Administrator Biographies


President - Randy Schmailzl

Randy Schmailzl

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

Randy Schmailzl came to Metropolitan Community College in April 1989 as the director of enrollment management, records and placement. He became the dean of Student Services in 1995. In March 1998, he became provost and was named executive vice president in July 2001. On Aug. 25, 2009, he was appointed the president of MCC.

Schmailzl started his career as a high school teacher, administrator and coach in 1976. He moved on to the field of higher education as a faculty member, administrator and coach.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Schmailzl went on to earn his master's degree in Counseling, Administration and Higher Education from South Dakota University.

Schmailzl's goal is to provide successful work and learning experiences for students and staff. 

"MCC offers many unique opportunities. Although I am not in the classroom, I strive to make a difference for students and staff through my daily activities," he said.

Vice president for Academic Affairs

Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom McDonnell

Tom McDonnell

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

The vice president for Academic Affairs is the College's chief academic officer who oversees all activities in more than 100 credit programs at the College and leads full-time and adjunct instructors in course and curriculum development resulting in course and program offerings. The vice president for Academic Affairs is responsible for standards in academic programs and provides leadership for continued faculty growth and development.

McDonnell began as dean of Humanities and Visual Arts at MCC in 2008. His career in community colleges began in 1990 when he took a supportive professional position at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he worked with students at the college's campus radio station. He quickly moved into the faculty ranks and ultimately served in a split role as both faculty and program director for Mass Communication. He earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism from Iowa State University in 1985, a master's of Arts in Communication from Eastern Illinois University in 1995 and a Doctor of Education from Northcentral University in 2012.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Maria Vazquez


As vice president for campuses and Student Affairs, Vazquez oversees services at MCC's three campuses and four centers, including advising, counseling, learning support and student technology services.

Previously, Vazquez has held several positions at MCC: associate vice president for Student Affairs, dean of students, dean of South Omaha Campus, student services director at the South Omaha Campus and coordinator of Nebraska Corrections Education Connection. She was the first Latina to serve on former Omaha mayor Mike Fahey's cabinet as director of the Greater Omaha Workforce Development. She was a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson serving as a statewide community liaison with the Latino and general populations. She also worked as an education counselor at the Chicano Awareness Center.

Vazquez holds an associate degree from MCC and a bachelor's and master's in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a PhD in Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Vice President for strategic initiatives

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs - William K. Owen

William K . Owen

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

As vice president for strategic initiatives, Owen provides leadership within areas of the college that connect the community to MCC through enrollment services, e-learning, continuing education and K-12 partnerships. Together, these departments  bring natural synergies to our efforts to expand participation across our four-county area. Owen also supports the president's office in government and community relations.

Owen has previously held MCC administrative positions as the associate vice president for Effectiveness and Engagement and the dean of Applied Technology. His experience includes leading community and industry partnerships that resulted in the opening of the Applied Technology Center and the Do Space; spearheading industry training agreements; and teaching technical curriculum in electrical, manufacturing and industrial controls.

Owen holds an associate's degree in Industrial Maintenance, a bachelor's in Leadership, and a Master's in Education with an emphasis in Community College Leadership and Policy Studies.

College Business officer

brenda schumacher


Schumacher serves as the College's chief financial officer and oversees administrative service areas including accounting, purchasing, budget management, student financial services, and financial aid.

Schumacher has been with the College since 1992, starting as a staff accountant and growing into other leadership roles. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and management from Wayne State College. 

Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity - Cynthia Gooch

Cynthia Gooch-Grayson

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 15N

As associate vice president for equity and inclusion, Dr. Cynthia Gooch-Grayson oversees affirmative action, equity and diversity and intercultural education.

Cynthia earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. She received her master's degree in Family and Mental Health Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia and a bachelor's in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her scholarly interests include equity, retention and access in postsecondary education with groups that have been historically discriminated against, disenfranchised and marginalized.

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Missy Beber
Melissa Beber

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 32

Melissa Beber serves as Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Metropolitan Community College. As AVP, she provides oversight to all functions within human resources while working collaboratively across the College to develop effective human capital strategies for the benefit of faculty, staff and students.   

Prior to assuming the role at Metropolitan Community College, Melissa held several human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility with WoodmenLife in Omaha. Beber obtained both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also holds both Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certifications.


Patricia Crisler

Patricia Crisler

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

Having served the College in a variety of capacities since 1998, including K-12 partnerships, community education, workforce training, research, grants and fundraising development, Crisler currently provides strategic and operational support to the College president. She also provides administrative leadership to the office of Marketing, Brand and Communication. Crisler holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of NebraskaLincoln.