Home  |   A-Z Index  |   Campus Maps  |   Directory  |   MyPellissippi  |   Webmail
Exe Council
Pix of DV Support Staff
Blount Co Support Staff

Past Presidents

 

The History of Support Staff Council at Pellissippi State

To create a timeline with milestones along the way, a short inquiry was sent to the people who served as past Support Staff Council Presidents.  Their responses included much praise and recognition for the hard work and support of their officers and support staff’s participation as a whole, attributing to their successes.   These acknowledgements were not included for the sake of brevity, but are nonetheless important.  Presidents and themes are listed as recalled:

 

Support Staff Council was established in 1982 by past Pellissippi State President J.L. Goins to “provide a mechanism for input from clerical and maintenance personnel and opportunities for professional growth.” 

 

1982-1983       President, Vrondelia (Ronni) Chandler                     Working Together

 

With only 20 members, the Council worked as a team, helping each other on large projects, phone-forwarding coverage and sharing information. They had covered-dish lunches to build camaraderie and to show appreciation for all their hard work.  Presentations and special programs were put on for Secretaries’ Week, and a yearly reception was given for ‘Support Staff of the Year.’  

 

1984-1986       (were transitional times for the college – president, theme & accomplishments not available.)

1986-1987       President, Beckie Ivie Scott

 

Member of the college’s Roundtable with College President and administrators, and served on the steering committee for the semester conversion process.

 

1987-1988       President, Anita Amburn

 

The Council’s bylaws were developed. Thus, the Support Staff Council became official.  

                       

1988-1989       President, Fay Ray

 

Fay recalls support staff employees working especially hard during the years when State Technical Institute at Knoxville became a community college, changed its name to Pellissippi State Technical Community College, changed from the quarter to a semester system, moved to the new campus and developed 80 plus transfer courses articulated with UTK.  The system of teamwork created by the Council helped to aid the college’s success during the transition. 

1990-1991       President, Karon Dozler

 

This was a year of great progress for the college, and she enjoyed the privilege of giving the invocation at the dedication of the Blount County campus.  Karon carried on the tradition of having covered-dish get-togethers to build camaraderie

 

~In 1993, Dr. Allen Edwards, became the new President of the College and also encouraged Support Staff Council~ 

 

1992-1993       President, Mary Duke

 

The Council published a monthly newsletter, “The Support Column,” that included minutes, a calendar of events, and support staff birthdays.  This year marked the college’s 20th Anniversary.  Support Staff Council planted a flowerbed in the courtyard to commemorate the occasion.  

 

1993-1994       President, Janelle Salerno

 

A notable council president with terrific public speaking abilities whose emphasis was on “Improving Your Professional Image.”

 

1994-1995       President, Mary Duke                                                            WOW Working on Wellness

 

Support Staff Council broadened the scope of “Secretaries’ Week” to include all support staff and established “Support Staff Appreciation Week” at Pellissippi State.

 

1995-1996       President, Mary Duke                                                            Healthy Work Environment

 

The ‘Child of Support Staff Employee’ scholarship fund was established and a scholarship for students majoring in Office Systems Technology was later added.  Support Staff Council funded the scholarships by giving donations and by selling Tupperware.  A staff cookbook was created as a fundraiser containing many great recipes.

 

1996-1997      
President, Gina Cox
Vice-President, Janet Hardin
Secretary, Donna Torrance
Treasurer, Sue Carter
Parkway Rep, Tammy Robinette
Division St Rep, Marica Lawson
Blount Co Rep, Cassie Thomas

 

Support Staff Council began broadcasting Council meetings via the Distance Learning classroom so that staff at the satellite campuses could participate in meetings.  Gina introduced team-building exercises at Council meetings.

 

1997-1998       President, Mary Duke                                                            Change Is Everywhere

 

During Mary’s terms in office, membership grew from 60 to approximately 120 support staff.  The Council began annual participation in the American Heart Walk and the March of Dimes Walk America campaigns and continues to support these and other worthy causes voted in each year.  Support Staff Calendars were created.  The Support Staff Scrapbook Committee became official, and the Mentoring Program was established in April 1998 to acclimate new employees to the college.  A home page was developed for Support Staff Council.  The council also sponsored other fun activities such as Secret Pals and the Christmas Talent Show.

 

1998-1999       President, Nancy Williams                                         Making a Difference

 

As Vice President of Support Staff Council, Nancy assumed the position of President after Angela Edwards resigned due to extenuating circumstances. Nancy planned a professional development activity for each month so that individuals who could not attend every meeting were offered more opportunities for professional growth.  This was the year that Pellissippi State celebrated its 25th Anniversary.  As a part of the celebration, the Council buried a time capsule at the base of the Pellissippi history sign that they had purchased a few years prior.  Since that time, the sign was moved to the Information Center, and the current Council is working on another way to mark the capsule’s location for easy retrieval on the college’s 50th Anniversary.  The President-elect position was also added to the bylaws. 

 

1999-2000       President, Orpha Leitch                                             Sharing Knowledge
Vice-President, Brenda Thomas
Secretary, Yolanda Roebuck
Treasurer, Ann Burgess
Parkway Rep, Amy Bullard
Division St Rep, Marica Lawson

The Council members benefited from shared knowledge through monthly professional development programs.  She encouraged support staff to work with their supervisors to keep their skills current.  Support staff memorabilia was put on display in the cafeteria as a reminder of accomplishments.  The first Officer’s Retreat was organized for outgoing officers to train those coming in.  Faculty Council Parliamentarian, Donn King, presented Robert’s Rules of Order at this first retreat to help the monthly meetings stay focused, orderly and timely, so that those who attend can plan their work around them. 

2000-2001       President, Cynthia Noles                                           Unity in Teamwork
Vice-President, Regina Collins
Secretary, Jane Ott/Rachael Cragle
Treasurer, Donna Pasternak
Parkway Rep, Kirk Nelson
Division St Rep, Marcia Dean
Blount Co Rep, Jonnie Dean
Magnolia Rep, Iris Jordan

 

This year, Support Staff Council had two major fundraising events—a White Elephant Sale and a Celebrity Dinner.  Both events were successful and the largest moneymakers in the history of the Council.  Proceeds from the events helped finance the Council’s two scholarships funds.

2001-2002      
President, Yolanda Roebuck                                     Empowered to Excel
Vice-President, Regina Collins
Secretary, Rachael Cragle
Treasurer, Karen Ghezawi
Parkway Rep, Amy Calhoun
Division St Rep, Marcia Dean
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Magnolia Rep, Melinda Williams

The Council is off to a good start.  There will be a guest speaker at each Support Staff Council meeting to address topics that will help improve support staff’s job performance. In September, Support Staff Council and Phi Theta Kappa raised money for the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund to benefit victims of the September 11th terrorists attack on the USA.  The Council had a successful 2nd Annual White Elephant Sale. The first Support Staff Council Handbook was published in October. Many more activities and accomplishments are sure to follow.  

 

(Support Staff Council has facilitated more wonderful and challenging events and activities than could be mentioned in a ‘Brief History’ but they remain in the memories of those who shared them.)

Working together to accomplish excellence on our jobs through teamwork, promoting trust and accountability through camaraderie, is what Support Staff Council is all about.  It is still ‘like a family,’ as it was referred to by its earliest members, in that, some years the Council is more fruitful and cohesive than others, but loyalty to the College, its students, administrators and faculty is unyielding.  This is a diverse group of individuals with many talents and skills who present themselves as a unified and dedicated voice for Pellissippi State’s support staff.

 

2002-2003      
President, Catherine Collins & Regina Collins                     Synergy
Vice-President, Nancy Crumpley
Secretary, Michelle Coggins
Treasurer, Ann Burgess
Parkway Rep, Nancy Williams
Division St Rep, Joyce Garcia
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Magnolia Rep, Iris Jordan

 

2003-2004      
President, Karon Dozier and Annette Eldridge        SHERPAS: Sincere, Helpful, Energetic, Respectful, Positive, Accountable and Steadfast

 

2004-2005      
President, Marcia Lawson                                         Body & Soul: An Extreme Makeover
Vice-President, Donna Ford
Secretary, Gypsy Harrill
Treasurer, Marcia Lawson
Parkway Rep, Eileen McAllister
Division St Rep, Mary Hoss
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Magnolia Rep, Nancy Wright

 

2005-2006      
President, Michelle Coggins/Barbara Bailes                         Building Relationships
Vice-President, Donna Ford
Secretary, Gypsy Harrill
Treasurer, Marcia Lawson
Parkway Rep, Eileen McAllister
Division St Rep, Mary Hoss
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Magnolia Rep, Nancy Wright

 

2006-2007      
President, Donna K. Ford                                           Embracing Change
Vice-President, Gypsy Harrill
Secretary, Marcia Lawson
Treasurer, Mary Hoss
Parkway Rep, Barbara Bailes
Blount Co Rep, Randy Atkins
Division St Rep, Lisa Fondren
Magnolia Rep, Nancy Wright

 

2007-2008      
President, Lori Warneke                                            Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Vice-President, Jennie Braden
Secretary, Yolanda Roebuck
Treasurer, Karen Ghezawi
Parkway Rep, Gwen Miller
Blount Co Rep, Alberta Boring
Division St Rep, Cathy Hurrell
Magnolia Rep, David Jones

 

2008-2009      
President, Jason (J.J.) Patterson                                Stepping It Up A Notch: Shake, Rattle and Roll
Vice-President, Susan Lovingood                             
Secretary, Aneshia Brown
Treasurer, LouAnn Vahcic
Parkway Rep, Kathy King
Division St Rep, Cathy Hurrell
Blount Co Rep, Alberta Boring
Magnolia Rep, David Jones

2009-2010      
President, Karen Henry                                              Funding the Future
Vice-President, Gypsy Harrill
Secretary, Wendy Floyd
Treasurer, Kaye McCartt
Parkway Rep, Heather Duby
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Division St Rep, John Cochrane
Magnolia Rep, Patricia Rogers

 

2010-2011      
President, Annette Eldridge
Vice-President, Michael Ryion
Secretary, Terri Hagwood
Treasurer, Cindy Hicks
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Division St Rep, Marcia Coleman
Parkway Rep Barbara Bailes
Magnolia Rep Linda Reid

 

2011-2012      
President, Annette Eldridge
Vice-President, Tanza Leatherwood
Secretary, Yolanda Roebuck
Treasurer, Marcia Lawson
Parkway Rep, Cindy Hicks/Jessica Davis
Division St Rep, Marcia Coleman
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Magnolia Rep, Patricia Rogers

2012-2013      
President, Kathy King                                     Service Through Support
Vice-President, Tanza Leatherwood
Secretary, Heather Duby
Treasurer, Marcia Lawson
Parkway Rep, Lori McGregor
Division St Rep, Nancy Wright
Blount Co Rep, Rhonda Mattingly
Magnolia Rep, Patricia Rogers
Strawberry Plains Rep, Catt Adaska

Back to home page