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Student Development

The role of the Student Development is to interact with students, faculty, and staff members to represent student concerns and to provide programs and services that facilitate both personal and academic growth. Students’ learning occurs in and out of the classroom — online, in a computer lab, in the cafeteria, classroom or a student activity. Student Development is home to the following offices:


Our team is dedicated to providing an environment that will enable students to effectively engage in academic and intellectual work, community service, and other activities that enrich their academic career. Staff members advise students, plan programs for student transition, uphold standards, provide academic resources and support, offer assistance with academic and career goals, and provide venues to participate in community and cultural events. By doing so, we hope to enhance the quality, character, and perspectives of our students.

We hope you will make the most out of your time at MassBay. It is important to us that we represent student concerns.


Student Development Staff

Our team is dedicated to providing an environment that will enable students to effectively engage in academic and intellectual work, community service, and other activities that enrich their academic career. Staff members advise students, plan programs for student transition, uphold standards, provide academic resources and support, offer assistance with academic and career goals, and provide venues to participate in community and cultural events. By doing so, we hope to enhance the quality, character, and perspectives of our students.


Meet Student Development


Kate BaschKate Basch
Career Coach
& Employer
Liaison
Kate Basch joined MassBay in April 2015 as a Career Coach and Employer Liaison. In her role at MassBay, she helps students to develop strong job search skills and find satisfying work. Kate has a Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and American Studies from Wesleyan University.
kbasch@massbay.edu
Elizabeth BlumbergElizabeth Blumberg
Vice President
of Student
Development
and Dean of
Students
Dr. Liz Blumberg has been at MassBay since 2000, where she first served as the Director of Counseling Services. Dr. Blumberg received her Bachelor’s degree from William Smith College, her Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University and Tufts University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
eblumberg@massbay.edu
Josh CheneyJosh Cheney
Assistant Dean
of Students
Josh Cheney is the Assistant Dean of Students at MassBay Community College. Josh serves as the Student Development staff member for the Framingham and Ashland campus.
Josh provides direct services to students outside of the classroom, including general counseling, crisis intervention, educational programming and student conduct. Josh earned his undergraduate (Hotel & Restaurant Management) and master’s degree (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, CT. Josh has been working with college students since his first year as a Resident Assistant in 1996.
Meg DiminoMeg Dimino
Administrative
Assistant
Meg Dimino has been with MassBay as an Administrative Assistant since 2008. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Salem State University. Meg enjoys camping with her family in Cape Cod.
mdimino@massbay.edu
Gary DonatoGary Donato
Veteran &
Military
Services
Gary Donato has been with MassBay since 2007. He earned his PhD in Political Science and Diplomatic History from the University of Connecticut in 2005. He also has a Master’s degree in Social Science from Syracuse University and a Master’s equivalent in Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College. Dr. Donato is a retired Naval Officer with numerous awards and commendations. For the last 20 years he has been an Adjunct Professor of history and government on the faculty list of several colleges in eastern Connecticut, western Rhode Island and south eastern Massachusetts. For relaxation Gary reads medieval romance literature and biographies, gardens — he skis, hikes, enjoys yoga, and scuba dives.
gdonato@massbay.edu
Jon EdwardsJon Edwards
Director of
Counseling
Services
Jon Edwards is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a graduate of Assumption College’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Jon began working in the mental health field in 1996 as a Counselor in a residential rehabilitation treatment program for adults and later worked as a Counselor in the Student Development and Counseling Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Jon came to MassBay in September of 2004 and enjoys working with the diverse needs of our students.
jedwards@massbay.edu
Kelly GraskaKelly Graska
Administrative
Assistant
Kelly Graska joined MassBay as an Administrative Assistant in September of 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Roanoke College in 2006. Prior to MassBay, Kelly worked in Administration at Boston University and spent two years as a Social Worker in Philadelphia preceding that. Kelly enjoys traveling to Vermont and California, with her husband and son, to visit their families.
kgraska@massbay.edu
Marie HahsMarie Hahs
Coordinator of
Veteran &
Military
Services
Marie Hahs has worked at MassBay in a number of roles including Career Counseling, Academic Advising and testing. Presently, she utilizes all of this knowledge and experience to assist Student Veterans, Active Military, Reservists and dependents of Veterans in their pursuit of higher education. The transition from Military to civilian life to higher education can be challenging and VA and GI Bill rules, daunting. Marie holds a Master in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Northeastern University.
mhahs@massbay.edu
Julia HvoslefJulia Hvoslef
Assistant
Coordinator of
Student
Engagement
Julia Hvoslef joined MassBay as the Assistant Coordinator of Student Engagement in August 2016. Prior to joining MassBay, Julia spent two years working and studying at UMass Amherst, where she worked with the Student Activities and Involvement Office. She received her M. Ed. in Higher Education from UMass Amherst and her Bachelor’s degree in History from Quinnipiac University. In her spare time, Julia enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and traveling.
jhvoslef@massbay.edu
Adam NelsonAdam Nelson
Director of
Athletics
Adam Nelson joined the MassBay staff in May 2016 where he first served as the Associate Director of Athletics, Recreation & Wellness. Adam has over twenty years of experience in college athletics, having served as an NCAA DI Assistant Basketball Coach and an NCAA DIII Head Basketball Coach. He also spent ten years as an Assistant Director of Athletics at a DIII school and has successfully run his own business in the sports media world. Adam is a Boston College graduate who enjoys travelling in his spare time with his wife and four kids.
anelson@massbay.edu
Jessica PostJessica Post
Personal
Counselor
Jessica Post received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1997. Upon graduating she worked at Boysville of Michigan with individuals and their families in the residential treatment program. In Massachusetts, Jessica worked at Children's Hospital Boston starting in 1999 as the Social Worker in the Endocrine Program working with individuals with diabetes and other chronic medical conditions. In September 2016, Jessica started at MassBay as the Personal Counselor on the Framingham Campus and she is inspired every day by the incredible array of strengths of the Mass Bay student body.
Julie SchleicherJulie Schleicher
Coordinator of
Orientation &
Student Engagement
Julie Schleicher has been working in Student Affairs for 15 years and has been with MassBay for almost 10 of those years. During her time in the field of higher education, she has developed a true passion for student affairs and believes in promoting student development through campus involvement. Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bridgewater State College and her Master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Salem State College. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 2 year old son and husband.
jschleicher@massbay.edu
Yasuko TaYasuko Ta
Administrative
Assistant
Yasuko Ta joined MassBay in August 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. Yasuko earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology from Osaka Kyoiku University in Japan and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Marquette University. Prior to MassBay, Yasuko worked at the Advising office at Boston University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters, and lounging with her cat Coco.
yta@massbay.edu
Ann WhelanAnn Whelan
Associate
Director of
Counseling
Services
Ann Whelan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She also received advanced training in psychotherapy from The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She has been at MassBay since 2006.
awhelan@massbay.edu

PUBLICATIONS

Activities Calendar

The Office of Student Engagement publishes a monthly calendar listing the variety of activities and sporting events at MassBay.

 

Student Handbook & Planner

The Student Handbook and Student Planner outline the many resources, services, responsibilities, and policies designed to encourage student success.

The Student Planner is an academic planner that is also available in print to assist students with scheduling appointments, classes, and exams. You may request the printed version from Student Development.