Dean of Students Office Staff
Josh Cooper, MEd, JD
Dean of Students
Josh Cooper joined the William James College community as the Dean of Students in 2014. In his work at William James, Josh’s focus for the Dean of Students office is to enhance the student experience. As he likes to remind everyone, what we do is not extra-curricular, it’s co-curricular. Over his career he has been passionate about building the culture of community and bringing creative programs to campus. Most importantly, he is always looking to involve students as collaborators in what the office creates for the College.
For over 12 years he has worked in higher education with his time prior to William James being at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and before that at Boston University School of Law. Prior to that he practiced law at a small firm outside of Worcester. Outside of work Josh is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He spent two years as a planning committee member of the Mid-Level Institute for Region One, and has mentored others in both the Mid-Level Institute and New Professional Member Institute. Josh also volunteers for his undergraduate alma mater. As part of their alumni recruitment team he helps out with college fairs and admission interviews. When not doing things related to higher education, Josh can typically be found running, playing basketball, or going on adventures with his family.
Josh earned his B.A. from Hamilton College, an M.Ed. with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from Boston University School of Education, and received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Meridith Apfelbaum, MS
Assistant Dean of Students
Meridith Apfelbaum joined the Dean of Students Office team at William James College in 2016. She is extremely proud to be a part of a community that is dedicated to the mental health needs of our diverse, global society. In her role, she serves as both counselor and educational administrator, fostering the personal and professional development of students and alumni through a variety of career development, community service, cultural, artistic, and social programs.
A Higher Education professional for over 18 years, Meridith has worked with domestic and international undergraduate, graduate student, and professional adult populations at both public and private universities, including Harvard University, Brandeis University, Lesley University, UMASS Lowell, and SUNY Purchase. She has worked in Admissions, Career Development and Internships, Summer Academic Programs, and collaborated with Alumni Relations, Intercultural Centers, and a wide range of academic departments.
Meridith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Theatre Arts from SUNY Fredonia, a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Long Island University, and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Expressive Therapies Studies from Lesley University. Outside of work, she can be found singing, walking her adorable dog, attending musicals, appreciating the ocean, and spending time with her precious family.
Joan Axelrod, MEd
Coordinator, Academic Resource Center
Joan Axelrod is the Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at William James College and an adjunct faculty member in the School Psychology Department. She has spent many years as a psychoeducational diagnostician evaluating children and young adults with learning and developmental disabilities and consulting to local school systems on assessment and intervention. She has been teaching at William James College since 2007 and, since 2014, has provided writing and study support to WJC students through the ARC.
Matt Kramer, MLS
Research and Writing Specialist, Academic Resource Center
Matt Kramer focuses on supporting student research and writing needs building on his ten year stint as a librarian. He joined William James College in 2005 when the library also providing writing assistance to students. Matt helps students discover the information they need and find the best way to express their written analysis of their research. In addition Matt also administers the processing of the doctoral projects produced by the doctoral programs.
Matt has always been interested in writing and research. Prior to joining William James College he worked in the medical and patient libraries at Brigham and Womens Hospital. Before becoming a librarian, Matt worked in the technology field as a journalist at Ziff Davis Publishing where he was one of the founding staff members of PC Week (now eWeek) where he served as a technical reviewer and columnist. Later he worked as a technical writer with EMC Corporation (now Dell Technologies). He has been an active member of the Academic and Research Libraries section of the American Library Association.
Away from campus, Matt enjoys movies, reading and exploring cities and towns with his family. Matt earned his BA from Clark University and a Masters In Library Science from the University of Rhode Island.
Daniel Kason, PhD
Professional Writing Tutor, Academic Resource Center
Daniel Kason joined William James College as a Professional Writing Tutor in 2020. He focuses on providing students with writing and research support and developing writing materials. Prior to William James College, Dan has eight years of experience teaching college-level writing and literature courses at the University of Maryland and Loyola University Maryland. In addition, as a graduate writing fellow, he conducted writing and revision sessions for an interdisciplinary graduate population. Finally, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Dan provided career development and professionalization assistance to a specialty master’s population. In his free time, Dan enjoys writing science fiction, playing tennis, and finding the best ice cream.
Daniel Kason earned his BA in English from Union College, and his PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.
Bailey Boutiette, BA
AmeriCorps VISTA - Community Engagement Program Coordinator
Bailey Boutiette is the VISTA Community Engagement Program Coordinator at William James College. She is building partnerships with organizations serving marginalized groups and is developing effective strategies for community outreach and student involvement. Her WJC portfolio includes working closely with the ARC, the 2020-2021 academic year’s Student Involvement Newsletter, a collaborative informational social media campaign, and the photography exhibition, Remote Renaissance.
Bailey graduated from Worcester State University with her bachelor’s of science in BA Marketing and in VPA Visual Art. She contributes to WJC a background in art museums and in health care administration. She plans to attend graduate school next year to study data science and obtain her master’s degree in Computer Science. In the future, she hopes to apply herself to inclusive urban planning initiatives.
In her spare time, Bailey will be enjoying the mountains, freelance painting, baking pies, laughing with family, or binge watching teen dramas.