About Us

Fagan Forhan

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.


Shelley Errington Nicholson

Director of Community Learning

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 Community Learning, Shelley coordinates service learning and community-based internships for MWCC students, in addition to supervising the United Way Youth Venture program and working on Center programs such as the Economic Inequality Initiative.


Pat BrewertonPatricia Brewerton, 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 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.


Dan Soucy

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

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 BerryEvan Berry, Communication and Outreach Liaison, United Way Youth Venture

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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

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.


KELLEY-HaylieHaylie KelleyOutreach 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.



Elizabeth Reiser, 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!


WAALKES-MichelleMichelle WaalkesOutreach Specialist, United Way Youth Venture

978-630-9377, Room 192, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax:  978-630-9497)

Michelle Waalkes is excited to take on the role as an Outreach Specialist with the United Way Youth Venture program. She has over 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry with a background in customer service, accounting, human resources, and project management. Michelle started and managed a chemical manufacturing, warehousing, and packaging business in the Midwest, and since moving to the East Coast, has held positions on community, athletic, and educational boards, while also being a full-time parent to two daughters. She has a passion for small business enterprise and looks forward to empowering young entrepreneurs to create a positive impact on their community.


CRAIGEN-Kat 2014 June Nonprofit Collaborative Seminar

Kathleen CraigenStaff Assistant

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Kathleen Craigen is a Mount Wachusett Community College alumni and a 2015 graduate of Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She dedicated two years to AmeriCorps, serving with the Upward Bound program at Fitchburg State University and with the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement here at MWCC — almost 3,000 hours of national service. After recently completing an internship with the Students SOS office, Kathleen has joined the Center as the Staff Assistant, providing day to day to support and assistance to program staff.


John Day - September 2014John DayAmeriCorps*VISTA

Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

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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.