Senator William M. Stanley, Jr.

Chair
 Senator William M. Stanley, Jr.
 

Janice Wilkins

Vice Chair
Janice Wilkins
 

Naomi Hodge-Muse

Secretary
Naomi Hodge-Muse
 

Delegate Les Adams

Delegate Les Adams
 

Gracie Agnew

Gracie Agnew
 

Bob Burger

Bob Burger
 

Tanya Foreman

Tanya Foreman
 

Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr.

Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr.
 

Dr. W. Weldon Hill

Dr. W. Weldon Hill
 

Delegate Danny Marshall

Delegate Danny Marshall
 

Delegate Charles Poindexter

Delegate Charles Poindexter
 

Treney Tweedy

Treney Tweedy
 

Janie Brazier

(276) 403-5639
Longwood University
Faculty-in-Residence, Social Work
Janie Brazier

Janie coordinates and teaches courses for the Longwood University Bachelor of Social Work program at New College Institute.

Previously, she has worked as a research assistant for Norfolk State University, providing research support for the University's Welfare-to-Work grant and administrative and instructional support to the school's master of social work program.  She has also conducted training and program evaluation for social workers at the Norfolk Department of Human Services and is the managing editor of Social Work in Public Health, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Evidence-Based Social Work.

Janie earned a BS in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Development from Norfolk State University.

 

John Hatchett

(276) 403-5622
NCI's Academy for Engineering & Technology (AET)
Faculty-in-Residence
John Hatchett

John serves as the AET Assistant Program Director and VSU Faculty-in-Residence at the New College Institute. Prior to joining our team, John served for eight years as a secondary mathematics teacher (for Henry County and Franklin County Public Schools) and as department chair for one year.

John received his BS & MS in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, where he was also a member of Pi Tau Sigma (international mechanical engineering honor society).

 

David Martin

James Madison University
Faculty-in-Residence
David Martin

J. David Martin, Ed.D., received his B.S. in special education from James Madison University, his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, and his Ed.D. degree in Education Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Dr. Martin has held many roles within the school system ranging from superintendent of schools to coordinator and director of special education services and pupil personnel services entailing gifted education, alternative education, family life education, and drug education.

Dr. Martin has served as a faculty member at The George Washington University, James Madison University, Shenandoah University, and Lord Fairfax Community College. He currently oversees the JMU Education Leadership program offered at NCI. 

 

Pam Randall

(276) 403-5626
Longwood University - Liberal Studies with Elementary Education Licensure
Faculty and Program Director
Pam Randall

Pam is the Faculty and Program Director of Longwood University's Liberal Studies program at NCI.  Prior to joining the NCI team, she taught school at all levels in both public and private school systems.

Pam received a Bachelor's degree from Glenville State University in West Virginia, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University, and ED.S. in Administration from UVA.  She completed her Doctorate in Leadership from Liberty University.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Altieri

(540) 831-5590
Dr. Elizabeth Altieri
 

Melissa Anderson

(804) 729-8285
Melissa Anderson
 

Janie Brazier

(276) 403-5639
Longwood University
Faculty-in-Residence, Social Work
Janie Brazier

Janie coordinates and teaches courses for the Longwood University Bachelor of Social Work program at New College Institute.

Previously, she has worked as a research assistant for Norfolk State University, providing research support for the University's Welfare-to-Work grant and administrative and instructional support to the school's master of social work program.  She has also conducted training and program evaluation for social workers at the Norfolk Department of Human Services and is the managing editor of Social Work in Public Health, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Evidence-Based Social Work.

Janie earned a BS in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Development from Norfolk State University.

 

Corey Call

(276) 403-5616
Corey Call
 

Pamela Carter-Taylor

(276) 403-5689
Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing
Pamela Carter-Taylor

Pamela serves NCI as the Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing. She brings over 20 years manufacturing experience across multiple industries including automotive, food, beverage, and retail. Most recently, she served as an operations manager for Hanesbrands Distribution Center in Martinsville. She is also a veteran of the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a light wheeled vehicle mechanic.

Pamela earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo, a master’s in project management from Villanova University, and a master’s in finance from Kaplan University.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Pamela moved to Virginia in 2011. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Board for iChoose and a member of the children’s ministry leadership team and audiovisual team for Abundant Life World Outreach Church in Danville.

 

Dr. Audrey Church

(434) 395-2682
Dr. Audrey Church
 

Dr. Robin Crowder

(540) 568-2886
Dr. Robin Crowder
 

Kevin Doyle

(434) 395-2328
Longwood University
Assistant professor
Kevin Doyle
 

John Hatchett

(276) 403-5622
John Hatchett
 

Dr. Laura Jacobsen

(540) 831-5470
Radford University
Mathematics Education Coordinator
Dr. Laura Jacobsen
 

Lisa Lyle

(276) 403-5942
Lisa Lyle
 

Katherine Pappas

Averett University
Katherine Pappas
 

Pam Randall

(276) 403-5626
Longwood University - Liberal Studies with Elementary Education Licensure
Faculty and Program Director
Pam Randall

Pam is the Faculty and Program Director of Longwood University's Liberal Studies program at NCI.  Prior to joining the NCI team, she taught school at all levels in both public and private school systems.

Pam received a Bachelor's degree from Glenville State University in West Virginia, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University, and ED.S. in Administration from UVA.  She completed her Doctorate in Leadership from Liberty University.

 

Lindsey Richards

(540) 568-4255
Lindsey Richards
 

Victor Seaber

Old Dominion University
Motorsports Engineering
Victor Seaber
 

Christopher Wood

(757) 683-6395
Old Dominion University
Faculty-in-Residence, Counseling Program
Christopher Wood
 

Dr. Rayya Younes (Interim Director)

Dr. Rayya Younes (Interim Director)
 

Leanna Blevins, Ph.D.

(276) 403-5603
Executive Director
Leanna Blevins, Ph.D.

Leanna Blevins has been directly involved with the creation and development of New College Institute since her work with the New College Planning Commission in 2004 that laid the foundation of NCI.

Prior to her current role, she served as associate director and chief academic officer at NCI. Previously, Leanna has worked as assistant to the president at the University of Virginia as well as offices of state government relations, university relations, and faculty advancement. Leanna also served as director of career development at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and as a student consumer advocate at Virginia Tech.

Leanna earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research focused on rural students in Virginia and their access to and persistence in public colleges and universities. As a first generation college graduate, she is passionate about policy development and advocacy work toward enabling better educational attainment for underserved communities.

Leanna is an active board member of Smart Beginnings of Martinsville Henry County, the Virginia Network of Women in Higher Education, the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA,  Danville Science Center, and is a volunteer with the Blue Ridge Gymnastics Academy Parents Association. Leanna is an alumnae of LEAD Virginia.

 

 

Emily Burris

Customer Service Receptionist
Emily Burris

Before joining NCI's team, Emily served as a preschool teacher for First United Methodist Early Learning Center. She graduated from Patrick County High School and then earned her associate degree in general studies from Patrick Henry Community College. 

 

Emily is an active member of Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church. 

 

Pamela Carter-Taylor

(276) 403-5689
Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing
Pamela Carter-Taylor

Pamela serves NCI as the Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing. She brings over 20 years manufacturing experience across multiple industries including automotive, food, beverage, and retail. Most recently, she served as an operations manager for Hanesbrands Distribution Center in Martinsville. She is also a veteran of the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a light wheeled vehicle mechanic.

Pamela earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo, a master’s in project management from Villanova University, and a master’s in finance from Kaplan University.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Pamela moved to Virginia in 2011. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Board for iChoose and a member of the children’s ministry leadership team and audiovisual team for Abundant Life World Outreach Church in Danville.

 

Ruby Jones

(276) 403-5605
Administrative Services Coordinator
Ruby Jones
 

Tchernavia Jordan

(276) 403-5671
Customer Service Receptionist
Tchernavia Jordan

Tchernavia serves NCI as a Customer Service Receptionist. Tchernavia comes to New College Institute with more than 10 years of experience, having served Customer Service Representative at Results and AT&T most recently.  She has expertise in employee development, her recent accomplishments have included achieving the Six Sigma Certification Yellow Belt. 

Tchernavia studied Business Administration at Patrick Henry Community College.  

 

Steve Keyser

(276) 403-5612
Coordinator of Educational & Community Engagement
Steve Keyser

Steve Keyser joined the New College Institute staff in 2006 after working as a teacher in the Martinsville

City Schools for more than twenty years. As part of the educational outreach team, he partners with local schools and community organizations to help them understand the value of a college education.

Steve is a first-generation college graduate who earned a B.S. from Radford University and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. He has been a teacher, coach, and community advocate during his career in education.

He currently serves as President of the Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, member of the Henry County Career and Technical Board, and member of the Board of Trustees for Boys Home in Covington, VA. Steve is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Martinsville where he serves on the mission committee.

 

Teh-Way Lee

(276) 403-5660
Manager of Technology Integration
Teh-Way Lee

Teh-Way brings a wealth of experience in information technology and as a systems administrator for various employers, including Henry County Public Schools.

 

Teh-Way earned his undergraduate degree from Radford University. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and proficient in Chinese.

 

John Maxwell

(276) 403-5609
Coordinator of Health and Human Services
John Maxwell

John has an extensive background in health care administration and strategic planning, including roles as Chief Operating Officer for Culpeper Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County (now Sovah Health – Martinsville) as well as Chief Executive Officer of Central Carolina Hospital.

 

John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn a master’s degree in human relations and later a master’s in health care administration.

 

An active member of the community, John is involved with various volunteer activities and organizations.

 

Mandy McGhee

(276) 403-5606
Finance & Operations Analyst
Mandy McGhee

Before joining NCI as Fiscal Coordinator, Mandy served as a Residency Business Administrator for Virginia Department of Transportation and within the Accounting Department at Clark Gas & Oil in Stuart, VA.

Mandy received her bachelor’s in business administration through the Averett University program at NCI. Virginia Institute of Procurement also awarded Mandy as a Virginia Contracting Associate.

 

Tracy Moore

Customer Service Receptionist
Tracy Moore

Prior to joining NCI, Tracy worked within education at the YMCA, Martinsville City Public Schools, and Henry County Public Schools. She also worked as an administrative assistant for Brain Injury Services. 

  

After graduating from Magna Vista High School, Tracy earned both an associate degree in administrative support technology and a certificate in clerical studies from Patrick Henry Community College. 

  

Tracy is an active member of Mt. View Baptist Church. 

 

Autumn Morris

(276) 403-5615
Coordinator of Business Partnerships
Autumn Morris

Autumn brings experience in marketing, public relations, event planning, and program coordination to the NCI team after working for the Danville-Pittsylvania County and Martinsville-Henry County chambers of commerce. 

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Autumn received a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications with a focus on studies in Public Relations. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.

Autumn is an active member of Horsepasture Christian Church and Charity League of Martinsville Henry County. She serves on the board for Southside Survivor Resource Center. 

 

Sammy Redd

(276) 403-5611
Coordinator of Student Services
Sammy Redd

As Coordinator of Student Services at New College Institute, Sammy partners with schools, community organizations, and families to create a college-going culture in Southern Virginia. He brings to the field of college access a wide diversity of professional experience, including work in real estate finance and public school counseling.
 
Sammy graduated from Yale University with a BA in Art History. He earned a MS in Community and College Counseling from Longwood University and has completed the Duke University Certificate in Non-Profit Management.
 

Sammy is currently a member the Martinsville City School Board and has served previously as Chair of the Virginia ACT State Council, President of the Virginia College Access Network, and Chairman of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees. 

 

Christina Reed

(276) 403-5602
Assistant Director of Finance & Operations
Christina Reed

Christina joined New College Institute in 2011 after working for The Harvest Foundation for seven years. At NCI, she focuses on needs surrounding accounting and finances, but she also brings experience in various areas of operations.

Christina is a first-generation college graduate who earned a BS in Accounting from Averett University. In addition she has completed several continuing education courses and various other training classes and leadership training.

 

Ralph Schultz

(276) 734-1585
New College Institute
Coordinator of Performance Film
Ralph Schultz

Ralph Schultz brings a wealth of expertise in engineering to the NCI team after retiring from Eastman. During his career, Ralph held various engineering roles for Commonwealth Laminating and Coating, Eastman, and Kodak. He offers specialized knowledge in coating and dyeing methods, powder and solution making/delivery systems, air systems, web treatment, web inspection, conveyance, lamination and roll formation. Learn more by clicking here. 

In addition to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University Bras Cubas, University of Sao Paulo, Ralph holds various certifications including 3P, Black Belt, and MSO Leadership. 

 

Melany Stowe

(276) 403-5623
New College Institute
Assistant Director of Academics and Communications
Melany Stowe

Melany is a lifelong resident of Martinsville and Henry County who has dedicated her professional and personal time to creating meaningful learning opportunities for students. She has worked at several levels of education: administrative leader at a higher education center, instructor at Patrick Henry Community College, and teacher and administrator in K-12. 

Melany has supported the educational needs of rural students and underserved populations in a variety of capacities at the local, state, and national levels.  She served as a program reviewer for multiple national programs facilitated by the United States Department of Education.  She also serves as an evaluator for the Virginia Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and has been instrumental in bringing funding and programs to Southern Virginia. 

Melany received her undergraduate degree from Radford University and her Master’s degree in administration from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as the President of the Southern Piedmont Technology Council and on the boards of Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), Henry County/Martinsville Social Services, and is an alumnae of LEAD Virginia. 

 

Marshall Thomas

(276) 403-5679
Security Supervisor
Marshall Thomas

After retiring from the Martinsville City Police Department as Captain over Patrol Division with 33 years of service, Marshall Thomas is now the security supervisor at NCI. He is also a graduate of Patrick Henry Community College with a degree in Administration of Justice. Marshall is active in the community and enjoys coaching baseball, football, and basketball. 

 

Shane Thomas

Customer Service Receptionist
Shane Thomas

Shane brings over ten years of experience in customer service management to the NCI team. He previously serviced as an operation supervisor at StarTek and Fanueil, both located in Martinsville. 

 

He has a degree in supervisor management, an associate degree in human services from Patrick Henry Community College, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work through the Longwood University program offered here at NCI. He will complete this degree in May 2018. Shane will be a first generation college graduate. 

 

Shane volunteers with numerous nonprofits and community organizations including Edwards Adult Day Center and STEP Inc. (Solutions That Empower People). 

 

Pat Walmsley

Faculty Aide
Pat Walmsley

Pat currently serves as the faculty aide for the AET (Academy for Engineering & Technology) program offered at NCI in partnership with Virginia State University. 

 

Pat retired from Henry County Public Schools after a 38-year career in education that included teaching and administrative roles. Pat taught English, journalism, and alternative education for 21 years before pursuing various administrative roles as principal and assistant principal for grades K-12. In addition to her education career, Pat also served as the former theatre manager of TheatreWorks Community Players for 8 years. 

 

A strong advocate for our community, Pat served on various educational committees and as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was awarded the Arts in Education award by Piedmont Arts in 2013.