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Dr. Megan Bolinder | Adelene McClenny | Amanda Broyles | Ben Glenn | Sue Maib | Ty Beringer | Evetta Aldridge | Aaron D. Pelloquin | Ray Taylor | Dan Charles | Linda Burton | Pat Erion-Hesse | Nancy Keiser | Elysia Contreras Springer | Mark Tucker | Julie Snodgrass | AJ Hart | Christy Murry
Dean - Workforce and Economic Development
Dr. Megan Bolinder has been with NWACC since 2010, serving first as English faculty, then as Dean of Communication and Arts until November 2018 when she took the role of Dean of NWACC Workforce and Economic Development. Throughout her career she has also lived and worked in Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI; Woodstock, CT; Modesto, CA; and Johnson County, KS. Since teaching at Malcolm X College in Chicago, she has been 100% committed to serving community college students.
“Community colleges offer quick, affordable, relevant, accessible, excellent pathways for success for all student populations,” Dr. Bolinder says. “I believe what we do in the Workforce and Economic Development division helps students fast-track their ‘next steps’ by giving them an opportunity to both earn and learn while they pursue post-secondary credentials. It's our purpose to help people prosper personally and professionally!”
In addition to her duties as dean, Dr. Bolinder also maintains her connection to students in a classroom setting as adjunct faculty teaching Film Arts.
In her free time, Dr. Bolinder enjoys reading, walking in nature, creating things, and anything involving her son, Isaiah, and his sports/activities.
PhD - University of Illinois Chicago - Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric
- Bentonville Together: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (Mayor appointed: September 2020 to Present)
- Arkansas Community College – Upskill AR Work Group (May 2020 to Present)
- Bentonville Public Library Advisory Board, Committee Member (Spring 2016 to Present)
Workforce Student Support
NWACC Workforce Account Executive Adelene McClenny has 16 years’ experience in the culinary and hospitality industry. After working in hotel management and later as a sous chef in Little Rock, AR, she returned to college and earned a BA in Applied Communication with a Minor in Information Technology. She then went on to achieve her Masters in Learning Systems Technology.
Due to her experience as a non-traditional student—one who does not follow the typical path to a college degree—Adelene is able to empathize with others pursuing non-traditional paths to education and career training. She works closely with students to help them reach their career goals. She believes in making education accessible for all and is proud to work for an institution that shares the same goal.
“NWACC Workforce removes barriers that may hold an individual back from traditional educational opportunities,” Adelene said. “We open doors for anyone to reach their personal or professional goals, whether that be upskilling or learning new skills.”
Outside of NWACC, Adelene serves on the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) Board of Directors and is a member of the ASPSF Student Affairs Committee. She is also an avid reader and enjoys video and board games.
- BA in Applied Communication and Minor Information Technology, University of Arkansas Little Rock
- M.Ed. in Learning Systems Technology, University of Arkansas Little Rock
- ASPSF - Board of Directors
- ASPSF Student Affairs Committee - Member
Academic, Prior Learning and Career Placement Advisor
Amanda Broyles is Academic, Prior Learning and Career Placement Advisor for NWACC Workforce and Economic Development. Originally from Arkansas, Amanda spent some time away for school and then worked in IT in Virginia. She has also worked as a Parenting Educator with UALR/MidSOUTH.
Amanda joined NWACC in 2021. She enjoys guiding potential students through the college’s career training options and working with them one-on-one.
“I have a passion for learning and a passion for helping others,” says Amanda. “My favorite thing is working with individual students and figuring out ways to help them succeed.”
In her spare time, Amanda can be found writing, spoiling her twelve pound rescue dog, Bitsy, or volunteering her time working with emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and teens.
- BS in Mathematics and Computer Science, Ouachita Baptist University
- Master of Applied Mathematics, Auburn University
- Teen Action and Support Center (TASC), volunteer
- Autumn’s ReRide Youth Ranch, former volunteer
Bicycle Technician Program
Director, Bicycle Technician Program
Bicycle Technician Program Director Ben Glenn is from Fayetteville, Ark. and came to NWACC with eight years of K-12 education and over a decade of experience in bicycle service.
In his role at NWACC, Ben enjoys uniting his two passions: bicycles and teaching. He is pleased to be part of the Bicycle Technician Program program that is blazing a new trail in the cycling industry and creating opportunities for others who love bicycles.
“Accessibility to higher education is vital to our diverse community, and NWACC provides that avenue,” Ben says. “The Bicycle Technician Program is setting industry standards in ways no other program has. It is our hope for our graduates to leave our campus fully equipped for a successful career in the bicycle industry.”
In addition to cycling and teaching, Ben enjoys gardening/landscaping, cooking and spending time with family.
- BS in Education, University of Arkansas
- Graduate Certificate Special Education, University of Central Arkansas
- Bicycle Technician Program Certified Courses
- Bicycle Maintenance Fundamentals Non-credit Course
Project Coordinator, Bicycle Technician Program
Sue Tincher Maib is the Bicycle Technician Program Project Coordinator. Originally from Olathe, KS, Sue has over 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a graphic designer and multimedia designer.
Sue began her career at NWACC as Administrative Assistant for the Communication and Arts division in July 2017 before moving to her current role with the Bicycle Technician program. She enjoys working with the faculty, staff and students at NWACC.
Outside of work, Sue enjoys watercolor painting, pen and ink drawing and art quilting.
- Mary University, Leavenworth, KS
- AAS in Graphic Design, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
Marketing & Outreach Support Specialist, Bicycle Technology Program
Ty Beringer is the Marketing & Outreach Support Specialist for NWACC’s Bicycle Technology Program. Born in Colorado, he considers Northwest Arkansas home.
Ty has owned small businesses Beringer Wood Co. and Dryad Gaming Co. With this background in entrepreneurship, Ty has a startup spirit, which made him perfect for helping launch the Bicycle Technician Program in 2020.
“Starting things is really exciting to me, so when given the opportunity, I jumped at the chance to help build the new Bicycle Technician Program,” says Ty.
Ty also enjoys the sense of purpose in being part of a team at NWACC that is dedicated to improving the surrounding community.
“The Bicycle Technician Program should have ripple effects throughout the community—from increasing wages in the bicycle industry, to evolving cycling into a more inclusive community," Ty says. "It’s very rewarding to know that we’re setting up our students to be great community members.”
Outside of work, Ty enjoys woodworking, movies, comic books, and attending local events.
BA in Communication and History, University of Arkansas
Business and Professional Development
Executive Director - Contract Sales and Director of Training & Community Development
As Executive Director of Contract Sales and Director of Training and Community Development, Evetta Aldridge is passionate about providing quality service and relevant career training to clients throughout NWA.
“NWACC Workforce and Economic Development is closing training gaps by partnering with local business to create a future-ready workforce," Eve says. "We are willing to go the extra mile to provide a positive customer experience for individuals seeking improved quality of life through career training and advancement.”
Evetta earned her Master of Arts in Business Management and Leadership from Liberty University. An Arkansas native, she has an extensive background in training and performance management, human resources, and front line to C-level leadership in multiple industries including telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, and utilities.
Eve is highly active in the community. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, spending time with family and pets, volunteering and missions work.
- Master of Arts, Liberty University
- Bachelor of Science in Health Education, Touro University International
Leadership Benton County 2020/2021
- Board Vice Chair - Family Network NWA,
- General Member- Women with a Mission, (Susan Barrett Foundation)
- Board Member- Compassion NWA
- Ambassador - Shared Hope International
- Former Family Resource Group Leader for Military Families (FRG)
Business and Industry Liaison
Business and Industry Liaison Aaron D. Pelloquin is from St. Louis, Mo. and joined NWACC Workforce and Economic Development in May 2022. In his role, Aaron helps students with job placement and resumé coaching, and builds relationships with local businesses to better understand how NWACC can assist with their workforce needs throughout Northwest Arkansas.
Aaron’s past work experience includes leadership education, trauma-informed counseling, career counseling and coaching K-12 track and field.
Aaron enjoys connecting students with new career opportunities.
“In my role, I get to stand in the gap to connect students to their next opportunity,” Aaron said. “It is a privilege to help open doors for students and impact our community’s workforce.”
In his free time, Aaron enjoys cooking, reading, writing, listening to music and exploring the outdoors.
- BS in Communication & Culture/African and African American Studies, Indiana State University
- M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Missouri St. Louis
Director of Construction Technology and Building Sciences
Ray Taylor is the Director of Construction Technology and Building Sciences. In this role, he oversees a Technical Certificate, a Certificate of Proficiency and an AAS Degree in Construction Technology. He also assists in the oversight for the Electrical and Plumbing Apprentice programs as well as the HVAC Certificate program.
Ray’s office is in the college’s Integrated Design Lab, which houses classrooms for art, computer-aided design and construction. In this space, Ray teaches students to apply design-thinking skills to their assignments.
“The Integrated Design lab affords us an outstanding space to learn and apply the skills necessary to become leaders in the construction industry. Our design thinking content encourages students to look at challenges in a new light and to become problem-solvers using a systemic approach,” says Ray.
Ray retired from the Air Force as a Major in 2005. He served 10 years in the enlisted force and then as an officer for 11 years. His last assignment was at the Air Force Academy where he served as an Air Officer Commanding and as an Aide de Camp to the Superintendent of the Academy (Chancellor).
When he’s not teaching students how to build things, Ray can be found in his home woodworking studio he has dubbed “Shoptimus Prime.” He is also an avid concert photographer who has a vast collection of work spanning 40 years.
Ray has been married to his wife Susan 39 years. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
- MA in Organizational Management, George Washington University
- MBA, Wayland Baptist University
- BS in Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University
- AAS in Construction Technology, Community College of the Air Force
- AAS in Instructor of Military Science and Technology, Community College of the Air Force
- Graduate: Leadership Benton County, Leadership Arkansas, Arkansas Community College’s Leadership Institute
- Distinguished Graduate in three separate Air Force Leadership courses
- Tactical Air Command’s Outstanding Airman of the Year (#1 of approximately 45,000 airmen)
- President, Stateline Woodturners
- Ray and his wife Susan lead a small group at their church where they’ve served youth and median adults for the past 15 years.
- Past community involvement: 13 years as a Boy Scout Leader, Board of Directors and Finance Chair Western Arkansas Red Cross, Steering Committee Leadership Benton County, Area Director Rebuilding Together Northwest Arkansas, American Heart Association Heart Ball – Executive Leadership Team
Institute for Corporate and Public Safety
Director at the Institute for Corporate and Public Safety
Originally from Exeter, Missouri, Dan Charles is Director at the Institute for Corporate and Public Safety (ICPS). In his role, Dan oversees the development and delivery of a number of emergency preparedness trainings, including Mass Fatalities Planning for Rural Communities and Introduction to Continuity of Government Planning for Rural Jurisdictions. ICPS trainings are certified by the Department of Homeland Security and are offered tuition-free in online formats or in group settings delivered across the nation.
“The overall goal of ICPS is to educate rural communities throughout the United States and its territories on effective disaster response and recovery,” says Dan.
Dan has been with NWACC since May 2010, first conducting contract training development until beginning his current role in 2018. He enjoys being part of a solution-focused team that wants to help people.
In addition to overseeing ICPS, Dan also has exceptional project management skills and teaches Project Management Professional certification courses at NWACC.
In his free time, Dan enjoys reading and sampling the many culinary options available in Northwest Arkansas.
- BA-Professional Writing, Missouri State University
- BS-Electronic Media, Minor-Creative Writing, Missouri State University
- PMP Credential
Operations Coordinator, Institute for Corporate and Public Safety
Linda Burton is the Operations Coordinator for the Institute for Corporate and Public Safety. Linda is originally from Jackson, Tennessee and moved to Nashville in 1975 where she graduated from Tennessee State University and worked until moving to Bentonville, Arkansas in 2019.
Prior to joining NWACC, Linda worked as an executive assistant at Meharry Medical College, prospect research assistant at Fisk University and as Financial Administrator for the State of Tennessee.
In her free time, Linda enjoys tennis, sewing, knitting and gardening.
- BS Office Administration, Tennessee State University
- Masters in Public Health, Meharry Medical College
Curriculum Developer, Institute for Corporate and Public Safety
Pat Erion-Hesse is Curriculum Developer for the Institute of Corporate and Public Safety (ICPS). Pat has been with NWACC since 2012. She previously worked as Developmental Editor for McGraw-Hill Publishing, in Product Development for Kendall/Hunt Publishing and as Director of Dental Assisting Education for Northeast Iowa Community College.
Operations Coordinator, Institute for Corporate and Public Safety
Nancy Keiser is Operations Coordinator for Institute for Corporate and Public Safety (ICPS). She has been working at NWACC since 2012 and enjoys helping her team and students all over the country.
Prior to her role at NWACC, Nancy worked as account manager and traffic manager at Craft & Associates Advertising & Marketing in Sioux Falls, SD, legal secretary at Schieffer & Trimble Law Firm in Sioux Falls, SD, claims examiner at South Dakota Division of Veterans Affairs in Sioux Falls.
Outside of work, Nancy enjoys life in the country raising cattle and chickens and exploring the area with her husband.
Black Hills State College
Integrated Design Program
National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Director
Elysia Contreras Springer is the National Science Foundation Grant Director for the Integrated Design program and Integrated Design Lab (IDL). Some of Elysia’s responsibilities include coordinating with instructors on integrated design philosophy, managing grant reporting and promoting the Integrated Design program through events and community engagement.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Elysia has a background in art, design, education and entrepreneurship. She was an atelierista and an assistant director in St. Paul, Minn. from 2014-2019 and a case manager and Lead Teacher in Kansas City, Mo. from 2012-2014. She is also the founder and CEO of ReggioBaby LLC.
Elysia is excited about the collaboration between NWACC’s Art, Construction Technology and Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs facilitated by the college’s Integrated Design program within the IDL and how it will impact the NWA community and workforce.
“I love that the programs within the IDL meet students where they are and that they bridge technical skills and design thinking for job readiness or transferring to another degree program,” Elysia says. “It’s a nice reminder that art and design are threads running through all disciplines.”
As the NSF grant director, Elysia plans to continue the implementation of the goal of the grant and develop pathways for high school students, college students and incumbent workers to learn design thinking as part of their STEM education and produce certified students to fill workforce needs in the local industry.
In her free time, Elysia enjoys mountain biking, running, reading, sewing her own clothes and making things.
- BFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Kansas City Art Institute
- BFA Art History, Kansas City Art Institute
- Community Art Service Learning Certificate, Kansas City Art Institute
- MFA Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri—Kansas City
Spoonflower Small Business Grant winner, 2021
- NWA Girl Gang Advisor
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Southern Early Childhood Association
- Arkansas Early Childhood Association
Retail and Supplier Education
Director, Retail and Supplier Education
Mark Tucker, Director of Retail and Supplier Education, is originally from Attalla, AL. He earned his bachelors from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa plus 30 hours of graduate work.
While attending graduate school in Tuscaloosa in the late eighties, Mark began his retail career as a part-time sales associate at Gayfer’s, a department store owned by Mercantile Stores, Inc in Cincinnati, Ohio. He worked his way up from part-time sales associate to a corporate buyer. When Mercantile sold to Dillard’s in the late nineties, Mark joined Walmart where his position as a buyer in the international division allowed him to travel the world. Mark has worked as regional manager for South America with a focus on Argentina and Brazil, as divisional merchandise manager for electronics and white goods in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, China, Canada, Puerto Rico, Central America and the UK, as senior director of international training with a focus on category management, as a senior director serving as an expat in Japan during the Walmart – Seiyu acquisition and as a director of merchandising operations in the United States.
Mark began teaching for the Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program in the fall of 2015 when he was asked to develop and teach the Retail Strategic Analysis course. Mark developed the course so efficiently that he was asked to join the college full-time.
Mark enjoys seeing students succeed through the program. “The CRA program opens doors for students who want to enter the retail and supplier community,” says Mark. “It’s a great networking tool and sets students several years ahead of their competition. The CRA program adds considerable value to anyone in the business.”
In his spare time, Mark’s hobbies include remodeling projects and monitoring the stock market.
BS University of Alabama
- Joint Business Planning
- Maximizing Business Results
- Category Development
- Retail Analytical Techniques
- Retail Industry Foundations
- Retail Strategic Analysis
Green Belt Lean 6 Sigma
Retail and Supplier Education Coordinator
A native of Rogers, Ark., Julie Snodgrass is the Retail and Supplier Education Coordinator. Prior to her role at NWACC, Julie worked as an employment specialist for a non-profit company. She has 30 years of customer service experience in a variety of roles including hospitality, banking, sales and inventory management.
Julie is a 2020 graduate of the Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program at NWACC. She enjoyed her experience as a student so much that she decided to work for the program.
“I loved being here as a student, so I wanted to be able to give back to this community," says Julie. "I enjoy helping others in their path forward."
Julie’s role in Retail and Supplier Education at NWACC gives her a first-hand view of how both the CRA and Space Planning programs benefit the community.
“These programs help people break into the retail and supplier community, and it provides a great pool of talent to hire from,” she says.
In her spare time, Julie can be found enjoying the outdoors, loving on animals, and dreaming of the beach.
Certified Retail Analyst Program, NWACC
Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship
Director of Trades and Apprenticeships
AJ Hart serves as NWACC’s Director of Trades & Apprenticeship for the college’s electrical and plumbing US DOL Registered Apprenticeships and NWACC’s HVAC education program. The Western Arkansas Apprenticeship Program serves as both apprenticeship program sponsor and Related Technical Instruction provider to over 100 apprentices employed as apprentice plumbers or electricians with employers throughout NorthWest Arkansas.
AJ earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas and has worked on archaeological projects in Cyprus, Syria and the United States.
AJ joined NWACC in 2019 as Workforce’s Robotics and Community Engagement Coordinator before transitioning to the Trades & Apprenticeship area in Fall of 2020. Prior to joining NWACC, AJ worked in retail, customer service, IT and non-profit educational enrichment.
AJ is passionate about hands-on education and has facilitated workshop events for a variety of craft skills including animation, 3D printing, jewelry making, needle felting, beer brewing, welding, etc.
A passionate lifelong learner, AJ believes the world needs more people who can think with their hands. “The best way to grow is to provide hands-on educational opportunities,” AJ says.
In her spare time, AJ enjoys books, travel, hiking, tabletop games and making things.
BA in Anthropology, emphasis in Near Eastern archaeology and a minor in religious studies, University of Arkansas, Cum Laude