Horticulture

Faculty

Shawn Kenaley

Shawn Kenaley is an instructor in the Horticulture program. He holds a B.Sc. in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine. After earning his bachelor’s, Shawn served as a research technician within the Biological Control of Non-Indigenous Plant Species Institute at Cornell University. Additionally, he was Assistant Editor of the Gray Card Index and was a curatorial assistant at the Harvard University Herbaria. Following stops at Cornell and Harvard, Shawn earned his M.Sc. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and his Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from West Virginia University (concentrating in Forest Pathology and Plant Pathology, respectively).

After his graduate studies, Shawn returned to Cornell serving as a post-doctoral associate conducting extension services and research on the pathology of trees and shrubs. At Cornell, he was also a research associate, which involved examining pathogens of bioenergy and ornamental grasses. In addition, Shawn spent time as the teaching laboratory coordinator at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. In this role, along with his education director, he was responsible for executing professional development programs for middle and high school STEM teachers, and he developed classroom laboratories to explore plant biology and genetics.

Shawn has taught grades 7-12 and college-level classrooms, including plant anatomy and physiology, fungal physiology, general plant pathology, integrated pest management, mycology, plants in agriculture and bioenergy systems, and urban tree health. He teaches introduction to horticulture, plant materials, applied plant pathology, and soil science.


Rob Wink

Rob Wink is a professor in the Environmental Conservation and Horticulture department. After attending FLCC from 1987-89, Dr. Wink continued his education earning a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Forest Biology and Resources Management from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). In 2002, he received his PhD from SUNY ESF in Environmental Forest Biology with a concentration in Forest Entomology.

Dr. Wink has taught at SUNY ESF and SUNY ESF Ranger School. He began teaching at FLCC in 2001. In 2008, Dr. Wink received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is passionate about entomology, plant physiology, forestry and ecology, and continues to conduct research.


Berna Ticonchuk

Berna Ticonchuk is Technical Specialist and Program Coordinator for the FLCC Horticulture program as well as an adjunct instructor of various horticulture classes. She manages the FLCC greenhouse, helps support horticulture classes and activities, and is Advisor to the FLCC Horticulture Club. In addition to her career at FLCC, Berna is a certified applicator with the Department of Environmental Conservation, a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, and is a New York State certified nursery and landscape professional.

Prior to working at FLCC, Berna had a 20-year career in public gardening in the Rochester and Canandaigua area. Berna is a member of the City of Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board and the Western New York ReLeaf Council. She holds an A.A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Community College of the Finger Lakes and a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from SUNY Empire State College.


Glenna Colaprete

Glenna Colaprete is an adjunct professor in the Horticulture program teaching Regulations in Cannabis Cultivation at FLCC. She is also the advisor to the FLCC Cannabis Professional Studies Club. She holds a B.S and M.S. Criminal Justice, Business and Advanced Certificate in Project Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After earning her Master's Degree, Glenna served as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Verizon Headquarters New Product Engineering. Following her fifth patent, she left her successful engineering career to become a licensed hemp cultivator, processor, and retailer in the Rochester area. Inspired by her own painful disability, she brought the same level of innovation, passion, and care to help others with her natural and locally farmed products. Glenna has received numerous cannabis product, service and business awards. She generously shares her depth of seed-to-sale knowledge, best practices in starting and running successful businesses, along with the regulations and compliance in cannabis cultivation.

Along with her education initiatives, she is responsible for executing professional development programs for high school and college STEM programs. Glenna also serves as the NY Cannabis Growers and Processors Finger Lakes Region Co-Chair, Social Equity Education and Sustainability committee member. Fostering an educated, sophisticated, knowledgeable, and compliant cannabis supply chain community and ecosystem.


Marci Muller

Marci Muller earned a BA in Russian Studies from Tulane University in 1976 and an AAS degree in Ornamental Horticulture from FLCC in 1981. From there she launched a career in horticulture and workforce development. In 2010 she received a MA degree from Empire State College with her capstone project focused on poverty and employment.

Marci worked for a bare-root nursery, owned a landscape company for 20 years, ran a nonprofit workforce development agency (with a horticultural thread running through it), started another landscape company with a commitment to hire individuals with barriers to employment and worked for other landscape companies between 1981 and 2020. In addition, from 1994 - 2007 she was adjunct faculty at FLCC teaching Plant Materials and Landscape Design. In 2020 Marci accepted the position of Horticulture Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County and returned to being an adjunct instructor in FLCC's Horticulture program.


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