Feb 4, 2014

Elms College names Carla Oleska vice president of institutional advancement



Staff report
(Photo courtesy of Elms College)

CHICOPEE – Elms College has announced the appointment of Carla Oleska as its new vice president of institutional advancement.

Oleska previously served as chief executive officer of the public foundation Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts for eight years. Prior to that, she was employed at Elms College for 22 years in numerous capacities, including associate academic dean and dean of continuing education and graduate studies. She received her doctor of philosophy in English/critical theory from the University of Rhode Island.

At Elms College, she will be a member of the president’s cabinet, and oversee all aspects of development and alumni relations.

“We are grateful to have someone with Carla’s experience, professionalism and understanding of the mission of Elms College,” said Sister Mary Reap, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, president of Elms College.

Osleska noted that her return to Elms comes at a particularly thrilling time, with the January opening of the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, a state-of-the-art facility that prepares students for careers in nursing, health and physical sciences and computer information technology.

“This is a beautifully energetic place,” she said. “It’s an exciting time because a sense of mission is very much alive here.”

Oleska has been extensively involved in community service over the last 30 years and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Conway School in Conway, Mass. She previously served on the boards of Community Action of Franklin and Hampshire Counties; Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield Headstart, Inc.; Girl Scouts of Pioneer Valley, Inc.; and the Holyoke Latino Scholarship Fund of the Western Mass. Women’s Coalition. She is co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Network and served on the governing board of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning in Chicopee.

Her numerous awards and honors include recognition as the 2012 Outstanding Philanthropy Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the 2011 Business West Difference Makers Award, and selection as one of 100 national delegates in 2010 to the Vision 2020 National Leadership Initiative at Drexel University.