Skip to main content

Fall 2020

Read MassArt's plan: Return to Learning & Making

You are here

MassArt ‘20-’21 Continuity Task Force

The MassArt Continuity Task Force, coordinated by Maureen Keefe, Vice President of Student Development, was launched in late May. Made up of eight hubs, the task force is designed to better distribute collaborative work and information as the college strives to best meet the needs of our community in the next academic year.

Planning is done following the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the MA Executive Office of Education (EOE), MA Department of Higher Education (DHE), and the MA Department of Public Health (DPH).


All considered through the lens of justice and equity:

  • Safety and well-being of the campus community members
  • Creative, engaging, impactful curricular and intra-curricular experience for students
  • Financial model that supports priorities
  • Attention to recruitment and retention
  • Transparent and clear communication to community
  • Identification of outside resources to support faculty, staff and students

The Directives for the Continuity Task Force Hubs:

  • Address their charge (please see below).
  • Meet weekly, and be organized by a Project Manager (PM).
  • Have at least one Cabinet member who will serve as a liaison to increase clear and efficient communication.
  • Attend to the inclusion of students for consultation or informing prior to any final recommendations are made. 
  • Involve faculty, through a process that will be in consultation with the faculty union.
  • Identify and document resources needs related to their charge.

Directives for Project Managers (PM):

  • Be organizers and communicators who enable and support hub members to lead and perform their tasks, research, etc in order to provide deliverables
  • Meet weekly with Cabinet on Wednesday mornings for the start of Cabinet meetings to share updates on the hubs’ work, progress, and questions

Directives for the Cabinet:

  • Meet weekly with the President’s Cabinet to share updates on the hubs’ work, progress, and questions
  • Listen and review proposals and recommendations for decision making that come from the hubs.
  • Provide next steps / actions / recommendations to the hub PMs.

­Cabinet members* include: Kymberly Pinder, Dan Serig, Bob Perry, Maureen Keefe, Marjorie O’Malley, Lucinda Bliss, Lyssa Palu-ay, Lauren Wilshusen, Susana Segat, Gina Yarborough, Ellen Carr, Ceci Méndez-Ortiz, and Kate Russell.

As our entire MassArt community has already shown, we are in an opportune moment to consider innovative ways of working. For example, hubs need not feel restricted by traditional ways of meeting, specifically that meetings are the only or primary way to meet objectives. There are many ways to gather information in order to inform and share among the group, and to develop proposals for the Cabinet. Project managers will work with hub members to arrive at the best ways of working for each group. It’s also important to note that this is not new work per se; much of this is bringing together and amplifying amazing work that is already happening. AchieveIt will serve as a project management tool and be used to communicate / post relevant links and materials for each hub.

Hub Constituents

    • Charge: Partner with departments to establish high quality instructional delivery in modalities that meet safety needs.

      - Lucinda Bliss, Dean of Graduate Studies*
      - Rose Glennon, Director of Academic Operations (PM)
      - Karen Hampton, Faculty (FA3D)
      - James Mason, Dean of Faculty
      - Department Chairs
      - Patrick O’Connor, CIO / Assistant VP Technology
      - Ernie Plowman, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
      - Studio Manager
      - Dan Serig, Interim Provost*
    • Charge: Provide budget parameters, receive and evaluate operational needs.

      - Bob Perry, VP, Administration & Finance*
      - Kathy Calnan, Executive Director of Advancement
      - Peggy Maki, Executive Assistant, Administration & Finance
      - Jack McDonald, Director Business Office & Operations (PM)
      - Kristen Heintz-Perkins, Director of Institutional Grants
      - Kathryn Riel, Acquisition & Serials Librarian
      - Gina Spaziani, Associate VP, Administration & Finance
      - Maryellen Schroeder, Director, Career Development
      - Lauren Wilshusen, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management*
    • Charge: Ensure safety per State / City directives, including signage and sanitation

      - Kyle Brock, Assistant Director, Academic Planning
      - Joe Connelly, Assistant Director of Facilities (PM)
      - Eric Dusseault, Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center (ARC)
      - Dwayne Farley, Chief, Public Safety
      - Jim Gallivan, Facilities Manager, Capstone
      - Kenlyn Jones, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design
      - Howie Larosee, Assistant VP, Facilities Planning
      - Claudia LeClair, Director, College & Visiting Events
      - Charbra Parkman, Director, Capstone
      - Bob Perry, VP, Administration & Finance*
      - Ernie Plowman, Associate Dean, Academic Administration
      - Evelyn Rydz, Associate Professor, Studio Foundation
    • Charge: Ensure opportunities for engagement that support success and retention. Assess and address emerging & emergency needs. Create processes that are equitable to access support.

      - Dana Alsamsam, Annual Giving Coordinator
      - Brenda Bailey, Assistant Director, Justice, Equity & Transformation (JET)
      - Elena Belle White, Associate Director, Center for Art and Community Partnerships
      - Alisa Chapman, Executive Director, Compliance
      - Megan Cronin, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
      - Amber Davis Tourlentes, Associate Professor, Studio Foundation
      - Laura Flynn, Senior Director or Student Engagement
      - Jocelyn Gomes, Associate Director, Student Financial Services
      - Sophie Jampel, Assistant Director, College & Visiting Events (PM)
      - Jennie Knott, Interim Director, Counseling & Wellness
      - Lyssa Palu-ay, Dean, JET*
      - Erica Puccio-O'Brien, Director, International Education Center
      - Maryellen Schroeder, Director of Career Development
      - Liz Smith-Freedman, Associate Dean, Academic Resource Center (ARC)
    • Charge: Address issues/needs of remote work. Ensure support for our new work environment with health and safety as a primary focus.

      - John Ashworth-King, Director of Client Services IT
      - Corey Corcoran, Associate Director, Admissions
      - Craig Evans, Administrative Services, AFSCME Steward
      - Francine Femino, Director Facilities
      - Carolyn Jackson, Administrative Assistant, CACP
      - Susan McNeil, Studio Manager/Fibers, APA Representative
      - Velda McRae-Yates, Executive Director, Human Resources
      - Kathryn Oram, Director, Benefits & Payroll
      - Jessica Petriello (JP), Academic Advisor
      - Kathryn Riel, Acquisitions Librarian, MSCA Chapter President
      - Susana Segat, Chief of Staff
      - Alice Stanne, Administrative Assistant/Academic Affairs, AFSCME Representative
      - Gina Yarbrough, General Counsel*
      - Chloe Zaug, Associate Director, MAAM (PM)
    • Charge: Develop occupancy plan. Establish process for assignments and communication plan.

      - Jamie Glanton Costello, AVP/Dean of Students
      - Maureen Keefe, VP, Student Development*
      - Howie Larosee, Assistant VP, Facilities Planning
      - Danielle Licitra, Sr. Director Housing & Residence Life (PM)
      - Charbra Parkman, Director, Capstone
      - Ernie Plowman, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
      - Nathan Sherman, Administrative Assistant, Housing & Residence Life
      - Gina Spaziani, AVP Administration & Finance
      - Gina Yarbrough, General Counsel (advice on contracts/agreement)*
    • Charge: As plans/information are ready to be delivered, create communication and delivery modes (emails, Town Halls, etc.)

      - Ellen Carr, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications*
      - Marie-Claire Dumornay, Administrative Assistant, ARC
      - Nicky Enriquez, Associate Director of Digital Media, Marketing & Communications
      - Candis Hilton, Administrative Assistant History of Art
      - Ceci Méndez-Ortiz, Executive Director, Center for Art and Community Partnerships*
      - Rebecca Morrison, Marketing Coordinator, Graduate Programs (PM)
      - Marjorie O’Malley, VP, Institutional Advancement*
      - Coleen Palencia, Administrative Assistant, Admissions
      - Lisa Tung, Executive Director, MassArt Art Museum
    • Charge: Serve as project management team utilizing AchieveIt and other information platforms.

      - Julie Barrett, Director of Project Management, (PM)
      - Karalynn Gau, Executive Director, IREP
      - Jocelyn Gomes, Associate Director, Student Financial Services
      - Hui-Ling Chen, Director of Reporting & Analytics, IREP
      - Peggy Maki, Executive Assistant A&F
      - Kate Russell, Director of Operations, President’s Office*
      - Susana Segat, Chief of Staff, President’s Office*