We are pleased to introduce the new members of the Pine Manor faculty, full-time Assistant Professors Kelly DeFao, in the Sociology and Political Science Department, Joe Fargnoli, in the Business and Management Department, and Deborah Kronenberg, in the Theatre Department.
Kelly DeFao joins the Sociology and Political Science Department. She earned a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University and BA in English from College of the Holy Cross. Professor DeFao had been teaching as an adjunct instructor at Pine Manor since 2011. Before teaching at Pine Manor, she taught at Fisher College and was an Appellate and Trial Attorney for 12 years.
Professor DeFao wanted to join Pine Manor College on a full-time basis because of the students, who she finds “intellectually curious, unabashedly open, and positively motivated to better themselves, their campus, and their community. My responsibility is to support their overall growth – both inside the classroom by challenging them to become critical thinkers who can effectively analyze concepts, communicate well-reasoned conclusions, and formulate new ideas, and outside the classroom in terms of creating experiential opportunities where they can apply these learned lessons and develop their talents in real-world settings. Ultimately I want our students to value diligence, to confidently face challenges, and to stretch themselves to meet and even exceed their goals.”
Joe Fargnoli joins our Business and Management Department. He earned an MS in Taxation from Bryant University, an MS in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island, a BA in English from Providence College, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Professor Fargnoli had been an adjunct at PMC since 2013 and prior to that was a Managing Director at Providence Advisory Partners, a Corporate Vice President and Treasurer at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, and a Chief Financial Officer at Renaissance Worldwide.
Professor Fargnoli has “two primary goals in the courses that I teach. The first is to provide an encouraging environment where each student has the ability to grow and develop business acumen. The second is to reflect my passion, encourage their passion and to help students realize their potential as future leaders.” He became interested in a full-time position “because Pine Manor’s faculty is dedicated to the students and their learning experience. I am surrounded by colleagues that are supportive, collegial and go out of their way to assist me.”
Deborah Kronenberg joins PMC’s Theatre Department. She earned an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, holds a Massachusetts’ Educator License for Theater (all levels), and is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Professor Kronenberg started at PMC in 2015 as an adjunct instructor and also has experience as a Theatre Teacher and Teaching Artist in the Boston Public Schools.
Professor Kronenberg is “elated to be teaching full-time here at PMC. As an educator, it is a gift to have small enough classes that I can connect to each student and support each learner in the best way possible. I love being able to use my passion and experience with theatre for social change to create deep, conceptually challenging courses for our students. Additionally, I hope to use theatre on campus to increase our sense of community and to further important dialogue.”
Please join us in welcoming the newest members of PMC’s dedicated and talented faculty!