Our Faculty and Staff
Faculty members who teach in the Horticulture Program are selected not only for their academic and teaching qualifications but also for their wide range of professional and business experience. Class sizes are small thus facilitating learning and hands on experience. Emphasis is placed on individual advisement and counseling as well.
Full time faculty
• Dr. Steven Fischer, Full Professor, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org,
B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture; M.S., Ph.D. Horticulture/Entomology, University of Maryland
Dr. Fischer, “Doc”
, has taught Horticulture at BCC since 1978. He coordinates all aspects of the program and is its “heart and soul”. Dr. Fischer teaches Fundamentals of Horticulture, Plants and Materials I and II, Floral Design, Principles of Landscaping, Horticulture Co-op, People/Plant Relationships, General Botany and many other courses in the department. He is also a member of the BCC Horticulture Advisory Committee. He is advisor to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJLCA).
• Linda S. Wiles, Assistant Professor
B.A. Biology and B.A. English, Clarion University of Pennsylvania; M.S. Horticulture, Penn State University
has experience in research, industry, teaching and outreach. Research includes plant breeding in ornamental and edible crops. The primary industry experience is in both retail and wholesale marketing and management. Outreach work is represented through teaching, consulting and volunteer management. She teaches Plant Science, Plant Propagation, Pests of Ornamental Plants, People/Plant Relationships and General Botany. She assists Dr. Fischer in coordinating the Horticulture program and is also chair of the BCC Horticulture Advisory Committee and the Horticulture web site manager.
Horticulture Technical Assistant
• Garrett Planten CLT (Certified Landscape Technician
Certificate Grounds Management; completing A.A.S. Horticulture, Bergen Community College
assists the faculty, maintains the greenhouse, horticulture classrooms, and adjacent gardens. He also purchases supplies and equipment for the program and helps coordinate the program’s special events and fund-raising.
Part Time Adjunct Faculty
• Robert DeRosa, owner, DeRosa Landscaping, B.S. Ornamental Horticulture, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture
Mr. DeRosa has been an adjunct instructor teaching Horticulture at BCC for over 20 years. He is Past President and an active member of NJLCA (New Jersey Landscape Contractor’s Association). Mr. DeRosa teaches Turf and Grounds Management and Landscape Contracting and is also a member of the BCC Horticulture Advisory Committee.
• Susan Cohan, president, Susan Cohan Gardens LLC, APLD, certified landscape designer; Certificate in Landscape Design, Cook College, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Diploma, The English Gardening School, London, England; B.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
A founding member of the NJ chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), she also serves on its International Board of Directors as Membership Chair, president-elect 2013. Co-founder/Editor, Leaf Magazine. Ms. Cohan teaches Computer Applications for Landscape Design, Landscape Design/Build Capstone, Landscape Site Design, Principles of Landscaping, Site Analysis and Construction, Sustainable Landscape Design, and is also a member of the BCC Horticulture Advisory Committee.
• Mark Borst, owner, Borst Landscape and Design and Construction. A.A.S. in Horticulture, Bergen Community College; B.S. Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University.
Mr. Borst is past president of the NJ Landscape Contractors Association and a member of Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). He teaches Site Analysis and Construction, providing guest lectures in other Horticulture courses at Bergen, and is also a member of the Bergen Community College Horticulture Advisory Committee.
• Christopher Raimondi, president, The Raimondi Horticultural Group, Inc. CLP (Certified Landscape Professional); A.A.S. Horticulture, Farmingdale State College
Through its three creative divisions, Raimondi Horticultural Group, The Little Flower Shoppe, and LFS Productions, the company’s areas of expertise include interior landscaping, full-service floral, high-profile special events, exterior landscape development, holiday decorating services, plant rentals and corporate gifts.
Mr. Raimondi serves on the Board of Directors for PLANET, the Professional Landcare Network, and chairs the Interior Landscaping Specialty Group; the Board of Directors for Green Plants for Green Buildings; Chair of the Interiorscape Industry Coalition; and is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. He is a member of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, New Jersey Shade Tree Federation, National Interior Network, and Society of American Florists.
He teaches Interior Plantscaping and a Continuing Education course, Interior Plantscaping Workshop for Pesticide Recertification Credits is also a member of the BCC Horticultural Advisory Committee.
• Ted Szczawinski, Assistant Principal, Bergen County Technical Schools; I.S.A. Certified Arborist, NJ Certified Arborist, and 2001 NJ Arborist of the Year; A.S. Business Administration, Bergen Community College; B.S. Business Administration, Rutgers University NCASA; M.A./Ed.S. Educational Administration, Seton Hall University
He is also an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers NCAS Dept. of Biological Sciences
Mr. Szczawinski, teaches Arboriculture/Plant Health Care. He is also a member of the BCC Horticulture Advisory Committee.
• Nick Groetsma Mr. Groetsma teaches Equipment Maintenance.
Mr. Groetsma has taught at Bergen Community College for more than 8 years and has extensive knowledge and technical expertise in equipment maintenance.
Bergen Community College Horticulture Program
Ender Hall Room E-177
Phone (201) 447-7955