All employees who are not teaching faculty, members of a bargaining unit, or full-time members of the student body are eligible to run for office from their division. Each representative will be elected for a two-year term. Each of the seven divisions of the College will be represented by one to five representatives depending on the number of employees in that division.
The following seats are open:
- Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty - 2 seats
- Student Life and Dean of Students - 1 seats
- Finance and Administration - 2 seats
- President's Office and Communications - 1 seat
Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty - 2 seats
Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab
Alexis Allen is the Coordinator for Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab. She started at Mount Holyoke in August 2019, but she's been local to the college since her spouse took a faculty position in 2011. She came to MHC after years working in the tech industry in professional services and product management roles, and she brings her years of experience in organization, strategic planning, and project management to her current role. She loves being a part of the Fimbel team and the energy from all the ideas and creations she sees from the students. She enjoys the cross-disciplinary nature of the work at Fimbel and has had an opportunity to meet students, staff, and faculty from across the college. She looks forward to further expanding the impact that Fimbel, which is relatively new to MHC, has on campus and collaboratively working with colleagues to continue to make MHC a place we want to be.
Career Development Center
Alexis joined the Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center team as its Administrative Assistant in 2017. In her role she is the front line for student, alum, and employer engagement. She spends her days triaging incoming inquiries, managing the Peer Career Assistant student team, and leveraging her spreadsheet expertise. She grew up visiting the campus with her father, a 30+ year MHC employee and is proud to call him her favorite coworker. In her free time Alexis loves to cook, bake and stroll around downtown Easthampton with her boyfriend Dave and their new rescue pup Gus.
One of the things Alexis appreciates most about MHC is the diversity of perspectives and opportunities to participate in community and cultural events. She would be honored to be elected to serve on Staff Council for a second term.
Career Development Center
Lucy Frasier '19 (she/her/her’s) serves as the External Relations Specialist at Mount Holyoke’s Career Development Center. Her work centers on assisting with connecting students with employers through on and off campus engagements, as well as through connecting students to opportunities on Handshake. As a recent alum of the College, Lucy brings a fresh perspective on the needs of the student population. While studying as an undergraduate, Lucy majored in International Relations and minored in French. Some of her personal interests include wellness, public policy and economics, spirituality, and nature.
Lydia Malone is the Program Coordinator at the Weissman Center for Leadership. A Frances Perkins alum, she is thrilled to be back on campus and working with the Weissman Center team. She especially enjoys developing programming and trainings with the center’s student employees. Prior to returning to Mount Holyoke, Lydia served as the Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Planning with the University at Albany where she worked with academic and staff units to advance antidiscrimation efforts on campus and to promote inclusive excellence at all University levels. She has a Masters degree in Gender and Sexuality studies with a focus on critical disability theory, media, and the body.
Pre-quarantine, Lydia enjoyed going to dance classes, vintage furniture shopping, and long road trips to strange bookstores. In her at-home spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her cats, watching B movies, and baking.
Student Life and Dean of Students - 1 seat
Shirley Yuanrui Li
Shirley Yuanrui Li is a clinical social worker at the Counseling Service and a proud alum. She is passionate about providing support for students and staff on campus. For free time, Shirley likes to spend time with friends or lie around doing nothing for a bit.
Finance and Administation - 2 seats
Judit Duran-Castillo has been a proud member of the Mount Holyoke College (MHC) community since February 2019. HR Development Specialist enjoys building relations across campus with students and employees and is committed to provide a high level of urgency towards MHC’s internal costumer needs.
Judit is a Human Resources professional, graduated with honors from prestigious universities in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. With a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Post Graduate and Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Certified Coach and also trained in specialized business topics such as the International Quality Standards – ISO 9001, and others.
Among the fifteen years of experience in human resources and business, Judit has held managerial and directive positions in leading companies in their respective industries, such as Verizon IS, and had the opportunity to perform outstanding roles in large scale projects – some of which of international impact – in USA, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Belize.
Teresa (Terri) Gauthier
Teresa (Terri) Gauthier joined the MHC Dining Services staff in 2011 as a checker for Wilder Hall. She is currently a cashier in the Community Dining Center. She hopes to be more involved within the Mount Holyoke community by serving as an active member of Staff Council.
Prior to Mount Holyoke, Terri worked as a professional photographer for 20 years. She earned her BA in Journalism/Photography from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1984. The daughter of Sicilian immigrants, she is originally from Rhode Island and now resides in South Hadley with her family
President’s Office and Communications - 1 seat
Communications and Marketing
Since 2016, Melissa has assisted in the Office of Communications and Marketing in managing special projects and coordinating interdepartmental communication at Mount Holyoke College. She also manages the department’s monthly budgets and oversees all office management.
Throughout her career, Melissa has assisted vice presidents in higher education, executive directors of not-for-profit organizations, as well as dealers and artists in fine art and editorial photography. Melissa grew up in western Massachusetts, pursued her education in New York, and continued to find exciting opportunities with talented colleagues throughout New Mexico, New York, and New England. Melissa’s goal is to build collaborative relationships among the academic and creative arts communities with a focus on storytelling and visual narratives.
Communications and Marketing
Alexandra Puffer (she/her) joined the College in 2015. She is responsible for various initiatives, programs and platforms, including the development of integrated marketing campaigns and leadership of strategic communications projects. She is also responsible for social media strategy and execution at the College, leading a student team of digital content assistants and creating and maintaining a fresh and relevant online strategy. She is currently a member of the College's DEI Steering Committee.
A Holyoke native, she is deeply committed to her community. She lives in Holyoke with her boyfriend, Andy, and their rescue mini poodle-mix, Beijinho. She is a board member of The Wistariahurst Foundation, the historic home of the Skinner family; and has volunteered as a mentor with EforAll, helping under-represented individuals successfully start and grow their businesses and Girls Inc.
Sage Orville Shea
Communications and Marketing
Passionate about data-informed decision-making, Sage Shea is no stranger to large data sets, large-scale projects and data-informed decision-making. Sage helps manage the website with a focus on SEO, web traffic monitoring, and the user experience. They also bring a sharp eye towards marginalized voices, both as an agender trans-masc first generation college student who comes from a long line of tradesmen. They continually work to unpack bias and learn of restorative justice from an intersectional lens. They hold a degree from St. Johns University and Emerson College and have a background in both corporate and nonprofit spheres.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)