MRRAEP Staff

MRRAEP Office Staff

Shirley Carlson

Shirley Carlson, Program Manager

As the Regional Program Manager for Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education, Shirley oversees the program staff and MRRAEP regional teachers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia's College at Wise (formerly known as Clinch Valley College). In addition, she holds a Master's in Education from Emory & Henry College.


Joanne Groseclose

Joanne Groseclose, Program Specialist

Joanne has been with MRRAEP as an Adult Education instructor for several years. She joined the office staff in the fall of 2014. In this role, she serves as teacher liaison for curriculum and instruction. Joanne holds a Master of Science degree in learning disabilities from Radford University. Joanne and her husband reside in Marion, Virginia and have a son and a daughter.

Brenda Otey

Brenda Otey, Office Manager

Brenda joined the office staff in the spring of 2011, bringing with her extensive knowledge and experience as an office assistant. She serves as the Office Manager and is also the primary contact for students and teachers seeking information about classes. Brenda and her husband reside in Bristol, Virginia.

Mary Sinemus

Mary Sinemus, Data Specialist

Mary joined the office staff in January of 2017 and currently serves as Data Specialist. She manages all the data entry and social media entries as well as providing valuable support to our class instructors. Mary brings experience in software program training and has a great eye for detail that she acquired while serving as an internal auditor for a finance company. Before moving to the Bristol area, Mary lived upstate New York where she attended Oswego State University.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell, Outreach Coordinator

As our regional outreach coordinator, Jeff educates the public about adult education classes and opportunities. He speaks to civic groups and participates in community events across the region. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from Virginia Tech.

Regional Teachers

Adult Education teachers facilitate classes throughout all eight localities. All of our teachers offer a wide range of experience both in the classroom and in their career fields. All teachers are certified, credentialed, Virginia instructors who provide excellent instruction and preparation for all components of adult education instruction.

Advisory Board

Wythe County: Anthony Sykes, chairman City of Galax: Bill Sutherland

Bland County: Brian Hall Grayson County: Angie Lawson

City of Bristol: Brad Harper Smyth County: Kim Sturgill

Carroll County: Shane Woods Washington County: Dr. Barry Yost

Partners in Education

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Shirley Carlson, MRRAEP Program Manager at 276-619-4399.

Current Partners include:

  • Blue Ridge Job Corp
  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Department of Social Services
  • Food City
  • Jacob's Creek Job Corp
  • People, Inc.
  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Virginia Tobacco Commission
  • New River/Mt. Rogers Workforce Investment Board
  • Wytheville Community College
  • Bristol Housing Authority
  • Bristol Public Library
  • Public School Systems of Cities of Bristol and Galax and the Counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe
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Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program

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276-619-4396 or 1-800-322-7748

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