Mid-Continent Advantage Program Announces New Hires

Mid-Continent University’s Advantage is proud to announce the hiring of several new employees in multiple departments. Advantage is very pleased to have these new employees on board, and looks forward to a prosperous future with them. Jackie Imhoff, Vice President of Adult Programs, stated, “We have added several new positions in the Advantage Department. We are fortunate to have a committed and highly dedicated workforce at Mid-Continent. These new hires are a great addition to a great team. It is important that we hire individuals who want to make a difference in other’s lives, as this is our goal. I am very proud of our Advantage team; they are the main reason we are successful.”

Paula Clendenen, Mid-Continent’s new Executive Director of Financial Aid, lives in Carterville, Illinois. She was previously the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she worked for over 29 years. Paula has one daughter, married with two children, that she loves spending time with. Her granddaughter is 12 and her grandson is eight. Paula said, “I am the oldest of seven children and the only one who graduated high school and went to college; acquiring an associate degree, a bachelor degree and a master’s degree. Family and God are a high priority in my life and are very important to me.” 

Ashley Bazzell, Advantage’s new Advising Assistant, graduated from Christian Fellowship High School in Benton, KY in ‘99 and graduated with her BS in Advertising/Marketing from Murray State in 2004. While in college, Ashley met her future husband, Nathanael, and they have been married 10 happy years. Some of you may have had her husband, Professor Bazzell, as your history professor. She loves animals and has two Chihuahuas, two cats, one ferret and six chickens. She enjoys traveling with her sister as well as spending time with her family. Ashley said, “I am glad to be at Mid-Continent. I love this place. The people are so nice and it’s a great place to work!”

Tiffany Rudesill, Financial Aid Administrative Assistant, was raised in Sharpe, Kentucky (Marshall County) but currently lives in Boaz with her husband of five years, Matt, and her six month old son, Lathan. Matt owns his own business, Rudesill Concrete Construction. She previously held various positions at Kohl’s for over seven years. In high school, she played short stop, second base, and left center in softball. Tiffany loves to hunt with her family and spend time outdoors camping, exploring, rock climbing and repelling).

Laia Imhoff is the Advantage Communication Specialist. She was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain and now lives in Mayfield, Kentucky. She has a husband and two lovely dogs. She is a former competitive figure skater. She also worked as a professional figure skater for Disney on Ice for five years before moving to Mayfield. In addition to working for Advantage, Laia works as a freelance translator and can speak four languages (Catalan, Spanish, English and French). She is also a Zumba instructor and the coach for the MCU Spirit Squad.

Melissa Clark is a new Registration Officer. She lives in Palmersville, Tennessee with her husband, Caleb, and two daughters, Abigail (six) and Olivia (three). Her spare time is spent with her family and making crafts with her girls. Melissa graduated in 2011 with the Mayfield 1P cohort. Prior to MCU, she worked for her grandfather’s business in Fancy Farm and at U.S. Bank. Melissa said, “During my educational journey, I attended the large university, the community college and the small Bible college. It was here at Mid-Continent where I felt I truly got the best education. I believe in what Advantage stands for and what they give to their students. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the team at Mid-Continent and be able to help those who have a dream of a college education as I once did.”

Melody Meade, Online Admissions Assistant, is originally from Mayfield and graduated from Graves County High School. She went to Murray State for a year while working on staff with Chi Alpha College Ministries. She worked ten years as a staff member/director with Master Commission. Melody has traveled throughout the world to 26 countries, partly as a missionary’s daughter, and partly through her own personal ministry time.

New financial aid advisor, Robin Dawson, has lived in Calloway County her whole life. After she graduated from MCU in 2009 with a Psychology and Counseling major and Biblical Studies minor, Robin worked for Four Rivers Behavioral Health in the Short Term Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center and the Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit for three years. She is the youngest of seven and has 14 nieces and nephews. She has a Docker (Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund), Sassy, since she was 16. Robin enjoys crocheting, knitting, drawing (charcoal), animal ballooning and singing. She has been on the Relay For Life planning committee for Murray/Calloway County for six years. Robin said, “Cancer has made a huge mark in my family. I have an uncle who died of it, aunt who is dying of it, uncle who survived it, and my five year old niece is in the final stages of treatment for leukemia.”

Mid-Continent University is a private, non-profit, Southern Baptist affiliated organization. MCU is regionally accredited and headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky. If you are interested in information about enrolling in Advantage, email advantage@midcontinent.edu, visit www.midcontinent.edu or call 1-888-MCU-GRAD.