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Welcome New Faculty! 2017-2018

August 25, 2017


The Curry College community welcomes our new faculty members to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year. They are enthusiastic and ready to empower our students to excel, dedicating themselves to success inside and outside the classroom.

Curry's award-winning faculty challenges our students to explore, discover, grow, and expand their capacity for self-directed, lifelong learning.  These latest additions to our ranks will continue that tradition.

Janet (Jana) Ambrogne Janet (Jana) Ambrogne joins the Nursing Department as an Associate Professor. Prior to coming to Curry, she taught at UMass Dartmouth where she developed the curriculum for the Psychiatric & Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She also developed and taught in the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She received her PhD at the Medical College of Georgia, her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Virginia and her Nurse Practitioner Certification at Stony Brook University.  Her areas of interest include addictions, eating disorders and trauma.
Laura Callis Dr. Laura Callis joins Curry College as an assistant professor of mathematics education. She earned her doctorate at Boston University, where she studied the mathematics courses designed for future elementary teachers. Prior to her doctoral studies, she taught at a Boston public high school and at a college in Nanjing, China, as well as at colleges in the Boston area. She is an elected member of the School Committee for the Town of Winthrop, where she serves on the budget, policy, superintendent negotiation and evaluation subcommittees and chairs the curriculum committee. Her research interests include curriculum and instructional practices that support pre-service teachers' development of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and alternatives for college remedial mathematics courses that improve student persistence in higher education.
Natalie Coady Natalie Coady joins Levin Library as the Data, Instruction, and Resource Sharing Librarian and liaison to the Sociology and Criminal Justice department. Natalie previously worked part-time at Curry for a few semesters as a reference librarian in 2013 & 2015 and is very excited to rejoin the Library. Prior to coming to Curry, she was a middle school librarian for Quincy Public Schools and taught 25 information literacy classes a week to over 400 students. Her Masters of Library and Information Studies comes from the University of Alabama. She also has a Masters of Education from Umass Boston. Her areas of interest include information literacy for all populations, early intervention to reducing criminal activity in youth offenders, and the media and how it affects body image.
Paula Cocce Paula J. Cocce, M.Ed., Learning Specialist, Curry College Senior Lecturer, Paula Cocce, became a faculty member at Curry College and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) in September of 2000.  In addition to her work in PAL, Paula teaches First Year Seminar and The Transfer Experience. She is the current Outreach Coordinator for PAL.  She facilitates workshops on LD Awareness, Study Skills Strategies, Student Motivation and the College Search Process for parents, students, guidance counselors and educational consultants.   Paula received a Master's of Education degree at Curry College where her research focused on reading and study skills, metacognition and motivation in adult students.  She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education and obtained an additional Certification in Reading for Reading Specialist at Framingham State University. Before joining Curry, Paula was coordinator of the Adult Basic Education Program at Quincy College. While at Quincy College, she taught literacy and GED preparation. Additionally, she worked with adolescents with learning differences in the Canton and Sharon Public School Systems. Paula is a contributing author in Changing Lives Through Metacognitive Relationships (2009).  Her chapter is entitled: Reigniting the Light for Lifelong Learning.
Amanda Crabb Dr. Amanda Crabb joins the Sociology/Criminal Justice department as a special appointment. Amanda first came to Curry in 2011, working in an administrative capacity. She received her PhD from Northeastern University where her dissertation focused on immigration social movement organizations and the unauthorized Irish population. Amanda has taught at Curry and several other colleges in the Massachusetts area. 
Rebecca Cudmore Dr. Rebecca Cudmore joins the Sociology/Criminal Justice Department as an Assistant Professor. She graduated in May of 2017 with her PhD in Criminology and Justice Studies from Northeastern University. Before that, Dr. Cudmore received her MA in Forensic and Counseling Psychology. Her primary policy and research interests are in the area of violence and victimization, with a specific focus on sexual offending, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Her recent publications include manuscripts in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Criminal Justice Policy Review. In addition, Dr. Cudmore has clinical experience doing mental health treatment and assessment with incarcerated male offenders in two Massachusetts state prisons.
Dr. Robin McNeill Cunningham Dr. Robin McNeill Cunningham earned her BSN Northeastern University; MSN Regis College, Family Nurse Practitioner -BC; DNP Regis College. She holds certifications in family practice, emergency nursing, orthopedics, and care of sexual assault survivors. Dr. Cunningham has maintained her clinical emergency nursing practice for over 35 years. She has held the position of Clinical Educator for over 15 years. Dr. Cunningham has also taught part time faculty at Curry since 2012 before accepting a full-time faculty position in 2017. Dr. Cunningham has been Chair, as well as served on a multitude of committees including Collaborative Research, Stroke, Cardiac, Policy and Procedures, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Unit-Based Nursing Practice Councils, and Pain Compliance. Additionally, Dr. Cunningham has held the position of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Liaison working collaboratively with key stake holders including community and college leaders. Dr. Cunningham has done extensive research around best practices in the successful transition of nursing graduates from academia to clinical practice. She developed the first nursing graduate program in the emergency department. She has utilized many of these key concepts in her present teaching pedagogy.
Kathleen LaChance-Galang Dr. Kathleen LaChance-Galang joins the Natural Sciences and Mathematics department for a one-year special appointment as an Assistant Professor.  She earned her PhD from Boston College in Chemistry with a research focus in Bioinorganic Chemistry.  She comes to Curry from Regis College with over 20 years of experience, teaching a wide variety of chemistry courses and engaging students in undergraduate research projects.  She is excited to part of a developing Biochemistry major at Curry.
Michelle LeBlanc Professor Michelle LeBlanc is joining the Education Department as a full-time member of the Department moving from the rank of Senior Lecturer to Instructor, while assuming the role of Director of Field Experiences. She has been a faculty member at Curry College since 2003, having first started as a program supervisor in the Master of Education Program. In 2008, she became a senior lecturer, and has held a full-time special appointment during her years at Curry.  In addition to teaching a variety of courses, Michelle has held various administrative roles focused on field experiences, licensing regulations and external accreditation. Currently, she is serving as the Chairperson of the Education Department, and Licensure Officer. Michelle completed her undergraduate teacher preparation program from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a proud alumnus of the Curry College Master of Education Program. Michelle is currently working on finishing her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. Her dissertation, entitled "Leveraging Pre-Service Preparation of Elementary Teachers", focuses on the preparedness of elementary teachers for the classroom based on the perceptions of hiring principals and novice elementary teachers. Her most recent conference presentations and professional activities have focused on integrating the elements of the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation system into pre-practicum and practicum experiences for teacher candidates and serving on external accreditation teams for educator preparation programs. 
Rob LeBlanc Robert LeBlanc begins a one-year special appointment as Assistant Professor of English at Curry this year. Prior to arriving at Curry, LeBlanc earned a Master of Arts in English from Fitchburg State College and a doctorate in English at the University of Rhode Island, where his dissertation research focused on subjectivities and counterpublics in the writing of activists in the mid-20th century. He has previously taught writing courses at URI, Anna Maria College, UMass Lowell, and Massachusetts Bay Community College. His work at Curry over the past few years has featured tutoring at the Writing Center and teaching of first-year writing.
Lori Lubeski Lori Lubeski joins the PAL Program full time after 19 years as a Senior Lecturer. She has also taught Writing and Literature in the English Department at Curry. In addition to her work at Curry College, Lori taught English to international students at Boston University for 25 years. She is a writer and poet, and her most recent book of poetry, pilgrimage foliage, was published this year. Her doctoral work at Lesley University involves creative arts and learning, and she has researched and presented on creativity and deep engagement in learning.  
Susan Natale Susan Natale MS, RN Her most recent role was as Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Services at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a safety-net organization serving the metro-north region of Boston. She has clinical, educational, and administrative experience in the acute, longterm, and outpatient arenas. She is currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Worcester, Graduate School of Nursing. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northeastern University. Recent presentations include "Integrating Patients into Performance Improvement Teams" at the annual American Association of Essential Hospitals conference, and "Storyboard Walkarounds: Leveraging Teams for Transformation: PCMH to ACO" at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's 17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice & the Community. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, and the Organization of Nurse Leaders.
Emily Nowicki Dr. Emily Nowicki joins the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as an Assistant Professor. After receiving her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she continued at UT Austin as both a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. Dr. Nowicki is trained in bacterial genetics, microbial molecular biology and biochemistry, and next generation sequencing sample preparation and analysis. Her research interests include understanding the genetic requirements for bacterial survival in their natural environment, including but not limited to soil microorganisms. Dr. Nowicki is excited to join the Curry College community, and seeks to actively engage students through both classroom activities and research.
Debra Petrizzo With 25+ years of experience in senior-level accounting and program leadership roles, Dr. Debra Petrizzo joins the Management department as a Professor. Dr. Petrizzo has been involved in numerous institutional and academic development committees, crafted courses marketed to schools around the world, traveled internationally to teach within partner schools, championed efforts to bring Sigma Beta Delta to campus, and served as the President of the IACBE Great Lake Regions. Through these efforts, Dr. Petrizzo has been instrumental in elevating programs, extending reach to students around the world, cultivating international partnerships, and recognizing the successes of students. Finding ways to successfully incorporate digital learning in the classroom, Dr. Petrizzo serves as a Digital Faculty Consultant for McGraw-Hill and a Digital Faculty Advocate for Pearson.  In 2014, Dr. Petrizzo was awarded the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award for influencing, engaging, and challenging students to connect to course content both personally and professionally. Over the last eight years, Dr. Petrizzo has served as the Accounting Program Chair and MBA Lead Faculty at Franklin University.  As Program chair, she spearheaded the specialized accreditation of Franklin's accounting program by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), drove the transformational change critical to reinventing the program, positioned offerings for success in an increasingly competitive academic climate, and ensured curriculum and courses aligned with changing CPA examination standards. As MBA Faculty Lead, she not only developed courses for, and taught within, undergraduate and graduate programs, but she also played a key role in the creation of Franklin's Global MBA Program. With foundations in industry, Dr. Petrizzo combines her passion and experience, in teaching, with an equal zest for the accounting profession. Her industry experience includes Internal Auditor with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Project Controller, Alstom Train Life Services and International Controller with Electro-Motive Diesels, Inc (EMD). Dr. Petrizzo holds a Bachelor of Arts (BBA) with majors in accounting and management, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in accounting.
Padrick Ritch Padrick Ritch is a Boston based independent filmmaker, editor, and colorist, whose films have screened at dozens of film festivals both internationally and domestically.  He received his MFA from Boston University in 2012 and began teaching as an adjunct there in the fall of the same year.  Additionally, he taught at Harvard University's Department of Continuing Education, while helping design Harvard University's Hauser Studio before taking over the role of Production Supervisor of the studio beginning in 2014. 
Linda Romano Linda J. Romano is a full-time Instructor and Internship Coordinator for the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department who holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She was the Principal of Romano & Associates from 1986 to 2016 and is recognized as a seasoned consultant with a unique local and national background in juvenile and criminal justice issues, training and evaluation, group work and program management. A sample of organizations Ms. Romano has provided consultant services to include:  Boston Asian Youth Essential Services, Inc.; Boston Police Department; Circle Solutions (Vienna, VA); Federal Judicial Center; Latino Health Institute; Lowell Police Department; Massachusetts Half-way Houses, Inc.; MA Department of Youth Services; MA Supreme Judicial Court; MA Trial Court; National Institute of Corrections; Regional Community Policing Institute for New England; and UMASS Donahue Institute for Governmental Services. Prior to establishing Romano & Associates, Linda managed a federal project establishing national child sex abuse investigation and training guidelines for the National Sheriffs' Association.  She also managed the probation and parole training division for the National Association of State Directors of Law Enforcement Trainers.  For seven years Linda worked as a probation officer at Boston Juvenile Court and prior to that for the Department of Youth Services in secure detention and casework.  Ms. Romano is published and has presented papers on both the state and national level. 
Heidi Schultz Ms. Heidi Schultz joins the Fine and Applied Arts Department as a special appointment as an Assistant Professor for the 2017/2018 school year.  Ms. Schultz comes to Curry from Missouri where she taught foundations art classes as an Adjunct at Northwest Missouri State University for 7 years.  She earned her Master's degree in Ceramics from Kent State University in 2007 where she studied and created large scale ceramic sculpture.  Her current art work deals with a modern interpretation of Buddhist deities and ideas using toys and street art styles in medium and large scale ceramic.  Ms. Schultz has exhibited work all over the country including winning best of show at the KC Clay Guild Teabowl National in 2012 and a solo show in 2016 at Living Arts Tulsa in Oklahoma.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, golf, indoor rock climbing, samurai movies and playing guitar.  
Adam Stearn Dr. Adam Stearn joins Curry's Criminal Justice program as a full time Associate Professor. Dr. Stearn completed his PhD at Northeastern University, writing his dissertation on the connection between the identities of middle-class adolescents and delinquency. In addition, he has studied the relationship between social media and the publicity of adolescent delinquency. He has had numerous conference presentations, with a focus on criminological theory and advanced statistical techniques. He also served as Interim Chair of the Criminal Justice program at Marian Court College. 
Evelyn Ugwu-George Evelyn Ugwu-George continues at Curry College as Assistant Professor, General Education and Information Literacy Librarian at the Levin Library. She has been at Curry College since 2006. She has an MLIS degree from the University of Rhode Island and an M.Ed from the University of Oregon. She also holds a B.A, Literatures in English from the University of Nigeria and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has been involved in integrating information literacy skills into the First-Year Program, and more recently in interpreting and implementing the General Education outcomes in relation to Information Literacy. Her goal is to develop a program with lessons designed to encourage critical thinking, self-directed learning, and systematic progressive assessment, a key part of students' educational experience. 
Elizabeth Wade Dr. Elizabeth Wade joins the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wade earned her PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut where she studied the population genetics and effects of hybridization between species of the singing insects, cicadas. Since 2015 she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the US Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Services studying the genomic architecture and evolution of two invasive fire ant species in the US and improving the use of green lacewings as biological control agents.  Dr. Wade's areas of interest include genetics, evolution, entomology, and bioinformatics. 
Julianne Walsh Julianne A. Walsh joins the Nursing department as an Assistant Professor. She is a recent graduate of Curry Colleges Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator Program. Her recent Capstone Project involved creating and implementing a comprehensive preceptor program for the nurses at New England Baptist Hospital.  Prior to coming to Curry, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Boston Medical Center and Brigham Health's Endoscopy Center.  Her fundamental goal in education is to mentor the nursing workforce, and guide students through the learning process to become critical thinkers.  Julianne is excited about transitioning into academia and joining the School of Nursing at Curry College. Julianne a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

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