ACTC Names 2020-21 All-Academic Team Students



Megan Smedley, ACTC 

Public Relations Specialist


   Ashland Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that Caitlyn Lindsey and Alexandra Montuoro were named to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) All-Academic Team for the 2020-21 academic year.

   Thirty-two students, two from each of the 16 colleges, were selected by KCTCS for this prestigious recognition. Students were chosen based on a rigorous process that focuses on academic performance and community service.

   Caitlyn Lindsey, from Ashland, is a student in the Medical Information Technology program, specializing in medical coding, electronic medical records, medical administration and medical office management. She plans to continue her education at ACTC to finish the pre-requisites needed for business before transferring to Morehead State University to complete the bachelor’s in business administration degree. She is a member of both the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the National Society of Leadership and Success honor society. She also works part-time at King’s Daughters Medical Center while attending ACTC full-time.

   “I am honored to be selected for the All-Academic Team this year for ACTC,” Lindsey says. “The staff and faculty have been amazing in helping me get to this point, and I look forward to spending another year at ACTC before transferring to Morehead.”

   Alexandra Montuoro, from Catlettsburg, is a Pre-Pharmacy Associate in Science student. She is currently a lab assistant for Chemistry instructor, Kayla Meadows. Once she completes pre-requisites at ACTC, she plans to attend Marshall University School of Pharmacy beginning Fall 2022.

   “I am shocked and honored to be selected for the All-Academic Team,” Montuoro said. “The faculty have helped me so much to achieve my dream to become a pharmacist, and I hope to continue to have the friends and professors I’ve met in my life after I graduate.”


Mohebbian, Fosterwelsh Named Gussler Fellows


   Ashland Community and Technical College professors Hossein Mohebbian and Wendy Fosterwelsh were named 2021 Gussler Fellows during a private ceremony on May 5. 

   Professor Mohebbian, mathematics professor at ACTC, received the Gussler Family Endowed Chair in Science and Mathematics Award and Professor Fosterwelsh, ACTC art professor, received the Gussler Family Endowed Chair in Humanities Award. 

   In 2007, Dr. C. Gordon Gussler and his wife, Dixie Gussler, established the Gussler Fellow Award. As a distinguished alumnus of Ashland Community College, Dr. Gussler wanted to reward and encourage outstanding math and science faculty who foster in their students a desire to learn and reach their maximum potential. 

   In 2019, the fellowship was expanded to include an award for an outstanding humanities faculty member. 

   This is the second time Professor Mohebbian has earned the award, as he was a recipient of the same honor in 2015. 

   Professor Mohebbian earned a Masters of Arts in Mathematics from Marshall University in 1983. He has taught at ACTC since January 1991.  

   “It is an honor to receive such an important award,” said Mohebbian. “I have been teaching for 38 years, and I continue to enjoy what I do. Being able to work with students is something I still find pleasure in, and working with my colleagues, who I consider friends, is also an honor.” 

   Professor Fosterwelsh earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Georgia Southern University in 2004, and went on to earn a Masters of Science in Higher Education Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky in 2018. She has taught at ACTC for 14 years.  

   “It really means a lot to me to be recognized, because we have so many wonderful faculty members who do great work. It’s really great to be acknowledged for what I have done and continue to do, as well as what my students do,” said Fosterwelsh.  

   Recipients are nominated by students, fellow faculty or college staff for empowering and motivating students to succeed beyond their experiences.