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 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 is Program Coordinator for the Horticulture program and is an adjunct instructor for various horticulture classes. She is also in charge of managing FLCC's greenhouse and helps support horticulture classes and activities. In addition to her career at FLCC, Berna serves as a certified applicator with the Department of Environmental Conservation, is 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. She is a member of the City of Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board, the Western New York ReLeaf Council, and the Education Committee of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park. Berna 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.
Rochelle Smith is an adjunct instructor in the Horticulture program. She teaches various classes in landscape design. In addition to teaching, Rochelle has more than 20 years' experience speaking as a guest lecturer to a wide variety of groups in Western and Central New York State.
Rochelle was a two-term president for the Master Gardeners of Erie County Cooperative Extension, and has owned and operated an environmentally sensitive landscape care and design firm in Western New York State. She holds degrees in chemistry and landscape architecture. For her landscape architecture master's project, she developed the guidelines for the street tree master plan for the city of Rochester (NY) following the 1991 Rochester ice storm. Her subsequent designs for that project resulted in the planting of over 12,000 new street trees.
Ashly Piedmont is an adjunct instructor of Floral Design in the Horticulture program. She holds an A.A.S. in Horticulture from FLCC and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services with a minor in Horticulture Therapy. She also has a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute through Colorado State University.
Ashly worked for 10 years as a Horticulture Specialist at the Arc of Monroe County where she developed and facilitated horticulture programming for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to that, she managed operations at The Flower Shop through Rochester Landscape Technician Program. Ashly runs a private floral design business in the Rochester area. She has also given numerous professional presentations on horticultural therapy.