Executive Board

2020-22 Executive Board Members

Susan Howard – President – 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.

John Bennett – President Elect  – Robeson CC

I graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a BA in Mathematics, earning my NC Professional Educators License. After working to save a bit more money, I went to East Carolina to earn my MA in Mathematics and worked as a Graduate Assistant teaching Intermediate Algebra. After living in Canada for three years and teaching at Old Sun CC on the Siksika Reserve in Alberta, I moved back to North Carolina and taught at a private school, a charter school and two pubic high schools. After 11 years of K12 instruction, I moved back to teaching college, teaching at Halifax CC for 10 years before moving to Robeson CC where I now teach. I have taught everything from 6th grade to Calculus and have loved (almost) every minute of it.

Amanda Klinger – Past 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.

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.

Amanda Davis – Central Region VP – Forsyth Tech CC

I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and then lived in Maryland for many years.  I landed in North Carolina to study at Elon earning BS and BA degrees in math and piano.  I followed that with an MA in mathematics from Wake Forest University.  I spent 18 years working as a paralegal and teaching math and piano part-time before coming back to teach full-time mathematics at Forsyth Technical Community College.  In the few years I have been in this position, I have worked to globalize a statistics course, develop open educational resources to provide access for all students, and mentor research students in our STEM Alliance program.  Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking and eating great meals, gardening, and catching live music when I can!

Laurie Keatts – Western Region VP – Catawba Valley CC

I grew up in western Massachusetts before attending Virginia Tech for my undergraduate curriculum.  I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics and went on to work as an engineer in manufacturing for over a decade.  In 2007, I began my Master in Social Work from Appalachian State University with the intention of becoming a private practice therapist.  However, during my graduate program, I found myself teaching mathematics part-time for Catawba Valley Community College, and knew then that I wanted to make this my career.  I completed my Master in Social Work in 2010, plus enough graduate hours in mathematics to teach both Math and Sociology at CVCC.  I am passionate about Equity and am the Southeastern Representative of the AMATYC Equity Committee.  I have two beautiful daughters, and in my spare time, I love music and baking.

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 AB Tech 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