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Meet Our New Faculty and Staff: Part 2

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Get to know the faculty and staff who have recently joined Geneseo. This is part two in a continuing series welcoming the newest members of our family and introducing them to the campus.

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Brendan Duran

Brendan Duran joins Geneseo as the director of the organic chemistry laboratories. He received his master of science from Tufts University and his bachelor of science from Ithaca College, and he has taught at both institutions. His teaching and research interests include Organic Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry Lab I and II. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, hiking, board and card games, and spending time with friends and family.


Jeanne Galbraith

Jeanne Galbraith joins Geneseo as an assistant professor in the Ella Cline Shear School of Education. Previously, she was an assistant professor of early childhood education at SUNY Cortland and an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. Galbraith also held several administrative and teaching positions in early childhood education, including at the University of Maryland, Ohio University Lancaster, the Ohio State University in Columbus, and Eastern Maine Community College. She began her career as a special education teacher. She earned a Ph.D. in early childhood education from OSU, a master’s in early childhood special education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary social sciences and early childhood education from the University at Buffalo. Galbraith also serves as president of the New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and as co-chair of the Early Learning group of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, including husband Steve, daughters Audrey and Madeline, and rescue dog Mary. She also enjoys listening to music, cooking, and reading.


Ling Ma

Ling Ma is a new assistant professor in the history department. She earned her Ph.D. from SUNY University at Buffalo and her M.A. and B.A. from Peking University in Beijing, China. Previous postdoc and teaching experience includes Washington State University and the University at Buffalo. Her teaching areas and research interests include the history of ancient and modern East Asia; Chinese history; women, gender, sexuality, and reproduction in China and East Asia; history of law and crime; and global history. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming in the lake and playing tennis. She also admits to being very fond of snow and cold weather.


Katherine Menec

Katherine Menec joins Geneseo as an ESOL (English as a Second Language) lecturer in the School of Education. She received both her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Findlay in Ohio. Prior to Geneseo, she has taught at the University of Rochester, Chinju National Education University, Monroe Community College, Grandview University College of Education, Des Moines Area Community College, Ohio Northern University, and the University of Findlay. Her teaching areas include Listening, Conversation & Pronunciation; High Intermediate Grammar, Reading, Communication & Writing; Advanced Writing; Vocabulary in Context; Advanced Composition; Bridging Reading & Vocabulary; ESL for the Adult Learner; and Methods in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Research interests include bilingual education and generation 1.5 students. In her spare time, Menec enjoys cycling, golfing, traveling, gardening, and cooking.


Madelyn Rossi

Madelyn Rossi ’19, admissions counselor, is responsible for recruiting and yielding first-year students by attending college fairs and visiting high schools. She also co-coordinates the ambassador/tour guide program and assists in on campus event planning. Rossi holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo. While a student, she interned in the Office of Admissions. She enjoys yoga, taking walks, spending time with her friends and family, and binge-watching The Office and New Girl.


Christie Smith

Christie Smith, associate director of admissions, works closely with colleagues on planning, executing, and evaluating admissions functions, including off-campus travel, on-campus programming, application processing and candidate selection, and the development of statistical reports and maintenance of appropriate records. Smith earned a bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Oswego and a master’s from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining the Geneseo community, Smith served as assistant director of admissions at Monroe Community College; admissions counselor at SUNY Oswego; assistant director at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, University of Rochester; and community engagement and service leadership at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With a toddler at home, Smith notes she doesn’t have much spare time, but when she does, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.