Breakout Session Speakers
Kristine Bohmer is a graduate of UMASS Amherst with concentrations in both Communications and Gender Studies. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University and currently works in the Dean of Students Office at Massasoit Community College. She has previously held positions at Bridgewater State University’s Office of Institutional Diversity as well as the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, which is a national leader in anti-bullying programming for K-12 students. Kristine is an ardent Women’s Rights activist and, when she is not working, she enjoys all things pop-culture, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her two small dogs Sushi & Taco.
Dr. Dawn Mackiewicz has been an educator for the past 23 years teaching business and leadership courses at several college and universities. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Business and Management at Pine Manor College. In addition, Dr. Mackiewicz is affiliated with Dean College, Northeastern University, Bridgewater State University and Urban College of Boston. As a recent Doctor of Education graduate of Northeastern University, she opened a dissertation coaching business called Dissertation Finish Line to aid doctoral students in writing their thesis. This educator believes that anyone can achieve their dreams if they have a strong support system and acquire self-confidence through collaboration and learning.
Lindsay Carpenter Connors (she/her) is an Academic and Career Advisor at Fitchburg State University. In her role at FSU, she works with undergraduate student to explore major and career paths and supports students through decision-making processes to prepare for fulfilling careers after graduation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University.Lindsay Carpenter Connors (she/her) is an Academic and Career Advisor at Fitchburg State University. In her role at FSU, she works with undergraduate student to explore major and career paths and supports students through decision-making processes to prepare for fulfilling careers after graduation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University.
Nwando Ofokansi (she/they) is the Adult Programs Coordinator at Katie Brown Educational Program. There, she provides professional development on topics including intimate-partner violence, gender, and cultural-competence. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in Sociology, Philosophy, and African & African Diaspora Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Social Justice & Community Organizing. Nwando uses intersectionality and critical-race theories to unravel the impact of identity and oppression on health.
Amanda Sapienza is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Fitchburg State University. She has provided mental health treatment to university students at FSU for nearly five years. Amanda is also the coordinator of the Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education Program (FAVE), which is a campus-wide initiative to prevent interpersonal/relationship violence and sexual assault. She works with various campus and community partners to coordinate educational and awareness-based programs to address these issues and support those impacted by violence. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Merrimack College and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College.