May 2022 – Rhonda Shiflet

Rhonda Shiflet

Administrative Assistant
Humanities

A few words from her nominator:

"By sharing information and training to new admins, she is creating a positive work environment and making sure that we have the tools needed in order to succeed in our departments. Therefore, improving the college through shared knowledge.”

Let’s get to know Ann a little better:

  • What do you enjoy most about working at College of the Mainland?
    The people I get to work with.
  • What is one thing about yourself that most people at COM would not know?
    I have over 50 scrapbooks I’ve created documenting the lives of my family, children and now grandchildren.
  • What is your favorite TV show or movie?
    I much prefer to read, but I have watched every episode of Friends.
  • What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future?
    Cruising the Panama Canal.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    My superpower would be to slow down time so I can enjoy my grandbabies longer. They grow up too quickly.

April 2022 – Ann Presnall

Ann Presnall

Admissions and Records Generalist
Admissions and Records

A few words from her nominator:

"Ann constantly demonstrates her commitment to COM through her positive actions, words and gestures, whether to students or employees.”

Let’s get to know Ann a little better:

  • What do you enjoy most about working at College of the Mainland?
    I enjoy bantering with my co-workers. The daily laughter gets me through the day. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
  • What is one thing about yourself that most people at COM would not know?
    I take 12-14 showers a week.
  • What is your favorite TV show or movie?
    I have several favorite movies. My top ones are Beetlejuice, Clue, Die Hard, Labyrinth, Overboard, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future?
    I actually don’t have a bucket list. Any way the winds blows…
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I wish I could communicate with dogs through their language of barking. I would like to have conversations with them by barking back and forth.

March 2022 – Laura Horacefield

Laura Horacefield

Executive Administrative Assistant
Dean of Instruction for STEM, Arts and Humanities

A few words from her nominator:

“Laura is honest, trustworthy and well-respected by her peers. She is focused, able to see issues from multiple perspectives, gracious, and collegial. She holds herself to a high standard and leads by example, never asking another to take on a task that she herself would not do.”

Let’s get to know Laura a little better:

  • What do you enjoy most about working at College of the Mainland?
    I love working with such a great group of people. Everyone here is so nice and genuinely cares about the students and our mission at COM. One of my passions is giving people the tools to better themselves and empowering them to accomplish their dreams. The COM community shares that passion with me and it’s one of the reasons I chose to come work here!
  • What is one thing about yourself that most people at COM would not know?
    My parents lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia during the 90’s, right after the Gulf War. I am one of the few people that I know that has ever been there before, until recently people weren’t allowed in the country without a work visa. I have a love of their cuisine and I am always trying to find my favorite dishes here in Houston. My summers and winter breaks were spent there with my family for 8 years. That time in my life is one that I’ll never forget.
  • What is your favorite TV show or movie?
    I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I’d have to say The Office. When I have downtime, I turn on the reruns and it always brings a smile to my face!
  • What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future?
    To learn to be a better cook. I can bake because my grandmother taught me as a child, but I’m still learning how to cook! It may be something I never master, but I’m willing to try.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    To wave a magic wand and be able to cure Alzheimer’s.

February 2022 – Brock Schroeder

Brock Schroeder

Computer Support Specialist
Information Technology Services

A few words from his nominator:

"Brock has always been very professional and goes above and beyond to make sure that he has completed the IT needs of students and staff. Without his help with our IT needs, we would not be able to accomplish the day-to-day work in the Student Services Division. Brock has always been very helpful and sets the tone on how other COM employees should act toward students and staff.”


January 2022 – Aaron Hensley

aaron hensley

Senior Network Engineer
Information Technology Services

A few words from his nominator:

"Aaron is a problem solver. He sees an issue as a challenge and an opportunity to improve a process. He has most definitely improved COM operations for students and staff.”

Let’s get to know Aaron a little better:

What do you enjoy most about working at College of the Mainland? 
My campus co-workers
 
What is one thing about yourself that most people at COM would not know?
I played Riff-Raff on stage in the live action of the Rocky Horror Picture Show for a season

What is your favorite TV show or movie?
Futurama
 
What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future?
Having a bucket list

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Physikinesis - the ability to create, shape, and manipulate the Laws of Physics in dealing with matter and motion as well as its behavior through spacetime.


December 2021 - Dr. Kristina Jantz

Assistant Professor of Biology

Kristina Jantz

A few words from her nominator:

"As a co-leader of PTK, Dr. Jantz champions student success both in and out of the classroom. Through volunteer events, on campus events, and virtual events, Dr. Jantz empowers students to make the most out of their time at COM by serving as student leaders."

Let’s get to know Dr. Jantz a little better:

  • What do you enjoy most about working at College of the Mainland? The energetic enthusiasm of being around students in the classroom and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) meetings. When students are engaged in what they are doing I am filled with joy. I believe my role as a science faculty and advisor for PTK is what motivates me every semester to figure out new ways to make our student's experience here at College of the Mainland (COM) memorable. I thoroughly enjoy witnessing students blossom and reach their full potential.
  • What is one thing about yourself that most people at COM would not know?  Unless someone has visited my office, most people would not know I have created works of art about pathogens and science in general. I always wanted to be an artist growing up. When I come home at 19 after taking a sculpture course and told my parents I was going to major in art, they said "no way, you are getting a 'real' degree." I earned what they considered to be a "real degree" in biological science. Then, started working on a degree in humanities with a focus on studio art. My favorite media is oil. I am by no means an expert or gifted artist but do enjoy the feel of a paintbrush in my hand and solvent in the air. (Just so no one thinks badly of my parent's idea of a "real degree", they have since apologized for not encouraging me to follow my passion.)
  • What is your favorite TV show or movie?  Deciding on my favorite TV show is like asking a mom to choose her favorite child. At different times in my life, I have been consumed with one show or another for various reasons. My favorite movie, however, is the 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”. My mom and I watch the movie every Christmas but, of course, nothing is better than reading the book.
  • What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future?  I would like to start hiking the Appalachian Trail for a few weeks each summer until I complete the 2,190-mile hike. I became obsessed with hiking the trail after reading a random book I purchased titled Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. Her story is truly inspiring. 
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?  Flying like a hummingbird is the one superpower I would want because then I would not be so terribly scared of heights! Plus, their flight pattern is one of a kind due to the anatomical structure of their shoulders.

Holly Bankston

November Employee of the Month - Holly Bankston

Counselor
Student Success Center

A few words from his nominator: "Holly bridges the gap between the admin building and professors. She wants to work closely with every department here on campus and truly fights for the goodness of the college. She has worked so hard over the years and deserves the recognition and more!”

 Let’s get to know Holly a little better:

  • What do you enjoy most about working at College of the Mainland? I enjoy helping my students in the Cosmetology program to overcome barriers in their lives to achieve their educational goals.   Similarly, I also enjoy assisting our students with mental health and special needs and I look forward to expanding those services in the coming years. But mostly, I enjoy the support of the awesome faculty and staff that I’m blessed to learn from and work with each day, it’s because of all of us, that we make a difference in each and every one of our students lives here at College of the Mainland.
  • What is one thing about yourself that most people at COM would not know?  I collect holiday Buc-ee's t-shirts.  My kids and I love to wear them for each holiday.
  • What is your favorite TV show or movie? I love the Hallmark channel and especially love the Christmas movies.
  • What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future? I want to take my kids to Disney World.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?  My superpower would be to grant Christmas wishes to kids.  Every year my kids and I participate in the Angel tree program at our church, and I would love to have a magic wand to grant more wishes.  Every child deserves a fantastic Christmas. 

David Knopp

October Employee of the Month - David Knopp

Director of Academic Planning & Innovation

A few words from his nominator: "Dave has been positive and optimistic during trying employee job searches and
continues to listen and guide his newly acquired employees in a positive and forward
thinking direction."


Scott Powell

September Employee of the Month - Scott Powell

Media Support Technician
Educational Technology Services

A few words from his nominator: "Scott was so helpful!  He shared with me and volunteered information that I didn't even know to ask about.  And he did this without making me feel inadequate.  I think that is a true characteristic of a professional!"


Amber Lummus 

August Employee of the Month - Amber Lummus

Senior Research Analyst
Institutional Research

A few words from her nominator: "Amber is unfailingly helpful in working with staff and faculty across the institution, who often have challenging and urgent requests that need Amber's interpretation to turn into actionable plans. She also develops and delivers training on OPEAR tools and services, through in-person and recorded workshops, one-on-one coaching, and written FAQs and instructions."


Nicole Butler 

July Employee of the Month - Nicole Butler

CE Customer Service Specialist
Continuing Education

A few words from her nominator: "Every encounter that I have ever had with Nicole, particularly those involving students, she has gone above and beyond to live up to the goals of COM's mission statement."

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