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For Immediate Release: October 1, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady County Community College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Schenectady County Community College is pleased to announce that the following new faculty and staff members have joined the SCCC campus community.

Keylon Cheeseman is a participant in the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty. He previously served as a Graduate Teaching Associate at Albany Medical College in Cell and Molecular Biology. Dr. Cheeseman also served as a Research Assistant at the Wadsworth Center, Division of Infectious Diseases. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Cell Biology from Albany Medical College and his B.S. in Biochemistry from Andrews University in Michigan.

Chrissie Classen joined the Health Profession Opportunity Grant program as the Albany Coordinator. She was previously employed by SCCC as a Vocational Counselor for the RealJOBS NY grant. Prior to that, Ms. Classen served as a Special Education Teacher and Teaching Assistant at Lansingburgh High School. She holds a master's degree in English from The College of Saint Rose and a bachelor's degree from RPI in Science and Technology. She is currently pursuing completing a master's in English from The College of Saint Rose.

Jeannette A. Gliha is the Executive Director of Human Resources. She previously served as Personnel Officer/AAO/EEO and ADA Administrator for Otsego County. She earned her bachelor's in Business Management from SUNY Binghamton and associate's in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology from Broome Community College.

Dominic Green is a full-time Academic Advisor in the Student Affairs Division. She worked in Student Affairs as a part-time academic advisor last year. Dominic holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas in Arlington and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Africana Studies at the University at Albany.

Elisabeth A. Gundlach joined SCCC as Information Processing Specialist II in the Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness. Prior to SCCC, Beth worked for 20 years in the healthcare industry in programs and reporting administration. Most recently, she was the Programs Assistant to the Population Health Analytics department at MVP Healthcare. She holds a B.A. in English from the University at Albany and is a fiction author and illustrator.

Margaret Helmes is a C.N.A. instructor in the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. She has been a nurse since 1990 working in medical surgical geriatrics in hospital settings and long-term care skilled nursing facilities. Prior to joining SCCC, Margaret was a Nurse Evaluator responsible for testing C.N.A.'s for licensure in the state of New York. She holds an associate's degree in Nursing from Hudson Valley Community College.

Allyson Keyser joins SCCC as Assistant Professor in the School of Music. Prior to joining SCCC, Dr. Keyser was an adjunct and a visiting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Keyser has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and a Master's in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her Bachelor's in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mary Kohan is a GED Instructor in the HPOG Program in Albany. Mary has worked as Academic Services Coordinator at The Wage Center in Albany and as a GED Instructor at Glenmont Job Corps Academy. She spent more than two years teaching English throughout Asia and Central America. Mary holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Lawrence University and an M.S. in Education from The College of Saint Rose.

Joanna Krasodomski joins SCCC as the Technical Assistant/Biology Lab Technician in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health. Previously, she worked at Niskayuna High School for seven years in a lab setting and was an adjunct at SCCC. Joanna holds M.S. degrees in Biology from RPI and in Agricultural Engineering from the Institute of Biology in Warsaw, Poland.

Catia Laird dePolanco is a participant in the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty. Prior to joining SCCC, she was a Teaching Assistant Intern at the University at Albany. She earned her M.A. and B.A. in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies from the University at Albany.

Frank (Fu) Luo has been appointed as a temporary Assistant Professor of Alternative Energy in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health. Dr. Luo was an adjunct at SCCC last year. He holds a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Albany. He also holds an M.A. in Physics from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Physics from Fudan University.

Sandra Mansueto joins SCCC as a temporary Instructor in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health, teaching in the new Medical Coding and Billing Certificate program. Sandra holds a Master's in Public Health from Touro University International, a B.S. in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College and is enrolled in the M.B.A. program at TUI International.

Lucas Prime joined SCCC as the Health Profession Opportunity Grant Schenectady Program Coordinator. He was previously employed by Fulton Montgomery Community College as a Project Coordinator, Grant Writer, Tutor and Instructor. Prior to that, Lucas was the Principal of Buckler Christian Academy in Fonda, N.Y. He holds a Master's of Public Health from Dartmouth College and a B.S. in Biology from Houghton College.

Charles J. Richardson is the College's new Vice President of Administration. Charles has an extensive background in fiscal management with over 30 years of experience working in government finance at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to joining SCCC, Charles served as Finance Director for the Town of Orangetown in Orangeburg, N.Y., overseeing a $65 million operating budget, a position he held since 2001. He earned an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science from Syracuse University.

Ruby Roberts is a GED instructor in the HPOG program. She has worked for more than 20 years as a computer technology instructor and trainer at locations including Bryant and Stratton and the SUNY Research Foundation and continues to volunteer her services as a GED preparation instructor at the St. Ann's/St. John's Community Outreach Center. Ruby holds a Master's in Education from the University at Albany and is a certified literacy and GED tutor with the New York State Literacy Agency.

Michael Stamets joins SCCC as an Instructor in the School of Hotel Culinary Arts and Tourism. Prior to joining SCCC, Michael was Chef de Cuisine at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club since 2009. He served as an adjunct at SCCC during the Spring 2012 semester and also assisted with the SCCC student competition team. Mr. Stamets is a 2008 graduate of SUNY Delhi's Business Administration Hospitality Program with a B.B.A. degree.

Margaret Wickerham is a C.N.A. instructor in the HPOG program. She has worked in various capacities as a nurse and nurse recruiter. Margaret holds a Bachelor's in Nursing from Villa Maria College in Pennsylvania.


One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit

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