Spotlight – Denise Giarrusso, Director, Services for Students with Disabilities

DeniseGiarusso1Denise Giarrusso
Director, Services for Students with Disabilities
Urban Resource Center

Denise came to Florida State College at Jacksonville as the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities in June of 2006. Before relocating to Jacksonville in 2006, she resided in the Tampa Bay area, where she was employed as the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at Hillsborough Community College for three years. Prior to that, she was employed for ten years at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a VR Counselor, Sr. VR Counselor, and Unit Supervisor. She began her professional career as an ESE teacher with the School Board of Hillsborough County. Additionally, she works as an adjunct professor teaching courses in SLS and Education. Denise is a graduate of the University of South Florida, having earned a B.A. in Special Education and a M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. She is also a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

As the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Denise assists in the collegewide leadership and overall planning, development, coordination and evaluation of services for students within the disability support services program. Denise works closely with both Duval and Nassau County school personnel to assist their students in their transition to postsecondary education. She is a member of the Duval, Nassau, Clay and Baker County Project TEN (Transition Education Network) advisory committees and conducts program presentation at various transition and college fairs in our community to raise awareness of the programs, supports and services that the College offers to our students.

At the College, Denise is currently the chair of the Administrative and Professional Collaborative for the 2013/14 academic year. She is a member of the collegewide Occupational Health and Safety Process Team, the Assessment and Certification Managers team, the Library and Learning Commons Council and the ILAB Advisory Committee. Outside of the College, Denise is active on several state and regional boards, including the Florida Rehabilitation Association (current treasurer and served as President from 2006-2012), Florida AHEAD-Association of Higher Education and Disability (President 2013/14), and the Southeastern Region of the National Rehabilitation Association (Past-President 2013).

Denise enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, bicycling, traveling with her husband and spending time with family.

Spotlight – Mark Hubbard, Engineer I – Multimedia

mark_hubbardMark Hubbard
Engineer I – Multimedia
Deerwood Center

Mark Hubbard came to Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2009 and currently is an Engineer I – Multimedia for Digital Media Productions at Deerwood. Mark has had a passion for video since he was a kid, making movies anytime he could get his hands on a camera. After high school, Mark decided to pursue a career in music, playing drums for his band Julius Airwave. After five years though, he decided it was time to go back to school, enrolled in the Digital Media Arts program here at FSCJ and received his associate degree in the fall of 2011.

Outside of work and school, Mark enjoys making short films and music videos. His work has been featured in the Cannes and LA Film Festivals, and he even had a film screened at the Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood. Mark still enjoys playing music when he can, but spends most of his free time with his family.

Spotlight – Tiffany Hunter, Dean of Education Downtown Campus

TiffanyHunterphotoTiffany Hunter
Dean of Education
Downtown Campus

Tiffany came to Florida State College at Jacksonville as an Assistant Professor of Education at South Campus in August 2011, after more than 10 years working in the early childhood field in North Carolina. In August 2012, she began her new role as the Dean of Education on the Downtown Campus. Her career in early childhood education includes being a public school teacher for four years and teaching in higher education in both 2 and 4-year degree programs.

She received a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Greensboro, an M.A. in Birth-Kindergarten Education from Lenior-Rhyne College, an M.S. in Education from Capella University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University.

Tiffany currently serves as a Peer-Reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children and serves on several Early Childhood advisory boards in North Carolina and Florida. Tiffany loves to travel, shop and all things associated with Disney. She currently resides in St. Augustine with her husband, Calvin and their two sons, Logan and Landon.

Spotlight – Lisa Moore, Director, Policy and Compliance and Equity Officer

lisa_mooreLisa Moore
Director, Policy and Compliance and Equity Officer
Office of the General Counsel 

Lisa Moore came to Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2007 after having served for many years as the Director of Policy and Compliance and prior to that Director, Professional Standards for Duval County Public Schools. In her role as Director of Policy and Compliance and the College’s Equity Officer, Lisa provides assistance in the areas of student issues, human resources/labor relations and risk management. Additionally, she serves as the EEOC officer for the College, a role recently added in January, 2012, after the retirement of the previous EEOC officer.

Originally from Macon, Georgia, Lisa earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgia State University and her law degree from Mercer University. While in Jacksonville, she has also served as the Circuit Director for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program and as Director of the Fourth Judicial Circuit County Court Mediation Program.

Lisa is married with a teenage daughter. She loves travel (especially cruises), reading, volunteering at her church and fancies herself as a “foodie.”

Lisa’s favorite author/poet is Maya Angelou and her favorite quote is “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” words she says she strives to live by.

Spotlight – Dr. Monica Franklin, Associate Dean of Career Education/Allied Health and Professional Programs

Monica_FranklinDr. Monica M. Franklin
Associate Dean of Career Education/Allied Health and Professional Programs 
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Monica has worked at the College since 2008. She served as a Professor of Dental Hygiene and as the faculty liaison for the School of Health Sciences before transitioning into her current position. Monica believes that “when you teach you learn and when you learn you teach,” and she constantly strives to keep students actively engaged in the learning processes. She is considered a leader in multidisciplinary collaborations and interprofessional education.

Monica received her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Florida Community College at Jacksonville in 2000 and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. She earned a Master of Health Science with a concentration in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University. Her doctoral degree in Health Science was also earned from Nova Southeastern University.

Monica is blessed to have a supportive family, which includes a husband, four children and one grandchild.

Spotlight – Dr. Gary Killam, Interim Dean of Career Education

GKillamDr. Gary Killam
Interim Dean of Career Education 
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Dr. Killam joined the College in September of 2015 as the Associate Dean of Career Education and in November was appointed as the Interim Dean. Dr. Killam came to us from St. Johns River State College where he served as the Dean of Criminal Justice and Public Safety for the past six years and graduated from the Florida Chancellors Leadership Seminar.

He serves as the Co-Chair of the Florida Department of Education Advisory Committee for Law, Public Safety & Security, and Government & Public Administration, and is the treasurer for the Florida Criminal Justice Educators Association (FCJEA). Dr. Killam has 32 years in law enforcement serving as the Deputy Chief for the Duval County School Police Department and as the Major with the Davie Police Department in South Florida. He currently is a reserve officer with the St. Augustine Police Department. Dr. Killam is recognized as an expert in the field of gangs and has presented nationally on the topic. He is an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University and St. Johns River State College. Dr. Killam developed his passion for teaching as a police officer and continued to pursue teaching to recruits in the police academy as well as a college adjunct.

Dr. Killam holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, an Associate degree in Police Science from Broward College, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Dr. Killam has received numerous awards to include the Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Award, Florida Gang Investigators Association Inaugural “Gary Killam” Career Service Award, and the FCJEA Outstanding Service award.

Gary is a true Floridian, born, raised in South Florida, and relocated to Jacksonville in 2007. He enjoys woodworking, outdoor activities and most of all, spending time with family and friends.


Spotlight – Dr. Nancy M. Sutton, Interim Associate Dean of Career Education

NancySuttonDr. Nancy M. Sutton
Interim Associate Dean of Career Education 
Florida State College at Jacksonville

With an undergraduate degree in History and a minor in Secondary Education, Nancy began her professional career as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Following, Nancy pursued her childhood dream of attending law school, earning her earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 2003.

With a passion to serve, Nancy accepted a position with Legal Service of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI), in the Key West branch office. There, she served the indigent and elderly of Monroe County, representing clients in various civil matters. During her tenure at LSGMI, she quickly advanced to Directing Attorney, supervising the branch office and its staff, while maintaining a regular case load.

In July 2009, with the ambition of combining her careers in education and law, Nancy moved to Jacksonville, where she opened her own law practice while seeking employment in higher education. In Fall 2009, Nancy joined FSCJ as an adjunct instructor teaching in the Paralegal Studies program. A year later, Nancy was blessed with the full-time teaching position. In January 2012, she advanced to the position of Instructional Program Manager and she has continued to serve in that role while also assuming her current interim role in September 2015.

With the increasing administrative responsibilities, Nancy continues to focus on what is important – the students. Nancy thoroughly enjoys engaging and motivating her students to thrive for excellence, as she assists them from where they are to where they want to go. She is dedicated to providing students with the foundational knowledge and skills, as well as practical experiences. Similarly, she strives to support her faculty in doing the same.

Welcome to the APC

Welcome to Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) blog. The APC is a representative voice for administrative and professional employees to provide leadership, counsel and advice to the College community. We are collectively dedicated to promoting a collegial community focused on teaching and learning.

The APC represents and reports back to the administrative and professional employees of the College and, as appropriate, to the College President. The APC also has the authority to make recommendations on behalf of its members on any matter of concern to its membership. All affairs of the APC are to be governed in accordance with the Bylaws of the Collaborative and Robert’s Rules of Order.

The blog serves as an additional communication platform where A&Ps can learn about upcoming networking opportunities, become more familiar with fellow A&Ps and identify vital resources that support professional development.