Speakers Bureau

Through our Speakers Bureau, a free community service, knowledgeable faculty and staff volunteers are available to speak on a variety of topics, including specific academic subjects, a college overview, current events and community issues. 

After browsing our list of available speakers, you can submit your request online or complete our printable Request for a Speaker form and mail it to the address below at least three weeks in advance of your meeting/event date. List of Speakers (PDF)

For more information or to discuss the possibility of arranging a speaker for a custom-tailored topic, please contact

    Joshua Schwartz
    Executive Assistant to the President
    Montgomery County Community College
    College Hall, Suite 280
    340 DeKalb Pike
    Blue Bell, PA 19422
    Telephone: 215-619-7419
    Fax: 215-619-7199
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Available Speakers

Presenter: Kelli Corrado Spangler M.S., Physics Assistant Professor

  • Astronomy, The Universe and the Big Bang Theory

Presenter: Samuel Wallace M.A., Geography Assistant Professor
Sam Wallace earned a master of arts in Geography from the University of Kansas, one of the best Geography programs in the world, and was recruited to teach for them even before earning his bachelor of arts. He has earned a second, professional master's degree, and a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State, also one of the best Geography programs in the world. He has worked as a map editor, even been a finalist for an editorial position with National Geographic, and as a community organizer. His undergraduate thesis was using desktop computers to design and produce navigation maps for the blind and his master's thesis was an historical geography of a religious denomination. He has studied the urban population pressures of south central Africa, the art, languages and trade routes of Central Asia, economic development in the Midwest, Latin America and Southeast Asia, human/environment relations in the Rocky Mountains, religion in the Midwest and housing development in inner-city St. Louis and Philadelphia. In addition to Montgomery County Community College and the University of Kansas, Sam has taught for Penn State, University of Delaware, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Academy, Widener University and West Chester University. His teaching has been recognized at a national level by youth service organizations and religious groups, as well as earning Montgomery County Community College's certificate of Teaching Excellence and Temple University's Excellence in Higher Education certificate.

  • History and Meaning of Maps
  • Geography of Religion
  • Use of Geographic Information Systems
  • The Impact of Campus Trees

Presenter: Stephen Blumm M.A., History Professor

  • Understanding the Holocaust

Presenter: Celeste Schwartz Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology and College Services
As the Vice President for Information Technology and College Services, Dr. Schwartz is responsible for academic and administrative technology, technology-supported process improvements, sustainability efforts, and College-wide services such as event scheduling, bookstore and food services. She also serves as the College's Right to Know Officer. Dr. Schwartz is active in a variety of organizations, including The Pathway School Board of Directors, KINBER Board of Directors, and The Rotary Club of Blue Bell. Dr. Schwartz holds an A.A.S. from Montgomery County Community College, a B.S. from St. Joseph's University, a M.S. in Information Technology from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in Community College Leadership, from Walden University.

  • Information Technology

Presenter: Deborah Greenspan, Ed.D, Psychology Assistant Professor

  • Human Development and Psychology

Presenter: Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Visual Library
  • Work-Life Integration

Presenter: William Brownlowe, M. Engr., Associate Professor of Engineering

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Critical Thinking in Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution

Presenter: Anna Raskin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Women-terrorists in Imperial Russia
  • Soviet women-pilots in World War II
  • History of Russia
  • History of Modern China
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

Presenter: Aaron Shatzman, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences

  • Significance of the European Study of America
  • Why Study the Humanities and Social Sciences

Presenter: Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Women's History – Abolitionists, anti-lynching, women's movement (1960s).
  • African American History

Presenter: Joan Brookshire, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • Anthropology

Presenter: Alana Mauger, M.S., Director of Communications

  • Beginning Public Relations Skills for Non Profits
  • Social Media 101

Presenter: Stephen A. Tolbert, Jr., Economics Senior Lecturer

  • Real Estate Investing
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Supporting the National Guard and Army Reserve
  • Employees

Presenter: Suzanne Holloman, M.B.A., Dean of Workforce Development
Suzanne Vargus Holloman is the Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Montgomery County Community College. Suzanne is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of non-credit educational programs and services in the area of computer training, professional development, personal enrichment, health careers, public safety, and customized training for business and industry. Under her guidance, the workforce development and continuing education programs have thrived with enrollment doubling to over 12,000 students. Suzanne was formerly the Dean of Corporate and Community Services at Harcum College. She was also the Vice President of Employer Services at the Philadelphia Private Industry Council, a non-profit workforce development organization. Active in the community, Suzanne serves as a member of the board of directors for the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce, among other roles. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and received her Master's in Business Administration degree at Drexel University.

  • Workforce Development
  • Training for Business and Industry
  • Programs with Partners
  • Starting a Woman Owned Business

Presenter: Lois Butcher-Poffley, M.A., Exercise Science and Wellness Senior Lecturer

  • Improvisational Acting for Work Teams
  • Motivation, Team Building, and Cohesion
  • Goal Setting

Presenter: Nicole Henderson, M.A., Director of Testing and Placement

  • College Access and Retention in Higher Education
  • 10 Myths about College
  • Understanding Placement Testing
  • Reducing College Cost with CLEP exams
  • Education Achievement Gap
  • College Admissions for First Generation Students

Presenter: Kelli Corrado Spangler, M.S., Physics Assistant Professor

  • The Advanced Technology Center Observatory

Presenter: Meryl Silver, M.Ed., Perkins Project Coordinator/Career Advisor

  • Career Advisor

Presenter: Neil Goldstein, M.A., Communications Associate Professor

  • Disabilities and Communications

Presenter: Saul Finkle, M. Ed., Director of Services for Students with Disabilities

  • Disability Services

Presenter: Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • College Overview
  • Academic Affairs Portfolio (Programs, Services, and Policies)
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Student Access and Success

Presenter: Stephen Schmitz, M.S., Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

  • Success at the College
  • Careers and Life
  • Value and Values of Higher Education

Presenter: Steady Moono, Ed.D., Vice President of West Campus

  • Student Success and Academic Advising

Presenter: Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Incorporating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Curriculum in the Classroom

Presenter: Denise Nuccio, B.S., Financial Aid and Enrollment Generalist

  • Financing College

Presenter: Gay Seidman, M.Ed., Senior Academic Advisor/Assistant Professor

  • Getting Your Son and Daughter Ready for College
  • Talk About Transfer Opportunities that MCCC Offers
  • Try Not to be a Helicopter Parent

Presenter: Joan Brookshire, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • The Importance of Ritual in Death and Bereavement

Presenter: Nicole Henderson, M.A., Director of Testing and Placement

  • Mentoring At-Risk Girls
  • Parents as Educational Partners

Presenter: Steve Baron, Ph.D., Psychology Associate Professor

  • Social Psychology and Sports
  • Parenting
  • Steroid Use
  • Direct to Consumer Marketing of Health Care

Presenter: Lois Butcher-Poffley, M.A., Exercise Science and Wellness Senior Lecturer

  • Being a Good Sports Parent
  • Effective Coaching Practices
  • Team Building

Presenter: Maurice "Tony" Davis, M.A., Counselor and Instructor

  • Preservation of Family History
  • Career Awareness and Preparation
  • How to Create a Mentoring Program
  • Male Mentoring

Presenter: Steady Moono, Ed.D., Vice President of West Campus

  • Male Mentoring

Presenter: Leon Hill, M.P.A., Assistant VP for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

  • Male Mentoring

Presenter: Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Female Mentoring

Presenter: Katie Ishler, M.S., Instructional Technology Specialist

  • Playing and Winning Video Games

Presenter: Joshua Mitchell, Director of Training and User Support Services

  • How to Chat, Phone and See Friends and Family Online

Presenter: Chidi Chinasa Ukazim, M.A., English as a Second Language (ESL) Assistant Professor

  • Cultural Experiences of an International Student

Presenter: Maurice "Tony" Davis, M.A., Counselor and Instructor

  • Race Awareness

Presenter: Theresa A. Savard, M.S., English as a Second Language (ESL) Associate Professor

  • Cross Cultural Communications & Relationships
  • NATO's Partnership for Peace Initiative

Presenter: Aaron Shatzman, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences

  • Do Americans have National Character?
  • The Origins of Slavery and Race Prejudice

Presenter: Stephen Blumm M.A., History Professor

  • Understanding the Holocaust

Presenter: Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Incorporating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Curriculum in the Classroom
  • NAACP
  • NAACP's Unsung Crusade: Battling Violence Against Black Women, 1920-1954
  • Slavery and Freedom in Pennsylvania
  • Trailblazers: Women in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Women's Movement

Presenter: Deborah Ravacon, M.H.D., Director/Teacher Children's Center

  • Engaging Diverse Families

Presenter: Deborah Ravacon, M.H.D., Director/Teacher Children's Center

  • Children's Center Management
  • Early Childhood Education

Presenter: Cheryl Taylor-Mearhoff, M. Ed., Director of Dual Enrollment Initiatives

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Gifted and Talented Students
  • Special Education

Presenter: Judy Davis-Radich, R.N., M.S.N., Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Health Careers
  • Women's Health

Presenter: Diane Haar, M.A., Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Services

  • Mental Health Issues

Presenter: Deborah Dalrymple, M.S.N., Nursing Professor
Deborah Dalrymple became an educator at Montgomery County Community College several years after beginning her career as a nurse. Upon discovering her passion for teaching, she went on to graduate from Villanova University with a Master's degree in Nursing Education. Throughout her educational career, she has maintained an active clinical practice, which provides an ongoing, real-world framework to draw from when instructing students. She has supported both clinical and educational endeavors through involvement in the Infusion Nurses Society and by serving on numerous college-wide committees and projects, including NLNAC and Middle States Accreditation. Most recently, she facilitated development of new general education core requirements at the College. She has presented nationally on a variety of education tropics, primarily relating to the use of technology in education. She currently serves as Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment.

  • Establishing General Education Requirements and Assessments
  • Nursing and the College Nursing Program

Presenter: Pamela Pfalzer, N.P., Nursing Professor

  • Women's Health
  • Holistic Health including Alternative Therapies

Presenter: Grace Ann Spena, R.N., M.S.N, Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives
Grace Ann Spena, RN, MSN, is the Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives for Montgomery County Community College. Grace received her Diploma in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and a Bachelor's Degree as well as a Master's Degree in Nursing from Villanova University. Grace has a diversified clinical and administrative background in nursing and college health. Grace returned to Montgomery County Community College in January 2009 after serving as the Nurse Manager for the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia from May 2007–January 2009. She had previously been employed at the College from 1995–2007 as the Director of Health Services/College Nurse. Her major job responsibilities include development and implementation of health and wellness programs for students, faculty and staff, including the provision of first aid, emergency care, health counseling, as well as, providing medical expertise in all health related policies and services. Grace was recognized as a Distinguished Guest Speaker by Montgomery County Community College in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. She was inducted into the Cambridge Who's Who of Executives, Professional and Entrepreneurs in September 2009, recognized as Professional of the Year in 2012 and as a Top Female Executive in 2012 for her outstanding professional excellence and dedication. The Montgomery County Teen Parent Task Force awarded Grace with a Certificate of Recognition in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for her support to the Task Force in their efforts to reach out to pregnant teens and teen parents.

  • Stress Management
  • Women's and Men's Health Issues
  • Ergonomics in the Workplace and Home
  • Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Presenter: Lois Butcher-Poffley, M.A., Exercise Science and Wellness Senior Lecturer

  • Exercise and Fitness Across the Life Span
  • Youth Sports
  • Parenting Your Superstar
  • Athletic Burnout
  • Recovery from Sport Injury

Presenter: Benn Prybutok, E.J.D., Dir Criminal Justice, Fire Sci, and Emergency Mgmt Plan Prgms
Benn Prybutok joined the administration and faculty of Montgomery County Community College in June of 2002, as the College's Director of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and Emergency Management. His re-entry into academia followed a 28-year career in the property and casualty insurance industry during which his focus was in public policy, government affairs, and strategic planning. His corporate career encompassed service with the Munich-based Allianz Insurance Group, Gulf Oil Corporation, Pacific Compensation Capital Corporation, and Home State Holdings. Mr. Prybutok received his A.B. and M.A. degrees in political science from Temple University (1970 and 1972), and completed doctoral coursework and divisional examinations in political science at Columbia University (1974). He received his Executive Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School in 2005 with a major in criminal law.

  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Homeland Security
  • Organized Crime
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Presenter: Stephen Schmitz, M.S., Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

  • Criminal Justice and Ethics
  • Insight into the Criminal Justice System
  • Law Enforcement Issues
  • Public Safety and Security Matters

Presenter: Aaron Shatzman, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences

  • Revolution and Constitution

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