MAC Announces New Hires
Please join MAC in welcoming the newest members to their team!
Helm Joins MAC as Nursing Instructor
Melissa N. Helm, B.S.N., R.N., of Farmington, recently joined Mineral Area College’s Allied Health Department as an Associate Degree in Nursing program instructor.
Helm comes to the college from Madison Medical Center in Fredericktown where she worked as an RN and day shift supervisor. Previously, she worked as an RN at Serenity Hospice.
Helm attended Mineral Area College, where she earned an Associate Degree of Nursing in Science. She also attended Central Methodist University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Helm is a member of the Endowment Challenge Committee and sponsor of the Student Nurses Association.
She and her husband of 10 years, Russell, have two children — Emylia, 9, and Carter, 8.
“We enjoy spending time outdoors together, camping, fishing and hunting,” Helm said.
Lay Joins MAC as Nursing Instructor
Carla Lay, BSN, RN, of Fredericktown, recently joined Mineral Area College’s Allied Health as a nursing instructor for the Licensed Practical Nursing Program.
Lay comes to the college from Parkland Hospital in Farmington, where she was a staff nurse on night shift on the medical-surgical floor. Previously, she worked as a home care nurse for pediatrics at Covenant Care from 2014-2016. Prior to becoming a nurse, she worked 17 years as an administrative secretary at Farmington Correctional Center, as well as worked a secondary job as a waitress at various locations.
Lay attended Mineral Area College where she received an Associate Degree in Nursing. She also attended Central Methodist University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Lay is a member of both the American Nurses Association and Missouri Nurses Association.
Lay commonly refers to herself as “the little old lady that lived in a shoe that had so many children...” She has two biological children and helped raise two stepsons, several of whom attended Mineral Area College. She is currently raising her three grandchildren who are under the age of 11.
Her spare time is filled with transporting children to sporting events and gymnastic classes. When Lay gets spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, vacationing at the beach and playing softball or volleyball. She also enjoys watching local high school football games or the NFL on television.
Wolk Maddux Joins Educational Talent Search as Academic Advisor
Whitney Wolk Maddux, of Ste. Genevieve recently joined Mineral Area College’s Educational Talent Search program as an academic advisor.
Wolk Maddux comes to the college from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, where she was an assistant director of residential and student life. She worked from 2013-2014 as an access specialist at the University of Illinois, and as an assistant hall director at Missouri State University in Springfield.
Wolk Maddux attended Missouri State University, where she earned a Master’s in Science Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She also received her Bachelor's Degree in Interpersonal Communication and Deaf Education from Missouri State University. Wolk Maddux graduated from Ste. Genevieve High School in 2005.
Wolk Maddux is married to Festus High School teacher John Maddux and they are the parents of Jackson, 3, and a 1-year-old named Quinton. She has spent the last two years rehabbing an abandoned farmhouse in Ste. Genevieve.
“Our family is very excited to move into the house this fall and are looking forward to getting a puppy once we are settled,” Wolk Maddux said.
Pace Joins MAC as Administrative Assistant for Fine Arts Department
Robyn Pace, of Desloge, recently joined Mineral Area College’s Fine Arts Department as an administrative assistant.
Pace comes to the college from Central Elementary School, where she was a paraprofessional in special education. From 2007-2015, she worked as an administrative assistant at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bonne Terre, where she also taught music, art, P.E., computer, and library. She had many responsibilities but she said her favorite was organizing all the Christmas musicals and Easter programs.
Pace graduated from Bismarck High School in 1995 with a full vocal music scholarship to Mineral Area College. She received an associate degree in office systems technology in 1998.
Pace said she is enjoying learning her new responsibilities and getting to know her co-workers and students.
Rodgers Joins MAC as Evening Student Services Representative
Sarah Rodgers, of Park Hills, Missouri, recently joined Mineral Area College’s Student Services Department as a customer service representative.
Rodgers comes to the college from Haake Manufacturing, where she was an office assistant from 2015-2017. Previously, she worked from 2012-2015 as a district manager and from 2007-2012 as a branch manager.
Rodgers is currently perusing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management through Central Methodist University (CMU). She also attended MAC where she received an Associate Degree in Business Management. Rodgers is a 2003 graduate of North County High School.
Rodgers and her husband, Shawn, have been married for 13 years and are the parents of four children — Gabby, Angelica, Victoria, and William. Gabby is a recent graduate of the MAC nursing program and currently perusing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through CMU. Angelica and Victoria attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. William attends Lincoln Intermediate School and enjoys playing baseball, riding his 4-wheeler and hunting.
Wood Joins MAC as Director of Jazz Studies/Music Instructor
Bennett Wood, of Farmington, Missouri, recently joined Mineral Area College’s music department as the director of jazz studies and music instructor.
Wood comes to the college from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he was a lecturer. Previously, he worked as instructor and jazz band director at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, and as an instructor of applied saxophone at Texas A&M–Kingsville.
Wood was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance. He also attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he received a master of music and bachelor of music degrees. He is a graduate of Hannibal High School in Hannibal, Missouri.
Wood is a member of the Jazz Education Network, North American Saxophone Alliance, College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Missouri Community College Association.
Wood, his wife Karen, and their daughter are excited to join the MAC community. After a number of years living in central Texas, Wood said they look forward to autumn colors, the chill of October evenings and apple-picking season.
Geist Joins MAC as Biology Instructor
Zoe Geist, of Imperial, recently joined Mineral Area College’s Science Department as a full-time biology instructor.
She comes to the college from St. Louis Community College, where she was an adjunct faculty member. Geist, who has been teaching college biology for 15 years, also taught at other schools in the St. Louis area, including Lindenwood University in St. Charles and Jefferson College in Hillsboro.
She attended the University of Central Missouri where she received both her master's degree in biology and bachelor of science degree in biology. Her graduate research was the habitat selection study of bird species Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher.
Geist is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers and has been a long-time volunteer with Missouri Stream Team, conducting water quality monitoring tests and helping with stream litter cleanup efforts. She incorporated Stream Team educational activities in her biology courses so students learn stewardship and citizen science related to stream ecology. Geist is an avid birdwatcher and active in the St. Louis Chapter Audubon, attending bird walks.
She also loves to keep dogs as companion pets and is interested in recent canine research that has revealed interesting aspects of the lives of domestic dogs.