The Northern Marianas College has hired two instructors that will handle subjects related to criminal justice and sciences, math, health, and athletics.
Zerlyn Taimanao, the new instructor and coordinator for the criminal justice program, will manage the program's administrative operations, recruit adjunct faculty, enhance the program's effectiveness, as well as coordinate training activities with the Public Safety Department 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 NMC, she worked as the Program and Housing Division manager at the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. She also worked as 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.
Matthew Ryan Crane is the newest instructor at the Sciences, Math, Health, and Athletics Department. He 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 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. 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,” said NMC dean of Academic Programs and Services Barbara Merfalen.