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This guide provides information regarding Flagler College faculty who have expertise on a variety of relevant and timely subjects and are available with notice to speak media outlets. If you would like to use one of our experts or need further assistance, please contact News and Information Coordinator Tom Iacuzio at (904) 826-8582 or at

Featured Expert: James Rowell

James Rowell DEPARTMENT: Humanities
TITLE: Associate Professor
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Massachusetts M.A., University of New Hampshire Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
EXPERTISE:World religions. Religions and political ethics. Rowell is the author of "Gandhi and Bin Laden: Religion at the Extremes" and is fluent on topics such as religion, politics, radicalism, violence, equality and inequality. Other topics: Religions of India, B.R. Ambekdar and the Nehur Dynasty, Politics and Religion of Islam, Hinduism, Christian Realism - the thought of Reindhold Niebuhr, concerns of political equality/inequality, Christianity and interaction with science and Charles Darwin.


    Chris Balaschak

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., New York University; M.F.A., Art Center College of Design; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
    EXPERTISE: History of Photography, more specifically 20th century American photography, as well Modern and Contemporary American & European Art. PhD in Visual Studies from University of California, Irvine received 2010, Dissertation on mid-20th century American photography books, writing on the topic from ca. 2005 in academic and critical publications including Art Journal, Photographies, Frieze, Art Review, and selected other journals and museum catalogs.

    Luciana Gassett

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil; M.A., Savannah College of Art and Design
    EXPERTISE: Gassett is the former owner of Aquatro Design agency, a full-service design agency in Brazil, and former art director for Atlanta-based design and marketing agencies. Her work has been honored with national and international industry recognition.

    Diana Lodi

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; M.A., Savannah College of Art and Design
    EXPERTISE: In addition to teaching, Lodi works as a professional graphic designer and web developer, whose client roster includes work for Hilton’s international brands and Volusia County.

    Donald Martin

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.F.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., The University of Massachusetts
    EXPERTISE: Martin’s work is widely featured in public and private collections and exhibitions across the country, such as the Parkersburg Center for the Arts, the Bacardi Martini Corporation and the Office of the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. He is also the artist of the Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center mural.

    Catherine McFarland

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Smith College; M.A., Emory University
    EXPERTISE: McFarland is co-producer of the Academy Award nominated documentary, Building Bombs. She has presented various papers and lectures at museums and conferences.

    Laura Mongiovi

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.F.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., The University of Colorado
    EXPERTISE: Mongiovi has held both director and administrative positions at museums and galleries across the country including the Furlong Art Gallery, the CU Art Museum and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been exhibited extensively in both solo shows and group exhibitions around the nation.

    Patrick Moser

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., East Carolina University; M.F.A., The University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Moser’s work has been featured in publications such National Forum Magazine and New American Paintings. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including The Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Wynn Bone Gallery and the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in NYC.

    Sara Pedigo

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; M.F.A., The University of Massachusetts
    EXPERTISE: Pedigo’s paintings have been featured in various shows and collections, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. She is a member of the College Art Association.

    Leslie Robison

    TITLE: Assistant Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.F.A, B.A., Washington State University; M.F.A., The University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Robinson’s work has been exhibited at galleries and shows throughout the country, such as the Gallery at Reddi Arts and Gallery III. She also won 2nd place in oil paintings at the Wind River Valley Artists’ Guild and previously served as a Faculty Senator.

    Chris Smith

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: M.A. in Advertising Design, Syracuse University; B.F.A. in Graphic Design, The University of North Florida
    EXPERTISE: Prior to joining Flagler College, Smith served as Creative Director for The Robin Shepherd Group, where his client roster included CSX Rail, Gate Petroleum, Acuvue Contact Lenses, Heartguard and Frontline pet pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross Blue Shield, PGA Tour and Shands Hospital. He currently serves a variety of clients including Steinway & Sons and Volvo Club of America.

    Natalie Whitlock Stephenson

    TITLE: Instructor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Georgetown College; M.Des., Carnegie Mellon University
    EXPERTISE: Stephenson is an expert in graphic design with experience developing interactive web applications, corporate identities, brand strategies and advertising campaigns. Her clientele range from small start-ups to international brands, like Butterball, and a variety of Australian organizations such as Suncorp and Runge. She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).


    Roger Bradley

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.S., M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ph.D., Clemson University
    EXPERTISE: Bradley is an expert in econometrics, industrial organization and monetary economics. He has presented on various economic issues at both Flagler College and the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club.

    Michael Chester

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Accounting,Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S.B.A in Business, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.A. in Economics, North Carolina State University
    EXPERTISE: His areas of special interest include examining the relationship between diversity and company profitability and the utilization of computer accounting and productivity software in public accounting firms.

    Thomas G. DeLaughter

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A. and M.B.A, Mississippi College; Ph.D., The Florida State University
    EXPERTISE:DeLaughter has experience in strategic management and marketing. He has received specialized training from Cleveland State University’s Economic Development Institute as well the University of Georgia’s Association Management Institute. He is an expert in topics such as corporate strategy, organization-environment relationships, strategic positioning and business ethics.

    Paula Holanchock

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; MIBA, Nova Southeastern University
    EXPERTISE: Holanchock is a motivational speaker and custom leadership-training consultant. She is actively involved in the Monarch Project for Emerging Women, Students Working Against Tobacco, and serves as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida.

    Gary L. Hoover

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; MIBA, Nova Southeastern University
    EXPERTISE: Holanchock is a motivational speaker and custom leadership-training consultant. She is actively involved in the Monarch Project for Emerging Women, Students Working Against Tobacco, and serves as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida.

    W. Jeff Knight

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: Masters in Tax Accounting and B.S. in Accounting, University of Alabama
    EXPERTISE: President, Encompass Mechanical Services, a $28 million mechanical, plumbing and utility contractor. Director of Acquisition and Integration, Encompass, a $4 billion Mechanical, Electrical and Industrial contractor. Senior tax manager, Arthur Andersen & Co. Certified Public Accountant, State of Alabama.

    Felix Livingston

    TITLE: Professor and Director of Honorable Entrepreneurship Program
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics, Kansas State University; B.A. in Economics, Pittsburgh State University
    EXPERTISE: He has written more than forty academic articles, chapters and essays, and his work has been widely published and reprinted around the world. He is especially interested in economic efficiency and the intersection of economics, politics and culture. 

    James S. Makowski

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.S., Wilkes College; M.B.A., The University of Notre Dame
    EXPERTISE: Makowski is a licensed and certified public accountant in the State of Florida, and he served for seven years as an audit supervisor and accountant before joining Flagler College in 1989.

    R. Nicholas Panepinto

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; M.B.A., The University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business
    EXPERTISE: Panepinto is actively involved in community organizations such as the Elk Club and Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine, where he serves on the board of directors. He specializes in topics business administration and finance.

    Allison Roberts

    TITLE: Associate Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Economics, Northern Illinois University; B.A. in Economics and Mathematics, Lake Forest College
    EXPERTISE: Her primary academic interests are in econometrics, labor economics and the economics of healthcare. In addition to her academic service, Dr. Roberts has served as a data analyst, research consultant and research assistant to private consulting firms and healthcare organizations. Twenty-five U.S. National, four World Handball Championship titles and member of Handball Hall of Fame.

    Jeff Strait

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EXPERTISE: Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Registered Tax Preparer, Licensed Public Health Insurance Adjuster, Dave Ramsey's FPU Instructor, Experienced ERP implementation expert in Dynamics GP, Timberline and TIW

    Albert Tetrault

    TITLE: Adjunct Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Connecticut; M.B.A., Harvard Business School; J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law
    EXPERTISE: Tetrault has been active in aviation for more than 50 years and havs accumulated over 6500 hours pilot-in-command in many different military and general aviation aircraft. He is a current FAA certified flight instructor. Tetrault is also a Florida attorney, and a panel attorney with AOPA Legal Services Plan.


    Tracey Eaton

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., Temple University
    EXPERTISE: A former Fulbright scholar, Eaton is an expert in travel journalism, photography and reporting. He served as the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to 2005, as well as heading the paper’s Mexico City bureau. He has written for seven daily newspapers, and continues to write for Miami-based CubaNews.

    Robbie Gordon

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.S., Cornell University M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    EXPERTISE: Gordon has career experience in deep cover investigative reporting for “ABC News/ Primetime Live.” She is an expert on media issues such as: how networks or stations cover stories, media ethics issues, the good/bad/ugly of internet/social media and what it means for fair and balanced reporting, media conglomerates, undercover reporting, investigative reporting, the future of reporting and legal issues raised by changing technology. She is also able to speak on family issue topics, from poor regulation of daycare and elder care and what to look for, to issues such as at-risk teens and deadbeat dads, as well as cyberbullying and the treatment of veterans in VA hospitals.

    Tracy Halcomb

    TITLE: Associate Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.S., Miami University; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green University
    EXPERTISE: Halcomb is an expert in new media regulation; mass communication law and ethics; international broadcasting; and children and the media. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Communication Association.

    Jinhyon Hammick

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D., University of Florida; M.A. in Global Marketing Communication and Advertising, Emerson University; B.A. in Communications, Chungnam National University in South Korea
    EXPERTISE: Co-published “Corporate communication on ‘Twitter’: Relationship effects on audience behavior” in PRism. Frequent speaker and presenter at academic conferences and seminars including the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, International Public Relations Research, and the Association for Marketing and Healthcare Research.

    Eric Hoffman

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Mass Communication, M.S. in Marketing Communication and Information Technology, B.S. in Business Communication, Florida State University
    EXPERTISE: Hoffman has served as consultant and manager of several successful ventures in the marketing industry, including the operation of his own media company, A&H Media Corp, which specialized in digital out-of-home advertising.

    Mark Huelsbeck

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., M.F.A., The University of Iowa
    EXPERTISE: Huelsbeck is an expert in digital cinema production, documentary film and post-production techniques. He is an Apple-certified final Cut Pro trainer and was honored with the Director’s Choice Award at SF Shorts: The San Francisco Festival of Short Films in 2007.

    Mindy Peck Kurtz

    EXPERTISE: Nonverbal communication. Peck Kurtz has done intensive study and research of the most well known researchers in this area and has attended and completed her Master Certification from the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C. in May 2012 to become trained in noticing micro expressions and postures.

    Daniel McCook

    TITLE: Radio Station Manager
    EXPERTISE: Master Falconer licensed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of Florida

    James Pickett

    TITLE: Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Speech Communication
    EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
    EXPERTISE: Pickett currently sits on the editorial board of the Florida Communications Journal. He is widely published in academic journals and has presented multiple scholarly papers at various conferences worldwide. His interests include philosophy of communication, public argument and applied communication.

    Helena Sarkio

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Iowa State University M.S., Iowa State University Ph.D., University of Minnesota
    EXPERTISE: Dr. Sarkio has worked as a videographer, video editor, assignment editor and producer at television stations in the Midwest and East Coast, and she has taught at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Florida. Dr. Sarkio’s research concentrates on gender, ethnicity, race and class in the media and she is a native of Helsinki, Finland.

    Kristine Warrenburg

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., DePauw University; M.A., Butler University; Ph.D., University of Denver
    EXPERTISE: Warrenburg is interested in the politics of difference, such as race, class and gender, and how communication interaction creates opportunities to reproduce hierarchy and transformation. She is widely published in convention proceedings and academic journals and is currently a member of the National Communications Association.

    Matthew Wysocki

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Communications and Media Studies from Northwestern University; M.A. in Communications, Western Kentucky University; B.A. in Broadcast and Cable Studies from Pennsylvania State University
    EXPERTISE: His doctoral dissertation focused on an analysis of the computer hacker subculture. He is particularly interested in intersections of media, technology, and culture—for example, the cultural uses of new media and new media technology (video games, computer hackers, online pornography); media effects of new media; and textual analysis of new media usage.


    Bettina Baker

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Leadership in Professional Education, University of Pennsylvania; M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, Chestnut Hill College; B.A. in Elementary Education from Neumann College
    EXPERTISE: Doctoral interests focused on the effect of university-school partnerships on the literacy rates of inner-city children, and her professional work has focused on educational research and curriculum development, as well as on improving literacy and achievement in low-income school districts.

    Sandra Davis

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Salisbury State College; B.S., M.A., Salisbury University; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
    EXPERTISE: Davis specializes in curriculum development and systemic change. She is a committed advocate for education in St. Johns County schools and leads a summer creative writing camp for children at Flagler College.

    Margaret Finnegan

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Western Maryland College M.S.Ed., Western Maryland College Ph.D., Temple University
    EXPERTISE: Deafness and Hearing Loss, American Sign Language, Visual Literacy (and some computer applications for teaching specifically related to web 2.0 and free tools. Finnegan’s background includes teaching deaf children, supervising teachers of the deaf, a PhD in Special Education and Deafness, interpreting for the deaf in both oral and sign language environments and active participation in a variety of national organizations serving deaf people. She also has 35 years of teaching experience and a deaf child.

    Michele A. Gregoire

    TITLE: Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.M., Florida State University. M.A., California State University; Ph.D., The University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Gregoire has served as a clinical music therapist and rehabilitation therapist for students with special needs. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and Council for Exceptional Children.

    Cheryl McCarthy

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., State University of New York
    EXPERTISE: McCarthy is an expert in special education and has delivered numerous presentations and workshops across the United States.

    Cheryl Serrano

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.S., University of Wisconsin; M.A., The University of Northern Colorado; Ph.D., Florida State University
    EXPERTISE: Serrano was awarded a scholarship from the Embassy of Spain and is a specialist in second language acquisition and its application to TESOL.

    Carl Williams

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; M.Ed., Ed.D., University of North Florida
    EXPERTISE: Williams has conducted extensive research on the relationship between educational beliefs and instructional practices of education interns. He is widely published and is a sought-after presenter on issues of deaf education.


    Darien Andreu

    TITLE: Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.A., Florida State University; M.A., Florida State University; Ph.D., Florida State University
    EXPERTISE: Southern writers with several classes on the subject taught in her 25 years on faculty. Has also taught a Flannery O’Connor senior seminar.

    Lisa Baird

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Akron; M.A.T., University of Akron; Ph.D., Texas Christian University
    EXPERTISE: Cyberliteracy, the study of the current shift in writing (or literacy) technologies and how the past shifts in technologies are echoed in our modern-day shift.

    Judith Burdan

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    EXPERTISE: Burdan specializes in 18th century British literature. In addition to her work as a technical writer for various corporations, she is widely published in academic journals and has presented at more than 20 academic conferences and workshops.

    Wesley King

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Claremont McKenna College; Ph.D., University of Virginia
    EXPERTISE: King is an expert in 19th century American literature and culture and African American literature. He has presented at several conferences and was published in The Emily Dickinson Journal.

    Liz Robbins

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., College of Charleston; M.A., University of North Florida; Ph.D., Georgia State University
    EXPERTISE: Robbins is an expert in all things poetry. Her writing has been widely published in print and online, including Girls Turned Like Dials and Play Button, which won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award.

    Connie Marie St. Claire-Andrews

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Flagler College; M.A., University of North Florida
    EXPERTISE: St. Claire-Andrews is a published poet and author. Her commitment to teaching English literature is exemplified by various educational service initiatives and curriculum development projects in connection with writing and composition courses.

    Douglas McFarland

    TITLE: Professor, Director of General Education, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature, M.A. in Latin, University of California, Berkeley
    EXPERTISE: A wide-ranging thinker with diverse scholarly interests, he has focused in recent years on philosophies, allegories, and symbols in contemporary American film. 

    Hadley Mozer

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. and M.A. in English, Baylor University; B.A. in English/History, Houston Baptist University
    EXPERTISE: He is a specialist in Romantic literature, and his academic interests include advertising in Romantic literature and in the works of Lord Byron.

    James Wilson

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Dakota Wesleyan University; M.A., University of South Dakota; Ph.D., University of Louisiana
    EXPERTISE: Wilson specializes in creative writing and serves as the Writers-In-Residence program at Flagler. He has published fiction, poetry and nonfiction in national literary journals and magazines.

    Tamara Wilson

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; M.A. in English Literature, San Jose State University; B.A. in English, Indiana University
    EXPERTISE: Wilson has a special interest in both medieval and Renaissance literature, and her contemporary interests include popular culture, feminism and fantasy.

    Craig Woelfel

    TITLE: Assistant Professor, Director of College Writing
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in English, University of Notre Dame; M.A. and a B.A. in Literature and English, University of California, San Diego
    EXPERTISE: An Eliot scholar and a specialist in Modernist literature, Dr. Woelfel is also fluent in Spanish and reading proficient in Latin. Frequent presenter at conferences and seminars on topics related to religion and literature.


    Alex Cummins

    TITLE: Adjunct Professor
    EDUCATION: M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Maryland
    EXPERTISE: Russia/Soviet Union: Ph.D. in Russian/Soviet history from University of Maryland, College Park, and 30 years of experience in the Intelligence community on the Soviet Union and Russia and has written numerous academic publications about Russia and the Soviet Union. Science and Technology: 30 years of hands-on experience in the intelligence community, especially on Soviet and Russian research and development; dissertation was based on the electrification of the Soviet Union. Cold War: Experience in the intelligence community and teaching of the course History of the Cold War at Flagler over the past eight years. U.S. Intelligence: 30 years of experience in the intelligence community, and teaching of the course History of U.S. Intelligence at the National Intelligence University and Flagler. Modern Europe: M.A. in European History from University of Kentucky, experience in the Intelligence community, and teaching of Twentieth Century Europe at Flagler.

    James Rowell

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Massachusetts M.A., University of New Hampshire Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
    EXPERTISE: World Religions / Religions and Political Ethics - PhD University of Pittsburg in religion & politics; published book "Gandhi and Bin Laden: Religion at the Extremes." - especially issues on religion, politics, radicalism, violence, equality and inequality. Also: Religions of India, B.R. Ambekdar and the Nehur Dynasty, Politics and Religion of Islam, Hinduism. Christian Realism - the thought of Reindhold Niebuhr, and concerns of political equality / inequality. Christianity and interaction with Science / Evolution; Charles Darwin.

    Tracy Upchurch

    TITLE: Assistant Professor, Law Program Chair
    EDUCATION: B.A., Davidson College; Juris Doctorate, The University of Florida College of Law
    EXPERTISE: Upchurch is a former Florida state representative, former mayor of the City of St. Augustine and a former St. Augustine City Commissioner. He is well known for his active public and civic service; he currently serves in an “of counsel” capacity to the law firm of Upchurch, Bailey & Upchurch and is a Trustee and former Chairman of Flagler Healthcare Systems, Inc.


    Carrie Grant

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Mathematics, M.A. in Applied Mathematics and B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Auburn University; M.A. in Teaching, Colorado College
    EXPERTISE: Grant's research is focused on discovery-based learning and the use of technology in the classroom.

    Michael Insalaca

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Florida M.Ed., University of Florida Ph.D., Union Institute and University
    EXPERTISE: Foreign language curriculum, teaching, and learning: Master's degree major, Florida professional educator certificate area, 6 years Spanish teaching experience--high school and college, experience in developing and evaluating curriculum at schools where employed. Mathematics curriculum, teaching, and learning: PhD Specialization, Florida professional educator certificate area, 14 years mathematics teaching experience--high school and college, experience in developing and evaluating curriculum at schools where employed.

    Julie A. Jurgens

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: M.S., Marycrest College; Ph.D., University of Iowa
    EXPERTISE: Jurgens is an expert in programming languages and is the co-author of "Computer Activities for Algebra and Trigonometry." Her presentations include in-house workshops and training programs, regional conferences, and local presentations for computer clubs.

    Bariaa Ghazi Elosta Shatila

    TITLE: Assistant Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.S., University of Florida; M.A., Jacksonville University; Ed.S., Florida State University
    EXPERTISE: Shatila is committed to teaching and has been involved in various curriculum development projects and educational service initiatives. She presented for the Mathematical Association of America and is currently a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society.

    Navin Kadambi

    TITLE: Instructor
    EDUCATION: B.S., Master of Computer Applications, Bangalore University; M.A., M.S., University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Kadambi is an expert in mathematics education, mathematical history and Galois representations and number theory.

    Donald Robbins

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION:  M.A.T. in Mathematics Education, Jacksonville University; B.S. in Business Administration, College of William and Mary
    EXPERTISE: Studied British Economics at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Professor Robbins’ service initiatives include board memberships with distinctive institutions including Davis and Elkins College and The St. Augustine Art Association.

    Ward Shaffer

    TITLE: Instructor
    EDUCATION: B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Youngstown State University
    EXPERTISE: Shaffer has a long history in mathematics education and served as a Lieutenant Commander Unit Training Officer in the United States Army. He is the co-author of "Algebraic Thinking: Models for Problem Solving."


    Barbara Blonder

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.S., Florida Institute of Technology
    EXPERTISE: Blonder is an expert in conservation ecology and resource management. She previously worked in land conservation and fisheries biology, specializing in ecological management and research, fire management and planning, and spiny lobster biology.

    Matthew Brown

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.S., Old Dominion University; M.S., University of Hawaii; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
    EXPERTISE: Brown is an expert in marine science and oceanography, particularly dealing with marine chemistry, the study of the substances dissolved in seawater and how they interact with the living biota. He has published numerous research articles in the field of marine chemistry and has over 300 days of experience at sea on long duration research cruises. He also has expertise in climate change issues related to the marine environment. He also has his 200-hour teacher certification in Vinyasa flow yoga and has sat numerous 10-day silent meditation retreats.

    Ed McGinley

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D., West Virginia University; M.S., Frostburg State University; B.S., Saint Francis University
    EXPERTISE: Research focuses on the local estuarine and marine fish communities that surround St. Augustine. Specifically interested in the food web dynamics and how seasonal and man-made influences can affect these systems.

    Terri Seron

    TITLE: Assistant Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.S., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Seron is widely published and a sought-after lecturer on topics of carbonic anhydrase and marine bioscience. She is a scientific SCUBA diver and holds multiple certifications in diving and underwater science.

    Melissa Southwell

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D. in Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    EXPERTISE: Southwell is a former member of the Peace Corps and served as an Agroforestry volunteer in Cameroon. She has research experience focused on microbially-mediated nitrogen cycling processes in coral reef sponges as well as chemical transformations in rainwater and in sediment-water interactions. In her current research, she continues her investigations into the role of sediment-water interactions in nutrient and organic matter cycling, focusing now on the shallow, soft-sediment ecosystems surrounding St. Augustine. Current projects include studying changes in sediment nutrient fluxes associated with altered hydrological conditions.

    Jessica Veenstra

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.S., University of California, Davis M.S., University of California, Davis Ph.D., Iowa State University
    EXPERTISE: Environmental and Earth Science, Soils, Agriculture and Food Production, Local Food Systems, Geography and Mapping


    Don Berglund

    TITLE: Associate Professor & Director of the Public Administration Program
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech; M.P.A., University of Nebraska; B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University
    EXPERTISE: His special interests include Issues in State and Local Government, Immigration Policy, and Organization Behavior. He has served as the Director of the Public Administration Program at Flagler College since 2003.

    Selena Hernandez-Haines

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; B.A., Flagler College
    EXPERTISE: Hernandez-Haines has completed a wide range of military and civilian professional development such as the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional in Human Resources certificate program, U.S. Navy Executive Officer Leadership School, Military Justice for Senior Officers, Group-Paced Instructor, a variety of training on performance and process improvement methodologies, and numerous courses in government procurement and contracting, including Principles of Federal Appropriations Law.

    Joe Saviak

    TITLE: Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Public Administration Program
    EDUCATION: B.A. and M.A. in Political Science, University of Florida; J.D., Florida State University College of Law; M.S. in Criminal Justice and Ph.D. in Public Affairs, University of Central Florida
    EXPERTISE: Regularly speaks to audiences of academics and administrators on the topics of contracting, public-private partnerships, and strategies for successfully meeting the challenges facing local government in the 21st century. Recently published with Dr. Lawrence Martin an article entitled “Public-Private Partnerships Keep Florida On The Move” in the James Madison Institute Journal. Currently conducting research for the Florida Department of Transportation on the use of public-private partnerships to meet Florida’s future transportation infrastructure needs.

    Will Miller

    TITLE: Director of Institutional Research
    EDUCATION: B.A., Ohio University; M.A., Ohio University; M.A.P, University of Akron; Ph.D., University of Akron
    EXPERTISE: American campaigns and elections, public opinion, Tea Party movement, social movements, non-profit management and public policy. Miller is a nationally-recognized scholar with books on the Tea Party movement, Congressional redistricting, the 2012 Republican nomination, and issues in public administration and policy. He is an active campaign consultant and survey researcher. He, along with two colleagues, recently received a $235,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to survey Pakistani attitudes toward mass media and American policy.


    Lynn E. Brueske-Walton

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., B.A., M.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., The University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Brueske-Walton is an advocate in education for eating disorders, stress management and body image. As a National Certified Mental Health Counselor, She maintains a private practice counseling for individuals, couples and families. She has presented at various local, regional and national conferences, in addition to appearing on television as an expert consultant on eating disorders and depression.

    Rachel Cremona

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Kent; M.A., University of Essex; Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton
    EXPERTISE: American and European politics – particularly elections, voting behavior, political parties.

    Ryan Darby

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology, University of California, San Diego; B.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University.
    EXPERTISE: Professionally, Darby has worked as a management consultant for the Gallup Organization and as a research consultant for SAIC. His research interests are diverse and he has studied topics such as the behaviors of great managers, shame and guilt after a doctor’s visit, the cardiovascular health benefits of forgiveness, and the memorability of Facebook posts. His current research focuses on emotions at work—what do organizations and managers need to do to create an emotionally healthy, thriving, and productive workplace?

    Tina Jaeckle

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.S. in Criminal Justice, Nova Southeastern; Master of Social Work, University of Houston; B.S. in Criminology and Sociology, Florida Southern College
    EXPERTISE: Jaeckle is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and is board certified in Emergency Crisis Response and Bereavement Trauma. She has presented more than thirty training sessions, professional conference papers and presentations throughout Florida and the United States.

    Emily Splane

    TITLE: Associate Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: B.S., Stetson University; M.S., Ph.D., The University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Splane is an expert in behavioral neuroscience using techniques including autoradiography, immunohistochemistry and operant conditioning. She has been published in various academic journals and has presented at national industry conferences around the world, including the Society for Neuroscience.

    Brenda Kauffman

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: A.A., Penn State University; B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., Spring Hill College; Ph.D., Auburn University
    EXPERTISE: Kauffman’s interests include environmental politics, international organizations and international political economy. She is currently researching global environmental governance and ecological economics.

    Jeremy Krause

    TITLE: Assistant Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Cleveland State University; B.S., Ohio State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    EXPERTISE: Krause has conducted extensive research in Cognitive Psychology focusing on how math anxiety affects math ability and how math ability affects decision-making ability.

    Angelenia Semegon

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D., University of Florida; M.A. and a B.A. in Psychology, University of North Florida
    EXPERTISE: Research interests focus on the relationship of autobiographical memory and development of self-concept, as well as the relationship of autobiographical memory and adults’ psychological well-being.

    Arthur Vanden Houten

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Muhlenberg College; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina
    EXPERTISE: Vanden Houten has been widely published in academic journals including Prism, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and The History of Political Thought. He is a frequent speaker on politics and international relations.

    Joseph D. Vlah

    TITLE: Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Mt. St. Mary College; M.A., New York University
    EXPERTISE: Vlah is a specialist in individual, group and family counseling. He is also a former Youth Crisis Center family therapist and has previously worked as a private clinical practice counselor.

    Casey Welch

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in Criminology & Law with a minor in Philosophy, University of Florida
    EXPERTISE: Research interests include criminal courts, environmental issues, homelessness, media and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

    Stephen Willard

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., The University of Southern California
    EXPERTISE: Williard has worked as an editor, musician, research consultant and as an interpreter in France.


    Anne DeMartini

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: J.D., University of Georgia School of Law; M.A. in Sports Studies, University of Georgia; B.A. in Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    EXPERTISE: DeMartini is versed in legal issues in sports.


    Phyllis Gibbs

    TITLE: Associate Professor, Department Chair
    EDUCATION: M.S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University; B.A., Montclair State University
    EXPERTISE: Gibbs is experienced in acting, directing, teaching, curriculum design and production.

    Andrea McCook

    TITLE: Associate Professor
    EDUCATION: B.A., University of Santa Clara; M.F.A., NYU/Tisch School of the Arts
    EXPERTISE: McCook is experienced in directing, producing, acting, dancing and voice performances. She has appeared in and worked on multiple film and television productions, including CBS’ "The Guiding Light" and HBO’s "Moonchild."

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Flagler College Magazine
Mar 4, 2011
It wasn’t even a college when Phyllis Gibbs first applied to teach at Flagler — only a shuttered historic hotel where plans were being hatched for a women’s college.