Meet the Academic Resource Center (ARC) professional staff at Emmanuel College.
Wendy LaBron, Director
Wendy works with faculty, departments and the ARC staff to coordinate and provide academic support services and programs for Emmanuel students. She also meets individually with students for academic counseling and teaches ARC workshops and ARC 0101.
Besides her work in academic support and disability services, Wendy taught English at New England Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University (SFSU) and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia. She earned her M.A. in English Composition from SFSU and her B.A. in English from Northern Arizona University.
Krista Aslanian, Associate Director
As the Assistant Director and Academic Specialist at the ARC, Krista works with students individually and in a group setting to develop organizational, study and reading strategies in order to adapt to the expectations of college academics. Krista also assists students as they begin the graduate school process by providing information on the graduate school exam process as well as how to prepare and organize applications.
Krista received her B.S in Education at Wheelock College and M.Ed in Counseling/Guidance at Boston University. Before joining the ARC, Krista was an outreach counselor with at-risk teens, an elementary school teacher, and an Academic Specialist at Becker College.
Alyson Czelusniak, Assistant Director of Disability Support Services
As the Assistant Director of Disability Support Services, Alyson works with students with documented disabilities to provide them with appropriate accommodations in the college setting. Alyson coordinates alternate-site testing and other accommodations for these students and meets with students on an as-needed basis to meet individual needs.
Alyson received her B.S. in Sports Management at Springfield College and her M.A.T. in Special Education at Elms College. Alyson has spent her career in special education, both in and out of the classroom setting. Before coming to Emmanuel, Alyson worked as a case manager for special education at Chicopee Comprehensive High School.
Kerri Hoppe, Tutor Coordinator
As the ARC Tutor Coordinator, Kerri oversees the ARC peer tutoring and study group program. In addition to hiring referred tutors and training them, she helps to ensure smooth operation of the tutoring program for both tutors and tutees.
Previously, Kerri was the Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Economics at the University of Rochester and also served as the Senior Department Coordinator of Academic Services at Brandeis University. She received her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College, where she served as the Graduate Fellow for the Writing Center. She is excited to bring her passion for tutoring and academic support to her role in the ARC.
Mariah Ramdial, Administrative Coordinator
Mariah provides administrative and program support to the ARC staff, including assisting with payroll, data collection, record keeping and proctoring exams. Mariah earned a B.S. in Biology from Emmanuel College in 2015.
Persefoni Bica, Math Specialist
Persefoni meets individually with undergraduate and graduate students to provide assistance for not only general math courses, but also math in the sciences and other disciplines. She also guides students with MTEL and MCAT preparation. Persefoni aims to help students feel confident and competent in their math abilities.
Persefoni is a native Albanian, immigrating to the United States 15 years ago. She earned her MA in Physics from the University of Tirana and worked many years in Albania as a high school physics and mathematics teacher. She worked at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, as a Mathematics Instructor, a tutor in their Learning Center, and in the ESOL office helping newcomers to adjust to a new country. In addition to her work at Emmanuel, she teaches math at both MCPHS and NSCC.