John Wood Employees Mark Service Anniversaries

John Wood Employees Mark Service Anniversaries

Several John Wood Community College staff and faculty members recently reached milestone service anniversaries.

Each year all regular employees who have been with JWCC five years or more are honored for the calendar year marking the fifth, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th year of total consecutive employment at the College.  The following employees marked milestone anniversaries between July and December 2013:

25 Years of Service

Jackie DicksonJackie Dickson of Quincy, support services assistant, started at the College in 1988 as a secretary for the special needs program.  She has been involved in several committees including student issues and the mentoring program.  Dickson earned an associate in applied science from JWCC.

John Letts of Quincy, JWCC president, began working at JWCCDr. John Letts as the vice president for student services in 1988.  Letts was appointed president in 2011. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in student personnel administration from Chadron State College.  Active in the community, Letts is past president of the board of directors of The Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, The Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club and the National Council on Student Development.  In 2010 he was honored by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with the Administrator Award of Distinction.  

20 Years of Service

Mary HassMary Hass of Pittsfield, professor of nursing education, joined JWCC in 1993.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Quincy University and a master’s in nursing from University of Missouri-Columbia.   



Norm Rodriguez of Quincy, started at JWCC in 1993 as a full-timeNorman Rodriguez history and political science instructor.  Currently he is professor of history and political science and head women’s basketball coach.  Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree from Quincy University, a juris doctorate from Washburn University and advance studies in education administration from University of Illinois at Springfield and advanced studies in history at Western Illinois University.  Rodriguez leads JWCC’s Faculty Internal Support Committee, and previously served on JWCC’s Benefits, Tenure Review and Reaffirmation Steering Committees.  He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, American Political Science Association, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.  In 2006 Rodriguez was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Midwest Athletic Conference Region 24 Basketball Coach of the Year.   In 2009 the NJCAA recognized Rodriguez for reaching 200 career victories.   He is the winningest coach in JWCC history and his career record stands at 287-181.

Nancy SchneblinNancy Schneblin of Bethel, Mo., professor of office technology and computer science, joined JWCC in 1993 as an office careers instructor and served as dean of career and technical education from 2002 to 2007.  She previously served as department chair of office technology, business and computer science.  Schneblin was named JWCC Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year for the 1995-1996 academic year.  She has served on JWCC’s Leadership Council, Presidential Search, Tenure Review, Reaccreditation and Chairs and Directors Committees.  Schneblin earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Truman State University, a master’s degree in education from Southwest Baptist University and is as a Certified Online Instructor and Microsoft Word 2000 Expert.    She is a member of the National Business Education Association, Illinois Business Education Association and Western Illinois Business Education Association. 

Jenny Venvertloh of Quincy, started at JWCC in 1993 as the Jenny Venverthlohsecretary to the director of purchasing.    In 2007 she was appointed to the position of administrative assistant to the vice president for finance and business.   Venvertloh is a member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals and has served on several JWCC committees.  She earned an associate’s degree from JWCC.

15 Years of Service

Quincy: Rhonda Basinger, associate professor of fine arts

        David Bullard, custodian

        Mary Edwards, administrative assistant to the director of support services

Sherri Harris, professor of mathematics

        Valerie Vlahakis, language, literature and humanities department chair and assistant professor of English

Ursa: Robin Martin, admissions advisor


10 Years of Service

Quincy: Judy Litchfield, employment and training specialist

        Jerry Lunt, assistant professor of business

5 Years of Service

Camp Point: Kevin Schaller, floor maintenance technician

Quincy: Bill Fleer, assistant professor of developmental education in mathematics

        Jane Haschemeyer, assistant in enrollment services

        Brad Hoyt, manager of athletics and head men’s basketball coach

        Lisa Tournear, nursing department chair and assistant professor in nursing