Meet the Faculty

Dr. Robert Awkward

Program Coordinator and Advisor, Visiting Associate Professor

BA, MS Northeastern University; MEd Boston University; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Dr. Robert J. Awkward is the Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the Master of Human Resources (M.H.R.) program. In addition to teaching part-time at Framingham State University, he is a tenured professor of business and economics at Middlesex Community College (MCC). There he teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Business, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Human Resources Management, Interpersonal Communications in Business, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Principles of Microeconomics. He currently serves as the MCC Assessment Fellow, on the MCC Assessment Steering Committee, and is the MCC representative to the state-wide and regional Advancing in Massachusetts a Culture of Assessment (AMCOA). In addition to providing advice and counsel to Business Administration majors, Bob has served or is serving on several committees and task forces including the Student Learning Outcomes Task Force, the University of Mass. Lowell/MCC Lumina Quality Collaborative Project, and was Tri-Advisor to the Business & Economics Club which won both the Federal Reserve regional and national economic challenge awards in 2008 and 2009.

Prior to this, Bob enjoyed progressive, diverse and successful human resources experiences in varied industries including retail, manufacturing, high technology, professional services, healthcare and academia. Those experiences include twelve years as a senior manager—serving the last three as Vice President of Human Resources. Although Bob possesses broad human resources knowledge, his areas of expertise include staffing, employee/labor relations, managing diversity, learning and development and organizational effectiveness. Bob graduated from Boston University with a M.Ed. in Human Resources Development. He also received both a graduate degree (M.S. in Economic Policy & Planning) and his undergraduate degree (B.A., Political Science) from Northeastern University. Finally, he has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Andrew Guigno, CCP

Visiting Instructor

BS, Suffolk University; MA, Framingham State University;


Andrew teaches the Compensation & Performance Management course. He is a Senior Survey Account Manager for Pearl Meyer in Wellesley, MA.  At Pearl Meyer he manages a portfolio of compensation surveys across multiple industries. 

Prior to his time at Pearl Meyer, Andrew worked for Shaw’s Supermarkets performing several roles including, Customer Service Manager, Systems Trainer, and Human Resources Administrator.

Andrew has an undergraduate degree in Communications and Journalism from Suffolk University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Framingham State University. He is an active member of WorldatWork and holds a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation.  He has presented at WorldatWork’s Total Rewards Conference and his work has been published in WorkSpan Magazine.

Dr. Beverly Edgehill

Visiting Assistant Professor

BS, Pratt Institute; MEd, University of Massachusetts; EdD, Columbia University


Beverly “Bev” Edgehill has committed her career to being a catalyst for organizational and individual development and change.   
As an accomplished organizational development (OD) adviser, Bev guides leaders and their teams in achieving alignment between strategy, organizational priorities and individual work performance. Additionally, she designs organizational solutions to manage complex and large-scale changes that support existing and emerging business priorities. For the past 25 years, Bev has enjoyed partnering with leaders to co-design organizational development and change solutions inside retail and financial services companies, as well as serving in the position of President and CEO of The Partnership, a Massachusetts-based, non-profit leadership development organization. Dr. Edgehill has received numerous awards for her work and is featured in two books on leaders who make a difference: Boston Inspirational Women, and Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership.  Bev teaches graduate level courses in Leadership, and OD and Change Management.  
In addition to serving as an organization development adviser, Dr. Edgehill is equally committed to mentoring career professionals in the practice of work-life success. As the former President and CEO of The Partnership, Dr. Edgehill designed a comprehensive leadership development and career-mentoring program for professionals at various career stages. During her tenure as President and CEO, Bev hosted mentoring circles for more than 1,000 career professionals on how to grow and advance their careers. Dr. Edgehill’s work at The Partnership is featured in a Harvard Business School case study. She has also served a regional selection panelist for the White House Fellows program under both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Bev completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University, Teachers College, with a degree in Adult and Organizational Learning. She is a sought after speaker at conferences and workshops, and has published several articles on the topic of career success.   She is currently employed at TJX Companies as Vice President and Global Head of the OD Center of Expertise.   

Dan Ginsberg, J.D.

Senior Visiting Lecturer

BS, Pratt Institute; JD, Suffolk University


Dan Ginsberg is a Senior Visiting Lecturer at Framingham State University and teaches Labor and Management Relations (Employment Law) at the graduate level and Business Law at the undergraduate level. Dan has been teaching for the graduate school at Framingham State University for 13 years. Dan also taught undergraduate courses in Business Law at both Lesley University and the University of Phoenix.

Dan received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY  and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1973.

Dan worked for EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, MA) for 11 years in Sales and Contracts. Prior to that, Dan worked for several high tech companies (Prime Computer and Easel Corporation); several government contractors (Grumman Aerospace, McDonnell Aircraft, Raytheon, Textron Systems, and civil service for the US Navy); and was also in private practice in law with a small Southboro law firm.


Barbara G. Holland

Visiting Instructor

BA, Boston University; MEd, Cambridge College


Barbara G. Holland has over 40 years of experience as a consultant, trainer and senior-level administrator. She is the President and Founder of BreakThrough Partners, a consulting firm focusing on diversity, inclusion, cultural proficiency, organizational change, workforce effectiveness and workplace equity. Her clients have included financial services corporations, educational institutions, public sector institutions, human service organizations and health care institutions. Before founding BreakThrough Partners, Ms. Holland held two senior-level positions: the Director of Campus Diversity at Framingham State College for over 6 years and Director of Diversity at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 4 years. About 3 years ago, she assumed the role of Chief Diversity Officer at Advocates, a human service organization located in Framingham. She has been a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Program since its inception in 1987. As a frequent spokesperson on social justice issues, she has made many television and radio appearances, been featured in a variety of newspaper articles and been a guest speaker/panelist on many occasions. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Emmanuel College and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Framingham State University.

Ms. Holland holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Education Administration from Cambridge College.

Pat Haraden, CEBS, CLU and ChFC

Visiting Instructor

BS Northeastern University; MBA Bentley College


Pat teaches the employee benefits course at Framingham State University.  He is currently the New England Area President with Gallagher Benefit Services.  In addition to his management responsibilities for the New England offices, he advises large employers, associations, and municipalities on employee benefit issues. Pat is the author of several articles on employee benefits and health insurance.  He has presented at local and national conferences on the impacts of healthcare reform and health care cost control strategies. He is also a regular co-host on the "McNamara on Money" financial radio talk show.  Pat has earned the industry designations of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM).  He is a licensed employee benefits producer consultant and is a member of several local and national employee benefits associations.


Prior to joining Gallagher  Pat worked as an employee benefits consultant for national consulting firms Fidelity Investments, Hewitt Associates and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an Accounting/Management concentration from Northeastern University, and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA)with a concentration in Taxation from Bentley College.

Andrew Letendre, MBA

Visiting Instructor

BS, University of New Hampshire; MBA, Boston University


Andrew Letendre is Director, Talent & Enterprise Services Technology at Liberty Mutual Insurance, located in Boston, MA.  In his current role, Andrew’s team designs and implements information systems that support several business functions including Talent Analytics, Internal Communications, Web Analytics, and global core HRIS.  Andrew has been at Liberty Mutual for 10 years and prior to current role, held varying roles across several IT and corporate business systems functions.  

Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Business Administration and an MBA from Boston University.  Andrew lives in South Boston and enjoys staying active outdoors.

Tobi Russell

Visiting Instructor

BA, Boston College; MEd, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Tobi Russell is Vice President of Human Resources - Talent Management, Acquisition and Benefits at Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies headquartered in Framingham MA.

Prior to her current role, Tobi was Vice President of HR Service Delivery at The Hanover Insurance Group located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Her 28 years in Human Resources spans various industries including 15 years at Fidelity Investments.

Tobi has an undergraduate degree from Boston College in Human Development and a Masters Degree from University of Massachusetts Boston in Instructional Design.  She is on the Executive Committee and serves as the Vice Chair for the Metro West Leadership Academy and is a graduate from the academy class of 1998.  

Tobi lives in Ashland MA and enjoys spending time with her 2 children and 2 dogs.  In her spare time she is an avid tennis player and is active in youth sports and assists with various towns and school fund raising events and activities.