Meet the Staff
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.
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.
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 M.S.W. 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.
Eric Sepenoski, Writing Specialist (Arts & Sciences)
Eric works with students to help them structure their papers, develop their ideas, and write their thoughts clearly. He has a B.A. in English literature from Emmanuel College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Eric also teaches writing at Emerson College and MCPHS University.
Persefoni Bica, Math Specialist (Arts & Sciences and Graduate + Professional Programs)
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.