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NMC Welcomes Two More Instructors (September 14, 2012)

Zerlyn Taimanao has been named as the new instructor / coordinator for the Criminal Justice Program at the Northern Marianas College.

In addition to teaching criminal justice and social science courses, Taimanao will be leading the criminal justice program by managing its administrative operations, recruiting adjunct faculty, enhancing the program’s effectiveness, and coordinating training activities with the Department of Public Safety and other public and private organizations.

Taimanao earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Prior to joining the College, Taimanao worked as the Program and Housing Division Manager at the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation. She also worked as the Chief Enforcement Officer for the Coastal Resource Management Office, where she spearheaded the Environmental Enforcement Task Force Division and was responsible for program planning, organization, and training.

The College also recently welcomed Matthew Ryan Crane as an instructor in the Sciences, Math, Health and Athletics Department. Crane will be teaching a variety of courses, including physical science, general chemistry, and basic microbiology.

Crane earned his bachelor’s degree in biological science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and his master’s degree in marine and fisheries science from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

His previous work experience includes working as a Senior Aquarist at the New Zealand Marine Studies Center, where he was responsible for animal and exhibit care, managing staff and administrative budgets, and developing new exhibits. He also worked as an aquaculture technician at the Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. In this capacity Crane was responsible for the daily care of systems and fish stocks, devising protocols for fish and system care, and assisting with field work.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Zerlyn and Matthew to NMC,” said NMC Dean of Academic Programs and Services Barbara Merfalen. “Both of them have extensive professional backgrounds and strong educational credentials and will make excellent additions to an already dynamic team of instructors at NMC.”

Last month, the College announced that it had filled other key instructor positions with the hiring of other faculty members.

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