Speakers Bureau Presenters

Denise Drum Baker
Professor of Visual Arts
695-3879
bakerd@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Art for the Community- International Collaborations
Studio Art- Printmaking, Design, Painting

Background
Denise Drum Baker received a master’s degree in Art Education from Appalachian State University. She has presented and participated in the World View Seminar, Good Art Doesn’t Match the Sofa, North Carolina Art Education Association, Art Educator’s Forum, Community College Leadership, Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar, President’s Leadership Institute, and the Artists in Education Seminar. Her list of awards and honors include Faculty Exchange from The Newry Institute, Northern Ireland; Fulbright Teacher Exchange Scholarship Nominee; First Place in the Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Moore County Arts Council; and First Place in the Moore Fine Arts for Printmaking. Denise was also honored as a Distance Learning Instructor for the North Carolina Museum of Art. She has held numerous professional and board memberships. She is most recently state renowned for her work with Crossing the Atlantic, a letter-writing exchange with colleagues from Ireland -- a fascinating realization that letter-writing is becoming a lost art.


Bill Croft
Health Sciences Department Chair, Respiratory Therapy Professor, Alumni
695-3836
croftb@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Fitness
Nutrition
Respiratory disorders
Stress reduction

Background
Bill Croft received his AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Sandhills Community College, a BS in Applied Science and Technology from Thomas Edison State College (New Jersey), a Clinical Nutrition Certification from the American Health Science University (Colorado), a PhD in Natural Health Sciences from the University of Natural Medicine (New Mexico), and a Professional Certification in Whole Health Education from the National Institute of Whole Health (Massachusetts).

He is a licensed and registered respiratory therapist with more than 20 years of experience holding many state-level officer positions within the NC Society for Respiratory Care. He was also a NC Respiratory Care Board Member for seven years.

As Diplomat with the American Association of Integrative Medicine “College of Education and Advocacy, he specializes in whole health education with an emphasis in mind-body techniques for stress reduction, exercise, and nutrition. He views health from a holistic perspective and has incorporated these elements into the respiratory therapy program at SCC placing graduates on the cutting edge of patient-centered care.

In addition to his formal education, he also brings a real world application of health and wellness as a vegetarian powerlifter holding over 50 world and American records with more than 50 championship titles. In 2009, he was awarded the AAU Powerlifting Hall of Fame Award.


Dr. John Dempsey
President, Sandhills Community College
695-3701
dempseyj@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
The American Constitution
American Government
Sandhills Community College

Background
John Dempsey has been president of Sandhills Community College since 1989. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's degree in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Vietnam veteran, and he served in the Executive Office of the President during Jimmy Carter's Administration.

At Sandhills, Dr. Dempsey’s activities range from planning and directing the operations of the College to teaching a freshman course in American politics. During his tenure, the college has grown dramatically and has become nationally renowned for its medical and , developmental educational programs, its beautiful gardens, and the activities of its Foundation.

Active in community affairs, Dr. Dempsey has chaired or served on the Boards of the Boys and Girls Club, the United Way, First Health, and numerous other organizations. He has been named Man of the Year by the Moore County Community Foundation, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pinehurst Civic Group, and in 2004 was the inaugural recipient of the United Way of Moore County’s Cornerstone Award.

Dr. Dempsey writes often for newspapers and professional journals on subjects as diverse as leadership, ethics, government organization, golf, baseball, and travel. An avid golfer, he is a member of Golf Magazine’s panel, which selects the top 100 golf courses in the world. He and his wife Evelyn live at the College Residence when they are not traveling to Asheville to visit their children and their grandson.


Randal A. (“Randy”) Foster, DMin, LPC, NCC
Counselor, Career and Personal Counseling Services
695-3968
fosterr@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Creative retirement
Career development and management across the lifespan
Mental health topics integrating sound psychology and personal spirituality
Using music, poetry and literature to achieve mental wellness

Background
Randy Foster received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master's degree in Divinity from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, a master's degree in Service Agency Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a DMin in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He holds the Licensed Professional Counselor credential from North Carolina and the National Certified Counselor credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Prior to joining the counseling staff at Sandhills Community College, Foster was Director of Counseling Services at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg. He is keenly interested in how personality factors and the health of our inner life influence our behaviors and interpersonal relationships in both positive and negative ways.
 


Tim Haley
Coordinator, Professor of Music
(910) 695-3829
haleyt@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Distance Learning Technology
Music

Background
Tim Haley teaches Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Applied Music, and directs the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. Prior to coming to Sandhills, he taught junior and senior high school band and performed regularly with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Wisconsin), a master's degree from East Carolina University, and completed additional course work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since 1987, he has been active in promoting and developing instructional technology at Sandhills Community College. His classroom and distance learning courses serve as models of incorporating digital audio and video in course design and delivery. He regularly conducts workshops and makes presentations at regional, national and international music and technology conferences.
 


Nancy Heilman
Coordinator, Tutoring & Volunteer Services
(910) 246-4138
heilmann@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Volunteer opportunities at Sandhills Community College


Background
Nancy Heilman has held the position of Coordinator of Tutoring and Volunteer Services at Sandhills Community College since 1998 and enjoys sharing information about the college to all groups.


Ron Layne
Dean of Instruction    
(910) 695-3715
layner@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Film
Communication

Background
Since the early 2000s, Ron Layne has served Sandhills Community College as an instructor of English, Communication, and Humanities. His specialty is narrative analysis, and he applies those strategies in his Introduction to Film and American Literature classes. He is especially intrigued by visual metaphors in fiction and film. Layne is a former Teaching Excellence finalist and has served North Carolina’s community colleges for 20 years.


Ray Linville
Associate professor of English and humanities
695-3867
linviller@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Southern Culture: What Do We Learn from the Foods We Eat?
Understanding North Carolina and Its Place in the South

Background
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Linville served with the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel. At Sandhills Community College, he teaches up to five writing courses each semester. A native of North Carolina, he also examines the American South each semester with students in a college transfer course that focuses on politics, history, religion, music, art, literature, race relations, family and society, and other cultural issues of this region.
 


Skip Lovett, CPA
Supervisor, Sharrard, McGee & Co., Alumni
336-272-9772

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Accounting & business education
Business & individual income taxes
Financial literacy
           
Background
Skip Lovett received his associate's degree from Sandhills Community College and a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is a Certified Public Account in public practice in Greensboro. Lovett is a member of the Rotary Club of Guilford County and serves on the Accounting Education Committee of the NC Association of CPA.
 


Denise Martin
Licensed Massage Therapist, Kneaded Breaks, Alumni

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Benefits of Massage Therapy
           
Background
Denise Martin graduated from SCC with a certificate in Therapeutic Massage in 2004. Shortly thereafter she became nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and licensed in the state of North Carolina to provide therapeutic care. She returned to SCC to earn her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage and is devoting a year to Sandhills as a tutor and scribe for a student in the Therapeutic Massage program.

In addition to this, she has her own business, Kneaded Breaks, which specializes in on-site seated massage.


Glenda Pope
Part-time professor (Humanities, Religion, Developmental English)

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Developmental English
Humanities
Religion
           
Background
Glenda Pope earned a bachelor's degree in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1995 and a Master of Divinity Degree from Gardner-Webb University in 1998. She served in church-based ministry for over 15 years as Associate Pastor and Minister of Youth and Education. Currently on sabbatical from church-based ministry to work on a book about the Old Testament, she is also teaching for Sandhills Community College, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Gardner-Webb University.
 


Rose Highland-Sharpe
Basic Skills Recruiter
695-3783
sharper@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Motivational Speaking
Storytelling

Inspirational, performing artist, Rose Highland-Sharpe, enjoys entertaining young and mature audiences with her brand of story-telling humor. She re-tells familiar children’s stories with fervor and excitement that she calls “edutainment at its best!” Highland-Sharpe portrays different characters in a one-woman show, too. She enjoys making people laugh and reminding everyone that “we can laugh at ourselves, and that’s okay.” “A merry heart does good, like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

Rose Highland-Sharpe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies per Liberty University Seminary in Virginia. She has taken graduate studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary-Wake Forest, Shaw University Divinity, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a Recruiter for College and Career Readiness (Adult Basic Education) at Sandhills Community College. She provides motivational speaking and career information presentations for various groups. She also is the Sunday Gospel Program Director/Announcer at WEEB-990 AM Radio as well as host of “Town Talk” inspirational show on WYBE-Time Warner Cable 3. As a licensed, ordained minister since the millennium, she has served in various roles at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Taylortown, NC from youth director, musician, to associate pastor. She has served on several boards and committees in the Sandhills area including United Way of Moore County, and has provided volunteer tutoring and mentoring for youths and adults including through Moore County Schools and Moore County Literacy Council.

Rose Highland-Sharpe is the youngest child of the late Richard C. Highland and Flossie Ingram Highland. Her wonderful three siblings, other relatives and fore parents have been successful in the fields of higher education, corporate America, military, and community service. As a proud mother of Sgt. John Highland Sharpe, United States Marine Drill Instructor, her motto is this: “If I can help someone along the way, then my living will not be in vain, but on purpose, for helping others to achieve their dreams.”


Dr. Rick Swanson
Physics Professor
246-4951
swansonr@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Astronomy (the wondrous universe in which we live)
Modern physics ( the mysteries of relativity and quantum mechanics)
Practical physics ( how things work)
           
Background
Dr. Rick Swanson received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the United States Air Force Academy, his master’s degree from Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He was a physicist in the Air Force for 22 years where he conducted research and created computer simulations in high explosives, lasers, and condensed matter at Air Force laboratories and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Sandhills Community College, he has led a statewide project for improving physics teaching, was involved in national community college physics teaching projects, and has been the Dean of Instruction for a decade.
 


Mike Ventola
Coordinator, Turfgrass Management
695-3941
ventolam@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Golf Course Design
Golf Course Setup for Tournament or Daily Play
Pinehurst Golf History
Water Use on Lawns and Golf Courses

Background
Michael Ventola is a Professor at Sandhills Community College, where he has been Coordinator of the Turfgrass Management Program for more than 10 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and holds a master’s degree in Plant Science and Technology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

In addition to teaching at Sandhills, Ventola is the coordinator for the Turfgrass Club and is the lead advisor to students in the Turfgrass and Golf Course Management programs. He has been actively involved in the turfgrass set-up for four U.S. Open Championships, and his research was used to set up the 1994 World Cup Soccer Matches at the Pontiac Silverdome. He is an active member in the Southern Pines Rotary Club and is also an avid competitive cyclist.
 


Lori Williams
Director of Program Accountability and Public Relations, Continuing Education
246-4943
williamslo@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Social Media/General Technology or Business

Background
Lori Williams is the Director of Program Accountability and Public Relations in the Division of Continuing Education at Sandhills Community College. Lori began her education as a community college student. She has an A.A.S in Office Systems Technology, a B.S. in Applied Management a M.A. in Education. She completed the majority of her course work through distance education and having done so, has embraced new technology, social media and communication. In addition to her duties in Continuing Education, she teaches part-time in the Management and Business Technologies department.



Tammy Williams
Coordinator/Instructor, Polysomnography
246-4139
williamsta@sandhills.edu

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders
Sleep wellness

Background
Tammy Williams completed her associate's degree in Respiratory Care at Sandhills Community College. She studied Invertebrate Zoology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a registered respiratory therapist for 23 years and a registered polysomnographer for 10 years. Tammy has also completed the Cardiovascular Internship Program for Cardiothoracic Postoperative Care and authored a national publication for JCAHO/AARC for competency assessment and the orientation of employees.


 
Sandhills Community College  |  3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374  |  (910) 692-6185  |  (800) 338-3944