Workplace Learning & Development

Promoting Employee and Organizational Growth and Development
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WLD Team

Linda Marchesani

Linda S. Marchesani, Ed.D., is the Director of Workplace Learning & Development. Linda has an extensive background in higher education, with over 25 years of experience in staff and organizational development, human relations and social justice education. She has led Workplace Learning and Development since 1994.

Her professional commitments include: multicultural organizational development; management and supervisory leadership development: performance management and the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. She has consulted and written widely on issues of diversity and social justice related to faculty...

Margaret Arsenault

Margaret is the Assistant Director for Workplace Learning & Development. She has extensive experience in the design and facilitation of workshops and seminars for public sector employees and organizations, with particular emphasis on: supervisory leadership development, diversity issues, teambuilding, organizational skills, respectful workplace, managing in a unionized contexts, and customer service. She has a strong organizational development background in strategic planning, facilitated retreats, organizational problem-solving, and developmental coaching of supervisors and managers.

In 1985, Margaret began her career at UMass...

R. Jamaal Downey

R. Jamaal Downey is currently a doctoral candidate at UMass Amherst.

His personal story and academic interest converge around: identity; language, ideology and consciousness; pedagogy, and epistemology.

Gerald Fonville

Gerald is currently in a doctoral program at the UMASS School of Education.  He became a member of the Workplace Learning & Development team in September 2010.

Vanessa Kehler

Van Kehler is the Office Manager for Workplace Learning & Development.  She is also responsible for developing and maintaining the WLD Website, and helping to organize the workshops.  Van has lived in many states throughout the U.S., settling in Massachusetts in 1987.   She is both a graduate and a 28+ year employee of UMass. 

Melissa Scheid Frantz, WLD

Melissa Scheid Frantz recently joined Workplace Learning & Development in summer 2015 as the Employee & Organization Development Specialist. Melissa has extensive experience working in higher education with an emphasis on diversity and social justice. She possesses a strong background in facilitation, workshop design, management and supervision, and program development.

Since 1997, Melissa has worked in organizational diversity management, multicultural and international education, and student affairs.  She holds a MA in International & Intercultural Management and is a fine artist who, instead of using brushes, paints...