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.
Antoinette Bonnie Candia-Bailey, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Antoinette Bonnie Candia-Bailey has more than 20 years of progressive experience in student affairs and diversity and inclusion at higher-education institutions, including North Carolina State University, Towson University in Maryland, and North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a doctoral degree in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and disability studies from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lincoln University in Missouri.
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.
Teresa Winters, M.Ed.
Dean of Students
Teresa Winters, a native of Western Massachusetts, was appointed dean of students in June 2015. She has served as the associate dean of students, associate dean of residence life and director of residence life. Teresa is active in the community and is currently a member of the board of directors for Homework House, Inc. of Holyoke, Mass., where she served as vice president and president of the board. Prior to working in higher education she worked in human resources for MassMutual Financial Group.
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