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St. John Fisher College Welcomes New Faculty in 2011

09/22/2011


St. John Fisher College has welcomed 22 new faculty members to its roster for the 2011-2012 academic year. They include:

Angela Amoia, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Amoia received her bachelor of science in biochemistry from Nazareth College and pursued her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona. Before coming to Fisher, she was an assistant professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology. While there, she received the Student Affairs Most Valuable Partner Award in 2009, and was nominated for several other achievement awards. She has been a co-author of several articles in industry publications, and has presented at numerous conferences around the country.

Christine Boev, Visiting Assistant Professor, Nursing

Boev attended Allegheny College for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a bachelor of science in biology. She continued on to the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University to earn a bachelor of science in nursing, and then pursued a master of science in nursing at Georgia College and State University. Boev went on to receive her Ph.D. in health practice research from the University of Rochester. She served as an adjunct faculty member here at Fisher during the spring semester in 2010. She was also a teaching assistant for the University of Rochester, and a clinical nursing instructor for Fisher from 2005-2007. In addition, she spent time teaching at Binghamton University, Georgia College and State University, and the Coliseum Medical Center in Georgia. Her clinical experiences were largely spent in Georgia as a registered nurse at Northside Hospital in Georgia, Children's Healthcare in Georgia, Comp Health, and the Medical Center of Central Georgia. She has also been a staff nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital on the pediatric intensive care unit since 2005.

Mary Ellen Clark, Visiting Instructor, Biology

Clark received her bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers College, and went on to receive her master of science degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. After years of working in the field for the University of Rochester and Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics, Clark became a certified herbalist and teacher. She has taught at Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and here at Fisher as an adjunct faculty member, and most recently taught a nutrition course for Fisher nursing students in the fall of last year.

Tamara Clingerman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mental Health Counseling

Clingerman is not new to Fisher, as she was the mental health counselor for the Wellness Center from 2006-2010. She has also worked as a counselor at Syracuse University, the State University of New York at Oswego, and Canisius College. After earning her bachelor of science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, she went on to earn her master of science in counseling from Canisius College and her Ph.D. in philosophy of counselor education and supervision from Syracuse University. This past spring, she was an adjunct professor for the College's mental health counseling department.

Alexander DeLucenay, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

DeLucenay received his bachelor of science in biology from Fisher in 2006. He pursued his Doctor of Pharmacy at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, and graduated with the School's first graduating class in 2010. His residency rotations were numerous and broad, including rotations in clinics and mission hospitals in North Carolina. While he was a student, he worked as a pharmacy intern and technician at Wegmans and Rochester General Hospital. DeLucenay also volunteered for several medical mission trips, including El Salvador and New Orleans. He is the recipient of many local and national awards.

Ashley Hughes, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Hughes received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010. She is in the process of receiving her Introductory HIV Pharmaceutical Care Specialist Certificate, and has focused many of her rotations and research on HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, diabetes, and family medicine. Prior to joining Fisher, she was a clinical instructor at the University of Buffalo.

Rachel Johnston, Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology

Johnston earned her bachelor of science degree from Elon University in North Carolina. She went on to earn her master of science degree and Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Johnston has served as a biology lab assistant, chemistry tutor, scientist instructor, and scientist educator at Elon University and the University of Rochester.

David Kunsch, Assistant Professor, Management

Kunsch comes to the Bittner School of Business after teaching at Ryerson University, DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), and then went on to receive his bachelor of laws at the Osgood Hall Law School in Toronto. He then pursued his master of science in hazardous waste management at Wayne State University, and returned to receive his Ph.D. in strategy and general management at the University of Western Ontario. Early in his career, Kunsch was an engineer at General Motors of Canada Limited. He then went into law, and was an attorney at a firm in Canada for seven years, before becoming senior counsel for Westcoast Energy/Union Gas Limited from 1997-1999. Most of his professional career was spent with 3M Canada Company, where he had several roles, including business manager and senior counsel.

Sebastian Lazardeux, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Before coming to Fisher, Lazardeux was a lecturer at the University of Washington, where he also served as a research associate. He earned his bachelor of arts at the Institute of Political Studies in Lille, France, and then earned two master of arts degrees in political science from the University of Washington and Villanova University. Lazardeux then went on to pursue his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His research interests focus on legislative studies, political economy, European politics, public policy, party organizations, and game theory. He has been published in several industry trade journals, and currently has books under review.

Pao Lee, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Lee comes to Fisher from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and then went on to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 2009. He has written several papers and articles, some of which are in progress. In addition, he has given a variety of presentations at colleges and association conferences.

Laura Marwick, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Marwick is a 2010 graduate of the Wegmans School of Nursing's D.N.P. program and a 2006 graduate of the M.S. in advanced practice nursing, and came to Fisher to pursue those degrees after working as a nurse for 13 years. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Vermont, and has worked as a staff nurse at VNA Healthcare Inc. in Hartford, and Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital here in Rochester. She also has experience as a nurse practitioner, and worked at Brandon Family Medicine and Evercare, Inc. Most recently, she was a nurse practitioner for Health-e-Access.

Katie McJury, Visiting Instructor, Sport Studies

McJury received her bachelor of science in sport management from the University of Dayton, and went on to receive her master of science in sport administration from the University of Louisville. Today, she is a Ph.D. candidate pursuing her Ph.D. in educational leadership/organizational development with a concentration in sport administration. Before coming to Fisher, she was an instructor at the University of Louisville. Her professional experience also includes work with the United States Tennis Association, where she served in several capacities from 2005-2008.

Robert Niger, Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Niger received his bachelor of science degree from St. John Fisher College, and went on to pursue his master of science degree from RIT. He then earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes an industrial postdoc position at Kodak. Niger has been an adjunct professor here at Fisher for the last two years.

Belinda O'Brien, Program Director, Library Media

O'Brien joined the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education as the director of the School's new program, Library Media. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport, where she received her bachelor of arts in psychology and the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she earned her master of library science. Early in her career, she was a children's librarian at the Rochester Public Library, and then went on to be a school media specialist for several schools including School #33, Minerva DeLand School, Fairport High School, and the American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa. The program is now recruiting students to begin in January 2012.

Michael Robinson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Executive Leadership (College of New Rochelle satellite program)

Robinson received his bachelor of arts in teaching from West Virginia Wesleyan, and went on to receive his master of education from Florida Atlantic University. He is a 2008 graduate of Fisher's Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program. He had been an adjunct professor for the College, and was also partner and consultant for CynOsure, LLC. He will join Fisher's satellite location, the College of New Rochelle, which hosts the Executive Leadership program. His professional accomplishments span a vast list, but lie in the areas of school operations, school development/academics, teaching, and administration.

Anne Schweighardt, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Schweighardt comes to Fisher from the University Medical Center in Texas where she was a staff pharmacist. She received her associate of science degree from Salt Lake Community College, and went on to the University of Utah where she earned her doctor of pharmacy. She has had extensive pharmacy experience, as well as teaching experience and taught at Texas Tech University and the University of Utah. Schweighardt has given several presentations at association conferences, and has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards.

Raymond Shady, Visiting Assistant Professor, Management

Shady received his bachelor of arts degree in English from St. Michael's College in Toronto, and went on to earn both his master's and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to Fisher, he was co-founder and partner of LPA Systems, Inc. His other professional experiences include vice president of corporate marketing for Xelus, Inc.; vice president of sales, marketing, and alliances for LPA Software, Inc.; and founder of RC Shady, Inc., a consulting practice. He also brings with him teaching experience, and has worked as a lecturer and assistant professor of English at St. Michael's College, University College, Erindale College, RIT, and here at Fisher.

John Shoemaker, Visiting Instructor, Philosophy

Shoemaker graduated from Hope College with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and philosophy, and went on to pursue two master of arts degrees in philosophy from Western Michigan University and the University of Rochester. He is expecting to complete work for his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester this fall. He has taught philosophy courses at SUNY Geneseo and Western Michigan University, and has assisted teaching courses at the University of Rochester. Shoemaker has written for a variety of trade publications and has been an expert presenter at local and national conferences.

Rocky Tarantello, Visiting Assistant Professor, Accounting/Finance

Tarantello earned his bachelor of science in real estate and finance from California State University. He then went on to pursue both his master of business administration in financial management and his doctor of business administration from the University of Southern California. He has served as an associate professor of clinical real estate and urban land, and assistant professor of real estate, finance, and urban land development. His professional experience encompasses work as a principal and chief economist for a real estate research firm and as president of his own real estate firm. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on topics such as the national economy, real estate market conditions, investment markets, capital markets, and industry trends. He brings over 30 years of extensive experience to the Bittner School of Business.

Ronald Valenti, Visiting Assistant Professor, Executive Leadership (College of New Rochelle satellite program)

Valenti received his bachelor of arts degree from Cathedral College, his master of arts degree from Fordham University, and his Ph.D. from New York University. He has over three decades of experience in education, after serving as principal and superintendent in school districts across New York State including the City School District of New Rochelle, City School District for Poughkeepsie, Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District, Harrison Central School District, Smithtown Central School District, and Valley Stream Central High School District. Most recently, he was the Director of College and District Partnerships for the College of New Rochelle.

Erik Winarski, Visiting Instructor, Mathematical and Computing Sciences

Winarski comes to Fisher from Indiana University, where he was an associate instructor. He received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics and his master of science degree in teaching from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He went on to pursue his Ph.D. in philosophy in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in mathematics education, from Indiana University. Winarski has also served as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College and as a high school teacher in the Beekmantown Central School District in Plattsburgh. He has been an expert presenter at several education and mathematics conferences.

Patricia Wollan, Assistant Professor, Accounting/Finance

Wollan received her bachelor of science degree from York University, where she majored in mathematics, and went on to earn her MBA in finance from Old Dominion University. She worked in the field for nearly 10 years, and then went on to teach at Penn State University and RIT. Wollan has been the author of several journal articles, papers, and book chapters, and has presented at several conferences including the Midwestern Finance Association Meeting and the Financial Management Association Meeting.


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