Yesenia Acosta, MEd

Yesenia is a high school culinary arts teacher in the Paterson Public School District, with experience teaching about baking and creating pastries. She has also worked as a behavioral assistant. She is a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping others. She strives to accommodate each person’s individual needs and develops unique teaching strategies for each student.

Constance Archibald, RN, BSN

Connie has been a registered nurse since 1990, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001. She has been teaching the Certified Nurse Aide course per state curriculum since 1994. Connie has experience in acute care, long term care, developmental disabilities and psychiatric nursing. She has a keen sense of the needs of her students to prepare them to provide kind and patient care to our most vulnerable senior citizens. She finds great pleasure in bringing dependable new caregivers into the healthcare field.

Maraline Ashley, MA

Maraline has been committed to teaching and learning for over 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from York College of Pennsylvania, MAT from Mary Grove College and second field certification in English as a Second Language from Montclair State University. She is committed to her students in their language acquisition journey and creates a positive classroom community that develops confidence in their English language communication.

Hilda Bahner, MA

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 more than a decade and has 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 as a 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.

Mikhail Bayder, MS

Mikhail has 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He worked in the financial industry for companies such as Prudential Securities, as well as in visual effects studios like ABC Disney and Prologue Films in Hollywood supporting mission critical computer systems and writing Python and PHP scripts to automate tasks. Mikhail also taught technology classes at Columbia University Teachers College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer Science from the City University of New York, and a Master’s degree in Communications from New York University.

Mario Benitez, MA

Mario has worked as an educator for the last 10 years. He holds a master’s degree from William Paterson University in Curriculum and Learning with a concentration in Bilingual/ESL Education. Having immigrated from El Salvador, he personally relates to the challenges of being a language learner. He is currently an ESL instructor and is fulfilling a life-long dream of teaching at a community college.

Christy Bouziotis, Ph.D., M.A., CPRW

Christy has been writing professionally for more than 25 years and holds Ph.D., MA and BA degrees in English literature. Earlier in her career, she spent over a decade in corporate communications for companies including Intel and IEEE, where she developed a passion for business writing and the challenge of communicating highly complex information in clear, vivid terms. Since earning her Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) credential and taking up resume writing 15 years ago, Christy has authored more than 8,000 resumes, cover letters, and biographies for job seekers across all backgrounds and industries. In addition to her resume-writing work with a top career services firm, Christy teaches classes in business writing, resume writing, and public speaking at County College of Morris.

Priscilla Burke, MA

Priscilla is a data analyst with 5 years of experience in the field. After beginning her own education at CCM, she received her BA in Justice Studies in 2018 and her MA in Social Research and Analysis in 2021 from Montclair State University. She has worked with prominent media and marketing companies in the pharmaceutical sector and currently holds a senior position in the luxury automotive industry. She has a deep understanding of Python, allowing her to develop sophisticated data models, perform complex data manipulations, and derive actionable insights efficiently. Priscilla also possesses a versatile skill set in SQL and R, enabling her to effectively tackle complex analytical challenges. She excels in utilizing tools like Tableau to create compelling visualizations and reports, enhancing decision-making processes. Priscilla’s unwavering commitment to excellence and diligent work ethic have solidified her reputation as a sought-after professional, consistently delivering valuable outcomes.

Trish 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 County College 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.

Karina Canales, BA

Karina earned her bachelors degree from William Patterson University and is a teacher in the Dual Language Instruction Program in the Dover Public Schools. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has extensive experience working with families, and brings flexibility, creativity, and compassion to her classes for a positive learning experience.

Denise Mary Capoano, MBA, RD

As a Rutgers Master Gardener, a Registered Dietician, and fitness instructor, Denise brings a wide variety of skills to CCM’s Horticultural Opportunity Program. She has worked with students that have developmental disabilities for 20+ years, as well as with senior citizens, on a host of horticultural enrichment programs. Denise has a passion for health and nutrition, and a talent for engaging students of all ages through an enjoyable hands-on approach to learning.

Steven Carroll, MBA

Steven has led a successful 12+ year career in the public sector working for two Fortune 500 organizations and one on the Fortune 100 list. A relentless advocate for career progression, Steven applied his business knowledge, networking and career building skills to transition from a career in Financial Services to SaaS sales for LinkedIn, his current role. He holds his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, his bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and his Associate degree from County College of Morris.

Bianca Caruso, BA

Bianca earned her bachelors degree from Caldwell University and has taught the Dual Language Instruction Program in the Dover Public Schools for several years. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, and enjoys teaching adults looking to improve their English fluency through CCM’s English Language Learning program.

Mark Cosgrove, CHE, MA

Professor Mark Cosgrove is the Chairperson of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts at County College of Morris. He spent many years as a chef in diverse environments around the globe. Cosgrove developed an interest in cuisine during his childhood outside of Paris. When he returned to the United States, he noticed people had a different approach to food.  Following a degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University, he attended the Culinary Institute of America and launched his career. Professor Cosgrove developed the Culinary Opportunity Program through Workforce Development at CCM, where he provides pre-vocational culinary training to developmentally disabled students.

Ana Christina DeOliveira, MBA, CPC, SHRM-SCP

Ana is a Certified Professional Coach who has worked with many companies to build high-performance teams, forge relationships, and increase the effectiveness of each organization. She has many professional certifications and holds an MBA from Excelsior College, as well as a BS in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College.

Elissa DeRose-Rizzo, MA, MLIS

Elissa has been in the education field for nearly 20 years as a teacher, administrator, specialist, adult education instructor, curriculum and program developer, and a range of other roles. She earned her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a certificate in Educational Assessment from Montclair State University as well as a Master of Library Information Science from Rutgers University.  Her focuses include technology training, professional development instruction, instructional support/coaching, program development, curriculum development, research, and Information Literacy.

Karen DiMaria, MBA

Karen is an accomplished fundraising professional with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and higher education sectors. She has extensive experience with alumni and external constituent relations, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, recruiting, managing and mentoring of development professionals.

Christine Donatello, MA

Christine is a first-generation American ESL teacher both on the secondary and adult levels.  She teaches dedicated classes of MLLs ranging from emergent bilingual to advanced.  As such, she employs innovative ESL strategies and theories with creative methodologies to assist her students in making meaningful and successful language gains.  Her mandate – to create a classroom setting that is rigorous, inclusive, welcoming, and inviting.

Tom DuHamel, BS

Tom DuHamel graduated from William Paterson University with a Marketing degree and has been creating websites for more than 20 years.  In 2011, Tom started I Heart Blank, LLC, an online multimedia company that builds websites, using WordPress, to integrate businesses’ marketing plans with their online presence.  Tom has worked at a local radio station selling advertising, doing voice-overs and helping local businesses create compelling advertising and marketing campaigns.

Joseph Eannetta

Joe is a highly experienced welder and welding instructor,  teaching all welding processes. With over 18 years of welding and fabrication experience, Joe has worked in numerous different areas of the welding industry including: Heavy equipment, Industrial fabrication, Architectural metal work, Pharmaceutical, and Water treatment. Joe holds certifications in all major welding processes including: AWS D1.1 structural steel certification using SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW,  ASME pipe welding certification using SMAW, FCAW, and GTAW, as well as completing over 150 hours of OSHA safety training.

Genetie Ejigu-Laryea, MA

Genetie has been an ESL instructor, administrator, and teacher trainer for over 30 years. She has a MA in teaching ESL and a second MA in Education. She has helped countless students of all ages and from diverse cultures to improve their fluency in English. Genetie taught in an International School in Africa for 28 years. More recently, she has served as an Academic Advisor to international students in the US. She has taught students of all ages and skill levels, and brings a positive, creative approach to her instruction.

Ronald Faines, LCADC

Ron has been teaching CADC students for more than 25 years and has worked in the field of addictions counseling for 30 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. Ron is also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor.

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, CFA, Tableau Desktop Specialist

Kelly is on the faculty of CCM as 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 MA in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University and BA in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Andrew Flor, AGI/IGI, CFI, AMT

Andrew is the Chief Operations Officer for Alpha Drones USA. He is a AGI/IGI, CFI, AMT, Parachute Rigger, Commercial Pilot, Drone Pilot, and a U.S. Army Air Traffic Controller. He is certified to fly two categories of aircraft and has been flying/working on planes since he was 14 years old. He is a 4th generation aviator and has worked in military, commercial, general and contract aviation.

Diane Fulton, BA, CPPM

Diane is 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.

Joshua Gallagher, BSME

Joshua brings extensive experience in manufacturing and engineering, with a special interest in automotive engineering.  He has expertise in CNC manufacturing, tool and die manufacturing, and significant experience in all aspects of milling and lathe operations.  His work experience includes training of engineers and machinists for the U.S. Army.

Lakeisha Garrett, MBA

Lakeisha has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance which includes working in Accounts Payable, Revenue Recognition, Pricing Strategy and Forecasting. She has worked for various companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Dun & Bradstreet and Quest Diagnostics. Lakeisha serves as a part-time instructor at County College of Morris where she teaches MS Excel. Lakeisha received a BS from Kean University, MBA from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MS in Accounting from Rutgers Business School.

Judith Ginder, CPA

Judy is a graduate of Pace University and a Certified Public Accountant.  Her experience spans over 40 years as a global senior executive and leader.  Her skills include all aspects of accounting and finance, risk management, change leadership, and building effective, international, multi-cultural high-performance teams.

Andrew Goldstein, BA (ISO/IEC 17024)

Andrew is a cybersecurity professional, who possesses over five years of combined cybersecurity and information technology experience, plus is an EC-Council accredited Certified Ethical Hacker. Andrew was a DSSI research assistant during his time at Drew University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He then worked as a consultant and penetration tester for a NJ based cybersecurity firm before leaving to found his own tech startup. In his current role at the County College of Morris, Andrew is busy supporting people of all different backgrounds to become the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Isak Gomez

Isak is an experienced welding instructor and metalworker who possesses a true passion for his craft. With a decade of welding experience, including four years working as a metalworker in the Marine Corps where he specialized in welding and fabricating amphibious vehicles, he has gained a deep understanding of various welding processes such as SMAW, GMAW/FCAW, and GTAW. Isak’s dedication to serving his country after high school provided him with extensive knowledge in the field. Isak has a passion for sharing his knowledge and guiding aspiring welders in mastering the art of welding.

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.

Anthony Horbert, AAS, CSWA, CSWPA-WD, CSWPA-SM

Anthony is the Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Lab Supervisor at CCM.  With greater than ten years’ hands-on experience in manufacturing as a design engineer, CNC operator, and engineer technician, Anthony designed CCM’s unique Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprentice Boot Camp.  Anthony’s skill set includes a thorough mastery of SolidWorks, AutoCAD and manual and computerized machining skills.

Candice Jahn, MA

Candice has diverse teaching experience in ESL, ranging from elementary to high school settings, with extensive experience in teaching adult English Language Learners.  Candice holds CELTA certification, an internationally recognized credential in teaching English to adult learners. Candice received her MA in Language Education from Rutgers University and a BA from Wilkes University in Communications.

Celeste Kaitsa, BA

Celeste has been a Certified English as Second Language Teacher for 10 years. She has been running an English as a Second Language Program for 10 years in Summit, New Jersey.  Celeste also worked for Tutor ABC helping students to learn English with a curriculum based on vocabulary, writing skills, reading and oral communication. She loves creating lessons that have a real-life component to them, and creating a safe environment for learning.

Michael Keane, BA, CELTA

Michael Keane has been an ESL instructor since 2012, when he moved to Ukraine and taught English there for a year. He spent the better part of the next ten years teaching ESL at Rutgers-Newark, finding time in the process to get his CELTA certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. As a student of Ukrainian and German himself, he knows how difficult it can be to learn a language, and brings empathy and understanding to the classroom. 

Devin Keena

Devin Keena grew up in Long Valley, New Jersey and eventually moved to Arizona to pursue his dreams of finding a career in the Aviation industry. In Arizona, Devin attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he got his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics with a minor in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He currently has his Private, Instrument, and Part 107 Certificates, and is working on his Commercial Fixed Wing Certificate. Devin is looking forward to a future with Alpha Aviation and all that it has to offer.

Kelvin King, BBA

Kelvin began pursuing aviation as a career at 14 at Aviation High School in Queens, earning his airframe and powerplant aircraft maintenance licenses. He continued training at Dowling College receiving his BBA in Marketing and a minor in Political Science. He finished training at ATP Flight School with the ratings and certificates needed to become an airline pilot. He also served as a cadet in the Air Force Junior ROTC NY 932nd Wing where he developed a professional approach towards life’s matters and eventually became a cadet wing group commander, with a rank of Cadet Major. Kelvin is now a Captain at United Airlines, and the Founder & CEO of Alpha Aviation, Inc. and Alpha Drones USA.

Sherri Landolfi, MA

Sherri has been an educator for greater than 25 years.  She holds a certification in ESL from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a MA in English from William Paterson University, a MEd in Literacy/Reading Concentration from William Paterson, and a BA in Elementary Education from Felician University.  Sherri is also a proud community college graduate, receiving an AA degree from Bergen Community College.

Peter A. Levy, JD, MBA

Peter is an accomplished entrepreneur, attorney, and businessman.  An honors graduate from Harvard University, the Cornell School of Law, and the American Graduate School of International Management, Peter is the Founder of the New Jersey Leadership Think Tank.  He is the author of Corporate Topography, a leading strategic planning tool for businesses and non-profits. Peter served as an Integrity Monitor for the SEC, and as the Deputy Integrity Monitor for the construction of the Freedom Tower. Peter serves on the Executive Committee of the law firm of Mandelbaum Barrett, and speaks on corporate governance, leadership, strategic planning, and business start-ups.

Weiwen Li, MS

Weiwen received her MSc in Statistics from the University of South Carolina. She has worked in the electric power industry for decades, gaining experience in data analytics, database management, and data science. She has conducted products for research institutes, utility companies, and manufacturers. She also teaches statistics and quantitative analysis at Centenary University. She is very passionate about advancing mathematics and data analytics.

Emily Macrae, BA

Emily is the Lab Coordinator in the Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Department at the County College of Morris. With over 10 years of experience in the Hospitality field, Emily applies her knowledge and skills to help grow our future generations. Coming from a large family with generations of farming, hunting, and fishing, Emily has personal experiences of harvesting the protein, starch, vegetables, and herbs brought to the table. Emily graduated from the County College of Morris with an AS in Hospitality Management. She then continued her education at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she graduated with honors with a BA in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Emily is also the Vice Chargé de Missions for the Bailliage Joseph Donon, an officer of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs, an International Association of Gastronomy.

Shehroz Malik, BA

Shehroz is a supply chain strategy consultant at Accenture with over five years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry. His functional experience includes digital transformations, demand & supply planning, new product introduction, and data analytics and strategy. His teaching experience includes instructing data science and visualization at County College of Morris and as a Teaching Assistant in various data science courses and certificate programs at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Military Veteran.

Cliff Moore, MS, RPh

Cliff has over 40 years of experience as a registered pharmacist and has more recently served as the Director of Pharmacy of a large multi-state hospital system. He received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from Saint Elizabeth University. His strengths include building, leading and motivating high performance teams. He has been recognized for providing quality services to customers in the most cost-effective manner.

Mike Muller, CPA, CMA

Mike is a graduate of Rider University with a BS in Accounting, as well as Decision Sciences.  Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. His professional experience includes over 35 years of large corporate accounting, planning and forecasting, and results analysis.  Additionally, Mike has over 15 years of non-profit accounting experience while volunteering at a local stage theatre.  His skills also include QuickBooks and Microsoft Office Excel certification.

Robert Murray, CPA, CMA

Bob is a proud CCM alumnus, and a graduate of Montclair State University with a BS in Accounting, Law & Taxation and an MS in Accounting. Bob is also a NJ Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. His diverse experiences from staff accountant to Director of Finance and Operations includes in-depth knowledge of QuickBooks, Accounting and the operations of small businesses.

Igor Nachevnik, CompTIA® A+, Network+, CySA+, MCP

Igor is an experienced IT professional with a thorough understanding of computer systems, holding A+, Network +, CySA+, 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.

Stephen Nalepka, BS

Stephen received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.  Since graduating, Stephen has worked as an industrial technician, mechanical designer, and manual machinist.  He wishes to help those who want to start a career in manufacturing by sharing his knowledge and experience in the industry.

Emily O’Brien, AS

Emily has over 20 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 more than 25 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 nonprofit 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.

Brian Oleksak, MS

Brian Oleksak is Associate Professor and chair of the Landscape and Horticultural Technology program at County College of Morris. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University. As a professional horticulturalist, his greatest environmental concern is the introduction of invasive species – both plants and insects – into North America.

Jimmy Pang, MBA(23’), BSME

Jimmy holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is an MBA Candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduating in the Spring of ’23. He has over 12 years of experience in the Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations and Automotive industry’s at both a hands-on and leadership level. Previously held roles include service technician, design engineer, manufacturing engineer, and senior engineering manager.

Meri Petkovska, MA

Meri has more than 18 years of experience in teaching English as a second language at different colleges, universities and public schools in New Jersey. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She speaks five languages, and is passionate about bilingual education and advocating for emergent bilingual students. She also works as the Dover District ESL/Bilingual Coach who trains teachers to use sheltered instruction strategies to scaffold students’ learning in the classroom.

Lorie Pezzuti, BA

Lorie has 30 years of Information Technology experience in the telecommunications industry, where she held various positions in systems analysis and design, programming, and data analytics.  She has worked with many corporate colleagues to assist in using technology to solve business problems. Lorie earned a BA in Computer Science from Rutgers University. As a CCM Workforce Development instructor, she hopes to share real world industry scenarios as part of the information technology curriculum.

Olga Phelps, MA 

Olga has worked as an instructor of ESL, German, and Russian for over 25 years. She holds a masters degree in Linguistics and Education from Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Olga is fluent in Russian and German and is a trained artist. She is passionate about teaching and is happy to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to the students at CCM.

Joan Pinto, MA

Joan has taught ESL for more than 15 years. Her teaching experience includes years of working with adults of refugee populations through the Paterson Board of Education.  She has also taught ESL to adults for the Diocese of Paterson. She currently teaches ESL as part of the Continuing Education Program at MCVTS, a program sponsored by the DOL.  Joan has worked in higher education as a liaison with student-interns and various industries.  She earned a BA from William Paterson University, and an MA from Montclair State University.

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.

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.

Jameelah Reese-Bentley MS

Jameelah, a veteran teacher with 20 years of teaching experience, is vested in using learning as an agent of personal and community change.   She earned her Bachelors from Montclair State University, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Saint Joseph’s University, and an additional Masters Degree in Literacy from Touro College. She holds an additional certification in ESL.  She strives to ensure that students understand that while learning new skills may be difficult, they are capable and will meet success.

Elissa DeRose Rizzo, MA, MLIS

Elissa has been in the education field for nearly 20 years as a teacher, administrator, specialist, adult education instructor, and curriculum and program developer. She earned her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a certificate in Educational Assessment from Montclair State University as well as a Master of Library Information Science from Rutgers University.  Her focus includes technology training, professional development instruction, instructional support/coaching, program development, curriculum development, research, and Information Literacy.

Kate Sa, MEd 

Kate is a New Jersey Certified English as a Second Language Teacher and holds a MEd from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She taught ESL and coordinated adult programs at the New Brunswick Public Schools Adult Learning Center for over 20 years. Her experience also includes tutoring corporate employees interested in improving their English proficiency.  She is passionate about providing meaningful learning experiences that motivate and guide students to reach their personal and professional goals.  

Oscar Sanchez, BS

Oscar is a business owner with a sixteen year track record of entrepreneurship and success. He is proficient in managing all as pects  of a business, from strategic planning to day-to-day operations. He is a dedicated finance instructor with a proven track record of empowering students with essential financial knowledge and skills. A native Spanish speaker with a strong educational background in accounting and extensive financial experience, Oscar is committed to fostering a dynamic learning environment that promotes critical thinking, financial literacy, and real-world application.

Tom Schnipp, MEd, PMP, CSM

Tom Schnipp has over 25 years experience managing IT and business projects in the nonprofit, telecommunications, and financial services industries for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies.  Tom is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a member of both Project Management International (PMI) and the New Jersey Chapter of PMI, where he is an active volunteer.  Tom’s other volunteer experiences include past Board Member of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation and past Board Member and Treasurer of the Parks Alliance of Morris County.   He holds undergraduate degrees in History and International Relations from Boston University, a master’s degree in Education from Rutgers, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.  Tom has brought his teaching experience to the business world by defining, developing and delivering corporate education programs in project management, security awareness, IT policies, end user training, and Agile.

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 students at Centenary University, the Summer Language and Culture program at Sussex County College, 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 MEd from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and a BA 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.

Jessica Shepherd, MS, RN

Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Criminology and Investigations from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Later, she attended County College of Morris, receiving an Associate of Science in Nursing. Jessica began working first as a Patient Care Technician and then as an RN at Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, New Jersey and discovered a passion for Emergency Nursing. Jessica attained both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain University. She has begun the work for her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain University. After completing her student teaching at CCM, Jessica began teaching at CCM in 2020 as an Adjunct and then accepted a full-time position as faculty in Nursing. In addition to teaching in the Nursing Department, Jessica instructs an IV Therapy Skills class for Workforce Development.

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.

Jeff Stearns, BS

Jeff is an industrial designer with greater than 25 years experience in industrial design, engineering, production development and manufacturing.  He is skilled in SolidWorks, AutoCAD and a variety of other computer applications. He has a BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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. He earned a master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree 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 is an active member and volunteer with the Sussex-Warren Human Resource Management Association.

Lauren R. Swern, BA 

Lauren is the Development Director for the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. She has more than 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 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, GBA

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 University. She holds the credentials of SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

Rebecca Uong, MEd

Rebecca has taught and tutored English to elementary-aged students and adult English learners for over five years.  She received her BA in Linguistics and Masters in Language Education from Rutgers University. Her passion is to create an environment where students can feel comfortable and confident in their English language skills.

Carlos Velasquez

As Director of Training, Carlos Velasquez oversees all of Alpha Drones’ UAS training activities, and qualifies all of its staff to be ready for service. Carlos has been with Alpha since the beginning of the business, as a Certified Flight Instructor for its Professional Development Program, and a sUAS pilot and instructor. A man with many hats, Carlos also works as a Law Enforcement Pilot, a Commercial Pilot for both Airplane and Helicopter, and an FAA Aircraft Mechanic with Inspection Authorization. He has over 20 years of military experience, and 16 years of law enforcement experience.

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.

Brian Vuurens

Brian is a highly skilled builder with more than 20 years’ experience in construction, real estate and landscaping; he is adept at managing large and small construction projects, and is skilled with logistics. Brian has taught construction skills to a diverse student population including young adults, second career adults, and individuals with special needs. He developed the Career and Technical Education Construction program for the Hopatcong Board of Education and administers the program at Hopatcong High School. Brian is a Certified NJ Career & Technical Education Construction Teacher.

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.

Rreze Zejnullahi-Berisha, MA

Rreze teaches QuickBooks and Excel at CCM, as well as Economics at Montclair State University, Drew University, and CCM. She has many 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.

Jennifer Zirkel, MEd

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Spanish from Montclair State University, along with becoming TESL certified. Upon graduating, she began teaching high school ESL and has been teaching for nine years. She has since received a master’s degree in Language Education from Rutgers University. Jennifer is passionate about creating a safe and encouraging classroom community in order to help students reach their full potential, feel confident, and accomplish their goals.