Meet the Team
Interim Chief Officer of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
Millie Gonzalez has been with Framingham State since 2007, most recently as the Emerging Technologies and Digital Services Librarian. She has been active on FSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Council since its inception in 2008 and has served as its chair since 2010. Millie has been active on numerous other boards and committees outside of FSU including REFORMA Northeast (former President); REFORMA National (Technology Co-chair); American Library Association’s Council; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s State Council on Libraries; Massachusetts Library System; Digital Commonwealth; and, New England Library Association’s Diversity Summit. At FSU, Millie established the Whittemore Library’s Library Diversity Advisory Committee (LDAC), and served as the Vice-Chair of the MSCA Library committee. Most recently, Millie co-organized the Latinos in Baseballand Women Making History events. She has also successfully authored three (3) grants related to diversity and inclusion, including two (2) from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, and Latino Americans: 500 Years of History; and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners LSTA grant - Serving People with Disabilities. Millie holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College, and an MBA and MLS from Simmons College. Prior to coming to Framingham State, she worked in library consortium, software and pharmaceutical companies.
Director, College Access & Community Engagement
Colleen Coffey launched the MetroWest College Planning Center as Director in December of 2014. The College Planning Center is a regional joint college access initiative founded by Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College through the Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project. Colleen has spent more than twenty five years working in higher education, workforce development and national and international community development. While teaching Spanish language at Marquette University for more than a decade, she pioneered new methods in service learning where academic and community service needs were respectfully aligned. She also founded the Jesuit Colleges and Universities Virtual Dual Immersion Project where university students from both Latin America and the United States partner in global collaborative learning partnerships through telecollaboration. She has served college access in Massachusetts as the North Shore Region’s initiative on College Access in charge of the Family Academies through the Department of Higher Education. In addition, she directed innovative programs for incumbent workers creating pipeline education opportunities to college and promotion for healthcare and hospitality in the metro Boston region through Jewish Vocational Services. She currently serves as an international advisor for the Virtual Dual Immersion Program for AUSJAL and is an active member for National College Access Network.
Director, of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives
Chon’tel Washington joined the Division of Inclusive Excellence in February 2016 as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence. The Center for Inclusive Excellence creates an environment that reflects a collective commitment to promote equity, advocate social justice, and make excellence inclusive. Chon’tel first joined Framingham State University as an Assistant Director of Admissions, Diversity, Outreach, and Recruitment in June 2014. Before joining FSU, Chon’tel attended the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. At Heller, she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Management. Her professional experiences include serving as an Ambassador of Mentoring with AmeriCorps. During her service year in AmeriCorps Chon’tel implemented, a mentoring program for first-generation college students and served as Financial Aid Advisor in the Boston Public Schools. She also worked with high school student athletes to ensure academic eligibility through the Boston Scholar Athletes Program. Chon’tel’s passion for social justice and equitable educational outcomes for all students has led to her commitment to broadening the presence of talented students in higher education.
Senior Advisor and Coordinator
Erika Reyes is the Senior Advisor and Coordinator at the Metro West College Planning Center. The mission of the College Planning Center is to provide the necessary outreach, training, mentoring and advising to connect with youth and non-traditional adult learners in the region and guide them on their desired educational pathway to higher education. Erika utilizes her teaching background in order to accomplish these goals. Before joining the CPC in 2015, Erika worked at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, Rhode Island as an advisor. She taught ninth grade literacy and current events as well as coordinated her students’ internships. She has also worked as an ESL Support Provider for Woonsocket Public Schools where she ensured students’ acquisition of content knowledge and English as a second language. Erika’s passion for education and universal college access drives her to help others achieve their higher education aspirations.
College Success Advisor
Kimberly Valenzuela is the College Success Advisor at the Metro West College Planning Center. Kimberly was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her undergraduate degree from LaGuardia Community College and Queens College. She has received her AS in Criminal Justice and her BA in Sociology and Women Studies. This is Kimberly’s second year with AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellows. She has been serving in the Metrowest area for the past two years. This year she will be supporting youth as a Senior Fellow for Massachusetts Promise Fellows. Kimberly is also pursuing her Master’s in Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. Prior to her employment at the College Planning Center, Kimberly worked with student from K through 12th grade creating curriculum and mentoring students. Her passion is creating pathway plans for each student to succeed through college. She also has a deep interest in helping students get the resources to pay for college. At the College Planning Center she is responsible for producing the highest level of quality inclusive advising for high school community youth and their families.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Roxana Marrero is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. She joined Framingham State University in August 2013 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Henry Whittemore Library. In March 2015 she joined the Division of Inclusive Excellence. Prior to her employment at Framingham State University, Roxana worked for five years at Amcomm Wireless Inc. as an Executive Assistant and the Assistant Director of Human Resources. She held various positions in the administrative field at Tufts Health Plan including supervisory responsibilities of the clerical and administrative assistant staff for seven years. In all, Roxana has over 20 years of administrative assistant/executive assistant experience.