Assistant Dean, K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement
978-630-9595, Room 332, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
As a 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 for the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, as well as the college’s Division of Access and Transition. She serves as a member of the Board of Higher Education’s Study Group on Civic Learning, a National Steering Committee Member for The Democracy Commitment, and a Steering Committee member for the national Economic Inequality Initiative through the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment. Fagan is also certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). She also advises the Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and serves as an advisor for Otaku United.
Director, Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement
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 third 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 the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Shelley coordinates service learning and community-based internships for MWCC students, in addition to supervising the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) program, AmeriCorps*VISTA, our new Student Leaders in Civic Engagement (SLiCE) program and working on Center programs such as the Economic Inequality Initiative. Shelley also serves as a Steering Committee member for the national Economic Inequality Initiative through the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment.
Staff Assistant, Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement
978-630-9435, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus, (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Julie is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Civic Education and Community Leadership. She also received her Masters of Education from Merrimack College in Community Engagement, with a concentration in Higher Education. Prior to attending Merrimack, Julie served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for Massachusetts Campus Compact at Mount Ida College, building an educational access partnership with a Boston Public High School. She is passionate about the public purposes of higher education, community voice, and providing transformative learning experiences for students through reciprocal partnerships. As the office’s Staff Assistant, Julie supports the day-to-day operations of the Center, including service learning, community-based internships, civic leadership programming, and service tracking and recognition.
Coordinator of Career Planning & Placement
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 for capstone classes and career oriented majors including understanding the job search process, resume writing, interview techniques, portfolio development, and navigating a career fair. One-on-one counseling on each topic is also offered.
Patricia 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 over 15 years and enjoys counseling college students to prepare them for careers while enrolled in college and beyond graduation.
Faculty Chair, Civic Engagement
978-630-9476, Rm 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Daniel Soucy is the Endowed Chair of Civic Engagement and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mount Wachusett Community College. He completed his graduate education in Philosophy and Logic at SUNY Albany, and holds dual baccalaureate degrees in American History and Political Science from Westfield State University. His interests include: logic, the philosophy of logic, ethics, American Pragmatism (especially the works of C.S. Peirce and John Dewey), and the many intersections of philosophical learning, civic learning, and civic engagement. Daniel also serves as a member of the Medical Ethics Board for Heywood Hospital.
As the Faculty Chair of Civic Engagement, Dan works to integrate civic learning outcomes into curricula across majors and disciplines with other faculty members. Dan spearheaded the development of MWCC’s new Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in Civic Engagement & Community Leadership (LACE). He also leads the annual Civic Learning Faculty Fellows program. He serves on the MA Department of Higher Education Committee on Civic Learning Outcomes, working to establish common standards of performance for all public institutions of higher education within the Commonwealth. Dan serves as a Steering Committee member for the national Economic Inequality Initiative through the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment, where he is leading the development of a national-model course in economic inequality. Dan advises the Philosophy Club.
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 4,200 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.
Communication and Outreach Liaison, United Way Youth Venture
978-630-9531, Room 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.
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.
Outreach Specialist, United Way Youth Venture
978-630-9377, Room 192, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Haylie Kelley is thrilled to join the United Way Youth Venture Program as an Outreach Specialist. Haylie is an alumna of a United Way Youth Venture partner high school and is currently a student at Fitchburg State University, where she plans to graduate with a degree in Humans Services. Prior to joining the United Way Youth Venture team, Haylie worked with other non-profit agencies such as the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. In her current position, Haylie is committed to providing the best support to current and prospective students, while also promoting community engagement among local youth.
Outreach Specialist, United Way Youth Venture
978-630-9424, Room 192, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Elizabeth Reiser graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College with Associate of Science degrees in both Human Services and Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement with Highest Honors. Liz has held several governmental positions, as well as having served the past ten years for non-profit human service agencies with a special focus on mentoring and guiding young people. She is currently also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in North Central Worcester County, speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court and in our local community. Liz is excited to be working with the United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, supporting the highly motivated young students of the area in making a difference in their world!
Administrative Assistant, Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement
978-630-9187, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Since 2006, Tami has been providing administrative support to MWCC in the Biotechnology department, Academic Affairs office and Civic Engagement. She currently provides support and assists with activities involving the Civic Engagement office including the United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, internships, service learning and career placement, Students SOS Program and The Democracy Commitment. She maintains the Career Pages Jobs website and assists with coordination of the Annual Job Fair as well as other campus events and works with the Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Tami graduated with High Honors with a Business degree from Fisher College, received her Para Legal certificate from MWCC and is working on completing a Bachelor’s degree. She is an Alumni of MWCC and is an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa. She received her Massachusetts licensed Real Estate Sales Person in 2006 and is currently a Property Manager. She has worked for various institutions such as the Internal Revenue Service, Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, Shriver Job Corps, LUK Crisis Center and Sterling Miller Financial Services.
She has nine years of experience as Chief Steward of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and two years as the Human Rights Advocate for the City of Fitchburg. Some volunteer activities include organizing fundraising events and food drives and assisting with projects for the Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts.
Interests include politics, human rights, community service, health & fitness, real estate, marketing, art and music.
Jana Christin Murphy
AmeriCorps*VISTA, Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement
978-630-9255, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax: 978-630-9497)
Jana is dedicating her year of service to combating hunger in North Central Massachusetts while educating the college community about local and global hunger alleviation initiatives. She is also coordinating the Students SOS office this year.
Last year Jana worked in the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement as a SLiCE member and planned the annual Alternative Spring Break project with Habitat for Humanity. Jana is a native of Germany who speaks three languages and is the mother of a three-year-old son. She is the president of the MWCC Phi Theata Kappa Honor Society chapter, the student representative of the MWCC Honors Program, and was the student representative at the 2016 Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Indianapolis. Finally, Jana was also one of eight students who traveled to Costa Rica last year to participate in an international service trip.