Jessica Hill was named the new assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Western New England University.
Hill “will provide leadership focused on promoting student transformation by helping undergraduates develop to their full potential, realize their potential, and achieve their personal goals,” the university said in a press release.
A lifelong Springfield resident, Hill began her career in western New England in 2020 as a college board director. Her previous experience includes several leadership roles at Springfield College, including Acting Vice President of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students, and School Board Director.
A graduate of Western New England University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Hill holds a master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in student personnel administration in higher education from Springfield College.
Tiffany Appleton, of Amherst, has been named chairman of the board of the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield. She joined the board in 2017 and served as its secretary from 2020 to present.
She is currently the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a position she has held for two years. Previously, Appleton was director of the accounting and finance division at Johnson & Hill Staffing Services in West Springfield from 2016 to 2020.
Appleton earned both a master’s degree in science education and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She previously served as a member of the Pioneer Valley Family Business Center Board of Directors from 2018-2020.
Three Holyoke Community College faculty members recently received 2022 Courses of Distinction awards from Massachusetts Colleges Online. They understand: Geoffrey Cunningham (music); Sage Franetovitch (biology); and Lisa Mahon (English).
Massachusetts Colleges Online is a collaboration of public institutions of higher learning involved in the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of online, blended, and other learning formats. The Courses of Distinction awards recognize faculty whose course design and practices best exemplify the potential of online education to enhance teaching and learning.
Franetovich, from Ashfield, and Mahon, from Easthampton, received awards in the “asynchronous online” category, Franetovich for General Biology I and Mahon for English Composition II.
Cunningham, from Pittsfield, won his award in the ‘open education’ category – incorporating free online resources – in his Music Theory I class.
Park Square Realty recently recognized the company’s top production agents for the second quarter in the Westfield and West Springfield offices.
Westfield’s top office producers for the months of April, May and June were Aimee Tompkins, Duane Desilets and Tori Dentonaccording to Barry Boccasile, director of growth and development and office manager.
The West Springfield office’s top producing agents for the agency included Diane Kapinos, Fabio DeSousa and Melissa Lemanskiaccording to Ted Cassell, president and director of the office.
Park Square Realty is a local company with 56 agents and two locations.
Florence Bank has hired Kyle Toelkenof Belchertown, as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Belchertown Branch.
Toelken was hired in May and has 12 years of banking experience.
A Ware native committed to community involvement, he volunteered with Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, helping present lesson plans to school-aged children. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin Pierce University.