College of Basic and Applied Sciences Virtual Mentoring


The College of Basic and Applied Sciences has alumni and industry friends who have agreed to become virtual mentors for you!  These virtual mentors are available to the College of Basic & Applied Sciences majors to give career advice and answer questions via email (or skype when needed).  Our hope is that you will use this resource to find professionals that are already in the field you want to go into and ask them questions about what their job is like, how you can prepare now to get a job like theirs when you graduate, and get feedback as you pursue a career path.  This is not intended to give you people to ask for a job or to write your resume for you – they are simply available for career advice and insight into their professional field.  I encourage you to utilize these mentors and anticipate you will find this to be a valuable resource to help you in your career journey and your time at MTSU.       

With my very best wishes for your success.
Dr. Bud Fischer
Dean, College of Basic & Applied Sciences
 **If you are interested in becoming a virtual mentor or know someone who is, please email a 3 sentence bio, headshot, and preferred email address and she will respond to you with information on the program.**


Zach Mahr

Zach Mahr
Zach graduated with a BS in Geographic Techniques in 2011.  His experience encompasses 10+ years in the Geospatial industry performing a large array of technical applications for multiple companies both large and small.  He is currently conducting aerial surveys to support coastal mapping programs by providing high-resolution elevation (LiDAR) and imagery (RGB & Hyperspectral) data along international and U.S. shorelines.  

 Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams

Sam earned his Master of Professional Science degree (in Geoscience), as well as his Bachelor of Science degree (in Geoscience), at MTSU.  He recently celebrated his second anniversary working for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a team of policy and tech professionals responsible for programming the Federal Transportation funds for the seven-county Nashville region.

 Tammy Keim Williams

Tammy Keim Williams, P.G.
Mrs. Williams has a Bachelors in Geology from MTSU. She is a Senior Geologist / Project Manager for EnSafe Inc. She manages the Department of General Services Statewide Environmental Services contract and the Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials contracts. Skills and services provided under these contracts include asbestos investigations and remediation, mold and other indoor air quality investigations, environmental permitting and training, and general environmental, health and safety compliance activities


Mary Van Cleave
Mary Layne Van Cleave
Mary Layne Van Cleave is executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Tennessee Hospital Association.  She is responsible for the direct development and implementation of health information systems, computer networks, and data products that assist THA members in meeting their development and strategic planning needs.  Ms. Van Cleave received a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics from MTSU. 

Military Science 

 John Harris
John Harris

John currently serves as the Akimeka Group President and COO. John joined Akimeka 2001 as its Chief Operating Officer from his role as President of JJA Enterprises, a consulting firm in acquisition, business & financial management, and business development. He has 30 years of healthcare management and business experience, both government and commercial, with special emphasis in strategic planning, operations management, procurement and financial management.

Major General Max Haston

Major General Max Haston

Graduated MTSU in 1979, commissioning as and Armor Officer in the U.S. Army. Currently serving as Tennessee’s 75th Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Military Department, MG Haston’s ongoing career of 36 years consist of multiple deployments throughout the world and holding leadership positions on the National and State level. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture and his Master Degree in Strategic Studies.

BG (Ret) Ogg

Brigadier General (Retired) David Ogg

A US Army Brigadier General (Retired 2010), 1978 MTSU Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned with over 32 years of service in combat arms and Acquisition command positions.  A MTSU Military Science Alumni Chapter Hall of Fame recipient and former MTSU Military Science cadre.  Holds MTSU BS & MS degrees and Armed Forces MS degree.  Living in Murfreesboro and is now a Defense Industry Consultant.

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MTSU Verterans & Military Family Center
POC:  Hilary Miller

The goal of MTSU’s Veterans and Military Family Center (VMFC) is to assist current military, veterans, and family members move from military to college, then from college to a successful career. We can assist with the transition process into the university, specifically, admissions, prior learning assessment, GI Bill, and career exploration.  We can also serve as a resource with basic advising, mental health counseling, and job employment.