Two MCC faculty members are joining the Foundation Board of Directors as faculty liaisons.
The two faculty appointed to the three-year, ex-officio (nonvoting) positions are Crystal Johnson, division chair of social sciences and business on the MCC-Maple Woods campus, and Katherine Ellis, program coordinator of the computer science and information systems department on the MCC-Business & Technology campus.
Besides her duties related to the division chair of the social science and business, Johnson also teaches face-to-face and online history courses at Maple Woods. Over her 11 years with MCC, she has taught a range of courses, from Western Civilization to U.S. history to African-American history.
She has served on the Higher Learning Commission accreditation steering committee, district curriculum committee and the National Learning Communities Conference planning team, among others.
She was recently nominated to the Black Achievers Society. The mission of the Black Achievers Society is “to actively respond to the educational, social and economic needs of the community by providing role models for blacks and minority youth, and sharing knowledge gained through academic and corporate experience.” The society also awards college scholarships to Kansas City students.
“I am excited to be joining the Foundation Board of Directors as a faculty liaison,” Johnson says. “I am always moved by community members who volunteer their time to support the College’s mission, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside them and continue to share MCC’s story and develop new ways to create opportunities for our students.”
While overseeing the CSIS department at MCC-Business & Technology, Ellis also teaches students and instructor trainees in a wide range of courses from Computer Hardware, Software, Operating Systems, Cisco Routing & Switching and Cisco Cyber Security. Ellis manages MCC’s Cisco Academy Support Center and Instructor Training Center generating revenue for MCC and providing support and instructor professional development training to high schools, career centers and universities.
She serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee as Business & Technology Faculty Association President, Academic Senate, District Instructional Coordinating Committee, and Salary Committee. She also serves on the National Education Team for the SkillsUSA Internetworking competition.
In the community, Katherine serves on two non-profit Boards: In the Light Performing Arts Center and Donato Academy, Inc. Additionally, she serves on the gala auction committee for Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders and she is actively involved in economic development, housing, education, and nutrition in rural poverty stricken areas of Nicaragua.
She is honored to be appointed as a faculty liaison and looks forward to working with the Foundation Board.
” I love what I do and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my excitement for teaching students and enhancing lives through education with such a remarkable group of community members who give their valued time to sit on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors,” Ellis says. “The board is made up of busy community members and I am humbled that they give so much energy to support MCC. I am more than ready to do whatever I can to help aid them in their efforts.”