Dr. Darrin L. Hartness
Dr. Darrin L. Hartness has spent his entire career serving in North Carolina, including the past seven years as superintendent of Davie County Schools. He was an integral leader in the development of the new Davie County High School. During his tenure, in 2014, the Center for American Progress ranked Davie County Schools number two out of 115 NC school districts for the highest return on investment.
Hartness earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and instructional systems technology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts and secondary education from Appalachian State University. Much like his educational path, his career journey reflects a commitment to education.
Prior to his current role, Hartness worked as superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Cleveland County Schools. His background also includes time spent as a teacher, principal, chief technology officer, and adjunct professor. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 29 years and have two daughters, Madison and Molly.
Jenny Michael Varner
Vice President, External Affairs and Executive Director, DCCC Foundation
Jenny Varner joined Davidson County Community College in 2008.
As a Duke University senior, Varner co-founded a nonprofit organization with two classmates aimed at enhancing student leadership and campus life at colleges nationwide. This led to a job with NASPA, the student affairs professional network. Following graduate school, she joined the staff of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, working on federal funding opportunities for constituents and traveling with the senator across North Carolina.
Varner earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Policy from Duke University.
She and her husband, Bren, live in Lexington and have one son, Jay.
Vice President, Financial & Administrative Services
Laura Yarbrough joined Davidson County Community College in 2003. She was previously the Dean of Financial & Administrative Services.
Yarbrough earned her Associate Degree in Applied Science from Davidson County Community College and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree from High Point University. She then earned her MBA from Liberty University. Prior to coming to DCCC, Yarbrough worked in various financial service roles at Cornerstone Health Care, P.A. in High Point before ultimately becoming the controller.
She and her husband, Sandy, live in Lexington.
Vice President, Academic Programs and Services
Dr. Margaret Annunziata joined the staff of DCCC in 1997. Since that time, she has served as Director of Student Success Initiatives & Institutional Assessment, professor of Teacher Education, coordinator of continuing education programs, and director of the campus Child Development Center. Dr. Annunziata also leads the College’s Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, and Frontier Set initiatives designed to promote student learning, persistence, and completion.
Dr. Annunziata earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Economics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, a Master of Science in Family & Child Development from Auburn University in Alabama, and an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership from Wingate University in North Carolina.
She lives in northern Davidson County with her husband Ken and their three children, Nicholas, Michael, and Sydney.
Vice President, Student Success and Communications
Susan Burleson began her career at DCCC in August 2003 as Faculty, Psychology. She has also served the College as Department Chair, Social Sciences, and Associate Dean, General Studies & Academic Support.
Prior to coming the DCCC, Burleson was a faculty member at Alamance Community College.
Burleson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at N.C. State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has completed additional graduate studies at UNCG.
Burleson and her husband, Wade D. Burleson, Jr., live in Lexington with their three children Cameron, Lucas, and Emily.
Rhonda Quash Coats
Vice President, Student Affairs
Dr. Rhonda Quash Coats joined the team at Davidson County Community College as Vice President, Student Affairs in August 2015. Prior to that time Rhonda lived in Olympia, Washington and served as the Vice President for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College. She has campus-based experience in admissions, recruitment, and financial aid with additional experience working at the state-level developing and interpreting rules and policies on issues relating to advising, athletics, childcare, counseling, disability support services, residency, student employment, student government, students of color and women’s programs.
Coats earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Health and Physical Education, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in community college leadership from Oregon State University.
Rhonda currently lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband Ray. They have four children Victoria, Miles, Valerie, and Wesley.