Staff and Partners

James Cressey

Center Coordinator

Dr. Cressey is an Associate Professor of Education at Framingham State University. His scholarship and teaching are focused on inclusion and equity through evidence-based inclusive practices such as universal design for learning, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive practices, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and multi-tiered systems of support. Before coming to FSU, Dr. Cressey worked directly with children and families for several years as a licensed special educator and nationally certified school psychologist at Wediko Children’s Services and in the Boston Public Schools. He lives in Framingham with his husband and daughter and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, singing and playing musical instruments, cooking, and knitting.

Hannah Ricci

Psychology Intern

Hannah is the center’s first undergraduate Psychology Intern, working with Dr. Cressey for the spring 2020 semester. Hannah is a senior at Framingham State University majoring in psychology. She has a passion for working with children and has been a preschool and infant/toddler teacher since 2016, currently working as a preschool teacher at the Framingham Centre Nursery School. In 2018, Hannah traveled to Tanzania, Africa, where she volunteered as a teacher. Aside from work and school, Hannah has interests in reading books about mental health and mysteries. Hannah also spends time taking photographs and painting.

Leighah Beausoleil

Center Assistant

Leighah is serving as the Chris Walsh Center’s first Center Assistant, hired to help launch the center during the spring 2020 semester. She is a first-year student at Framingham State University majoring in English with a concentration in Journalism, and a minor in Chinese. Leighah is an Assistant News Editor for the school’s newspaper, The Gatepost. Leighah is interested in the community aspect of journalism and is looking forward to working with the community as the Center Assistant. When not in school Leighah travels to South Carolina to spend time with her mother. Leighah also enjoys reading and studying the Chinese language.

Planning Committee

The planning committee has worked for several years to develop the center's mission, form partnerships with educators, families, and community organizations. The current list of committee members is below:

Carla C. Cataldo, Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist, FSU Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Nancy Duggan, Executive Director, Decoding Dyslexia-MA

Sheryl Goldstein, Parent Advocate; Framingham Special Education Advisory Council

Scott Greenberg, Associate Provost/Interim Dean of Education, FSU

Ashley Luce, Diverse Scholars Program Coordinator, FSU Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)

Gail Palmer, Parent Advocate; Framingham Special Education Advisory Council

Wardell Powell, Assistant Professor, FSU Education Department

MaryGrace Stewart, President of MAGE (MA Association for Gifted Education)

Denise Weeks, Framingham Public Schools SAGE (Gifted and Talented Education) Department Head

Advisory Board

The center planning committee began with the efforts of community members like you, and we continue to rely on the work of volunteers who support us on a regular basis. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for our Advisory Board, or wish to participate in another way, please contact us at