FYS Instructors

Meet the FYS Instructors

This year’s FYS is centered around the theme of social tolerance, and each section is led by a full-time faculty or staff member to better connect students to the Quincy College community.

Click on the topic areas below to learn more about the instructors within that topic area.

First Year Seminar Instructors

Meet the FYS Instructors in each of the topic areas:

FYS Instructors Specializing in Humanities


Leor Alcalay, Professor of English as a Second Language 

Professor Alcalay loves contributing his knowledge to enable students to discover their full learning potential and put their natural abilities to full use.

His students have gone on to success in core and major courses, internships, associate and advanced degrees, jobs, and careers throughout the world. Professor Alcalay is devoted to his family. He also enjoys reading, writing, communicating, and watching film.

Professor Alcalay is excited about teaching FYS, creating a welcoming classroom where students share experiences, explore new concepts, and compare personal and cultural perceptions.

Meghan Cassidy, Director of First Year Seminar & Retention Strategies 

Meghan proudly serves as the Director of First Year Seminar & Retention Strategies at Quincy College. She also teaches First Year Seminar and enjoys working with QC students because they are so motivated to take their next steps in higher education. She also has experience working in Academic Advising, Orientation, and Summer Programming at other colleges. In her free time she enjoys running and traveling, and will be running her first marathon this November! Meghan graduated from Assumption College with her B.A. in English and Spanish, and received her M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.

Meghan is excited for the opportunity to serve as a support, connector, and mentor for so many new students! She is thrilled to learn from new students as they share their own enriching experiences and stories.

Elizabeth Do, Librarian

Elizabeth Do grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, spending most of her childhood with her nose in a book. She has worked in many types of libraries and has been the librarian at the Plymouth campus of Quincy College for the last eight years. Elizabeth’s primary areas of responsibility are information literacy instruction and reference.

Elizabeth is excited for the chance to help  FYS students explore their career paths, and to figure out their learning styles, to really take a moment in their lives to pause, focus inwards, and see how they can be successful in college — something that she struggled with so much as an undergrad.


Steve Dooner, Professor of English/Humanities

Steven Dooner is a full-time English instructor and a past recipient of the Quincy College President’s Award for Excellence: Teacher of the Year. He is a graduate of the University of a Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Delaware, and Eastern Nazarene College, where he studied English and Educational Administration. He is widely known for his work in the theater, and he teaches in a style that merges his love of dramatic performance with his classroom communication style. He is also the faculty advisor to the Quincy College Drama Club, which puts on a student play each Fall and Spring semester.

Professor Dooner is excited to meet new students and be their guide to all the exciting things they can do at Quincy College.


Laurel Kornhiser, Professor of English/Humanities

Dr. Kornhiser loves the world of the imagination. Reading and writing poetry, novels, and essays make up her indoor life. She also loves being in nature–hiking, skiing, walking, bodysurfing. Dr. Kornhiser is passionate about her family, friends, students, work, social justice, yoga, and preserving the environment.

Like her students, she settled into her college career at a community college, and went on to get a bachelor’s degree at Boston University, a master’s at Boston College, and a Ph.D. at Northeastern. She has taught at Quincy College full time for nine years.

Dr. Kornhiser loves having the chance to get students excited about the college, their futures and life goals, and a world of new ideas.

FYS Instructors Specializing in Social Sciences


Amanda Deck

Amanda Deck, Director of Student Life 

Amanda Deck has been working at Quincy College since 2015 as the Director of Student Life and as an instructor for First Year Seminar. In addition, Amanda is the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY and Head Coach of American FC United U12 girls team out of Quincy, MA. In 2010, Amanda earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology and continued on to get her M.S.Ed in College Student Services Administration at The College of Saint Rose. Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and son, working out and exploring New England.

Amanda is excited to help students navigate their college experience.


Fred Doyle, Assistant Professor of Various Disciplines, Liberal Arts and Professional Programs 

Mr. Doyle has served in many roles at Quincy College including acting as a member of the Board of Governors and as the Director of Non-Credit Education. He currently serves as a full-time faculty member. Mr. Doyle is an attorney, who practiced law for many years.
The City of Quincy has been his “ hometown” for twenty-seven years. Mr. Doyle is the proud father of four sons and one daughter. Mr. Doyle enjoys politics, theatre, sports and spending time with his family.
Mr. Doyle believes FYS provides a unique opportunity for Quincy College to inspire its incoming students and stimulate excitement in their education and their lives


Henry Rubin, Professor of Sociology 

Henry moved to Pennsylvania and California from New Jersey and Memphis before returning to the East Coast in 1989. He believes that a college education and travel are the two best ways to explore the similarities and differences between people and to reconcile the diversity of humanity. Henry is always thinking about group dynamics and the creation of “others” or “out-groups”. Beginning in his youth with his study of the Holocaust, Henry developed a strong interest in why and how people commit crimes against humanity, especially genocide (the systematic attempt to eliminate a group of people). Henry is genuinely thrilled to teach at Quincy College where every day he can explore the world’s cultures.

Professor Rubin is excited to help students turn their dreams into achievable goals during First Year Seminar.


 Mary Jane Knox, Financial Aid Assistant 

Her name is Mary Jane but she goes by MJ. She loves Quincy College because of the diverse population. MJ was brought up in a low income, single mother; home in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.

One of MJ’s favorite things at QC is that she gets to help people who are struggling with their own self-confidence or doubt. She’s there to let them know that they CAN do it.

MJ was a Salvation Army Officer and Minister for 12 Years. Now she works in the Financial Aid Office and teaches First Year Seminar at Quincy College.

MJ enjoys watching first time and returning students grow in confidence.


Deborah Stockbridge, Professor of Computer Science

Professor Stockbridge has been teaching at Quincy College for the past 21 years.

She reads all of the time and belongs to a book club. Skiing, biking and hiking are her favorite outdoor activities. Professor Stockbridge enjoys working out at the college’s fitness center. Professor Stockbridge has four grown children and four grandchildren.

At Quincy College, she gets a chance to meet a lot of students – some from all of the world. Professor Stockbridge is able to really get to know students because of the small class sizes. Graduation is one of her favorite college events because it’s when students realize their dream of achieving an education.

Professor Stockbridge is excited to listen to students voice their opinions about the different topics that are covered in First Year Seminar.


Kenneth Texeira, Professor of Psychology/Sociology 

Dr. Tex has a Ph.D. from Fordham University and he did his undergraduate study at UMass Amherst and Cape Cod Community College. He has published articles on bioethics, spirituality in health care, and he is a music producer, vocalist, and he likes to support Combat Veterans heal through fishing.

Dr. Tex believes education is like the sun to help students find their purpose.

FYS Instructors Specializing in Civic Engagement


Susan Bossa, Associate Vice President for Student Development 

Professor Bossa has been teaching for over 20 years with varied experiences in the K-12 system, high school special education classrooms and the past ten years in higher education. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Teaching and her Masters Degree in Education. Professor Bossa also teaches Developmental Math. At Quincy College she oversees the Student Development department. In her free time, Professor Bossa can be seen playing with her grandchildren, renovating houses and dancing under the stars – although she wishes she could dance with the stars!

She is looking forward to the active involvement in this seminar class as students explore how to make a difference in civic life.


Matt Delaney, Head Administrator for the Plymouth Campus & Professor of Criminal Justice

Professor Delaney has over 20 years of experience working in private security and law enforcement. He also served for 16 years with the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Professor Delaney holds a BA in Management from Curry College, MBA from Nichols College and current certifications as a MOAB Instructor and a Professional Certified Investigator.

Within the last eight years he has assisted in job placement of almost 500 students. Professor Delaney loves going to the gym with his wife of 18 years, playing with their four German Sheppards and watching his son play soccer as a Goalkeeper in the United States Developmental Academy System.

Professor Delaney enjoys having the opportunity collaborate with students who are in their first year of college. The QC faculty empower students to make educated decisions not only in college but in life outside of the college.

Meghan Germinaro, Instructor of Early Childhood 

Professor Germinaro is excited to be teaching FYS. She has been teaching on both campuses at Quincy College for 5 years. Professor Germinaro also serves as an Early Childhood and Elementary Education Instructor and Advisor. She has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years.

Professor Germinaro and her husband are raising four young children. She enjoys watching students grow mentally through critical thinking, and application of concepts and ideas.

Professor Germinaro is excited for the opportunity to form relationships with students and get them excited about learning during their first semester here at Quincy College.

Rhiannon Gorham, Academic Advising Specialist

Rhiannon Gorham, teaches both on campus, and online courses at Quincy College. In addition to teaching, she serves as a full-time Academic Advisor in the Advising Office. Rhiannon graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a B.A. in English and from Northeastern University with an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration.

Rhiannon is originally from Weymouth, but has lived in Quincy for much of her life and loves living here. She has a huge family; she is the oldest of 6. Her father is one of 15 and she has about 40 first cousins! In her free time she enjoys watching the Celtics and Bruins, listening to live music, and traveling.

Rhiannon is excited to meet new students at Quincy College.


Heather Keen, Academic Advising Associate 

Heather has been at Quincy College for over 10 years, working in various roles around the College including Student Life, the Divisions of Professional Programs and Liberal Arts, and most recently as an Academic Advisor in the Advising Office. She has been teaching FYS since fall 2014. Heather has a Bachelors in Communications from Manhattanville College and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University. In her spare time Heather likes to put her own spin on recipes she found on Pinterest, workout (Barre and Pound Fitness classes) hike, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

As an FYS Instructor, Heather loves helping students reach that “Ah-ha” moment where they are able to realize and work toward reaching their goals.


Ruth Jimenez-Perez, Librarian 

Ruth is of Puerto Rican descent and fluent in Spanish. She loves to read and spend time with her family. Ruth feels that the best part of her job is working with students. She feels a sense of accomplishment in providing them with the knowledge and skills required for their success.

Ruth enjoys the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students and learn about the different experiences that have shaped their lives.

Jason Paynich, Professor of Criminal Justice 

Jason Paynich has been teaching at Quincy College in the Criminal Justice program since 2009. Professor Paynich considers himself a criminal justice generalist with interests in crime analysis and police ethics. He has served as a police officer in Montana and was appointed to be a research Fellow at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Office of State and Local Training before moving to the Boston area. He enjoys traveling with his kids, flying drones and teaching Criminal Justice.

Jason is excited for the opportunity to help students “kick-off” one of the most important chapters of their lives.

FYS Instructors Specializing in Business


Maureen Chisholm, Professor of Business 

Maureen Chisholm has been with Quincy College for over 15 years. Professor Chisholm has taught for many local colleges and universities for over 18 years. She holds a Master of Management Science from Lesley University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College, an Associate in Science from Aquinas College. She has owned two consulting businesses.

Professor Chisholm believes that First Year Seminar is a very critical component to a student’s success in their higher education goals.


Ray Guillette, Associate Professor of Business

Dr. Raymond Guillette sees himself as a Higher Education Evangelist spreading the “gospel” of how education is the great equalizer of life. When asked who he was – ” he said I am just a teacher”. His passion and vocation is teaching and learning.

Dr. Guillette is excited about the collaborative learning environment in his FYS courses.


Marie Keough, Assistant Professor of Business 

Professor Keough earned her AS degree in Travel & Tourism Management, BS degree in Hospitality Management, MS degree in Managerial Technology from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

She has had the opportunity to travel the world and meet so many interesting people. Professor Keough has worked in the Hospitality & Tourism industry working as a tour guide, airline regional representative, hotel Concierge, General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing.

She is excited to be continuing her career by working in her hometown of Quincy, teaching at Quincy College. She is looking forward to meeting the FYS students.


Kristin Noone, Instructor of Business

Kristin Noone’s business experience includes being a self-employed consultant, a leader of an educational nonprofit organization, and a marketing manager. She has worked in a variety of industries, such as: hospitality, automotive, construction, and retail. As a mother of four kids she finds creative ways to manage her time effectively. Instructor Noone is an avid reader, runner, biker, swimmer, and hockey player. She has found that the best way to stay happy in life is to try new things, especially things that make you nervous.

Instructor Noone is excited to connect with new students as they start their college journey.


Jim Peters, Assistant Professor of Computer Science 

Professor Peters is a Quincy College Alumni. He received his degrees from Northeastern University (BS) and from Boston University (MS). Professor Peters and his wife of 38 years have three children and three grandchildren. He had a 25 year career as a software engineer in product development at Motorola, GTE, and Nokia.

Professor Peters also has a passion for music, playing the guitar and singing. He is the faculty adviser for the QC guitar club.

Professor Peters believes that First Year Seminar is an exciting opportunity to make a major impact on the future success of our incoming students.

FYS Instructors Specializing in Natural Science


Barbara Cornell, Clinical Supervisor for Medical Laboratory Technology

Barbara Cornell started her career as a certified phlebotomist, returned to school to become a Medical Laboratory Technician and worked as a tech in various capacities for many years. Eventually she returned to school again to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health in May 2019. Barbara is a daily meditator and a certified yoga instructor and a hockey mom! She believes in lifelong learning and looks forward to bringing all of her past experiences into the FYS course, facilitating an environment that encourages learning, discussion and respect.

She’s looking forward to working with students, hearing their ideas and watching them become confident students and lifelong learners.


Madalina Johnson, Coordinator of Science Laboratories 

Throughout the last ten years, Madalina Johnson has taught various subjects at Quincy College which include Chemistry, Mathematics, and Nutrition. Since starting her academic studies at Ovidius University in Romania, her goal has always been to become a teacher. It is Professor Johnson’s goal to help students find their passion and interests. She inspires students to expand and challenge themselves, and develop their talents and professional skills whereby they will gain rewarding careers in their desired field.

Professor Johnson considers First Year Seminar a great opportunity to collaborate with students and to help them find their strengths and achieve their dreams.


Contact Info:

Quincy Campus

1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Tel:  (617) 984-1700

Plymouth Campus

36 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360

Tel:  (508) 747-0400


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