The new academic year opens with impressive additions to the Chesapeake College full-time faculty. All have the highest academic credentials and are experts in their respective fields.
Norah Bennett – Assistant Instructor of Surgical Technology
Ms. Bennett has been a certified surgical technologist with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health in Easton for four years. She is also a nationally-certified paramedic and worked for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Ms. Bennett graduated from Chesapeake’s Surgical Technology Program in 2012, and is the recipient of numerous awards in her field.
Janet Brown – Instructor of Nursing
Ms. Brown has been a clinical instructor both at Chesapeake and Harford Community College. She also served as a faculty member for Critical Care and Graduate University at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.
Most recently a staff nurse at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Ms. Brown was previously a staff nurse with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health in Easton for nearly 10 years. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Stevenson University.
Dr. Lanka Elson – Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems
Dr. Elson taught at Colorado Technical University for 16 years, where she developed the first 3D printing class at the institution. She mentored a senior student in designing a 3D printed prosthetic tortoise shell. The innovation received worldwide publicity and acclaim.
She earned a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University. In addition, Dr. Elson holds a master’s degree and doctorate from Colorado Technical University.
Dr. Nicole Fiorellino – Instructor of Agriculture
Dr. Fiorellino was an education consultant for developing Chesapeake’s new two-year Agriculture degree program. In this role, she developed syllabi and instructor’s materials for 11 classes in the program. She teaches classes on various topics through extension programs and Annie’s Project. She has published a variety of research projects and articles, in addition to giving presentations at symposia and conferences.
She earned a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University, followed by a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Maryland. Dr. Fiorellino served as a post-doctoral research associate and graduate research assistant at the University of Maryland.
David Timms – Assistant Professor/EMS Clinical Coordinator
A Chesapeake adjunct faculty member since 2007, Mr. Timms has been captain of Talbot County Emergency Services since 2008. He started his career with the Easton Fire Department as an Emergency Medical Technician. He became a nationally-certified paramedic for the department in 2001.
Mr. Timms earned his EMS certificate at Chesapeake College, and a bachelor’s degree at Salisbury University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in distance education at the University of Maryland University College.
Christa Tindall – Radiological Science Clinical Instructor
Ms. Tindall has been a radiologic technologist with Chesapeake Bay Orthopedics in Cambridge and the Orthopedic Center in Easton. In addition, she was a radiology specialist at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health in Easton.
She earned associate’s degrees from the Community College of Baltimore County and Chesapeake College, where she was the outstanding graduate in 2008. Ms. Tindall later earned a bachelor’s degree from Pima Medical Institute in Arizona.
Cutline: Six new full-time faculty members joined Chesapeake College for Fall 2016. They are, pictured left to right: Lanka Elson, Janet Brown, David Timms, Christa Tindall, Norah Bennett and Nicole Fiorellino