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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
Interim Dean | Victor Petenkemani, MBA
Interim Associate Dean | Emily Goldman, PhD

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
Interim Associate Dean | Renée Haskew-Layton, PhD

School of Liberal Arts
Dean | Peter West, PhD
Associate Dean | Andrés Matías-Ortiz, PhD
Associate Dean, General Education | Robert Murray, 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. Mi-Hyun Chung
Chair, Literacy and Multilingual Studies

Dr. Amanda Gunning
Chair, Secondary Education

Dr. Helge Wasmuth
Chair, Early Childhood and Childhood Education

Dr. Sudha Ramaswamy
Chair, Special Education/ Educational Leadership


Dr. Rose Rudnitski
Program Director, Special 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


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. Zhixiong Chen
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

Ms. Emily Seibert
Program Director, General Education Seminars

Dr. K. Patrick Fazioli
Director, Honors Program

School of Business

Mr. John Power
Chair, Graduate Business

Ms. Denise Stefano
Chair, Accounting

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


Mr. John Power
Program Director, MBA Program

Currently Vacant
Program Director, Business Analytics

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

Ms. Denise Stefano
Program Director, Graduate Accounting

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

Dr. Dorothy Balancio
Program Director, Sociology

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Program Director, School Psychology

Dr. Charles Lieberman
Program Director, Criminal Justice

Currently Vacant
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. Nadia Ramjit
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology

Dr. Rebecca Trenz
Program Director, Graduate Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Walley
Program Director, School Counseling

Dr. Carol Bennett-Speight
Program Director, Social Work

School of Nursing

Ms. Kathleen Apollon-Ferron
Program Director, Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program and
Undergraduate Nursing Weekend Program

Dr. Helene Dill
Program Director, Traditional Nursing Undergraduate Program

Dr. Sylvie Rosenbloom
Program Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program