John J. "Ski" Sygielski, Ed.D, became the seventh president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in July 2011. His previous appointments include president of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. He began his professional career as a teacher in a Chicago inner-city school followed by a stint as a corporate trainer for two Fortune 500 companies. He transitioned to a community college career at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he began his community college administration and college teaching career.
Ski is the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. He is the past chairman of the board for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and AACC's 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. He is currently a member of Harrisburg Rotary and serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and Pennsylvania's Workforce Investment Board.
He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy, two master's degrees in business and a doctorate in education, as well as an honorary associate degree.
Ski, and his husband, Steve Perrault, are residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is an avid bicyclist and the only member of his working-class family to graduate from college.
Dr. Linnie S. Carter, APR is the vice president of college advancement at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, and executive director of the HACC Foundation. She joined the HACC team in March 2012. Dr. Carter serves all five of HACC’s campuses. She oversees the HACC Foundation and advertising, alumni affairs, branding, fundraising, grants, graphic design, marketing, photography, public relations, publications, scholarships, special events, sponsorships, videography and website development.
Dr. Carter’s previous appointments include vice president of institutional advancement at Halifax Community College in Weldon, N.C.; vice president of college advancement at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia and director of institutional advancement at John Tyler Community College, also in Virginia. She served as executive director of the foundations at each of these institutions. In addition, Dr. Carter was an assistant professor of public relations at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C. and adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond. She previously was public relations manager and community affairs coordinator of the Richmond (Va.) Metropolitan Authority.
Dr. Carter earned a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She earned a master's degree in mass communications (media management) and a bachelor's degree in mass communications (public relations), both from VCU. She earned the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Her many professional and community memberships include the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., National Council for Marketing and Public Relations and PRSA. Dr. Carter is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is involved in several College and community service organizations. She has been happily married to her husband for almost 25 years and is a proud and loving bonus mom and grandmom, daughter, sister, aunt, godmother and mentor.
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Armenta E. Hinton, Ph.D. joined HACC in February 2020 as the vice president of inclusion and diversity. In this role Dr. Hinton brings a high level of executive leadership to guide our commitment to promoting a culture of collegiality, inclusiveness, respect, and competence. She oversees Student Access Services and serves as the College’s Title IX coordinator.
Previously she was the director of diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator at Elizabethtown College and served at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania as associate dean and co-chair and assistant professor of Black studies. Dr. Hinton was also associate director of the center for diversity and social justice at Susquehanna University.
Dr. Hinton is an active scholar, practitioner and presenter in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and Title IX. Her research focuses on diversity, access and equity in education and higher education leadership. She is the co-editor of “Persistence and Memory,” a collection of essays on diversity with reflections written by Derald Wing Sue. Also, she contributed a chapter to a book, “Preserving HBCU’s Million Dollar Legacy.”
As a recipient of The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg's Torch of Global Enlightenment Award for her contributions to inclusion and diversity, Dr. Hinton continues to make valuable contributions to diversity and inclusion in the region, as well as internationally, as she worked for many years in Germany and England. She received a bachelor’s degree in music history and piano from Alabama State University, a historically Black college and university, and studied at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College.
She received her post-graduate certificate in psychotherapy from Birmingham City University (England) and her doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University in Ohio.
She is married to Dr. Eric Hinton, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Susquehanna University. They have twins, Jason and Jennifer Hinton.
Ellen Horsch joined the HACC team on Aug. 24, 2020 and plans to remain with us until her permanent successor is hired.
Prior to joining HACC, Ellen served as the first female vice president at Michigan Technological University. During her tenure there, she was responsible for business operations, facilities management and human resources.
Previously, she served as the director of the university’s human resources department for over 12 years and taught at several institutions prior to her administrative roles. She has served on a variety of external boards and remains active with many professional associations.
Ellen is active with her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, where she serves as the scholarship advisor and mentor. On a personal note, Ellen enjoys cooking and spending time with her family members, which include her two grandchildren and grand-puppies!
Dr. Chrissy Davis Jones, joined HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, as the vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in April 2021. Dr. Davis Jones has worked in higher education, specifically community and technical colleges for over 20 years with 16 of those years focused on developing, restructuring, and implementing student success-related programs. Dr. Davis Jones’ previous appointments include dean of student support services and student conduct officer, as well as interim vice president of student affairs and title IX coordinator at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA. In addition to her administrative roles, Dr. Davis Jones has served as adjunct faculty at different institutions.
Throughout her career, Dr. Davis Jones has brought a student-centered approach to her work and the work of the institutions she serves. She understands that the student experience is best served when academics, student support services, and co-curricular are considered holistically, which are also the focal points of Dr. Davis Jones’ research, teaching, and presentations. Her ability to engage authentically with all constituents has contributed greatly to her success as a team-oriented leader who is energetic and passionate about access and success for all students, and she is a firm believer in getting involved to do the work!
Dr. Davis Jones is an active member of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) serving in different positions, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in various leadership capacities, reviewer and editorial board member for the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, and served as a peer accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) for nine years. Most recently, she was selected as a Fellow for the Aspen Institute Rising Presidents Fellowship.
Dr. Davis Jones earned a doctorate degree in education (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in higher education administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Denver in Denver, CO, and her bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in African American history at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.
Robert (Bob) Messner, M.S., joined HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, as the chief information officer in June 2013 to lead the Office of Information Services and Technologies (OIST). OIST is comprised of four departments: Enterprise Applications, Computing & Media Support, Systems & Network Infrastructure, and Academic Technologies.
Bob holds a master's degree in information systems technologies from Wilmington University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned a bachelor's degree in information resource management from Wilmington College (now Wilmington University) and an associate degree in computer information systems from Chesapeake Community College, Wye Mills, MD. Bob also holds industry certifications from Microsoft as a systems engineer (MCSE), systems administrator (MCSA) and AccessData as a forensic examiner.
During his previous 14-year tenure at Delaware Technical and Community College in Dover, DE., Bob served as the manager of educational systems, department chair for computer information systems and chief technology officer. Through his leadership, the college achieved multiple top 10 national rankings among peer institutions for innovations with technology.
Bob was a member of Delaware Tech's Strategic Planning Council and the State of Delaware's Information Resource Management Advisory Council. Bob also worked as a technology consultant for Salem County Community College (Carney’s Point, NJ) and Hagerstown Community College (Hagerstown, MD). Bob is an adjunct instructor for Wilmington University, New Castle, DE., where he teaches online advanced technology courses at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
Gina Mounfield joined the HACC team on March 8, 2021 as the interim vice president of Academic Affairs. Previously, she served in chief academic officer positions at two colleges in South Carolina. Some of her responsibilities were curriculum development and renewal, academic program assessment and alignment with workforce needs, instructional support and faculty development.
Prior to the administrative roles, Gina taught computer science at the University of Florida Gainesville FL, LSU Baton Rouge, and Midlands Technical College Columbia SC. On a national level, she served as a Regional Director for the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), as an NSF-ATE AACC Mentor, and as a representative on the initial working groups for the AACC Voluntary Framework for Accountability (VFA). She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Berry College, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
Gina is a Master Gardener and serves on the Board of Directors and grants writing team. She is a member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. She and her husband have been happily married for more than 40 years. They have one son who lives in Washington DC.
Victor Rodgers was named associate provost for workforce development and continuing education at HACC in September 2014. In this position, Victor oversees all departments under workforce development to include healthcare, adult education, industry skills and services, public service center, and continuing education and corporate training.
Previously, he was the assistant director for continuing education and workforce development at Guam Community College (GCC). Active in both the community and workforce development, he instituted the WorkKeys program island-wide, and created several innovative training programs and partnerships, including a nationally recognized program for Guam National Guardsmen returning from Afghanistan. He was selected as the 2013 Guam SBA Veterans Champion, and hosted a weekly radio talk show devoted to the islands veterans and their issues.
Prior to GCC, Victor held the position of direct services director of the Mid-East Commission, where he was responsible for managing workforce investment programs in Beaufort County, NC, and Older Worker retraining programs in an additional 23 counties. Committed to the community, Victor was the first African American chairman of the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and the Beaufort County United Way. He has also served on foundation boards for hospitals, colleges as well as boards for various community and professional organizations.
Victor, a U.S. Navy veteran, also served as a manager and HR specialist focused on training and professional development activities earning a prestigious award for excellence in human resource programming.
A native of New York who grew up in North Carolina, Victor earned a master’s degree in business administration and a master of arts in business communications and holds a bachelor of science in human resources management.
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Tim Sandoe joined HACC on April 25, 2016, as the College's chief financial officer. He serves as the vice president of finance, whose primary responsibility is the oversight and integrity of the College's financial information. He provides leadership to the administrative functions of accounting services, budgeting, procurement and contracts as well as facilities management.
After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, Tim enjoyed a 34-year career in banking, retiring after 31 years and achieving the title of senior vice president with Fulton Financial Corporation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At Fulton he managed small business banking, retail credit and deposit products and was also the retail risk management director.
Over the years Tim served HACC in a number of volunteer positions from campus advisory boards to becoming a member of the Board of Trustees and eventually the Board chair. He now applies his extensive finance background and HACC experience to the role of HACC's CFO.
David Tracy has 29 years of higher education leadership experience predominately at community and technical colleges. Since 2010, he served as the Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Massasoit Community College, a multi-site community college based in Brockton, Massachusetts. The chief student affairs officer oversaw the dedicated part and full-time staff in student services, enrollment management, academic support, college communications, and institutional research.
Previously, Mr. Tracy served as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Technology at Bristol Community College in Fall River from 2007-2010. The leadership portfolio and accomplishments focused on enhancements to the admissions, financial aid, student records and registration, enrollment service centers, and new student programming. From 1991 to 2007, Mr. Tracy led various teams in different roles at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. The college was the largest in the Maine Community College System that experienced the most significant enrollment growth in the state at that time. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the Associate Dean of Enrollment Services overseeing recruitment, admissions, financial aid, assessment, new student advising, student records and registration, and the one-stop enrollment center.
He holds a Bachelors's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Maine. He became a leadership fellow and graduate of the Community College Leadership academy affiliated with the Educational Leadership program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2010. He has twenty years of community college teaching experience in both part and full-time positions. He became the co-leader of two successful federal Title III grants from 2008-2018, focused on strengthening institutions in the areas of gateway courses, new student engagement, and academic advising.
Mr. Tracy chaired the statewide Senior Student Affairs organization and served on the public college and university Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) committee from 2013 to 2018. He co-chaired the Massachusetts Community College Teaching Learning and Student Development Conference and recently served on the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in southeastern Massachusetts.