Barry J. Garigen - Program Director
Professor Barry Garigen has over 40 years experience in the criminal justice field, which includes, policing, courts, corrections and teaching. He is a full-time faculty member and coordinates the Criminal Justice Program at Genesee Community College. Mr. Garigen served with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office for over twenty-four years holding various positions and retiring as the Undersheriff in 1996. While working with the Sheriff's Office he also served as an adjunct faculty member at Genesee for nearly twenty years. Professor Garigen received the State University of New York's Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service in 2009.
Mr. Garigen has an Associate's Degree from Genesee; A Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from SUNY Empire State College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport.
Karen K. Wicka
Instructor Karen Wicka has over 13 years in the criminal justice field. She is a full time faculty member and helps with the coordination of the Criminal Justice Program at Genesee Community College. Her primary area of concentration includes Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law. Mrs. Wicka graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Potsdam College. She continued her education at Albany Law School, where she graduated cum laude and obtained her Juris Doctorate. While at Albany Law School, Mrs. Wicka was a member of the Albany Law Review, Labor Law Mock Appellate Team and a member of the Moot Court Board. She has practiced law since 1996. Her areas of practice have included criminal defense, civil litigation and employment discrimination. For approximately 10 years prior to receiving a full time instructor position, she was an adjunct instructor, teaching various Criminal Justice and Paralegal courses.
Genesee’s Criminal Justice Program also includes a number of adjunct instructors who represent a broad range of professional backgrounds. Our adjunct instructors bring extensive practical and academic experiences to the classroom, providing both real world and theoretical basis for excellent instruction. Many currently work in the criminal justice field.