Science Department Faculty and Staff

The entire MCC professional community - its faculty, staff and support areas - is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in society.

MCC is proud of its faculty members who bring both academic and "real world" credentials into the classroom. Our faculty's first priority is to teach and it shows in their ongoing interest in and support of their students' educational, career and life goals.

Working with the faculty, our staff members are a ready resource for questions and are available to help students understand all that's needed to complete their academic requirements.

  • Sharale Golding, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "On a daily basis I get the wonderful opportunity to impact someone’s life. To be a square on the path in someone’s educational journey is an honor and a privilege."

    Affiliations
    National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
    National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (CTABT)
    New England Biology Association of Two-Year Colleges (NEBATYC)
    Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)

    Sharale Golding

    Assistant Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-222

    Tel: (860) 512-2739
    SGolding@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Quinnipiac University - Biomedical Sciences
    BS, Eastern Connecticut State University - Biology

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Connecticut Health Center
    Celldex Therapeutics (formerly CuraGen Corporation)

    Expertise
    Human Anatomy
    Physiology

  • Ann Hadley, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy advising students in Environmental Sciences and teaching Introduction to Environmental Science and Introduction to Geology at Manchester Community College. I especially enjoy working with students on the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem solving. We get to take some great field trips in geology classes to several of Connecticut᾿s state parks. Doing field work is fun for all of us."

    Affiliations
    Connecticut Envirothon Program - Founder
    Connecticut Geological Society
    Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association
    Connecticut Science Teachers᾿ Association
    Geological Society of America
    National Association of Geoscience Teachers

    Ann Hadley

    Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-227

    Tel: (860) 512-2706
    AHadley@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, University of Vermont - Geology
    BS,,Tufts University - Geology and Environmental Sciences
    Student and Assistant Instructor at the Indiana University Geologicial Field Station, Cardwell, Montana

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Executive Director and Geologist for the Middlesex County Soil and Water Conservation District
    Environmental Consultant

    Expertise
    Erosion and sedimentation control
    Interdisciplinary critical thinking and problem solving in environmental sciences
    Sedimentology/shoreline erosion and geology field mapping
    Watershed management and water resources

  • Daniel Janczak, Academic Associate

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I mostly enjoy the diversity of science experiments. Never a dull moment."

    Daniel Janczak

    Academic Associate
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: B-120

    Tel: (860) 512-2724
    DJanczak@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Central Connecticut State University
    BS, Central Connecticut State University
    AS, Capital Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

    Expertise
    Chemistry

  • Pauline Lizotte, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I teach because I love my subject, I want to share it with as many people as possible, and I love seeing the light bulb go on when my students get it."

    Affiliations
    National Association of Biology Teachers
    National Science Teachers Association
    Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers
    Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers

    Pauline Lizotte

    Assistant Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: L-218h

    Tel: (860) 512-2721
    PLizotte@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Iowa - Botany
    MS, University of Iowa - Botany
    BS, Central Connecticut State University - Biology Education

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Valencia Community College
    Eastern Arizona College
    Northwest Missouri State University

    Expertise
    Biology
    Botany
    Nutrition

  • Pamela McManus, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy introducing people to the complexity and diversity of living things. I enjoy challenging students and seeing their reactions when they finally understand a complex topic or when they succeed in meeting those challenges. I love receiving letters or visits from former students who have gone on to become biologists, doctors, nurses or biology teachers."

    Affiliations
    National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
    Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (CABT)
    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

    Pamela McManus

    Assistant Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-221

    Tel: (860) 512-2738
    PMcManus@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, University of Wyoming - Cell Biology
    BS, SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Forest Zoology

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Lee College, Baytown,Texas
    Western Wyoming Community College

    Expertise
    Cell Biology

  • Rachel Mintell, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I am fascinated by all asects of biology and I truly enjoy sharing my passion with my students. My priority as an educator is to provide students with the tools they need to understand, appreciate, integrate and evaluate scientific claims."

    Affiliations
    Manchester Land Conservation Trust

    Rachel Mintell

    Associate Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-247

    Tel: (860) 512-2728
    RMintell@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut State University - Biology with a concentration in Education
    BS, Central Connecticut State University - BIology with a concentration in Environmental Science

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Hartford
    Central Connecticut State University
    Bloomfield High School

    Expertise
    Biology
    Ecology
    Nutrition

  • Jonathan Morris, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Over the years I have watched students I have taught and trained develop wonderful and rewarding careers. I have seen them accomplish amazing things. To know that I played some part in helping them achieve their success makes teaching among the most rewarding experiences I can imagine."

    Affiliations
    National Association of Biology Teachers (state representative)
    Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (past president)
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Society for Microbiology

    Jonathan Morris

    Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: T-515

    Tel: (860) 512-2771
    JMorris@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Wright University - Biomedical Sciences
    BS, Antioch University - Biology

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Yale University
    Middlesex Community College
    East Carolina University
    CuraGen Corporation

    Expertise
    General biology
    Microbiology
    Genetics
    Biotechnology
    Biochemistry
    Molecular and cellular biology

  • Chaitanya Pai, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I love teaching since it is a honor to be a part of my students' educational dreams to achieve their educational goals at MCC. It makes me proud that I am leaving behind a legacy of lifelong chemical education and its learners."

    Affiliations
    American Chemical Society (ACS)
    Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3)
    Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED)
    Connecticut Chemical Education Collective(CCEC)
    Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society

    Chaitanya Pai

    Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-210

    Tel: (860) 512-2778
    CPai@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Connecticut-Organic Chemistry
    MS, University of Bombay-Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Technology
    BS, University of Bombay-Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Technology
    BS, University of Bombay-Chemistry BS, University of Bombay

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Asnuntuck Community College
    Capital Community College
    University of Bridgeport
    University of Connecticut
    Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute,India

    Expertise
    General Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry

  • Fatma Salman, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy physics. Physics for me is a way of life, where the whole universe follows the same rules. I love to teach physics and to show my students how the world around us works."

    Affiliations
    American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
    American Physical Society(APS)

    Fatma Salman

    Assistant Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-220

    Tel: (860)-512-2743
    FSalman@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, , P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Central Florida
    MS, University of Central Florida
    MS, Ain-Shams University, Egypt
    BS, Ain-Shams University, Egypt

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Valencia Community College
    University of Central Florida
    ITT Technical Institute

    Expertise
    Algebra-based physics
    Calculus-based physics
    Condensed matter physics - diffusion into semiconductors, thin film depositions
    Astronomy

  • Jeremiah Sawma, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy my work because I love telling and listening to stories. I'm thrilled to come to MCC every day to tell the stories of Environmental Science and to listen to students' stories as they relate the concepts we study in class to their own lives. It is also a privielge to get to know the students that come through my classes. I'm consistently awed by the hard work and dedication I see from people who are often working full-time and supporting their families as they pursue their educations."

    Jeremiah Sawma

    Assistant Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: A-237

    Tel: (860) 512-2730
    JSawma@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, University of Maryland - Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science
    BS, Cornell University - Biological Sciences

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Conversational English Teacher: Japan
    Peace Corps Volunteer: Vanuata

    Expertise
    "I'm interested in the ways that different cultures and countries use their environments and the ways in which they achieve and fail to achieve sustainability. I'm especially interested in agriculture and sustainable energy."

  • Negussie Tirfessa, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Sharing my excitement for physics with my students"

    Affiliations
    American Physical Society (APS)
    American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
    Ethiopian Physics Society-North American (EPS-NA)

    Negussie Tirfessa

    Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: C-103

    Tel: (860) 512-2731
    NTirfessa@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Ohio State University
    MS, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
    BS, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Addis Ababa University

    Expertise
    My area of specialization is in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. I am interested in the areas of effective field theory, computational physics, the nature of light, and physics education.

  • Jessica Zolciak, Academic Associate

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy working behind the scenes of the biology lab department. I get to work with a large group of full-time faculty and adjuncts who come from a variety of different science and medical backgrounds. I especially enjoy working with animals. We have incorporated two marine environments, a small composting station and fresh water communities into our classrooms to enhance learning outcomes and the ability for students to observe science in action."

    Jessica Zolciak

    Academic Associate
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: B-120

    Tel: (860) 512-2722
    JZolciak@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    BS, Eastern Connecticut State University - Biology

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Brand-nu Laboratories

    Expertise
    Marine Biolgy
    Animal Behavior

  • Thomas Zownir, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "After 40 years itís still fun helping people learn how to think in a logical, orderly way and how true learning is the application of ideas, not memorization of facts. And besides, any would-be comedian would give his right arm for a gig where you get to write and star in your own sitcom, with a captive audience, multiple shows per day, over a time span longer than MASH, Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond all put together."

    Thomas Zownir

    Professor
    Science

    Mathematics, Science and Health Careers
    Office: C-123

    Tel: (860) 512-2734
    TZownir@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 17, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, University of Rhode Island - Organic Chemistry
    BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University - Chemistry

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Central Connecticut State University
    Capital Community College
    Post University

    Expertise

Last Update: September 26 2011
For additional information, contact: Beverly Ferrigno