Director of the University of Akron Medina County University Center
Denise Testa has been named as Director of The University of Akron Medina County University Center in April 2013. Denise will be responsible for the operation, management, credit and noncredit enrollment, budget and community engagement of MCUC.
Testa joined The University of Akron (UA) as Associate Director for Student Services of the Medina County University Center (MCUC) in January 2007. As chairperson of the MCUC’s Student Services Support Task Force, Denise worked with UA departments and divisions to determine the delivery of on-site and distance student services including admissions, financial aid, registration, new student orientation and services for students with disabilities. In partnership with UA’s colleges/units, Denise also coordinates the schedule of classes, provides leadership in enrollment management and serves as an academic advisor.
Denise is a graduate of Leadership Medina County Class of 2009 where she co-chaired the class project, Food for Families, raising more than 16,000 pounds of food for the Coalition of Medina County Food Pantries. The Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Denise as an award recipient of the “30 for the Future.” Denise graduated from UA with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts.
Jeanette L. Berger became a member of The Medina County University Center staff in October 2008 as an Academic Adviser. Prior to joining MCUC, she worked in the Office of New Student Orientation at The University of Akron's main campus for seven years. She has also been an adjunct faculty member for UA since 2005.
Jeanette is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Medina County. She is also a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and is the elected state of Ohio liaison until 2014. Jeanette was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor of the Year Certificate of Merit from NACADA in 2011.
Jeanette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Communication and Public Relations in 2004, and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 2006, both from The University of Akron.
Manager Business Operations & Finance-MCUC
Jennifer Schweitzer joined The Medina County University Center (MCUC) in April 2008 as Office Support Specialist. Prior to joining MCUC, Jennifer taught in the Kent City and Tallmadge City School Districts. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Youngstown State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a concentration in early childhood from Kent State University.
Manager, UA Business Solutions
Connie joined MCUC as the Manager of Workforce Development in November of 2010. Prior to joining UA she worked in Cleveland as a Strategic Business Unit Manager at ACS/Xerox after moving back to the US from England, where she served as the International Event Director for PennWell Publishing.
The Workforce Development and Continuing Education Departments of the Akron, Medina and Wayne campuses joined forces this October to become UA Business Solutions. Under new direction and vision, the department will be able to provide local business even more resources to promote business development and growth by acting as the conduit between local business and the University. Connie serves the Medina County area for UA Business Solutions.
Connie earned her BA in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University and received her MBA from UA in August of 2013. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Medina County in which, as one of their two class projects, she co-chaired the creation of a marketing plan for Project:LEARN Medina.
Connie lives in Medina with her husband and their three boys (all proud Highland students).
Computer Support Assistant
Vicki came to the University of Akron in 1999 as a student assistant on the Wayne College campus. She worked for two years in the Smucker Learning Center Computer Lab. After working as a student assistant for two years, she became a part time staff member in Technical Support Services at Wayne College. Vicki’s primary responsibility as a member of the TSS team was classroom support. In classroom support Vicki dealt with a wide variety of technologies including distance learning classrooms, networking, and hardware support for various types of technology.
Prior to coming to the University of Akron Vicki had retired from the military. While in the military, Vicki had a wide range of jobs in the field of aviation. She also attended the Primary leadership Course, the Technical Inspector course for OH-58A/C Scout Helicopter and the Technical Inspector Course for the OH-58D Advanced Scout Helicopter Course. Vicki was handpicked from several candidates to attend the training course for the Advanced Helicopter course at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas.
After retiring from the military Vicki spent three years in Arkansas on a small hobby farm raising goats and other animals. She then moved back to Ohio to care for aging parents. During which time she attended the Wayne County Career Center Computer Office Specialist Course. She also worked industrial maintenance in a local pallet factory.
Vicki currently lives in Wayne County with her three cats.
Computer Support Assistant
Mike Vonderau joined The Medina County University Center (MCUC) in 2008 as an Information Technology Student Assistant. In October, 2011, Mike became a part time MCUC staff member. Mike is currently a student at the University of Akron pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Facilities Maintenance Worker
Patrol Officer UAPD #61
Phone:(330)721-2242 E-mail: Jklue@uakron.edu
Jerry T. Klue became a member of The Medina County University Center staff in November of 2012 as the first University Police Officer at our Campus. Jerry brings to MCUC valuable work experience as a Police Officer, Certified Teacher and Basic Police Academy Commander for the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. Officer Klue has an extensive Criminal Justice background of over 35 years. His work experience includes Patrol Officer, Police Supervisor, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer, AlICE Instructor as well as being a past Chief of Police.
Jerry is 2006 graduate of Leadership Medina County; Jerry received his BS and MS from KWU in California. Jerry taught at Cuyahoga Community College, the Medina City schools and the Medina County Career Center. Jerry has traveled the US teaching public safety communications certification for the National Emergency Communications Institute where he holds a Certified National Trainer Certification distinction. Jerry lives in Medina Township with his wife Michele and triplets Jerry, Oksana and Ksenia.
Patrol Officer UAPD #62
Greg Mason joined the Medina County University Center team in March of 2013. Greg retired from the Medina City Police Department as a Lieutenant after work there over 27 years. He joined the Rittman Police Department as a part time Officer and Investigator in 2011. He resigned his commission with Rittman in June of 2013. Officer Mason has over 22 years experience in investigations and has attended over 50 schools and seminars dealing with investigation, crime scene processing and interviewing and interrogation. Officer Mason has been an expert witness in the area of Use of Force and has instructed at national seminars in the Area of Use of Force, Self Defense Tactics and developing realistic training programs for Law Enforcement Departments. He was a certified police instructor for over ten years.
Greg graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1973. He received his BS in Criminal Justice from Kent Stat University in 1983. He graduated from the FBI National Academy, class 211. His married and has two living children. His youngest son passed away in February of 2013. His oldest son is an Active Gurad Reservist and is a recruiter out of the Medina Armory for the National Guard. His daughter is a DVM, graduating from Ohio State, and works for the Sharon Center Veterinary Hospital as a small animal and equestrian Veterinarian. Greg also owns his own business, G&S Fabricating, LLC in Seville where his is a custom fabricator working with steel and aluminum. Greg likes to ride his ATV and camp. Greg lives with his wife Sally, in Seville.