Mecca Waller graduated from PCC in 2014 with an Associate in Arts degree. She then went to ECU and achieved her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education. She presently works as a counselor in the Student Development Services office at Pitt Community College.
Her nominator says, “Mecca has involved herself as an advisor for the Circle of Sisters, guides new students in their enrollment processes, gives testimony as a first-generation student for the TRiO Support Services program and assists in gathering food for the Student Development Services pantry to provide for students in need. She is well respected by her peers and is known for her warm service to students."
Happy attended Pitt Community College from 1996-1999 and graduated with an AAS in Human Services Technology. In 2002 She graduated from East Carolina University Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Sociology. In 2005 she graduated from the MAeD program at ECU and has a Graduate Certificate in Community College Instruction. Mrs. Gingras has been an employee of PCC since 2007. She was first the Placement Testing Coordinator and then in 2011 became a Sociology instructor. She also held positions at the University of Mount Olive and East Carolina University. Happy is a 2015 NISOD honoree and has multiple publications. Patricia Adams said, “I cannot imagine a better representative of the Pitt Community College ideals, or a better ambassador for alumni employees than Happy Gingras.”
Dana Cole Parker
Dana Parker graduated from Pitt Community College in 1987 with a degree in Human Services Technology. In 1991 she graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a degree in Sociology/Social Work and then in 1994 she graduated from East Carolina University with a MaED in Counselor Education. She first started working at PCC in 1991 as the Assistant Coordinator/Alternated GED Examiner. Dana is currently the Department Chair, Associate of General Education. She has worked for Martin and Western Piedmont Community College as well as Pitt County Schools. Donald King said, “She often states that her degree in Human Services at PCC was the beginning that started her on her academic journey. She is the first to proudly let students know her PCC roots and how proud she was and is to be a PCC Bulldog.”
Lisa Elmore graduated from Pitt Community College in 1987 with a degree in Paralegal Technology. She is currently working at PCC as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “I have observed not only her outstanding character, work and service to the college, but also her pride and loyalty for the college,” Susan Nobles, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Lisa is a committee member for the PCC Benefits Team and a Member, Board Member and Committee Chair for the NCAEOP for District 14 and the state. In addition to a 25 year career here at PCC, Lisa has spent countless volunteer hours to support special events for the college and the PCC Foundation. Lisa continues to proudly serve her alma mater.
Rosalie Jacobi Hutchens graduated from Pitt Community College in 2005 with a degree in Therapeutic Massage. Prior to graduating from Pitt Community College, Hutchens, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Speech and Drama from East Carolina University. Hutchens is the administrative secretary for Occupational Therapy and Massage Therapy Departments. In addition, she is the owner of Touch Matters Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Hutchens is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Holistic Health Practitioners of Eastern North Carolina. She has presented at the National Association of Social Workers local unit and authors articles in Achieve Health, Wellness, & Fitness. Hutchens volunteers in her spare time for the PCC Foundation, Relay for Life, Gardeners for Hope, and Vidant Medical Center Rehab Department. In addition, she holds a certificate in Kinesis Myofascial Integration.
Elizabeth graduated from Pitt Community College in 1998 with an Associate in Arts. She transferred to East Carolina University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2000. She has been awarded the John Champaign Memorial Award from the National Association of Developmental Education and the Outstanding Developmental Education Program of the Year Award. Furthermore, she has conducted many presentations at the North Carolina Association of Developmental Education Conference. Turnage is a published co-author of “Essential Study Skills.”
Turnage is currently the Lead Study Skills Instructor at Pitt Community College within the Developmental Studies department. Previously, she was a Study Skills Instructor and a Tutor. She is also employed as the Interim Pianist and Choir Director at Hooker Memorial Christian Church and a Zumba Instructor at Champions Gym and East Carolina University.