The Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) is the representative voice for the Administrative & Professional employees of FSCJ. In an effort to build cohesiveness, awareness and collegiality, each month we put a “spotlight” on one of our members.
September's APC Spotlight shines on our new APC Chair, Lori Cimino. Lori serves as the instructional program manager for the ASL/English Interpreting and Digital Media programs. She began her career at the College as an adjunct faculty for American Sign Language more than 15 years ago. Lori joined the FSCJ family after coming to the College to take a few interpreting courses and stumbling upon an opportunity for a faculty position; she has been here ever since.
Every step in Lori’s career path has connected her to a passion for education, teaching and learning. However, it is in higher education, specifically, the college environment, where her wings have spread most widely. As an instructional program manager, Lori not only manages the day to day operations of these programs, but she supports the students and faculty through advising, career exploration and planning, curriculum and program development, and serves as a liaison, coach, and problem solver; in sorts, she feels like a ‘jack of all trades’ some days. Her position also requires the ability to adapt to the diversity of our students, faculty, administration, support staff, industry leaders and community partners on a daily basis. Not only does she appreciate the diversity of these interactions, she thrives in an environment where no two people or days are the same.
Lori holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education with an emphasis in deaf/hard of hearing and behavioral disorders. She has completed additional coursework and training in ESOL, crisis intervention, and applied behavior analysis and is also a nationally certified sign language interpreter.
Lori has a passion for people and has a strong belief that we are ‘humans first’ in all that we do, but also values the uniqueness of each of us as an individual. As an athlete for the better part of her life, the concept of team is rooted deep within her soul and she enjoys the ability to communicate, collaborate and build relationships with her colleagues and communicate at every opportunity.
When Lori is not at FSCJ, she is spending time with her family, cooking or working as a sign language interpreter.
Our spotlight shines on each campus/center at least once a year. Nominations for the spotlight may be directed to your campus representative or any officer. Learn more about APC on their website, blogs.fscj.edu/apcollaborative.