Meet our Staff

Stephanie Alexander, Assistant Professor
Room 301A
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Phd in Education (cultural studies)Candidate, Ohio University, Athens, Oh
                     MEd, Humanities, University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Oh
                     BSEd, Elementary Education K-8, 1987, Ohio University, Athens, Oh.

 Stephanie Alexander joined the Mountwest faculty in 2009.  She is a PhD in Education (cultural studies) candidate at Ohio University.  Her Med with a concentration in the Humanities was completed in 2003 at the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio.  Her BSEd in Elementary Education, grades K-8, was earned in 1987 at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.  Before coming to Mountwest, she taught freshman composition English courses, developmental reading and developmental writing at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College for six years.  She enjoys writing short stories, reading historical nonfiction, horseback riding and paranormal psychology.

Kendra Bolen, Assistant Professor
Room 313
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M.A., Communication Studies from Marshall University

M.S., Adult and Technical Education from Marshall University

B.A., Counseling from Marshall University

 Kendra teaches Oral Communications, Interpersonal Communications and New Student Seminar courses at Mountwest.  She joined Mount west in the fall of 2006 as a part-time faculty member and began teaching full-time in the spring 2011 semester.  Kendra is a three time graduate of Marshall University.  Prior to teaching at Mountwest, Kendra worked as an Academic Counselor and taught study skills in the University College at Marshall University. 

When not at work, Kendra enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, taking care of her pets, watching movies, making crafts, going on road trips, and spending time outside.  Kendra is always up for learning something new and doing something exciting!

Leigh-Ann Brewer, Assistant Professor
Room 319
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M.A., Education with and emphasis in Deaf Education from Marshall University.

B.A., Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education


 Leigh-Ann Brewer began signing at the age of 8 years old, and became a nationally certified Interpreter for the Deaf at 17, prior to high School graduation.  She has Both her undergrad and Master's degree from Marshall University, and is currently working on her second Master's at Gallaudet University and hopes to eventually complete her doctorate, Leigh-Ann's passion is American Sign Language and the Deaf Community.  Some of her hobbies include scrapbooking, jogging, cooking, gardening and traveling.  Leigh-Ann is marries to Dr. Dan Henderson, former MCTC Psychology Professor and they reside in Milton, WV .

Harold Camp, Assistant Professor
Room 351
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M.S. Physics
B.S. Physics

 M.S. and B.S. in Physics with 38 years industrial experience in Research, Development, and Manufacturing. I enjoy traveling and teaching science and math.

Betty Dennison, Associate Professor
Room 315
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M.A. in English/with a Speech Concentration from Northwest Missouri State University
B.A. in English from Lynchburg College.


Originally from Maryland, I went to college in Virginia and received my B.A. in English from Lynchburg College.  After graduation, I worked in radio and print advertising in central Virginia.  Then my husband & I moved to Missouri,  While in Maryville, Missouri, I received my M.A. in English/with a Speech concentration in 1985 from Northwest Missouri State University,  After moving here to Huntington, WV, I have taught for MCTC since 1986 (part-time from 1986-1990).  Consequently, I have taught English Humanities, and Communications courses since then.


My Husband & I have three grown sons - Cory, Brandon, & Kevin: one daughter -in-law - Jennifer; one grandson - Cole (3 1/2).  They are all the "apples of my eye."  I enjoy my family very much, as well as reading, hiking, and growing flowers.


I serve as a Board member on the Cabell County Read Aloud Board.  Because of this association, my leadership class - HMN 235 - has partnered with WV Read Aloud and Guyandotte Elementary for a service project every semester whereby MCTC students volunteer to read aloud to all the first-grade students at Guyandotte Elementary.  This very meaningful and successful service project has been in progress since 1990. 

Sarah Dick, Assistant Professor
Room 321
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M.A. Special Education from Marshall University

B.A. Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Marshall University


 Sarah Dick is and assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education.  She began teaching courses at Mountwest in 2006 in addition to coordinating the Early Childhood Education program.  Prior to teaching at Mountwest, Sarah worked in the field of Early childhood of more than 12 years.  Specifically, she worked with children birth to three in early intervention and as a Preschool Special Need teacher.

Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a Master of  Arts degree in Special Education from Marshall University.  Sara remains quite busy when not at work as she is a wife and mother of three children.  When she has time, she does enjoy exercising, shopping and going on vacation.


Zana Durst


Room 349





Kathryn Hopkins, Assistant Professor

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M.A. - History from Marshall University
B.A. - History form Marshall University 

 Katie Hopkins is an assistant professor of history.  She received her B.A. (2008) and M.A. (2010) in history at Marshall University, and is currently working on a M.S. degree in Adult Education.  Her academic interests include social and cultural history, the history of sex and gender, comparative history, the history of religion, and postmodernist and feminist critique.  She is a life-long resident of West Virginia.

Rosalia Lilly, Assistant Professor
Room 361
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M.S. in Education from Marshall

B.S. in Education from Ohio University

 Rosalia Lilly joined Mountwest CTC in Fall 1993 as a part-time faculty member and began teaching math full time for Mountwest CTC in Fall 2000. She received a BS in Education from Ohio University in 1993 and a MA in Education from Marshall University in 2002.  She lives in Ironton, Ohio with her husband, Robert, and their two children, Erin and Christopher. 

Jenka Lockwood, Associate Professor
Room 359
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M.S. in Adult and Technical Education.
B.A. in Math and Science Education

 Jenka Lockwood joined MCTC in 1997 as an adjunct faculty member and joined the college full time in 2000.  Her degrees include a BA in Math and Science Education and an MS in Adult and Technical Education.  Jenka has a passion for teaching developmental mathematics, helping under prepared students gain the skills and confidence they need to be successful in whatever their future educational endeavors may be.  When she is not at work, she enjoys being with her three children and three grandchildren. Jenka is a hopeless lover of dogs and cats, so much so that if you ask her how many she has, she will only say, "Way too many."  Her other interests include flea marketing, furniture rehabbing, wood crafting, sewing, bicycling, gardening, camping, hiking, reading, genealogy, and traveling around seeing the beautiful state of West Virginia.

Maxson, Michael

Assistant Professor

Room 337




Michael McComas, Associate Professor
Room 323
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M.A.T. Master of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University 1994 


Michael McComas is a former C&O railroad engineer who, at the age of 35, went back  to school to become a teacher. Prior to joining the faculty of Mountwest, McComas taught mathematics for eight years in Cabell County Schools and Huntington St. Joseph Catholic High School. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chair of Liberal Arts within the General Studies Division.

McComas's work passions are developmental education, student success, using technology to support teaching and learning, and improving online teaching at MCTC. McComas teaches both developmental and college-level mathematics,  As Chair of Liberal Arts, he has responsibility for the subject areas of Mathematics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, English, and communications.  Additionally, he over sees several programs, including Biomedical Technology, Electronics Technology, Engineering Technology, and Machines Technology.

Personally, McComas is passionate about his family and has been marries to his wife Karen for 34 years.  They enjoy spending time with their two children, Christopher and Katie, as well as their many nieces and nephews.

Casie McGee

Assistant Professor

Room 355



M.A. Mathematics


Licensed Attorney

B.A. Mathematics and English



Casie McGee attended Marshall University as a Yeager Scholar, earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and English.  She then moved to Long Island, NY and earned her J.D.  She is a licensed attorney in the state of West Virginia.  After being in the job market for a while, Casie returned to Marshall University where she earned her M.A. in Mathematics.

Casie has always been a teacher.  In undergrad, she tutored in the mathematics department and the writing center.  In law school, she taught a mock trial program to local elementary and middle school classes.  She has also taught as a TA and adjunct at Marshall University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Casie is excited to have started working full time at MCTC.  She looks forward to many more years here!

In her admittedly limited free time, Casie likes to read sci-fi/fantasy novels and play MMO video games.

Kimberly Nisky, Assistant Professor
Room 311
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M.A., Communication Studies from Marshall University

B.A. Communication Studies from Marshall University



 Kimberly Nisky joined Mountwest in the fall of 2004 as adjunct faculty.  She was hired full-time in the spring semester of 2008, where she teaches Interpersonal Communications, Oral Communications and New Student Seminar courses.  Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Marshall University.  Before coming to Mountwest, Kim worked as a Communications and Interpersonal Communication for Ashland Community & Technical College. 

 In her spare time, Kim bowls in a league with a few of her coworkers and friends.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her four legged friends.

LeAnne Olson, Coordinator of Peer Tutoring, Instructional  Specialist-Academic Skills Center
Room 103D
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Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction from Marshall University.
M.A. English from Marshall University
R.B.A., from Marshall University

 LeAnne Olson is a native of Huntington.  She attended Shepherd College, now University, as a graphic design major.  After transferring to Marshall University, she earned her Bachelor of Regents degree in 1992, followed by a Master of Arts degree in English in 1997.  From 1999-2011, she was an adjunct faculty member at MCTC, teaching developmental English and Mathematics, as well as College Study Skills courses.  From 2000-2004, she was an academic counselor for the student athlete program at Marshall University.  From 2004-2011, LeAnne was a doctoral student in education at Marshall University, graduating in May 2011.  Her dissertation, Transition from High School to College:  The Experiences of Girls in Rural West Virginia, explored the influences of family, role models, money, and math in their transitions to college.

Currently, LeAnne is an Instructional Specialist in the Academic Success Center and Coordinator of Peer Tutoring.  She enjoys teaching developmental English and Math Students, as well as working with students to set goals and improve their study skills.  Outside of work, LeAnne enjoys reading, research, conferences, and outdoors.


Heather Pack, Assistant Professor
Room 357
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M.A. in Mathematics

B.S.  in Mathematics

 I joined Mountwest as a full-time faculty member in August 2002.  My journey to teaching in a community and technical college started long before the date.  In 1993, I worked as a work study for the college and started tutoring math through a program called J.P.T.A.  After obtaining a B.S. in Mathematics, I worked in the A.S.C. (Academic Skills Center) as a part time instructor.  It was through this experience that my love of teaching math and helping students understand mathematical concepts grew.  After complete an M.A. in Mathematics, I taught at a four-year institution for two years.  When a position became available at this college, I eagerly applied and hoped that I would be hired.  I felt like I was coming home to help the students succeed that I was born to help.  Since my hire here, I have become faculty advisor for Alpha Eta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

B. Eliot Parker, Assistant Professor
Room 317
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M.F.A., Creative Writing, from Eastern Kentucky University
M.A., English from Marshall University
B.A., Journalism Education, from Marshall University

 Eliot Parker is an Assistant Professor of English. He teaches writing and literature courses for the college, and served as former director of the Writing Center.  He is a certified teacher consultant with the National Writing Project, where he works with teachers in public schools and colleges and helps them incorporate writing into their curriculum.  His shorter fiction has appeared in Speck Literary Journal, Auora Literary Journal, and other.  He has served as Assistant Fiction Editor for Jelly Bucket Literary Journal and is the author of two fiction novels, The Prospect, and the upcoming mystery/thriller novel For Some Reason.  He resides in Chesapeake, Ohio

Susie Peyton, Instructor
Room 303
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B.A. Degree in English and journalism at Marshall

 How words work together to communicate ideas effectively has been my life's passion.  For 30 years I worked as a writer and editor, starting my career while pursuing a B.A. Degree in English and journalism at Marshall,  In the fall of 1998 when I joined the MCTC faculty,  I discovered a new joy: sharing my love of language with community college students.  My husband, a former newspaper reporter, editor, and columnist, and I have a son, Dave Jr., who is a gifted writer (through not always grammatically correct).  Our son writes daily as a creative outlet, but he is lucratively employed in network security of nightshift radiology, bases in San Jose, California, Currently, he lives in Buford, Georgia, near Atlanta.  Since he left home, I have more time to read, watch shows on HuluPlus, Netflix and PBS online, and enjoy our beloved dogs, Barkley and Stella, and cat, Sophie

Kim Schroeder

Assistant Professor

Room 353




Rebecca Settle, Assistant Professor
Room 309
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M.A. in English Studies from University of Manchester in Mansherter, England
B.A. in English Literature from Marshall University in 2002 with minor in French.

Rebecca Settle received a BA in English Literature from Marshall University in 2002 and also minored in French.  She attended graduate school at the University of Manchester in Manshester, England and received an MA in English Studies with a concentration in Cultural Criticism.  Rebecca was an adjunct instructor at MCTC for four years before becoming an Assistant Professor in 2011.  In addition to teaching English she also has a background in library services and freelance editing. A self-described film buff, she also enjoys reading, writing and cooking in her spare time.  She lives in Huntington.
Drema Stringer, Assistant Professor
Room 305
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M.A., English from Marshall University
B.A., English/Theater from Marshall University
 Drema Stringer is a native of Charleston, West Virginia.  She graduated from Marshall University with a BA in English/Theater and a MA in English.  A professor at MCTC since 1992, Drema has also taught at Ohio University/Ironton, WV State College, and Shawnee State College, as well as for Marshall University.  She has two Children, three cats and a dog, and would rather be reading than anything else.

Benjamin Taylor, Assistant Professor
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M.A. in Creative writing from Marshall University
B.A. in English from Marshall University.


 I teach Developmental Writing at Mountwest Community and Technical College.  After earning a BA in English from Marshall University, I continued my studies at Marshall for my Master's Degree in creative writing and graduated in 2009.  I began teaching English courses as an adjunct for MCTC in the fall of 2008.  In the spring of 2012, I was hired to teach full time.  I enjoy designing class lessons and writing exercises, seeing students become better writers and growing in the craft.  In each semester at MCTC, I have worked in the Writing Center as a Tutor.  This allows me to work with students individually.  The Writing Center and the classroom provide different challenges, but both allow me to create opportunities for success.  And I like that.

Theodore Triplett, Instructor
Room 251
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PhD in Structural Engineering

MS in Mining Engineering

BS in Mining Engineering 



 Ted was raised in Lincoln County in West Virginia.  Even though his first love was architecture, a scholarship led him to attend the School of Mining Engineering at Virginia Tech. After receiving a BS and MS in Mining Engineering, he moved to Minneapolis, MN, to work as research engineer at the Federal Bureau of Mines.  While there, he attended the University of Minnesota in both Civil Engineering and the Humphrey School of Management.  At the Bureau, he headed a combined state and national research program to prevent mining damage.  As part of this research, he developed innovative techniques to prevent damage to structures from mining subsidence.  Ted was able to apply this work to minimize damage from various sources of ground movement, including pumping of groundwater, oil or gas, earthquakes, shrink/swell of soils, etc. This allowed him to travel around the US as well as Europe, South Africa an India.  He then took a position at the University of Tennessee while pursuing a PHD in Structural Engineering. During this time he began painting, first in water color and then in oils. 

After 30 years away from home, Ted moved back to Lincoln County in 2007 to begin teaching mathematics and physics at MCTC.  Since then he has created two new programs at Mountwest, CNC Specialist and Engineering Design.  Because the latter program covers a broad range of careers, from cutting edge manufacturing to digital painting, Ted is finally able to work in both the vocation and avocation he loves, structural design and painting.

Linda Vinson, Associate Professor
Room 325
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M.A. - Advertising/Public Relations, University of Alabama
B.A. - Journalism, University of Alabama


 Before joining the faculty of MCTC, I worked extensively in public relations in Alabama, New York, and Maryland.

I have been a full-time faculty member at MCTC since 1999, during which I have held a variety of teaching and administrative experiences.

In addition to having taught written communication, oral communication, new student seminar, mass communication, and leadership development courses, I serve as Chair of Human Services which includes responsibility for American Sign Language (ASL), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Public Library Technician (PLT), General Studies/Transfer, history, psychology, sociology, theater, religion, music and art.  As such, I prepare class schedules, develop curriculum, oversees part-time faculty, as well as mentoring new full-time faculty members.

I have incorporated new teaching ideas and techniques to engage students to help ensure their academic success for all of their educational endeavors.  I promote the use of technology to assist in student learning and to provide alternative methods of deliver to meet both traditional and non-traditional students' need.

Rebecca White, Assistant Professor
Room 103A
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M.A. in Education form Marshall University
B.A. in Education from Marshall University


 I am a graduate of Marshall University where I earned my BA and MA degrees in Education.  In 1999, I became a member of the Mountwest faculty and the director of the Academic Skills Center.  I love teaching and learning and enjoy the privilege of working with my students in the classroom and in the Academic Skills Center.

My Family is originally from Tennessee, but I am a lifelong West Virginian.  In my private Life, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.  My husband and I have a blended family that includes a son, three daughter and their husbands, and eight grandchildren.


Kathryn Beckett, Administrative Secretary Sr.
Room 329
 A business graduate of Barboursville High School. Attended Cabell County Vocational Technical School with a focus on accounting and computer classes. Attended Marshall University having 45 hours towards an accounting degree. Worked 14 years for L.S. Industries as Office manager before they relocated to Knoxville, TN..  Co-owned Valley Medical Equipment for 5 years before selling because of the Medicare cuts.  Worked as Administrative Assistant to Director of Head Start before taking my current position as Administrative Secretary. Married 28 years to Jonathan D. Beckett and we have one beautiful and talented daughter Anna M. Beckett.

Rhonda Rappold
Administrative Assistant
Room 329