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 Coordinator
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!