Science Faculty      

Alexandre Ferreira da Silva 
Director of the Science Program
Office:   Room 333
Phone:  219-473-4357


Alex da Silva is currently a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Florida, Gainesville.  He earned his M.L.A. from The University of Chicago and his M.P.A. from Indiana University Northwest and is also an alumnus of Calumet College of St. Joseph. 

Professor da Silva teaches a wide variety of science courses including:  Conservation Biology, Urban Environmental Issues in Northwest Indiana, Restoration Ecology, The Logic of Science, Environmental Law and Chemistry. 

His experience includes Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, the Gary Sanitary District, the Northwest Indiana Environmental Justice Resource Center and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. 

Interesting facts he shared about himself:  He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and when he’s not teaching he enjoys two of Brazil’s national pastimes:  futebol (Flamengo) and music (Academicos de Grande Rio).  His father “Diogo” played soccer professionally in Brazil, Mexico, and in the U.S.  He and his family enjoy traveling and being in the great outdoors and have visited 45 of the 50 states.


Edna Boone, Ph.D. 
Visiting Professor in Science
Office:  Room 331
Phone:  (219) 473-4275


Edna Boone earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, and Physics.  Her industrial experience includes Inland Steel Corporation and Nippon Steel of Japan, Smith-Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company, and she has previously taught at Purdue University North Central, Indiana Wesleyan University and the City Colleges of Chicago. 

While earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dr. Boone also earned an Associate in Divinity and Christian Education degree.  It is the most valued and treasured of all the degrees she has earned.  She said, “In achieving each degree, I attest to the biblical truth:  ‘…without Christ I can do nothing’.   John 15:5.”

CCSJ welcomes her as a new faculty member. 


Sandra Chimon-Peszek, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Science
Office:  Room 335
Phone:  (219) 473-4268


Sandra Chimon-Peszek has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. She is currently bringing her Alzheimer’s disease research to CCSJ and plans on utilizing various bio-analytical techniques and orthomolecular compounds to find a preventative. She teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Instrumental Chemistry, Research methods and Nutrition. 

She previously taught as a Bio-Analytical Chemistry at DePaul University where she also was the Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Chimon –Peszek has also taught at Prairie State College, Nation-Louis University and Elmhurst College.  Dr. Peszek had also been nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching” at DePaul along with the various other research recognitions.
Her experience also includes encouraging students to present their research findings at various conferences around the world from Brazil to France and also Nationwide. During her last two years at DePaul she had 31 research students who presented over 120 posters and have won various awards for the presentations and have 23 papers in progress and completion for publication. This is something that Dr. Peszek would like to encourage our CCSJ students to part take in.

Dr. Chimon-Peszek was born and raised in Austria and CCSJ welcomes her as a new faculty member. 

Sandra Chimon-Peszek CV Card