Merrimack Welcomes Fourteen New Faculty Members
Merrimack is pleased to welcome 14 new faculty members to the College, across a wide range of disciplines and specialties in line with Merrimack’s mission, growth and continued pursuit of knowledge.
Meet the newest members of the Merrimack faculty. We are pleased to welcome a diverse and talented group of faculty who will contribute greatly to the common goal of an unsurpassed academic experience for students and who are dedicated to the institution and its mission.
Sarah Comora RN, MSN, CNL
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing
Sarah Comora is a critical care RN with over 15 years of experience in education and leadership. Her current certifications include TNCC, PALS Instructor, ACLS Instructor and BLS Instructor. As former director of education and professional practice for BILH at AJH in Newburyport, MA, Comora controlled the operation of the department of professional development and practice, including new graduate RN, critical care residency and continued competency in nursing practice programs. Comora authored and implemented evidenced-based policies and procedures for patient care services, served as the Stroke Services Coordinator and NEDS organ bank liaison. She was recently named one of Newburyport’s Top 40 under 40 professionals in the industry. Her research interests include RN assimilation into practice and high-fidelity simulation.
Assistant Instructional Professor, Mathematics
Rebecca Hawthorne comes to Merrimack following a short “pandemic hiatus”. Hawthorne joins the College from a pathway program for non-native English speakers at the University of New Hampshire, where she spent 10 years working with this unique population and honing her teaching to ensure each and every student could be successful. Hawthorne believes all students can learn math and works to meet each student where they are in their own learning path to help them move forward.
Alden Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice, Higher Education
Alden Jones researches the convergence of equity issues in higher education, student affairs practice and digital life. Most recently, they have taught at the University of Texas-Arlington. They will be teaching student development theory, advanced social justice in higher education and a section of the fellowship seminar.
Mee Kyung Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Mee Kyung Lee is an assistant professor in the department of nursing at Merrimack College and an affiliate instructor in the department of child, family, and population health nursing at the University of Washington. She has a master’s of nursing from Columbia University and Seoul National University and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Washington. Lee’s research interests include improving self-management behaviors and facilitating care for transitions in students with chronic diseases, especially diabetes, through nursing interventions in school settings. Her research is based on her clinical experience in pediatric nursing. Lee has extensive experience working with youth and their families in hospitals, schools and community settings.
Danielle Leone-Sheehan, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Danielle Leone-Sheehan’s clinical expertise is drawn from 10 years of experience in an intensive care unit (ICU). Her master’s degree included a specialization in Palliative Care, with an interest in improving end-of-life care for patients. Leone-Sheehan’s dissertation focused on nursing theory-based practice and explored Watson’s Theory of Human Caring Caritas Process Three as experienced by nurses working in the ICU. Her research interests include Watson’s Caring Science, spiritual intelligence, spiritual nursing care and mindfulness-based meditation. She also has an interest in nursing education research and development of clinical judgment. Leone-Sheehan has experience teaching both clinical and didactic courses. She has taught a variety of different topics including critical care nursing, medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, NCLEX prep and senior thesis.
Assistant Professor, Management
Mark Lippman has been an adjunct instructor in entrepreneurship at the University at Buffalo for the past three years and is particularly interested in introducing Design Thinking with a focus on Customer Experience to his students. Previously, Lippman started three different companies. Starting out in college, he spent most of his career in management consulting with a special focus on cybersecurity. He has also worked for three different federal agencies including the Office of the Vice President.
Buks Moolman, CPA, CA(SA), ACA(CA(SA)), MBA, MST, CGMA
Assistant Professor of Practice of Accounting, Accounting
Buks Moolman is a CPA with over 25 years of experience and is a past recipient of the CPA Technology Advisors “40 Under 40” Award. In the past, he has worked at a Big Four firm in South Africa and in the United States. Moolman has spent the last 15 years at regional and large accounting firms in Boston. He was formerly an audit partner and currently serves as a part-time consultant and quality control director. He has 10+ years of experience as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Brandeis University and more recently at Merrimack College. His coursework includes auditing, accounting, ethics and managerial accounting. Moolman also maintains certification as a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow and member.
Alvin L. Morton III, M.S.
Lecturer, Department of Exercise & Rehab Science
Alvin L. Morton III is a doctoral candidate working to complete his dissertation which has a focus on health disparities in African American men and physical activity interventions to mitigate those disparities. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines including the validation of physical activity monitors. Morton is a husband and father of four children. He has a devotion to service in the community and is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, reading and coaching some of his children’s various sports teams. He is originally from New York City.
Elizabeth Natale MS, RD, LDN
Assistant Clinical Professor, Program Director, Nutrition and Public Health
Elizabeth Natale is a registered and licensed dietitian with over seven years of nutrition practice working in various outpatient, long-term care, private practice and community settings. In clinical practice, Natale’s professional expertise is providing medical nutrition therapy for chronic disease, obesity and bariatric surgery, as well as intuitive eating and non-diet nutrition counseling. Her research interests are related to improving the relationship between primary care providers and dietitians, reducing barriers in accessing nutrition care and leveraging dietitians’ role in the health care system.
Inès Ouedraogo Ph.D.
Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies
Inès Ouedraogo holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic cultures and literatures as well as two graduate certificates in women, gender and sexuality studies and African studies from Boston University. Her dissertation Devouring the Patriarchy: Anthropornophagy and Pleasure Politics in Brazilian Pop Porn Festival is a close reading of a film selection that disrupts hegemonic patriarchal discourses by “cannibalizing” oppressive norms and creating new sexual possibilities. The hybrid nature of the festival itself absorbs cultural influences. It is in close dialogue with feminist and queer transnational independent explicit film festivals, and also releases new erotic considerations. Ouedraogo has experience teaching French, Portuguese, Spanish and cultural studies, particularly the love and eroticism in Western and non-Western cultures.
Alison L. Sawyer CPA/CFF, CFE
Professor of Practice, Accounting
Alison Sawyer started her career at the “Big Four” accounting firm PwC, where she worked in a national practice that focused on the Consumer Finance Industry. This work was a springboard for a career focusing on disputes, financial investigations and monitorships in staff and resource development. Prior to joining the academic community, Sawyer was an Associate Managing Director with Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes Group in both London and New York City. She provided expertise in Financial Investigations involving fraud, corruption and global regulatory issues, and advised clients on performing risk assessments. With over 15 years of professional experience, Sawyer now brings a strong commitment to active student learning, global education and community engagement to Merrimack.
William Soto Ph.D., LPC
Assistant Professor of Practice, Clinical Mental Health
Will Soto is a counselor with an array of client experiences. He has worked in a wide range of settings with clients with various mental health concerns and life situations. His strength lies in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, loss and grief, trauma and family dysfunction. Soto has a particular focus on the ego identity formation concerns among youth and emerging adults and specializes in working with athletes and teams in performance enhancement, injury recovery and personal growth. Soto takes a strength-based approach when working with clients and is grounded in an eclectic theoretical position. He enjoys working with families and facilitates support and psychoeducation groups.
Melissa D. Spencer Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice, Liberal Arts
Melissa D. Spencer is a mental health professional turned counselor educator from Jackson Mississippi. Her teaching is informed by almost 10 years of working with substance use disorders, play therapy, counseling college students, individuals on the Autism spectrum and working in both inpatient and outpatient care facilities. She has three years of clinical supervision experience and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Spencer’s research has surrounded food insecurity in college athletes, slut-shaming, mental health help-seeking behaviors of African American college students and perceived life balance in rural Mississippi.
Christine M. Westphal
Christine Westphal has taught human resource management, business law-related courses and strategic management at a number of institutions in New England. Most recently she was a visiting associate professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy teaching human resource management, the legal environment of business and diversity and leadership. She is a lawyer admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Federal Courts. In addition to her J.D., she holds Professional Certifications from both SHRM (SHRM-CP) and the HR Certification Institute (PHR). Her research interests focus primarily on the impact of government regulation on labor conditions and availability in both the United States and China. She has also written about the ethical implications of international business practices.