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MCRPA Spotlight 
July 2021 Member Spotlight Features Burcu Crothers.

Burcu Crothers

How long have you worked at Montgomery College, and what is your current role and department?

I have worked at MC full time since January 2006. I began my career at the College as a Student Assistant in Biology/Chemistry Lab in Germantown. There was a Temp opening, and I got hired as a temp without benefit, a few months later, the position I was in got advertised, and I applied. That position was Administrative Aid in BSMaT (all the memories). Years later, I used to Admin Aide III position in Rockville and moved closer to my home. I am currently an Executive Assistant I and provide administrative support to the Dean of Science, Engineering, and Technology.

How long have you been in your current profession?

I celebrated fifteen years at the College in January 2021.

What is your favorite thing about working at MC?

Diversity! It has been a wonderful experience being a student at MC; it brightened my horizon.  Seeing different students and employees bring such diverse talents and perspectives together is truly unique.

What are you currently passionate about?

I am passionate about travel. I always went back to Turkey whenever I got a chance and missed out on seeing other places. Now, I got a travel bug in me, and I can't wait to see the rest of the world. We learn so much by traveling and meeting new people.

What is one goal you hope to achieve this year?

We may not remember this but surviving Covid 19 is my goal. Physically and mentally. This pandemic has been a challenging year for a lot of people.

Who has impressed you most with what they've accomplished?

It is my mom who turned 89 (God bless her).  She has been a single mom to 3 girls, and the youngest is me.  I was 8 when we lost our father in an accident.  She has been the piece that holds us all together. It is even more challenging in a third-world country to be a single mom and never fail your family.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

If money is not an issue, they should travel out of their country. They will come back more confident and creative. If I have to pick something cheaper, see a Broadway show!

What profession did you want to work in when you were younger?

I wanted to become a lawyer.  I mean, there were three options by society; doctor, lawyer, or failure.  I still think I would be a good one, but we won't know that now…

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years?

In 20 years, I would be traveling or taking care of my rescue animals at my farm.

What do you enjoy the most about MCRPA?

They bring you out of your comfort zone. For some of us, it is a necessity. 


Previous Spotlights

July - Burcu Crothers,  Executive Assistant I to the Dean of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Burcu Crothers' Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

June - Kaylin Nguyen,  Administrative Assistant to the Dean in ELAP, Linguistics, and Communication Studies
Kaylin Nguyen Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

May - Patricia Polimadei, Achieving Collegiate Excellence & Success (ACES) Coach
Patricia Polimadei Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

April - Stacy Ford, Accessible Technology Coordinator
Stacy Ford Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

March - Hoa Nguyen, Professor of Economics
Hoa Nguyen Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

February - Sean Wright, Career Navigator, America’s Promise IT Grant
Sean Wright Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

January - Colleen Dolak, Alumni Relations Manager to Annual Fund Manager
Colleen Dolak Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

December - Beth Reilly, Student Employment Specialist, Student Employment Services
Beth Reilly Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

November - Ar Kar Kyaw Win, MCTV Programming and Database Technology Analyst
Ar Kar Kyaw Win Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

October - Maria Moreno, Enrollment & Student Access Specialist, Raptor Central
Maria Moreno Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

February - Kimberly Robinson, Program Coordinator for the Adult ESOL & Literacy Grant Program (AELG)
Kimberly Robinson Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

January - Elysse Meredith, Germantown Writing, Reading, and Language Center's Interim Manager
Elysse Meredith's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) | Elysse Meredith's Spotlight Videonew window

December - Michele Knight, Instructional Designer, ELITE
Michele Knight's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) | Michele Knight's Spotlight Videonew window

November - Nancy Newton, Special Programs Director, Workforce Development & Continuing Education
Nancy Newton's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

October - Patricia Polimadei, Community Engagement Specialist II for the Office of Advancement & Community Engagement
Patricia Polimadei's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

September - Nik Sushka, Rockville Campus Service-Learning Coordinator
Nik Sushka's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) | Nik Sushka's Spotlight Videonew window

August - Ja'Bette Lozupone, Director for the Achieving the Promise initiatives
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July - Nghi Nguyen, Web and Multimedia Specialist, ELITE
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June - Ashley Roberts, HR Internal Consultant, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
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May - Christine Tracey, Library Manager, Rockville Campus Library
Christine Tracey's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

April - Carroll Rollman, Administrative Aide III, Associate SVP of Advancement and Community Engagement, Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs
Carroll Rollman's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

March - Eniola Olowofoyeku, Program Operations Coordinator for the International and Multicultural Student Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Eniola Olowofoyeku's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

February - Carla Best-Otubu, Assistant Professor
Carla Best-Otubu's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

December - Chauncy Butcher, Director of Student Life
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November - Elizabeth Schlackman,  Collection Development Librarian, TP/SS campus
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October - Ramica Allen,  Administrative Aide III, Office of Facilities
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September - Tori Strickland, Program Manager - Tech Hire, IT Training Program
Tori Strickland's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

August - Katie Kelpy, Germantown Campus Registrar, Office of Enrollment Services
Katie Kelpy's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

April - Maria Adams Davidson, Associate Compliance Specialist, Compliance, Risk, and Ethics Office
Maria Adams Davidson's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

March - Charles Washington, English Faculty
Charles Washington's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

February - Tara Belasco, WDCE
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December - Miriam Laufer, Manager,  Writing, Reading, and Language (WRL) Center, Germantown Campus
Miriam Laufer's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

October - Arkar Kyaw-Win, MCTV
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September - Tiffany Copeland, Associate Professor, Broadcast Media Production Program 
Tiffany Copeland's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

August - Kathleen Taltavull Boyer, Senior Human Resources Specialist
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July - Asia Lunn, Assistant Professor and Counseling Faculty
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June - Melvin McDonald, Public Safety Supervisor, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus
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May - Vanessa Flora-Nakoski, Instructional Associate, Rockville Writing, Reading, & Language Center
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April - Edesa Ashourian, HR Specialist
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February - Alejandro Leopardi, Associate Professor
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January - Matt Wilson, Program Assistant, Workforce Development & Continuing Education’s (WD&CE), Health Science Department
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December - Maria Moreno, Customer Service Representative, Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WD&CE)
Maria Moreno's Spotlight (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

November - Eniola Olowofoyeku, Program Operations Coordinator, International and
Multicultural Student Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
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October - Jeremi Lecuyer, Customer Service Representative, WDCE
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September - Victoria Schneider, Assistant Professor
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August - Kaylin Nguyen, Community Use Scheduler
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July - Noah Saposnik, MC Foundation
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April - Laurie Williams, Nursing Academic Progression Manager
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March - Ashley Babcock, Rockville Campus, Learning Center Assistant Manager
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February - Liliana Rojas, Wellness Coordinator
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January - Matthew Ratz, Adjunct Professor
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December - Margaret Horton, Administrative Aide for the Office of Academic Initiatives
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November - Angie Lawver, Associate Professor
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