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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.
Edward, Alkalay, J.D.
JD, School of Law - University of Connecticut
BA, English & Philosophy - State University of New York
Ed has taught at Granite State College for over a decade teaching a wide variety of legal and business-related courses. Virtually all of Ed's classes involve a discussion based format based on real-life experiences that can be handled in a variety of ways. Ed loves teaching and learns as much from his students as they hopefully learn from him. Ed is also a co-founding partner of the law firm Alkalay & Smillie, PLLC and has been practicing law for almost 25 years. Prior to entering private practice, he was an Assistant United States Attorney at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he handled complex litigation matters involving the federal government. He has also worked as a federal law clerk to the Honorable William I. Gafinkel in Connecticut and to the Honorable James T. Turner in Washington, DC. Attorney Alkalay began his legal career as a prosecutor and Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City.
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, M.S.W.
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.
Erica Anderson, M.B.A.
MBA, Human Resource Management, University of North Alabama
BBA, Human Resource Management, Mississippi State University
Erica began her career in the healthcare industry in her home state of Mississippi. She started as a Human Resources Assistant and worked her way to Recruiter. In 2012, Erica moved to Massachusetts and continued her human resources career in higher education. She has held HR positions at various institutions of higher education including MIT and Harvard University. She currently works full time in HR at a local NH manufacturer. Erica joined Granite State College as a lecturer in 2017, teaching Principles of Management. She has discovered a passion for teaching and enjoys the exchange of knowledge that happens in the classroom.
Erica lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their 8 year old lab mix dog. She enjoys a variety of hobbies including camping, gaming, and cross-stitch.
One should strive for five qualities in your coursework and discussion: compelling, complete, coherent, concise, and correct. Our courses are predicated on meaningful dialog wherein all benefit from your experiences and knowledge. Instructors are the guide through learning opportunities and adherence to standards of excellence, but students are the participants and providers of substance and learning opportunities.
As your instructor, I will teach you to the best of my abilities and ensure you learn. However, I fully expect you to engage, commit, and apply high effort throughout this course. High applicability to your real world work life and goals will also be a constant target.
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
Chuck Bagley, C.A.G.S.
CAGS, Educational Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction, Plymouth State University
MED, Adult Learning & Development, Plymouth State University
I am an avid skier, cyclist, runner (plodder more like it) and hiker. I used to row crew and ski biathlon (cross country skiing and rifle shooting) years ago. As a result of this experience I developed some pretty good strategies that enhance optimum performance for either competitive or non-competitive applications. These seem to fit in with the whole adult learning “thing” and enhancing motivation to learn.
I have always had a passion for learning though (as Winston Churchill once said) I don’t always like being taught. I have experienced some real train wrecks in the education world particularly in public school, as an undergraduate learner and, unfortunately, more than a few vocational workshops. Therefore, I enjoy trying to figure out the best way to get good learning between the ears of a learner. Remembering and reciting the vocabulary words and concepts of a topic represents only a superficial understanding of the subject. Barry Sheckley from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut suggests, “Adult learning is about creating or re-creating experience.” Real learning goes deep, facilitates a transformation as defined by Suzanne Corkin and Matt Wilson of MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science Department (2007) as “an adaptive change in behavior resulting from experience” or as Bob Marley puts it, “Who feels it, knows it.”
Susan Ballard, M.S.
MS, School of Library and Information Science - Simmons College
BA, English Literature - University of New Hampshire
- Media Supervisor Credential, State of New Hampshire, Experienced Educator
- Computer Technology Educator Credential, State of New Hampshire, Experienced Educator
- Certificate with distinction, Copyright for Educators & Librarians coursera.org/verify/4KY9GDSBPZ
I am a Past- President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association and I have over 35 years of experience in school librarianship – as a middle school librarian, department head and District Director of Library, Media, and Technology Services. Presently, in addition to consultant work with schools and school districts, I serve on the editorial advisory boards for Teacher Librarian and I was named to the Editorial Board to rewrite the AASL Student Learning Standards and Program Guidelines. I am certified in the State of NH as both a Media Supervisor and as a Technology Integrator.
I live in Manchester NH with my husband Roger and a very naughty parrot named Maestro Fiedler.
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.
PhD, Biochemistry with Cognate in College Teaching - University Of New Hampshire
Master’s, Microbiology - University Of New Hampshire
BS, Biochemistry - University Of New Hampshire
BA, Spanish - University Of New Hampshire
I have had the pleasure of instructing at GSC since the Spring of 2015. I have a PhD. in Biochemistry with a cognate in college teaching, an MS in Microbiology, a BS in Biochemistry, and a BA in Spanish. I really enjoy teaching, and welcome any opportunity to do so. Other than instructing at GSC, I'm also currently employed at the State of New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories, supervising their molecular diagnostic testing.
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, with a degree in business administration (concentration: marketing). 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 representative. In 2000, Mr. Berman and his wife launched Centercitymedia.com, an Internet marketing firm for small businesses and non-profits. Mr. Berman also conducted seminars at the University of Pennsylvania on how to start a small Internet business.
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.
From January of 2005 until May of 2018, Mr. Berman facilitated undergraduate business courses at the University of New Hampshire, Granite State College, and Great Bay Community College. In June of 2018, Mr. Berman and his family moved to Boise, ID, to live closer to family. Mr. Berman will continue with his affiliation with Granite State College by teaching online business courses.
n August of 2016, Mr. Berman launched Main Street Business School, (http://www.mainstreetbusinessschool.com), a subscription based service providing non-credit business courses to small businesses and their employees.
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.
David Boynton, M.B.A
BS, Kinsieology: Outdoor Education, UNH
MBA, Organizational and Environmental Sustainability
Dave is an entrepreneur, a manager, a community leader, and an educator. Starting off his career in Outdoor Education he owned his own kayak shop and adventure school after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. He was an athlete on the USA Canoe and Kayak team for 6 years and led the NH Kayak Polo Team. After managing Adventure Links, a year round youth camp and outdoor education center in Virginia Dave and his wife Shelby moved back to their home state of New Hampshire. Dave attended Antioch University New England, graduating in 2011 with a Master's in Business Administration for Environmental and Organization Sustainability.
After graduating Dave became the Director of Seacoast Local, the non-profit leader in the local economy movement leading the buy local campaign and other programs including entrepreneur showcases, local farm dinners, and other events to educate citizens and independent businesses alike to the benefits of a resilient local economy.
In 2013 David cofounded 7th Settlement Brewery. With a mosaic of community funding and community support 7th Settlement has been successful with a focus on handcrafted beer and a restaurant focused on locally sourced and handcrafted food. Working with dozens of farmers, local distributors, and providers 7th Settlement puts its values at the core of every decision. Dave and his brewing partner Josh Henry have helped lead the team to many accolades including the Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal for their Brown Ale, NH Magazine Best New Restaurant, and Dover Chamber's Small Business of The Year.
Dave hopes to continue his own education, mentoring within his own business, and building his experience as an educator.
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.
Tammy Carnevale, C.A.G.S., M.Ed.
CAGS, Higher Education: Curriculum and Instruction - Plymouth State University
MEd, Special Education - Plymouth Sate University
BS, 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!
Mary Ann Cioffi, M.S.N.
MS, Registered Nursing, University of New Hampshire
BS, Registered Nursing, University of Vermont
I graduated from University of Vermont with a BSN degree and from University of New Hampshire with a MSN degree. During my nursing career, I have worked at DHMC and Concord Hospital in a variety of roles including oncology nursing, nursing supervisor/ educator, and Director for Professional Practice and Development. Currently my role is as Director for Regulatory and Accreditation Activities at Concord Hospital. I have also worked as adjunct faculty at New Hampshire Technical College doing clinical rotations with freshman and senior nursing students. I do enjoy teaching.
When I am not doing nursing, I enjoy playing golf and crafting. I also have 2 granddogs ( German Shepherd and Chocolate Lab) and 3 cats.
Kelly Clark, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems - Fielding Graduate University
M.A., Human Development - Fielding Graduate University
M.A., Public Policy & Management - University of Southern Maine
B.S., Accounting & Finance - University of Maine
Kelly A. Clark is the Regional Vice President for the East and Caribbean for AARP. She provides leadership, management and oversight of the Association's operations and activities in the six New England states, Delaware, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She previously served as the State Director for AARP New Hampshire.
Ms. Clark had served as COO for New Hampshire Public Television and as the founding Executive Director of the New Hampshire Forum on Higher Education, where she guided the successful start-up of this non-profit corporation focused on increasing access, awareness and affordability of higher education in New Hampshire. In addition she served as the President of New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council, where she guided the development and implementation of the 5-year State Workforce Development Plan. Clark continues to serve the New Hampshire State Workforce Innovation Board as a board member.
Clark has served as the President of New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council, where she guided the development and implementation of the 5-year State Workforce Development Plan and managed the day-to-day operations.
Clark holds BA in accounting and finance from the University of Maine at Orono; MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service; MA in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University; and a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. Clark has served on the faculty of Granite State College for nearly five years.
In her time off, Kelly enjoys running, kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking, bicycling, reading and time with her husband and two bloodhounds.
Barbara Cohen, Ed.D.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Plymouth State University
CAGS, Educational Leadership, Plymouth State University
MHSA, Organization & Management, Antioch University of New England
MED, Special Education, Keene State College
BS, Special Education, Ball State University
Barbara has a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Sarasota University. She holds several certifications, including five areas of special education and three in school administration. Barbara has worked in a wide variety of teaching and educational leadership roles including teacher, behavior specialist and director of education/principal at a private, approved special education school serving students with Individual Education Plans in Grades K-12, and as an education consultant responsible for program approval of special education programs, both public and private, for the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education. Barbara worked as the Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program at Granite State College for five years and at a local college as an adjunct faculty for several years. Most recently, she has served as a Visiting Faculty for a local university at which responsibilities include full time teaching, advising, course development, etc. Additionally, Barbara has her own business as an education consultant to private and public special education programs and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in areas of program approval, special education, and various aspects of leadership
Elizabeth Colantuonio, M.Ed.
M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Emmanuel College
B.S. in Elementary Education and Moderate Special Needs from Wheelock College
I am an experienced educator with twenty-five years of teaching experience. I began my career as a Special Educator in Boston, MA where I worked with middle and high school students with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. Throughout my career I have served as a Classroom Teacher, a Special Educator/ Learning Specialist and Computer Educator. I have experience working in rural, suburban and inner city schools and have worked with students in grades K-12. I have also worked as a technology trainer for the Nashua School District where I led district wide professional development activities for teachers, helping them to integrate technology into their curriculum. I currently work in Westford, MA as a Digital Learning Specialist working with K-2 teachers and students. In addition, I am an instructor with the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) where I teach technology and early childhood courses to high school and adult learners.
Most recently, I have joined GSC as an adjunct faculty member, teaching online courses in the School of Education. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, and two dogs.
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.
Courtney Connor, M.Ed.
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction - New England College
B.S., Math Education - University of New Hampshire
Courtney has spent most of her career at Concord High School, where she served as a math teacher for students in grades 9-12, teaching a variety of courses and levels. She also spent time teaching at Bow High School. After receiving her Master's Degree, Courtney began teaching college courses at New England College, and has found her way teaching here at Granite State College.
She enjoys her life living out in the woods of New Hampshire with her husband, and her children Emma (4), Abigail (2), and Levi (3 months).
All students have the amazing opportunity to choose their education and individualize it to their own lives. A teacher should act as the learning facilitator, finding ways to challenge and push each student by creating thoughtful and engaging lessons. The classroom, whether in a physical building or online, should be a safe and structured learning space in which discussion, collaboration, and creative inquiry are the focus.
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.
Bari Courts, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Organizational Management, Capella University
MBA, Management/Economics, University of Cinncinati
B.A.Sc., Mathematics, Kenyon College
My educational background includes a PhD from Capella University in Organizational Management and an MBA in Management from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, I have a BS in Mathematics from Kenyon College. My time at Capella was spent entirely online so I am very familiar with the time commitment and other issues associated with completing a degree online. It is not easy, but it is very rewarding.
I have been teaching online for over 12 years now. Courses I have taught include e-Commerce, Economics, Management, Organizational Behavior, Research Methodology, and Statistics. My professional background includes some time in the insurance industry and a position as a project manager for a major ERP software implementation. I also own a small self-storage business just outside of Cincinnati.
Professionally I am a board member of two organizations, conduct presentations on various topics, and write course curriculum. My research interests include writing about social media. My most recently published article is titled The Influence of Social Media on 21st Century Leaders.
My family life is somewhat unique. My wife and I have six kids, but four are adopted. We have our older son and daughter (who is in college). Then in 2011 we added two little girls from Russia who are now ages 8 and 9. And then very recently we added two little boys from Africa (ages 5 and 7). The boys took over two years to get paperwork completed, so we were very excited when we found out they would finally make it home.
In my free time I stay active by playing soccer for exercise, and singing in both a barbershop chorus and barbershop quartet. All the activities keep me out of trouble... most of the time.
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.
Steve Couture, M.P.A.
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.
Throughout his career Steve has had numerous challenging opportunities to effectively lead and communicate, including three combat deployments. In the public sector he has been a program manager for a good portion of his career, and has helped to guide strategic planning and program development. As a volunteer he has served as the Chair of Hooksett’s Conservation Commission, and also served as the President of his homeowner’s association.
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.
Carleen Craffey, M.S.A.
MS, Accounting, Merrimack College
BS, Accounting, Stonehill College
Carly is in public accounting in a mid-sized firm just North of Boston, MA. Before joining GBC, she worked for Merrimack College while earning her Master of Science in Accounting as a Faculty Support Coordinator in the business department. She also holds a B.A in accounting from Stonehill College, in Easton Ma. Carly enjoys running, reading, and learning.
Elizabeth Crockford, Ph.D.
AB,Psychology,College of the Holy Cross
MBA,New Hampshire College
Teaching in Higher Education for 21 years - both in the classroom and online. Areas of expertise include: Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Mediation and Arbitration.
Work history includes banking and HR in non-profit healthcare.
Jessica Crowley, M.A.
MA, Higher Education Administration,Boston College
BA, Psychology,Mount Holyoke College
Certified Leadership Coach – Accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
Jessica is a certified leadership coach, specializing in both career and executive coaching. Jessica uses these skills in all areas of her life, including the classroom where she values all perspectives and encourages each student to tap into their greatest potential. She finds greatest professional fulfillment in helping others create and attain goals, develop strong leadership & management skills, build a greater sense of self-confidence, and ultimately to be successful in all areas of life.
Jessica began her career in architecture/design, including work for one of the world’s top rated architects in Los Angeles where clients included Tom Brady/Gisele and Mark Wahlberg. Since transitioning out of the design world and moving back to the east coast, her experience has spanned a wide scope including higher education as the Director of Career Advising, as well as positions in non-profit community engagement, and operating a part-time coaching/consulting practice.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and their strong-willed daughter who will turn 4 in May. Together they enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, gardening, and relaxing at the beach, as well as listening to good music, taking frequent trips to the library in their town of Hampton, NH, and traveling to new places as much as possible.
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.
Molly Darak, M.S.
MS, Leadership - Granite State College
BS, Recreation Management and Policy, Program Administration – University of New Hampshire
Molly holds a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. in Leadership from Granite State College. She has worked at Granite State College since 2007 in such roles as Admissions Coach, Academic Advisor, and Adjunct Faculty. She is currently working as an Academic Advisor at GSC where she helps students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials. Her current position at GSC blends well with teaching IDIS 502 College Success Seminar, because it allows her to provide students with the foundation for an informed and meaningful college experience.
My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that learning should be student-centered and the instructor and students need to play an equal role in the learning process. It is my goal to have students discover their potential inside and outside the classroom and develop life-long learning skills.
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.
Patricia Erwin-Ploog, M.S.I.L., M.S. - 2000 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient
MLIS – Indiana University
MS – Internet Strategies Management, Marlboro Graduate Center
BA – Indiana University
- Organizational Learning – University of Virginia
Pat is a Sr. Lecturer teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She is also GSC’s Assistant Dean of Library Services. She has held faculty library and administrative positions at Brandeis University, University of Virginia, Hypertherm Inc., and Dartmouth College. These positions have focused on sponsored research, the management of large integrated library systems, and staff development. Most recently her professional interests have turned to open pedagogy and developing a culture of using and developing open educational resources in higher education.
Pat has taught for GSC for more years than she cares to count. She considers her teaching and work at the College the most fulfilling, challenging, and important of her career.
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 Fernald, 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.
David Ferruolo, Ed.D.
Ed.D, Learning, Leadership, and Community, Plymouth State University
MSW, Social Work, University of New Hampshire
BS, Psychology, Southern New Hampshire University
Dave Ferruolo, MSW, is a clinical social worker, working full time as a mental health clinician. Dave has a BA in Psychology from SNHU, a Masters of Social Work from UNH, and is currently working towards completing his doctorate at PSU. As a former Navy SEAL, Dave devotes attention to veteran issues and specializes in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, which he uses to help combat wounded veterans.
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.
Leia Friedman, M.S.
MS, Clinical Pyschology, Rivier College
BA, Pyschology, UMass Lowell
Leia Friedman, M.S. is an adjunct professor of psychology, mentor, writer, cofounder of Boston Entheogenic Network, and co-creator of the Psychedologist podcast. She has presented on various topics in the realm of psychology and consciousness across the world. In addition to her participation in academia and journalism, Leia comes from a harm reduction standpoint in facilitating integration work and providing guidance to community members who experience altered states.
As a professor of the social sciences, Leia is passionate about inspiring her students to critically question the material and to "look within" as often as they "look without." Her approach utilizes culturally relevant, modern, theoretical, and practical examples of the phenomena. She has taught Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Human Growth and Development, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, and Group Dynamics, for which she developed a Web-based version that allows students to learn about the ins and outs of group collaboration in the digital sphere.
Leia has a certificate in Permaculture Design from Starhawks' Earth Activist training. She is a certified Spiritual Emergence Coach and an active tutor and mentor in her community. Leia also volunteers as the Integration Resource List coordinator for MAPS, a resource list of individuals and organizations in the mental health field who help people integrate past psychedelic experiences.
After 3 years of watching and participating in the climate justice movement, Leia hopes that practices of consciousness exploration can wake up the world to recognize the potential for healing ourselves, our communities, and the planet from the devastation of human activity. Thus, Leia’s present focus is an amalgamation of psychology, ecology, and experiences of altered consciousness as tools for deeper self-understanding.
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, Business Administration, New Hampshire College
MSE, Ceramics and Materials Engineering,Case Western Reserve University
BA, Physics,College of Wooster
I have been in executive management, operations and engineering for over 25 years. I am currently the Director of ConnectNH at UNH and began a consulting business in 2005 to have more time for teaching at several colleges. I previously was employed at StockerYale, Inc. in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. StockerYale (now ProPhotonix, Limited) is a manufacturer of photonics based products serving the Military, Medical, Telecommunications and Machine Vision industries. I was responsible for operations in Salem, NH, Montreal, Canada and Cork, Ireland where we manufactured Laser, LED and Fiber Optic products until taking early retirement in 2005. I remained as a part time consultant working on a new business opportunity in StockerYale-Salem until the end of 2006 while pursuing my other interests. Prior to joining StockerYale, I spent 11 years at Norton Company and 9 years with GTE Sylvania in a variety of operational and engineering roles making advanced ceramic components for products such as high pressure sodium lamps, silicon carbide tubes and wafer boats for the manufacturing of Silicon wafers for the computer chip industry, silicon nitride engine components and chemically vapor deposited diamond.
Since 1986, I have been an adjunct professor of Operations Management at Southern New Hampshire University teaching in the MBA and Undergraduate programs in both face to face and online classes. I have also taught Strategic Operations Management for Norwich University online and Operations Management and Supply Chain Design and Management at WPI. I have several papers published in the areas of SPC, Design of Experiments for new product development as well as Productivity in Operations. I hold seven patents and am a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. I live in North Sandwich, NH where I enjoy the lakes and mountains of NH especially from rides on my motorcycle, hiking or kayaking and have two sons (32 and 25).
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
- Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)
- Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP)
- Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)
- IT Infrastructure Library - ITIL Foundation V3
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
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) from the Project Management Institute as well as a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) from the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and also holds foundational certification in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). In 2017 he achieved certification from the American Board of Imaging Informatics as a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) and also achieved board certification as Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He maintains professional memberships for continued learning and volunteer opportunities with the Project Management Institute, is a Fellow in the Health Information and Management Systems Society, Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives, and Massachusetts Hospital Association among others. He is also pursuing certification as a Healthcare Financial Management Professional (CHFP) in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). 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.
Wilson Garcia, Ed.D.
Graduate Certificate on Online Instructional Design, Plymouth State University, 2017
Ed.D., Learning, Leadership, and Community, Plymouth State University, 2015
CAGS, Plymouth State University, 2010
Graduate Certificate on Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching, 2015, PSU
M.A., Spanish education, 2007
B.A., Foreign Languages and Translation, 1997, Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)
Professor Garcia has been teaching Spanish and culture for more than 12 years. He currently teaches both at Plymouth State University and Granite State College.
“I believe as an educator I can help my students to discover their full potential through knowledge and understanding. As a teacher, I want my students to learn the fundamental content of the taught courses while developing their cognitive and social skills, as well as the life-long learning abilities necessary to contribute to our society. In addition, I want my students to acquire a holistic view of the world that will allow them to be culturally sensitive and globally competent.”
Liz Gauffreau, M.A. - 2018 Distinguished Faculy Award Recipient
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!
Daniel Griffiths, M.B.A.
MBA, Human Resources Management, Franklin Pierce University
BS, Human Resources Management, Southern New Hampshire University
AS, Business Administration, Southern New Hampshire University
Dan is an Adjunct Professor at Granite State College as well as Franklin Pierce University and has been teaching business courses in Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Organization Behavior, Conflict Management as well as many other business courses for several years. His educational background includes a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Human Resource Management from Franklin Pierce University. He is also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Southern NH University.
Dan also holds two Human Resources Certifications, his (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and his (SHRM-CP) from the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM).
He has an Award named after him called the Daniel W. Griffiths Leadership award from the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association (GMVHRA). He was also awarded the HR Hero Award from the NH Granite State Human Resources Committee for 2011.
Dan has presented these speaking topics to companies and to local SHRM chapters around the country. “The Future of HR: Promoting Business Success in a Changing Global Workplace”, “ Six Key Elements of an Effective Talent Acquisition Strategy”, “Successful HR Strategies for Building an Ethical Workplace Culture”, “Effective Workplace Communication: Promoting Success Through a Culture of Trust and Belief”, “Driving Business Success with Workplace Flexibility”, “HR and the Aging Workforce: Strategies and Best Practices”, “Six Smart HR Strategies to Address Today’s Serious Skills Gap” and Five Habits of Destructive HR Leaders.
Dan was also the Founder and first president of the SHRM-Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association (GMVHRA). He formerly worked at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was the Field Service Director serving 7 states to support the HR Profession. He has been in HR for 30 years and worked in retail, manufacturing, non-profits and many other industries.
Caroline Groves, 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. Groves, 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.
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.
Sandra Hall, M.A.T.
MAT Masters Integrating Art 2011
BS Art Education 1996
My philosophy has been shaped by both my in school experiences and my own art making. Through my experiences, I developed a philosophy of teaching art education through a discipline based approach. Art plays a vital role in student's development and their educational experiences. Art can be utilized as a vehicle for communication and also plays an important role in students understanding of our past. Through art, students can gain insight to what visual messages a form of art contains.
Brett J. Harpster, J.D.
University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, J.D., 1994
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, B.A., History, 1991
I have been an attorney for twenty two years. Currently, I am an Assistant County Attorney at the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office in Nashua, New Hampshire. I have been employed there for eleven years. I practiced civil litigation for approximately seven years and was involved in defending clients civil lawsuits.
I have been teaching at Granite State College since the spring of 2014. I am currently an adjunct professor. I love teaching. I enjoy the open discussions in the classroom and helping the students learn about the class so that they can obtain an education and feel good about themselves.
My philosophy is to always be open minded, listen to what the students have to say and help them in any way that I can. I want them to learn about the topics in the class and feel good about themselves.
Terri Harrington, J.D.
BA, Political Science & Government, University of Maine
JD, University of New Hampshire School of Law
I received my BA in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine. I received my Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center). Following law school I worked as an associate for a small law firm in Portland, Maine. I then opened my own law office concentrating my practice areas in criminal defense, juvenile defense and family law. I was a busy trial attorney, trying cases in all branches of the Maine Court system including arguing before the Maine Supreme Court as well as defending clients in the United States Federal Court for the District of Maine.
After several years of private practice, I closed my practice to run the newly formed Domestic Violence Unit with the York County District Attorney's Office in Alfred, Maine. I was responsible for the prosecution of domestic violence cases, training other lawyers, police officers and first responders in the collection of evidence as well as overseeing the work of the Victim Advocate's Office.
After a long stay at home to raise four sons, I returned to prosecution in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant County Attorney in Kingston, New Hampshire. I am responsible for all phases of felony level criminal prosecution including securing Indictments before the Grand Jury, jury trials, motion hearings, sentencing, probation revocations and appeals from the Circuit Courts. I have also served as the Drug Court Prosecutor, facilitating the treatment rehabilitation of addicts in the criminal court setting.
Jeanne Hayes, Ed.D.
EdD, Human Development and Human Services, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Post-Master's Certificate, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Univ. of Mass.-Worcester, MA
MSN, Boston College, Community Health Nursing
BSN, Worcester State College, Worcester, MA
Diploma, Worcester Hahnemann Hospital, Worcester, MA
Jean has over thirty years in nursing education, ranging from Instructor to Professor; 12 years as Department Chair.She has held various positions in community and public health, from staff nurse to agency CEO.
Kristen Heath, M.Ed.
Graduate Certificate, Assistive Technology, University of New Hampshire
Graduate Certificate, Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of New Hampshire
MED, Early Childhood - Special Needs, University of New Hampshire
BS, Early Childhood - Special Education, University of Maine at Farmington
I have worked in the field of early childhood / special education for thirteen years. I have worked as a preschool transition coordinator, classroom teacher, and special educator. I have my M.Ed. in early childhood - special education along with graduate certificates in the areas of assistive technology and autism spectrum disorders. I currently hold an experienced educator certificate with endorsements in the areas of early childhood, general special education, early childhood special education, and intellectual developmental disabilities.
Ellen Hewett, M.S.
Advanced Graduate Study, Adult and Organizational Learning, Columbia University
MS, Administration, Southern New Hampshire University
BA, Political Science and Economics, McGill University
For over 30 years Ellen has customized knowledge-building activities to help organizations build capacity through forward-thinking leadership development programs. In her World Education work, Ellen supports state, regional and municipal agencies, employers, and educational institutions in building the systemic collaboration needed to ensure the success of all stakeholders. Also, she offers system-wide professional development activities and consultation for organizations throughout the US.
Prior to joining World Education, Ellen worked for over 25 years as an administrator and faculty member at Springfield College. While at Springfield she led the development of the graduate program in Organizational Management and Leadership. Connecting her love of travel and offering organizational development support, she has worked in programs for managers and educators in Sweden, Mexico, China, England, and Brazil.
Her business experience includes serving as the owner of Lucy the Wonder Dog, an on-line store pet store, and managing her family's realty business. Both experiences deepened her understanding of strategic thinking and leadership.
When not on the road, Ellen loves to explore her Cape Cod community and contribute to it by serving as a director on various boards, including the Falmouth Education Foundation.
Stephen Hickoff, M.A.
BS, General Studies/Writing and English Literature, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
MA, Writing and English Literature, University of New Hampshire
I’m a full-time writer, editor and longtime adjunct faculty member. My experiences include all manner of editorial projects on a daily basis, plus teaching, largely online. It’s a good fit. My Granite State College work is fueled by a love of the craft and desire to share it.
My ENG 508, Media and Its Messages online course and ENG 604 Creative Writing class (Isles of Shoals), for instance, are informed and fueled by my professional career as a newspaper columnist, magazine contributor, photographer, website editor and writer, blogger for numerous platforms, songwriter (just one, mind you, but it was on a double-platinum album), videographer and television scriptwriter. I write news releases and produce other content for clients, including contracted social media marketing. I’ve published five books with commercial publishers, and along the way, poems, short stories and other work for literary markets. Have a writing/editing project in mind? I’m likely interested . . .
As implied by my lead, and like many GSC students, I’m a father, husband, dog lover (English setters), avid reader, sports fan and sportsman. My pickup truck is old but gets me there just fine.
I teach what I do. It’s that simple.
I’m busy, but I love it, and can’t imagine any other lifestyle. Teaching is an effort to share insights into this aforementioned editorial world, with the hope students will view media and its messages, plus creative writing and my other classes, in fresh and unique ways.
In addition to Media and Its Messages and Creative Writing, I’ve taught American Popular Culture, Survey of American Literature, Short Fiction and numerous other GSC courses.
Kathleen Hipp, Ph.D.
B.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Social Psychology, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Social Psychology, Bowling Green State University
In graduate school, Kathy conducted research in the areas of social cognition, hypothesis testing, and how people think about chance events. She is very interested in judgment and decision making, especially how people make judgments involving statistical concepts in the “real world.” Prior to arriving at GSC, she held positions as a Department Chair for General Education at Brown Mackie College in Ohio and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Daniel Webster College in Nashua. Kathy has been teaching various psychology and related courses for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Undergraduate Behavioral Sciences and Human Services programs and Senior Instructor at GSC.
Erin Holt, M.S.
BS, Development & Child Psychology, Clark University
BS, Communications, Clark University
MS, Communications, Clark University
Past work experience includes over ten years of managing marketing and communications in the nonprofit industry, most currently with a focus on early childhood education. I have always had special focus on social media, working very closely with management of communication and marketing plans that focus solely on social media as well as image recovery and management in the social world. I also have extensive experience in development of communication plans for all types of organizations, management of advertising and media schedules, web design concept development and public relations/media relations. I have spoken at conferences across the country about the importance of social media for small organizations to use for interaction with their customers as well as to high school students about the importance of protecting their image online. I am an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving as President for the Yankee Chapter in 2015.
Kathryn Horgan, M.S.
MS in Professional Politics from Suffolk University
BA in History from Saint Anselm College
Kathryn began her career in Washington DC both on the Hill as a Congressional Staffer and off the Hill working for a government affairs firm. She is always happy to answer any questions that you have about Washington DC and how things work in the real world, unfortunately, House of Cards and Scandal are not how Washington DC and the government actually function, sorry to disappoint. After six years in Washington DC, Kathryn returned to New Hampshire and began working as a political consultant for campaigns in NH, ME, VT and RI. She also worked for the the State Party Offices recruiting candidates to run for the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Currently she work for a government relations firm in Concord, NH, where she focuses on energy, healthcare and communications issues.
Nancy Horton, M.F.A.
BS, Management, Merrimack College
MFA, Visual Arts, Lesley University, Art Institute of Boston
Photographer/artist and adjunct professor Nancy Grace Horton has been working in the field for over 20 years. Her photography work has encompasses documentary, entertainment, editorial, and fine art. She has been published in many newspapers and magazines, and her work is featured in several books in circulation, including one on Portsmouth, NH, and another on Ghana, Africa. She has travelled widely, including an around-the-world photography trip, and annual trips to Mexico, where she has created a Photo Based Cultural Exchange between students there and the U.S. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums upcoming at the Newport Art Museum in 2018, She is represented by Jessica Hagen Fine Art in Newport, RI.
MaryLou Jelinek, M.A.
MA, Counseling Psychology, Lesley University
BA, Mathematics, University of Massachusetts
I am currently in private practice in Massachusetts and a member of the adjunct faculty of Granite State College. I specialize in working with trauma survivors, and specifically women and children survivors. I have worked in Bosnia, with Bosnian refugees and rape camp survivors as well as Sudanese refugees here in Boston. In addition to trauma, I specialize in treating anxiety and depression. I am deeply rooted in the healing ability of contemplative practices. I am certified to teach mindfulness practices and have seen the positive effects of mindfulness on the clients I treat as well as in my own life. Prior to working in private practice, I worked as a crisis clinician on a family stabilization team with the Home for Little Wanderers in conjunction with Boston Medical Center's Adolescent Psychiatry Unit. I also worked in Lowell as a school based clinician, and as a career counselor at the New England School of Law. Prior to my graduate school training, I worked as part of a team that created the Challenge Program for inner city girls. A program that challenged inner city girls to discover themselves, their communities and the outside world. It was a fascinating adventure.
I currently live in Exeter, NH with my 2 children and love to do anything outdoors with cycling being my favorite. I enjoy travel and meeting people along the way. I believe that if you get bored sitting with someone, then you aren't listening, because people are interesting. I love living in the seacoast area and feel privileged to work in such an exciting field, and to have the opportunity to teach and meet the students of Granite State College.
David Jones, M.A.
MA, Political Science, SUNY Albany
BA, Political Science, Alfred University
I am originally from upstate New York and currently live in Fryeburg, Maine. I have spent my entire professional life, over thirty years in education teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. I began teaching at the New Hampton School where I was department chair of the History department. I taught for one year at Colby Sawyer College, teaching courses in the Presidency and Politics of Underdeveloped Nations. Currently, along with my teaching duties at GSC, I teach at Fryeburg Academy.
I believe education at its best forces one to challenge one's beliefs. It is only through this constant challenging of one's beliefs can one grow.
Michelle Jones, M.S.N.
MSN, Registered Nursing, University of New Hampshire
BSN, Registered Nursing, University of New Hampshire
I am a Registered Nurse and Educator with Medical Surgical, Emergency Room, Urgent Care, Intensive Care Unit and Camp Nurse experience. I am a Boy Scout leader and committed to service work in my community. I have taught adjunct at the University level since 2008 and taught 3 years full time at the Community College level.
I am positive, enthusiastic and I have a lot of energy. I practice violin. I run when not chased. I enjoy fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
I love to learn, I love to teach, I love to laugh. I am a mixture of Murphy's law, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side and SNL.
Joelle Judge, J.D.
B.A., History - Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
J.D., Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
PMP, Certification attained 2006
Joelle has nearly 20 years of experience working on IT projects. She began working in IT and systems design in 1999, when she was employed by the State of Vermont. Her first foray into the area was as a SME for systems improvements. She became a project manager for an IT project and eventually left the State to become a consultant on a number of IT projects including systems replacement and business process redesign projects around the country, most within the human services and health care focus areas. She spent 7 years as a project manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, followed by three years working on a federal State Innovation Model grant project in Vermont focused on health care reform and creating innovative models to improve patient experience by improving quality, lowering health care costs, and improving population health. She's currently consulting for the State of Vermont once again and helping to replace the aging MMIS system for Medicaid.
When she's not working or teaching, she can be found wrangling her three sons, three dogs and one cat. She lives with her family in central Vermont.
Everyone learns differently, and the best education comes via multiple modalities, allowing students to learn and process information in a way that works best for them. Students bring so many diverse experiences to class; it's her hope to encourage students to share and learn from one another as the course progresses to maximize the value of the course for each participant.
Rebecca Karp, M.A.
MA, Art History, UMass Amherst
BA, History, American Studies, Brandeis University
I enjoy reading, art and art museums, running, hiking, and going to the beach. One fact that usually surprises people about me is that in my free time I play roller derby (it is a little different from the 70s style of roller derby some might remember).
I am passionate about teaching and learning, and consider my classroom—whether in person or online—to be a place for a community of learners, where we can all grow and learn from each other.
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.
Paul Kuliga, M.Ed.
MEd, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders with High Distinction - Rivier College
BA, Multidisciplinary Studies in English, Theater & Education - Southeastern Massachusetts University
- NH Certification #59393 - General Special Education Emotional Disturbance and English 5-12
I have been teaching in the classroom both in regular and special eductaion for more that thirty years. My background is mainly in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. My trainings have included Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), Aggresson Replacement Trainning (ART) and Reality Therapy (RT). I have worked in regular secondary, alternative high schools and private placement facilities.
Sandra Kupcho, M.B.A.
MBA - Clark University
BA, Political Science - University of New Hampshire
- Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire
Hi! My name is Sandy Kupcho, and I am a licensed CPA in the state of New Hampshire. I have been teaching accounting courses for seven years and I really enjoy it! Prior to teaching, I was an auditor at a regional accounting firm performing audits of local governments.
In addition to teaching, I have a husband,10 year old son and 5 year old twins, so I manage to keep pretty busy!
Christian Lagarde, M.B.A.
MBA, Finance, Marketing, Management - University of New Orleans
BS, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration - Univeristy of New Orleans
Ph.D. (Candidate), Human Capital Development - University of Southern Mississippi
Christian Lagarde works as the project manager in the Workforce and Economic Development unit at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He currently is managing the technical assistance project to the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. In concert with Jobs for the Future and Maher & Maher, the TAACCCT Learning Network provides technical assistance to 729 community colleges grantees from Alaska to Puerto Rico.
Previous to his time at AACC, the Consortium Operational Manager for Bossier Parish Community College, where he manages the implementation of the college’s $14.7 million grant via the United State Department of Labor's TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) initiative by retraining workers & accelerating academic achievement and industry certification in IT foundations, leading to careers in Cyber Security, Health Information Technology, and Industrial IT Applications.
He is the former Department Chair of Business & Technology at Nunez Community College in Louisiana.
Mr. Lagarde holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and is currently a PhD candidate in Human Capital Development department at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mary Lambert, M.B.A.
MBA, Human Resources - Franklin Pierce
BA, Psychology - Granite State College
Mary received her BA from Granite State and her MBA from Franklin Pierce, with a concentration in Human Resources. Previous education includes a BA from Colby-Sawyer College in Psychology.
Mary's career has mostly been focused in the medical field, beginning with employment in the Emergency Room at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. From there, Mary moved to a training and development position within Revenue Management and finally to the Payroll Department. After moving on from Dartmouth, Mary's non-profit involvement continues as the Human Resources Manager for Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice.
Outside of working, Mary enjoys running, hiking with the family, yoga and spending time with her family.
MS, for Teachers, Mathematics - University of New Hampshire
BE, Mathematics - Plymouth State University
Andy began his teaching career at St Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover N.H. During his 7 years tenure at St Thomas Andy took summer courses at the University of New Hampshire and received his masters degree in 1978. In 1981 Andy accepted a position at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group as a programmer. Andy continued working in the Information Technology space for 33 years and retired in 2015. While working at Liberty Mutual Andy was also an adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University where he taught math for 34 years. Andy is now a new staff member at Granite State College and looks forward to teaching statistics to his students.
Andy lives in Eliot ME with his wife Becki and they both enjoy canoeing and taking long walks on the beach.
Amy Lefebvre, M.S.
MST, Communication Disorders - University of New Hampshire
BS, Communication Disorders - University of New Hampshire,
Amy is a speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency
from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a license through the N.H.
Department of Allied Health Professionals. She has treated people with communication
and swallowing disorders throughout the lifespan, but currently serves children ages 2 ½
to 6 in a public early childhood center. Amy has been an instructor for the Speech-
Language Pathology Assistant program at Granite State College since 2009 and currently
teaches the course entitled Survey of Communication Disorders. In addition, she has
served as a clinical supervisor for several graduate students from the University of New
Hampshire. Amy is the past president of the N.H. Speech-Language-Hearing Association
and has also served on the executive board in other capacities.
Charles, Lloyd, Ed.D.
EdD, Higher Education Administration - Northeastern University
CAGS, Educational Leadership - Plymouth State University
MEd, Higher Education - Plymouth State University
BS, Physical Education and Teacher Certification - Keene State College
AS, Chemical Dependency - Keene State College
Dr. Chuck Lloyd is the President of White Mountains Community College. In addition to his role in administration, he crosses over to the faculty side of the college by teaching in the Business Department. Chuck was recently selected as one of New Hampshire’s “Forty under 40” by the Union Leader and was previously awarded the NHTI Service Learning Award and Commissioner’s Award for Service Excellence. In addition to administration and teaching, he maintains a strong passion for leadership and service. In the past few years, Chuck has offered dozens of workshops and presentations both internationally and in the States on a variety of leadership and management-focused topics. Chuck prides himself on relationship-building and actively participates in numerous community organizations. Originally from Franklin New Hampshire, Chuck graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science, earned his Master’s Degree in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University, and Chuck’s Doctorate is in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.
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.
Julie Moser, Ed.D.
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.
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.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership - New England College
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.
Courtney Rice, M.S.
MS, Kinesiology and Physical Education - University of Maine
BS, Health Fitness, Nutrition Minor - University of Maine
Courtney Rice has over 20 years of experience in the fields of exercise science, wellness and education. She has served as an undergraduate exercise science program coordinator and taught a variety of undergraduate courses. She has developed health and wellness programs in the public and private sectors and has served on community health coalitions, state planning committees and served as a New England American Cancer Society Leadership fellow for coordinated school health programs. She worked in private healthcare as a clinical exercise physiologist and collaborated on research examining functional capacity outcomes for patients participating in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and has a passion for fitness and movement training. She is currently the Director of Health and Wellness Undergraduate programs at Granite State College, overseeing concentrations in Health and Wellness, Healthcare Management, and Allied Health Leadership.
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.
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.
Todd Slover, B.A., M.A.T.
B.A. Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1987
M.A.T. English, University of New Hampshire, 1994
Todd is currently the Accreditation Manager at Granite State College, which means he does a lot of strategizing, research, and writing in order to keep the College licensed, accredited, and generally in compliance with various state, federal, and accreditation agencies.
Prior to coming to Granite State College, he had a long run at Hesser College/Mount Washington College (may it rest in peace), most recently as the Director of Accreditation. Prior to that, he spent about 10 happy years as a faculty member teaching English, philosophy, and the occasional film course.
My undergraduate degree is in philosophy, which means I will forever be answering the inevitable question, “What can you do with that?” A lot, as it turns out. The ability to think critically, see several sides of an issue, evaluate evidence, and write clearly is valuable in almost every field, and I truly enjoy helping students in pursuit of these skills.
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.
MSN Informatics - Walden University
BSN - University of Southern Maine
Amy began her career at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH working as a pediatric nurse. After 1 year, she transitioned to the Emergency Department where she continued her career for the next 16 years. After receiving her Masters Degree in 2010, she began teaching as and adjunct professor for Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Franklin Pierce University, and Great Bay College. In 2013, she began working as a full-time professor for NHTI in Concord, NH.
Amy lives in New Hampshire and enjoys many hobbies including hiking, camping, gardening, and music.
My philosophy of teaching is based on the belief that learning needs to be student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. I believe in creating a safe and appropriate learning environment where the students learn not only the theory but also how to apply it in their lives.
Tamara Von George, Ph.D.
PhD, Higher Education - University of Massachusetts
MA, Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education - Ball State University
BA, Psychology & Sociology - Kentucky Wesleyan College
Dr. Tamara VonGeorge received a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received an MA from Ball State University and a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Granite State College. Recently, she has been teaching CRIT 501 Critical Inquiry, MGMT 602 Leadership, and MGMT 608 Managing Diversity.
Jane Ward Guaraldi,M.Ed.
MEd, Creative Arts in Learning - Lesley University
BS, Early Childhood Education - Granite State College
Graduate AAS, Secretarial Science - Suffolk County Community College
- Special Education Teacher Training - College for Lifelong Learning
Jane has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 20 years. She is certified in the state of New Hampshire in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education and General Special Education K-12. She also holds Early Childhood credentials through the New Hampshire Bureau of Child Development, Master Early Childhood Teacher and Master Professional. Jane's experience includes private preschool, Head Start Center Director, Classroom Teacher/Early Childhood Special Educator in Londonderry's public inclusionary-developmental preschool and held the position of Preschool Coordinator. Jane began teaching Early Childhood Education courses for Granite State College in 2007. She presents workshops on a variety of topics with a strong focus on developmentally appropriate practices.
Jane and her husband have spent over 30 years restoring an antique cape home that sits on a quiet pond in Kingston. She enjoys photography and nature.
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 you’re 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.
Jesse Wood, M.A.
MA, Education - Ashford University
BS, Earth and Space Sciences - Southern Connecticut State University
- PBTC, K-12 General Special Education
A little about me, I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University in the area of Earth and Space Science Education. I then attended Ashford University to acquire my Master of Arts in Education concentrating on Teacher Leadership. I’m also happy to say that I have attended Granite State College (GSC) for a post-bacc certification program in the area of K-12 General Special Education. I’m currently working toward a certification in Educational Administration and plan to move forward and begin work on my Doctorate.
I have worked with GSC since 2012. I began as a student mentor, and quickly became an online instructor. I currently work with the GSC School of Education in the role of: online course instruction and teaching. I have taught many courses of EDU 613: Strategies for Teaching Science and I’ve also worked with students F2F during summer intensive courses for the last two years (which was awesome and I can’t wait to do it again); EDU621/721: Special Education Law. My areas of certification are general special education K-12, General Science 5-8, Earth and Space Science 7-12, and soon I will add an administration certificate to this list.
Prior to working with GSC I worked as a public educator in the area of 7-12 science. I’ve taught several different science course (Integrated Sci. General Sci. Biology, Earth and Space Sci.) and even some health and PE courses.
My personal interests are gardening, generally doing something creative with my hands outdoors or in my workshop, technology in general, and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.
I grew up in CT and attempt to get there during the summer and holidays to visit with family and friends. Currently, I live in Southern VT with my wonderful wife and children.
It is difficult to choose a favorite area of science, but I tend to enjoy all areas where science meets math, especially in Chemistry and Physics.
Michael Zaino, J.D. - 2018 Distinguished Faculy Award Recipient
JD - Franklin Pierce Law Center
MA, Political Science - Arizona State University
BA, Political Science - Arizona State University
My goal as a professor is to encourage students to challenge what they believe. I encourage students to understand why they hold the beliefs and opinions they do. In this way students will be better prepared to handle complex issues in life and work based on established principles that are well grounded in reason and vetted with personal experience.
This philosophy is a direct result of my constant search to answer the question 'why?'. Even if a single answer is unattainable, understanding the reasons behind the different conclusions is a step toward knowledge.
On a personal note, my beautiful wife, Michelle, and I have been married for almost 19 years. We have two boys, Nico (12) and Deacon (5).
I look forward to working with you and encouraging you to ask the question...'why?'
Julie Zink, Ph.D.
PhD, Instructional Design and Development - University of South Alabama
MA, Theatre - University of South Carolina
BAE, Education - University of Mississippi
Julie Zink has served as an adjunct faculty member and course developer at Granite State College since 2012. She has taught numerous communication courses online and at the Conway location (graduate and undergraduate level). Prior to working at GSC, Julie completed her Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama and her Master’s degree was granted from the University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi.
From 1988 to 2001, she taught at various colleges in the Mobile, Alabama area. In 2001, Julie left the University of Mobile as an Associate Professor and moved to Maine with her family.
Julie firmly believes in a student centered approach. With the right tools, she knows that every student can learn and succeed. Course materials should be developed with the understanding that students have differing learning styles. It is also important that students be provided with relevant information that can be readily utilized both personally and professionally.
She feels that students should also have the opportunity to share their ideas with each other by collaborating and working together in weekly discussion forums. Not only does this reinforce their learning, allow them to question each other, and think critically about the content, but it also provides them with the communication and team skills needed to excel in a global economy. Overall, Julie Zink will support and provide students with the encouragement, feedback and clarification on content that they need to succeed. Of utmost importance, she stresses the need to consistently provide timely, useful, specific, and constructive feedback to ensure continued student success.