Executive Board

2018-20 Board Members

Amanda Klinger – President  – Davidson CC

amanda_picI graduated from Appalachian State in 2004 and started teaching at Davidson County Community College.  I teach on the Davie Campus, which means I am the only math instructor on my campus. I’ve taught all of the math courses pretty much, but I have a preference for Stats and Trig.  I am the chair of the Scholars of Global Distinction program at DCCC, and I will be leading a study abroad trip to Ireland in 2019 and 2020. I would love to help anyone in math globalize their courses for this program.

Susan Howard – President Elect – Pitt CC

Susan Howard, NCMATYC President ElecetI grew up in Western NC before attending East Carolina University for my undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education. After earning my BS/BA in mathematics and secondary mathematics education I entered Clemson University to study operations research, but I deeply missed teaching and my kids. It’s many years later and I have had a wonderful time teaching everything from seventh grade to MAT 273. Most of the time you can find me at ECU teaching for Pitt Community College in our partnership for Intermediate Algebra. When I’m not working with students or developing curriculum I enjoy cooking, spending time with family and friends, classic films, Instagram, and trying to save the world one to-do list at a time.

Luke Walsh – Past President  – Catawba Valley CC


I graduated from Indiana University in 2000 and then began teaching 8th grade mathematics at a small rural school in North Carolina. After five years in the public education system, I took a break to hike the Appalachian Trail. In 2007, I earned a masters in mathematics from Appalachian State University, and since then I have been a full-time mathematics instructor at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC).  When I am not in the classroom, I love camping with the family, visiting breweries, playing disc golf, and graphing mathematics.

Ethan Smith – Western Region VP – Catawba Valley CC

Ethan Smithe, NCMATYC Eastern VPI graduated from North Carolina Central University with my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in secondary education. I received my Masters of Arts in Mathematics from Appalachian State University. I have had the honor of being a full-time mathematics instructor at Catawba Valley Community College since August of 2016 and have been a member of NCMATYC for nearly as long. My passion for mathematics and mathematics education was ignited during my matriculation through high school and has only grown in intensity since my time with CVCC. I have a passion for coding and hope to one day introduce mathematical modeling to my students through the use of SageMath, which is open-source mathematical computation software similar to MATLAB or Mathematica, but free!

Kaan Ozermal – Central Region VP – Central Carolina CC

I studied mathematics at Portland State University for undergrad and NC Central University for my MS in Pure Mathematics.  I’ve been at Central Carolina CC since 2011. I am originally from New Orleans but have lived all over the country. I like to travel and hang out with my animals – a pitbull and fat cat.

Seth McElvaney – Eastern Region VP – Wake Tech CC

Eastern VP - Seth McElvaneyI was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.  I earned a BS in mathematics at Christian Brothers University in Memphis.  I followed that with an MS in applied mathematics from University of Arkansas – Little Rock.  I moved with my family to Raleigh to attend NC State where received an M.Ed. in math education.  I have been teaching in one form or another for 27 years. I started at Wake Tech in 2010 and have taught just about every math course offered.  When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids and umpiring Australian rules football.

Holly Bass – Secretary – Brunswick CC

I graduated from UNCW with a BS in mathematics and minors in computer science and Spanish.  I moved to Asheville and taught at ABTech and tutored. After a year, I moved to San Diego, where I earned my MA in mathematics from San Diego State University.  I taught all levels of math for 13 years at Southwestern Community College. I contributed to a Math Study Skills book and spoke at many conferences cross country on helping students succeed in math.  Upon moving back to NC, I was hired on at Brunswick Community College where I lead math team and have attended NCMATYC for the past 4 years. I currently am teaching part time online for BCC, living in Asheville and homeschooling my 5 year old son.  I am passionate about education and love being outdoors exploring in any way!

Fernando Schiefelbein – Treasurer – Coastal Carolina CC

I graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2010 and began working full time at Coastal Carolina Community College the same year.  My time at Coastal Carolina has helped foster my passion for mathematics and provided an opportunity to help students develop not only an understanding how mathematics applies to their field, but build confidence in working with a commonly perceived difficult subject.  In my eight years teaching, I have taught everything from developmental mathematics to differential equations. In my time outside of the college, I enjoy spending my time with my beautiful wife of nine years and my two children. I also enjoy volunteering in my church, traveling across the U.S. with my family, and just relaxing with food and a few drinks with family and friends.

Questions, comments, concerns can be sent to the board at ncmatycboard@gmail.com