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Faculty

Rene Anderson
Assistant Professor
English

Anderson will teach writing and literature, fostering writing, creative thinking and research skills in her students. Over the past two years, she has been teaching writing and English at both CCRI and RIC. Anderson holds a B.A. in English from URI, and a M.A.T. in English from RIC. She is a North Kingstown resident and has two daughters, ages 14 and 8. In addition to spending time with her family, Anderson makes time for reading, gardening, swimming, painting and listening to music.

Dale S. Boyle
Assistant Professor
English

Boyle comes to CCRI from the Sharon, Mass., school system, where she worked as a resource teacher for five years. She will teach developmental reading and some writing courses for the college. Boyle holds a B.S. in education from Bridgewater State College and an M.Ed. from Providence College. She maintains professional memberships in the International Reading Association and the Asperger's Association of New England. Boyle is a Maine native who now lives in Attleboro, Mass. She is married to a pastor; they have seven grown children and five grandchildren between them. Boyle enjoys baking, quilting, gardening and reading in her spare time.

Cassandra Brewer
Assistant Professor
Mathematics

Brewer comes from New Jersey and attended URI where she earned a B.A. in secondary math education and a master's degree in mathematics. After graduating, she decided to make the Ocean State her home. Brewer taught at North Kingstown High School and was a graduate assistant at URI. She has also worked with Perspectives Corp., providing support for children with disabilities.

Brendon Britton
Assistant Professor
Physics

Britton will teach astronomy and physics. He earned a B.S. in both subjects at the University of Arizona, and a M.A. in astronomy at Boston University, and spent the last two years working as a research associate at Brown University. He enjoys music.

John C. (Chris) Brooks
Assistant Professor
English

Brooks began teaching at CCRI in 2002 as an adjunct. He has also been teaching ESL at Brown University during summer sessions. Prior to 2002, Brooks taught English in Indonesia, Kuwait, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. In his full-time post at CCRI, he will be teaching ESL, composition and literature courses. He is a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and has been named a Presidential Honorary Member of the American Dialect Society. For three consecutive years in Kuwait, he was honored with teaching excellence awards. In his free time, Brooks enjoys drawing, painting and photography; he is also a professional musician. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from UCLA and a M.A. in English from Western Kentucky University.

Joseph Carroll
Assistant Professor
English

Carroll comes to CCRI from Providence College, where he spent four years as an assistant professor of English. At CCRI he will teach composition and literature; his academic interests are composition pedagogy; ancient, Medieval and Renaissance literature and history; children's/young adult literature; and technology and pedagogy. Carroll earned his B.A. at RIC, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.

Amy Chaves
Director of Clinical Education
Respiratory Therapy

After 14 years with the state's Eleanor Slater Hospital as manager of respiratory services, Chaves comes to CCRI this semester to take on the role of planning and implementing clinical rotations for respiratory therapy students as well as supervising clinical instruction and teaching several courses. She was recognized as Practitioner of the Year by the Rhode Island Society for Respiratory Care in 2004 and now serves as president of the organization. Chaves is a CCRI grad, completing an A.A.S. in the same program in which she will now teach, and simultaneously an A.A. in general studies. In the meantime she has completed a B.S. in social and health services at Roger Williams University and an M.Ed. in health at RIC.

Theodore R.  Clement
Assistant Professor
English

Clement taught introductory theater courses, acting and children's theater as an adjunct here at CCRI last academic year. He also served as a visiting lecturer teaching speech communications at his alma mater, Salem State College in Massachusetts, last year. He has been directing theatrical productions since 1997 and has done producing work for film and theater since 2000 and has portrayed more than 20 roles in New York and regional theater productions. Clement earned his M.F.A. in acting in 2005 from Actors Studio Drama School at the New School in New York City and his B.F.A. in acting in Salem in 2001.

Roberta Connell
Assistant Professor
Nursing

Connell returns to Rhode Island from Texas, where she was a lecturer in medical-surgical nursing last academic year at Stephen F. Austin State University. The previous year, she served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Rhode Island for junior medical-surgical clinicals. She brings to the classroom several years of nursing and managerial experience gained at Westerly Hospital, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., Providence Community Health Centers and South County Hospital. A member of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and the American Medical-Surgical Nurses Association, she earned her M.S.N. from URI in 2005 and her B.S.N. from Rhode Island College in 1982. She lives in South Kingstown with her husband, Dennis.  They have three children, a 20-year-old stationed in Iraq, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old. She enjoys in-line skating, kayaking, golf, tennis and watching her daughter play lacrosse.

H. Allethaire Cullen
Assistant Professor
Nursing

Cullen has spent 21 years working in a variety of capacities at Kent Hospital in Warwick, including as manager of the Community Outreach Department, education specialist, nursing education instructor and as team leader and relief charge nurse in the emergency department. She also has worked at Women & Infants and served as an instructor for four semesters at URI. She is a member of Emergency Nurses C.A.R.E. and Sigma Theta Tau International, which installed her as a Community Leader in 1997, and received the L.I.F.E. Award for Excellence from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2003. She earned her B.A. in English and American literature from Brown University in 1977, her M.S.N. in 1981 from Pace University, a certificate in family nursing practice in 1982 from Pace and completed coursework for a master's degree in public health from 2002 to 2004.

Lilliana Dan
Assistant Professor
Mathematics

Dan was born in Romania and attended the University of Transylvania, where she earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. She had always had a propensity for math from childhood, entering many math competitions and winning a national title in her first year at the university. She began working as a research assistant in Bucharest and met her husband there. When he won a fellowship at Duke University, Dan relocated with him and their older daughter; their younger daughter was born in the United States. Dan and her husband both became U.S. citizens and when they came to Rhode Island. She earned her M.A.T. in math from Providence College. She and her family live in Barrington.

Leslie Dolan
Assistant Professor
English

For five years, Dolan has taught writing and literature as an adjunct instructor at CCRI. She earned a B.A. in speech communications at URI and an M.A. in English at RIC. She is a certified fitness instructor and teaches classes at the Greater Providence YMCA. Dolan has been active in CCRI's Get Fit RI initiative. She is also a member of the Providence Poetry Slam organization. Dolan and her husband have two children; a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl.

Robert H. Douglass
Assistant Professor
Mathematics

Douglass first taught at CCRI as an adjunct during the 2005-06 academic year. He has since taught in the same capacity at Bryant University, and now returns to CCRI as a full-time faculty member. Aside from an academic background, Douglass also brings his experience of 10 years as a general engineer, management analyst and test engineer. He is also an entrepreneur, having run his own IT consultancy. It was in that support capacity that he first came to work at CCRI. Douglass completed a master's in mathematics at Providence College and since has started coursework toward a Ph.D. in education. His research interests are online and Web-based instruction, and the effectiveness of online assignments. Douglass and his wife recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.

Barbara Forloney
Assistant Professor
Nursing

Forloney most recently was employed for six years at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence in staff development and as a staff nurse on an inpatient gero-psychiatric unit. She earned her M.S.N. from the University of Rhode Island and her bachelor's in nursing from Salve Regina. She is a member of the RI State Nurses Association and received the organization's Clinical Nurse Educator Award for 2006. She also is a member of the American Nurses Association and is an American Heart Association CPR instructor. She enjoys music, reiki, cranialsacral therapy and learning.

Patricia Gorman
Access Services/Reference Librarian
Learning Resource Ctr.

Gorman began working at CCRI in 1999 as an adjunct, and became full-time in March. She oversees the Flanagan Campus's circulation, course reserves and interlibrary loans, supervising one staffer and various student aides. Prior to her arrival at CCRI, Gorman spent five years as a library coordinator at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. She earned her M.L.S. degree at URI.

Alan Gousie
Assistant Professor
English

Gousie has spent the last two years as an academic department chair for the online Kaplan University. He will teach writing, speech and literature courses at CCRI. Gousie holds a B.A. in English and secondary education and a M.A. in English from RIC, as well as a M.A. in education from URI. He is active in community arts organizations and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, among other professional affiliations. In 2003 Gousie was awarded the SHRM Award for Training and Development Excellence while working for Taco Inc. He and his wife, Joan, have two adult children and live in Lincoln. Gousie enjoys Celtic music, running, hiking and stained glass work.

Cindy L. Hansen
Assistant Professor
Biology

Hansen has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at CCRI for four years and also taught at Stonehill College for two years. She will teach human physiology and anatomy, as well as introductory biology and other courses. Hansen holds a B.A. from Williams College and a M.D. from Brown University. Most recently, she earned an A.A.S. in computer technology and networking at CCRI. She is a resident of Cumberland and is married with two teenage daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and scrapbooking.

Carlton Hastings
Assistant Professor
Social Sciences (Sociology)

Hastings comes to CCRI to teach a variety of sociology topics, but his particular interests lie in globalization and development studies, consumerism and family sociology, and the sociology of food and global commodity chains. He holds master's degrees in anthropology from the University of Nebraska, and sociology from Northern Illinois University, bachelor's degrees in geography and anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has attained all but dissertation status at Kansas State University.

Audrey Kaiser
Assistant Professor
Music

Kaiser will teach various piano, music theory and music history classes. She most recently served as music director for St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, and prior to that was an assistant professor of music at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. She is a Rhode Island native and earned her bachelor's degree at RIC and her M.A. in piano performance at Marshall University and her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky. Kaiser is highly involved in the local arts community; has traveled extensively as part of a duo cabaret act, Two of Hearts; and owns her own business ventures a studio and a production company. She is pleased to return to Rhode Island after years of traveling for performances and of living in land-locked states. Kaiser lives in Warwick and enjoys sailing, biking, home improvement and traveling.

Fatima Khadar
Assistant Professor
Nursing

Khadar will bring a variety of experiences working in hospital, health center, senior living center and nursing home environments to the classroom. She earned her M.S.N at URI, a B.S.N from URI, an A.D.N. from CCRI in 2002 and a degree in practical nursing from Tewksbury Hospital in 1992.

Suzanne McCormack
Assistant Professor
Social Sciences (History)

McCormack earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston College. She specializes in the history of American social reform movements, gender relations, popular culture and U.S. foreign policy. She will teach U.S. history and Western civilization. McCormack is a member of the American Studies Association, the New England Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the Peace History Society. Her edited volume of the journal of a young American activist who traveled to Hanoi in the midst of the Vietnam War was published by the UMass Press in August.

Dennis Najarian
Assistant Professor
Social Sciences (History)

Najarian has been teaching Western civilization and U.S. history for several years at CCRI as an adjunct. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from RIC, and is also a graduate of CCRI. He specializes in 20th century political history and is particularly interested in the history of the American presidency. He is a member of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, American Historical Association.

Michael Nardone
Director
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Nardone has a dual role at CCRI teaching and also maintaining the program's accreditation, policies, curriculum development, and other administrative functions. He has worked in a variety of clinical and academic settings including Miriam Hospital, Worcester State College, Rhode Island Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y. , and others. Nardone's professional affiliations include membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association, where he as served on various committees at the national level, and the Network for Gay and Lesbian Concerns in OT. He has earned several professional distinctions and awards from AOTA, RIAOTA and the New England Occupational Therapy Education Council. He holds a B.A. in education from URI and a M.S. in occupational therapy from Boston University. Nardone has a 4-year-old grandson and another due to arrive in October. He lives in Westerly.

Sasha Ruggieri
Assistant Professor
English

Ruggieri has taught at CCRI since 2000 as an adjunct. She holds a B.S. from Nova Southeastern University and a M.A. from Salve Regina University, where she is working toward a Ph.D. in the humanities with a focus on literature. Ruggieri enjoys designing jewelry, playing guitar and spending time with her two children. She was raised both in Rhode Island and in California, where she still travels frequently to visit with family.

James Salisbury
Access Services/Reference Librarian
Library

Salisbury began at CCRI's Knight Campus in March and is responsible for overseeing circulation, course reserves, and interlibrary loans for that campus. He supervises one full-time staff person and 16 student aides. He previously was employed for 14 years in the library of Providence College, most recently as an access services librarian. Salisbury holds a bachelor's degree from RIC and a M.L.I.S. degree from URI. He holds membership with numerous professional organizations, including the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. While working on his master's degree, he was awarded the 1996 New England Library Association Scholarship. Salisbury was born and raised in Providence, and he is active in his parish community at St. Thomas Church in Providence. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for more than 30 years and have two children. Salisbury spends time skiing, golfing, refinishing furniture, reading and cheering on his longtime favorite Red Sox.

Gina Santoro
Assistant Professor
English

Santoro began teaching at CCRI as an adjunct in 1994. Additionally, she has taught at the high school level at St. Raphael Academy, and at the post-secondary level at Johnson & Wales University and Gibbs College. Her numerous awards include community service and academic recognition. Santoro holds dual B.A. degrees in English and psychology from RIC and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College. She has also completed coursework toward an M.Ed. at Providence College. She will teach writing and literature courses in her new full-time role. Santoro is active in numerous social causes and enjoys photography and participating in pet-assisted therapy in her spare time. She is also a licensed DCYF foster parent.

Donna Scally
Assistant Professor
Nursing

Scally has served as a CNA clinical program instructor here at CCRI since 2005 and worked as a staff nurse in emergency services/critical care at Kent Hospital in Warwick from 2001. She previously worked for several years as a staff nurse in critical care at Miriam Hospital in Providence. She is a member of the American Nurse Association, the Rhode Island State Nurse Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, Omicron Delta Chapter. She earned her master's degree specializing in nursing and health care education, from the University of Phoenix and her bachelor's in nursing from URI.

Kira L. Trainor
Assistant Professor
English

Kira Trainor has taught at Quinsigamond Community College, Johnson & Wales University and Quinebaug Valley Community College. She holds a M.A.T. in English from RIC, and her outside interests include creative book-binding, writing, yoga and horseback riding.

Joan Tullie
Assistant Professor
Nursing

Tullie brings 28 years of nursing experience to CCRI, most recently as a case management nurse at St. Joseph Health Services in Providence and North Providence, where she worked in several capacities since 1979. She earned her M.S.N. in forensic nursing from Fitchburg State College, her bachelor's degree in nursing from Salve Regina, an associate degree in nursing from CCRI and her LPN from Rhode Island Junior College in 1978. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and its Greater New England Chapter and Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, among others.

Soudabeh Valicente
Assistant Professor
Mathematics

Valicente was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She says that her father was a particularly strong influence on her in attaining an education, and that he especially emphasized the importance of math. Valicente grew up in a tumultuous time of revolution and war and was denied admittance to the university in her home country because of her anti-government beliefs. She came to the United States in 1986 and began her studies at CCRI in ESL courses, then went on to attain a B.S. in electrical engineering, a M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied mathematical sciences, all from URI.  Valicente has two children and is passionate about helping needy children in the Middle East.

David R.  Vito
Assistant Professor
Biology

David Vito has a long history of teaching, beginning in 1975 as a biology and general science instructor at North Attleboro High School, where he remained until 2006. Meanwhile, Vito has also been involved in post-secondary instruction, teaching as an adjunct at both Bristol Community College (since 1994) and CCRI (since 2002). Vito has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Milken Educator national award, the Texas Instruments Excellence in Teaching Award, the NISOD award, and induction into the Massachusetts Science Teachers Hall of Fame. He holds both a B.A. and a M.A. from RIC, and began his academic career at CCRI, graduating in 1972. Vito, a father of six, is a widower.

Carla R. White
Assistant Professor
English

White has recently spent 18 months overseas teaching English €“ six months in Tallinn, Estonia, and a year in Prague, Czech Republic. At CCRI she will teach reading courses. She holds a B.A. in humanities and literature from Wheelock College and a M.A. in education from URI. White is a Rhode Island native and enjoys travel, reading and keeping up on current affairs. She holds an ESL certification and volunteers her time with the Reading Development program at Crossroads in Providence.

Paul White
Assistant Professor
Physics

White most recently worked as a postdoctoral researcher for two years at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He is a member of the Geological Society of America and will teach geology and oceanography at CCRI. White earned his B.S. from Acadia University, his M.S. at URI and his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University.

Mark Zellers
Assistant Professor
Art

Zellers has been a full-time adjunct faculty member at CCRI for six years. In his new permanent post he is responsible for maintaining the ceramics studio and instructing in a range of classes. He earned a B.F.A. at the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. at UMass-Dartmouth. Zellers originally hails from Two Harbors, Minn., which he says you can find on most maps. He is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts, the Fuller Craft Museum and the South County Art Association. He fishes for relaxation, and has a deep interest in making and studying art.

Administration and Staff

Elizabeth Anderson
Library Assistant
Library

After two years of part-time temporary work as an operator in the CCRI call center, Anderson moved in September into the Library at the Newport County Campus, where she is responsible for staffing the circulation desk, processing billing, general office tasks and supervising student help. Prior to coming to CCRI, Anderson worked for 15 years as a nanny and a preschool teacher for 15 years. She is active in her church, teaching and organizing community service efforts. She enjoys yoga, reading, gardening and traveling with her husband.

Timothy Chace
Semi-skilled Laborer
Physical Plant

Chace began working in Warwick in January 2007. He resides in Warren.

Kristen L. Cyr
Public Relations Officer
Marketing & Communications

Cyr joined the college in March 2007, transitioning to public relations after spending more than a dozen years in journalism, most recently as editor of the North East Independent, a local weekly newspaper that she was hired to launch eight years ago. She has earned numerous accolades for writing, design and editing from state and regional press associations, as well as several community recognition awards. Cyr is responsible for raising awareness of the college and its programs through media relations as well as writing and editing for various college publications. She teaches journalism to undergraduates as an adjunct at URI, which is where she completed her own B.A. degree. She lives in Providence and enjoys reading, travel, photography and scrapbooking.

Linda Ferguson
Pre-audit
Payroll

Ferguson began her role at the college in November 2006. She is a Johnston resident.

Pamela Forleo
Clerk Typist
Music/Foreign Languages

After several months as a temporary employee, Forleo began her permanent position providing administrative support to the music and foreign language departments in May 2007. She is a West Warwick resident and her husband, Steven Forleo, is a faculty member at the college.

Sharon Hoffman
Director of Adult Education & Literacy
Lifelong Learning

Sharon Hoffman recently returned to CCRI after a two year stint at The Education Partnership as director of RI scholars, prior to which she worked at CCRI for four years as the coordinator of the GEENA Project. In her current capacity, Hoffman manages adult education programs including GED preparation and ESL, both at the college and on-site at employer-sponsored programs. She also serves an important function as a liaison to community agencies, businesses and government on matters of literacy. Hoffman supervises a staff of eight plus more than two dozen instructors. She was CCRI's 2004 Employee of the Year and chaired the 2004 Professional Development Day. She earned her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a M.S.W. from Rutgers University. She lives in East Greenwich and has two sons; one lives in Maine and the other is a college student in Maryland. She enjoys travel and learning ballroom dancing.

Deanna Holt
Fiscal Clerk
Accounts Payable

Holt started work in January at CCRI. She lives in Johnston.

Carol Marzilli
Information Services Technician
English

Marzilli, a Warwick resident, began her new position in the English Department effective July 2007.

Kenneth McCabe
Director
Physical Plant

McCabe is responsible for overseeing the operations of the physical plant department at the Flanagan Campus. He started at the college in October 2006. McCabe lives in Plainville.

Maura McConahay
Lead Programmer/Analyst
Information Technology

McConahay is a Cranston resident and began working at the Knight Campus in October 2006.

Annmarie McMahon
Assistant Business Manager
Business Office

After six years as director of finance for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, McMahon joined CCRI in September 2006. Her primary duty is to assist the business manager in developing and monitoring the college's operating budget. McMahon holds a B.A. from Fairfield University and a M.A. from Brown University, both in economics. She lives in Cranston.

Robert Morgan
Information Services Technician
Information Technology

Morgan is a resident of Lakeville and began working at the Knight Campus in September 2006.

Shelly Olausen
Coordinator
Disability Services for Students

Olausen has been with CCRI since 1999 in part-time and grant-funded positions. She is now responsible for the direct oversight of documentation and accommodation for students with disabilities, training and awareness for faculty and staff, ensuring ADA compliance, and assisting students in developing self-advocacy skills. Prior to coming to CCRI, Olausen taught in the Bevard County, Fla., school system. She has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in education from Augsburg College, and is originally from Plymouth, Minn. She maintains membership in several professional organizations and volunteers with the American Cancer Society and Girl Scouts of RI. She enjoys travel and yoga.

Amanda Pestana
Personnel Assistant
Human Resources

Pestana began work as a temp in the HR department in 2004 and is now a full-time staffer. She is the first face people see in the department, providing administrative support at the front desk and assisting the HR staff in day-to-day office duties. Pestana enjoys reading, volunteering and spending time with family.

Marcus Reilly
Admissions Officer
Enrollment Services

Reilly is no stranger to CCRI;  he's been part of the athletics department as both women's basketball head coach and a Student Athlete Academic Success Program adviser since 2006, returning to the college after a brief stint at Jacksonville State University, where he was the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach. Reilly previously served as CCRI women's basketball head coach from 2001 through 2003. In May, Reilly was named 2007 CCRI Coach of the Year. His new role in admissions began in April 2007, and he will continue in his coaching role as well. He holds a B.A. in public policy from Trinity College and lives in Cranston with his wife, Lindsey, and son, Owen.

Justin Reynolds
Housekeeper
Physical Plant

Reynolds, a West Warwick resident, began working at the Knight Campus in February 2007.

Tasha Roberts
Coordinator
Lifelong Learning

Roberts worked at Gibbs College as a career services specialist before coming to CCRI in June 2007. She now coordinates training for clients of Lifelong Learning's Workforce Training & Corporate Education arm. She earned her B.A. at URI.

Bob Shea
Vice President
Business Affairs

Shea comes to CCRI after retirement as a captain from a 25-year career with the U.S. Navy, during which he traveled extensively around the world and lived in eight states. His most recent post as a faculty member at the Naval War College in Newport led him to put down roots in Rhode Island, near his hometown of Boston. He is responsible for overseeing more than 200 employees in multiple departments throughout the college. Shea holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a M.A. from the Naval War College and a M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary. He and his wife of 22 years have two teenage sons and live in Barrington. Shea is active in the Barrington Boosters Club and enjoys sports, including sailing and biking.

Carl Toft
Controller
Business Affairs

Toft spent seven years as director of internal audit with the RI Office of Higher Education before joining CCRI in October 2006. He is responsible for financial reporting, cash management, payroll and the bursar's office at the college. Toft is a C.P.A. and holds a B.A. from Harvard and a M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College. He is an avid Patriots fan and a history buff; he also enjoys kayaking and biking. He and his wife, a CCRI alumna, have one son.

Linda Vincent
Information Technologist
Information Technology

Vincent, a Coventry resident, began work at the Warwick campus in June 2006.

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