Faculty and Staff

Meet the leaders and mentors of the School of Health and Natural Sciences

Our faculty and staff are experts in their fields, recognized in Connecticut and nationally for their pioneering work in biology, chemistry, mathematical sciences, nursing, nutrition & dietetics. Contact us to learn more.

Raouf N. Boules, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences  
Christina Alevras Instructor of Biology  
Ellen G. Anderson, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Chemistry  
Rebecca Austin, M.S. PA-C  
Melissa Brown, Ph.D., R.D. RD  
Nancy Cabelus, DNP, AFN-BC Assistant Professor of Nursing  
Dania Cabrera, MSN  
Lucinda Canty, RN, M.S.N., C.N.M. Assistant Professor of Nursing  
Jesse Crandall, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry  
Jerry Darling, Ph.D. Professor of Physics and Chemistry  
Diane Dean, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry  
Derek Dube, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology  
Timothy Ferrarotti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA Director of Didactic Education  
Joyce Fontana, Ph.D Associate Professor of Nursing  
Margaret E. Gaughan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Nutrition  
Dalia Giedrimiene, M.D., Ph.D.  
Steven Goldstein, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry  
Mary Lou Graham, MSN, APRN, BC Faculty, Department of Nursing  
Kimberly Joerg, DNP, M.S.N. Interim Director of DNP Program  
Leonidas Jones III, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry  
Yvonne Joy, MSN, APRN Assistant Professor of Nursing  
Edward Kavle, M.D. Associate Professor of Nursing  
Ruth Ellen Kelly, RSM, D.N.Sc. Associate Professor of Nursing  
Janet Knecht, Ph.D., M.S.N. Director of Traditional Undergraduate and Accelerated Nursing Programs  
Michelle Kraczkowski, Ph.D Assistant Professor of Biology  
Margery L. Lawrence, Ph.D., R.D. Associate Professor of Nutrition  
Ekaterina Lioutikova, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mathematics  
Joseph Manthey, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science  
Melissa Marcucci, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology  
Katie Martin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Public Health  
Kirsten Martin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology  
Carol A. Millard, M.S. Assistant Professor of Biology  
Mary Minto, MHS PA-C  
Melissa Mokel, Ph.D., APRN Director, RN-BSN Program  
Charles R. Morgan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology  
Jocelyn Mullins, DVM Assistant Professor of Public Health  
Kristen Procko,’03, Ph.D Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry  
Denise C. Puia ’91, MSN, RNC Assistant Professor of Nursing  
Kerri Ann Rall, MPAS, PA-C Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies  
Irene Guttilla Reed, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology  
Gina Reiners, Ph.D., APRN Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program  
Theodora Sirota, Ph.D., APRN, CNL Chair, Department of Nursing  
Heidi Smolka, DNP, MSN, APRN-BC Assistant Professor of Nursing  
Elizabeth Tenison, M.S., R.D Dietetic Internship Director  
Carrie Walker, MPAS, MS, PA-C Founding Director and Chair for the Physician Assistant Studies  
Margot Zaharek-Girgasky, Ph.D., R.D., C.D.-N. Assistant Professor, Nutrition  
Hong Zhou, Ph.D. Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences  
Nora Zinan, DNP, MSPH, RN Associate Professor of Nursing  
Christopher R. Zito, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology  
AnneMarie Britt Executive Administrative Assistant  
Julie Burns Administrative Assistant, Physician Assistant Studies  
Kathy Conway Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator, Department of Nursing  
Administrative Assistant Department of Nutrition and Public Health  
Nikki Horelik Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Chemistry  
Sandy Knight Graduate Nursing Administrative Assistant  
Louise Lillpopp Administrative Assistant of Physician Assistant Studies  
Jaime Markham Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Nursing Education  
Teri Rice Senior Laboratory Coordinator and Instructor, Department of Biology  
Michele Wolff Department of Nutrition  

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