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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.
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.
Academic Support Specialist
Marcia 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. email@example.com
Assistant Director of ACE
Cynthia Bushey was 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 still 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 coordinated 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. Cindy was appointed Assistant Director of ACE in February.
Academic Support Specialist and Smarthinking Coordinator
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Research and Statistics Specialist for Graduate Students
Dr. 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. email@example.com
Subject Tutor Coordinator and Academic Support Specialist
Ben 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Director of the PRIDE Scholars Program
Melanie 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. email@example.com
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 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Projects Coordinator and Academic Writing Coach
Laura Thal joined the Regis community in September 2016 as Special Projects Coordinator and Academic Writing Coach. Laura’s collective work experience has afforded her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students, staff and faculty. She is an alumni and former staff member of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She served as an Academic Coach at Lynn’s internationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning. Her advising philosophy is to create a culture of “approachableness”, and respect which she believes is a crucial component to helping students navigate college life and beyond. She facilitated the start-up of a program for students with learning disabilities at Lynn University’s sister campus, American College Dublin (ACD), in Dublin, Ireland. The Learning Centre provided a bridge of support, so that non-traditional learners could thrive in the academic environment. She worked closely with ACD faculty to provide workshops that discussed living learning environments; emotional states and their impact on academic success; time management; test taking strategies; healthy mind and body exercises. Upon return to America, Laura began work at the Hume Writing Center on Stanford University’s campus. She was directly involved in working with the Vice Provost for Graduate Education to offer quarterly Dissertation Bootcamps, tutoring, and workshops geared to the graduate community. She managed all logistical planning for those special projects which helped innovate graduate education at Stanford. Additionally, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of a writing center that provided over 7,000 writing consultations annually.
At Regis, Laura has launched an exciting new program for international students, “T.E.A.” (Thursday English Afternoons). ‘’T.E.A.” is an opportunity for Regis’s non-native speaking student population to practice their English conversation, in a structured, welcoming environment. Additionally, she teaches ID 212, a seminar course that focuses on the core competencies of being a successful college student: resiliency, self- efficacy, self-advocacy, metacognition, and values & ethics. Laura’s diverse experience has allowed her to hone a deeper understanding of the complexities of student needs and potential ways to serve ever evolving student populations. She also works in the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing as an Academic Writing Coach, providing writing tutoring for both undergraduate and graduate students. email@example.com