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New Faculty New Vice President
Dr. Gary W.
Yancey, the former
Director of the
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
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.