Left to right: Misty Ellis Peaslee, Marisa Zuniga, Mike Bischoff and Nathan Hicks
Even though you may see them working around campus every day, you may not often have the opportunity to stop and say hello (or thank you) to the Osceola and Lake Nona Campus Security teams, who work hard each and every day to keep our campuses safe.
To help you get to know your campus security supervisors and the interim assistant director of security, who lead the Osceola and Lake Nona Campus security teams and ensure the safety of Valencia’s students, faculty and staff, read below. After you get to know them through this article, consider saying hello in person.
Misty Ellis Peaslee, Interim Assistant Director, Security
Misty was born in Dallas, Texas — a fact she wears proudly. When she was a child, the family moved to Nebraska where Misty went on to graduate high school and then commence a college education and her professional career. She worked as a civilian military police officer for four years before taking a position with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS).
Misty worked her way up the ranks to lieutenant and led a staff of 120 officers, corporals and sergeants as a shift commander in a maximum security state prison. During her correctional career, Misty accepted an extra duty assignment of team leader to a five-person hostage negotiation team after serving as a team member for two years. While with NDCS, she developed an interest in emergency management and took advantage of many available training opportunities. She became a LETRA (Law Enforcement Training and Research Association) certified instructor. Following her interests and talents for handling multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously, she accepted a position as an exercise training officer with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
In 2007, her family relocated to the Orlando area and, in 2008, Misty accepted a position with Valencia as a security officer. Throughout her tenure, she has enjoyed getting to know her colleagues and taking advantage of Valencia’s development opportunities. Thanks to Valencia, Misty earned her associate degree in 2013. She is now working toward her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida and plans to continue on to a graduate program soon.
For eight months out of the year, Misty can be found at the pitch supporting the Orlando City Lions and Orlando City Pride football clubs.
Marisa Zuniga, Security Field Supervisor, Campus Security Services
During Marisa’s 11-year tenure at Valencia, she’s served almost every location at the College including all five campuses, the Criminal Justice Institute (now the School of Public Safety), Valencia Enterprises and the Downtown Center.
Prior to her tenure at the College, she earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University. She also worked in security management as a private investigator for more than 21 years and devoted 15 years to protecting politicians and celebrities.
In her free time, you can find Marisa spending time with her family (especially her new granddaughter), playing tennis or softball, bowling, dancing or going to the beach. She also looks forward to retirement in the coming months, at which point she will pursue her passion for gemology.
Mike Bischoff, Security Field Supervisor, Campus Security Services
Transitioning from a restaurant manager to a Marine, Mike has led an unusual — but honorable — professional life. After working his way up from an entry-level team member to assistant store manager, Mike enlisted in the Marines. He has served since as both an active duty Marine and reserve, which has included two tours in Iraq, and is currently a sergeant. Throughout his military career, he experienced numerous leadership training programs and led in various leadership roles. He has served Valencia for the past three years.
Nathan Hicks, Security Field Supervisor, Campus Security Services
Before joining Valencia nine years ago, Nathan spent 15 years managing Publix Supermarkets and five years in contract security. He’s also been working for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office since 1986, and he continues to serve the county as a reserve deputy. As he has a passion for staying up to date on criminal and traffic laws, he also proudly serves the College as the Clery coordinator. In doing so, he helps Valencia remain compliant with important federal laws.
When Nathan isn’t busy keeping us safe, you can find him coaching football (a hobby of his for the past decade) and eagerly awaiting his grandchildren’s debut on the field. “I’m just waiting for the local grandkids to get old enough to play the game, and I’ll jump back into working with the youth and coaching again,” he said.