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					Volume 17                                           OkalOOsa-WaltOn COllege FOundatiOn                                                                  Page 3

     New Faculty                                                                                           New Vice President

   Strengthen OWC
                                                                                                                                            Dr. Gary
                                                                                                                                            W. Yancey
                                                                                                                                               Dr. Gary W.
                                                                                                                                            Yancey, the former
                                                                                                                                            Director of the
                                                                                                                                            Community College
                                                                                                                                            Office of Budget
                           Suzy                                                  Dr. Robyn                                                  and Financial
                                                                                                                                            Services with the
                           Wood                                                  Strickland-                                                State Department
                                                                                                                                            of Education, joined
                                                                                 Gordon                    Okaloosa-Walton College on September 1 as the
                             Suzy Wood joins                                                               college’s new Vice President for Administrative
                             OWC as the new                                                                Services. Dr. Yancey now serves as part of the four-
                             Collegiate High                                      Dr. Robyn Strickland-    member top administrative team at the college,
                             School Grant/                                        Gordon originally        along with Dr. Bob Richburg, college president;
                             Program Manager                                      came to OWC in           Dr. Jill White, OWC senior vice president; and Dr.
                             and Reading/Study                                    2002 as an associ-       David Goetsch, Vice President, OWC/UWF Fort
                             Skills Instructor.                                   ate instructor in        Walton Beach Campus and College Centers.
                             She received her                                     Psychology and now          In his position with the Florida Department of
    Master of Arts in Elementary Education               joins the college as a full-time Instructor       Education, Yancey was the system’s top expert on
    from the University of West Florida, and her         of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in          the community college system’s funding formula
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education             Counseling Psychology from Westbrook              and had served as one of the co-chairs of the
    from Clemson. She holds elementary and               University, her Master of Arts in Counseling      standing community college funding formula
    emotional handicapped certifications in              Psychology from the University of West            committee. Prior to his statewide responsibilities,
    several states. Already part of the OWC              Florida and her Bachelor of Science in            he worked as the Associate Vice President for
    family when she joined the Collegiate High           Psychology from Troy State University. Not        Finance at Daytona Beach Community College and
    School, she has taught at the college as an          only has she taught Psychology as an associ-      Dean of Administrative Services at North Florida
    associate instructor in the Adult Education          ate for OWC and Troy State University, but        Community College. He served as a state auditor
    Department for the past several years. Wood          she has also worked in the community as a         prior to beginning his career in post-secondary
    also taught in the region’s elementary school        research associate for the Zoo in Gulf Breeze     education.
    systems since 1977 and is an active volun-           and the Gulfarium.                                   “Dr. Yancey brings a rich background in state
    teer in the area.                                                                                      issues and college administration,” noted Dr.
                                                                                                           Richburg. “We are so pleased to have him join our
                                                                                 Marty                     team.” Yancey’s educational background includes
                           Dr. David                                             Walker
                                                                                                           an Ed.D degree in Higher Education Administration
                                                                                                           from the University of Florida, an MBA from FSU,
                           Simmons                                                                         and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from FSU.
                                                                                                           He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
                                                                                 Marty Walker joins           In his position at OWC, Yancey has oversight
                            Dr. David Simmons                                    the OWC Nursing           of OWC facilities, construction, physical plant,
                            joins the OWC                                        program as an             purchasing, auxiliary services, business services,
                            Division of                                          instructor. She earned    human resources and information technology.
                            Humanities, Fine                                     her Master of Science
                            and Performing Arts                                  in Nursing from
                            as an instructor of                                  Barry University,
                            Humanities and                                       her Bachelor of
                            Film. Dr. Simmons            Science in Nursing from Florida International
    received his Ph.D. in Humanities and Film
    Studies from Florida State University, and
                                                         College, and her Associate Degree in
                                                         Nursing from Broward Community College.
    both his Master of Arts in Humanities and            She joins OWC with a varied academic and
    his Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham         professional background, having taught at                                       Toni Higgins joins
    Young University. He has taught Humanities           PJC and Ivy Tech State College. She also                                        OWC as an instruc-
    and Film at both universities, as well as            served as the Clinical Educator at Mercy                                        tor in the Registered
    Tallahassee Community College. At FSU,               Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital                                          Nursing program. She
    he was awarded the “Outstanding Graduate             in Miami and worked as a nurse at Cedars                                        earned her Master of
    Instructor of the Year Award” in 1999 and            Medical Center in Miami, the Audubon                                            Science in Nursing
    nominated for the Honors Faculty Superior            Regional Medical Center in Louisville, KY,                                      and her Bachelor’s of
    Teaching Award in 2001.                              Universal Medical Center in Sunrise, FL and                                     Science in Nursing
                                                         Sunrise Medical Group in Plantation Florida.            from the University of Phoenix. A former
                                                                                                                 Nurse Educator/Clinical Instructor with the
                           Janet                                                                                 Okaloosa Applied Technology Center, she

                           Place                                                 Jeremy                          has worked locally at Twin Cities Hospital,
                                                                                                                 Eglin AFB Hospital and FWB Medical Center,
                                                                                 Ribando                         where she worked as a Staff ICU Nurse, Lead
                                                                                                                 Clinical Nurse-Triage, and Nurse Manager.
                            Janet Place joins
                            OWC as an instruc-                                   Jeremy Ribando joins
                            tor in the college’s                                 the OWC Humanities,
                            Nursing program.                                     Fine and Performing
                                                                                                                                          Brian Shonk
                            Place received her                                   Arts Division as an
                            Master of Science                                    instructor of Music.                                       Brian Shonk is no
                            in Nursing from                                      Ribando comes to                                           stranger to OWC, as
                            the University of                                    OWC from Okemos,                                           both a graduate with
    Utah, and her Bachelor of Nursing from                                       Michigan, where                                            two A.S. degrees, and as
    California State University, Fresno, as well         he was an instructor at the Michigan State                                         an associate instructor
    as additional college credits in Education           University School of Music and taught under-                                       for the past five years.
    at the University of West Florida. After a           graduate music theory. Having taught since                                         He joins the college as
    military career in the Air Force, she retired        1997, he brings additional experience in                                           the new Director of the
    from Eglin AFB and joined the academic               applied voice instruction from Cornerstone                                         college’s Public Safety
    community, teaching at Okaloosa Applied              University and Western Michigan University                                         instructional programs.
    Technology Center. She returned to staff             School of Music. He received his Bachelor               Shonk brings ten years experience with the
    nursing at Fort Walton Beach Medical                 of Music from Cornerstone University and                Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as a law enforce-
    Center in 2001, and resigned that position           his Master of Music from Western Michigan               ment officer to this position. He has a Master’s in
    to take a full-time position with OWC’s              University; he is currently completing doc-             Public Administration from the University of West
    nursing program. She served as an associate          toral studies from Michigan State University            Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal
    instructor at OWC beginning in 2004.                 and anticipates completing his Ph.D. this fall.         Justice from Troy State University.