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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Timothy Anderson

Tim AndersonTimothy Anderson has been a member of the CCRI Music faculty since 2016, teaching music theory and applied music in composition. He holds a degree in Music Composition from the University of Rhode Island and is a certified Activity Consultant through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.

In addition to his work in academia, Tim provides music education and instruction to older adults of varying levels through his work as Activity Coordinator at Cranston Adult Day Services. He is developing a course with the music department which is intended to be part of a certificate program called Fine Arts for Special Populations. He plans to pursue his Graduate Degree in Adult Education and Training within the year.

Leslie Dolan

Leslie DolanMs. Dolan accepted her position as assistant professor in the English Department at CCRI in the fall of 2007. She earned tenure in 2014. Ms. Dolan has served on many committees within the department, including the reading committee, the writing committee, the ALP committee, and the scholarship committee. Currently, Assistant Professor Dolan is also the Accelerated Learning Program coordinator for the English Department. College-wide. Ms. Dolan also serves as an alternate for the executive committee for CCRIFA. She has been a presenter several times at CCRI's Professional Development Day, a committee member for the college's 50th Anniversary 5K race, as well as other college-wide committee work.

Nationally, Assistant Professor Dolan has been a workshop presenter twice at the national CADE conference in California in 2015 and in Maryland in 2016. Most recently, Professor Dolan accepted and participated in the McGraw-Hill Symposium for leaders in co-requisite college writing courses in Arizona in February 2019.Ms. Dolan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Arts in English from Rhode Island College. Ms. Dolan continues to complete post-graduate work at the University of Rhode Island. Assistant Professor Dolan is also a wife and a proud mother to Andrew and Amanda.

Heidi Henry

Heidi HenryHeidi Henry has been part of the English Department at CCRI for the past eight years. Heidi teaches a wide range of courses, including: Composition I, College Writing- Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), Basics of Composition, Introduction to Public Speaking, Critical Reading for College Success, and Basic College Reading.

Henry is also active at the college and served on various committees throughout the college, and recently become a board member to CCRI’s Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CITLA) where she presented a workshop “Assignment Design: Written Communication” during CITLA’s 7th Annual Spring Symposium (2017).

Heidi continues to demonstrate life-long learning by pursuing post-graduate course work at the University of Rhode Island. Henry completed her BA at the University of Connecticut, a MA at Rhode Island College and a Rhode Island Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from Providence College. Also, she has completed recent coursework certifying Henry to teach online courses. Heidi is a proud mother to her three children: Zachary, Olivia, and Jacob.

Dr. Rita O. Koyame-Marsh

Rita Koyame-MarshDr. Rita Koyame-Marsh is in her second year as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Social Sciences at CCRI. She is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo where she studied for her B.S. in Economics and Financial Management at the University of Kinshasa. Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Koyame-Marsh’s love for economics landed her at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she completed both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics.

Dr. Koyame-Marsh has over 20 years of experience in academia. Her teaching experience includes face-to-face and online as well as undergraduate and graduate levels. She recently spent two years (2014-2016) in Saudi Arabia teaching Economics and Finance in the School of Business at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. Her research interests are in the areas of economic development, macroeconomics, monetary policy, and public finance. Her publications include several papers in referee journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Koyame-Marsh is innovative in her teaching and continue to keep current with the latest research and technology that she could use in the classroom to positively impact students’ learning. She has experience working in a collaborative learning and research environment with both faculty and students. She has had the pleasure of supervising two student Honors Projects at CCRI during her first semester of employment at the College. She plans to continue working toward excellence in teaching and research.

Cindy Liu

Cindy Liu received her formative education in Taipei, Taiwan and Europe. Now a permanent resident in the U.S., Cindy received her BA at Guilford College, a small liberal arts college in North Carolina, and earned her MA and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Cindy teaches General Sociology and the Sociological Perspectives of Race and Ethnic Relations at CCRI.

Marilyn Salvatore

Marilyn SalvatoreAssistant Professor Marilyn Salvatore is finishing her fourth year as a full-time professor in the theatre program of the Performing Arts Department at CCRI, where she teaches costuming, theatrical makeup, and general theatre classes, as well as designing four productions a year for CCRI Theatre.

For the thirteen years prior to accepting the position at CCRI, Marilyn was a freelance costume, custom clothing, and jewelry designer, as well as an adjunct professor of theatre at the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University. From 1984-2004 she was one of the designers for Trinity Repertory Company and the Trinity Rep Conservatory (now the Brown/Trinity Consortium), working on over 200 productions with Trinity Rep's first four artistic directors. Her dance, opera and drama designs have been seen throughout Rhode Island, as well as in New York City, Alaska, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She has designed for many of Rhode Island’s universities and high schools, for independent films, Nova, The History Channel, the Discovery Channel and multiple celebrity clients.

Marilyn holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, the union for professional costume designers, as well as a member of IATSE 481, and a Resident Artist for The Gamm.

Matthew S. Ulricksen

Matthew UlricksenMatt is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He has been a member of the CCRI community in various capacities since 2002. He joined the full-time faculty in Fall 2017. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History from Providence College, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. He has held elected and appointed offices at the local and state levels, has extensive experience working on political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels, and draws upon the practical knowledge gained from these experiences to inform his teaching.

A Rhode Island native, Matt was raised in Hopkinton and currently resides in Narragansett with his wife, Neah, and sons, Taran and William.

Business, Sciences, Technology & Mathematics

Julie Gelsomino

Eylana Goffe

Bethany Hopkins

Justin Moniz

Robert Pezzillo

Heather Townsend

JoAnn Warren

Health and Rehabilitative Sciences

Kerri Friel

Kerri FrielKerri H. Friel is an Associate Professor in Dental Health Department at the Community College of Rhode Island where she is also the Director of the Dental Assisting Program. She is a URI alumna having received both her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and Master’s degree in Adult Education. She has been a licensed dental hygienist for more than two decades, a Certified Dental Assistant since 2002, and a Certified Orthodontic Assistant since 2000. She also holds a permit to administer both local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and has Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification.

Prior to her faculty appointment in 2000, she worked in Rhode Island practices specializing in general dentistry and orthodontics. She is an active member of both the Rhode Island Dental Assistant and Hygiene Associations and currently serves as Immediate Past President of the State Dental Assistants association. Kerri was appointed to the Board of Examiners in Dentistry by Governor Chafee in 2013, where she is serving her second term. She is also and active member in the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (formerly NERB) as a Dental Hygiene Examiner. Kerri is also a member of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission. Outside of work, Kerri volunteers with the ALS Association of Rhode Island where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012.

Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia JohnsonCynthia graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island with her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1994. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Science and her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Rhode Island.

She began her career in the dental profession as a dental assistant in an oral surgeon’s office. She earned her DANB Certification by taking classes at Community College of Rhode Island where she continued her education in the Dental Hygiene Program. Cynthia has practiced clinically with a concertation in pediatric and special needs for 22 years. She has been active in several oral health initiative, website development and campaigns. She volunteers for Rhode Island Special Olympics, Give Kids a Smile and Mission of Mercy.

Cynthia began her teaching career at CCRI as an adjunct faculty in 2004 and is currently a Full Time Faculty member. She teaches in the dental hygiene department both in freshman and senior clinical settings. She teaches various didactic courses in the dental health department. She is a member of the Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association and the Rhode Island Dental Hygiene Association. Along with their national chapters.

Patricia A. Kelling

Maria Pezzillo

Maria PezzilloProfessor Maria Pezzillo earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, AZ.

In 2007, Professor Pezzillo began teaching at the Community College of Rhode Island, serving an adjunct faculty member for both level 1 and level 2. In 2008, she was hired as an assistant professor of Nursing at CCRI and has worked for the college ever since. She also teaches at the University of Rhode Island as an adjunct faculty member and has been doing so since 2014.

Professor Pezzillo is a member of the Rhode Island State Nurse Association, American Nurses Association, and holds an education seat on the Board of Nursing Registration and Nursing Education. She is also a committee member of the college-wide executive committee and is a member of the Nursing Faculty Affairs Committee.

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