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Lasell University Welcomes Six New Faculty Members

September 06, 2023

Classes started on Tuesday September 5th and campus was full of energy as students met their professors for the first time. Lasell welcomed six new full time professors to our Newton campus.

Kerry Smith, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and Health Science. With over 20 years of experience, Kerry first started in collegiate athletics as an athletic trainer eventually moving over to a strength and conditioning specialist and adjunct professor. Kerry has acquired a number of certifications including Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (NSCA), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), and Sports Fitness Nutrition Specialist (NASM).

James William Lincoln, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The Nancy Lawson Donahue ‘89 Professor of Ethics, and Coordinator of the Junior Ethics Program at Lasell University. Among his many degrees include a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Kentucky, Master of Arts in Philosophy, and Master of Science in Management from Lasell University. James has conducted a number of research projects such as studying the limits of human reasoning as understood by German philosopher Immanuel Kant using transfinite arithmetic as a critical tool. As an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, he continues his research on Moral Perception and making the philosophy classroom an accessible and welcoming space.

Casey Grenier, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Lasell University. While acquiring his B.S. in Chemistry and a secondary B.S. in Forensic Science from University of New Haven, Casey was also able to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. Grenier has been teaching a number of different science courses for the past ten years at the university level. During his time as an undergraduate, he found a passion for scientific research, specifically researching the online sale and distribution of marijuana seeds. Casey continued his research and dissertation within his Ph.D., where he developed a new kind of molecularly imprinted polymer sensor. This research directly leads to a patent-pending material that can improve antibodies for chemical measurements and form stable sensors.

Yvette Peruello, M.F.A., is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Lasell University. Yvette is an accomplished designer, educator, and author. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a Masters in Arts in Graphic Design from Suffolk University, and her most recent being a Master in Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University. Her thesis work led to her co-founding Re-nourish, an independent nonprofit organization that provides resources and tools to help advocate awareness and action for sustainable design. Working with many clients in the political, governmental, and energy industries, she is a firm believer in interconnectedness of social and environmental responsibility, using design skills to reinforce positive change.

Raymond Guillette, Ed. D. is a Visiting Professor in Data Analytics at Lasell University. Among his degrees include a B.A. from Bridgewater State College, an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College and Ed.D. from Johnson and Wales University. Professor Guillette is a Higher Education Evangelist dedicated and committed to lifelong learning and education.

Patricia Garcia, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Education at Lasell University. With over 30 years of experience, including more than 17 years as a superintendent of schools in Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, she has obtained multiple degrees including a B.A. from the University of Panama in Language Arts Education, a M.A. in Foreign Language Education from University of South Florida, a Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D. in Spanish/Bilingual Education from Florida State University. Professor Garcia has held a number of roles in the educational system, from classroom teacher to principal, assistant superintendent, regional superintendent, college professor, and superintendent of schools. Most recently she has been a lecturer in the University of Connecticut Executive Leadership Program at New England College. Patricia has also been recognized for a number of awards including the Connecticut State Education Resource Center’s George Coleman Excellence in Equity Award, the NAACP 100 Most Influential Black Leaders in Connecticut, the NAACP Above and Beyond Award for Exemplary Commitment to Education, and Connecticut Parent Power’s Exemplary Education Leader.