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HCA Graduate Program Faculty


HCA Graduate Program Director

Denise McVay, faculty

Denise McVay, PT, DPT, GCS

Interim Director, Health Care Administration graduate program

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Dr. Denise McVay is the Interim Director of the MS in Health Care Administration program and is also the Director of Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Marietta College, her B.S./M.S. in Physical Therapy from D'Youville College, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through Utica College. She is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

Distinguished Faculty

Jamie Cuda, faculty

Jamie Cuda, Ed.D

Director, Health Care Administration graduate program

Assistant Professor

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Dr. Cuda has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare education specializing in online course design and instruction, program curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and evaluation.  Dr. Cuda has secured over half a million dollars in grant funding for curriculum development and high needs programs.  She has successfully developed curriculum and transitioned hospital-based programs to college-based programs.

Dr. Cuda has extensive experience serving as coordinator overseeing health professions programs.  Through successful collaboration with healthcare professionals, Dr. Cuda has provided experiential learning opportunities for students bridging the gap from education to the workforce.  She is involved in many education community outreach efforts and established, chaired, and served on various healthcare advisory boards.

Dr. Cuda is a professional content reviewer for healthcare publications. Recently, she presented her research, Triadic Interaction between Social Cognitive Theory, Social Presence Theory, and Community of Inquiry:  An Online Course Instructional Design Assessment Model Evaluating Students' Perceptions of Social Presence, Collaborative Learning, Social Interaction, and Satisfaction with their Learning Experience ( at the International Conference of Learning and the Learner Research Network.

Dr. Cuda received her Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College graduating Summa Cum Laude; Master of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Oswego; Bachelor of Science in Business Public Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome; and an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting from Mohawk Valley Community College. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Maria DeGiglio, MA, faculty

Maria DeGiglio, MA

Professor of Practice

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Maria DeGiglio, M.A. is a health advocate with specific experience and expertise in higher education and health care. She received her Master’s Degree in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and her Baccalaureate from Cornell University. Ms. DeGiglio also holds an Advanced Certificate in Applied Research Ethics.

Prior to joining the faculty at Utica College Ms. DeGiglio was president and principal of Maria DeGiglio Consulting Group. She consulted for higher education establishing online and on-ground certificate programs in health advocacy. Ms. DeGiglio also worked for health care providers, payers, and technology solutions vendors and published extensively on the issues affecting health care in the US.

Ms. DeGiglio is a member of the National Patient Advocacy Certification Steering Committee, which seeks to develop an independent certification program and credential for patient advocates.

Adjunct Professors

Thomas Curnow, faculty

Thomas Curnow

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Dr. Curnow is currently the Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet (HCHN). HCHN works with healthcare systems, not-for-profit organizations, local and state government and private foundations to improve the health and well-being of children and adults in the Central NY region. The focus is on preventing chronic disease, improving access to healthcare and reducing healthcare disparity.

Dr. Curnow has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career. He served as the Chief Operating Officer for a not-for-profit organization in Westchester County, NY. Past work experiences include responsibilities as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Senior Vice President of Quality Development and Vice President of Residential Services. Dr. Curnow has worked in the healthcare, mental health, developmental disabilities and social services field for more than 30 years.

Dr. Curnow has served as a Senior Reviewer with the Empire State Advantage: Excellence at Work program (Baldrige style quality program) and provides consulting services to organizations in strategic planning, performance improvement and leadership development. Dr. Curnow has served as an adjunct faculty member in the HCA program since its inception.

Joseph Adamo, faculty

Joseph Adamo

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Joseph Adamo (Joe) has taught at New York State area colleges for the past 30 years. In addition to teaching at Utica College, he is a professor of Business and Management at Cazenovia College and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University. Joe teaches a variety of accounting and management related courses such as financial, managerial and cost accounting, as well as human resource management, principles of management, diversity, and business research methods.

Professor Adamo earned his degrees at Oswego State University, Chapman University and Syracuse University. He is also a Certified Business Manager (CBM). During his tenure as a professor Dr. Adamo has also served as a management consultant and trainer to Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and many small businesses located in central New York. His clients include: AT & T, General Electric, General Motors, Carrier Corporation, Otis Elevator, AXA Equitable, AIG, Chase Manhattan Bank, Verizon Communication, Target Inc, Pass Seymour LeGrande, Wal-Mart, Syracuse Police Department, New Orleans Police Department, local construction and service organizations located in central New York. He has developed training manuals for clients such as “How to Build a Retirement Portfolio”, “Diversity in the Workplace”, "Understanding Generations”, “Finance for the Non Financial Manager”, “General Ledger Systems”, “Supervising Difficult Employees”, “Accounting for Non Skilled Employees”, “Creating a Harmonious Work Environment”, “Management and Employees Interactions” and issues related to specific managerial problems. His area of expertise is financial, managerial, and cost accounting.

Bruce Brodsky, faculty

Bruce Brodsky

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Bruce Brodsky is an adjunct instructor and seminar presenter on grant writing, outcome measurement and nonprofit advancement. He has developed and managed new programs, and written successful grant and funding applications for most of his professional life. He has also participated in 70 rounds of federal, foundation and state grant application competitive peer reviews including 17 as Panel Chair or Lead Facilitator.

Through the years Mr. Brodsky has served as an officer and board member for over two-dozen community and public service organizations. He is past Treasurer and now Vice President of the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, the founder and current Treasurer of Utica Dollars for Scholars scholarship foundation, and co-founder of a regional Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. His other professional contributions to the field include facilitating board and organization strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Brodsky was also a former publically elected member of the Utica Board of Education and of the Oneida County Board of Legislators, as well as the Past President of the Utica Public Library, Mid-York Library System and the Oneida County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Elizabeth ‘Betsey’ Fortino, faculty

Elizabeth ‘Betsey’ Fortino

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Ms. Fortino is a graduate of Utica College and Past President of the Utica College National Alumni Council. She received her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. She is Past President of the Mid York Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and Past President of the Oneida County Bar Association. Ms. Fortino is currently a Principal Attorney for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Mental Hygiene Legal Service in Utica, NY.

Mark Hoeskstra, faculty

Mark Hoeskstra

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Mark Hoeskstra graduated with a BS from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1976 and subsequently served 8 years in the Navy's Nuclear Power Program on nuclear powered ships. He received an MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and then left the Navy and served for 20 years in various Human Resource jobs, culminating as the Vice President of Human Resources for a telecommunications company in Tampa, Florida. For the past 15 + years he has been teaching high school and college courses, both in Tampa, FL (12 years) and in Syracuse, NY (5 years). Mr. Hoekstra currently teaches one course for a local high school (AP Economics), ECN-535 for Utica College, as well as coaching high school girls and boys tennis teams.

Nancy Hollins, faculty

Nancy Hollins, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Health Care Administration, Gerontology

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Nancy Hollins has 25 years of experience at Utica College having started as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 1987. During this time, she has spent most of her time teaching occupational therapy and health studies students. For the past 5 years, she has also taught for the Health Care Administration and Gerontology programs. Nancy holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design, 2012 and M.S. in Instructional Design, 1986, both from Syracuse University, and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy, 1973 from the University of Minnesota.

Her research interests focus on issues of accessibility for individuals with disability, particularly accessibility of electronic resources (web, phone, and computer) and her health care experience spans all age ranges and settings. For instance, she has worked as a therapist in intensive care nurseries in acute care hospitals and in hospice with community agencies. Much of her healthcare experience has been with elderly individuals in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, residential settings, as well as home health. This experience combined with her doctoral education has contributed to her ability to translate research methods into the healthcare environment, necessary for teaching the HCA654: Clinical Research course.

Anthony E. Joseph, faculty

Anthony ‘Tony’ Joseph

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Anthony E. Joseph, has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator for over 30 years. He was most recently the Vice President of Long Term Care Services at Samaritan Medical Center. Prior to that, Mr. Joseph served as Administrator of Presbyterian Home for Central New York from 1999 to 2012.

Mr. Joseph’s accomplishments include opening the first residence for those with Parkinson’s disease in a skilled nursing facility, and the first Telemedicine Program for those with Parkinson’s disease in the country. In collaboration with the Joslin Center for Diabetes, he also started the first Telemedicine Program in a nursing facility for those with Diabetes. Mr. Joseph has made presentations to national audiences at the National Council on Aging and LeadingAge and received the Statewide James W. Sanderson Memorial Award for Leadership from LeadingAge NY.

Mr. Joseph served on the Advisory Council for the Oneida County Office for the Aging and was formally the President of the Board of Advisory Directors for the Elder Wellness Council of Oneida County. He also served on the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) Committee and on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging and LeadingAge NY.

Mr. Joseph is currently an adjunct professor at Utica College and SUNY Oswego. He prepares students for the Nursing Home Licensure Examination administered by the National Association of the Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators. A graduate of Utica College, Mr. Joseph holds Masters’ Degrees from Syracuse University (Maxwell School), in Public Administration and Social Work.

Helen Stepowany

Helen Stepowany

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Helen Stepowany has worked in the health and human services field for more than 35 years, and has had the privilege of serving in an executive leadership role for several highly regarded New York State non-profit organizations including Finger Lakes UCP in Geneva, NY; Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica, NY; and the Kelberman Center for autism.

She currently serves as the Director of the Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY, a planned community supporting children and adults with Down syndrome and related disabilities. Her professional interests include disability services, leadership development, strategic planning, non-profit organizational development and project management, quality improvement, and performance management. Ms. Stepowany completed her undergraduate degree at Niagara University and her Master's degree at Utica College, with additional graduate work completed at the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Derrick Suehs, faculty

Derrick Suehs

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS - Health Care Administration

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Dr. Suehs has more than 28 years in healthcare leadership positions and currently serves as the AVP for Quality and Outcomes Management at Mohawk Valley Health System. Prior to this, Dr. Suehs served as the Chief Quality Officer at Crouse Hospital. During his career, he has been responsible for organizational transformation and cultural performance through oversight of the hospitals' initiatives to improve quality outcomes, advantage human resources, reduce risks, create a learning environment, enhance the customers' experience and promote the mission, vision and values of the hospital. He has spoken at various national conferences on topics such as quality reporting and measuring real change, effective leadership, cultural transformation, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, and public reporting. Suehs holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas), a Master's degree in Business Administration from National University (San Diego, California), and a doctoral degree in Education with a special focus in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College (Rochester, New York). His research interest is emotional intelligence's influence on employee engagement and operational outcomes.

Dr. Suehs' experiences include: Quality Improvement, Outcomes Management, Management Engineering, Regulatory and Accreditation Management, Clinical Quality Services, Human Resources, Risk Management, Organizational Development, Educational Services, Strategic Planning, Patient and Guest Relations, Corporate Compliance, Employee Health, Employee Assistance program, Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services.