SUNY Schenectady Experts

At SUNY Schenectady County Community College, our faculty and staff members are experts in a wide variety of topics. If you are researching or writing a story and need someone to provide resource information or comments, please feel free to contact the college Public Relations Office at 518-381-1320 to reach any of the people listed below.

Business & Criminal Justice - Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism - Liberal Arts - Mathematics, Science, Technology & Health - Music - General Topics

Business & Criminal Justice


Robert Braathe, Adjunct
B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; MBA, Western Connecticut State University
Expertise: entrepreneurship, virtual internships, project management, hospitality, human resources, recruiting, LinkedIn, blogging

Sheila M. Foglietta, Esq., Professor
A.S., Molloy College; B.S., SUNY College at Old Westbury;
J.D., St. John's University School of Law

Expertise: law, the legal profession, business law

Gary E. Perkins, Professor
A.A.S., Hudson Valley Community College; B.S., Russell Sage College;
M.P.A., Marist College

Expertise: criminal justice, police, criminal law

Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism

Paul V. Krebs, Professor
B.S., University of Maryland at College Park; M.S., SUNY Oswego;
Certified Culinary Educator

Expertise: culinary arts, baking

Jay Larkin, Assistant Professor
A.A.S., Schenectady County Community College; B.S., Purdue University; TIPS/Health Communications Certified Instructor
Expertise: beverage, service, front of the house operations, dining room and banquet management, fine dining and service techniques, mixology/bartending, beverage management

Liberal Arts

Dean W. Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Professor
B.S., Brigham Young University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington
Expertise: Scandinavian history and languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish), Viking history, Russian history and language, European witch trials, early modern Europe, primary teaching responsibility: Western and world civilizations

Laura Combs, LCSW, CASAC, CPP, Adjunct
B.S.W., University at Albany; M.S.W., University at Albany
Expertise: Substance abuse, gambling, bullying prevention

Babette Faehmel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
B.A., Hamburg University, Germany; M.A., University of Cincinnati;
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Expertise: U.S. women's and gender history, African American history, social movements

Mathematics, Science, Technology & Health

Barbara A. Jones, Associate Professor, Aviation Liaison
B.S., Daniel Webster College; Commercial Pilot, Instrument, Multi-Engine; Certified Flight Instructor - Airplane; FAA Safety Team Leader
Expertise: aviation, pilot certification, air traffic control

Daniel Nicponski, Ph.D., Adjunct
B.S., University at Buffalo; Ph.D., Purdue University
Expertise: chemistry: organic, synthetic, and process

Ralf W. Schauer, Professor
B.S., University at Albany, SUNY; M.S.T., Union College
Expertise: environmental science


Brett L. Wery, Dean of the School of Music
B.M., North Carolina School of the Arts; M.A., University of Denver
Expertise: composition, woodwind chamber music, wind ensemble/band music, clarinet, saxophone, music theory, instrumental conducting Performs with: Empire Jazz Orchestra, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Dogs of Desire

General Topics

David M. Gonzalez, Athletic Director II
B.A., Lycoming College
Expertise: college athletic programs - basketball, baseball, crew

Dawn Jones, Assistant Director of Career Services
A.S., Schenectady County Community College; B.S., SUNY Potsdam; M.A., (in progress) SUNY Empire State
Expertise: Career Transition, Returning Adult Students, Nontraditional Students, MBTI Certified

Sabrina E. McGinty, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
B.A., SUNY Potsdam; M.S. Ed., SUNY Potsdam
Expertise: study abroad, international student and scholar advising, residential education/life, collegiate judicial affairs