Organizational Leadership & Communication Faculty

    Andrew Burns

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone: (845) 848-4026
    Office: Casey Hall 19

    B.A. – The State University of New York
    M.A.T. – The State University of New York
    Ed.D. – Union University

    Dr. Burns is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. His research interests include media’s effects on communication, social media communication, and semiotics of film and television. He is the campus advisor to the Alpha Gamma Phi chapter of the National Communication Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 he was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Grant. Among the courses he teaches are Documentary Film, Broadcast Journalism, and Digital Media.

        AnnMarie DiSiena, Ed. D.

        Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Coordinator of the Communication Studies Program

        Phone: (845) 848-4038
        Office: Casey Hall Annex

        B.A. – Iona College
        M.A. – Fordham University
        Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership: Argosy University

        Dr. DiSiena has been a faculty member at Dominican College for over 33 years — 24 years full time. In addition to her work with the Communication Studies Program, she is the Director of Special Sessions which includes Winter and Summer Sessions and Director of Academics for Alternative Undergraduate Sessions.
        Dr. DiSiena teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Leadership and Organizational Communication. Annually, she also facilitates a Public Speaking Academy Program for High School juniors and seniors and is a workshop facilitator for a Teen Leadership program for HS sophomores, a sub- division of Leadership Rockland.
        She has presented and brought students to present at the New York State Communication Association. She has also presented workshops in Leadership and Communication.

            Kathleen Hickey

            Associate Professor of English

            Phone: (845) 848-4009
            Office: Casey Hall 19

            B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
            M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
            Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

            As an educator for over 30 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional aged students to returning adult students. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. For the past three years she has participated in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting poetry for their National Day of Writing.

            Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all types of music, and generally being active.

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                Mark C. Meachem

                Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director Division of Arts and Sciences

                Phone: (845) 848-4043
                Office: Casey Hall 19

                B.A. – Journalism, St. Michael’s College
                M.S. – Management Communication, Manhattanville College
                Ed.D – Media Studies, Fielding Graduate University

                Dr. Meachem has taught Communications at Dominican College since 2003. He is currently the Director of the Arts & Sciences Division at the college. With a background in journalism, Professor Meachem has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a magazine editor for a national publication. His academic interests include Media Studies, Media Law, and Communication in online environments. Dr.  Meachem also has had professional experience as a corporate trainer, teaching business professionals to improve their communication skills.

                He is the author of several articles in both magazines and newspapers as well as the book “Robert Philipp, The Last American Impressionist” published in 2005. He also wrote, directed, and developed “Business Etiquette,” a CD-ROM on business communication, released in 2003. HE has also presented at various Communications and Pop Culture Conferences.

                Professor Meachem continues to be involved with several organizations and honors societies, including:

                • National Communication Association
                • Eastern Communication Association
                • Popular Culture Association
                • Alpha Chi Honor Society
                • Ridgefield (CT) Arts Council
                • Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society
                • Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society

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                    Clare Pennino, Ph.D.

                    Associate Professor, Business Administration

                    Phone: 845-848-4019
                    Office Location: Casey Hall-Business Administration Division
                    Area(s) of Specialization: Business Administration and Management


                    B.A., Fordham University
                    M.B.A., Iona College
                    Ph.D., New York University

                    Work Experience:

                    Author of various journal articles and college textbook supplements
                    Former corporate manager at AT& T, BellSouth, MCI