Dr. Stephanie Dorosko teaches both Science and Veterinary Technology courses, including Zoology, Animal Nutrition, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, and Animal Behavoir.
Stephanie earned both a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree and a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism at Tufts University – a clinical degree and a research degree, as she describes them.
Stephanie worked part-time as a veterinarian while working on her doctorate, which involved public health and the breastmilk transmission of HIV from mother to child. She has published a number of articles in scientific journals such as Journal of Virology and Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Stephanie did post-doctoral work at Dartmouth Medical School as an assistant research professor before coming to teach at Vermont Tech. While teaching full-time, Stephanie is also a veterinarian at a clinic on the weekends and in the summer.
Stephanie says she enjoys getting students excited about learning, as well as guiding them through the transitional process from students to adults who have to balance work and life. Stephanie is an adviser to 28 students and in 2016 she earned the “Carolyn Donahue Friend of Equal Opportunity Education Award” from the Vermont Educational Opportunity Association. It honors a person who helps low-income students, first-generation students or students with disabilities succeed in college.
My name is Cheryl Duby and I have been working at Vermont Technical College since 2011. I currently teach in the practical nursing (PN) program, but I have also been a clinical instructor for the Associate Degree program. In addition to working for Vermont Technical College, I also work per-diem at a local hospital and for the local school district. I have experience working on a medical/surgical floor, ambulatory care unit, school nurse, and in an outpatient office. Nursing is an amazing career because we get to help patients and families, but we are also always learning. I enjoy working as a nurse and I enjoy supporting students in their journey to become nurses.
I obtained my Associates Degree of Nursing from Greenfield Community College. When I graduated with my Associated Degree I started working as a post-operative surgical nurse, but knew I loved education and wanted to pursue my Master’s Degree. I worked as a floor nurse for seven years prior to pursuing my Masters through an accelerated program. In 2016, I graduated from Walden University with my Master’s Degree. Many of the faculty at the VTC Brattleboro campus are individuals that I have worked with during my nursing career and it has been a wonderful experience working with all of them in education.
On a personal note, I have been married to my husband for 23 years, have an eight year old son and four fur babies. I enjoy spending time with my family and going on adventures. In my spare time I have also worked doing animal rescue, which I hope to begin again after I get settled into my new full time role at VTC.
Marlys Eddy is an associate professor and program director of Landscape Contracting. She is a plant and soil scientist with a focus on sustainable agriculture and viticulture. Her teaching is focused on plant biology courses including Botany, Greenhouse Management, and Introduction to Horticulture. Marlys also works on native plant conservation for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest of the US Forest Service. Marlys has traveled to the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland to study sustainable agriculture and to participate in the day-to-day life of the intentional community. Prior to her appointment at Vermont Tech, Marlys worked as a soil testing and fertility consultant for grazers and vineyards, an agricultural research assistant with the University of Vermont Apple Team, and an environmental educator with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Marlys is from Belmont, Vermont, and enjoys cross-country skiing with her dog.
Ralph Esposito has over thirty years semiconductor experience with IBM involved in both the technical and business aspects of the company. He worked on numerous projects encompassing process and chip design, product qualification, product introduction into manufacturing and the competitive aspects of the business. His activities included extensive project leadership and people management utilizing skills such as planning, coordinating, communicating, training and negotiating.
Ralph also has over thirty years of experience in education. He taught a variety of technical courses as an adjunct at numerous colleges and at IBM. In addition to teaching, he developed courses and training programs for colleges and IBM.
In 2002, Ralph started teaching full-time at Vermont Tech. Here he is continuing his passion for teaching and interacting with the students while bringing into the classroom his industrial experience. He teaches at both the Randolph and Williston campuses and therefore deals with a variety of students, ranging from traditional to those already in the workforce.
Outside of work, his interests are walking, traveling, photography, music, books on tape, trying new restaurants, and enjoying his grandchildren.
Mary Findley is a full-time tenured professor in VTC's English Department. Her areas of expertise include: English Literature, Writing, Gothic Literature, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and Horror. Her PhD work is specifically centered around horror's manifestation in popular culture and what it reveals about the American psyche. She has created two academic areas at the Popular Culture Association: Stephen King and The Vampire in Literature, Culture and Film, and she currently chairs The Vampire area. She is published in her field and is currently working on a novel.
Matt Gallagher has been teaching in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Vermont Tech since 2003. His concentration is in embedded engineering systems that use microcontrollers, programmable logic devices and sensors. His teaching style is heavy upfront on a class learning the subject matter together in a formal way, then allowing students to pursue their individual interests in self directed projects.
"Projects allow students to connect the dots themselves and mimic more closely what will be asked of them when they leave here and get paid to learn, ie. when they go to work."
Prior to coming to Vermont Tech he worked for ten years at IBM Microelectroncis in CMOS and bipolar technology development and in foundry application engineering. While there he began teaching a class on semiconductor processing which led to his desire to shift career paths. His graduate work was in the area of non-linear fiber optics at Dartmouth College which he continued for a year at Ericsson Business Networks as a visting research scientist.
Outside of work his interests are running, biking, swimming, nordic and alpine skiing. He's a persistent guitar player and reads any book that comes recommended by trusted sources.
I myself am a VTC nursing graduate! I came to nursing after I had graduated from UVM with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Pre-Vet. The summer that I graduated from UVM I was lucky enough to spend time in Tanzania, Africa. My experiences there opened my eyes to the health care field and I decided that I wanted to pursue my nursing degree. Prior to working as a nurse I worked on farming sustainability and animal husbandry and then also in early childhood education. Since obtaining my nursing license I have gained experience in the long-term care setting, adult medicine and pediatrics. I began working towards my Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in 2015 and in 2017, I was lucky enough to begin working as a clinical instructor for Vermont Technical College. I am now working as full time faculty with the second year students (ADNs). I also work per diem at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In my spare time, you will find me at the barn with my horses. My husband and I are also avid skiers and love being outside as much as we can.
Dr. Grimes is the Dental Hygiene Program Director at the Vermont Technical College. Prior to the transition of the program to Vermont Tech she taught in the Dental Hygiene Department at the University of Vermont since 1984. Her areas of expertise are the Dental Sciences, Emergency Procedures, Clinical Dental Hygiene, Oral Pathology and the Administration of Local Anesthetics. She was the recipient of the 2001 UVM Kroepsch Maurice Award for teaching excellence.
Ellen received her Baccalaureate Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene. She earned a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University and a second Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM in 1999.
Ellen was the President of the Vermont Dental Hygienists' Association from 1993-1994 and has served that organization in numerous capacities over the past 25 years. In 1998 she was honored with the VDHA Outstanding Dental Hygienist of the Year Award. Ellen was appointed as an accreditation site visitor for the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation in 1999 and served on the Dental Hygiene Review Committee for the commission from 2003 – 2007 and was reappointed to a second term. She is a consultant for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and was serves on its Examination Committee. In addition, she served on the Dental Hygiene National Board Test Construction Committee from 2008 - 2012 and was reappointed for a second term beginning in 2016. She is the author of the textbook Medical Emergencies: Essentials for the Dental Professional now in its second edition.
While taking her first introductory flight, Robin Guillian became enamored with aviation. She was intrigued by the complex systems that were involved, the hand-eye coordination that was required, and the fact that she could work outdoors. She first became a certified flight instructor before moving on to flying commercial cargo and commercial passenger planes.
Guillian logged more than 5,000 hours as an airline transport pilot. Based for four years in Brussels, Belgium, she flew Boeing 727s as a Flight Engineer and First Officer for Express One International. This was perhaps her most challenging and rewarding position as she worked 12-hour shifts in the dark in some of the world's worst weather and congested airspace. There she learned the importance of working as a tight team. “You have to manage morale to get through the night,” she says. “You need to be a cohesive team and get through emergencies together – all while having fun!”
She later flew Boeing 737s as a First Officer for Aloha Airlines, based in Hawaii. She flew around the islands and could be home in time to meet her son after school. More recently she spends as much time as possible with a new passion: flying floatplanes on Lake Champlain.
Guillian earned a master's degree in mediation in 2013, realizing that this knowledge would help in any field and everyday life. “It goes with everything you do – whether at home, in a classroom or a cockpit,” she says. Outside of her teaching role she is also a conflict management trainer, mediator and justice of the peace. She's been researching the challenges of conflict resolution training in the airline industry. In 2013, she made a presentation on the topic at the American University Intercultural Management Institute's annual conference.
As she continually updates aviation coursework, Guillian takes pride in creating an extremely relevant program for her students. The aviation world changes so quickly (policy, expectations of employers, technology, rules, ratings and more) that courses cannot be based on textbooks, she says. “I love Vermont Tech's can-do attitude and its emphasis on creating graduates who are ready to get jobs.”
Guillian clearly gets a lift from teaching. “The cool thing about teaching flying is that you get to be with people who are very passionate about what they are learning,” she says. “You get to spend time with people during the best part of their day.”
Jean has 25 years of experience working for Bell Laboratories/AT&T/Lucent/Avaya. Because of her consistent contributions, and leadership to large development teams, and delivery of software systems, she rose through the ranks from Member of Technical Staff to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, then to Consulting Member of Technical Staff, and eventually to director. At times, Jean dealt with customers of products being developed, and with suppliers of components that were acquired. She traveled across the country meeting with potential corporate clients.
Jean’s technical focus is on networks. One of the networks she architected and oversaw its construction was one that connected systems in Arizona, Virginia, and New Jersey. While at VTC, she expanded the course offerings in the Information Technology degree to a complete program that competes with any in the area. This allowed VTC to become a Cisco Academy. Working with other faculty, she enhanced the curriculum of the CIS Department to a rich mix of courses. Her management experience allowed her to easily assume the role of department chair of the CIS Department.
Jean holds two US patents in Telecommunications which were granted in the US and Europe. She is a graduate from Seton Hall University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also is a Cisco Certified Professional.
I wish I could say that I always wanted to be a nurse. I was pregnant with twins when I was laid off from my job as a mortgage underwriter in the first housing crisis in 2003. Unable to find work, I went back to school. I had talked extensively to a nurse educator at the bedside when I was inpatient awaiting the birth. I knew that I loved to teach and was fascinated by her job. I started my nursing prerequisite courses when my twins were 6 months old. I completed my LPN certificate when they were 16 months old; my associate’s degree (ADN) when they were 3.
Once I started practicing in the Birth Center of a tertiary care center, I was hooked. I started precepting new hire RNs when I had been in my position just over a year. I completed my Bachelors (BSN) just 5 years after I had been originally laid off. In 2010, I started teaching clinically in the ADN program that I had completed. I completed my Masters (MSN) in nursing education in 2012 and accepted a position as the educator in the Birth Center. I discovered that not only was nursing a passion, but nursing education – all facets of it, is what drives me. I started working on my Doctorate (DNP) in May 2015 - the same month I accepted a position as an assistant professor of nursing here at VTC. I teach exclusively in the online BSN program. I graduated from my Duquesne University with my DNP in May 2017.
When not working, I am home with my awesome husband, teenage twins, tween son, 75lb labradoodle, 20lb beagle, 12lb kitty, 10lb bunny and a small leopard gecko. I love to knit and read spy novels. I am also a sports mom – girls play softball, soccer, field hockey, and indoor softball – year round running! My little guy is a great wrestler – all 85lbs of him!
Dr. Thomas Hecimovich has been teaching at Vermont Tech since August of 2017. He has been practicing Veterinary Medicine since 1989 and has resided in Vermont since 1991.
Dr. Higgins is a professor and Department Chair at Vermont Technical College. His is Director of the GE-Aviation Apprentice Programs, the GW Plastics Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program, and the GS Precision Advanced Machinist Program. In the 1990’s, working with IBM personnel and other faculty, Professor Higgins and his team created the Maintenance Built-In (MBI) and Excellence Built-In (EBI) Education Programs for Fab Operators, graduating over three hundred Engineer Technicians in what was a pioneering program in incumbent worker education in the semiconductor industry.