The Thomas Nelson Community College Board welcomed two new members during its Sept. 26 meeting at the Hampton campus. The Board includes 14 members from six localities in the College’s service area and acts in an advisory capacity to Thomas Nelson President John Dever and the State Board for Community Colleges.
Mary Ann Maimone joins the College Board representing James City County and Jonathan Romero, Hampton. Eager to serve, they bring rich backgrounds in education and civic participation to the College.
“I look forward to drawing on my experience in our community both in higher education as well as community engagement to contribute to Thomas Nelson,” said Maimone, a former member and vice chair of the Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) School Board.
A 2011 Thomas Nelson graduate, Romero is excited about the opportunity to contribute in an advisory capacity having gained the foundation for his healthcare career from the College. “I am looking forward to supporting the [College’s] mission … It is my goal to serve the Board by articulating and representing the public interest of the City of Hampton, and to help in establishing a climate for learning for the students that we serve,” he said, noting that starting his college education at Thomas Nelson inspired him to establish a scholarship for nursing students through its Educational Foundation in 2011.
Maimone, now a human resources manager for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment -Busch Gardens, has more than 20 years of experience in college and university administration with recent service as an interim regional dean and admissions specialist in William & Mary’s (W&M) Undergraduate Admission Office. Also while at W&M she was a writing consultant for its Mason School of Business. A James City County Leadership Academy graduate, she has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Miami University. She believes her diverse professional background coupled with her dedication to civic engagement will factor greatly into her service on Thomas Nelson’s Board.
“I hope to build on the already strong support of TNCC in our communities as the Board continues to identify community needs that TNCC in positioned to address,” she stated. “While serving on the WJCC school board I saw first-hand the remarkable benefit of the dual enrollment program with students able to gain college credit while still in high school. Additionally, as a human resource manager I see the critical role TNCC plays in both work place readiness as well.”
Romero, who is a Hampton University nursing instructor and Sentara School of Health Professions graduate, is a staunch advocate for career and technical education knowing from experience the benefits such an education affords.
“The opportunity and education that I received as an adult learner has afforded me the opportunity to serve the local community as a registered nurse. Because of the foundation that I received at TNCC, I have continued my education,” he said.
A board certified registered surgical assistant, Romero is pursuing doctoral studies at Boston’s Regis College. In addition to an associate of science degree in nursing, he has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fort Hays State University and a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in nursing education from Walden University.
Learn more about the Thomas Nelson's Board at tncc.edu/board. Its next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 12. General board meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.