Kathleen Smith-Wenning, MA, RRT

Director of Health-Related Programs

Educational Background

  • M.A., Practical Anthropology, Montclair State University
  • B.A., Social Science, Thomas Edison State University
  • A.A.S., Respiratory Therapy, Brookdale Community College


  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Title IX | Sexual Harassment


Kathy Smith-Wenning joined HCCC in 2018 as Director of Health-Related Programs. She oversees the Public Health, Community Healthcare Navigator, and Health Science Programs. Known as Professor Kathy to her students, she is also the advisor for the Health and Medical Sciences Club.

Kathy Smith-Wenning has more than 20 years of experience working within multi-cultural communities and is devoted to the care of the medically underserved. Kathy is an Ambassador for the NJRC Women's Reentry Commission. Her diverse experience spans both health and social sciences. As a medical anthropologist and registered respiratory therapist, her research interests center on cross-cultural health practices and beliefs.

Hobbies/Interests: Prof. Kathy is working on a Zapotec language awareness project for healthcare providers in the Northeast Corridor. This project is only possible through the Zapotec language teacher's generosity, Profesora Elena Maya, San Antonino, Oaxaca. Prof. Kathy remains involved with Oaxaca Streetchildren, an organization dedicated to educating 600 impoverished children in the City of Oaxaca, México. She volunteers with La Clinical del Pueblo, San Martín Mexicapán, Oaxaca.

Favorite Quote: "Chance favors the prepared mind" - Louis Pasteur