Faculty Bios

Raina Kittilstved has degrees (Bachelors and Masters) in Chemistry and Biochemistry and in Analytical chemistry from the University of Washington. She worked for five years as a forensic chemist in the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory in Seattle. During her time in the crime lab her primary duty was to perform wet chemical and instrumental analyses on evidentiary items in order to determine the presence of controlled substances. She has experience in responding to illegal drug labs and analyzing samples taken from those labs. In addition to the laboratory work, she was frequently called onto provide testimony as an expert witness in court.

She currently works in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is responsible for reagent preparation, instrument maintenance, and laboratory materials. She has experience working with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Vis spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), capillary electrophoresis (CE), gas chromatography (GC), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) instrumentation.


EE MIller is an interdisciplinary artist whose video work has shown internationally. She has produced media for a variety of formats including radio, web-based archives, and installation. EE has been teaching video production at the Five Colleges since 2011. She has produced and consulted for artists and organizations working on a variety of pressing social issues including prison abolition, disability rights, environmental degradation, domestic violence, and LGBT visibility.


Alex Phillips is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Assessment and Curriculum Development at Commonwealth Honors College, at the University of Massachusetts. He earned his degree in poetry from the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst. He is a co-founder of the Writing Butterfield residential learning community. He is a Writer in Residence and Faculty member of the Juniper Institute and Juniper Institute for Young Writers. His poetry and translations  have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Open City, jubilat, and in Ted Kooser's newspaper column American Life in Poetry. His books Crash Dome and Under a Paper Trellis are published by Factory Hollow Press. He can be reached at alexwp@english.umass.edu.


Tracy Schoenadel is the Executive Director, McCormick Center for Research at the Isenberg School of Business, University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Drawing on her extensive industry contacts and experience, Tracy and the Center are currently attracting industry partners that offer the UMASS Sport Management department’s students one challenging research assignment after another.  The Center divides its research among market studies, customized marketing research, and the creation of strategic marketing plans. Prior to her appointment at the Center, Tracy was a Vice President at TNS and directed the sponsorship research division.  She was also the Executive Director of the industry-leading ESPN Sports Poll.


Ashley Trull is the new director of Summer Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, bringing more than 7 years of academic and community leadership experience to the program. Trull has been involved with many aspects of environmental organizing and community work.  Most notably, Trull founded “Summer of Solutions,” a summer environmental leadership program for college students in Worcester, as well as a nonprofit dedicated to community energy efficiency and weatherization projects. 

Trull is an alum of Clark University, where she double-majored in Global Environmental Studies and International Development and Social Change, with specific research and focus on climate change, environmental justice, and international environmental organizing projects. Currently, she is the co-founder of a sustainable transportation cooperative in Providence, RI, and works on an organic farm.

Trull’s interests and passions include biking, writing, growing food, and helping groups find vision and purpose, and she is excited to share her passions and networks with the Summer Institute community.


Cassandra Uricchio is the new Director of Equine Management in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. She recently graduated from North Carolina State University with her doctorate in Agricultural and Extension Education where she studied agricultural workforce development, equine-assisted activities and therapies, and participated in an equine study abroad program to Ireland.  She also received her master’s degree from NCSU and a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.

Cassie has a broad range of experience in the equine industry, including interning with the National Wild Horse and Burro program, working at a USET premier show-jumping training facility, participating in veterinary research on equine Lyme disease, and teaching college riding lessons.  She also rode at the intermediate level for both the Intercollegiate Dressage Association and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.  Cassie currently teaches several courses in equine management at the University of Massachusetts and owns a naughty Haflinger named Nicker.


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