New Employees in July

07.01.17 – Kate Bachus joins the Communication and Creative Media Division as the Assistant Professor of Game Design. Kate is a game and narrative designer who has worked for AAA studios including Zenimax Online and 38 Studios, as well as having experience in the indie game world as a writer on the Game of Thrones: Ascent game at Disruptor Beam. In addition to teaching for the Game Design program this Spring as a Visiting Professor, Kate has taught Critical Game Studies at Bradley University.  Kate has a degree in Renaissance Studies from UC Santa Cruz and is a published fiction and essay writer.

Kate may be reached in the CCM building, via 802.651.5828 or via kbachus@champlain.edu.


07.01.2017 Veruska Cantelli joins the Core Division as an Assistant Professor. Veruska holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and for the past four years has been teaching at the University of Tokyo in their Center for Global Communication Strategies. 

Veruska may be found in Aiken Hall and may be reached via 802.865-5706 or by email via vcantelli@champlain.edu.


07.01.2017 – Aziz Fatnassi joins the Core Division as a Visiting Assistant Professor, as well as a one-year appointment as Perry Chair for the Provost and Academic Affairs Office. Aziz holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University and most recently has been working at Southern New Hampshire University.

Aziz may be found in Aiken Hall and reached at 802.651.5822 or at afatnassi@champlain.edu.


07.01.17 – Gordon Glover joins the Communication and Creative Media Division in a new capacity as an Assistant Professor of Creative Media. Gordon holds an MFA in Photography, Video, and Digital Imaging from Maryland Institute College of Art. He has held faculty positions at Burlington College, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Champlain College, teaching a wide range of course including motion graphics, animation, video art, media studies, documentary filmmaking, and editing among others. He served as Director of the Film and Media program at Burlington College from 2010-2013 and is currently on the Board of the Action Coalition for Media Education.

Gordan may be found in the CCM building and may be reached at 802.651.5939 or at gglover@champlain.edu .


07.01.17 – Kenneth Henrie joins the Stiller School of Business as an Associate Professor of Marketing. Kenneth has been teaching full time since 2006, previously at Plymouth University (UK), Texas A&M San Antonio, and University of Wisconsin-Stout. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University, and a DBA (Marketing) from Argosy University-Twin Cities. Kenneth was recently recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.

Kenneth may be found in the Ireland building and may be reached at khenrie@champlain.edu.


07.01.17 – Dr. Kierstyn Hunter is the new Program Director for the M.S. in Executive Leadership and the M.S. in Human Relations & Organization Development programs within the Division of Continuing Professional Studies. She brings a wealth of education and experience to our unique programs, which includes an M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University in Seattle and a Ph.D. from Prescott College where her research focused on organizational learning for gender equality in higher education.

Kierstyn’s work experience includes involvement in higher education institutions, but she has also worked with NGOs in places as different as London, Cameroon and Beirut. Her coursework, research and experience bring expertise in many relevant areas, including: Diversity, Organization Development & Leadership; Power, Privilege & Participation; and Systems Thinking.You may remember Kierstyn from the time she recently spent in the Academic Affairs Office as the Accreditation Coordinator.

Kierstyn may be found on the 2nd floor of the Miller Center at Lakeside Avenue Campus and may be reached at khunter@champlain.edu.


07.01.2017 – Kylie King joins the Stiller School of Business as a Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Assistant Professor. She comes to us from the Quality and Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program at the University of Maryland where she also served on a university task force to evaluate the perception of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.

Kylie describes her teaching philosophy as being grounded in the belief that experiential learning encourages student engagement and information retention. In implementing this belief, she teaches using techniques such as flipped classrooms, action-learning projects, and team-based learning.

Kylie may be found in the Ireland building and may be reached at kking@champlain.edu.


07.01.17 – Joseph Letourneau will be part of the Division of Information Technology & Sciences team as an Instructor in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Joseph graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Networking and Information Security (Cum Laude). Since then he has been working at Dell SecureWorks as a specialist in Incident Response and Digital Forensics.  More recently he has taught at Champlain as an Adjunct Professor.  We are excited to have him working in the ITS Division as a full-time faculty member this fall.

Joseph may be found in West Hall and may be reached at 802.383.6629 or at jletourneau@champlain.edu.


07.01.2017 – Stephen Miller joins the Education and Human Studies Division as an Assistant Professor as our Criminal Justice/Law Inter-Disciplinarian. Steve has worked professionally as an attorney for the past 14 years, has taught in Vermont prisons for the past 8 years, and has taught as an adjunct instructor at Champlain since 2014; Steve has additional experience as a crisis counselor and a special educator.

Prior to earning his JD at Vermont Law School, Steve also earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Psychology. Steve will teach in both Criminal Justice and Law and advise Criminal Justice majors, along with Program Director Phil Cykon.

Steve may be found in Freeman Hall and may be reached at 802.383.6282 or smiller@champlain.edu.


07.01.2017 – Sadia Mahmood joins the CORE division for the 2017-18 school year as a Fullbright Scholar. Sadia comes to us from Pakistan and in the fall will be teaching two sections of 300 level Core courses entitled “Pakistan: Past, Present, and Future.”

She obtained a B.A and M.A. with honors in Comparative Religion from International Islamic University Pakistan, as well as Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University in 2014. Most recently she has taught at Habib University in Pakistan.

Sadia may be found in Aiken Hall and may be reached at 802.865.5729 or at smahmood@champlain.edu.


07.01.17 – Robin Perlah joins the Division of Communication and Creative Media as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Masters in Emergent Media. She is a digital media artist and educator with a particular interest in photography and interactive systems. She received her MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Champlain for a number of years.

She has served as instructor, co-chair and co-director of the Design & Creative Media program at the Center for Technology in Essex since 2011 and is co-director for the Governor’s Institute of Vermont Information Technology and Digital Media. She also serves as the vice-chair of the board of trustees for the Vermont Arts Council.

Robin may be found in the CCM building and may be reached at 802.865.8454 or at rperlah@champlain.edu.


07.01.17 – Lisa Soros will be part of the Division of Information Technology & Sciences team as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Innovation.  Lisa recently received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida where she worked with the Evolutionary Complex Research Group doing all sorts of cool projects. Her expertise is in open-ended and generative artificial evolutionary systems which include analyzing and exploring large multi-dimensional datasets. She brings with her an impressive record of teaching, research, service, and industry experience. You may have already met Lisa during the May Collaborative. Lisa has visited Vermont in the past and we are pleased to have her joining us permanently this summer.

Lisa may be found in West Hall and may be reached at lsoros@champlain.edu.


07.01.17 Sarah Yahm is the new Internship Instructor and Coordinator in the Division of Communication and Creative Media . Sarah has a degree in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz. Sarah was an instructor of Community Studies/Social Documentation and also taught oral history, documentary studies, and ethnography classes at Burlington College.

Sarah has worked as a non-profit coordinator and administrator for youth and oral history programs and coordinated a public arts program for a public school. Most recently, she served as the manager of Providence PlayCorps, where she created a coalition between city government, the parks department, childcare providers, librarians, artists, and social service organizations.  Sarah has experience in public radio and print media as a journalist.

Sarah may be found in the CCM building and may be reached at 802.651.5824 or at syahm@champlain.edu.


07.10.17 – Molly Tuthill joins the Division of Continuing Professional Studies as the Marketing Manager in Online Programs. Molly will plan and measure proven marketing strategies and tactics for Champlain College Online and will oversee the planning of lead generation and nurture activities that propel online student enrollments.

Molly brings to Champlain over 12 years of client and agency experience across both traditional and digital media. She recently moved to Vermont from Rhode Island after working for Amica Mutual Insurance Company from 2013-2017 as a Senior Advertising Specialist; prior to that, she worked as a media buyer for PriMedia, Inc. for seven years. Molly has a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Johnson & Wales University.

Molly may be found on the 2nd floor of the Miller Center at Lakeside Avenue Campus and may be reached at 802.651.5835 or at mtuthill@champlain.edu.


07.12.17 – Jesse Brigan joins Champlain as a Student Accounts Representative.  Jesse will be working with the CPS online student accounts. Jesse comes to us most recently from Green Mountain Power. He worked for 6 years previous to that at UTC Aerospace in Vergennes.

Jesse received his BS in Business Management/IT from Charter Oak State College. Champlain is lucky to have Jesse’s personal experience as a previous Champlain College student as well as his online degree experience at Charter Oak to help him connect with our students. CPS online is excited to have him on board!

Jesse may be found in Perry Hall and may be reached at 802.383.6606 or at jbrigan@champlain.edu.


07.17.17 – Kirby Basile joins the Residential Life and Student Engagement team as the Area Coordinator for Student Athletics. Kirby will oversee and manage six residential communities. Participating in an on-call duty rotation for emergency response and crisis management. Organizing and facilitating all athletic programs and intramural. Kirby joins us from Mount Holyoke College where she served as Senior Community Advisor, Office Assistant, Curriculum Development Intern and Sports Information Assistant.

Kirby received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Holyoke College.

Kirby may be found in the IDX Student Life Center and may be reached 802.865.5461 or at kbasile@champlain.edu.


07.17.17– Kevin Duerr joins Residential Life and Student Engagement as an Area Coordinator for Community Standards. Kevin hails from the College at Brockport where he was a Resident Director. He brings a multitude of experiences with him from his time completing a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Psychology. Residential Life is so excited that Kevin has joined the team!

Kevin may be found in Skiff Hall & Annex and may be reached at 802.865.5758 or at kduerr@champlain.edu.


07.17.17 – Ian Fournier joins Residential Life and Student Engagement as the Area Coordinator for Student Leadership Programs. Ian will be working on providing different leadership workshops and opportunities for our students. He will work closely with the Resident Assistant program and is the co-advisor for the National Society for Leadership and Success.

Ian is coming to us from Becker College where he worked as a Graduate Hall Director and a full-time interim Hall Director. Ian has his undergrad from SNHU and is currently working to finish his graduate degree in Higher Education at SNHU.

Ian may be found in Skiff Hall and may be reached at ifournier@champlain.edu.


07.17.17 – Bridget Grim joins Residential Life and Student Engagement as the Area Coordinator of Student Activities. Overseeing and managing seven residential buildings. Participating in an on-call duty rotation for emergency response and crisis management. Supervising ten Student Activity Programmers as well as planning monthly campus-wide programs and co-advising the campus student programming board CHAMP.

Bridget has prior experience as Community Advisor/Resident Advisor, Hall Council Advisor, Orientation Leader and President of Student Activities Board at American International College.  Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, with a minor in Management from American International College.

Bridget may be found in the IDX Student Life Center and may be reached at 802.865.8483 or at bgrim@champlain.edu.


07.17.17 – Jackie Marcoux joins the Residential Life and Student Engagement team as an Area Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs.  Jackie oversees the Central Area of campus, supervises a group of Resident Assistants, and manages a team of Diversity Ambassadors while developing and facilitating diversity “lunch and learns” throughout the semester.Jackie has professional experience at Rivier University in the Student Affairs Office and comes to us with experience in managing area budget, organizing a variety of programming events, and enforcing policies in the residence halls.

Jackie received her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Hartford, and her M.A. in Community Social Psychology from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Jackie may be found in Skiff Hall and may be reached at 802.651.5918 or jmarcoux@champlain.edu.


07.17.17 – Rebecca Mills joins Champlain as the Director for Institutional Practice.  Rebecca will be creating, coordinating, sustaining and promoting teaching-focused professional development opportunities, as well as coordinating new faculty support and providing individual faculty coaching in classroom management, course design, assignment design, teaching style, teaching philosophy, etc.

Rebecca will foster a campus culture that encourages honest conversation about teaching and learning and creates an atmosphere of trust for discussion, experimentation, and reflection. She will also provide ongoing support for the College’s active, engaged, experiential learning approach and for teaching strategies that emphasize this approach.

Rebecca brings direct experience in designing and developing a teaching and learning center. She served as a Faculty Developer in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cedarville University and has taught college courses in traditional and online settings. She also brings extensive experience in social services. She has her M.Ed. (emphasis in Higher Education) from Cedarville University, and a B.A. in Biology Education, Cedarville University.

Rebecca may be found in Miller Information Commons and may be reached at 802.657.5965 or at rmills@champlain.edu.


07.24.2017 – Bianca Bellot joins Champlain as the Associate Director, Office of Diversity.

Bianca may be found in the IDX Student Life Center and may be reached at 802.860.2784 or at bbellot@champlain.edu.


07.26.17 – Thomas Nececkas is the newest member of the Circulation Coordinator team at Champlain College Library. This team provides library circulation services to the Champlain College faculty, staff, and students during the hours not covered by the full-time Library staff. He is responsible for opening and closing the building during a shift, oversees the facility and circulation systems, carries out projects and supervises and mentors student employees.

Tom obtained his undergraduate degree from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology in May 2007, and went to Law school at Vermont Law School in South Royalton VT. During his time at Vermont Law, he worked as a Circulation Desk Assistant at The Julien and Virginia Cornell Library.

Tom may be found in Miller Information Commons and may be reached at tnececkas@champlain.edu.


07.27.17 – Christina Brooker joins Champlain as the Operations Manager for the Event Center, working with campus events, the EMS system, event center work-study students and guests on campus. She is central to the many logistics handled day today!

Christina comes from the Barre Opera House where she was a project manager, and also has experience at Burlington City Arts and the Vermont Mozart Festival. She has deep and varied event experience as well as administrative and volunteer oversight. She has a BS in Music Industry, a BA minor and Women’s Studies Minor. Christina is the current board president for the Burlington Chamber Orchestra.

Christina may be found in the CCM building and may be reached at 802.865.5747 or at cbrooker@champlain.edu.


07.31.17 – Sagar Bhattarai joins the Infrastructure team within Information Systems, supporting network and server equipment for the Burlington campus. Sagar comes to us from ClearBearing where he provided IT support and consultation for clients around VT.

Sagar has a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, as well as a Masters in Engineering Management at St Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Sagar may be found on the 2nd floor of the Miller Center at Lakeside Avenue Campus an may be reached at 802.865.5499 or at sbhattarai@champlain.edu.