College of Basic and Applied Sciences Virtual Mentoring

Students,

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 Nancy.miller@mtsu.edu a 3 sentence bio, headshot, and preferred email address and she will respond to you with information on the program.**

 

Aerospace

 Karl Harmon

Karl Harmon
kjharmon59@gmail.com

I currently work for the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector. Prior 25 years at American Airlines in aircraft maintenance.  Prior to AA, 4 years at Boeing and 2 years 10 months in the U.S. Air Force. I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace from MTSU and in 1994 with a Master’s in Aerospace Education from MTSU.

Mark King

Mark King
mking@edssupply.com

Mark has a Master of Business Administration and Bachler of Science degree in Aerospace from MTSU.   He has over 25 years of business experience in the Climate Control business space, financial services and air transportation. He currently directs the HVAC Division of a Nashville based refrigeration distributor.

Captain Frances Messalle

Captain Frances Messalle, USCG
fmessalle@gmail.com

Captain Frances Messalle is a 1994 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy with a BS in Marine Science. She has served at various operational units across the Coast Guard include one tour afloat and 4 air stations. She has flown 4 different fixed wing aircraft in support of the Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions. She has been an Aircraft Commander and/or Instructor Pilot in each airframe. She recently completed as Commanding Officer at the most high visibility Air Station in the Coast Guard .

Larry Schadle

Larry C. Schadle
Schadle315@mac.com

I graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Administration in 1992 and then with a Master’s in Aerospace Education in 1993. I started working at Southwest Airlines the next day. I’ve worked in two different cities as a Customer Service and Operations agent before getting into Dispatch six years later. In Dispatch I am a Desk trainer that trains new Dispatcher when they are new to the Dispatch Office.

School or Agriculture

 Michelle Conkle

Michelle Conkle
horsegal@united.net

My name is Michelle Conkle and I am a territory manager for MWI Animal Health in south central Tennessee.  I have worked as a sales rep for the past 17 years and recently completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling.  I graduated from MTSU in 1994 with a double major in Horse Science and Psychology.  I competed for 3 years on the MTSU Equestrian Team.  I was raised on a small farm in Paris, TN, was active in the Henry County 4-H youth program for 10 years, participating in the horse & chicken projects.  My husband, daughter and I enjoy our mini farm in College Grove, TN.  

Allen Locke 

Steven Locke
steven.locke@bunge.com

My name is Steven Locke and I am a grain elevator manager for Bunge in St. Joseph, La.  My primary job includes managing a staff of less than 10 and buying commodities (corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, and grain sorghum) and selling them on the open market.  I graduated MTSU in Dec '10 and worked for Tyson Foods, Inc. before becoming a trainee with Bunge.

Terrie McElroy

Terrie McElroy
tmcelroy@ourcoop.com

I graduated from MTSU in 1990 and immediately started working for Tennessee Farmers Co-op on their training program. I'm currently in Purchasing in the Feed Department where I buy grain and many other items used to make animal feed. I live in Murfreesboro and enjoy cheering on the Lady Raiders Basketball Team.

 Mike Rowland

Mike Rowland
mrowland@firstvisionbank.com

Mike graduated from MTSU in 1982 with a B.S. in Agribusiness. He worked as a loan officer/manager with the Farm Credit system before joining a local bank in Winchester. In 2005, Mike was part of the organizing group that formed First Vision Bank, a new community bank with offices in Tullahoma and Winchester. Mike currently serves as CEO/President for First Vision Bank and has added offices in Manchester and Murfreesboro.

Justin Stefanski

Justin Stefanski
jstefans@utk.edu

Justin  is currently works for the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University Extension, where he serves as a Horticulture Extension Agent in Wilson County.  He attended MTSU for both his undergraduate and graduate Degrees, graduating with a BS in Plant and Soil Science in 2009 and a Master of Education in 2014. While in school he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and also participated on MTSU’s nationally recognized dairy products judging team in 2006.

Biology / Chemistry Pre-Professional Health Majors

Dr. Jeremy Bills

Dr. Jeremy Bills
dr.bills@stanlickchiropractic.com

Dr. Jeremy Bills is a 2008 graduate of MTSU with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and minor in Biology.  He began his chiropractic studies at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO and graduated in 2013 from Life University College of Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA.  He has been serving the Murfreesboro area as a chiropractor ever since. 

Jill Blatt

Jill.Roberson-Blatt
Jill.Roberson-Blatt@sth.org

I am a Physician's Assistant and practice in Cardiology at St. Thomas West in Interventional and Electrophysiology. I went back to school as a single mother with a young child so I understand adversity and needed determination to finish school. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from MTSU and Master’s degree in medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University. 

Dr. Chitwood

Dr. Walter Chitwood
drchitwood@tndentistry.com

Practicing general, implant & restorative and sports dentistry. I have been the athletic dentist for MTSU since 1990.   MTSU- BS 1978, UTCHS - DDS, 1982 Implant Continuum certificates from the Center for Advanced Maxillofacial Reconstruction (1984), Misch Implant Institute for Advanced Implant Dentistry (1986). I would welcome any pre-dental or pre-hygiene student to come and shadow/observe in my office.

 Dr. Busola Delano-Akinpade

Dr. Busola Delano-Akinpade
busolaakinpade@yahoo.com

After graduating from MTSU in 2002 with a BS in Chemistry, I worked as a quality control chemist for Cumberland swan for 4 years. In 2010, I completed my doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky. Following graduation, I have held a couple of positions including a staff/clinical pharmacist at the Southern TN Medical Center (STMC) and currently a staff pharmacist at Gwinnett medical center (GMC) in Georgia.  As a pharmacist at GMC, I am able to rotate to the different Satellite pharmacies which include Neonatal ICU, Operating Room, main pharmacy and Emergency room.

DeWayne McCamish

 

DeWayne McCamish
dbm@dbmortho.com

I received a BS with a major in Chemistry and Math and a minor in Biology and was the recipient of the MTSU Athletic Scholastic Award in 1967. I am currently serving as the 109th President of the American Association of Orthodontists.  Prior to that I served as President of the Southern Association of Orthodontists, the Tennessee Association of Orthodontists, the University of Tennessee Orthodontic Alumni Association and the Chattanooga Area Dental Society.  I was just named the recipient of the 2017 College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus Award and named Outstanding Alumnus by the UTHSC Graduate Orthodontic Program in 2008. 
Dr. William Smith

Dr. William Smith, II
drsmithod@comcast.net

As a Doctor of Optometry, I have been in private practice serving the visual and eye health needs of Middle Tennesseans since 1979. I am a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, the oldest and largest Optometry school in the country and am certified by the Tennessee State Board of Optometry in the treatment of ocular disease. Pre-med and pre-optometry students from Middle Tennessee State University have been speaking with us, visiting and/or shadowing at our office for many years. We look forward and welcome all students wishing to do so anytime.

Biology

Cynthia Chappell

Cynthia Chappell
Cynthia.L.Chappell@uth.tmc.edu

I am currently a professor and active laboratory researcher in the Center for Infectious Diseases at the University Of Texas School Of Public Health in Houston, TX. My area of specialty is microbiology and immunology, particularly in the area of enteric infections.  I would welcome communications with students or alumni interested in a career in academics, public health or related areas.

Matthew L. Ellison

Matt Ellison
Matthew.L.Ellison@gmail.com

Dr. Matt Ellison is currently a microbiologist/inspector in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ellison received a B.S. in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Immunology and Microbiology, respectively. Prior to working at the CDC, Ellison performed postdoctoral work at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Morehead State University.

Amanda Oaks

Amanda Oaks
Amanda.oaks@hotmail.com

I have an educational background based in the sciences and I have spent the last 12 years in health care sales and business development working with healthcare professionals to realize their clinical and business goals. As part of the MTSU mentor program I look forward to working with our future leaders to support their growth and development as they enter the post graduate world. 

Cristina Secrest

Cristina Secrest
cristina_secrest@yahoo.com

Cristina graduated from MTSU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Following MTSU, she pursued her graduate degree in Microbiology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  She began her career at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) in 1998 focusing on oil and gas clients.  She is a Partner with Ernst & Young and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Brent, and their two children.

J Shrader 

James D. Shrader, Jr. (Jim)
james.shrader@aristocrat-inc.com

Proven Quality Assurance Professional with over thirty years of increasing responsibility in technical and management positions in Quality Assurance, Quality Engineering, Configuration Management, Supply Chain Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management, and Program Management. 

Chemistry

Dr. Amy B. Cadwallader

Dr. Amy B. Cadwallader
Amy.Cadwallader@aegislabs.com

I am the Senior Scientist for Life Sciences doing pharmacology, molecular biology, and metabolism research with Aegis’ R&D Team and I am also the Lead Expert providing information about nutritional supplements via Aegis’ extensive database, Aegis Shield. Before joining the Aegis Team, I was employed by the Laboratorio Antidoping FMSI in Rome, Italy, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory; during this time, I was also Adjunct Faculty for John Cabot University in the Department of Mathematics, Natural Science and Computer Science.

Marke Mathis

 

Mark Mathis
marke.mathis@gmail.com

1977 graduate of MTSU with a BS degree in Chemistry and Biology.  Held various information management positions with Tennessee Valley Authority, Ernst & Young and General Electric.  Currently Sr. IT Service Manager for GE supporting a world-wide team servicing power generation and distribution equipment.

D Wallace Duckworth

Dr. Wallace-Duckworth
Darcie.Duckworth@aegislabs.com

As Technical Training Manager at Aegis, Dr. Wallace-Duckworth is responsible for team member orientation, training, and continuing education. She is charged with developing and improving each team member’s understanding of forensic analytical toxicology and quantitative chemical analysis.

Computer Science

Dave Bond

David Bond
BondDL@ornl.gov

David Bond  has a BS from MTSU in Computer Science.and has a MS from ETSU in Software Engineering. He is an Applications Manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory.  ORNL conducts basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. 

Joanne Eckton

Joanne Eckton
Joanne@JoanneEckton.com

Joanne is an independent consultant who focuses on helping IT leaders build work environments where people are inspired to deliver projects at their highest level. She has been in the IT industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience in leading global, virtual teams. She is an author & speaker, and is currently working with UBS to help them build the team in Nashville.

C Feltman

Christine Feltman
Christine.Feltman@torchtechnologies.com

Undergraduate at MTSU in Computer Science and Math Working in Huntsville since 1986, starting there with Intergraph and landing in Government Contracts and is currently working for a Medium-size Employee-Owned Business that is based in Huntsville.  

Mike Feltman 

Mike Feltman
Mike.Feltman@outlook.com

Undergraduate at MTSU in Computer Science, Minors in Physics and Math.  Masters Degree at University of Alabama Huntsville. Working in Huntsville since 1985, starting there with Intergraph and landing in Missile Defense. He is currently working in Huntsville for a Small Business that is based in Colorado Springs.

Chris Hefley

Chris Hefley
chris.hefley@leankit.com

Chris graduated from MTSU's Computer Science program in 1999. He went on to a 15-year career as a software developer, working on applications from factory automation to e-Commerce.  In 2009, he co-founded LeanKit, which has grown to over 100 employees and has become one of Nashville's most successful technology startups.  

Ryan Oberleitner

Ryan Oberleitner
Ryan.Oberleitner@gmail.com

After graduating from MTSU in 2004 with a computer science degree, I began my engineering career as a junior web developer in the Nashville area. I eventually went on to become a (Software) Domain Architect at local Fortune 100 Company. After deciding managerial roles weren’t for me, I shifted back to a more hands-on role at LeanKit where I'm a Senior Software Engineer working in the iOS and Android mobile development space.

 Andy Sisco

Andy Sisco
asisco72@bellsouth.net

I completed my B.S. in Computer Science in 1994.  I have spent 22 years building a career in IT, particularly in the healthcare industry around IT infrastructure and operations.  I am currently the Vice President of IT at AMSURG, a nationwide operator of >250 ambulatory surgery centers. 

Gareth Stageman

Gareth Stageman
Gareth.stageman@ubs.com

Born in the UK. Spent most of my career as a developer building trading, risk, research and analytics systems for a number of investment banks and exchanges in UK, France and on Wall St. Moved to UBS from Deutsche Bank in 2014 where I was CIO for Credit and Proprietary Trading and built and ran Deutche Bank’s Software Engineering Center in North Carolina. Here at UBS,I am responsible for building our Nashville Technology Centre.

NashDev

NashDev
https://nashdev-slack.herokuapp.com/

Nashdev Slack is an online collaboration tool for software development professionals, hobbyists, and students located in Middle Tennessee to communicate.  There are currently about 900+ members and many active people ready to help/mentor their fellow software developers and aspiring software developers. Click here to sign up. Once you've joined be sure to become a member of the following groups: #mtsu and #beginners_and_mentors. You can find a mobile app in both Itunes Store and Android App Store.

School of Concrete and Consruction Management

Max Barrett

Max Barrett
Max.Barrett@jedunn.com

Max joined JE Dunn Construction as an intern in 2011 while finishing up his Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating in 2013, Max was brought on full-time as an Estimator, utilizing his education and previous six years of work experience in the industry to our Estimating and Preconstruction department. Max’s attention to detail, analytical thinking and problem solving play a key role within the department and on the jobs he manages. 

Kate Holliday

Kate Holliday
kholliday@straussco.com

Kate is a 16 year veteran of the construction industry and Vice President of Greater Nashville for the Strauss Company, Inc., a commercial general contractor headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. Much of her career has focused on pre-construction, including estimating and business development.   She also has a background in construction safety and human resources. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and received a B.S. in Organizational Management from Covenant College.

Mickey Williams

Mickey Williams
MickeyWilliams@bsinet.us

BS Construction Management MTSU. He is now Senior Project Manager with Batten & Shaw, Inc. construction management / general contracting company which specializes in Healthcare Construction. He manages healthcare construction projects ranging from $6,000,000.00 to $25,000,000.00 in value.

Engineering Technology

Ken Frizzell

Ken Frizzell
Ken.Frizzell@nissan-usa.com

Ken Frizzell has 43 years of manufacturing experience. He has been at the Nissan Americas – Smyrna plant for 33 years with jobs ranging from Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Supervisor, and Maintenance Section Manager and is now a Senior Manufacturing Engineer with a focus on project management and automation.  He majored in Industrial Technology at MTSU and presently a member of the ET Advisory Board.

Blair Russell Glenn

Blair Russell Glenn
Blair.Glenn@qualityindustries.com

Blair is the Chairwoman at Quality Industries, Inc., known as QI. QI is a family held fabrication company, started in 1972 by her father, the late Bob Russell. She is on the Workforce Development Board for Wilson, Rutherford, Davidson, and Williamson Counties, and the Engineering Advisory Board at MTSU.

Bob Henry 

Bob Henry
bhenry@m-tekinc.com

Bob Henry gradiated from MTSU in 1985.  He is a Senior General Manager, Corporate Purchasing, M-Tek, Inc. He is responsible for purchasing for all manufacturing locations in USA. Bob joined M-Tek in 2013 after more than 16 years with Nissan North America where he held several positions of increasing responsibility within the Renault Nissan Prior to joining Nissan North America. He has held several management positions.

Bryant Tokarz

Bryant Tokarz
btokarz@oflex.com

I have a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I have 20 years of experience in the Automotive Industry working for GM, Honda and as a supplier to GM, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes, Toyota, Volvo, and VW to name a few. I have experience in tooling and manufacturing equipment as well as product design and overseeing production at our current facility.

Geoscience

Zach Mahr

Zach Mahr
zmahrmapper@gmail.com

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 
mr.samuel.w.williams@gmail.com

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.
twilliams@ensafe.com

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

Mathematics

Mary Van Cleave

Mary Layne Van Cleave
mlvc@tha.com

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 
instampa@aol.com

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
POC:  michael.r.donovan.mil@mail.mil

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
davidogg78@gmail.com

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.

 MS Dog Tags

MTSU Verterans & Military Family Center
POC:  Hilary Miller
Hilary.Miller@mtsu.edu

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.