OJC Press Release ID: 2557

Friday, September 2, 2016


OJC announces new staff
 
With the start of a new academic year, Otero Junior College is proud to announce the addition of several new staff members.

Shawn Borton, originally from Pueblo, has joined the IT staff in the role of Technologist. He will be assisting with a variety of technology-related projects around campus as well as troubleshooting day to day issues.

Borton has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Colorado State University - Pueblo. He came to OJC from the East Otero School District where he worked for seven years as a sixth and seventh grade reading teacher and, most recently, for three years as Tech director.

He accepted the position at OJC for the open environment and available opportunities for growth.  “I hope to continue to expand and improve my technological skills,” said Borton.

Outside of work, Borton enjoys running and computers. 

Chris Eddy, La Junta, joined the grounds keeping team. He is responsible for landscaping, tree maintenance and grounds maintenance.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Eddy has worked as a self-employed contractor, East Otero School District carpenter, and as head of maintenance for Cheraw School District.

“I am proud to be a part of a team that makes our community shine,” said Eddy of his new position. “I hope to increase my greenhouse knowledge as well as my overall knowledge of trees and plants on campus and possibly move into building maintenance in the future.”

Happily married with four children, Eddy enjoys hunting, fishing and ATV riding in his time off. 

Tiana Eddy, La Junta, is the new coordinator of business office and bookstore purchasing. 

A recent OJC Associate of Arts graduate, Eddy was a work study in the Welcome Center at OJC and also worked at the Barista.

“I loved being a work study here at OJC, because everyone was so friendly and it was a great environment to work in,” said Eddy. “I hope to contribute as much as I can and be an asset to OJC.”

In her free time, Eddy enjoys camping, fishing and participating in any outdoor activity with her family. 

Chelsea Herasingh, Fort Collins, can be found in the library.  She serves as an Educational Resource Specialist. 

Herasingh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in general psychology and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Walden University.  She comes to OJC from Community College of Aurora, where she worked for the past 4.5 years as an adjunct instructor.

What drew Herasingh to OJC was the close-knit community, the campus environment and the wide open spaces of the Arkansas Valley. “I hope to help students and faculty develop information and digital literacy and to make research fun,” said Herasingh.

Married with two stepdaughters and three dogs, Herasingh enjoys fly fishing, hiking, camping, four-wheeling, baking, reading, volleyball and tennis in her spare time.

Karla Mendoza, Miami, Fla., took over this year as residence hall director.  Her duties include supervising student resident hall assistants, dealing with any issues on campus related to dorms and students who live there, managing the Wunsch Hall Club, and planning events for students.

Mendoza has an Associate of Arts degree in hospitality management from Miami-Dade College.  Prior to coming to OJC, she worked as a clerk/receptionist for the Otero County Department of Human Services. 

“Everyone is very welcoming at OJC and it feels kind of like a family,” said Mendoza. “It’s a beautiful campus and the staff and faculty really care about the kids who come here. I hope to make the students’ college experience a great one.  Hopefully with all of the events and gatherings, they will create awesome memories of their time at OJC.” 

Mendoza and her husband, Assistant Rattler Baseball Coach Greg Mendoza, enjoy traveling.

Lynette Ramirez, La Junta, is the new TRiO Student Support Services advisor and tutor. She will provide support for TRiO students with registration, mentorship, tutoring and other student services to ensure that students are as successful as possible. 

An alumna of OJC, Ramirez earned an Associate of Arts before transferring on to Oral Roberts University to study business administration with a minor in music technology. Prior to OJC, Ramirez worked as an adult case manager and early intervention service coordinator at Inspiration Field. 

“I am excited to come to OJC and do what I love to do in math and tutoring/advising,” said Ramirez. 

In her free time, Ramirez enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, playing Spades, and mountain biking.

Anne Taylor, Grove, Okla., is the new international student coordinator.  She will help facilitate international students’ transitions into American Culture and college life.

Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, radio and TV from Oklahoma State University.  She is currently working on her master’s degree through the UCCS Alternative Licensing program.
 
As a reporter, anchor and producer, Taylor has worked in Louisville, Ky., Tulsa, Okla., and Colorado Springs.  Most recently, she has served as a substitute teacher for Las Animas and Cheraw Schools.

“When I was in high school, we hosted several international students.  I was also an exchange student in Belgium. Since then, we have hosted a student in our home and I served as host mom,” said Taylor. “I am hoping to continue to learn new things and meet new people in this position.”

Outside of work, Taylor enjoys creative writing, photography, 4H, target shooting, cooking and singing.  She and husband, Chad, have a daughter, Hannah, two dogs and a herd of Taylor tabby barn cats.



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Shawn Borton, IT Tech

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Chris Eddy, Groundskeeper

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Tiana Eddy, Coordinator of Business Office and Bookstore Purchasing