Martha has been in higher education since 1997 taking positions in the areas of residence life and admissions at 4-year colleges. Community colleges became her focus after in internship experience while attending Springfield College and achieving a Master’s in Education, concentration in Student Personnel Administration. She has had various positions in admissions and advising that focus primarily on student success and retention at community colleges in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Illinois. Martha will graduate in May 2017 with an Educational Specialist Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University.
Martha joined NECPA in fall 2015. Over the next couple of years, she looks forward to building collaborations and bringing resources together from ACPA and within the New England region to the members of the NECPA.
Associate Dean for Student Development
Fitchburg State University
Hank has 22 years of progressive experience in Higher Education administration and is an expert leadership trainer. He completed his bachelor’s from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Business Management, a Masters in Arts and Teaching from Sacred Heart University, and a doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership from Nova Southwestern University. He has worked at multiple institutions and is experienced in Student Activities, Operations, Orientation, First Year Experience, Leadership Development, Volunteerism, Greek Life, Residence Life, Multi-Cultural Affairs, Recreation Services, and is currently the Associate Dean for Student Development Fitchburg State University. His research interests include First Year Experience, Leadership Development, and Student Development.
Hank has held many volunteer roles within NACA &amp;amp; NASPA, including but not limited to, Volunteer Development Coordinator, Conference Committees-multiple roles, and New Professional and Graduate Student Mentorship Institute Coordinator. He is currently serving on NASPA Region I Advisory Board as a Staff Member-at-Large. Outside of his career he co-owns LTEConsulting, a leadership training company, serves as the Treasurer on the Montachusett Opportunity Council Board of Directors, and is Vice Chair of Ashburnhams Parks and Recreation Committee.
Hank is married with two beautiful daughters.. In his free time he likes to spend time with his family, camp, go to the beach exercise, wood work, and dab a little in home improvement.
Student Support Division Lead
Jessi has been involved with NECPA since attending the MCPA Drive-In as a graduate student in December 2009. She has volunteered with the Drive-In, social events, and joined to Board in 2013 to continue giving back to the organization which has become her professional “home”.
Jessi has worked in Higher Education since 2004, when she began her first career in Human Resources after earning a Bachelor’s in English from Salem State College. A desire to work directly with students lead Jessi to pursue a Master’s in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. For the last 4 years, Jessi has worked in Registration, which she considers the nervous system of a school. She loves higher education so much that she joined Signum University in 2011 as a volunteer on the Registration team and now leads the Student Support Division.
When she takes off her Student Services hat, she dons many others: wife, mom to a menagerie of four-and two-legged beasts, Girl Scout volunteer, armchair philosopher and aspiring food/beer snob.
Equity and Inclusion Coordinatorknoxz@bc.edu
Zina Hodge is a native of Madison, WI who enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She is a passionate advocate for education, child welfare, and Black maternal health. Zina aims to empower and educate urban communities as well as build sustainable change for underserved people.
As the new Associate Director of Field Placement and Partnership Outreach at the Lynch School of Education of Boston College, she coordinates Teacher Education and Applied Psychology practicums in the greater Boston area. In her past roles as Assistant Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives and Teacher Education Adjunct Faculty Member, she enjoyed teaching and mentoring Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars and empowering Boston area youth in College Bound. Zina is a former English teacher at Boston Public Schools. In Broward County Public Schools, she worked in several roles including English and Language Arts literacy coach, team lead, and reading teacher.
Prior to teaching, Zina worked with academic programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison including the Academic Advancement Program, African American Student Academic Services, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the Office of Diversity and Climate to enhance first year peer mentoring and methods to increase the graduation and retention rates of students of color. Zina graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Multicultural Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. As a McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program scholar, she presented her personal research on the academic performance of African American English speakers on standardized assessments. In 2012, she earned a Master’s in Education in the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program at Boston College and was honored as a Bank of America Leaders in Urban Education scholarship recipient.
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Graduate Student Liasoncorinnakraemer7@gmail.com
Corinna Kraemer is a current Academic Advisor at Goodwin University in East Hartford, Connecticut and a soon to be graduate from the Student Affairs Administration Master's Program at Springfield College. As the Graduate Student Liaison, Corinna enjoys getting to know more about all of the graduate and doctoral programs in student affairs in the New England area, and highlighting some of the amazing work current graduate and doctoral students are doing through the NECPA Graduate Student of the Month blog posts.
Graduate Student Liason
State Coordinator - Connecticut
State Coordinator - Maine
Associate Director, Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center
Rachel is the associate director of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center at Bowdoin College. As part of the Diversity and Inclusion in Student Affairs team, she works across campus to make safe and welcoming spaces of learning and engagement for Bowdoin community members of all genders and sexual orientations. Rachel enjoys building connections with folks to best work toward equity, access, and inclusion across all facets of higher education. She is excited to continue this work with NECPA in her new home community of New England.
Rachel holds a B.A. in English, Women and Gender Studies, and African American Studies from the College of Charleston, and a Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Arizona State University. Prior to working at Bowdoin, she taught courses in women and gender studies in Arizona and in Kentucky.
When she’s not working, Rachel likes to read, listen to podcasts, and travel—especially to visit her many family members scattered throughout the U.S., and her new home state of Maine!
State Coordinator - Maine
State Coordinator - New Hampshireprandazza@rivier.edu
Paula Randazza is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; a Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in General Counseling from Springfield College; and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from New England College.
Ms. Randazza has been elected and appointed to a variety of roles within the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO), serving as District Coordinator, Committee Chair, Parliamentarian and, a three year rotation as President-elect, President, and Past-president.
During her career in Higher Education, she has held positions of varying responsibility at Springfield College; at Assumption College, and at Rivier University where she has worked for the last 20 years. Her portfolio includes supervision of public safety/security, student engagement, student leadership/SGA, orientation, multicultural student engagement, volunteer services, health services, residence life/housing, student conduct, and threat assessment.
Ms. Randazza currently resides in Nashua, NH but maintains a home on Cape Ann, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.