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College Welcomes New Faculty for 2013-14 Academic Year


This academic year, St. John Fisher College has welcomed several new faculty. Some have previously served as adjunct faculty members, while others are new to the College.

Kylene Abraham, D.N.P., Professor, Nursing

Dr. Kylene Abraham comes to the Wegmans School of Nursing from Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) where she was a full-time nursing faculty member. She received her A.A.S. in Nursing from FLCC, a B.S. degree with a major in Nursing from Nazareth College, and an M.S. in Advanced Practice Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from St. John Fisher College. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Delta Sigma Chapter, St. John Fisher College.

Jack Brown, Pharm.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

Dr. Jack Brown earned his Bachelor of Science and Pharm.D. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and also earned his Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biometrics from Dartmouth Medical College. In his role at the College, he will also serve as the Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy and Epidemiology Fellowship Director. He is also an Infectious Disease Pharmacy Specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Prior to joining Fisher, he was an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo.

Kevin Callahan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Kevin Callahan spent his undergraduate career at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He went on to receive his Master of Science in Biochemistry (2005) and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry (2008) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to joining Fisher, he worked in the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester. In 2010, he was awarded a three-year American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship, based on a grant proposal that he submitted. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the College since 2011.

Carolina Casella, J.D., Visiting Instructor, Modern Languages and Cultures

Carolina Casella, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, has been an adjunct faculty member at the College since 2007 and joined the faculty full-time this year. She earned her J.D. from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, with a specialization in Family Law. Previously, Casella taught at Nazareth College, where she also served as the Director of the Spanish House. She also received a Kindness Day Award by The Diversity Council at Nazareth College.

Shannon Cleverley-Thompson, Ed.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership

Dr. Shannon Cleverley-Thompson earned her Ed.D. from the College in August 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washburn University and an Master of Science in Education from The University of Kansas. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Program Development, External Partnerships, and Extension Sites for the Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership, responsible for providing direction and oversight to maintain and expand partnerships and extension sites.  In addition, she spent the last year as interim advisor in the program and adjunct faculty member teaching Public and Human Relations. She has also been a research mentor and adjunct professor for Keuka College since 2003, teaching courses in Action Research, Adult Development, and Research and Writing.

Christopher Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Christopher Collins completed his undergraduate education at Houghton College, and went on to receive a Master of Science in Immunology and Infectious Disease at Albany Medical College. He then earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at SUNY Albany. Prior to joining Fisher, he was a faculty member at Miami University in Ohio. At Fisher, he will be teaching general biology, anatomy and physiology, and zoology.

Colleen Donegan, D.N.P., Visiting Assistant Professor, Nursing

Dr. Colleen Donegan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Niagara University and completed her master’s degree at the University of Rochester’s Adult Nurse Practitioner program. In 2010, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Her research focused on the Integration of High Fidelity Simulation in an Advanced Cardio-Pulmonary Elective. She is nationally certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a member of several professional associations including: Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society; the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning; National League of Nursing; and the American College of Nurse Practitioners. She is the current chairperson of the Board of Directors for Patrick Place in Scottsville. Prior to Fisher, Donegan was the Director of the Traditional Nursing Program and an Associate Professor of Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Steven Evans, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Steven Evans received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Drexel University and went on for a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delaware. He came to Rochester to work in the Kodak Research Labs and spent 34 years there before retiring in 2012. Evans worked on developing dyes and pigments for various photographic printing technologies. He has served as an adjunct faculty at the College since 2012.

Jonathan Falanga, D.C., Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Jonathan Falanga received his bachelor of science degree from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and completed his post-graduate studies in Chiropractic Orthopedics at the National College of Chiropractic in Illinois. He went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic from the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. He has been an adjunct faculty with the College since 2011, and has previously taught at Monroe Community College and Nazareth College. In addition, he has worked in private practice.

Hugh Lambert, Assistant Professor, Accounting

Hugh Lambert holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairfield University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an advanced designation of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, of which he is a member. In addition to teaching at Fisher, he is also a Managing Director of Empire Valuation Consultants, LLC. Prior to joining Empire, Lambert was an auditor with PriceWaterhouse Coopers and an internal auditor with an international manufacturer.

Kobi Nathan '12, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Dr. Kobi Nathan received a bachelor of arts degree and a master of education degree from the University of Arkansas. He then pursued his Pharm.D. degree at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2012. Nathan also has military experience, having served in the Singapore Armed Forces as a Detachment Commander/155 mm Field Howitzer Combat Unit from 1989-1992.

Ben Niu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Economics

Dr. Ben Niu received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate education in Economics and Government/Political Science at Cornell University. His expertise focuses on economics, specifically in the areas of public finance, taxation, and public policy. Niu is a member of the American Economic Association, National Tax Association, and the International Institute of Public Finance.

Susan Read, M.S., Visiting Assistant Professor, Nursing

Prior to joining Fisher, Susan Read was a full-time faculty and Clinical Instructor and Coordinator of Admissions and Evaluations at Ellis School of Nursing in Schenectady. She received a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and a Certificate in Advanced Study in Nursing Education from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Read is on the Board of Directors for the American Nurses Association (ANA-NY), and is a member of the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau Iota Delta Chapter of the International Honor Society of Nursing. She is also employed as a Medical Officer for Holland America Cruise Lines and just returned from a cruise along the coast of Portugal and Spain to join the faculty at the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Wendi Sierra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Wendi Sierra comes to Fisher from North Carolina State University where she was a Graduate Assistant Director of First-Year Writing. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from the University of Oklahoma. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media from North Carolina State University, where her concentration was games, digital media studies, technology, and pedagogy. She has had several book chapters and essays published.

Roja Singh, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dr. Roja Singh has been an adjunct faculty member at Fisher since 2008, and is now a full-time faculty member in an Interdisciplinary position with Sociology, Anthropology, English, and Women and Gender Studies. Originally from South India, Roja came to the United States in 1990 to pursue further studies. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2004 in Comparative Literature. Before coming to Rochester in 2008, she taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her ongoing research involves the oral narratives and leadership strategies of women from indigenous communities. Roja is an advocate for human rights of the Dalit people of India, especially children, with specific focus on education. She is the president of the Dalit Solidarity Forum in the USA, Inc.

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