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 2002-2004 Mentor Team 

Six individuals were selected as Mentors to work with MentorLinks Colleges from September 1, 2002 - August 31, 2004 as part of AACC's MentorLinks project.  Mentors worked with their colleges in one or more of the following areas: designing a new program; implementing changes in an ongoing program to be more responsive to industry needs; developing or redesigning curriculum or materials; building training programs for faculty and staff; recruiting students; engaging local industry for internships or other field experiences for students and faculty; and evaluating results.

Ara Andrea
Chemeketa Community College, OR

MentorLinks College: Flathead Valley Community College, MT
Project Field: Natural Resources Technology

Ara Andrea is a curriculum developer and instructor with Chemeketa Community College's Forest Resources Technology program in Salem, Oregon.  She was instrumental in developing a new curriculum for a community college forest technician education program, published and disseminated under a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center.  She previously taught college level math courses at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas, and held teaching assistant and research assistant positions in the areas of silviculture and mathematical modeling.  Andrea holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho.

Donald Astrab
Brevard Community College, FL

MentorLinks College: Riverland Community College, MN
Project Field: Information Technology

Donald Astrab is executive vice president and chief learning officer for academic services for Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. He is also the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation funded Distributed Energy Systems Curricula for the Development of Energy Technology Technicians program.  He perviously served as the college dean of technical education and as chairman of the Science and Technology Department at Brevard.  Astrab worked as a water quality control coordinator and environmental chemist in Hawaii, where he received his M.S. in Environmental and Occupations Public Health and Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Bill Falls
Crystal Beach, FL

MentorLinks College: Gadsden State Community College, AL
Project Field: Aquaculture and Marine Technology

Bill Falls has 27 years experience in marine biology and aquaculture in three different states.  He was aquaculture program manager and associate professor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida for the past seven years.  Prior to that he was a research administrator for ten years at the Florida Marine Research Institute's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF).  Falls received his M.S. in Biology from Murray State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.  In 2002-03, Falls received the NISOD Excellence in Service & Leadership award, and in 2003, he completed a five-year National Science Foundation project on "Aquaculture Live Rock" that was published as a book chapter and cover article of an international aquaculture journal.  In 2004, Falls was selected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Joy McMillan
Madison Area Technical College, WI

MentorLinks College: Albuquerque Technical Vocational Insitute
Project Field: Biotechnology

Joy McMillan is the director of the Center for New and Emerging Technologies at Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin.  Prior to this position, she served as the associate dean of the Agriscience, Apprenticeship, Technical and Industrial Division of MATC and as the program developer and director for MATC's Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program.  McMillan received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in bacteriology.  Her professional interests include the integration of national skill standards into biotechnology programs, curriculum and instructional material development for biotechnology and other occupational programs, and enhancing science and technology careers for two-year college graduates.  She is currently co-director for the North Central Regional Center of Bio-Link National Center of Excellence for Biotechnology Education funded by the National Science Foundation.

Phyllis Owens
Camden County College, NJ

MentorLinks College: University of New Mexico - Valencia Campus
Project Field: Information Technology

Phyllis Owens is professor, computer graphics program and coordinator of the Computer Graphics Center at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey.  At Camden County, she developed an associate degree program in computer graphics and electronic publishing; an associate of science degree program in computer graphics, video imaging technology, and video game design. Owens has managed several grant projects including the AACC/Microsoft Working Connections program in information technology.  Previously, she was an adjunct professor at Bucks County Community College in Newton, Pennsylvania.  She received her M.S. in Publication Management/Marketing at Drexel University in Philadelphia and is a doctoral student at Widener University in Educational Leadership.

Tim Sharp
Jackson State Community College, TN

MentorLinks Colleges: Lake Land College, IL and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Project Field: Geographic Information Science

Tim Sharp is department chairman for the Agriculture Department at Jackson State Community College (JSCC) in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to his role as a college faculty and administrator, Sharp had a wide ranging career in business with positions at the Dupont Company followed by roles as chairman and general manager of two different agriculture supply companies.  He received his B.S. degree at Oklahoma State University in Agronomy and M.S. Degree at the University of Arkansas in Weed Science. Sharp's career in academia has included the development of the GIS based precision agriculture degree program at JSCC. Precision agriculture is a multidisciplinary degree which includes computer science, agronomy,GIS/GPS, remote sensing and electronics. He has published six research presentations regarding basic scientific knowledge related to practical uses of precision agriculture in cotton production.  Sharp is presently a principal investigator and co-principal investigator on two National Science Foundation projects and a senior partner in AgrowKnowledge: The National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education.

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