Heidi Vicino, Corporate Sales Manager
Heidi was born and raised on a farm in Limestone, Ill., a very small community west of Kankakee. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Michigan State University in 2005. Since that time, Heidi has held positions in marketing, sales and consulting. Her most recent position was with FTD Companies based in Downers Grove, Ill., as a Partnership Marketing Manager, handling the travel and employee perks verticals for all of the FTD Companies Brands: Shari’s Berries, FTD, ProFlowers, and Personal Creations.
Currently, Heidi is pursuing her master’s degree in management and leadership from Western Governors University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. In her relatively new role as Waubonsee’s Corporate Training Sales Manager, Heidi’s vision for her team is to aid and empower community members and employers through Corporate Training, as well as all of the other aspects of education and support that Waubonsee Community College can offer.
Heidi currently resides in Minooka, Ill., with her husband and children. Outside of work, Heidi enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team, cooking, traveling, reading and helping children in her community. Heidi makes it a point to volunteer regularly.
Elizabeth Moe Garcia, Corporate Account Representative
Elizabeth brings more than 16 years of experience in community engagement, government relations and campaign management, communications, and corporate social responsibility to the Waubonsee Community College team. She previously served as legislative staff for the Illinois House of Representatives and as an external relations professional for a global higher education provider.
Starting a career with Waubonsee fulfills a lifelong goal, which began when Elizabeth completed an internship in higher education administration at her alma mater, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The first in her family to go to college, Elizabeth values the opportunity education provides and is an ardent believer in lifelong learning. She attained a master’s degree in business administration while working full-time and raising a family, and continues to pursue additional opportunities for professional development.
As a 20-year resident of the Fox Valley, Elizabeth is thrilled to work in the community where she and her husband Joe have chosen to raise their children and rescued pit bull Scarlett. When she’s not at work or taking care of her children, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering in the community, cooking and all things spooky!
Edith Rojas Powell, Corporate Operations Support Specialist
Edith joined Waubonsee Community College in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in the manufacturing, trades and nonprofit industries, with a proven track record of executive level support. In her current role as Corporate Operations Support Specialist, she works alongside the Corporate Sales Manager to coordinate implementation of office and college procedures to ensure efficient operations.
Edith's philosophy centers around how and what she can do to assist students, customers and internal colleagues. In addition, Edith functions as a Waubonsee program advocate within the local community and continually strives for excellence in service.
Edith lives in Channahon with her husband Phil and two teenaged children. When not at work, Edith is pursuing her business degree at Waubonsee. The little time she has outside of work and college classes, Edith devotes to her family and friends. If you can’t find Edith at Waubonsee, you can find her at McKinley Woods bird watching – her favorite being the Illinois state bird, the cardinal.
Deb Jones, Workforce Coordinator
Health Professions and Public Service
Deb has more than 20 years of experience as an educator in the industries of public health, insurance and higher education. Deb has taught undergraduate and graduate-level health and public health courses at local colleges and universities. She is nationally certified as a Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Specializing in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of trainings and courses, Deb helps local businesses maximize employee potential.
Heather Pierce, Workforce Coordinator
Heather is a progressive adult educator with a diverse with experience in academia as well as private and public sector training. As a student at NIU, her pioneering research regarding the psychological impact of duty related trauma in 911 Telecommunicators received international recognition and has been featured in media outlets such as Time, NPR, and The Washington Post. Her work continues to influence the mental health policies of governments worldwide. She is experienced in the development and assessment of training standards and protocols at the national level. Heather has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National 911 in Washington D.C. She is proud to be a Waubonsee Community College alumna with an Associate of Arts in Psychology. Heather also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and is earning a Master of Arts in Educating Adults from DePaul University. She is an avid runner and cyclist in her spare time. She is active in charitable work and serves on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations. Heather recently traveled to Zambia, Africa to empower girls and women by helping them to overcome the challenge of distance with the gift of bicycles. Additionally, she successfully advocated for the inclusion of girls in vocational programs at the Palabana Village for orphaned children near Chongwe and has facilitated the development of the first running club for women in the country of Zambia.