College Access Program Director
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
Interim Executive Director & Program Consultant
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Emily relocated to the east coast to study at Brown University. Upon graduating in 2009 with a degree in Latin American and Carribbean Studies, Emily spent two years working as a College Adviser at Woonsocket High School with the National College Advising Corps. Despite missing sunny California, Emily traded her sunnies and shorts to obtain her masters in Urban Education Policy at Brown University. She is excited and proud to now be the College Success Program Director at College Visions, an eight-year resident of Rhode Island, and an avid fan of sledding, blizzards, and coffee milk.
Joshua hails from New Jersey, and loves the similarities between his home state and that of Rhode Island: most notably population density and environmental stewardship. He recently completed his masters in teaching at Rhode Island College, holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Rutgers in Religion. He has experience in public schools in Providence, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Joshua is also a songwriter and musician and lives in Pawtucket with his family.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Access + Success Advisor
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.
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.
Nick was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. Moved to Rhode Island as a teenager and attended high school in Providence. He 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 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.
Senior Auditor, Citizens Bank
Nancy Fisher Chudacoff
Cameron & Mittleman
Financial Advisor, Valic Financial Advisors
Vice President of Student Affairs, Community College of Rhode Island
Chief Strategy Officer (Retired), YMCA of Greater Providence
Interim Executive Director, Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Providence Public School Department
Alexandra Moffatt, Vice-Chair
Domestic Violence Advocate, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
Timothy Monroe, Chair
Executive Director of Development, Rhode Island School of Design
Nick Figueroa, Ex Officio
Executive Director, College Visions
President & Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
Community Partnership Coordinator, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University
Alumnus, College Visions
Project Manager, Pro-Change Behavior Systems
Emmanuel Ventura-Urena, Treasurer
Commercial Banking Risk Specialist, CItizens Bank
Alumnus, College Visions
Deputy Secretary-General Counsel, RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Rafael Zapata, Secretary
Associate Vice-President/Chief Diversity Officer, Providence College