College Inforamtion

Housatonic Community College Boards & Committees

From the 2016-2017 Catalog

Members, Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

The 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education offer students an affordable, accessible option to further their education or career training. With 12 community colleges, 4 state universities and an online college, no matter where you live or work, there's a ConnSCU campus close to you.

Nicholas M. Donofrio, Chair
Yvette Meléndez, Vice Chair
Stephen Adair**
Richard J. Balducci
Naomi K. Cohen
Lawrence J. DeNardis
Matt Fleury
Merle W. Harris
Scott D. Jackson**
David R. Jimenez
William J. McGurk
Holly Palmer*
Raul Pino**
Gordon Plouffer*
JoAnn H. Price
Barbara Richards**
Catherine H. Smith**
Dianna R. Wentzell**
Elease E. Wright

* Student Advisory Committee

Leadership Team

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) leadership team works with the campus leaders, faculty, and staff to help increase the educational attainment of Connecticut’s adult population. All 17 college and university presidents report directly to President Mark E. Ojakian, who reports to the Board of Regents for Higher Education. ConnSCU leadership team members provide additional support and guidance for both the Board and campuses.

President – Mark E. Ojakian
Chief of Staff –Alice Pritchard
Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs –
Dr. Estela Lopez
Vice President Human Resources –
Steven Weinberger
Vice President for Community Colleges -
Dr. David L. Levinson

Chief Financial Officer - Erika H. Steiner
Chief Information Officer - Joseph Tolisano
Counsel – Ernestine Y. Weaver
Director of Communications –
Maribel LaLuz
Director of Strategic Initiatives –
Michael Kozlowski
Associate Director for Board Affairs –
Erin Fitzgerald

From the 2016-2017 Catalog

2016-2017 Program Advisory Committees


Mr. Ben Maini
Certified Public Accountant
Reynolds & Roiwella, CPAs, LLC

Dr. Patricia Poli
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Fairfield University

Ms. Charlene Santoro
Certified Public Accountant
Santoro CPA

Mr. Robert Wnek
University of New Haven
Business Administration

Mr. Richard F. Hoponick
Vice President Finance
Thomson Reuters

Mr. William Purcell
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Marlys Rizzi
Program Manager
UCONN School of Business

Business Office Technology

Mrs. Ada Carbone
Housatonic Community College
Computer Information Systems

Mr. Ryan Cuprak
e-Formulation Analyst
Dassault Systemes

Mr. John Evanich
Haggett Longobardi & Company, LLC

Mr. Peter Gomis

Ms. Sandra Honda Adams
Associate Professor - Computer Science Department
Sacred Heart University

Mr. Derek Koch
CEO & Founder
Independent Softward

Criminal Justice

Tom Bobkowski
Monroe Police Department

Joseph Gaudett
Chief, Bridgeport P.D.

Michael Lawrence
Sgt., Shelton P.D.

James Scott
Trooper, Connecticut State Police

Early Childhood Inclusive Education

Sharon Rago Foley
Adjunct ECIE Instructor, Special Education, Inclusive Practices, Early Interventionist, and Behavior Management

Agnes Dubow, Chair
Coordinator, Family Resource Center

Sheree Higgins
Owner/Director Precious Memories

Ali Julian
HCC ECIE Associate Degree Graduate and Bachelor Degree Graduate from SCSU Education Program

Thelma Peeples
Coordinator of Curriculum and Education, ABCD

Tina Peloso-Ulreich
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Bridgeport Public Schools

Heidi Szobota
Director Emeritus Early Childhood Laboratory School
Housatonic Community College

Alyssa Tejada
Current ECIE Student

Jillian Woods
Current ECIE Student

Eileen O’Donnell
ECIE Adjunct Instructor

Bina Williams
Children’s Librarian
Bridgeport Public Library

Graphic Design

Elizabeth (Liz) Ball
President/Creative Director, TFI Envision, Inc.

Kevin Carbone, ‘71
Art Director/Partner, Comp Design

Megan Cacioppo
Graphic Designer, Housatonic Community College

Carmine Picarello
Owner, Magic Lights Production

Jason Quercia
Graphic Designer, Google

Marcia Rifkin
Computer Graphics Artist
Human Services

Lori Evans, ‘07
Graduate, Human Services Program

Barbara Germak
Director of Interns
Kennedy Center

Shirley Leto, ‘00
Rehabilitation Specialist, BRIDGES

William J. Metzger, ‘87
Consultant, THERAPLAY

Darlene Miakos
Coordinator of Interns
Jewish Senior Services

Deborah Oliver, ‘93
Coordinator, Children in Placement

Annie Smith, ‘88
Clinical Manager, Wellpoint/Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Brooke Vargas, ‘04
Child Advocate, Center for Women and Families

Michael Wallace
Director (Retired), Forensic Unit
Southwestern Connecticut Mental Health System

Manufacturing Advisory Committee

Ron Andreoli
Bead Electronics

Thomas Auray
Executive Vice President
Bridgeport Fittings

Senator Andres Ayala, Jr.
CT General Assembly

Carmello Balbi
New Horizons Machine

Don Balducci  

Susan Baum
Human Resources, Orange Research

Michael Campbell
Director, Quality
Wendon Co., Inc.

Joseph Carbone
WorkPlace, Inc.

Lori-lynn Chatlos
Business Services Specialist
Conn. Dept. of Labor

Jerry Culpper
Executive Director

Jerry Coombs
Process Control Manager

David Cremin
Straton Industries

Christopher Dolny
Manufacturing Manager
Moore Tool

Richard DuPont
Interim Director, Advanced Manufacturing Center
Housatonic Community College

Gene Feola
General Manager
Radial Bearing Corp.

James Gildea
Plant Manager
R.C. Bigelow Tea

Joseph Haupt
Mechancial Engineer

S. Hitchcock
Quality Assurance
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Paul Hoffman
Orange Research

Senator Tony Hwang
CT General Assembly

Mike Iassogna
Tier One Machining

Pamela Kaczer
Mgr. Human Resources
RBC Bearings

Paul Kelley
Vice President

Gene La Porta
Coordinator, Industrial Technology Outreach
Housatonic Community College

Leon Nester
Vice President
Pep-Lacey Mfg.

Kenneth Lisk
Pep-Lacey Mfg.

Kris Lorch
Alloy Engineering

Bruce McGillard
Glyne Manufacturing Co.

Rory Miller
Mechanical Engineer
McMellon Brothers, Inc.

Carmen Nieves
The Workplace

Steve Papish
Radial Bearing Corp.

Tim Richards
Wendon Company, Inc.

Elizabeth Roop
Academic Dean
Housatonic Community College

Katherine Saint
President, Schwerdtle Mfg.

Jamison Scott
Vice President, Marketing
Air Handling Systems

Keith Simons
OEM Controls

Bob Torrani

Ariel Tracy
Coordinator MFG Centers
Board of Regents

Jerry Weglinski
Vice President, Engineering
Bead Electronics

Kimberly Wood
AMC Recruitment
Housatonic Community College

Karen Wosczyna-Birch
Executive Director
College of Technology
Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing

Shirley Zajdel
Chair, Math/Science Department
Housatonic Community College

Theater Arts Program

Dr. Crystal Brian, Ph.D.
Professor, Theater
Director, Quinnipiac University Theater Program and Theater for Community

Richard Fewell

Professor Frank Herbert
Theatre Department
Western Connecticut State University

Dr. Martha S. LoMonaco, PhD.
Fairfield University, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
Resident Director, Theatre Fairfield

Jan Mason
Assistant Professor of Acting
Central Connecticut State University

D. Scott Meikle
Instructor, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School

Professor Kaia Monroe-Rarick
Chair, Theater Department
Southern Connecticut State University

Eli Newsome
Artistic Director, Bridgeport Theatre Company

Dexter Singleton
Founding Artistic Director, Collective Consciousness Theatre
Lead acting instructor, Regional Center for the Arts

Administrative Officers

Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., President
B.S., Mercy College
M.B.A., Long Island University
Ph.D., Colorado State University

William Brown, Acting Academic Dean
B.S., University of Florida
M.A., University of Delaware
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Camilla R. Costantini, Executive Assistant to the President
A.S., Sacred Heart University

Theresa A. Eisenbach, Director of Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
B.S., University of New Haven
M.A., University of New Haven

James Connolly, Acting Dean of Students/Registrar
A.S., Housatonic Community-Technical College
B.S., Albertus Magnus College
M.S., University of Bridgeport

Teresa W. Oravetz, Acting Dean of Administration
B.A., Cedar Crest College
B.S., Fairfield University

From the 2016-2017 Catalog

Regional Advisory Council for HCC

Civic leaders in education, religion, the professions, business and industry serve as advisors to the Board of Regents. The Advisors with their range of experience and interests contribute in an important way to reciprocal understanding between the college and the community.

Honorable Eddie Rodriguez, Jr., ‘70, Chair, Superior Court Judge, Bridgeport
James Benson, Merit Insurance, Inc., Shelton
Dr. Paul Broadie II, President, Housatonic Community College
Desiree Brooks, Ansonia
Gregg Dancho, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Scott A. Hughes, City Librarian, Bridgeport
Craig Kelly, Greater Bridgeport Branch NAACP, Bridgeport
Kris Lorch, Alloy Engineering Company, Inc., Bridgeport
Iris Molina, City of Bridgeport, Social Services, Bridgeport
William E. Purcell, The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shelton
Katherine A. Saint, The Schwerdtle Stamp Company, Bridgeport
Roger Salls, Roger Salls Photography, Stratford
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Guy’s Automotive Specialties, Inc., Bridgeport