Speakers Bureau

Well known for its quality of instruction and impressive academic programs, Sandhills Community College is pleased to announce the formation of a Speakers Bureau. The same individuals who bring life to a myriad of subjects in the classroom are available to speak to organizations in the community.

Sandhills’ faculty, administrators and alumni are a diversified group with knowledge covering a broad range of topics.  The college is pleased to promote community outreach with the SCC Speakers Bureau, taking pride in making available these free presentations for your organization, association, business, civic group or school.  The Bureau is comprised of volunteer faculty, administrators and alumni who willingly share their areas of expertise. Topics range from the American Constitution to financial literacy to nutrition and fitness.

There is no cost for a speaker.  Peruse our list of topics and invite a speaker to your next event or meeting.  Just contact a speaker directly to arrange an appearance.  If you need assistance scheduling a speaker, you can call 910-246-4943.

Speakers Bureau Presenters

Dr. John Dempsey

President, Sandhills Community College

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

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

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

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

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Distance Learning Technology

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.

Ron Layne

Dean of Instruction
(910) 695-3715

Areas of Expertise/Topics

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.

Skip Lovett, CPA

Supervisor, Sharrard, McGee & Co., Alumni

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Accounting & business education
Business & individual income taxes
Financial literacy

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

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

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

Areas of Expertise/Topics
Motivational Speaking

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.”

Mike Ventola

Coordinator, Turfgrass Management

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

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.