Alan Bloomgarden, Ed.D.Learn more about Alan Bloomgarden
Alan H. Bloomgarden, Ed.D. is the inaugural Director of Experiential Learning at Elms College, where he has been working to coordinate, expand and enhance opportunities for community engagement since 2020. Previously, as Director of Community Engagement at Mount Holyoke College, he taught courses in social action and community leadership, and grew the Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program to involve over 400 students annually in more than 25 community-engaged courses, internships, and independent studies. Before Mount Holyoke, Alan served as Director of Faculty Grants and Government/Community Relations at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Alan has a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from UMass Amherst, an MPhil in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (UK), and a B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University. Alan was a Governor’s appointee to the 2012 Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, and co-founded Leadership Pioneer Valley, a regional community leadership program. He serves on WGBY’s Latino Advisory Board, and as an associate editor for the International Journal of Research on Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Dr. Jennifer L. Granger Sullivan, Ed.D.Learn more about Jennifer L. Granger Sullivan
Jennifer L. Granger Sullivan, Ed.D. is the Associate Director of Experiential Learning at Elms College, where she has been working to coordinate, expand and enhance opportunities for community engagement since Fall 2021. Jennifer is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Salem State University, teaching in their Higher Education in Student Affairs graduate program. Previously, as Director of Student Activities and Orientation at Lasell University, she taught a First Year Seminar course on leadership, and grew the Office of Student Activities and Orientation that focused on student leadership development, new student, transfer, and family orientation programming, student clubs and organization, and campus activities and traditions. Jennifer also served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Lasell University. She was awarded the Lasell University Thomas E.J. de Witt Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership in 2012. Jennifer has a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, a Master in Education with a focus on higher education and student affairs administration, and a B.A. in History from UMass Dartmouth. She spent over a decade serving on the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Board of Directors, including serving as President and Vice President. In 2019, Jennifer was awarded the UMass Dartmouth Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Additionally, Jennifer was a leader within the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention – NODA for over a decade, being a regional conference host, annual conference committee member, regional conference committee member, national Small College Network chair. She was awarded the Regional Outstanding Professional Presentation, Regional Outstanding Professional, and the Regional New Professional.
J Marshall, M.Ed.Learn more about J Marshall
J. Marshall has been working in employment related services for twenty-five years. This has included time as a career center director in higher education as well as various roles in a One Stop Career Center. Prior to that he aided the disadvantaged in roles that ranged from supervising a project that served the homeless mentally ill and managing a program to provide employment support to individuals on transitional assistance. He earned a B.A. In English and an M.Ed. in History from Westfield State University, as well as certification in the MBTI and Strong assessment tools, and completed the NACE Leadership Management Institute. He also published a review in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts. J. has also served as a member of the Springfield DMH Advisory Board, the Facilitator of the Friends of the Lighthouse, and the Vice President of Professional Development for the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators. J., a diehard New England Patriots fan, lives in Wilbraham with his wife, Megan, an Elms College alumna, and his three Australian Labradoodles.