January 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
THE PENGUIN NATION AT 75:
STILL STRONG, STILL GROWING
As the Clark College continues its yearlong 75th anniversary celebration,
it welcomes new faculty and staff members and congratulates those
who have assumed new positions at the college
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Friendly faces – some new, some familiar – can be found across Clark College in 2009, assisting students, teaching classes, and leading programs. As winter quarter begins, the college welcomes several individuals who have joined the college and welcomes back some who assumed new positions since the start of the academic year. Clark College, which opened its doors in October 1933, is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout the 2008-2009 academic year.
Radmila Ballada has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in the Cannell Library. Ballada earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Vermont and a master’s in library science and history from Southern Connecticut State University. She has previous work experience with Marlboro College, Champlain College, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Vermont.
Deena Bisig has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Communication Studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Dana College and a master’s degree in communication studies and journalism from South Dakota State University. Deena has previous work experience with Cosmos Technology, South Dakota State University, and Clark College.
Edie Blakley was appointed to the full-time permanent administrative position as director of Career and Employment Services. Edie Blakley has an AAS from Linn Benton Community College and both bachelor of science and M.Ed degrees from Oregon State University. She has previous work experience as the Career Fair and National Student Exchange Coordinator and Assistant to the Director of Career Services at Oregon State University.
Blake Bowers is the new dean of the Health Sciences unit at Clark College. Bowers came to Clark from Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, OR, where he served as the instructional director for the Health and Human Development unit. In that role, he provided oversight and leadership for the following programs: Early Childhood Education, Family Center, Family Education Resources and Referral (care connection), Human Services, Health and Physical Education, Allied Health, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Imaging and Nursing. While at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Bowers also served as an assistant professor/athletic trainer, division director, and instructional director. Blake Bowers has also served as the athletic trainer for the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team. He holds a master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon University and is currently completing his PhD at Oregon State University.
Sarah Buttrell has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Nursing. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Lower Columbia College, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Washington State University. Sarah has previous work experience with Liu Gu Doa, Doudian, Fang Shan District in Beijing, China, Washington State School for the Blind, and St. John’s Hospital-Peacehealth.
Anthony “Tony” Chennault was hired as a tenure-track biology instructor. He teaches anatomy and physiology courses in the Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) unit. Chennault holds a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from the University of Puget Sound and a master of science degree in biology from Portland State University. He has spent the past eight years teaching anatomy and physiology and related biology courses at Ashmead College and Portland State University.
Deborah Hendrickson has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in nursing. She earned bachelors degrees in biology and nursing from Winona State University, and a master’s degree in international public health from Loma Linda University, and a certificate in missiology from Trinity Lutheran College. Deborah Hendrickson has previous work experience with World Mission Pray League, Mercy Medical Center, and Clark College.
Michelle Mallory has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Family Life/Early Childhood Education. Michelle Mallory earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Oregon State College and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, specializing in early childhood education, from Portland State University. She has previous work experience with Morrison Center Child and Family Services, Special School District of St. Louis County, and Clark College.
Kimberly Marshel was appointed to the full-time permanent administrative position as registrar. Marshel has a bachelor of science in psychology from Portland State University, a WSCT certificate in women’s studies from Portland State University and an MS in education from Portland State University. She has previous work experience with Everest College and American Eagle Outfitters.
Erika Nava has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Spanish. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Oregon. Nava has previous work experience with Oregon State University, Linn-Benton Community College, University of Oregon, and Universidad Blas Pascal.
Danette Randolph was appointed to the full-time administrative position as Director of Workforce Education and Economic Development. Randolph has a bachelor of science degree in Workforce Education Training and Development from Southern Illinois University and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has previous work experience with Highline Community College, Bellevue Community College, Green River Community College, and Bureau of Education and Research.
George Reese was appointed director of instructional programming and innovation. Reese has been with Clark College for 14 years, working in customized training, workforce development and academic services. He has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University and a master’s degree in adult education from Oregon State University.
Dr. Peter Ritson has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Chemistry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California-San Diego and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California-Los Angeles. Dr. Ritson has previous work experience with Washington State University, Portland Community College, and Clark College.
Nicoleta Sharp has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Physics. Sharp earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. She has previous work experience with Portland Public Schools and Portland Community College.
Dr. Sylvia Thornburg was appointed to the position of Dean of Instructional Planning and Operations. Dr. Thornburg joined Clark as the dean of Social Sciences and Fine Arts (SOFA) in 2000 and has served the college in several positions since that time, including interim dean of Business Technology (BTEC) and acting vice president of Instruction.
Elizabeth Ubiergo has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Spanish. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Oregon. Ubiergo has previous work experience with the University of Portland, Portland Community College, Chapman & Silva Translation Services, University of Oregon, and Clark College.
Katy Washburne has been appointed to the tenure-track faculty position in Adult Basic Education. Washburne earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from California Polytechnic State University and a master’s degree in education from the United States International University. She has previous work experience with Portland Community College, Coosa Valley Technical College, Palomar Community College, Carlsbad Flower Fields, and Clark College.