Professional Staff

Dr. Beverly Kahn

Beverly Kahn

   Professor of Political Science & Special Project Coordinator:
   Principal Investigator - First in the World - US Dept of Education
   Principal Investigator - Title III Grant, US Department of Education
   Director - Academic Advisement and Information Center
   Director - Research Aligned Mentorship (RAM) Program
   Fulbright Program Advisor - Student Scholarships
   Fulbright Campus Representative - Faculty Scholar Program, 631-420-2396

Educational Background (all degrees are in Political Science):
AB – Dickinson College
MA – Columbia University
PhD – Indiana University
Rome Prize Fellowship, The American Academy in Rome
Fulbright Scholarship for Research in Italy
Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, Bryn Mawr College
Fulbright Scholarship for Educational Administrators to Japan and Korea
Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education

Experience at Farmingdale State College and Elsewhere:
Dr Beverly Kahn joined Farmingdale State College in 2008 as Provost. She brought with her extensive experience as a faculty member and academic administrator at the University of South Carolina, The Ohio  State   University, Fairfield University, and Pace University. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr Kahn contributes to the College these days as a Professor of Political Science, Grant-writer, and Coordinator of many special projects, including service as Director of the Academic Advisement and Information Center and Director of the Research Aligned Mentorship (RAM) Program.

Amber Kuchler

Amber Kuchler

  Academic Counselor, 631-794-6159

  Educational Background:
  Master of Science in School Counseling - Long Island University
  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services/Social Work - Mount Saint Mary College



Tanya Maurer

Academic Counselor, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, 631-794-6164

Educational Background:
BS in English Literature – State University of new York at Buffalo
MS in Secondary Education in English – Hofstra University
Post-graduate Certificate of Administration and Supervision – CUNY Queens College

Experience at Farmingdale College:
Tanya has been with Farmingdale College since 2001 as an adjunct professor in the English Department. She has taught classes such as Freshman Composition and Introduction to Literature to Writing for Electronic Media and also facilitates an online class titled The Short Story.

Additional Experience:
Tanya has been teaching at the college-level since 1998 and has written and developed course work for four colleges. She has also served on assessment committees and written a book for the freshman experience.

Margaret Pettit

Margaret Pettit

  Academic Counselor 
  Academic Coordinator at Educational Opportunity Program, 631-794-6165

  Educational Background:
  BS in Psychology/Business Mgmt. – New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury
  MPS in Industrial Counseling and Human Relations – New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury


Experience at Farmingdale State College:
Margaret has been with Farmingdale since 2007 providing career and employment counseling services, job readiness training and developing employer relationships for adult transitioning students participating in the vocational training programs provided at the LIEOC.

Additional Experience:
Margaret enjoys providing comprehensive academic/career guidance to students of all ages transitioning to and from college, into a new career and/or overcoming employment obstacles. She is actively involved in community programs providing counseling services to adults with ADHD, LDs and mental health concerns. Margaret has specialized in international student services, non-traditional student services, drug and alcohol dependency counseling and public services program development.

Elizabeth Salnave

Academic Counselor, 631-794-6163

Educational Background:
B.S. in Management of Technology - Farmingdale State College, SUNY
Master of Social Work - Stony Brook University, SUNY

Denise Letterel

Denise Letterel

  Administrative Assistant, 631-794-6157

  Educational Background:
  AAS – LaGuardia Community College





Experience at Farmingdale College:
Denise has been with Farmingdale College since April, 2011, joining the upstart of the Academic Advisement and Information Center


Additional Experience:
Denise has an extensive background as both an Administrative Assistant and Personal Assistant. Her experience includes such positions as, Assistant to the President at the  American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC), Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Hearst Magazines, and the Assistant to the Chairman of the Leslie Fay Companies, Inc., a fashion industry leader. Most recently she has worked as the Personal Assistant to former Leslie Fay Chairman and his wife (Principal and Founder of a commercial real estate firm for the Fashion Industry). In addition, Denise served as PTA First VicePresident and Treasurer  for six years at Fairfield Elementary School. 

Deborah-Ann Robinson

Office Assistant, 631-794-6160

Yinan Zhu

Yinan Zhu  Technical Support Specialist, 631-794-6158

  Educational Background:
  MS in Mathematical Computer Science - University of Illinois at Chicago
  BE in Systems Engineering - University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China



Experience at Farmingdale State College:
Yinan joined the Farmingdale State College and works for the AAIC in January, 2011. She is creating and managing database and website for the AAIC, and providing technical support as well.

Additional Experience:
Yinan prior experience is as a Technical Support for eight years in the City University of New York (CUNY) and Texas Southern University (TSU).

General Information: Main Line: 631-794-6160, FAX: 631-794-6167