Arts & Sciences

Arts & Sciences Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Denice Yanni


Dr. Yanni is Chair of LIM’s Arts & Sciences Department as well as the Fashion Media major.  Professor Yanni teaches Public Speaking and World Religions, Worldviews.  Her primary areas of scholarship are communication and memory, communication and aging, the role of communication technologies in constructing social and individual identity, and women and communication.

Dr. Yanni is the author of “Shifts in Identity: The Contextualizing Function of Communication Technologies,” a chapter in Context and Communication Behavior, James L. Owen (ed.), University of Nevada/Reno Press (1997); “Ecofeminism as Transformative Discourse,” a chapter in Proceedings of the Conference on Communication and Our Environment, James G. Cantrill and M. Jimmie Killingsworth (eds.), Northern Michigan University Printing Services (1993); and “Speaking Metaphorically: A Cultural Enactment of Community Among Women” a chapter in Constructing and Reconstructing Gender, Linda A.M. Perry (ed.), SUNY Press (1992).

She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, and a B.A. in English/Secondary Education from the College of Mount St. Vincent. 

Dr. Anahu Guzman

Associate Chair, Director of the Math Center

Anahu Guzman has been the Director of LIM College’s Math Center since 2005, offering academic assistance in all areas of math-related study in order to support and enrich classroom instruction. Under his leadership, the Math Center was granted the College Reading & Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification.   

Dr. Guzman is also the Associate Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department, overseeing the LIM’s mathematics curriculum and students’ mathematics placement. He teaches several courses, including Mathematics Through Business Applications, Introduction to Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, and Business Calculus I & II.

Dr. Guzman is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, and American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. He has received the American Statistical Association Award from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award from York College, CUNY, where he was a Minority Access to Research Careers scholar.

Dr. Guzman holds Ph. D. and Master of Science degrees in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Statistics from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from York College, CUNY.

Dr. Daniel Chaskes

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Daniel Chaskes teaches Junior Writing Topics and electives in the areas of global literature and contemporary U.S. fiction. His classes often explore the connections between ideology and subjectivity in literature.

His scholarly work, which focuses on global themes in U.S. postmodern literature, has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature and Comparative Literature and Culture, and his book reviews have been published by American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and English Studies in Canada. He is currently writing an article on gender, race, and ecology in U.S. immigration narratives.

Professor Chaskes holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in English from University College London. 

Andrew Cotto


Andrew Cotto teaches Writing Essentials and Composition. He joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2013 and began teaching on a full-time basis the following year.

Professor Cotto is the author of two novels, Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery (Ig Publishing, 2012) and The Domino Effect (Brownstone Editions, 2011), which received the Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Award. His written work has appeared in many prominent national publications, including The New York Times, Parade, The Huffington Post, Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Deadspin, Salon, and Teachers & Writers Magazine.

Professor Cotto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Lynchburg College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New School of General Studies. 

John Deming

Director of the Writing Center, Lecturer

John Deming is a poet and journalist who has taught at LIM College since 2008. In addition to his duties as Director of the Writing Center, he teaches New Media: Writing, Editing and Visuals. He is also the faculty advisor for The Lexington Line, LIM’s student publication.

Prior to joining LIM, Professor Deming worked as a reporter in New Hampshire for Atlantic News, Foster’s Daily Democrat and The Telegraph.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Coldfront magazine and has authored two chapbooks of poetry, 8 Poems (Eye for an Iris Press, 2011) and Toads (Dusie Press, 2006). His work has also appeared in dozens of other publications, including, Boston Review, and New Orleans Review.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Professor Deming holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Journalism from the University of New Hampshire

Timothy Foran

Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Lecturer

In addition to his duties as Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Professor Timothy Foran teaches Research and Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Communication for International Students. He also tutors undergraduate and graduate students in spoken and written English.

Prior to joining LIM College, Professor Foran served in the United States Army’s Airborne Division. He’s received numerous medals and commendations, including the Army Meritorious Service Medal for service in Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Professor Foran holds a Master of Arts degree in TESOL from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute.

O’Rita Johnson

Assistant Director, Math Center

O’Rita Johnson joined LIM College in 2005 as an adjunct faculty member and Math Center tutor. In 2008 she was named Assistant Director of the Math Center.

Among the courses she teaches are College Algebra, Mathematics through Business Applications, Introduction to Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Business Calculus.

A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association of America, Professor Johnson holds a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from City College, City University of New York. She also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Computer Engineering at City College and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science from New York City Technical College.

She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education at Columbia University's Teachers College and plans to pursue research in the area of remedial mathematics.

Kikuno Nonoyama


Kikuno Nonoyama has taught at LIM College since 2007 and became a full-time faculty member in 2014. She teaches Introduction to Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Honors Statistics, and Survey of Statistics.  

Prior to joining LIM, Professor Nonoyama assisted financial consultants at Merrill Lynch and worked as a market research analyst and translator at Okato Shoji Company, where her responsibilities included analyzing the U.S. commodity future and foreign exchange markets.

A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Golden Key National Honor Society, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Statistics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the City University of New York.

Liz Sweibel


Liz Sweibel joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2005 and transitioned to a full-time position in 2012. She teaches Professional Communications and Critical Thinking: Reading, Writing, and Research, and Contemporary Art.  Her online Contemporary Art course was nominated for a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award in 2012.

Professor Sweibel maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule as a contemporary visual artist. She has also worked as an independent writer and editor since 1984.  

Professor Sweibel holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Maine College of Art, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Manhattan College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art.

Adjunct Faculty

Kate Angus
M.F.A. The New School; B.A. Brown University

Leo Ashkinadze
M.S. and B.S. Beltsy State Pedagogical University (Russia). Former Vice President of Domestic Manufacturing, Pacific Alliance-Regatta USA. Former Production Manager, Periscope Sportswear

Mohamed Benzizoune
M.S. Lehman College; B.S. Monroe College

Marcelline Block
Ph.D. and M.A. Princeton University; B.A. Harvard University

Justin Cabrillos
M.F.A. University of Washington; B.A. Occidental College; Fellow and Artist Residency, Oxbow School of Art. 

Kay Clanton
Ph.D. University of Maryland; M.S. and B.S. Howard. Vice President, Developmental Dynamics, Inc.

Yves Cloarec 
M.F.A. CUNY Queens College; B.A. Columbia College. Founder and Sole Proprietor of an Information Technologies Consulting Firm, NextWave Office Systems 

Rebecca Collier
M.A. New York University; B.A. Columbia College-Chicago

John Cowan
M.A. and B.S. Brooklyn College

Cameron Crain
M.A. and B.A. Kent State University

Heather E. Dunn
Ph.D. Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; M.F.A. Queens College; M.A. SUNY at Stony Brook; B.F.A. School of Visual Arts

Jane Elliot 
M.F.A. Ohio University; B.A. Emerson College 

Taoufik Ennoure
M.S. CUNY Lehman College; M.S. University of Pau France; B.S. University of Sciences and Technology (Morocco)

Nicole Ford
M.A. and B.A. University of South Florida 

Lauren Fusilier 
M.F.A. Florida State University; B.A. Louisiana State University. Former Assistant Editor, 9Threads Publishing 

Termaine Garden
M.P.A. Long Island University; B.A. Queens College. Former Deputy Director, Marketing & Service Information, MTA New York City Transit 

Mari D. Hadley
Ph.D. Walden University; M.B.A. and B.B.A. Davenport University. CEO, MDZ Hadley Enterprises 

Alioune Khoule
Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A. and B.A. St. John's University

Dan Klock
M.S.T. Pace University; B.A. Old Dominion University; A.A. Onondaga Community College. New York State Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education

Roseanna Lee
M.F.A. University of Michigan; B.A. New York University. Visiting Scholar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Eileen Maurer
M.A. Adelphi University; M.A. Columbia University; B.A. University of Chicago

Wayne Mayhall
M.S. Kaplan University; M.A. Bethel University & Seminary; B.A. Anderson University. Former Associate Editor, Christian Research Journal. Former Director, Minnesota Center for Bioethics and Culture

Ted Metrakas
M.A. Stony Brook University; B.A. Merrimack College. Film Reviewer,

Todd Motto
M.S. The London School of Economics; B.A. and B.S. University of Delaware

Elizabeth Ostler
M.F.A. Brooklyn College; B.A. Sarah Lawrence College. Former Public Speaking Coach, The Roos Cohen Group

Leah Pariso
M.S. University of New Hampshire; B.A. Pace University 

Donna Pulese-Murphy
M.A. New York University; B.A. St. John’s University 

Mensur Purisic 
M.A. and B.S. City University of New York 

Susanna Randolph
M.A. New York University; B.A. Birmingham Southern College 

Jessica Reidy
M.F.A. Florida State University; B.A. Hollins University. Managing Editor, VIDA: Women in Literature Arts

Bakary Sagna
M.S. and B.A. Lehman College, City University of New York

Jessica Schechter
M.F.A. Pace University; B.S. New York University. Director of Drama Program, Tizmoret Arts Conservatory; Former Director of Drama Theatre & Drama Chair, Soundview Academy for Culture & Scholarship & Moshava Ba'ir  

Theodora Siranian
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts; B.F.A. Emerson College

LaNisha Thomas
M.S. and B.S. Clark Atlanta University

Nachum Turetzky
Ph.D. and B.A. City University of New York Graduate Center. Editor, Men & Masculinities Journal

Sheikh Uddin
M.A. and B.A. The City College of New York 

Alexandra Vinarov
Ph.D. University of California; M.A. University of Notre Dame

Melinda Wilson
M.F.A. The New School; B.A. University of New Hampshire

Alessandro Zammataro
Ph.D. and M.A. University of Catania; B.A. Music Institute Vincenzo Bellini