Faculty and Staff

Social Science, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Division

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.

  • Ricardo Aragon, Assistant Professor

    Ricardo Aragon

    Assistant Professor

    Social Science and Hospitality

    Tel: (860) 512-2766
    RAragon@mcc.commnet.edu

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

  • Nancy Bray, Instructor

    Nancy Bray

    Instructor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: D-226

    Tel: (860) 512-2790
    NBray@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Sarah Cieglo, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy showing students that history is not just memorizing dates and facts, but is a process of understanding, interpreting, and analyzing past events and human experiences that has relevance to their own lives."

    Affiliations
    American Historical Association
    North American Conference on British Studies
    American Association of Community Colleges

    Sarah Cieglo

    Assistant Professor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-308

    Tel: (860) 512-2767
    SCieglo@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA and MPhil, Yale University - History
    BA, Northwestern University - History with honors
    BM, Northwestern University - Musicology

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Naugatuck Valley Community College
    University of Reading (UK)
    Yale University

    Expertise
    Western and World History, especially Ancient History
    Early Modern History
    British History
    History of Religion

  • David Dubiel, Instructor

    Why I Like What I Do
    Critical thinkers agree that our way of life would not exist without the services provided by the police and other criminal justice practitioners. I consider it a privilege to teach and help develop many of the minds that will undoubtedly join the future ranks of those that will proudly protect and serve. I believe that Manchester Community College provides education that works for a lifetime. It is my plight to teach students that they must treat all people with dignity and respect, even if experience has shown that sometimes good people have bad days. The criminal justice faculty at MCC are experts in their respective fields; I am honored to be part of such a distinguished staff."

    Affiliations
    Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
    Connecticut Police Work Dog Association
    Highway Safety Administration (State and National)
    Manchester Police Activities League
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

    David Dubiel

    Instructor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: L-218d

    Tel: (860) 512-2799
    DDubiel@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut State University-Criminal Justice
    BA, Central Connecticut State University-Criminal Justice, Political Science
    AS, Manchester Community College-Law Enforcement

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    West Hartford Police Department-Retired Captain
    Central Connecticut State University
    Emergency Medical Technician

    Expertise
    Critical Incident Management
    Ethics
    Police Operations-K 9, SWAT, Field Training and Evaluation, Risk Management and Assessment
    Traffic Crash Investigation and Reconstruction

  • Leonard Dupille, Professor

    Leonard Dupille

    Professor
    Anthropology/Psychology Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-311

    Tel: (860) 512-2779
    LDupille@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Duquesne University
    MA, Duquesne University
    BA, University of Massachusetts

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

  • Nicole Esposito, Instructor

    Nicole Esposito

    Instructor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-307

    Tel: (860) 512-2763
    NEsposito@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Meghan Finley, Instructor

    Meghan Finley

    Instructor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: L-218e

    Tel: 860-512-2758
    MFinley@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Barbara Fox, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "As a community college graduate (Greater Hartford Community College), I find it so satisfying to help those who might not otherwise be eligible or able to attend college. It is especially gratifying to see some of those students at graduation each year."

    Affiliations
    Immediate Past President, CT Association for Addiction Professionals (CAAP)
    Founder and Member, Consortium of Addiction Recovery Educators (CARE)
    Board Member, East of the River Action against Substance Abuse Elimination (ERASE)
    Advisory Board Member, Central CT State University's Professional Advisory Board (PAC)
    Northeast Regional Vice President, National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professionals (NAADAC)
    Commissioner, National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission

    Barbara Fox

    Professor
    Coordinator, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor Program

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-306

    Tel: (860) 512-2769
    BFox@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut State University - Counselor Education
    BA, Central Connecticut State University - Psychology
    AS, Greater Hartford Community College - General Studies

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Goodwin College
    Addiction counselor in the federal, state and private sectors

    Expertise
    Barbara "Bobbi" is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor with the state of Connecticut.

  • Diane Freeman, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I am interested in subjects and topics that are interesting and challenging. I work in a vibrant, inquiring student environment. I have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. I am able to encourage students to really learn to think both inside and outside the box. I have the opportunity to mentor, positively influence and interact with and learn from students."

    Affiliations
    New England Organization for Human Services
    National Association of Social Workers
    Child Advocates of Connecticut

    Diane Freeman

    Professor
    Coordinator, Social Service Program

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-511

    Tel: (860) 512-2781
    DFreeman@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MSW, University of Connecticut
    BA, Central Connecticut State University
    AA, Holyoke Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Capital Community College
    Springfield College

    Expertise
    Teaching
    Counseling
    Active Observation and Assessment Techniques
    Grant Writing

  • Eileen Furey, Adjunct,

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I began my professional journey teaching adolescents with intellectual disabilities who were legally excluded from attending school. Today, many of those adolescents would be attending school with their non-disabled peers. As the disability field has evolved, so have I. The result has been a number of "Aha" moments. In my teaching at MCC, it is gratifying to see my students connecting what they have learned to new material and have that "Aha" moment themselves. For me, some of those "Aha" moments have been life-changing, and I hope they are for my students."

    Affiliations
    Fellow, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Council for Exceptional Children

    Eileen Furey

    Adjunct,
    Coordinator, Disability Specialist Program

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-403

    EFurey@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Connecticut
    MS, SUNY, Buffalo
    BA, SUNY, Geneseo

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Connecticut

    Expertise
    Broad-based knowledge of the disability field.

  • Stacy Giguere, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I teach because I want to change the world and I cannot do it alone. I cannot trust that the changes that I want are the changes that the world needs. I cannot trust that my approach is the best approach. Alone I am ignorant; in the community of committed learners at MCC, I have become wiser and my life has become richer from opening myself to diverse perspectives."

    Affiliations
    American Psychological Association
    Society for Teaching Psychology
    American Association of Colleges and Universities
    The New England Educational Assessment Network

    Stacy Giguere

    Professor
    Anthropology/Psychology Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: D-225

    Tel: (860) 512-2796
    SGiguere@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Duquesne University-Clinical Psychology
    MA, Duquesne University-Psychology
    BA, St. Joseph College-Psychology and Philosophy

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Cove Center for Grieving Children
    Duquesne University

    Expertise
    Developmental and Clinical Psychology
    Qualitative Research Methods
    Existential-Phenomenological Psychology

  • Joanne Guo, Instructor

    Joanne Guo

    Instructor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-505

    Tel: (860) 512-2754
    JGuo@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Lucy Hurston, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I am most pleased at bringing students to a state of social awareness and civic responsibility. By helping students to develop their sociological imagination, they become activists for social justice and then realize how much power they hold over their futures."

    Affiliations
    American Sociological Association
    Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association
    Greater New Haven African American Historical Society - lifetime member
    Hartford Area Habitat of Humanity - Board of Directors
    Hurston Wright Foundation - Board of Directors
    National Council of Black Studies
    Sociologists for Women in Society

    Lucy Hurston

    Professor
    Sociology and Sign Language

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-312

    Tel: (860) 512-2791
    LHurston@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Ohio State University
    BA, Central Connecticut State University
    AS, Manchester Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Naugatuck Valley Community College
    Charter Oak State College
    Saint Joseph College
    Holyoke Community College
    Trinity College

    Expertise
    Inequality, Race and Ethnicity

  • Katherine Kern, Assistant Professor

    Katherine Kern

    Assistant Professor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: A250

    Tel: (860) 512-2794
    KKern@mcc.commnet.edu

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

  • Kathryn Kleis-Carbone, Instructor

    Kathryn Kleis-Carbone

    Instructor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: L-218d

    Tel: 860-512-2795
    KKleis-Carbone@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Angelo Messore, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enojy teaching because I am committed to helping students attain a critical understanding of the political and economic systems that shape the world in which we live. For better or worse, our governments (local, state and federal) will make decisions that significantly influence the nature and quality of our lives. As citizens, individuals must understand how these decisions are made and their consequences for our society."

    Affiliations
    American Economic Association
    American Political Science Association

    Angelo Messore

    Professor
    Political Science, Social Science and Sociology Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: L-219e

    Tel: (860) 512-2755
    AMessore@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MPhil, Yale University
    MA, Yale University
    BA, Princeton University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow
    Graduate Teaching Assistant - Yale University
    Legislative Aide, Office of US Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (R-CT)

    Expertise
    American Government
    Political Economy
    Political Theory

  • Donna Nicholson, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "This is one of the only occupations where an individual can truly impact hundreds, if not thousands, of lives during your career. What other occupation allows you to nurture and mold a student's intellectual opinion on areas of interest."

    Affiliations
    Federal Bar Association
    Connecticut Bar Association
    Board of Directors, Community Partners in Action (CPA)
    American Mock Trial Association
    Connecticut Emergency Medical Technicians
    Urban Search and Rescue Technicians

    Donna Nicholson

    Professor
    Coordinator, Criminal Justice Program

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: A-244

    Tel: (860) 512-2756
    DNicholson@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    ABD, Capella University
    JD, Western New England College School of Law
    MA, Central Connecticut State University
    BA, Central Connecticut State University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Northwestern Community College
    Connecticut Department of Justice, Community Policing Program

    Expertise
    Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure
    Serial Offender Psychological Profiles

  • Christopher Paulin, Division Director of Social Science and Hospitality

    Affiliations
    Manchester Historical Society

    Christopher Paulin

    Division Director of Social Science and Hospitality
    Social Science and Hospitality Division

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-303

    Tel: (860) 512-2752
    CPaulin@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Connecticut
    MA, University of Massachusetts
    BA, University of Massachusetts

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Eastern Connecticut State University
    University of Connecticut
    Elms College

    Expertise
    British Empire
    British Imperialsm in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Western Civilization

  • Jayne Pearson, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "On my way to becoming a teacher, I fell in love with the intensity, creativity and fast pace of working in the restaurant industry. Now I get to experience both at the same time. I teach and try to inspire, then watch as my students create and serve meals of their own in a real-life dining environment."

    Affiliations
    American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF)
    Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education

    Jayne Pearson

    Professor
    Chair, Hospitality Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: A-256

    Tel: (860) 512-2785
    JPearson@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, University of Connecticut-Higher Technical and Adult Education
    BS, University of Connecticut-Home Economics with a food concentration

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Various staff and management positions in Connecticut restaurants and clubs
    Self-employed caterer

    Expertise
    Knowledge and experience in all aspects of the restaurant industry - from menu planing to food purchasing and preparation, sanitation, food regulation, management and ownership, staffing and marketing.

  • Beth Reichert, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy working with students who want to learn. I enjoy the fact that I am always learning with the students and from the students. I enjoy helping each student to become an excellent teacher of young children. I enjoy encouraging students and giving students the confidence they need. I enjoy when students take responsibility for their own learning, and I enjoy the rewards of seeing students grow personally and professionally. Every time I teach a class or meet with a student, the reasons above are affirmed, and I discover even more reasons why I enjoy what I do."

    Affiliations
    Associate Degree Early Childhood Programs (ACCESS)
    Child Care Consortium of Coordinators in Connecticut Community Colleges (7Cs)
    Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative (HACC)
    Hartford Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC)
    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

    Beth Reichert

    Professor
    Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Program

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-305

    Tel: (860) 512-2793
    BReichert@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Indiana University-Early Childhood Education
    BA, CUNY, Queens College-Biology and Secondary Education

    Experience
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Manchester Community College
    Quality Enhancement Coordinator, Head Start Program, Hartford, CT
    Visiting Professor, Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT
    Instructor, Capital Community College, Hartford, CT
    Instructor, Western Montana College, Dillon, MT
    Local Coordinator for Education in Early Development Project, Billings, MT
    Various Teaching and Early Childhood Program Director Positions throughout IN and MT
    Math and Science Teacher, Brussels, Belgium

    Expertise
    I teach students effective strategies for working with young children and families. We focus on setting up a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment, using careful observation, critical thinking skills, and knowledge about young children to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum and help children succeed. I also guide students through the Child Development Associate (CDA) process in a 2-semester, 12-credit CDA Credential Training Program that prepares students to apply for their national CDA Credential.

  • Affiliations
    Association for Psychological Science
    Eastern Psychological Association
    Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges
    Society of Personality and Social Psychology
    Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
    Society for the Teaching of Psychology

    Francine Rosselli-Navarra

    Professor
    Anthropology/Psychology Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: D-222

    Tel: (860) 512-2711
    FRosselli-Navarra@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara - Social and Personality Psychology
    MA, University of California, Santa Barbara - Social and Personality Psychology
    BA, Williams College - Psychology

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Wesleyan University
    Williams College
    State University of New York, Buffalo
    Central Michigan University

    Expertise
    Social psychology: social cognition, persuasion and social influence, prejudice and discrimination
    Psychological statistics and quantitative methodology
    Cognitive-behavioral treatments for binge eating disorders

  • Carl Stafford, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I get to teach people a skill that I am totally passionate about."

    Affiliations
    American Culinary Federation
    Amercan Hotel Lodging Association

    Carl Stafford

    Professor
    Hospitality Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: A-258

    Tel: (860) 512-2786
    CStafford@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut State University
    BS, University of New Haven
    AS, Manchester Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

    Expertise
    Food preparation
    Cost controls in the food industry
    Tourism development

  • Grace Talaga, Academic Assistant

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I love helping people."

    Grace Talaga

    Academic Assistant
    Hospitality Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: L-267

    Tel: (860) 512-2762
    GTalaga@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut State University
    BS, Eastern Connecticut State University
    AS, Manchester Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Granby Youth Service Bureau
    Partners in Therapy, South Windsor

    Expertise
    Marriage and family therapy

  • Susan VanNess, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I have spent over twenty years teaching children (infants through sixth grade) and now love teaching what I have learned through those experiences to others at the college level. I am in early childhood settings working with student teachers and so still get to be with young children. I also get to see the student teachers critically think about and reflect on all they have learned at MCC about early childhood and put it into real practice with children. It is the best of both worlds for me! Nothing is more fulfilling than watching and being a part of children and teachers learning and growing together."

    Affiliations
    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

    Susan VanNess

    Associate Professor
    Education Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-505

    Tel: (860) 512-2683
    SVanNess@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Southern Connecticut State University
    BS, Southern Connecticut State University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Capital Community College
    Tunxis Community College
    Naugatuck Community College
    Public Elementary School

    Expertise
    Early childhood education

  • William Williams, Assistant Professor

    William Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: A-250

    Tel: 860-512-2777
    WWilliams@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Valerie Wilson, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "The study of geography allows my students and me to explore tsunamis, religion, spider monkeys and gas prcies all in one class."

    Affiliations
    Association of American Geographers

    Valerie Wilson

    Professor

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-414

    Tel: (860) 512-2760
    VWilson@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Indiana University
    MA, University of Connecticut
    BS, University of Connecticut

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Ivy Tech Community College
    Indiana University

    Expertise
    Systematic Specialty-Economic Geography
    Regional Specialties-Russia, Central Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East

  • Timothy Woods, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "MCC students come from all walks of life and represent cultures and countries from around the world. What a wonderful environment within which to teach sociology, a discipline with the goal to critically analyze and understand cultural and social differences and inequalities."

    Affiliations
    American Sociological Association
    Eastern Sociological Society

    Timothy Woods

    Professor
    Chair, Political Science, Social Science and Sociology Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-405

    Tel: (860) 512-2761
    TWoods@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Texas A&M University
    MA, University of Memphis
    BA, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Trinity College
    Texas A&M University

    Expertise
    Civic Engagement and Service Learning
    Political Sociology and Economy
    Social Stratification and Inequality
    Sociology of Organizations

  • Jean Wynn, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy being the catalyst in the development of students. Their growth stimulates me to improve myself and my teaching. I also thrive on diversity, which is at the heart of anthropology. Thus teaching allows me to set the stage for the awareness, understanding and hopefully acceptace of difference in people and the world. Where nelse can I do that and still get summers off to travel and research around the globe?!"

    Affiliations
    American Anthropological Association (AAA)
    American Psychological Society (APS)
    RN, Connecticut and Michigan

    Jean Wynn

    Professor
    Chair, Anthropology/Psychology Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: D-221

    Tel: (860) 512-2784
    JWynn@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Connecticut - Medical Anthropology
    MA, University of Michigan
    BSN, Mercy College of Detroit
    Physical Examination and History-Taking Certification, Wayne State University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Capital Community College
    Trinity College
    Hospice on-call
    Clinical therapy
    Nursing and teaching in North Africa (Tunisia), Southeast Asia (Malaysia) and the United States

    Expertise
    Cross-cultural health and healing
    Mayan culture

  • Guocun Yang, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "History is knowledge. 'Knowledge is power,' says Bacon. To acquire and disseminate knowledge is an exhilirating experience."

    Affiliations
    Association for the Study of Connecticut History (ASCH)
    Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS)
    New England Historical Association (NEHA)

    Guocun Yang

    Professor
    Chair, Social Sciences Department

    Social Science and Hospitality
    Office: T-402

    Tel: (860) 512-2782
    GYang@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 4, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Connecticut
    MA, University of Connecticut
    BA, Lawrence University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

    Expertise
    United States History
    African American History
    Modern China

Last Update: October 14 2013
For additional information, contact: Beverly Ferrigno