Duane A. Matcha, PhD – President
Professor of Sociology and Director, Health Studies Major
Health Policy Track Coordinator
Health Studies Minor Coordinator
Department of Sociology
Siena College
“I’m still teaching at Siena but will retire at the end of spring semester, 2020. I’ve had two teaching Fulbrights (03 to Poland and 09 to Lithuania).” Undergraduate education in Social Science from Minot State College, Minot, North Dakota. Master of Arts in Social Science (Sociology) from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and a PhD in Sociology from Purdue University. Full-time teaching includes five years at University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and Siena College in Loudonville, New York. My research interests include studying how the media (print) frames the baby boom generation. Given the size of this generation and its impact not only in the United States, but throughout the developed world, the role of the media becomes particularly important in projecting an image that can impact social policy. I am also interested in studying the American health care system in relation to other industrialized nations. More specifcally, I focus on the role of aging popuations and their impact on the system. In addition, I am also interested in the role of the media in framing how the healh care system functions.

Board Members:

Meg Benke, Ph.D.
Meg Benke has been serving as Interim Provost at SUNY Empire State College since October and has been Professor, School of Graduate Studies, in adult learning and learning and emerging technologies, and division chair of education. Dr. Benke previously had an extensive administrative career at Empire State College, serving as dean of the Center for Distance Learning, provost and acting president of the college. Dr. Benke recently led the development of a proposal for the college’s first doctoral program, currently under review with the state education department. She is also serving as a member of the SUNY Chancellor’s group advising on online learning. In 2013, Dr. Benke was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame for her contributions to adult and online learning. Dr. Benke was recognized for the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual, by the Online Learning Consortium in 2007, and was named in 2010 to its inaugural class of Fellows, for her extraordinary qualifications, significant experience, distinguished service and leadership in the field of online learning. Dr. Benke also does research on online education, in 2015 she was a Fulbright Scholar to the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, and continues to do research work in Ireland with several institutions on prior learning assessment and blended learning. Dr. Benke has been active in her community, previously serving as a board member for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, and currently in nominations and board development
Harvey Kahalas, Ph.D.
His professional background encompasses more than four decades serving as a senior university and private sector administrator with demonstrated ability to raise funds; network with key regional, national, and international business and governmental leaders. And to provide leadership in program development, research, and grant development. Experience includes full-time work successfully restructuring private and public sector organizations as well as extensive consulting and enhancing economic development activities for Fortune 500 firms. Overall career focus has been on enhancing economic development and improving industrial/organizational competitiveness by building cross-sectional partnerships among private, public, and academic institutions as well as successful internal turnaround, transformation, and disruptive of organizations.

Dr. Judith Kerman retired as Professor Emerita of English from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where she was Dean of Arts and Behavioral Sciences and taught creative writing, literature and electronic media. She has published nine collections of poems, most recently “Aleph, broken: Poems from My Diaspora” (Broadstone Books, 2016), two scholarly anthologies, and three collections of translations of Spanish Caribbean poetry and fiction. She was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic in 2002 and has served on Fulbright selection committees. She speaks Spanish and some French, and has visited countries in Europe and South/Central America, as well as Taiwan and Senegal. She is publisher of Mayapple Press in Woodstock, NY.

Michael J. Murphy, Ph.D. SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. Michael is the founding president of our chapter and has served on the board in the past. He did his Fulbright to the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and also served on the peer-review panel for CIES, acting as chair and advisor for all science-related projects to Central Europe. Michael is also an Honored Professor in the Foreign Experts Institute at Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, China.

Joan N. Savitt, Ph.D., – Treasurer – Research Associate Professor Emerita at the University at Albany, was a Fulbrighter in Japan in 1995. She taught French Linguistics and international folk dancing at UA, served as Associate Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, and held many leadership positions in the Faculty Senate. She has been serving as Treasurer of the Fulbright Alumni Association for many years.