Sr. Carol Allan, SSJ, MAAT
Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Charism
Walter Breau, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Walter C. Breau, Ph.D., resumed his duties as vice president of academic affairs on July 1, 2009, after having spent a year as acting president of Elms College. Walter had served as vice president of academic affairs at the college from July 2006 to June 2008. Previously, he was academic chair for the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology from 2000-2006. A native of Westfield, Massachusetts, Walter majored in animal science and animal physiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1982 and a master of science degree in 1984. He received a doctorate in physiology and virology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1989. Following post-doctoral positions at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the department of microbiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he became a member of the Elms College faculty in the biology department in 1994. Walter is published in the fields of molecular virology and lactation physiology, and is the recipient of numerous research, teaching, and technology grants. He has served on various college-wide committees, including most recently, the Strategic Planning Committee, which he chaired. Walter resides in Vernon, Vermont, with his wife, Elizabeth, and four children, Jeffrey, Miranda, Alexander, and Kirsten. He was elected to the Vernon School Board in 2004, and again in 2006, and was appointed board clerk in 2005.
Andrew Coston, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Joyce Hampton, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Professional Programs
Dr. Hampton is responsible for providing leadership in support of Strategic and Global Priorities for the institution, and for practices and policies regarding equitable and inclusive student retention and success. The goal is to develop a campus culture and climate where all college members experience a sense of belonging, community, and satisfaction. In addition, Dr. Hampton provides oversight for the International Programs Office, First Year Seminar and the Honors Programs.
Katie Longley, CPA
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Katie Longley, CPA, came to Elms from Abilene Christian University in Texas, where she served as associate vice president of finance. She held successive positions as senior accountant, payroll manager, tax director, and controller during her tenure with ACU. Prior to her work in higher education, Longley worked in public accounting, first as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and then as a senior auditor for Davis, Kinard & Co. She holds a master’s degree in accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Abilene Christian University.
Bernadette Nowakowski, MALA
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Nowakowski was appointed vice president of institutional advancement (VPIA) in February 2019. She has served in various roles in our institutional advancement office since 1996, most recently as assistant VPIA from 2017-2019. Nowakowski is a current member of the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She previously served on the board of Women in Philanthropy of Western Mass as membership co-chair, as employee campaign coordinator at United Way of Pioneer Valley, and as a member of the Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts and Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield Grants Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master of arts in liberal arts degree, both from Elms College.
Jonathan Scully, MBA
Vice President of Enrollment Management & Marketing
Jonathan Scully came to Elms from American International College, where he served as the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, being promoted from the Director of Undergraduate Admissions role. Scully has worked in higher education enrollment for over 12 years, spending time at the University of Hartford, Hampshire College, and AIC. He holds an MBA from American International College and a bachelor’s degree in history of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Jennifer Shoaff, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Jennifer Shoaff holds a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. Prior to coming to Elms, Shoaff was an Assistant Professor in Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama where she taught transnational feminism, Afro-Latinx studies, Border Studies and social justice movements to undergraduate and graduate students. Shoaff’s book Bordering on Visibility: Haitian Migrant Women and the Dominican Nation-State is one of the first manuscripts to study gendered experiences of race, mobility and migration among Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic.
Reverend Mark Stelzer, S.Th.D.
College Chaplain, Associate Professor of Humanities, Special Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity
Father Mark Stelzer is a native of the Diocese of Springfield and was ordained to the priesthood in 1983. He joined the Elms adjunct faculty in 1986 and has concurrently served in several pastoral and leadership positions on the diocesan level. From 1999 to 2003 Father Stelzer served as director of the Springfield Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy. He now serves as college chaplain and associate professor of humanities. In addition to his responsibilities at the college, Father Stelzer ministers as an on-call chaplain at Baystate Medical Center and the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee.