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John Acosta, MS 

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College Now Course Coordinator: COM 11

Phone: (718) 368- 5205
Room: E- 323


Master of Fine Arts in Television Production , Brooklyn College

BA in Film Production

John Acosta is a Professor and Director of Media for CUNY at Kingsborough Community College in the department of Communications and Performing Arts.  Mr. Acosta’s professional credits include the ABC Sitcom, “Spin City”, the PBS/American Playhouse Documentary Series, “An American Love Story” and Nickelodeon’s “Little Bill”.  Mr. Acosta’s education experiences include teaching for Film/Video Arts, The East Coast Training Program at Motion Picture Editors Guild, Borough of Manhattan Community College, LaGuardia Community College and The Exploring Transfer Program at Vassar College.  Mr. Acosta’s Creative Works include videos edited for the Archive Committee of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (Interview with Peter C. Frank) and the Education Committee of the International Cinematographers Guild (Lighting Workshop & Digital Symposium) and the NY Production Alliance (Faces of NY Film and Television Production).  Mr. Acosta’s speaking engagements have included Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and Creative Content World (CCW) Conference.

Brendon Bain, MS

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Brendon Bain

College Now Co-Coordinator:

Phone: (718) 368- 5812
Room: G-300


Long Island University, MS  Exercise Science, 2015

St. Joseph’s College, BS Therapeutic Recreation, 2013

Brendon Bain is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Health Physical Education Recreation Therapy
Department.  He has taught numerous classes in the department thus far, such as Men’s Health, Global Health, Introduction to Recreation, Leadership and Recreation, Drugs and Society, Sports and the American Society, Cardiovascular Fitness, Training with Weights, Body Building and Adaptive Fitness for all ages.  Mr. Bain has also taught courses at LaGuardia Community College and worked as an Academic Advisor at both LaGuardia and Kingsborough Community College s.  Mr. Bain is also the Head Coach of the Women’s basketball program at Kingsborough Community College.

Boran Beric

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Boran Beric

College Now Course Co-Coordinator: BSS 1

Phone: (718) 368- 5623
Room: D-117


PhD Candidate, ABD Graduate Center (CUNY)

MPhil, Graduate Center (CUNY) MA, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

BA, University of Split Croatia

Boran Beric, CUNY Ph.D. candidate is a graduate of University of Split, Croatia (B.A. Philosophy), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (M.A. Philosophy) and the Graduate Center of CUNY (M.Phil, Philosophy).  His research interests include, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Moral Psychology, Logic, Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Carlos de Cuba, Ph.D.

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College Now Co-Coordinator:

Phone: (516) 476-2331
Room: E305


Stony Brook University, Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2007

Stony Brook University, MA in TESOL, 1999    

SUNY Oswego, BA in Political Science, 1989

Carlos de Cuba is an associate professor in the Department of Communications and Performing Arts at Kingsborough Community College. He has been at Kingsborough since 2017. He has a PhD in Linguistics and an MA in TESOL, both from Stony Brook University. He has previously taught at Stony Brook University, Pomona College, The University of Calgary, and CUNY Queens College. At Kingsborough he teaches linguistics and speech communication courses, including Introduction to Linguistics, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication and Basic Communication Skills and Practice. He also teaches classes in the ACE Learning Communities program. His research interests lie in the areas of theoretical and applied linguistics. Carlos is committed to the goal of equity in the classroom, and his current work in this area focuses on issues of language ideology and language policy in the classroom.

Dr. Libby Garland, Ph.D

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College Now Course Coordinator: POL 63 and HIS 68

Phone: (718) 368- 5624
Room: D-118


B.A. , Yale University M.A.,

Ph.D- University of Michigan

Dr. Libby Garland is an Associate Professor of History in Kingsborough Community College’s Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science. She is also on the faculty of the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Erika Gershuni

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College Now Course Coordinator: Business

Phone: (718) 368-5880
Room: M372


BA; Accounting | Information Systems, Queens College (CUNY)
MBA; Marketing | Finance, New York University, Stern School of Business

Erika Gershuni is a Lecturer in Kingsborough Community College's Department of Business. Her degrees include a BA from Queens College (CUNY) and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.

David Goldberg

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College Now Course Coordinator - Culinary and Tourism and Hospitality

Phone: (718) 368-6738
Room: V229G


MA in Language and Literacy – City College

David Goldberg is an Associate Professor of Culinary Arts at Kingsborough Community College since 2014, where he teaches Culinary Concepts, Food Safety and Sanitation, Introduction to Professional Food Service, Baking and Pastry, Patisserie, Artisan Bread Baking, and Internship. David is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including two PSC CUNY Foundation research grants, and a President’s Faculty Innovation Award.  His article entitled, "CD-19 Teaching Brief: “Do you Deliver?” Teaching a Culinary Arts Internship course in Brooklyn as New York City became the COVID-19 Epicenter." Was published in 2020 in Gastronomica. David earned his MA in Language and Literacy at City College.

Marisa Joseph

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College Now Course Co- Coordinator: SD 10 & SD 11

Phone: (718) 368-4761
Room: C- 102


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Master of Arts Degree in Industrial /Organizational Psychology, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Marisa Joseph is the Director of the Center for Career Development & Experiential Learning at Kingsborough Community College.  A product of the CUNY system, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master of Arts Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College.  Marisa has four years of experience in Human Resources, specifically in recruitment, and over 15 years of experience in Career Services.   
She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, and National Career Development Association.  
Marisa is also an active member of the Career Services Association of CUNY.  At Kingsborough, she plans events, such as Job Fairs, Career Panels, Information Sessions and On-Campus Recruitment and develops opportunities for students to explore different career options.  She also works with faculty to provide support to students.  Marisa has a passion for helping individuals become successful in whatever career path they choose.

Ryan McKinney

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Ryan McKinney

College Now Course Co-Coordinator: THA 50

Phone: (718) 368-4809
Room: E- 210


MFA in Musical Theatre, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

MA in Theatre Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY

BA in International Studies and Theatre, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Ryan McKinney is a Professor of Theatre Arts here at Kingsborough Community College where he also serves as the Director of the Theatre Arts Program.  As an educator, he has previously taught at San Diego State University, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Western Connecticut State University, Fairfield University and the Broadway Theatre Project. Ryan served as the Co-Director of the Pre-College Musical Theatre Studio at Emerson College for four summers, as well as the Chair of Musical Theatre for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for eight years.  At Kingsborough, Professor McKinney teaches coursework in acting, musical theatre, play production, theatre appreciation and play analysis, as well as directing the theatre program’s musical production each year. As a theatre practitioner, Ryan has worked professionally as an actor, director, choreographer, and theatre manager. As a scholar and writer, his research interests include musical theatre and politics, theatre and social justice, as well as advocacy for open pedagogies and civic engagement.


  • MFA in Musical Theatre, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • MA in Theatre Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY
  • BA in International Studies and Theatre, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT


  • 2016 Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion for Outstanding Service to Theatre Education.
  • 2013-3014 Prize for Innovative Teaching, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education & Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Theatre Management Credits

  • General Manager/Assistant Director, The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party, (2011-2013).
  • General Manager, National Tour: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2004-2011).
  • Tour Manager, National Tour: Forbidden Broadway (2004-2006).

Directing Credits (partial)

  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Director, Harbor Lights Theatre Company
  • The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party, Director, The Garden Theatre
  • The Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show and White People, Assistant Director & Choreographer, Contemporary American Theatre Festival
  • Over 15 productions, Resident Director-Choreographer, Kingsborough Community College

Acting Credits (partial)

  • Perfect Teeth. Role: Dylan, TheatreLab NYC
  • The Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show. Role: Ballroom Dancer/James (u/s), Contemporary American Theatre Festival
  • Kiss Me, Kate. Role: Gremio, Moonlight Amphitheatre.
  • Annie. Role: Rooster, MET2 Productions


  • Texas Theatre Journal(Texas Educational Theatre Association)
    Performance Review: St. Ann’s Warehouse production of Oklahoma!, Fall 2019.
  • Journal of American Drama & Theatre(City University of New York & Martin E. Segal Theatre Center)
    Book Review: Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past. Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, eds. Volume 31, Issue 3, Spring 2019
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers(Laura MacDonald & William A. Everett, eds.),
    Book Chapter: “He Could Get it for You Wholesale: The Producing Genius of David Merrick,” (pp.217-229), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Professional Service

  • Founding Chair of Musical Theatre, Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
  • Focus Group Representative, Two-Year College Program Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education


  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
  • National Alliance of Acting Teachers (NAAT)

Dr. Mary Ortiz, PhD

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Dr. Mary Ortiz

College Now Course Coordinator: SCI 1

Phone: (718) 368- 5724
Room: S-115


PhD Rutgers, The State University of NJ and UMDNJ

MS Rutgers, The State University of NJ

BS Wagner College

Dr. Mary Ortiz is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kingsborough Community College.  Her degrees include a B.S. in Biology & Mathematics from Wagner College, as well as a M.S. and a PH.D in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University.  Before coming to Kingsborough Community College in 1993, Dr. Ortiz was a Research Scientist in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Operations at NY City Technical College and The College of Staten Island. She has also worked as a Thesis Advisor and Mentor for the Graduate Physician Assistant Program at Wagner College/ SI University Hospital.




For Women’s History Month, we highlight Mary Ortiz. See her video HERE

Nympha Pierre

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College Now Course Coordinator: SD 10/11

Phone: (718) 368- 5309
Room: C-102


CUNY Brooklyn College, MAT Science 
Science Teacher (7-12) Concentration

CUNY Medgar Evers College- BS Biology

Nympha Pierre works as a Career Specialist in the Center for Career Development & Experimental Learning and in the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) at Kingsborough Community College. Ms. Pierre also taught SD 11 for several years.  She has extensive experience working with students from diverse populations and regularly facilitates career readiness workshops for Kingsborough ASAP students.

Bryan Powers

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Bryan Powers

College Now Course Coordinator: MCF 40

Phone: (718) 368- 5288
Room: E-313


MFA in Film- City College Of New York

BA in Film- Hunter College

Professor Bryan Powers (Media Arts), as a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), just completed another year as a member of the selection panel for the 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards, watching and judging over 120 short films from this year’s 650+ submissions. BAFTA notes, "The GSA BAFTA Student Awards is an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative storytellers from around the globe.

Professor Bryan Powers (Media Arts), as a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), just completed another year as a member of the selection panel for the 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards, watching and judging over 120 short films from this year’s 650+ submissions. BAFTA notes, "The GSA BAFTA Student Awards is an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative storytellers from around the globe.

"The most rewarding thing about watching and judging the short films in the BAFTA Student Awards is that the films are produced by a new and upcoming generation of talented filmmakers from the best film schools around the world,” says Bryan. "The diverse narratives and distinct perspectives featured in the films are always inspiring. The level of the films’ production standards are quite impressive and often demonstrate innovative use of the formal aspects of filmmaking to convey the themes and issues they address."
In 2012, Bryan was a film student and the first recipient at Hunter College of a scholarship award from BAFTA-NY, their New York branch. "While not an award based on my filmmaking, but on my grades and an essay I composed, the award meant so much to me, coming from such a prestigious organization,” he says. "Along with the scholarship came a student membership to BAFTA-NY, where I was able to attend many special film screenings and other industry events. BAFTA was so supportive of my education that it’s been an honor to continue my affiliation with their organization — next on the level of a Young Professional membership, then to a full Professional membership as I embarked on my work as a filmmaker and a professor.”

As a former BAFTA scholar, Bryan is excited to now be a part, however small, in BAFTA's mission to support other young student filmmakers. “This is something that I am very fond of,” Bryan says.

Prof Edy Rameau

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Edy Rameau

College Now Math Coordinator

Phone: (718) 368-5179
Room: E117 E Cluster


Brooklyn College, MS in Mathematics, 2007

Brooklyn College, MA in French Literature, 2004

York College, BA in French and Psychology, 1995

Edy Rameau is an assistant professor of Mathematics at Kingsborough Community College since 2007. He thought as an instructor the GED Math and Science Program at Kingsborough for 10 years prior to becoming an Adjunct. He is currently a High school Calculus Teacher and a Dean at Midwood High School. He is an avid reader who specializes in Francophone Literatures and Mathematics History.

Dr. Rick Repetti, PhD

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Rick Repetti

College Now Course Coordinator: BSS1

Phone: (718) 368- 5226
Room: D-223


American Philosophy Practitioners Association

PhD in Philosophy, CUNY Graduate School Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training

M. Phil. in Philosophy, CUNY Graduate School

B.A. in Philosophy, Brooklyn College

Rick’s checkered educational/life path affords him some experiential insight into some of our students’ challenges. In his youth, Rick lived for a decade in a NYCHA (NYC Housing Authority) public housing projects development in Astoria, Queens. Eight years after dropping out of F.D. Roosevelt high school in the last semester of his senior year and earning his G.E.D., Rick began college as a freshman at Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx (while working the midnight shift in a Manhattan law firm), he was a permit student for a semester at Hunter College in Manhattan, and then he transferred to Brooklyn College, where he earned his BA in philosophy with many honors, including summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and alpha sigma lambda, the evening student equivalent of phi beta kappa. After another (work-related) year off from academia, Rick entered the PhD program in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate School, and soon began teaching part-time at Brooklyn college (while still working full-time in the law firm), then at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, and eventually at Kingsborough. Shortly before he earned his doctoral degree in philosophy, he was hired full time at Kingsborough, and since has moved up the ranks to Full Professor. Rick is a CUNY person through and through, and the two summers he taught outside CUNY, at Vassar College’s Exploring Transfer Program, were part of one of Kingsborough’s Honors Program’s off-campus initiatives.

Rick occupies many pivotal roles in the life and governance of the university, the college, and his department, the Department of History, Philosophy & Political Science. Among many roles he has played over decades at Kingsborough since he started in 1996, Prof. Repetti is a member of the UFS, the University Faculty Senate, a union delegate in the PSC-CUNY, the Professional Staff Congress (CUNY’s faculty union), a member of the College Council, the chair of the Instructional Committee of the College Council, a member of the P&B (Personnel and Budget) committee in the Department of History, Philosophy & Political Science, and the college’s Grievance Counselor, successfully representing faculty in many formal grievances against the college.

Prof. Repetti is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), an APPA-Certified Philosophical Counselor, a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Practitioner, a Certified Mindfulness Practitioner, a Certified Life Coach, and he trained for two years in Gestalt Psychotherapy, with clients, under supervision. Rick is a multiple-decades Meditation and Yoga practitioner and instructor.

Prof. Repetti scholarly research is primarily on meditation and free will, and how meditation increases our agency while transforming our sense of self. Rick has numerous related publications and editorial roles. He is the editor of The Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Meditation (Routledge 2022) and of Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency? (Routledge 2017), the author of Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Buddhist Theory of Mental Freedom (Routledge 2019) and of The Counterfactual Theory of Free Will: A Genuinely Deterministic Theory of Soft Determinism (Lambert 2010), as well as author of dozens of articles and chapters on Buddhism, meditation, free will, philosophy of religion, philosophy of education, and on using fair-minded reasoning to combat political polarization. Rick is also on the editorial board of The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Philosophy in Two Year Colleges, and (formerly) the journal, Science, Religion & Culture. Prof. Repetti is also collaborating with Prof. John Vervaeke, University of Toronto philosopher, cognitive scientist, and author of the widely viewed YouTube video lecture series, “Awakening from the Meaning Crisis”, and other colleagues, to create an international network of communities of practitioners of transformative wisdom-oriented practices, such as meditation and contemplation.

Prof. Repetti is a co-founder of the CUNY Contemplatives Network (initially funded by a grant from CMind, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society), a group of over 100 faculty members across CUNY who are interested in contemplative and meditative practices and pedagogies. The CUNY Contemplatives Network has held a number of conferences and lectures series at the CUNY Graduate Center. Rick is currently negotiating with Routledge / Taylor & Francis on the creation of a new journal, The Journal of the Philosophy of Meditation, for which he will be the editor-in-chief; he is also working on founding and directing a related professional organization, The Society for the Philosophy of Meditation. He is also a Fellow of CMind, and a member of the Heterodox Academy, a national organization devoted to advancing viewpoint diversity in academia.

Rick’s primary professional aspirations revolve around bringing “philosophy to the people”: practices that bring the tools of philosophical practice to the general public, such as philosophical counseling, philosophical fellowship, philosophy cafés and podcasts, philosophical tabling events (“Ask a Philosopher” booths in public spaces), leading public meditations, etc.

Rick has been leading weekly meditation sessions for the entire college community (faculty, staff, and students) through the KCTL, the Kingsborough Center for Teaching and Learning, since 2007. Many of those meditations are video recorded and are available for personal use at

Rick is also an advisor to a tech start-up company developing a decentralized, validated-knowledge repository on the blockchain, an alternative to centralized information networks, biased journalism, and various forms of misinformation.

For more information about Prof. Repetti, see:

Paul Ricciardi, MS

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College Now Co-Coordinator: HUM 1 and THA 50

Phone: (718) 368- 5541
Room: E-211


MF.A. in Dramam, Trinity Repertory Company Rhode Island College

Linkleter Teacher Designation, Shakespeare and Company

B.A. Communications and Theatre   Bridgewater State University

Paul Ricciardi is an Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communications and Performing Arts at Kingsborough Community College, where he teaches Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Articulation, Play Analysis and Introduction to Theatre.  At Kingsborough Community College, he has also directed numerous productions including, Fabulation, The Hot L.Baltimore, Blood Wedding, The Solo Performance Festival, Antigone, An Evening of Tennessee Williams 1-Acts, The Children’s Hour, Detroit ’67 and As You Like It.  Paul is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including two PSC CUNY Foundation research grants, a President’s Faculty Innovation Award, four NY State Council on the Arts grants, a Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award and the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion.  Paul is a designated Linklater Voice Teacher and he works regularly as an actor, solo performer and voice/speech/dialect coach.  His article entitled, “I Want to Do That- an exploration of mentor relationships in the voice and speech community” was published in 2012 in the Voice and Speech review.  Paul is the Director of the Ancram Opera House, a professional non-profit theatre In the Hudson Valley of New York, where he produces and directs the, “Real People Real Stories” program.  Paul earned his MF.A in Acting from Trinity Prep.

Lili Shi, Ph.D

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Dr. Lili Shi

College Now Course Co- Coordinator: SPE11

Phone: (718) 368-5179
Room: E-314


Howard University, Ph.D. in Communication Studies, 2010

Arizona State University, MA in Communication Studies, 2006

Ningbo University (P.R. China), BA in English, 2003

Dr. Lili Shi is an assistant professor of communication studies at Kingsborough Community College since 2010. She teaches Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking, Listening and Speaking Skills, and ESL with a critical focus on language, gender, identity, and space. She has been an engaging instructor for Kingsborough’s various Learning Communities, Civic Engagement, Writing Across Discipline initiatives, NEH-funded CUNY programs such as “Building Asian American Studies across Community Classrooms” (2016-2018), and “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation” (2012-2014). Dr. Shi’s scholarly research focusses on transnationalism and diaspora in Brooklyn Chinatowns. She has published in China Media Review, Journal of Motherhood Studies, and many other book chapters. She has presented at various conferences nationally and internationally, and is a recipient of the CUNY Diversity Professional Development Fund grant, PSC-CUNY research grants, and the Waterhouse Family Institute Research (WFI) Grant for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University, 2016-2018. Dr. Shi is also on the editorial board of Women Studies Quarterly (WSQ).  She guested the special issue “Asian Diasporas” of WSQ in Spring 2019. She is a 2021-2022 fellow at the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

Theodore Timmins

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Ted Timmins

College Now Course Co-Coordinator: SD 10 & SD 11

Phone: (929)- 275-1971
Room: N/A


B.A.- History, St. Francis College

M.S.- Guidance and Counseling, Long Island University

Theodore Timmins had been a guidance counselor in the Department of Education for over 40 years, specializing in College and Career counseling. He is a state licensed mental health counselor and Nationally Board Certified.  He has worked as an on-site coordinator for College Now and has been an instructor for the SD 10/11 courses for over 20 years. He is now working as a Course Co-Coordinator.

Shamika Weekes, MS

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Shamika Weekes

College Now SD10/SD11 Course Coordinator

Phone: (718) 368- 5812
Room: C-102


Walden University, MS Psychology 
Child & Adolescent Development Concentration

St. Francis College- BA Psychology

Shamika Weekes works as a Career Advisor in the Center for Career Development & Experimental Learning at KCC and is an Instructor for SD 11.  She has also worked as an Adjunct Service Learning Advisor for the department’s Service Learning Program.  Ms. Weekes has worked with Coney Island Alliance through KCC Workforce Development & Continuing Education, facilitating career readiness workshops for Coney Island residents.  Prior to coming to KCC, Ms. Weekes worked for 12 years in social services, mental health & counseling, with several of those years working directly with youth and families at risk.