Michael Araujo is the head of the Business Department and an assistant professor of business. He comes to DCC with more than 15 years of full-time college teaching experience in finance, accounting, business and economics. He has an MBA with a concentration in finance from Providence College, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University and some doctoral work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Professor Araujo has been teaching since 1994. Most recently, he was the academic director and associate professor of finance at the University of Maryland, University College, or UMUC. Previously, he was a professor for more than 10 years at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he also served as department coordinator from 2006 to 2008. During his time as coordinator, he pioneered the business transfer degree program to become one of the college’s first fully available online programs; co-created an Entrepreneurship Start-up certificate program for licensed tradespeople who wish to build a business around their skill; and created the Accounting/Finance Assistant Certificate program, which quickly became one of the most popular retraining programs for local workers on unemployment assistance. He also was a full-time instructor at a for-profit business college in Boston where he taught various business courses and coordinated the internship program for business students. He had the privilege of teaching part time at a number of other colleges including Worcester State University, Nichols College, Curry College, Fisher College and Massachusetts Communications College. Prior to teaching full time, he was the director of administration and finance for the Extension Division at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Before Araujo’s career in higher education, he worked in various capacities in the finance field. He was trained as a financial planner and worked as a retirement plans specialist. He also spent six years working in the investments field as an investment/trade representative for State Street, where his clients included Fidelity Investments (stock and bond portfolios) and Goldman Sachs (money market funds).
A native New Englander, Professor Araujo maintains loyalty to Red Sox Nation as well as the Bruins. While living there, he had the pleasure of serving as an elected official on the Town of Hubbardston’s Finance Committee in 2009-2010. He has two great boys (ages 8 and 12) and enjoys baseball, hockey, comedy and being an armchair political economist!
Janice Butler holds a BS in accounting and biology from Albertus Magnus College, an MBA from Quinnipiac University, and post-graduate certificate in taxation from the University of Hartford. She is a certified public accountant and a certified internal auditor. After spending seven years working in public accounting and five years in corporate accounting, she now teaches financial and managerial accounting. A life-long resident of Connecticut, Ms. Butler is proud to be a resident of Newtown, CT and spends time volunteering within the community.
Gayle L. Chaky has spent most of her life in the Hudson Valley and was employed by IBM for 14 years as a programmer and financial analyst. She is an alumnus of Dutchess Community College and has worked as both a managerial accountant and public accountant, earning her CPA license in New York state. In 2003, Professor Chaky accepted a full-time teaching position at Dutchess Community College. She loves teaching and cannot imagine doing anything else.
John F. Falabella was born and raised in New York City where he attended elementary school, high school and began his college career before moving to southern Illinois to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. After completing two years of full-time teaching at Southern Illinois University and a number of years of business experience, he returned to New York to join the faculty at Dutchess Community College. While living in the local community for more than 30 years, Professor Falabella and his wife have raised a family of three very successful sons, and he has been active in a variety of school, town and community affairs and organizations.
Maryann Longhi has been working full time at Dutchess Community College since 1985, teaching both at the main campus and originally at Green Haven Correctional Facility. She was a sales manager for a recruiting firm for six years previous to that and a high school business teacher. She has lived in the Hudson Valley for 36 years. She enjoys teaching all the computer classes the college has to offer, and her specialty is business communications.
Joan McFadden was born in Brooklyn and lived in Riverdale, New York for several years before relocating to the Dutchess County area. She completed her undergraduate education and law school while working as a legal secretary and as a paralegal in several law offices in Dutchess County. After admission to the New York State Bar, Professor McFadden worked as an associate attorney practicing commercial litigation in Poughkeepsie, New York. She began teaching as an adjunct instructor in 2006 at Marist College and Dutchess Community College and then was hired as a full-time faculty member and chairperson of paralegal programs at Dutchess Community College in 2008.
Yvonne K. Sewell, as a former graduate of Dutchess Community College, finds it interesting to be teaching in the same rooms she once occupied as a student. She left Dutchess with a degree in Retail Business Management and was able to pursue a career in merchandise-buying both locally and in New York City. When Professor Sewell returned to the area, she felt fortunate to have been invited to teach some business courses as an adjunct lecturer; that experience turned into a part-time job in the administrative offices on the campus and finally into a full-time teaching position in the Business Department.
Scott Willmen graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, an MBA from Auburn University and a DBA at the University of Sarasota Argosy. He not only ran his family’s resort business in Lake George but started his own business as well. Prior to coming to DCC, Willman taught a variety of business courses at Marist College.
Leah Bender’s professional background is in real estate marketing and sales. After graduating from college, she started her career in commercial real estate working for a developer in Houston, Texas. She then relocated back to New York to pursue opportunities in residential sales and marketing in Manhattan. Bender has been teaching a number of years at the community college level and has enjoyed working with, and learning from, the students in her classes.
Tax Attorney, Sun Oil Company, Philadelphia, Pa.
Tax Counsel, AMAX, New York, NY
Dep. Town Attorney, Town of Cortlandt, Cortlandt Manor, NY
Private Law Practice, DeLorenzo, Silverman and Wood, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Broker / Owner, Valley View Realty, Cortlandt Manor, NY (New York and Florida Real Estate)
Dutchess Community College
Bronx Community College, Berkeley College
Bedford Women's Prison (GED class)
UCES, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Business & Taxation)
Westchester Community College
New York Real Estate Institute
Kieran Jr. High School, 7th grade (South Bronx, NY)
South Newburgh JHS, 7th grade
Jon Harbison grew up in a family-owned restaurant business and later owned four other companies, including a General Motors dealership, an executive recruiting firm and a national training company. He also has provided management advisory services to more than one hundred companies, not-for-profits and governmental entities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He consistently integrates and applies the realities of practical business throughout his classes.
Peter G. Helion has been involved with teaching since 1980. He taught at the high school level for 20 years, while also serving as an adjunct instructor for DCC since 1986. Helion also has worked as a supervisor at Transitional Housing, working with the drug-addicted population. He currently works at the Dutchess County Department of Social Services in the Adult Protection Unit.
Irene M. Hughes has a background in management and marketing and began teaching in August of 2005 at Mount Saint Mary College. Her first course, an introduction to management, ran accelerated in the continuing education program. Within her first year of teaching, she had expanded into marketing and international marketing, both in the accelerated, blended/online format, and in the traditional day program. Prior to teaching, Ms. Hughes managed office operations for a small dental office. She spent two years working with various agents at New York Life Insurance Company to increase sales and awareness of insurance and investment products. For three years, she worked in sports management and marketing at Ice Time Sports Complex, promoting and selling ice time, youth and adult hockey programs and preparing promotional activities for various public skate events. She continues to oversee managerial operation for the dental office in Newburgh, focusing largely on strategic planning and control, and also takes an active role in marketing and strategic planning for her husband’s landscape business.
Ann D. Imperatori is the owner/manager of I & I CPA TAX SERVICES, P.C. The company is located in Poughkeepsie, NY and has three additional employees that provide support and professional expertise. The company provides services to the public in bookkeeping, payroll, tax planning and corporate and individual tax preparation.
Ann is a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner, with 19 years of public accounting experience. She has previously held licenses in insurance and Series 6, and the firm was a registered investment advisor.
She is an alumna of Dutchess Community College with an A.A.S. in accounting and holds her BS in accounting from Marist College. She is currently finishing up her degree for an MS in accounting from SUNY-IT in Utica/Rome via their on-line graduate accounting program.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants, Hudson Valley Financial Professionals, and the American Association of University Women.
Michael Jandrew joined the US Air Force and served as a flight mechanic for four years active duty and six in the Air National Guard after graduating from DCC in 1994. Upon returning from service, Michael graduated SUNY New Paltz in 1999 with a BS in marketing. He worked as project manager at IBM while completing an MBA in management at SUNY New Paltz. Michael has also worked as a pharmaceutical representative, a consultant, and a real estate developer before pursuing a career in education. He has been teaching for ten years as a lecturer at DCC, Marist College, and SUNY New Paltz.
Christine Leake has been teaching students of all ages and backgrounds since 2006. She has taught courses at the undergraduate levels for the last four years in the areas of marketing, business ethics, management, leadership, human resources, consumer psychology, and entrepreneurship. This instructor is dedicated to a “student-centered” approach to designing and facilitating courses. In addition to being subject matter expert, Professor Leake has a background in education and instructional design and technology. Students can expect to participate in courses which are designed and taught utilizing learning preferences, technology, research and opportunities for relevant application.
In addition to a background in business education, Professor Leake has hands-on experience in marketing, management, insurance, business development, budget management, and mediation.
Bruce Marley has more than 40 years of experience in the business world and has been teaching business courses at the college level for more than 25 years. He has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, current practices and trends in profit and non-profit organizations, as well as expertise in accounting, finance and economics.
Kenneth E. Nebel earned a BA in economics and a BS in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. From there, he received an MBA from Harvard Business School. After six years as an officer in the US Navy, he worked for International Paper, BOC Group Business Development, and was a business consultant for 22 years. He has taught classes at Houston Community College, Mount Saint Mary College and Marist College.
Barbara Nicolis has been working with the law firm of Levine & Levine, P.C. in Poughkeepsie as a paralegal for 15 years assisting attorneys in multiple areas of law including real property, civil litigation, wills/trusts/estates, collections, landlord/tenant, corporate law and bankruptcy.
Karen Noye has been an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College since 2005 and a business education teacher at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, New York since 2002. Prior to entering the education field, she worked for IBM as a project manager in the IBM Global Services.
Jacqueline A. Olivet, born and raised in Ulster County, is a life-long resident of the Hudson Valley and currently resides with her spouse and their four dogs in Catskill. Since September 2000, Ms. Olivet has been an adjunct instructor in the Business Department. She is an attorney with 19 years of experience practicing law in New York. After starting her legal career as a staff attorney for the New York State Assembly, she entered private practice working for firms in both Ulster and Dutchess counties before opening her own general law office in Kingston handling real estate, business, family, matrimonial, bankruptcy, criminal, personal injury, and other areas of law.
In addition to her private practice, she served as a law guardian in Supreme and Family courts, as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Kingston, and as an assistant district attorney for Ulster County.
Ms. Olivet, who holds a New York State permanent secondary education social studies teaching certificate, also has taught criminal justice, government, economics and history in secondary education.
Ms. Olivet’s current and past community involvement includes American Red Cross, the Kingston Classic and Kids Classic race, board member of the American Heart Association and Ulster County Council of Girl Scouts, candidate for the Ulster County Legislature, City of Kingston Greenway Committee, Law Exploring Post Associate Advisor and coach of Catskill High School mock trial team.
Lydia Parziale has extensive experience in the business world and has earned high acclaim as an innovator and leader in business practices and strategy. She is the author of more than 30 technical books, articles and textbooks.
Diana Pollard has been teaching BUS 104 and BUS 107 for over five years in addition to working full time in the DCC Foundation raising money for student scholarships. She is a DCC alumna and earned a BS in business administration and an MBA in marketing from the University of Phoenix. A lifelong Dutchess County resident, she is involved in community activities including work with the Dutchess County SPCA. She also was a former dog breeder and trainer, and shows her dogs in competitions.
Paula Shelley has a BA from Marymount College, an MS from Western Connecticut State University, and a Paralegal Certificate from DCC. After teaching high school English for four years, she left to run a successful business and then decided to return to academic life. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at DCC, she also teaches at Ulster Community College and Marlboro’s Adult Education program.
Fred H. Van Tassell has taught part time in the DCC business department for 40 years. Previously, he has taught at Union College’s graduate program and in the economics department at Vassar College. Other responsibilities include: Mid-Hudson Library System Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Director, Peat Marwick Mitchell Staff Accountant in the auditing and income tax department, and Marist College full- and part-time instructor in the business department.
Susan Willhite, full-time teacher at Dutchess County BOCES, Career & Technical Institute (CTI), currently is teaching math, science, technology and integrated math in culinary, HVAC and plumbing trade programs. She also taught business classes, including accounting, at CTI from September 1991 to June 2005. During the summer and late fall of 2005, she taught Culinary Math as an adjunct at The Culinary Institute of America. She has been teaching at DCC since January 2006 but also taught business math for DCC in her class at CTI, where her students received three college credits.
Lowell Woodcock has a master’s in Human Resources Development and Counseling from University of Bridgeport and is Senior HR Generalist at Paychex Inc. He has been an adjunct at Dutchess Community College for more than ten years.