Mohawk Valley Community College announces the following new appointments, employee title changes, and promotions as approved by the Board of Trustees at its March 16 meeting:
- Alyssa Devine, Instructor, School of STEM
- Kyle Hawkins, Coordinator of Workforce Development, AIM
- Gina Hayduk, Government Contracting Coordinator, SBDC
- Paul Katchmar, Administrator Emeritus
- Michael Kuczynski, Instructor, School of STEM
- Matthew Malloy, Coordinator of Workforce Development, AIM
- Mary Jane Parry, Interim Executive Director, Information Technology
- Jennifer Schuler, Technical Assistant, School of Business and Hospitality
- Patricia Washington, Coordinator of Re-Entry, Education Outreach Center
Alyssa Devine was appointed to the position of Instructor in the School of STEM after serving as an adjunct instructor and professional tutor at the College since 2019. Prior to those positions, Devine was an Ophthalmic Assistant at CNY Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and Chief Medical Scribe and Emergency Room Medical Scribe at PhysAssist Scribes, both in Utica. She holds a master’s degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in cellular neuroscience/pre-med from Colgate University.
Kyle Hawkins was transitioned to the grant-funded position of Coordinator of Workforce Development in the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), and will be responsible for meeting regional workforce development needs by coordinating the development and delivery of educational programs. He previously worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the New York State Education Department in Utica and at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind in Boston; an employment services specialist at The Arc; a teacher assistant/child care worker at The House of the Good Shepherd; and a tutor in Catholic Charities’ Refugee Program. He also served as a corps member for AmeriCorps in Sacramento, Calif. Hawkins holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, both from the University at Buffalo.
Gina Hayduk was appointed to the grant-funded position of Government Contracting Coordinator for the Small Business Development Center. As such, she will be head coordinator to the Procurement Assistance Program for the NY SBDC, assisting clients with understanding of the procurement process, identifying state and federal contract opportunities, and applying for certifications. She also will plan, implement, and teach training sessions for advisors statewide and maintain liaisons with resource partners, external organizations, and individuals. Her previous experience includes serving as project manager at Mountain LTD in Clinton; various positions at RJE Telecom in Clinton, including ROW administrator; and various positions at Verizon Communications in Utica and Syracuse, including area night manager and local maintenance manager. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and a bachelors’ degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University.
In recognition of his many years of outstanding service to the College, Paul Katchmar was named Administrator Emeritus.
Michael Kuczynski was appointed to the position of Instructor in the School of STEM. He previously taught at Truman State University in Missouri as an assistant professor and at Michigan State University as a visiting instructor. Kuczynski holds a Ph.D. in zoology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolution, and behavior from the University of Minnesota.
Matthew Malloy was transitioned to the grant-funded position of Coordinator of Workforce Development in the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), and will be responsible for meeting regional workforce development needs by coordinating the development and delivery of educational programs. He has served the College as an adjunct welding instructor since 2010 while concurrently working as a machinist and mechanic at M&M Contracting in Ilion. Malloy also has worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Herkimer County Highway Department and a CNC Set Up and Operator at Remington Arms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and technology management from Alfred State College and an associate degree in welding technology from MVCC.
Mary Jane Parry was transitioned to the position of Interim Executive Director of Information Technology, and will serve as the College’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for maintaining the College’s Information Technology Plan. Parry has been with the College since 1993, most recently as programmer analyst since 2013. Prior to that, she held various positions, including financial systems accountant, financial aid accountant, and principal account clerk. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, management, and economics from Empire State College and associate degrees in data processing, programming, and systems and business management, both from MVCC. She also holds a CompTIA Security+ certification.
Jennifer Schuler, who has been with the College since 2011, has transitioned to the position of Technical Assistant in the School of Business and Hospitality, providing specialized technical assistance to professional or administrative staff in hospitality or in the general supervision of student activities or events. Prior to this position, she served the College as an adjunct instructor, Escoffier Club co-advisor, professional tutor, and clerk and order manager. Before Schuler joined the College, she was a Wilton Method Cake Decorating Instructor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from New England Culinary Institute and an associate degree in Culinary Arts Management from MVCC.
Patricia Washington was transitioned to the grant-funded position of Coordinator of Re-Entry at the College’s Education Outreach Center, and will be responsible for coordinating support and educational services and activities to assist post-release returning citizens and offenders transitioning back into the community. She also will facilitate case management activities, including referrals to community-based agencies, employment preparation, and housing; monitor staff; maintain accurate statistical records; and prepare fiscal and quarterly reports. Washington previously served the College as an adjunct faculty member, and a prison and jail education coordinator. She also has worked as an adjunct counselor at Onondaga Community College, and a cultural competency trainer and health care integrator at The House of the Good Shepherd. She holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Canyon University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SUNY Polytechnic University, and an associate degree in criminal justice from Herkimer County Community College.