Faculty

Mike Lee with Student Faculty Page

Krista Cochran -- Culinary Arts
Krista Cochran has been a pastry chef instructor at YCCC since 2012 and holds both an AS in Patisserie & Baking and a BA in Culinary Management from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. Cochran brings with her a diverse and varied work experience. She has worked in a mass production bakery, owned and managed her own café/bakery and held the position of executive pastry chef at two hotels. She will complete her master’s degree in Business Administration and Hospitality from Johnson and Wales University in 2016.

Phone: 207.216.4381 Email: kcochran@yccc.edu

Ernest Copley -- Business
Professor Ernest L. Copley III came to the YCCC Business Department in 2000. He was Chair of the Business Department at Andover College (now part of Kaplan University) before coming to YCCC. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s he worked in the banking industry, first as a federal regulator, then as president of Brunswick Federal Savings in Brunswick, Maine. Professor Copley ran his own business in the early 1980’s, after a 5-year stint as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch and later E.F. Hutton. Before that, he taught high school for three years after receiving his B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in 1975. He received an MBA from George Mason University in 1991, and holds a certificate as a Certified Financial Planner from the College for Financial Planning. Professor Copley is an avid board gamer, and published a strategy board game in 2012. He and his wife enjoy travel and have toured many foreign countries.

Phone: 207.216.4354 Email: ecopley@yccc.edu 

Tracey Cornell -- Criminal Justice
Tracey Cornell is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and advisor for all Criminal Justice majors. She has her BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and MA in Criminal Justice from UMass Lowell.  Prior to joining the faculty at YCCC she was a crime analyst at the Portland Police Department. Tracey is a member of both MACA and IACA.

Phone: 207. 216.4381 Email: tcornell@yccc.edu

Dr. Diane Fallon -- Department Chair -- English
Dr. Dianne Fallon teaches English and Humanities courses and has served as English Department Chair 1996. Dr. Fallon earned a master’s and doctorate, in English/Creative Writing, from Binghamton University (SUNY), and a bachelor’s in English from Bowdoin College. In 2003-2004, she was one of 25 faculty nationwide selected as a Carnegie Scholar for the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) and frequently serves as an evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Dr. Fallon’s other professional experiences include journalism, adult education, and Peace Corps service in Morocco. She is active in Maine’s Odyssey of the Mind program and writes about history, travel, hiking, and other topics at her blog, “The Maniacal Traveler” (diannefallon.com). She also edits YCCC’s literary magazine, Pens & Keystrokes.

Phone: 207.216.4357 Email: dfallon@yccc.edu

Cathleen Ferrick -- Behavioral Health Studies
Cathleen has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of different settings such as child protection, adoption, court investigation, and crisis intervention. She began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at York County Community College in 2007 before transitioning to the University of New England as a part-time, and then full-time, faculty member of the Psychology Department. She was an active member of the UNE community serving as the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) program coordinator, the Psychology Club advisor, and a member of both the Core Curriculum committee and Core Assessment Committee. She has been involved in the new Behavioral Health Studies program at YCCC since it’s inception and assisted with program/curriculum development as well as writing the initial proposal for state approval of the embedded MHRT/C certificate. In her new role as a full time faculty member at YCCC she will teach a variety of courses as well as advising for the BHS program and supervising student interns.

Email: cferrick@yccc.edu

Robert Franklin -- Precision Machining Technology
Bob Franklin has over 35 years of combined work experience both in the private sector in manufacturing and in the public education sector.  He holds several degrees including an AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a BS in Vocational Technical Education, an MS in Education, and thirty credit hours of advanced study in school administration, all from SUNY Oswego. Bob also holds several National Institute of Metalworking Skills certificates.  He is permanently certified as a School District Administrator having served as High School Principal and as Interim Superintendent of Schools in New York State. Bob is permanently certified to teach Drafting, CNC programming, machine tools set up and operation, manufacturing technology, and robotics.  Before becoming an educator he worked in the defense aerospace sector for Bendix Aviation Fluid Power Division, and Allied Signal aerospace and Lucas Aerospace Ltd. in positions such as manufacturing engineering technician, CNC programmer, toolmaker/modelmaker.  As a member of research and development team at Lucas Aerospace, he worked on programs such as the F/A 18 hornet, the F14 tomcat, F20 tigershark, the B1b, the B-2, and the AH-64 as well as the OV-22 tilt rotor.   Bob played minor league professional football for many years and is a certified high School football coach.  He grew up in central New York and worked many years in the capitol district teaching high school and technical classes, he now makes his home in Kennebunkport.

Phone: 207.216.4376 Email: rfranklin@yccc.edu 

Charles Galemmo -- Culinary Arts
Charles Galemmo’s restaurant experience began in Philadelphia working at nationally ranked Northern Italian style restaurants. After several years of working in the best kitchens in the City, he went into restaurant development participating in the opening of 5 restaurants in Philadelphia before taking the opportunity to develop the food and beverage department at a new golf course in the Wilmington, North Carolina area. Charles then graduated from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s of Business Administration, and was also a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation. He then worked for American Dairy Queen as a Senior Franchise Consultant before coming to YCCC as an Adjunct Faculty. Chef Galemmo became a full-time Culinary Arts instructor in 2010.

Phone: 207.216.4372 Email: cgalemmo@yccc.edu

Dr. Jason Goldstein -- Science
 Dr. Jason Goldstein will be joining us in the fall.  Dr. Goldstein was most recently at Eastern Connecticut State University and before that was a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Haifa in Israel.  He holds MS in Marine Ecology from Old Dominion University and PhD in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.  This summer he is actively working on Marine research with colleagues at UNH and is looking forward to forming partnerships with resources in both Maine and New Hampshire in the Marine Sciences are to enhance YCCC courses.

Phone: TBA Email: jgoldstein@yccc.edu 

Tami Gower -- Department Chair -- Business
Tami Ward Gower serves as the Department Chair of Business/Accounting/Finance and Culinary Arts for York County Community College in Wells, Maine. Her educational background includes a BS in public accounting, MBA, M Ed, CPA, and Certification as an ISO9000 Lead Assessor and a TQM Facilitator. Her work experience includes 10 years in higher education with 7 years as a department chair. Prior to working in higher education, Tami spent approximately 15 years in management and accounting positions. The first five years were in the auditing division of Arthur Andersen & Co. before moving to a position in the public utilities industry with New England Power Company. While at New England Power, she was a principal contract administrator for entitlements in six nuclear power plants and a quality coordinator in generation marketing operations. Tami is the faculty representative to the YCCC Foundation Board and has chaired the YCCC Foundation Board Scholarship Committee. Outside of the college, Tami is the Vice-Chair of the York County Federal Credit Union Board and in that capacity chairs the Nominating and Education committees.

Phone: 207.216.4639 Email: tgower@yccc.edu

Leon Kassler -- Architecture and Engineering Design
Leaon Kassler has a degree in A.S. Electronic Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology a BS from Northern Arizona University, MA degree from Northern Arizona University, Certifications from AutoCAD, AlphaCAM, SolidWorks and Enroute software. Teaching experience includes Northern Arizona University, Southern Maine Community College and York County Community College. Work experience includes owner operator of Craftsmanship In Wood, and Bolton Woodturning. Technical manager for Damon Automation, CNC Sales of New England, Engineering Manager for KBS Building Systems and Waterford Homes. Leon has been teaching full time at York County Community College since 2008.

Phone: 207.216.4369 Email: lkassler@yccc.edu

Matt Kaszubinski -- Department Chair -- Allied Health
Matt and his family moved to Maine 4 years ago from Syracuse, NY–but have lived all over the country, thanks to the Navy.  NY, MD, TX, IL, WA, NC, several stops and adventures in between, and now finally Maine is home. He began his career in the medical world as a Hospital Corpsman, learning “sick call” and preventative medicine on board the USS AVENGER (MCM-1), a wooden minesweeper- yes, some Navy ships are still made out of wood!  From there he gained experience in industrial health in the shipyard in Washington state, then environmental and combat trauma with the Marine Corps.  After getting out of the Navy in 2007, he returned to his hometown and began to work at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, learning the administrative side of how hospitals run.  In 2010, the opportunity to begin a new career in medical education presented itself here and it was too good to resist.  Matt really enjoys taking his experiences and incorporate them into his teaching. Matt and his wife, Nicole, also a teacher,  have 3 children: Jack, Catie, and Meghan.

Phone: 207.216.4373 Email: mkaszubinski@yccc.edu

Sam Kelley -- Mathematics & Physics
Hailing from Alexandria, Minnesota Sam Kelley has had a lifelong love for Vikings football, Twins baseball, and all things mathematics.  Sam graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2005 with a degree in Math and Philosophy.  He then moved to Boulder, Colorado to continue his education at the University of Colorado.  He earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics in 2007.  It was in Boulder that he met his future wife Annah, a New England native, and he moved with her to the seacoast of New Hampshire in 2007.  They live in New Hampshire with their two daughters Aria and Summer.  Sam has been working at YCCC since 2007, and really enjoys working with the excellent faculty and committed students.  Sam loves teaching all levels of mathematics, but has a definite soft spot for calculus.

Phone: 207.216.4365 Email: skelley@yccc.edu

Dr. Cindy J. Lahar -- Department Chair -- Social Science
Cindy J. Lahar, PhD joined the faculty at YCCC in January of 2002 and Chairs the Social Sciences as well as the departments of Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. She teaches classes in psychology and sociology, and has ongoing research projects investigating topics in positive psychology and in cross-cultural psychology. Cindy was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2004 and is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships for research and teaching in Cambodia. She holds a Visiting Professor of Psychology position at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in Cambodia where she works in the summers helping design curriculum and train teachers at the only psychology department in Cambodia. Prior to YCCC Cindy was a Professor of Psychology at Miyazaki International College in Miyazaki Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary in Alberta Canada. Cindy holds an A.A. from Lyndon State College, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Brandeis University.

Phone: 207.216.4360     Email: clahar@yccc.edu    Website: http://virtual.yccc.edu/clahar 

Michael Lee -- Design Technology
Birthed in the deep snow of CNY, and raised among the waves of the mighty St. Lawrence River, Michael moved to New England with his family as a youngster and fell deeply in love with the curmudgeonly Yankee culture so ingrained in this lovely foundation stone of America. Initially not receptive to traditional models of education, Michael grudgingly completed high school and worked for years in factory jobs, focused on the routine life of the everyday. Eventually the calling of higher education and career based work lured him away from the production based labor force and into school where Michael studied Art and communication. Art specifically interested Michael, as he had a natural proclivity and familiarity with due to his childhood and his father. As a boy, he grew up in his father’s painting studio, drawing and working next to his Dad, watching him working and hearing stories about his Grandfather who was also an oil painter. This lifelong love of art would lead to college, which led to Michael’s natural teacher emerging to help other students who were struggling. This caught the attention of one of the instructors who encouraged Michael to continue studies at the Masters level and become a teacher of Art. Due to his love of Martial Arts, Michael had been teaching for a while already in his dojo and knew he loved helping students learn. Now he pursued the educational credentials to go along with his natural love of teaching, and make teaching a career instead of just a hobby. Years of work in the private sector during his graduate work allowed Michael to accumulate experience relative to the areas he would teach, and provided a real world project based approach to teaching. Michael teaches in the areas of Graphic Design, Animation, Gaming and traditional Art. His favorite thing about teaching is when he sees a student achieve something they previously doubted they were capable of, and the joy and confidence that achievement brings to them. Michael lives in Dover, NH with his wife Wendy and his 6 year old daughter Zella, who shares Michael’s love of art and creates drawings and sculptures with him almost daily. In addition to the teaching at the College and his Dojo, Michael is an artist and sculptor and frequently displays his work.

Phone: 207.216.4367 Email: mlee@yccc.edu

Dave Magee -- Department Chair -- Mathematics & Physics
Phone: (207) 216.4364  Email: dmagee@yccc.edu
Jennifer Mallett -- Mathematics
Jennifer Mallett holds a BS in Mathematics from Gordon College and MS in Mathematics Education from University of Massachusetts. Mallet has taught in both public and private high schools and has been an adjunct instructor at the University of New England and YCCC. Mallett enjoys helping students break down big concepts into smaller more manageable chunks and watching their confidence increase. Mallett has also worked with the International School Project, partnering with Russian teachers in an exchange of ideas.

Phone: 207.216.4380 Email: jmallett@yccc.edu

Tom McGinn -- Department Chair -- Design Technology
Tom began teaching at YCCC as an adjunct in 1996, was hired full time in 2000 and have served as the Chair of the Design Technologies Department since 2004. He has a diverse professional background which began with General Electric, designing aircraft engines for 10 years. In 1985, while working at GE, he helped North Shore Community College develop courses in CAD. Tom was offered an adjunct teaching position and taught there for the first six semesters until moving to Maine in 1991. He started a CAD consulting business in 1989, working for companies from New York to Maine and eventually became the principle designer for two companies: Clearwater Systems, developers of water treatment plants; and Maine Timberfames. Tom still works part-time for both of those companies and, through that work, has developed an awareness of the need for sustainable design. Although his work relies on high tech software and tools, he realizes that natural resources are limited and that design must consider those resources. Tom holds a A.A.S., in Computer Technology from North Shore Community College, a B.S. In Business Admisistration from Fitchburg State University and a M.A. in Sustainability and Environmental Design from Harvard University.

Phone: 207.216.4366  Email: tmcginn@yccc.edu

Dr. Wesley Mills -- English & Humanities
Dr. Wesley Joseph Mills is in his eighteenth year at York County Community College. He has degrees from Gordon College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Andover Newton Theological School, where he earned degrees in political science, religious studies, and moral education. He is an associate professor at YCCC, teaching liberal studies courses. Dr. Mills has also taught in adult, alternative, religious, and community education settings, including conferences, retreats, a community center, county jail, and factory. He has taught courses for the ABCOM Institute for Ministry, Andover Newton graduate school, Saco Island College Center, Southern Maine Technical College, the University of New England, and Saco Learning Center, where he developed adult and alternative programming. He is a recipient of a teacher of the year award from the Maine Association of Public School Adult Education. His family has a history of seafaring, lighthouse-keeping, writing, preaching, and teaching vocations.  He has worked at a Maine restaurant, retail store, and paper mill, served as an ordained minister, coached Little League, contributed to the establishment of the Wayside Soup Kitchen and Root Cellar programs in Portland, and had three books published.

Phone: 207.216 4359 Email: wmills@yccc.edu  Websitehttp://virtual.yccc.edu/wjmills 

Mark Monnin -- Department Chair -- Computer Technology
Mark Monnin is an Assistant Professor and Chair for the Computer Technology department, and joined YCCC in 2008. He earned his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Mark has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, including designing LAN and WAN networks, building Data Centers and Network Operation Centers, managing network and operations staff, and creating network management solutions. Mark’s technical interests include Networking, Operating Systems, Systems Integration, and Systems Programming. He holds several industry certifications, such as CompTIA’s A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications, as well as a couple of Cisco certifications. Mark’s first computer was an Apple, and fondly remembers writing simple programs for it, and spending many nights trying to connect to area bulletin board systems (BBS). Mark resides in Wells, and in his free time, Mark enjoys skiing, hiking, woodworking, and spending time with family.

Phone: 207.216.4368 Email: mmonnin@yccc.edu

Dr. Lisa Murphy -- Social Science
Dr.  Murphy has taught psychology and sociology courses at YCCC since 2003. Her courses include: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Lifespan Psychology, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Sociology of Family. Before coming to YCCC she taught at the University of New England, Drake University, and the University of Maryland, among others.  Dr. Murphy does research into educational practices.  Her current research interest is in the group learning environment and how it shapes student learning. Dr. Murphy holds a BA from Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio in Biology, a MA fromthe University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in Developmental Psychology and a  PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in Developmental Psychology.

Phone: 207.216.4362 Email: lmurphy@yccc.edu

Dr. Maria Niswonger -- Department Chair -- Science
Dr. Niswonger attended Kettering College of Medical Arts in Ohio, where she earned an AS in Respiratory Therapy.   She worked as a respiratory therapist at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina while she earned her BS in Zoology.  She also holds a  Master’s degree in Pathology, studying brain tumor immunotherapy, and  a Ph.D.  in Cell Biology, studying the role of clathrin in endocytosis, phagocytosis, and cell division from Duke University. She has worked for the National Aids Hotline and earned a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies along the way.  After a postdoctoral fellowship at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, she worked for five years as a research scientist at Antigenics in Boston.  She has taught at North Shore and Middlesex Community Colleges, as well as Regis College before coming to YCCC in 2007. Dr. Niswonger loves teaching Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology, and Pathophysiology at YCCC.

Phone: 207.216.4363 Email: mniswonger@yccc.edu

Dr. Shannon k. St. Amant -- Health Information Management
Shannon began teaching at YCCC full-time in 2013.  She holds a B.A from the University of Maine – Fort Kent, a M.S. from Trident University and a D.C from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Phone: 207.216.4377 Email: stamant@yccc.edu 

David Susman -- Department Chair -- Humanities, Faculty -- English
David Susman began teaching at York County Community College in 2004. He teaches classes in English and Humanities, including College Composition, Introduction to Literature, Shakespeare, and Introduction to the Humanities. Since 2006, he has also served as chair of the Humanities department. Professor Susman has previously taught at Salt Lake Community College, Syracuse University, the State University of New York at Oswego, and the East China University of Science and Technology, in Shanghai. He earned a B.A. in English from Ithaca College, and an M.A. in English from Syracuse University. He publishes essays and occasional fiction, and is also a playwright.

Phone: 207.216 4358 Email: dsusman@yccc.edu

David Swanick -- Precision Machining Technology
David joined the faculty at YCCC in August 2013 teaching a variety of classes in precision machining as well as training at Pratt and Whitney. Prior to coming to YCCC, he worked as a manufacturing engineer at Pratt and Whitney, producing jet engine parts in North Berwick, and at EMC2 making network and mainframe computer storage systems. After spending many summers vacationing in Wells, he moved here with his family in 2002. Outside of the classroom, life is never dull with his wife and four boys. They spend a lot of time camping, kayaking and in various sports. David hold a BS from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and a MS from Rennselear Polytech Institute.

Phone: 207.216.4378 Email: dswanick@yccc.edu

Peg Wheeler -- Veterinary Technology
Peg received her dual bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Animal Science and Environmental Conservation in 1982 and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with about 20 years of experience working in veterinary clinics before going into work in worldwide technical support in veterinary research.  She left that work to start a pet services, animal shelter and feed sales business in 1994.  While running the business, Peg began teaching at UNH in animal science teaching a wide variety of courses including pet grooming, introductory animal science, animal nutrition, small animal management and several other animal business management courses.  Peg came to YCCC in 2013 to build and implement the new veterinary technology program and coordinate the accreditation process.  She will be finishing my master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Southern Maine in 2015.

Phone: 207.216.4375 Email: mwheeler@yccc.edu