Goose Berkowitz-Gosselin, Ed.D.
Chair, Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology

Center for Natural and Health Sciences, First Floor
413-265-2216 | gosseling@elms.edu

B.F.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Gosselin is an educator, multimedia developer, and graphic artist. His research interests include graphic user interface design, digital graphic design perceptions of multimedia users, and computer strategy and board game design.

Kevin Berry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics

203 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2424 | berryk@elms.edu

B.S., Case Western Reserve University
M.S., Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Berry’s research interests include combinatorial group theory and dynamic programming.

Jill Bigos, M.S.
Lecturer in Biology and Chemistry

203 Berchmans Hall
chelottid@elms.edu

B.A., Elms College
M.S., Bay Path College

Jill Bigos received her Master’s degree in Forensic Science.  Her interests include the forensic applications of biochemistry and the expansion of STEM education for undergraduates.

Raymond Curran, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Mathematics

203 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2523 | curranr@elms.edu

B.S., M.A., Ph.D.  University of Massachusetts

Dr. Curran’s research interests are in algebraic geometry and combinatorics.

Dennis Drake, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

230 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2225 | draked@elms.edu

B.S., University of Denver
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Dr. Drake’s research interests are in environmental and organic chemistry.

Beryl Hoffman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology

Center for Natural and Health Sciences, First Floor
413-265-2216 | hoffmanb@elms.edu

B.A., Wellesley College
M.S.E., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Hoffman’s research interests include artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and educational technology.

Melanie Joy-Cooper, M.S.
Lecturer in Chemistry

203 Berchmans Hall
joy-cooperm@elms.edu

B.A., Elms College
M.S., Bay Path University

Melanie Joy-Cooper is a laboratory safety coordinator and chemistry lecturer. She has over 10 years of experience working with invasive and exotic forest pests and diseases from her past career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has over two years of advanced graduate studies in Environmental Health and a Masters degree in Forensic Science. Melanie has multiple certifications in hazardous waste operations and emergency response, confined space, and hazard communication. Her research interests are in environmental chemistry and toxicology.

John Mruk, M.S.
Lecturer in Mathematics

203 Berchmans Hall
mruk@elms.edu

B.A., Westfield State College
M.S., Trinity College
Syracuse University (Sabbatical Year)
Lake Forest College (NSF Grant)

John Mruk received the Excellence in High School Teaching Award presented by the University of Connecticut Alumni Association in 1991 and is a Connecticut Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (1995).

Nina Theis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

203 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2486 | theisn@elms.edu

B.A., Oberlin College
Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Dr. Theis’ research focuses on the ecology of fragrance production from flowers, and strives to understand the invisible forces that drive interactions between plants, pollinators, and herbivores.

Janet Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

201 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2381 | williamsj@elms.edu

B.A., Rider University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Williams has spent 10 years as a full time scientist/researcher at a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Elms College, Janet worked as a molecular biologist.  Her research included cloning, sequencing, and expression of bacterial restriction-modification systems. Janet’s current research involves a metagenomic study of the equine intestinal tract. This research spans many different disciplines including molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, parasitology and microbiology and provides plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research.