Lesley Anne Andrew, DNP, RN, CNE
Following the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada, Dr. Andrew attended Rutgers University in Newark, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With a background in acute care, specializing in Cardiac Critical Care, Dr. Andrew attained her Master of Science in Nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rutgers University. She is an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at CCM and a nurse for a leading healthcare system.
Hilda Bahner, BA
Hilda is a multilingual language instructor who has developed customized education and training programs for cross-cultural groups of all ages to help them adapt to new countries, languages, schools and work environments. She has worked as a language instructor, counselor and translator and has lived and worked all over the world. Hilda has been at CCM for four years and helped countless individuals to improve their English pronunciation, reading, writing and speaking skills.
JoAnn Baker, CCS, COC, CPC
JoAnn has more than 20 years of experience in coding, auditing and training for acute-care hospital inpatient and outpatient departments, physicians’ offices and government services. She holds several national coding certifications with the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. Currently, she is employed full time at 3M HIS Silver Spring, Maryland, as clinical documentation analyst for the computer assisted coding products. Ms. Baker is a past member of the AAPC National Advisory Board, founder and past president of the AAPC local chapter Essex County, New Jersey. She earned an AA in applied Social Science from County College of Morris.
Alex Balish, AHA & ASHI Certified Instructor
Alex is deeply passionate about providing others with life-saving information. With over twenty years of experience in the field of First Aid, CPR and AED certification and the training of thousands of students, Alex possesses a strong understanding of his students’ needs and how they most effectively learn these life-saving techniques.
Edmond Berisha, PhD
Dr. Berisha received his PhD in Economics and Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from West Virginia University. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business, Montclair State University, teaching Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Business Cycles & Forecasting, and Macroeconomic Analysis & Public Policy (an MBA Course). Dr. Berisha’s research interests include: Monetary and Open Economy Macroeconomics, Applied Time Series Econometrics, Income Distribution, and Financial Economics.
Kathleen Bowman, MEd
Kathleen has been a teacher of Language Education, and has worked with native Spanish-speaking and ESL students for more than 15 years. She has had the opportunity to live abroad, and enjoys working with members of all communities on improving both their language and job skills. Kathleen is certified as a New Jersey teacher, and as a teacher of Bilingual and ESL education.
Patricia Callahan, MBA
Trish has about 30 years of Information Technology experience, including years as a business analyst, project manager and information technology trainer. She has taught email, word processing, SharePoint, Service Now and many other applications. Trish serves as a part-time instructor at Count County of Morris where she is teaching courses including SharePoint, Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint. Trish received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah and an MBA from Centenary College.
Jefferson Cartano, MS
Jefferson became a professor at CCM following a 14 year career in corporate engineering, holding the rank of associate professor in the Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science department. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and he earned his master’s in management science from Stanford University. Jefferson is now a Ph.D. candidate in engineering communication at the University of the Philippines, taking courses online and on-campus during the summer semester.
Ralph Castriotta, MS
Ralph has taught ESL, GED, Recreation, Health and Leisure Management at the college level for about 20 years. He holds a master’s degree in Recreation Education from C.U.N.Y and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science from C.W. Post.
Marina Cupo, BS
Marina speaks Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese and is certified as an instructor of the Command Spanish program. She has taught ESL at CCM for almost 20 years. Marina is an investment banker, sales and marketing professional and avid community volunteer. Marina holds a BS from Kean University.
Leonor Crespo-DiStefano, BS
Leonor has been an auditor, accountant and tax professional for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rutgers University Newark. She has earned her QuickBooks certification and is a certified public bookkeeper. Leonor is also fluent in Spanish.
Nancy Eberhardt, Esq.
Nancy is Executive Director of the Pro Bono Partnership, which oversees corporate and law firm volunteer recruitment, client outreach, case management and educational programs for the non-profit community. In addition, she is on the Pro Bono Committee for the NJ State Bar Association. Nancy has a JD from the Rutgers School of Law and a BA from the College of William and Mary.
Ronald Faines, LCADC
Ron has been teaching CADC students for more than 15 years and has worked in the field of addictions counseling for 25 years. He has a strong interest in preparing upcoming counselors and therapists to assist individuals in recovering from addictions. He holds an MS in Human Services from Lincoln University and a BSBA from Bloomfield College.
Dale spent almost 30 years in Pharmaceutical Market Research. She held various positions in Operations, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales. As a coach and instructor, she creates interactive learning experiences to teach corporate soft skills and job search skills. Dale works with the unemployed to give them the skills they need to succeed in today’s job marketplace. Dale has taught at the Department of Labor as well as at several community colleges in New Jersey, including CCM.
Sharon Ferreira, BA
Sharon has over 30 years of experience working with students from every corner of the globe, from Nepal to Nicaragua. She has earned degrees in German Language and Studies and Elementary Education from American University and The University of the District of Columbia. She has taught ESL at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been at her present position as an ESL instructor at CCM since 2001. Sharon was the founding ESL consultant on the Soulphia Project in 2017, which offers English conversation courses online for ESL students abroad.
Kelly Fitzpatrick, MA
Kelly is on the faculty of CCM and is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Prior to teaching at CCM, Professor Fitzpatrick worked in hedge fund management as an execution trader. Other experience includes derivatives and equity strategy and credit and global risk management. Professor Fitzpatrick holds an M.A. in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University and B.A. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Diane Fulton, BA, CPPM, CPAM
Diane has been an instructor in CCM’s Medical Billing and Coding Program, teaching Physician Practice Management and Regulatory Issues. She holds a BA in Business Administration and Spanish from Rutgers University, and is a Certified Physician Practice Manager through the American Academy of Professional Coders. She has greater than 30 years of professional experience in health care management, medical practice administration, reimbursement provider/patient advocate and operations.
Anthony Gaffney, BA
Tony has over 20 years of experience in the industry as an AutoCAD/Civil 3D Consultant, Instructor and Designer/Operator for a wide variety of both civil and environmental firms. He brings real world scenarios into the classroom to make the training curriculum relevant and relatable. Tony has a BA from Boston College and many industry-recognized credentials including AutoCAD Drafting and Design, Architectural Woodworking, A+ and Microsoft Professional Certifications.
Claude Garbarino, Jr., BS, CCS
Claude has been a CCM instructor for Medical Billing and Coding courses for more than 20 years. He has a long history working with medical records, from the days of paper-intensive record keeping up through today’s highly digitized systems. Claude really enjoys teaching and is proud to help his students receive new certifications and new jobs as a result of completing his classes successfully. Claude is a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), certified by the American Health Information Management Association.
Alyce Garver, BA
Alyce has been a corporate trainer for twenty years and has trained over ten thousand people in New Jersey. She has worked in graphic design and logo creation, and has guided students and start-up companies to build a unified brand presence. Alyce is a clear and patient instructor, who works with students of all levels to ensure understanding. Alyce holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Communications and Marketing from Rollins College and Certificate in Interior Design from the Parsons School of Design.
Marilyn Gettinger, MBA, CPM, CPSM, CPIM, APICS CSCP
Marilyn brings over 30 years of corporate experience to her students, specializing in the field of Strategic Supply Chain Management. Marilyn has conducted management training for hospitals, state, county and federal governments, service industries and manufacturing companies. She holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a bachelor’s degree from Bloomfield College and multiple industry-recognized certifications.
Julian Gomez, MA
Julian has been a teacher of English as a Second Language at the college level for 12 years. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Multicultural Education from New Jersey City University, a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Culture from Rutgers University and an associate’s degree in Journalism from CCM. He has also worked as a college admissions professional at several NJ colleges and universities for 15 years.
Ramon Gordon, MS
Ramon has been an instructor at CCM for many years, teaching both technology and ESL. Ramon is a technology, computer science, project management and business professional who has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds to offer financial, communication and technology services. He currently serves as an ESL instructor at CCM and has authored a book presenting new techniques for teaching ESL.
Robert I. Grundfest, MEd
Bob is a New Jersey Certified Social Studies Teacher for Grades 6-12 and a New Jersey Certified Elementary Teacher. Bob has been training and supporting prospective teachers for the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) program since its inception in 2003 and has been an educator in public schools and universities for 35 years. Teaching defines him professionally; he brings a passion for education to the classroom every day.
John Hester, BA
Wilma A. Hurwitz, BA
Wilma has 20+ years of success as a writing skills instructor, public relations consultant and feature writer. As an adjunct instructor at five NJ community colleges, she has designed/delivered popular business writing skills improvement courses for continuing education and in-company training audiences. Wilma believes that top-notch business writing depends on the clarity of a message and how a reader understands, interprets and follows your communication. Wilma holds a B.A. degree from Douglass College/Rutgers University; teaching certification in grades 7-12 in Social Studies from Hunter College-CUNY and master’s degree credits in educational psychology/business training and development from New York University.
Sam Jacobs, MEng
Sam is an experienced mechanical engineer with a focus on computer modeling and simulation. As an educator, his goal is to introduce students to available computational tools and provide them with the technical foundation necessary to effectively implement these tools in the workplace. Sam is skilled in multiple CAD and CAE packages, as well as multiple programming languages. Sam holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he is also currently studying Computer Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University.
James Lam, CISA, CISM, CRISC, TOGAF, ACC, MSc., MySQL Associate
James is a cloud and cyber security advisor with 10 years of experience as an Adjunct Instructor in computer science at County College of Morris. He has presented at conferences for IBM and Sybase and served on the panels for professional certification exams for IT security and IT risk management.
Jeff Lilley, MBA, BSChE
Jeff has broad experience in product management, new product commercialization and global market development with Honeywell, American Standard and Siemens Building Technologies. He is successful in growing businesses with improved business processes, market-driven new products and customer excellence. Jeff has an MBA from the University of Richmond, a BSChE from Virginia Tech and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified at Honeywell.
Mary-Helen Mach, MA
Mary-Helen has over 13 years of experience as an ESL instructor of adult populations in the areas of academic, business and community English language programs. Her teaching background includes corporate, workforce, international, cross-cultural and community ESL training. Mary-Helen holds an MA from Rutgers University and a BA from Drew University.
Christina Martinez, BA, CHBC, CPBA
Christina is President of Rising Above, LLC, which helps clients solve problems that affect leadership strategies, team collaboration, service excellence and productivity. Her expertise is in high performance leadership, communication, wellness and life mastery. She is an engaged, dynamic instructor who brings years of experience from her roles in business, industry, academia and the non-profit sector. Christina is a DISC Advanced Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Master Trainer and a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst. She holds Non-Profit Executive Leadership certificates from Notre Dame University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s University. Christina is also a TEDx speaker and has appeared on CNBC’s On the Money.
Nicole Martino BA, MEd
Nicole is a dually New Jersey State Certified Teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. She received her Masters in Education to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). She has also taught middle school language arts, science and ESL to diverse groups of students. Nicole is a partner with AIM Writers, LLC doing strategic planning, consulting and writing for nonprofit organizations nationwide. Nicole is passionate about both educating and advocating for her students to ensure their needs are met beyond the walls of their classrooms.
Russ Miller, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD
Russ has been teaching APICS certification courses for over 15 years and holds the Master Instructor designation from APICS, the highest designation offered. He has taught undergraduate courses at Rutgers Newark in their Supply Chain Management program, as well as internal courses for Solvay’s Supply Chain Academy.
Frank Morales, BA
Frank is a business development trainer, coach and mentor, as well as an entrepreneur who has owned and operated five companies over a 30 + year career. He has helped automate over 500 companies and trained thousands of people in over 20 vertical markets. During the past 10 years, Frank has trained business professionals in the strategies and tactics of management and sales. He considers himself more of an Enter-Trainer and makes his classes fun and interactive. An alumnus of Fordham University, he is also a Certified Sandler Trainer and Certified Extended DISC trainer.
Igor Nachevnik, BA
Igor is an experienced IT professional with a thorough understanding of computer systems, holding A+, Network + and multiple MCP certifications. Igor works with high-level data storage systems, installs and configures web servers and teaches about computers at a county college level. Igor holds multiple Microsoft and CompTIA certifications. He completed technical school in electronics in order to be well-versed in both computer software and hardware and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Igor helps students to achieve an entry level professional certification in the IT field.
Emily O’Brien, AS
Emily has over 15 years of experience as an instructor for CCM’s Workforce Development Department providing instruction in various MS Office applications for corporate clients and open enrollment programs. For almost 20 years, she has provided instruction at the adult level in multiple settings and is a sought after trainer and instructor. Emily is skilled in developing, coordinating and implementing training sessions for client needs and delivering technical information to effectively train non-technical audiences. Emily is an alumna of CCM.
Georgann Occhipinti, MA
Georgann has provided consultative and training services to Fortune 100 international organizations across a broad spectrum of industries, government agencies and non-profit organizations. She is the Managing Director of a firm that focuses on optimizing the talents and results of individuals and organizations. Georgann is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Psychology. She also received her MA in Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Carl Perini, BA, MS, ASQ CSSBB, CQA, CPGP
Carl is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Auditor and Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional by the American Society of Quality. Mr. Perini has vast experience as an Adjunct Instructor and quality professional in the fields of pharmacy, chemicals, communication, aerospace and manufacturing.
Ciro Petti, PMP, MCT, MOS
Ciro has been teaching Information Technology and Business subjects for over fifteen years. He is an Electrical Engineer who has journeyed up the technical ladder, blending grounded business and technical experience to effectively teach difficult concepts to adult professionals. He began his career designing electrical connectors and high voltage cable splicing kits for power distribution and became the General Manager of the US’s largest manufacturer of printed circuit boards. Today Ciro is a Lead Instructor in business and information technology subjects for CCM’s Continuing Professional Education programs.
Norma Pravec, MA, MBA
Norma has been an English instructor for speakers of other languages at the college level for more than 20 years. She has also worked as a financial specialist and investment banker. She holds both a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and an MBA from Montclair State University and a BA in French and Spanish from William Paterson University.
Roberta Principe, MS
Bobbi has 20 years of experience in computer science and web development and is currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Internet Programming at FDU. She is skilled in MS Office Applications, Web Development, C# and C++ programming. Bobbi holds a MS in Computer Science from Pace University and a BA in International Economics and Finance from SUNY Fredonia. Bobbi is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching a course called Computers and Computing. She has a passion for sharing knowledge, teaching and providing the technical foundation necessary to effectively work with computers at all levels.
Stacy Publik, BA
Stacy has a BA in English from Marywood University and earned her Certification to teach English as a Second Language from Drexel University. She has taught English to students from all backgrounds, from low income children in the U.S., through high-achieving graduate students from other countries. Stacy is a well-respected educator and school administrator in NJ who has been nominated for several prestigious awards.
Donna Puizina, MEd
Donna received her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Framingham University while living in Puerto Rico. Since then, she has taught English to elementary, middle school, high school, college and adult students at various levels. She received her ESL certification from Seton Hall University.
Patrick Roff, MA, LCADC, CPRS, CPP
Patrick, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, is the Director of Peer Recovery Services at Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES)/Morris County Prevention is Key (MCPIK). He is an experienced Adjunct Professor in NJ’s community colleges. He also serves as Executive Director of Philosophy and Recovery which he founded in 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College and master’s degree from Colorado State University.
Brian Sferra, MEd
Brian has taught ESL for 23 years in public schools in Roxbury and North Plainfield Schools (K-12), has taught college and adult at Centenary University in the Summer Language and Culture program at Sussex County College for 8 years, Rutgers PALS in New Brunswick, and the Fairleigh Dickinson L.I.F.E. program, a part of Berlitz. He has tutored private students in ESL for many years. He holds a M.Ed from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University. He holds New Jersey certifications in ESL K- 12, Teacher of English, and Elementary Education. His real-life experience in the business world from 1972- 1994 and love of language has enabled him to share and teach non-native English learners.
Joe Shedlawski, MBA, CLTD, CPIM
Joe has over 35 years of leadership and supply chain experience in the pharmaceuticals, biotech and consumer goods industries. He has taught APICS Certification classes for 30 years and is an APICS Master Instructor. He also teaches Train the Trainer and Learning Dynamics for Instructors for APICS and has been an adjunct lecturer at six different universities in the fields of supply chain management, project management and quality management and control. In 2009, Joe established himself as a consultant, coach and educator, specializing in Supply Chain, Project Management and Sales and Operations Planning. Joe served on the APICS Board of Directors in various capacities for nine years and was the global President of APICS in 2007. Joe is Executive Vice President of the Greater North Jersey Chapter of APICS. Joe holds a B.A.in Biology from Bucknell University and an MBA in Finance from Iona College.
Kathleen Shera, CPC, CPB
Kathleen is a Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Biller through the American Academy of Professional Coders and is an instructor of Medical Billing for CCM. Kathleen has a varied health care background, including many years as a medical biller and coder for a large medical practice management company.
Gina Sideris, BA, CFRE
Gina’s love for music and her undergraduate degree in music education led her to her first non-profit fundraising position as a Grants Coordinator for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She honed her craft, becoming a development professional that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Gina brings fundraising experience across several nonprofit sectors including eldercare, theatre, education and healthcare. Gina is a Certified Funding Raising Executive from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Kenneth Sterzer, MPS, SHRM-CP, PHR
Ken has worked in HR Generalist, Management and Business Partner roles since 1995 and is currently a Senior HR Business Partner at Siemens Healthineers, the Healthcare Division of the German Conglomerate. He is also an Instructor in the Human Resources Certificate Program at County College of Morris. Ken has his master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University and his bachelor’s degree (double major) in Communication and Labor Studies and Employment Relations from Rutgers University. He earned his SHRM-CP professional designation in 2015 and his PHR designation in 2001. Ken has been an active member and volunteer with the Morris County SHRM Chapter since 2014.
Lauren R. Swern, BA, CFRE
Lauren is a Development Director for the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. She has ten years of fundraising experience in the areas of donor cultivation, grant writing, direct mail appeals/acquisitions, online and social media, events, corporate solicitation and other out of the box fundraising. Lauren has worked on increasing and expanding New Jersey Highlands Coalition’s and Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare funding sources. She serves on the Street Smart Advisory Committee, New Jersey Aids Services Dine for Life Committee, as well as on several Boards of Directors and associated Committees. Lauren received a BA in Business Management from Curry College in Massachusetts.
Michelle Sykes, MD
Dr. Sykes attended Northwestern University in Illinois for her undergraduate education. She received her Medical Doctorate at the New Jersey School of Medicine and completed her Fellowship in Pediatrics at Morristown Memorial Hospital. In 2015, Dr. Sykes entered the field of higher education as an instructor at the county college level at CCM and Sussex County Community College.
Anna Taylor, MEd
Anna Taylor is a professional English language instructor with 20 years of experience teaching ESL/EFL in the US and overseas. Having worked with English learners for a long time, Anna knows about the difficulties immigrants face and is passionate about helping English learners achieve their goals. Anna holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Bilkent University, Turkey. Her professional interests include fostering learner autonomy, a learner-centered approach and developing communicative skills in English.
Judy Treibman, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Judy is a dynamic, results-oriented HR Professional with more than 20 years of experience in business. She is an evening Instructor at County College of Morris for the HR Certificate program, which she also designed. She currently holds the position of Benefits Supervisor at Formosa Plastics Corp. in Livingston and her prior experience ranges from large manufacturers to small entrepreneurial companies. Judy earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson. She holds the credentials of SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
Thomas Viola, MSW, LSW, LCADC
Tom has 10 years of experience working with people affected by substance abuse and addiction, including working in the venues of counseling, treatment facilities and courts. He is an instructor for multiple domains in the Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certificate program. Tom holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and a BA from William Paterson University.
Rita Williams-Bogar, MBA, CPCU, ARM, AU, AINS, ChFC
Rita is an award-winning, expert facilitator in the areas of leadership development, team building, emotional intelligence and diversity. She is a dynamic keynote speaker and conference presenter. Rita brings corporate experience in management, administration, HR and public affairs. She is a contributing author to the book, Big Bold Business Advice. Rita is an Adjunct Faculty member at Montclair State University, William Paterson University, Walden University, Bergen Community College and CCM, having taught at the college level for more than 25 years. Rita holds a BS from Bryant College and an MBA from Walden University, as well as many industry certifications.
Susan Wise, AAS
Susan is an alumna of County College of Morris, having received her AAS in Telecommunications. Susan is a Networking and Telecommunications professional. She is certified in Cisco Routing and Switching technologies, as well as the Microsoft Office suite of applications and has achieved Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 status.
Vivian Yost, MSHR, SPHR-SCP, SPHR
Vivian is an accomplished HR professional with over 30 years of experience working in the private sector on issues involving staffing, employee relations, corporate culture and inter-departmental collaboration. Vivian holds a MS in Human Resource Management from Thomas Edison State University and a BS in Business Administration from Rowan University.
Rreze Zejnullahi-Berisha, MA
Rreze teaches QuickBooks and Excel at CCM, as well as Economics at Montclair State University and CCM. She has over five years of experience using statistical methods to analyze data as applied to academic research and is equally experienced in teaching students about data analysis. She holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Eastern Michigan University.