Information regarding reopening task force

As Wheaton College continues to assess all aspects of its operation amidst response to the COVID-19 emergency, and with the health and safety of its diverse community at the utmost priority, it is also planning for what is needed, how operations will and can change, and how the college can remain nimble and flexible as it prepares to bring its operation back to the campus.

COVID-19 Reopening Task Force

The COVID-19 Reopening Task Force and subcommittees are charged with developing policy, protocol, and procedures for reopening the college in line with public health guidance. The Task Force must also prepare for changes in operations and for the potential for modifications to the academic schedule.

In order to adhere to the Massachusetts state guidance (PDF), the Task Force will be charged with compiling a plan for:

  • Repopulation of the campus
  • Monitoring health conditions to ensure the detection of infection
  • Containment to prevent the spread of the disease if detected
  • Scaling back operations in the event that becomes necessary, either because of a serious outbreak on campus or another statewide order from the Governor

Each subcommittee will be responsible for outlining preparation action plans that address each of the following categories:

  • Supplies and Materials – The plan and efforts to re-open are fully contingent upon acquiring and developing an inventory of the essential supplies necessary to support and ensure a safe workplace.
  • People Reintegration (employees, students, and visitors) – The transition back to on-campus operations must be a gradual and organized process that ensures that the college knows and controls who returns to campus, when they return and where they will be working, living, and learning.
  • Policies and Protocols – The college will need to develop a broad range of policies and protocols to support this plan that will likely evolve and continue throughout the planning and may shift based on CDC guidance or public health information.
  • Communications – A successful reopening is dependent upon a comprehensive communications and signage effort that will support the college’s expectations with regard to social distancing and other protective measures.
  • Training and Education – Health and safety training and education will be an important cornerstone to the re-opening efforts and will ensure that all employees and students have a general understanding of the safety precautions and protocols that the college is establishing to ensure a safe workplace.
  • Facilities and Space – Comprehensive cleaning and sanitizing as well as a thorough review and assessment of our college facilities and work spaces will be required to support re-opening efforts. Precautionary measures and modifications may need to be made to some spaces and offices in order to support social distancing.

The various subcommittees and their membership include:

COVID-19 Reopening Task Force

Co-Chair: Zack Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Co-Chair: Meghan Kass, Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Cynthia Maricle, Associate Director for Student Health Services
  • Omaira Roy, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
    (Chair, Staff Reopening Subcommittee)
  • Ed Burnett, Associate Dean for Campus Life
    (Chair, Campus Living Reopening Subcommittee)
  • Therese Doyle-Parillo, Director of Conference and Event Services
    (Chair, Campus Events Reopening Subcommittee)
  • John Sullivan, Assistant Vice President for Business Services and Physical Plant
    (Chair, Facilities and Infrastructure Reopening Subcommittee)
  • Representative from Provost Advisory Council and/or Renee White, Provost
    (Chair, Academic Reopening Subcommittee)
  • Rob Winsor, Director of Public Safety
  • Craig Kilburn, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Kim Lavallee, Manager of Business Services
  • Gene Begin, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Rachael Pauze, Senior Director of Compliance and Policy
  • Renee White, Provost
Staff Reopening Subcommittee

Chair: Omaira Roy, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
VP Liaison: Meghan Kass, Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Cynthia Maricle, Associate Director for Student Health Services
  • John Sullivan, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Operations
  • Rob Winsor, Director of Public Safety
  • Craig Kilburn, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Campus Living Reopening Subcommittee (Housing and Dining)

Chair: Ed Burnett, Associate Dean for Campus Life
VP Liaison: Zack Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • Cynthia Maricle, Associate Director for Student Health Services
  • Lyndsey Aguilar, Associate Director for Residential Life
  • Patti Tessitore, Manager of Building Services
  • Kim Lavallee, Manager of Business Services
  • Autumn Grant, Associate Director for Accessibility Services
Campus Events Reopening Subcommittee

Chair: Therese Doyle-Parillo, Director of Conference and Events
VP Liaison: Zack Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • Valerie Tobia, Director of Counseling Center and Health Services
  • Becky Pye, Assistant Director of Conference and Event Services
  • Gina Boyd, Assistant Director of Conference and Event Services – Scheduler
  • Nicole Lombardi, Associate Director for Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership
  • Jessica Kuszaj, Associate Director of Arts Events and Publicity
  • Lisa Yenush, Associate Director of Athletics
  • Wanda Suriel, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
  • Courtney Shurtleff, Director of Alumni Relations
Facilities and Infrastructure Reopening Subcommittee

Chair: John Sullivan, Assistant Vice President for Business Services and Physical Plant
VP Liaison: Meghan Kass, Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Joe LaCascio, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology
  • Megan Brooks, Dean of Library Services
  • Rob Winsor, Director of Public Safety
  • Valerie Tobia, Director of Counseling Center and Health Services
  • Craig Kilburn, Director for Environmental Health and Safety
  • Kim Lavallee, Manager of Business Services
  • Kaylyn Smith, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations
Academics Reopening Subcommittee (Classrooms and Faculty Returning to Campus)

Chair and VP Liaison: Renee White, Provost

  • Christina Riggs Romaine and Kelly Goff, Faculty from Provost Advisory Committee
  • Sally Buckley, Registrar
  • Liz Ziroli, Associate Registrar
  • Steve Viveiros, Dean of Advising and Academic Success
  • Peony Fhagen, Associate Provost
  • Touba Ghadessi, Associate Provost
  • Gina Boyd, Assistant Director, Conference and Events Services
  • Kelly Faulkner, Director, Research & Instruction
Mental Health and Student Support Subcommittee

Chair: Valerie Tobia, Director of Counseling Center and Health Services
VP Liaison: Zachary Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • Shaya Gregory Poku, Dean of Equity, Social Justice and Community Impact
  • Raquel Ramos, Dean of Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning
  • Jacqueline Menard, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center
  • Desnee Stevens, Associate Director for International Student Services
  • Judy Allen, Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation & Fitness
  • Alicia Moquin, Assistant Director for Residential Leadership Programs/Area Coordinator
  • Susan Friedman, Student Success Advisor
  • Victoria Rose, Assistant Director for Admissions
Study Abroad Travel Subcommittee

Chair: Gretchen Young, Dean for the Center for Global Education
VP Liaison: Renee White, Provost

  • Zachary Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Alida Gomez, Assistant Director for Student Abroad Programs
  • Susan Beard, Director for Student Financial Services
  • Valerie Tobia, Director for Counseling and Health Services
  • Rachael Pauze, Senior Director for Compliance and Policy
  • Kim Lavallee, Manager of Business Services
  • Kirk Anderson, Faculty
Athletics Subcommittee

Chair: Gavin Viano, Director of Athletics & Recreation
VP Liaison: Zachary Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • Lisa Yenush, Associate Athletic Director
  • Greg Steele, Head Athletic Trainer
  • Kaylyn Smith, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Operations
  • Judy Allen, Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation & Fitness
  • Kathy DiSilvestri, Athletic Trainer
  • Laura Murphy, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach & Athletic Trainer
  • Pam Parker, Athletics Department Coordinator
  • Cynthia Maricle, Associate Director for Student Health Services