Meet our student-focused faculty, who are dedicated to making York County Community College a terrific place to begin your education, upgrade your skills or get started on the career of your dreams!
Dr. Bodkin started her career as a volunteer/kennel staff member and worked her way up to veterinary technician prior to attending veterinary school. Dr. Bodkin worked at Becker College and also worked at two small animal hospitals around Boston from 2013 to 2020. She grew up in Quincy, MA and currently resides there with her husband and their 12-year-old terrier Dixie. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and cheering on the Pats, Celtics,
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.
Cathleen FerrickDepartment Chair/Faculty Behavioral Health Studies and Gerontology & Faculty Social Sciences Email Cathleen Ferrick
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 faculty member in the Psychology Department. She returned to York County Community College to help develop the Behavioral Health Studies program in 2011. Cathleen is currently the chair for all the human service-related programs at the college which include Behavioral Health Studies, Forensic Social Work and Gerontology. She also teaches a wide variety of courses, supervises the psychology internships, and provides academic advising for both the Behavioral Health and Forensic Social Work students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Mayhew is currently the Chair and full-time Assistant Professor of Computer Science at YCCC and an Adjunct Faculty of Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine Augusta (UMA). Prior to this, Dr. Mayhew taught computer science and web design courses in adult and community education settings for over twenty years. Dr. Mayhew holds a BS in Small Business Management with a minor in Computer Information Systems from UMA, and a MALS in Education Technologies from the University of Maine. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Computer Science from Colorado Technical University (CTU).
Through ongoing collaboration with UMA, the Maine Cyber Security office, and other non-profit organizations, Dr. Mayhew enthusiastically fosters ways to empowering girls to become future technology leaders in the computer science and cybersecurity fields. In 2019, she became a certified Train-the-Trainer in UMA’s CyberBit Cybersecurity Range.
She actively serves as President of the Colorado Technical University (CTU) Alumni Board and Vice Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Maine Chapter. She was recently named to the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications (IJSITA).
Dr. Mayhew honorably served eight years in the United States Air Force with two additional years in the Maine Air National Guard. In 2016, she started her own consulting business to promote and foster innovative consulting, technology, leadership, & education to assist small start-up businesses successfully thrive in today’s very competitive world. In her spare time, Dr. Mayhew enjoys outdoor activities, writes fiction and non-fiction novels, and volunteers at the local animal shelter and with local church and community center events.
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 Administration from Fitchburg State University and a M.A. in Sustainability and Environmental Design from Harvard University.
Dr. Wesley Joseph Mills is in his twenty-third 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 a 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Paulone has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and finance, and has held such positions as marketing manager, manager of new product development, marketing program manager, director of marketing and finance director. He even had his own business as a consultant in business structure, business and market analysis and customer acquisition and retention. He has taught full time and part time for almost 20 years. Prior to coming to YCCC, he had extensive educational experience as a faculty member, director of graduate business programs and educational consultant.
While in the corporate world, he had created the first electronic catalog in the bearing industry, created the first website for a Fortune 100 company, led the effort on new product development of over $1 billion of projects, created the concept through production process for several divisions of a major corporation, consulted in financial services software for the surety insurance industry, and helped lead the first e business and services venture for a major manufacturing company. He has also served on committees for the State of Connecticut and Waterbury Chamber of Commerce in the area of economic development.
Dr. Paulone holds a Doctorate in Financial Management from Northcentral University. He received his MBA, concentration in marketing, and MS, concentration in Finance, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. He currently makes his home in Kennebunk with his wife Suzanne. They have two children and six grandchildren who all love to visit Maine and enjoy the great lifestyle of the region.
Jake is originally from rural Southeast Alaska. After graduating as the only member of his class in high school he earned his Bachelors in Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After spending six years working for a non-profit/humanitarian organization in Turkey, Jake returned to the United States during the aftermath of the Great Recession and found nobody was interested in hiring a bilingual graduate of a business program. After meeting a few representatives from YCCC, Jake made the decision to go back to school and pursue an Associates in Precision Machining Technology at YCCC. After graduation, Jake worked as a machine setup/operator at Pratt and Whitney and as a 5 axis programmer at Velux before joining YCCC as a full-time faculty member at the Sanford PMT campus.
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.