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Professional Staff

Dr. Beverly Kahn

Professor of Political Science & Special Project Coordinator:
Principal Investigator - Title III Grant, US Department of Education
Director - Academic Advisement and Information Center
Fulbright Program Advisor - Student Scholarships
Fulbright Campus Representative - Faculty Scholar Program
Co-Director - New Europe Project Funded by the European Union

Beverly.Kahn@farmingdale.edu, 631-420-2396 or 631-794-6159

Experience at Farmingdale State College and Elsewhere:
Dr Beverly Kahn joined Farmingdale State College in 2008 as Provost. She brought with her extensive experience as a faculty member and academic administrator at the University of South Carolina, The Ohio State University, Fairfield University, and Pace University. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr Kahn contributes to the College these days as a Professor of Political Science, Academic Advisor in Technology Studies, Grant-writer, and Coordinator of many special projects, including service as Director of the Academic Advisement and Information Center.

Educational Background (all degrees are in Political Science):
AB – Dickinson College
MA – Columbia University
PhD – Indiana University
Rome Prize Fellowship, The American Academy in Rome
Fulbright Scholarship for Research in Italy
Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, Bryn Mawr College
Fulbright Scholarship for Educational Administrators to Japan and Korea
Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education

Tanya Maurer

Academic Counselor, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Tanya.Maurer@farmingdale.edu, 631-794-6164

Experience at Farmingdale College:
Tanya has been with Farmingdale College since 2001 as an adjunct professor in the English Department. She has taught classes such as Freshman Composition and Introduction to Literature to Writing for Electronic Media and also facilitates an online class titled The Short Story.

Educational Background:
BS in English Literature – State University of new York at Buffalo
MS in Secondary Education in English – Hofstra University
Post-graduate Certificate of Administration and Supervision – CUNY Queens College

Additional Experience:
Tanya has been teaching at the college-level since 1998 and has written and developed course work for four colleges. She has also served on assessment committees and written a book for the freshman experience.

Angela McAleese

Academic Counselor
Angela.McAleese@farmingdale.edu, 631-794-6161

Experience at Farmingdale College:
Angela joined Farmingdale State College and the AAIC Team in April, 2014.She brings with her 10 years of experience as an academic advisor and counselor in both public and private Higher Educational Institutions, and is extremely passionate about helping students achieve academic fulfillment.

Educational Background:
Bachelor’s in Psychology, Hofstra University
Master’s in Education with a specialization in counseling, Hofstra University
MPA in Public Administration, Baruch College, CUNY

Additional Experience:
Angela has also worked as a Guidance Counselor at Richard Milburn Academy in Houston, TX

Margaret Pettit

Academic Counselor, Career Developer at LIEOC
Margaret.Pettit@farmingdale.edu, 631-794-6165

Experience at Farmingdale State College:
Margaret has been with Farmingdale since 2007 providing career and employment counseling services, job readiness training and developing employer relationships for adult transitioning students participating in the vocational training programs provided at the LIEOC.

Educational Background:
BS in Psychology/Business Mgmt. – New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury
MPS in Industrial Counseling and Human Relations – New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury

Additional Experience:
Margaret enjoys providing comprehensive academic/career guidance to students of all ages transitioning to and from college, into a new career and/or overcoming employment obstacles. She is actively involved in community programs providing counseling services to adults with ADHD, LDs and mental health concerns. Margaret has specialized in international student services, non-traditional student services, drug and alcohol dependency counseling and public services program development.

Elizabeth Salnave

Academic Counselor
Elizabeth.Salnave@farmingdale.edu, 631-794-6159

Educational Background:
B.S. in Management of Technology - Farmingdale State College, SUNY
Master of Social Work - Stony Brook University, SUNY

Denise Letterel

Administrative Assistant
Denise.Letterel@farmingdale.edu, 631-794-6157


Experience at Farmingdale College:
Denise has been with Farmingdale College since April, 2011, joining the upstart of the Academic Advisement and Information Center

Educational Background:
AAS – LaGuardia Community College

Additional Experience:
Denise has an extensive background as both an Administrative Assistant and Personal Assistant. Her experience includes such positions as, Assistant to the President at the  American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC), Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Hearst Magazines, and the Assistant to the Chairman of the Leslie Fay Companies, Inc., a fashion industry leader. Most recently she has worked as the Personal Assistant to former Leslie Fay Chairman and his wife (Principal and Founder of a commercial real estate firm for the Fashion Industry). In addition, Denise served as PTA First VicePresident and Treasurer  for six years at Fairfield Elementary School. 

Yinan Zhu

Technical Support Specialist
Yinan.Zhu@farmingdale.edu, 631-794-6158

Experience at Farmingdale State College:
Yinan joined the Farmingdale State College and works for the AAIC in January, 2011. She is creating and managing database and website for the AAIC, and providing technical support as well. Her prior experience is as a Technical Support for 8 years in the City University of New York (CUNY) and Texas Southern University (TSU).

Educational Background:
MS in Mathematical Computer Science - University of Illinois at Chicago
BE in Systems Engineering - University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China

General Information: Main Line: 631-794-6160, FAX: 631-794-6167