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.
Laura Adrien, Writing Specialist
Laura meets one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students to provide writing support and guidance, from understanding assignments and drafting outlines to refining a thesis and clarifying citation format. She loves language and the writing process, her goal is to help students feel cool, calm, and collected about their own writing.
She earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UMass Boston and a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature from Emmanuel College. In addition to her work here at the ARC, Laura works full time at Northeastern University with graduate students.
Joe Linitz, 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 & DSS Accommodations Assistant
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. She also teaches First Year Writing at Emmanuel and works with Disability Support Services to provide assistance with accommodations.
Jillian received her MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Before coming to Emmanuel, she taught English courses at Bunker Hill Community College.
Joey McEwen, Math & Science Specialist
As the Science and Math Specialist, Joey meets with students individually and in groups to assist them in brainstorming learning strategies for tackling difficult concepts and material in math and 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.
Persefoni Bica, Math & Science Specialist
Persefoni meets individually with undergraduate and graduate students to provide assistance for math across the curriculum, statistics, and physics. She also guides students with MTEL and MCAT preparation. Persefoni aims to help students feel confident and competent in their math abilities. Persefoni, a native Albanian, earned her MA in Physics from the University of Tirana and taught many years in Albania as a high school physics and mathematics teacher and has taught and/or tutored at NHTI, Concord Community College, MCPHS, and NSCC. She also teaches College Algebra at Emmanuel College