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Faculty Bios

Full-Time Faculty


Amy Feest is an assistant professor of marketing and Program Coordinator for the Business Administration program. She holds her undergraduate degrees in management and marketing from Post University, master’s degree in communication from Central Connecticut State University, and her national accreditation in public relations (APR). She worked for more than 20 years in marketing and public relations for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including community-based organizations, home health care and higher education. In 2000, she began teaching marketing and communications part time at various colleges, and in the spring of 2010, she began teaching full time for Tunxis. For more info, visit her ePortfolio

David Lardie is a professor of accounting. He received his BA from Western Connecticut State University, his MSPA from the University of Hartford, and his CPA from the State of Connecticut. Professor Lardie has seven years experience as a staff accountant, senior accountant, supervisor and audit manager, and 24 years experience as a partner/sole-proprietor of a CPA firm in Plainville, CT. Additionally, he has six years experience as a corporate accountant, serving as internal auditor, senior internal auditor, internal audit manager and director of financial services. Professor Lardie has been a full time professor at Tunxis for more than 20 years, and has also taught at the University of Hartford and Westfield State College

Mark Milewski teaches a variety of management courses and is the Business Club advisor. He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and an M.B.A. from Bentley University. He is a former manager with Eastern Mountain Sports and has been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over twenty years. He serves on the Advisory Board to the Polish Studies Program at Central Connecticut State University.

Giorgio Mugno received a Master of Science degree in Finance from The University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University. While in graduate school, he worked as a Research Assistant for an institutional brokerage group at Morgan Stanley. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary as a Search and Rescue Commander and later as Finance Officer. Ultimately appointed as the Chairman of his squadron’s Finance Committee, he completed four years of service at the rank of Captain. He holds a Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. He has taught at Tunxis since the Spring of 2012 and also teaches at Southern Connecticut State University.

Part Time Faculty:

Paula Abbatiello graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and from the University of Hartford with a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accounting in the State of Connecticut. In addition to teaching as an adjunct for over 7 years, she has held numerous accounting positions in the corporate world. These positions include working in public accounting, internal auditing, tax accounting, financial compliance and cost and budgetary reporting. These positions have been in both for profit companies and not –for- profit companies.

Crystal Amara received a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University and a MBA from University of Hartford. She also received a CT Business Education Certification from CCSU. She began her career as an Auditor at a public accounting firm and then continued on to become a Senior Accountant of Financial Reporting at Stanley Black & Decker. She has been teaching at Tunxis part-time since 2010 and currently is a House Director at Miss Porter’s School.

Guy Beeman received his Masters of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Hartford with a concentration in Marketing and Computer Information Systems. His corporate business and teaching experience includes over 30 years in both Marketing and Management. His corporate business experience includes various size organizations with the largest being a $30 Billion company with over 10.000 employees worldwide. As EVP of Marketing, he was responsible for insuring all aspect of Marketing were supported both domestically and internationally. He is currently owner/principal of a full-service Integrated Marketing Communications Agency. Clients are supported from strategic planning to fully implementing those plans  domestically and/or internationally.

Dawn M. Bradanini earned her Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies at Briarwood College, her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminology at CCSU, and her Juris Doctor degree at University Of Connecticut School Of Law. During her education at UCONN, she had the opportunity to participate in the Poverty Clinic as well as the Street Law Program.  The Poverty clinic focused on the legal representation of indigent clients regarding housing and benefits while the Street Law Program allowed law students to teach law at area inner city high schools. She is currently employed as an attorney by the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services and has actively taught many law classes over the past 14 years.

Vicky E. Bullock holds a B.A., M.P.A., and Juris Doctor. She is an attorney with the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) in Hartford, Connecticut. There she handles real estate matters and Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act, for which she was the recipient of the Governor’s Service Award for the CT Supreme Court case of DCP v. American Car Rental.  She is also the DCP Affirmative Action designee and is responsible for prosecuting matters before several Commissions and Boards.  Attorney Bullock has taught for more than ten years.

Margaret Carlin received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has worked in a variety of positions at Tunxis Community College, and is currently a Student Services Specialist helping students meet their academic, career, and personal goals.

Pete Chrzanowski graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and from CCSU with a Master’s Degree in Business Education. He worked for 10 years in both public and private accounting, focusing in audit, financial analysis, IT and budgeting. Since 2003, he has worked in public education, teaching courses in all facets of business and computer technology at the high school level and has been an adjunct instructor since January 2013.

William Detlefsen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven. His professional career includes thirty six years with United Technologies Corporation, in a variety of supervisory and management positions. He has taught numerous business and technical courses at Tunxis Community College, Central Connecticut State University, and Post University.

Brenda DiCarlo holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut. She’s worked for more than 20 years in accounting positions in the insurance industry. In 2007, she formed her own firm, Insurance Agency Accounting and Bookkeeping, based in Torrington, CT. She teaches accounting at several colleges and in the Spring of 2010, began teaching at Tunxis.

Sharron Dillon received her BS degree in Political Science and her JD from North Carolina Central University. She is an attorney in solo private practice for 20 years, focusing on Social Security disability appeals, Veterans’ service-connected disability appeals, real estate transactions and the preparation of wills and advance directives.  She has over 16 years of teaching experience. She is a 2013 recipient of the University of Hartford’s Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nicole Downes holds a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.  She has spent most of her professional career in the non-profit sector, and currently is the sole accountant for a local $30M non-profit.

Beatrice Ferry holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. She has more than 15 years of broad finance/accounting experience, including serving as CFO managing the strategic and financial aspects of insurance organizations, and public speaking experience. Her professional background includes Finance, Accounting, Tax, Insurance (Healthcare, Personal/ Commercial Property and Casualty), Estate/Trusts, and Sarbanes-Oxley Audits. She has owned and operated various businesses. Her talents also include performing as a classical pianist, producing and hosting her own television and radio shows.

Lisa Ann Fioravanti earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Central Connecticut State University and began teaching at Briarwood College and Tunxis Community College in 1990.  As Associate Chair of Math, Science and Technology at Lincoln College of New England, Lisa teaches all levels of Computer Applications and has served on many college committees.  She is presently serving on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Business Educators Association as chair of the scholarship committee. She is a member of Delta Pi Epsilon, National Graduate Honorary Society, and the National Business Educators Association.


Nancy Grassilli received her marketing degrees from UMass Amherst and Montclair State. She also has her Educational Administration,  6th year equivalent, from UConn.  She presently owns a Real Estate Business and is the former owner of a retail location. Additional information on Prof. Grassilli can be found on facebook!

Karen Guzek received her MBA from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Her professional accounting experience started in public accounting in the late 1980’s. Through the years she has held the titles of Assistant Controller and then Corporate Controller for several major corporations. She presently works as a consultant, assisting small businesses and corporations with their internal controls along with financial statement preparation

Heidi Higgins received her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.  Her professional career includes more than 20 years’ experience in the banking, life insurance and investment industries.  She is presently teaching business courses at Tunxis Community College, Manchester Community College, Goodwin College and Post University.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the First New England Federal Credit Union.

John Jemes holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an undergraduate degree in Accounting. He has taught a variety of Business courses at Tunxis Community College for several years. He is now retired from public school education.

Kelly LaCluyze has her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in Government from The University of Notre Dame.  She has worked for the State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch and has taught a variety of business law and paralegal courses.

Donna LaGanga has her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. She was the Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Tunxis and prior to joining Tunixs, was Vice-President of the Career and Community College Markets for South-Western Publishing in Cincinnati.

Tatiana Chavarriaga Machado has her AS in Business Administration from Tunxis Community College, her BS in Information Design & Communication from Bentley College, and her MA in Communication from Central Connecticut State University. She has worked in the Marketing/Advertising/Communication roles for various local  agencies and began college instruction in marketing/communication in 2009.

Jean Madden-Hennessey holds an MBA from the University of Hartford and a B.S. In Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University. She has worked in the Information Technology field for 30+ years. For the past 24 years she has served as the Director of Information Technology for a large non-profit in Hartford, CT and as the Chief Information Officer for a local University. In 2000, she began teaching technology and management courses part-time at various colleges. She has presented at numerous professional conferences and serves on several technology and finance committees for local non-profit organizations.


Genita Mangum received her Doctorate Degree in Management: Community College Policy & Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She has worked in a variety of positions at Tunxis Community College for the past 13 years.  She recently accepted the position of Registrar with HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lucy Michaud has a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and her biography is listed in the 2011 edition of “Who’s Who in America” and the 2012 “Who’s Who in American Law”. She practiced law for 12 years and now teaches full time.

Kenneth Muccino graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1973 with a BS degree in electrical engineering and began working as an engineer at Northeast Utilities. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut in 1977 and later became certified as a Management Accountant (CMA). He retired after 30 years in private industry and now teaches at Tunxis and CCSU. He also does accounting for a number of non-profit organizations.

Stephen Paulone received his PhD from Northcentral University financial management. He holds degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MBA concentration in marketing) and MS (concentration in Finance). His undergraduate degree was from Fairfield University. He has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and finance and has held such positions as marketing manager, manager of new product development, marketing program manager and finance director.

Lorraine (Lori) Winston holds a BA from the University of Delaware and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Hartford. She has taught part time in the Connecticut Community College System for the past 15 years.