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Lina has been with GCC since 2004, first as the Director of Contract Training at The BEST Center and is currently the Director of Business Programs and Assistant Professor.
Prior to GCC, Lina worked in various industries and started two businesses of her own while also holding leadership positions in Operations, Purchasing, Human Resources, Training & Development, and Consulting. She has advised organizations on numerous topics and has an expertise in creative thinking, creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Lina has earned an undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Business Administration, a Masters in Creative Leadership & Facilitation from Buffalo State College, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on Innovative Entrepreneurship from D’Youville College in Buffalo.
She is also the Co-Advisor to the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) Student Club on campus.
Amy Conley is a certified public accountant and has more than 15 years experience in accounting and finance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Before joining GCC as a full time faculty member in 2009, she served as the chief financial officer for a major subsidiary of a publicly held company for eight years, and taught on an adjunct basis for GCC.
Alongside her responsibilities at GCC as an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Business, Amy serves as the advisor to Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization (CEO) Club, which is involved in leading Voluntary Income Taxes Assistance (VITA) efforts with student volunteers/preparers.
Her diverse work experience includes auditing, income taxes, financial statement preparation and analysis, budgeting, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and treasury management. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges. Amy was also a recipient of the 2013-2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Cheryl Corke, a certified public accountant, has more than 20 years experience in accounting and finance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She worked at a privately held company for 16 years, eventually progressing to chief financial officer.
She returned to the classroom (Nazareth College) in 2004 to pursue New York State Certification in Business and Marketing Education. She also has taught classes at St. John Fisher, Roberts Wesleyan and The College at Brockport. She is a member of the New York State Society of CPA’s, Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges and is Chair of the Supervisory Committee of the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union.
Donna Ehrhart is the lead faculty member of the Fashion Design track of the Fashion Business program. She has taught computer and business related courses for 30 years both online and in class. For many years she has taught corporate training classes through the B.E.S.T. Center. In 2003 she earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Donna established the GCC official plaid on campus. For 22 years she has been an adjunct at SUNY Brockport. Currently she serves on Buffalo State College Fashion Technology Advisory Board and the BOCES Erie #1 Fashion Program board. In 2006-20011 she served as the President of the Women’s Council at RIT and served on their Board of Trustees, served on the YWCA committee in Batavia to establish My Sister’s Closet in 1996, and has served on other organization’s boards over the years.
Donna holds an A.A.S. in Secretarial Science with legal background from Erie Community College, B.S. in Business Education and Vocational Technology, and a M.S. in Business and Distributive Education from State University College of Buffalo, with a C.A.S. beyond Master’s in Adult Education from Syracuse University. Microsoft Office Specialist Certified.
She is also the Co-Advisor to the DECA Student Club on campus.
Lauren Paisley joined the GCC faculty in 2002 after more than 15 years as a program and sales manager for Waste Management of Western New York. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Lauren teaches traditional and online classes at GCC and is also a business trainer for The BEST (Business Employee Skills Training) Center. She was recognized in 2010 with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
Amy Slusser has a decade of experience in the tourism and hospitality management industry with a varied background that includes working on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
She holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Travel and Tourism from Herkimer County Community College (1995); and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Travel and Hospitality Management (1997) and Master’s of Science in Service Management (2001), both from Rochester Institute of Technology. She also studied Business and Finance Administration and Sheffield Hallum University in England.
Dennis Sullivan, a seasoned professional in the field of supply chain management, started his career in the telecommunications industry as a transportation rate analyst. He then moved into the printing industry, where he held plant, regional and corporate senior management level positions dealing with the array of supply chain concerns and opportunities in logistics, purchasing, warehousing and distribution.
He is currently the president, vice president or principal with three management consulting firms including Supply Chain Optimizers, LLC. He serves as a board member of the National Association of Purchasing Management-Buffalo and has taught at both Niagara University and Canisius College as an adjunct faculty member. He earned a Bachelor’s in Transportation from Niagara University, and his M.B.A. from Canisius College.
Laura Taylor is new to GCC following 9 years of lecturing undergraduate and graduate fashion design and merchandising courses.
As a small business owner, Laura Taylor designs and sews contractually. Additionally, she is the costume designer for local productions, and is a member of the Erie 1 BOCES advisory board. Prior industry experience includes retail management, visual merchandising, children’s wear, athletic apparel, wholesale and product development.
She holds a B.S. from SUNY Oneonta in Apparel and Textiles and a M.F.A. from Academy of Art University in Fashion Merchandising. While completing her Master’s thesis, she developed a textile occupational therapy tool for children with Autism. Currently a PhD student at Iowa State University, her dissertation will be focusing on interweaving sustainability into the fashion renaissance of Western New York.