Faculty

Reed Hillman, Chair, Criminal Justice ProgramReed Hillman, Chair, Criminal Justice program

r_hillman@mwcc.mass.edu, 978-630-9313
J.D. Suffolk University Law School
B.S. Babson College

Reed Hillman has over 25 years of experience with the Massachusetts State Police, including three years as commander of the 2,600-person department. Hillman is an experienced lawyer and also served as a state representative for six years and ran as Lieutenant Governor in 2006.

In 1996, Hillman was named Superintendent of the State Police, responsible for more than 2,600 law enforcement personnel and an annual budget of over $200 million. In 1999, Hillman retired from the State Police and successfully ran for State Representative. In the State Legislature, Hillman represented the First Hampden District, consisting of the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Palmer and Wales, all in Hampden County; precincts B and C in the town of Ware, in Hampshire County; and the towns of Sturbridge and Warren, both in Worcester County. In 2006, Hillman ran as Lieutenant Governor with nominee for Governor Kerry Healey.

Elena NataliziaElena Natalizia, Professor, Criminal Justice

enatalizia@mwcc.mass.edu; 978-630-9196
M.S. Northeastern University
B.A. Salve Regina University

Elena Natalizia’s areas of specialty include criminology, corrections, and juvenile delinquency. In addition to courses in those areas, she teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Sociology. She is a member of several professional organizations in the criminal justice field, including the American Correctional Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Massachusetts Citizens for Juvenile Justice, the Correctional Association of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.

Prior to teaching at MWCC, Professor Natalizia was founder and director of Rhode Island Justice Alliance, a criminal justice advocacy and public policy organization. She also worked as criminal justice coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge, MA, and has done research on the history of women’s prisons in the United States. Her other teaching experiences include criminal justice courses taught at Rhode Island College, the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), Tufts University and Mt. Ida College, where she served as coordinator of the criminal justice program.

James Bigelow, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

jbigelow5@mwcc.mass.edu
M.A.  Anna Maria College, Criminal Justice
B.A.  Holy Cross College, History

Jim Bigelow retired as a lieutenant from the Massachusetts State Police after twenty-four years of service.   He  spent sixteen years of his career in the Division of Investigative Services, where he was assigned as an investigator and supervisor in the State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County.

As a supervisor assigned to the narcotics unit, Jim provided direct oversight of thousands of criminal investigations, undercover operations,  and tactical narcotics raids.  While a member of the detective unit, he also supervised and participated in a variety of  felony investigations including homicides, armed robberies, missing persons, weapons offenses, and organized crime. Jim  has provided testimony in both United States District Court and the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he testified on numerous occasions as an expert witness in the field of narcotics trafficking and distribution. Throughout his career, Jim worked with numerous federal, state, and local agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, United States Marshal’s Service, and Customs and Border Patrol.  He also served in assignments in Troop C and at General Headquarters. He has been a member of several professional organizations throughout his career including the New England Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, the National Technical Investigators Association, and the American Association of State Troopers.

Jim has taught narcotics classes to both police and civilian audiences and has attended training nationwide in a variety of law enforcement subjects, including homicide investigation, narcotics interdiction, hostage negotiations, tactical enforcement, technical investigations, money laundering,  weapons offenses, and incident command.

A Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program, Jim also served as a Captain in the United States Army Military Police Corps and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Dr. Henry E. Culver, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

h_culver@mwcc.mass.edu, (508) 736-6141
Ed.D. Organizational Development/Applied Behavioral Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
MAM.A. Counseling Psychology, Assumption College, Worcester, MA
B.S. Double Major Psychology and Education, Worcester State College, Worcester, MA

Dr. Culver has over 30 years of experience with the Massachusetts Probation Service, including over sixteen years as the Chief Probation Officer of the Gardner District Court. Dr. Culver’s areas of specialty include the development, evaluation and implementation of Evidence Based Correctional Programs, specifically focusing on Cognitive-Behavioral intervention in community corrections.  He has over thirty years experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate college level.  In addition to teaching courses in Introduction to Corrections, Counseling the Offender and Introduction to Abnormal Psychology he has also taught courses in Group Dynamic, Small Group Leadership and Organization Development.

He is a member of several professional organizations in the criminal justice field and presented and extensively for numerous professional organizations such as: the American Parole and Probation Association, the New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Massachusetts Judicial Institute, the American Correctional Association, and the Correctional Association of Massachusetts.

In addition to teaching at MWCC, Dr. Culver teaches in the Graduate Counseling Program for Fitchburg State University and has taught for the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
Dr. Culver has provided training on numerous occasions for the Massachusetts Probation Department and the Massachusetts Trial Court.  Dr. Culver also works as an Organizational Development Consultant focusing on team building and Leadership Development.

Richard H. Hubbard, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

rhubbard1@mwcc.mass.edu
J.D. George Mason University School of Law
B.A. History, Plymouth State College

Attorney Richard H. Hubbard has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar for thirty years. His practice has included a concentration in federal criminal defense as a member of the ‘CJA Panel’ in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

He is a graduate of Plymouth State College, and the George Mason University School of Law. Attorney Hubbard’s professional career includes employment with the Legal Counsel Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. He is a past Co-Chair of the ‘Criminal Justice’ Section of the New Hampshire Bar.

Marc A. Lapierre, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

mlapierre@mwcc.mass.edu
M.S. Fitchburg State University
B.A. University of Massachusetts Lowell

Marc Lapierre has worked for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for twenty years.  He is currently an Assistant Deputy Superintendent at the Worcester County House of Correction and Jail in West Boylston, MA.  Marc oversees the operations of five housing units ranging between minimum and maximum security, along with the staff that are assigned to supervise the inmate population.  Previously, he served as the Staff Training Director for the Department.  His responsibilities included the recruitment of new correctional officers, the basic recruit training academy, and in-service training for all line and support staff.

Marc’s background in training specialized in the use of force in law enforcement, suicide prevention and intervention within the field of corrections, harassment prevention and investigation, supervisor training, and responding to medical emergencies and treatment.  Additionally, he has served on the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association Education and Training Committee for many years, which is responsible for the training of all fourteen sheriffs’ departments throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Marc has taught classes for police departments through the Municipal Police Training Committee and for security personnel of the Massachusetts Trial Courts.  Marc belongs to several professional organizations including the American Correctional Association, where he is a Certified Corrections Manager, and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education.

Michael McHugh, Adjunct Faculty Criminal Justice

m_mchugh@mwcc.mass.edu
J.D. Western New England College, School of Law
M.A. Pennsylvania State University
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Michael McHugh has worked 30 years with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently a member of the Felony Unit in Worcester Superior Court  that prosecutes all the felonies in Worcester County, which includes the following crimes: Murders, Home Invasions, Masked, Armed and Un-Armed Robberies, Aggravated Assaults and Burglaries.He was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in 1991 and worked in Worcester, Fitchburg, and Gardner District Courts prosecuting misdemeanor and concurrent felony cases in the six member jury sessions associated with those courts for six years. He was promoted to the Superior Court in 1997 and was a member of the Drug Unit. In  fact, he worked many drug cases with retired Mass State Police Lt. James Bigelow, who is also a member of the MWCC staff and who was a member of the Worcester DA’s State Police Detective Unit. He worked in the Worcester DA’s Drug Unit from 1997 to 2006, prosecuting Drug Trafficking and Drug Distribution cases. He was promoted by current District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. to the Felony Unit in 2006 to handle the major crimes in Worcester County.

McHugh is a 1989 graduate of the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, having earned his JD degree in law. McHugh also earned his MA degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. McHugh also graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, having earned his BA in Journalism and English in 1978. McHugh taught Journalism at Pennsylvania State University as part of his assistantship in 1982 and 1983. Additionally, he has taught Journalism, English and several law courses at Worcester State University, Becker College and Assumption College throughout the 1990s before coming to MWCC, where has taught as an adjutant professor for several years off and on since the late 1990s. He has taught Criminal Procedure and Criminal Investigation at the Gardner campus, and he has taught Litigation, Mass and the Federal System, Business Law, and now — after a hiatus from the CJ program –Criminal Procedure at the Leominster campus.

Francis Moore, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice  

fMoore@mwcc.mass.edu,
M.S. Criminal Justice, Westfield State College
B.S. CriminalJustice, Westfield State College

Frank retired as a Major from the Massachusetts State Police after thirty-two years of service.  He spent his career in a number of varied assignments.  In the Division of Field Services Frank served as a patrol and K-9 officer.Frank worked over twenty years in the Division of Investigative Services, where he worked as an investigator for the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, leaving that position as the unit commander when he became the commander of the State Fire Marshals Office.

Frank provided direct oversight of thousands of criminal investigations, undercover operations, tactical narcotics raids, fire investigations, and bomb investigations.  While a member of these Detective Units, he also supervised and participated in a variety of felony investigations, including homicides, armed robberies, missing persons, weapons offenses, narcotic violations, organized criminal enterprises, and fire/arson.

Frank went on to command the Internal Affairs Unit where he directed the internal investigations involving members of the Department of State Police. After being promoted to rank of major, Frank was placed in command of the Forensic Services Group (State Police Crime Lab).  He was responsible for the overall supervision and management of the Crime Lab and the nine State Police investigative units attached to the Forensic Services Group.  As a member of the State Police Command Staff, Frank was later assigned as the Deputy Division Commander of the Division of Standards and Training.

Throughout his career, Frank worked with numerous federal, state, and local agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, United States Marshal’s Service, and Customs and Border Patrol.  Frank has provided information and testimony to State legislators, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts.  He has attended training nationwide in a variety of law enforcement subjects including homicide investigation, narcotics interdiction, hostage negotiations, tactical enforcement, technical investigations, money laundering, incident command, fire and arson investigations, bomb and explosives investigations, and forensic investigations.  Frank is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Jason Poitras, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

J_poitras@mwcc.mass.edu, 978-582-7648
M.S. Criminal Justice Administration, Western New England College
B.S. Sociology, Fitchburg State College
A.S. Criminal Justice, Mount Wachusett Community College

Michael P. Stevens, Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

mstevens9@mwcc.mass.edu
B. S. Western New England University, Law Enforcement
A. S. Quinsigamond Community College

Michael Stevens retired after 28 years of law enforcement with the majority of his career in investigative services and is currently the Team Lead for Justice Studies in the College of Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University.

As Senior Assistant Deputy Superintendent at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Mike had command responsibility for all law enforcement services ranging from investigative services, internal affairs, the gang unit, K-9, patrol and special operations.  He also served as the Sheriff’s representative on the Massachusetts Homeland Security Council.

As Detective Lieutenant for the Dudley Police Department, Mike was responsible for oversight of police operations, administrative services, and commanded the Worcester County Regional Drug Task Force. (DELTA Force) He has authored and executed several hundred search warrants relative to criminal investigations, and has testified as an expert witness in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Florida courts.As Detective with the Miami Dade Police Department Organized Crime Unit Mike specialized in undercover operations and was primarily assigned the Vice Presidents Organized Crime Task Force.  This multi agency task force was comprised of numerous Federal, State, and County Agencies tasked with emphasis on drug and gun investigations across greater Miami.

Bonnie ToothakerBonnie Toothaker, Professor, Criminal Justice

b_toothaker@mwcc.mass.edu; (987-630-9312)
M.S. Fitchburg State College
B.S. Northeastern University

Bonnie Toothaker has taught full time in the Criminal Justice Program since 1985 and brings over 14 years of experience in local and campus law enforcement, and 10 years in corrections counseling, teaching, and working with both offenders and victims of sexual assault and battering.

As Coordinator of International Education and Study Abroad for MWCC, she has traveled extensively, participated in Russian and Ukrainian Law Enforcement Exchange Programs, and completed post graduate study from the Shanghai East China Institute of Politics and Law and the Oxford University Visiting Summer Program, attended the FBI’s International Training Seminar, Quantico Virginia, and completed courses at Sirchie Crime Scene Technologies, North Carolina. She has conducted seminars on the American Criminal Justice System in Russia and China, was adjunct visiting professor at Westfield State College for five years, a past instructor for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, and teaches Introduction to Psychology and Group Dynamics, as well as online criminal justice courses. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.A graduate and the first recipient of the MWCC Alumni of the Year Award, she encourages students to live the college motto: Start Near; Go Far.