Staff Listing

 

Administration & Operations

  • Julie Jordan
    Director

    As the RCU’s director, Julie Jordan provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the RCU’s work.

  • Betsey Smith
    Associate Director

    Betsey Smith serves as the RCU’s associate director, overseeing all secondary curricula processes and providing supervision for all CTE-related activities and projects.

  • Pam Stafford
    Business Manager

    As the business operations manager, Pam Stafford oversees the daily functions of the business office and the unit’s operations

  • Roo Gleim
    Project Coordinator

    Roo Gleim joined the RCU in March 2016 as a project coordinator. In this role, she helps process financial ledgers, create invoices, and assist in daily business operations.

  • Holli Mitchell
    Project Coordinator

    Holli Mitchell joined the RCU in 2015 as a project coordinator. As a member of the operations team, her duties include managing contracts and planning event logistics.

  • Mhaire Nickels
    Receptionist

    As the RCU’s receptionist, Mhaire Nickels directs calls and helps with enquiries, in addition to other administrative duties.

Assessment

  • Sean Owen
    Associate Research Professor

    Sean Owen is an associate research professor for the RCU. In this role, he conducts educational research and oversees report-modeling for the RCU’s current projects.

  • Nithya Arumugam
    Programmer Analyst

    Nithya Arumugam joined the RCU in 2015 as a programmer analyst and is particularly involved in developing web applications and database administration.

  • Ashley Brown
    Data Coach

    Ashley Priebe Brown is the project manager for a statewide performance assessment for career and technical pathways.

  • Cathy Curtis
    Instructional Design Specialist 

    Cathy Curtis serves as an instructional design specialist for the RCU. In this role, she provides support and quality control in assessment processes.

  • Betsy Jones
    Project Manager

    Betsy Jones serves as a project manager for the RCU, where she provides assistance in ensuring quality assessments.

  • Alexis Nordin
    Research Associate III

    Alexis Nordin serves as a research associate for the RCU. In this role, she helps schools administer national certification exams and provides item alignment and development assistance as part of the RCU’s assessment team.

  • Bhanupriya 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.

  • Ellen Shaw
    Project Manager

    Ellen Shaw serves as a project manager for the RCU. She provides support and quality control for curricula produced by the RCU.

  • Michelle Taylor
    Project Manager

    As a project manager, Michelle Taylor plans and facilitates online professional development for the RCU and writes business curricula for Mississippi’s CTE programs.

Communication, Research, and Evaluation

  • Kristen Dechert
    Project Manager

    Kristen Dechert joined the RCU in 2011, where she oversees communication, research, and evaluation work for the center. Additionally, she conducts research on a variety of projects, including performance-based compensation and career and technical education.

  • Emile Creel
    Managing Editor

    Emile Creel joined the RCU in June 2016 as the managing editor for Connections and School Focus magazines. In this role, she writes and edits for the magazines and manages their associated social media accounts.

  • Amanda Gronewold
    Graphic Designer

    Amanda Gronewold joined the RCU in July of 2014 as a graphic designer. She oversees all aspects of graphic design for the RCU, including designing materials for the RCU’s magazines, conference materials, websites, and reports.

  • Roslyn Miller
    Senior Research Associate

    As a senior research associate at the RCU, Roslyn Miller conducts research on educational projects, designs and constructs evaluations, and teaches online courses.

  • Supriya Mishra
    Data Coordinator

    Supriya Mishra works with the RCU as a data coordinator, processing research and evaluation data on a variety of projects.

  • Dana Seymour
    Project Manager

    As a project manager, Dana Seymour assists the assessment department with standard setting for statewide CTE tests. She also conducts research and evaluation for a variety of education-related topics and programs.

  • Holly Holladay
    Graduate Research Assistant

    Holly Holladay is a graduate research assistant at the RCU where she works with the communications team on a variety of projects.

Curriculum

  • Scott Kolle
    Senior Research Associate

    Scott Kolle has been a part of the RCU since 2004, where he serves as a senior research associate. He provides expertise, leadership, and oversight for all curricula produced by the RCU.

  • Mandy Clark
    Instructional Design Specialist

    Mandy Clark joined the RCU in July 2016 as an instructional design specialist. She writes education and training curricula and human-sciences curricula for the RCU.

  • Gayle Fortenberry
    Project Manager

    As a project manager at the RCU, Gayle Fortenberry coordinates agricultural-education program and curricula development for the RCU.

  • Sandra Gibson
    Instructional Design Specialist

    Sandra Gibson joined the RCU as an instructional design specialist in 2016, working with the Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) pilot program and with the assessment team.

  • Shelly Hollis
    Project Manager

    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.

  • Kenny Langley
    Project Manager

    Kenny Langley joined the RCU in 2015 as a Project Manager. His efforts include R&D for the state’s new science standards and computer science initiative, as well as revision and expansion of the state’s STEM Pathway/Cluster curricula, and coordination of a statewide Maker education group.

  • Melissa Luckett
    Project Coordinator

    Melissa Luckett works with the RCU as a project coordinator. In this role, she provides technical support in the development of educational materials and curricula produced by the RCU.

  • Brad Skelton
    Project Manager

    Brad Skelton joined the RCU in 2012 and is a project manager for the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Pathway as well as the Law and Public Safety programs. He also provides leadership for online monitoring in partnership with the MDE.

  • Jo Ann Watts
    Senior Research Associate

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

Professional Learning

  • Lois Kappler
    Project Manager

    As a project manager for the RCU, Lois Kappler provides training for educators including teacher and leadership development, CTE new-teacher training, and the CTE Administrators’ Academy.

  • Leanne Long
    Assistant Research Professor

    As a project manager at the RCU, Leanne Long develops, coordinates, and presents face-to-face and online training for Mississippi’s CTE educators.

  • Theresa Wheeler
    Research Associate II

    As an RCU research associate, Theresa Wheeler creates, revises, and facilitates online professional learning. She also serves as the systems administrator for the RCU’s learning management system, Canvas.

School Innovations

  • Myra Pannell
    Senior Research Associate

    Myra Pannell, a senior research associate for the RCU, provides leadership and oversight of the RCU’s work on innovative school initiatives, including career academies, early college high schools, districts of innovation, and instructional coaching.

  • Cindy Ming
    Project 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.

Special Education and Secondary Education

  • Amanda Tullos
    Project Manager

    Amanda Tullos serves as a project manager at the RCU where she provides leadership and oversight of the unit’s secondary and special education efforts.

  • Suzanne Bean
    Project Manager

    Suzanne Bean serves as a project manager at the RCU. She provides leadership in special education and professional learning, including statewide initiatives, training educators, and leadership development.

  • LaNell Kellum
    Project Manager

    As a project manager at the RCU, LaNell Kellum supports the RCU’s special education and secondary education efforts.

  • Judy Middleton
    Project Coordinator

    Judy Middleton, a project coordinator at RCU, works in the secondary and special education division developing teacher resources for special education professionals.

  • Denise 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.