Susan was born in The Bucket (Pawtucket, RI) and raised in Providence, RI. A graduate of Classical High School, she transferred from Salem College to CCRI and graduated with a double major in Communications and Community Health & Wellness from Rhode Island College. Susan is a College Visions Alumna (’17) and is thrilled to be a College Success Advisor at CV helping other college students stay on track and earn a college degree. Susan enjoys spending her free time with her daughter Zen, food shopping and making healthy and nutritious meals, and studying the Bible with her sisters.
“Live your life to the fullest.”
This is the theme Benjamin lives by. He was born in America and lived in the Dominican Republic from 6-9 years old. He was then raised in Providence, R.I. He attended Academy for Career and Exploration (ACE) before going to URI. He is a proud College Visions and URI alumni (‘17) who believes it is his duty to give back to others, which is what drove him to serve CV. He likes to meditate, read, exercise and play video games. Meeting new people is Ben’s fuel and he is always looking to make new friends. Do not hesitate to contact him since he is always on a search to experience/learn new things.
Nick was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. He moved to Rhode Island as a teenager and attended high school in Providence. Nick started his college career at the Community College of Rhode Island and would go on to graduate from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and later earn a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Rhode Island. Nick served as a college admissions officer for several years and currently teaches as an adjunct professor. Nick is a social justice and education advocate who also enjoys studying physics and martial arts. Excited about the work ahead, Nick looks forward to seeing the continued growth of College Visions along with growing the number of students who participate in our services.
Emily “EmGo” Gonzalez is a proud native of the Boogie Down Bronx and first generation college graduate of Brown University '13, where she studied Education with a focus on Human Development. Working at CV makes her reminisce on her college application experience, owing much of her success to the push from her advisors at the Oliver Scholars program in New York. She hopes to pay it forward by actively supporting CV students and alums along their college and career journeys, too. #TEAMCV
Joshua hails from New Jersey, and loves being so close to swimmable water! Joshua holds a Masters in teaching from Rhode Island College, another in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Rutgers in Religion. Joshua has teaching experience in in Providence, Central Falls, Philly and New Jersey public schools. Outside of being a part of this amazing organization, Joshua loves making music, cooking, craft nights, and reading next to their daughter Ida.
Joshua deeply appreciates contributing to the way College Visions walks the talk, and empowers our students and staff to challenge and change the power dynamics in Rhode Island and beyond.
Moira grew up in New Hampshire. She is a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Chicago. She comes to College Visions from Johns Hopkins University. Moira is delighted to return to New England and once again be close to the ocean. In her non-work life, she loves spending time with family, cooking (ask her about her kimchi experiments), and checking out donut shops.
Tina is a proud First Generation Laotian-American born and raised in Providence, RI. She was raised by two strong immigrant parents, who taught her the values of love, hard work and education, which continues to drive her in her aspirations today. After graduating from Classical High School ('11), she moved to Worcester, MA to attend Clark University where she received her B.A. in International Development and Social Change with a Concentration in Migration and Culture ('15). She continued her education at Clark University and received her M.A. in Community Development and Planning ('16). Her personal experiences, involvement in non-profits and liberal education have inspired her to be a community activist and strong supporter of young people. She is super excited to be part of the CV team; an inspiring team of individuals who work with strength, passion, and compassion to empower youth towards success.
Monephia was born in Jamaica, but raised in Providence, RI. She graduated from Classical High School and moved on to attend the University of Rhode Island. There she earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and minored in Anthropology. During that time, Monephia got to intern with UCAP and spent a summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA with NWBRV. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, discovering new music, and spending time with family and friends. Monephia is beyond excited to be part of the CV team and can't wait for her story to unfold.
Gleyribel is a College Visions alumni ('08) and a URI graduate where she received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a focus in Criminal Justice. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and hopes to lead her younger brother in the same direction. Having attended Providence schools, she knows how important it is for our community to make its way into the higher education world and joining the CV team has allowed her do just that.
Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic and raised until the age of 10. She has lived in Providence, RI ever since and attended the Providence Academy of International Studies (‘13). She recently graduated from Providence College (‘17) with a double major in Global Studies and Spanish and a minor in Sociology. She is a College Visions (‘17) alum and the first in her family to graduate college. Her college access and success had a lot to do with amazing mentors growing up. As a young immigrant woman of color in Providence, she is aware of the challenges that young people face completing high school and accessing college. This has inspired her to work in Youth Development. She is thrilled to be working at CV as it is a space for her to engage in meaningful work and give back to the small city that gave her so much despite of the challenges that young people face in the Providence public school system.
Soumangue Basse, Secretary
Senior Auditor, Citizens Bank
Nancy Fisher Chudacoff
Of Counsel, Cameron & Mittleman
General Counsel, Rhode Island Housing
Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Brown University
Nick Figueroa, Ex Officio
Executive Director, College Visions
Jael Lopes, Vice Chair
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Providence Public School Department
Lead Consumer Engagement Specialist, Blue Cross & Blue Sheild of Rhode Island
Executive Director of Development, Rhode Island School of Design
Deborah Obalil, Chair
President & Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design
Grant Porter, Treasurer
Senior Consulting Manager, Finance and Analytics Conduent
State Healthcare, Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services
Community Partnership Coordinator, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University
Alumnus, College Visions
Director of College Counseling, Boston Trinity Academy
Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Director of Employer Sales & Broker Relations, Blue Cross & Blue Sheild of Rhode Island
Research Project Director, The Center for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital
Commercial Real Estate Underwriter, Citizens Bank
Alumnus, College Visions
Executive Director, Rhode Island Center for Justice
Sr. Application Analyst, Lifespan