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

(275) 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

(275) 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.

 

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 (chair), the Virginia Network of Women in Higher Education, the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA, and is a volunteer with the Blue Ridge Gymnastics Academy Parents Association. 

 

 

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. 

 

Melanie Ingram

(276) 403-5607
Executive Assistant
Melanie Ingram

Melanie has been a part of the NCI team since 2006 and currently serves as the executive assistant to the executive director. 

Previously employed by BB&T for twenty-five years, Melanie held various administrative positions in offices located in Martinsville and Franklin County during her banking career. She earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Patrick Henry Community College.

 

Ruby Jones

(276) 403-5605
Administrative Assistant and Academic Scheduler
Ruby Jones

Joining NCI in 2007, Ruby brought with her over 25 years of professional office experience in areas of office management, public relations, and event planning. At NCI, she facilitates academic classroom schedules, maintains reporting of student data, and provides administrative support to the associate director.

A graduate of Laurel Park High School, Ruby attended Patrick Henry Community College, and has completed several continuing education and technology classes and leadership development courses. Ruby is an active member of Axton Baptist Church, where she serves as Treasurer.

 

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.

 

Mandy McGhee

(276) 403-5606
Fiscal Coordinator
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. 

 

Autumn Morris

(276) 403-5615
Director of Communications & Marketing
Autumn Morris

Autumn serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for NCI. She brings experience in marketing, public relations, event planning, and program coordination to the NCI team.

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. 

 

Michael Palmer

(276) 403-5618
IT Manager
Michael Palmer

Serving as Technology Manager for New College Institute since 2012, Michael previously worked in the technology department for Henry County Public Schools and as office manager in the School of Nursing Department at North Carolina A&T University. With this comprehensive background, he gained experience in technology, grant writing, budgeting, and management.

Michael is a graduate of Averett University where he earned his master’s degree in Business Administration. Prior to that, Michael earned his BS in Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University.

Michael is an active member of High Ridge Baptist Church of Martinsville. He also works with various community organizations such as Piedmont Arts and Theatre Works.

 
 

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 Past President of the Virginia College Access Network, Past Chair of the Virginia ACT State Council, and Past Chairman of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees.

 

Christina Reed

(276) 403-5602
Finance Director
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.

 

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.