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Granite State College Faculty
Gina Abudi, M.B.A.
MBA - Simons College Graduate School of Management
BA - Montclair State University
Gina Abudi, MBA, brings her extensive experience in project, process and people leadership to her classroom. Moving beyond theory, Gina’s classes focus on practical knowledge that students can apply now and in the future. Through a variety of case studies, discussion topics and individual activities, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life scenarios.
Gina is an adjunct faculty member at GSC, teaching online courses in the Master’s programs for project management and leadership.
Gina writes a number of white papers, case studies, and articles on various management, leadership, process improvement and project management topics, which can be found on her blog: GinaAbudi.com. She is leading author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2015) and contributing author to Gantthead’s Project Pain Reliever (J. Ross Publishing, 2011). She has written an eBook for her clients on Best Practices for Socializing Strategic HR Initiatives. Her most recent book, Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach, was published by J Ross Publishing in February 2017.
Gina received her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.
PhD, Education, K-12 Leadership - Walden University, Minneapolis,
MS, Human Services, Community Psychology - Springfield College
BS, Psychology - Fitchburg State College
Dr. Karin Allard is a certified school counselor working in a large elementary school in NH, and has taught courses at GSC for over 18 years. She was also a licensed substance abuse counselor (LADC) in the state of NH for many years, and has worked with substance abuse and mental health issues in a variety of residential treatment settings, private practice, schools, and outpatient settings since 1985. Karin's Ph.D. is in Education, K-12 Leadership, and her research interests involve the use of creative interventions to improve social skills and social emotional learning for elementary age students who are in need of extra supports in these areas.
Amy Allen, Ph.D.
PhD, Education/Teaching, Professional Administration Studies - Capella University
MSW, Clinical Therapy/Administration - University of New Hampshire
BSW- University of New Hampshire
- Transformational Leadership
- Drug/Alcohol Counseling
Hi, my name is Amy Allen. I am a 2004 GSC Graduate. I am also the Principal of Parker-Varney Elementary in Manchester. Previously I worked as the AP of Student Services at Hillside Middle School. I have a passion for Reading, Technology, school redesign and 21st century learning. I am a mother of a 5th grader and 2 dogs. Tino- English Bull Dog and Ozzie - a teddy bear Cockapoo.
Rita Anger, M.S.N.
MSN - Rivier College
BSN - Rivier College
ASN - Rivier College
What was my motivation to become a nurse? A pull. A tug. A push. But this journey did not begin in my youth but instead in my later years when I began to listen to that pull, tug, push. The journey began as an LNA, then LPN, on to RN when I became a hospice homecare nurse. For over 12 years, I provided symptom management and cared for some amazing patients and families who were instrumental in my growth as a nurse. I continued onto my BSN and finally received my MS in Nursing in order to pursue my other passion.....teaching.
What is my motivation to teach? Learners....learners who are compassionate, ethical, patient advocates and who believe that their patients should receive quality care. My philosophy is simple; belief that a learner's level of commitment is usually influenced by my own enthusiasm and passion for teaching. As an instructor, you must develop collaborative learner relationships which develop into a sense of mutual trust and respect. Teaching and learning are intertwined. There must be a level of trust between both the learner and instructor. I incorporate current evidence based practice in all course content as i believe that healthcare is constantly remaking itself and we should be teaching and practicing to current developments. I believe in encouraging learners to be accountable for their own learning. According to Knowles,
"In its broadest meaning, ’self-directed learning’ describes a process by which individuals take the initiative, with our without the assistance of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identify human and material resources for learning, choosing and implement appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.” (Knowles, 1975, p. 18)
Responsible and ethical behaviors are not learned; they are cultivated. Because quality patient care depends on the honest and ethical behavior of the nurse, I strongly feel that it is my responsibility to hold learners to the same level of accountability in every aspect of their learning. We are the most respected profession!
I believe my responsibility as an educator goes beyond teaching the content. Assisting learners in discovering ideas, passions, and personal identity is the result of encountering a variety of courses and seminars during the college experience. I believe by assisting students to incorporate knowledge from each experience, the outcome is a well-rounded student and ultimately, an exceptional nurse. By educating, encouraging and supporting students throughout the college experience, I believe I can positively impact their personal and professional lives and they, mine.
Kathleen Bartolini, M.A.
MA, Mental Health Sciences, Dance/Movement Psychotherapy - Hahnemann University
BFA, Dance Education and Performance - Boston Conservatory
Kathleen is a nationally certified counselor and comes from a long clinical career in the field of mental health. She earned her Masters Degree in mental health counseling and movement therapy at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. As a licensed professional counselor, she began her career at Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center (in New Castle, DE) and during that time also served as a clinical practicum supervisor for Hahnemann University graduate students.
Over the past 20 years, Kathleen has been consulting, and has focused on training staff of treatment centers, public and private schools on seeing behavior as communication and strength based approaches to learning. She holds adjunct lecturing positions in behavioral science and academic preparation at several local colleges.
In her free time, Kathleen can be found outdoors with her family and ridiculously large dog. Outdoors pretty much year round, favorite activities are skiing and hiking.
Christopher Benedetto, M.A.
MA, American Civilization - Brown University
BA, History and Secondary Education - Wheaton College
- Massachussetts Teacher Certification in History, Grades 8-12
Chris has taught various history courses at GSC since 2009, including two on Star Island. His goal is to make the study of history compelling, accessible, and relevant for my students. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 2001. From there, he completed a master’s in American Civilization at Brown University in Providence.
Outside of the academic world, Chris has worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service in Lowell and Boston, and continues his federal service today with the Department of State. In addition, he has been involved in historical living history organizations of the Revolutionary and Civil War for more than 20 years. In 2012 co-authored the book Union Soldier of the American Civil War: A Visual Reference. He has also written extensive articles on New Hampshire history, and a book about the history of capital punishment in New Hampshire titled “Granite Gallows: The Origins of New Hampshire's Debate over the Death Penalty.” He frequently lectures on this topic around the state for the New Hampshire Humanities Council. In 2013, he was presented with a "Good Steward" Award from the Campus Compact for New Hampshire for his continuing contributions to community education and historical preservation.
Kristen Bequeath, D.A.
DA, Leadership Studies - Franklin Pierce University
MS, Organizational Leadership - Southern New Hampshire University
BA, Business Administration - Southern New Hampshire University
Dr. Kristen has worked in the telecom industry for more than fifteen years in a variety of roles. Her current role is the Director of Service Delivery with an organization spanning across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
She has worked and led operations through major initiatives and change projects including a cut over from Verizon Communications to FairPoint Communications in 2009. The vast experience in change processes have contributed to both her insight and strengths as a practitioner in leadership.
She earned both a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. She recently completed a Doctoral of Arts program with Franklin Pierce University in Leadership Studies. This combines a theoretical approach to her experience as a practitioner and brings a comprehensive instructor to the classroom.
She has been married for over eighteen years and currently lives in southern New Hampshire with her family. Kristen loves to watch her sport fanatic children at any sport. In addition she loves to swim, kayak and many other outdoor activities.
Jay Berman, M.B.A.
MBA, Entrepreneurship - University of New Hampshire
BBA, Marketing - University of Pennsylvania
- Online Learning Certifications: Angel, Blackboard, e-College
Mr. Berman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. You can tell by his accent. In May of 1995, Mr. Berman graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Berman volunteered at a radio station for the blind in Philadelphia reading the daily Philadelphia newspapers while writing and marketing screenplays. In 1998, he then joined a family-owned diamond company in Philadelphia as a sales consultant. In 2000, Mr. Berman and his wife launched Centercitymedia.com, an Internet marketing firm for small businesses. Mr. Berman also conducted seminars at the University of Pennsylvania on how to start a small business on the Internet.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Berman realized he enjoyed providing excellent educational experiences to adult business students. So, in July of 2003, Mr. Berman and his wife moved to Dover, New Hampshire, so he could obtain his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, from which he graduated in May of 2005.
Since January of 2005, Mr. Berman has been facilitating undergraduate and MBA business courses online and in traditional settings in the Seacoast region. He is currently affiliated with the University of New Hampshire, Granite State College, and Great Bay Community College.
In August of 2016, Mr. Berman launched his own online business school called Main Street Business School, (http://www.mainstreetbusinessschool.com), a subscription based service providing non-credit business courses to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. No debt required.
Mr. Berman lives in Rochester, NH, with his wife, an intensive care nurse at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and their two children, who are students of the New Hampshire Virtual Academy. Aside from business and education, Mr. Berman and his family enjoy long hikes with their black Labrador. Mr. Berman's other interests include Hebrew, history, current events, films, Tang Soo Do (a Korean martial art), and travel.
Daniel Bouchard, M.S.
MS, Operations and Project Management - Southern New Hampshire University
MBA, Global - Southern New Hampshire University
Master's Certificate, Supply Chain Management - Southern New Hampshire University
BS, Technical Business Management
My name is Daniel (Dan) Bouchard. I have been a teacher here at GSC for almost three years. I also teach at New England College in Henniker, NH. I specialize in Business Courses, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management, International Business, etc.
In my work life, I am currently the Executive Director of the Hooksett, NH Chamber of Commerce. Previously, I've spent most of my working life in the Graphic Arts/Printing field. I ran small to large print shops ranging from 5 to 50 employees. In most of these companies I was responsible for all aspects of the operations. From HR, to production to supply chain to maintenance.
I have a B.S. in General Business Management with a focus on IT. I have an MBA with a focus on International Business as well as an M.S. in Operations and Project Management. I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management.
To learn more about me, please feel free to review my linked in profile by clicking the link below.
Jennifer Boudreau, M.S.W.
MSW - University of New Hampshire
BSW - University of New Hampshire
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and am a Coordinator at a local mental health agency. Prior to my management role, I was a clinical case manager on an Assertive Community Treatment Team. I am experienced in providing a multitude of interventions, conducting emergency assessments in local hospitals, and engaging in in-office and in-community therapy.
As an adjunct professor, it is my goal to nurture learning and help shape the minds of current and future generations. I do this through sharing knowledge and cultivating independent learning and critical thinking skills. I seek to empower each student to identify their strengths and build confidence through learning. My role as an educator is to create an atmosphere where students have the tools necessary to develop their own abilities to think and find answers. I aspire to not teach people what to think but instead, how to think. I strive to be a positive contribution to each student’s education and to create a welcoming and comfortable environment in which life-long learning can occur.
Susan Bradley, M.Ed.
MEd, Special Education - University of Pittsburg
BS, Communication Disorders - Northwestern University
Currently I serve as the out of district coordinator, as well as, the co-project manager for the district level systems change project in the Pittsfield, New Hampshire School district. I have also served as a school change coach wit the Center for Secondary School Redesign. For fifteen years prior to my current assignments, I served as special education case manager at the Pittsfield Elementary School. Before moving to New Hampshire, I taught in Maryland, Ohio, Texas, and California in the field of special education. I have worked as a resource teacher for middle school students with hearing impairments, a special education classroom teacher for elementary school students with learning disabilities and communication disorders, and as a project manager for young adults with learning disabilities.
I have always had a passion for working with students of all ages who learn differently, who struggle, and who have challenges in school and in the community. I have a passion for trying to find the key that will open the world of learning to these students.
I have had the pleasure and exciting opportunity to co-facilitate workshops at state and regional levels on topics of special education and student centered learning.
I received a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. I hold a NH Certification in the areas of Special Education and Specific Learning Disabilities.
My personal passions include my family and grandchildren, as well as, traveling to as many different states and countries as I possibly can. I love to snorkel and will spend hours doing so.
Christopher Brooks, M.A., M.Ed.
MA, Historical Studies - University of Maryland
MEd, Secondary Education - University of New Hampshire
BA, Economics, Intellectual History - Gordon College
My name is Christopher Brooks. I hold an MA in European history with emphasis on the history of ideas from the University of Maryland. I also earned a MEd from the University of New Hampshire in secondary education and specifically philosophy of education. I also studied at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary. I hold a BA in history from Gordon College. I have taught philosophy and history at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level for seventeen years.
I am currently a senior level social studies teacher at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH as well as a professor of leadership at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. At Souhegan, I teach ethics to seniors in a unique college credit program since 1997. Since 2007, I have taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level for Northeastern University. Five years ago, I entered another phase of my assignment with Northeastern, teaching ethical leadership at the Lahey Clinic and Hospital Complex in Burlington, MA. The summers of 2009 and 2011, I joined the faculty of Swinburne University on Northeastern's behalf and taught a series of graduate courses in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as a part of the NU’s Global Leadership Program. In my recent visit to Australia, I was a guest speaker on the topic of leadership, values and ethical theory at Swinburne University Graduate School of Entrepreneurship’s Leadership Conference held in downtown Melbourne. This summer I will be teaching once again for Swinburne University here in Boston as part of the Global Leadership Exchange Program. In addition to my work at Northeastern and GSC, I hold a position at Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, Southern New Hampshire University as well as the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, where I teach philosophy and ethics.
In 2003, I was awarded the Humanities Teacher of the Year award in the state of New Hampshire. That year, I was also awarded the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award through the NH Humanities Council. In 2006, I was a recipient of a New Hampshire State Humanities Grant to further citizenry and education throughout New Hampshire. Part of this initiative was to begin to train teachers and other professionals in New Hampshire to integrate philosophy and specifically ethics, into their workplace in order to strengthen citizenry and community bonds throughout the state. Seven years ago, I founded a new philosophy association for high school students called HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) that offers students from all over the state of New Hampshire with an annual statewide conference at UNH Durham. In conjunction with my work on HYPE, I founded the Ethics Forum at Souhegan High School, a student group of twenty-five seniors who work on HYPE, in the community and on statewide initiatives that correlate with ethics and leadership development. This group has raised and donated thousands of dollars to non-profit agencies and organizations as well as mentored elementary school students. Part of this work has, in the last five years, taken me and my students to Oklahoma as a consultant to two school districts helping them build ethics based citizenry development programs for their students. I have also been a guest speaker at the NH Sports Leadership Conference, the UNH Project Search, the New England Antioch Graduate School Poverty Forum, the Northeastern Nurses’ Conference, the National Coalition of Essential Schools Conference and the NH Social Studies Education Conference. This past year, the Ethics Forum Leadership Team and I won the RGSCP ethics and leadership grant through UNH Durham and the Granite State Award for 2014. I reside in Nashua, NH with my wife, two children and our yellow Labrador retriever Wally.
Jessica Carloni, M.Ed.
MEd, Literacy - University of New Hampshire
MA, English Literature - University of New Hampshire
BA, English with History Minor - College of St. Scholastica
- Reading Specialist Certification (K-12)
Jessica earned a B.A. in English from the College of St. Scholastica in 1997, a M.A. in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 2000, and a M.Ed. in Literacy Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. She worked as a teacher and reading specialist in New Hampshire schools for five years and has been a faculty member for Granite State College since 2009.
Tammy Carnevale, C.A.G.S., M.Ed.
C.A.G.S., Higher Education: Curriculum and Instruction -
M.Ed., Special Education - Plymouth Sate University
B.S., Child and Family Studies - Granite State College
Beginning Doctorate program January, 2017 - Higher Education: Adult Education
- Graduate Certification, Online Instructional Design
Occupational Therapy Assistant
After School Program Director
Extended School Year Coordinator
Special Education Teacher and Case Manager
Special Education Coordinator
Higher Education Instructor for f2f, hybrid and online courses
Current Position at GSC:
Instructor for EDU 510 - Foundations of Education, EDU 606 and EDU 701 - Dynamic Role of the Special Educator
Field Placement Faculty for Out-of-State Students
School of Education Advisor
Nancee Caughey, C.A.G.S., M.S.W.
CAGS, Adult Learning and Development - Plymouth State University
MSW - Boston University
BA, Elementary Education and Communications - Curry College
Greetings! I’ve been teaching with Granite State College for several years now, in the areas of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Exposure to diverse populations, ages and experiences has enhanced my learning, teaching and understanding in the field. I endeavor to approach life in a balanced, holistic way, with moderation in all things. There is a synergy of strengths and skills that contribute to my professional and personal growth and achievement. For me these include communication, time management, managing stress, risk taking, organization, honesty and integrity. I strive to empower students through education to develop and increase their own set of life tools to maximize their life journey.
Toby Chassie, C.A.G.S., M.Ed.
CAGS, Educational Leadership/Special Education - Plymouth State University
MEd, Educational Administration and Supervision - Plymouth State University
BS, Elementary and Special Education - Eastern Michigan Univeristy
Tobi Gray Chassie serves as the district administrator for the Pittsfield (NH) school district. Currently, she also serves as a co-project manager for the building new models for systems change project, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. For twenty-two years prior to this assignment, Tobi served as the district's director of student services.
As co-founder of Transforming Educational Practice, a NH-based consulting organization, Tobi provides support for school leaders engaged in school development and redesign.
Tobi has served as an adjunct instructor for several undergraduate programs, teaching courses in special education. Additionally, Tobi has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences on topics such as community engagement in school change, student centered learning strategies, special education, and measuring teacher effectiveness.
Tobi maintains certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, General Special Education, Intellectual Impairments, Pre-School Special Education, Principal, Special Education Administrator, and Superintendent.
Tobi holds a B.S. in special education and elementary education from Eastern Michigan University, M.Ed. in educational leadership from Plymouth State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in educational leadership from Plymouth State University. She is a NH delegate to the State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness. Tobi was honored as NH Special Education Administrator of the Year in 2008.
Kelly Chisholm, M.S.
MS, Business Management - Lesley College
BS, Industrial Technology - University of Lowell
Hello Everyone! I wanted to give you a few insights into my background. I relocated to New Hampshire from the Boston area about 12 years ago, have 20+ years of corporate management experience and have owned a successful small business for many years. I earned my Master's Degree in Management from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA and my Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Lowell. I have been teaching college-level Management, Leadership, Marketing, Business Communications and general business courses since 2008.
I am extremely enthusiastic about business management, growth and development and find my true passion lies in exploring these concepts with a diverse audience of learners. My goal is to create a teaching and learning environment where ideas are shared and theories are applied to business situations. I embrace the opportunity to help others further develop their appreciation for effective business, management and leadership skills, and look forward to our online learning journey!
Jake Collins, M.P.A.
MPA - University of New Hampshire
BA, Political Science - University of New Hampshire
- Public Manager/Public Supervisor
- Special Police Constable
- Corrections Senior Command Staff
- County Corrections Officer
Jake is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Justice Studies and a Master's of Public Administration. Jake is also a Certified Public Manager, Certified Correctional Officer and Special Constable. Jake currently is Assistant Superintendent of Strafford County Jail. He has years of experience in criminal justice, county government, education and the community mental health services.
Tracy Collins, D.N.P.
DNP - Simmons College
MSN - Duke University
BSN - Northeastern University
- Neuroscience RN (CNRN)
- Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA)
Career: I work as the Clinical Quality Coordinator for 18 Physician Practices. In this position, I oversee quality performance by the providers and clinical staff. I also provide education, develop workflows, and provide clinical support to the MAs and Nurses in the practices. I am also currently working on building and rolling out a new electronic health record. I have 17-years of nursing leadership experience. I have held leadership positions in medical-surgical units, intensive care units, and sub-acute care. For the past 8 years I have functioned as a project manager, which included supporting magnet designation efforts, service excellence, and clinical informatics integration. I have also taught for 12 years, with a combination of classroom, hybrid format, and online.
Personal: I have a husband and four children, ages 14,16,19,and 23. I enjoy swimming, biking, kayaking, playing clarinet, reading, and traveling. I also just started to learn to play cello.
Thomas Conomacos, M.B.A.
MBA, Minor: Marketing - Rivier University
BA, Psychology, Minor: Psychology - University of Psychology
Currently serving as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Joseph’s Middle East Bakery, Inc., it is my pleasure to participate in the exciting realm of education after over 10 years of experience in the field. It has been my privilege to play a vital role in the development and success of the company’s marketing objectives, which have brought Joseph’s from a regional manufacturer to a national retail supplier, with several items leading the country in sales within their respective categories. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2004, and my M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from Rivier University in 2010.
Patricia Corbett, Ed.D.
Ed.D., Curriculum Learning Leadership - Northeastern University
MS, Education K-12 - University of New England
BA, Psychology - Saint Anselm College
- Elementary Education K-8
I currently chair the Departments of Education and Social Sciences at Great Bay Community College, where I have been on the faculty for 17 years. I teach in the Education and Psychology Departments at Granite State College. I also sit on the school board in my community. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Saint Anselm College, a Master's Degree in Education from University of New England and a Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning Leadership from Northeastern.
Carolyn Cormier, Ed.D.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership - University of New England
M.S., Education - New England College
BS, Education - Keene State College
I am an elementary educator interested in school improvement, technology integration, and inquiry based learning. I have explored many of these topics through professional focus groups and action research and have presented to a variety of audiences on topics including standards based reporting, technology in the elementary classroom, and flipped classrooms. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Keene State College in Elementary Education and Developmental Psychology and a Master of Education degree from New England College. I am NH and MA principal certified and am currently completing my doctoral work in Educational Leadership with the University of New England.
I live in southern New Hampshire with my husband and two children, a daughter (9) and son (4). In my free time I enjoy reading, travelling, and running. I look forward to getting to know each of you throughout this term.
Marguerite Corvini, M.S.W.
MSW - New York University
BA, Communications - Wake Forest University
I have a Master in Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor of Art from Wake Forest University. I am originally from Long Island, NY. I do consider myself an Islander at heart. I moved to the “Granite State” in 2005. I will admit that it took some time to adjust to not having delicious bagels and pizza at my fingertips, but I now LOVE being a New Englander. (And don’t worry, I do not pledge allegiance to any of the NY teams—my husband would not have that!)
I have been staff at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) since 2008. Initially at IHPP I worked as a field researcher on a water quality study investigating the cognitive developmental effects of arsenic on children. More recently, I have been able to hone my macro practice in the area of long term care and aging. In 2011, IHPP joined with the Institute on Disability to develop the UNH Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL). CACL is now where my macro social work practice is focused. I have the opportunity to work with many New Hampshire agencies serving the aging and disabilities population. I love being a macro social worker and working in the field of long term care and aging. Prior to my work with IHPP, I practiced as a clinician for family and children, which was also rich and rewarding. I really, however, found my niche in the macro world, and I love opening students to the possibilities that “the life of” a macro social worker can offer.
When students take my course, I endeavor to create a learning environment that is fun and allows students to gain some practical knowledge that’s applicable to life. I aim to do this by utilizing a variety of tools that target students’ various learning styles, interests and life experience.
When I’m not teaching or at IHPP/CACL, I am spending time with my family, dabbling in the world of creative screenwriting or enjoying a good cup of tea.
Erin Courville, M.A.
M.A., Educational Leadership
BA, English - Bridgewater State University
- Online Instructional Design (Graduate Certificate)
Erin has 10 years of experience working on college campuses with students, faculty and staff. Before coming to GSC, she worked in Student Affairs at UNH, Bridgewater State University and Assumption College.
She holds a Graduate Certificate in Online Instructional Design from Plymouth State University, a M.A. in Educational Leadership with a focus in Student Personnel from University of Central Florida and a B.A in English with a concentration in Secondary Education from Bridgewater State University. She also completed graduate coursework in Women & Gender Studies from BSU. She has a background in risk management, social media management, leadership development, and LGBTQ advocacy and education.
Erin was born and raised in Rhode Island. She enjoys swimming, reading and iced coffee. She lives with her partner & cat in Hooksett.
Jonathan Couser, Ph.D.
PhD, Medieval History - University of Notre Dame
MA, Medieval History - University of Notre Dame
M.Div. - Yale Divinity School
BA - Yale University
I received my PhD in medieval history from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. Since then, I have taught at the University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, Plymouth State University and Granite State College. My classes have run the range of history from the ancient world to modern America, but my special interest is medieval Europe and particularly the spread of Christianity between 500 and 1000 AD. Besides my academic interests, I enjoy camping and canoeing on New Hampshire's lakes and forests with my wife and children and music, particularly bass guitar.
MPA - University of New Hampshire
BS, Dual Major: Environmental Conservation & International Affairs
- New Hampshire Certified Public Manager
Steven M. Couture, MPA, CPM, serves as Coastal Program Manager for the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) where he oversees the technical assistance services provided to NH’s coastal communities as well as providing direction for state coastal policy. He joined NHDES in 1999 and has served in the NH Army National Guard since 2001. Mr. Couture graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual major BS in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs in 1998, and a Masters in Public Administration in 2012. He earned the Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation in 2011.
Steve Covello, M.S.
MS, Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation - Syracuse University
BA, Communications - William Paterson University
Steve Covello is GSC's Rich Media Specialist within the Instructional Design team. He earned an MS in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University, with a concentration in Interactive Technology and Distributed Learning, and a BA in Communication from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. Steve's background includes teaching online, interactive online multimedia, WordPress website design and development, video production and post-production, graphic animation, and digital music composing.
Steve's professional work involves working with faculty to improve student engagement in online courses through the use of multimedia, Web-based interaction, and common webtools used in professional practice, and is currently leading the implementation of the Chalk & Wire e-portfolio system for GSC's Graduate Studies programs. Steve has been a presenter and staff support person at USNH's Academic Technology Institute since 2011.
Jan Coville, M.S.
MS, Human Services - New England College
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies in Art, Literature and History - Burlington College
I am Granite State College's Director of Career Services. I am also a certified Career Advisor and Global Career Development Facilitator. I have worked for GSC for 10 years and began as an Academic Advisor in 2007. I have had a passion for career advising after taking my first class in it in graduate school.
David Czesniuk, M.B.A.
MBA - Northeastern University
MA, Counseling Psychology - Marist College
BA, Psychology - Marist College
Dave Czesniuk is an established leadership education instructor, trainer and coach/mentor with particular expertise in working with higher education, non-profit, sport and military organizations. Through classroom instruction, organizational consultation and training, and personal coaching, Dave’s approach synthesizes the most practical aspects of his counseling background with the most strategic aspects of his management experience. Topical areas of Dave’s expertise include high performance team management, strategic planning, staff recruitment and retention, social entrepreneurship, and managing diversity.
Throughout his career, Dave has provided leadership education and training for companies within the sports industry, institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations, among others. As Sr. Associate Director at Sport in Society, a Northeastern University Center, Dave expanded all programs and consulting initiatives that use sport to promote leadership. Dave launched an annual Power of Sport Summit where global leaders in the sports industry convene to discuss strategies for making a stronger impact in social justice and community outreach. Dave has developed diversity initiatives that strengthen programmatic and organizational bottom-lines, and has built live and virtual platforms for providing ongoing leadership training and professional development to collegiate and professional sports executives.
Dave teaches a number of graduate level courses that further leverage his expertise, including a Leadership and Organization course that dissects the structures and hierarchy’s of organizations to uncover best practices in culture building, leadership development and strategic planning. Dave has also taught Leading Teams, The Strategic Leader, and Developing Your Internal and External Leadership Capabilities for project managers, HR professionals, health care workers, sports industry professionals and more. Through his teaching and consulting work, Dave has been referenced extensively in print, including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN: The Magazine.
Dave began his career in leadership education by spending five years at the United States Military Academy at West Point as a performance enhancement consultant. In this capacity he taught classes, and conducted training with West Point Cadets, Division I Athletes and the U.S. Army to improve their athletic, academic, and military performances. Dave has also held a number of volunteer leadership and board positions, including serving as Leadership Seminar Chairperson and Corporate Board President for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program.
Dave holds an MBA from Northeastern University, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Marist College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marist College. Dave resides in Somerville, MA.
Joshua Dallaire, M.A.
MA, English & Creative Writing - Southern New Hampshire University
BA, English & Creative Writing - State University of New York College
AA, Liberal Arts & Sciences - North Country Community College
Here at Granite State, my teaching portfolio includes both The Writing Process, Expository Writing, and Writing for the Professions.
I am also an Adjunct Professor of English at Manchester Community College where my teaching repertoire includes: Learning Community Seminar, College Success Seminar, Intermediate College Reading Skills, Advanced College Reading Skills, College Writing Skills I, College Writing Skills II, Reading & Writing II, College Composition I, and Oral Communications. At MCC, I also serve as a curriculum contributor.
Additionally, I am Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University, where I regularly teach Fundamentals of Writing, College Composition I, and Sophomore Seminar.
I earned my Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing, with a minor in Communication, from the State University of New York College at Potsdam. At SUNY Potsdam, I was inducted into Sign Tau Delta, the international English honors society, and graduated cum laude. I also hold an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Humanities and Social Science, from North Country Community College.
In addition to teaching, I freelance edit novels, articles, and papers for my own, small start-up company.
To supplement my income as an adjunct, I work in the Academic Success Center at MCC, which is an office that offers a conglomerate of student services office. Here, I also occasionally serve as a professional writing tutor, specializing in research paper development.
I have been published in several journals, including: The Tower Journal, North Country, Treeline, and several campus-wide publications at SUNY Potsdam.
In my free time, I enjoy singing, acting, writing, and preparing skills lectures for college students, which I have presented at several area colleges in New Hampshire.
Susan Dame, M.Ed.
MEd, Special Education - Rhode Island College
BS, Elementary Education - Rhode Island College
NH Teacher Certification:
- Early Childhood Education
- General Special Education
- Learning Disabilities
- Special Education Administration
Greetings! I have been teaching for Granite State College since 1985 in the areas of early childhood and special education. My professional work has been in early intervention, elementary education and administration. I have worked in both private agency and public school settings. My most recent position was as a high school 504 Coordinator. In addition to the courses I teach, I serve as faculty mentor for GSC students completing independent learning contracts and integrative learning experiences as well as consulting to local school districts to ensure best practice in both ECE and special education.
My teaching philosophy reflects my passion for children, families and learning. I design courses that are rooted in developmental theory and current research with emphasis on practical ways to promote best practice in all educational settings. I believe that learners are enriched by professional dialogue with each other, reflection on best practice and by using their own observations and experiences with children as a context for applying new knowledge.
Ronald Danault, M.Ed.
MEd - Plymouth State University
BS - Granite State College
AS - White Mountains Community College
- Cisco - CCENT, CCNA
- CompTIA - A+, Network+, Security+
- Microsoft - Windows 7, MCTS
- White Mountains Regional High School (Full Time) - 2005 to Present
- White Mountains Community College (Adjunct) - 2006 to Present
- New England College (Adjunct) - 2006 to 2015
- Granite State College (Adjunct) - 2014 to Present
- Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth) - 2015
Philosophy of Education: My philosophy of education is based upon my belief that education provides us with the dexterity needed to become informed intellectual individuals and positive contributors to our society and future generations. As teachers, we provide students with the critical tools to become effective communicators, practical problem solvers, and ultimately become responsible and involved citizen of our society. Students in today’s world need to learn effective conflict management and resolution, to think rationally and reasonably, and become self-confident.
Personal Interests and Hobbies: Reading, traveling, photography, watching documentaries, sports.
Melissa Day, M.S.
MS, Sociology - Illinois State University
BA, Sociology - Goldsmiths University, London
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology - University of New Hampshire
I have been teaching social science courses for Granite State College since 2011. I received my Bachelor’s degree in sociology and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Central Connecticut State University. After undergrad, I attended Illinois State University and received my Masters of Science degree in sociology. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of New Hampshire. I love coffee, traveling, and experimenting in our vegetable garden and kitchen. My professional research projects focus on gender dynamics in the family. I am very passionate about engaging in the practice of teaching and in the scholarship of teaching and learning (known as SoTL). My general teaching philosophy is that I strive to be a facilitator of student learning that is self-motivated and highly applicable to personal experience and everyday life. If you’re a user of Facebook, I would love to connect with you there! Find me at “Melissa D Day, MS.”
Kathy DesRoches, Ed.D.
EdD, Education Leadership - Plymouth State University
MA, Liberal Arts - University of New Hampshire
BA, English - University of New Hampshire
Hello, I have spent my career working in higher education. I love to learn and work with others as they learn. I am the Program Director for the MS in Leadership at Granite State College and Senior Lecturer. I have a doctorate from Plymouth State University and undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNH.
I live in the Concord area with my husband. We have two dogs and a cat. In my off-time, I like to do Pilates, yoga, read, play with my pets, knit, and travel.
Mary Dindorf, M.A.
CAGS - University of New Hampshire
MA, Teaching - SIT Graduate Institute
BA, Asian Studies - Lewis and Clark College
Doctoral Candidate, Curriculum and Instruction - University of New Hampshire
- Educational Leadership
- New Hampshire Experienced Educator in English Education, Grades 5-12
Mary Dindorf earned her MAT in English from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. Currently, she is working towards a PhD in Education at UNH, with an emphasis on English and Literacy. She has taught both adults and K-12 in the US and overseas, primarily in Asia. Mary believes that the purpose of an education is to empower students to make their own informed decisions and find solutions for their own and shared problems. Mary enjoys reading and writing, working with clay, learning languages, and exploring New England.
Deborah Doucet, M.Ed.
MEd, Computer Technology Educator - Plymouth State University
BS, Business Management, Information Technology - Granite State College
AAS, Management - New Hampshire Community Technical College
I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) with my own practice that I opened in 2012. Prior to opening my own practice I worked for a couple of different financial services firms to gain the experience that I needed until I was ready to go out on my own. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University where I graduated magna cum laude, and I have a Master of Science degree from Kansas State University in personal financial planning through their college of human ecology. At KSU I was invited to join the Honour socieity of Phi Kappa Phi.
I happily live and work in Mount Washington Valley. I love the community spirit of the valley, and I try to enjoy everything that the valley has to offer.
Kimberly Dougherty, Ph.D.
PhD, English - University of New Hampshire
MA, English - The College of New Jersey
MS, Administration - Central Michigan University
BA, English - Concordia College (NY)
Current Position: Lecturer, American and Multicultural Literature
I prefer to be called Kim, and my last name is pronounced Dock-er-tee. I've been teaching literature at Granite State College since 2013, and previously I taught in online, hybrid and face-to-face classrooms at University of New Hampshire, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and University of Phoenix. In my first career, I served 22 years as an Air Force Officer and KC-135 navigator, conducting in-flight refueling with other aircraft.
Teaching Philosophy: I am a firm advocate of life-long learning, from my own experiences of earning roughly a “degree per decade.” I see learners and teachers as fellow travelers on an educational journey. Initially, I’m the one with the tools for navigation--the metaphorical GPS-- but the choice of destination is ultimately your own. My goal is to pass the GPS on to you, helping you develop effective learning skills to successfully complete your own educational journey after leaving our classroom. Through reading and writing about literature, I help you discover meaning and relevance for your life and learning goals.
Interests: I love winter sports, especially skiing and snowshoeing, and celebrated a recent birthday with a thrilling bobsled ride at Lake Placid! In the summer, I also like to be outdoors: kayaking, hiking, and fly-fishing.
Research and Scholarship: My scholarship blends both my old and new careers, as I specialize in American Literature and twentieth-century war writing. Here are some of my recent/current scholarly projects:
- “Urban Assault, Past and Future: Firebombing and Killer Robots in Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay” in Notes on American Literature, December, 2014. Read the article here (you don't need an account--select "Read Paper" at the bottom of the link):
- I presented a paper entitled “The great fire-breathing USAF sky dragon”: American Airpower in John Clark Pratt’s The Laotian Fragments.” at the American Literature Association's annual conference in San Francisco, May, 2016.
- Book Manuscript (in progress):
- The Clean War: A Century of Writing about Airpower. Estimated completion-- December, 2017.
Sherry Dumais, M.B.A.
MBA, Healthcare Concentration - Northeastern University
BSN - Rivier College
ASN - NH Vocational Technical College
Sherry Dumais, MBA, BSN, RN. I am a native of NH. Most of my experience has been in acute care hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers. I have held administrative and management positions in healthcare settings and presently work as a Case Manager in an emergency department at a community hospital. I earned my BSN from Rivier College and an MBA/ Healthcare Administration from Northeastern University.
Lisa Eisele, M.S.N.
MSN - Chamberlain College of Nursing
BSN - Chamberlain College of Nursing
ASN - Labette Community College
Ms. Eisele is in federal service as a Medical Service Chief, leading a high performing professional team in Health Quality Management, Organizational Performance, Systems Redesign (Lean Six Sigma) and Risk Management. Ms. Eisele is a registered nurse who entered the workforce with an Associate Degree, later completing her BSN and MSN with a focus in health informatics. She is a classically trained pianist who enjoys playing and writing music. Her hobbies include antiques, traveling, and planning for retirement between New England and Italy.
Tammy Esmaili, M.B.A.
MBA - Ohio University
MEd - Ohio University
BS, Elementary Education/Psychology Minor - Ohio University
I am a Human Resource professional with two masters degrees and two HR Professional Certifications. I have a Masters degree in Education and one in business (MBA). I also have a SHRM-SCP and SPHR certification, both indicating a senior certified professional.
I am currently the project manager for a corporate initiative at my employer; implementing Workday as our HR system of record. Workday is a Human Capital Management system that will allow our managers to do a lot of the "HR" admin work, such as transferring people and giving raises. This will allow our HR professionals time to provide more value added services to the company, such as Organizational Development activities.
I also love teaching online classes for Granite State. I really sharing my experiences with young professionals and respect the time GS students put into bettering their lives through education.
Dierdre Estes, M.S.
MS, Community Mental Health Counseling - New England College
BS, Human Services - New England College
- On Course Certified
- Online Instructor
My name is Dierdre Estes and I am an Adjunct Professor specializing in the field of Psychology and Social Sciences. I have a small consulting practice utilizing integrative Eastern and Western philosophy.
My master’s of science degree is in Community Mental Health Counseling and I study both at the doctoral level (currently on hiatus) including Integrative Sciences with the focus on the mind body connection. I have great passion for the field of psychology and neuroscience and believe that we are breaking new grounds every day. I have been teaching at the college level over the past 19 years and some of the courses include: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Deviance in Society, Research Methods, Personality Theories, Introduction to Counseling, Sociology, Victimology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Positive Psychology, Conflict Resolution, Child and Adolescent Development, Lifespan Psychology and Group Dynamics.
I currently am studying Integrative Nutrition as another tool in my arsenal of therapeutic interventions for individuals suffering with mental illness.
I have spent the last decade caring for my folks and I was grateful to be in a position to do it. I have two sons that make me proud every single day. They are married and collectively I have 3 grandchildren. Since I have spent so much time caring for others, I am actually taking some time to focus inward. Hiking, exercising, spending time with family, listening to great music, photography and trying to ensure my children never have to care for me are now priorities in my world. I’m also thinking that a warm, sunny beach may be in my future. I am just wrapping up two books, 'A Care-Givers Guide to Sanity' and a yet to be titled book of notes I have written to my sons since they were born.
Sue Farris, M.Ed.
MEd, Adult Learning and Development - Plymouth State University
BS, Behavioral Science/Adult Learning and Development - Granite State College
- Teaching and Training
- Spinning Instructor
My name is Sue Farris, and I live in the beautiful western mountains of Maine. I graduated from Granite State College in 2010 with a B.S. in Behavioral Science and a minor in Adult Learning and Development, and went on to earn my M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development from Plymouth State University in 2012.
I love to learn and am fascinated by the brain and how it learns, and in particular, how our personal experiences shape our learning, especially throughout adulthood. My goal as an educator, therefore, is to create a relevant, engaging, and reflective environment that deepens the student's learning experience beyond traditional lecture and pen-and-paper methods.
In addition to teaching for Granite State College, I also work full-time at the University of Maine as the College of Education's Coordinator of Educational Assessment and Special Projects, assisting the College with its self-evaluation processes for national accreditation.
When I'm not teaching or assessing, I am most likely to be found atop my bike, either outdoors (when the weather is cooperative) or indoors (I enjoy Spinning class in the winter time, to keep me in shape for the rest of the year). I also enjoy camping and hiking, and many other outdoor activities.
It is an honor for me to be teaching at Granite State College, my alma mater!
Jeff Feingold, M.A.
MA, Professional Writing - New England College
BA, English - Hamilton College
I’ve been a professional journalist for 40 years. In that time, I’ve worked at weekly and daily newspapers in New Jersey and New Hampshire, but most of my career has been spent as editor of NH Business Review and NHBR.com.
I’ve been an adjunct professor at Granite State College since 2013, teaching Writing Process and Professional Writing. At New England College, where I earned my master’s degree in professional writing, I have been an instructor and lecturer, teaching classes on journalism, media law, state and local government and U.S. politics.
My freelance work has appeared in several publications, including The New York Times and The Nation. I also make frequent appearances as a guest on public affairs shows on radio and TV.
In my classes, my goal is to teach the importance of good, accurate writing, particularly in an era that requires so much of it. I also believe that we can learn best when we learn together and place a lot of importance on working in workshop-style groups. But in the end, my aim is to teach each student as an individual, because each has a different writing style, needs and goals.
Joleen Fernold, Ph.D.
PhD, Infant Mental Health and Development Disabilities - ICDL Graduate School
MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders - University of New Hampshire
BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders - University of New Hampshire
- Speech-Language Pathologies
- Early Childhood Master Professional Credential Endorsements: Workshop Trainer, Faculty, Individual Mentor, Program Consultant, Allied Professional
- DIR/Floortime Clinician
- More Than Words
- It Takes Two to Talk
- Educational Surrogate
- Speech - Language Specialist
Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a DIRFloortime® Training Leader and Expert Provider. She is an adjunct professor for Granite State College and has a special interest in the social emotional development of young children and its impact on their speech and language skills. As a speech-language pathologist, Joleen works with children who have a variety of communication disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, and Selective Mutism. She partnered with Easter Seals NH in 2006 to begin an assessment and treatment clinic specifically for children with Selective Mutism. This clinic has now expanded to her office in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
If you'd like more information, check out her website: www.JoleenFernald.com.
Danielle Fiery. M.Ed.
MEd, Curriculum and Instruction - Plymouth State University
BA, Mathematics - Wesleyan University
I started teaching at Granite State College in the summer of 2015. I have eleven years teaching high school at Pinkerton Academy and before that I was a buyer at several telecommunication manufacturing companies for ten years. I have a BA in Mathematics from Wesleyan University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Plymouth State University. I love teaching math and am enjoying teaching at GSC!
Angela Flores, M.S.
MS, Audiology - University of South Alabama
BS, Speech and Hearing Sciences - University of South Alabama
AuD - Salus University
Angela Flores received her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of South Alabama and completed her CFY at Mayo Clinic. She received her Au.D. from Salus University in 2009. She worked clinically with Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida Pediatric Program for over 8 years. More recently, she has worked with Siemens Hearing Instruments in varying roles including Director of Education and Training, Senior Manager of Education and Training and Educational Specialist. During her tenure at Siemens, Angela was responsible for the planning and implementation of customer and employee product educational sessions. Her responsibilities also included creating and editing sales and marketing pieces. She currently works as a consultant and as an adjunct professor for Granite State University.
Brian Fowler, B.A.
BA, Geology - Marietta College
Management - Harvard University
Brian Fowler is a retired consulting Engineering Geologist living in Madison, NH after a 45 year career. He has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed professional papers on geotechnical engineering and geological research, including 25 years of scientific studies of the geologic structure and rock mechanics of The Old Man of The Mountain. He is currently undertaking geologic mapping projects for the U.S. and N.H. Geological Surveys, along with independent research and publication on the deglaciation and related climate change of the White Mountains and northeastern North America. He is a Past-President of the Mount Washington Observatory and a former Adviser to Colorado's Mountain Studies Institute.
Sara Foy, M.Ed.
MEd, Education Media & Technology - Boston University
BS, Human Ecology - University of Tennessee
I hold an EdM in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University and a BS in Community Health Education from the University of Tennessee. I have over 10 years of instructional design experience working and teaching at several higher education institutions. I have been teaching INST 610: Instructional Design and Interactive Learning at Granite State College since 2011.
I currently work at Tufts University in Boston, MA where I work closely with faculty members to design and develop pedagogically sound online and blended courses. From curricular review through quality assurance and evaluation, to implementing new and innovative uses of educational technology, my goal is to support faculty in the integration of best practices.
Deeply rooted in my educational philosophy is the belief that technology is an essential tool in all aspects of teaching and learning. My teaching philosophy is very much the same as my learning philosophy: learn as much as we can from the people around us.
I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and continue my love of the outdoors by spending many of my weekends climbing in the mountains of New Hampshire and kayaking in my adopted hometown of Scituate, MA.
Nicole Fragala, M.Ed.
MEd, Early Childhood Special Education - University of New Hampshire
BA, Child, Youth and Community - Curry College
Nicole Fragala, M.Ed., BCBA began her work with children with special needs providing child care while she was completing her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Curry College. Nicole has worked in Early Supports and Services as a developmental educator specializing in program planning for young children with autism for five years. In addition, Nicole has developed and continues to conduct an adapted dance program for students with special needs. She has completed a master's degree in Early Childhood Special Needs and a certification in teaching at the University of New Hampshire. While working in ESS, she studied with the Florida Institute of Technology's Graduate Professional Development program and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. After her work in ESS, Nicole continued her work as a special education teacher for students with autism. Currently Nicole works as an Associate Behavior Consultant with Constellations Behavioral Services. Nicole's primary interest involves providing parent and staff training for understanding best approaches to interaction with children with special needs. Nicole currently teaches Behavioral Interventions for Young Children with Special Needs and Collaboration, Consultation, and Teaming with Young Children with Special Needs.
Carmen Frederico, M.S.
MS, Accounting - Kaplan University
MBA - Bently College
BS, Business Administration in Accounting - University of Lowell
I am currently a controller for a book manufacturer, and have over thirty five years of experience in accounting in various management and controllership roles over that time span. I have an MBA from Bentley University and a Master of Science in Accounting from Kaplan University, and have been teaching accounting and management courses at local colleges for the past twenty years.
Mark Friedman, M.I.A.
MIA, International Affairs - Columbia University School of International Affairs
BA, Asian Studies - Dartmouth College
I teach, consult, and publish in the area of business and culture, and grew up in France and Italy. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel in most of the continents. Travel is fun as well as a great educational experience and I highly recommend it!
I’ve studied in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In Southeast Asia I fell in love with the jungles and beaches of Indonesia. Over six consecutive summers I taught business classes at Israel College in Tel Aviv.
Not unusually, I speak French, Italian, Czech, Chinese, and Malay/Indonesian. I say “not unusually” because my Czech cousin speaks as many languages. I’m a graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in Asian Studies and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
My clients include Fidelity, MA/COM, the Cambodian American League of Lowell, Hewlett Packard, Fuji, and Metal Works.
Fun is immoral but I still like reading, movies, theater, running, working out in the gym, and taking long walks with my wife Katya and our daughter Mia.
George Fryburg, M.B.A.
MBA - New Hampshire College
MS, Engineering - Case Western Reserve University
BA, Physics - The College of Wooster
Educational Background: • MBA from New Hampshire College (now: Southern New Hampshire University) • MSE in Ceramics and Materials Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (NASA Fellowship) • BA in Physics from the College of Wooster
John Gagnon, M.B.A.
MBA, General Business - Plymouth State University
Graduate Certificate, Health Care Administration - Plymouth State University
BS, Applied Studies: Allied Health Services - Granite State College
AAS, Electronic Technology - Wentworth Institute of Technology
- 900 Hour Telecommunications
A Granite State College success story, John began his technology career by attending Sylvania Technical School and later completed an Associate’s Degree Applied Studies in Electronic Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology before he decided to continue his studies many years after in his late forties. He entered the GSC B.S. Applied Studies - Allied Health Services with a minor in Management and graduated in 2011 with a 4.0 GPA. He immediately entered Plymouth State University and completed an online M.B.A. in General Business with a graduate certificate in Health Care Administration in 2014.
John has worked in the defense, consumer electronics, and health care industries in Information Technology departments, most recently for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA, where he has worked in the IT, IT PMO, and Radiology departments since 1997. As the Radiology Informatics Manager, John leads a department of eighteen colleagues responsible for supporting Radiology IT operations. There is a never ending stream of projects that his department is responsible to plan and implement. He utilizes contract project managers as well as staff PM’s and enjoys coaching staff in the methods and reasoning behind project management. John has over thirty years of experience in the Information Technology field and planned and executed projects over that entire period of time, well before he ever heard of formal project management.
John is a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and also holds foundational certification in Information Technology Information Library (ITIL). He maintains professional memberships for continued learning and volunteer opportunities with the Project Management Institute, Health Information and Management Systems Society, in which he holds Fellow membership status, as well as the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives, and Massachusetts Hospital Association among others.
John strongly believes in the mission of Granite State College to provide opportunities for adult learners such as himself to advance their education while supporting a career and family. He understands the struggles involved for adult learners since he has experienced them himself but knows that with dedication and tenacity, a new degree is within anyone’s reach. He looks forward to helping other adults through their educational journey. Married in 1981, John lives in southern NH with his wife, Kathy, a certified NH special-education paraprofessional.
Elizabeth Gauffreau, M.A.
MA, English/Writing - University of New Hampshire
BA, English/Writing - Old Dominion University
- Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment
Elizabeth Gauffreau has spent her professional career in nontraditional higher education. Her roles have included academic advisor to active duty military personnel in Saint Leo College’s Military Education Program, student support services administrator, and adjunct faculty in English. She came to Granite State College as an academic advisor in 2001.
Liz is currently the Director of Individualized Learning at Granite State College. She also serves as the lead faculty member for CRIT 502 Conducting Critical Inquiry, a course developed specifically to help nontraditional students derive the maximum benefit from their GSC education, regardless of how many or how few courses they have left to complete.
Liz views her teaching role as that of an experienced practitioner of writing and critical inquiry guiding and encouraging those with less experience. She experiences the same struggles and frustrations as her students are experiencing, both in her work as an administrator and in her personal creative writing; she just has more experience and a larger bag of tricks to dip into.
Courses taught include:
- College Composition
- Expository Writing
- Writing the Short Story
- Self-Design Seminar
- Conducting Critical Inquiry
- Critical Inquiry in Prior Learning Assessment
Writing Website: http://lizgauffreau.com
Heather Geoffroy, M.A.
MA, Community and Social Psychology - University of Massachusetts Lowell
BA, Psychology - University of Massachusetts Lowell
Heather joined GSC in 2015 from the CCSNH. Teaching online for over a decade, Heather has enjoyed the evolution and adaption of new technologies while deploying courses across all levels of undergraduate education. A graduate of the Academic Technology Institute, Heather has served as a faculty fellow, mentoring faculty at GSC since 2014. She officially became full-time at GSC in her role as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum and Senior Lecturer in 2015. As Lead Faculty, she predominantly teaches and leads faculty in behavioral and social sciences at the institution.
Prior to GSC, Heather served numerous post-secondary institutions in the roles of administrator, adviser, counselor and faculty in addition to serving on numerous institutional boards and committees.
Heather’s interests include faculty teaching and the intersection of work/life balance. She enjoys reading, sewing, crochet, hiking, gardening, wood working and enjoying time with her husband, two children and her beloved black lab Brooke.
Matthew Geoffroy, M.A.
MA - University of Massachusetts
BA - University of Massachusetts
- Critical Thinking & Analytic Methods (DHS)
- Principles of Intelligence Writing & Briefing (DHS)
Matthew is currently an Intelligence Analyst for the New Hampshire State Police, and is assigned to the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center in Concord, NH. Additionally, Matthew teaches Data Analysis, Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Matthew holds a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He also received his MA in Criminal Justice from the same institution.
John Gianforte, M.S.
MS, Astronomy - Swinburne University
By night, John is an active Astronomer and Imager--by day, he is an Astronomy Lecturer for the Physics Department at the University of New Hampshire, Granite State College and for the Navitas at UNH program. His main astronomical research interests are: observing transits of extrasolar planets, cataclysmic variable stars, comets, asteroids and supernovae. John teaches Astronomy and other space science related courses for The University System of New Hampshire System and has been teaching for GSC since 2002. He also writes about astronomy on his web site: www.theskyguy.org. John also has “appeared” on New Hampshire Public Radio’s (NHPR) Exchange live, morning talk show as well as on New Hampshire Public Television’s (NHPTV) NH Outlook, NH Skies and Windows To The Wild (http://video.nhptv.org/video/2365006595/). John is the Co-founder of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) which he helped form in 1983. You can find John at the UNH Observatory for the twice-monthly public observing sessions held on the first and third Saturday nights each month. You can see some of John’s work on his web site (www.theskyguy.org) and the UNH Observatory web site: http://physics.unh.edu/observatory. Over the last three years John has been a co-chair of the New England Fall Astronomy Festival (NEFAF) Organizing Committee at the University of New Hampshire. NEFAF is a joint venture between the UNH Physics Department and the astronomy community throughout New England (mainly through the New Hampshire Astronomical Society NHAS). NEFAF’s prime mission is to bring the wonders of the universe into the lives of students of all ages. John has been instrumental in bringing noted guests to Durham such as Dr. Alex Filippenko, of UC Berkeley, Dava Sobel, Author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter and The Planets, and Dr. Carolyn Porco, the Science Imaging Team Leader for NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn.
John Gobel, M.B.A.
MBA - New Hamshire College
MS, Educational Psychology - Alabama
BS, Engineering/Education - University of Connecticut
John Gobel has been an adjunct professor at Granite State College for the last 4 years or so, teaching accounting, finance, and management subjects. He has earned undergraduate degree (BS) in education (University of Connecticut), an MS in educational psychology (NYU and Troy State University), and an MBA in finance (New Hampshire College). He is recently retired from his last job at Northway Bank as a Senior Vice President of Technology, after about 30 years in business covering a wide gamut of assignments and responsibilities. Prior to that, he served in the US Army as a pilot with over 500 combat missions. Currently, he is enjoying retirement, does a myriad of projects around his "gentleman" farm, teaches flying in light sport aircraft, does business consulting, plays a lot of tennis, coaches soccer, watches his young daughters grow up, and tries to avoid any serious anything.
Roger Goldenberg, M.F.A.
MFA, Studio Arts - University of North Carolina
BFA - University of New Hampshire
BS, Geology - University of New Hampshire
- NHSCA Grant Writing Workshop
Roger Goldenberg’s visual jazz spans the genres of painting, printmaking, kinetic sculpture, and performance. Roger received a BS in Geology (1981) and a BFA (1991) at the University of New Hampshire. He earned his MFA (1995) at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Immediately following graduate school, Goldenberg moved to Portsmouth, NH, where he located his studio at the Button Factory. Attracted to the secluded space by its high ceilings and seven huge windows, he has been there ever since. From 1995–1999 Roger served as adjunct painting and drawing instructor at UNH. Subsequently, he taught a life drawing class for the New Hampshire Institute of Art at Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, ME and a series of woodcut and monotype printmaking workshops in his studio and at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH. Roger and saxophonist Matt Langley are the producers of In Ears 'n' Eyes, a performance ensemble and the In Ears 'n' Eyes Creativity Workshop. Roger is registered on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts esteemed Artist In Education Roster. Goldenberg currently teaches at Granite State College, Great Bay Community College and the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.
Joetta Gonzalez, M.F.A.
MFA, Visual Art - New Hampshire Institute of Art
BA, Studio Art - University of New Hampshire
- Web/Print Design
Originally born in Topeka, KS, I have traveled most of my life. I settled down in Nottingham, NH in 2001. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2009 and my Masters of Fine Art in January, 2016.
My Intro to Drawing class is designed around the concept that creativity is the key to increased critical thinking skills. Drawing is an activity that requires use of the right hemisphere of the brain, the side which is not typically the first choice in problem-solving. Research has proven, however, that it is in the switch from left to right that the brain is capable of solving the most complex problems. This typically happens when all possibilities generated by the left hemisphere have been exhausted and the right begins to take over, using the outside-the-box thinking processes common with creative activity.
It is my intention to illustrate, by working through a syllabus of carefully planned drawing and "seeing" exercises, that drawing is not a magical talent that is only gifted to some, but a technical skill that once attained makes us better thinkers, which is beneficial to all fields of study.
All that, and it can be a lot of fun, too! Many people to whom I have taught drawing and/or painting started with disclaimers of an inability to "draw a straight line." This is most definitely one of my favorite challenges in life; proving them wrong and showing them they can draw. Drawing is a teachable, learn-able skill and with a few lessons, just about everyone can do it.
Jeanne Gottlieb, Ph.D.
PhD - Florida Atlantic University
Post-Graduate, Nurse-Midwifery & Nursing - University of Miami
MSN, Parent-Child Nursing - Boston University
BSN, Nursing - Northeastern University
- Certified Nurse-Midwife
- American College of Nurse Midwives, Expires December 31, 2019
- Certificate in Clinical Genetics 2007
This is my second year of teaching at Granite State College. I relocated to New Hampshire from Miami, Florida two years ago. Before residing in Florida, I was a state health consultant for women's health programs in New Hampshire. My educational teaching and clinical experiences has been in primary and women's health and health promotion. I have been a nurse midwife for over 25 years and have taught students in health and wellness for about 16 years. My doctoral research experience has been in prenatal genetic diagnosis and the psychosocial impact upon families. I enjoy new educational teaching challenges and student enthusiasm for learning in both the classroom and online format.
Carole Granfield, M.S.
MS, Administration - Central Michigan University
BA, Applied Behavioral Science - National Louis University
Carol a prior Town and County Manager, and Personnel Director, is a Senior Management Consultant with Municipal Resources, Inc., specializing in Human Resource and Municipal Management.
Carol M. Granfield, ICMA-CM has 38 years of public sector management experience and seven years private sector experience. Carol has served in town administrator/town manager positions in large and small communities in New Hampshire to include Derry, Meredith and Hooksett, and also as county manager in Cumberland County, Maine; town manager in Dixfield, Maine; director of administration in Herndon, Virginia; and personnel director in Fairfax, Virginia. Carol’s expertise in human resources and labor relations includes the establishment of personnel policies, organizational studies, wage, classification and benefit studies along with union negotiations to include the interest based model. She has conducted strategic planning, goal setting, and team programs in New Hampshire, Maine, and Virginia communities and also developed and implemented positive customer service and training programs. Carol is co-author of the newly released ICMA e-book, Performance Appraisal Fundamentals: A Quick Guide to Fair, Consistent, and Useful Performance Appraisals. She is an adjunct professor at Granite State College where she teaches public administration, management, and human resources. She is appointed by the Governor to the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board. Carol has a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University and is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, and Harvard JF Kennedy School of Government summer program.
Ronda Gregg, Ed.D.
EdD, Educational Leadership - Argosy University
CAGS - Plymouth State University
MEd, Educational Administration - Keene State College
MEd, Special Education - Georgia State University
BA, Sociology, Psychology - Georgia State University
- Special Education Administrator
- General Special Education
- Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
- Specific Learning Disabilities
My background is definitely sprinkled with special education. I began my odyssey in 1974 when I received a Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities from Georgia State University. I taught students in middle school ourside of Atlanta and then in Denton, TX. Both of these years were prior to the beginning of what we know as 94-142 or the special education law. We moved with our three small children to NH in 1983. I taught in a parochial school for five years, teaching 3rd, 4th and 5-8 Math one year. I got a second Master's degree in Principal Leadership during that time from Keene State College. I became the principal of a very small school and loved the family/community feeling. I went from there to being a Director of Special Services for the next 25 years in two different districts. Along the way, I worked a couple of evening jobs teaching college to get my children through college. Then I went back to school and got a CAGS at Plymouth State and a doctorate at Argosy in Florida. Online learning was just beginning. I currently also teach and supervise students who are from NH or MA from the University of Phoenix. I also teach doctoral students as they go through their dissertation process.
I did retire from the public school system only to do part time work with districts for three more years. I find that with my online teaching and work, I can spend time with my grandchildren and do some of the things I truly enjoy. I love gardening, photography, music and painting.
We have three grown children who all went to college out of state and came back, eventually, to NH to live. Our oldest daughter lived in London for 13 years, but is now back and close by with her husband and two little girls. Our son lives only a mile away and they have two little ones, the newest of my grandchildren only two months old. And my younger daughter is a teacher and they have four active children in every sport you can imagine. We do family dinners every Sunday evening and it is like a little school here!
Nicole Grubman, M.A.
MA, Counseling Psychology - Goddard College
BA, Religion/Psychology - University of Vermont
I have worked in every aspect of human services for 17 years as residential staff, life-skills worker, case manager, family advocate, crisis social worker, substance abuse clinician, out-patient therapist, hoarding specialist, and Emergency Services clinician. I also have a strong interest in mindfulness and therapeutic movement, which has inspired me to complete multiple long distance pilgrimage trails, write a book on therapeutic walking, and teach improvisational dance and yoga for the last 10 years. I find it an honor to support people through their healing and empowerment process and I am delighted to be mentoring the next generation of human service professionals by teaching on-line for Granite State College.
My role as an on-line teacher is to simply inspire you to sink more deeply into the class material, think critically about what you read, and really understand the course work in an experiential and personal way. My hope is to facilitate a learning environment where adult learners can feel safe sharing informed opinions, take risks, and acquire a better understanding and appreciation of the multi-faceted field of psychology as well as the nuances of the helping profession.
Mark Jewell, N.D. - 2017 Distinguished Faculy Award Recipient
ND, Naturopathy - Clayton College of Natural Health
PhD, Natural Health - Clayton College of Natural Health
MS, Organizational Management & Leadership - Springfield College
BS, Human Services - New Hampshire College
Mark is an Adjunct Instructor in the Graduate Leadership Studies at Granite State College. He currently holds the position of Bureau Chief, overseeing the Welfare to Work Program for the NH Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Family Assistance.
His management experience spans over 32 years in both for-profit and non-profit settings. In addition, he has 20-plus years teaching at various colleges throughout New Hampshire; predominately in the field of Organizational Management, Leadership, and Human Service Systems.
He Jewell possesses a B.S. in Human Services, and a M.S. in Organizational Management & Leadership.
Jonathan Kipp, CSP, CRM - 2016 Distinguished Faculy Award Recipient
MS, Public Administration - University of New Hampshire
BS, Business Administration - University of New Hampshire
- Safety Professional (CSP)
- Risk Manager (CRM)
Mr. Kipp served as Operations Manager for the New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange (Primex3) where he oversaw the Education, Training, and Risk Management services provided to members. He joined Primex3 in 1986 as the organization’s first Loss Prevention Manager and subsequently served in several different roles prior to retiring in September, 2016. Mr. Kipp graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Business Administration in 1977, and a Masters in Public Administration in 2012. He earned the designations Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in 1989 and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) in 2009. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Granite State College Distinguished Faculty award.
Throughout his career Jonathan has had numerous, challenging opportunities to effectively lead and communicate. In business he has been a senior manager for a good portion of his career, and has helped to guide organizational strategy. As a volunteer he co-chaired a committee to oversee the relocation and construction of a church and school, and also served as an assistant fire chief and emergency incident commander. He is a contributing author to several text and reference books.
Barbara Krol-Sinclair, Ed.D.
EdD, Human Development - Boston University
EdM, Reading Education - Boston University
BA, English/Sociology - Case Western Reserve University
I have been teaching at Granite State College since 2003. I teach Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature, Language and Literacy Development: Ages Birth to Eight, and Integrative in English Language Arts. I live in Massachusetts and direct a family and adult literacy program in Chelsea, MA. Children's literature is my passion, and I am always interested in learning about new books and exploring differing opinions.
Dennis Martino, M.Ed., M.S., C.P.M. - 2017 Distinguished Faculy Award Recipient
MEd - Rivier College
BA, Sociology - St. Anselm College
Dennis is the former Director of the NH Bureau of Education and Training. He has taught leadership courses on the graduate level at several colleges. Prior to his current academic work he had twenty-one years’ experience in Labor Relations as a union advocate and contract negotiator. He resides in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. His Civic affiliations include being Clerk of the Board of Directors for the Belknap – Merrimack Community Action program, Treasurer of NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, and President of the NH Association of Certified Public Managers.
Dennis earned his BA in Sociology at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH, his M. Ed. At Rivier College, and received Labor Education and Training from the George Meany Labor Center, Silver Springs Maryland. He teaches PM 804: Leading Teams and LD 820: Cultivating Your Leadership Capabilites at Granite State College.
Marilyn McGair, J.D.
JD - Suffolk University Law School
BA, Political Science - Providence College
Client Server/Visual Basic Technology
Computer Networking Technology
My name is Marilyn McGair. My focus as a faculty member is primarily on critical thinking, business law, politics and information technology courses. Over the past decade, I have taught both on campus and online classes such as computer programming, software tools, law and society, legal and ethical issues in business management, critical thinking and US in World Affairs. Prior to teaching at Granite State College, I taught various seminars and classes throughout southern New England as well as at Norwich University and Johnson and Wales College.
For many Granite State students, the path to college is not always a direct one. Returning to college may require courage, determination and tenacity. I encourage students to ask questions and seek answers through analysis of the issues presented.
Dona McKenzie, M.A.
MA, Graphic Communications Management and Technology - New York University
BA, Studio Art and English - Occidental College
Postgraduate Studies - Art Center College of Design and the School of Visual Arts
- Digital Media Marketing
- Social Media Marketing and Execution
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dona McKenzie has lived in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Connecticut and Vermont. She is a big fan of New England and is proud to call it her current home.
Ms. McKenzie holds a B.A in Studio Art and English from Occidental College, where she developed a passion for printmaking and design. Dona continued her post-college studies at the Art Center College of Design (CA) and the School of Visual Arts (NYC).
As an entrepreneur, Ms. McKenzie was the Managing Partner for several successful design studios in New York and Connecticut. Her work has been recognized by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, The Connecticut Art Director’s Club, Women in Communications, Strathmore Paper Company, and IABC, among others.
Dona completed her M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from New York University in May 2014. Her Capstone thesis, Effective Communication Through Infographics: Storytelling with Data, is a serious examination of the crossroads of design and big data. She also holds Professional Certificates from NYU in Digital Media Marketing and Social Media Marketing and Execution.
Ms. McKenzie is interested in entrepreneurial thinking, the marriage of the visual and the verbal, integrated marketing communications, and the role of leadership in everyday life. She resides in Ludlow, Vermont, with her composer husband, a dog named Coda, and her beloved quilt studio.
MaryBeth McNicholas, M.B.A.
MBA, Finance - Youngstown State University
BA, Accounting/Psychology - Youngstown State University
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Scrum Master
MaryBeth has been a part-time instructor in the MSPM program at Granite State College since 2012. In 2015, mb was a key participant in the process for the MSPM program to attain the PMI GAC accreditation, an elite professional project management accreditation held by only 27 post graduate institutions in the United States. She brings a over 25 years of IT consulting consulting experience to the classroom, managing primarily large ERP programs and Health Care and Life Science client engagements.
Julie Moser, M.A.
MA, Liberal Studies - University of New Hampshire
BA, English - University of Southern Maine
CAGS, Online Education - Plymouth State University
Doctoral Candidate, Education - Plymouth State University, estimated completion 2018
Julie began her career 20 years ago as a journalist covering education issues for local towns in Maine. As the newspaper industry downsized in the late 1990s, Julie refined her skills and served as a marketing director for nonprofit adult education programs within university settings for nearly a decade before pursuing her lifelong passion to serve as an adult educator in online settings. She served for five years as the director of online education at a University of New Hampshire organization that provided training on systems change across the country, and began teaching online for Granite State College and Plymouth State University in 2011.
After serving on the Instructional Design Team at Granite State College, Julie is now a senior lecturer at the college and oversees faculty development. Julie lives in New Hampshire and enjoys dabbling in a variety of hobbies, including hiking, art, music, and repurposing broken vintage jewelry into new creations.
“The future is unwritten.” ~ Joe Strummer
All students can have transformative, significant learning experiences when educational environments are prepared, personal, proven, and cultivated by caring and responsive teachers. While the future is unwritten, the preparation, guidance, facilitation, and care shown to students are written in our actions as educators today.
Caroline Osteen, M.B.A.
MBA - University of Phoenix
MPA, Public Administration - University of New Hampshire
BA, Psychology - Northern Arizona University
- MPH, Public Health Administration
Caroline J. Osteen, MBA, MPA, has spent the majority of her career in administration and human resources. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009. Caroline then went on to pursue an administrative career in Public Health. She achieved a Master’s in Public Health Certificate in 2012 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2013 both from the University of New Hampshire. For the past 5 years, Caroline worked at The Department of Veteran Affairs Hospital in Administration. She is now an HR contractor and adjunct faculty with Granite State College.
Caroline has been a senior administrator in her past three roles. Her experience helped start-up companies create infrastructure, policies and procedures. Caroline’s strong knowledge of laws and regulations has led to many successful audits from the Department of Labor (DOL), Joint Commission and Office of Inspector General (OIG). As a USAF disabled Veteran herself, she volunteers her time to assist other veterans with resumes and job placements.
Linda Pimenta, D.N.P.
DNP - Maryville University
MS, Family Practice Nurse Practicioner - University of New Hampshire
RN to BS - University of New Hampshire
AS, Nursing - NHTI
I am a family nurse practitioner by trade. I earned a doctorate from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. My MS, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and BS were completed at the University of New Hampshire. My nursing education started off as an AS-Nursing from the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. My nursing experience has been Emergency Nursing, Quality Management, and management. As a nurse practitioner, I worked in Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Surgery and Occupational Health. Currently I am the Associate Chief Nurse for Clinical Operations at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Manchester.
Gail Poitrast, M.Ed.
MEd, Secondary Mathematics Education - Plymouth State University
BS, Education - Westfield State College
Over her 35-year career in education, Gail Poitrast, Ed.D., has taught mathematics and mathematics education courses to students in middle school, high school and college. She taught in SAU #48, both at Russell School and Plymouth Regional High School, from 1985 until 2014, and now teaches mathematics course at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) and has been a faculty member at Granite State College since 2002. Gail presently is a senior lecturer and fellow and serves as Lead Mathematics Faculty for Quantitative Inquiry and as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. In the spring of 2007, Gail received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Granite State College. Gail recently earned her Doctorate of Education degree at New England College in Henniker, NH.
During her career, Gail has presented several workshops on topics ranging from using data to drive instruction to middle/secondary mathematics teaching methods. Some of her presentations have included Assessment and Faculty: Navigating Troubled Waters at the 2009 NEEAN Fall Forum Assessment Conference and Data-driven Journey to Improve Student Learning at the NSDC National Summer Conference. One of Gail's latest publications was as a contributing author of a chapter in Becoming Life-Long Learners--A Pedagogy for Learning About Visionary Leadership. Gail's dissertation, Exploring the Path to Equitable Online Education: Secondary Students' Perceptions of Best Practices to Maintain Motivation and Persistence in an Alternative High School Program, researched what high school students felt helped them succeed in their online classes.
Elizabeth Reed, M.Ed.
MEd - Plymouth State University
BA, Philosophy, Elementary Education - Wells College
Elizabeth (Beth) Reed, MEd, holds a Master’s Degree in Early Education from Plymouth State University. Over the last thirty years she has worked with students from pre-K through graduate school, as a preschool teacher, childcare director, special education learning assistant, teacher and college instructor. In her work with the Center for School Success (CSS) Beth served as the Senior Learning Specialist on a trans-disciplinary educational assessment team. At CSS Beth also created and facilitated professional development courses for teachers, clinicians and administrators, as well as workshops for parents.
Beth has been an instructor at Granite State College since 2001, was the lead faculty for the Granite State College Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Department in the School of Education for a year, and is currently teaching several early childhood education courses as well as the science of the human brain course. Beth also works as an independent consultant working with preschool centers and K-12 school-based programs to create professional development opportunities for teachers, and workshops for parents.
Paula Shafer, M.S.
MS, Computer Science - Johns Hopkins University
BS, Mathematics - University of Maryland
- Master's Certificate IT Project Management
Paula has been teaching for Granite State College since 2013; she teaches PM 801 Project Planning and Scheduling, PM 803 Cost and Budget Management, and PM 808 Project Management Capstone. She has extensive experience in project management, process improvement, software development, and quality. She has managed software development projects, performed software process assessments, and provided training in project management and software process improvement.
Paula managed an IT Program Office for HongKong International Terminals, which included monitoring the status of the IT department's projects and programs, developing standards, and performing audits
As a senior Consultant for Institute for Software Process Improvement (ISPI), she participated in Software Process Assessments and assisted in implementing Action Plans for clients in Australia, Europe, and the United States. She also developed the Project Management Workshop for Project Leaders and the Project Planning and Tracking and Oversight Workshops.
As a consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation, she managed projects on behalf of Digital customers and value-added resellers. She also managed a software business unit, and worked in quality management.
Jillian Schenck, M.Ed.
MEd, Curriculum & Instruction - Keene State College
BA, Geography - Keene State College
In addition to teaching with GSC, I am an administrator of an employee training and organization development unit in a state government agency. In this role I am continually teaching, role modeling and applying processes and practices taught in the Masters programs at GSC. I am also part owner and Board of Director President in a family business in NH. This experience continues to broaden and deepen my understanding and use of leadership skills and concepts with the added complexities of family dynamics.
My Master’s Degree in Education; Curriculum & Instruction and Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Keene State College (KSC) provide broad foundations for my work. Career experiences as a Youth Camp Director, Classroom Teacher, Assistant Head of School, 4H Youth Development Educator, Business Owner, and Training Administrator provide me with a broad base of techniques and methods to draw from and apply, especially in the classroom.
As I continue to gain life experiences, I enjoy the connections and intersections of new experiences that each day brings, tying them to my current knowledge base. In my current day job as an Organization Development Training Administrator, I facilitate a lot of sessions involving team building and work culture strengthening. As President in the family business, it has been crucial for me to utilize my organization develop skills to lead this company forward. I find this mix and cross-over of different parts of my world to be energizing and exciting. My educational background, knowledge and skills in a range of areas give me the ability to build new learning opportunities in unique and connective ways.
I am a strong believer in lifelong learning in formal and informal settings. I subscribe to the idea that learning happens everywhere, if we choose to acknowledge and examine our journey. The 4H Youth Development motto, “To make the best better” and the 4H Philosophy of “Learning by Doing” are guideposts in my life. With more than 30 years of professional experience in the educational world, I continue to love being part of learning process. Classroom experiences with me will include (but are not limited to) large and small group discussions, skill practices (to test concepts through application), collaboration, and independent reflection.
Burgess Smith, Ed.D.
EdD, Higher Education - Nova Southeastern University
MA, U.S. History, American Social and Intellectual History - Johns Hopkins University
BA, History - Wesleyan Unversity
I hold an Ed.D. in higher education with a specialization in online learning from Nova Southeastern University, and an M.A. in history from the Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on American public thought. In addition to teaching I spent many years as a college executive, developing adult, baccalaureate programs at a wide variety of colleges and universities.
I discovered adult, non-traditional learners in my early teaching years, and this experience set the rest of my academic career. I believe the growth of continuing education arguably is the most significant trend in higher education since the end of World War II, and I’ve always found working adults the most stimulating learners with whom to work.
I now spend my time as a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Fellow at GSC, as Executive Director of the Upland Headwaters Alliance (a group of conservation agencies in western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley) and as a Board of Directors member for two of these agencies. This means if I'm not parked in front of my computer I'm probably somewhere in the Maine woods or canoeing its waters.
Courses taught at GSC: U.S. History to 1865; U.S. History 1865 to Present; The Vietnam War; American Government & Politics; Living in a Digital Democracy; History of New England; History of World War Two; Humanities in an Age of Technology; European History, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century.
Elaine St. Jean, M.S.
MS, Leadership - Granite State College
BS, Organizational Development - Granite State College
- Leadership Program Development
- Measuring Return on Investement
- Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation
- Training for Excellence
- Leadership Strategies Facilitations Skills
- Institute for Organizational Management (IOM)
Elaine oversees the functions of the Education & Training Department at Primex3 which provides a multitude of training opportunities for Primex3 members and affiliates. She holds a B.S. in Organizational Development and a M.S. in Leadership, and certificates in Organization Management, Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation, Measuring Return on Investment, and Creating Leadership Development Programs through the Association for Talent Development. Elaine’s past experience includes program development, event management, and public relations. She is an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College where she also serves on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (National and Greater Boston Chapter). She earned a black belt in TaeKwonDo, has produced, directed, and acted in community theatre and enjoys sports.
Joe Stehno, Ph.D.
PhD, Educational Administration and Higher Education - Southern Illinois University
MEd, Human Services and Counseling - DePaul University
BA, Philosophy - Loyola University
Dr. Joe holds a Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an M.Ed. in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University. After more than 30 years in educational administration and corporate training, he retired in 2012 as Director of Guidance at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, NH. Joe has been teaching communication courses and mentoring Capstone projects at GSC since 2000 and currently serves on the college's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Joe is a member of two Toastmaster clubs and is the Area Director, overseeing five Toastmaster clubs in Concord. Having instructed public speaking courses for more than 20 years and as a "student of public speaking," he loves the challenge of preparing and presenting his own speeches and receiving feedback that helps him grow as a presenter. Professionally, Joe is a frequent presenter at conferences and conducts listening skills workshops, upon request.
George Wattendorf, J.D.
JD - University of NH Law Center
BA - Keene State College
My experience: After serving an enlistment in the US Army I went to college and finished my BA at Keene State. After graduating from college in 1982, I attended the 62nd NH Police Academy and began working as a police officer in Peterborough, NH. I left the police department in 1985 to attend law school full time. After graduating law school in 1988, I returned to police work and retired from the Dover NH Police in 2005 after a total of 20 years as an officer and prosecutor. Following that I was in private law practice for 3 years, and currently work in the security field. During my law enforcement career I was a instructor at the NH Police Academy, and a trainer at numerous state and national law enforcement seminars on the topics of stalking and targeted violence in the workplace. I have published articles in the NH Bar Journal and national law enforcement journals on those topics. I have been teaching law and criminal justice courses as an adjunct professor for GSC since 1994.
My teaching philosophy: I view myself as more of a facilitator than a lecturer. My challenge is to spark your interest in a topic. My teaching style is to design interesting and real world course assignments and to motivate you to learn even beyond what is required in the syllabus. Selected topics are based on contemporary events impacting society, often controversial. You can agree or disagree with these topics as long as you support your position. I specifically ask you to engage in problem solving, independent critical thinking, essay writing, and Internet research, all to focus on skills that you will need to advance in your career. If you are working or planning to work in the criminal justice or legal field, my goal is for you to feel like you are better prepared to enter or advance in that profession. Even if your not planning to work in the legal field, the law is a subject which impacts all professions and having an awareness of how law evolves in our society is valuable asset.