Sr. Carol Allan, SSJ
Sister Carol Allan has had a ministerial career ranging from the classroom to the courtroom. She holds a master’s degree in human development, and in theology of justice and peace. After 13 years in education, Carol joined the legal field, working at Legal Services and the district attorney’s office. She was instrumental in establishing restorative justice programs and was the program director of residential programs for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Sr. Carol is committed to being active in her community, and serves on numerous boards and committees, both in the civic community as well as in her religious community. Sr. Carol is a known advocate and is currently the director of Campus Ministry at Elms.
Jill Bigos received her B.A. in biology and chemistry, and earned her M.S. in forensic science. Her research projects 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 (science, technology, engineering, and math) outreach initiatives for local students in middle school through high school.
Xiomara Albán DeLobato
Xiomara Albán DeLobato serves as the associate director of admission at Elms College. She studied international affairs and Spanish at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). 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 a 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 toward academic equity, equality, and accessibility for underrepresented populations.
Prof. Fedor has taught a variety of management and marketing courses in the division of business since 2004. She earned her B.A. and MBA from UMass-Amherst and her doctorate from American International College. Prof. Fedor teaches principles of marketing, principles of management, sales and selling, gender and diversity in management, marketing research, and organizational behavior. She is the IACBE representative for the Business Division, a mentor with the Sophomore Leadership Council, and co-director of First Year Seminar.
Dr. Tony Fonseca is an assistant professor and library director at Elms College. He has a B.A. in English from Nicholls State University in Louisiana, an M.A. and Ph.D in English from the University of Louisiana, and a master’s degree in library and information science from Louisiana State University (geaux Tigers). He has taught all kinds of writing classes, and now writes books and articles on libraries, horror fiction, pop-culture horror phenomena (like zombies and ghosts), and film and hip-hop music. He also co-owns a music studio in Northampton, and has engineered and produced five CDs. In his spare time, he listens to jazz, folk, rock, and indie music, and watches Doctor Who and various British comedies, Futurama, and Better Call Saul, and as many New Orleans Saints football and L. A. Kings hockey games as he can.
Cecily Hughes is an adjunct instructor of art history, and the Borgia Gallery curator at Elms College. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., and her master of fine arts degree from the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 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.
Melanie Joy-Cooper is a laboratory safety coordinator and chemistry lecturer. She has over two years of advanced graduate studies in environmental health and a master’s degree in forensic science. She has multiple certifications in hazardous waste operations and emergency response, confined space, and hazard communication. Her research interests are in environmental chemistry and toxicology.
Fr. Mark Stelzer
Father Mark Stelzer serves as college chaplain and associate professor of humanities. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in religious studies and philosophy. Father Mark also facilitates the humanities capstone course for students about to graduate from Elms College. In the classroom, Father Mark is committed to creating a learning environment in which every student can succeed. In addition to his work at Elms College, Father Mark serves as an on- call chaplain at the Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Jon Todd is the director of new student and transition programs at Elms College. He oversees orientation and Welcome Week, and advises the Commuter Board. Previously, he was the director of residence life at Elms College, and worked in residence life at UMass Amherst prior to joining the Elms Staff in 2012. He earned his B.A. in journalism from Texas A&M University and earned his M.A. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He enjoys talking with students about building inclusive communities, developing their strengths, and coping with change.