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New faculty at NOVA-Woodbridge

The Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College welcomed several new faculty members for the fall 2012 semester, including a NOVA graduate who returned to teach.

Megan Davies, assistant professor of psychology, is very familiar with the college, having taught previously at NOVA campuses in Alexandria, Manassas and Woodbridge. She brings a wealth of teaching experience gained at Averett University, Strayer University, Rednock School in Dursley, England, and Soundwell College in Bristol, England. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Frostburg State University in Maryland and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Davies lives in Manassas with her 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, and 6-year-old son, Liam.

Erin Devine, assistant professor of humanities, has taught art history at Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Ky., Indiana University and Purdue University. Most recently, she was assistant professor of art history at Longwood University in Virginia. She holds a doctorate in art history from Indiana University and master’s degree in humanities from the University of Louisville. She gained curatorial experience at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville and was the exhibitions manager at the Louisville Visual Art Association. During graduate school, Devine was the curatorial and special programs associate for the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University. She lives in Fredericksburg with Romeo, her American bulldog.

Ousmane A. Diall, assistant professor of mathematics, was supervisor of the Woodbridge Campus Master Math Lab during the last academic year. He brings teaching experience from the Community College of Philadelphia, LaGuardia (N.Y.) Community College, Virginia Tech and George Mason University. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Virginia Tech and another master’s degree in statistical science at George Mason. Diall lives in Alexandria.

William McLaughlin, associate professor of information technology, is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP). He has taught as an adjunct at NOVA for 16 years. He earned a master’s degree in computer resources and information management from Webster University and is pursuing a doctorate in organization and management with an information technology management specialization focusing on cybersecurity and digital forensics integration from Capella University. 

Melissa Nystrom teaches biology and environmental science. She holds an associate degree in math and science from Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College, bachelor’s degree in biology from Geneseo (N.Y.) State University and master’s degree in biological science from the University of Rhode Island. During graduate school, she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency to complete her thesis on Narragansett Bay water quality. She spent the last eight years teaching at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Ore., and prior to that she was an adjunct at the University of Rhode Island and the Community College of Rhode Island. Nystrom lives in Woodbridge.

Walter G. Pehrsson, assistant professor of information technology, brings teaching experience from Drexel University, Delaware Community College, Capitol College and Wilmington University. He also served as department chair for computer network services at ITT Technical Institute. He earned a master’s degree in network security from Capitol College and a bachelor’s degree in information technology at Briarcliffe College. Pehrsson lives in Exton, Pa., with his wife, Janine, and Peanut, their chihuahua.

Massage therapy instructor Jennifer Sovine is a two-time NOVA graduate, with an associate degree in physical therapy and career studies certificate in massage therapy. She has been teaching massage therapy as an adjunct at NOVA since 2008. She also teaches continuing education classes in a specialized technique called spinal reflex therapy. Sovine owns Solace Clinical Massage LLC in Woodbridge, a practice that focuses on chronic pain management. She lives in Woodbridge with her husband, Kent, and their five children, 21-year-old Benjamin, 19-year-old Timothy, 17-year-old Grace, 15-year-old Nathan and 13-year-old Daniel.

LeeAnn Thomas, assistant professor of English, has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and poetry from George Mason University and bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has taught English composition and literature as an adjunct at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus since 2009 and at Germanna Community College since 2008. Thomas’ poetry was featured in the latest edition of The Northern Virginia Review.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.