Cindy Bates is an arts mentor and unit coordinator of the Schenectady Unit, Northeast Center. She teaches a wide range of theater and performance studies including public speaking. Bates’ scholarship focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th-century American theater history. She is a contributor to the forthcoming “Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Actresses” and to an open source theater textbook called “Theatrical World(s).” She currently is engaged in a book-length study about the Astor Place Riot. She holds leadership positions in various professional organizations including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the American Society for Theatre Research. Bates is a resident director at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, where she has directed popular works such as Neil Simon's “California Suite” and “The Odd Couple,” “Harvey” by Mary Chase and “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig. She earned her DFA and MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and an M.A. in performance studies from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Mete Cetiner has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Gazi University (Turkey), his M.S. in information systems from METU (Turkey), and his M.S. in management of IS and Ph.D. in management and technology from Claremont Graduate University. His mentoring interests are primarily in IT and society, social technology, information systems, web design and multimedia e-learning.
Joseph Garcia is the executive vice president for administration at Empire State College, a position he has held since July 2017. He oversees human resources, the budget office, business affairs, information technology, facilities, security, financial aid, student accounts, the bookstore and print shop functions. He is also operations manager of the Research Foundation and treasurer of the Empire State College Foundation.
Prior to joining SUNY Empire, Garcia was vice president for finance and business/CFO at The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. His previous experiences include three years in New Orleans, Louisiana, as CFO for FEMA’s Hurricane Katrina Gulf Coast Recovery Office; numerous years in Washington, D.C., as CFO for the Food Safety Inspection Service, a federal agency; and CFO for the Air Force Aid Society Headquarters. He spent 28 years in the United States Air Force, including tours at the Pentagon, Air Force Academy, other stateside assignments, overseas tours in Germany and South Korea and a Middle East deployment. Starting as an enlisted person, he eventually retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In addition, Garcia currently is teaching for the Saratoga County Institute of Management, a program he helped create, bringing together the college and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. In the past, he taught leadership courses at the Air Force Academy and The Citadel. He recently published his fourth book, “When the cap falls: ten principles for a college graduate to launch a career.”
Garcia earned an Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University, an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. His awards include Military Comptroller of the Year, the Department of Homeland Security’s Superior Mission Achievement Award and the Federal Woman’s Program’s Male Boss of the Year.
Sewon Kim is an associate professor of management with the college. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He is a former recipient of dissertation awards from the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD), Academy of Human Resource Development and Emerald/European Foundation for Management Development (highly commended). His work experience includes being an organization development practitioner and human resource manager/trainer in the strategic planning department of Hyundai, the Army of the Republic of Korea and nonprofit organizations, among others. Dr. Kim's scholarly work has appeared in leading journals in human resources and organizational behavior and related fields, and his recent recognitions and awards include the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Highly Commended Article of the Year from the Human Resource Development Quarterly journal (Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award Category); Best Article of the Year from the Review of Public Personnel Administration journal (Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations of the American Society for Public Administration); Most-Read Article(s) from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science); and Emerald Précis Article, among others. Previously, Dr. Kim served as an examiner of the best dissertation for the Academy of Management (Human Resources and Organizational Behavior Divisions) and is the current chair for the AHRD Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation Award. His research and mentoring interests are coaching, research methods, strategic talent management, organizational behavior and development and global management and leadership.
Duncan RyanMann has taught on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University and Williams College. He has consulted with the World Bank and the Washington state government on economic issues in health care and with the U.S. Department of Education on the higher education market. He has worked with the New York State Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform in the area of benefit-cost analysis. RyanMann has a number of professional publications, including articles in American Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Higher Education and International Journal of Industrial Organization. He started working as a mentor at Empire State College in 1994. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Empire State College Excellence in Mentoring Award. RyanMann earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College and his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His mentoring interests are primarily in applied microeconomics and policy, including competition in the health-care and higher-education sectors, the effects of changing incentives in markets and organizations and firms transitioning from regulation to competition.
Nadine V. Wedderburn earned a B.S. in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in public management from Florida International University. Nadine has been engaged in Public Administration research and instruction since 2003. She has served as Research Assistant for urban research projects involving economic and community development, urban planning, and gentrification in South Florida. Her current research interests center on the impact of globalization on public management practice in small-medium cities. Prior to her career in teaching, she worked in the areas of construction cost analysis and project management on residential and commercial building projects. A well-rounded educator, Nadine enjoys learning with students about the ever-evolving relationship between systems and society. She enjoys integrating the social and natural sciences to help frame an understanding of how individuals and organizations relate to the analysis of public issues.