Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, 1997, Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY
Graduate degree: Master of Science in Criminal Justice, 2008, Buffalo State
Current position: Program coordinator for the Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies at Bryant & Stratton College-Online Department
Duties: Oversee the day-to-day management of program areas. Responsible for coaching and mentoring instructors within my program area as related to classroom methodology and delivery. Also responsible for providing guidance to subject-area instructors and for ensuring that all required record keeping and reporting are completed in a timely and accurate manner. I also teach CJ classes to students in an online learning environment.
Progression of criminal justice related jobs: In April of 2000, I was hired at the Better Business Bureau’s Dispute Settlement Center, in Buffalo, NY. We were responsible for alternative dispute resolution programs which included mediation and arbitration of disputes between businesses and consumers, custody and visitation mediation, special education mediation, and disputes between neighbors.
I left the field of criminal justice for a while, only to return to it in March of 2007, as a Child Protective Worker for Erie County. I was on a special investigations team that investigates cases of child sex abuse, child fatalities, and serious injuries. I started my first college-level teaching job at Bryant and Stratton College. I taught corrections and ethics in criminal justice.
Left CPS in August of 2013 when offered the exciting opportunity to finally move into the academic field at Bryant & Stratton College-Online.
Personal bio: Married to Jim since July 2000; childdren: Jacob, age 8; and Dylan, 3.