Meet the DGCE Staff

The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education is here to help you Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:45, located on the MCLA Main Campus in North Adams and at 66 Allen Street in Pittsfield, MA. 

Phone: 413-662-5575 | Email: dgce@mcla.edu 

Division of Graduate and Continuing Education Staff

Dean Theresa OBryant Theresa O'Bryant began work at MCLA in 2006. Initially, she served in various dean roles in the Division of Student Affairs. In 2022, she assumed leadership of the DGCE team. Dean O'Bryant is an alum of MCLA, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Dean O'Bryant also earned an MBA from Western New England University and Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. She is originally from Mattapan, Massachusetts and currently lives in the town of Adams with her son Joseph. 

Paul PetritisPaul is the Associate Dean for Graduate & Continuing Education and came to MCLA in June 2018. He is a Massachusetts native from Boston and has lived in just about every region of the state. Before moving to the Berkshires, he lived in the Portsmouth, NH. He received his BA in English with German Minor from Keene State College, M. Ed. from Antioch University NE in Keene NH and ABD in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix. Teaching and learning are sources of fascination for Paul, and he enjoys helping others achieve their goals and increase their intellectual capacities. In his free time Paul is a musician and practices his musical skills every day.

Quote: "I like that in education, we get to work with, and learn with, smart, reflective, fun people - so what could be better? I get exposed to new ideas and new ways of thinking pretty much every day - the field of education is really rewarding."

Jen AlibozekJennifer Alibozek joined MCLA (then North Adams State College) in 1985, after earning an Associate’s degree from Berkshire Community College. Jennifer has provided key administrative support to DGCE since 2022. She is a central source of important information about MCLA. Over the years, Jennifer has been recognized for her valuable service to MCLA. She is a past recipient of both the MCLA Faculty Association award, and the AFSCME Unit Member Distinguished Service award. Jennifer is the proud parent of two MCLA alums, Amanda '2011 and Ben '2014. Her favorite pastime is spoiling her grandchildren, Colton and Sadie.

Barbara EmanuelBarb has worked at MCLA for seven years. Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Barb moved to the Berkshires in 1996 to work in the training department at the KB Toys corporate headquarters. She worked at BerkshireWorks Career Center as a workforce development professional for nine years before being hired by MCLA. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development degree from George Washington University. In 2017, she earned a Higher Education Leadership Management graduate certificate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Barb enjoys helping students achieve their personal and professional goals and seeing the transformation that education can have on people's lives. Barb lives in Pittsfield with her dog Suzie.

Amanda SchulerAmanda has worked at MCLA since 2014.  She has served in roles within the Administration & Finance department, Student Government Association under the Student Affairs division, and now the Division of Graduate & Continuing Education. Previously, she served as the AmeriCorps Vista in the Service-Learning department at Berkshire Community College. She is also an MCLA alum, earning her bachelor of science degree in business administration and the MBA. In her spare time, Amanda teaches dance classes at Berkshire Dance Theatre.  Additionally, she is part of “dysFUNKcrew” an MCLA alumni dance crew.  She lives in Dalton with her fiancé Gary and their dog Khaleesi.