Office of Information Technology

Message from the CIO – July 2010

We have some new faces in the Office of Information Technology.  Please join me in welcoming our new Instructional Design Specialist, Maryly Skallos.  Maryly has an extensive background in instructional technology.  Prior to starting at MCC, she spent the past 16 years as the Technology Coordinator at St. Thomas the Apostle School/Parish, Grand Rapids, MI.  Her duties at St. Thomas included support for all computers, video and phone technology on the entire campus, identifying and implementing new technology to be used on the campus, and assisting in creating opportunities for teachers/staff/administrators to use the technology in their jobs.  Maryly currently teaches computer classes as an adjunct faculty member of Davenport University Online.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at ITT Technology, Inc. teaching computer security and computer forensic courses.  Maryly obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.  Following that, she received a Masters of Information Technology from American Intercontinental University.  Presently, Maryly is pursuing her Doctorate in Information Technology with an emphasis in higher education from Capella University.   Maryly resides in the Rockford/Cedar Springs area.  She has been married for 28 years and has two children. She enjoys hiking, biking, reading mystery novels, kayaking, and walking her dog.

Also new in OIT is Rick Albertie, our new Datatel and applications programmer.  Rick attended Muskegon Community College over 30 years ago and participated in a college internship for data processing at Cooper Industries.  Rick has since worked at a local furniture company for 20 years supporting their applications and other technology, and eventually became their information systems manager.   The recession caused Rick’s company to downsize and he became a misplaced worker.  Their loss is our gain: Rick joined the TRA/TAA program and once again started classes at MCC.  He took another MCC internship, but this time it was working along with Patricia Werly and Lori Potts learning the ins and outs of the administrative applications.  Rick’s extensive experience in information technology allowed him to adapt quickly to Datatel Colleague and WebAdvisor.  He was hired by SunGard on June 1 of this year.  Rick has been a lifelong resident of the Muskegon Area.  He is married with two sons, one of which graduated from MCC and one who is still attending.  One of Rick’s interests outside of work is soccer.  He has helped his wife Janet run the Just-for-Kicks soccer store for the past ten years.

Along with new changes to our staff, our office is undergoing some changes also through remodeling.  The reason for the change is to bring the evening OIT helpdesk to our main office in room 136, create some offices for our programmers, and create some additional workspace for PC technicians.  We are intending the change to make operations more streamlined.  With the after-hours helpdesk located in the same place as the daytime helpdesk, we are also anticipating it will be easier for us to provide service.  While the project is underway, you can find Lori, Rick, Tom, and Jim in room 1212 of the Stevenson Center for Higher Education.  John, Mindy, Steve, Jason, Pat and I are still in our offices in room 136.  You can still reach the helpdesk at extension 351, or  We appreciate everyone’s patience while we go through these much-needed changes