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RAM Staff

Dr. Beverly Kahn
Dr. Erwin Cabrera
Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman
Joanna Breitman
Dylan M. Gafarian
Sarina Turbendian

Dr. Beverly Kahn 

Dr. Beverly Kahn

Project Director

PhD in Political Science, Indiana University
MA in Political Science, Columbia University
AB in Political Science, Dickinson College

Dr. Beverly Kahn was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a political scientist who specializes in Modern Western Political Philosophy and European Politics. Dr. Kahn is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and Fulbright Scholarships for Italy and Japan.

Beverly Kahn served as a professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina and The Ohio State University for 17 years before proceeding to a career in academic administration.

As an academic administrator, Beverly has served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and Associate Provost and Vice President for Internationalization at Pace University.

She joined Farmingdale in 2008 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In her current position at Farmingdale, Beverly serves as professor, special project coordinator, and grant writer. She has secured more than $12 million in major grants for the College, including a Title IIIA grant and a SSS Trio grant (plus renewal) from the U.S. Department of Education, a Smart Grid grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the US Department of Education’s First in the World Grant that has created our RAM Program.

beverly.kahn@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6422


 Dr. Erwin Cabrera

Dr. Erwin Cabrera

Associate Director

PhD in Basic Biomedical Sciences-Neuro Pathology, New York University School of Medicine
MS in Basic Biomedical Sciences-Neuro Pathology, New York University School of Medicine
BS in Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Dr. Cabrera finds inspiration in the quote, “To whom much is given, much is required.”

As a proud product of the Maryland University system’s Upward Bound Math and Science high school program, UMBC’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers, HHMI Scholars program and Meyerhoff Scholars Program, Dr. Cabrera is delighted at the opportunity to pursue a career in higher education.

Before joining Farmingdale, Dr. Cabrera worked in the laboratories at New York University Langone Medical Center where his graduate work focused on the usage of proteomics, spectroscopy and biochemistry to understand the role of amyloid beta protein in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. He was Student Director/Recruiter for the NYU Sackler Institute Diversity and Outreach Initiative; alumni advisor to students in the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program; and National Director for Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc.

By melding his passion for students and expertise in science into one, Dr. Cabrera aims to make a broader impact through uplifting and mentoring the next generation of young scholars. Dr. Cabrera is motivated to guide students and be the bridge between the academic-science world and the community, especially for those who are typically underrepresented in these arenas.

In his free time, Dr. Cabrera can be found dancing as a trained hip-hop dancer and engaging in some nerdy banter as a Harry Potter enthusiast. 

erwin.cabrera@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6419


 Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman

Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman

Assistant Director

PhD in Social & Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
MA in Social & Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
BA in Psychology, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman is excited to be part of the RAM team pursuing her passion for mentoring students and enhancing equity and social justice through program development, academic advisement, and education.

Prior to Farmingdale, Dr. Friedman held various positions over the course of 5 years at Hunter College, including undergraduate research director, adjunct lecturer in the psychology department, and research assistant for the Science and Mathematics Opportunities Network and the Gender Equity Project.

Her graduate work focused on understanding how social norms around gender and sexuality develop, can change, or be changed. Dr. Friedman's dissertation examined the social, cognitive, and individual reasons why people sometimes misjudge other people's genders, in which contexts these judgments occur, and under what conditions these judgments change.

Dr. Friedman is an avid world traveler. She traveled solo around the world from 2014 to 2015 and was featured in several travel blogs and magazines. She spent several months in New Zealand volunteering at a local non-profit organization and became SCUBA-certified while in Thailand. Dr. Friedman loves living on Long Island’s south shore.

erica.friedman@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6420


 Joanna Breitman

Joanna Breitman


MS in Counseling Education, Hofstra University
BA in Psychology, University of Delaware 

Joanna is an accomplished Academic Counselor with over 4 years of experience working with students. Prior to coming to Farmingdale and joining the RAM Team, she was the Associate Director of the PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) Program at Mercy College. While at Mercy, Joanna provided students with academic, financial and career advisement. She also helped organize events for members of the Honors Program and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.     

As RAM Counselor, Joanna’s responsibilities include personalized advising, tracking and monitoring student progress and teaching first year experience courses. She advocates for her students and works closely with various student service and academic departments in order to best assist them. She is enthusiastic about encouraging student success and supporting students to in reaching their goals.         

Joanna greatly enjoys advising students and is looking forward to helping the new RAM cohort with their transition to college.  When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling, watching endless amounts of HGTV and Food Network, and spending time with family and friends.     

joanna.breitman@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6407



Counselor Dylan Gafarian

Dylan Gafarian


Post M.S.Ed Humanistic and Multicultural Education, SUNY New Paltz
M.S.Ed Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Hofstra
B.A. Journalism and New Media, St. Joseph's College

Dylan began his professional career in Higher Education in the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement at St. Joseph's College, where he also graduated from in 2015. During his undergraduate career, he pursued a double-major in Speech Communication and Journalism, and also developed a love for assisting other college students develop, thrive, and grow.

Prior to Farmingdale, Dylan worked in the Office of Admissions at Stony Brook University as a Counselor. There, Dylan sought to make the college application process exciting, fun, and attainable for all. During his time as an Admissions Counselor, he traveled throughout New York State bringing the next wave of young, bright leaders to Long Island.

While pursuing his graduate degree, Dylan dove deep into the research of the lasting effects of student success in relation to student involvement, leadership, and creativity. Leadership and creativity are among many of Dylan's favorite topics to discuss with students.

Dylan is very excited to be part of the Ram-ily! When not at work you can find him binge watching the latest Netflix series in his very own home movie theater, which he built himself!

dylan.gafarian@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6404



A picture of Sarina Turbendian

Sarina Turbendian

Administrative Coordinator

MPhil in Popular Literature, Trinity College Dublin
BS in Professional Communications, Farmingdale State College

Sarina is a Farmingdale State College alumni. She graduated from the Professional Communications department in 2014. As a Farmingdale graduate, Sarina is particularly attuned with the students at Farmingdale and the challenges they may face.

Sarina is a first generation American who was born and raised on Long Island. As such, she is well accustomed to the not-so-tropical Islander life.

In her graduate studies, Sarina focused on the link between literature and socio-psychological communication theories in understanding depictions of human consciousness in both literary-fiction and evolutionary biology. Her master’s dissertation looked at theories on the feral child in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan of the Apes. With her passion for inter-disciplinary studies, Sarina had previously engaged in volunteer work and internships of various areas of study, ranging from non-profit cultural organizations to interning for US Senator Charles Schumer.

Sarina studied abroad as a postgraduate. She recommends traveling as a way to broaden student’s cultural horizons and she is happy to help students who are interested in traveling abroad. When she is not working, Sarina likes spending time with her family, contemplating who will sit on the Iron Throne in 2019, and justifying that burritos can be eaten at every meal as long as some variety is present. 

sarina.turbendian@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6403