About Us


Atty. Ann Dobmeyer

Founding Dean, Division of Research and Academic Resources

Ann M. Dobmeyer, Founding Dean of the Division of Research and Academic Resources and Professor of Law, Bay Path University, has been a member of the Bay Path community since 1994, first as a faculty member, then as Chair of the Legal Studies Department, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and currently as the Dean of the Division of Research and Academic Resources.  Recognized by her students for her outstanding teaching ability, she teaches in the American Bar Association approved Legal Studies program at Bay Path.


Before her move to Western Massachusetts, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a staff member in The White House, Office of Counsel to the President during the Carter Administration and as a litigation attorney with Canan, Burns and O’Toole, P.C. in Washington, D.C., where she handled a variety of legal matters including family, estate and probate, constitutional torts, and a consumer class action with over 300 plaintiffs.


She holds a BFA from The Ohio State University and a JD from Antioch College School of Law, Washington. D.C. She completed Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers and served as editor of The Sidebar and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Paralegal Education and Practice, both publications of the American Association for Paralegal Education. She is the author of Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals: A Practical Approach, published by Aspen Law and Business.

Jodie Baker, MFA

Assistant to the Dean, Division of Research and Academic Resources

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Jodie is your go-to for any general questions you have about the Division of Research and Academic Resource in terms of its services, its policies, and its members. She will be happy to answer any questions or to point you in the direction of someone who can. She received her undergraduate from Marist College in 2008, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in English Writing. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction in 2016 from Bay Path University. In her spare time, Jodie enjoys reading, writing, playing board games, baking, and spending time with her husband and their dog and three cats.

Valarie Chavis

Online Student Support Coordinator

Deepwood—Lower Level
Valerie has been a part of the Bay Path community for over six years supporting students and faculty across populations with Canvas and everything else needed be successful teaching and learning online or using digital tools. Today, she’s in charge of Bay path’s ePortfolio and digital badging initiatives which are two important pieces of Vision 2019. She received her undergraduate degree from Springfield College School of Human Services in 2009 and her masters in Higher Educations Administration from Bay Path University in 2017.

Chris Gaudreau

Learning Technologist

Deepwood—Lower Level
As Learning Technologist, Chris is responsible for the following: The successful delivery of the University’s iPad Initiative; supporting faculty, staff, and students in teaching and learning with technology; and Canvas support both on ground and online. Chris began his career in education with Longmeadow Public Schools and Apple, Inc. in 2007. He received his Master of Education degree in Learning, Media, and Technology at the University of Massachusetts in February, 2017. Outside of work, he has been playing drums for twenty years, currently with Crowrider. He is a big fan of his family, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and burritos.

Robert Kelley, Ed.M.

Instructional Designer

East Longmeadow
Robert Kelley is an instructional designer supporting programs in the School of Education, Human and Health Sciences at the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center. Bob specializes in the use of technology to facilitate teaching and learning. With experience in corporate training, K-12, and higher education he strives to help our faculty imagine innovative uses of technology to help students become actively engaged in their education. In addition to working as an instructional designer, Bob also teaches online in the area of communications studies.
Originally trained as a television producer/director, Bob began working in the field of education as the production supervisor for TEAMS Distance Learning at the Los Angeles County Office of Education and later at the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET). Bob became interested in web–based, interactive learning while enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Surbhi Patel, MS

Director Student Academic Support Services 

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Adam Kosakowski, M.Ed., ATACP.

Coordinator of Student AccessAbility Services



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Always wanting to be involved in education, Adam earned his undergraduate and graduate education degrees both at Westfield State University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. After that, he fell in love with disability services and sought to augment his Masters of Education by earning graduate certificates in the area of disability services. His first was from California State Northridge, where he studied assistive technology applications (2015), and his second was from UConn, where he studied post-secondary disability services (2015-2016).

He loves all things accessibility, is a huge video game playing geek, and loves cats.

Peter Testori, MS

Director, Center for Online & Digital Learning

Deepwood—Lower Level
Peter leads the team of highly collaborative, innovative and supportive professionals and educators that make up Bay Path’s Center for Online & Digital Learning. Working at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology, the Center for Online Learning supports faculty and students in the traditional undergraduate and graduate programs and is responsible for providing instructional design services, academic systems administration, and faculty development.


Peter also oversees Bay Path’s ePortfolio and digital badging initiatives, working to help students make meaning of their learning on and off campus and to articulate their skills and abilities to external stakeholders. Peter teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level, serves as a deputy Title IX coordinator, advises Bay Path’s USG Alliance student group, and supports Bay Path’s work in the area of diversity and inclusion including serving as co-chair of the faculty standing committee on diversity and inclusion.


Off campus, Peter serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Square One, a Springfield, MA non-profit organization that aims to affect meaningful change that results in better lives and more promising futures for children, families and our communities. He is currently pursuing his Ed.D in higher education administration at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


Mary Wiseman, M.A., M.S.

Instructional Designer

Deepwood—Lower Level
Mary provides instructional design, course development and professional development to faculty. She assists in the integration of scaffolded, multimedia and collaborative activities to create innovative and engaging learning experiences. If you want ideas for teaching, call Mary.  When she is not learning something new, she can often be found in her kitchen whipping up vegetarian dishes, gardening or practicing hot yoga.