Faculty and Staff
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 242
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 250
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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 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, TC 221
Professor Linda Fontaine began her career at Montgomery College in 1996 as a part-time assistant to the Staff Senate Chair. She was hired in her first full-time permanent position as Office Assistant in the Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology Department at the Germantown Campus in fall of 1998. Linda moved on to become Administrative Assistant in Rockville for the Computer Applications Department, and then Senior Administrative Aide for the Director of Information Technology in January 2000. While working as Administrative Assistant for the Computer Applications Department, Linda began teaching Introduction to Computer Applications as an adjunct professor. In August 2000, Professor Fontaine was hired as a full-time professor in the Computer Applications Department at Rockville. Professor Fontaine served as Chair of Computer Applications during the 2009-2010 academic year. Effective fall 2014, Linda accepted the position as Coordinator of Computer Applications at the Rockville campus.
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.
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
This department is part of MC's Business, Economics, Accounting, Computer Applications, Hospitality Management, and Paralegal Studies (BEACAHMPS) instructional area.