Acting Vice President, Economic Development and Workforce and Career Technical Education, Monroe Community Collee
Years in current role: 1.5 months as VP, 9.5 years in the VP Office
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I’m grateful for, and am energized by, the opportunity to be a part of MCC and help to empower community members with education and training to lift themselves out of challenging situations and into economic self-sufficiency.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
My biggest challenge, both personally and professionally, has been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything from supporting my middle school daughter through remote school and missing time spent with precious family members, to working with my MCC colleagues to keep students and employees safe and engaged. It has been difficult, but at the same time, it has been a tremendous demonstration of the importance of community and teamwork. It’s often in times of difficulty that we see the heart of others.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the higher education industry in the next 3-5 years?
In the next 3-5 years, I think higher education is going to continue to see increasing numbers of non-traditional students. The institutions that continue to innovate and provide students with the tools needed to be successful in meeting their education and training goals while continuing to meet the demands of their personal and work lives will earn enrollment from this population. I think competency and skills-based education will continue to grow in prevalence.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
Whether volunteering my time or my professional talents, I have supported many local organizations over the years. A few organizations of note are: Girl Scouts, Gilda’s Club Rochester New York, Arthritis Foundation, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
What college class that you haven’t taken would you be most interested in taking and why?
I have many hobbies and interests, however, if I had to pick just one I would take a creative writing course. One day, I would like to write and illustrate children’s books.