New to HCC
Please welcome these new members of the HCC community ...
Lea Occhialini, ombudsperson and chief culture officer. Lea, an East Longmeadow native and resident, is HCC's first-ever ombudsperson and chief culture officer. She comes to HCC after serving as faculty and staff ombudsperson at Hampshire College and a mediator/trainer in Smith College's Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. She has also worked as a mediator for the Meditation and Training Collaborative in Greenfield. She holds a bachelor's degee from Smith College and a law degree from American University's Washington College School of Law.
Laura L. Lefebvre, director, Public Safety. Laura begins her tenure at HCC as the college's first female chief of police after working for 31 years in law enforcement in the public and private sector. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and began her career as a patrol officer with the Hialeah Police Department, retiring as a detective after 14 years. She later served as an officer in the Hadley Police Department and lieutenant in the police department at Westfield State University. Laura spent four years as a special agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau adn seven years as an investigator for Unum. Most recently she served as a staff sergeant at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She lives in Worthington.
Kathryn Senie, chief of staff, President's Office. "K.C.," as she prefers to be called, is HCC's first chief of staff. A Connecticut native – she now lives in Westport – she spent the last 18 years at Norwalk Community College as the director of Instituional Advancement and Strategic Planning. Prior to that she had served in Norwalk city government as assistant corporation counsel, city clerk and finally as grants coordinator in the mayor's office. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut, a law degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Johnson & Wales University.
Derek Swist, laboratory technician, Chemistry. Derek, a Bondsville native, has more than 20 years' experience in environmental testing, quality control and EPA compliance, working as assistant manager in the Semi Volatile Department at Eurofins Spectrum Analytical in Agawam. He holds an associate degree from Springfield Technical Community College in environmental technology and a bachelor's degree in natural resources from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Madeline Torres, executive assistant, President's Office. "Madde," a Holyoke resident and graduate of Holyoke High School, comes to HCC after serving as the assistant clerk iof the corporation in the President's Office at Baystate Health in Springfield. Prior to that she worked as staff assistant to the vice president of Administration and Finance at Westfield State University and and an executive adminstrative assistant to the superintendent of schools in Sprinfield.
Megan Pereira, grants writer, Resource Development. Megan holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Elms College. She has worked as a freelance grants writer, grants development specialist for Springfield Technical Community College, advancement director for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in Springfield and development manager at the Springfield Museums. She lives in West Brookfield.
Carin Zinter, instructor, Business Administration. Carin has been working at HCC in various capacities since 2010, as an adjunct faculty member teaching business and psychology, an academic advisor, an instructor in HCC's Gateway to College program, a martial arts instructor (Tae Kwon Do) and the club coordinator in the college's Student Activities office. She is an avid beekeeper with apiaries in three states (Mass., N.Y., and Vermont), advisor to the HCC Beekeeping Club, and an ultramarathon runner who lives in Sunderland. She earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics and music at Mount Holyoke College and holds master's degrees from Western New England University (business administration, human resources management) and the University of Pennsylvania (applied positive psychology).
Natalie Kathleen Alexander, instructor, Practical Nursing Certificate Program. Natalie grew up in Ontario, Canada, and has been living in the U.S. since 1996. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and her master's in science in nursing from Elms College. She has worked as a nurse for the past 20 years for organizations including Genesis Eldercare in Westfield, the American Red Cross in Springfield, Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services, and Wing VNA and Hospice Services in Palmer, Mount St. Vincent Nursing Home in Holyoke and the Girls Scouts Summer Camp at Camp Lewis Perkins in South Hadley. For the past seven years she has been a clinical nursing instructor and advisor at Greenfield Community College. She lives in Belchertown.
Michael Leganza, systems analyst, Information Technology. Michael is an HCC alumnus who graduated in 2004 with his associate degree in computer information systems. He then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration and an MBA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has worked in IT support since 2001, including stints at Westfield State University, Tanglewood, Smith & Wesson and most recently as associate network systems administrator for L3 KEO in Northampton. He lives in Westfield.
Kayla Aliengena, instructor, Nursing (ASN). A Springfield native, Kayla is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing administration from American International College. She has workd as a nurse at Wingate at East Longmeadow, Providence Behavioral Health, Excel Homecare and Baystate Medical Center and as an adjunct professor of nursing at UMass, AIC and Elms College.
Jennifer York, assistant professor, Veterinary Technology. An Amherst resident, Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in environmental resource management from Penn State University and earned her D.V.M. – doctor of veterinary medicine – from Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked as a shelter veterinarian for the Monadnock Humane Society in New Hampshire and and an associate veterinarian for Wickaboag Veterinary Clinic in West Brookfield and the Angell Animal Medical Center in Sprinfield. She has also worked as a bird bander for Hawk Watch International in Utah and was an environmental education volunteer for the Peace Corps at the Amur Zoo in Blagoveshchensk, Russia.
Scott Conrad, director, Information Technology. Scott, an East Longmeadow native and resident, literally grew up on the campus of Bay Path University, where his mother worked as the dean of students while his father was dean of administrative services at American International College. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Springfield College, where he taught SCUBA diving for 20 years, and a master's degree in communication and information management from Bay Path. For the past 15 years he has worked in IT services for the nonprofit Center for Human Development in Springfield, as a database administrator, programming and systems development manager, assistant director and director. Scott is also an Eagle Scout and in 2012 was named one of the "40 Under Forty" by Business West magazine.
Juan Miguel Burwell, instructor, Astronomy. Juan holds a bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy from Amherst College and a master's degree in physics from Princeton University. A resident of Northampton, he has held teaching positions at Mount Holyoke College, Princeton, and most recently, HCC, where he was an adjunct professor for more than four years before his full-time faculty appointment.
Mary Beth Buckley, instructor, Radiologic Technology. Mary Beth is a graduate of HCC's Radiologic Technology program, having earned her associate degree in 2007. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in radiologic technology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty at HCC since 2016 and since 2007 a radiologic technologist at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
Klara Karol, instructor, Business Administration. Klara was born in the Czech Republic and now lives in Chicopee. She has worked at HCC as an adjunct since 2014 and has also taught at Springfield College and Elms College. Before that she worked as a logistics manager for Eppendorf Inc. in Enfield, Conn., a logistics coordinator for Lenox in East Longmeadow and an international account manager for FiberMark in South Hadley. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in economics with specialization in management (MBA) from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic,
Mark A. Hudgik, director, Admissions. Mark is an HCC alumnus who had previously worked at the college as a part-time adviser in the HCC Career Center. He comes to HCC from Greenfield Community College, where he served as a senior admission counselor, admission coordinator, interim director of Admission and, most recently, director of Admission. He had previously held positions at Bay Path University as assistant director of Admissions and at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley as admission director. After graduating with his associate degree from HCC, he went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mark is also an Air Force veteran. He grew up in Granby and now lives in Hadley.
Clare Lamontagne, dean of Health Sciences. Clare comes to HCC with more than 30 years of experience as a nursing leader in academic, administrative, clinical and consulting roles and most recently worked as a clinical assistant professor of nursing and undergraduate program director at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Springfield Technical Community College and then went on for her bachelor's degree in nursing at American International College, master's degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in nursing from UMass. She grew up in West Springfield and now lives in Chicopee.
Eric Farrell, coordinator, Student Records. Eric started his career in higher education as a graduate intern while working on his master's degree in education at Salem State University. He has worked in the Office of Academic Services at Newbury College, the Office of Transfer Admission and Articulation at Salem State, as a transfer advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a transfer counselor at Unity College, and, most recently, as assistant director of Admissions at Landmark College. He holds a bachelor's degree in history an secondary education from Providence College and lives in Keene, N.H., with his wife and 5-year-old daughter but planning a move this summer to Greenfield.
Erin L. O'Neill, bookkeeper II, Payroll. Erin, a native of Feeding Hills who now lives in Springfied, says she is happy to return to a college setting after working from 2008 to 2011 in the Foundation office at Springfield Technical Community College, where she also earned her associate degree in 2014. More recently, she has worked as an operator/dispatcher at Adanced Telemessage Service in South Hadley and as an office manager at R.J. Greeley Company in Springfield.
Tyler Carrier, laboratory assistant II, Culinary Arts. Tyler joined HCC's Culinary Arts program as a part-time lab technician after earning both a certificate in Culinary Arts in 2016 and an associate degree in Food Service Management in 2017. The Easthampton resident is now a full time member of the team and has been working at the Culinary Arts Institute since January when the program moved from the main campus to the nwd downtown facility.
Heidi E. Fogg, clerk III, Student Records. Heidi is a Ludlow resident and alumna who earned her associate degree from HCC in early childhood education. She has worked as a childcare provider, lead teacher for Head Start and executive assistant for Cooley Shrair PC, and served on the Finance Committee and the Capital Improvement Committeefor the town of Ludlow. She also holds a bachelor's degree in early education administration from UMass and a master's degree in higher education administration from Bay Path University.
Melissa Paciulli, STEM project administrator. Melissa is an Amherst resident, with more than 20 years of professional experience in STEM management and research, most recently for the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, where she worked as manager of Research and Development. Melissa earned her bachelor's degree in economics at Westfield State and her master's degree in civil engineering at UMass Amherst, where she is now a doctoral candidate.
Kori Ferris, associate director, Financial Aid Technology Operations. Kori comes to HCC with 12 years of experience as a financial aid professional in higher education at various institutions, including Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, Columbia University Medical Center, Boston Architectural College in Boston. A Greenfield native, Kori holds a bachelor's degree in business administration frm Bryant College and a master's degree in administrative studies from Boston College.
Nicholas D'Agostino, Affirmative Action officer/Title IX coordinator. Nick comes to HCC after working for nearly 12 years as an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action professional in the state of Connecticut, most recently as the associate in Diversity and Equity at Central Connecticut State University and before with the Conn. Dept. of Children and Families. He holds a bachelor's degree from Quinnipiac University in sociology and a master's degree in counselor education with a specialization in student development in higher education from Central Connecticut State University. He has been a longtime advocate for equity and social justice, with a focus on LGBTQ equality. He lives in Wallingford, Conn., with his husband and four daschunds.
Christopher Perpetua, HVAC refrigeration mechanic II. Chris earned his HVAC/R certification from Porter and Chester Technical Institute and worked as an HVAC/R technician and installer since 2006, most recently for Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. He lives in Chicopee.
Gary Roberts, maintainer II. A West Springfield native, Gary has lived and worked in western Massachusetts his entire life and now lives in Chicopee with his wife and daughters. He comes to HCC after working for the past 15 years at Westfield State University. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys tinkering with small engines and working on projects around the house.
Stacy Lynn Graves, facility coordinator, HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. For the past 10 years, Stacy has managed the Mount Joe coffee shops for the Log Cabin/Delaney House company in Holyoke, including the one on the the first floor of HCC's Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center on Maple Street. She lives in West Springfield and holds a bachelor's degree from Westfield State University in public and corporate communication.
Christopher Lizon, laboratory technician, Visual Arts. Chris has been working in the photography lab at Holyoke Community College ever since he was a student here in 1995. He graduated in 1996 with his associate degree in Visual Arts (and two undergraduate photography awards) and continued on to the University of Hartford where he received a bacherlor's degree in fine arts in photography. He has also been an adjunct instructor in photography at HCC since 2002 as well as a freelance darkroom printmaker, photographer's assistant, and professional photographer in his own right, putting on numerous exhibitions over the years including one at HCC's Taber Gallery. He lives in Springfield with his wife Debra and daughter Emma, whom he has been photographing every day for five years for an ongoing iPhone family photo project.
Matthew Whitton, instructor of Theater (Scenic and Lighting Design). Matt, a native of Windsor Locks, Conn., holds a bachelor's degree in technical theater from Plymouth State University and a master's degree in fine arts in scenic and lighting design from the University of Georgia. For the past 10 years, Matt has been working as a production manager for the Lyric Stage Company of Boston as well as a frelance scenic and lighting designer for numerous theater companies and college and university theater departments in the Greater Boston area. His teaching experience includes guest lectures in theater department courses at UMass-Lowel, Emerson College, Salve Regina University and the University of Georgia.
Eric Carreira, instructor of Math. Eric grew up in Fall River and now lives in Holyoke and has been teaching at HCC as an adjunct faculty member since graduating from UMass-Amherst in 2012 with his master's degree in statistics. He also holds a bachelor's degree in math (and minor in economics) from UMass. He has worked as a peer tutor in math at UMass and as a lead instructor for HCC's Math Mini-Prep Program.
Dawn Lovegrove, instructor of Communications. Dawn has been a member of the adjunct faculty at HCC since 2007, teaching a variety of courses in the Communications. Media and Theater Arts department. She holds an associate of arts degree from Hillsborough Community College in Brandon, Fla., a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in communication from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a graduate certificate in advanced feminist studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Shannon Giselle Sarkisian, community outreach and Admissions counselor. Shannon comes to the HCC Admissions office after working for several years at Bay Path University, where she worked as an undergraduate admissions counselor and, most recently, as the assistant director of Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment. As a student at UMass-Amherst, where she earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics and communications disorders, she worked as a residential advisor, new students orientation leader and a student admissions representative. A native New Yorker - she was born and raised in downtown Manhattan, she now lives in Holyoke and runs her own photography business, Shannon Giselle Photography.
Jeanne Arthur, interim STEM project administrator. Jeanne is an HCC alumna who went on to American International College for her bachelor's degree in math and then to Western New England University for her master's degree in mathematics for teachers. She has worked at the college for many years as a math instructor and math tutor.
Kimberly Howell, laboratory technician, Biology. Kim is a graduate of Lansing Community College in Michigan, where she earned her associate degree in molecular biotechnology. From there, she went on to UMass-Amherst for her bachelor's degree in microbiology and to the University of Nebraska for her master's degree in biology. She has worked in bio labs in Amherst, East Longmeadow, and Tennessee, and has been a member of the adjunct faculty at HCC since 2013.
Olugbemiga Oladele Adekunle, dean of Science, Engineering and Math. Olugbemiga, who prefers to be called Gbemiga (pronounced "Beng-ah") grew up in Nashville and Baltimore and recently moved to Holyoke from Virginia, where he worked at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave as associate dean in Academic Affairs and more recently coordinator of the Information Systems Technology Department. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering (minor in math) from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before moving into administration, he taught math and computer science at Parkland College and Blue Ridge CC.
Katalina Melendez, clerk, Registrar's Office. Katalina, of Holyoke, graduated from HCC in 2010 with an associate degree in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Law Enforcement, before transfering to Bay Path University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2016. Before returning to HCC her most recent job was as a case specialist for the Holyoke District Court Clerk's Office. "I am happy to be coming back to HCC where I was once a student," she says. "I have a huge passion for education and can't wait to help students, faculty and staff in every way I can."
Monique Ashlee Nelson, academic counselor, STRIVE. Monique was born and raised in the small village of Mocha in Guyana, South American, and now calls Windsor, Conn., home. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She comes to HCC after working most recently as an Admissions counselor at the University of Bridgport, an academic advisor at Manchester Community College and a recruitment and retention specialist at Capital Community College.
Chester Maurice DeGray Jr., assistant director of Public Safety. Chester has worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years, getting his start in 1981 as a police officer in the town of Suffield, Conn., where he still lives. More recently, he served as a police captain in the town of Windsor Locks, Conn., and a police office and sergeant in Suffield, Conn. He also served a captain in the East Granby Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Westfield State and a master's degree in public administration from American International College. He lives in Suffield.
Maureen Hindle, lab technician, Culinary. Maureen is a 2012 graduate of Holyoke Community College, where she earned both a certificate in Culinary Arts and her associate degree in Hospitality Management. She has worked professionally as a sous chef and server for various restaurants, including Max Burger in Longmeadow, and has been a Culinary lab technician at HCC since 2015. "I have always enjoyed working on seasonal menu changes and creating new food items," she says. She lives in Springfield.
Maria Caraballo, clerk, Financial Aid. Maria has many years of experience working for financial institutions, most recently as a Financial Services officer for the Pioneer Valley Credit Union in Springfield. She had previously worked as a Member Service representative for STCU Credit Union and a senior teller at Bank of America. She lives in Springfield. Joshua Cornehlsen, literacy specialist, Springfield Adult Learning Specialist. Josh comes to HCC with extensive experience in international education and instruction in English and other languages. He holds bachelor's degrees from Kenyon College (history) and the University of Toronto (Education), a master's degree from McGill University in Educational Leadership and Administration and a graduate certificate from McGill in Teaching English as a Second Language. He is fluent in English and Spanishand knows conversational French. He has taught English in Ecuador and Nicaragua and spent a year in West African as a Peace Corps volunteer. He most recently worked as the International Programs coordinator at Bard College.
Susan Jones, patient simulation technician. Susan, who lives in Windsor Lockes, Conn., has worked in the medical and healthcare field for nearly 30 years, most as a dental hygienist and a dental hygiene insructor. She earned her associate degree in dental hygiene from Tunxis Communiy College and later went back to school to get her bachelor's degree in health studies from Charter Oak State College and a master's degree in healthcare administration from Ashford University. Since 20012 she has been working at HCC as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Foundations of Health program.
Stephen Daneault, campus police officer. Stephen, a resident of West Suffield, Conn., comes to HCC after working as a correctional officer for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and a community safety officer at Springfield College. He has also worked as a fitness consultant and a group worker for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. He holds a bachelor's degree in Movement Science from Westfield State University.
Andrew Bechthold, campus police officer. Andrew, a lifelong Palmer resident, holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University. Before HCC he worked as a security officer and special state police officer at Holyoke Medical Center.
Lindsy Providenti, administrative assistant, Science, Engineering and Math. Lindsy was born in New Jersey, grew up in Oregon and now lives in Granby, Mass. She has more than 16 years of experience in administrative positions, most recently in the office of Finance and Administration at American International College. In her spare time, she enjoys ultra running, rock climbing and disc golf, among other outdoor activities.
Allison Hrovat, instructor, Human Services. Allison grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Chicopee. She comes to HCC after working most recently as an assistant professor at the College of Saint Rose, where she taught courses in clinical counseling, mental health counseling and family counseling, among others. She holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio University (Journalism) and masters degrees in education from Boston College (Curriculum and Instruction/Spanish) and Ohio University (Community Counseling). She is a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University.
Donna Rowe, assistant professor, Human Services. Donna is a fourth generation Northampton native who now lives in Sunderland. She holds a PhD in American Studies and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, where her research interests focused on women in the criminal justice system and the experiences of women veterans. She also holds a masters in education in Counseling/Psychology from Cambridge College and a bachelor's degree in Women's Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Before coming to HCC she worked as a program director and a crisis clinician at Behavioral Health Network in Springfield.
Jennifer Keenan-Jolie, associate director, Financial Aid. Jennifer comes to HCC after working for more than eight years in the Financial Aid office at Westfield State University, most recently as assistant director, where she is currently pursuing a master's degree in English. She holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Trinity College, an associate degree in General Studies from Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield. She lives on a small lake in Southwick.
Christina Royal, president. Christina, as she prefers to be called, is the fourth president of Holyoke Community College and comes to HCC after working in education for 15 years in both academic and corporate settings. She was most recently the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College in the Minnesota state system. She now lives in Northampton.
Todd Wonders, staff assistant, Financial Aid. Todd is a newcomer to western Massachusetts, having recently relocated to Great Barrington from Pittsburgh, Penn., where he had been working since 2009 as a senior admissions representative and student finance counselor at Argosy University. He holds a B.A. in English literature and film studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in higher and postsecondary education administration from Argosy.
Nancy Bazanchuk, learning specialist, Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services (OSDDS). Nancy is an HCC alum who graduated in 1995 with an associate degree in human services before transferring to Bridgewater State College for her bachelor degree in science with a concentration in physical education. She returns to HCC after having worked for the past 19 years as director of the Disability Resource Program for the Center for Human Development, where she ran a comprehensive sports and athletic program for children and young adults with disabilities. Her vast experience includes working as a consultant, educator, forum facilitator and mentor with Partners for Youth with Disabilities. She has also served on volunteer boards for the Stavros Center for Independent Living, the Northeast Sled Hockey League, the United Way of Pioneer Valley and the Agawam Commission on Disabilities. She has received many awards over the years for her work on behalf of people with disabilities, including Business West's 40 Under Forty award in 2010, the New England Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame Award in 2011 and a Holyoke Community College Distinguished Service Award in 2012.
Eric Beaulieu, electrician II, Facilities. Eric, a native of Ludlow who now lives in Westfield, comes to HCC with more than 14 years's professional experience as a journeyman electrician on residential, commercial and industrial projects, including eight years at Six Flags New England where he worked on the conversion of Superman Man of Steel roller coaster to Bizarro and the installation of two other roller coasters, Pandemonium and Gotham City Gauntlet. As part of the electrician workers union Local 7 for the last five years, he completed key projects at Baystate Medical Center and UMass Commonwealth Honors College and has worked on projects at Springfield Technical Community College and HCC.
Sylwia Boryczka, accountant, Student Accounts. Sylvia, as she prefers to be called, was born and raised in Cracow, Poland, and has been a resident of Chicopee for the past 12 years. She recevied her associate degree in accounting from HCC in 2011 and has been working at the college since 2012.
Patricia Twining, instructor, Nursing. Patricia, MS, RN, returns to HCC after 15 years as an assistant clinial professor of nursing at Elms College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She had previously worked at HCC as an RN instructor for nine years between 1992 and 2001. She holds a master of science degree in nursing education and gerontology from UMass-Amherst and has also worked as an adjunct professor at UMass, and Westfield State, as well as holding positions at Noble Hospital, Providence Hospital and other health care providers. She is originally from Springfield and now lives in Feeding Hills.
Andrea Hojkacki, coordinator, learning disability specialist, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Program. Andrea is an accessibility specialist with more than 14 years of experience working with secondary and post-secondary students with disabiliites, particularly those on the autism spectrum. She was born in Indiana, grew up in Illinois, and now lives in Connecticut, where she earned a master's degree in special education from Fairfield University.
Milissa Daniels, career development counselor, Culinary Training Program. Milissa holds an associate degree in liberal arts from Greenfield Community College ane a paralegal certificate from UMass-Lowell. She has worked in sales and marketing for Travel Time Inc., Reminder Publications and the Porter & Chester Institute and more recently as a senior admissions representative at the Marinello School of Beauty and a program placement assistant at HCC. She grew up in Springfield and now lives in Chicopee.
Ruben Sepulveda, community outreach counselor, Admissions. Ruben is a 2011 graduate of Holyoke Community College, where he holds the distinction of being the college's first "29 Who Shine" award winner, an annual event honoring one student from each of the state's 29 public colleges and universities. He graduated from HCC with honors and his associate degree in liberal arts before transfering to Amherst College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. He is a co-founder and board member of the Paulo Friere Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke and a former tutor at HCC's Adult Learning Center, where he was once himself a student. After graduating from Amherst College in 2013, he spent two years working as an education advocate for The Partnership for the Homeless in New York City. He grew up in Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, N.Y., and now lives in Holyoke.
Jose Bou, instructor, Criminal Justice. Jose has worked with at-risk youth in some of the most marginalized communities in Massachusetts: as a GED tutor at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Norfolk, a teaching assistant at North Eastern Correctional Center, a case manager at Roca, Inc., in Springfield, and coordinator of the Holyoke Successful Safe Youth Initiative. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and American Literature and a master's degree in criminal justice from Boston University. He lives in Florence.
Mary Cornell, instructor, Nursing. Mary grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and now lives in Amherst. She earned an associate degree from Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida, a bachelor's degree in nursing from UMass-Amherst, and her master's of science degree in nursing education from American International College. She is a registered nurse who has worked at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, UMass Health Services, and many other places during a nursing career that spans more than 30 years. She has been teaching at HCC since 2013.
Kara Moriarty, instructor, Nursing. Kara is a registered nurse who grew up in Holyoke and now lives in Westfield. She has worked at Holyoke Pediatric Associates and Baystate Medical Center and taught at the UMass School of Nursing. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut and a masters in nursing degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Jason Maurice, assistant professor, Psychology. Jason grew up in the small town of Dayton, Maine, and now lives in Wilbraham. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern Maine and a master's degree and Ph.D. in Social/Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University. He has been an adjunct instructor at HCC since 2015. He lives in Wilbraham.
Amy Toulson, instructor, Biology. Amy grew up in Hampden, where her family has lived for more than 300 years. (She now lives in Northampton.) She is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in biological sciences. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at HCC since 2013.
Nicholas Lalanne, instructor, Deaf Studies. Nick has worked at HCC as a member of the adjunct faculty since 2010. He attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor's degree in communication information systems and a master's degree in sign language education. He has worked as an educator and counselor at Gallaudet and Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vt. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lives in Vermont.
Rosemary Fiedler, coordinator, Thrive Financial Success Center. Rosemary is an HCC alum, '12, who went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Elms College and a master's degree in education from Springfield College. Since graduating from HCC as a valedictorian and with her associate degree in psychology, she has worked here as a tutor in the Center for Academic Program Support, the STEM Activity coordinator, a learning coach and mentor in the STRIVE program, and a career and educational advisor for HCC's Transition to College and Careers program.
Samuel W. Higgins, accountant, Business Office. A Springfield native, Sam likes accounting, he says, "because it's like working on a puzzle or solving a mystery." He studied accounting at Northeastern University, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a certificate in forensic accounting. He is also a veteran of the U.S. military having served for nine years in the Air Force. He comes to HCC after having worked as an accountant for various companies as both a full-time and contract employee.
Veronique Leroy, coordinator of success initiatives. Veronique, who lives in Wilbraham, worked in corporate marketing and communications for several years in her native Cali, Colombia, before coming to the United States. Since 2011, she has worked at HCC in various capacities, first as program assistant for clubs and organizations in Student Activities, then as the coordinator of New Student Orientation, and most recently as interim coordinator of the Thrive@HCC Financial Success Center.
Nicklaus Kalish, plumber, Facilities. Nick grew up in Belchertown and now lives in Ludlow. He is a licensed journeyman plumber and oil burner technician and received his training as an HVAC-R technician at Porter and Chester Institute in Chicopee. He comes to HCC after working as a crew supervisor for NOTCH Mechanical Constructors in Chicopee, a plumber for DF Plumbing in Belchertown and an oil burner/HVAC-R technician for Surner Heating in Amherst.
Jose Rivera, director, Public Safety. Joe, as he prefers to be called, got started on his career in policing as a patrolman with the Amherst Police Department. Since then, he has worked for the campus police departments at Massasoit Community College, UMass-Dartmouth and most recently Springfield Technical Community College, where he was the assistant director of Public Safety. From August 2006 to June 2014, he was the chief of police in the town of Granville. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Curry College and now lives in Southwick with his wife, Sarah, an attorney, and their two daughters.
Harry Hill, graphic designer, Marketing and Communications. Harry was born in San Diego and moved to Springfield when he was about 10 years old. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Springfield College and in 2013 earned a certificate in graphic design from HCC. Since graduating from HCC he has been working as a graphic designer for Tighe & Bond and the American Lung Association.
Erin Schotanus, special programs coordinator, Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services (OSDDS). Erin is a graduate of Assumption College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish and her master's in counseling psychology. She has worked as a supervisor and senior clinician at Family Continuity programs in Whitinsville, Mass., and most recently as the program development and operations manager at Providence Ministries Service Network in Holyoke. She says her dream has always been to return to a college campus to help students be successful in their own journeys.
Anne Morales-Medina, clerk III, Admissions. Anne is a 2013 graduate of HCC, after which she transferred to Smith College where she was an Ada Comstock Scholar. She graduated from Smith in December 2015 with her bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies. Born in New York City and raised in Springfield, she now lives in West Springfield. She had previously worked in the healthcare insurance field as a provider relations representative.
Kevin Richter, computer analyst, Information Technology. A Springfield native, Kevin holds is a graduate of the Porter and Chester Institute, where he earned a diploma in computer and network technology. He is now studying computer systems engineering at Springfield Technical Community College. He has worked as a computer support technician at Bay Path University, Country Curtains in Lee and Entre Computers in West Springfield.
Carolyn Althea Gardner-Thomas, STEM Project administrator. Carolyn worked for many years as an engineer after earning an associate degree in engineering from Springfield Technical Community College and bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. She then returned to school to study education at Smith College, earning her master's degree. She is now studying math, science and learning technology at the University of Massachusetts, where she is a Ph.D. candidate. She has worked as a math teacher in public schools in North Carolina, Northampton and Amherst, her home town. She worked most recently as a STEM project coordinator at the University of Massachusetts, while also teaching math last Fall as a member of the adjunct faculty at HCC.
Selina Ortega, campus police officer. Selina is a graduate of Holyoke High School and a special forces specialist for the United States Air Force at Westover Air Reserve Base. She has worked as a security officer at Holyoke Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, as well as a campus police officer at Bay Path University. She is studying criminal justice at Holyoke Community College and will receive her associate degree in May 2016.
John Robert Wagner, campus police officer. John was born and raised in Holyoke. He graduated from the Massachusetts Student Trooper Training Program in 2000 and the Massachusetts Special State Police Academy in 2007. He has worked as a reserve police officer for the town of Hampden and as a campus police officer for Mount Holyoke College, Springfield College, Smith College and Worcester State University.
William Salifu-Tex, campus police officer. William graduated from HCC with his associate degree in criminal justice in 2015 before transfering to Elms College, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in legal studies. He is originally from Ghana and now lives in Belchertown. Before being hired at HCC he was working as a campus police officer at Western Massachusetts Hospital in Westfield.
Susan L. Hagelstein, clerk, Student Records. Susan, an Easthampton native who now lives in Southampton, is a graduate of HCC, where she earned her associate degree in business administration. She has worked for many years in elementary schools in Easthampton and Southampton and returns to HCC after a previous stint in Student Records in 2008 and 2009. "I am excited to be returning to HCCC as a full time employee," she says.
Louis Michael Barry, interim director of Public Safety. Louis is a alum of HCC, where he earned an associate degree in law enforcement in 1973, contininuing his education in criminal justice at Castleton State College (B.A.) and Anna Maria College (M.A.). He has worked in law enforcement since 1978, retiring fom the Granby Police Department in 2010 after serving 23 years as chief. Louis, who lives in Granby, has been an adjunct instructor at HCC since 1990 and developed and directs HCC's summer youth Criminal Justice Academy.
Kevin M. Bradshaw, patient simulation technician (special progams coordinator). Kevin grew up in Cantonsville, Maryland, near Baltimore, and attended James Madison University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport and recreation management.
Tracey Lynn Burton, instructor, Education. Tracey grew up in Pennsylvania and has been working at HCC since 2012 as a member of HCC's adjunct faculty and an Education Initiatives assistant. She attended Bay Path College in Longmeadow (B.A. liberal studies) and Our Lady of the Elms (M.E., education). She now lives in South Hadley.
Laurel Carpenter, instructor, Environmental Science. Laurel earned an associate degree from HCC in environmental science, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, after which she earned a B.A. in biological science from Smith (minor in environmental science and policy), a master's degree from UMass in wildlife and fisheries conservation and an master's in teaching from Smith. Before being hired as a member of HCC's adjunct faculty in 2014, she was an environmental educator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Hadley.
Zakhar Vladimirovich Demka, systems analyst. An Agawam native, Zak graduated from HCC in 2014 with an associate degree in computer science with a focus in programming. He worked for the HCC IT Department as an undergraduate adn then the IT Help Desk before being hired as an analyst.
Sarah Ann Gentile, senior financial aid counselor. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Western New England University and her master's degree in higher education administration from Bay Path University. Before HCC, she worked in the financial aid offices at Springfield Technical Community College and, most recently, Becker College, where she was the financial aid coordinator. She lives in Springfield.
Joan M. Giovannini, instructor, Education. Joan has worked for HCC in various capacities since 2001, most recently as director of the STRIVE student support program while also teaching education classes as a member of the adjunct faculty since 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor's degree in social thought and political economics and a master's degree in education. She lives in Springfield.
Alix Hegeler, instructor, Visual Arts. Alix earned a bachelor's degree in drawing from Hampshire College and a master's in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts. She has been teaching printmaking at HCC since 1986.
Benjamin Hersey, instructor, English. Ben has been a member of the adjunct faculty at HCC since 2008. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in English (minor in education) and a master's in fine arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. He lives in Easthampton.
Naomi Lesley, assistant professor, English. Naomi holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master's in English in children's literature from San Diego University, a PhD in English literature from George Washington University and a master's in music in violin performance from Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Joseph T. Lavoie, instructor, Computer Information Systems. Joe, a devout Boston Bruin's fan, is a graduate of HCC from the Class of 2010 and has been working at HCC as a member of the CIS adjunct faculty since 2014. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in information systems from the University of Phoenix.
Chi Ming Sun, maintainer. Chi was born in Hong Kong and now lives in northern Connecticut and come to HCC after working for more than 16 years at the Hallmark Card Distribution Center in Enfield, Conn., as both a security officer and custodian.
Hannah Wareham, website and social media manager. Hannah is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. She previously worked as the web and social media manager for Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass., and as an editor for the Bay Windows newspaper in Boston. She lives in Northampton.
Vilmaris Cintron, administratrive assistant, Institutional Development. Mari, as she prefers to be called, was born and raised in Holyoke and comes to HCC after working for the New England Farm Workers' Council and the Massachustts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Crystal Colon, coordinator, Thrive Financial Success Center. Crystal is a graduate of HCC from the Class of 2006 who transferred to Springfield College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in human services. She is a native New Yorker and now lives in Holyoke. Before returning to HCC for her job in Thrive, she worked for the Holyoke School Department and Head Start.
Mary Susan Dixey, dean of Library Services. Mary comes to HCC from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford where she was the director of Academic Technology and the Cole Library. She earned her masters in library science from Simmons College in Boston and her bachelor's in liberal arts from the University of Connecticut. She coached collegiate rubgy for about 13 years at Harvard and Yale and won a national championship with Harvard (Radcliffe Rugby) in 1998.
Bonnie Zima Dowd, director of Alumni Relations. Bonnie, a Smith College graduate (M.A., B.A.) who grew up in Hatfield, has worked in fundraising for three decades, most recently as the Annual Fund director at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.
Janet L. Grant, Foundations of Health faculty and Community Health coordinator. Janet grew up in Longmeadow and earned her master's in Public Health from UMass-Amherst. She has been an adjunct instructor at HCC since 2013 and previously worked as a prevention specialist in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's Western Mass Center for Healthy Communities.
Renee Lynn Tastad, dean of Enrollment Management and College Access Programs. Renee grew up in South Dakota but now calls Holyoke home, making stops in between in Minnesota, Nebraska, London and Colorado. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and counselor education from the University of Colorado at Denver and spent nearly 10 years at Front Range Community College, the largest community college in Colorado, where she worked the last four as dean of Student Services.
Carolyn Smith, accountant II. Carolyn lives in Springfield and earned her bachelor's degree in accountancy from Bentley University.
Diana Rosado, clerk, Center for Academic Program Supports. Diana is an HCC graduate from the class of 2001 (business administration). She has more than 12 years' experience in the clerical field, most recently as a clerk for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in Springfield.
Brian Thomas Jackson, bookkeeper II. Brian is another graduate of HCC (accounting, Class of 2013). During his student days at HCC, Brian worked as an accounting clerk intern and since then has been working as an accounting clerk in the HCC purchasing department.
Sarah McInnis, enrollment operations manager. Sarah graduated from the University of Saint Joseph in West Harford, Conn., in 2009, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and worked at the college in a variety of roles in the Admissions Department, most recently as the director of Graduate, Transfer and Adult Learner Admissions. She lives in Glastonbury, Conn.
Jeremy Jungbluth, literacy specialist (English as a Second or Other Language). Jeremy grew up in Brockport, N.Y., and now lives in Easthampton. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York Brockport, a master's in education from the University of Illinois and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in bilingual, ESL and multicultural education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has taught ESL and ESOL classes at Saint Augustine College, the Center for New Americans, UMass and MCPHS University as well as HCC.
Judith A. Loughrey, instructor of Nursing. Judith earned her bachelor's in nursing from Elms College and her master's in nursing from George Mason University. She has worked as a registered nurse in the young adult unit at Fairfox Hospital in Virginia and in the operating room at Holyoke Hospital. She has also taught nursing at Elms College and at Baystate Medical Center's School of Nursing. Most recently she worked as a school nurse in South Hadley, where she has lived since she was 15.
Michele Cabral, instructor of Accounting. Michele is a West Springfield, Mass., native and comes to HCC after working for several years as an adjunct professor at Bay Path, Elms and Springfield colleges and for many years as a certified public accountant. "I love working with people and figuring out solutions to complex issues," she says.
Sheila M. Gould, instructor of Education. Sheila earned her masters in early childhood education from American International College in 2013 and has been working as a preschool teacher and childcare provider since 2006. She lives in Chicopee now but still considers her home Holyoke, where she was born and raised. She loves painting and collects four-leaf clovers. "I have a knack for finding them wherever I go," she says. "I have saved over 200 of them in a book."
Jessica I. Hill, assistant professor of Economics. An Alabama native, Jessica earned a PhD in applied economics from Louisiana State University as well as a master's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in animal science from Auburn University. She comes to HCC after teaching undergraduate courses in economics, sales and marketing at the University of Tennessee.
Armando J. Pardave, instructor of Engineering. Armando is a native of Peru and named after the famous Argentine soccer player Diego Armando Maradona. He earned his master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Hartford and holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and an associate degree from Springfield Technical Community College. He has worked as a tutor and a math mini-prep instructor at HCC since 2009 and also taught math as an adjunct professor at STCC.
Emily F. Rabinsky, assistant professor of biology. A Chicopee native, Emily returns to western Massachusetts after spending the last nine years in Michigan, where she earned a PhD in pharmaceutical science and a graduate teacher certificate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and has taught biology, pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics and microbiology at Henry Ford Community College, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, respectively.
Nicholas J. Schwab, instructor of Math. Nic, as he prefers to be called, grew up in California, where he received his bachelor's degree in math at the University of California in Santa Cruz before moving to the East Coast to attend graduate school at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He taught precalculus and algebra to undergraduates at Appalachian State and worked as a high school math teacher at The Putney School in Vermont and The Pennington School in New Jersey.
Rebecca Targove, instructor of Math. A Massachusetts native -- she grew up in Sudbury -- Rebecca earned her bachelor's degree in math at Western New England University in Springfield, before heading to Minnesota for her master's in math and statistics at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she also taught courses in calculus and statistics.
Devon Marie Henrichon, biology lab technician II. Devon earned her associate degree in 2005 from HCC in biotechnology before continuing on to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received her bachelor's degree in biology in 2012. She is a lifelong resident of Belchertown and formerly worked as a laboratory technician and pharmaceutical manufacturing technician at Microtest Laboratories in Agawam.
Javier Jimenez, maintainer II. Javier, who goes by "Javy," grew up in Ware, where he still lives. He comes to HCC after working as a foreman for DTZ UGL Services, which provides cleaning services at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside.
Michael Edward Kobjack, computer lab manager. Michael is a graduate of HCC who earned his associate degree in human resource management. He previously worked at HCC as an information technology service technician and holds training certificates in manufacturing systems, robotic systems and management. Born and raised in the Bronx, Michael now lives in Ludlow and is an avid bicyclist and kayaker.
Olivia L. Kynard, bursar. Olivia comes to HCC from Springfield College, where she had worked as the bursar since 2007. Before that, she was the student accounts manager at Hampshire College. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Olivia received both a bachelor's degree (2004, criminal justice) and master's degree (2007, organizational management and leadership) from the Springfield College School of Human Services.
Nelson Lopez, accountant I. Nelson, who lives in Holyoke, received his associate degree from HCC in business administration in 2004 and moves into the Bursar's Office after working since 2010 as an accountant in Student Accounts.
Lindsey Rothschild, coordinator of Instructional Design. Lindsey grew up in Michigan and lived in New York City before moving to Easthampton in 2009. Before her new position, she had worked as an ESL teacher at HCC since 2009. She holds a master's degrees in educational technology from Marlboro College Graduate School in Brattleboro, Vt., a master of arts degree from Hunter College in New York in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and a bachelor of arts degree in American public affairs from James Madison College at Michigan State University.
Debra A. Roy, library assistant. Debra is an alum who earned her associate degree at HCC before obtaining her bachelor's degree in business management at Westfield State University. A Springfield native, she now lives in Southwick and comes to HCC after working for seven years as a library assistant at the Granby Public Library, in Granby, Conn.
William "Ron" Bailey, director of Public Safety. Before coming to HCC, Ron worked as a police officer in Bridgeport, Conn., for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Springfield College in Human Services and is working on his master's in Public Administration at the University of New Haven. A 3rd-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Ron also plays drums and sings in a band.
Robbin Kotajarvi, literacy specialist. Robbin grew up in Michigan and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Western Michigan University and a master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Michigan State University. She has worked as an ESL instructor ssince 2000.
Kristen Simonds, literacy specialist. Kristen, of East Londmeadow, earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology and History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a certificate as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other languages at the International Languar Institute of Massachusetts in Northampton. She has worked as a literacy specialist at HCC's Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center since 2010.
Thomas E. Barrup, instructor of Engineering. Thomas earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and his master's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Amy Nicole Ehmann, instructor of Engineering. Amy earned both her bachelor's degree (Astronomy and Astrophysics) and master's degree (Geosciences) at Pennsylvania State University.
Marisol Fontanez, information and reception clerk, Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center. Marisol has more than 15 years' experience working as a human service professional, most recently for the Community Education Project in Holyoke. Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she has lived in Holyoke since she was 18 years old.
Sage LaCroix Franetovich, instructor of Biology. Sage earned her bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Management from Rutgers University and a master's in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University.
Raul Gutierrez, instructor of Spanish. Raul earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish and his master's in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois. He was born in Mexico and has lived in Chicago since he was 11.
Elizabeth Dalton Hayward, instructor, Foundations of Health. Elizabeth has a master's degree in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and a bachelor's in science in nursing from Spalding University.
Eileen Hocking, assistant dean, Enrollment Management & College Access and Preparation Programs. Eileen comes to HCC after serving as the director of Admissions and the director of Enrollment Management Operations at the University of Saint Joseph, in West Harford, Conn. She grew up in Westfield and earned her bachelor's degree from Westfield State.
Michelle Williams, assistant professor of Psychology. Michelle holds a PhD and a master's degree in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She most recently taught psychology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
Jessica Zepke, instructor of Nursing (associate degree program). Jessica earned her master's degree in Nursing from the University of Harford and her bachelor's in Nursing from Elms College. She has worked as a nurse at Baystate Medical Center and Holyoke Medical Center and has taught nursing at Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts.