Professional Development Center Team

Mary Beth JerryProgram Director

Mary Beth is Director of Non-credit Computer and Technology Programs for the Professional Development Center and also oversees our non-credit online courses and the Project Management programs offered through our training partner.  She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Pace University and previously was an adjunct instructor and director of the academic computing center at several colleges.

You can reach Mary Beth at or at (914) 606-7904.

Dr. Stephen J. Leone – Program Director
Steve is director of the credit certificate programs administered by the PDC, including Paralegal, Medical Billing and Coding, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Telecommunications Technology, and the Cisco Networking Academy. Steve also oversees the Next Step program on campus.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Education (with a minor in English) from LaSalle University, a master’s degree in English from Villanova University, and a Doctor of Arts degree from St. John’s University.  He has been an adjunct professor in English on campus and at Rockland Community College.

You can reach Steve at or at (914) 606-6658.


Paulette Pellani – Program Administrator

Paulette holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, an MA in Developmental Psychology from the New School University, and a BA in Social Sciences from Montclair State University.  She is also a certified Career Coach.  Her areas of expertise include the design and facilitation of employee development programs.  She specializes in talent management, managerial styles, coaching and professional communication skills.  Prior to joining Westchester Community College, she spent most of her career at Philips Electronics where she ran the Learning Shared Service Organization for North America.  She has also worked in professional development for the City University of New York.

You can reach Paulette at or at (914) 606-6669


Joe DiRago – Program Administrator
Joe is responsible for Program Administration for the Professional Development Center and for continued targeting and enhancements of the Center’s offerings and services to the corporate community.  His responsibilities include proactively reaching out to the community and managing  custom training programs to ensure they meet the needs of our rapidly changing business environment.

Joe holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.  He has participated in additional training programs in strategy and leadership development at Northwestern University and Harvard Business School.  His areas of expertise include business generation, customer retention, and customer and market research.  Prior to joining Westchester Community College, he was Corporate Marketing Manager at IBM’s world headquarters in Armonk, NY.  He has been an Adjunct Professor in ESL and also tutors math students at WCC’s Academic Support Center.

You can reach Joe at or at (914) 606-6669.

Ann Rubenzahl – Assistant Dean of Continuing Education
Ann is responsible for several departments at Westchester Community College including the Professional Development Center – the College’s arm that provides training and related services to employers as well as educational programs to entrepreneurs. In addition Ann is Westchester Community College’s liaison to the local One Stop Employment Centers.

Previously Ann was Director of Quality/Human Resources Development for a New York City hotel, Director of Training and Organization Development for a commercial bank, and Director of Continuing Education for Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. In addition she is a co-author of a chapter in Malcolm Knowles‘ Andragogy in Action: Applying Modern Principles of Adult Learning.

Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington Square College of New York University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.

You can reach Ann at 914-606-6618 or at