Walter C. Breau, Ph.D.
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, Colorado 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.
Brian Doherty, M.B.A.
Brian E. Doherty has been a senior finance executive since 1985, including stints as CFO for a number of entrepreneurial-stage companies.
His experience includes formulating strategy, establishing budgets and performance reporting, raising debt and equity capital, managing cash flow, driving improvements in operations, and structuring strategic partnerships and mergers.
Prior to entering private industry, Brian was a certified public accountant for 10 years at Coopers & Lybrand, where he serviced diverse clients in the San Francisco, Rotterdam, and Boston offices.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and a master’s degree in finance from Northeastern University.
Nancy Farrell joined Elms College in spring 2011. She has been a senior marketing and communications administrator since 1999, holding positions in higher education, corporate research and investment. Her experience includes multichannel marketing, branding, and project management, along with sales and business development.
Prior to entering corporate and higher education marketing, Nancy spent a collective ten years working in technical pattern design for the toy and game manufacturing industry, and with the U.S. garment and textile industry.
She holds degrees in education, management, and finance, having studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the University of Hartford (bachelor’s degree), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (master’s degree).
Carla Oleska, Ph.D.
Carla Oleska, Ph.D., who previously had a 22-year relationship with Elms as a staff and faculty member, returned to Elms in January 2014 as the college’s vice president of institutional advancement.
Her Elms experience includes six years as associate academic dean (2001-2006). She also served as interim dean of enrollment services (2000-2001), dean of continuing education and graduate studies (1998-2000), director of special programs (1990-2000), and interim dean of students (1993-1994). She was a faculty member in the Humanities Division from 1984-2006.
Carla left Elms in 2006 to become chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a public philanthropic grant-making organization. Her philanthropic works include serving on the board of trustees of The Conway School in Conway, Massachusetts, the board of directors of Community Action of Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the governing board of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, among many others.
Her professional affiliations include Women in Philanthropy, the National Academic Advising Association, American Association of University Women, ASIANetwork, and the Association of Continuing Higher Education.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy at the College of New Rochelle and her master’s degree and doctorate in English at the University of Rhode Island.
Joseph Wagner joined Elms College as director of admission in October of 2001.
He earned a B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.