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The appointment of several new faculty and staff members was approved by East Central College trustees at their July 18 meeting.  


Six full-time instructors were hired, several replacing long-time faculty members who retired this past spring. 


Richard Hudanick will be the new business instructor.  He has previously served as an adjunct instructor at ECC.  His previous work experience includes director of career services at Anthem College and extern coordinator at Everest College.  Hudanick earned his MBA from Fontbonne University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University


Shanee Haynes was hired as communications instructor on a temporary, limited term contract for the 2013-14 academic year.  After earning her undergraduate degree in mass communication from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Haynes obtained a master’s degree in communications from Lindenwood University.  She has been an adjunct instructor at ECC and St. Louis Community College-Meramec. 


Former student Mike Palazzola returns to ECC this fall as instructor in the culinary arts department.  He has worked as pastry chef at Forest Hills Country Club, sous chef at Sunset Country Club and garde manger and sous chef at Old Warson Country Club.  Palazzola has also taught culinary classes at ECC on a part-time basis.  He earned several gold and silver medals at five American Culinary Federation competitions and in 2008 was a gold and silver medalist at the IKA “culinary Olympics” held in Germany.


Dr. Coreen Derifield will teach history and political science.  Derifield attended Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history.  She received her master’s degree in history from Western Michigan University  and went on to complete her doctorate in history at Purdue University.  She has previous teaching experience at several community colleges and most recently was limited term lecturer at Purdue.


The newest addition to the math department will be instructor Linda Follis, an adjunct instructor at ECC since 2008.  Follis previously taught math at St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood.  She earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education from Harris-Stowe State University and obtained a master’s degree from Webster University.


ECC’s current part-time instructional assistant for the precision machining department will become a full-time instructor this fall.  Donna Wilkinson earned her associate of applied science degree in precision machining from ECC in 2009.  She previously worked at Ozark Mountain Technology in Cuba.  The position is funded through the MoManufacturingWINs grant.


Two professional staff positions in the information technology department have been filled.  Ann Lause returns to ECC as enterprise system administrator.  She was a programmer/analyst at the college prior to leaving in 2007 and has been a consultant since then.  Lause was previously employed as a programmer consultant for Syllogisteks and senior programmer/analyst at United Van Lines.  Lause obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Southeast Missouri State university.


Ehren Curnutte, an instructional technology technician at ECC since last September, was promoted to systems and network manager.  Prior to working at the college, Curnutte was a helpdesk analyst at Boeing for four years.  Additional work experience includes various positions with the U.S. Navy from 1996 to 2007. 


The new director of admissions is Nathaniel Mitchell.  For the past year Mitchell was coordinator of high school relations at ECC.  Prior to his employment with the college, he worked at Missouri University of Science and Technology as an admissions counselor and international student advisor.  Mitchell attended Missouri S & T, earning a bachelor’s degree in history from that institution.       


Kean Barclay becomes the head coach and fitness specialist August 1. He has been employed at ECC as head men’s soccer coach on a part-time basis since March 2012.  Barclay’s previous coaching experience includes head coach with the Northwest Arkansas Lightning soccer club and the men’s soccer program at the University of Abertay in Scotland.  He also served as assistant men’s soccer coach at University of the Ozarks and Longwood University.  Barclay previously worked as recruitment specialist at Radiant Research.  He attended Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports management. 


Jeri Rieger was hired as the new program coordinator for community education.  She has worked in various roles for ECC’s Center for Workforce Development since 2009, and prior to that was a license bureau clerk.  Rieger was also an instructor at USAID and Winrock International. 


College trustees also approved the appointment of two staff members to fill positions funded through the MoHealthWINs and MoManufacturingWINs grants.


William McKenzie is the new coordinator of the Transitions program.  He comes to ECC from M ERS/Goodwill where he was case manager with the Workforce Investment Act program.  He previously worked at Jefferson College in the adult education division proctoring WorkKeys assessments and for the Missouri Department of Economic Development as a career specialist at the Missouri Career Center in Washington.   McKenzie graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor’s degree in education. 


The other grant funded position is for a navigation coordinator.  Cindy Brewer will take on those duties.  For the past four months Brewer has worked for the college as WorkKeys testing specialist.  Prior to that she was employed by Sears Holding Corporation for 14 years in a variety of positions.  A graduate of ECC, Brewer continued her education at Missouri State University where she completed a bachelor’s degree in management/entrepreneurship and her MBA.


"We welcome these new individuals to ECC, and we congratulate the existing employees who are moving to new positions with the college,” noted Dr. Jon Bauer, college president. “I am glad to get them on board in time for the start of the new academic year and look forward to working with each of them.”

Trustees also approved the promotion in rank for four faculty members.  Those achieving assistant professor status include Linda Barro-English, Russ Henderson-history, Eric Lawrence-mathematics and Dennis Pohlman-government/history/political science.


Board members authorized an addendum to the list of adjunct faculty for the 2013 summer session and accepted the resignation of retention coordinator Eilene Acheson.


Security Services


Security services at the main campus in Union and ECC’s two locations in Rolla will again be handled by Securitas.  Total cost for the year will total $161,311 and will be funded through student support service fees.  Securitas was the lowest of the five bids received for unarmed security services. 


President Bauer said that ECC is  pleased to continue the relationship with Securitas. “The company has been good to work with over the past several years,"  he stated.

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