Utica College Faculty
Learn to Meet the Challenges of a New Future
Our seasoned and forward-looking professors continually update and adapt their courses to meet the newest challenges faced by the Economic Crime and Health Services communities. Their goal is to provide students with strategies and concepts they can integrate with their knowledge and experience, and apply to challenges they face in current and future work environments.
Catherine (Cathy) B. Brownell, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Program: RN - BS Nursing
Catherine Brownell is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Nursing program at UC. She joined the Department of Nursing in July 2002 as Project Coordinator for the Tapestry Project, a Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from HRSA Bureau of Health Professions. She received a Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 2002. Cathy has a B.S. from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and an M.S. from Syracuse University. Her research interests are in rural health and community health nursing. She has presented her research locally and nationally.
Dr. Thomas Curnow
Program: Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Dr. Thomas Curnow has extensive experience in the developmental disabilities and mental health field at the administrative leadership level. He has held leadership positions in residential services, community-based services, quality development and corporate compliance. Most currently he is the Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica, NY. Dr. Curnow was awarded a Doctoral degree in 1990 from Syracuse University in Rehabilitation Counseling Administration through the School of Education.
Dr. Curnow has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member since 1992. As an adjunct faculty member at Mohawk Valley Community College he taught courses in Behavior Modification, Research Methods in Psychology, and Case Management in Human Services. Dr. Curnow is currently an adjunct faculty member since 2009 for the Utica College Health Care Administration graduate program. His teaching responsibilities include, Human Resources Management, Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare, Advanced Seminar in Project Management, and Master's Capstone Project.
Dr. Curnow's professional volunteer experience includes serving as a Senior Reviewer for the Empire State Advantage: Excellence at Work program from 1997 – 2007. The Empire State Advantage Program was a Malcolm Baldrige type program to assess and support excellence and quality across the not-for-profit, health care, education, government and business sectors.
Dr. Curnow also provides consultation services focused on leadership development, strategic planning, and organization mission/values. Dr. Curnow has worked with the SUNY Institute of Technology, School of Arts & Sciences, Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, Central New York Psychiatric Center, and the Oneida County Executive's Office.
Dr. Curnow is also a frequent presenter at conferences for the Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS. Examples of presentation topics include Understanding Data for Performance Improvement, Perspectives on Excellence, Strategies for Implementing a Leadership Development Process, Strategic Planning for Non-profits and Leading for Quality.
George E. Curtis, J.D
Professor of Criminal Justice
Program: MBA- Fraud Management, MS-Economic Crime Management
George E. Curtis is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and former Director of Economic Crime Graduate Programs at Utica College, Utica, N.Y. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. from Syracuse University in 1964. He received a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1968 and was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York that year.
Professor Curtis currently teaches undergraduate courses on the Law of Economic Crime (CRJ 343), Cybercrime Law and Investigations (CRJ 335), and Constitutional Law in the Criminal Process (CRJ 342). He also regularly teaches graduate courses on the Legal Concepts of Criminal Fraud and Corporate Criminal Responsibility (ECM 622) and Legal and Investigative Issues in Fraud Management (ECM 535).
Professor Curtis a co-author (with Professor McBride) of a college text on Proactive Security Administration, published by Prentice Hall. His second text entitled "The Law: Of Cybercrimes and their Investigation" is scheduled for publication by Prentice Hall in fall 2007.
Professor Curtis is a Certified Fraud Specialist and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. He also is member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, ASIS International and its Economic Crime Council, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, the Upstate New York Electronic Crimes Task Force and the Central New York Computer Crime Coalition. He recently served as a member of the Technical Working Group on an NIJ-funded project to develop a model curriculum in Forensic Accounting. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences and seminars.
Professor Curtis is a Past-President of the Oneida County Bar Association. Prior to joining the Utica College faculty, he served for more than 26 years as a confidential law clerk to judges of the N.Y. Court of Claims and the N.Y. Supreme Court, Appellate Division.
Professor Curtis is also Executive Director of the Economic Crime Institute of Utica College
Assistant Professor in Economic Crime Management
Program: BS - Cybersecurity, MS- Economic Crime Management
Joseph Giordano joined the full-time faculty of Utica College in 2008. He currently is Director of the Economic Crime Management program, currently teaches ECM 632 Information and Communication Security in the ECM program, and has taught that course as an adjunct instructor since 2003.
Professor Giordano currently holds the faculty rank of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and additionally serves as Director of the Utica College's Computer Forensics Research and Development Center. He received his Associates in Arts degree from Herkimer County Community College, Bachelor of Science degree from Utica College and his Master of Science degree from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Giordano served as a program manager for the Information Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He enjoys a national reputation in the area of information security and computer security.
Professor Giordano is a member of numerous professional organizations in the areas of information and computer security. He is a co-editor in chief of the International Journal of Digital Evidence.
Dana Brooks Hart
Director of M.S. in Health Care Administration
Program: MS - Health Care Administration
A dynamic educator in the Health Care industry, Dr. Hart has provided exceptional leadership and guidance to professional and aspiring professionals in corporate and academic settings. His commitment to research and applications to best practice offers a unique value proposition that both academic students and health care practitioners have honored.
Based on a 25 year foundation of ongoing research and teachings, Dr. Hart has blended an avocation in behavioral sciences and a vocation in organizational development to effect positive change. As a systems thinker, he is able to guide individuals and their organizations in creating future states that are both compelling to the stakeholders and caring to the clients served.
Dr. Hart is Director of the Leadership Institute, which is relocating under his leadership from Syracuse University to UC. Founded in 2001, the Institute has evolved to a regional coalition builder in linking business, education, and economic development organizations in a systems approach to community development.
Zhaodan Huang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Director, MBA-Economic Crime and Fraud Management
Program: MBA- Fraud Management
Professor Huang joined the Utica College faculty in 2004 after earning his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. He finished his undergraduate education from Renmin University of China in 1997, and received his MA in economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. His research interests are in the areas of investments, asset pricing, emerging financial markets, and financial intermediation. He received the AAII Best Paper Award from the Southwestern Finance Association in 2004, and presented several of his works at the Financial Management Association (FMA) annual meetings in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He has been published in the Journal of Economics & Business and Global Economy Journal. His teaching interests include Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Investments.
Professor of Criminal Justice
Program:MS-Economic Crime Management
Suzanne Lynch joined the faculty of the Economic Crime Management program in 2003. She holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University and a M.S. degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
Professor Lynch currently holds the positions of Visiting Instructor of Criminal Justice and Assistant Executive Director of the Economic Crime Institute of Utica College. She teaches senior level courses in the College's Economic Crime Investigation major and ECM 621 Advanced Economic Crime, ECM 631 Fraud Management and Technology, and ECM 637 Risk and Compliance in the Economic Crime Management program.
Professor Lynch has professional experience in fraud investigations and fraud risk. She was employed more than ten years as a Vice President of Fraud Prevention at Comerica Bank; more than ten years as Vice President and Business Leader, Security and Risk Management for MasterCard Worldwide; in addition to the positions of Vice-President, Private Wealth Management for Goldman Sachs; and Director of Banking Solutions for Searchspace, Inc. She is a member of numerous professional associations, including the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, for whom she serves on the Board of Governors.
Samantha Marocco, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Program: transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Samantha Marocco, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College, her MS in Basic Science-Gerontology from Clarkson University, and her BS in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College. She is a board certified specialist in Geriatrics and has diverse research interests in fitness and aging, Alzheimer's disease, and the oral history of her profession. She lives in Saranac Lake, NY with her family and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and canoeing in the Adirondacks.
Director of tDPT
Program: Doctorate Physical Therapy
Denise M. McVay is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Utica College. She joined the faculty in 1995, and teaches in both the entry-level ground-based DPT Program as well as the online distance program. Dr. McVay earned a B.S. in Sports Medicine from Marietta College, a BS/MS in physical therapy from D'Youville College and a DPT in physical therapy from Utica College. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) as a Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS), and licensed within the State of New York. Dr. McVay continues her interests in the area of gerontology and research on balance in the elderly.
Randall K. Nichols, M.S.
Associate Professor Criminal Justice
Program: BS - Cybersecurity
Randall K. Nichols, MSChE, MBA, associate professor of criminal justice, is director of the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program at Utica College, as well as Chair of the College's M.S. in Cybersecurity - Intelligence and Forensics program.
Before joining the Utica College Faculty, Randall K. Nichols was Chief Operating Officer of INFOSEC Technologies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Espionage and Information Security Countermeasures to support its 1700 commercial, educational and U.S. government clients.
Previously, Nichols served as CEO of COMSEC Solutions, a cryptographic / anti-virus / biometrics countermeasures company which was acquired by a public company in 2000. As part of the acquisition agreement, he served as Vice President of Cryptography and Director of Research. Nichols (a.k.a. LANAKI) served as Technology Director of Cryptography and Biometrics for the International Computer Security Association (ICSA) and President and Vice President of the American Cryptogram Association (ACA). Nichols is internationally respected, with 40 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in cryptography, counter-intelligence, INFOSEC and sensitive computer applications in the engineering, consulting, construction, and chemicals industries.
Professor Nichols previously taught graduate courses in INFOSEC, Cryptography and Systems Applications Management and Policy, Counter-Terrorism, Risk Assessment, and Wireless Security for the School of Engineering Management and Applied Science (SEAS), at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Cryptology, Data Protection, Intrusion Detection, Computer Forensics and Risk Assessment at UMUC Graduate School, for the ITS Department, College Park, MD. At UMUC, Professor Nichols was nominated twice (2004-2005) for the prestigious Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award. At the Center for Applied Information Technology, Towson University, he taught Risk Assessment and Information Security, Computer Systems Development Lifecycle and Middleware, and IT Architecture and Information Security. Nichols is co-developer of the five core courses for the new Towson University Homeland Security and Infrastructure Protection Masters Program (IHSM). He teaches IHSM 611, Critical National Infrastructures, online. Professor Nichols has been an invited lecturer at the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA.
Professor Nichols is certified as a Federal Expert Witness (Defense) in both Cryptography and Computer Forensics. He is considered an expert on Counter-Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism methodologies as applied to INFOWAR. Nichols is a professional speaker and regularly presents material at professional conferences, international technology meetings, schools and client in-house locations, on Cryptography and Information Security (INFOSEC).
Professor Nichols is currently writing his sixth title on information security: Counter-Terrorism in Practice: Targets of Opportunity. His previous books (with co-author Panos Lekkas) include: Wireless Security: Models, Threats and Solutions, McGraw Hill, 2002, a definitive textbook on the security of wireless systems and Defending Your Digital Assets: Against Hackers, Crackers, Spies and Thieves, (with co-authors Dan and Julie Ryan) McGraw Hill, 2000, a best-selling title on the subjects of cryptography and information security (INFOSEC) countermeasures. Defending is used as the graduate INFOSEC textbook at the George Washington University, James Madison University, University of Maryland, Rowan College of New Jersey, Iowa State University, Eastern Michigan State University, and Yonsei University, Korea. Nichols' previous books, The ICSA Guide to Cryptography McGraw Hill, 1998, and Classical Cryptography Course, Volumes I & II, Aegean Park Press, 1995, and 1996, have gained recognition and industry respect for Nichols. Nichols was the Wiley invited author for Chapter 74, Wireless Information Warfare in their December 2005, 3-volume Handbook of Information Security, edited by Hossein Bigoli.
Nichols holds BSChE and MSChE degrees from Tulane University and Texas A & M University, respectively and an MBA from University of Houston. He is currently completing a Doctorate of Science Degree in Information Security (INFOSEC) at George Washington University, School of Engineering Management and Applied Science (SEAS) in Washington, D.C.
Professor Nichols holds a TS / SCI security clearance (USDOJ) with current BI (3/02/2002) done by FBI.
Professor of Criminal Justice
Program:MS-Economic Crime Management
Edward Potter joined the faculty of the Economic Crime Management program in 2005. Mr. Potter holds a B.S. degree in mathematics and education from Villanova University and the M.S. degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
Mr. Potter is a professional practitioner expert in the area of fraud management and particularly check fraud. He was employed by J.P. Morgan Chase & Company for 26 years, reaching the position of Vice President of Operational Risk and Chair of the Bank Check Fraud Committee. Mr. Potter currently is Founder and President of PSI Fraud Solutions, a consultancy that focuses on loss reduction and mitigation in the payment systems industry. Potter also has served in various leadership positions with the American Banking Association's Deposit Account Fraud Committee and Routing Number Advisory Board, the Bank Administration Institute, and the New York Clearing House Check Fraud Committee.
Mr. Potter teaches ECM 621 Advanced Economic Crime and ECM 612 Manager in the Global Environment in the Economic Crime Management program.
Donald J. Rebovich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Program: BS- Economic Crime Investigation
Donald J Rebovich, Ph.D., is associate professor and director of the Economic Crime Investigation Program at Utica College. He is also Executive Director of the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) of Utica College.
Before coming to Utica College, Prof. Rebovich served as research director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. At NW3C he was responsible for directing the national analysis of Internet crime report data generated by the FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center and directing the National Public Survey on White Collar Crime. He is the author of Dangerous Ground: The World of Hazardous Waste Crime, which presented the results of the first empirical study of environmental crime and its control in the United States. He is also the assistant editor of the Journal of Economic Crime Management. His background includes research in economic crime victimization, white collar crime prosecution, and multijurisdictional task force development.
Prof. Rebovich has served as advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice on tribal technology and information sharing, and on environmental crime control. He obtained his B.S. degree in Psychology from the College of New Jersey and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.
Thomas M. Ryan, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Program: BS- Economic Crime Investigation
Professor Thomas Ryan holds an Associates Degree in Police Science from Auburn Community College. He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the State University of New York at Oswego. He began his career in Law Enforcement as a Police Officer with the City of Oswego Police Department in 1974 rising through the ranks to the position of Deputy Police Chief. In 1989, he left the Oswego City Police Department and became the Police Chief of the University Police Department at the State University at Oswego. In 1995, he was appointed Assistant Vice President of Public Safety, Parking, and Emergency Services at SUNY Oswego. In 2002, he retired from the State University at Oswego. In 2004, he joined Utica College as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.
Since 2002, Professor Ryan has worked as a consultant for the State University at Oswego as the Chairman of their Labor Management Committee, handling all labor issues between CSEA and the Management at SUNY Oswego. He presently teaches courses at Utica College and at the State University of New York at Oswego.
Professor Ryan does many management presentations around the country, most recently in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Texas and Orlando, Florida. Upcoming in November, he will be doing a management presentation at Princeton University in New Jersey. He has also taught a management course in Belgium with participants from Russia, South Africa, Ireland, Sweden, England, Belgium, Holland, France and many other countries.
Professor Ryan is a Vietnam Veteran, receiving the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He has been married for 34 years with three children and three grandchildren.