The Educational Advisory Council provides professional advice and guidance on emerging topics relating to the teaching field. The Council is comprised of recognized experts in health education with affiliations with local high schools and leading universities.
Normadeane Armstrong, PhD
Normadeane Armstrong is an Associate professor at Molloy College. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Molloy, a certification as a nurse practitioner from SUNY Stony Brook and a PhD in global health from Touro University International. Her academic interests include promoting health education for vulnerable populations, raising awareness of global health issues and providing preventative health care to individuals in developing nations. She has made numerous local, regional, national and international presentations on such topics as immunizations, caregiving, and determinants of health and disability. She has served on Congressman Tim Bishop’s Breast Cancer Advisory Board, the Coalition for Environmental Health and the Suffolk County Medical Reserve Corps.
Madeline F. Craig, PhD
Madeline F. Craig is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College. Her academic interests include technology and learning; strategies for online, blended and face-to-face learning environments; faculty development for online/blended learning design and teaching; and student engagement, interaction and collaboration.
Vanessa Jackson is a graduate of Hofstra University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education and a Master’s Degree in Community Health. She has been a school health teacher since 2006 and currently works with 12th grade students in Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. Vanessa’s students have been participating in workshops provided by The Maurer Foundation since 2010.
Kathy Weiss, PhD
Dr. Weiss received her BA in Mathematics from Syracuse University, her MA in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of New York University and her Ph.D. from New York University. She has devoted most of her career to the administrative aspects of education. From 1994 until 2005, Dr. Weiss served as Superintendent of Schools for the Baldwin Union Free School District. Previously, she spent five years as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Rockville Centre Public Schools and was principal in Malverne High School. Dr. Weiss has made numerous local, regional and national presentations on such topics as cooperative learning, shared decision-making, peer coaching, whole language assessment, testing, child abuse, and evaluation of principals. Currently she is an adjunct professor at LIU, CW Post Campus in the Department of Educational Leadership & Administration, and an associate with School Leadership LLC, a company that assists school boards in searching for superintendents. Dr. Weiss has chaired The Maurer Foundation’s Program Committee for many years.
Emilia Patricia T. Zarco, MD
Emilia Patricia T. Zarco, is a physician with a Master’s Degree in Health Education. She is currently Chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management and Associate Professor of the School of Education at Adelphi University. Her past work has focused on developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating Health Education Programs and materials that focus on Substance Abuse Prevention, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Coordinated School Health Programs and other skills-based Health Education Curriculum, Puberty Education, Population Education and more recently Technology Integration. She has done research studies in the field of substance abuse, adolescent health risk behaviors and psychosocial characteristics, and health program evaluation studies.