Big Sandy Community and Technical College held its annual Employee Service Awards
ceremony on Tuesday, May 13, in the Student Center on its Prestonsburg campus.
Four individuals were named as BSCTC Ambassadors, a new award created by President
and CEO Dr. George D. Edwards.
Our ambassadors represent what is great about our college, Dr. Edwards told those
in attendance. These individuals promote our college and our values in everything
Dr. Doug Herman, professor of history; Dr. Phyllis Puffer, a retired professor of
sociology; and employees Ken Shepherd and Cora Nunn were recognized as Ambassadors.
Puffer spent 10 years as a full-time faculty member and several years as a part-time
instructor. She has taught at various colleges and universities in the United States
and the Czech Republic.
Shepherd, who just turned 80 years old, has worked at the college on a part-time basis
for 10 years in maintenance and operations. Nunn, 90, has worked part time as a switchboard
operator on BSCTCs Pikeville campus for 10 years.
The college also recognized three employees who will retire in the coming months.
They include Dr. Herman, Dr. Deborah Jacobs, professor of English, and Harold Burton,
director of BSCTCs Kentucky Coal Academy and interim director of workforce solutions.
Herman came to then-Prestonsburg Community College in 1988. He received his Ph.D.
from Ohio University in 1980. During his career, Herman served as a faculty representative
on the colleges board of directors.
Jacobs began her career at then-Prestonsburg Community College in 1991. She earned
her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and served as acting coordinator of the
colleges Pikeville campus from 1996-97.
Burton began his career at the then-Mayo Technical College in 1983 and has held various
different positions at the college including: maintenance/electricity instructor and
academic/core related instructor. He earned his graduate degree in Adult and Higher
Education in 2007 from Morehead State University.
Several employees were also recognized for earning new degrees and credentials.
Dr. David Profitt defended his dissertation in Philosophic Theology from Asbury University.
Dr. Della Pack and Dr. Jennifer Leedy each defended their dissertation from Morehead
State University. Dr. Fallon Watson earned her doctorate degree in psychology from
the University of the Rockies, while Dr. Chris Daniel earned his doctorate in Educational
Leadership from Liberty University.
The following employees also earned graduate degrees: Carla Branham (Morehead State
University), Lillieann Neeley (Morehead State University), Terri Hall (Morehead State
University), Kelli Hall (Morehead State University); and Collista Allen (University
Kelli Ayers and Sandra Ratliff each earned a bachelors degree from Morehead State
Elizabeth Cole earned the following credentials: certification in Sacred Scripture;
Business Coaching Specialist; Career Development Coaching; Relationship Coaching;
Wellness Coaching Specialist; Get Clear, Get Found, Get Hired Coach; 360 Reach Personal
Branding Analyst; and Certified Brain-Based Success Coach.
Etta Cantrell, who was recognized for her 35 years of service to the college, was
recognized for being chosen as the Kentucky Outstanding Developmental Educator of
the year by the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education. The Washington,
D.C.-based Workforce Initiatives Foundation published an article written by Cantrell
on competency-based learning. Cantrell was asked to be an editor on the Workforce
Initiatives Foundations book Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for
the 21st Century. Her work will focus on using technology for competency-based learning
that features KCTCSs Learn on Demand and college readiness.
Toufic Saad, professor of mathematics, was honored for winning the Great Teacher award
for two consecutive years.
The following faculty members were recognized for promotions. Dr. Chris Daniel, Jeffrey
Hicks, Lori Lewis, Cindy Manning and Dr. Lisa Music were promoted to professor. Nicole
Burchett, Jerry Howard, Jimmy McClure, Marsha McKenzie, Pamela Ray and Greta Slone
were named associate professors. Heather Dales, Joshua Hall, Teddie Ratliff and Lesley
Varney were named assistant professors.
Members of the BSCTC Leadership Institute were honored. They include: Denese Atkinson,
Susan Chafin, Billie Jean Cole, Dr. Chris Daniel, John Dove, Myra Elliott, Dr. Patsy
Jackson, Melinda Justice, Kathy Lowe, Keithen McKenzie, Michelle Meek, Dr. Richard
Roe, Tina Terry, Denise Trusty and Jimmy Wright.
Several employees were honored for participating in local and regional leadership
programs. They include: Lisa Music, Leadership Floyd County; Charles Moore and Lisa
Stumbo, Leadership Southeast Kentucky; Jennifer Wilson, Leadership Johnson County;
and Cindy Manning, Leadership East Kentucky.
Dwight Smith and Jimmy McClure were honored as Master Teacher Seminar participants.
BSCTCs Staff Council recognized Teresa McCoart, Tammy Ball, Joe Campbell, Dr. Tom
Vierheller and Paula Preece with its Above and Beyond award.
The following employees were recognized for their respective years of service to the
35 years: Etta Cantrell and Dr. Nancy Johnson.
30 years: Harold Burton.
25 years: Arif Azeem, Toufic Saad, Delores Thornsberry, Gilbert Kyle Adams and Dr.
20 years: Kathy Lowe, Elizabeth Cole, Vanessa McKenzie, Denise Trusty, Kelly Adam,
Timothy Heywood, Dr. Patsy Jackson and Dwight Smith.
15 years: Martha Morrison, Ramona Horn, John Dove, Dr. Chenzhao Vierheller, Michelle
Meek, James Armstrong, Susan Chafin, June Franklin and Paula Thompson.
10 years: Betsy Spradlin, Ken Vanhoose, Tom Reffitt, Tina Ousley, Kathryn Miller,
Nancy Conn, Sherri Kinzer, Judith Valade and Mary Wallen.
5 years: Misty Adkins, Lauren Bowman, Julia Maynard, Freda Hylton, C.W. Vanhoose,
Tina Terry, Vicki Hart, Derrick Holbrook, Jefferson Thacker, Carla Branham, Roberta
Durham, Kayla Hensley, Lisa Stumbo, Melinda Blair, Nicole Burchett, Jeremy Dempsey,
Clint Hackney, Jerry Howard, Kitty Jennings, Jimmy McClure, Marsha McKenzie, Greta
Slone and David VanHoose.