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  • Jill Bigos, M.S.

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    Lecturer in Biology and Chemistry
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    Department(s): Biology, Chemistry, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Jill Bigos received her master’s degree in forensic science. Her interests include the forensic applications of biochemistry and the expansion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for undergraduates. Her research projects have included work on tadpole metamorphosis and histology. She currently teaches anatomy & physiology for undergraduate nursing majors, as well as forensic science. She is also involved in various STEM outreach initiatives for local students in middle school and high school.

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  • Xiomara Delobato

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    Associate Director of Admission
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    Department(s): Admission Office, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Xiomara Albán DeLobato serves as the associate director of admission at Elms College. She earned a dual B.A. degree in international affairs and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2010. Xiomara brings a wealth of experience in higher education from her work in admissions at UNH and career services at Springfield College. She is also an executive member of the board of directors for the Springfield Public Forum and president of the Alumni Council for SABIS International Charter School. Xiomara has a passion for social justice and continues to work towards academic equity, equality, and accessibility for underrepresented populations.

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  • Janice Fedor, Ed.D., MBA

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    Chair, Associate Professor, Management and Marketing
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    Department(s): Business, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Janice Fedor earned her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and supervision at American International College and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society. Her concentration is in marketing and her area of research is cohort models of education and bachelor’s degree completion programs.

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  • Debra Gomes, M.Sc.IM, MSLS

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    Associate Director & Head of Library Technology
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    Department(s): Alumnae Library, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Debra Gomes started her career at Alumnae Library in 1980 as a work study student in the Reference Department. In 1985 she started working full-time as the head of circulation and in 1994 became head of serials & systems.

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  • Cecily Hughes, MFA

    Borgia Gallery Curator, Co-Director of First Year Seminar, Lecturer in Art History
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    Department(s): Fine and Performing Arts, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Cecily Hughes is a lecturer in art history, co-director of First Year Seminar, and the Borgia Gallery curator at Elms College. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for international education, she completed her master of fine arts degree from the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She has an avid interest in contemporary art and is especially drawn to artists who use humor, wit, and satire as a spark for social change. A firm believer in the importance of the liberal arts, her teaching style promotes critical thinking, open discussion from diverse points of view, and clear, concise writing.

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  • Alaina Macaulay

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    Director of Diversity and Inclusion
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    Department(s): Center for Student Success, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Alaina Macaulay is the director of diversity and inclusion at Elms College. She received both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Western Illinois University. Alaina oversees the Diversity Leadership Council, an active student group on campus dedicated to promoting diversity and social change throughout Elms College and the world. She works closely with Jon Todd for the ASPIRE Connect Peer Mentor Program, and is actively involved in the Catholic Worker Movement. Alaina’s other interests include sports and travel. She is a former Division I volleyball player. Alaina has traveled to 42 states in the U.S. and 8 countries across the globe.

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  • Sara Smiarowski, MSA, CPA

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    Assistant Professor in Accounting
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    Department(s): Business, MBA Program, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Sara received her bachelor of science in accounting from Truman State University and her master of science in accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in Massachusetts. Sara started her career in public accounting, specializing in start-up, private equity backed companies and closely-held manufacturers. She has over 10 years of experience in finance and accounting roles, ranging from public accountant to chief financial officer. She teaches in the disciplines of accounting, finance, and economics.

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