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Art, Photography, Digital Media

Courtney Grim, MFA

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities

Courtney Grim serves on the Board at Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center. She has received Business First’s Forty Under 40 award for community service in the arts, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center’s Emerging Artists Award, and most recently, an Individual Artists Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. She is a member of the College Art Association, ASMP, and the National Alliance for Media Art and Culture. Grim's creative work is comprised of film, video, photography, digital imagery, installation, site-specific public art and intermedia performance. These artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally in traditional gallery settings, public art venues, screening rooms, performance spaces, hotels, soundlabs and warehouses. Most recently she was involved in the Intermedia Performance, VideoSoundDanceMagic in conjunction with the Steina exhibition at the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Topics: photography, multimedia, interdisciplinary art

Biology, Ecology, Science

Robert H. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Sciences

Recently certified by the Ecological Society of America as senior ecologist, Dr. Johnson has been conducting research and teaching in the discipline of ecology for over 20 years. He is a National Science Foundation grant recipient and continues to publish widely in international journals. He serves as a grant advisor for the Czech Science Foundation and reviewer for several international journals and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Insect Science.

Topics: biochemical ecology and plant-insect interactions, analysis of plant natural products, biology of invasive species, biological responses to climate change, botany, scientific discovery.

Communication, Broadcasting, Media

Lisa Marsherall

Clinical Associate Professor; Chair, Department of Communication

A former television producer and director, Lisa Marsherall teaches undergraduate courses in broadcasting, public speaking, mass media and media law. She earned a master of arts in television, radio and film from Syracuse University, and is a past recipient of Medaille's Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award. She is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters and the National Communication Association. 

Topics: Broadcasting, mass media and society, media law, public speaking, interpersonal communication, television production, mentoring students.

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement

Charles T. Fieramusca, Jr.

Visiting Instructor

Charles Fieramusca, Jr. has 30 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and recipient of numerous awards from his career in criminal justice. He teaches introduction to criminal justice and criminal investigation.

Topics: criminal justice, criminal investigation, crime, law enforcement. 


Kelly H. Ahuna, Ph.D.

Kelly H. Ahuna, Ph.D. has a bachelor's degree in English, a master of education in higher education, a Ph.D. in foundations of education, and she has certification as a secondary teacher.

Topics: critical thinking, active learning, study strategies, college student retention, effective teaching strategies

Jim ThompsonJim Thompson

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education
Courses: Core of Education, Early Field Experience, Foundations of Education

Thompson earned his master's degree from SUNY New Paltz and a C.A.S. from SUNY Oswego. Known as “Mr. T.” to his students, he began teaching at Medaille in 2007 after a twenty-year career as principal of Wolcott St. School in LeRoy, N.Y. While there, he was named the New York State Elementary Principal of the Year, followed the next year as National Distinguished Principal.

Thompson was a judge for the Blue Ribbon Schools Award, a member of a NYS Education Department Review Team helping an elementary school in New York City, and a book reviewer for Corwin Press.

Prior to entering administration, Thompson was a high school social studies teacher, middle school social studies and reading teacher, and an elementary teacher.

A noted speaker on school leadership and transforming school cultures, he has made presentations across the United States and is also on the national faculty of the HOPE Foundation. He is the executive director of the Genesee Valley School Boards Association, advocating for 23 school districts in Western New York.

Topics: Improving teaching skills, general education topics, educational leadership development and professional learning communities.

Electronic Literature, New Media, Digital Work

Alan BigelowAlan Bigelow, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Humanities

Dr. Bigelow, a recent winner of the BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média, has created digital fiction and poetry that has reached a global audience, with work exhibited and performed in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Colombia, Turkey and within the United States. In addition to teaching full-time at Medaille, he is a visiting online lecturer in creative writing and new media at De Montfort University, UK. See his work at

Topics: new media, electronic literature, digital fiction and poetry

English Literature, Jane Austen

Alice Villaseñor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities

Alice Villaseñor received a Ph.D. and M.A. in English with a graduate certificate in gender studies from the University of Southern California. She earned her B.A. in English and political science from the University of California at Riverside. Her specialties include British literature, women writers, archival studies, feminist theory and gender studies. She is a directly-elected board member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. 

Topics: Jane Austen; film adaptations of classical literature; Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture; the novel; women writers; feminist theory and gender studies; archival studies; composition; diversity in higher education; community-based learning and service-learning, public scholarship (and public humanities programs); K–12 education outreach; high school to college bridge programs.

Financial Aid

Catherine Buzanski

Director of Financial Aid-Buffalo Campus

Medaille's Director of Financial Aid for the Buffalo Campus works with students and parents as they navigate the processes for applying for financial support in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. 

Topics: financial aid, federal work-study, student aid, scholarships, grants, parent questions, loans, eligibility, FAFSA.

History, Jewish History, Urban America, Buffalo History

Daniel Kotzin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Kotzin is the author of a recent book related to Jewish history and identity: Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Non-Conformist (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2010). He also contributed two talks to the 2011 season at the Everett Jewish Life Center in Chautauqua - one on Jews in Colonial America and Revolutionary America, the other on Washington and American Jews. Both are available as podcasts

Dr. Kotzin teaches courses in U.S. history, American ethnic history, the American Civil War, the history of Buffalo, and justice and democracy in America. He earned his Ph.D. in history from New York University. 

Topics: American Jewish history, American immigration and ethnic history, history of Buffalo and urban America, the study of history.

Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Steven MacMartin

Program Director, Homeland Security

Steve MacMartin is a former criminal investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, and is a certified computer forensic examiner. As director of the program in homeland security, he administers one of the College's three online bachelor's degrees.

Topics: criminal justice, computer crime, computer forensics, homeland security, emergency management

Human Resources, Careers

Carol S. Cullinan

Director, Office of Career Planning

Carol Cullinan leads Medaille's Office of Career Planning, providing guidance, support and training to students and alumni. She is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BHHRA), the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Western New York Association of College Career Centers (WNYACCC). 

Topics: careers, job searching, employment-related issues.

Mathematics, Teaching

Jadwiga (Hettie) Domino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Sciences

Dr. Domino is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Alpha Lambda Chapter, Association for Women in Mathematics, and the Mathematical Association of America. Her primary area of research is mathematics education, specifically the use of math manipulatives in the teaching of math. She earned the Outstanding Faculty Member Award, presented at the TRiO Student Support Services Recognition Celebration, in 2010. 

Topics: beginning and intermediate algebra, statistics, probability, effective teaching in mathematics.

Political Science, Political Philosophy, Government, Cultural Studies

Matthew Bowker, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Bowker teaches courses related to democracy in America, ethics, political science, intercultural communication and critical thinking. He has degrees in political science from Columbia University and the University of Maryland, and has published several peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book chapters in the fields of political theory, moral philosophy, psychoanalytic theory and cultural studies. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, and is completing his first book on the subject of terror, mourning and post-modernity.

Topics: political science and political theory; psychological approaches to politics and culture; politics and literature; the arts and ethics; moral philosophy; teaching and pedagogy in higher education.

Psychology, Mental Health, Counseling

Sigrid Frandsen-PechenikSigrid Frandsen-Pechenik, PsyD

Director of Clinical Training, Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology

Courses: family therapy, psychopathology, clinical supervision

Dr. Frandsen-Pechenik has a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, and a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD). She is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist, and since 1992 her clinical work has focused on family systems, geriatrics, health psychology and chronic mental illness. Prior to Medaille, she co-developed a program for survivors of politically motivated torture, which earned significant federal funding. She also developed and implemented one of the nation’s first non-traditional mental health services and programs for students who under-utilized traditional campus mental health services. 

Topics: mental health, student/college mental health services, family systems, marriage counseling, marriage therapy, family therapy

Lynn Horne-MoyerLynn Horne-Moyer, PsyD

Director, PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology
Courses: counseling, ethics, supervision, psychopathologies

Dr. Horne-Moyer has been involved in master’s and doctoral level training in clinical psychology since 1994. A licensed clinical psychologist, her teaching and clinical interests include diagnosis and treatment of the elderly, cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, clinical interviewing, case conceptualization, and supervision. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Psychological Association of Western New York, and the Geriatric Society of America.

Topics: geropsychology, caregivers for elderly parents, psychosocial issues in nursing homes, trauma, education and training in mental health, women's issues.

Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., LMHC

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology

Courses: family counseling, advanced family counseling, research and evaluation, cognitive psychology 

Keith Klostermann, Ph.D. has published extensively in the areas of substance abuse, domestic and partner violence and mental health issues. He served as principle investigator (PI) for a federal grant examining the effects of behavioral couples therapy on intimate partner violence, and has participated in multiple programs through the National Institute of Health. He has reviewed publications for the Journal of Family Psychology, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the Journal of Family Violence. He currently serves as a clinical consultant at Phoenix House in New York City and has previously served as a research consultant at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Klostermann is a licensed mental health counselor, and his application as a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State is under review. He is an associate member of both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Klostermann maintains an active private practice specializing in couples and family counseling.

Topics: mental health, substance abuse, partner violence/domestic violence, parental substance abuse, couples therapy 

Jeannine Suk

Director of Counseling Services

Jeannine Suk serves as Medaille's director of counseling services, which offers support for students at each of Medaille's campuses. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology, and is a membe of the American College Counseling Association. 

Topics: transition to college, mental health of college students, stress management, wellness

Residence Life, Student Affairs, Student Life

Jason F. Perri

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Jason Perri leads the College's residence life program, which serves over 400 resident students at the Buffalo Campus. As assistant dean of student affairs, he also administers the College's learning communities and judicial affairs activities. 

Topics: residence life, learning communities, college judiciary systems, living on campus, commuter issues.

Sociology, Law, Sports, Gender Roles

Ross Runfola, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Ross Runfola, Ph.D., is an award-winning professor, attorney, poet and journalist who completed post-graduate work at Stanford University and Oxford University. He has been selected for Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in American Education and has achieved the highest rating for a lawyer in both knowledge and ethics after an anonymous survey of judges and lawyers in the legal "bible," Martindale-Hubble.

In addition to this prodigious body of work in many areas, he has been cited many times for his charitable endeavors including selection as "The First Annual Community Hero Award" by the United Way for his work as a lawyer, professor, writer and poet for the disenfranchised poor and forgotten and the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC) with its Sisterhood/Brotherhood Award for Social Service for helping the needy in law, education and writing.

He is a member of Leadership Buffalo, and maintains a personal web site at where a fuller description of his achievements and experience is detailed.

Topics: sports in society, gender roles, sociology, law, prejudice and discrimination. 

Sports, Sport Psychology, International Sports, Sport Management

Rich Jacob, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Business; program director, Sport Management Program

Rich Jacob, Ph.D. has taught and coached at Medaille since 1995. He served as Medaille's first full-time athletic director and first full-time basketball coach before transitioning to the faculty. He directs the sport management program, one of the College's most popular undergraduate degrees. He has a great interest in and has been highly involved in international sports. 

Topics: sport management, sports, sport psychology, sport history, philosophy, international sports


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