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 at 66 Allen Street in Pittsfield, MA. 

Phone: 413-662-5575 | Email: 


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."

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.

Erinn KennedyErinn was born and raised in Pittsfield, Ma. She received her Bachelors of the Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Masters in Science in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University. She came to MCLA in 2016 from Spanish Studies Abroad, a Study Abroad provider out of Amherst, Ma. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler, Lucy. She chose to work in higher educational after taking the longer road to get her degree, she finds it rewarding to help students stay on or get back on their educational path.