New England Faculty Development Consortium

Board of Directors

The NEFDC Board of Directors is a working board of dedicated volunteers that meets three times a year to plan and execute two yearly conferences (Fall and Spring) and publish the journal, The Exchange. Between meetings, board members work electronically to manage the conferences and publications. The Board is comprised of members from a broad array of colleges across New England that represent large, public research universities, private universities and colleges, community colleges and technical colleges. Our board members bring a wide variety of interests and backgrounds but concentrate on providing opportunities for faculty development throughout New England. Board members serve three year terms, and are elected by NEFDC board members by April 1st of each year.

For all inquiries regarding individual or institutional membership, the Board of Directors or upcoming conferences please contact the President (Contact us) or the current conference chair. For inquiries regarding payment for membership or conference registration, please contact the Treasurer.

For a list of former board members, please click here.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Linda Bruenjes

Linda Bruenjes
(NEFDC term expires June 2019)

Director, Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence

Suffolk University
Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-725-4137
Email: lbruenjes[at]

Deborah Clark

Deborah Clark, Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2020)

Professor of Biology

Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Ave.,
Hamden, CT 06518-1908
Phone: 203-582-8270
Fax: 203-582-3524
Email: Deborah.Clark[at]

Marc Ebenfield

Marc Ebenfield, Ph.D
(NEFDC term expires June 2021)

Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

University of New England
Decary 045
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
Phone: 207-602-2845
Email: mebenfield[at]

Joseph Finckel

Joseph Finckel
(NEFDC term expires June 2022)

Associate Professor of English
Teaching and Learning Consultant (TLC)

Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street,
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-253-3076
Email: jfinckel[at]

Chris Hakala, Ph.D.
(NEFDC terms expires June 2021)

Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship/Professor of Psychology

Springfield College
Harold C. Smith Learning Commons, Room 401
Springfield, MA 01109
Phone: 413-748-4401
Email: hakala[at]

Carol Hurney

Carol A. Hurney, Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2021)

Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

Colby College
5165 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME
Phone: (207) 859-5166
Email: cahurney[at]

Danielle Leek

Danielle Leek, M.B.A., Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2022)

Director of Academic Innovation & Distance Education

Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue
Boston, MA
Phone: 617-228-2000
Email: drleek[at]

Bethany Lisi

Bethany Lisi
(NEFDC term expires June 2022)

Director of Faculty Development Initiatives

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD)
140 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-1699
Email: tefd[at]

Eric Matte

Eric Matte, M.S.
(NEFDC term expires June 2019)

Associate Professor of Communication

Landmark College
1 River Rd
Putney, Vt. 05346
Phone: 802-387-1675
Email: ematte[at]
Twitter: @profmatte

Kimberly Monk

Kimberly Monk, Ed.D, CHE
(NEFDC term expires June 2021)

Chair, Department of Hospitality Business

Southern New Hampshire University
School of Business
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03104
Primary Email: Nefdct2019[at]
Secondary Email: k.monk[at]

Laura O'Toole

Laura L. O’Toole, Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2021)

Professor of Sociology and Senior Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement

Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-341-3183
Email: laura.otoole[at]

Cindy Tobery

Cindy Rosalbo, Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2020)

Associate Director, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Dartmouth College
102 Baker-Berry Library, HB6247
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-9750
Fax: 603-646-6906
Email: cindy.rosalbo[at]

Lori Rosenthal

Lori Rosenthal, Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2021)

Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair, Department of Social Sciences

Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466
Phone: 617-243-2074
Email: rosenthal[at]
Twitter: @RosenthalLori

Peter Shea, M.A.
(NEFDC term expires June 2021)

Director, Office of Professional Development

Middlesex Community College 
591 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: 781-280-3561
Email: sheap[at]

Annie Soisson

Annie Soisson, Ed.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2020)

Associate Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Tufts University
108 Bromfield Road
Somerville, MA 02144
Phone: 617-627-4007
Email: annie.soisson[at]

Susan Tashjian

Susan Tashjian
(NEFDC term expires June 2020)

Coordinator of Instructional Technology

Northern Essex Community College
The Center for Instructional Technology and Online Learning
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA
Phone: 978-556-3686 or 978-655-5819
Email: stashjian[at]
Twitter: @suetash

Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler, Ph.D.
(NEFDC term expires June 2022)

Associate Director

Brandeis University
Center for Teaching & Learning
415 South Street | MS: 045 | Farber 2
Waltham, MA 02454
Phone: 781-736-5060
Email: bwheeler[at]