After an eight-year absence, Dr. Carla Oleska has returned to the Elms College campus as vice president of institutional advancement.

Familiar Face Returns to Campus

A new face on campus this semester is a familiar one to many in the Elms College community. Carla Oleska, Ph.D., who previously had a 22-year relationship with Elms as a staff and faculty member, is the college’s new vice president of institutional advancement.

Carla left Elms eight years ago to become chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a public philanthropic grant-making organization.  She has been active in community service over the years, serving on the board of trustees of The Conway School in Conway, Massachusetts,  the board of directors of Community Action of Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the governing board of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, among many others.

Her Elms experience includes six years as associate academic dean, two years as dean of continuing education and graduate studies, and 10 years as director of special programs.

“We are grateful to have someone with Carla’s experience, professionalism, and personal commitment to the mission of Elms College,” said Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., president of Elms College.

Carla noted that it’s a particularly exciting time to return to campus, with the expansion of the nursing division into the School of Nursing and the recent opening of the Center for Natural and Health Sciences.

“I can say unequivocally it is so exciting. I mean, this place is hopping,” she said. “I love this college. I think there is something deeply special about it….I do think in our world’s history we so critically need what happens here.”