Meet the ACE Staff

Susan Erickson
Director of the Academic Center for Excellence

Susan EricksonSusan attended Hampshire College with a dual major in Education and Environmental Studies, and Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Master's Degree 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 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.

Chris Coffin
Coordinator of the Q Center

Chris CoffinChris joined Regis as the Q Center Coordinator in April 2014. The Q Center, located in the Regis Science Building, room 111, offers tutoring for all quantitative courses including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from WPI and an MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to Regis, Chris worked at the private secondary school, Middlesex School, teaching all levels of mathematics and serving as the school’s Academic Advisor, Study Skills Coordinator, and Peer Tutor Coordinator. Chris loves to ski, cycle, travel, enjoy her family, and tackle craft and DYI projects.

Nancy Giusti
Academic Support Specialist and Smarthinking Coordinator

Nancy GiustiNancy joined the ACE team after working in coaching, advising, counseling, admissions, program management, and more at a number of Boston area colleges including Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, Urban College of Boston, and Massachusetts Bay Community College. Nancy brings an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling to the ACE team. In addition, Nancy is bi-lingual, and speaks Spanish. Within ACE, Nancy serves as an Academic Coach, Smarthinking Coordinator, and Social Media specialist. When not at Regis, Nancy can be found relaxing with her husband and children as well as with Felix, her cat who thinks he’s a dog. When Nancy isn’t working, traveling, or thinking about traveling, she volunteers at a local community organization.

Laura Hidden
Academic Support Specialist and Math Specialist

Laura HiddenLaura joined the Regis ACE team after a ten-year career at Dean College working as an Academic Coach, an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, and an instructor for Dean’s ARCH program. Laura is now an Academic Coach and a Math Specialist for ACE, and an adjunct faculty member teaching Quantitative Reasoning with a special interest in math anxiety. Laura holds an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Industrial Engineering, and a Master’s degree from Cambridge College. Laura is also an accomplished pianist. When not at Regis, Laura teaches piano, programs her synthesizers, and for fun, likes to find interesting MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and explore new fields.

Marcia Kuchta
Academic Support Specialist

Marcia KuchtaMarcia 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. In addition to coaching, Marcia coordinates the coaching program for ACE. She can be found in the Academic Center for Excellence or reached at When not at Regis, Marcia enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.

Lynne Man
Research and Statistics Specialist for Graduate Students

Lynne ManDr. Lynne Man joined ACE to provide Regis graduate students with assistance in research design, research methods, statistics, SPSS software, and more. Dr. Man is available for in-person meetings, Skype or Facetime meetings, email correspondence, or phone calls. Dr. Man attended Montclair State University (B.S., Nutrition), Boston University (M.S., Clinical Nutrition), University of California at Berkeley (M.P.H., Public Health and Nutrition), and for her doctoral degree, The Heller School at Brandeis University (Ph.D., Social Policy).  Her career has included research in nutrition, sociology, public policy, and public health, consultancies in program evaluation at a variety of agencies, and teaching at several Massachusetts colleges. When not working and researching, Lynne might be found riding her Harley Davidson with her husband, playing with her dogs, or enjoying her family. Lynne can be reached at 781-768-7136, or by email at

Ben Remillard
Subject Tutor Coordinator and Academic Support Specialist

Ben RemillardBen attended Providence College and graduated with a BA in History and English, and a concentration in Theater. Ben holds an M.A. from the Regis Heritage Studies program, and his master’s thesis focused on the memorialization of Native American histories. Ben is ACE’s Subject Tutor Coordinator and also serves as an Academic Support Specialist. In addition to working at Regis, Ben teaches history at Massachusetts Bay Community College. He also previously worked as a Professional Writing Tutor at both the MassBay and Regis Writing Centers. When not at Regis, Ben can be found running, reading, or competing in Trivia Nights at a variety of local venues.

Kate Richardson

Kate RichardsonKate joined ACE in the fall of 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at Boston College, and graduated summa cum laude.She is currently a member of the Regis College Direct Entry B.S./M.S. In Nursing program, and will graduate in 2017 with a concentration in pediatrics. Prior to working in ACE, Kate worked as a tutor for three years at the Kumon Learning Center teaching math and science. While at BC, Kate worked as a stress and time management coach through the Boston College Office of Health Promotion. She is currently an ACE graduate assistant, and works as an academic coach and science tutor. You can contact her at When she isn't attending class, studying, or working at ACE, Kate enjoys reading, cooking and doing yoga. She loves going to the beach and can often be found at Dunkin' Donuts!

Melanie Steeves
Coordinator of the Pride Scholars Program

Melanie SteevesMelanie 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 for eight years 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

Stephanie Venancio
Writing Center Coordinator

Stephanie VenancioStephanie 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

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