Distinguished Faculty




Michelle LaPorte - Coordinator of Woodwinds & Adjunct Instructor


Michelle LaPorte is an acclaimed flutist and founding member of the multi award winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. With guitarist Gerry Saulter, Ms. LaPorte performs concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Featured venues include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the American Church in Paris, US and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, the International School of Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry / Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan.


In addition to concerts featuring Serenade Duo, Ms. LaPorte has performed in numerous solo concerts, chamber music recitals, musical theatre productions and orchestras. She has also appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island, FiOS 1, and KCTU. Ms. LaPorte is proud to perform as a Miyazawa Artist, endorsed and playing exclusively on Miyazawa Flutes. As a recording artist she can be heard on Centaur Records. Michelle LaPorte is currently the Professor of Flute and Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Five Towns College, New York. Professor LaPorte is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching flute, music appreciation and fundamentals, and serves as the Adjunct Music Representative for the Faculty Association Executive Council.


An advocate for the arts, Ms. LaPorte is the Coordinator of Music and Programs at The Heckscher Museum of Art. For her commitment to higher education Ms. LaPorte has been honored several times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She is currently a member of the National Flute Association, Chamber Music America, and the Delian Society. Michelle LaPorte earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Long Island University and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  



Krysti O’Rourke - Director of Career Services


Krysti O’Rourke’s background in academia, private business and the public sector has proven to be a perfect fit for her leadership role in Career Services.  With a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College,  and  a Master’s degree from Long Island University, Krysti first served the LIU CW Post community as a Project Director for a national training and employment program for senior citizens.  The role evolved into an opportunity to be an adjunct instructor for a variety of courses in research methods, statistical analysis programs, and various “computers in business” courses.  Krysti was an adjunct for over 15 years for graduate and undergraduate students.   Her teaching was complimented by assignments as a research associate for the LIU Center on Aging, the LIU Center for Management Analysis, and the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau.


O’Rourke has also been   employed as an associate and manager for a successful employment agency, as well as a placement coordinator for a home health care agency.  With these experiences, Krysti understands the value of outstanding service to the jobseeker in addition to the development of successful, long-lasting employer relationships.   Working with commitment, she has placed hundreds of students in successful internships and jobs and is constantly finding opportunities at top companies in the entertainment industry.   Her participation in events for The Melville Chamber of Commerce, Grammy U, AES and MNYCYPOA, and a variety of other outside programs has yielded the best of opportunities for students in the field of entertainment.   She has led her diligent staff to develop and conduct key workshops in professional development and continues to work collaboratively with Student Activities to conduct “home grown” programs such as a Professional Dining Etiquette Series and Super Successful Alumni Panels.  


Krysti’s dedication to the FTC students and alumni is genuine.  Having a musical background, she understands the value of the arts and the commitment to creativity.   She also believes in cultivating  opportunities that  merge “passions with jobs”  which  offer financial stability and room for growth.


With two publications in academic journals, and a wealth of “hands on knowledge” in the field of career development and placement, Krysti plans to continue her own professional development.



Scott Ballin - Music Business

Assistant Professor


Scott Ballin, Assistant Professor Mus. B., M.M., D.M.A. Active as a jazz pianist/vibist in New York area and Great American Songbook accompanist at concerts and libraries. Pianist at Garden City Hotel and Parker Meridan Hotel in Manhattan. Musical director for the Rat Pack show at the Rainbow Room and Henry Prego in Harrah's Atlantic City. Appeared with jazz artists such as Jay Hogard, Bryan Carrott, Teddy Charles, Jerry Weldon, and pop singer Darlene Love. Recorded Conversations for Four with the Artie Miller Quartet featuring Jimmy Perrone. Served as accompanist for Nassau/Suffolk vocal jazz with guest coach, Carla Cook. Performed at numerous Manhattan venues including Birdland, Iridium, The Supper Club and Feinsteins. Director of annual Tribute to Jazz Piano at Five Towns College. Writer for Jazz Improv magazine.



Kathy Curtiss - Film & Video

Professor & Co-Chair Film Division


Dr. Kathy Curtiss is a professional film and theatre director, Artistic Director of Renaissance Now Theatre & Film which produces documentary and theatrical film shorts.   Her Ph.D. is in Film Directing and Theory, but inclusive of complete coursework for an MFA in Acting. She currently directs for the Oberon Theatre, The Drilling Company for New Works, The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, and reading series for the Scandinavian American Theatre Company. Writer of both short film and feature length, her work has been recently read at the Oracle Theatre, and her contemporary adaptation/translation of The Seagull was produced at the Drilling Company Theatre for New Works.  She works annually with the critically recognized "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, " that explores contemporary urban relevance of classical work.  She has taught film directing and acting at 10 BFA programs across the country including University of California, University of Utah, Ball State (where she was the director of the Movement/Voice/Theatrical Combat program).  Recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors, she fight choreographs for several companies currently in New York, including last season's Hamlet.  She is published in FIGHTMASTER magazine.  Her signature documentary film, Renaissance Now, explores, at 52 locations across America, the impact of cultural diversity in the development of theatre and film.  Her film documentary work has shown on National PBS stations and the Global Education Network.



Steve Briody - Music

Associate Professor 


Dr. Steve Briody is a recognized guitarist, composer and arranger. He has played guitar with legends such as Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Dave Valentin and Eric Marienthal, and has performed/recorded with Funk Filharmonik, Paula Atherton, Carl Fischer's Organic Groove, Mario Cruz, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame All-Star Band. He is the author of the Jamey Aebersold book Jazz Guitar Lines of the Greats, which has become one of the world's most popular jazz guitar publications. Steve has also contributed to Guitar Player and Just Jazz Guitar magazines. His song "Footsteps" appears on the recent #1 album of sax great Eric Alexander. Steve's nationally released commercial jazz CD was selected to the Grammy ballot for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Several of his arrangements for high school jazz ensemble will be published in 2014. In addition to his international credits, he often performs locally with jazz, funk, and top-40 bands. 

Professor Briody grew up in Hicksville, NY, obtained his Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition from SUNY Fredonia, and then continued with graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, Steve completed Doctoral studies at Five Towns College, earning his DMA,  

At Five Towns College, Steve has taught Graduate-level Harmony, Arranging, Commercial Arranging, Guitar Instruction, Popular Songwriting, Ear Training, and Freshman-level Harmony. He has started the College's guitar-lesson Youtube channel "Learnintwo", which helps guitar players of many levels with concepts such as jazz improvisation as well as blues and rock styles.



Amy Dolan-Fletcher - Theatre Arts



Amy Dolan Fletcher is a Broadway veteran with credits that include Rizzo in Grease, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Ellie in Hal Prince's Showboat (London's West End). Other favorite credits include Mitzi in Crazy For You at the Walnut Street Theater, Young Phyllis in Follies at Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theater, Ado Annie in the Westchester Broadway Theater's production of Oklahoma and performances in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.


Amy made her professional debut as Gretl in The Sound of Music at Jones Beach Theater. As a regional director and choreographer her credits include 42nd Street, Moon Over Buffalo, Seussical the Musical, And The World Goes Round, My Way and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Amy is also the driving force behind Midtown Productions which produces adaptable and world class entertainment for corporate and private events as well as providing seminars and workshops for theater professionals and future professionals alike. Amy graduated Magna cum Laude from Fordham University.




Hosun Moon - Music Division

Associate Professor


Hosun Moon, winner of 1998Bach International Competition at Berkeley,CA, studied harpsichord at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, where she received her MM and DMA. She also holds a Master’s degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor's

in organ from Yon-Sei University (Seoul, Korea). Her chamber music performances with numerous ensembles have been heard in Carnegie Hall, 92nd St. Y, Merkin Concert Hall,


The Riverside Church, St. John the Divine, LeFrak Concert Hall in The Aron Copland School of Music, Columbia University, Hofstra Cultural Center, Union Square Park, Bryant Park, SUNY at Stony Brook, and various churches in New York area.


Dr. Moon has performed the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 as a soloist with Transfiguration Ensemble, S.E.M. Ensemble, Mannes Baroque Chamber Players, The New York Bach Ensemble, and South Shore Philharmonic.


She has worked as a conductor for the musicals; Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, Secret Garden, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Urine Town, Pajama Game, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mame, The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, La Cage aux Folles, Ragtime, Highschool Musical II, Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and also performed as an assistant director and pianist for musicals: Godspell, March of the Falsettos-Falsetto Land, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dames at Sea, Secret Garden, and Into the Woods. She also worked with the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Music Seminars, C. W. Post Chamber Music Festival (LIU Chamber Music Festival), and teaches at the USDAN Summer Camp and at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY.




Tom Rizzuto – Film and Video Division



Tom Rizzuto is an independent filmmaker who has written and directed over 5 short films and one feature; The Afterlife. His work has played in film festivals in the US and Canada and he is currently in development of his second feature length film; The Last Man off Earth. After studying film at SUNY Buffalo and living in Japan briefly, he began his behind the camera career as a video-journalist at news stations in The Bronx and Long Island.


He then moved into the world of freelance television production where he shot broadcast and internet programming for entities such as NBC, WPIX, The Discovery Channel, The BBC, Balliol College and the Government of Great Britain. After freelancing Tom joined the start up Sinovision English channel and helped to create its programming line-up which showcased Asian-American culture in the US. A staunch advocate of journalistic freedom, Professor Rizzuto has used his film work to raise funds for Reporters Without Boarders and continues to support freedom of press activism.


He is currently a film professor at Five Towns College teaching classes in television production, film editing and producing. Professor Rizzuto is also responsible for organizing and programing the Luminaries Film Festival. Held at the conclusion of the year, it showcases films created by the students at Five Towns College.




Bruce Colfin – Business

Associate Professor

BRUCE  E. COLFIN is founding member of Bruce Colfin Law, P.C., THE FIRM ® the New York based entertainment business, copyright and trademark law firm. Bruce has been involved in the entertainment and music business for more than forty years. His beginnings as a "roadie" for bands such as the New Riders of the Purple Sage and stage manager for Peter Tosh on the 1978 Rolling Stones summer tour evolved into stints as a sound engineer, video producer and director, stage manager, tour coordinator for Inner Circle, and personal manager for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mick Taylor, former Rolling Stones lead guitarist.


Bruce is a 1977 graduate of Queens College of The City University of New York with a Bachelor's degree in Communications Arts and Sciences. His Juris Doctor is from New York Law School 1980. A member of the Bar of the State of New York, he is also admitted to practice before the Federal Courts in the Southern and Eastern District Courts in New York as well as the U.S. Court of International Trade.


Bruce has extensive experience and background in video production and distribution. He produced a live weekly program on Manhattan Cable TV from 1976 to 1985. He was associate producer and copyright co-proprietor of "Blues Alive," featuring John Mayall, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Etta James, Sippie Wallace, Albert King, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. The program was released by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, and Pioneer Disc, and re-released by Lightyear/Image Entertainment DVD as "Jamming with the Blues Greats."


In his capacity as President of LegalVision, Inc., Bruce Colfin produced and directed a twelve-hour series of educational videotapes on entertainment law -- The Entertainment Law Videoprimer series. The project featured several internationally prominent entertainment business lawyers including Jay Cooper, Lee Phillips, Martin Silfen, Michael Rudell, and NY Supreme Court Justice Franklin Weissberg. The series was acquired by various universities, law schools and law libraries including the Lawrence Cohen Social Law Library at Harvard University and the State University College of New York at Oneonta.


Bruce has written extensively about video production, including "Negotiating an Independent Music Video Production of the John Mayall's Blues Breakers Reunion," which involved the development of the "Blues Alive" video and was published in Entertainment Legal News. He has written about the production of music videos for Entertainment Law and Finance, and the production of interactive laser video programming for Tape/Disc Business, and internet and copyright infringement issues regarding technology for Replication News and its successor Medialine News .


Bruce Colfin's list of academic credits is lengthy. Bruce has been a Professor at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, N.Y., since 1999 where he teaches Music Business Contracts as well as Music Publishing and Copyrights. In 2003, Bruce was inducted into the Five Towns College Honor Society, Phi Sigma Eta. Between 1986 and 1988, Bruce was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, where he reviewed Prof. Thomas McCarthy's treatise on the Rights of Publicity and Privacy. Bruce is the author of "Freedom of Expression: The Protection Afforded Dissident Authors' Rights," published in the European Intellectual Property Review of Oxford, England. He has also served as Chairman of the American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Subcommittee, where he supervised production of the report, "Legislation on Compulsory Licenses for Retransmissions of Superstation Signals for Private Viewing."


He has been a member of the Entertainment Law Circle and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.; member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law; member of the New York State Bar Association section on Entertainment Law; member of the Broadcasting, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists Subcommittee of the Copyright Division; member of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice, International Intellectual Property Rights Committee; and Chairman of its Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries Subcommittee.


Bruce Colfin is a member of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is a member of National Television Academy, New York Chapter, and New Media Committee. He is also currently a member of the American Bar Association Special Committee on Multimedia of the Intellectual Law Property Section. He was also a member of the N.Y.S. Bar Association Subcommittee on Publicity, Privacy and Merchandising. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association Sports, Entertainment and Media Law Committee.


Bruce is a past chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association committee on sports, entertainment and media law. As a past Chairman of an American Bar Association Section of International Law Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries, he supervised the creation of an extensive bibliography of source materials about International Record Piracy. Bruce Colfin frequently speaks before various trade groups, music and art conferences, community groups, colleges and law schools, and Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Colfin is a frequent guest lecturer on entertainment business law for the Bachelors Degree program in music business at the State University College of New York at Oneonta. He is also a memeber of the Nassau County Bar Association Speakers Bureau. He is listed in "Who's Who in The World," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in Entertainment," "Who's Who in American Law," "Who's Who in the East," and other biographies. In 2003, Mr. Colfin was picked to judge the semi-final round of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and Broadcast Music Inc., Entertainment Law Moot Court competition. Bruce Colfin has co-authored numerous articles and lectured extensively.


Bruce’s music business clients include or have included Grammy Winning Reggae Producers/Artists Sly and Robbie ("No Doubt’s Rock Steady") Platinum Reggae artist Inner Circle ("Bad Boys") and Reggae stars Freddie McGregor and Andrew Tosh; former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor; classic-rock legends New Riders of The Purple Sage and Marty Balin; drummer Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin); Len Dell'Amico (award winning video producer/director of "The Grateful Dead - So Far"); national touring jam band Dark Star Orchestra; television and concert production manager "Mo" Morrison; (Michael Jackson's Victory Tour, Prince, Britney Spears, WOODSTOCK II); Fernanda Tavares, covergirl for Cosmopolitan and Vogue Paris Magazines; Good Times, publisher of Long Island’s entertainment newspapers; The All Good Festival and concert promoter Jammins Entertainment.



Marc Silverberg Music

Adjunct Faculty


Marc Silverberg is regarded as one of the foremost experts on Contemporary A cappella Education. He is currently the director of education for, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary a cappella music. He has presented clinics in “group improvisation” and “a cappella improvisation” at Acappellafest, the Boston Sings A cappella Festival, Sojam A cappella Festival, and The American Choral Directors Association’s 2012 National Convention. His semi-professional a cappella group, Satellite Lane, was recently crowned the “Audience Favorite” at the 2013 Harmony Sweepstakes in New York.


Marc Silverberg is also a prolific writer. His original musical, “He’s Not Himself” premiered in the New York Music Theatre Festival as a Next Link Project in 2012. He posts a weekly blog online at about the progression of A cappella Education. He has studied with Dr. Paul Head, Dr. James Jordan, Brody McDonald, Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Joe Miller, Deke Sharon, and Dr. Steve Zegree.


Currently, Marc directs the men’s and women’s a cappella ensembles, and teaches courses in sight singing and popular music in America. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at Five Towns College.




Marie Danvers Theatre Arts

Assistant Professor         


Marie Danvers is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. She has sung all over the world as Maria in West Side Story and appeared in the National and International Tour of The Fantasticks with Robert Goulet.  In concert she has sung with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, with the Broadway by the Year Series in New York, as well as the City Center Encores.  She acted Off-Broadway with the Manhattan Theater Club and on Television on

As The World Turns. 


Across the country she has played leading roles in A Chorus Line, Company, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Lend Me a Tenor, and starred as Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom at Paper Mill Playhouse.  Most recently she played Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport.  She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and is currently a Professor of Theater at Five Towns College.



Stephen Gleason        Director of Vocal Jazz and Distance Learning 

Associate Professor


Professor Stephen J. Gleason is a highly revered New York musician and educator.  For fifteen years and counting, Mr. Gleason has been one of the most sought after guitarist/vocalists, performing for major network television, corporate, and political affairs including: Rachael Ray, The Food Network, andThe Presidential Inaugural Ball.  As a studio musician he has been featured on recordings by Carly Simon and appeared as a sideman on various Arista recording label sessions.  


Dividing his time between guitar and voice, Professor Gleason is the musical director of the vocal jazz ensemble at Five Towns College - one of the college’s premier performing groups.  Showcasing Gleason’s talent’s as not only musical director and guitarist, his original arrangements have garnered the attention from the likes of Phil Mattson of the renown Singers Unlimited.


Following his commitment to academia and global education, he was a guest lecturer and teacher in Uganda, East Africa.  As a featured columnist and artist he has been featured in such publications as Hot House, In Tune Monthly, Jazz Inside, and Music Connection.
Professor Stephen Gleason is an Associate Professor, Musical Director of the vocal jazz ensemble, and most recently added to his resumé - Director of Distance Education and Online Studies.  In 2011 he received the Elaine Kleinman Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Mr. Gleason is a Five Towns College alumni, holding a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music.





Demetrius Spaneas    Jazz/Commercial Music

Assistant Professor


Demetrius Spaneas travels the world as a musical ambassador, connecting classical, jazz, and traditional music throughout the US, Eastern Europe, and Asia. He has worked with such diverse artists as John Cage, Ray Charles, and Kyrgyz traditional musicians, and has been featured soloist and composer at major concert venues and international festivals in the three continents.


Through his work with the US Embassy system, he has presented concerts and lectures on American music and culture throughout the former Soviet Union. Interested in connecting cultures and creating international artistic dialogue through cultural diplomacy, his current initiatives focus on Central Asia, the Balkans, China, and Russia. To this end, he has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist in American Studies, Music and in summer 2013 taught in Tajikistan through this program.


He has won grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and other organizations, including a special certificate from the Russian Duma (senate) for enriching the cultural life of St. Petersburg. Mr. Spaneas, a New York City-based artist, is a native of Lowell, MA and holds both bachelor and master of music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied classical and jazz performance, composition, and world music.





Mel Glazer          Music Business
Associate Professor


Mel Glazer is a State sponsored speaker on behalf of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities on Frank Sinatra. A raconteur telling funny stories, not jokes, his unique perspective on Frank Sinatra, as a role model, professionally and personally, attained international attention when interviewed by Joe Franklin and his producer, Nancy Blasquez, on Bloomberg’s “Business of Show Business.”
Songs that Mel Glazer co-wrote have been recorded by Etta James (“Guess Again”), Robert Plant (“Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night”), Elvis Presley (“Speedway”), Daniel O’Donnell (“The Magic is There”), among others. Collaborators have included “Hall of Fame” writers Carole King, Sammy Fain and Aaron Schroeder.


His recorded songs are represented in diverse classifications: Country, R&B, Latin, hard rock, jazz, novelty, inspirational, rockabilly (among others).  His most recent “top 20” country song, “THE MAGIC IS THERE,” was recorded by Daniel O’Donnell on Ritz Records UK. In 2007, it was released in the U.S. in Daniel O’Donnell’s “Greatest Hits” album. He was honored with a chapter heading in Ken Sharp’s “ Writing for the King”, for having co-written the rockabilly classic “SPEEDWAY, ”originally recorded by Elvis Presley for the title song of the movie “Speedway,”


In 2012, and in each of four years prior, he has received awards for his songwriting skills in all categories from ASCAP


Mel Glazer is an adjunct professor of “Salesmanship” at FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE, in Dix Hills, N.Y., having been a Vice President Sales for CHANEL Cosmetics and Godiva Chocolates. Previous classes have included “Popular Songwriting” and “Music Publishing.

As an actor, he appeared as the Archbishop of Canterbury in the teleplay “Minions of the Race” written and produced by Anne Paolucci, and directed
by Emelise Aleandri.


Gene Free



Eugene Free          Mass Communication
Associate Professor, Manager of WFTU Radio Station


Professor Gene Free has done just about everything that can be done in radio.   His career began in March of 1978 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as a part-time newsman for WEJL AM and WEZX FM; By the end of the summer, he was a fulltime employee, and also hosting NIGHT GROOVES, the nightly album feature on the FM rock station.   Within a year, he became the afternoon disc jockey on WEJL and worked his way through the ranks, as music director, production director and assistant program director to become the program director of WEJL in 1981.


A competitor in Scranton hired Gene away in 1983 to become program director for both WGBI AM and FM; the AM’s format was Country, the FM’s Adult Contemporary; both stations were automated.  Free became the first morning show host on STEREO 101, the FM station, and worked to make the other parts of the day on the station sound live.  While at WGBI, Gene was a station voice for sister station WDAU-TV, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s CBS affiliate.


In 1986, Gene was offered the post of program director at Westchester County’s WFAS –FM in White Plains, where he also served as the stations afternoon drive announcer.
Two years later, he came to Long Island, to become the Assistant Program Director and Midday Announcer at WALK-FM 97.5; the station had him change his on-air name, and since then, he’s been known “on air” as Gene Michaels.   In 1990, he was programming one of the most respected and highly rated radio stations in America. 


Chancellor Broadcasting, WALK’s owner in 1996, made a bid to purchase additional stations on Long Island, and on July 1st, took over operations at 106.1 WBLI and 102.3 WBAB.  Gene was promoted to Vice-President of Programming for Chancellor on Long Island, and under his direction, WBLI was revitalized by reverting to its “Top 40” roots; significant ratings improvements were also made to rocker WBAB.  


But the Department of Justice felt that one company having control of those three radio stations would constitute a monopoly, and fought to stop the purchase.  The D-O-J prevailed. In May of 1998, WBAB and WBLI were sold to Cox Broadcasting.
And in March of 2001, WALK’s new owner, Clear Channel Broadcasting “reorganized” the New York Market…Gene’s 13 year stint at WALK, despite the station’s consistent Number 1 ratings, was over. 
In 2002, Gene joined Sirius Satellite Radio as an announcer on their 70’s and 80’s channels; and eventually, the morning DJ on 60’s Vibrations;  He continued to fill in on the other decade channels, too. 


Simultaneously he started at Shadow Traffic, doing traffic reports on WCBS NEWSRADIO 880 nightly.  At Shadow, he again rose through the ranks, becoming the Executive Editor for New York and ultimately, Operations Manager for Shadow and sister company Metro Networks in the New York Metro, working with programmers of stations all around the region.
In 2007, Gene began teaching Communications at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens; He enjoys teaching Broadcast Journalism: Radio, Intro to Broadcasting and The Business of Radio to this day.


In 2011, a brand new radio company decided it was time to do an all-news format on the FM dial.  Gene was hired by Merlin Media to be the Long Island Reporter for WEMP, FM NEWS 101.9; almost immediately, he was promoted to anchor, and then to national midday anchor, doing stories for both 101.9 here in New York and FM News 101.1 in Chicago.  The competition from New York’s two existing heritage all news stations proved impossible to overcome.  And so, in July of 2012, FM NEWS 101.9 became a rock station, and nearly the entire staff, including Gene, was dismissed.


A month later, Gene was hired by the nation’s first all-news station:  1010 WINS as a freelance anchor and reporter.   He also began working as a fill-in anchor on The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, doing custom reports on major radio stations in Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.;


Also in August of 2012, Gene joined the faculty of Five Towns College, where he now teaches communications and runs our radio station, 1570 WFTU licensed to Riverhead, which you can also hear online by clicking the radio link on our home page WWW.FTC.EDU or at WWW.TUNEIN.COM or on the TUNE IN APP which is available for i-phone and i-pad, android devices, blackberry and windows phones.






Gerry Saulter        Music Department
Associate Professor, Director of Private Instruction



Gerry Saulter is a renowned solo guitarist and founding member of the multi award winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. With flutist Michelle LaPorte, Mr. Saulter performs concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Featured venues include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the American Church in Paris, US and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, the International School of Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry / Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. In addition to concerts featuring Serenade Duo, Mr. Saulter has performed in numerous solo concerts, chamber music recitals, and musical theatre productions. He has also appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island and KCTU.


Mr. Saulter is proud to perform on guitars crafted by Dieter Hopf and Jose Ramirez. In addition, Mr. Saulter is an endorsed artist of Alhambra Guitars, playing a Luthier India model handcrafted by Javier Mengual and Jose Margarit. He is also an endorsed D’Addario Artist, playing D’Addario Strings exclusively on all his instruments. As a recording artist he can be heard on Centaur Records.


Gerry Saulter is an Associate Professor, Director of Private Instruction, and serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the Music Division at Five Towns College, New York. Professor Saulter is also the Founder/Artistic Director of the Annual Fall Festival of Guitar at the college. As a result of his dedication to higher learning, Mr. Saulter was inducted into the teacher’s National Honor Society, Phi Sigma Eta. Mr. Saulter is currently a member of the Guitar Foundation of America and has been published in the organization’s magazine, Soundboard. In addition, he was a contributing writer for 20th Century Guitar Magazine with a monthly column entitled The Classical Corner.


Gerry Saulter holds a Masters of Music Degree in Performance from Five Towns College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an Associates Degree from Nassau College.




Michelle Alvarez


Michelle Alvarez              Business Department
Assistant Professor


Michelle Alvarez has been active in the field of training and education development for nearly two decades focusing currently as an Assistant Professor of Business - teaching Accounting, Business Organization & Management, Computer Applications, and Public Relations.  Prior to her career at Five Towns College, Professor Alvarez taught at the High School level holding NYS certifications in both Business and Social Studies.


Suitable to her graduate level studies in which she earned a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, Michelle also serves as the Project Manager and System Administrator for the colleges multimillion dollar student information system for which she was responsible for adopting, converting, and implementing. Michelle continues to supervise, educate, and manage the student information system along with teaching classes regularly.


In addition to conducting new student orientation in order to acclimate students to campus technology Michelle is also responsible for providing professional development to faculty regarding instructional related technology including the colleges Learning Management System and Faculty Portal. Currently Michelle serves as chair to the Academic Computing Committee as well as serving on other committees at the college.