Washington State Community College announces the recent addition and transition of six staff and faculty members within its teaching community.
Steve Russell is joining Washington State as education instructor and program coordinator. Russell received his bachelor's degree in secondary education, history and social studies from West Virginia University. He continued on to earn a Master's in Education Administration (Marshall) and returned to WVU for his doctorate of education. He started as a Kanawha County Schools teacher in 1980 for 10 years, before moving on to teach at several area colleges for the another, including WVU, West Liberty State College, Marshall, and Ohio Valley University. His most recent position included education consulting for CEO Russell Group since 2007.
Roger Traxinger comes to Washington State as a chemistry instructor. Traxinger has maintained a background in science education since 1986. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology in 1980 from Southwest State University, Montana, and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Dakota. Traxinger served as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University and chemistry lab coordinator and instructor at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma. The past three years, he has spent in private consultation and tutor services, including to Texas Legal Solutions group in the areas of biochemistry and chemistry.
Amanda Anderson joins WSCC as an English instructor this fall. In 2002, Anderson earned her first degree, a bachelor's in English, from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.. Five years later, she received her master's in English from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. She's currently in a Ph.D. program in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with anticipated graduation in 2012. She's taught both online and in the classroom, including literature, essay writing, and culture research. Additionally, Anderson has been part of two publications including a 2007 symposium excerpt and a costumes and culture book on the American Renaissance Festival.
Washington State alumnus Noell Dettorre is returning to campus as accounts payable/purchasing card coordinator. Dettorre graduated, dean's list, from WSCC in 2005 with an associate's degree in applied accounting. She moved on to earn her bachelor's in accounting and forensic accounting last year, from Franklin University in Columbus. Her first accounting experience came as office manager at Fields and Dehmlow law office in Marietta. After two years she moved on to payroll administrator with Pioneer Pipe, and most recently, served as payroll coordinator/executive assistant at Broughton Foods Company.
Current WSCC staff member Debra Goins is transitioning within the college. Since 2004, Goins has served as assistant director for Educational Talent Search (ETS). This fall, Goins was promoted to assistant director of advising. Goins has a bachelor's degree from Marietta College in social science, management and education. She also received her master's in Education from MC. Goins originally worked as a volunteer coordinator and caseworker at EVE Inc. women's shelter from 1987 to 1992. Next, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA recruiter at MC for one year, followed by five years as project director at EVE Inc. She first began her work with Educational Talent Search as a tutor at Washington State in 2001. Following a series of promotions over the years, Goins became assistant director for ETS in 2004, a smooth transition for her new position as assistant director of advising.
Betsy Kunstel is transitioning from Americorps College Guide to employee, with her new position of coordinator for the Morgan County Learning Center. She earned a bachelor of arts in women's studies from Ohio University (OU) in 2008, and is currently working on her master of divinity in feminist and womanist studies, from Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. During her time at OU, Kunstel served as a peer mentor and resident assistant. In 2009, she was a substitute teacher for Kirtland Local School District in Ohio, for grades kindergarten through 12. For the past year, she served as an AmeriCorps College access guide at the Morgan County Learning Center in McConnelsville. During her time as a college guide at the Learning Center, she was also involved with the community, completing five direct community service projects in conjunction with other college guides over the 11-month period.