Faculty and Staff

Tracey Simmons-Willis
Department Head, Chemistry
Office:  Wharton campus - Science 227B
Phone:  979-532-6572
Email:   willist@wcjc.edu

Dr. Willis received her B.A. in Chemistry from University of Maryland Baltimore County and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University.  She has 10 years of college level teaching experience.  She has worked for both federal and D.C. government as a patent examiner and lab supervisor, respectively.  Dr. Willis joined WCJC in 2016. She teaches Introductory and General Chemistry. 


John Bankston
Instructor of Chemistry
Office:  Richmond campus - TC 140J
Phone:  281-239-1563
Email:  bankstonj@wcjc.edu

Mr. Bankston received his B.S. degree from the University of Houston.  He received his M.S. degree from the University of Washington.  Mr. Bankston joined WCJC in 2002 and teaches Introductory, General and Organic Chemistry.


Rocio Doherty
Instructor of Chemistry
Office: Sugar Land campus - Brazos Hall 350
Phone: 281-243-8550
Email: dohertyr@wcjc.edu

Dr. Doherty holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Monterrey Tech, in Mexico, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Luis Potosi, in Mexico. She has worked in several companies in both Mexico and the U.S. as Senior Chemist, Lab Manager, and Process Engineer in the polymers, cement and concrete, environmental, and oil and gas fields. She has 17 years of college-level teaching and content development experience. She teaches General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.


Latasha Herndon
Instructor of Chemistry
Office:  Sugar Land campus - Brazos Hall  248-A 
Phone:  281-243-8587
Email: herndonl@wcjc.edu

Dr. Latasha Herndon has a B.S. in Chemistry from Southern University A & M and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. She has taught at both the high school and college levels, as well as owned a tutorial center that focused on standardized testing. She joined WCJC in January 2019. Dr. Herndon teaches Introductory Chemistry and General Chemistry.


Nicole Lippolis
Instructor of Chemistry
Office:  Sugar Land campus - Brazos Hall  239 
Phone:  281-243-8588
Email: lippolisn@wcjc.edu

Ms. Lippolis received her B.S. degree in Chemistry with minors in Biology and
Mathematics from Dowling College (Oakdale, NY) and received and Masters’
degree in Biochemistry from CUNY Queens College (Flushing, NY). She worked
in industry for 5 years and has been teaching at the collegiate level
since 2009. She joined WCJC in 2017. She teaches Introductory, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.


Obiageli Nwosu
Instructor of Chemistry
Office:  Sugar Land campus - Brazos Hall  113
Phone:  281-243-8539
Email:  nwosuo@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Obiageli Nwosu obtained a B.Tech in Industrial Chemistry from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria, an M.Sc in Geology from The Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt, an M.Sc in Chemistry from Prairie View A&M University (A member of the Texas A & M University System) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Mrs Nwosu is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She joined the WCJC Chemistry Department in 2013. She teaches Introductory and General Chemistry.

Hui Zhao (Henry)
Instructor of Chemistry
Office:  Richmond campus - TC 140J
Phone:  281-239-1564
Email:  zhaoh@wcjc.edu

Dr. Zhao joined the full-time WCJC chemistry faculty in January 2014.  He completed his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000.  He teaches Introductory, General and Organic Chemistry.


FORMER FACULTY

Sean Derrickson
Former Instructor of Chemistry

Dr. Derrickson taught at WCJC from Fall 2016 - Summer 2021.  He completed his B.S. and Ph.D. studies at the University of Houston and then spent 8 years in industry including working in the oil and gas and aerospace industries.  He taught Introductory and General Chemistry along with the associated lab courses.


 

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