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The following speakers are available from Harford Community College:

Carol Allen, Director for Library and Information Resources

Bio: Ms. Allen has 28 years experience as a librarian, 25 of which have been in an administrative capacity. She earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a M.L.S. from the University of California Berkley.
Topics: Administration of Libraries, Value of Libraries, Professional Ethics of Librarians

Sheldon Bair, Adjunct Faculty - Music

Bio: Founder and Music Director of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Bair teaches orchestra at Southampton Middle School and is an adjunct faculty member at Harford Community College.
Topics: The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, Community and School Music

Rod Bourn, Coordinator for Professional Development

Bio: A native Harford Countian, Rod earned his B.S. in Business, and M.S. in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins. He is a graduate of the 2008 Harford Leadership Academy class. Rod spent most of his career in human resources before joining HCC, and is active as a local volunteer with a variety of organizations. He enjoys various outdoor activities, traveling and gastronomic pursuits.
Topics: Business Soft Skills (i.e., Leadership, Team Building, Event Planning, Humor & Motivation), Running a Nonprofit, Local History, MA & PA Trail, Using Social Networking, Sports/Games/Outdoor Activities

Deborah Cruise, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

Bio: Dr. Cruise is responsible for Enrollment Services, Student Development Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Institutional Accreditation and Research. She is an active Accreditation Evaluation Team Member for the Middle States Association-Commission on Higher Education and a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy. Dr. Cruise is also a member of the Harford County Local Management Board, the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Student Transfer Advisory Committee, the American Association of University Women, the National Council on Student Development, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and Society for College and University Planning.
Topics: Facilitating/Moderating Debates, Keys to Achievement and Success, HCC Programs and Services, Events, Admissions and Transfers. Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education

Bill Ekey, Transitional Mathematics Faculty

Bio: Bill Ekey spent 34 years in the Harford County Public Schools as a high school principal and as the Director of Secondary Education. He has taught as an adjunct at Harford Community College. Mr. Ekey earned a B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.Ed. from Loyola College.
Topics: Trends in Enrollment, Employees, Financial Aid, Graduation, and Transfer Regarding Harford Community College; Harford Community College’s Impact on the Community; Harford Community College’s Strategic Plan; Information Based on Campus-Wide Surveys

Laura Hutton, Associate Professor of Education

Bio: Ms. Hutton is a full time faculty member at HCC in the early childhood education and teacher education transfer programs. She holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Her experience includes five years with Harford County Public Schools, seven years with the Forbush School, eleven years as an adjunct at Towson University, and nine years as a foster parent. She has taught children aged 3-13 both with and without disabilities.
Topics: Childcare, Child Development, Disabilities, Education, Foster Care & Adoption

Kenneth Jones, Associate Professor of Art and Design

Bio: An award-winning professional artist, Prof. Jones teaches courses in graphic design and photography. He has exhibited his work internationally in more than 75 solo and group shows and most recently curated "HPE 2 WRK U AGN SN: Ephemeral Communiqué 1920-1980," a design exhibition of QSL cards researched while on sabbatical in 2010. Jones was awarded a 2006 Established Visual Arts Fellowship from the Delaware State Arts Council, a 2003 Creative Fellowship in Printmaking through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper.
Topics: Advertising and Design, Art and Design, Art as Medicine, Consumer Culture, Media and Copyright Pertaining to the Arts, Curriculum Development in Art, Design and Photography, Digital Imaging, Experimental Art, Graphic Design, Installation Art, History of Photography, Professional Practices and Portfolio Development for Artists, Photographers and Designers, and Curating.

Ken Krsolovic, Athletics Director

Bio: Before coming to Harford in 2007, Mr. Krsolovic spent 27 years in a variety of roles at four NCAA institutions.  In 2006, he was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association for his 25 years of collegiate coaching.  As an adjunct professor, he has taught a slate of classes in Sports Management and is a past president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.  Also an accomplished sports broadcaster, he handled 15 seasons of NCAA Division I basketball play-by-play in the nation’s 4th largest market, Philadelphia.  An alum of The University of Toledo, he has co-authored a book on League Park, former home of the Cleveland Indians, and was inducted to the Lakeland Community College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015. 
Topics: Athletic Administration, Coaching baseball, Sports Broadcasting, Sports Marketing and Communications and Sports Facilities, Ballpark Evolution and History

Brenda Blackburn Morrison, Chief of Staff and Vice President for External Relations and Communications

Bio: Ms. Morrison holds a bachelor's from Gardner Webb in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from NC State. She spent the first seven years of her career managing sports events including running Olympic trials and national championships. She was involved in recruiting the Carolina Panthers to North Carolina. Ms. Morrison is the former President/CEO of Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina where she recruited numerous businesses and industries to eastern North Carolina.
Topics: Harford Community College, its Mission, Vision and Values, Naming Opportunities and Philanthropic Opportunities at the College, HCC Cultural Events, the HCC Foundation, Government Relations

Susan Muaddi Darraj, Associate Professor of English

Bio: Prof. Muaddi Darraj, who has been teaching full time at Harford Community College since 2004, earned a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from Rutgers University. She is the author of The Inheritance of Exile, a work of fiction that tells the story of Arab women living in the U.S. It is told through the perspectives of Arab-American women and their mothers, discussing what it is like to grow up between cultures. Her new book of fiction, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, is set in Palestine over the past century; the book recently won the Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction and the Arab American Book Award. Prof. Muaddi Darraj is the author of several other books, former editor of The Baltimore Review, and one of the current editors of Barrelhouse Magazine.
Topics: Creative writing, Publishing, Arab-American life, Arab and Arab-American feminism

Susan Nicolaides, Director for Cultural Events and Performing Arts

Bio: Ms. Nicolaides served as company manager of Harford Dance Theatre (HDT) from 1987 to 1993, and was resident costume designer for 26 productions of the Phoenix Festival Theater and TheaterWorks. Since 1990, Susan has designed costumes for HDT productions, regional dance companies, and Goucher College’s dance department. Susan holds a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Maryland.
Topics: Costume Design, Theater Programming

Tim Schneider, Student Development Specialist

Bio: In his former role as Coordinator for the Fitness Center, Mr. Schneider supervised eighteen physical education faculty members, and was responsible for course development, scheduling and budget oversight. He has taught courses in Fitness Maintenance, Lifetime Fitness, Jogging, Weight Training, Wellness Theory and Application, and Contemporary Health Issues.
Topics: Fitness, Mental Health, Nutrition, Stress Management and Weight Management

Anne Shugars, CFA, Assistant Professor of Economics

Bio: Mrs. Shugars teaches online and face to face Macroeconomics and Microeconomics courses at HCC. She earned a B.A. from Loyola College, an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to teaching she had a successful 16 year career as an institutional investment analyst and manager in Washington, D.C.
Topics: Economics, Finance, Business.

Deborah Wrobel, Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Bio: In addition to her responsibilities as Dean of the STEM division, Ms.Wrobel has been involved in campus sustainability and green/healthy buildings at Harford Community College. Dean Wrobel has over 30 years experience in STEM higher education. She earned a B.A. from Merrimack College and an M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University. Her graduate degree is in Environmental Science and Engineering.
Topics: Science, Engineering and Mathematics Higher Education; Environmental Sustainability, Green Buildings, Best Practices in Teaching and Learning.