Academics

Meet the Staff

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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.

Ginny Mullin, Associate Director
As the Associate Director of the ARC, Ginny, working with the Director, creates the organizational systems that ensure the smooth operation of all ARC programs. Most specifically, she coordinates the Peer Tutor Program, which provides individual and group academic support to students experiencing challenges in a course. She also teaches a section of ARC 0101 in the fall and ARC 0102 in the spring.

Ginny, a Boston native, is an Emmanuel College double grad, earning a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Human Resource Management.

Krista Aslanian, Assistant 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.

Susan Mayo, Director of Disability Support Services
Susan works with faculty and departments to coordinate services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. She also meets individually with students with disabilities to support them in their academic efforts and to connect them to campus resources.

Susan previously worked at Dean College as the Assistant Director of Disability Services. She also worked at Learning Prep School in Newton, The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, and Sunnyview Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady, NY. Susan received her M.S. in Special Education and Teaching the Deaf from Canisius College and her BA degree in Sociology from The University of Buffalo.

Lori Papakostas, Administrative and Project Assistant
Lori provides administrative and program support to the ARC staff, including assisting with payroll, data collection, record keeping and proctoring exams.

Lori earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. Lori has experience in providing individual/group/family counseling and support in a hospital and out-patient setting; she last worked at Mass General Hospital as a social worker in adult psychiatry and in pediatric medicine.

Christine Junge, Writing Specialist (Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies & Nursing)   
Christine works with students to help them structure their papers, develop their ideas, and write their thoughts clearly. Her goal is to help students come up with a writing process that allows them to write well, while experiencing as little torment as possible. Christine specializes in writing for the sciences.

She has a B.S. in communications from Boston University and graduated from Harvard University with an M.L.S. in creative writing and English literature and from Lesley University with an M.F.A. in creative writing. She previously worked as a science writer and editor at Harvard Medical School.

Diane Linshaw, Writing Specialist (Arts & Sciences)

As a Writing Specialist, Diane is available to help students with each phase of their writing assignments from finding and focusing a thesis to refining the final draft. She meets with students for class papers, the senior thesis, proposals for individual majors, and personal statements for scholarships, fellowships, and graduate and professional schools.

Diane graduated from Vassar College with B.A. in English and received an M.S. in journalism from Boston University. She previously worked in the Trade Department at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Persefoni Bica, Math Specialist (Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies & Nursing)
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.

Anne Salemme, Math Specialist (Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies & Nursing)
Anne assists undergraduate and graduate students with not only general math courses, but also math and computer skills (including Excel) in other disciplines. She also supports students with MTEL preparation. Anne aims to help students engage positively and constructively with math and achieve the math competency they need.

Anne holds an MLA in Mathematics for Teaching from Harvard Extension School and a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland. In addition to her work at Emmanuel, she works as a senior information systems and applications administrator at Berklee College of Music.

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