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School of Science Faculty

At the core of the educational experience at Marist is our distinguished faculty.  Offering both sterling educational credentials and deep professional experience, these talented men and women are deeply dedicated to the education and development of our students.  The members of Marist’s faculty share their knowledge with our students, mentor and encourage them, challenge them to think in new ways, collaborate with them on high-level research, and help them become career-ready.  We hear from countless alumni who reflect back on the significant impact their professors had and continue to have on their lives.  Each and every day, Marist’s faculty prove not only that outstanding teaching and outstanding research can go hand-in-hand, but that great teachers have a lasting impact on their students.

Dean, School of Science

Alicia Slater
PhD in Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
MS in Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
BS in Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Athletic Training Department

Chair, Michael Powers
Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Director, Athletic Training Program
PhD in Sports Medicine, University of Virginia
MS in Athletic Training, University of Florida
BS in Athletic Training, Northeastern University

Mark Gildard
Lecturer of Athletic Training
MS in Athletic Training, West Virginia University
BS in Athletic Training, Marist College

Kevin Henry
Senior Professional Lecturer of Athletic Training and Interim Assistant Dean of the School of Science
MSEd in Athletic Training, Old Dominion University
BS in Athletic Training, Marist College

Biology Department

Chair, Raymond Kepner
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Michigan Tech University
BS, Juniata College

Michel Becuwe
Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD in Cell Biology, Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France
MS in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France
BS in Cellular Biology and Physiology, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Megan Dennis
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
BS in Biology, Gonzaga University

Kristin Dragos
Senior Lecturer of Biology
MA, State University of New York at New Paltz
BS, State University of New York at New Paltz

Luis Espinasa
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD in Biology, New York University
BS in Biology, National University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City

Elizabeth Godin
Lecturer of Biology
PhD, Toxicology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
BS, Biochemistry, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jennifer Han
Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
BLA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Victoria Ingalls
Professor of Biology
PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA, Vassar College (Phi Beta Kappa)

Heather Schiller
Visiting Lecturer of Biology
PhD, Biology, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Biology and Neuroscience, Brandeis University


Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics Department

Chair, John Galbraith
Associate Professor of Chemistry
PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Georgia,
BA in Chemistry, Colorado College

Neil Fitzgerald
Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the School of Science
PhD in Analytical Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MSc in Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Loughborourgh University of Technology
BSc in Chemistry with Environmental Science, University of Kent at Canterbury

Nicoline Kiwiet
Lecturer of Chemistry
PhD in Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin
BA in Chemistry, Rutgers University

Jocelyn Nadeau
Associate Professor of Chemistry
PhD in Chemistry, Brown University
BA in Chemistry, Smith College

Nelson Sivers
Physics Lecturer
PhD, Physics, University at Albany, SUNY
MS, Physics, University at Albany, SUNY
BS, Physics and Mathematics, University at Albany, SUNY

Lisa Stephens
Senior Lecturer of Chemistry; Pre-Health Program Coordinator
EdD, Northeastern University
MS in Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MA in Theology, Colgate Rochester Divinity School
BA in Chemistry, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
BS in Marketing, Arizona State University

Elisa Woolridge
Associate Professor of Chemistry
PhD in Organic Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook
BS in Biochemistry, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Environmental Science & Policy Department

Chair, Richard Feldman
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton
MS, University of Virginia
BS, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Zion Klos
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
PhD of Environmental Science in Hydrology, University of Idaho
BA in Geology, Colorado College

Jose Torres
Visiting Lecturer of Environmental Science
PhD, Geography, University of Connecticut
MA, Geography, University of Florida
BA, Economics, DePauw University

Medical Laboratory Sciences Department

Chair, Terrance Paskell
Senior Professional Lecturer of Medical Technology and Program Director
MA, State University of New York at New Paltz
BA, State University of New York at New Paltz

Katherine Donivan
Professional Lecturer of Medical Technology
MS in Medical Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College
BS in Biology and Medical Technology, Marist College

Brigid Shanley
Senior Lecturer of Medical Technology
MS in Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College
BS in Biology, University of Scranton

Physician Assistant Studies Department

Chair, Jeffrey Midgley
Director, Physician Assistant Program, Clinical Assistant Professor
MS in Physician Assistant Studies, Touro College
BS in Physician Assistant Studies, Long Island University
BA in Psychology, Binghamton University

Elizabeth Young, MS, PA-C
Assistant Director of the PA Program; Clinical Assistant Professor
MS, Physician Assistant Education and Leadership, A.T. Still University
BA, Biology and pre-medicine studies, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Christopher Barela
Clinical Assistant Professor
MS in Physician Assistant Studies, Mercy College
BS in Health Sciences, Mercy College
AAS, Dutchess Community College

Jessica Ferraiolo
Clinical Assistant Professor
MS in Physician Assistant Studies, DeSales University
BS in Athletic Training Education, University of New England

Padmavati Garvey, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
MD, Doctor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
BS, Biology, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

Stephen A. Katz, MD
Medical Director
CPE, American College of Physician Executives
MBChB, University of Birmingham (England)
BA in Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Erin L. McLaughlin, MD
Assistant Medical Director
MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
MD, Doctor of Medicine, New York Medical College
BS, Biology, Syracuse University

Michael L. LaCroix-Fralish
Clinical Assistant Professor
PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dartmouth College
BS in Biology:Toxicology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Shirley Fletcher-Hall
Coordinator of Clinical Education
DS in Physician Assistant Studies, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
MS in Physician Assistant Studies, Pace University
BS in Physician Assistant Studies, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City College, CUNY

Jennifer Winus-Robinson
Coordinator of Clinical Education
MS in Physician Assistant Studies, Touro College School of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant Certificate, St Vincent Catholic Medical Centers School of Allied Health
BS in Biology, Marymount College


Melissa McCarthy
Business Manager

Nicole Baker
Clinical Operations Manager

Jillian Cidras
Biomechanics/Simulation Lab Manager

Physical Therapy Department

Chair, James Rauh
Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Clinical Associate Professor
DSc in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
MA in Athletic Training, Indiana State University
Certificate of Physical Therapy, Hunter College
BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training, Springfield College

Julie Fineman
Director of Clinical Education, Clinical Associate Professor
DEd in Motor Learning & Control, Teacher's College, Columbia University
EdM in Motor Learning & Control, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
MA in Motor Learning & Control, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
BA in Physical Therapy, University of Delaware

Yvonne Egitto
Clinical Assistant Professor
DPT, Physical Therapy, Utica College
BS in Physical Therapy, Stony Brook University
BS in Biochemistry, Binghamton University

Christina Fojas
Assistant Professor
PhD in Anthropology, University of Tennessee
MS in Biological Anthropology, Mercyhurst University
BA in Anthropology, New York University

Holly Korzendorfer
Clinical Assistant Professor
PhD in Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MPT, Physical Therapy, Chapman University
BA in Leisure Studies/Recreation Therapy, Iowa State University

Kristin Mende
Clinical Assistant Professor
DPT, Physical Therapy, Drexel University
BS in Biology, Villanova University
BA in Psychology, Villanova University

Brian Pecchia
Clinical Assistant Professor
Credentialed Orthopaedic Residency Graduate, Sacred Heart University
DPT, Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University
BS in Athletic Training, Marist College

Heather Roberts
Clinical Assistant Professor
DPT, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Advanced Masters Orthopedic PT, Touro College
PT, Russel Sage College
BS Biology, Fordham University

Francine Sage-King
Clinical Associate Professor
DPT, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
BS in Kinesiology, Michigan State University


Chiffawn White
Business Manager

Tina Cornell
Administrative Coordinator

Jillian Cidras
Biomechanics/Simulation Lab Manager

School of Science Staff

Yvonne Currier
Administrative Coordinator

Karen Wellwood
Administrative Assistant

Sandra Russo
Laboratory Manager

Lynn Robinson
Laboratory Technician

Faculty Publications & Scholarly Activities

This annual compilation documents the extensive range of talent and opportunities we have at Marist, as well as the College’s continuous commitment to a diverse and open learning environment. Scholarly research, dialogue, and creative activity are critical to any academic community. Through consequential scholarship, Marist faculty members strengthen the learning environment in their classroom and share important knowledge with the larger scholarly community outside of Marist. Their substantive pursuits reflect a dedication to academic excellence and to their own development as scholars and artists.

View this year's Selected Faculty and Student Publications and Scholarly Activities