Please welcome these new members of the HCC community ...
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.
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