Faculty Spotlights

Anthony Balzano

Anthony Balzano, a cultural anthropologist, has taught full-time in higher education since 1983, save for two years of dissertation fieldwork (1985-1986) on land tenure arrangements and the ability to make a living in rural Haiti. Dr. Balzano maintains an active ethnographic research program in the Fond-des-Blancs valley on Haiti's southern peninsula, and among émigrés from this valley now living in Stamford (CT), Boston, and Montreal. Dr. Balzano completed his doctoral dissertation at Rutgers University in 1989. Before attending graduate school, he completed a tour of duty as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching O-level and A-level chemistry, biology, and human biology in the Kingdom of Eswatini in southern Africa. Dr. Balazano is a Professor of Anthropology & Sociology at Sussex and facilitates its Community Archaeology Project and Council on Sustained Dialogue. He has been a member of the full-time faculty since fall 1989. He has presented numerous scholarly papers on rural Haiti and curriculum development, especially on issues related to anti-racism. Dr. Balzano has held several leadership roles with the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, a section of the American Anthropological Association, and the American Federation of Teachers-New Jersey. Dr. Balzano has 28 years of experience with collective bargaining representing faculty in higher education. He presently co-chairs the AFT-NJ Social Justice Committee.

Erin Collins

Erin Collins

Erin Collins’ expertise in all things plants began cultivating as a child growing up in a central Ohio farming community. A graduate of Oregon State University with a Master of Science in Horticulture, she spent her graduate year researching living, or “Green,” roofs. She moved to New Jersey in 2010 to explore vegetable farming. She has also gotten her hands dirty in beekeeping, estate gardening, and hydroponic farming. But her favorite way to garden is to garden with a purpose, whether building a rain garden, a garden for pollinators, or to grow vegetables for food.

Dina Conde

Dina Conde

Dr. Dina P. Conde is a Professor at SCCC teaching biology courses. She founded the Biology Club and has been a Biology Club advisor since its inception. Professor Conde also served the College Community as Science Department Coordinator, Science Department Chair, and Dean of Liberal Arts and Science. She earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Rutgers, the State University of NJ, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has published some of her work and has presented at both regional and national conferences.

 

Jason Fruge

Jason Fruge

Jason Fruge graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute and began his automotive career with Lexus of Bridgewater. In 2003, Jason left the automotive industry to reenlist in the U.S. Army where he served in the Infantry in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After leaving military service, he returned to the automotive industry with Lexus. He spent the remainder of his career as a service technician as a Team Leader/A Level Technician. Jason started teaching at Sussex County Community College as an adjunct instructor in 2015. In 2018, he was promoted to the role of Program Supervisor for Automotive, Welding, Building Construction Trade, Machine Tool Technology, Optics Technology, and Diesel Technology.

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Martin Kester

I’m a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. I was named the new Supervisor of Culinary & Hospitality at Sussex County Community College. Working in some of the best restaurants in the state of new Jersey, my career has spanned 20 years. I was honored to be named one of the top five chefs in the state by Inside Jersey in 2015 and have been part of several teams that earned coveted 4-star ratings from The Star Ledger.

 

Jean LeBlanc

Jean LeBlanc

After earning a B.S. in biology, Jean LeBlanc returned to her love of literature and writing, receiving an M.A. in English from Middlebury College. She joined the English Department at Sussex County Community College as an adjunct in 1999, becoming a full-time instructor in 2008 (and subsequently an assistant professor). She teaches English Composition I and II, American Literature, Creative Writing, Modern Poetry, and several other courses. For four years LeBlanc served as Director of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center at SCCC; she is currently on the editorial board of the BJSPC’s annual journal, the Stillwater Review, and on the poetry center’s advisory board. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, as well as in ten collections (most recently Ancient Songs of Us, from Aqueduct Press in 2020). She has also edited several poetry anthologies. In the pre-pandemic world, she participated in poetry readings, writing groups, lectures, workshops, and expert seminars, and is looking forward to the revival of these in-person poetry connections in the post-pandemic world.

 

Nicholas Lionetti

Nicholas Lionetti

Nicholas Lionetti is the Program Supervisor of the Exercise Science department at Sussex County Community College. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University in 2015 and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Exercise is Medicine. During his professional career, Nicholas has served as a Lead Exercise Physiologist working with older adults in assisted living, as an Exercise Specialist in a hospital-based health and wellness center, as a Clinical Intern in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and as a Personal Trainer for a private business. In addition, he has several years of experience teaching at the collegiate level in Exercise Science and is passionate about helping his students succeed in both the classroom and in the field.

Dr. Suzan Melik

Dr. Suzan Melik

Dr. Melik joins the Sussex community after a successful career in medicine. She is a physician, medical researcher, and registered medical assistant, among other specialties, whose love for academia turned into a teaching career. She has previously acted as the Associate Chair of the Medical Programs at Berkeley College. Dr. Melik lives in Sparta with her family and is excited to make waves in her community.