Faculty and Staff
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 246
- Trained economist with publications in Journal of Economic Education, International Advances in Economic Research, Pennsylvania Economic Review, Vietnam Financial Times and Council of American Overseas Research Center's blog
- Smithsonian Fellow with the The Paul Peck Humanities Institute
- Participant in the USM First in the World and Civic Education Collaborative Project Grant
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellow
- Fellow of the Diversity, Religion and Migration in West Africa Faculty Development Seminar, Council of American Overseas Research Center
- Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society advisor (Chapter Eta Rho)
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 242
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 250
Maryland State Bar Association
Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
Maryland Society of Accountants
Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Association of Diving Contractors International
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 245
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 250
- MBA, Indiana Wesleyan University
- Graduate Certificate in Accounting, Indiana Wesleyan University
- BS, Tuskegee University
- AA, Northern Virginia Community College
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 247
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 256
BiographyAli Alavi is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the BEACAPS Department, Takoma Park campus. He teaches Introduction to Business and Statistics for Business and Economics. In addition, he is the advisor of the Business Club and the co-advisor for Enactus on his campus. In 2016, Professor Alavi participated in the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship program, and in February 2017 he presented his project titled Museum Visits, an Interdisciplinary Approach for Inspiring a Diverse Student Body at the Smithsonian Showcase Event on Rockville campus. He is a Level 4 academic advisor.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 251
I have been with Montgomery College since 1998 working at both the Rockville and Germantown campuses. I have taught courses in business, computer science, and computer applications.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Business and Theatre, an MBA with a focus on marketing, an MA with a focus on graphic design, and a DCD (Doctorate of Communication Design) with a focus on adult learners and technology.
While at Montgomery College I have served as: a faculty member (my favorite job); Faculty Council chair at Germantown; Chair of Computer Applications, Computer Science and Networking at Germantown; Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Interim Dean of Instruction for Business Economics, Accounting, Computer Applications, Hospitality Management, and Paralegal Studies (BEACAHMPS).
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC 222
BiographyDr. Maurice Shihadi is a Professor of Business, Marketing, and Statistics at Montgomery College Rockville Campus. He received his doctorate from Pepperdine University in Organizational Leadership, a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Studies (Workforce Development), and a Clear California Vocational Teaching Credential from California State University Long Beach, in addition to a Master of Business Administration and a graduate Marketing Certificate from University of Phoenix. His research interests include the effect of general and superintelligence in context to artificial intelligence in business, Shared Participative Governance and its effectiveness at the community college, and service quality assessment built on an expectancy-disconfirmation paradigm.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU-227
BiographyI have worked in a variety of computer related/customer
service positions. More than 25 years of my work experience has
been at institutions of higher education to include academic
departments and admissions, internships in the president’s office,
planning and institutional research, and serving on a variety of
committees. My software experience includes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and Google apps.
Educational BackgroundBachelor of Science in Business Management, University of the District of Columbia
Master of Science in Applied Management, University of Maryland, University College
Office Location: Rockville Campus, TC/222
BiographyKaren Penn de Martinez is a full-time Computer Applicationsnew window professor and Business Advisor at Montgomery College at both the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses. She teaches the Mi Gente Business/Computer Applications learning communitynew window that helps incoming business majors, including those underrepresented in college, to succeed at MC and transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. She is a member of the MC President’s Advisory Committee on Equity & Inclusion, where she co-chairs the Workforce subcommittee. Prof. Penn de Martinez is a trained Search Advocate, is MOS certified in Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Word, has taught English to Speakers of Other Languages, and is a bilingual Spanish speaker. She has a master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s in Modern Society and Social Thought from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU-255
Dr Shah Mehrabi is currently Professor of Economics at Montgomery College. He has
taught at the University of Maine, St. Francis College, Pennsylvania State University,
University of Mary Washington, University of Cincinnati, Marymount University and
was the recipient of Faculty Excellence Award, Outstanding Faculty and Gold Beacon
He is an economic consultant to the government of Afghanistan and currently serves as a member of the Supreme Council of the Central Bank of Afghanistan. He also served as a Senior Economic Advisor to the current and former Ministers of Finance of Afghanistan.
An active participant in over 130 panels on economic development, he is author of numerous articles on economics and business including “ Financial Sector in Afghanistan”, “Afghan Customs Department Five Years Strategic Plan”, “Sudan’s Tax Structure and Agriculture”, “Central Banking and Monetary Policy in Mexico”, “Foreign Direct Investment in Puerto Rico”, “Development Planning and Policy Making in Iran”, “Determination of Labor Supply, Real Wage and Price of Food in Egypt”, “Investment Bases for the Performance Evaluation of Multinational Firms: The case of Japan”, “Economic Impact of OPEC”, “A General Model for Importing Technology”.
Dr Mehrabi is former president of Global Awareness Society International and Virginia Association of Economists. He serves as co-editor of the Journal of Global Awareness Society and is an associate editor of the Journal of Economics.
As an advisory Board member of the North American Economic and Finance Association (NAEFA), and former member of the Board of Directors of Middle East Economic Association (MEA), he is recipient of many honors including General Electric Fellow at the University of Chicago and Delta Tau Kappa, and is listed in Who’s who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers member is honor committee.
Dr. Mehrabi obtained his Bachelor’s degree in economics from California Polytechnic University, his Master’s degree in economics from University of Cincinnati and his doctorate degree in Economics and Education from University of Cincinnati.
Courses Taught: ECON 103, ECON 105, ECON 201, ECON 201HC, ECON 202, ECON 202HC
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU-241
David Youngberg is a professor of economics at Montgomery College where he teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics. He attended George Mason University where he earned his Master’s degree in economics in 2008 and his Ph.D. in economics in 2011. His specialties include law and economics and public choice (economics applied to political actors). He taught at George Mason as a graduate student. After graduate school he taught for two years at Bethany College, a liberal arts college in West Virginia. He started at Montgomery College in the spring of 2014.
Professor Youngberg has a deep interest in economic education. He has presented at economic education conferences, created interactive Mathematica demonstrations to illustrate economic graphs, and employs a variety of active learning techniques in class.
Professor Youngberg enjoys traveling. He’s visited Spain, Italy, England, Ireland,
Iceland, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Mexico,
China, Cambodia, Thailand, and much of the United States. He also has a fondness for
board games including Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, and Small World.
Website: David Youngberg
Economics Courses Taught: ECON 201, ECON 202
Other Courses Taught: BSAD 210
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU-257
Jana Anderson is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Hotel Management Department
at Montgomery College. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to
Hospitality Management, Food and Beverage Management, Food and Beverage Cost Control,
and Food Production. She joined the full-time faculty at Montgomery College in the
Spring of 2018, after more than seven years of teaching as an adjunct instructor at
Montgomery College and Howard Community College.
Jana earned her Bachelor's Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, Minor in Business Law, and a Master's Degree in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University.
Prior to her academic career, Jana worked for Hillstone Restaurant Group in restaurant operations for over ten years. She was the General Manager of Houston's Restaurants in Rockville and Bethesda, MD.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU-252
BiographyVerhonda Sercey is an Associate Professor in the Hotel Management Department at Montgomery College. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Hospitality Management, Supervision and Leadership in the Hospitality Industry, Legal Issues in Labor Management, Managing Hospitality Human Resources and Meeting, Conference, and Event Planning.
Verhonda has over twenty-four years of hospitality management experience in operations, sales, marketing, food and beverage and revenue management. During her hospitality career, Verhonda has managed over forty hotels throughout the north and southeast. She has served in various Directorial and Regional Management roles with expansive hotel brands such as Hilton Hotels Corporation and iconic independent hotels such as the Watergate Hotel.
Verhonda holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Global Hospitality Management from Georgia State University.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU-237
Vira Safai is the CEO of Platinum Hospitality Inc., a hotel management company headquartered in Montgomery County. He is also a managing partner of the Comfort Inn Shady Grove. He has been an adjunct instructor at Montgomery College for the past seven years.
Professor Safai will be teaching the following courses in the Fall 2018 Semester:
HMGT 220- Property Security and Facilities Management
Janet Saros has been a full-time Professor and Coordinator of the Hospitality Management Department at Montgomery College for the past 30+ years. Although she has recently retired from her full-time position, she will continue to teach at Montgomery College on a part-time basis.
Professor Saros will be teaching the following courses in the Fall 2018 Semester:
HMGT 100 - Customer Service
HMGT 105 - Food Service Sanitation