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.

Kathy Childress

Coordinator, Business Office / Administrative Dean
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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

Librarian
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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.

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.

Jessica Norby

Adjunct Instructor
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I am a 2003 graduate of Pendleton High School, and obtained a Diploma in Phlebotomy from Greenville Technical College in 2005 and an Associate Degree in Liberal Studies from Spartanburg Methodist College. I made the decision to concentrate in the medical field and attended Forrest College, graduating in 2009 with an Associate in Science Degree in Medical Assisting. I have been employed as a Certified Medical Assistant since for 10 years. In addition to being a Certified Medical Assistant, I am a certified in First-Aid, CPR/AED. I am an Adjunct Instructor in Allied Health at FC, teaching courses in Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, and Medical Lab Techniques. I have a passion to teach and to guide others in their career path, which I find challenging, but very rewarding.

Carol Tamaklo

Nurse Assisting Lead Instructor
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I am a Registered Nurse, with 20+ years’ experience. I graduated from North Olmsted High School, Ohio, and have a love for nursing. I attended and graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and continued my education, graduating from Concordia University with a Master’s in Education. I am a certified Registered Nurse, have a teaching certification, am a Certified Nurse Assisting Instructor, BLS, and Professional Rescuer Instructor. I teach courses in the FC Allied Health Program, as well as the Nurse Assisting Program. I have a passion for nursing, teaching and teaching others and am excited for the opportunity to teach at Forrest College and help others in a fulfilling career in the medical field.

Mary Beth Parilla

Adjunct Instructor, Business Law
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I have practiced in the SC Family Court system since 2008 and has appeared in over 1,000 court hearings and trials to date in courts in the upstate of South Carolina. My experiences include  defending parents in Termination of Parental Rights actions and had appeared as a presented in numerous South Carolina Children’s Law Center’s Continuing Legal Education program and serves as a private Guardian ad Litem in child custody actions. I am a published author in “A Federal Perspective: The Second Amendment as a Fundamental Aspect of Liberty” and I am actively involved with college students and coaches regarding college recruitment and I am a negotiator for student employment-related agreements with the NCAA.

Charley Holden

Adjunct Instructor, Business Administration & Criminal Justice
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Charley Holden holds a B.S in Sociology from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Management from Southern Wesleyan University. I have worked as a Probation and Parole Agent for the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for 13 years. I am presently the Director/Counselor of the SC ACCELERATE Adult Postsecondary Transition Center at Tri-County Technical College.

Jason Nixon

Jason Nixon Adjunct Instructor, Information Technology
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I graduated from TL Hanna High School in 1990 and attended Anderson University, TriCounty Technical College and Greenville Technical College, leading to numerous certifications in Computer Information Technology (IT). I have been in the IT field for over 17 years, working in the areas of hardware/software, operating systems, project management, ERP, and other related areas. I am certified CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, InfoSec, Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE) and other related areas. I work full time in the IT field and am a part-time Adjunct Instructor with Forrest College teaching courses in IT Security, Networking, Computer Forensics, IT Support. I am married and reside in Anderson, SC. I am very happy to be able to work with Forrest College, to share my knowledge, experiences and to guide the students in their chosen career path in Information Technology.

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.

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 computer 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.