Six Faculty Join Wor-Wic
September 05, 2007

Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed six new faculty members to the college.

Ricardo H. Aragon of Delmar, Md., is the new instructor of culinary arts. Prior to joining Wor-Wic, Aragon was director of catering for Aramark at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He has college-level teaching experience as both an undergraduate and graduate teaching assistant at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. Aragon received his associate and bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts and a master’s degree in food service education from Johnson & Wales.

Bridget Benshelter of Snow Hill is the new assistant professor of health and wellness. Before coming to Wor-Wic, Benshelter was an instructor in the health and physical education, and human performance departments at Salisbury University (SU). In addition, she has been the head women’s basketball coach at SU for the past 17 years. Benshelter majored in physical education and received her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and her master’s degree in health and physical education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren Hill of Salisbury is a new instructor of English. Most recently, Hill was the director of the Eastern Shore Writing Project at SU. Prior to directing the writing project, she was an English lecturer at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College. Hill has also taught English part time at Wor-Wic and SU. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from SU. Her husband, Brian, is a professor of economics at SU.

Daniel R. Pavese of Salisbury is the new instructor of history. Before coming to Wor-Wic, Pavese was dean of students at the Salisbury School. Prior to becoming dean, he was a history instructor and technology coordinator at the Salisbury School for six years. Pavese has also been a part-time credit and continuing education instructor at Wor-Wic. He received his associate degree in liberal studies from Elizabethtown (Penn.) Community and Technical College, his bachelor’s degree in political science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in history from SU. Pavese and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Tristan, 3, and a daughter, Ava, 2.

Karie Solembrino of Parsonsburg is the new department head and assistant professor of radiologic technology. Before coming to Wor-Wic, Solembrino was an administrator of imaging and lead diagnostic technologist at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She was also a radiology professor and clinical coordinator at Wor-Wic from 2000 to 2006. Solembrino received her associate degree in radiologic technology from Wor-Wic and her bachelor’s degree in radiologic science from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando. She and her husband, Jeff, who is employed at the Waterman’s Seafood Co. in Ocean City, have a son, Zachary, 3.

Jennifer L. Tusing of Fruitland is the new instructor of Spanish. Prior to joining Wor-Wic, Tusing was employed by the Wicomico County Board of Education as a middle and high school Spanish and French teacher. She also gained experience teaching college-level language courses as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Tusing received bachelor’s degrees in French language and literature, and secondary education (foreign languages), from the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree in romance languages from the University of Georgia. Tusing is the daughter of Blynn and Lynne Bratten of Salisbury. Her husband, Tim, is a social studies teacher at James M. Bennett High School.

NEW FACULTY. Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed six new faculty members. Shown in the front row, from left, are Daniel R. Pavese of Salisbury, instructor of history, and Ricardo H. Aragon of Delmar, Md., instructor of culinary arts. In the second row, from left, are Lauren Hill of Salisbury, instructor of English, Jennifer L. Tusing of Fruitland, instructor of Spanish, Bridget Benshelter of Snow Hill, assistant professor of health and wellness, and Karie Solembrino of Parsonsburg, department head and assistant professor of radiologic technology.