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Meet the Staff!
Rachel Arno, Director of the Academic Center for Excellence
After growing up in Cranston, Rhode Island and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Rhode Island College, Rachel moved to Long Island, New York for five years. Rachel worked at Stony Brook University for her entire 5 years living in New York, 2 years as a Residence Hall Director and then 3 years as an Undergraduate College Advisor where she provided advising, programming, and transitional support for a cohort of first year students. Rachel also earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Human Resource Management. During those five years Rachel met her now husband and together they decided the Boston area was the place they wanted to make their long term home. Rachel joined the Regis College community in spring 2014 after almost 4 years at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston; there she served as the Director of Advising. Rachel can be found in the Academic Center for Excellence in College Hall or contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Erickson, Assistant Director of the Academic Center for Excellence
Susan M. Erickson attended Hampshire College with a dual major in Education and Environmental Studies, and Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Master's in Education. Ms. Erickson came to Regis College in 2011. Prior to Regis she worked in the Learning Center at Dean College. Her experience in education also includes teaching at Outward Bound, Project Adventure, Radcliffe Seminars, and the American School of Tangier. Ms. Erickson specializes in Academic Coaching, and believes strongly in the power of coaching to support college students. You can find her in the Academic Center for Excellence or send her an email at email@example.com. When she is not at Regis, Ms. Erickson enjoys reading, cycling, hiking with her dog, traveling to Cape Cod and Maine, and relaxing with her husband and two sons.
Kathy Anastasia, Lecturer, Academic Support Specialist
Ms. Anastasia is a Lecturer in the English Department and an Academic Support Specialist. She has been teaching writing for fourteen years at Regis and she teaches Strategies for Academic Success each semester, a class preparing students to achieve academic success. Ms. Anastasia is available to help you through her classes or with an individual appointment at the Academic Center for Excellence. In addition to helping all students with writing, oral communication and study skills, Ms. Anastasia works closely with ELL students who may require assistance with English skills. She has lived in France, Mexico, and Spain. Ms. Anastasia holds a BA in French/ Education from Boston College, an M. Ed. in ESL from U Mass Boston, and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Her office is located in CH 390. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. When she is not at Regis, she is probably traveling. If not, you can find her at the beach, a museum, the movies, or at the theatre.
Marcia Kuchta, Academic Support Specialist
Marcia has been a member of our Regis community for over 20 years. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of Regis with a BA in English and has taken graduate level courses in Special Education. Additionally, Marcia is a certified paralegal and, prior to Regis, worked in the law department of a large pharmaceutical firm where she met her husband, John. They reside in Wellesley and have two grown children. See Marcia if you would like to arrange for a tutor or if you think you might benefit from a few academic coaching sessions. She can be found in the Academic Center for Excellence or reached at email@example.com. When not at Regis, Marcia enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.
Chris Coffin, Coordinator of the Q Center
Chris joined Regis as the Q Center Coordinator in April 2014. She earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from WPI and an MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts. Chris comes to Regis from Middlesex School, a private secondary school, where she taught all levels of mathematics and served as the school’s Academic Advisor/Study Skills Coordinator as well as the Peer Tutor Coordinator. As the Q Center Coordinator, Chris manages the tutoring program for all quantitative courses including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology in the Q Center located in room SB111 of the Science Center. Chris can be found in the Academic Center for Excellence, the Q Center, or contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Steeves, Academic Support Specialist & Peer Tutor Coordinator
Melanie joined ACE in August, 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Bridgewater State University and her M.Ed. from Cambridge College. Prior to Regis, Melanie worked at Dean College in a variety of capacities: as an Academic Coach, English Instructor, Dean Foundations Instructor and also as the Program Coordinator for Dean Foundations (Dean’s first-year college success program). In 2008 Ms. Steeves was the recipient of Dean College’s Teaching Excellence Award. Before making the leap to higher education, she taught English at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. A native of Massachusetts, Melanie is the proud mom of two teenagers, as well as two cats and one rescue dog, Daisy. In her “free time” she loves to surround herself with family, friends, sand, salt air, and the sea. To contact Melanie email her at Melanie.email@example.com.
Stephanie Venancio, Writing Center Coordinator
Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in English and Communication from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. from Cambridge College. Stephanie previously served as First Year Success Coach at Massachusetts Bay Community College and as an Academic Coach at Dean College. Hailing from the NY/NJ area originally, Stephanie and her husband Charles raised their three children as true New Englanders except for the fact that all five of them cheer on the New York Yankees. She loves the Cape more than the Jersey Shore, and is typically on the beach with her Borough Bulldogs, Bronx, Brooklyn & Manhattan. To contact Stephanie or make a writing center appointment, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Center for Excellence
College Hall Room 383