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 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.
Alaina Di Giorgio
Alaina Di Giorgio 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, and has traveled to 42 states, and 8 countries outside of the U.S.
Dr. Janice 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 AIC. Professor Fedor teaches principles of marketing, principles of management, sales and selling, gender and diversity in management, marketing research, and organizational behavior. Dr. Fedor is chair of the division of business, president of Region One of the International Accrediting Council of Business Education, and a mentor with the campus Sophomore Leadership Council.
Debra Gomes is a Professor and associate director of Alumnae Library at Elms College. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Elms College in Education/English, and Computer Information Technology. She received a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston, MA as well as a second master’s degree in Communication & Information Management from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. She has an interest in fine art photography and owns a small photography business. She has co-published a book of photography and poetry; as well as exhibiting at four solo and one dual photography shows. Many of her photos are currently hanging on permanent exhibits in various Bay State Medical Center Facilities.
Cecily Hughes is a lecturer in art history and studio art, 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.
Sher-Ron Laud is the Assistant Dean of Students at Elms College. She received both her bachelor of arts in sociology and master of education in adult learning and development degrees from Cleveland State University. Sher-Ron oversees the Student Government Association, an organization that is responsible for promoting the unity and effectiveness of the Student Body. Previously, she worked at Penn State Mont Alto as the Associate Director of Student Affairs/Director of Residence Life until she joined Elms College in September 2017. Sher-Ron interests are going to the movies and going on cruises.
Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Truman State University and her Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of 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.
Jon Todd is the director of new student and transition programs at Elms College. He oversees orientation, and Welcome Week, the ASPIRE Connect Peer Mentor Program, and co-directs First Year Seminar. 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.