Meet our Staff
Director of Academic English Language Programs
Phone Number: 508-626-4925
Rebecca Hawk is the director of the Academic English Language Programs and an instructor of advanced skills for academic and professional preparedness in the English Language Programs at Framingham State University. Her life’s work has been in applied linguistics, international education, and policy. She advances a global problem-solving perspective in her efforts with teachers and students in communications, English Language education, and academic preparations. She has led several workshops and seminars for teachers on innovative teaching techniques. Rebecca is a Doctor of law and policy candidate at Northeastern University in Boston and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. She has a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Speech and Communications as well as a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Director of Community Education and Lifelong Learning
Phone number: 508-215-5713
Dr. Anne M. Roberti is the Director of Community Education and Lifelong Learning and is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education (DGCE). She oversees the Community English Language Program (CELP) as well as Adventures in Lifelong Learning for adults aged 60+ residing in MetroWest communities and coordinates the M.Ed. TESL program.
Dr. Roberti holds a PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, a CAS in International Education from Harvard University, a MA in TESOL from Columbia University, and a BS in Linguistics and French from Georgetown University. Additionally, she has experienced life as an international student as she studied French at Université de Nice, in France, and Spanish at Universidad Católica, in Ecuador.
She has extensive experience in teaching English as an additional language to young children through adults in their elder years. She began her career teaching in the Framingham and Brookline Public Schools, and has taught in community college, undergraduate, and graduate programs. After completing her doctoral studies, Dr. Roberti transitioned from teaching English to providing instruction in practitioner-training programs and administrating university English language programs. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL).
Administrative Coordinator of English Language Programs & Community Education
Phone number: 508-215-5724
Yvonne Yoneshige is the Administrative Coordinator for the English Language Programs and Community Education at FSU. She provides support to students and instructors and maintains and enhances the program’s operational processes. Yvonne joined the ELP team after working over 30 years in the IT industry as a developer, program manager, and solution consultant. She received an AB in Linguistics from Cornell University, an MA in Audiology from Northwestern University, an MS in Information Systems from Northeastern University, and Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Yvonne also volunteers as an independent ESOL tutor and a conversation partner in the International Institute of New England ESOL program. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks with family and friends, participating in a book club, and practicing tai chi and qi gong.
Bilingual Assistant of English Language Programs & Community Education
Phone number: 508-215-5725
Marcia Fernandes is the Bilingual Assistant of English Language Programs and Community Education. She provides support to staff and students as a Portuguese interpreter and translator, among other projects. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese and Spanish Language and Literature. She also holds a Master’s in English Language and Literature, both degrees from UERJ - Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil, where she was born and raised. She is a retired High School Portuguese teacher. For over eight years, she also worked as an ESL Program Coordinator in Rio de Janeiro before relocating to the USA. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, SUP boarding, reading and traveling.
International Student Advisor and Community Outreach Specialist of English Language Programs & Community Education
Phone number: 508-215-5741
Maria Quilis serves as the community outreach specialist and an international student advisor for the English Language Programs and Community Education. She joined FSU after 19 years working with multinational companies in Europe and the USA. Maria brings to the English Language Programs her background in internal and external communications, corporate responsibility, and management of international corporate projects in the US, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, France, and Poland. Her international experience made her aware of the challenges international students face when studying a new language or arriving in a new country. In her position she enjoys advising students how to advance their English with the aim of improving their well-being and achieving their academic goals. Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in public relations and advertising from Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid, Spain. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks and watching movies with her family. She loves practicing sports, especially swimming and yoga.