A Warm Welcome to Marist’s Newest Faculty
Marist opened the 2019-20 academic year with 26 new full-time faculty members, all of them distinguished in their respective professional areas and fields of study. We invite you to meet some of the Marist community’s new faces:
Dr. Zachary W. Arth, Assistant Professor of Sports Communication, School of Communication and the Arts
Arth comes to Marist by way of The University of Alabama, where he completed his PhD in 2019. He holds an MA and BA from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Arth’s research utilizes sports media as a context to study issues of identity, such as race, gender, and nationality. He examines how viewers process the information they receive by way of announcers or graphics while watching a typical sporting contest. He is particularly interested in baseball fans and how they navigate the divide between traditional and modern statistics and ways of thinking about the game of baseball.
Andrew Tokash, Professional Lecturer of Computing Technology, School of Computer Science and Mathematics
Tokash has taught part time at Marist since 2015 and brings 30 years of industry experience to the position of Professional Lecturer of Computing Technology. As a manufacturing engineer, he developed mainframe diagnostics and component test processes. As a programmer/software architect, he designed and coded two worldwide floor support applications in a variety of programming languages. While a project manager, Tokash’s teams migrated logistics applications, transferred manufacturing lines between company sites, constructed clean rooms and test environments, and outsourced assembly operations. His noise abatement project, a first for IBM Poughkeepsie, was a key factor in the site receiving OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program “STAR” award. Tokash is also the recipient of two IBM Outstanding Technical Achievements awards. He has degrees from Dutchess Community College, SUNY Empire State College, and an MS in Information Systems from Marist.
Dr. Kathleen Daly Weisse, Lecturer of English and Writing Center Director, School of Liberal Arts
Weisse joins Marist as a Lecturer of English and Director of the Writing Center. She received her PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include digital rhetoric, critical data studies, and anti-racist writing instruction. When serving as the assistant director or the Writing Across the Curriculum program at UW-Madison, a key dimension of her work was getting faculty excited to use writing and technology to deepen student learning in their classrooms. Weisse looks forward to continuing this work at Marist and helping make the Writing Center a more accessible and engaging space for students and faculty to build connections and foster community around writing.
Dr. Andrew Kosenko, Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Management
Kosenko joins the School of Management as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia University in 2018 after completing his undergraduate work at New York University. Prior to coming to Marist, he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught undergraduate, MBA, and PhD courses. In the summer of 2019, he was an associate in business at the Columbia Business School. Kosenko’s research interests are in information economics (strategic communication and the value of information) and behavioral economics (models of memory and learning). He greatly enjoys reading fiction and biography, as well as listening to creative music. He was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Corey Fenstemacher, Lecturer of Management, School of Professional Programs
Fenstemacher is a Lecturer of Management in the School of Professional Programs and an organizational development consultant. Her expertise is in leadership and talent development, as well as group dynamics and team building. Her clients include boards, CEOs, executives, and frontline managers across many different sectors. While completing her PsyD at Rutgers University, Fenstemacher worked for their Center for Organizational Leadership and taught undergraduate courses. She has served as faculty in executive development programs at the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute and supported group dynamic courses for The School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as for Teachers College at Columbia University.
Theresa Horvath, Director, Physician Assistant Program, School of Science
Horvath practiced as a physician assistant in family medicine for 15 years before becoming a physician assistant educator in 1998. Prior to joining Marist in 2019, she directed four other physician assistant programs and represented the physician assistant profession to US Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA) and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) from 2007-2014. Horvath also served on the Board of Directors of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) from 2011-2012. Since 2002, she has been a site visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Horvath’s research interests include social determinants of health, community movements in health care, and population-based health. She earned an MPH at Hunter College, City University of New York, a BS in Physician Assistant Studies at the City College of New York, and a BA in Sociology from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Dr. Wanda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Social Work, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Garcia earned a PhD in sociology from The State University of New York at Buffalo, where her dissertation focused on the experience of inner-city millennials as they navigate pathways to adulthood within a context of strained parent-child relationships. She is also a clinical social worker with more than 10 years of experience working in the community, jails/prisons, and psychiatric hospitals. Her research interests include life-course transitions, economic disadvantage, family studies, and mental health. Joining Marist as an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Garcia is enthusiastic about teaching in interdisciplinary programs and enjoys teaching criminology, sociology, and mental health/human services courses.