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Academic Leadership

The academic leadership of Mercy University includes the School's Deans, Department Chairs, and Program Directors.

Deans, Associate Deans & Director of Libraries

School of Business
Dean | Lloyd Gibson, DSc, MBA
Associate Dean | Victor Petenkemani, MBA

School of Education
Dean | Eric Martone, PhD
Associate Dean for Administration | Mary Ellen Hoffman, MS
Associate Dean | Roseanne Vallice Levy, PhD

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dean | Stuart Sidle, PhD
Associate Dean | Eduardo Zachary Albrecht, PhD
Associate Dean for Administration | Wendi Vescio

School of Health and Natural Sciences
Interim Dean | Kathleen Golisz, OTD, FAOTA
Associate Dean | Irina Ellison, PhD

School of Liberal Arts
Dean | Peter West, PhD
Associate Dean | Andrés Matías-Ortiz PhD

School of Nursing
Dean of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator | Kenya Beard, EdD, MSN
Associate Dean of Nursing (Post-Licensure Programs) | Susan Moscou, PhD, MPH, MSN
Associate Dean of Nursing (Pre-Licensure Programs) | Susan Wilson, MSN

Director of Libraries | Moddie Breland, MLS, EdD

School of Education

Dr. Sudha Ramaswamy
Chair, Special Education/ Educational Leadership

Dr. JungKang Miller
Chair, Literacy and Multilingual Studies


Dr. Amanda Gunning
Chair, Secondary Education

Dr. Elena Nitecki
Chair, Childhood Education

School of Liberal Arts

Dr. David Wang
Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Kristen Keckler
Chair, Literature and Language

Dr. Maureen MacLeod
Chair, Humanities

Mr. Michael Perrota
Chair, Communication and the Arts, and
Program Director, Journalism

Dr. Narasim Banavara
Program Director, Computer Science (Graduate Program)

Mr. Josh Gaetjen
Program Director, Design and Animation

Mr. Louis Grasso
Program Director, Media Studies

Dr. Alan Hartman
Program Director, Modern Foreign Languages

Dr. Sisi Li
Program Director, Computer Science (Undergraduate Program) and Computer Information Systems

Dr. Christopher Loots
Program Director, English (Undergraduate Program) and English Literature (Graduate Program)

Dr. Maureen MacLeod
Program Director, History

Dr. Jon-Paul Paolino
Program Director, Mathematics

Mr. Stephen Ward
Program Director, Music Production and Recording Arts

Dr. Jong Yoon
Program Director, Cybersecurity (Graduate and Undergraduate Programs), and Director, Mercy Cybersecurity Education Center

Dr. Jason Zalinger
Program Director, Communication Studies

General Education and Honors Program

Dr. Robert Murray
Associate Dean, General Education

Ms. Emily Seibert
Program Director, Critical Inquiry and Junior Seminar

Dr. Irina Ellison 
Co-Director, Honors Program

Dr. K. Patrick Fazioli
Co-Director, Honors Program

School of Business

Mr. John Fuller
Chair, Graduate Business

Ms. Denise Stefano
Chair, Accounting

Dr. Abdel-Kader Ben-Mohamed
Chair, Undergraduate Business

Dr. David Kilpatrick
Program Director, Sports Management

Dr. Naushad Kollikkathara
Program Director, Business Analytics

Dr. Rebekah Hanousek-Monge
Program Director, Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management
Program Director, EDGE Program

Mr. Mahmud Wazihullah
Program Director, Business Honors

School of Health & Natural Sciences

Dr. Lee Warren
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

Dr. Ashley O'Rourke
Program Director, Communications Disorders

Dr. Lorraine Cashin
Program Director, Physician Assistant Program

Dr. Cristina Dumitrescu
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Dr. Jean Walsh
Program Director, Health Sciences

Dr. Renée Haskew-Layton
Program Director, Biology

Dr. Nannette Hyland
Program Director, Physical Therapy

Dr. Astrid Mel
Program Director, Exercise Science

Ms. Michelle Naylor
Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Science

Dr. Lisa Schenkel
Program Director, Veterinary Technology

Dr. Francine Seruya
Program Director, Occupational Therapy

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Illya Lichtenberg
Chair, Social Sciences

Dr. Ellen Sperber-Freebern
Chair, Psychology and Social Work

Dr. Cynthia Walley
Chair, Counseling

Dr. Eduardo Albrecht
Program Director, International Relations and Diplomacy

Mr. Andrew Baker
Program Director, BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Dorothy Balancio
Program Director, Sociology

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Program Director, School Psychology

Dr. Charles Lieberman
Program Director, Criminal Justice

Dr. Carolyn Cullen
Program Director, Mental Health Counseling

Ms. Donna Drumm, Esq.
Program Director, Legal Studies

Dr. Evan Imber-Black
Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

Dr. Chelsea Kuo
Program Director, Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Elizabeth Pete
Program Director, Health Services Management

Dr. Ellen Sperber-Freebern
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology

Dr. Rebecca Trenz
Program Director, Graduate Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Walley
Program Director, School Counseling

Dr. Raquel Warley
Program Director, Social Work

School of Nursing

Ms. Kara Giustino
Program Director, Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program

Ms. Kathleen Apollon-Ferron (effective September, 2023)
Program Director, Undergraduate Nursing Weekend Program

Dr. Helene Dill (effective September, 2023)
Program Director, Traditional Nursing Undergraduate Program

Dr. Sylvie Rosenbloom (effective September, 2023)
Program Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program