FCS Faculty Profiles

Ms. Dana Horn

Dana Horn

Ms. Dana Horn comes to Henderson State University with vast teaching experience in secondary education in public schools. She received her bachelor of science in education degree in vocational home economics from Ouachita Baptist University and her master of education degree in vocational education from University of Arkansas. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent/Young Adult Career and Technical Education. She teaches courses in Family and Consumer Sciences related to the specialization degree in child care management and FCS education for the bachelor of science degree in early childhood development. Ms. Horn supervises FCS interns and is director of the Davis-Baker Preschool, a laboratory preschool for family and consumer sciences child care management and P-4 education majors.

Ms. Horn is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, American Association of Career and Technical Education, Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, Southern Early Childhood Association, and TAPP (Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways). She served on the Clark/Pike County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) board for abused and neglected children. She has served on several committees with the Arkansas Department of Education, Educational Training Services, and a a member of a cohort committee with area two-year colleges.

Ms. Horn's special interests include music, reading and sewing. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Dr. Patti Miley

Dr. Patti Miley has been teaching at Henderson State University since1983. Dr. Miley teaches the following courses: Foods, Introduction to Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Promotion and Merchandising, Meal Management, Clothing Construction, Apparel Quality Analysis, Historic Costume through the 19th Century to Present, Quantitative Fashion Buying, and Professional Image Development. She also supervises the summer internship program for the various specializations. 

Upon completing her undergraduate degree in vocational home economics at Henderson State University, Dr. Miley pursued her master's degree in fashion merchandising from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. She then taught for one year at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, followed by another year at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, before returning to her alma mater at Henderson. During her tenure at Henderson, Dr. Miley continued her educational endeavors and completed her doctorate in fashion merchandising at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. Her dissertation research dealt with the perceived risk for shopping via the Internet among consumers in the United States.

Dr. Miley has been an active member of the American and Arkansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) since 1975. She has also maintained her Certified Family and Consumer Scientist (CFCS) status for 25 years. Other professional interests include the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA) and Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.

Dr. Connie Phelps

Connie Phelps

Dr. Phelps came to Henderson State University with 19 years of experience in the non-formal teaching field. She received her bachelor of science in education degree in home economics from Henderson, a master's degree in general home economics from Louisiana Tech University, and a doctorate in human resource education and workforce development from Louisiana State University. She has been a faculty member at Henderson since 2009.

She has served with both the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center and the University fo Arkansas's Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H Youth Development Specialist. Her areas of expertise were event planning, leadership, curriculum management, evaluation and reporting. Dr. Phelps has been a faculty member with the Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy working with ninth and tenth graders.

She teachers FCS Semminar, Home Furnishings, Consumer Education, Textiles and Clothing, Housing, Family Resource Management, and Family Relationships. Dr. Phelps serves as advisor for FCS education majors and serves as a content supervisor for interns. She is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Arkansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Phi Delta Kappan.

Ms. Penny Whelchel

Penny Whelchel

Ms. Whelchel began teaching at Henderson is the fall of 2008. She serves as the director of the didactic program in dietetics. The program has been granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (phone: 800-877-1600)]. Courses under Ms. Whelchel's instruction include the following: Nutrition, Community and Life Cycle Nutrition, Nutritional Needs of Young Children, Advanced Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Food Economics, Nutrition Services Administration, Experimental Food Science, and Senior Seminar in Dietetics. 

Ms. Whelchel received her bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences, dietetics specialization, from Henderson in 2004. She completed her dietetic internship through Louisiana Tech University in 2005 and then went on to obtain her master of science degree in nutrition education and health promotion from Florida State University in 2006. During her internship, Ms. Whelchel was awarded the Louisiana Dietetic Association's statewide award for Outstanding Dietetic Intern. While a student at Henderson, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Lady Reddie cross country team, earning NCAA All-American honors.

Before coming to Henderson, Ms. Whelchel worked as the Campus Dietitian for Aramark at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was inducted into the Reddie Sports Hall of Honor in the fall of 2011 and has completed 10 marathons and two ironman triathlons.