Meet Our ACUE Fellows
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Timothy 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.
Langdon D. Clough
Langdon Clough credits his passion for teaching to the inspiration received from the faculty at Rhode Island College during his undergraduate experience and his varied background of experiences. He began his career in Higher Education by obtaining a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to pursue an MA at the University of Vermont. His first full-time position was filling in for a faculty member on sabbatical at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) where he received further encouragement, support and models that inspired him further. He has taught at various Colleges and Universities almost continually since while gaining "real world" experience working for various community organizations.
For thirty years, he has worked part-time at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies which served non-traditional learners. Serving primarily as a teacher, he received an Excellence in Teaching Award. He also served at various times as an "Academic Coordinator", developing curriculum, prepared a five-year plan, re-designed the program curriculum in preparation for conversion from quarters to semesters, developed a multi-year course schedule to facilitate student persistence and completion rates and researched markets for courses. Continuing his interest in adult and other non-traditional learners, he serves as a course Mentor, and Prior Learning Assessment "Subject Matter Expert" at Thomas Edison University. A lifelong learner, he regularly participates in workshops and classes to improve his work and completed an M.Ed from Northeastern University. An important unintended consequence of this experience was that he re-learned what it is like for students to be "on the other side of the blackboard".
Since 1997, he has been an Adjunct Faculty member at CCRI striving to help students connect their life experiences with the framework of College. He has served the College on various Committees including the "Foundations for Excellent: First Year Experience" , the Institutional Planning and Review Committee in preparation for a NEASC accreditation report and as Faculty Advisor to students to students in Honors Courses." Continuing to volunteer for various community and civic groups, he recently completed two three-year terms on the R.I. State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and strives to continually improve his teaching skills." No matter how many courses or workshops he takes, he credits his students as being among his most important teachers.
Ms. 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 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.
Anne Leyon Kilkenny
Jana N. Knibb
Dr. Rita O. Koyame-Marsh
Dr. 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 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.
Elizbeth A. Morais
Elizabeth A. Morais is a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the Community College of Rhode Island. She holds an MA in Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. Throughout her career, she has completed course work and certificate programs in the US and abroad in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Portugal, the Azores and mainland China. In addition to the nationally recognized credential in Effective Teaching Online form the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), Elizabeth recently earned a Certificate in Advanced Translation Spanish/English from University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Certificate in Portuguese/English Medical Interpreting from RI College. She participates in local and national professional associations for language professionals having served on local Boards of Directors.
In addition to language classes, Professor Morais has taught for CCRI's Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate Program, which she helped to develop. She has served on the Board of Directors for a local community health care clinic and volunteered as a health care interpreter. These experiences taught much about population health in RI and informing her delivery of interpreting services as well as training of future interpreters. She is a nationally certified Health Care Interpreter providing free-lance language services in Spanish and Portuguese. Currently, Elizabeth is exploring introductory Physics online at the Community College of RI. There is a lot to learn in this world.
Kevin Salisbury, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, began his CCRI career in Aug 1999 as the Assistant Director of Athletics, Aquatics and Facilities. He was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics/Student-Life in 2009 and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Department of Athletics. He was named to his current position of Director of Athletics/Student-Life and Physical Education Chair in January 2017. Kevin also teaches Lifeguard Training, Sport Psychology and General Psychology courses.
Assistant 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.
Over the past 21 years, Dr. Snowe has worked with thousands of students, face-to-face and online, across several colleges in the Northeast. Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Snowe earned her master’s degree at Sacred Heart University and her Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island. She has been part of the English Department at CCRI since 2018. Dr. Snowe teaches a wide range of courses including College Writing (ALP), Composition II, Business Writing, and Technical Writing. Her research and teaching interests include first-year composition; pedagogical principles of writing and rhetoric; digital communication; technical writing; and interdisciplinary writing.
In addition to being the Writing Coordinator for the English Department, Dr. Snowe serves on various committees throughout the college such as the Accelerated-Learning Program (ALP), Faculty Champions Committee, and Student Success Committee. She has presented at several professional development days and has supervised three honors projects at the college. Dr. Snowe has participated in several ACUE programs, including presentations for ACUE’s faculty development program.
Dr. Snowe’s teaching centers on helping people in both academia and the workplace develop skills in written and verbal communication. She has a passion for student-centered teaching and connecting student’s personal experiences to their academic learning. Dr. Snowe has dedicated her teaching and research to building strong writing skills in students from diverse backgrounds and helping students gain control over language so they can work effectively and present themselves confidently.
Kim St. Jean
Holly J. Susi
Professor Holly Susi, a member of the English Department, has worked at Community College of Rhode Island since 1999. She serves on the reading and communication studies committees and has served as the vice president of the CCRI Faculty Association Scholarship Committee as well as adviser to the student newspaper. Susi has presented multiple times at CCRI’s Professional Development Day, and has supervised two honors projects at the college.
Ms. Susi is a nationally-certified Developmental Education Specialist who has presented at national and regional conferences including the College Reading and Learning Association, the National Association of Developmental Education, and the New England College Board where she was awarded the Hallmark Award for Excellence in Education for Best Practices. A recipient of the Kellogg Institute Scholarship, her practicum was cited as exemplary and can be found in the resource library at the National Center for Developmental Education.
In addition to a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Adult Education, she holds an M.A. in Counseling from Rhode Island College, holds a certificate of specialized training in the field of emergency services from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and was a member of the RI Critical Incident Stress Management TEAM for 12 years.
Ms. Susi resides in Providence with her husband Richard and is the mother of three and proud grandmother of five.
Matthew S. Ulricksen
Matt 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.
Amanda M. Vanner
Business, Sciences, Technology & Mathematics
Maria Coclin, CPA, is Chair of the Department of Business and Professional Studies, and an Associate Professor at The Community College of Rhode Island, teaching accounting, business, management, and financial services courses. In 2017, Maria was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award for teaching and leadership excellence. In 2021, Maria was selected to be Grand Marshal of the 2021 graduation ceremony. Maria is involved in curriculum development, learning outcomes and assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning, both departmental and college wide.
Also, Maria is a member of the committee responsible to facilitate the launch and ongoing delivery of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative at the Community College of Rhode Island. This program is a scholarship program working with local entrepreneurs to develop business growth plans and serves to strengthen relationships with CCRI. In addition, Maria is a faculty member of the 10k program teaching accounting and finance curriculum. Also, Maria serves on the advisory board member of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at CCRI. Maria serves as faculty representative on the RI CTE Industry Advisory Committees for The Industry Cluster in Business Management, Administration in Finance & Marketing. Previously, Maria served as a member of The Faculty Learning Group to support the College and University Research Collaborative, and a Member of The Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment.
Maria holds her CPA, MBA, and Series 7 license and is a member of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs serving on their Education Advisory Council and is a member of the Rhode Island Association of Accounting Professors. Maria resides in Cranston with her husband and two children.
Maureen A. Murray
Amanda Petrus, PhD
Kristen Sue Swithers
R. Scott Warila
Library Resource Center
Health and Rehabilitative Sciences
Cynthia Linda Banna
Jean Maureen DeCoffe
Professor Jean DeCoffe graduated from Boston College with a Master of Science degree in Maternal Child Health and Pediatric Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Alpha Chi Chapter. Professor DeCoffe also graduated from Salve Regina University with a Master of Science in Health Service Administration which included a year Internship with the Vice President of Nursing Services at South Coast Hospitals. To prepare for her role as Nurse Educator, Professor DeCoffe worked as a Staff Nurse, Preceptor, Clinical Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist in a variety of settings at South Coast Hospitals: Medical Surgical Services, Pediatrics, Maternal Child Heath, Women’s Health, Community Health and Neonatal Special Care Nurseries also assuming a management role in the Neonatal Special Care Nurseries. In the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Professor DeCoffe managed a team of Maternal Child Health Nurses in the inpatient setting as well as in the community setting.
Professor DeCoffe continued pursuing education in Doctoral work at Boston College and attendance at specialty courses through regional and national conferences. Professor DeCoffe has enjoyed her role as academic and clinical tenured track nursing faculty for twenty-six years working at Rhode Island and Massachusetts universities and colleges in Associated Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, RN to Baccalaureate Degree (BSN) and Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing programs teaching all levels of the academic programs as well as an extensive diversification of courses in these programs.
Professor DeCoffe has served as Lead Teacher in the Maternal Child Health and Pediatrics course specialties during her tenure at Universities and Colleges. Passionate about teaching, it has been Professor DeCoffe’s pleasure to serve on Curriculum Committees, Program Evaluation Committees, Student and Faculty Handbook Committees, Professional Development Committees, Student Advisement Committees as well as college wide Mission committees. She was also the Student Nurse Association Advisor in one of her appointments. It has been Professor DeCoffe’s pleasure to serve as a member of the Community College of Rhode Island’s Nursing Department Faculty Family for the past thirteen years. Professor DeCoffe was nominee for Professor of the year during her nursing faculty positions tenure.
Professor DeCoffe serves in multiple capacities within her community setting working together with fellow community agencies, community boards and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health striving for the health promotion and wellness of the community. Her Community students were awarded State recognition by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for their work in increasing the compliancy of Childhood Immunization.
Kerri 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.
Lisa Furtado, MS, BSN, RN
Julie A. Galleshaw
Karen accepted a position in the nursing department in the Fall of 2018. She was the guest speaker for the 2018 RN graduates which led her to pursing a position at CCRI. Karen also taught at St. Joseph School of Nursing prior to accepting a position at CCRI.
She received BA in Elementary Education in 1993, from RIC and later went on to get her RN degree from CCRI in 2012. She received her Masters degree from Sacred Heart University as a MSN Nurse Educator. Karen is a Certified Emergency Nurse, currently working at The Miriam Hospital. Karen currently teaches Nursing, Gerontology, and Pharmacology at CCRI.
Karen loves spending time with her family. She is married to her husband of 22 years. Her son is pursing nursing at UMASS, and her daughter is studying to be an English Professor at RIC. Hobbies include cooking, gardening, kayaking, and anything that involves sunshine.
Cynthia 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 concentration 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
Mary Katherine Kitzmiller
Shannon Korzeniowski, MSN, RN
Audra M. Lavoie
Christine M. Lynch
Professor 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 URI 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.
Julie graduated from Umass Dartmouth with a BSN in 1996 then worked at Charlton Memorial Hospital for over 20 yrs. Right now, Julie currently works per diem in the ICU/CCU at the Charlton Memorial Hospital. Julie received her MS in Nursing in 2016, and then earned a CNE (certified nurse educator) certificate.
Julie has been an assistant professor of nursing with CCRI since Fall 2018 where she teaches both lecture and in the clinical hospital environment. Julie also serves on CCRI's Nursing Faculty Affairs Committee and is an advisor to the Gamma Lambda chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.
Julie is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She resides in Swansea, Ma with her husband and 3 children.