CUNY’s Office of Workforce Development is proud to have experienced and professionally qualified faculty on its Instructional Team. In addition to academic qualifications, our Instructors hold industry-wide recognized credentials and years of teaching experience. As part of their Instructional duties, they mentor students on their work and provide insights on potential career paths. Our Instructor bios are included below:
Daniel J. Dooley has been with the College of Staten Island for five years, supporting the Department of Workforce Development and Innovation, providing the State required Professional Development opportunities for The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Daniel is currently the Superintendent of Schools in the Absecon School District, located in Absecon, New Jersey. He has been a K-12 administrator for the past 11 years and served in the capacity of: Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, Principal/Superintendent, and Superintendent. In addition, he has been the Anti-Bullying Coordinator during his time as an administrator in Florence, Spotswood, and Commercial Township. Daniel received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and BA in English/ Education from LaSalle University. Daniel’s dissertation focused on a self-designed mentoring program geared towards negating at-risk social behaviors, including bullying, in students grades fifth through eighth. As part of his daily duties and implementations as Superintendent, he continues his efforts in school climate and culture as they relate to providing the best educational opportunities for all students.
Debra DeGroat, RN, BSN is a new instructor for the Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Continuing Education at the College of Staten Island. Debra has over 20 years of nursing experience in geriatric care, sub-acute care, management and leadership. She graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1996 and obtained her Bachelor in Science of Nursing from Jacksonville University. She is currently working to complete her Masters in Science of Nursing with the focus in Clinical Education. Debra is passionate in educating and sharing her nursing experience with those entering the field of nursing.
Doriann Pieve-Hyland, is the Director of Technology Operations, Training and Development at the College of Staten Island. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education management, teaching and technology services. She holds HDI, ITIL and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree focused in Higher Education with a specialization in Integrated Technology/Online Learning.
Dr. Eros Qama has a BS in biology from CSI and a Doctor of Medicine from AUA school of Medicine. His Teaching experience spans for almost a decade. With some appointment as Assistant Adjunct Professor. Dr. Qama has taught at four different universities; AUA school of medicine, CUNY-CSI, Wagner college and Manhattan College. He has a vast experience teaching students in fields such as Biology, CMA, Pre-Medical, Bachelors in Nursing, Nurse Practitioners, and Medical Students. Outside of the classroom, his full time commitment is Transplant Immunology/Surgery. His previous appointment was also in Transplant Immunology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Qama is also involved in scientific research. His work is published in peer review journals. His last cohort CMA group had a 95% pass rate(national average for other programs is approximately 65%)
Janet Vallario is the instructor of the Dental Assistant program at the College of Staten Island. Janet has over 12 years of experience as a dental assistant and dental office manager. She is highly skilled, enthusiastic and self-motivated. Janet inspires student to be the best that they can be. It is her belief that a student must "inhale confidence" and "exhale doubts". Janet shows a genuine interest in educating students so that they become confident dental assistants and can be successful in a promising career. Janet brings her teaching skills and hands on experience to Continuing Education at CSI. Believe and achieve!
Dr. Jan Khorsandi holds a BS in Accounting from St. Johns University and BA in Biology from Wagner College. He also holds a Doctor of Medical Dentistry from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jan A. Khorsandi is the Clinical Director of the Dental Assistant program at the College of Staten Island. He has been practicing Cosmetic and General Dentistry for over 15 years in his private practice on Staten Island. He firmly believes in Higher Education and is committed to this end.
Jeff Furman, PMP® is a highly-experienced I.T. Project Manager and PMP Instructor. He managed software projects for a major NYC-based financial firm for more than 15 years, and also led the team managing the company’s software change management system, which supported more than 1,000 application developers, 24x7. He has been training project managers on PMP and advanced PM topics for the past 12 years, especially for New York University’s School of Professional Studies, and for the US Army, on bases in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. His classes, and his book: The Project Management Answer Book, have helped many PMs get their CAPM and PMP certifications, and advance their careers. He was the winner of Netcom Learning’s “Instructor of the Year” Award for two consecutive years for his PMP Prep and Train-The-Trainer courses.
Juan Maldonado is an American Heart Association BLS Led-Instructor and license healthcare provider for over 14 years. He’s been teaching at CUNY College of Staten Island for over 14 years. Certified bilingual in Spanish by ALTA Language Services INC.. The bulk of his experience in the Medical field, has been specifically geared toward treating patients triaged at NYU Langone Brooklyn. He is a proud parent and husband. Juan is dedicated to his students and is extremely passionate when teaching. He understands that possessing the ability to properly execute a life saving method may one day extend the lifespan of a fellow student or loved one.
Patrick C Perrotta started teaching the electrocardiogram technician course for the College of Staten Island Department of Workforce Development and Innovation in late 2016. Instructor Perrotta uses his life experience acquired over fifteen years in emergency medicine in combination with his unique teaching style to produce increasingly high success rates among his graduates. Instructor Perrotta has an A.S. from Empire State, with additional emergency management certifications from FEMA. After becoming an Emergency Medical Technician at Emergency Care Inc. NYM Hospital, he worked at Saint Vincent Hospital until he started working for the Fire Department of New York Emergency Medical Service in 2006. Instructor Perrotta worked in Special Operations for Brooklyn South and Staten Island until becoming a certified NYS Paramedic. He was awarded many distinguished honors for prehospital lives saved before he became a mentor/instructor for newcomer EMT's and Paramedics. Instructor Perrotta was promoted to FDNY EMS Lieutenant in 2015. He is now a Paramedic Officer in FDNY EMS Division 5. Instructor Perrotta has strong attachments to the Staten Island Community and enjoys teaching the EKG Technician course.
Laura Glynn is a part time instructor at CSI, with a BA in Communications. She has been teaching Medical Billing and Coding for 10 years now while working at different Hospitals as both a biller and coded. Laura brings her real life experiences into the classroom, she is also CPC Certified by one of the top Coding Organizations in the country, the AAPC. Her main priority is her students;she loves to see them succeed. She ensures that her students feel comfortable in class while trying to make learning fun.
Laurie Ann Nuzzi-Long presents various workshops for the College of Staten Island’s Workforce Development and Innovation. Laurie has over 18 years of experience in the education field. She currently works for Eden II Programs as a Clinical Coordinator for students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Laurie has a MS in Education and Special Education from Touro University and a BA in Psychology from SUNY@ Stony Brook. She is currently studying to get her Certificate of School Building Leadership. Teacher education and training is an interest of Laurie’s and she enjoys mentoring teachers along in their careers. She has presented on various topics involving Applied Behavior Analysis and teaching strategies in New York and New Jersey. Laurie was the recipient of IAC’s “Shining Star” award in 2017 for making a difference in the lives of the people she serves.
Lori Burkard MS, MT( ASCP) is currently the Quality Assurance Manager at Staten Island University Hospital Laboratory. Lori has over 10 years of experience in higher education as well as over 30 years in the Laboratory field.. In addition to SIUH, She has worked at both New York Methodist and Beth Israel Hospital. She has a MS in Health Service Administration from Central Michigan University. Lori is a NY State Licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientists and certified by ASCP American Society of Clinical Pathologists.. Lori brings her talents and experience to the phlebotomy program of the Workforce Development and in addition as an adjunct professor and clinical site coordinator for the Clinical Laboratory Science program of CSI.
Rafik Yacoub is the Instructor for the pharmacy technician certification program at Workforce Development and Professional Programs. Dr. Yacoub has BSc. of pharmacy as well as doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the UF . He is a certified geriatric and diabetes pharmacy specialist who has many years of experience in institutional and community pharmacy practices.He also has several years of experience in education. Dr. Yacoub is passionate about student success. He believes that empowering students with knowledge is the best way to create a strong community able to face various challenges.
Vladimir Nunez is the A+ technology instructor for the continuing education program at the college of Staten Island, he is a CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified professional with over 10 years of experience in the field of Information Technology and teaching adult students of all ages. Besides teaching he also works as an IT Analyst for one of the nation top hospitals in New Jersey. He is very passionate about technology, and brings a lot of years of hands on and real world experience into the classroom.