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    Will You Welcome Please …

    Alison Dalpé, our new Campus Police Officer. Alison’s last name is pronounced Dal-pay. You can call her either Alison or Ali (Al-ee), since she answers to both. She prefers feminine pronouns and she also prefers the prefix of “Miss” as opposed to “Ms” because she finds the sound of “Ms” rather mean and intimidating.

    Ali has been working most recently as both a Special Police Officer for the Chicopee Police Dept. and a Security Officer at Yankee Candle Co. She has also served as a Sergeant and Shift Supervisor, and a Special Police Officer at American International College. At Mount Holyoke College, she also worked as a State Special Police Officer. She’s done security work for the Eastern States Exposition, and has also worked in sales at Home Depot in West Springfield. Her people skills are highly developed from working as a personal care attendant at the Stavros/Western Mass Elder Care/Cerebral Palsy Center of Massachusetts and for the Massachusetts Department of Disability Services as a support worker for those with physical and mental disabilities.

    In terms of education, Ali brings to the table an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Holyoke Community College, a Diploma from the M. P. T. C. Intermittent Police Academy, and she is a certified Massage Therapist.

    Though new to Franklin County, Ali is not new to the greater Pioneer Valley, having lived in Hamden County since she was three years old. When asked what attracted her to this position at GCC, Ali told of a field trip she took to GCC when at Holyoke Community College pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She was astounded at how friendly everyone was compared to the environment she normally encountered at HCC. The compassion and sensitivity she witnessed left a lasting impression on her.

    Ali also shared that she has a favorite way to spend her Saturday mornings that includes her seventeen-year-old daughter Victoria and their cat, Kitty-Boy. Each Saturday morning, she and her daughter, with Kitty-Boy stretched between them, watch the Saturday morning cartoons while eating ice cream sundaes and wearing footsie pajamas. If she gets called into work and has to miss her Saturday morning cartoon fix, she gets cranky, she said.

    Please welcome our new Executive Director of Human Resources, Joan Murphy. Joan, who prefers feminine pronouns, comes to us from her former position as Senior Human Resource Director at Springfield Technical Community College. Before her Senior Director position at STCC, she managed the Employee Benefits and Operations Center there. She took a six-month hiatus from STCC in 2016 to work at UMass Amherst investigating complaints made through the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and developing the position statements.

    Before her seven-year stint at STCC, Joan worked in various HR capacities in both the public and private sectors. As Human Resources Specialist for Westfield Public Schools, she was in charge of enhancements to their Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and resolving HR/payroll-related issues.

    She worked in the private sector for eight years before taking the job for Westfield Public Schools. Beginning as an Associate Relations Coordinator for Retail Brand Alliance, Inc. in the year 2000, Joan worked her way up through the ranks to the role of Benefits/Compensation Specialist by 2008.

    On the education side, Joan earned a B.A. in mathematics from Our Lady of the Elms College and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University. She has also taken graduate level statistics courses at West Virginia University. She has completed an extensive number of field-related trainings such as the MCAD trainings in Discrimination Prevention Train-the-Trainer, Responding to Accommodation Requests, and Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations. Additional trainings include ATIXA Title IX Coordinator Level One, NABITA BIT Foundations and Case Management & Intervention, IACLEA Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education , and a 40 Hour Mediation Training at Quinnapiac Law School, Center for Dispute Resolution.

    Joan is a Western Massachusetts native, having grown up in Holyoke. She currently lives in her grandparents’ house in Chicopee. When asked what attracted her to the position at GCC, Joan spoke of her admiration for the beauty of the locale and her strong belief in GCC’s mission.

    Joan offered some interesting insights into her household when she volunteered to share something about herself with her new colleagues. Joan is an avid and expert quilter, plus in her home, she has a fifteen-year-old son, three cats, and a tarantula spider named, (are you ready?) “Fluffy.”

    Spider Woman – Beware her spidey-senses!

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