SUGAR GROVE—Five Waubonsee Community College instructors have been granted tenure, effective fall semester 2013. They include David Barreto of North Aurora, Pamela Brooks of Oswego, Ill., Dr. Nancy Christensen of Batavia, Melinda Finch of Aurora, and Marjie Schoolfield of Hinckley.
Counselor Barreto provides academic, career and personal counseling to students at the college’s Sugar Grove and Aurora campuses, as well as online. He helped introduce a counselor chat feature in the college’s online student portal and developed a new webinar that explains what online courses are like.
“David’s standout trait is his technological fluency, which has led to innovations and improvements in counseling services for online students,” said Dean for Counseling and Student Support Kelli Sinclair.
After earning his associate degree at Triton Community College, Barreto went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University, and a master’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University.
Brooks joined Waubonsee as a full-time nurse assistant/allied health instructor in the fall of 2010 after working for 24 years as a staff nurse at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., and Dreyer Medical Clinic in Aurora.
In addition to her teaching duties, Brooks has coordinated student involvement in the college’s Plano and Aurora campus open houses, and participated in a variety of committees, including Curriculum Council, the Health Care Petitions Committee and the New Faculty Learning Academy. She has also attended the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Instructor Conference and the Northern Region CNA Educators Meeting.
Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Aurora University, and also holds Illinois Department of Public Health Train the Trainer certification.
Since becoming a full-time chemistry instructor in 2010, Dr. Christensen has streamlined the college’s two organic chemistry courses, taking them from five semester hours to four while still maintaining their transferability for students. She has also mentored students in the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Program, as well as helping create and co-chair a Science Readiness Subcommittee that helps ensure that high school science students are ready for college work. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Christensen has served as a faculty advisor to the Stitch in Time club, which performs community service through knitting and crocheting.
Dr. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from the University of British Columbia. Also, after receiving her doctorate, she was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota.
While teaching the college’s Maternity and Gynecologic Nursing course, Nursing Instructor Melinda Finch is able to provide a variety of real-life examples and anecdotes drawn from her years as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Finch has also gotten her students involved in community service projects, including administering H1N1 flu vaccines and volunteering time at both Feed My Starving Children and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Finch holds associate degrees from both Waubonsee and the College of DuPage, along with a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University. She earned her master’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, La.
After working in a variety of roles at Geneva’s Delnor-Community Hospital for more than a decade, Schoolfield became a full-time nursing instructor at her alma mater in fall of 2010. Since that time, she has served as a faculty advisor to the Student Nurses Association and participated in both the New Faculty Learning Academy and the Leadership Academy.
Schoolfield earned an associate degree in nursing from Waubonsee and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Lewis University.