George Poling was appointed Executive Director of Metropolitan College
in July 2005 with more than 20 years of experience in higher education at both private
and public institutions. George has professional experience in the areas of residence
life, admissions, transfer advising, academic advising, student life, student support
services along with community college teaching experience in the arts and student
success strategies. George maintains professional memberships in American College
Personnel Association; American Association of Community Colleges; National Council
on Student Development; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
George holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts, West Virginia University.
Courtney Abboud serves as the Director of Workforce and Student Development
for Metropolitan College and participates in the shared management of the program.
Courtney coordinates student and career services for all Metropolitan College programs.
She also serves as the coordinator of the CREW project, a partnership among MC,
KentuckianaWorks, and JCTC. Prior to joining Metropolitan College, Courtney served
as Assistant Dean of Students for Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Courtney
holds a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College and Masters of Science in Higher
Education from Florida State University.
The Metropolitan College Council serves as the governing
body for Metropolitan College.
Melissa Cline-Douthitt serves as a Student Development Coordinator for students
and community members in the CREW (Connecting Resources, Education, and Workforce)
Career Center at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Along with career counseling,
she case manages eligible participants in the Workforce Investment Act Program and
conducts numerous career related workshops for students in various academic programs.
Melissa began working through a Metropolitan College partner organization, KentuckianaWorks,
(Louisville’s Workforce Development Board) in November 2003 and continued
in that capacity before joining Metropolitan College in 2007. Melissa is a Cum Laude
graduate of Centre College, Danville, KY, where she received a B.A. in English.
She received her M.A. in English from the University of Louisville. Melissa also
serves as an adjunct instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College on
the downtown campus. She has taught “Strategies for Academic Success,“
an introduction to college life class, and currently teaches English composition.
Donna Dunn, is a student development counselor for Metropolitan College
participants enrolled at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Prior to joining
Metropolitan College, Donna was a Life Skills Counselor at Maryhurst (home for indigent
girls) and guided residents through the transitional process from the structure
of a group living environment to a community based treatment setting. Donna is a
member of the National Academic Advising Association; National Association for Campus
Activities; and was part of the Metropolitan College student development team that
was recently recognized for the 2006 Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award by
the National Council on Student Development. Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
and Master of Education (Concentration in College Student Personnel Services) from
the University of Louisville.
Carrie Faller is a Student Development Coordinator for Metropolitan
College participants enrolled at JCTC. Carrie provides career counseling services
such as resume development, career assessment, and interviewing and job search skills
in the CREW Career Center. Prior to joining Metropolitan College Carrie worked for
two years as a career counselor through KentuckianaWorks, Louisville’s Workforce
Investment Board. Carrie holds an Associate in Arts from Jefferson Community College,
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Eastern Kentucky
University, and a Masters of Education in Counseling Personnel Services with a Concentration
in College Student Personnel, from the University of Louisville.
Renecia Griffie is a Student Development Counselor for Metropolitan College
participants enrolled at JCTC Downtown and JCTC Southwest campus. Renecia also provides
leadership for our Humana Higher Education Program (HHEP) and Community Alternatives
Kentucky (CAKY) partnerships. Prior to joining Metropolitan College, Renecia was
a Financial Aid Advisor at the University of Louisville. She also worked in the
UofL Registrar’s Office, as a Resident Assistant for the University of Louisville
Properties, and in the Cardinal Card Office. Renecia holds a Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration from the University of Louisville (UofL) and a Master
of Science in Human Resource Leadership, Summa Cum Laude, from Sullivan University.
Julie Taylor is a member of the student development team and is a
counselor for Metropolitan College participants enrolled at the University of Louisville.
Julie has more than 25 years of dedicated service for the University of Louisville
in academic advising and student services. Julie is a member of the National Academic
Advisors’ Association; National Council on Student Development. Julie holds
a BA in Psychology from Murray State University, Murray, KY and an M.Ed. in Counseling
Psychology from the University of Louisville.
Chelsea Wightman is a member of the Student Development Team and is a counselor
for Metropolitan College participants enrolled at Jefferson Community and Technical
College on the downtown campus. Prior to joining Metropolitan College, Chelsea was
a Senior Program Assistant for the University's of Louisville Office of Undergraduate
Advising Practice. She also has also held higher education positions at Daytona
State College, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia. Chelsea
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Flagler College in St. Augustine,
Florida, and a Master of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University.
Shari Hayes is an Administrative Associate for Metropolitan College
based in the University of Louisville. Shari provides administrative support for
the Metropolitan College Student Development Team members supporting participants
attending UofL. In addition, Shari provides primary business support to our unit.
Prior to joining Metropolitan College, Shari provided seventeen years’ administrative
support for the Kentucky Council on Economic Education.
Madonna Johnson, administrative associate, welcomes and directs visitors,
students, and guests seeking Metropolitan College services to appropriate staff
or to one of our affiliate partners, Ultra and Health Career Pathways. Madonna also
processes students and clients for the CREW Center, while providing support for
the Metropolitan College student development team by processing Student Agreements
and assisting with GE 101 classes.
Prior to joining Metropolitan College, Madonna retired from the United States Air
Force after 20 years of service. Madonna holds an AA from Okaloosa Walton Community
College, Fort Walton Beach, FL; a BA from McKendree College, Louisville, KY; and
is presently enrolled in graduate school at Spalding University, Louisville, KY.
Anna O’Connell, Administrative Associate, is first point of
contact for Metropolitan Colleges and CREW downtown office. She directs visitors
and students seeking Metro College and CREW services to appropriate staff or to
one of our affiliate partners, Ultra and Health Career Pathways. In addition, Anna
provides payroll and HR support to the unit.
Jason Polete, IT Project Lead for Metropolitan College, oversees general
computer maintenance and tech support, develops and maintains web-based applications,
maintains and updates the public web site for Metropolitan College and CREW career
center and also maintains the web-based management system for the CREW client database.
Jason developed the intranet portal that connects all Metropolitan College staff
and partners and maintains the computer labs for Student Development Team and CREW
client services. Prior to joining Metropolitan College, Jason provided IT consulting
and development for the Kentucky Council on Economic Education and provided free-lance
web development services for other clients. Jason holds an Associate of Applied
Science in Computer Information Systems from Jefferson Community and Technical College,
a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Louisville, and a Master
of Science in Human Resource Education from the University of Louisville. He serves
on the IT Advisory Committee for Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville,
Daniel Blevins is an I.T. Specialist at Metropolitan College.
Daniel manages database design, software development, and computer hardware maintenance.
Dick McLaughlin, recruitment coordinator, has extensive experience
in educational program development and implementation in the Community College and
Adult Education arena including recruitment and retention of nontraditional students
and has twenty-five years’ teaching experience in the Adult Education and
Family Literacy. Dick represents Metropolitan College throughout the state with
recruitment strategies that have impacted the continued support and growth of the
program. Dick spends September and October visiting Kentucky high schools from Pikeville
to Paducah, as well as attending regional and local College Fairs, spreading the
word about the educational opportunities available to students participating in
the Metropolitan College program. Dick is a member of the Kentucky Association of
Secondary Counselors and Admission Counselors and the National Council on Student
Development. Dick holds an A.A, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill MA.;
BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA; M.Ed. Boston University.