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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.

Shirley has worked in adult education for more than 15 years, specifically in Russell County. She has a heart for seeing students of all ages and backgrounds succeed. Shirley and her husband live in Abingdon and have three children and two grandchildren.

Joanne GrosecloseJoanne 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, 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 OteyBrenda 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.


MRRAEP Regional Staff

Jeff CampbellJeff 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
Our regional Adult Education teachers facilitate classes throughout southwest Virginia. All of our teachers offer a wide range of experience both in the classroom and in their career fields. Teachers provide excellent instruction and preparation for the new computer-based GED tests.

Advisory Board
City of Bristol: Brad Harper
Washington County: Dr. Barry Yost
Smyth County: Kim Sturgill
Wythe County: Anthony Sykes
Bland County: Annie Whitaker
Carroll County: Shane Woods
Grayson County: Angie Lawson
City of Galax: Bill Sutherland


Partners in Education

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Shirley Carlson, MRRAEP Program Manager at 276-619-4396.

  • Blue Ridge Job Corp
  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Charter Media Group, Inc.
  • Department of Social Services
  • Food City
  • Hardees
  • Jacob's Creek Job Corp
  • Lamar Advertising Company
  • McDonald's
  • People, Inc.
  • Southwest Virginia Regional Education Center
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Virginia Tobacco Commission
  • Workforce Investment Board
  • Wythe/Bland Community Foundation
  • Wytheville Community College

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