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LEWISBURG, WV -

Lucie Refsland, a professor of mathematics at the Greenbrier Valley campus of New River Community and Technical College, has been elected vice chairwoman of the West Virginia Advisory Council of Faculty.

The council was established by the Legislature to advise it on higher education. The body, composed of one faculty member from each of the 22 public institutions of higher education, also provides advice to the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education in the development of policies and matters pertaining to higher education.

Refsland has been New River's representative on the council since 2008. She joined the faculty of Greenbrier Community College Center, now the Greenbrier Valley campus of New River, as an adjunct instructor in 1973. She became a full-time faculty member in 1988.

She has held the rank of professor since 2001 and is the senior ranking faculty member of New River. She serves as adviser to the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the premier honor society for two-year colleges. 

Also at New River, Tiffanie Snyder has joined the school's faculty as an instructor of allied health at its Beckley campus. She will teach classes and coordinate the Beckley site of the New River School of Practical Nursing.

Snyder most recently worked as education coordinator for Fresenius Medical Care of North America, where she was responsible for 15 chronic dialysis units and seven acute dialysis units in southern West Virginia and western Virginia. She is certified in nephrology nursing.

A resident of Mt. Hope, Snyder earned a degree in practical nursing from the Academy of Careers and Technology in Beckley, an associate's degree in nursing from Bluefield State College and a bachelor's degree in nursing from West Virginia University.

New River also has announced the hiring of three new instructors on the Greenbrier Valley campus.

Carol Evans has been named instructor of allied health and site coordinator for the School of Practical Nursing. Evans most recently served as chief nursing officer at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree, S.C. She was chief nursing officer at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center from 2003 to 2008. Evans earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Delaware in Newark. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. She lives in Lewisburg.

Pocahontas County resident Rebecca Clayton has joined the faculty as a visiting instructor of developmental math. Prior to joining New River, she served as an adjunct instructor in Mountain State University's Spectrum sciences program for six years. She also has been a substitute teacher and adult basic education instructor in Pocahontas County. 

Clayton earned bachelor's degrees in English and biology from Iowa State University, a master's in entomology from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in biology from George Washington University. 

Lisa Carter, who has served on the GVC faculty as an instructor of developmental mathematics since 2011, has been named visiting instructor of cosmetology and director of the new cosmetology program. In addition to her teaching career, Carter is a professional cosmetologist and has owned Hair Fantastic in Ronceverte for the past 30 years. 

Carter earned a bachelor's degree in early/middle education with a specialization in mathematics from Bluefield State College and a master's degree in education curriculum and instruction from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. She is a resident of Frankford.

Sheila Decker has been named a visiting instructional specialist in the cosmetology program. A resident of Frankford, Decker has been a professional cosmetologist for 30 years. She is a graduate of Simmons Beauty Academy and has more than 2,000 hours of training in the field.

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