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Michelle Gay, MAEd, CST, FAST
Program Chair and Instructor

Ms. Gay is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Adult Education with a certificate in Adult Healthcare Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in the Health Services Leadership and Management and her Associate of Science in Surgical Technology (ST) degree from Cabarrus College, summa cum laude. Since graduation she has been using her knowledge and education in many settings such as the local hospitals and educational opportunities with Cabarrus College and higher education. Seeking to share her passion for Surgical Technology, she embraces each opportunity to encourage students to grow and prosper in their healthcare profession. She has current certification in surgical technology by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Ms. Gay also is a Board of Director for the Association of Surgical Technologist.

Ms. Gay loves spending her extra time with her family and friends, participating in event planning, reading, and enjoying outdoor activities.

Kristi Pair, MS, BS,CST
Instructor

Ms. Pair earned an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology (ST) degree from Cabarrus College and became a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). She later graduated cum laude from Cabarrus College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Leadership and Management before earning her Master of Science in Leadership from Pfeiffer University.  In addition to her instructor position at the College, Ms. Pair works at Atrium Cabarrus as a CST.

She enjoys spending her extra time with her family and friends, and also aspires to be a certified Spanish interpreter.

Heather Hodges, CST, FAST
Clinical Faculty Specialist/Instructor

Ms. Hodges earned her Associate of Science in Surgical Technology from Cabarrus College, cum laude. After graduation, Ms. Hodges, worked at Atrium Cabarrus as a surgical technologist for eight years. While at the hospital, she was the General Surgery Coordinator. In 2019, she began working at Gateway Ambulatory Surgery Center. Following her passion for Surgical Technology, she was elected to the North Carolina State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists board of directors in 2013. She is currently the President of the North Carolina State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists. Following an appointment from the national AST board, she is serving her second term on State Assembly Leadership Committee. Ms. Hodges holds current certification in surgical technology by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Ms. Hodges loves spending her extra time with her family and dogs, going hiking, paddling, or camping.

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