Staff

Mark Collins

Mark Collins

Dean

Mark Collins, Dean
407-582-2375

 
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Saudia Yassin

Administrative Assistant

Saudia Yassin
407-582-2628

 
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Mr. Jon Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Jon Taylor
407-582-2436

 
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Ms. Maria Castro

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Maria Castro
407-582-2443

 
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Mr. Joe Palentino

Fitness Center Teaching Lab Manager

Mr. Joe Palentino
407-582-2299

 
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Ms. Diane Dalrymple

Library Services Liaison

Ms. Diane Dalrymple
407-582-2887

 
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Ms. Kerry Flemming

Internship & Workforce Services Coordinator

Ms. Kerry Flemming
407-582-2726

 

Faculty and Staff

Judi Addelston, Ph.D.

Judi Addelston, Ph.D.

Psychology Discipline Coordinator

(407) 299-2286
jaddelston@valenciacollege.edu
BA, Brooklyn College
M A, City University of New York
M A, Stetson University
Ph D, City University of New York
Judi Addelston, Ph.D., LMFT has been a professor of psychology at the East Campus of Valencia College since 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York in 1996. She also received a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stetson University in 2000. Dr. Judi teaches several courses at Valencia College including General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology,and Human Sexuality and Drugs and Addiction. Additionally, she has been an advisor to Phi Theta Kappa on the East Campus, as well as the Psychology Club. Currently, she is a co-coordinator for the Psychological Sciences and is an active member of the Peace and Justice Initiative.

 
Dr. Ghazala Ahmad

Dr. Ghazala Ahmad

Economics

gahmad@valenciacollege.edu

 
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Dr. Heather Bryson

History

hbryson@valenciacollege.edu

 
Dr. Diana Ciesko

Dr. Diana Ciesko

Professor, Psychology, Education and Student Success

dciesko@valenciacollege.edu
B.A., Towson University
M.Ed., Loyola College
Diana Ciesko, Ph.D. has been a professor on East Campus for 12 years. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Towson University, Master's from Loyola University-Maryland and Ph.D. from Capella University. Dr. Ciesko teaches General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Honors courses in those two areas. In addition she has taught Abnormal Psychology and developed a Survey of Forensic Psychology course.

Dr. Ciesko developed and continues to edit the LifeMap Faculty Guide and Planner and is on the committee for the Student Handbook. She has served on many committees campus-wide, was co-chair for Psychological Sciences and has been an advisor for PTK, the Psychology Club and faculty advisor to HOST, working with international students. She has also worked as an academic advisor part time, giving her a unique insight into the students we serve.

She was awarded Professor of the Semester by PTK and most recently honored by the Honors Advisory Committee for dedication as a faculty member and continued support of students in the Honors program.

 
Prof. Carl Creasman

Prof. Carl Creasman

History, Discipline Coordinator

ccreasman@valenciacollege.edu
B.A., History, Auburn University, 1986
B.A., Psychology, Auburn University, 1986
M.A., History, Auburn University, 1988
M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1992
Professor Carl E. Creasman Jr. has been teaching at Valencia since early 2001. His first classes at Valencia were in our vaunted Dual Enrollment Program; Carl taught at Jones High School. In the Fall, as an adjunct, Professor Creasman taught classes both on campus at East as well as continuing the Dual Enrollment area. In 2004, Professor Creasman accepted a four month position remaining at East. He teaches all 4 of the History classes (AMH 2010, AMH 2020, EUH 2000, EUH 2001) as well as offering some special topics courses such as The History of World War 2. Previous to Valencia, Professor Creasman has held a wide and varied career working with children, teens and adults in various areas of education, youth sports and Christian education. Creasman has also travelled extensively within the United States as a communicator and speaker.

 
Prof. Debbie Drobney

Prof. Debbie Drobney

Sign Language Discipline Coordinator

ddrobney@valenciacollege.edu
B A, University of Central Florida
M A, University of Central Florida

 
Dr. Linda Freeman

Dr. Linda Freeman

Psychology

lfreeman9@valenciacollege.edu

 
Dr. Paul Labedz

Dr. Paul Labedz

Political Science

plabedz@valenciacollege.edu
B A, State University of New York
M Phil, George Washington University
Ph D, George Washington University
Dr. Labedz teaches courses on American Government and International Politics. His areas of academic expertise include: International Relations Theory, Political Psychology, Political Ideologies, American Foreign Policy, U.S.-Latin American Relations, Political Theory and Diplomatic History. He is the discipline chair of Political Science within the Division of Social Sciences and Physical Education on Valencia's East Campus. Dr. Labedz also serves as one of the collegewide internship supervisors for Political Science.

Prior to coming to Valencia College in 1999, Dr. Labedz was employed as a University Teaching Fellow at the George Washington University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. A native of Buffalo, New York, he enjoys playing tennis, golf, and basketball.

 
Prof. Mark Logas

Prof. Mark Logas

Political Science

mlogas@valenciacollege.edu
B A, University of Central Florida
M A, University of Central Florida

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Professor Mark Logas is a native Floridian, born and raised in Central Florida. He is married and has two daughters.

EDUCATION & DEGREES
Professor Logas earned his AA degree from Lake-Sumter Community College in 1983, his BA from the University of Central Florida in 1985, and his Masters degree from UCF in 1990. He was also Student Government President at Lake-Sumter during the 1982-1983 academic school year.

COLLEGE LEVEL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Professor Logas has been a full-time, tenured Political Science faculty member at Valencia College since 2002. In addition, he has been teaching Mass Media & Politics and State Government & Public Policy at UCF since 2009. He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida between 1988 and 1996.

VALENCIA COLLEGE YEARS
Since his arrival in 2002, Professor Logas has taught U.S. Government classes, including dual enrollment sections for seven years at Hungerford Prep High School. In addition, Professor Logas restructured the State and Local Government class on the East Campus and has offered it each semester since his arrival. On occasion, his students have been recognized on government television when visiting city council and county commission meetings in person. Professor Logas was also asked to create a Government & Media class which was added to the catalog in Spring 2003. Professor Logas was the coordinator for the college-wide Civic Leadership Internship Program for six years. The program received national recognition at various conferences and coverage by local news media highlighting students who achieved their goal of becoming civic leaders through leadership initiatives that made a difference in our community.

VALENCIA COMMITTEES
Professor Logas is a member of the Valencia Veteran's Coordinating Group Committee, the Bill Castellano Civic Leadership Scholarship Committee, and the Valencia SPD Travel/Funds Committee. During his tenure at Valencia he has served as one of the leaders of the college-wide Learning Outcomes Committee, Faculty-2-Faculty Committee, Tenure Review Committee, has taught a LinC class with Professor Linda Neal, and has participated in numerous Destinations workshops to enhance student learning and expand teaching skills for faculty in the classroom.

ACADEMIC AWARDS
Professor Logas is proud of the academic awards he has received, including being named "Professor of the Semester-Spring 2004" by the Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, earning the "Certificate of Appreciation for Making A Difference" as coordinator of the Civic Leadership Internship Program in 2006, and being a recipient of the 2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. In 2009, Professor Logas was one of three statewide community college professors nominated and elected to serve on the executive council of the Florida Political Science Association. He was nominated again in 2012 and elected to his second term on the executive council.

BROADCAST RADIO & TELEVISION CAREER
Prior to coming to Valencia College, Professor Logas spent over 25 years in broadcast radio and broadcast television covering state and local government and coordinating election coverage. In addition, he has covered every election since 1978 and continues to provide radio analysis on 580 WDBO Radio and 540 WFLA Radio in Orlando. He also provided radio analysis and election night coverage on 790 WLBE Radio between 2002 and 2010. Mark has worked as a radio disc-jockey, news reporter, and news director. He has worked as a television news assignment editor, special projects producer, election coordinator, and assistant news director.

BROADCAST NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
In addition to his television work, Professor Logas returned to radio in the early 1990's with two successful radio talk shows. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best TV Newscast" in 1996, earned the "Best TV Newscast Award" in 1997, and received the "Associated Press Best TV News Story Award" in 2000. Mark was also added to the Central Florida Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

Throughout his broadcasting career, Mark has interviewed well-known people from all walks of life: President Ronald Reagan, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General Janet Reno, Senator Bob Graham, Senator Paula Hawkins, Governor Jeb Bush, civil rights icons Coretta Scott King and Julian Bond, Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, entertainers Jay Leno, Mike Farrell and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, & Peter Tork (The Monkees), Weird Al Yankovic, William Devane (Honky Tonk Freeway, -24-), and Charles Keating (Another World, Brideshead Revisited) to name a few.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Through his years in broadcasting, Professor Logas has developed lasting professional relationships and has asked several of these individuals to share their knowledge with students in his various classes. Here are a few of the guest speakers who have visited his students:

  • Ben Aycrigg, News Anchor, WDBO Channel 6 for 35 years
  • Carole Nelson, first female reporter and television news anchor in Orlando
  • Vanessa Echols, Co-anchor Daybreak newscast, WFTV Channel 9
  • Josh Wilson, Investigative Reporter, WFTV Channel 9
  • Henry Maldonado, General Manager, WKMG Local6
  • Stan Knott, General Manager, WOFL-FOX35
  • Bill Bauman, General Manager, WESH Channel 2
  • Bob Jordan, News Director, WFTV Channel 9
  • Pete Ellis, Videographer, WESH Channel 2
  • Marty Stebbins, Meteorologist, WESH Channel 2
  • Greg Dawson, Columnist, Orlando Sentinel
  • Mike Thomas, Columnist, Orlando Sentinel
  • Ron Wallace, Publisher, Daily Commercial
  • Bud Hedinger, Host of Bud Hedinger Live, WFLA 540 AM
  • Shannon Burke, Host of Shannon Burke Show, WFLA 540 AM
  • Pat Campbell, Host of Pat Campbell Show, WFLA 540 AM
  • Tom Benson, Program Director, Clear Channel Communications
  • Pat Duggins, News Director, WMFE Radio
  • Mac McNair, General Manager, WLBE Radio
  • Representative Ric Keller, District 8
  • Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General
  • Lou Frey, former Congressman & Founder of the Lou Frey Institute at UCF
  • Tom Hurlburt, U.S. Marshall
  • Gabriel Maldonado, FBI Special Agent
  • Trooper Kim Miller, Public Information, Florida Highway Patrol
  • Dick Batchelor, Civic Leader, Liberal Radio Commentator, former FL House Representative
  • Tico Perez, Conservative Radio Commentator
  • Fred Brummer, Orange County Commissioner, District 2
  • Tiffany Moore-Russell, Orange County Commissioner, District 6
  • John Martinez, Orange County Commissioner, District 3
  • Steve Triggs, Communications Manager, Orange County Government
  • Jorge Figueredo, Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
  • Lisabeth Fryer, Casey Anthony's Attorney
  • Cheney Mason, Casey Anthony's Attorney
  • Mary Schindler, Bobby Schindler, Suzanne Carr (Terri Schiavo's Mother, Brother, and Sister)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Through the years Professor Logas has volunteered his time and participated in community events including: Muscular Dystrophy Telethons, Public Broadcasting Telethons, reading to school children, conducting badge classes for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as emcee for several Greek Festivals, contributing pictures of old gas station signs and buildings to gassigns.org for historical preservation, participating as a panelist for the "Honky Tonk Freeway Fundraiser" to help raise money for the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, and teaching free government classes to area homeschool groups.

 
Prof. Joe Marek

Prof. Joe Marek

Physical Education

jmarek@valenciacollege.edu
B A, University of Central Florida
M A, University of Central Florida

 
Prof. Lilly Miller

Prof. Lilly Miller

Sign Language

lmiller55@valenciacollege.edu

 
Prof. Shawn Olmstead

Prof. Shawn Olmstead

Sign Language

solmstead@valenciacollege.edu

 
Dr. Bonnie Oliver

Dr. Bonnie Oliver

Economics

boliver@valenciacollege.edu
BS BA., University of Central Florida
MBA, University of Central Florida
MA, University of Central Florida
Ph.D., Argosy University

 
Mr. Tony Philcox

Mr. Tony Philcox

Psychology

jphilcox@valenciacollege.edu

 
Dr. Yasmeen Qadri

Dr. Yasmeen Qadri

Education

yqadri@valenciacollege.edu

 
Prof. Alvin (AJ) Quackenbush

Prof. Alvin (AJ) Quackenbush

Political Science Discipline Coordinator

aquackenbush@valenciacollege.edu
B.A., Indiana University
M.A., Ball State University
My name is AJ Quackenbush and I am a professor of Political Science on the East Campus of Valencia College. My academic background includes an undergraduate education at Indiana University as a political science major. Next, I attended Ball State University for my MA in Political Science and continued my graduate studies in Political Science at Binghamton University. My graduate examination fields were in both American Politics and International Relations.  My teaching experience includes over a decade in a college classroom. I started teaching at Binghamton University while doing my graduate work and then as a visiting professor at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. I have been at Valencia College for over 10 years and have experience teaching a wide range of courses including: US Government, International Relations, State and Local Government, and other special topics courses in Political Science. As an advocate of distance learning, my classes are typically offered in traditional, mixed mode, and online formats.  As a result of the teaching and learning culture of Valencia College, a large portion of my research focuses on teaching and learning Political Science and I regularly present at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference. I believe in having an active learning-centered teaching strategy and do my best to promote diversity and support various learning styles to foster student success. On campus, I serve as the Chairperson for the Department of Political Science, I am very involved in the Peace and Justice initiative, and supervise interns as part of our Civil Leadership Internship Program.

 
Dr. Tammy Sabourin

Dr. Tammy Sabourin

Physical Education, Health/Fitness & PE Discipline Chair

tsabourin@valenciacollege.edu
B.A., Concordia College
M.A., Central Michigan University
Ed.D.,University of Central Florida
I have been teaching Health and Fitness classes at Valencia College on the East Campus since 1997. I attended Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Business Administration. I also played on the women's basketball team and track team. Then I attended Central Michigan University where I received my Master's Degree in Exercise Science. I also attended the University of Central Florida and received my Doctorate in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to Valencia College I taught at Western New Mexico University, Salem-Teikyo University in West Virginia, and Alpena Community College in Michigan. I also coached Women's Basketball at the college level for 6 years.

 
Prof. Derek Schorsch

Prof. Derek Schorsch

Psychology

dschorsch@valenciacollege.edu

 
Prof. Melissa Sierra

Prof. Melissa Sierra

Sociology

msierra@valenciacollege.edu

 
Prof. Darryl Thorne

Prof. Darryl Thorne

Economics, Discipline Coordinator

dthorne@valenciacollege.edu
B.A., Pace University
M.A., New School for Social Research

 
Prof. Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Prof. Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Sociology, Discipline Coordinator

atrierbieniek@valenciacollege.edu

 
Prof. Jovan Trpovski

Prof. Jovan Trpovski

Political Science

jtrpovski@valenciacollege.edu