GSC OE Ambassadors 2016

Linda Couture

Linda Couture

Linda Couture teaches for the School of Education at Granite State College.  She has 24 year experience in the field of education and this is her second year teaching online courses. Her goal is to enhance the ability to foster student enthusiasm and participation in in their online course work.


Steve Covello

Steve Covello

I earned my MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation at Syracuse University, and have been with GSC since June 2011. My background is in video production and post-production, and in WordPress website development. At GSC, I work with faculty on developing rich media skills and using them in online courses. Areas of experience: Rich media in online teaching and learning (multimedia production, social media integration, Web-based tools), WordPress, Moodle 2.7, Kaltura video streaming, Camtasia (Mac/PC), Zaption (interactive video), Articulate Storyline interactive media, Chalk & Wire e-portfolio.


Dr. Kathy DesRoches

Dr. Kathy DesRoches

Dr. Kathy DesRoches joined Granite State College in April 2016 as the Program Director for MS in Leadership and senior faculty member. Kathy earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State College. Prior to joining GSC, she worked as the workforce development director at Manchester Community College, and the Director of Education Programs at UNH LTAP Center.


Sherry Dumais

Sherry Dumais

Sherry is a Registered Nurse and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College. She teaches courses in Health Care Management, Finance and Bioethics. Working most of her career in acute care settings, she has held administrative and staff positions. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Rivier College and MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Northeastern University.


Patricia Erwin-Ploog

Patricia Erwin-Ploog

I have served as a faculty member at GSC since the early 1990s, and received the College's 2001 Faculty Teaching Award, I have developed curriculum, served on a number of College committees, and was GSC's first librarian. In 2010 I made the move to teaching more for GSC and embarked on reinvigorating library services. In my work as the College Librarian my goal is to provide a student-focused library experience. I have held faculty librarian positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Brandeis University. More recently I was at Dartmouth College, leading a number of federally-funded projects including an NEH project to catalog and preserve all the newspapers ever published in New Hampshire, and developing a digital library of cyber-security research for the Department of Homeland Security. My publications have been in the areas of preservation and grey literature. Directing projects allowed me to remain in academia and gainfully employed, while addressing my desire for challenge, change, and innovation. I also did a stint in private industry, serving as Hypertherm's first Director of Organizational Learning & Knowledge Management I was able to develop several innovative projects that linked organizational learning and information management directly to process improvement. Teaching for me is a service profession. As a teacher I am always aware of the responsibility and role I play in helping students attain their educational goals. A natural extension of this is an appreciation for the role opened educational resources can play in not only making higher education more affordable, as a global movement to support educational opportunities throughout the world. I am presently in my second year as an ISKME Fellow, developing OERs for the OER Commons.


MaryBeth McNicholas

MaryBeth McNicholas

MaryBeth has been a part-time instructor in the MSPM program at Granite State College since 2012. In 2015, MB was a key participant in the process for the MSPM program to attain the PMI GAC accreditation, an elite professional project management accreditation held by only 27 post graduate institutions in the United States. She brings a over 25 years of IT consulting consulting experience to the classroom, managing primarily large ERP programs and Health Care and Life Science client engagements.


Robert McPherson

Robert McPherson

I have thirty years of managerial, operational, business development, and consultative experience in the corporate environment. My corporate experience has included assignments in Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, Corporate Change Initiatives, and Business Planning and Research. In addition, I have conducted and facilitated seminars in Team Building and Leadership Training. I have earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Master’s in Education from Plymouth State University. In addition, I have attended executive training programs in Marketing, Conflict Management and Negotiations, and Mergers and Acquisitions from Wharton School of Business and Northwestern University. I am currently enrolled as a Doctoral Student at St. Thomas University with a focus on Management and Leadership. I started teaching at Granite State College in 1998. I have taught courses in Marketing, Management, Organizational Behavior, Conflict Management, and Contemporary Issues in Management. I have also served as a mentor to many students pursuing independent learning experiences. I received the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2003.


Missy A. Muszynski

Melissa “Missy” A. Muszynski

I was born and raised in Manchester, NH and love The Granite State! I received my BA from Bridgewater State College (Now Bridgewater State University) in Bridgewater, Massachusetts in Communication and Public Relations. Shortly after, I moved to the Hawai’i (Oahu) and worked at the University of Hawai'i's East-West Center. I moved back to New England to work on my Master's Degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, earning my degree in English, Professional Writing. I have been teaching both online and face-to face for ten years and have taught for Green Mountain College, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester Community College, Nashua Community College, Great Bay Community College, and Granite State College. I completed my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) at Plymouth State University in Educational Leadership in 2013 and have been accepted to their doctoral program.


Caroline Osteen

Caroline Osteen

Caroline has spent the majority of her career in administration and human resources. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009. Caroline then went on to pursue an administrative career in Public Health. She achieved a Master’s in Public Health Certificate in 2012 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2013 both from the University of New Hampshire. For the past 5 years, Caroline worked at The Department of Veteran Affairs Hospital in Administration. She is now an HR contractor and adjunct faculty with Granite State College. Caroline has been a senior administrator in her past three roles. Her experience helped start-up companies create infrastructure, policies and procedures. Caroline’s strong knowledge of laws and regulations has led to many successful audits from the Department of Labor (DOL), Joint Commission and Office of Inspector General (OIG). As a USAF disabled Veteran herself, she volunteers her time to assist other veterans with resumes and job placements.