Dr. Richard F. Heath, Director
Dr. Heath earned his B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics, summa cum laude, from Alvernia College in Reading, PA. He moved to New York to pursue his graduate studies at Fordham University, earning an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His work history includes Chief Psychologist of the Learning Disabilities Unit of the SUNY State College of Optometry and staff psychotherapist at the Hallen School in Westchester County. He has presented the topic of learning disabilities at both local and international conferences. He also testified as one of the plaintiff's expert witnesses on learning disabilities assessment in Bartlett v. New York State Board of Law Examiners. Dr. Heath maintains a private practice in clinical psychology, specializing in the assessment of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.
Dr. Heath came to St. Thomas Aquinas College in September 1996. He is a Professor of Psychology at STAC and teaches such courses as Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, Adult Development, Psychological Testing and Assessment, and the Psychology of Literature. He is faculty advisor to the college's chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
Dr. Heath enjoys reading, alternative and Brazilian music, and all things dark chocolate. He is also a Harry Potter expert who has been sorted into Hufflepuff House.
DUSTIN HORVATH, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Dustin graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B.S.Ed. in Childhood and Special Education. He completed his Masters in Literacy at STAC in the summer of 2011, and he is certified to teach social studies at the middle school level. Dustin has also worked as Pathways Testing Coordinator.
Dustin plays bass guitar in the STAC House Band with faculty and students. He also enjoys reading, coffee, and music.
Linda Ferguson, Senior Mentor
Linda earned a B.A. in Mass Communications at Lehman College in the Bronx and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Long Island University, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the Graduate Distinguished Performance Award. She has also studied Equine Science at Pace University. Her work history includes production coordinator for WOR-TV, Assistant to the Producer of the New York Mets. Linda holds the distinction of being the first woman to work on the television crew at Shea Stadium. Her teaching career includes College English, Speech Communications, Creative Writing, and Journalism at such institutions as St. Thomas Aquinas College, Mount St. Mary College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Linda enjoys singing in her church choir, riding her horse, coaching in a therapeutic riding program for handicapped children, and adopting animals in need.
Mary Holdampf, Mentor
After teaching high school English for 25 years in North Rockland, Mary has put her talents to good use in our Pathways program. Unable to completely "retire," she loves working individually with her students. During vacations from Pathways, she enjoys traveling to slightly out of the way places; her latest venture placed her on the Inca Trail in Peru. Besides keeping busy in various other endeavors, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Mystery novels, chocolate, and impromptu parties are among her "favorite things."
John Quinn, Mentor
John Quinn graduated from Binghamton University with a B.A. in English and General Literature. He is currently employed by the Bergen County public schools, where he works with special education elementary children. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.
John is an avid reader of non-fiction and biographies, and a part-time real estate investor.
Kathleen Slattery-Whelan, Mentor
Kathleen earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Philosophy from Dominican College. She has pursued postgraduate credits in secondary education from St. Thomas Aquinas College and in educational technology from New York Institute of Technology. Kathleen has taught in both elementary and secondary schools. She has served as a youth leader in CYO and in Scouting. Kathleen lived in Alaska for five years, where she worked on the Alyeska Pipeline Project.
Kathleen loves reading, especially Harry Potter, and listening to traditional Irish music.
DILLON CHALLENER, MENTOR