Staff Spotlight: Rachel Megahan receives SSS Award at holiday party

Rachel holding her awardRachel Megahan, Disability Counselor, received the Student Success Services (SSS) award at the annual SSS holiday party on December 14th. She was nominated by her peers for her positive attitude, resourcefulness, and diligent work with staff, faculty, and students. The award was presented to her by the Associate Vice President of SSS, Rita Dawkins, during the event.

Not only did she win the SSS award, but she also took home “Best Dressed” for the Ugly Sweater contest at the party. She had plenty of holiday spirit to show off! Her attire and enthusiasm helped her win the prize of 2 tickets to a CPCC theater show. Pictured below are all of the Ugly Sweater Contest contestants.

Ugly Sweater Contestants Well done Rachel on your award and prize! You certainly earned them both! We are proud of you!

 

Staff Spotlight: Tina Hardin receives the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award at Levine Campus holiday party

Tina Hardin receives Mel Gay Legacy award

One of our very own team members, Tina Hardin, received the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award last week at the Levine Campus holiday party. She was one of two staff members to receive the award. Barry Gilmore is the second recipient. They were both presented this award by Dr. Gay’s wife, Dail Gay, pictured above with Barry and Tina.

Reginald Pincham, ESS Director of Levine Campus, wrote about the award and the recipients:

Our Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award winners were selected because they demonstrate the characteristics that the late Dr. Mel Gay exhibited as our leader on the Levine campus: Commitment, Enthusiasm, Communication, Patience and Teamwork.

Here are some of the comments team members said about both Barry and Tina:

 

Barry Gilmore, Full-Time team member:

  • He is constantly thinking of ways to better serve students, faculty and staff. He is always concerned about the “Culture of Levine” and how he can affect that culture. If there is a way to advance the culture of unselfishness, the destruction of the silo mentality on Levine campus and have fun while learning he is exploring a way to achieve it.
  • He has an amazing level of commitment to our staff, students and faculty and he carries an enthusiasm and energy for his department that shines through.
  • He displays a great love and caring spirit for the students he serves and is an advocate for student unity.

Tina Hardin, Part-Time team member:

  • This employee is a joy to work with and clearly demonstrates and embodies the Mel Gay Legacy award criteria.
  • She is caring, kind and responsive to both students and colleagues.
  • She is very patient with everyone, extremely knowledgeable about her department’s role at CPCC and displays a great passion for the service she gives to students.

Disability Services is extremely proud of Tina. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!

 

Staff Spotlight: Valerie Johnson, Administrative Assistant II

Valerie “Val” Johnson works on the front lines and behind the scenes to make Disability Services run smoothly. She shows true dedication and commitment to the department and the college every day on the job. Her helper personality drives her to go the extra mile for students and the staff. As a result she won the employee recognition award for Student Success Services in 2014, which was very well deserved. She is also very active within the college and outside of work to provide help and service to the community.

Here is some Q & A with Valerie to help you get to know her better!

Valerie Johnson, Administrative Assistant II

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?
A: I worked part-time at CPCC as an Accounting Clerk at the Harris Campus from June 2006 –2007. I returned in February 2010 as a part-time Senior Administrative Clerk for Disability Services. In 2011, I was promoted to an Administrative Assistant II. I’ve been working as a full-time employee for four and a half years.

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: Prior to working at CPCC, I worked in property management for 20 years as a Property Manager and I supervised the maintenance staff.

Q: What are your areas of expertise?
A: My areas of expertise are in accounting, administrative skills, and networking. Also helping people to become empowered with purpose and to better themselves when society has overlooked them.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?
A: I truly enjoy the opportunity to enhance my skills and talents, through professional development training, department projects and free curriculum courses.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: I enjoy family time, music, reading, preforming arts, networking, and community outreach.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: I am a member of the nurse’s ministry at my church, a grandmother, a mentor at CPCC WPG, and a Member of Dress For Success Professional Women’s Group. I’m also a Certified Notary Public and Signing Agent. Finally, I am the Vice President of People Helping People Outreach.

Staff Spotlight: Tashana Kirby-Williams, Disability Counselor

Tashana with her daughter, Rylee

Tashana is our new full time Disability Counselor. She comes to CPCC with a well rounded background in counseling and working with adults and students with disabilities. She also brings a bubbly personality to our team and fits in well with us already! Here is Tashana’s Q&A so you can get to know her more!

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?
A: I have been with CPCC for about a month.

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: My first professional job was with Beyond Academics at UNCG. My second professional job was with Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?
A: I love the opportunity for professional growth. I also love the fact that everyone is a big family.   I am always ready to come to work and be around such an amazing team!

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: I love to shop, eat, travel and play with my daughter Rylee J.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: I am a fun person with a big personality and I am happy to be with Central Piedmont Community College.

Staff Spotlight: Mina Gerges, Lab Facilitator in the Disability Services Testing Center

Mina Gerges, Lab Facilitator

Mina is one of our newer team members in Disability Services. His background in technology is an asset to our department. Here is some Q&A to help you get to know Mina better!

Q: Who are you?
A: My name is Mina Gerges. I was born in Canterbury England, where I lived for four years. Then I went to Egypt and I spent about thirteen years there until I finished my high school diploma with a major in mathematics. I studied at Hudson County and then I studied electrical engineering technology at UNCC. Now I’m an Instructional Lab Facilitator at CPCC

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?
A: This is my first time working at CPCC and I started one month ago.

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I worked as a Process Engineer at Electronics Manufacturing. I provided quality support for production assembly and testing, documented assembly process for the manufacturing floor, and documented test procedures for test engineering. I also tested assemblies using manual, semi-automatic, and automatic test equipment. I enforced strong adherence to documented processes and lead problem resolution. I also worked as a math teacher at CMS where I taught mathematics for grades 9-12. I did my internship with CMC where I repaired desktops and laptops. Finally, I worked as a IT Assistant and I maintained and repaired PCs and Mac Computer hardware/ software.

Q: What is your area of expertise?
A: I have Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from UNCC

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?
A: I enjoy working with people. I’m gaining new experience and knowledge about working with disabled students and how to be more social with people.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: I play basketball, tennis and bowling. I enjoy writing Christian stories and reading poems. I also have a talent in teaching mathematics.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: I want others to know who I am and how I achieved my goal to become a team member of Disability Services at CPCC.

Staff Spotlight: Gavora Jones Senior Administrative Clerk in Disability Services

Gavora Jones is a vital member of the Disability Services team. She is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that students receive the best services from our office and from the college as a whole. Being a CPCC student herself, she knows how to navigate the college and is willing to help connect others with resources at the college to help them be successful. She has a big heart and it shows when you meet her! With her experience and personality, she provides high quality services to our students and helps to keep the department running smoothly.

Gavora Jones, PT Senior Administrative Clerk

Now it’s time to get to know Gavora…..

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?

A: I’ve been working at CPCC for 4 years.

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?

A: I worked as a work-study student with TRiO and Financial Aid, which helped shape me for my professional future.

Q: What are your areas of expertise?

A: Because of my experiences in life over the years I believe it makes it easy for me to make others smile. I have a way with people.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?

A: I truly enjoy meeting new people and learning more about the world around me. I find it true that you’re never too old to learn.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

A: I enjoy shopping, music, reading, and spending time with my family. And maybe cooking every now and then.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?

A: I enjoy making gift baskets and taking pictures for fun. For me making others smile gives me a warm feeling on the inside. Most of all traveling to visit my dad and going to flea markets on the weekends.

Staff Spotlight: Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator


Kayla with poster presentation

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

Kayla Earley is another new addition to the Disability Services team. She joins the Disability Services Testing Center staff at Central campus as an Instructional Lab Facilitator. She works with students who attend classes at Central, Levine, and Harris campuses to provide testing accommodations and assistive technology services.

Here is a little Q & A with Kayla to help you get to know her better.

 

Q: How long have you worked at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: A very short time, only since March 2015!

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I worked for 2 years with Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Support Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, 1 year as Bindery Supervisor at Carl A. Rudisill Library, and 1 year interning as an HIV Tester/Counselor with the ALFA.

Q: What is your area/what are your areas of expertise?
A: My Bachelors of Science is in Community Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and I am enrolled to begin my Master of Arts in Anthropology at UNCC this year. I have experience in research, program planning, and captioning.

Q: Can you tell us more about your picture?
A: Sure, that poster is from my Senior Honors Thesis. I was presenting an evaluation of the Council on Adolescent’s Lunch Buddy Program, which is a mentoring program for middle school students in Catawba County.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: I enjoy meeting new students and observing how they learn and recall test material.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: Outside of work I enjoy reading historical fiction, visiting museums, and going to the zoo with my mom.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: If I wrote an autobiography, the title would be, “I can’t help it; I’m a nerd.”

Please help us welcome Kayla to the college and to Disability Services. She is a wonderful new addition to our team.