Faculty Spotlights

Dr. 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.

Lydia Clark

Lydia Clark

Lydia J. Clark is an Assistant Professor of Business at SCCC and teaches courses in business, management, and marketing. She is committed to the development of human potential and prepares students to enter the workforce. Lydia received her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. Ms. Clark has an extensive background in corporate training and development. She has also served as the Chair of the Business, Law, and Professional Studies Department; Academic Business Administration Division Coordinator; Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Coordinator; and the Coordinator of Training in the Continuing Education and Economic Development Division at SCCC where she designed customized training programs for businesses and the community.

Erin Collins

Erin Shroll

Erin Shroll’s 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

Dr. 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 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.

Diane Harris

Diane Harris

Diane Harris is a Mathematics Instructor at Sussex County Community College and is the Math Honor Society Advisor and Organizer for Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society. Diane earned a Master of Education degree from Gordon College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maine, graduating with highest distinction and high honors. Prior to transitioning into higher education, Diane had a career in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in contract pricing, analysis, development, and administration.

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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.

Deborah Phillips-Lanza

Professor Deborah Phillips-Lanza

Professor Deborah Phillips-Lanza is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences and Program Coordinator for the Foundations for Success Program. She completed her MA from Montclair State University while working at Stevens Institute of Technology as their Dean of Residence Life for 14 years and worked towards a doctorate at Stevens and New York University. Professor Lanza has contributed to numerous journals and publications including the 9th edition of John Gardner’s text Your College Experience: Strategies for Success. Professor Lanza is an award recipient of The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project for her work in diversity education and was nominated for The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience’s First-Year Seminar Award. She was also the creator of “A Freshman Can” Community Service Program to involve students in the fight against hunger and help local food banks which evolved into a campus food pantry. Professor Lanza feels privileged to teach and mentor students in ways that help them achieve their dream of a college education.

Mary Thompson

Dr. Mary Thompson

Mary Ives Thompson, Professor of English, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature from The Catholic University of America and a B.A. in English with a minor in Mass Communications from King’s College. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the English and Humanities department, acts as Instructional Design Faculty Facilitator, and oversees the annual College Novel selection. In addition, she has published and presented nationally and internationally on college instruction and literature topics.

Dr. Leonard Sheehy

Dr. Leonard Sheehy

Dr. Leonard Sheehy is the Supervisor of The Sussex County Community College Robotics & Makerspace, and Lead Faculty of Chemistry. He has been a robotics instructor for twelve years. Dr. Sheehy collaborated with LEGO as a Master Educator developing curriculum and consulting on products. Dr. Sheehy is also employed by the United States Army as a STEM instructor. In this position he works with scientists and engineers to develop and implement hands-on, state of the art content and interactive activities for the institute located on the base at Picatinny Arsenal. Dr. Sheehy is certified Festo Mechatronics instructor. His current interests include research in the areas of robotics, automation, and mechatronics, development of technologies to assist the developmentally challenged, and implementation of applications to assist in content distribution in all subject areas. Dr. Sheehy is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Sal Paolucci

Salvatore Paolucci

Sal Paolucci is an Instructor of Business and Economics at SCCC, as well as the Program Coordinator for the Business department. He teaches Introduction to Business, Principles of Marketing, Economics, and Small Business Management. He has earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Montclair State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration from Walden University. He is also a Co-Advisor of the SCCC Business & Entrepreneurial Club. He is also a volunteer and Trustee at the ADI (The Anxiety and Depression Initiative), a non-profit organization in northern NJ. He encourages entrepreneurship, social responsibility, and philanthropy in the class room and beyond. He is strongly committed to student development and a creating a productive learning environment.

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Mary DeHart

Mary DeHart is a Professor of Mathematics at Sussex County Community College. She joined the full-time faculty in 1995 and has served as Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, and as Mathematics Coordinator. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rutgers University, and Master and Doctor of Education degrees in Mathematics Education from Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Professor DeHart participated as a fellow in Princeton University’s McGraw Mid-Career Fellowship Program. Her research project explored representations of the infinite in literature and included an opportunity for SCCC students to share their reflections about infinity. She is a recipient of the NISOD Award, and the SCCC President’s Award for her development and implementation of service-learning projects for statistics students. She is a former President of MATYCNJ, the New Jersey affiliate of AMATYC, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year College Teachers. Following the publication of “Statistics in Action: Exploring a Successful Service-Learning Project” in the AMATYC Journal, she was appointed as chair of the AMATYC Statistics Committee and served in that capacity from 2011 to 2015. She was also appointed to the AMATYC/ASA Joint Committee, and was a member from 2012 to 2020, serving as chairperson in 2018 and 2019. Professor DeHart is a recipient of the AMATYC Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions and Dedicated Service to Two-Year College Mathematics Education.