Holmes Community College is proud to announce that four of its employees - Stephanie Diffey, Amanda Kay Kelly, Bronwyn Martin, and Slade Redwine - recently graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA). The MCCLA is organized around the practical needs for future community college leaders, specific to the Mississippi community college system. The program was developed in 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system.
Diffey, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) director, has been a member of the Holmes family since 2000. She began her career at the college as an adjunct instructor and started working at Holmes full-time in 2004. Diffey has served as a mathematics instructor, ACT COMPASS Test coordinator, and PreCore Studies department chair before advancing into her current roles. She has also worked as a textbook reviewer and contributor for Hawkes Learning Systems and as an outreach coordinator for the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.
A graduate of Mississippi State, Diffey earned her bachelor's in secondary education and her master's in curriculum and instruction, both with an emphasis in mathematics. She has also completed additional graduate studies in mathematics at MSU and is currently working toward completing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Mississippi. She is married to Steve Diffey and has five children: Ethan, son, 18; Tyler, stepson, 16; Noah, son, 15; Jesse, daughter, 13, and Anna, stepdaughter, 12. The Diffeys are active in Main Street Baptist Church in Goodman, where Stephanie serves as the director of music and as a vocalist/pianist. She also serves as director of music for the Holmes County Baptist Association.
Kelly, a history and political science instructor on the Ridgeland Campus, has worked at Holmes for 11 years. She teaches Western Civilization I and II, American History I and II, American National Government, and State and Local Government. Kelly is also highly involved in the campus voter registration drive held district-wide each year to encourage faculty, staff and students to vote. She earned her bachelor's degree in history and physical education from Blue Mountain College followed by her master's in history and political science from Mississippi College. Kelly taught at MC until coming to Holmes in 2005.
Kelly is a member of the Mississippi Historical Society and has spoken on several occasions at local churches about elections and the electoral process. She also plays on several tennis teams around the Jackson/Madison area. Kelly has two children; Callie 20, and Neil, 19, who just finished his freshman year at Holmes. Callie lives in Nashville, and just finished her sophomore year at Holmes through eLearning.
Martin, director of marketing and recruiting, works on the Holmes Ridgeland Campus. She previously served as an ABE/GED instructor and workforce development coordinator at Holmes before moving up into her current role. Prior to working for Holmes, Martin worked in The Career Center at the University of Mississippi as a career planning specialist and instructor. Martin is a graduate of Ole Miss where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's in higher education and student personnel. She has also completed additional graduate studies in the MBA program there, and worked as a graduate assistant for the Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance.
An active member of the Madison/Jackson community, Martin is a member of the Junior League of Jackson, the Professional Women's Association, and is a former member of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, the Capital Area Human Resource Association, and former vice president of professional development for the American Society of Training and Development. She and her husband, Brandon, have two children: Presley Ann, 8, and Murray Hudson, 4.
Redwine, workforce development coordinator on the Grenada Campus, has been employed with Holmes since 2007. In addition to his role as coordinator, he has also served as an adjunct career technical instructor teaching Graphic Communications - AutoCAD. Prior to Holmes, Redwine worked as a manufacturing engineer for BorgWarner in Water Valley for four years, and as a tool designer for three. He is a 2016 graduate of the Mississippi Development Authority Ambassadors Program and a 2013 graduate of the Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development Presentation Bootcamp.
Redwine earned his master's degree in workforce education leadership from Mississippi State University, his bachelor's in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University, and his associate degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College in tool and die technology. He is an active member Emmanuel Baptist Church, a youth sports coach, and enjoys gardening in his free time. He and his wife, Pamela, have two children: Abby, 10, and Andy, 8.