Staff Listing

Administration

Operations

  • Photo of Chris GotwaldChris Gotwald
    Project Manager, Operations Manager

    Chris Gotwald joined the RCU in 2018. As a project manager and operations manager, he oversees the RCU’s online course management system, print shop, and online registration system.
  • Photo of Joseph DudgeonJoseph Dudgeon
    Project Coordinator

    As the business operations project coordinator, Joseph Dudgeon coordinates all project management activities and attends to equipment and information concerns. He also maintains event plans, monitors their progress, and handles issues as they arise.
  • Photo of LynnEilandLynn Eiland
    Project Manager

    As a project manager, Lynn Eiland provides support for the annual Mississippi Association of Career and Technical Educators conference, as well as for the daily functions of the business operations unit. Eiland also provides support for proposal preparation and management.
  • Photo of Courtney MartinCourtney Martin
    Accountant

    As the RCU accountant, Courtney Martin maintains accounting ledgers and provides financial support to the unit.
  • Photo of Mhaire NickelsMhaire Nickels
    Receptionist

    As the RCU's receptionist, Mhaire Nickels directs calls and helps with enquiries, in addition to other administrative duties.
  • Photo of Caitlyn PowellCaitlyn Powell
    Office Associate

    Caitlyn Powell coordinates all travel arrangements for RCU staff and is the liaison between the RCU and Mississippi State University Travel Services and Travel Leaders, car rental companies, and hotels.
  • Photo of Romika Sudduth-ConleyRomika Sudduth-Conley
    Project Coordinator

    As a project coordinator, Romika Sudduth-Conley maintains RCU inventory, processes payroll and leave, and performs a number of additional business and operational tasks.

Assessment

  • Photo of Ben AlexanderBen Alexander
    Research Associate III, Assessment Manager 

    Ben Alexander is a project manager at the RCU. He is responsible for analyzing data and conducting research for the unit’s assessment team.
  • Photo of Riesa BlackwellRiesa Blackwell
    Project Manager 

    Riesa Blackwell serves as a project manager for the RCU, working with educators to coordinate and develop performance-based assessments in career and technical education pathways.
  • Photo of Mandy ScarpullaMandy Scarpulla
    Project Manager

    Mandy Scarpulla joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager. She assists career and technical educators through trainings and coordination of national certification and state assessment efforts.
  • Photo of Bhanu ShanmugamBhanupriya Shanmugam
    Project Manager

    Bhanupriya Shanmugam is an IT project manager at the RCU. In this role, she manages and executes database and reporting projects and supports the RCU's information systems.
  • Photo of Cliff ThamesCliff Thames
    Research Associate III

    Cliff Thames joined the RCU in 2018. Thames supports national certification efforts for career and technical education. He also assists with educational research, program development, and item alignment and development meetings for the unit.

Center for Cyber Education

  • Photo of Shelly HollisShelly Hollis
    Assistant Director, Cyber Education

    Shelly Hollis joined the RCU in November 2014 as a project manager. Her duties include the development and implementation of Mississippi's K-12 computer science pilot program (CS4MS), data reporting, and supporting information systems.
  • Photo of Lizzie BrandonLizzie Brandon
    Project Manager

    Lizzie Brandon joined the RCU as a project manager in 2021. As a project manager within the RCU’s Center for Cyber Education, she supports the development and implementation of the Computer Science for Mississippi initiative (CS4MS).
  • Photo of Amanda TaylorAmanda Taylor
    Project Manager

    Amanda Taylor joined the RCU in 2021. As a project manager within the RCU’s Center for Cyber Education, she supports the development and implementation of the Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) initiative.

Communication, Research, and Evaluation

  • Photo of Brock TurnipseedBrock Turnipseed
    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Brock Turnipseed provides leadership and oversight for the internal and external RCU communications projects.
  • Photo of Heather CraigHeather Craig
    Editor

    As an editor, Heather Craig quality checks and refines a variety of written projects and publications for the RCU.
  • Photo of Amanda GronewoldAmanda Gronewold
    Communications Coordinator

    As communications coordinator, Amanda Gronewold provides graphic design for the RCU, including magazines, websites, conference materials, promotional toolkits, reports, and more. Additionally, she writes articles for RCU publications.
  • Photo of Carl SmithCarl Smith
    Managing Editor

    As managing editor, Carl Smith oversees the production of RCU publications, including School Focus and Connections magazines. He also assists with the RCU’s social media accounts and manages the Connections website.

Curriculum

  • Photo of Sam WattsSam Watts
    Project Manager, Curriculum Manager

    Sam Watts joined the RCU in 2017. As curriculum manager he oversees the project managers and instructional design specialists who help develop, revise, and monitor CTE curricula in the state of Mississippi.
  • Photo of Angie DavisAngie Davis
    Project Manager

    Angie Davis serves as a project manager for the RCU, working with educators to develop curricula in the STEM and business, marketing, and finance pathways.
  • Photo of Rob FykeRob Fyke
    Project Manager

    Rob Fyke joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager on the curriculum team, where he works cooperatively with educators and industry representatives to develop curricula in the STEM pathways.
  • Photo of Melissa LuckettMelissa Luckett
    Instructional Design Specialist

    Melissa Luckett joined the RCU in July of 2016. As an Instructional Design Specialist, she coordinates the curricula development process for the Human Services pathway and several other programs.
  • Photo of Courtney McCubbinsCourtney McCubbins
    Project Manager

    Courtney McCubbins serves as a project manager for the RCU curriculum team, facilitating the curricula development and instructional design process for the agriculture, food, and natural resources pathway.
  • Photo of Jo Ann WattsJo Ann Watts
    Project Manager

    Jo Ann Watts joined the RCU staff in 1994. As a project manager, she is responsible for all facets of the instructional-design process for the architecture and construction cluster, including curricula development and revision.

GEAR UP

  • Photo of Judy MiddletonJudy Middleton
    Project Director

    Judy Middleton is the director of Mississippi State’s GEAR UP grant program that prepares low-income students for success in postsecondary education.
  • Photo Coming SoonAltonique Binion
    Project Manager

    Altonique Binion joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager under Mississippi State University’s GEAR UP grant program. In her role, Binion works with the Greenville, McComb, and Meridian school districts in preparing low-income students for success in postsecondary education.

Professional Learning & School Innovations

  • Photo of Cindy MingCindy Ming
    Project Manager, Professional Learning Manager

    As a project manager, Cindy Ming serves as an instructional coach for the RCU and is responsible for implementing and supporting MDE's innovative school initiatives.
  • Photo of Avery AdkinsAvery Adkins
    Project Manager

    Avery Adkins joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager responsible for developing online high school Canvas courses through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.
  • Photo Coming SoonAshley Edwards
    Project Manager

    Ashley Edwards joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager in professional learning and school innovations. In this position, Edwards supports secondary and career and technical educators through instructional learning.
  • Photo of LaNell KellumLaNell Kellum
    Project Manager

    As a project manager at the RCU, LaNell Kellum supports the RCU's special education and secondary education efforts.
  • Photo Coming SoonKindra Mason
    Project Manager

    Kindra Mason joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager supporting educators in perfecting the art of teaching by using versatile styles and the latest technology to help produce innovative teaching strategies and diversity in learning.
  • Photo of Ginny SandersGinny Sanders
    Project Manager

    As a project manager for the RCU, Ginny Sanders provides support to the MDE’s Office of Special Education as well as the Office of School Improvement.
  • Photo of Denise SibleyDenise Sibley
    Senior Research Associate

    As a senior research associate at the RCU, Denise Sibley is responsible for conducting research and providing actionable information that contributes to the unit's secondary and special education efforts.
  • Photo of Ginger TedderGinger Tedder
    Project Manager

    Ginger Tedder is a project manager responsible for implementing and supporting MDE’s innovative school initiatives throughout the state.
  • Photo Coming SoonTammie Tubbs
    Project Manager

    Tammie Tubbs joined the RCU in 2021 as a project manager in professional learning and school innovations. In her role, Tubbs serves as an instructional coach responsible for training and supporting Mississippi’s career and technical education teachers.