Excelsior College Media Experts

Excelsior College has subject matter experts in a range of fields who are available for interviews, guest commentaries, and speaking engagements. If you would like to contact one of our experts, email ajacobs@excelsior.edu or call (518) 464-8531.

Experts by Category

Mike Hoffman

Mika Hoffman

Executive Director, Center for Educational Measurement and Prior Learning Assessment

Area of Expertise: Assessment/Competency

Mika Hoffman is Executive Director for the Center for Educational Measurement and Prior Learning Assessment at Excelsior College. She came to Excelsior from the Department of Defense, where she served as the Dean of the Test Development Division at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, managing the high-stakes Defense Language Proficiency Testing program.

Anna Zendell

Anna L. Zendell, PhD, MSW

Senior Faculty Program Director, Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Education, Health/Healthcare, Mental Health, Writing Across the Curriculum, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and PTSD

Anna Zendell is a Senior Faculty Program Director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees graduate degrees in the health sciences and teaches regularly. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies and cultivating community for online adult learners. Her social work interests include rural community health, walkable communities, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Will Trevor

Will Trevor

Faculty Program Director, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Business, Ethics, Economics Business, Leadership, Marketing

Will Trevor is the Faculty Program Director for Marketing, Management, HR, and Entrepreneurship, in which role he is responsible for overseeing and developing the college’s various business programs. He has a background in sales and marketing, where he filled a range of positions encompassing both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business markets and across a range of industries. His experience spans both agency-side and marketing management roles, which have helped to inform his perspective on marketing from both a practitioner and an academic angle. And as a longtime member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he was recently honored to attain the designation of Chartered Marketer and he is chapter board member and a Professional Certified Marketer with the American Marketing Association.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Amelia Estwick

Dr. Amelia Estwick

Director of NCI, School of Graduate Studies

Area of Expertise: Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Dr. Amelia Estwick is the Program Manager at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI) and is a Thought Leader for Excelsior College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives.

Will Trevor

Will Trevor

Faculty Program Director, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Business, Ethics, Economics Business, Leadership, Marketing

Will Trevor is the Faculty Program Director for Marketing, Management, HR, and Entrepreneurship, in which role he is responsible for overseeing and developing the college’s various business programs. He has a background in sales and marketing, where he filled a range of positions encompassing both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business markets and across a range of industries. His experience spans both agency-side and marketing management roles, which have helped to inform his perspective on marketing from both a practitioner and an academic angle. And as a longtime member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he was recently honored to attain the designation of Chartered Marketer and he is chapter board member and a Professional Certified Marketer with the American Marketing Association.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Francesco Crocco

Francesco Crocco

Director of the Online Writing Lab, Student Advocacy and Academic Engagement

Areas of Expertise: Education, Literature/Writing, Liberal Studies/Humanities

Dr. Francesco Crocco is the director of the online writing lab at Excelsior College. He received his Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include composition and reading, game-based learning, British Romantic poetry, utopian studies, and education technology. He is the author of several books and articles on these subjects, most recently The Role-Playing Society: Essays on the Cultural Influence of RPGs (McFarland, 2016). He is the co-founder of the CUNY Games Festival and has designed game-based instructional technology with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Most recently, he developed the new Online Reading Comprehension Lab for the Excelsior OWL, which uses twenty-first century interactive multimedia to support college-level reading.

Anna Zendell

Anna L. Zendell, PhD, MSW

Senior Faculty Program Director, Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Education, Health/Healthcare, Mental Health, Writing Across the Curriculum, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and PTSD

Anna Zendell is a Senior Faculty Program Director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees graduate degrees in the health sciences and teaches regularly. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies and cultivating community for online adult learners. Her social work interests include rural community health, walkable communities, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity.

Mary Lee Pollard

Dr. Mary Lee Pollard

Dean, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Mary Lee Pollard is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Excelsior College. In this role, she assures that a high quality, affordable and accessible education is provided annually to approximately 9000 undergraduate and graduate nursing students nationwide. Under her direction, Excelsior’s School of Nursing graduates an average of 1200 students per year, advancing healthcare throughout the U.S. Dr. Pollard is an expert in competency-based nursing education, and in recognition of her skillful program management has served as a panelist in forums hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, and has provided presentations on the topic at national conferences.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Sharon Aronovitch

Sharon Aronovitch, PhD, RN, CWOCN

Lead Faculty Program Director, MSN

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Sharon Aronovitch is lead faculty program director for the BS-MS nursing program at Excelsior College. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical, wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) and gerontology nursing. Dr. Aronovitch practice has included clinical nurse specialist, clinical manager and WOC nurse. She maintains a consulting practice as an expert witness and two part-time clinical positions as a WOC nurse.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Associate Dean, Business, Science, and Technology/School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Energy, Leadership and Nuclear

Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he held leadership positions in the operations and maintenance departments at the Department of Energy nuclear facility in Idaho and in the commercial nuclear industry. He is currently the Associate Dean for Business, Science, and Technology at Excelsior College.

Bei Liu

Faculty Program Director, Business, Science, and Technology, School of Undergraduate Studies

Area of Expertise: Energy

Dr. Bei Liu earned her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Kanas State University. Before joining Excelsior College, she served as senior engineer in the fast-growing semiconductor industries. She has over 20 research publications and holds 2 US patents in semiconductor materials research area. Besides her enthusiasm in Material Science and teaching, she also enjoys reading, jogging, and skiing.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Will Trevor

Will Trevor

Faculty Program Director, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Business, Ethics, Economics Business, Leadership, Marketing

Will Trevor is the Faculty Program Director for Marketing, Management, HR, and Entrepreneurship, in which role he is responsible for overseeing and developing the college’s various business programs. He has a background in sales and marketing, where he filled a range of positions encompassing both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business markets and across a range of industries. His experience spans both agency-side and marketing management roles, which have helped to inform his perspective on marketing from both a practitioner and an academic angle. And as a longtime member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he was recently honored to attain the designation of Chartered Marketer and he is chapter board member and a Professional Certified Marketer with the American Marketing Association.

Mary Berkery

Mary Berkery

Faculty Program Director, History & Cornerstones, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Feminism, History

Dr. Berkery joined Excelsior College as the faculty program director for history in June 2014. Dr. Berkery has a doctorate and master’s degree from Binghamton University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History and a bachelor’s degree in American history from nearby Union College. Berkery conducted archival research as a Caroline D. Bain fellow at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. She also has expertise in the fields of human rights history, labor history, and immigration.

Anna Zendell

Anna L. Zendell, PhD, MSW

Senior Faculty Program Director, Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Education, Health/Healthcare, Mental Health, Writing Across the Curriculum, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and PTSD

Anna Zendell is a Senior Faculty Program Director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees graduate degrees in the health sciences and teaches regularly. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies and cultivating community for online adult learners. Her social work interests include rural community health, walkable communities, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity.

Mary Lee Pollard

Dr. Mary Lee Pollard

Dean, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Mary Lee Pollard is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Excelsior College. In this role, she assures that a high quality, affordable and accessible education is provided annually to approximately 9000 undergraduate and graduate nursing students nationwide. Under her direction, Excelsior’s School of Nursing graduates an average of 1200 students per year, advancing healthcare throughout the U.S. Dr. Pollard is an expert in competency-based nursing education, and in recognition of her skillful program management has served as a panelist in forums hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, and has provided presentations on the topic at national conferences.

Sharon Aronovitch

Sharon Aronovitch, PhD, RN, CWOCN

Lead Faculty Program Director, MSN

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Sharon Aronovitch is lead faculty program director for the BS-MS nursing program at Excelsior College. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical, wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) and gerontology nursing. Dr. Aronovitch practice has included clinical nurse specialist, clinical manager and WOC nurse. She maintains a consulting practice as an expert witness and two part-time clinical positions as a WOC nurse.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Kelly Hunger

Kelly Hunger

Adjunct Professor, Health Sciences, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Health/Healthcare and Military/Veterans, Military Spouses

Kelly Hunger is an adjunct faculty member with the School of Health Sciences. She has 17 years’ experience as an American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiologist and she holds a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about enhancing her students, clients and patients understanding of the human body and its optimal function.

Mary Berkery

Mary Berkery

Faculty Program Director, History & Cornerstones, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Feminism, History

Dr. Berkery joined Excelsior College as the faculty program director for history in June 2014. Dr. Berkery has a doctorate and master’s degree from Binghamton University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History and a bachelor’s degree in American history from nearby Union College. Berkery conducted archival research as a Caroline D. Bain fellow at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. She also has expertise in the fields of human rights history, labor history, and immigration.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Amelia Estwick

Dr. Amelia Estwick

Director of NCI, School of Graduate Studies

Area of Expertise: Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Dr. Amelia Estwick is the Program Manager at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI) and is a Thought Leader for Excelsior College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives.

Saul Morse

Saul Morse

Chief Technology Officer

Area of Expertise: Information Technology

Saul Morse is a Capital District native and new chief technology officer at Excelsior College. He is an accomplished senior technology officer and chief strategist, helping to educate users on translating business requirements to technology uses. As a catalyst for positive change resulting in several platform implementations, Morse most recently worked as CEO of MTX Group, a global firm that enables organizations to move to cloud environments. Prior to this, he was former chief information officer for NYSERDA, where he was responsible for charting the course of technology for the Authority during launch of the Clean Energy Fund (CEF), a 10 year, $5B New York State Initiative designed to reshape the State’s energy efficiency, clean energy, and energy innovation programs.
Morse earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Morse has been recognized as CIO of the year by Arizona Technology Council (2009) and a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld (2010).

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Will Trevor

Will Trevor

Faculty Program Director, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Business, Ethics, Economics Business, Leadership, Marketing

Will Trevor is the Faculty Program Director for Marketing, Management, HR, and Entrepreneurship, in which role he is responsible for overseeing and developing the college’s various business programs. He has a background in sales and marketing, where he filled a range of positions encompassing both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business markets and across a range of industries. His experience spans both agency-side and marketing management roles, which have helped to inform his perspective on marketing from both a practitioner and an academic angle. And as a longtime member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he was recently honored to attain the designation of Chartered Marketer and he is chapter board member and a Professional Certified Marketer with the American Marketing Association.

Francesco Crocco

Francesco Crocco

Director of the Online Writing Lab, Student Advocacy and Academic Engagement

Areas of Expertise: Education, Literature/Writing, Liberal Studies/Humanities

Dr. Francesco Crocco is the director of the online writing lab at Excelsior College. He received his Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include composition and reading, game-based learning, British Romantic poetry, utopian studies, and education technology. He is the author of several books and articles on these subjects, most recently The Role-Playing Society: Essays on the Cultural Influence of RPGs (McFarland, 2016). He is the co-founder of the CUNY Games Festival and has designed game-based instructional technology with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Most recently, he developed the new Online Reading Comprehension Lab for the Excelsior OWL, which uses twenty-first century interactive multimedia to support college-level reading.

Tracy Caldwell

Tracy Caldwell

Associate Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Literature/Writing

Dr. Caldwell has been involved with higher education for more than 20 years as both a faculty member at the graduate and undergraduate level and an administrator. She currently serves as the associate dean for the School of Liberal Arts. She previously held the position of lead program director and advisor for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program at Excelsior. Her doctoral degree is in English with areas of focus in Nineteenth Century British Literature, Twentieth Century American Literature and Film Theory. She also holds a certificate in Women’s Studies. She was the program director for the MALS Program for nine years and during that time received a National Academic Advising Association certificate of Merit for Outstanding New Faculty Advisor. She was also honored as Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for the School of Liberal Arts in 2012.

Francesco Crocco

Francesco Crocco

Director of the Online Writing Lab, Student Advocacy and Academic Engagement

Areas of Expertise: Education, Literature/Writing, Liberal Studies/Humanities

Dr. Francesco Crocco is the director of the online writing lab at Excelsior College. He received his Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include composition and reading, game-based learning, British Romantic poetry, utopian studies, and education technology. He is the author of several books and articles on these subjects, most recently The Role-Playing Society: Essays on the Cultural Influence of RPGs (McFarland, 2016). He is the co-founder of the CUNY Games Festival and has designed game-based instructional technology with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Most recently, he developed the new Online Reading Comprehension Lab for the Excelsior OWL, which uses twenty-first century interactive multimedia to support college-level reading.

Sharon Aronovitch

Sharon Aronovitch, PhD, RN, CWOCN

Lead Faculty Program Director, MSN

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Sharon Aronovitch is lead faculty program director for the BS-MS nursing program at Excelsior College. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical, wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) and gerontology nursing. Dr. Aronovitch practice has included clinical nurse specialist, clinical manager and WOC nurse. She maintains a consulting practice as an expert witness and two part-time clinical positions as a WOC nurse.

Will Trevor

Will Trevor

Faculty Program Director, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Business, Ethics, Economics Business, Leadership, Marketing

Will Trevor is the Faculty Program Director for Marketing, Management, HR, and Entrepreneurship, in which role he is responsible for overseeing and developing the college’s various business programs. He has a background in sales and marketing, where he filled a range of positions encompassing both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business markets and across a range of industries. His experience spans both agency-side and marketing management roles, which have helped to inform his perspective on marketing from both a practitioner and an academic angle. And as a longtime member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he was recently honored to attain the designation of Chartered Marketer and he is chapter board member and a Professional Certified Marketer with the American Marketing Association.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Anna Zendell

Anna L. Zendell, PhD, MSW

Senior Faculty Program Director, Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Education, Health/Healthcare, Mental Health, Writing Across the Curriculum, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and PTSD

Anna Zendell is a Senior Faculty Program Director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees graduate degrees in the health sciences and teaches regularly. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies and cultivating community for online adult learners. Her social work interests include rural community health, walkable communities, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Kelly Hunger

Kelly Hunger

Adjunct Professor, Health Sciences, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Health/Healthcare and Military/Veterans, Military Spouses

Kelly Hunger is an adjunct faculty member with the School of Health Sciences. She has 17 years’ experience as an American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiologist and she holds a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about enhancing her students, clients and patients understanding of the human body and its optimal function.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Associate Dean, Business, Science, and Technology/School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Energy, Leadership and Nuclear

Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he held leadership positions in the operations and maintenance departments at the Department of Energy nuclear facility in Idaho and in the commercial nuclear industry. He is currently the Associate Dean for Business, Science, and Technology at Excelsior College.

Mary Lee Pollard

Dr. Mary Lee Pollard

Dean, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Mary Lee Pollard is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Excelsior College. In this role, she assures that a high quality, affordable and accessible education is provided annually to approximately 9000 undergraduate and graduate nursing students nationwide. Under her direction, Excelsior’s School of Nursing graduates an average of 1200 students per year, advancing healthcare throughout the U.S. Dr. Pollard is an expert in competency-based nursing education, and in recognition of her skillful program management has served as a panelist in forums hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, and has provided presentations on the topic at national conferences.

Sharon Aronovitch

Sharon Aronovitch, PhD, RN, CWOCN

Lead Faculty Program Director, MSN

Areas of Expertise: Education, Health, Healthcare, Nursing

Dr. Sharon Aronovitch is lead faculty program director for the BS-MS nursing program at Excelsior College. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical, wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) and gerontology nursing. Dr. Aronovitch practice has included clinical nurse specialist, clinical manager and WOC nurse. She maintains a consulting practice as an expert witness and two part-time clinical positions as a WOC nurse.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Gary McClain

Gary McClain

Adjunct, Health Sciences | Psychotherapist in private practice, instructor

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Business, Career, Education, Health/Healthcare, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Psychology, & Psychotherapy

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum. His areas of expertise include coping with chronic and catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified life coach, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations.

Michael Verro

Dr. Michael A. Verro, PhD, MACP

Senior Faculty Program Director, Public Service, School of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Law, Mental Health, & Psychology

Dr. Michael Verro, senior program director of criminal justice and homeland security for Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies, is a former police officer, major crimes investigator (detective), DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author. He specializes in criminal justice and psychology, specifically law enforcement psychology.

Anna Zendell

Anna L. Zendell, PhD, MSW

Senior Faculty Program Director, Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise: Aging, Education, Health/Healthcare, Mental Health, Writing Across the Curriculum, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and PTSD

Anna Zendell is a Senior Faculty Program Director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees graduate degrees in the health sciences and teaches regularly. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies and cultivating community for online adult learners. Her social work interests include rural community health, walkable communities, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity.