Scott Homer ’95, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director and Health Sciences Department Chair.
He has extensive clinical experience as a COTA and registered occupational therapist (OTR), is a regular presenter at the New York State Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, and teaches workshops on anatomy, kinesiology, and neurology. Scott has a master’s degree in OT from Utica College of Syracuse University. His chapter, “Ensuring Purposeful and Meaningful Interventions,” is featured in the textbook, Foundations of Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Assistant Professor Barbara (Murawski) Ruslander is returning to her roots. She is a 1977 graduate of Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School, one of the Heritage Schools that were the foundation of the Bishop Maginn High School. After graduating magna cum laude from The College of Saint Rose, Barbara actually returned there to teach mathematics from 1981-1985. After completing her Master’s degree at Union College, and with a strong commitment to the Catholic school tradition, she has been teaching mathematics at Maria College ever since. As an advocate for student learning in a supportive environment, Barbara integrates academic support strategies and engaging learning activities into her teaching methods. She is looking forward to the Maria-Maginn partnership as a “coming home” and is looking forward to giving back to the Maginn community.
Dr. Keylon L. Cheeseman
Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
Dr. Keylon L. Cheeseman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Management at Maria College. Keylon has more than 15 years of experience in science education and research at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level. He is an enthusiastic and engaging Professor who previously worked at SUNY Schenectady County Community College as the Coordinator of the College’s brand new Biotechnology Facility, and Faculty Member through the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty. Keylon holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology and Immunology from Albany Medical College and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Andrews University. Dr. Cheeseman’s currently conducting research mapping the ribosomal DNA (rDNA) gene of Chamaelirium luteum’s genome.