Meet the ACE Staff

Dr. Marsha Glines
Dean of the Academic Center for Excellence

Dr. Marsha Glines comes to Regis College with an extensive background in higher education and administration. After 7 years as a special education resources room teacher in Natick, Massachusetts, Dr. Glines became a program director and assistant professor at Lesley University. After completing her PhD, in the late 1980s, with a group of parent advocates, she created and was named the founding president of Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida, the first college at the time to offer a 4 year degree designed exclusively for students with learning disabilities. After relocating to South Florida, Dr. Glines was hired as a professor and the Dean of the Ross College of Education at Lynn University and later created the Institute for Achievement and Learning which emerged as an international model for academic support services for students. After a 20 year career at Lynn, Dr. Glines continued her work internationally as a faculty and was named Dean for International Studies at Irish American University’s American College Dublin. She has continued as a consultant to ACD through 2016 until this summer when her educational journey brought her to Regis. Dr. Glines has presented over 100 professional development sessions and workshops on curriculum development, metacognition, teaching, and learning strategies, brain based learning, neurodiversity, and the changing nature of students in our college audiences, at conferences both domestically and in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Ireland. She had received numerous honors during her career including a service award from the United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. and a Council for Exceptional Children Award, was twice recognized as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year from Lynn University, was the recipient of the Emerson College Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 2000, was honored by Beacon College as a Distinguished Honoree on Founder’s Day 2014, was the Recipient of the Lynn University Transition Champion Award in 2013 and in 2012, received the National Child Labor Committee Lewis Hine Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service on Behalf of Children and Youth.  Dr. Glines holds degrees from Emerson College, Lesley University and the Union Institute and University. Additional course work and training has been completed at Harvard and at Chapel Hill.

Gail Daniels
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Academic Student Services

Gail has been with Regis College for the past eight years, providing administrative support for the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Academic Affairs Department along as well as faculty support. Her responsibilities include the support for the Dean of Academic Student Services, in the efficient operation of the planning, organizing, and handling logistics for various College events, programs, meetings, and correspondence. She will also be supporting the Academic Affairs Office with administrative duties, interacting with faculty, students, and staff. Gail came to Regis after a long career at Babson College, in the Entrepreneurship Department as Executive Assistant, to the Director of the Department, and Chair, of the Entrepreneurship Museum.

Chris Coffin
Associate Director of ACE

Chris CoffinChris joined Regis as the Q Center Coordinator in April 2014. The ACE Center located in the Regis Science Building, room 111, offers tutoring for all quantitative courses including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from WPI and an MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to Regis, Chris worked at the private secondary school, Middlesex School, teaching all levels of mathematics and serving as the school’s Academic Advisor, Study Skills Coordinator, and Peer Tutor Coordinator. Chris was appointed Associate Director of ACE in 2016.

Marcia Kuchta
Academic Support Specialist

Marcia KuchtaMarcia has been a member of our Regis community for over 20 years. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of Regis with a BA in English and has taken graduate level courses in special education. Additionally, Marcia is a certified paralegal and, prior to Regis, worked in the law department of a large pharmaceutical firm where she met her husband, John. They reside in Wellesley and have two grown children. In addition to coaching, Marcia coordinates the coaching program for ACE.

Cynthia Bushey
Health Science Support Specialist

Cynthia Bushey is ACE’s Health Sciences Support Specialist.  As such, she is responsible for supporting nursing students and imaging students by creating academic study strategies in the health sciences for these students. As a member of the ACE team, Cindy provides guidance to undergraduate students aspiring to major in a health profession such as nursing, diagnostic medical sonography or nuclear medicine. This support and guidance is offered through the facilitation of support groups, study groups, and coaching. Cindy additionally coordinates support with college wide resources. Prior to Regis, Cindy worked as a counselor for BSN and MSN students in a university setting. Many of the students with whom she has worked were in accelerated programs while others were graduate students pursuing their Master of Science in Nursing degrees to become Family Nursing Practitioners. She is an expert in scholarly writing and has taught at the University of Connecticut and at Holy Cross. Cindy holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology: Cognition and Instruction from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Teaching from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Nancy Giusti
Academic Support Specialist and Smarthinking Coordinator

Nancy Giusti Nancy joined the ACE team after working in coaching, advising, counseling, admissions, program management, and more at a number of Boston area colleges including Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, Urban College of Boston, and Massachusetts Bay Community College. Nancy brings an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in counseling to the ACE team. In addition, Nancy is bi-lingual, and speaks Spanish. Within ACE, Nancy serves as an Academic Coach, Smarthinking Coordinator, and Social Media specialist.

Lynne Man
Research and Statistics Specialist for Graduate Students

Lynne ManDr. Lynne Man joined ACE to provide Regis graduate students with assistance in research design, research methods, statistics, SPSS software, and more. Dr. Man is available for in-person meetings, Skype or Facetime meetings, email correspondence, or phone calls. Dr. Man attended Montclair State University (BS, Nutrition), Boston University (MS, Clinical Nutrition), University of California at Berkeley (MPH, Public Health and Nutrition), and for her doctoral degree, The Heller School at Brandeis University (PhD, Social Policy). Her career has included research in nutrition, sociology, public policy, and public health, consultancies in program evaluation at a variety of agencies, and teaching at several Massachusetts colleges.

Ben Remillard
Subject Tutor Coordinator and Academic Support Specialist

Ben RemillardBen attended Providence College and graduated with a BA in History and English, and a concentration in theater. Ben holds an MA from the Regis Heritage Studies program, and his master’s thesis focused on the memorialization of Native American histories. Ben is ACE’s Subject Tutor Coordinator and also serves as an Academic Support Specialist. In addition to working at Regis, Ben teaches history at Massachusetts Bay Community College. He also previously worked as a Professional Writing Tutor at both the MassBay and Writing Support Services.

Melanie Steeves
Project Director of the PRIDE Scholars Program

Melanie SteevesMelanie joined ACE in August 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Bridgewater State University and her Med from Cambridge College. Prior to Regis, Melanie worked at Dean College for eight years in a variety of capacities: as an Academic Coach, English Instructor, Dean Foundations Instructor and also as the Program Coordinator for Dean Foundations (Dean’s first-year college success program). In 2008 Ms. Steeves was the recipient of Dean College’s Teaching Excellence Award. Before making the leap to higher education, she taught English at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School.

Diana Lerman
Academic Coach and Writing Specialist

Diana earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Middlebury College, studying British literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland during her junior year abroad, and her master’s degree in English from Boston College, where she focused on rhetoric and composition. She also has a certificate in copyediting from the University of California, San Diego. Diana has over a decade of experience tutoring and has taught college composition and literature courses as well as classes preparing college students for academic success. Prior to joining ACE, Diana worked at Boston College, Middlesex Community College, MassBay Community College, and Bay State College. She is an executive board member of the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE) and serves as its newsletter editor.

Jane Baldwin Pollock Wirch

Jane Baldwin Pollock Wirch teaches ED 105 and works in ACE as a writing specialist. Her background as a faculty, including the teaching of English Literature, Research Writing, Expository Writing and Freshman Writing, is a perfect match for our writing support program. With an ESL background as well, Jane has taught French language courses and was also co-director of the Academic Support Center at Fisher College. Additionally, she has created curriculum including a course in Critical Thinking, Language, and Thought and in this capacity as a curriculum developer, will work with the Regis College English professors under the direction of Professor Anthony D’Aries in the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. Jane holds an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and M.A. degree in English and French from Middlebury College. She has also studied in Leningrad and in Paris.

Kate Richardson

Kate RichardsonKate joined ACE in the fall of 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at Boston College, and graduated summa cum laude. She is currently a member of the Regis College Direct Entry BS/MS In Nursing program, and will graduate in 2017 with a concentration in pediatrics. Prior to working in ACE, Kate worked as a tutor for three years at the Kumon Learning Center teaching math and science. While at BC, Kate worked as a stress and time management coach through the Boston College Office of Health Promotion. She is currently an ACE graduate assistant and works as an academic coach and science tutor.

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