Photo of Penny Williams Assistant Director Penny Williams - Assistant Director of Adult Education

Email: pennywilliams@joplinschools.org

Phone: 417-680-0004 Ext. 2061

Penny Williams began her career at Franklin Technology Center as an adjunct adult computer teacher in 1997, with an undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University in Vocational Education.  In 1998 she was promoted to coordinator of FTC's Adult Business and Computer Technology Program.  During that time, she continued her professional education and obtained a Master's Degree from MSU/MSSU.  After her degree completion and several years in the classroom, in 2011 she moved into recruitment and coordination of FTC's Adult Trade and Technology programs.  After working in that capacity for seven years, in 2018 she accepted the position as FTC's Assistant Director of Post-Secondary Education and is still in that position. 


Photo of Lori Clouse the Financial Aid Coordinator Lori Clouse - Financial Aid Coordinator

Lori Clouse serves as the Franklin Technology Center's Financial Aid Coordinator.  She has served as FTC's Staff Accountant for 13 years and recently moved into the Financial Aid Coordinator's position.  Lori's mission is to assist students in pursuing their educational goals and employ ability by helping the student and their families seek, obtain, and make the best use of all financial resources available to them. 

In Lori's spare time she enjoys time with her family as well as crafting and reading.


photo of Shawn Fowler Shawn Fowler - Staff Accountant

Shawn Fowler began working for Franklin Technology Center in February 2019 as the Effectiveness Coordinator.  She was promoted to Staff Accountant in July of 2019 and is currently still in that position. 

Besides working at FTC Shawn is also the Owner and photographer of Fowler's Fotos.  She has been married for 18 years. Shawn enjoys spending time with her family, especially at her kids sporting events.  She loves to go on bike rides and hikes with her family and loves getting to visit her daughter at college at the University of Missouri.


photo of Nikki Medley Nikki Medley - Effectiveness Coordinator

Nikki Medley started with Franklin Technology Center in March 2020 as the Effectiveness Coordinator.  She has over 16 years of administrative and management experience.

She has been married for 16 years and has 2 children.  In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

photo of Michelle Steverson  Michelle Steverson - Adult Education Resource Assistant

Photo of Leisa Nivens Leisa Harris - Medical Assistant Program Coordinator

Leisa joined Franklin Technology Center in 2001 as an instructor and the Externship Coordinator for the Medical Assistant program.  She has been the Medical Assistant Program Coordinator for the past fifteen years.  In addition to being the coordinator, she is also an instructor for some of the courses.  Her primary areas of teaching are coding, administrative medical procedures, and insurance and billing

Leisa holds numerous professional certifications.  She is a Registered Medical Assistant, Certified Professionals Coder, and a National Certified Medical Assistant.  She also has a teaching certificate from the State of Missouri.

One of Leisa's favorite duties as the program coordinator is meeting with prospective students and informing them about all of the great things FTC has to offer.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is hearing from past graduates and learning how Franklin Tech has changed their lives for the better.

photo of LeAnn  LeAnn Cummins - Program Coordinator for CNA and Phlebotomy Technician                                                                   Instructor for Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy Technician

LeAnn teaches the daytime Medical Assistant program and is the Coordinator for both the CNA and Phlebotomy Technician programs.  Her primary areas of teaching are Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Procedures, Pharmacology, and Phlebotomy.  She holds National Certifications in Phlebotomy Technician and Medical Assistant.

LeAnn enjoys training the students to draw blood, take vitals, and give injections.  When students graduate from the program, she takes pride in knowing her students can perform the duties in the medical field.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband doing outdoor activities.  She has four children and two grandchildren.

photo of Diana Warden  Diana Warden - Dental Assistant Coordinator, Instructor, and Clinical Coordinator

Diana is a Certified, Registered, and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant.  Her educational experience allows her to treat patients by performing certain procedures for the dentist, just as a physicians' assistant performs certain procedures for the physician.  Diana's education has been tested and approved by the American Dental Association and the Dental Assistants National Board.  She has assisted in general dentistry for over twenty-five years.  Her genuine care for the patient is one of her strong attributes.

Diana has been teaching the Dental Assistant Program at Franklin Technology Center at Missouri Southern State University since 2006, and she is also the Clinical Coordinator of the program.

Diana attended Missouri Southern State University and Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.  She received her teaching certificate from DESE.  Diana became a certified dental assistant from DANB in 2000.  She received her Expanded Functions in Prosthodontics and Direct Restorative from the American Dental Association in 2003.  Diana received her certification to Monitor Internal Conscious Sedation from UMKC School of Dentistry in 2005, and she received her certification to monitor Nitrous Oxide Sedation from Steven Skoch D.D.S. at the Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Fayetville, AR in 2006.  She received her Registered Dental Assistant Certification from American Medical Technologists in 2007.  She receved her certification to monitor Internal Conscious Sedation from DOCS Education in Minneapolis, MN in 2011.  She received her Expanded Functions in Orthodontics from the American Dental Association, and certification in Single Dose Sedation and Nitrous Oxide from DOCS Education in Dallas, TX in 2012.  Her continuing education keeps her current on all phases of new technology in dentistry.

photo of Katie Bozarth Katie Bozarth - Practical Nursing Coordinator

Katie Bozarth, RN, has been a nurse for 18 years.  After graduation, Katie served as an ICU nurse for a short amount of time before discovering her love for school nursing.  As a school nurse, she cared for students, families, and staff.  She was also an Instructor for the American Heart Association teaching BLS/first-aid.  She graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College with her associate degree in nursing and then later graduated with her  BSN from Northeastern State University in  Tahlequah, OK.  Katie discovered that she had a passion for teaching while providing instruction to her students and staff.  She serves as the coordinator for the Practical Nursing program and provides instruction to Practical Nursing Students in the practical vocational concept course.  

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her boys participate in various activities, as well as singing, reading, and crafting.


photo of Jodi Stewart Jodi Stewart - Practical Nursing Instructor

Jodi Stewart has been a Registered Nurse since 2009.  Her experience in nursing includes Medical/Surgical, Ortho/Neuro, wound care, post-partum, home health and hospice, and most recently being a school nurse.  She discovered her love for teaching early in her nursing career after being asked to precept for nurses in clinical rotations and train new nurses to the facilities she worked. Jodi graduated with her ADN from Sort Scott Community College in 2009, with her BSN from MSSU in 2017, and with her MSN with education emphasis from Pittsurg State University in 2019.  Jodi is the instructor for the Fundamentals/IV Therapy, and Nursing of the Adult Nutrition classes.

Jodi and her husband have seven children between them and she loves spending time with their kids.  They enjoy traveling and exploring new places.  Their family moved to Joplin in 2015 from Southeast Kansas and continue to love it here.  Her hobbies include reading, dancing with the kids, and singing along to the radio.

photo of Amy Price  Amy Price - Practical Nursing Instructor

Amy Price, RN has been a nurse for 19 years.  Throughout those years she has worked in critical care, pediatric, home health, and school nursing.  Growing up she always knew she would either be a nurse or a teacher. She now has the best of both worlds.  She has always enjoyed learning and is excited to share her love of nursing with her students. She graduated from Pittsburg State University and will be instructing pharmacology, maternity, and pediatrics.

Amy has been married for 18 years and has 2 children.  In her spare time she enjoys attending their activities, reading, and traveling.

photo of Amanda Jones Amanda Jones - Practical Nursing Instructor

Amanda is an RN with 9 years of experience.  She started her medical career as a student assistant in the Intensive Care Unit, where she then went on to work as an RN after graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University.  Amanda then went on to work as a Cardiology RN in a fast-paced cardiology clinic.  While working as a Cardiac Nurse, Amanda was trained to both interrogate and program pacemakers and defibrillators.  Amanda's career as a cardiac nurse is where she discovered her love for teaching others.  Amanda is excited to share her nursing knowledge and teach future nurses. 

She is married and has one daughter and one son.  In Amanda's spare time she enjoys living on a hobby farm, spending time outdoors with her children, and gardening.  Amanda also enjoys photography and is in the process of training her Goldendoodle to become a therapy dog.

photo of Sherri Whiteman  Sherry Whiteman - Respiratory Care Program Coordinator

Sherry Whiteman is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with 12 years of adult critical care experience.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in 2007, a Master's of Career and Technical Education Leadership in 2015, and is currently earning an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.  Sherry serves in numerous roles for her state and national societies, such as Immediate Past President and Delegate for the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care and the National Sputum Bowl Committee Chair.  She joined Franklin Technology Center in 2011 to teach both clinical and didactic courses in respiratory care.

photo of Janice Dunaway Janice Dunaway - Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator 

Janice Dunaway is the Clinical Care Coordinator for the Respiratory Care program at Franklin Technology Center at MSSU since 2011.  She has been a BLS CPR Instructor for 21 years.  Her primary responsibilities include classroom and lab instruction as well as managing the day to day operation of the clinical portion of the program.  It is her goal to make sure that all students receive a meaningful clinical experience while they are enrolled into the program.

Mrs. Dunaway has worked in a variety of areas in her field including, Adult Critical Care, Diagnostics, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Home Care.  She started teaching Respiratory Care at Franklin Technology Center in 1995. She received her Associate and Bachelor Degree from California College for Health Sciences and her Master’s degree from Independence University.  Recently she has co-authored a simulation text for Respiratory Therapists titled “Respiratory Simulation Toolkit” from Health Educator Publications.  Janice lives in Joplin on 50 acres with her husband and enjoys country living, cooking, gardening, and canning.

Alyssa Taylor - Respiratory Care Clinical and Classroom Instructor

Alyssa Taylor is the Respiratory Care Clinical and Classroom Instructor for Franklin Technology Center. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist who cares deeply about this profession and the importance of caring for others. Alyssa graduated from the MSSU/FTC Consortium for Respiratory Care Education in 2013, earning an Associate in Respiratory Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Health Science. Since that time, she has been working at Mercy-Joplin and Freeman West hospitals as a shift coordinator, as well as in the ICU, ER, NICU, and Pediatric areas.  In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys shopping, traveling, crafting, and spending time with her family.  

Photo of Darren Sill  Darren Sill - Collision Repair Instructor

Darren Sill has been in the auto body industry since 1981; he started at Covey & Poe auto body shop in 1985.  Darren brings over 40 years of auto body experience to the Four State area. He has worked at Steve’s Frame and Body and R & S Chevrolet.  Darren also owned his own business for 6 years. Darren currently works at Covey & Poe during the day and teaches the Collision Repair night class at Franklin Technology Center.

Darren is a family man, he has 3 daughters, 1 stepson, 2 grand-kids, and 1 step grandchild.   Darren’s hobbies are working on cars and spending time with his family.

photo of Chuck Sexson  Chuck Sexson - Welding Instructor

Chuck Sexson has worked for thirty-eight years at Thermal Engineering International and has over twenty-five welding certificates.

Chuck has lots of practical experience in the welding industry. Chuck is a Certified Welding Educator and Certified Welding Inspector through the American Welding Society. He has taught at Franklin Tech for twenty-five years while still working full-time at TEI.

Chuck and his wife have raised two sons in the rural Diamond area. When he has spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and going to NASCAR races.

photo of Doug Ritchie  Doug Ritchie - HVAC Instructor 

Doug Ritchie teaches HVAC to adult night students who are interested in learning a new career.  He has worked amongst numerous maintenance trades and has a wide array of knowledge, but heating and air has been his calling and his career.  He actually received his certificate and certifications from FTC’s HVAC program several years ago and wanted to impart his knowledge and experience to new students.

Besides teaching, he maintains and repairs over 300 units at Carl Junction Schools. He left Carl Junction Schools and got the opportunity to go to Carthage R-9 School District.  Where he maintains Chillers and Boilers along with  their units.   He is hands-on, loves his work, and eager to help those who want to learn.

He enjoys living in Carl Junction with his family, enjoys camping, fishing, and home-grown tomatoes.

Danny Spalding - HVAC Instructor

My name is Danny Spaulding I am the Branch operations manager and one of the TSA's for Brauer Supply Company in Joplin, Mo. I have been in the heating and air field since 1994. I have work in almost all of the fields of HVAC. I like helping people solve problems in this field and teaching them new ways to help gain profit. My strong points in the field are diagnostic, duct design, system building and sheetmetal design and layout. 
When not working I like to fish and camp to get away. 

Photo of Doug  Doug Donnel - Automotive Technology Instructor

My name is Doug Donnel. I’ve been in the automotive industry for over 30 years, for last 17 teaching Automotive and Collision Repair Technology. In my off time I like to spend time with my friends and family riding motorcycles and sailing.

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