In the span of Professor Tarasko's 25-year tenure at Queensborough Community College, she has contributed a wealth of knowledge, passion and dedication as an instructor, mentor and leader; a tireless champion for faculty and students alike.
Originally from Austria—English is her third language—Professor Tarasko has a natural affinity for Queensborough's diverse student population. As the Faculty Coordinator of the College's Health Related Sciences Academy, she has a special opportunity to get to know and help students before they enter the competitive Nursing Program. She understands the challenging obstacles they face and "respects their intellect and drive to succeed."
Professor Tarasko (Ex Officio member of the QCC Fund Board, Inc. as the newly elected Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee), emphasizes that, "fundraising, especially in these turbulent economic times, is the bridge of hope to a better life for scores of deserving students. Our foremost mission is to support them to the best of our ability."
A member of the Faculty Executive Committee since 2002, Professor Tarasko says that in her new role as Chair, her priority will be to "re-examine our philosophy and come together with the purpose of helping students through continued personal contact and maintaining class sizes." She strongly believes that "collaboration between faculty members and the administration is the key to progress."
Professor Tarasko began her studies at Hunter and Queens College and went on to receive her Master's degree in Nursing Education from New York University. She earned a post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Nursing from Adelphi University and then practiced for several years in the Psychiatric Unit at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan.