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 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 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.


Pat BrewertonPatricia 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.


Dan SoucyDaniel Soucy, Chair, Civic Engagement

978-630-9476 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)



Renee TamblingRenee Tambling, Program Assistant United Way Youth Venture

978-630-9588, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax:  978-630-9497)





Michelle Brennan, 978-630-9255, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax:  978-630-9497)



Heather DalyHeather Daly, Staff Assistant, Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

978-630-9435, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax:  978-630-9497)

Heather 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.


Kathy Matson, Student Associate 978-630-9435, Room 152, MWCC Gardner Campus (Fax:  978-630-9497)