David Bickford, M.A.
David Bickford has worked as a speech-language pathologist in skilled nursing facilities throughout western Massachusetts. He is employed as an SLP at the Park View Specialty Hospital in Springfield. He was an SLP and supervisor at Belchertown State School, the New Medico Head Injury Systems facility, and Valley Rehabilitation. David joined the Elms faculty in 2004.
Brittney Carlson, Au.D/Ph.D., CCC-A
Dr. Carlson is a clinical and research audiologist with interests in adult aural rehabilitation, outcomes with amplification, and dual sensory impairment. She consults as a clinical audiologist at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital and is a research collaborator with the Aural Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Connecticut. She is currently serving as treasurer for the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology and co-advisor to the Elms College chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Dr. Carlson teaches hearing science, audiology, and senior seminar, and serves as the practicum coordinator.
Jeffrey Couture, B.A., M.S.
Jeff Couture is a 22-year veteran of the Chicopee Police Department where he currently serves as the department’s training officer. He is also a staff instructor with the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy and a law enforcement instructor with Commonwealth Police Services. He teaches Drugs, Guns & Gangs, Fair & Impartial Policing, and Domestic & Family Violence. He serves as the site supervisor for our students who intern with the Chicopee P.D.
Mary Deyo, M.A., CCC-SLP
Professor Deyo has worked as a speech-language pathologist in public schools and in private practice settings, focusing on literacy, social cognition, auditory processing and language disorders. She has also worked as a speech-language pathologist in long-term habilitation programs throughout Massachusetts, providing services to adults with brain injuries, as well as those with intellectual impairments. Mary also has experience working with adults and children who use alternative and augmentative communication. Mary teaches courses in professional communication, speech and language acquisition, speech science, and coordinates undergraduate observation hours. She serves as the faculty advisor to the Elms College chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA).
John Hale is a licensed attorney and retired captain with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, where he served for 22 years. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, John served as academy drill instructor, academy commandant, standards coordinator and leadership development supervisor, prior to his retirement as captain. He also served in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service. He teaches Corrections and Rehabilitation, Effective Communications in Criminal Justice, and Ethics, Integrity Training and Leadership Development.
Laura Hanratty, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Dr. Hanratty is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts. Her research background is in teaching children safety skills, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and reinforcement parameters. Laura has presented her research at local and international conferences, as well as published and served as a guest reviewer for peer reviewed journals. Laura has experience working with children and adults with and without developmental disabilities, in schools, group homes, and the foster care system. She teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, assessment and treatment of behavior concerns, and research.
Shawn Hemingway is a 20-year veteran of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, where he has served as a correctional officer, reentry employment supervisor, and industries services manager. He teaches Corrections and Rehabilitation, Offender Reentry and Reintegration, Policing in America, and Probation, Parole & Restorative Justice.
Kathy Layer, MLIS
Kathy Layer is a law librarian at the Western New England University School of Law. She teaches Computer-Assisted Legal Research and Law Office Computer Applications, both of which she developed into fully online courses for the Legal Studies program. Kathy earned her paralegal certificate from Boston University.
Angela Mansolillo, M.A.
Angela Mansolillo has been a speech-language pathologist since 1985, and works at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She has practiced in hospital, home care, and school settings. She lectures on dysphagia assessment and intervention, and earned specialty certification in swallowing disorders from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Angela joined the Elms faculty in 1998, and provides clinical supervision to student clinicians.
Caroline Murray, J.D.
In addition to being a practicing local attorney and full-time instructor, Professor Murray coordinates the criminal justice and legal studies internships. She has international training in law as well as a strong background in business management. Professor Murray is active in local government and the community through her association with the St. Thomas More Society, Junior Achievement, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Hampden County Bar Association, the West Springfield Rotary Club, the West Springfield Council on Aging, the West Springfield Community Preservation Committee, Holyoke Community College advisory board, and the Putnam Vocational Technical High School criminal justice advisory board.
Jacqueline Neiman, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSDExpand Bio
Department(s): Communication Sciences and Disorders
Jacqueline Neiman is a certified speech and language pathologist who has been practicing in a variety of pediatric settings for over almost 30 years. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1990 and is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. For the last 15 years, Jackie has provided home/daycare-based therapy services for children ages 0 - 3 in a local early intervention program. Additionally, she supervises both graduate and undergraduate students during their off-site practicum placements. She teaches the Intro CSD course at Elms both on campus and in their online program where she enjoys sharing her love for this wonderful field.
Brian Pomeroy, B.S.
Brian Pomeroy is a 20-year veteran of the West Springfield Police Department, where he currently holds the rank of sergeant. He has been an instructor at the Western Massachusetts Policy Academy and at the Springfield Police Department Academy for over 15 years. He earned his B.S. from Westfield State University and holds numerous certifications in various law enforcement procedures and technologies. Currently, Brian teaches Policing in America.
Carolyn Scott-Howe, J.D.
Carolyn Scott-Howe is a sole practitioner and independent contractor. She has extensive experience in tort law, family law, criminal defense, municipal law, residential real estate, corporate law, and estate administration. She teaches Legal Studies I & II, Family Law, and Health Law.
Kurt Ward, MBA, J.D., Ph.D.
Director of Criminal Justice and Legal StudiesExpand Bio
Department(s): Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Dr. Ward serves as the Director of the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies programs at Elms College. Prior to joining Elms, he was the Director of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Newbury College. He has also lectured at MCPHS University in Boston on drug regulatory affairs.