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Kathy D. Whittle-Davis of Ridgeway. In 2009, Whittle-Davis graduated from PHCC with a human services career studies certificate and has received an Achieve Global Genuine Leadership and Customer Service Instructor Certification. Prior to attending PHCC, she had graduated from Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in English. She now serves as the Project TARE program coordinator and noncredit adjunct instructor at PHCC. Whittle-Davis got her start at J.P. Stevens, Inc., in Burlington, N.C., followed by a customer service manager position at Gale & Lord Industries, Inc., in Greensboro, N.C. She moved back to the area in 1997 for a job at London Fog Industries in Ridgway, followed by a position at Drake Extrusion, Inc., as a customer service representative. After graduating from PHCC, Whittle-Davis assumed her current role at the college. She is a crisis line specialist with CONTACT, a volunteer with Memorial Hospital, the service projects coordinator for the Martinsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., and a service projects volunteer for Piedmont District Convention of the Disciples of Christ, Mt. Olive East Christian Church and Homer Dillard Unit 78.

Christy P. Spencer, of Axton,earned her associate degree in business administration from PHCC in 1997. She then graduated from Old Dominion University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and in 2002 graduated from Virginia Tech with a master’s in education.

Spencer returned to Old Dominion University to participate in the Leadership and Management Development Certificate Program in 2004, as well as for post-master’s coursework in 2005 and 2006.

She completed PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) Training through Martinsville’s Department of Social Services in 2008, the Nonprofit Management Program: Program Evaluation for Funding and Sustainability through Duke University in 2010 and the Master Advisor Certificate Program through Old Dominion University, also in 2010.

Spencer is now the Middle College instructor and Great Expectations campus coach at PHCC. Spencer got her start at PHCC as Old Dominion University’s site director on campus, as well as teaching early childhood education and student development as an adjunct professor. She is currently a member of the Great Expectations Advisory Board, the Piedmont Region Independent Living Coalition, the Anchor Commission, the Patrick Henry Community College Early Childhood Education Lay Advisory Board, the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County and the Virginia Community College Association.

Cindy Summit of Martinsville, graduated from PHCC in 2012 with an associate degree in general studies. She is currently enrolled at Averett University in the Graduate and Professional Studies Program through New College Institute and is scheduled to graduate in 2015. Since 1991, Summit has been the president and co-owner of S&K Office Products, Inc. She is currently on the executive committee of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce as the vice chair of membership services, as well as a board member of the Martinsville City School Endowment Board. Summit has also served on the Board of Directors for the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association (MURA).

Vanessa J. Riddle, of Ringgold, Va., earned her associate degree in business with education curriculum in 1977. She then attended James Madison University, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in special education. For 12 years, Riddle has been a special education teacher at the Galileo Magnet High School in Danville, Va., where she was recognized as teacher of the year in 2011. Prior to her position at Galileo Magnet High, she taught as a special education teacher for Chatham High School in Chatham, Va.; Stow-Monroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio; and at George Washington High School in Danville. Riddle assists with the GLEE Club and the SCA at Galileo Magnet High and is the junior class prom sponsor. She has been a member of Oakland United Methodist Church since 1983, serving as the superintendent of Sunday School, president of the United Methodist Women, member of the Administrative Council, delegate to the Virginia United Methodist Conference, Sunday School teacher and co-director of Vacation Bible School.