Meet the Team

Colleen Coffey

Director of the MetroWest College Planning Center

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.

Chon'tel Washington

Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence

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.

Erika Reyes

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.

Robin Welch

Program Manager for 100 Males to College

Robin Welch has been an educator for over forty years. During that time, he has taught children in grades four through eight as a classroom teacher and as an Educational Technology Specialist. He received his BS in teaching from Framingham State College and his M.Ed. in Computer Education from Lesley College. Mr. Welch has served in a variety of administrative positions after leaving the classroom. He began as an Assistant Principal in Brookline, MA, followed by Principal assignments at the Tucker Elementary School in Milton, MA and the Claypit Elementary Hill School in Wayland, MA. He is currently the retired Principal of the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham after fourteen years at the helm of that school. In April of 2016 Mr. Welch joined the College Planning Center as the Manager of the 100 Males to College Program. As a passionate leader and educator with a mission to continue to eliminate barriers and facilitate opportunity for all, Mr. Welch is leading the 100 Males to College Framingham into a launch year of great impact and success.

Roxana Marrero

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.