Resume – Rosemary Castelli

Dr. Rosemary A. Castelli


  1. BA History and Philosophy, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ, (cum laude)
  2. MA Intellectual History, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, (summa cum laude)
  3. Ed.D. Higher Education, Widener University, West Chester, PA, (summa cum laude) Dissertation: Critical Thinking and Liberal Arts. Areas of specialty and research interest include: Organizational   Psychology, Educational Psychology, Organization Theory, Critical Thinking
  4. Advanced Studies in Theology and Spirituality: Dominican Sisters of Caldwell: Noviciate and Scholasticate.

Professional Practice/Work history:

  • 1965 – 1979: Teacher of History and Religious Studies for the Dominican Order of Caldwell, New Jersey and the Diocese of Wilmington, DE
  • 1979 – 1990: Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Department Chair and Associate Academic Dean:  Goldey Beacom College,  Wilmington, DE
  • 1990 – 1995: Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Resources,  Cecil Community College, North East, MD
  • 1995 – 1999: Dean of Academic Affairs, Schenectady County College, Schenectady, NY
  • 1999 – 2003: Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College, Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, NY
  • Present: Certified Funeral Celebrant: McCrery Funeral Homes, Inc., and
    Doherty Funeral Homes, Wilmington, DE.
  • Present: Certified Grief Counselor: McCrery Funeral Homes, Inc., Wilmington, DE and Private Practice (Lasting Remembrances).
  • Present: Funeral Assistant for Video Tributes, Custom Memorial Folders/Obituaries: McCrery Funeral Homes, Inc. Wilmington, DE.
  • Present: Distance Learning Instructor in Grief Counseling: American Academy of Grief Counseling.

Other Experience:

  • Over 40 years experience giving courses, lectures, workshops and training to organizations and community groups on a variety of topics related to ethics, critical thinking, spirituality, stress management, conflict resolution, grieving, faith/moral development, and diversity issues
  • Former owner and manager of The Glens Falls Inn, Glens Falls, NY
  • Creative Writer: “Reflections from a Speck in the Universe,” a quarterly essay series.
  • Have served on a variety of community boards including the following:  Chairman of the Board, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady, NY
  • Schenectady County Animal Protective Association
  • Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY
  • Lower Adirondack Arts Council, Upstate, NY
  • Vice Chair, Hudson Mohawk Higher Education Association, Albany NY
  • Professional Women’s Association, Upstate, N
  • Warren County Business Network, Upstate, NY
  • Church ad hoc groups for liturgy and religious education

Related Professional Affiliations:

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Grief Counseling
  • Advisory Board member of the American Academy of Grief Counseling for Grief Counseling and Pastoral Thanatology
  • Certification in Grief Counseling and Thanatology: American Academy of Grief Counseling
  • Certified Specialist in Pastoral Thanatology: American Academy of Grief Counseling
  • Certification as a Funeral Service Associate: American Institute of Funeral Service Associates
  • Certification in Stress Management Consulting and Therapy: American Institute of Health Care Professionals
  • Association of Death Education and Counseling
  • Member: Grace Episcopal Church, Wilmington DE, Cemetery Committee.
  • Community Guest Speaker and Workshop Presenter