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Students interested in learning more about the field of forensics that has been so widely promoted through the crime scene investigative stories on television need to look no further than Anna Maria College. Not only is AMC launching a Forensic Criminology program in fall 2014, one of its faculty members is the founder of Forensic Anthropology as a specialty to the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).

Dr. Ann Marie Mires, a Forensic Anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at AMC, served at the OCME from 1996-2009 overseeing identification and providing the specialty of Forensic Anthropology consultation on a variety of cases. In 2008, she joined Anna Maria College where she teaches coursework in Criminal Justice, Forensic Anthropology, and Victimology.

Concurrently, Dr. Mires is the Director of Forensic Archaeology Recovery, a non-profit devoted to applying archaeological recovery techniques to unfound missing person cases. She is interested in consulting with agencies on systematic search and recovery methodologies and in continuing to move these unresolved cases forward for the families of the endangered persons and for law enforcement investigations. She has also served as a consultant to the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly at AMC.

Dr. Mires is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received her MA from the University of Arkansas, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts: Amherst.

Dean of the School of Fire and Health Sciences

Judy2Judith Kenary, RN, MBA, Ed.D, touched the lives of many of her students at Anna Maria College when she served as an assistant professor.  In her new role as Dean of the School of Fire and Health Sciences, her passion for education will become even more infusive on campus. 

Dean Kenary enjoys being able to initiate learning as a creative experience.  “I think that it is important to integrate real-life experiences, current affairs and theory into the classroom,” she shares.   “I really love my work at Anna Maria. To me it is not a job.  It is my passion.” 

Her future plans for the School of Fire and Health Sciences include developing a strategic vision that will meet the needs of current and future AMC students in the areas of nursing, health science and management, environmental studies and emergency and fire services including EMT and paramedic science.  

Bio: Dean Kenary graduated from Pace University with a BSN and received her MBA at Anna Maria College.  She earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Hartford in educational leadership.  After serving as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical settings, Dean Kenary joined the Fallon Clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1982 where she was quickly promoted to Director of Clinical services working in this capacity for the medical group practice for over 20 years.  Dean Kenary joined the AMC faculty on a part-time basis in the mid-1990s and eventually became Chair of the Division of Business, Law and Public Policy.  She left the College in 2011 to work at UMASS Medical School Commonwealth Medicine in Correctional Health returning in 2013 to serve as the Dean of the School of Fire and Health Sciences.

Carole Gabriele editedAbout Dr. Carol Gabriele, DNP, MA, RN, CNE

Carol Gabriele, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, changed the paradigm in nursing education at Anna Maria College.  Bringing her skills as a nurse educator and leader for over 25 years, Dr. Gabriele helped the College to launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and take AMC to the next level in health education.

Dr. Gabriele brings extensive experience in nursing education including curriculum development, program evaluation, and enrollment management to her position as Director of Nursing Programs at AMC. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and maintains her current areas of expertise in nursing education and leadership.  Dr. Gabriele’s current interests include initiatives to support local and global service learning in undergraduate nursing education and articulation models for nursing education mobility.

Prior to her appointment at Anna Maria College in 2011, Dr. Gabriele most recently served as Director for Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing in Connecticut. As a certified operating room nurse, she practiced in leading health care institutions such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Yale New Haven Hospital and Lahey Clinic. Dr. Gabriele was a long standing member of the Connecticut League for Nursing, Council of Deans and Directors where she was involved in many initiatives to support nursing education and the educational mobility for nurses. She also served on the advisory boards for Housatonic Community College and St. Vincent's College of Nursing in Connecticut.

Dr. Gabriele earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Bridgeport, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Fairfield University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Leadership from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

Reginald HouzeAbout Dr. Reginald Houze 

Dr. Houze is an experienced conductor of ensembles of all types including choral, instrumental, sacred and secular, held in concert halls and for the stage and screen.  A nationally known clinician and adjudicator, he frequently conducts in venues such as Carnegie Hall and is on the board of directors of the Conductors Guild, serving the organization’s international membership of more than 1200 conductors.

With  over a decade of experience teaching in public schools and universities, he cofounded and conducted the Hattiesburg Junior Pops Orchestra in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he grew up, and also served as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble of Tarleton state University, TX.   Dr. Houze’s successful collaborations outside of the education setting include concerts with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and with Douglas Yeo, former principal bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Houze is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and received his master’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

Paul EriksonAbout Professor Paul Erickson, Ph.D.

A Fulbright Scholar, Paul Erickson, Ph.D., has been an esteemed member of the AMC team since 1995. Over the past 18 years, he has assisted the College move its vision forward by serving in a variety of academic leadership positions. He is a past Academic Dean and Divisional Chair and currently serves as the Dean of the School of Fire and Health Sciences

Dr. Erickson has been an international lecturer on topics such as environmental impact assessment, occupational health and safety, and emergency response. He has also published a number of texts on these areas of concentration.

Dr. Erickson received his AB, MA, and Ph.D. from Clark University. During his career, he has also served as a visiting professor at Clark University, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Massachusetts.