Aug. 19, 2018
Ashland Community and Technical College began its fall semester this past week
and new and returning students are getting into the swing of things.
In addition to the many familiar faces, several new faculty members joined the ACTC family this semester.
Youba Ouldmoulayeelarbi joined ACTC as program coordinator and instructor of the business program. The Olive Hill resident earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, as well as master’s degrees in business administration from Ashford University and computer science from Colorado Technical University. He is working on a Doctor of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.
He previously held faculty positions at Perry County Central High School in Hazard, Newport High School in Newport, Kentucky, West Carter High School in Olive Hill, Sullivan College of Technology and Design in Louisville, MedQuest College in Louisville and Daymar College in Louisville.
“I am excited about the opportunity to share my passions and knowledge in business and information technology with ACTC students, and to help them grow and compete in the world of tomorrow effectively,” Ouldmoulayeelarbi said.
Sheri Wildey-Troupe is ACTC’s new surgical technology program coordinator. A Kentucky native, Troupe relocated from Memphis, Tennessee, where she was previously a clinical instructor and program director of a surgical technology program.
Troupe earned her surgical technology certification in 1994 after attending West Kentucky Vocation School in Bowling Green. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Murray State University. She taught sixth and seventh grade reading and third grade in Jacksonville, Florida from 2006-2008.
She moved back to Kentucky and scrubbed at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, until 2011 and then began teaching in Hopkinsville until 2016, when she moved to Memphis to teach surgical technology.
Shannon Hankins joined ACTC as its new interdisciplinary early childhood education program coordinator. The Flatwoods resident previously taught for Fairview Independent Schools, Crabbe Elementary School and was most recently an early childhood specialist at the Ashland Independent Early Childhood Regional Training Center.
Hankins earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Ohio University Southern. She also earned master’s degrees in educational administration and curriculum and instruction from Ohio University, as well as a doctorate in educational administration from Ohio University.
“I am excited to be a part of the faculty and staff at ACTC,” Hankins said. “I am passionate about early childhood education. It is an honor to work with aspiring professionals with the same passion.”
Other new instructors are Courtney Stewart, of Catlettsburg, applied process technology; Matt Pfau, of Grayson, electrical technology; Lindsay Moore, of Catlettsburg, associate degree nursing program; Thea McDavid, of Grayson, associate degree nursing program; and Lori Baier, of Argillite, Workforce Solutions short-term health programs.
ACTC also announced several faculty promotions at the end of the summer term.
Alan Alley, of Minford, Ohio, was promoted to professor of anatomy and physiology.
Mark Riggs, of Ashland, was promoted to professor of astronomy, mathematics, physics and statistics.
Francis Martin, of Ashland, was promoted to professor of mathematics.
Jame McCumbee, of Barboursville, was promoted to professor of mathematics.
Jesse James, of Ashland, was promoted to associate professor of electrical technology
Vicki McGinnis, of Flatwoods, was promoted to associate professor of reading and English.
Mourine Smith, of Morehead, was promoted to assistant professor of cosmetology.
Tyler Stevens, of Olive Hill, was promoted to assistant professor computerized drafting and design.
Michael Tackett, of Catlettsburg, was promoted to assistant professor of electrical technology.
In addition, three faculty members have taken on roles as academic coordinators.
Richard Merritt will serve as the academic coordinator for the arts and sciences and health sciences divisions. He is also an associate professor of mathematics and program coordinator for the Associate in Science degree.
Harold Henry, of Rush, will serve as the academic coordinator for manufacturing, transportation and industrial technology as well as business, public services and technology divisions. He is an associate professor and program coordinator of the electrical technology program.
Molly Webb, of Ashland, will serve as the lead academic coordinator, working closely training Merritt and Henry as well as working on other projects with the academic dean. Webb is a professor in the business administration program and arts and sciences unit leader.