Assistant Professor, Cookeville Campus
Stacy Brown began teaching mathematics at the Cookeville Campus of Nashville State in January 2007. She has obtained the following degrees from Tennessee Technological University: BS (1989) Mathematics, MS (1991) Mathematics, PhD (1995) Mechanical Engineering and EdS (2003) Curriculum and Instruction. She lives in Rickman with her husband Bill and daughter Katie. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and training the family dog Buddy.
Phone: 931-520-0551, ext. 116
Mike Christensen began teaching mathematics at NSCC in the fall of 2006. Prior to that, he taught at Laramie County Community College (1990–2006) and Scott Community College (1983–1990). He also taught math and coached basketball at two small junior/senior high schools in rural western Nebraska (1979–1981). He received his BA degree from William Jewell College (1979) and his MSEd. degree from Kearney State College (1982). Mike enjoys sports, especially Nebraska Cornhusker football, and church activities.
Jeff Green is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Nashville State Community College, teaching Introduction to Biology I and General Biology I. Jeff attended The University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his undergraduate degree, earning a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology. While an undergraduate, Jeff spent considerable time conducting both field and laboratory research in Herpetology. For graduate studies, Jeff attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro where he earned a MS in Biology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology in 2002. His thesis topic dealt with the thermal ecology of the black racer and how the thermal preferences of this snake impacted its behavior when moving through various habitats, each having their own thermal properties. One year of additional graduate study was completed at Vanderbilt University in Ecology and Evolution. Jeff is recently married to his wife, Nicole. They enjoy spending time with their two dogs, an American Bulldog and a Black Lab/Chow mix. When not on campus, Jeff enjoys hiking, camping, playing Frisbee golf, and attending live music events with his wife as well as pursuing his growing interest in photography.
Mary Rosenthal joined Nashville State Community College as a member of the biology faculty in 2007. She received her BS in Biology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and her MS in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she studied the distribution of wetland spider species. Mary teaches Introductory and General Biology. As a former pastry chef, she still enjoys baking; she also likes to work in the garden.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Jessica Rabb is an instructor in the Biology Program at Nashville State Community College’s Main Campus. Jessica attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania earning a BA in Biology. For her graduate studies, she attended the University of Mississippi earning a MA in Education, and then Harvard University’s program in the Biological Sciences of Public Health earning a PhD. Her doctoral thesis work was in the lab of Dr. John Samuelson at the Harvard School of Public Health on the biology of the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica which causes amebic dysentery. She studied the amoeba’s evolutionary origins as it contains important metabolic genes from a diverse array of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Teaching biology combines her love of teaching and learning about a subject that can have a profound impact on our daily lives.
Kevin Ragland received his BS in Animal Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his MS and PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Iowa State University. Upon completion of the PhD, Dr. Ragland taught courses in Animal Science and conducted public service activities at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Ragland, joined the faculty at Nashville State Community College in 2005 as an instructor of Biology. He teaches courses in both Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.
Teresa Guthrie received her BS in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University where she studied the mechanism and control of smooth muscle contraction in coronary arteries. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology at Nashville State. She has three very busy teenagers. Teresa enjoys reading, riding her horses and cheering on the Titans and the Predators and the Wildcats and the Commodores and the Bears and the Giants and the Yankees and the Rays and the Braves and the Penguins and the….
Mary Womack received a BS in the Integrated Sciences Program and in Mathematics from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University. She worked for over 20 years conducting research on the physiology of neurons. Dr. Womack began teaching at Nashville State Community College in 2007. She teaches Introduction to Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology I.
Yenya Hu received her MD from Fu Dan University Medical School (now one of the official international core Vanderbilt University partners) in Shanghai, China. She subsequently received her Master’s degree in Biology from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and her PhD in Vascular Biology in the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She conducted four years of post-doctoral study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in snowy Boston, Massachusetts. She returned to Vanderbilt Medical Center (VUMC) as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgical Science and Cardiac Surgery. While at VUMC, she also completed a two-year fellowship in Clinical. Dr. Hu began to teach Anatomy and Physiology II at Nashville State Community College as an adjunct instructor in 2004 and became a full-time faculty member in 2009. She currently teaches both Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
Her primary teaching goal is to show students the relevancy between what they are learning and real-life situations. One of her popular quotes is, “Your patients will never show up with multiple choice questions.” Therefore, one of the important components of her lecture is case study, also known as, “playing doctors without consequences”.
Flora Setayesh is a Professor of Chemistry at Nashville State Community College. Both her MS and PhD in chemistry are from Vanderbilt University. She has publications in Biochemistry and Chemical Research in Toxicology Journals, and holds memberships in the American Chemical Society and Tennessee Academy of Science. Dr. Setayesh has been employed at NSCC since 2001, and has served on several committees, advising task force, and Faculty Senate. She was the chemistry coordinator and PI for an NSF-funded grant for two years. In addition, she designed and teaches the General Chemistry I hybrid course. She has served as the Chemistry Discipline Committee Chair for the past five years. Dr. Setayesh was hand-picked in 2007, to serve as an Academic Auditor for the Science Program at Volunteer State Community College. She was NSCC Faculty of the Year in 2006; and in July 2009, she was elected to serve on the NSCC Foundation Board. Dr. Setayesh is currently organizing the Science Student Association.
Derek Smith is an Associate Professor in mathematics and has achieved tenure at NSCC. He began teaching at NSCC in 2000. Derek Smith serves on the following committees: Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, Faculty Senate, Environmental Concerns Committee, Calculus Discipline Committee. His hobbies include playing tennis and softball.
Interim Dean of Math and Natural Sciences / Assistant Professor
Bernard (Bernie) Anderson received his BA from Hamline University in his home state of Minnesota. Following that, he moved to Montana to attend Montana State University where he received his PhD in chemistry (inorganic) on the study of platinum-base chelates and “nanowires”. After three years as a research associate at Vanderbilt University, he was hired as Program Coordinator and Instructor of chemistry at Nashville State Community College. He is also the Program Coordinator for Physical Sciences at NSCC: Astronomy, Geology, and Physics. Professionally, his interests include chemistry related instrumentation, Labview programming for experiment automation and computer-based chemical education. He is married to another Minnesota native who, unlike him, misses the winter snow and below freezing temperatures.
Assistant Professor, Biology, Humphreys County Campus
After serving in the U.S. Army as a musician, Rhonda Lane Coffelt earned her BS in Chemistry from APSU, an MS in Biochemistry from TSU, and a PhD in Biological Sciences from TSU. Rhonda’s research interests include: biological treatment of contaminated wastewater, astrobiology and environmental toxicology. In addition to her education, Rhonda brings over 20 years of industrial experience to her classes. Rhonda has served as a Chemist, Trainer, Laboratory Director, Operations Manager, Facility Manager and Director of Treatment for several environmental consulting, transportation and treatment companies. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a licensed Grade III Wastewater Treatment Operator, and has over 10 years experience training for compliance with the Red Cross, OSHA, EPA, DOT and ISO14001 regulations. Rhonda currently teaches courses in the Biology, Chemistry and Process Control Technology departments: General Biology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Technical Chemistry and Microbiology. Rhonda has been married to her husband, John Coffelt for 10 years. They have a daughter, Baylee, at home in Waverly. Rhonda is a certified PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and dives whenever she can. She is an award winning ballroom dancer. She also plays golf and bridge in addition to singing and playing the flute. She is a science fiction and forensic science fanatic.
Phone: 931-296-1739, ext. 314
Instructor, Biology, Cookeville Campus
Phone: 931-520-0551, ext. 118
Jennifer Anderson is an instructor in the Biology Program at Nashville State Community College and primarily teaches microbiology courses. She also serves as the Biology Program Coordinator. Jennifer attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois for her undergraduate degree earning a BA in biology in 1998. While an undergraduate, Jennifer also served as an intern in the DNA analysis section of the Illinois State Police Crime Lab. For her graduate studies, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, earning an MS in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry in 2000. As part of her thesis project, Jennifer spent one month in Antarctica collecting samples of photosynthetic microbes from permanently frozen lakes. Three years of additional graduate study was completed at Vanderbilt University in Molecular Pathology.
Arthur J. Ward is a professor of physics and mathematics at Nashville State Community College. He has taught various physics, mathematics, astronomy, and computer language courses at NSCC since being hired at what was then the Nashville State Technical Institute in March of 1973. Professor Ward has served as Chairman of the Faculty Assembly (now Faculty Senate) and as President of the American Association of University Professors chapter at NSCC. He also taught mathematics courses at Fisk University for five years. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has participated in over fifteen AAPT/NSF-sponsored workshops on physics education. Mr. Ward lives with his wife Julie, three dogs, and six cats on a 26-acre farm in Cheatham and enjoys growing vegetables and hunting deer and turkeys that eat more than their share. Another hobby is herpetology: Professor Ward has given talks to students at the University School of Nashville on snakebite treatment and the identification of poisonous snakes. An occasional Timber Rattlesnake or Copperhead is a brief pet at his farm.
Hamid Doust is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. He has a Masters of Science in mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University and has completed additional graduate course work at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Doust has served on many different committees since he began teaching at NSCC in 1987. Before this, he taught at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Kentucky. His hobbies include hiking, playing with his dog Poochie, playing tennis and traveling.
Mr. Frierson is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. His education includes a BS, Claflin College, 1971; a MEd, Clemson University, 1976; and he performed additional graduate work at Memphis State University (1983, 1984) and Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (1984, 1985).
Christina Weston has been with NSCC since 2005. She first began her career in math and sciences as a NASA engineer from 1991–1993. She has a BBA from Belmont University and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Tennessee State University. She has taught developmental and college level math classes and tutored in college algebra and calculus as well as chemistry, biology and physics in the NSCC Learning Center. Christina enjoys hiking, camping, wakeboarding and all things outdoors, especially equestrian sports at her horse farm outside of Bellevue, Tennessee.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Humphreys County Campus
Maria Smith is an Assistant Professor of mathematics at the Humphreys County campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Tech University. Mrs. Smith earned a Master of Arts in Education from Austin Peay State University. She taught in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School system and at APSU, both as an instructor and an adjunct. Mrs. Smith, who was born in Puerto Rico, currently resides on a farm in Houston County. She lives there with her husband, Scott. They have three children, Samantha, Morgan, and Zane, who they homeschool. She enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, and bowling when she gets a chance. She also enjoys reading.
Phone: 931-296-1739, ext. 307
Michelle Van Wagoner earned an Associate of Arts from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Texas State University at San Marcos. Ms. Van Wagoner joined the NSCC faculty in the fall of 2008. She previously taught at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.
Sondra Roddy taught mathematics at NSCC from 2000-2008 and returned to Nashville State fall 2011. From 2008 to 2011, she was the Academic Coordinator for the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program at Austin Peay State University. Prior to coming to Nashville State, she taught math and science in adult education programs in South Carolina, Alaska, and Hawaii. She received her BS degree (1972) and a MS degree (1979) from University of Memphis. She also earned a MM degree (1998) from the University of South Carolina. Sondra enjoys traveling, especially in locations with an interesting history, and visiting with her extended family in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Program Coordinator/Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Susan Jones has been teaching mathematics at NSCC for many years. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Mathematics and Developmental Mathematics. Her credentials include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, an EdD in Education, and 18 graduate hours in statistics. Music and statistical consulting provide additional professional and recreational activities. She is married with two grown children who are married and have their own careers.
Eli Nettles earned her MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Prior to that, she received her BS in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Before coming to NSCC, she lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She taught math at Antioch College, a small, liberal arts school which had a strong emphasis on teaching to a wide variety of learning styles in order to promote greater student success in the classroom.
Everett House earned his BA in Mathematics and Economics from Southern Illinois University and his M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. House is a member of the Mathematics and Sciences Division at Nashville State Community College where he teaches Technical Mathematics, Calculus II, Concept of Calculus and Elementary Algebra. Mr. House enjoys playing chess, bridge and walking. He is also looking forward to retirement in the near future.
Jack L. Williams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Nashville State Community College. He has taught mathematics, industrial engineering and Quality courses at Nashville State, Tennessee State, the University of Tennessee and Motlow State. Jack also has worked as an engineer with more than 40 companies during his 35 year work career. Jack has served as an officer with the Institute of Industrial Engineers and The American Society for Quality.
After sixteen years in the IT industry, Jim returned to teaching in January 2011 at Nashville State. His previous teaching experience includes the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. with a math major from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and an M.S. in math from the University of Illinois. Jim’s mathematical interests include complex variables, potential theory, and numerical analysis. His non-mathematical interests include reading (all kinds), traveling, and coaching young lacrosse players. Jim has two children (Abbey and J.D.), two dogs (Milo and Ella), and one wife (Amy).
Associate Professor, Mathematics, Southeast Campus
Instructor, Mathematics, Cookeville Campus
Jody Mantle has been an Instructor of Mathematics at the Cookeville campus of Nashville State since 2005. He obtained his BA from MTSU in 1994 and his MS at Vanderbilt in 1997. He previously taught as Instructor of Mathematics at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, for five years. He currently resides in Livingston, Tennessee, with his wife and an assortment of cats and dogs.
Phone: 931-520-0551, ext. 123
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jennifer Knapp received her BS in Zoology at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and her PhD in Cell Biology from Vanderbilt University. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University, she conducted two years of Post-Doctoral Research at Meharry Medical College in the field of Neurophysiology. Dr. Knapp came to Nashville State Community College in 1999 as an instructor in the Biology Department. She teaches Introduction to Biology I and II as well as General Biology I and II. In addition, she designed and teaches the Introduction to Biology I and II Web courses. Dr. Knapp has served as the Biology Coordinator and is currently the Dean of the Mathematics and Sciences Division.
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