PMC Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

PMC is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to our community.

Daniel GronskyDaniel Gaines Edward Gronsky is an adjunct professor in the Communication program. Gronsky is Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, specializing in Film Studies. He received his B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University in sunny Cleveland, Ohio, where he had hoped to go to medical school. Instead, his interests in the study of film were awakened, and he went on to receive his M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Miami, where he completed his thesis on film adaptations of literary works in post-occupation Japan. From there, he went on to receive his doctorate from the University of Connecticut, with a dissertation focusing on the recent popularity of comic book movies and their development over the years. Daniel has received several citations for his studies, and has published an article on Shakespeare and film in Film International magazine. He is currently in the process of getting his dissertation published as a book.

Theresa Harmon joins our adjunct faculty this semester teaching the Microbiology Laboratory section in the Biology Department. She has a Liberal Arts education from Pine Manor College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in December of 2004, with a major in Biology - Allied Health concentration, and a minor in Psychology, as well as an Associate of Science in Biology in May of 2003. Upon earning each of these degrees, Harmon achieved the highest GPA of all graduating students. During her last year at Pine Manor, she worked in the microbiology laboratory at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and performed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital's Cardiovascular Research Center, investigating the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids. After graduation she worked in pharmaceutical sales at InVentiv Health, with a Bristol-Myers Squibb contract focusing on antibiotics, and, later, a Mission Pharmacal contract focusing on women's health products. Harmon has recently earned her certificate in teaching (Biology, grades 8-12) from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This summer Theresa taught a course in genetics and forensics called "DNA Detectives" at Minuteman Technical High School. She has also taught SAT preparation, English as a Second Language, and Scripture, and has worked at various health care practices.

Christina JonesChristina Jones is one of the newest members of the admissions team. She comes to Pine Manor after three years in admission at The Steppingstone Academy. Chris has also spent time in the Boston Public Schools as a reading and writing tutor. She is a long-time resident of Boston with southern roots, who is excited to undertake the task of recruiting future leaders for Pine Manor College.

David Kuppenheimer joins our adjunct faculty in the Sociology department. He received is Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his Master's of Science from Brandeis University.

Ann Robbart joins our adjunct faculty in the Political Science department. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and her Master's and Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Jennifer Roberts joins the Financial Services team in our Enrollment and Financial Services department as the Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Services. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Suffolk University.

Jason TocciJason Tocci is an Assistant Professor in the Communication program. He studies and teachers the use, design, and cultures of digital and visual media. Originally a resident of Newton Upper Falls, he lived for five years in Philadelphia while earning his Ph.D. in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Jason spent this past year teaching digital design to Communication & Journalism students at Suffolk University, and now joins Pine Manor  following the defense of his dissertation, Geek Cultures: Media and Identity in the Digital Age, a multi-site ethnography.

Charles Tweedly is an Assistant Professor in the Management and Organizational Change program. He received his Bachelor's degree from Bryant College. He then went on to obtain his M.Ed. from Boston University and Ed.D. from George Washington University.

Elyse VasquezElyse Vasquez is one of the new Admissions Counselors on the Enrollment Team and is excited to help recruit amazing young women to the Pine Manor campus. Elyse came from The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center where she was a college counselor for grades 9-12 in the Justice building. Elyse has an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Boston University and B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

Soterios ZoulasSoterios Zoulas is an adjunct professor in the Communication program. He has earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Politics from Boston University and an M.A. in Modern European History from Assumption College. He also attended the mid-career program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He focused on the nexus of press, politics, and policy at the Shorenstein Institute. Professor Zoulas pursued a doctorate in Education and Communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Mr. Zoulas has taught communications, government, and history at Quincy College for ten years. He chaired the Communications department there for three years and was chair of the faculty senate for two years. He has also taught communications at Assumption College, Framingham State College, and Newbury College. in 2001, he developed and taught a new course on school reform and the media and Brown University. He also was chair and Associate Professor of the Communication Arts department for the past seven years at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy.
Professor Zoulas is a veteran communications practitioner who has more than 25 years experience in public relations, journalism, radio and television, including positions as director of public affairs for the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education and director of media relations for the Massachusetts Board of Education and director of Communications at the Annenberg Institute, Brown University.
Professor Zoulas was a daily news reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and also worked for the New York Times. He produced, directed and hosted a nationally award winning documentary on disabled children. He also produced and hosted awarding winner radio and television talk and interview programs for Boston area radio and television stations.
Professor Zoulas is also president of Zoulas Communications, a public relations consulting firm that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.  His firm’s web address is www.zoulascommunications.com. Clients have included public and private colleges and universities, college loan companies, large and small businesses and professional organizations, government agencies, trade associations and nonprofit corporations.