Staff

Ashley Braziel

Staff Assistant

B.A., Ithaca College

C216 775-1200 braziela@gcc.mass.edu

I am responsible for providing support to the Director of Student Development and act as the receptionist for the Office of Student Activities. I hope to build a welcoming and supportive office environment for students, staff, and faculty! I am a resource for any student questions and concerns! Fun fact: my sister and I have the same birthday, but we are not twins!

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Kia Burton-McLaughlin

Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator

A.S., Greenfield Community College

C216 775-1200 burtonk@gcc.mass.edu

I started this position August 2014 and will serve for 12 months. When I attended GCC I had several positions throughout the college. My first term of AmeriCorps was as a MACC VISTA Summer Associate in 2012 working with the college and three community partners: Recover Project, Center for New Americans and Montague Catholic Social Ministries. I have also been a New Student Orientation Leader, Student Ambassador and in-class peer mentor for a College Success course designed for Women in Transition. I also have held two work study positions between the Mary Stuart Rogers Women’s Resource Center and GCC Student Development. I have committed to a year of Volunteering in Service to America through AmeriCorps with Massachusetts Campus Compact. I will focus on capacity building and strengthening the partnership between Greenfield Community College and Greenfield High School. I will help create and improve college readiness workshops for Greenfield High School students in hopes to decrease the dropout rate and promote higher education.

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Rosemarie Freeland

Women’s Resource Center Coordinator

A.A., Greenfield Community College
B.A., Smith College

C212A 775-1114 freeland@gcc.mass.edu

I am a proud GCC Alum. In 1991 I was a single “welfare” mother of three when I enrolled. GCC professors ignited my passion for learning and staff recognized and encouraged my leadership qualities. 21 years later my three adult children are college graduates and my 6th grader has no doubt that college is in her future, too. A colleague recently called me “the resource queen.” I strive to work WITH students to develop their ability to research and tap into the communities’ resources so that they may have success in college. In 2001 I was privileged to be honored as one of the first three GCC Distinguished Alumni. In my acceptance speech I said: “I did not get here alone. Along the way, individuals in my community and at GCC recognized that I too had something they could encourage and nurture. Each pat on the back, each word of encouragement, each challenge, even, honored me as an intelligent, compassionate woman. I did not do it by myself.” I’m inspired by women in history. Embrace YOUR inner Rosie the Riveter! Favorite quote: “Well behaved women rarely make history.” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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Bob LaPalme

Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa
Coordinator, GCC Fitness Center

A.A., Holyoke Community College
B.S., Tufts University

E106A 775-1143 lapalme@gcc.mass.edu

I started working for GCC in 1994.  I enjoy working with students, staff and faculty in the Fitness Center.  Fitness should be a fun activity and that is a primary focus for me when I discuss with people their fitness and wellness goals.  I work with my colleagues to ensure the fitness center is open available and well-equipped. I am a Viet Nam era Army aviation veteran.  I have an A.S. from Hoyloke Community College and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tufts.  I have 30 years of experience as a healthcare professional in hospitals, community healthcare and education.  I am a second degree black belt (nidan) in Aikido, and a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. I am currently serving my 23rd consecutive year volunteering as a conservation commissioner for the town of Westhampton.  I am a resource for… health related careers, fitness equipment and activities and Martial Arts.  Fun fact, it’s a Fact the best fitness programs are Fun!

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Michael Lewis

Career & Veteran's Affairs Counselor

A.S., Greenfield Community College
BSW, Elms College (in progress)
Unites States Marine Corps 1978-1986

N215 775-1825 lewism@gcc.mass.edu

I work in the Veteran's Center developing programming; I am involved in recruitment as well as gathering resources for student veterans through marketing, outreach and networking.

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Holly Lovelace

Veterans Certifying Official

B.A., Western Michigan University
M.Ed., Lesley University

N215 775-1885 lovelace@gcc.mass.edu

I work with students, Veterans Affairs and the Bursar’s Office to ensure each student vet receives all the financial aid they have earned. I also update the Veterans website, the veterans database, lead workshops, edit the Scuttlebutt newsletter and create documents to ease the aid application process. Fun fact: I can ride a unicycle!  

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Mary McEntee

Coordinator, Student Activities & Community Service

B.S., M.S., Buffalo State College

C216 775-1203 mcenteerm@gcc.mass.edu

I started taking college courses in high school at Monroe Community College through the “New Visions Program.”After completing a B.S. in Sociology, I graduated from Buffalo State College with an M.S. in Student Personnel Administration. As a former AmeriCorps VISTA am a resource for National Service Programs. Fun fact, I have hiked Mt. Washington and explored the temples at Angkor Wat.

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Judy Raper

Director of Student Development

B.S., Indiana University
M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Vermont

C214D 775-1819 raperj@gcc.mass.edu

I started working at GCC in September of 2007. I have supervisory responsibility for Student Activities & Community Service, Community Access Scholarships, Women’s Resource Center, Educational Transitions Program, Health Records and the Fitness Center.  Additionally I co-chair the Diversity Programming Sub Committee and the Student Development Committee.  I approve all medical withdrawals, oversee Human Development Courses, handle first-level behavioral issues, coordinate service learning and civic engagement on campus, and serve as a resource for students in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. I attended Indiana University as an undergraduate and majored in Elementary Education.  I received my Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Vermont where I studied higher education and leadership and policy development. I am a resource for students in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction; students who are looking to volunteer or become involved in an internship or service learning project in human services, those who are looking to withdraw from the college for medical reasons and/or general referral.  Fun Fact….I am from Indiana and one of the few in New England who is not a Patriots fan.  I adore my Colts!

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Bryan Smith

Academic Counselor

A.A., Greenfield Community College
B.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

C214D 775-1846 smithb@gcc.mass.edu

I started working at GCC in February of 2012. Primarily, I provide academic advising and transitional support for students in the Educational Transitions Program (ETP). ETP students are juniors and seniors from Greenfield and Turners Falls High Schools who attend GCC full time and part time to complete their high school graduation requirements and earn credit towards their college degree. Additionally, I work to support service learning and civic engagement initiatives on campus. I am a resource for dual enrolled high school students at Greenfield and Turners Falls High Schools, students interested in service learning and civic engagement opportunities, and community agencies who are interested in partnering with the College.