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New University Appointments

We are pleased to provide this compilation of brief biographies of our new faculty, managerial, and professional staff members, who bring a breadth of experience and achievement to our campus community.


College of the Arts

DR. ARCHER, who received her PhD from the History of Consciousness Department, with a Designated Emphasis in Visual Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2013, joins the Department of Art and Design after serving as an Assistant Professor and Chair at the San Francisco Art Institute’s Department of History and Theory of Contemporary Art (2013-2018), and as a Resident Scholar in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies’ Beatrice Bain Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley (2017-2018). Dr. Archer researches contemporary design and art, with an emphasis in textile and garment histories. She is currently completing a book-length manuscript, which considers how textiles are used to produce and maintain the limits of ‘legitimate’ vs. ‘illegitimate’ forms of state violence. Her teaching explores politics and aesthetics through close, intersectional examinations of style, embodiment and desire. Recent work has been published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture and the New Museum and MIT Press’ latest installment of the Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture series, Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton).

DR. BENTON received his PhD from the University of Vienna in Austria after working with the State Department for nearly a decade. His research focuses extensively on the global and cultural dimensions of public communication and the processes institutions use to build relationships with diverse international audiences. Dr. Benton’s research has appeared in numerous academic journals including Communication Education, The Journal of Applied Security Management, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Studies in Communication Sciences. His first book, The Challenge of Working for American: Perspectives of an International Workforce was published in 2014. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Benton has served as public relations consultant, trainer and auditor for numerous global companies, NGO’s and governmental institutions.

DR. CONLEY, who received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design program joins the School of Communication and Media. She comes to Montclair State after serving as the Research Director at Race Forward, the Center for Racial Justice Innovation and teaching at New York University, The New School, and Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Conley has published several articles based on her research regarding Black women’s online activism and storytelling, as well as on the affordances of social media for young people of color. She has appeared as a guest analyst on MSNBC and Al Jazeera, and produced news segments for interactive web media. In 2015, Dr. Conley produced a documentary Brackish: A Visual Ethnography of NOLA and Hurricane Katrina that follows the journey of hurricane Katrina survivors and post-Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans over a 10-year span. In 2013, Dr. Conley founded Hashtag Feminism, a web-based platform that archives trending hashtags and captures contemporary online discourse at the intersection of feminism, race and gender.

As a top-performing, analytical and highly qualified IT professional, Arturo leverages more than 17 years of professional experience and subject matter expertise in serving as a System Administrator for large-scale, global, and multibillion-dollar enterprises. Proficient in several platforms PC, Mac and Linux. Supporting Calcia, Morehead Hall, Life Hall, Chapin Hall, SCM, Finley and Kasser Theater. Microsoft Certified, CompTia Certified, Honorably Discharged USMC.

MR. KACZMAREK earned a master’s degree in both fine art studio and contemporary art history from Purchase College in 2007. His professional work as an artist spans experimental and traditional practices, including interactive installation, performance, video, built circuits and solar-powered objects. Other works include sound scores and set design for the stage, and handmade electronic instruments. Prior to teaching at Montclair State, his academic service has included serving as the Director of Instructional Support for the School of the Arts and Assistant Director of the School of Art+Design at Purchase College.

MR. MACLELLAND has over twenty-seven years professional experience in media production. His broadcast credits include producing and directing 255 episodes of WORLD:COMM, a nationally distributed Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program, and over eighty-five “magazine style” art and culture segments. He has written, produced and directed promotional and marketing programs for clients in the fashion, pharmaceutical, financial services, consumer products and medical industries. Multiple camera and live event production includes award ceremonies, fundraising events, entertainment specials, corporate functions, off-Broadway plays and musicals, concerts, and sporting events.

MR. MILLER is an artist, curator, and educator. He spent the past decade as Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging, and Director/Curator of the Art Galleries at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he served as Art Department Chair. In 2013 and 2014 he received two Mellon Collaborative Research in the Humanities Grants via Allegheny College to support both his studio art practice and research for two exhibitions: Performing Blackness::Performing Whiteness, an interrogation of the binaries that perpetuate the often unexamined position of whiteness; and Persuasion, a survey of U.S. government-sponsored propaganda in the twentieth century, including photographs from the Farm Security Administration, posters from the Department of Defense, and posters from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education. Miller takes a collaborative approach to curating thematic exhibitions that have wide appeal. The ideas to which he often returns – power, identity, and place/space – have spurred regional conferences, short courses, symposia, and community discussions on wide-ranging topics including the performative nature of racial identity, human impacts on the environment, nature as a social construct, cultural notions of gender, the role of (dis)information in political change, and our collective responsibility for refugees of violent conflicts. His teaching, curatorial work and artwork have been recognized through residencies at Blue Mountain Center, the Vermont Studio Center, the Crawford County Historical Society, the University of Puerto Rico, and in regional and national exhibitions. A selection of his works were recently acquired by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.

DR. POWELL, an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at Montclair State University. Prior to joining Montclair State, Bryan served as the Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock. Dr. Powell has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, is the founding editor of Journal of Popular Music Education, and is the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education. Dr. Powell currently serves as the Chair of the NAfME Popular Music Education SRIG and is an International Affiliate for Musical Futures.

MS. TAMBURO joined Montclair State University in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant at the Department of Art and Design. She brings to the position extensive administrative experience having worked at multiple office environments over the years, including the retail buying office Petrie Stores Corporation and Computer Leasing Inc. Katherine spent the last decade working as an elementary special needs educator in the New Jersey public school system, where she applied her compassion and patience to address the needs of students with autism. Katherine is a Montclair State alumna, having completed a BA in Fashion Studies.

DR. VIEGA, who received his PhD from Temple University in 2013, joins the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University as an Assistant Professor of Music in Music Therapy. Dr. Viega has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as Hip Hop and music therapy, arts-based research methodologies, digital technology and therapeutic songwriting, and music therapy and adolescent development. As a music therapy clinician, he has worked extensively with children and adolescents who have experienced childhood adversity and trauma, and is a Fellow in the Association of Music and Imagery. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. He is currently the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (MAR-AMTA).

MR. MARTINEZ is the Cage Supervisor with the Department of Broadcast and Media Operations. Mr. Martinez comes to us from Adorama Camera, where he evaluated film and television equipment for their rental and used equipment departments. He has spent the last three years working freelance in the film and tv production industry while also managing his own private production company. Mr. Martinez is currently post producing a comedic short as well as shooting a series of commercials for independent game design companies. When he is not making the rounds in the cage he can be found working on any of several scripts that might one day be finished.

College of Education and Human Services

MS. BENITEZ serves as an Evaluation Associate on various projects at CREEHS. She is an experienced bilingual program evaluator and project manager who has worked with a wide spectrum of clients in government, school districts and the nonprofit sector. She has conducted evaluations of initiatives serving diverse populations in the areas of youth development, education, violence prevention, after-school programming, adult learning, health promotion, girl-centered education, family strengthening, and teen pregnancy prevention. Ms. Benitez has also worked extensively with nonprofit organizations in evaluation capacity development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

DR. CARROLL successfully defended his dissertation in fall 2017 and officially graduated in May 2018 from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) with a PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance. He has taught several courses as the instructor of record and as a teacher assistant in sports conditioning, exercise physiology and other related courses, and has developed and taught two online courses. He has also been a strength and conditioning coach since 2013. His research examines skeletal muscle physiology and resistance training. He received a grant to use mass spectrometry to study large-scale alterations in skeletal muscle protein content following 10-weeks of resistance training.

MS. CHAHAUN is an Advisor in the Center of Pedagogy working for the Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR), a grant-funded program through which Montclair State University partners with the Newark Public Schools. Ms. Chahaun earned her B.S. in the Montclair State University School of Business and then earned an MA in Higher Education and Student Personnel Services from the University of Central Florida in 2016. At UCF, she realized that her passion is to serve financially and academically disadvantaged college students and to support student leadership efforts and subsequently returned to Montclair State as an advisor. Ms. Chahaun is Associate Director for the College and University Food Bank Alliance, a national organization that seeks to alleviate and address food and housing insecurities among college students.

DR. CHEN received his PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa in 2017. He joins Montclair State University from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), where he served as a research specialist. Before working at MHEC, he was a graduate research associate at the American Council on Education. Dr. Chen’s expertise examines college experience and student development, especially regarding racial/ethnical diversity, and teacher training programs and teacher performance from a global perspective. He has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Education and Urban Society, International Journal of Intelligent Technologies and Applied Statistics and Journal of Social Science Studies.

DR. CIOÈ-PEÑA completed her PhD in May 2018 at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has expertise in both inclusive education/disability studies in education and bilingual education and has taught as a bilingual special education teacher. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter. Her research focuses on bilingual children who are identified as disabled and their parents. She is involved in several research projects, including the CUNY-New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals Project, and was selected to represent the CUNY Graduate Center on a research team that traveled to Germany to study Turkish students in schools in Berlin.

DR. CONZEN received his EdD in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. He joins Montclair State University from LIM College, where he served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Dr. Conzen, who has extensive experience in student services, supervises the directors of Academic Advising, Career Services, and Technology. He also oversees the College’s other student services and personnel functions. He is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), serving as the representative for the state of NJ.

MS. DAVIS is the new Director of the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER) in the Center of Pedagogy. A Holmes Scholar, she is a doctoral student in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies with a minor in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on adolescent academic identity development in out-of-class spaces. She led the statewide evaluation of the Department of Labor, Skill-Up Network: Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (SUN PATH) at the University of New Mexico Center for Educational Policy Research. Ms. Davis has also held positions at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, and in the Albuquerque Public Schools/University of New Mexico Teacher Education Professional Development Partnerships. She was previously Director of the New Jersey Consortium for Urban Education (NJCUE) at Montclair State University.

MS. DROSSMAN graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Psychology. During that time, she worked in the toddler room as a student assistant at the Ben Samuels Children’s Center on campus. After she graduated in 2004, she stayed on to become the teaching assistant in the toddler room, went back to school for her Teaching Certification in P-3 teacher certification, and then taught in the preschool classroom for 13 years. Ms. Drossman also holds an MS degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Nutrition education, having discovered her love of nutrition through her teaching.

MS. FEINSTEIN joins Montclair State University with over 15 years of organizational and operations experience in various roles. In her current role, as Assistant Director of Operations for the RYTE Institute, she provides managerial leadership for this active research institute. She oversees all operational aspects of the institute, including project management, business operations, strategic planning and personnel actions.

MS. HERRERA holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Montclair State University, with a concentration in community health. In her current role, Ms. Herrera oversees two federally funded prevention-intervention grants—one through the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant Program and the other through the Minority Aids Initiative (MAI) Grant Program. Prior to her work with P-CASA and Project COPE, Ms. Herrera was employed as a Senior Program Coordinator at NJ SNAP-ED. In this role, Ms. Herrera engaged with community organizers, outreach advocacy and prevention services, as well as federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and non-profit organizations to bring programs and services to under-served, low-income community members in New Jersey.

DR. KORNAK-BOZZA, who earned her PhD in Educational Psychology at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY), serves as a Research Associate for the RYTE Institute. Her dissertation research examined the extent to which self-efficacy beliefs vary for men and women in science and why gender gaps in self-efficacy continue to exist. Prior to joining Montclair State University, she worked as a Research Analyst at the Office of Institutional Research at CUNY, where she developed expertise in survey research and in analyzing and reporting institutional data. Dr. Kornak-Bozza has a wide range of research interests in the field of psychology including finding optimal methods to improve self-efficacy beliefs for girls and women in STEM fields.

DR. LAPIETRA serves as the Research Interview Coordinator for the national study of the Boy Scouts of America being conducted by the RYTE Institute. Dr. LaPietra received her PhD in Social Work from Fordham University in 2006, and is a Licensed Social Worker in NJ and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in PA. Prior to coming to Montclair State University, Dr. LaPietra worked at Rutgers University as a supervisor for the NJ Hopeline, the state’s suicide prevention hotline. She began her career in Philadelphia working with adults with mental health and addiction disorders, and later directed an outpatient substance abuse program in New York City as well as a family case management program. Dr. LaPietra also assisted with the oversight and support of mental health and substance abuse programs in the Bucks County Behavioral Healthcare System.

DR. McCRAY is a Professor of Educational Leadership within the Counseling and Educational Leadership Department. He brings expertise in urban education leadership, organizational diversity, educational equity, and attrition rates among students in urban settings. He has published two co-authored books, four edited books, 26 peer-reviewed articles, and 21 book chapters on such issues as urban school leadership, multicultural education, visionary leadership, organizational diversity, and effective mentoring in urban schools. Dr. McCray has played numerous leadership roles in professional organizations, including serving on the editorial boards of four national journals, serving as the first Program Chair for the Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and serving as AERA Section Chair for Division A, Section 2 – School Organizations and Effect. He served on the Urban Curriculum Leadership Development Project for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Dr. SANTOS received her EdD in Educational Leadership in 2015. She joins Montclair State University from the Newark Public School System in Newark, NJ where she was a vice principal for thirteen years. Dr. Santos’ expertise includes urban leadership, classroom management, instructional technique and observing and providing feedback to teachers.

DR. TEVINGTON serves as a postdoctoral research associate in the Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation (RYTE). She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The College of New Jersey and her MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on young people and the transition to adulthood, as well as social class and inequality, family life, and sociology of religion.

MS. THOMPSON joined the CEHS office of Off-Site and Special Programs as Program Administrator in May 2018. Previously, Ms. Thompson provided high-level managerial and administrative support as Program Administrator of Montclair State University’s Gifted and Talented Program. Prior to her employment at Montclair State University, Ms. Thompson was Program Manager for Community Engagement at The Juilliard School, where she managed New York City community programs, teaching fellowships, and productions.

DR. TRAN is the newly appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education and Human Services. She received a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Child Development and Family Relations from University of Texas at Austin, and an MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Marcos. Dr. Tran was a P-12 elementary bilingual teacher in California and Texas between 2001 and 2006. Since 2011, she has been at George Fox University, in Sherwood, OR, where she was a tenured associate professor before coming to Montclair State University. As the Director of the Faculty of Color Mentoring Program at George Fox University, Dr. Tran conceptualized a program to recruit, support and retain faculty of color. In the College of Education, she served as Director of Undergraduate Education, Chair of the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department, and Coordinator of the International Student Teaching Abroad program. She also directed the Elementary Computer Science Coding program, which she created and for which she received a $768,000 NSF grant. She has published articles in several peer-reviewed academic journals and has presented academic papers at numerous peer-reviewed conferences, including several at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

DR. BORGERSON joins the Department of Anthropology after a visiting scientist and post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard University, where she studied the dynamic interactions between ecosystems and human health. Her research explores why people choose to hunt endangered species and examines how this hunting affects human health and wildlife conservation. Dr. Borgerson is currently managing numerous interventions to improve food security on the Masoala Peninsula of Madagascar (UNESCO World Heritage site, where she has worked since 2006). In addition to her field research and active development interventions, she is a National Geographic Explorer, serves as a board member for the NGO MAHERY (Madagascar Health and Environmental Research), and is a commission member for the Madagascar Section of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Primate Specialist Group.

DR. COVEY received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kansas in June 2018. Her dissertation, which was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the William Orr Dingwall Foundation, and the journal Language Learning, used electroencephalography (EEG) to track the processing of long-distance syntactic dependencies by native speakers and second language learners of English. Dr. Covey’s research takes a cognitive neuroscience approach to second language acquisition, and she utilizes psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic techniques to examine how native speakers and second language learners process sentences in real time.

DR. COYLE received her PhD in School Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She is a school psychologist whose research focuses broadly on peers as a source of social support and how supportive peers may be one mechanism to promote mental health and academic outcomes in youth. Her work has also investigated negative aspects of the peer relationship, including bullying victimization and cyber victimization, and how social support may play a role in the link between victimization and mental health outcomes. She is also interested in research examining the assessment of academic skills utilizing Curriculum Based Measures (CBM) and how CBM can be used to deliver efficient and effective interventions within the school setting. She has published in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, including Psychological Bulletin, Journal of School Psychology, and School Psychology Review. Dr. Coyle will be a valuable asset to the school psychology program as we move to establish it as a standalone MA and will teach courses on adolescent psychology and cognitive assessment in the fall.

DR. DAFTARY KAPUR received her PhD in Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY She comes to Montclair State from Farleigh Dickinson University, where she was tenured and promoted to rank of Associate Professor. She has also taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, U of Dayton and Wilson College. She has had numerous successful grant applications. Her scholarship centers on the intersection of psychology and law in the criminal justice system.

DR. GORMAN received his doctorate from Cornell. His doctoral dissertation was, “Making and Unmaking an Agricultural Miracle: Infrastructure, Environmental Transformation, and Agrarian Change in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.” At ground level, his research, dissertation, and published articles are about farming in Vietnam — rice farming and shrimp farming. But his larger framework for understanding these kinds of farming, particularly the conflicts that arise between them, is one of “moral economies” and distributive justice. It’s a fascinating study, for the trade-offs between shrimp and rice involve the global economy (demand for shrimp), the farmers themselves, and the Vietnamese government environment with its concerns for the environment, inequality, and national food security. As an expert on Vietnam, Tim has been sought out by journalists from the New York Times, NPR and Agence France Press.

DR. KULAS received his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2002. Since then, he attained an academic post at St. Cloud State University where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. His research focuses on advanced psychometrics, assessment and modeling cognitive response processes, and cross-disciplinary work in behavioral economics, anthropology, and political science to understand leadership and culture. Dr. Kulas also has a rich applied consulting history, serving as a psychometrician, project developer, and public pollster for multiple consulting firms and businesses. He has dozens of peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, technical reports, one computer program (!) and has written two books. Dr. Kulas is expected to be an important part of our I/O MA program and to contribute to the development of the I/O PhD. His experience with teaching courses such as Multivariate Statistics and Structural Equation Modeling will benefit all of our graduate programs.

DR. MORGAN received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests are within philosophy of mind. Currently, his research focuses on the nature of perception, and his most recent article on this topic “Naïve Realism and Phenomenal Overlap” appeared in Philosophical Studies (2017). The courses he teaches include Philosophy of Mind and Introduction to Philosophy.

MS. MORIN joins the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office after more than seven years in University Advancement where she served as an immense asset to the marketing communications team and as a positive voice in the branding of the University. Under her management, the University’s social media presence grew from a fledgling presence into a robust set of platforms, featuring Montclair State news, video clips and original photography, that convey a real sense of Red Hawk Pride. Her clever and upbeat posts have garnered national attention and have been well-loved (and “liked”) by the University’s many digital followers.

DR. NIENASS is a political theorist whose work focuses on the politics of memory and commemoration. He was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University as well as a Fellow at the Humanities Center of the University of Rochester. His research has appeared in The Review of Politics, Politics and Society, Globalizations, and the International Journal for Politics, Culture, and Society, among other journals. He is also the co-editor of Silence, Screen, and Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information (Berghahn, 2014) and of several special journal issues related to questions of public memory, most recently “Borders and the Politics of Mourning” in Social Research (2016).

DR. PETERKA BENTON received her doctorate in Sociology Criminology from University of Vienna Austria. She comes to Montclair State from SUNY Fredonia where she served as program director and chair of the department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences. Prior work experience includes positions at University of Norwich’s MA in Diplomacy program and Webster University St Louis and U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Her scholarship centers on human trafficking, terrorism and popular culture.

DR. SAPIRO completed her PhD in Social Work at Rutgers-New Brunswick in May 2018. After earning her Master of Social Work from New York University, she worked as a clinical social worker in school-based and community mental health programs in New York City for six years, providing individual, family and group therapy to adolescents and their families. As a doctoral student, she was involved in several qualitative research projects that explored the transition to adulthood among vulnerable populations. She also served as a clinical supervisor for MSW interns in the Rutgers University online MSW program and taught Clinical Social Work I and II as a Part-Time Lecturer. Dr. Sapiro’s research centers on the intersection of trauma, marginalization, and healing in adolescent and young adult interpersonal relationships.

College of Science and Mathematics

DR. ANU works at the intersection of Cognitive Psychology and Software Engineering. His research explores how the failures of human cognition (or simply, human errors) that occur during the software development process affect the quality of software. A particular theme of his research is developing human error based approaches for improving the quality of software requirements. Dr. Anu received a PhD in Software Engineering from the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University in May 2018, advised by Dr. Gursimran Singh Walia. He also received an MS from the Department of Computer Science, North Dakota State University in May 2013.

DR. BEBBINGTON holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University and held the Marie Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. Before coming to Montclair State, Dr. Bebbington was an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His main interest is to facilitate the synthesis of natural product-like molecules that are biologically active with potential for use as cancer therapies, antiviral and antibiotic drugs.

DR. CHUNG received his Master of Science and PhD degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. Before joining Montclair State University, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioengineering at the George Mason University. Dr. Chung’s research is in the areas of computational fluid mechanics and fluid/structure interactions with applications to biological problems and vortex dynamics. His focus is on the computational and mathematical modeling of problems in biophysics including the analysis of blood flow in the Circle of Willis, the material properties of arterial walls and fluid dynamics of the eye. He is also interested in problems of flow past rigid and flexible bodies in geophysics and biophysics.

DR. CUI describes herself as a geologist and biogeochemist. She studies the interplay of the biosphere and the geosphere of the Earth system, the climate history of our planet, and the evolution of the biosphere. She grew up in NE China and studied geology in China University of Geosciences and Peking University. Dr. Cui received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University, where she developed modeling tools based on biogeochemical cycle of carbon to reconstruct past climate. Before joining Montclair State University, she spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Louisiana and Dartmouth College. Dr. Cui’s other interests include swimming, playing ping-pong and reading.

MS. DESHCHIDN is the program assistant for the NJ School of Conservation. She earned her MFA from Solstice Creative Writing Program and her MA in Creativity Studies from Union Institute. Formerly an English professor, Suzanne enjoys editing projects and discussing her creativity theory. Presently, she is earning her MSW at Rutgers University. Her daughter is currently a Performance major at Montclair State University.

DR. DINAPOLI received a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Delaware in 2018. His research primarily involves the learning of mathematics and ways to support students’ perseverance during problem-solving, especially at moments of perceived impasse. He loves mathematics and is fascinated by the ways in which it is taught and learned. He is thrilled to be joining the wonderful scholars in the College of Science and Mathematics.

DR. O’HAGAN uses the nematode C. elegans to study the regulation of intracellular transport and cytoskeletal structure by the post-translational addition of the amino acid glutamate to microtubules. Microtubules are the “highways” of the cell; these added glutamates can act like “signposts” to control kinesins, which are the “cargo trucks” inside cells. Cargo transport and cytoskeletal stability are involved in neurodegeneration as well as regeneration of injured neurons; therefore, this work should have important therapeutic implications. Dr. O’Hagan received his BA in film studies at Wesleyan University, and was awarded his PhD with distinction at Columbia University for his work on the transduction of touch sensation by a DEG/ENaC ion channel. Dr. O’Hagan is also an avid musician and cyclist.

MS. SULIKOWSKI was trained as a field ecologist and has continued to work with a variety of species throughout her career. She was recently selected as a Grosvenor Teaching Fellow by National Geographic and awarded the “Women in Wildlife” Award for Education by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Ms. Sulikowski earned her BS in Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University and MS in Ecology and Evolution from Montclair State University. Her thesis research focused on how land use impacts macroinvertebrate communities and she had the privilege of using the Flat Brook at the School of Conservation as her benchmark research site. During her off hours, she is an avid native plant and organic vegetable gardener and loves to hike, paddle and explore the planet’s wildest places.

DR. SULTANA received her PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Mississippi State University. She completed BSc Degree in Computer Science and Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2006. She received a MS degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University, USA in 2011. Dr. Sultana’s research interests are in software engineering focusing on software security, software metrics, software quality and empirical software engineering.

The Feliciano School of Business

DR. GHAREHGOZLI joins the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business in September 2018. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Previous to that, she received her MBA degree from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) and her Bachelor of Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran). Before joining Montclair State University, she has taught several Economics courses across different colleges at CUNY.

Her research interests include Econometrics, Economic Growth, and Development Economics. In addition, she studies several topics in Labor Economics mainly the efficiency of education on future labor market income. She is also interested in income inequality, global income inequality, female empowerment and gender inequality. Dr. Gharehgozli’s articles based on her research have been published in top-tier peer-review journals and discussed in prestigious conferences.

DR. HILL joins the IMBA Department, having received her PhD in June 2018 from the Department of Decision Sciences and MIS in the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. Dr. Hill’s research interests include consumer product recalls, online consumer reviews, safety and security, public policy and humanitarian operations. Dr. Hill has had the opportunity to present her dissertation research, which studies automotive recall decision making, to the “Big Three” automakers. Her research has been published in the Journal of Informetrics and the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research. Her first co-authored book, “Practical Text Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Text Data”, will be released in November 2018.

DR. JOHNSON has been helping numerous firms to make data-driven decisions since 2005 after she acquired her BS degree in industrial and systems engineering at Gazi University. Before starting her PhD degree at the State University of New York, Dr. Johnson worked at Bosch and Hugo Boss as an analytics consultant. During her tenure at these multinational companies, she focused on market mix models, scheduling optimization, and supply chain decision-making processes (e.g., network optimization and demand forecasting). Throughout her PhD, she mainly studied machine learning theory, advanced statistics, and big data tools (i.e., Hadoop Ecosystem). Dr. Johnson worked at the United Health Services Hospital as a research associate and participated in several projects such as hospital 30-day readmission prediction, as well as health insurance fraud detection. After graduating from her PhD, Dr. Johnson worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton and as a Principal Scientist at Comcast – NBC Universal.

Dr. Johnson extensively uses analytics tools and methods to solve business problems (e.g., churn analysis, customer acquisition, customer retention, network optimization, experimental design). She builds simulation, optimization and predictive models using the Hadoop Ecosystem (e.g., Spark and Map Reduce computational engines). Dr. Johnson, as a dedicated teacher, brings her extensive industry experience to the classroom. She employs state-of-the-art software tools (e.g., Python, AWS, Hadoop) to teach the business analytics field. As a teacher, she researches active learning techniques, and is particularly interested in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning where students are encouraged to be more curious and creative; thus, Dr. Johnson often flips classrooms and employs projects where students are encouraged to solve open-ended problems.

DR. NGUYEN received his PhD in Strategic Management and International Business from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas in 2018. His research focuses on exploring the changing role of the firms in modern society, including how social expectations of corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement may shape interfirm alliance strategy, corporate governance, and gender and racial inequalities at work. Prior to joining the PhD program at UT Dallas, he also had experiences working in multiple organizations, both domestic and international.

DR. SWARTZ received her PhD from the University of Manchester in 1995 and joins the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics in the Feliciano School of Business. Dr. Swartz spent 18 years at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business where she served as department chair and associate dean. She researches and teaches on technology in business and entrepreneurship. Dr. Swartz has published several books and peer-reviewed manuscripts based on her research regarding women’s entrepreneurship. In spring 2019 she will undertake a Fulbright Scholar engagement at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Swartz worked in industry General Motors and Kodak in South Africa before her graduate studies in the United Kingdom. She has served on the board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

MS. TAYLOR received her MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School in May 1985 and her BA in Economics and Psychology from Stanford University in 1981. She is joining the Feliciano Business School’s Marketing and Management Departments as a Specialist sharing her knowledge and experience in Corporate Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability. She will also assist in developing a Center for Resiliency. For the past three years, she has been an Adjunct Professor of Innovation and Sustainability in the Management department of the Feliciano School. Most recently she was the SVP of CSR for Wyndham Worldwide and oversaw innovation and brand marketing for 15 years. She created Wyndham’s sustainability program and led them to industry leadership where they were recognized by Dow Jones, the Department of Energy, United States Green Building Council and Carbon Disclosure Department. She has published over 10 articles and has worked extensively throughout the industry collaborating and partnering with nonprofit and government groups to develop solutions to climate change.

DR. WANG received his PhD in Marketing from Purdue University. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on digital marketing. He utilizes the big data analytics to uncover the pattern of consumer behavior and conduct field experiments to quantify the consumer response to marketing activities. Leveraging the background in marketing and advertising, Dr. Wang works closely with online retailing companies to help them optimize pricing strategy, marketing communication, and CRM. Prior to teaching at Montclair State University, Dr. Wang taught Marketing Management and Marketing Analytics and received Outstanding Teaching Awards while pursuing his doctoral degree at Purdue University.

School of Nursing

DR. JOSEPH, RN, Assistant Professor is an experienced educator in clinical and academic settings. She holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation research focused on simulation education, critical thinking and confidence skills among junior baccalaureate nurses. In the clinical setting, Dr. Joseph developed inter-professional, simulation educational programs as the nursing educator at Harlem Hospital in New York City. She is an experienced Chief Nursing Executive, having served as the Chief Nursing Officer at Harlem Hospital. In this role, she initiated new programs that positively impacted the quality of care metrics within the institution.

DR. LYONS is a registered nurse and board-certified primary and acute care pediatric nurse practitioner. She is a pioneer in the nurse practitioner role, caring for children with chronic illness across clinical settings. As a member of the Columbia University School of Nursing faculty, she developed and implemented an autonomous clinical practice serving underserved, pediatric children requiring orthopedic services, which resulted in improved access to specialty care and better patient outcomes. At Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island, she initiated the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in trauma services. Dr. Lyons has taught at Rutgers University and Columbia University Schools of Nursing. Her research is focused on health promotion for children and families in the community. She earned her BSN from the University of Rhode Island, MSN from Boston College, a DNP from Columbia University.

The Graduate School

MR. BENDETT is the Recruitment Coordinator for all graduate programs within the College of Education and Human Services and the College of the Arts. He collaborates with faculty members to coordinate recruitment activities, including on and off-campus recruitment activities related to prospective students. Mr. Bendett also is part of the Recruitment Team that manages the two annual Graduate Open House events. Mr. Bendett completed his master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Montclair State in 2018.

DR. HERNESS joins us from The Ohio State University where he served as Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of the Graduate School. He previously served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the Division of Oral Biology in the College of Dentistry. For many years, Dr. Herness led an NIH and NSF funded laboratory in sensory neuroscience studying the physiological and molecular biology of the gustatory system. He has published widely in a number of leading scientific journals.

MR. MONTANI earned a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Journalism in 2015. As a Social Media Coordinator for Quinnipiac, he covered university events, highlighted alumni and faculty, and reported state-wide news. After graduation, Mr. Montani was hired as a Public Relations Specialist for Evergreen Partners in Warren, NJ. Following his time at Evergreen Partners, Mr. Montani went on to establish the marketing department at REDCOM Design & Construction LLC in Westfield, NJ, coordinating event planning and website management. Mr. Montani joined Montclair State University in November 2017 and manages all social media platforms, provides daily website maintenance, and facilitates all e-mail campaigns on behalf of the Graduate School.

MS. SALLOUM is the Recruitment Coordinator for all graduate programs located in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Business. She is responsible for the initial recruitment of prospective graduate students, managing all on and off-campus recruitment activities related to those prospective students, and reporting subsequent follow-up activities and outreach. Ms. Salloum has earned both a master’s degree in Law and Governance and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University. Ms. Salloum has spent the last seven years working at Montclair State; the last five years of which have been in The Graduate School.

University College
MR. ANTOINE joins the University College with 10 years as a higher education IT professional dedicated to high impact, quality-driven, student-centered exemplary service. Mr. Antoine is an accomplished IT Manager, and entrepreneur, with a unique career in interdivisional environments.

Prior to joining Montclair State University, Mr. Antoine served as the founding Director of Academic Technology at the University of Bridgeport where he was at the helm of technology strategy, policies, and services that supported the University’s mission of teaching, learning and research. Through strategic interdivisional leadership, and collaborative efforts, Mr. Antoine successfully led ATS where he oversaw Instructional Technology Services, Technology Training Services, AV/Media Services, the central IT service desk, and provided exemplary leadership and service to all constituents. While at the University of Bridgeport, Alker also provided leadership in a variety of other capacities including serving as the founding head of Web and Digital Communications and WebMaster. Mr. Antoine was also responsible for assisting with institutional research data collection, archiving, and reporting, and provided strategic guidance to the University’s retention steering committee. Before joining UB, Mr. Antoine served as the WebMaster for Kean University and provided executive leadership to a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.

In his current role at the University College as Technology Manager, Mr. Antoine is responsible for the applications used by University College in support of student success and for reporting and analyzing actionable data that measures the success of University College programs and University College Students.

MS. CLAWSON joins the University College advising team with experience across several student service areas, including academic advising, career counseling, and academic support coordination in graduate assistant and internship roles at Northwestern University and DePaul University, respectively. Ms. Clawson also brings experience advising NCAA Division I student athletes, which contributes to the diverse spectrum of special population advising experience within the University College team. Ms. Clawson has been recognized for her development of effective student workshops and presentations in the areas of values assessment, student athlete identity, and career exploration and planning.

MS. COSENZA joins the Academic Program Coordinator team within University College, which will be responsible for developing and implementing exploratory academic opportunities for pre-major students. Ms. Cosenza brings experience providing programming and support services to specialized populations such as transfer and pre-major students in admissions and advising roles. In her prior role as a Student Success Advisor for transfer students at The New School, Ms. Cosenza was responsible for coordinating the first honor society for transfer students, which involved high-level coordination with many partners across the campus community.

DR. GALKIN joins the University College leadership team with over fifteen years experience in higher education, including academic advising, student affairs, strategic planning and compliance. In her prior role as Dean of Academic Services at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY, Dr. Galkin provided leadership to several areas including counseling, student activities, disability services, conduct, and academic advising, in addition to serving as Title IX Coordinator and Work Group Leader for the Support of the Student Experience standard during her institution’s Middle States reaccreditation process. In her current role within University College, Dr. Galkin leads the Academic Program Coordinator team in developing and implementing exploratory programs and experiences for pre-major students to learn about the many academic opportunities available to them at Montclair State University.

DR. HOOD joins us from North Carolina Central University, where he served as Dean of University College. In his role, he was responsible for the university’s academic advising, academic support services, and academic counseling for first and second year students, the First Year Experience Course, Student Support Services, testing services and the university’s summer bridge initiative and Living Learning Community (Aspiring Eagles Academy) and programs for special populations (MAR Pilot and Student Support Services). He ensured students were provided quality, comprehensive experiences that enhances learning, academic success and ultimately retention.

Prior to joining North Carolina Central University, Dr. Hood served as the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Studies at Virginia Union University. He has also held faculty and administrative appointments at Drake State Technical College, Elizabeth City State University, Tennessee State University, and Central Michigan University.

His research interests include retention, leadership styles, school leadership, college access, and advising structures. Hood finds time to remain active in academic and scholarly endeavors. He has published numerous papers and presented at dozens of national conferences and meetings. Over his career, he has secured over $7 million dollars to support student success initiatives.

DR. INSALACO-EGAN joins University College with leadership experience at community colleges and a large research university. For nearly twenty-five years she has focused her efforts on improving the undergraduate and graduate student experience through high-impact practices. Most recently, she was Assistant Dean of Student Support at Guttman Community College, a new campus of the City University of New York, where she led a high-touch academic advising program, designed a first-year seminar that was integrated into the college’s first-year learning communities, and oversaw a variety of academic momentum initiatives.

Dr. Insalaco-Egan secured Guttman’s first Title V grant as well as other funding totaling $2.3 million, to provide support for an IPASS initiative at scale, enhanced academic support and mentoring programs, and faculty and staff development to improve curriculum in the first year and in the major. Her upcoming publications on technology-mediated advisement, high-impact sophomore initiatives, and transfer planning provide case studies of her approach to student success. Prior to CUNY, Dr. Insalaco-Egan served in several leadership roles at New York University, including NYU Law School and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. At University College Dr. Insalaco-Egan will oversee academic advising, major exploration, and retention, and will devote her attention to developing collaborative relationships with campus departments to ensure smooth transitions for students into their chosen major.

MR. SERRANI joins the University College Academic Program Coordinator team with an understanding of Montclair State from both a student and administrative perspective, which will be essential in his role coordinating academic programming for the pre-major student population. Working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Commuter Life and on Team Rocky within the Office of Student Communications afforded Mr. Serrani extensive experience in event planning and coordination, as well as his considerable involvement in student organizations on campus. Mr. Serrani has been recognized as the creative force behind Rocky the Red Hawk’s Birthday Party, which was a college-wide success.

MR. VALCARCEL joins the new University College as an Academic Program Coordinator. As part of a team of three, Mr. Valcarcel will help develop, coordinate, and implement academic programs designed to help pre-major students explore the many academic opportunities available to them at Montclair State University. Mr. Valcarcel brings several years programming experience from his roles in Residence Life and New Student Orientations within the SUNY system, where he was recognized for his innovative leadership programs and ability to effectively engage with diverse student populations.


Academic Affairs
MS. CAPUTO joined the Registrar’s office as a permanent staff member this year. She handles phone inquiries, grade changes, transcript processing and a host of other tasks for the Registrar’s office. Ms. Caputo received her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Essex County College. She is pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies at Montclair State University.

MR. CURRAN is a Marketing Coordinator for Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE). He is a recent graduate of Montclair State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Centenary University. In his position, Mr. Curran is involved in the creation, deployment, and monitoring of advertising campaigns, market research, and packaging courses for delivery.

MR. KABA is the Technical and Operations Coordinator for Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE). He is a recent graduate of Montclair State University’s Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Applied Information Technology (PSM). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College. In his position, Mr. Kaba oversees implementation efforts related to data infrastructure, web content, and course
organization and deployment.

MS. LEUNG, after spending over a decade as a Financial Aid Systems Supervisor working for Ross University, an international Medical and Veterinarian School in the Caribbean, she was hired as an Assistant Registrar for Systems and Technology at Montclair State University as of January 2018. Ms. Leung holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration from DeVry University/College of Business and Management and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School.

MS. MARTINEZ works as a Customer Service Rep III at the Registrar Office at Montclair State University. She graduated from Montclair State University in January 2015. After graduating from college she worked in customer service at Jazz House Kids. Now working at Montclair State, her job tasks are processing transcripts requests that are made through NEST, as well as processing diploma requests. She is responsible for answering phones for either mornings or afternoons, answering emails and any additional projects.

MS. MASSARO joins us from the Berkeley Carroll School, where she was the Registrar. Here at Montclair, Ms. Massaro’s main area of focus is evaluation. She leads the evaluation team and handles all graduation procedures.

MS. PEZO has joined the Registrar’s Evaluation team as of April 2018. In her new position, Ms. Pezo is responsible for all aspects of degree evaluation for students. Her functions include reviewing applicants’ Degreeworks audits, communicating with students regarding the process, and conferring degrees upon completion. In addition, she will continue her successful efforts as Montclair State University’s Academic Representative for NJ Transfer.

MS. REID started as a Customer Service Representative in Records and was later promoted to a General Assistant Registrar position, where she assumed additional responsibility of evaluating a small caseload of undergraduate degree candidates. She was most recently promoted to Assistant Registrar in Evaluation where she is responsible for evaluating an increased volume and variety of majors at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Dr. SUMNER, who earned his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University, joins the Provost’s Office as Associate Provost, Academic Affairs. Dr. Sumner previously held positions at the university in the Department of Psychology, as a deputy chair, graduate program coordinator, and as chair. Dr. Sumner has published and presented many articles, presentations, and talks in various outlets on a range of topics including personnel decision making, work satisfaction, work and family, leadership, implicit biases, and careers. In the Provost’s office, Dr. Sumer primarily has responsibility for personnel actions for faculty and staff, in addition to managing the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, the New Faculty Program, the Center for Career Services, the Center for Clinical Services, the Office for Faculty Advancement, and the Office of Community Engagement.

MS. WOLFE joined the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in February 2018 as the Community School Site Coordinator at Rosa Parks Community School in Orange. Ms. Wolfe has spent the past 10 years working with young people and school districts to disrupt systemic oppression within education.

In New York, Ms. Wolfe worked at Hudson Guild as a College Counselor helping first-generation and low-income students gain access to higher education. While in Syracuse, Ms. Wolfe worked as a Program Associate at InterFaith Works. There she taught middle and high school students in urban and suburban schools the skills of Intergroup Dialogue facilitation, with the intention of helping high schoolers dismantle prejudice and discrimination in their schools and communities.

Ms. Wolfe received her Master of Social Work from Hunter College in 2016 where she studied community organizing and her Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 2010 where she studied writing and rhetoric.

Information Technology
MR. CANDARI who earned a master’s degree in Systems Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Project Management from University of Maryland College Park joins the Program Management Office of the Office of Information Technology. Prior to this current role as Project Director for Student and Campus Services, Mr. Candari served as the Executive Director of Enterprise Project Management Office of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth Texas. He previously taught Lean Six Sigma and Quality classes with the Community College of Baltimore County and had served as a preliminary judge for the International Team Excellence Award of the American Society for Quality. Mr. Candari is also a Certified Management Systems Auditor and had been a consultant for various management systems frameworks such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, CMMI, Lean and Six Sigma.

MR. HELLER has a master’s degree from The University of Iowa in Spanish and was formerly the Director of Language Learning Technology. As the Identity and Access Management Engineer, he works on NetID management within the University-developed NetID system and its forthcoming replacement.
Student Development and Campus Life
MS. ALVAREZ received her BA from SUNY Oneonta (Political Science), her first MA (Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness) from NYU and her second MA (Organizational Psychology) from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Dean of Students Office, Ms. Alvarez served as Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences leading student affairs and enrollment management activities. She has had much success collaborating with faculty and staff to support a positive student experience.

MS. BEDOYA is a Montclair State University alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2008. Prior to graduating, she served as a 2007 Peer Leader in the Center for Advising and Student Transitions at Montclair State. Upon graduation, she held several roles on campus including interim Program Assistant in the Center for Academic Development and Assessment and Program Assistant in the Dean’s Office in College of Science and Mathematics. While maintaining employment, Ms. Bedoya continued her education at Montclair State and received a master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In her current role, Ms. Bedoya is responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising a team of Peer Leaders to assist with the execution of the freshman, transfer, and family orientation programs.

MS. FIORE previously worked at the University of North Florida as a Residence Life Coordinator where she oversaw a 1,000 bed upper-class facility and supervised 20 Resident Assistants and one grad assistant. She developed an organization within housing called ASAP (Aspiring Student Affairs Professional) where students can learn more about student affairs and learn more about the grad school process. Ms. Fiore helped students who wanted to pursue higher education as a career path get assistantships and ACUHO-I internships, and advised on how to choose a graduate program.

Ms. Fiore hopes to be able to continue her work with ASAP at Montclair State and develop more student affairs professionals. She would like to be able to get connected on the regional and national level.

MS. GUICHARDO earned both a bachelor’s (2010) and master’s (2015) degree from St. John’s University. She has been a professional financial aid administrator for the past seven years, serving as a financial aid counselor at St. John’s University and as a senior financial aid officer at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She brings a solid base of experience having been involved in all facets of financial aid administration. Her role at Montclair State University will be to support the director in interacting with students, staff and faculty and taking on responsibilities throughout the office as needs arise. She has excellent counseling experience and her fluency in Spanish will be great benefit to the office.

MS. HENDRICKSON earned a master’s degree from University of South Florida in Student Affairs. As a Graduate Assistant, she served as an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, working with freshmen living on campus. Following graduation, she served as Residence Director at Northeastern University supporting first-year students living on campus. Ms. Hendrickson brings her strong creative and administrative skills to both incoming freshman and our Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver program.

MR. PRIMAVERA is the Customer Service Specialist in the Office of Residence Life, having completed a degree in Communication Studies at Montclair State University in 2016. Coming from a strong background in media relations, he assists with the departments marketing and operational objectives for students living on campus. Additionally, Mr. Primavera spearheads the Hall Raiser volunteer program for move-in weekend. Mr. Primavera is currently pursuing his master’s degree in the University’s Educational Leadership program with a concentration in Higher Education.

MS. STANZIONE earned a master’s degree from the University of Akron, Ohio in Sports Science and Coaching with a concentration in Sports Administration. As a Graduate Assistant, she recruited, interviewed and hired student staff for a 140,000 square foot facility and outdoor space. Trained, evaluated and scheduled over 60 recreation staff members. After graduation, she worked as the “Late Night Activities Coordinator” at The College of New Jersey where she developed and implemented weekly programs to provide alternative activities to students. Ms. Stanzione brings her strong programming and facility management to the Department of Campus Recreation. She will develop evening programs providing our Montclair students alternative programs providing our students healthier alternatives.

MS. WESTREICH comes to Montclair State with a background in case management and clinical social work for people suffering from addiction, the elderly, and unwed mothers. She has worked in New York City with the Phoenix House Foundation, Jewish Home and Hospital and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC.) She will provide case management and arrange, if needed,  off campus referrals for various psychological and behavioral issues. Lisa enjoys working with the CAPS team and looks forward to interacting with Montclair State faculty and staff.

University Advancement
MS. PINNEY, who graduated magna cum laude from Montclair State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, joins the University Advancement team as the Assistant Vice President for Foundation Relations and Major Gifts. With almost 10 years’ experience in corporate and foundation relations, her most recent role was the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Major Gifts at Rider University. Prior to her time at Rider, Pinney spent four years at Seton Hall University School of Law as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Government Grants, Alumni and Development.

MS. VASILJEVIC joined the University Foundation Staff as a Fund Management Assistant in 2016. Before coming to Montclair State, Mariana spent five years with Outreach Calling, a company that specializes in assisting non-profit organizations with their fundraising calling programs. While there, she managed a team of twenty professionals to create and direct sales team training and development. Mariana also previously held an internship position with the American Cancer Society while completing her undergraduate degree studies.
University Facilities
MR. FARRELL joined the Division of University Facilities in April 2017 as the Director of Building Repairs within Facilities Maintenance and Engineering. He brings to the University over 20 years of experience in Facilities and Project Management with expertise in Architecture and Strategic Planning. Prior to joining Montclair State University, Mr. Farrell served as the Director of Facilities Operations for Sodexho at CAE North East Training Center, where he was responsible for directing facilities custodial and maintenance operations of building and property; and, where he managed preventative maintenance, proactive repair, and reactive maintenance issues. Mr. Farrell is certified in OSHA General and Construction, and GPRO Construction Management.

MS. HUNCHAR joined the Division of University Facilities in April 2017 as an Assistant Project Manager in the Architecture unit of the Capital Planning and Project Management department. She comes to Montclair State University from Villanova University, where, as a Project Designer, she was responsible for space planning, project documentation, and supervising construction contractors. Ms. Hunchar is NCIDQ Certified and a LEED Accredited Professional.

MR. MCGUIRE joined the Division of University Facilities in April 2017 as an Assistant Project Manager in the Project Engineering unit of the Capital Planning and Project Management department. He is experienced in construction management, inspection, design, and design services during construction. Mr. McGuire is certified in Confined Space Entry, 10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety and Health Training, and HAZWOPER Supervision. Before joining the University Facilities team, Mr. McGuire previously worked at CDM Smith, where he was a Resident Engineer, an Operations Team Lead, and a Project Engineer.

MS. ROGERS joined the Division of University Facilities in July 2017 as the Coordinator of Facilities Human Resources. She brings four years of experience as a Human Resources Generalist to her position at the University. In her previous roles as a Human Resources Assistant, Ms. Rogers was responsible for many aspects of the recruiting, onboarding, and exit processes; training and development registration; benefits administration, employee relations; and Human Resources Information Systems.

MR. TROPIANO joined the Division of University Facilities in January 2017 as the Assistant Director of Mechanical Maintenance within Facilities Maintenance and Engineering. In this capacity, Mr. Tropiano brings over 30 years of experience in Facility Operations and Maintenance to manage the University’s HVAC and Plumbing units. He is Licensed as an NJ Gold Seal Chief Engineer in Steam Generation, an NJ Blue Seal in Ammonia Refrigeration, and is Certified in Universal Refrigerants. Mr. Tropiano came to Montclair State from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was responsible for daily operation of the Maintenance staff, the Co-generation plant, the Wastewater Treatment plant, and the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical trades.