JWCC Announces 2019 Employees of the Year and Service Anniversaries

JWCC main campus building
January 6, 2020

John Wood Community College recently announced faculty and staff members who were honored as Employees of the Year for 2019 as well as employees who reached milestone service anniversaries.

Pam Rittof of Quincy was named Faculty Member of the Year. Rittof, assistant professor in the Languages, Communication, Humanities, and Fine Arts Department, has taught at JWCC both part- and full-time for nearly 15 years. In addition to teaching English composition and public speaking, she has taught developmental English. Rittof holds a bachelor’s degree in English and speech communication from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Northern Illinois University. She has taught both full- and part-time at community colleges and a four-year university for nearly forty years and also worked in the field of public relations and marketing for a major accounting firm. She has served on various committees at JWCC and within her department.

Susan Fifer of Ewing, Mo., was named Full-Time Staff Member of the Year. Fifer started working at JWCC in 2014 as the director of fiscal services. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council, serves as a mentor for the Leadership Development Institute, and is a part of the One Book One College Committee. Fifer has a bachelor’s degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She is an active board member and officer for Quanada and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association.

Melissa DeVerger of Quincy was named part-time Faculty Member of the Year. DeVerger started at JWCC in 2017 as a part-time English instructor. Currently she is an instructor of first-year composition and teaches online courses. DeVerger holds an associate’s degree from John Wood Community College, a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Melissa works full-time as a librarian at Quincy Public Library and has published a number of articles in the Quincy Herald-Whig for the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County’s weekly column.

Anne Scott of Payson was named Part-Time Staff Member of the Year. Scott is a graduate of JWCC and has worked for the College for 19 years as a testing room monitor.

In addition to Employee of the Year recognition, JWCC announced the following employees who marked milestone anniversaries between July 2019 and December 2019:

30 Years of Service

Kelly Lewis of Quincy is an education center specialist at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center. Lewis is a graduate of JWCC. She has served on multiple JWCC committees, including the Non-Exempt Staff Executive Group and as chair of the former Special Events Committee.

Denise Williams of Quincy is the manager of accounting services in JWCC’s Business Office. Williams is a 2003 graduate of Quincy University and a 2001 graduate of JWCC. Denise began her work with the college with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, then moved to the Business Office in 1997. In 2005, she managed the JWCC Bookstore before returning to the Business Office for her current position in 2014. She is married to Doug Williams and they have one daughter Holly Smith, son-in-law Shannon Smith, and two grandchildren Aiden & Ainsley.

25 Years of Service

Cindy Unmisig of Quincy is an academic talent search advisor for TRiO. Unmisig is a graduate of Quincy University and JWCC.

Barb Woodyard of Fowler is the administrative specialist for advancement.

20 Years of Service

Barb Holthaus of Quincy, director of advancement

David Harbin of Quincy, social & behavioral science instructor

Lisa Snodgrass of Quincy, records, registration & veteran’s affairs coordinator

15 Years of Service

David Leonard of Quincy, assistant professor, industrial technology

Susan Tabb of Quincy, testing room monitor

10 Years of Service

Patrick Fodor of Quincy, associate professor, language, literature & humanities

Melissa Knapp of Quincy, mathematics instructor

Tracy Orne of Quincy, dean of students and enrollment management

Josh Welker of Canton, Mo., dean of business services & institutional effectiveness

5 Years of Service

Michelle Attebery of Quincy, custodian

Lisa Atwell of Quincy, assistant professor, computer science & office technology

Barb Casady of Warsaw, manager of volunteer services

Jonathan Entrup of Quincy, assistant director of information technology

Susan Fifer of Ewing, Mo., director of fiscal services

Dana Keppner of Quincy, director of human resources

Sharon Meyer of Quincy, academic advisor

Bridget Quinlivan of Quincy, student support services advisor

Kathleen Rodgers of Quincy, manager of career services & community based outreach

Joni Veile of Quincy, financial aid specialist

Diane Vose of Griggsville, Manager of regional centers

Nicole Zulauf of Maywood, Mo., volunteer services specialist

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.