Shirley Madison grew up in Charlotte County, Virginia, and graduated from Prince Edward Academy in Farmville, Virginia. She began her college career at Southside Virginia Community College, earning an Associate of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1975. While attending SVCC, she vividly remembers a friendly and enthusiastic faculty who were very student-oriented.
Lewis Jones, a Randolph Henry High School graduate, grew up in Red Oak, VA on a local tobacco farm. After high school, he worked for a year at Cardinal Homes in Wylliesburg, VA. Lewis was then afforded the opportunity to attend college at the newly opened, close to home, Southside Virginia Community College.
Martessia Hill serves as the Training Specialist for JEB Little Creek/Fort Story Child & Youth Programs with the Department of Navy in VA Beach, VA. She’s responsible for providing in-service trainings to staff and ensuring that the programs are inspection ready at all times. In this position, she has the opportunity to travel with her team to several Naval Bases throughout the U.S. providing training, updates on safety policies/procedures and best practices.
John Davis serves as senior vice president and market executive at Citizens Community Bank (CCB). He primarily services the bank’s Virginia market with business banking, commercial lending services and agricultural lending. CCB is headquartered in South Hill and operates branches in south central Virginia and northern North Carolina.
Paliden L. Blakeney graduated from Eastern Senior High School located in Northeast, DC in 1991. After completing a short career in the military and having two children he moved to Virginia.
Eric Whitmore graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting and Design Technology (1977). He grew up in Crewe (Nottoway County) and graduated from Nottoway Senior High School. After SVCC, he joined the Virginia State Highway Department in Richmond as a drafter and helped develop designs for highways and bridges.
Jennah Gunter began her formal education in her community’s home school co-op, which she completed through the eighth grade. She finished the SVCC Middle College in 2012 where she attained her General Educational Development (GED®) credential. Jennah graduated from SVCC in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences General Studies and her General Education Certificate. She then transferred to Longwood University where she has just completed her junior year majoring in English. She is minoring in Psychology.
Christopher Nelson graduated with honors from Southside Virginia Community College on Saturday, May 16, 2015! In the fall, he will enter The College of William and Mary, majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. He intends to continue on to medical school with the goal of specializing in dermatology.
Scott Lewis graduated from Nottoway High School in 1993 and graduated from SVCC in 1996 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. While at SVCC, he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Scott transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University, from where he graduated in 1998, double majoring in Finance and Economics.
Raised in Nottoway County’s Blackstone in a family of ten children, Zelda D. Tucker-Dugger found her calling in the educational field. After graduating from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate in Applied Science in business management, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Education in guidance degrees from Virginia State University.