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

Catherine Seaver

Catherine Seaver

Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

Area of Expertise: Academic Policy and Career/Workforce Development

Catherine Seaver is dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College. Prior to Excelsior College, she was vice president of academic and student affairs at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. For 14 years, Seaver worked at Manchester Community College as director of the business, engineering, and technology division; interim associate dean of student affairs; and department chair of engineering and technology. Seaver began teaching online as an engineering faculty member in 2002 and while in administrative roles, she taught as an adjunct professor. Prior to moving to higher education, she worked as an engineering and project manager in several industries for more than 20 years. Academic policy, workforce development, and teaching with technology are among her many areas of interest.

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.

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.

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.

Catherine Seaver

Catherine Seaver

Interim Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

Area of Expertise: Academic Policy and Career/Workforce Development

Catherine Seaver is interim dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College. Prior to Excelsior College, she was vice president of academic and student affairs at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. For 14 years, Seaver worked at Manchester Community College as director of the business, engineering, and technology division; interim associate dean of student affairs; and department chair of engineering and technology. Seaver began teaching online as an engineering faculty member in 2002 and while in administrative roles, she taught as an adjunct professor. Prior to moving to higher education, she worked as an engineering and project manager in several industries for more than 20 years. Academic policy, workforce development, and teaching with technology are among her many areas of interest.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Breanne Simkin

Breanne Simkin

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Areas of Expertise: Higher education enrollment strategies and improving student service

Breanne Simkin is associate vice president for enrollment management at Excelsior College. Prior to Excelsior College, she was associate vice president for enrollment management at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, where she worked closely with campus faculty, staff, and administration to develop long-term enrollment strategies, improvements in student service, and a shared vision that ensures long-term enrollment success. Simkin is responsible for the development of data-driven strategies to increase student enrollment while working collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure positive enrollment growth. She is a member of the National Association for Financial Aid Administrators and National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

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.

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.

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).

Lifang Shih

Lifang Shih, PhD

Special Advisor to the Provost for Curriculum Design and Innovation

Areas of Expertise: Instructional design and technology, curriculum development, outcomes assessment, program evaluation, and online education

Dr. Shih is Special Advisor to the Provost for Curriculum Design and Innovation. In this role, she provides leadership to execute the College’s vision to ensure courses are high quality, innovative, engaging, diverse, and inclusive. She also provides direction to competency-based education programs and specialty accreditation such as ABET and IACBE. Shih has been a champion of online education for the past 20 years with extensive experience in online learning technology, curriculum development, outcomes assessment, and instructional design. She previously served as the dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College. Before a reorganization at the College, she was dean of the School of Business and Technology and had previously served as associate dean, director of program development and assessment, and director of online course management. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.