Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

Today’s heating and cooling systems are more energy efficient and technologically advanced than ever before. Changes in this field have created new career opportunities in a variety of settings. If you’re looking for a job that combines critical thinking with hands-on problem solving, this industry may be a great fit for you.

Alamance Community College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program was created to meet the new demands of this changing field. We are preparing skilled graduates to work in both residential and light commercial sites.

In this program, you will study:

  • Mechanical refrigeration
  • Heating and cooling theory
  • Electricity
  • Controls and safety
  • Air conditioning
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Tools and instruments
  • Residential building codes
  • Residential system sizing
  • Advanced comfort systems

Train in a world-class facility.
Students who choose to study Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology at ACC train in the state-of-the-art Advanced Applied Technology Center. This new facility offers expansive training space and cutting-edge technology, allowing students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom through hands-on practice.

Three degree options are available. Students can pursue:

  • An Associate of Applied Science degree in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (approximately 2 years of study)
  • An Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology diploma (approximately 1 year of study)
  • An Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology certificate (approximately 1 semester of study)

Earning Potential
Entry-level range: $8-$12 an hour
With five years’ experience:  $14-$22 an hour
(Contingent on economy and geographic location)

Most Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology students at ACC secure employment before completing their program.

Discover More
Ready to learn what it takes to expand your career opportunities in this field? Contact our career counselor Karen Hughes at 336-506-4354 to learn more about our Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology programs of study.

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barber rodneyDepartment Head:  Rodney Barber
Phone: 336-506-4165
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print Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology • Semester by Semester

Course
Number
Course
Title
contact
hours
Credit
hours
AHR-110 Introduction to Refrigeration 8 5
AHR-110   Introduction to Refrigeration PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic refrigeration process used in mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Topics include terminology, safety, and identification and function of components; refrigeration cycle; and tools and instrumentation used in mechanical refrigeration systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify refrigeration systems and components, explain the refrigeration process, and use the tools and instrumentation of the trade.

Register for this class
AHR-111 HVACR Electricity 4 3
AHR-111   HVACR Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces electricity as it applies to HVACR equipment. Emphasis is placed on power sources, interaction of electrical components, wiring of simple circuits, and the use of electrical test equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate good wiring practices and the ability to read simple wiring diagrams.

Register for this class
AHR-112 Heating Technology 6 4
AHR-112   Heating Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the fundamentals of heating including oil, gas, and electric heating systems. Topics include safety, tools and instrumentation, system operating characteristics, installation techniques, efficiency testing, electrical power, and control systems. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the basic oil, gas, and electrical heating systems and describe the major components of a heating system.

Register for this class
AHR-160 Refrigerant Certification 1 1
AHR-160   Refrigerant Certification PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the requirements for the EPA certification examinations. Topics include small appliances, high pressure systems, and low pressure systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of refrigerants and be prepared for the EPA certification examinations.

Register for this class
Semester Total 19 13
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Course
Title
contact
hours
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hours
AHR-113 Comfort Cooling 6 4
AHR-113   Comfort Cooling PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-110, AHR-111

This course covers the installation procedures, system operations, and maintenance of residential and light commercial comfort cooling systems. Topics include terminology, component operation, and testing and repair of equipment used to control and produce assured comfort levels. Upon completion, students should be able to use psychrometrics, manufacturer specifications, and test instruments to determine proper system operation.

Register for this class
AHR-114 Heat Pump Technology 6 4
AHR-114   Heat Pump Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take One: AHR-110 or AHR-113

This course covers the principles of air source and water source heat pumps. Emphasis is placed on safety, modes of operation, defrost systems, refrigerant charging, and system performance. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and analyze system performance and perform routine service procedures.

Register for this class
AHR-115 Refrigeration Systems 4 2
AHR-115   Refrigeration Systems PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-110 and AHR-111

This course introduces refrigeration systems and applications. Topics include defrost methods, safety and operational control, refrigerant piping, refrigerant recovery and charging, and leak testing. Upon completion, students should be able to assist in installing and testing refrigeration systems and perform simple repairs.

Register for this class
AHR-151 HVAC Duct Systems I 4 2
AHR-151   HVAC Duct Systems I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the techniques used to lay out and fabricate duct work commonly found in HVAC systems. Emphasis is placed on the skills required to fabricate duct work. Upon completion, students should be able to lay out and fabricate simple duct work.

Register for this class
ENG-110 Freshman Composition 3 3
ENG-110   Freshman Composition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take All: DRE-097

This course is designed to develop informative and business writing skills. Emphasis is placed on logical organization of writing, including effective introductions and conclusions, precise use of grammar, and appropriate selection and use of sources. Upon completion, students should be able to produce clear, concise, well-organized short papers.

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Semester Total 23 15
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Title
contact
hours
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hours
AHR-133 HVAC Servicing 8 4
AHR-133   HVAC Servicing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-114 and AHR-115

The course covers the maintenance and servicing of HVAC equipment. Topics include testing, adjusting, maintaining, and troubleshooting HVAC equipment and record keeping. Upon completion, students should be able to adjust, maintain, and service HVAC equipment.

Register for this class
MAT-110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 4 3
MAT-110   Mathematical Measurement and Literacy PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take All: DMA-010, DMA-020, and DMA-030

This course provides an activity-based approach that develops measurement skills and mathematical literacy using technology to solve problems for non-math intensive programs. Topics include unit conversions and estimation within a variety of measurement systems; ratio and proportion; basic geometric concepts; financial literacy; and statistics including measures of central tendency, dispersion, and charting of data. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the use of mathematics and technology to solve practical problems, and to analyze and communicate results.

Register for this class
Semester Total 12 7
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contact
hours
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AHR-211 Residential System Design 4 3
AHR-211   Residential System Design PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the principles and concepts of conventional residential heating and cooling system design. Topics include heating and cooling load estimating, basic psychrometrics, equipment selection, duct system selection, and system design. Upon completion, students should be able to design a basic residential heating and cooling system.

Register for this class
AHR-212 Advanced Comfort Systems 8 4
AHR-212   Advanced Comfort Systems PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take AHR-114

This course covers water-cooled comfort systems, water-source/geothermal heat pumps, and high efficiency heat pump systems including variable speed drives and controls. Emphasis is placed on the application, installation, and servicing of water-source systems and the mechanical and electronic control components of advanced comfort systems. Upon completion, students should be able to test, analyze, and troubleshoot water-cooled comfort systems, water-source/geothermal heat pumps, and high efficiency heat pumps.

Register for this class
AHR-213 HVACR Building Code 3 2
AHR-213   HVACR Building Code PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-133

This course covers the North Carolina codes that are applicable to the design and installation of HVACR systems. Topics include current North Carolina codes as applied to HVACR design, service, and installation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the correct usage of North Carolina codes that apply to specific areas of the HVACR trade.

Register for this class
AHR-215 Commercial HVAC Controls 4 2
AHR-215   Commercial HVAC Controls PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-133

This course introduces HVAC control systems used in commercial applications. Topics include electric/electronic control systems, pneumatic control systems, DDC temperature sensors, humidity sensors, pressure sensors, wiring, controllers, actuators, and controlled devices. Upon completion, students should be able to verify or correct the performance of common control systems with regard to sequence of operation and safety.

Register for this class
CIS-111 Basic PC Literacy 3 2
CIS-111   Basic PC Literacy PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides an overview of computer concepts. Emphasis is placed on the use of personal computers and software applications for personal and fundamental workplace use. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic personal computer skills.

Register for this class
ENG-115 Oral Communication 3 3
ENG-115   Oral Communication PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-096

This course introduces the basic principles of oral communication in both small group and public settings. Emphasis is placed on the components of the communication process, group decision-making, and public address. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles of effective oral communication in small group and public settings.

Register for this class
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 28 19
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Course
Title
contact
hours
Credit
hours
AHR-225 Commercial System Design 5 3
AHR-225   Commercial System Design PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-211

This course covers the principles of designing heating and cooling systems for commercial buildings. Emphasis is placed on commercial heat loss/gain calculations, applied psychometrics, air-flow calculations, air distribution system design, and equipment selection. Upon completion, students should be able to calculate heat loss/gain, design and size air and water distribution systems, and select equipment.

Register for this class
AHR-235 Refrigeration Design 4 3
AHR-235   Refrigeration Design PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-133

This course covers the principles of commercial refrigeration system operation and design. Topics include walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, system components, load calculations, equipment selection, defrost systems, refrigerant line sizing, and electric controls. Upon completion, students should be able to design, adjust, and perform routine service procedures on a commercial refrigeration system.

Register for this class
AHR-245 Chiller Systems 4 2
AHR-245   Chiller Systems PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-212 and AHR-215

This course introduces the fundamentals of liquid chilling equipment. Topics include characteristics of water, principles of water chilling, the chiller, the refrigerant, water and piping circuits, freeze prevention, purging, and equipment flexibility. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the components, controls, and overall operation of liquid chilling equipment and perform basic maintenance tasks.

Register for this class
AHR-250 HVAC System Diagnostics 4 2
AHR-250   HVAC System Diagnostics PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-212

This course is a comprehensive study of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration system diagnostics and corrective measures. Topics include advanced system analysis, measurement of operating efficiency, and inspection and correction of all major system components. Upon completion, students should be able to restore a residential or commercial AHR system so that it operates at or near manufacturers' specifications.

Register for this class
AHR-263 Energy Management 4 2
AHR-263   Energy Management PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-215

This course covers building automation computer programming as currently used in energy management. Topics include night setback, duty cycling, synchronization, schedule optimization, and anticipatory temperature control. Upon completion, students should be able to write programs utilizing the above topics and connect computer systems to HVAC systems.

Register for this class
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 3
Semester Total 24 15
TOTAL CREDITS 69

printAir Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Diploma

Course and Hour Requirements
Course
Number
Course
TITLE
contact
hours
Credit
hours
AHR-110 Introduction to Refrigeration 8 5
AHR-110   Introduction to Refrigeration PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic refrigeration process used in mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Topics include terminology, safety, and identification and function of components; refrigeration cycle; and tools and instrumentation used in mechanical refrigeration systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify refrigeration systems and components, explain the refrigeration process, and use the tools and instrumentation of the trade.

Register for this class
AHR-111 HVACR Electricity 4 3
AHR-111   HVACR Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces electricity as it applies to HVACR equipment. Emphasis is placed on power sources, interaction of electrical components, wiring of simple circuits, and the use of electrical test equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate good wiring practices and the ability to read simple wiring diagrams.

Register for this class
AHR-112 Heating Technology 6 4
AHR-112   Heating Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the fundamentals of heating including oil, gas, and electric heating systems. Topics include safety, tools and instrumentation, system operating characteristics, installation techniques, efficiency testing, electrical power, and control systems. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the basic oil, gas, and electrical heating systems and describe the major components of a heating system.

Register for this class
AHR-113 Comfort Cooling 6 4
AHR-113   Comfort Cooling PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-110, AHR-111

This course covers the installation procedures, system operations, and maintenance of residential and light commercial comfort cooling systems. Topics include terminology, component operation, and testing and repair of equipment used to control and produce assured comfort levels. Upon completion, students should be able to use psychrometrics, manufacturer specifications, and test instruments to determine proper system operation.

Register for this class
AHR-114 Heat Pump Technology 6 4
AHR-114   Heat Pump Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take One: AHR-110 or AHR-113

This course covers the principles of air source and water source heat pumps. Emphasis is placed on safety, modes of operation, defrost systems, refrigerant charging, and system performance. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and analyze system performance and perform routine service procedures.

Register for this class
AHR-115 Refrigeration Systems 4 2
AHR-115   Refrigeration Systems PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-110 and AHR-111

This course introduces refrigeration systems and applications. Topics include defrost methods, safety and operational control, refrigerant piping, refrigerant recovery and charging, and leak testing. Upon completion, students should be able to assist in installing and testing refrigeration systems and perform simple repairs.

Register for this class
AHR-133 HVAC Servicing 8 4
AHR-133   HVAC Servicing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-114 and AHR-115

The course covers the maintenance and servicing of HVAC equipment. Topics include testing, adjusting, maintaining, and troubleshooting HVAC equipment and record keeping. Upon completion, students should be able to adjust, maintain, and service HVAC equipment.

Register for this class
AHR-151 HVAC Duct Systems I 4 2
AHR-151   HVAC Duct Systems I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the techniques used to lay out and fabricate duct work commonly found in HVAC systems. Emphasis is placed on the skills required to fabricate duct work. Upon completion, students should be able to lay out and fabricate simple duct work.

Register for this class
AHR-160 Refrigerant Certification 1 1
AHR-160   Refrigerant Certification PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the requirements for the EPA certification examinations. Topics include small appliances, high pressure systems, and low pressure systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of refrigerants and be prepared for the EPA certification examinations.

Register for this class
AHR-213 HVACR Building Code 3 2
AHR-213   HVACR Building Code PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-133

This course covers the North Carolina codes that are applicable to the design and installation of HVACR systems. Topics include current North Carolina codes as applied to HVACR design, service, and installation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the correct usage of North Carolina codes that apply to specific areas of the HVACR trade.

Register for this class
ENG-115 Oral Communication 3 3
ENG-115   Oral Communication PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-096

This course introduces the basic principles of oral communication in both small group and public settings. Emphasis is placed on the components of the communication process, group decision-making, and public address. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles of effective oral communication in small group and public settings.

Register for this class
MAT-110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 4 3
MAT-110   Mathematical Measurement and Literacy PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take All: DMA-010, DMA-020, and DMA-030

This course provides an activity-based approach that develops measurement skills and mathematical literacy using technology to solve problems for non-math intensive programs. Topics include unit conversions and estimation within a variety of measurement systems; ratio and proportion; basic geometric concepts; financial literacy; and statistics including measures of central tendency, dispersion, and charting of data. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the use of mathematics and technology to solve practical problems, and to analyze and communicate results.

Register for this class
Semester Total 57 37

printAir Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Basic Certificate

Course and Hour Requirements
Course
Number
Course
TITLE
contact
hours
Credit
hours
AHR-110 Introduction to Refrigeration 8 5
AHR-110   Introduction to Refrigeration PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic refrigeration process used in mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Topics include terminology, safety, and identification and function of components; refrigeration cycle; and tools and instrumentation used in mechanical refrigeration systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify refrigeration systems and components, explain the refrigeration process, and use the tools and instrumentation of the trade.

Register for this class
AHR-111 HVACR Electricity 4 3
AHR-111   HVACR Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces electricity as it applies to HVACR equipment. Emphasis is placed on power sources, interaction of electrical components, wiring of simple circuits, and the use of electrical test equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate good wiring practices and the ability to read simple wiring diagrams.

Register for this class
AHR-112 Heating Technology 6 4
AHR-112   Heating Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the fundamentals of heating including oil, gas, and electric heating systems. Topics include safety, tools and instrumentation, system operating characteristics, installation techniques, efficiency testing, electrical power, and control systems. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the basic oil, gas, and electrical heating systems and describe the major components of a heating system.

Register for this class
AHR-160 Refrigerant Certification 1 1
AHR-160   Refrigerant Certification PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the requirements for the EPA certification examinations. Topics include small appliances, high pressure systems, and low pressure systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of refrigerants and be prepared for the EPA certification examinations.

Register for this class
Semester Total 19 13

printAir Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Certificate

Course and Hour Requirements
Course
Number
Course
TITLE
contact
hours
Credit
hours
AHR-110 Introduction to Refrigeration 8 5
AHR-110   Introduction to Refrigeration PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic refrigeration process used in mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Topics include terminology, safety, and identification and function of components; refrigeration cycle; and tools and instrumentation used in mechanical refrigeration systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify refrigeration systems and components, explain the refrigeration process, and use the tools and instrumentation of the trade.

Register for this class
AHR-111 HVACR Electricity 4 3
AHR-111   HVACR Electricity PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces electricity as it applies to HVACR equipment. Emphasis is placed on power sources, interaction of electrical components, wiring of simple circuits, and the use of electrical test equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate good wiring practices and the ability to read simple wiring diagrams.

Register for this class
AHR-113 Comfort Cooling 6 4
AHR-113   Comfort Cooling PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-110, AHR-111

This course covers the installation procedures, system operations, and maintenance of residential and light commercial comfort cooling systems. Topics include terminology, component operation, and testing and repair of equipment used to control and produce assured comfort levels. Upon completion, students should be able to use psychrometrics, manufacturer specifications, and test instruments to determine proper system operation.

Register for this class
AHR-114 Heat Pump Technology 6 4
AHR-114   Heat Pump Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take One: AHR-110 or AHR-113

This course covers the principles of air source and water source heat pumps. Emphasis is placed on safety, modes of operation, defrost systems, refrigerant charging, and system performance. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and analyze system performance and perform routine service procedures.

Register for this class
AHR-115 Refrigeration Systems 4 2
AHR-115   Refrigeration Systems PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • AHR-110 and AHR-111

This course introduces refrigeration systems and applications. Topics include defrost methods, safety and operational control, refrigerant piping, refrigerant recovery and charging, and leak testing. Upon completion, students should be able to assist in installing and testing refrigeration systems and perform simple repairs.

Register for this class
Semester Total 28 18

HVAC Servicing

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2018SU AHR-133-01 CLASS
LAB
Barber, Rodney
M,T,W,TH at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

M,T,W,TH at 9:05 AM - 12:10 PM

T T120

T T120

Basic PC Literacy

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2018SU CIS-111-01H CLASS
LAB
McCusker, Debra
M,W at 12:20 PM - 1:15 PM

M,W at 1:25 PM - 2:20 PM

Online
A A301

A A301

DSED ONLNE

2018SU CIS-111-99 CLASS
LAB
Vance, Lakeisha
at -

at -

OFFC OFFC1

OFFC OFFC1

Freshman Composition

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2018SU ENG-110-01E CLASS
Wilson, Jennifer
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

Oral Communication

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2018SU ENG-115-01W CLASS
Sargent, David
M,W,F at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

G G234

2018SU ENG-115-02 CLASS
Williams, Elizabeth
T,TH at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

G G234

2018SU ENG-115-03W CLASS
Sargent, David
M,W at 12:40 PM - 3:40 PM

G G234

2018SU ENG-115-04W CLASS
Otero, Cassandra
T,TH at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

G G234

Mathematical Measurement and Literacy

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2018SU MAT-110-01 CLASS
LAB
Scarlett, Sula
M,W at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

T,TH at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

B B204

B B204

2018SU MAT-110-02E CLASS
LAB
Cook, Melissa
Online Online DSED ONLNE

DSED ONLNE

2018SU MAT-110-03E CLASS
LAB
Workman, Michael
Online Online DSED ONLNE

DSED ONLNE

2018SU MAT-110-04H CLASS
LAB
Gilliam, Cynthia
M,W at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Online
B B220

DSED ONLNE

Diploma graduates should be able to assist in the start-up, preventive maintenance, service, repair, and/or installation of residential and light commercial systems. A.A.S. degree graduates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of system selection and balance, and advanced systems.

Career opportunities include:

  • System installation
  • System service technician
  • Maintenance in hospital or apartment environments
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration contractor
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration sales
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration instructor

Air Conditioning, Heating, Ref Faculty

Name Email Phone
Barber, Rodney Email Rodney Barber 336-506-4165
Pagura, Bently Email Bently Pagura 336-506-4191
Afanador, Otto Email Otto Afanador email only
Nicholson, Lonnie Email Lonnie Nicholson email only
Williams, Richard Email Richard Williams email only