Meet the Staff

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Meet the Academic Resource Center (ARC) professional staff at Emmanuel College. 

Wendy LaBron, Assistant Dean 
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 servces, 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, Director of Success Programs & Outreach / Academic Specialist
As the 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.

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.

Alyson Czelusniak, Associate Director of Disability Support Services
As the Associate 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.

Noelle Galli, Disability Support Services Accommodations Coordinator
As the DSS Accommodations Coordinator, Noelle works with students to coordinate non-academic accommodations. Noelle provides appropriate accommodations related to housing, mobility and temporary needs.

Noelle received her B.S. in Developmental Psychology from Emmanuel College and her M.Ed. from Emmanuel College. Before joining the ARC, Noelle worked as a coordinator for day program supporting young adults with disabilities.

Joe Linitz, Lead Writing Specialist 
As a Writing Specialist at the ARC, Joe works with students individually and in workshops to provide guidance on writing in a wide range of rhetorical modes and academic specializations.

Joe has taught writing and literature at Newbury College and Boston University, and has also worked as an editor in corporate, literary, and freelance settings. Joe earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Boston University, and his B.A. in English from Oberlin College.

Jillian Jackson, Writing Specialist 
As an ARC Writing Specialist, Jillian meets individually with students to provide support and assistance at any stage of the writing process. Through her sessions, Jillian aims to engage students fully in the drafting and revision of their work while empowering them to build the writing skills necessary to become academically successful. 

Jillian also teaches First Year Writing at Emmanuel and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Before coming to Emmanuel, she taught English courses at Bunker Hill Community College. 

Chris Strand, Writing Specialist 
As a Writing Specialist at the ARC,  Chris works with students to support them throughout the writing process. During individual sessions, Chris assists students as they draft and revise their work while encouraging them to develop their writing skills and voice as a writer.

Chris has taught writing, literature, and ESL at numerous institutions across the US. He received his M.A. in English from Portland State University and his B.A. in English and History from the University of Sioux Falls. He currently also teaches and manages one of the writing programs at UMass Boston.

Daniel Persia, Math/Writing Specialist
As a Math and Writing Specialist at the ARC, Danny works with students to strengthen their creative and analytical thinking. Through one-on-one and group sessions, he encourages students to think about their relationship to either math or writing, and how that relationship might evolve over time. He is particularly interested in inquiry-based models of STEM education and Writing Center practices that support diverse learners.

Danny served as a mathematics tutor and Writing Center consultant at his alma mater, Denison University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and Creative Writing. He received his M.S.T. in Secondary Education from Boston College through the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program and taught mathematics and writing at the Boston Arts Academy, Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts. He served as a Fulbright Regional Leader and English Teaching Assistant in Curitiba, Brazil from 2018-2019. 

Joey McEwen, Science Specialist
As the Science Specialist, Joey meets with students individually and in groups to assist them in brainstorming learning strategies for tackling difficult concepts and material in science.A former ARC Peer Tutor, Joey graduated from Emmanuel in 2015 with a B.S. in chemistry and psychology. Currently, he is completing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Tufts University. He's happy to be back working with students in the ARC while finishing his graduate degree and preparing for a career in academia.

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