Educational Advisory Council

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.


Lorraine Amato

Lorraine Amato

Lorraine Amato has been with the Plainedge School District as a Health and Physical Education teacher since 2007, when the school began participating in workshops provided by The Maurer Foundation. From 2003 to 2006 she worked as a foundation Program Coordinator, educating thousands of students and adults through the high school and community breast health education programs. She graduated from Hofstra University, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. She has worked with elementary students through high school students throughout the district.


Normadeane Armstrong

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 Craig

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

Vanessa Jackson

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.


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.