Marianas Variety

Last updateSat, 14 Dec 2019 12am







    Saturday, December 14, 2019-3:02:37P.M.






Font Size


NMC has 2 new instructors

NORTHERN Marianas College has announced the hiring two new instructors: Zerlyn Taimanao and Matthew Ryan Crane.

Zerlyn Taimanao
Taimanao is the new instructor/coordinator for the criminal justice program and the sciences, math, health and athletics department.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Zerlyn and Matthew to NMC,” said NMC Dean of Academic Programs and Services Barbara Merfalen.

She said “both of them have extensive professional backgrounds and strong educational credentials and will make excellent additions to an already dynamic team of instructors at NMC.”

In addition to teaching criminal justice and social science courses, Taimanao will be leading the criminal justice program by managing its administrative operations, recruiting adjunct faculty, enhancing the program’s effectiveness, and coordinating training activities with the Department of Public Safety and other public and private organizations.

Matthew Ryen Crane

Crane, for his part, will be teaching a variety of courses, including physical science, general chemistry and basic microbiology.

Taimanao earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Prior to joining the college, Taimanao worked as the program and housing division manager at the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.

She also worked as the chief enforcement officer for the Coastal Resource Management Office, where she spearheaded the Environmental Enforcement Task Force Division and was responsible for program planning, organization, and training.

Crane earned his bachelor’s degree in biological science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and his master’s degree in marine and fisheries science from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

He worked as a senior aquarist at the New Zealand Marine Studies Center, where he was responsible for animal and exhibit care, managing staff and administrative budgets, and developing new exhibits.

He was also the aquaculture technician at the Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.  He was responsible for the daily care of systems and fish stocks, devising protocols for fish and system care, and assisting with field work.