New York.  


Warner will be replaced by Goldie Gildehaus who spent the past five years as assistant director of marketing and leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She was assistant director of student activities at Missouri State University from 2005 to 2007.  Gildehaus earned her MBA from MSU.


The employment of part-time instructors for the 2013 spring semester was also approved.

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