Since 1973 Pike-Lincoln Technical Center has
served youth and adults within Pike, Lincoln and surrounding counties
by providing quality career, technical, and personal enrichment
classes. At the heart of quality programs are our personnel.
Brenda Akers serves as PLTC's Executive Administrative
Assistant having joined the staff in 2009. A Clopton and Pike-Lincoln
Tech Center graduate, Brenda has 20 years of office experience
primarily in accounting. She returned to receive her degree in
accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and worked
most recently as accountant at Daffron & Associates, Inc.
in Bowling Green.
Mary Cahalin started at Pike-Lincoln
in Fall 2010 as a part-time instructor in our Practical Nursing
program. She continues in that role as she nears completion of
her BSN through Maryville University. Mary worked at DePaul Hospital
after becoming an LPN and received her ASN from St. Louis Community
College-Meramec in 1982. Since 1989 Mary has worked in the Intensive
Care Units at various SSM Hospitals and is currently a Charge
Nurse in ICU. She holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Trauma
Nurse Core Course certification.
Frank Cardinale joined the Pike-Lincoln Tech
Center staff in 2009 to handle Building and Grounds Maintenance.
He most recently worked for Environmental Systems Products’
Earth City facility where he was Lead Technician before taking
over as their Facilities Manager. Frank is a native of St. Peters
and moved to Eolia in 2004.
Lori Collins joined the faculty at Pike-Lincoln
in 2010 to teach Administrative Business Technology. She brings
with her over 13 years of varied office work experience, ranging
from an administrative office assistant to that of office manager.
Lori earned an Associate degree in Business Management and recently
a Bachelor degree in Business Education. She was a K-12 substitute
teacher for five years and has volunteered for the GED program
both in Troy. In 2002, Lori attended evening class at PLTC to
earn a certificate in Microsoft Excel.
Jerry Cox began as the Adult & Community
Education / Financial Aid Coordinator in 2001. Jerry previously
worked for 27 years in manufacturing and specialized in welding
and metal fabrication. He has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration
Grace Davis serves as an Adult & Community
Education/Financial Aid Administrative Assistant. Grace graduated
from the Administrative Business Technology program at Pike-Lincoln
in 2005. She earned a total of seven different certificates in
A.B.T. and Digital Design. Grace so enjoyed her educational experience
at PLTC that she chose to join the staff.
Gordon Downs has been teaching the Troy Buchanan
High School Building Trades Program since 2005. The program is
administered by Pike-Lincoln Technical Center. Gordon has over
25 years of experience as a drywall hanger. He is the owner of
the 6-D Drywall Company. Gordon has also served as the Troy R-III
middle school wrestling coach for more then 10 years. In addition,
Gordon recently completed his Bachelor degree in Education from
Missouri Baptist University.
Amber Elliott joined the PLTC staff as a Practical
Nursing instructor in 2011. She is a Clopton High School graduate
having completed the Health Sciences and Practical Nursing programs
at Pike-Lincoln Tech. Amber earned her ADN and BSN from Sanford-Brown
and is near completion of her Master Degree in Education and Management.
She has work experience in OB/GYN, med/surg telemetry, geriatrics,
ICU at Pike County Memorial and St. Joseph West Hospitals. Amber
has earned various certifications in the areas of trauma, cardiac,
pediatric and emergency care.
Dennis Hale has served as the Computer and Networking
Technologies Instructor since 2002. Previously Dennis worked as
a Technology Specialist for Wave Technologies in Creve Coeur.
In this position he was responsible for preparing students for
industry certification exams and developing online training materials
for the A+, N+ and other computer certifications. Dennis is a
Computer Technology graduate of the Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis,
Minnesota and holds A+, N+, MCSE, and CCNA certifications.
Fortune Huffman has served as the Technology
Coordinator for Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and the Pike County
R-III (Clopton) School District since 2001. She previously served
as the Librarian/Media Specialist and Technology Coordinator for
the Silex School District. Fortune has a Bachelor Degree in Vocational
Home Economics and taught in Bowling Green for 11 years.
Kelly Hunt is the Administrative Assistant for
the Nursing department as well as Placement Coordinator at PLTC.
In 1994 Kelly completed the Office Systems Technology program
at Pike-Lincoln while attending Bowling Green High School and
has worked at Pike-Lincoln Tech Center since. Kelly earned her
Associate Degree from St. Charles Community College.in 2005
Andy Jolly graduated from Clopton High School
and earned his Bachelor Degree from the University of Missouri.
He then began his career in the farm machinery sales industry.
After nearly a decade Andy left in search of a more rewarding
career. He began substitute teaching in 2007 and enjoyed it so
much he started to work toward teacher certification. Andy taught
in Louisiana for two years before joining the PLTC staff as the
Academic Skills Instructor in 2010. He firmly believes you learn
something every day and the field of education allows him to both
learn and teach.
Debbie Madigan grew up in Lincoln County and
attended Silex schools. Before joining the Pike-Lincoln Tech Center
staff as Health Sciences Clinical Supervisor in 2010, she attended
PLTC as a student in the Practical Nursing and IV Therapy classes.
She has extensive training in clinical nursing supervision and
work experience in hospitals as well as clinical supervisor in
a variety of long-term care facilities.
Charles “Buzz” Mendonsa joined the
Pike-Lincoln staff in 2009 as the first instructor of PLTC’s
Diesel Technology program. After graduating from Clopton High
School, Buzz went on to Nashville Diesel College to study diesel,
auto mechanics and welding. His varied experiences include work
as a technician and manager of service departments at various
dealerships. Buzz has completed specialized training with Allis
Chalmers, John Deere, Case IH and Kabota. He is certified as an
ASE Master Tech, Electronic Diesel Injection Diagnostics and in
Chris Schaeffer recently began
his formal teaching career at Pike-Lincoln Tech as the Auto Services
Tech instructor. He studied two years at the Milwaukee Area Technical
College in the field of auto repair. In addition, Chris has attended
countless seminars and manufacturers’ (GM, Chrysler, Land
Rover, etc.) training sessions. His varied work experience covers
virtually every aspect of auto repair from oil changer, technician,
parts, service writing, and manager. Chris holds ASE Certification
in Advanced Diagnostics, Master Technician, Service Writer, Parts
Specialist as well as a couple for heavy-duty trucks.
Dennis “Denny” Stewart started as
the Automotive Collision instructor at Pike-Lincoln in 2009. Denny
has experience in all aspects of automotive and boat collision
repair in some of the largest and best shops in the country. He
is ICAR and ASE certified and is a graduate from Automotive Training
Corporation of America (ATCOA). In addition, he is factory trained
as a SeaRay powerboat hull repair specialist. Denny is working
towards his Bachelor Degree in education.
Marshall Suddarth has served as the Building Trades Instructor
at PLTC since1987. During that time, Marshall has supervised students
in the building of over 20 houses for area residents and a new
fire station for Eolia. He is AGC (Associated General Contractors)
certified. Marshall worked previously as a supervisor for Morgan
Buildings and Empire Gas. Marshall also earned his Bachelor Degree
and worked previously as a Driver's Education instructor and coach.
Pam Tipton has served as a Practical Nursing
Instructor at PLTC since 1999. Pam completed the Health Occupations
program at PLTC and received a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
certificate while in high school. Pam went on to earn her RN and
Bachelor Degree. While specializing in Critical Care Nursing at
Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Pam became licensed as an examiner
for the Missouri Division of Aging for CNA, Med Tech and Insulin
Administration. Pam took over as Coordinator of PLTC’s Practical
Nursing Program in 2008 while remaining an instructor.
Samantha Utterback (she goes by Sam) joined the
Pike-Lincoln staff in 2007 as Guidance Counselor. Upon graduation
from Clopton High School, she went on to earn both her Bachelor
Degree in Social Work and her Master Degree in School Counseling.
Prior to joining PLTC, Sam was a Resource Teacher at Wentzville
Stephanie Walker rejoined the
Pike-Lincoln staff in 2011 as a part-time instructor in our Practical
Nursing program. She received her BSN from Culver Stockton / Blessing-Rieman
College of Nursing. In addition to her previous teaching experience
at PLTC, Stephanie has experience in the fields of cardiology,
med surg/telemetry, public health, diabetes, and chronic disease
self-management. She holds certification in Basic Life Support
as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Mary Warren has worked at PLTC since 1997. She
began with on-the-job training through the Green Thumb program
and currently serves as an administrative aide.