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Meet CCS Faculty and Staff


jerryDr. Jerry G. Petroff is a Professor at The College of New Jersey, School of Education in the Department of Special Education, Language and Literacy. In addition, he is the Faculty Director of the Career and Community Studies Program and is the Principal Investigator of the New Jersey Consortium on Deafblindness and a variety of additional related grant projects. Dr. Petroff has over thirty years of experience working on behalf of students, youth and adults with disabilities with an emphasis on sensory impairment including those with spectrum disorders. Holding a doctorate in psychological studies in special education, he is an expert in inclusive education, assistive technology (augmentative and alternative communication), and the transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life. Current areas of research and focus relate to the (1) promotion of early communication in children with complex disabilities with a focus on autism and sensory impairment; (2) social network development of students with autism and other related sensory impairments; (3) post school lives of youth who are deafblind; and (4) issues of behavior support for children with multiple disabilities / deafblindness. 

Assistant Director:


Amy K. Schuler has been with the Career and Community Studies Program since 2010. During this time she has supported and advanced the program in a variety of capacities including Academic Specialist and Vocational Coordinator. In her current role as Assistant Director,  she is responsible for the program’s daily operations, student coordination and the advancement of core goals and partnerships. She also serves as an instructor for the CCS program and as an adjunct professor for The College of New Jersey’s First Seminar Program and the School of Education’s Department of  Language and Literacy.

Amy received her BS in Communication from Boston University and her MAT in Special Education from The College of New Jersey. Prior to joining TCNJ, Amy had extensive experience in marketing, philanthropy, and event planning in both the private and public sectors.


Affiliated Faculty:

Stuart-CarrollDr. Stuart Carroll has been at TCNJ since 1998. Over this time he has taught a number of field-based courses in both graduate and undergraduate Elementary and Early Childhood programs, has taught introductory and capstone classes throughout the School of Education, and has taught at TCNJ sites in Venezuela, Israel, Bolivia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Egypt, Thailand, and Spain. In summers he is the coordinator of TCNJ’s summer program in Mallorca, Spain which is looking forward to its 33rd summer. He is currently the Director of Graduate Global Programs.  Dr. Carroll has been involved with the Career and Community Studies program, which serves young adults with intellectual disabilities, since its inception, and has created courses and programs that bring the students in the program together with teaching candidates from across the School of Education.  Dr. Carroll has worked to develop and maintain his department’s One Department, One Book initiative, and is interested in promoting pre-service teacher’s personal and professional development in a variety of ways.

Academic Coordinator:

bryanaBryana Bonfanti is a recent graduate from The College of New Jersey’s Special Education Master’s Program and now holds the position of Academic Specialist for the Career and Community Studies program (CCS). She also received her BA in Special Education and Psychology with a minor in Deaf Studies. Bryana served as a mentor within the CCS program for several years, both as a job coach and academic mentor. While attending TCNJ, she held the title of class president for three years in addition to coordinating various fundraisers and philanthropic events for numerous causes on the campus.



Student Life Coordinator:

Victoria Swift close upVictoria Swift recently graduated  from The College of New Jersey with her MAT in Special Education and Bachelor’s of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has worked with the CCS program since 2012, as a Job Coach, Academic Mentor, and Lead Residential Mentor. In addition to working for CCS, Victoria has held jobs with New Horizons in Autism as well as with TCNJ’s Center for Complex and Sensory Disabilities as Life Skills Facilitator and most recently as a Life Skills Coordinator.




Vocational Coordinator:

Jonathan ChalmersJonathan Chalmers  joins the CCS program with a multitude of vocational experiences for young adults with ID including his most recent position at Community Options, Inc.’s School to Employment Program/STEP.  Before relocating to New Jersey, Jonathan worked for five years at Transition Opportunities at the University of Rochester (TOUR), a post-secondary special education program based on a college campus in Rochester, New York.  Jonathan earned his undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo and his Masters from SUNY Brockport.

In his role as CCS Vocational Coordinator, he will oversee the on-campus practicums, off-campus internships, and career readiness/transition courses.


Program/Business Manager:

davidDavid Rims is currently the Project Manager for the Career & Community Studies Program (CCS), Support Service Providers for the State of New Jersey Project, Work Skills Preparation Program and the CCS Plus Project, a federally funded five year grant. His credentials include degrees in Health Administration and Cardiopulmonary Technology. David oversees the financial  aspects of the CCS program. He has developed excellent working relationships with the necessary internal services on campus supporting the  growth of the program. Prior to this position David has twenty seven years of experience in hospital administration.


Administrative Coordinator:

Nichole Torres is currently the Administrative Coordinator for the Career & Community Studies Program (CCS) and has been with CCS since July of 2016. Nichole supports staff, faculty, and students in various capacities throughout the program including (but not limited to); extensive involvement and managing of the application process for prospective students, maintaining the database for student files, managing community outreach, updating yearly transcripts, general office management, management of campus events, and much more. Before relocating to The College of New Jersey, Nichole Torres has been active in the field of team management and administrative coordinating for over 14 years and applies her knowledge and past experiences to her daily responsibilities to meet the program’s overall goals each semester. In her free time, Nichole likes to paint and spend time with her family.