Speakers Bureau

Through our Speakers Bureau, a free community service, knowledgeable faculty and staff volunteers are available to present on a variety of topics, including specific academic subjects, a college overview, current events and community issues.After browsing our list of available speakers, you can submit an online request. Please send your request at least three weeks in advance of your meeting/event date. If you have any questions, please contact Candy Basile at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Available Speakers

Kelli Corrado Spangler M.S., Physics Assistant Professor

  • Astronomy, The Universe and the Big Bang Theory

Samuel Wallace M.A., Geography Assistant Professor
Sam Wallace earned a master of arts in Geography from the University of Kansas, one of the best Geography programs in the world, and was recruited to teach for them even before earning his bachelor of arts. He has earned a second, professional master's degree, and a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State, also one of the best Geography programs in the world. He has worked as a map editor, even been a finalist for an editorial position with National Geographic, and as a community organizer. His undergraduate thesis was using desktop computers to design and produce navigation maps for the blind and his master's thesis was an historical geography of a religious denomination. He has studied the urban population pressures of south central Africa, the art, languages and trade routes of Central Asia, economic development in the Midwest, Latin America and Southeast Asia, human/environment relations in the Rocky Mountains, religion in the Midwest and housing development in inner-city St. Louis and Philadelphia. In addition to Montgomery County Community College and the University of Kansas, Sam has taught for Penn State, University of Delaware, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Academy, Widener University and West Chester University. His teaching has been recognized at a national level by youth service organizations and religious groups, as well as earning Montgomery County Community College's certificate of Teaching Excellence and Temple University's Excellence in Higher Education certificate.

  • History and Meaning of Maps
  • Geography of Religion
  • Use of Geographic Information Systems
  • The Impact of Campus Trees

Stephen Blumm M.A., History Professor

  • Understanding the Holocaust

Celeste Schwartz Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology and College Services
As the Vice President for Information Technology and College Services, Dr. Schwartz is responsible for academic and administrative technology, technology-supported process improvements, sustainability efforts, and College-wide services such as event scheduling, bookstore and food services. She also serves as the College's Right to Know Officer. Dr. Schwartz is active in a variety of organizations, including The Pathway School Board of Directors, KINBER Board of Directors, and The Rotary Club of Blue Bell. Dr. Schwartz holds an A.A.S. from Montgomery County Community College, a B.S. from St. Joseph's University, a M.S. in Information Technology from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in Community College Leadership, from Walden University.

  • Information Technology

Deborah Greenspan, Ed.D, Psychology Assistant Professor

  • Human Development and Psychology

Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Visual Library
  • Work-Life Integration

William Brownlowe, M. Engr., Associate Professor of Engineering

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Critical Thinking in Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution

Anna Raskin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Women-terrorists in Imperial Russia
  • Soviet women-pilots in World War II
  • History of Russia
  • History of Modern China
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

Aaron Shatzman, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences

  • Significance of the European Study of America
  • Why Study the Humanities and Social Sciences

Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Women's History – Abolitionists, anti-lynching, women's movement (1960s).
  • African American History

Stephen A. Tolbert, Jr., Economics Senior Lecturer

  • Real Estate Investing
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Supporting the National Guard and Army Reserve
  • Employees

Lois Butcher-Poffley, M.A., Exercise Science and Wellness Senior Lecturer

  • Improvisational Acting for Work Teams
  • Motivation, Team Building, and Cohesion
  • Goal Setting

Nicole Henderson, M.A., Director of Testing and Placement

  • College Access and Retention in Higher Education
  • 10 Myths about College
  • Understanding Placement Testing
  • Reducing College Cost with CLEP exams
  • Education Achievement Gap
  • College Admissions for First Generation Students

Kelli Corrado Spangler, M.S., Physics Assistant Professor

  • The Advanced Technology Center Observatory

Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • College Overview
  • Academic Affairs Portfolio (Programs, Services, and Policies)
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Student Access and Success

Stephen Schmitz, M.S., Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

  • Success at the College
  • Careers and Life
  • Value and Values of Higher Education

Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Incorporating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Curriculum in the Classroom

Gay Seidman, M.Ed., Senior Academic Advisor/Assistant Professor

  • Getting Your Son and Daughter Ready for College
  • Talk About Transfer Opportunities that MCCC Offers
  • Try Not to be a Helicopter Parent

Nicole Henderson, M.A., Director of Testing and Placement

  • Mentoring At-Risk Girls
  • Parents as Educational Partners

Steve Baron, Ph.D., Psychology Associate Professor

  • Social Psychology and Sports
  • Parenting
  • Steroid Use
  • Direct to Consumer Marketing of Health Care

Lois Butcher-Poffley, M.A., Exercise Science and Wellness Senior Lecturer

  • Being a Good Sports Parent
  • Effective Coaching Practices
  • Team Building

Maurice "Tony" Davis, M.A., Counselor and Instructor

  • Preservation of Family History
  • Career Awareness and Preparation
  • How to Create a Mentoring Program
  • Male Mentoring

Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Female Mentoring

Katie Ishler, M.S., Instructional Technology Specialist

  • Playing and Winning Video Games

Joshua Mitchell, Director of Training and User Support Services

  • How to Chat, Phone and See Friends and Family Online

Chidi Chinasa Ukazim, M.A., English as a Second Language (ESL) Assistant Professor

  • Cultural Experiences of an International Student

Maurice "Tony" Davis, M.A., Counselor and Instructor

  • Race Awareness

Theresa A. Savard, M.S., English as a Second Language (ESL) Associate Professor

  • Cross Cultural Communications & Relationships
  • NATO's Partnership for Peace Initiative

Aaron Shatzman, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences

  • Do Americans have National Character?
  • The Origins of Slavery and Race Prejudice

Stephen Blumm M.A., History Professor

  • Understanding the Holocaust

Theresa Napson-Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

  • Incorporating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Curriculum in the Classroom
  • NAACP
  • NAACP's Unsung Crusade: Battling Violence Against Black Women, 1920-1954
  • Slavery and Freedom in Pennsylvania
  • Trailblazers: Women in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Women's Movement

Deborah Ravacon, M.H.D., Director/Teacher Children's Center

  • Engaging Diverse Families

Thomas Kolsky, Ph.D.A graduate of Rutgers University (B.A. in History), the University of Hawaii (M.A. in History), University of Pennsylvania (M.A. in International Relations), Professor Kolsky received his Ph.D. in History from the George Washington University. He taught History and Political Science at Montgomery County Community College from 1971 until 2015. From 1987 until 2015, he hosted ISSUES AND INSIGHTS, a campus interview/talk show and a lecture series program that was designed to expose the college and county community to matters of public interest. He won the 2003 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and the Case and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2004 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year award. Dr. Kolsky was deeply influenced by his life experiences as he grew up in Czechoslovakia and Israel and by his longtime residence in the United States. He is the author of JEWS AGAINST ZIONISM (Temple university Press, 1990) and a contributor to ERETZ ISRAEL, ISRAEL, AND THE JEWISH DIASPORA MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP, edited BY Menachem Mor (University Press of America, 1986), PHILADELPHIA JEWISH LIFE, 1940-2000, edited by Murray Friedman (Temple University Press, 2000), and the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE JEWISH DIASPORA (ABC-CLIO, 2009). A political maverick, Kolsky advocates peace, intellectual freedom, religious pluralism, and market economy with a human face.

Deborah Ravacon, M.H.D., Director/Teacher Children's Center

  • Children's Center Management
  • Early Childhood Education

Judy Davis-Radich, R.N., M.S.N., Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Health Careers
  • Women's Health

Lois Butcher-Poffley, M.A., Exercise Science and Wellness Senior Lecturer

  • Exercise and Fitness Across the Life Span
  • Youth Sports
  • Parenting Your Superstar
  • Athletic Burnout
  • Recovery from Sport Injury

Benn Prybutok, E.J.D., Dir Criminal Justice, Fire Sci, and Emergency Mgmt Plan Prgms
Benn Prybutok joined the administration and faculty of Montgomery County Community College in June of 2002, as the College's Director of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and Emergency Management. His re-entry into academia followed a 28-year career in the property and casualty insurance industry during which his focus was in public policy, government affairs, and strategic planning. His corporate career encompassed service with the Munich-based Allianz Insurance Group, Gulf Oil Corporation, Pacific Compensation Capital Corporation, and Home State Holdings. Mr. Prybutok received his A.B. and M.A. degrees in political science from Temple University (1970 and 1972), and completed doctoral coursework and divisional examinations in political science at Columbia University (1974). He received his Executive Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School in 2005 with a major in criminal law.

  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Homeland Security
  • Organized Crime
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Stephen Schmitz, M.S., Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

  • Criminal Justice and Ethics
  • Insight into the Criminal Justice System
  • Law Enforcement Issues
  • Public Safety and Security Matters

Aaron Shatzman, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences

  • Revolution and Constitution

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