MCCA Board Election – Candidates

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Running for a seat on MCCA’s Board of Directors is one of the state’s best professional development and networking opportunities.  Board members get regular briefings on the issues that are most important to community colleges and meet leaders from around the state.  They also help plan professional development and other events for the Association.

The Board is made up of an Executive Committee and representatives from MCCA’s four departments–Administrative Professionals, Classified Staff, Faculty and Trustees. Board members are elected by the membership to serve three year terms, starting in the Vice Chair position and then moving to Chair-Elect and finally Chair.

The only contested seat for the 2017 Board of Directors is in the Classified Staff Department:

Wendy Brown, St. Charles Community College
I have served on the MCCA Board of Directors during the past three years, and it has been a pleasure to help represent the Classified Staff. My membership with MCCA began 8 years ago. I strongly believe in the mission of MCCA and community colleges. I have been employed with St. Charles Community College since 2007 and received my associate degree in business administration systems from St. Charles Community College. In 2015, I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lindenwood University. I develop and coordinate our SCC Cougar Car Show, while working in Corporate and Community Development. My hobbies include fishing and bowling. It would be an honor to serve again on the Board of Directors for MCCA.

Mike Fox, Crowder College
I am currently employed at Crowder College as a maintenance technician. I have been a member of the MCCA for three years and am extremely excited about being a part of an organization that is having such a positive impact on education. I currently hold a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Missouri School Plant Managers Association as Special Representative for Colleges and Universities. I am also a past-president of that organization (2013-14). While being relatively new to MCCA, I do have many years of experience in developing and providing training opportunities for classified staff at educational facilities statewide. I hope to be provided the opportunity to share these training skills with the membership.

Classified Staff members may cast their electronic vote any time between October 17 and November 2, or may vote in person at the MCCA convention. Election results will be announced on Thursday, November 3 at convention and in an upcoming issue of MCCA Today.

Cast your vote!

The remaining positions were uncontested, and will be filled by the following applicants:

Executive Committee Vice Chair  – Dr. Craig Larson, St. Louis Community College
Craig H. Larson, Ed.D., of Manchester, Missouri is an educational search consultant for Missouri for School Exec-Connect, an educational leadership consulting firm. He retired in 2010 after serving seven years as Rockwood School District superintendent. He served two terms as board chair. Larson also served three years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Clayton School District. He also was employed by the Parkway School District for 27 years, including five years as area superintendent and 11 years as principal at Parkway South High School. Larson is an adjunct instructor at Maryville University. Larson was named chair of the board for the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce in January 2011. He has been named St. Louis High School Principal of the Year, and in 2009 was named the Communications Leadership Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators and the National School Public Relations Association. Larson is a member the Board of Directors of the West County Chamber of Commerce and St. Louis Boy Scouts. Larson currently serves as an associate member of the Public Policy Committee of the Association of Community College Trustees. His doctorate in education is from Saint Louis University. His master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and his bachelor’s degree in education, are from the University of Kansas.

Administrative Professionals Department Vice Chair – Rebecca Emerson, St. Louis Community College
Serving as executive director of K-12 Initiatives, Rebecca Emerson works to increase educational opportunities in St. Louis. Emerson leads teams in offering concurrent enrollment programming as well as early college exposure activities 27 public school districts plus nearly 100 private and charter schools. Prior to joining STLCC in 2015, Emerson served as system director of dual credit and transfer for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and as assistant dean for special projects at Henderson Community College in Kentucky, growing Kentucky’s statewide college and career readiness task force. With a background spanning both student and academic affairs, Emerson will represent MCCA’s administrative professionals with comprehensive, collaborative approach.

Faculty Department Vice Chair – Melissa Wittmer, Ozarks Technical Community College
Melissa Wittmer is a mathematics instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri. She holds a bachelor’s in secondary math education from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree from Missouri State University. She has taught for over 15 years with Springfield Public Schools, Drury University, and OTC combined. Melissa has led professional development on best practices, incorporating technology into curriculum, and in-depth content studies. She has served as a member of the Online Committee and the Advancement Council, and is currently a member of the Faculty Senate. Outside of work, Melissa can be found running trails with her Husky, Ozzy, or watching the next Disney movie with her husband, John, and their two daughters.

Trustee Department Vice Chair – Ann Hartley, Trustee, East Central College
Ann has been a member of the East Central College Foundation Board since 2008, and a member of the ECC Board of Trustees since 2011. She has participated in all of the MCCA conventions and legislative updates since being elected to her position as trustee. She was a member of the Union R-XI Board of Education for 6 years, serving as president for 4. She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences and a master’s degree in pathology from the University of Missouri. She served as vice president at Mercy Hospital and retired from that position in 2008. She is active in her community as a member of Kiwanis and in her church. She plays flute in the St. Louis Wind Symphony and in various chamber music groups.