Meet the Staff

Rachel Trant, Assistant Vice President-Finance & Business Services

B.S.B.A-Finance: Northeastern University, A.S.-Accounting: Northeastern University, Institute of educational Leadership: Fellow-Educational Policy & Leadership Program

Phone Number: 508-626-4523

Hometown: Webster, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me:

  • "I'm a music lover, I like it all from Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa to classic rock like the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith!"
  • "I love a good adventure and getting to know new places."
  • "Put me next to the water and no matter what: life is good!"

Diane Mercier, Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting

MBA: Southern New Hampshire University, BA – Sociology: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, AA – Liberal Arts & Humanities: Adirondack Community College

Phone Number: 508-626-4758

Hometown: Hampton, New York

Something You May Know About Me:

  • The ocean is my favorite place and try to get there as often as possible.
  • I lived in the Berkshires for 25 years before moving to Framingham in 2014. 
  • I am passionate about rescuing animals and currently have two rescue dogs, Zoe and Punkin. 
  • Outdoor music festivals and concerts are the best!

Paul L. Foster, Director: Financial Planning & Treasury Management

MBA: Anna Maria College, B.S.: Worcester State University, Certificate in Professional Accountancy: New England School of Accounting

Phone Number: 508-626-4908

Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me:

"I love presidential trivia, U.S. History in general, and automobiles of the 1950's. I also enjoy taking road trips and watching war movies."

"I am also an adjunct instructor in Accounting at Framingham State."

Areas of Responsibility:

• University Budget Preparation & Management
• Accounts Payable Management & Oversight
• Post-Award Grant Accounting & Reporting Management
• Investment Accounting Management
• Capital Asset & Debt Accounting Management
• Management Reporting & Analysis

John Budron, Director: Procurement and Contracts

M.A.: Bridgewater State University, B.S. in Management: University of Massachusetts, Boston, Certificate in Management Development:Harvard University

Phone Number: 508-626-4560

Hometown: Milton, Massachusetts

Areas of Responsibility:

• Oversees Procurement Function
• Approves Requisitions
• Manages Contracts
• Manages Insurance Policies
• Provides Banner Approver Training

Josette Farnham, Staff Assistant: Financial Services

MBA: Fitchburg State University.

Phone Number: 508-626-4519

Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me:

"I love to travel and get exposed to different cultures. Before I started working in the Accounting field, I was a flight attendant and visited over 27 countries! Besides traveling, my favorite activity is Latin dancing specifically Salsa." 

Areas of Responsibility:

• Oversees the University’s General Accounting and Revenue Collection area
• Administers the relationships with the University Banks, Credit Card Merchants, Touchnet (the payment gateway company), Tuition Management System (the student payment plan company), Blackboard (the student merchant services provider), etc.
• Administers University Petty Cash Policy

Sherrie Buckley, Staff Assistant: Financial Services


Phone Number: 508-626-4531

Hometown: Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me: 

"I am a huge traveler and have traveled to many parts of the word, I was also an entrepreneur with a small part-time travel business."

Areas of Responsibility:

• Student Financial Aid Accounting
• Federal Student Aid GAPS Accounting
• Federal Perkins UAS Accounting
• State Payroll, Interest, Fringe & Tax Treasury Accounting
• State/Trust CR Revenue requirements
• FISAP Reporting
• State AR Reporting

Linda Nesta

MBA: Framingham State University, MPA: Framingham State University, BS Northeastern University: Business Administration, Logistics, minors: French and Political Science

Phone Number: 508-626-4933

Hometown: Milford, MA

Areas of Responsibility:
Capital Planning
Financial Management

Something you may not know about me:
I love doing woodworking, cooking (but mostly eating), the ocean and family. My children are the highlights of my life. I can be found just about any afternoon or weekend cheering them on at the track or at a cheer competition.

Sarah Nguyen, Accountant II


Phone Number: 508-626-4525

 Something You May Not Know About Me:

"In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking."

Areas of Responsibility:

• Revenue Accountant Supervisor
• Petty Cash Fund Count
• Payment Gateway E-Refund Process
• Credit Card Chargebacks

Faith Macia, Accountant I

BS of Business Administration-Finance, Bryant University

Phone Number: 508-626-4520

Hometown: Attleboro, MA

Something you may not know about me:
I enjoy playing cards, bowling, playing softball when I can. I am also a big Sci- Fi, Survivor & Country Music Fan!

Laurence Gauthier, Accountant I

B.S. Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Fitchburg State University

Phone Number: 508-626-4518

Home Town: Stoughton, MA

Something You May Not Know About Me: "I am a Proud Father of three and I love putting together Lego sets with them. When I can I also enjoy backpacking and camping in New England."

Areas of Responsibility:

• Revenue Receipt and Deposits
• All University Returned Payments
• Petty Cash Requests Replenishment
• Banner Payment Sessions Review & Finalization

Darlyne Joseph, Accountant II

B.S. Business Administration with A concentration in Accounting: Becker College

Phone Number: 508-626-4967

Hometown: Irvington, NJ

Something You May Not Know About Me:

"I grew up in Haiti until my early teenage years. I enjoy to play a good game of volley-ball whenever I have a chance."

Areas of Responsibility:

• Accounts Payable Supervision
• University Budget Analyst
• Investment Accounting Analyst
• Capital Asset & Debt Analyst
• Management Reporting Analyst
• Petty cash replenishment review and approval


Kristie Hurley, Accountant I: Accounts Payable

Middlesex Community College, Northeastern University, University of Phoenix

Phone Number: 508-626-4579

Hometown: Waltham, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me:

"Prior to coming to FSU I studied Cosmetology and Criminology, I love spending time with my niece, nephew, friends, and family and serve as a caregiver for my parents. When I have the time, I love to travel, preferably to Tennessee." 

Kristie Hurley also serves as a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Areas of Responsibility:

• Accounts Payable Processing

Margarita Philbrick, Accountant I: Accounts Payable

Degree in Touristic Administration, Collegio Veracruz, Guadalajara, Mexico

Phone Number: 508-626-4532

Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico and Ashland, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me:

"I love spending time with my two daughters and my granddaughter. I like to listen to various kinds of music, such as Mariachi, country, and the oldies. In my spare time I also enjoy swimming, water skiing, reading, traveling, and going camping."

Areas of Responsibility:

• Accounts Payable Processing

Lucy Prespolis, Buyer II

A.S.:Aquinas College of Newton

Phone Number: 508-626-4533

Hometown: Watertown, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me:

"I'm a huge Lionel Richie fan, and have been since the age of 10. One of my dreams was to meet him and that dream came true 3 years ago, it was a great moment!"

Areas of Responsibility:

• Processes Purchase Orders
• Special Projects/Assignments
• Assists with Change Orders
• Provides Banner Requisitioner Training

Nathan Stowes, Clerk IV

Candidate for Masters in Public Administration: Framingham State, B.S.- Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting: Framingham State University

Phone Number: 508-626-4522

Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts

Something You May Not Know About Me: 

"I am a big Sci-Fi fan and enjoy traveling, I have been to 9 countries so far: in each of the countries I've traveled to I've enjoyed my favorite food, Cake!" 

Areas of Responsibility:

• Create and Maintain Vendors in Banner and MMARS
• Processes Employee Reimbursements
• Responds to Purchasing Inquiries
• Special Projects/Assignments

Shawn Aldrich

Student Intern

Phone Number: 508-626-5845

"I am currently studying to be a Finance Major with an expected graduation date of May 2017!"

Jennifer Smith

Student Intern

Phone Number: 508-626-5845

I am an Accounting major with an anticipated graduation day of 2019.

Marina Pereira

Student Intern

Phone Number: 508-626-5845

"I was born in Brazil and am fluent in Portuguese and English"