Faculty & Staff

Jesse L. Harris, Jr.

Academic Dean / Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
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I was born and raised in Anderson, SC, graduating from Crescent HS, Iva, SC in 1972. I entered the US Air Force during Vietnam as a Security Policeman, which was the start of my law enforcement career. I was Honorably Discharged in 1974 and worked for the Iva and Anderson Police Departments until 1978. In that year, I re-entered active duty service with the US Army, serving as an aviator in Germany and Fort Bragg, NC. In 1982, I was selected, and became a Special Agent with the US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) with assignments at Fort Bragg, Grenada, Korea, Germany, Fort Jackson, Alaska, Fort Irwin, the Pentagon, Kuwait (Desert Storm/Desert Shield), Panama and finally retired as a Special Agent-Chief Warrant Officer Two in 1993. I received an AA Degree in Criminal Justice, Tri-County Technical College (1976), a BS Degree in Criminal Justice, University of the State of New York (1982) and a MA Degree in Management, Webster University (1997). I am also a graduate of the US Air Force Security Police School, US Army Military Police School, US Army CID Course, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, SC Criminal Justice Academy, NC Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy. Upon my retirement from the US Army, I held positions as a Patrol Officer, Criminal Investigator/Detective, Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant, Police Captain, Division Commander, Assistant Police Chief and Police Chief. I have taught as an Adjunct Instructor in all areas of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University, Central Texas College, Tri-County Technical College, Southeastern Community College, Spartanburg Community College and Forrest College. I am married and have a son, daughter and two step-sons. I am proud to be part of the Forrest College family, whose outstanding and professional approach is dedicated to the success of each and every student. I am here to assist you, my students, in any way possible that might help you to achieve your academic and career goals. I pledge to take a serious interest in you, your education and, ultimately, to assist you in meeting your career objectives.

David Scott Peterson, Administrative Dean / IT Services Manager, Forrest College, Anderson South Carolina
David Scott Peterson

Administrative Dean / Manager IT Services
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I am the currently serving as the Administrative Dean and IT Services Manager at Forrest College. I was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, but have lived in the Anderson area for most of my life. After graduating from B-HP, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where I served for six years as a combat photographer. While enlisted, I had the opportunity to attend the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Academy as a Sergeant. Several years after completing my enlistment, I opened a small business in Pendleton, South Carolina as a photographer.
I am a graduate of Forrest College. I chose Forrest to further my education by pursuing an Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Repair and Service. I earned my degree and then passed the examination to become recognized as an A+ Certified Computer Repair Technician through Comp TIA. I also went on to become a Microsoft Office Specialist. During the time that I was pursuing my degree, I was employed by the College as a work-study student assigned to FC Computer Training, Service, and Sales (FC Comp). The opportunity to work in the field of study for which I was training was invaluable.
Upon graduation, the College offered me a full-time position at FC Comp and the opportunity to instruct students in Computer Repair and MS Office Applications. I was promoted to IT Services Manager, and served in this position for about a year before the Board offered me the position of Administrative Dean. I agreed to accept the role with their guidance. I am very happy to be part of the Forrest College family, and look forward to assisting the students, faculty, and staff with any of their needs.

June Peterson

Assistant to the Academic and Administrative Deans / Finance and Records Office Coordinator
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“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”         ― Henry Ford

I was born in Delaware and when I was very young, my father took a job with a large computer company. As a result, I had the amazing opportunity to live in areas around Chicago, Dallas, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles before going to Sonoma State University near San Francisco, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Human Development in three and a half years, while being a Program Coordinator and Developer for two volunteer programs that are still running today! After I received my BA, I moved all through the beautiful mountainous landscape of the wine country in Sonoma County, California. During this time, I started working in multiple departments of a telecom company and quickly moved to the human resources department, earning my designation as a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
In 2004, I moved to South Carolina in search for green hills year round and a lower cost of living. Here, I became the lead educator to my four home schooled children, earned my real estate license, and became an active community service member through AmeriCorps with United Way of Anderson County. In 2013, I answered an advertisement for a small college needing a computer instructor. This was the beginning of my adventure with Forrest College!
I began with Forrest College as an Introduction to Computers adjunct instructor. The impact that a college could provide through personalized instruction and individualized attention to their students intrigued me, and I immediately immersed myself in the welcoming and family like atmosphere of Forrest College. Through time, I learned more about the college and transitioned to Administrative Dean, and later, Academic Dean, where I have had the incredible opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to help our students reach their personal and professional goals.
Each and every day Forrest College, “the Small College that makes a Big Difference”, is making an impact and changing futures, changing lives, one student at a time!
Our students know that we are here for them and that if they can put their mind to it, they can accomplish anything. We are here to help!
Forrest College is truly the small college that can make a big difference in your life.

Kathy Childress

Coordinator, Business Office
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I am married and have three daughters. My husband and I enjoy our farms and family life. We live in Laurens where our family has small business and I commute to Anderson weekly to work with our students and work from home the remainder of the week. My hobby is gardening and I especially like growing flowers. I have worked with Forrest College since 1997 where I began as a computer lab assistant to Charles Palmer. I have worked in the Financial Aid and Business Office since 1999. I love my work in the Business Office because everyday is a new challenge. I believe in Forrest College, we provide students with a quality education and I am proud to be a member of the Forrest College Team.

Theresa Pearson

Medical Assisting Program Coordinator
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I am a 2002 Medical Assistant graduate of Forrest College. I have been working in my chosen field since graduation and decided in 2013 to pursue a degree in Nursing. I completed my ADN in 2015 from Greenville Tech. I have a passion to teach others and guide them in finding a career path that is versatile and rewarding.

Celina Chastain

Assistant Medical Assisting Program Coordinator
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I was born and grew up in Anderson, SC. I’ve been married for 24 years. We have three children and seven grandchildren. Over the years, I worked with Anderson County Public Safety as an E-911 telecommunicator and with Med-Shore Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Technician/MTT. I earned my first associate degree in Healthcare Reimbursement at Virginia College in 2011. I earned my second associate degree in Medical Assisting at Forrest College in 2013. Like many Forrest College students, I also completed the requirements to earn a diploma in Phlebotomy. Upon graduation, I successfully passed the examination and became a Certified Medical Assistant. (CMA(AAMA)). I also passed the examination to become certified as a phlebotomist (CPT(ASCP)). I am certified to teach Basic Life Support (BLS/American Red Cross/American Heart Association).
I became a Medical Assisting Instructor in June 2013. I enjoy being a part of my student’s future, guiding them towards a career that will change their lives.

John Moore, Forrest College Associate Science Degree in Information Technology Program Coordinator poses for a photo taken by David Scott Peterson.
John Moore

Coordinator, Information Technology Programs
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I have a Masters in Information Technology at American Intercontinental University, a Bachelors in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia, and am working on my EdS at Liberty University. I have been an educator in secondary education and have experience in student management for over 10 years. I work closely with college administrators and Program Advisory Committee members in the areas of occupational education development pertaining to the I.T. program.

Joe Chester

Coordinator, Business Administration Programs
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Hello, my name is Joe Chester and I am the Coordinator of the Business Administration Program. I graduated from Voorhees College in May 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. I continued my education and received my Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship in August 2012 from Ashford University. I then pursued and earned my Masters of Education in May 2010 from Grand Canyon University. I have been in education for over fifteen years. I enjoy working with and helping every student strive to achieve his or her greatest potential and reach their personal and professional goals. “If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.” —John Barrow

Brandy Roscoe

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu
I am originally from the Chesterfield/Patrick, SC area. I graduated from Coker College with a BA in Psychology and minor in Communications in 2008 and received my MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2012. I am currently the Library Information Services Coordinator at Forrest College and also supervise the GED and tutoring programs. In addition, I teach Keyboarding, and create the college’s newsletter. One of our goals at Forrest College is to assist students in taking steps to where they want to go by helping them along the way. The GED program is an entryway to our college programs for those who just have an extra step to take to prepare for college.

Stephanie Garrett

Admissions Representative
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I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to Anderson County, South Carolina, in 1989 and graduated from Belton Hone Path High School. I enrolled at Professional Career Development Institute to pursue studies in Computer Repair Technology, completing their diploma program in 2006. When both of my children had almost finished high school in 2016, I decided that I was going to continue my education. I applied and was accepted to Forrest College in September 2015, working towards my Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. While pursuing my degree, I was also employed as a work study student at Forrest in December 2015. I completed my Criminal Justice Associate Degree in 2016. I am now employed fulltime at Forrest College as an Admissions Representative, working to assist others complete the admissions process so that they can work towards their goals as I have. I am currently pursuing another associate degree in Information Technology at Forrest.

Jennifer Rogers

Admissions Representative
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I was born in Atlanta, GA and my family moved to Belton, SC in 1989. I attended Westside High School. I married in 2001 and moved to Belgium shortly after the birth of my first daughter. It was there that I realized that I needed to further my educational goals. I moved back to the U.S. in 2003, and promptly enrolled in the Business program at Forrest College. I graduated Forrest College in 2005 after the birth of my second daughter. I continued to Ashford University in 2011 where I earned my BA in Psychology in 2014, and continued my education and earned my MBA from Ashford University in 2016. Now, I have come full circle back to where it all started, and I am pursuing my career at Forrest College. I am working in Admissions with the goal of helping other people realize their educational goals and help them on their journey to achieve their goals. I love Business, and having the opportunity to educate and inspire people is a genuine passion for me.

LT. Tyrone Williams

Campus Security Officer
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I assist in the Criminal Justice Program here at FC. I also teach some of the classes for that program. I graduated from Anderson University with a Masters in Criminal Justice degree in 2012. In addition to teaching here I work for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Students who enroll in the Criminal Justice Program may seek initial employment or career advancement opportunities in police, sheriff’s, or other law enforcement offices; jails or prisons as detention, correctional, or probation officers; corporate security; public safety; private investigation; or insurance investigation.

Janie Turmon

Officer, Student Support Services
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My name is Janie Turmon, and I will likely be the first individual that you’ll see and meet when you walk through our front doors. I’ll greet you and introduce you to Forrest College, the place where I first started my studies as a work study student while I was pursuing my Associate Degree in Business Administration. I graduated with my degree in 1999 and have been with the College ever since, working in admissions and helping individuals who are interested in improving their lives better understand the benefits that taking their studies at Forrest College will bring to themselves. My years of association with Forrest College have been positive. I am very grateful to be a part of an educational institution that is a pillar to the community as well as a place where individuals can come to make a big difference in their lives.

Betty Campbell

Nurse Assisting Program Consultant
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I started taking nursing classes at the age of 17 at Spartanburg General Hospital’s School of Nursing. I have work experiences at Woodruff Hospital, Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, Blue Ridge Nursing Home in Easley, and at National HealthCare Corp in Anderson. In the late 80’s, I decided to retire but it didn’t last long. I went back to work at a local nursing home, and then joined Forrest College. I currently serve as the program coordinator for the Nursing Assistant Program and have been with the College for at least 15 years.

Teresa Morgan, BSN, NA Instructor

Nurse Assisting Program
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Jerry McAllister

FC Comp Manager
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I was born in Toledo, OH, and grew up in NJ. I attended college at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where I majored in Mathematics. I then enlisted in the Navy and served primarily in the Pacific, with two short stints on the Atlantic coast. I retired in 1993 and have worked in computers services ever since. I’m A+ Certified Repair Technician and it is my responsibility to see that the College computer and related equipment stays up and running. FC Comp is part of the Forrest College family and we offer Computer Training, Service, and Sales to our student body as well as to the Community at large. If you are studying computer repair or computer networking, you’ll likely spend time at FCComp gaining hands-on experience with me.

Debra Evett

Childcare Coordinator
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Hello! I am Debra Evett, the Childcare Coordinator at Forrest College. I have an AASB with an Emphasis in Childcare Management from Forrest College. The College offers free Childcare for the children of our students while our students attend classes. The onsite Childcare works out wonderfully for our students because they can check in on their child/children while they attend their classes. I have worked with children for 20+ years and I enjoy the new adventures that they bring to the room daily.

Karen Fanning

Assistant to Childcare Coordinator
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Hi, my name is Karen Fanning and I am the Assistant to the Childcare Coordinator here at Forrest College.
I was born in Greenville SC, and grew up in Simpsonville. I moved to Anderson to start my family and married my husband in 2007. We have four children and have bought a house in Belton. I received my GED in 2007 at Anderson Adult Ed soon after which I found Forrest College and started my studies as soon as I could. I started with my AAS/MA in September of 2009 and finished in September of 2011. I also received my AAS/BA and finished in 2013.
I never thought that I would go to college but Forrest College gave me a tremendous amount of support that made it easy for me to complete my studies. Knowing that my children were taken care of at the free child care that Forrest provides its students while we attend classes helped me to better focus on my studies. Having small classes made it easy to ask questions and possible to listen to others and their thoughts during class. I found my instructors and the staff at Forrest College to be very supportive.
I am excited to join the Forrest College staff and I look forward to doing what I can to help the parents be at ease with leaving their children with us while they attend their classes.