Middlesex Community College is proud to award Emeritus status to 23 faculty, staff and administrators who have had a significant impact on the College over the last 50 years. These Emeriti have spent their careers going above and beyond to serve the MCC community, helping to build Middlesex into the innovative leader and community partner it remains today.

Margaret Bleichman

headshot photoFor over 18 years, Bleichman worked as the Department Chair and Professor of the Computer Science Program at MCC. They served on several college-wide committees, presented at workshops, and created events for students, including MCC’s STEM Club, Women in STEM Luncheon and Student Poster Session. In 2012, they were the keynote presenter for the Phi Theta Kappa honors induction ceremony.

An advocate for women in STEM across the MCC community, they also represented the college across state, national and international programs. Having a passion for online and hybrid course creation, they helped develop MCC’s Digital Forensics Program, Computer Science MassTransfer program, and traveled to Ukraine to lead seminars on online teaching and learning practices.

In 2008, Bleichman was the recipient of the Massachusetts Colleges Online Course of Distinction Award and won the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award. Today, they continue to dedicate their time and work to Middlesex students as an adjunct professor.

Patrick Boyle

headshot photoThroughout his 35-year career at MCC, Boyle served as a professor of Computer-aided Design (CAD) for the Computer, Engineering and Technology Department. Dedicated to helping guide his students to success, he was instrumental in developing and maintaining the CAD program as it stands today, including earning a $50,000 grant for the program in 1983.

As the Department Chair for CAD, Engineering and IT, Boyle started the CAD and Engineering Advisory Boards for the college, while also sitting on boards at other institutions to ensure he was providing the best resources and programs to the college and his students. By staying updated on technology and industry trends, he developed curriculum to make his students as competitive as possible when applying to four-year colleges and jobs.

With a passion for Middlesex and his students’ success, he enjoyed devoting energy to the college and his work, as well as connecting his students to professionals to provide a jumpstart to their careers.

Christopher Brennan

headshot photoRecruited to MCC by first president James E. Houlihan, Brennan started his 31-year MCC career as the Director of Business and Industry Programs. In his tenure at the college, he worked as Assistant Dean of the Open Campus; Associate Dean of Economic and Community Development; Dean of Business, Industry and Resource Development; Dean of Business Administration and Workforce Development; Associate Provost of Economic and Workforce Development; as well as leading the Career Place and Career Center.

A leader of workforce development at the college, Brennan developed partnerships with local businesses and organizations that generated revenue for MCC and educated employees and employers across the state. He had the opportunity to travel to China, Russia and Ukraine, which paved the way for future students to travel internationally.

As a grant writer, Brennan brought in funding for MCC that led to the development of programs such as biotechnology and graphic design. His work for Middlesex continues to influence the college, students and community today.

Ivette Caletz

headshot photoWith over 33 years of service at MCC, Caletz has shown commitment and dedication to the college, students and community as a whole. As an Academic Counselor she was considered as reliable, trustworthy and an expert in advising by her students and colleagues.

She is an alumna of Middlesex and earned her associate degree from the college. Her shared experience as a student helped her to understand the challenges students face in attending college, particularly for first-generation and English language college learners.

Caletz also advocated for and was certified to assist veteran and military-connected students in their transition from service to studying at Middlesex. Her empathy and understanding of students were what made her so effective in helping students reach their goals and achieve their dreams. Having spent her career working on the college’s Lowell campus, Caletz retired from Middlesex in 2021.

Carole Cowan

headshot photoFor almost 25 of her nearly 40-year career at MCC, Cowan served as the college’s third president. She started as a Secretarial Studies faculty member, worked as the head of the Faculty Staff Administration, and was promoted to Chair of MCC’s Business department.

In her role, she led Middlesex to being the first community college in Massachusetts to have a workforce development program and played an integral role in expanding the campuses of both Bedford and Lowell. After retiring as a full-time professor, Cowan took on a role in administration and finance to focus on the college’s master plan.

She became president in September 1990 and focused her tenure on capital expansion, workforce development, community and business partnerships, and preparing students for a global economy. As president, Cowan focused on supporting students and transforming Middlesex into a leader in the community. She retired from MCC in 2014 with a strong legacy of success.

Maria Cunha

headshotHaving worked at MCC for over 20 years, Cunha understood the college’s mission of guiding students to success. Dedicated to the college’s diverse population of students, she worked as Program Director for Out of School Youth Development Center, Latino Connections, and the Englisher Learner Institute.

In addition to the work she did in her role, she went above and beyond to help students, including offering advice, securing housing, connecting parents to childcare service, employing and teaching graduates of her program, working through college applications and processes, and ensuring students’ basic needs were met.

Her programs focused on helping students who needed support most, whether they dropped out of high school, did not speak English, or were the first in the family to attend college. Cunha was a faculty advisor to MCC Helping Hands Club and volunteered with organizations across Lowell, including for the Lowell Community Health Center and Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School.

Mary Anne Dean

headshot photoOver her 20 years as Dean of Resource Development at MCC, Dean’s accomplishments include writing grants and establishing partnerships for programs such as the federal TRIO Student Support Services, the wood-fired Cambodian Kiln in Lowell, and MCC’s biotechnology lab. Her work has brought in tens of millions of dollars to support Middlesex and students.

Dean’s work helped get financial aid funds to students as she applied for programs such as Upward Bound, Talent Search, Gear Up, Out of School Youth Development Center and Latino Connections. She was also part of MCC’s first Fulbright Hayes Group Projects Abroad which allowed MCC and Lowell High School faculty to visit Cambodia.

Students and the community continue to benefit from Dean’s work, whether receiving mediation and legal advice through the Local Consumer Program or attending MCC’s Dental Clinic for treatments. For her commitment to workforce training funds, about 4,000 employees in the local area received education and training to advance their careers.

Donna Duffy

headshot photoAn MCC professor of Behavioral Science, Duffy shared her work with faculty and colleges across the college. She coauthored and coedited two books and was awarded the national Thomas Erhlich Faculty award. In 1999, she was also selected as a team leader for the American Psychological Association’s National Forum.

During her time at the college, Duffy participated in grant projects, including developing the Strategies for Success Curriculum to guide new faculty in teaching Introduction to Psychology. A true believer in the value of collaboration, Duffy participated in several group work projects, which led to the creation of MCC’s Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (SoTL), a working group that continues to allow MCC faculty and staff to share ideas.

With her passion for community service, Duffy started the Service-Learning program for behavioral sciences. She has participated in the National Science Foundation Grant and was a founding member on the Executive Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges.

Carrie Finestone

headshot photoFor over 25 years, Finestone has worked as a professor of English at MCC. Specializing in helping developmental students, she exhibited patience and encouragement to some of the most vulnerable students one-on-one or in small groups. During her time at the college, she partnered with support services such as ACE and TRIO, which led to every section of English, Reading, Writing and Reasoning to have access to an embedded Professional Reading tutor.

Finestone completed a SoTL action research project to follow her reading students as they progressed in their classes to provide faculty members with individualized notes on upcoming students. Results showed that such intervention was beneficial to student success. Another research project helped Middlesex adopt the Multiple Measures approach.

As Coordinator of Reading, Finestone inspired her colleagues’ teaching by hosting meet-ups at her house and working on curriculum design from a developmental lens to help all students on an individual level.

Carol Hay

headshot photoIn her 20+ years at MCC, Hay was a valuable member of the Mathematics department, including serving as Chair for 13 years. Her belief in the value of collaboration across the department helped students have commonality across their courses.

In 2011, she helped implement the Ramp-Up math program at Middlesex, which continues to be a valuable tool for student remediation in math. One of the first community colleges in Massachusetts to develop the program, Hay became a spokesperson for the program and MCC. Her work with colleges and institutions outside of the college included a partnership with UMass Lowell, which led to Middlesex offering a Math major.

With a focus on student success, Hay’s dedication to bringing consistency across the Math curriculum and college has seen lasting benefits. Her work includes a grant that brought Math to all departments of the college and a program design called “Math on Demand” that encouraged collaboration across the community.

Laura Horgan

headshot photoThroughout her 35-year career, Horgan served the MCC Libraries and college’s students. Among her contributions to Middlesex include going from having no computers in the libraries when she started to making a number of technologies available to students.

Horgan trained staff on the first computer the libraries owned, introduced and implemented computer records for holdings and Interlibrary Loan services, automated library records, eliminated the paper card catalog, joined the NOBLE library network, and advocated for the libraries in the years without a director. She also was instrumental in developing the Library website and library guides, bringing the database subscriptions from zero to 130, and helping to create a new community college focused library network.

For 25 years, Horgan served as the professional staff union representative and advocated for MCC in regional and state-wide committees. Her work not only had lasting influences on MCC’s Libraries, but on the library networks outside of the community.

Pat Hyde

A professor of English for 31 years, Hyde was a coordinator and leading member of MCC’s Reading department. She was first hired in Self-Paced Studies and Academic Support Services to work with reading tutors because she was a reading specialist with a background in learning disabilities. As Reading Coordinator, she helped to develop three levels of reading, create pre- and post-reading tests, and emphasized that another measure of placement was needed for students.

Following data results, Hyde worked on a team to combine reading and writing courses into one course for students. She attended a training called Reading Apprenticeship, participated in several conferences, and helped to offer trainings to other MCC faculty.

An active member of the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, she also served as secretary of the Sustainability Advisory Committee. In her work, she believed in collaborating with her colleagues and often shared her materials and resources with others.  

David Kalivas

headshot photoAmong his accomplishments during his 39 years at MCC, Kalivas started the Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) and the Public Humanities Center. With a passion for global and diversity education, he was the first coordinator of the International Programs in the 1990s where he organized cross-cultural exchanges with Russia.

Kalivas served two terms as FSA President and the MCCC faculty staff union president. As a leader in curriculum development, he created the World Civilization and History of the Soviet Union, the Middle East and the Silk Road courses. A founding member of Virtual Education Research Group, he helped faculty research new online instructional technologies. He also pioneered MCC’s online education in the first semester the courses were offered.

MCC’s CHP became the largest in the state, and Kalivas worked with ACE to develop an Honors Student Mentoring Program. With the Humanities Center, he collaborated with faculty and community partners on the La Guagua Poetry Festival. He continues to participate in Middlesex-related activities and projects.

Claire Kamasaki

headshot photoAn English professor for over 20 years at MCC, Kamasaki always put her students first. Whether connecting them with support services, learning about each one, or pushing them to do their best, she made sure to make her classroom as inclusive and accepting as possible.

In her classes, she had students do group work and presentations to encourage working and learning with each other. Through facilitation and incorporating different methods of learning and development in her instruction, she helped students explore and discover subjects. Both inside and outside of the classroom, she shared her passion for ethnic food and spending time with others, often hosting celebrations and inviting others to try what she made.

As a colleague, she practiced what she preached by working on projects and writing articles with her co-workers, partnering on planning and designing of courses, and offering ideas to the department. She is a well-respected colleague to the college and her department.

Robert Kaulfuss

headshot photoFor 35 years, Kaulfuss has made significant contributions to MCC, including serving as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and the FSA Executive Committee for 21 years. He has taught in three divisions and multiple departments, including Business, Math/Science/Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as designed curriculum and taught courses in Business, Computer and Web Applications, Computer Programming and Economics.

As the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator, he served on state-wide and northeast regional consortiums, and received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellent Award in 1993. He also co-founded the first Middlesex website, acting as webmaster for several years.

For his students, he encouraged them to participate in MassTransfer and the Commonwealth Commitment, given talks including during the Interdisciplinary Studies weekends and MILES classes, and worked on a grant-funded student fellowship to Morocco. As an advisor to the Business and Economics Club, he also co-led the MCC team to the Fed Challenge Community College Competition, winning two national championships.

JoAnne Lamoureaux

headshot photoLamoureux worked as a full-time dental hygiene faculty member for 38 years, including two stints as department chair. In her teaching, she brought her experience working in a private dental office and volunteering at the nonprofit Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Throughout her five decades at Middlesex, she has taught in almost every clinical, lab and didactic course offered.

Critical to helping MCC stay updated and relevant, during her sabbatical, Lamoureux created the curriculum for the local anesthesia course. She has also taught continuing education courses at Middlesex and the Yankee Dental Congress, a professional annual meeting.

Lamoureux continues to work part-time as a clinical faculty member. Up until the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, she continued to teach MCC’s pharmacology course at the dental hygiene board exam review courses. As a mentor to MCC faculty, she helps them better understand how to relate to students in both their clinical and didactic teaching.

Elise Martin

headshot photoAs MCC’s Dean of Assessment and Professional Development, Martin made actual and relevant change toward the institutional culture at Middlesex. When higher education required colleges to prove learning outcomes for students, Martin led the way at Middlesex. Her work started by developing and implementing Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) at the college.

For this project, she worked with the General Education Committee to embed the ISLOs into the core of MCC’s general education. She also earned grant funds to run trainings for faculty and staff on how to write learning outcomes and design assignments. Her work also led to the college’s first Assessment Day.

In 2017, Martin and MCC received the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment award for excellence. In addition to the professional development she put together for the community, the work she spearheaded for assessments continues to be implemented and built upon at MCC.

Jo Mucci

headshot photoOver 30 years ago, Mucci was hired to create a Reading Lab on each of MCC’s campuses. She went on to become the Coordinator of the Reading and Writing Labs/Centers, receive awards for her work, and advocated for MCC’s Academic Support Tutoring Program, while teaching, developing curriculum, conducting research, and building tutoring models.

As Director of the Academic Support Program, Mucci developed a centralized tutoring model for all subjects at the college. She also helped to provide tutoring online for students to access through grant funding. The Board of Higher Education chose her to participate in a statewide subcommittee to provide assessment criteria for developmental reading, writing and mathematics.

An active member of the Middlesex community, Mucci participated in committees for Strategic Planning and accreditation. Her work in helping first year students navigate the college experience resulted in her taking on the role of Director of the First-Year Experience, Interdisciplinary Studies and Student Success, and creating the Smart Start model.

Catherine Pride

headshot photoThroughout her 30+ years at MCC, Pride worked as a Counselor, Administrator for Articulation and Transfer, and an Adjunct and Full-time Faculty Member in Mathematics, Psychology and Student Development. She was a statewide expert in transfer and articulation and guided MCC’s Curriculum Committee on the transferability of courses and programs at the college.

During her time at MCC, she also helped to develop the Honors and Credit for Prior Learning programs, and served as an advisor to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for 15 years. Combined with her administrative background, in her transition to teaching Pride continued to support students.

An active member of the MCC community, Pride collaborated on several committees at the college, in addition to presenting and holding workshops state-wide and nationally. She has been recognized both inside and outside of the college for her work, including being named Outstanding Staff Member of the Year five times, winning an excellence award from the League for Innovation, and receiving the President’s Award in 2000.

Kathleen Rich

headshot photoRich has worked in MCC’s Finance Department for 38 years, starting as a senior bookkeeper. A Middlesex alumna, she now works as the Comptroller for the college. Throughout her career, she has helped MCC stay technologically updated, including moving the college from a paper-based system to a computerized one.

In the 1990s, Rich played a major part in implementing strong internal controls and financial policies, procedures and systems in order to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Colleges and Universities auditing process for Financial Statements. For 25+ years, she has been MCC’s audit liaison and oversees federal, state and local audits.

In her work, Rich also maintains MCC’s internal controls and ensures the integrity of financial systems. In 2004, she led the Banner HR implementation, the Banner Finance implementation in 2007, and the SoftDocs Document Imaging implementation in 2017. She has served on the state’s Comptroller’s Council, MCC’s accreditation committees, and the Banner Users Group, among other committees.

Lura Smith

headshot photoFor 21 years, Smith worked as the Assistant to the President at MCC. Throughout her time at the college, she worked on several projects to improve students' lives, including founding the MCC Foundation Lura Smith Fund to provide scholarship money to MCC African American students. At Middlesex, she worked to build a more inclusive and welcoming community by hosting events to combat social injustice and racism, and supporting trips with a cultural focus.

Smith also co-created the Paul Sullivan Leadership Program to help students learn more about philanthropy, networking, community service and the business world. In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Smith developed an annual event that presents a “Living the Dream” award to individuals who strive to improve their communities.

A former board member of Girls Inc., LGH and the Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club, Smith is now on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, and continues to be an active community member.

Jane Wiggins

A faculty member within the Science department at MCC, Wiggins’ focus was in Anatomy and Physiology, including supporting her colleagues in teaching the different sections. In addition to advising faculty, she shared worksheets, homework assignments and lab exercises, while helping to ensure that learning outcomes and national standards are met.

She kept the Anatomy and Physiology courses running smoothly by contributing to the Blackboard site and coordinating with educational companies to provide software, models and animal dissection materials. Wiggins shared her teaching methods as a presenter at the New England Biology Association of Two-Year Colleges and served on committees throughout the college.

As a community member, Wiggins worked with the Girl Scouts to coordinate science workshops for participants. This opportunity helped young girls explore STEM and the possible careers available to them. Wiggins continues to be an influence at Middlesex, including helping to update the lab to offer an online component.

Susan Woods

headshot photoWoods served MCC for 27 years as the Associate Dean of Student Support Services. Having begun her time at the college as the Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) and the Transition Program in 1990, she led the way in developing a strong DSS department. Woods’ work helped bring the federal TRIO program for first-generation, low income and students with disabilities to Middlesex.

Working with faculty, Woods provided professional development and training to promote inclusive teaching strategies to support diverse learners. She continues to provide workshops and present at other institutions, conferences and trainings around the community for disability support, mental health on campus and accessibility.

At Middlesex, Woods was a resource for the community, ensuring MCC’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and acting as the ADA legal expert. She now works as an MCC adjunct faculty member and teaches “Developmental Disabilities” and serves on the Leadership Partnership Team for the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative.

Last Modified: 9/22/21