Welcome New Faculty & Staff
BUSINESS, INFORMATION SCIENCES & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
David Youngberg (Assistant Professor of Economics) earned both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University in Virginia. Before coming to Montgomery College he served as assistant professor of economics at Bethany College in West Virginia, where he taught courses in microeconomics and research methods. At Bethany College he also chaired the technology advisory committee, maintained the economics department's website, and served as a faculty advisor to the Economics Club. Dr. Youngberg has employed a variety of technology resources in the classroom, including video clips to support lectures and i-clickers to evaluate student comprehension. Readers of The Chronicle of Higher Education can catch his recent commentary on MOOCs, massive open online courses.
Vanessa Nakoski (Instructional Associate Staff Tutor, Writing, Reading, and Language Center) brings to her position extensive experience teaching and tutoring literature and composition, having served as an adjunct faculty member and a lead tutor. She has worked at the Germantown Campus as well as at Howard Community College, the University of Maryland, College Park, Stevenson University, and the University of Iowa. Ms. Nakoski earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a master of arts degree at the University of Iowa. Both degrees are in American Studies. She is currently completing a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at UMBC.
Anthony Nguyen (Instructional Assistant, Writing, Reading, and Language Center) provides intake and assistance for students at the Writing, Reading, and Language Center. He also conducts student orientations, helps students and faculty who use software and other resource materials, manages student aides, troubleshoots hardware and software problems, administers exams, and maintains the Center's web pages. Before joining the Rockville Center he was an instructional assistant at the Germantown Campus Writing Center and World Language Lab, as well as a fitness instructor at both the Germantown and the Rockville Campuses. Beyond Montgomery College Mr. Nguyen has served as a literacy program teacher for the non-profit organization Asian American LEAD, and as a football coach at Montgomery Blair High School. Mr. Nguyen holds an associate of arts degree in general studies from Montgomery College.
FINE, PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS
Attila Molnar (part-time Music/Recording Technician, Rockville Music Department) will be working with ensemble directors, performers, and faculty to record the music department's concerts and recitals. He also will be supporting the installation and operation of music equipment, as well as the maintenance of the Music Technology Lab and the Music Recording Studio. Beyond Montgomery College, Mr. Molnar has served as a music director and keyboardist for the worship band at Grace Meridian Hill Church in Washington, DC, as a recording engineer and producer for Attimusic Studio in Columbia, as a performing musician and sound engineer for Entertainment Exchange in Silver Spring, and as a composer and arranger with various artists. A graduate of the National Music School in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, Mr. Molnar has performed as a jazz pianist at numerous venues. Portions of his debut solo recording, "Dreams," can be heard on his website, www.attilamolnar.com.
Renee Morgan (Administrative Aide II, Rockville Music Department) began her duties in November 2013, and assists with the department's budget, brochures, building reports, and other projects. Before joining Montgomery College, she served as a promotion and staff assistant in the Office of the Dean at the University of the District of Columbia, where her responsibilities included managing the day-to-day operations of four deans and 32 faculty and staff members. She also has provided office management and administrative support at the M-Tech Group Computer School, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Howard University School of Business. Ms. Morgan earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of the District of Columbia and a certificate in biblical studies at Greater Mount Calvary Bible College.
SOCIAL SCIENCES, EDUCATION, HISTORY, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Heather Ganginis Del Pino (Assistant Professor of Psychology) earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in psychology at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), where her counseling psychology dissertation was on work and family experiences among employed mothers. Before coming to Montgomery College she taught or assisted in UMCP courses on helping skills, introductory psychology, and domestic violence interventions. After joining the Montgomery College faculty as a part-time professor in the fall of 2011, Dr. Del Pino taught general psychology, abnormal psychology, psychology of personality, and an honors psychology course. She also served as a co-advisor of the College's Psychology Club. Her clinical experience has focused on emergency counseling, individual and group counseling, and outreach. A member of the Golden Key National Honors Society and the American Psychological Association, Dr. Del Pino has a strong interest in advancing knowledge regarding women's career development.
Alejandra Picard (Assistant Professor of Psychology) earned a bachelor's degree at Bard College at Simon's Rock and a master's degree in experimental psychology at Georgia Southern University, as well as a graduate certificate in college teaching at the University of South Florida. She is currently completing requirements for a Ph.D. in comparative cognition at the University of York in the United Kingdom, where she has taught tutorials in development and language, perception and cognition, and research methods. Prior to joining Montgomery College, she served as a psychology instructor at Polk State College and Hillsborough Community College in Florida. A recipient of the Distinguished New Faculty Award for her engaging and motivational pedagogical techniques, Ms. Picard emphasizes clear communication and the development of critical thinking skills.
SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS
Paul Bayhurst (Shop Supervisor/Instructional Assistant, Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences) earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from John Carroll University in Ohio. Before joining Montgomery College he worked as a cabinet maker, having studied his trade in Ohio, North Carolina, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. He also has taught classes in the fine art of cabinet making and furniture making. Mr. Bayhurst understands the complexities of planning a project and securing the needed tools and materials. He is a winner of the coveted Washington Building Congress Award for a project he completed for Choice Hotels International. When he is not building something, he can be found riding his Indian motorcycle or on a rugby pitch.
Rachel (Raizel) Davis (Instructional Associate, Math/Science Center) comes to Montgomery College from The Ohio State University, where she taught recitation and tutored in college algebra, precalculus, and calculus. She also served as a mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering, and computer science tutor in the Learning Resources Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), earning advanced tutor certification from the College Reading and Learning Association. A member of Pi Mu Epsilon (the Mathematics Honor Society), Ms. Davis graduated magna cum laude from UMBC with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. She is expecting the master of mathematical science degree from The Ohio State University later this year. Her specialization is mathematical biology.
Christopher Guenther (Instructional Associate, Math/Science Center) joined Montgomery College as a full-time permanent instructional associate after serving as a part-time faculty member in mathematics. He has tutored in the Math/Science Center, designed and implemented graphing calculator workshops, and developed tutor training resources. Prior to joining Montgomery College, he served as a health care coordinator at Genesis Health Ventures and a senior programmer/analyst at Information Management Services. He also was the owner of Prime Tutoring, a service that provided math and science tutoring programs to Montgomery County high school students. Mr. Guenther earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a master of science degree in applied math and scientific computation at the University of Maryland.
Jeongrim Lee (Instructional Associate, Math/Science Center) joined Montgomery College as a full-time permanent instructional associate after serving in the position on a temporary basis and after serving as a part-time chemistry faculty member. She earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry at Ewha Womans University in South Korea and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Michigan State University. At Montgomery College, Dr. Lee has helped to create an active learning environment by tutoring students in chemistry and mathematics, assisting in the operations of the Math/Science Center, and supporting faculty and students in the use of instructional materials. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Lee was a director at the Kumon Learning Center, a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and a mass spectrometry specialist at Northwestern University.