WLD Team

The WLD team has a combined total of over 100 years of training and organizational services in higher education and over 40 years at the UMass Amherst. We provide a unique and specialized understanding of the challenges and struggles of working in a large public research university. We're familiar with the internal systems, structures, resources, policies and procedures of UMass Amherst which allows us to work effectively with client organizations. 

Linda Marchesanimarchesani@admin.umass.edu 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...

Margaret Arsenaultmarsenau@admin.umass.edu 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...

rdowney@educ.umass.edu 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...

Gerald Fonville 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.

instructor photovkeh@admin.umass.edu Vanessa Kehler

Van Kehler is the Office Manager for Workplace Learning & Development. She has lived throughout the U.S., settling in Amherst in 1987 and is both a graduate and a 25 year employee of...

instructor photocmckenzi@admin.umass.edu Chris McKenzie Willenbrock

Chris is an Employee & Organizational Development Specialist for Workplace Learning & Development. Chris has spent the last ten years working in higher education....