Lynda Farley-LaRocca, Professor and Chair
Office: Science G6
B.S. Biology, Randolph-Macon College
M.S. Biology, Wake Forest University
Ph.D. Biology, Boston University
Began teaching at CCCC as an adjunct faculty member from the fall of 1996 until the spring of 2006, when she became a full-time faculty member. Lynda currently teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology courses and an online Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology course. Other courses taught at CCCC include Concepts in Biology I and II. Her research background is in the field of sensory neurobiology, using animal models to answer questions about how chemical stimuli are acquired and processed by the nervous system.
In addition to teaching at the college, Lynda is also an AAAI/ISMA (American Aerobic Association International /International Sports Medicine Association) certified group aerobic instructor. Her other outside interests include music, food, nature, bicycling, and family activities.
Jenifer Alai, Assistant Professor
Office: Science 209
B.S. Chemistry, St Lawrence University
M.S. Analytical Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
Started at CCCC as an adjunct in 2007, teaching Chemistry for the Health Sciences, and began full-time in 2013. Earlier, she worked for 10 years in the field of environmental consulting, and has taught chemistry at the High School level.
Jenifer enjoys reading, gardening, and music.
Eric Arsznov, Associate Professor
Office: Science 210
B.S. Physics, University of Michigan
M.S. Physics and Astrophysics, Eastern Michigan University
Eric teaches physics and astronomy at the college, having joined the faculty in 2010. Prior to that, he taught at Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. With a background in astrophysics, his current interests focus on physics education research and include curriculum development, assessment for learning and representational coherence.
Frederick Bsharah, Assistant Professor
Office: Science 216
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame
M.S. Engineering Systems, University of California, Los Angeles
Frederick has over 10 years adjunct experience and started at CCCC in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member. Prior to joining the college as a full-time instructor, he spent approximately 30 years working as an engineer for Boeing, and Ford Motor Company. His expertise is in product and process development, innovative processes, quality management, and manufacturing engineering. He is also trained in lean manufacturing and has earned Six Sigma Black Belt quality certification.
His outside interests include skiing, photography, amateur radio, and robotics.
Hemant M. Chikarmane, Professor
Office: Science 206
B.S., M.S. Microbiology/Chemistry, St. Xavier's College, Bombay University, India
Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, India
Teaches microbiology, cell biology, and public health. Joined the faculty full time in 1999. He was previously Director of Biotechnology at a biotech company in Woburn, and a Visiting Scientist at the Hokkaido Fisheries Institute in Japan. He was also an Investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. During 1992-1995, he taught the microbiology course at CCCC as an adjunct. Before coming to the U.S., he taught microbiology and molecular biology in India.
His outside interests include archaeology, history of science and technology, anthropology, Indian and western classical music, jazz and blues.
Amy Clark, Associate Professor
Office: Science G4
B.A. Physical Anthropology, UMass Amherst & University College, London
B.A. Zoology, UMass Amherst
M.S. Biology, UMass Amherst
Amy has been teaching a variety of college science courses including Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Survey of Human A&P, and Concepts in Biology I as an adjunct since 2002 and as full time faculty since 2008. Her main academic interests include comparative vertebrate anatomy, evolution and systematics while her graduate degree focused on vertebrate diversity in riparian ecosystems. Interests outside the classroom include marine biology, baseball, yoga and hockey.
Catherine Etter, Professor
Office: Science 215
B.S. Biology, Providence College
M.L.A. Biology, Harvard University
Ph.D. Salve Regina University
Catherine has been teaching environmental science/technology courses since 1995. She has worked in the commercial environmental field since 1984 as chemist, scientist, or quality control supervisor. She continues to stay current in environmental technology field with commercial environmental jobs. She has many professional certificates from advanced courses.
Patrick Gordon, Assistant Professor
Office: Science 214
B.S. Chemistry, University of Guyana
M.S. University of New South Wales
Ph.D. University of Manitoba
Teaches Chemistry for the Health Sciences and organic chemistry. Joined the faculty full time in fall 2015 after having taught at CCCC as an adjunct in the summer of 2015. Patrick had an industrial career for fifteen years doing synthesis and product development before transitioning to academia ten years ago. Patrick has taught at Emmanuel, Simmons and Merrimack colleges, at Framingham state University and MCPHS University where he continues to teach as an adjunct professor, chemistry.
Currently, Patrick serves on the local ACS board (NESACS) as an alternate councilor and the auditor. He is also a ACS volunteer career services consultant and works the ACS coaches program, a program that has been developed to assist high school teachers in their role as chemistry teachers. To date he has worked with teachers from Malden High School and the John D. O'Bryant School of science and Mathematics in Roxbury, MA.
His outside interests include, sports, in general, but soccer, cricket and the Olympic Games and traveling in particular. He enjoys gardening and jogging!
Kate LePore, Assistant Professor
Office: Science 204A
B.S. Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology, The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
Kate joined CCCC as an Assistant Professor of Biology in 2015 after previously teaching at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. She currently teaches general biology and has experience teaching cell biology, microbiology, biotechnology and nutrition courses. Additionally, Kate maintains a research interest in comprehensive, product-minded sustainability projects encompassing an interdisciplinary approach.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, biking, baking and knitting.
Gail T. Maguire, Professor
Office: Science G12
B.A. University of New Hampshire
M.S. Colorado State University
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Began at CCCC as an adjunct faculty member in 1989, and became a full-time faculty member in 1995. Gail presently teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, ans has taught Survey of A&P, and Biology. She is a Director for the Wequaquet Lake Protective Association, and has been monitoring water quality in that lake since 1995. Although she teaches human A&P, her background is in animal pathology, specifically wild animal diseases.
Michael Wahlers, Director of Aviation, Maintenance Technology Program
Office: Science G8
B.S. Management, University of Phoenix
M.S. - M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Began in 2013 as an Aviation consultant, and became the Director of Aviation Maintenance Technology in 2014. Developing aviation curriculum and establishing structure and facilities for the aviation program. Retired from Coast Guard aviation after 33 years of service.
His outside interests include softball, golf and son's baseball.
Robert Robida, Lab Manager
Office: Science G4
B.S. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth