Mohawk Valley Community College announces the following new appointments, employee title changes, and promotions as approved by the Board of Trustees at its Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 meetings:
- Carli Amodio, Respiratory Care Instructor, School of Health Sciences
- Tabitha Carter, Coordinator of Distributed Learning
- Stephen Cook, Coordinator of Cybersecurity Initiatives
- Ushona McLean, STEP and GEAR UP Programs Specialist
- Jamel Moyer, STEP Program Specialist
- Kenny Stover, HVAC Instructor, School of STEM
- Saingghech Ung, GEAR UP Coordinator
Carli Amodio was appointed to the position of Respiratory Care Instructor in the School of Health Sciences. She joined the College as a Respiratory Care Program Tutor in 2019 and worked concurrently as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. Amodio earned her bachelor’s degree in professional development and advanced patient care from Grand Canyon University, associate degrees in Respiratory Care and General Studies from MVCC, and has been a NYS-licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist since 2018.
Tabitha Carter was appointed to the grant-funded position of Coordinator of Distributed Learning, and will work with the Department of Corrections educational supervisor to develop and deliver MVCC curriculum to students in the prison system. She also will provide training and assistance to the faculty, staff, and students in using technology for online learning. Prior to joining the College, Carter served in several positions at Herkimer County Community College since 1997, including coordinator and technical assistant of Internet Academy, and technical assistant in Information Services. She earned her associate degree in computer science from Herkimer County Community College.
Stephen Cook was transitioned to the grant-funded position of Coordinator of Cybersecurity Initiatives in which he will coordinate the day-to-day operations of MVCC’s grant-funded cybersecurity initiatives. Since 2017, Cook has served the College as Coordinator of the Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Regional Resource Center. Before that, he worked as an investigator for Roman & Associates in Lynbrook, N.Y., and a criminal investigator in Superior Court for the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C. He also served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist E-4. Cook holds a master of professional studies degree in cyber policy and risk analysis and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Utica College, and an associate degree in liberal arts from Herkimer County Community College.
Ushona McLean was transitioned to the grant-funded position of STEP and GEAR UP. She will provide direct services to the students in the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) to help improve academic performance and promote the exploration of STEM fields and licensed professions. She also will help the directors develop, implement, and evaluate programs, and will plan programmatic opportunities for collaboration between the two programs. McLean has been with MVCC in various capacities since 2003, including as Office of Institutional Advancement Manager, Senior Resident Director, adjunct instructor, and, most recently, Coordinator of CSTEP and STEP. Prior to joining MVCC, she worked as assistant director and transfer advisor for On Point for College. McLean holds a master’s degree in social policy and a bachelor’s degree in community and human services from Empire State College, and an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Science from MVCC. She also holds a Child Development Associate credential.
Jamel Moyer has been appointed to the grant-funded position of STEP Program Specialist. As such, he will provide direct services to students in STEP and assist the director in developing, implementing, and evaluating the program. Before joining the College, Moyer served as a case manager of the Pathways to Justice Careers at the Oneida County Workforce Development Board; a chemical dependency counselor at Insight House Chemical Dependency Services; a correctional officer with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department; and a child care worker at the House of the Good Shepherd. He also is a part-time unit supply specialist with the Army Reserves. Moyer holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Utica College.
Kenny Stover was appointed to the position of HVAC Instructor in the School of STEM. He’s the owner and operator of Stover Heating and Cooling in Vernon. Before joining the College, he also worked as a bus driver for Vernon Verona Sherrill Central School District; in Park Maintenance for Holmes County State Park in Mississippi; an engineering lab technician for ECR International; and he served in the U.S. Army as a communications supervisor. Stover holds associate degrees in digital animation and HVAC, both from MVCC.
Saingghech Ung was transitioned to the grant-funded position of GEAR UP Coordinator. In this role, she will manage programming and support services while overseeing the delivery of a wide range of instructional and intervention services to support GEAR UP retention and completion. Ung has been employed by the College since 2012, working as a Tutor/Advisor in CSTEP, a Tutor/College Instructor/Grade Supervisor for GEAR UP and Math Corps, and finally as Math Corps Supervisor. Ung also has served as a Young Scholars site assistant at Utica College and a residential counselor at Sitrin Health Care Center. She holds a master’s degree in health administration from Utica College, a bachelor’s degree in biological science from University at Buffalo, and an associate degree in Mathematics and Science: Biology Option from MVCC.