Director of Experiential Learning Opportunities and Civic Engagement
978-630-9595, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
As a 1998 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Psychology, Fagan Forhan has consistently and passionately been involved in many facets of community service and has served on numerous boards and committees. Before coming to the Center in 2006, Fagan worked for six years with the Massachusetts State Legislature as Chief of Staff for former State Rep. Brian Knuuttila as a liaison for local nonprofits and constituents.
In her current role, Fagan provides strategic direction and oversight of implementation for all Center programs, including United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts and The Democracy Commitment, as well as providing oversight and program development/structure for internships and service learning and career placement. Fagan assists community-based supervisors in developing meaningful and reciprocal student placements, and works with faculty to integrate service learning and civic engagement projects into curricula that benefit our greater community and provide students with practical experience.
978-630-9219, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Shelley Errington Nicholson is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Music. She also received her Masters of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. Shelley is currently a second year doctoral student in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Shelley has worked at several institutions including WPI, MCPHS, Rice University, and the University of Edinburgh. Shelley is the co-editor of the text Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives and Practice from Feminist Perspectives. In her current role at MWCC as the Director of Community Learning, Shelley coordinates service learning and community-based internships for MWCC students, in addition to supervising the United Way Youth Venture program and AmeriCorps placements.
Patricia Brewerton, Coordinator of Career Planning & Placement, Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement
978-630-9254, Room 135, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
As Coordinator of Career Planning & Placement, Patricia Brewerton counsels students in all areas of the job search process, from resume writing to post-job interview follow-through. She is active in many First Year Experience courses, assisting students in setting their course of study, as well as planning activities that will provide them with a advantage throughout their individual job search processes. In addition, she provides a wide array of classroom seminars including understanding the job search process, resume writing, portfolio development, and navigating a career fair. One-on-one counseling on each topic is also offered.
Pat is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business from the University of Utah. Her diverse work experiences contribute to her unique ability to counsel students considering employment in a wide range of environments, including corporations, research and development firms, healthcare facilities, and state institutions. She has been employed by Mount Wachusett Community College for well over 10 years and enjoys counseling college students to prepare them for careers while enrolled in college and beyond graduation.
Daniel Soucy, Chair, Civic Engagement
978-630-9476, Rm 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Daniel Soucy completed his M.A., and is currently working on his dissertation, at SUNY Albany. His dissertation concerns the normative dimension of logic . In the past, he has taught philosophy at the MWCC, Elms College, and Holyoke Community College. His primary academic interests are in logic, critical thinking, the philosophy of logic, the philosophy of mathematics, and metaphysics. In addition to working as a philosopher, Daniel has taught several college level classes in U.S. History, and has worked as a blacksmith. When he is not teaching, (or writing, or blacksmithing…), he loves to enjoy time at home; where, to a great extent, he lives a quiet life.
Lauren Mountain, Associate Director, United Way Youth Venture
978-630-9201, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Lauren Mountain is responsible for the management and coordination of United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, ensuring delivery of high quality programming to more than 1,000 area youth, as well providing support for 12 partnering schools. Ever passionate about giving back, Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the Center’s efforts to spark entrepreneurial spirit in young people and cultivate their inspiring self-directed community Ventures.
Lauren is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Business and International Relations. She also earned her Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Lauren’s varied work experience includes six years of nonprofit management, including running the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program for chamber of commerce and association executives; managing global membership for an international association of corporate real estate executives; and volunteering annually for the PKD Foundation’s Walk for the Cure. A lover of lifelong experiential learning, Lauren has worked in a variety of industries and roles including health care, government, education, staffing, accounting, law, construction management, retail, and manufacturing.
Evan Berry, Communication and Outreach Liaison, United Way Youth Venture
978-630-9531, Rm 192, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Evan Berry is a magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University, with a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in International Affairs. For fun he helped start the NEU Unisons mens a cappella singing group, for whom he is still an advisor.
For work while at Northeastern, Evan held multiple government agency positions. These included assignments in Boston, giving MA State House tours and assisting the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and in Washington, DC as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator John Kerry. After graduation, Evan spent two years with AmeriCorps as part of the National Civilian Community Corps. AmeriCorps projects partnered him with a multitude of non-profit and government agencies, including Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.
As the Communications & Outreach Liaison for United Way Youth Venture, Evan creates and implements efforts to increase public awareness of the program and promote community involvement with the program’s goals. He also assists the rest of the United Way Youth Venture team in supporting students in the program with their projects.
Renee Tambling, Program Assistant, United Way Youth Venture
978-630-9588, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Renee is excited to be supporting the United Way Youth Venture Program, a program that gives the youth of North Central Massachusetts the opportunity to combine their passions and skills to address problems they see in their communities. Renee comes to MWCC with over eleven years’ experience working in the field of higher education at the Career Development Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has also worked with a number of community-based boards and organizations for the Town of Sterling, where she resided with her husband and four children for twenty years. When not working, Renee enjoys spending time with her family, painting, making jewelry and many year-round outdoor activities.
AmeriCorps*VISTA, Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement
978-630-9255, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer John Day works closely with the Center’s long-term community partners to build capacity to host MWCC students for service projects, with a particular focus on training student leaders as volunteer managers at key community sites. John is also an MWCC student, pursuing an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and certificates in both Small Business Management and Business Administration. In addition to his AmeriCorps*VISTA service, John serves the MWCC community as the new president of our Phi Theta Kappa honor society, as the Student Government Association (SGA) Treasurer, as the president of Beyond Str8, and as a founding member of the Serving Our Students (SOS) Office.
Staff Assistant, Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement
978-630-9435, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Heather Daly is very pleased to support the Center’s efforts to foster community service and economic development for our region. She previously worked with international students at Fitchburg State University, taught middle school and high school social studies and beginner Chinese, and served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in China and other areas of East Asia.