New Faces

Patricia Callis

Campus Counselor

“There is no greater reward than helping people develop hope and a belief in their ability to create positive change in their personal journey.”

Patricia (Patty) Callis is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Port Royal with her dog, Jasper. She attended Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., and Arizona State, in Ariz., where she earned master’s degrees in both Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently working on a certification in Prevention Science. Patty started her career as a clinical case manager in Tennessee working with at-risk families in the community.
She later moved to Connecticut where she worked as a college integration specialist providing counseling and case management to first year students with disabilities.

DeWayne Simmons

Veterans Resource Center Director

I’m excited to assist the
Lowcountry veteran population with their education goals — be
it trade, workforce training, or educational. ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ — Nelson

DeWayne Simmons is a native South Carolinian. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and served 25 years on active duty serving in various billets which included Drill Instructor, Budget Officer and Operations Officer. He served as a teacher and administrator for 10 years prior to returning to the Lowcountry. He has a B.S. in Management from Park University and a Masters of Education from Concordia University in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Leslie Worthington

Vice President for Academic Affairs

“As a first generation college student myself, I appreciate the two-year college mission and understand the challenges students face when seeking higher education. Our academic divisions provide students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in their careers and fulfill their dreams. I’m thrilled to be TCL’s VPAA and excited to discover how I can best serve our students.”

Dr. Leslie Harper Worthington recently joined TCL as Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds an Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration from Troy University as well as a Ph.D. in English from Auburn University with a concentration in Southern Literature. She has worked in higher education for more than 37 years, serving in various capacities from instructor to division dean.