Advancement Staff

Office of Advancement

Our Vision: We aspire to innovative, exciting, and engaging storytelling that moves Mitchell Community College forward in its mission.


Our Mission: We will engage our community by growing philanthropy, producing well-branded marketing and communications, and deepening relationships among our alumni and community members.


Our Team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service, building relationships and telling Mitchell's story as Iredell County's leader in higher education.

MCC Foundation  Marketing and Advertising
Fundraising Campaigns Public Relations
Scholarship Giving Community Outreach
Planned Gifts Website Development
Donor Recognition Social Media Communications
Alumni Association College Employee Relations


Meet the Team

James Hogan

James Hogan, Vice President of Advancement
(704) 878-4321


James Hogan joined Mitchell Community College as the Vice President for Advancement in January 2017. James previously served as a Major Gifts Officer with Davidson College. A long-time Statesville native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Carolina University, where he serves on the Honors College Advisory Board. He additionally taught high school English in the Iredell-Statesville School system for four years. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont. James and his wife, Kelly, have three children. 

Megan Suber

Megan Suber, Director of Marketing and Communications
(704) 878-4395

Megan joined Mitchell Community College as the Public Information Officer in December 2014. Coordinating the College’s internal and external communication and marketing efforts, Megan oversees both print and digital media. She recently served as the Coordinator of Student Activities/Recruiter for Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton. Megan graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in English, professional writing, and a master’s degree in higher education administration. Megan resides in Cornelius with her husband, Charles, and two children. She enjoys cooking, graphic design and photography.

 Molly Nicholson

Molly Nicholson, Coordinator for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
(704) 878-4362


Molly is a 2012 graduate of Mitchell Community College and an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in organizational communication. She is currently completing a Masters at Appalachian State University. Molly is an Iredell County native and was the 2018 R.D. Grier Excellence in Education Award winner for support staff.

 Aaron Thompkins

Aaron Thompkins, Digital & Social Media Specialist
(704) 978-5416

Aaron joined Mitchell in August 2015 and brings over 15 years of experience. His background includes designing and creating websites on various platforms, managing social media content, SEO (Search Engine Optimization, and Google AdWords. Aaron has worked as the owner and freelance designer for BL360 Studios and as a visual merchandiser for NEX. Aaron specializes in revising graphics and content on traditional websites to mobile applications and adapting content for social media. He is originally from Warren, OH and recently moved to North Carolina from West Chester, PA. Aaron is a college football fan and enjoys spending his time with son, London, and spouse, Amber.

 Donna Vanhorn smiling in front of a brick wall

Donna Vanhorn, Advancement Services Specialist/Cashier
(704) 878-3356

Donna lives in Hickory with her husband and cat. She has two children – Laura, 5th grade Science teacher at Startown Elementary, and Alex, a firefighter for Charlotte FD. Donna has two grandsons, one granddaughter,  and a set of twins on the way! She is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Bachelor of Arts Accounting.


Contact Us
                   Statesville Campus - Kirkman House
Dept. Phone             (704) 878-4321