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PC1G Partners

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our PC1G Partners are advocates from across the campus community who are committed to serving as resources for you. Review their bios and connect with a Partner today!

​Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta

Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry
sadamus@providence.edu
Hometown: Rahway, New Jersey
College/Graduate School: Rutgers University/Cornell University
Degrees: B.A. Chemistry/M.S. and Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
First-Generation Experience: Parents graduated from college, but had a non-traditional experience
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "Asking for help from faculty and others was not a sign of weakness. I had been socialized in high school to think that the 'good students' didn't need extra help from teachers. That is definitely not correct thinking!"​

Faith Allen

Associate Dean of Admission
faith.allen@providence.edu
Hometown: Milford, Massachusetts
College: Wellesley College
Degree: B.A. Political Science
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "More about the significant resources my college campus had for student success."

Dalila Alves

Sponsored Research & Programs Coordinator
dalves@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: East Providence, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: Providence College/UNC Greensboro
Degrees: B.A. History/M.A. European History and Museum Studies
First-Generation Experience: Older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: College Transition, Making Friends, Getting Involved, Goal Setting, Time Management, Mental and Physical Wellbeing, Majors/Minors, Research Opportunities, and Career and Internships
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "I wish I was prepared to get involved sooner, and was ready and willing to meet people during freshman year."

Kathy Baer 

Assistant Vice President for Engagement
kbaer@providence.edu
Hometown: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
College/Graduate School: Providence College/Harvard University School of Graduate Education
Degrees: French/Secondary Education; Higher Education
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "The value of connecting with faculty members, deans, and other mentors informally (and beyond strictly academic content discussions) around co-curricular and career exploration options." 

Manuela Barcelos

ESL & Academic Skills Specialist
mbarcel1@providence.edu
Hometown: North Providence, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: Rhode Island College/Indiana University
Degrees: B.A. Speech & Hearing Science/M.A. TESOL - Applied Linguistics
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: College Transition, Goal Setting, Time Management, Staying Motivated, Cultural Agility, and Study Skills
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "I wish I had known about scholarship opportunities and tips for taking more manageable classes during my first semester, which would have made the transition easier."

Patricia Bergantino

Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator of International Admission
pbergant@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Midland, Texas
College/Graduate School: Valdosta State University/Northeastern University
Degrees: B.A. Sociology and Anthropology/M.Ed. Higher Education
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "I did not know what to expect in a collegiate atmosphere. I wish I had learned more about time management. Balance in academics, activities and professional internships are key to being successful."

Dr. Jack Breen​

Associate Professor of Chemistry​
jbreen@providence.edu
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: Providence College/Penn State University
Degrees: B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics/Ph.D. Chemistry 
First-Generation Experience: I was not a first-generation student, but am interested in supporting our first-generation students/families
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: College Transition, Getting Involved, Goal Setting, Time Management, Staying Motivated, Study Skills, Majors/Minors, Research Opportunities
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: “That in addition to doing whatever it takes to do well in classes, it is also important to become engaged in some project that one can call theirs, and have something to show for their effort.”

Robert Ferreira

bob-ferreira.jpg Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
rferreir@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Warwick, Rhode Island
College: Providence College
Degree: B.A. Psychology
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Campus Resources, Making Friends, Getting Involved, Cultural Agility, Mental and Physical Wellbeing, and Career and Internships
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "How having a degree and a career would affect my interactions with my family. Coming from a traditional blue collar family, there is a breakdown in understanding the demands of white collar employment."​

Lynne Fraser

Assistant Vice President for Development
lfraser1@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Rumford, Rhode Island
College: University of Rhode Island
Degree: B.A. Elementary Education & French; Minor in Psychology
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "You are much more aware of what you perceive as weaknesses than the people around you. Don't be afraid to try new things and especially don't be afraid to ask for help."​

Nicole Giglia

Associate Director for Residence Life
ngiglia@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: North Babylon, New York
College/Graduate School: Sacred Heart University
Degrees: B.A. in Media Studies; M.A. in Teaching
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "Among many other things, I especially wish I had known more about navigating financial aid and student loans."

Patti Goff

Assistant Vice President for Integrated Learning & Administration
pgoff@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile​
Hometown: New Bedford, Massachusetts
College/Graduate School: Stonehill College/Providence College
Degrees: B.A. English, Communications minor/M.Ed. Counseling
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: College Transition, Campus Resources, Making Friends, Getting Involved, Goal Setting, Time Management, Staying Motivated, Cultural Agility, Majors/Minors, and Career and Internships
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "How signing for more loans during school - so I could afford to stay in school - would impact and limit my lifestyle after I graduated."

Kristine Goodwin

Vice President for Student Affairs
Kgoodwi2@providence.edu
Hometown: Lowell, Massachusetts
College/Graduate School: Westfield State College/University; University of Massachusetts Lowell; University of Massachusetts Law (currently)
Degrees: B.A. Political Science/Public Administration; M.Ed. Higher Education
First-Generation Experience: My parents graduated from college, but had a non-traditional experience
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "I wish I knew what a 'Dean' was; that I was not the only one who didn't know what was going on; and that there were people who could help me figure things out."

Dr. Toby Harper

Assistant Professor of History
tharper1@providence.edu
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
College/Graduate School: University of Auckland/Columbia University
Degrees: Biology and History
First-Generation Experience: My parents graduated from college, but had a non-traditional experience
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "I wish I had realized that seeking out and finding good, lasting friends who shared in my personal and intellectual interests would be as important as anything else in keeping me going with my studies."

 Dr. Ana Cecilia Iraheta​

​​Assistant Professor of Spanish
airaheta@providence.edu​
Home Country: El Salvador
College: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Degree: Ph.D. Hispanic Linguistics
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Email Questions, and Coffee
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Goal Setting, Staying Motivated, Cultural Agility, Scholarships and Financial Aid, and Research Opportunities
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: “I wish I had more information about scholarship and research opportunities.” ​​

Liz Kay

​​Associate Director of Editorial Services
lkay@providence.edu
Hometown: Bronx, New York
College: University of Rochester
Degree: B.S. Neuroscience
First-Generation Experience:  My parents graduat​ed from college, but had a non-traditional experience (attended night school, were adult learners, etc...); My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: “Success in college requires hard work and preparation, not innate talent.”

Dr. Colin Guthrie King

Associate Professor of Philosophy
colin.king@providence.edu
Hometown: Maine
College: Colgate University/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Degrees: PhD in Philosophy, M.A. in Philosophy and Classics, B.A. in Philosophy and German
First Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something You Wish You Had Known About College When You Were A Student: “I wish I had known how much my peers already knew just by being from stable and/or affluent families!”

Cate Latz

Assistant Director for Corporate & Foundation Relations
clatz@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Chicago, Illin​​​​​ois
College/Graduate School: Providence College
Degrees: B.A. Public & Community Service Studies and M.B.A.
First-Generation Experience: I was not a first-generation student, bu​t am interested in supporting our first-generation students/families
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions , Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student:​ "I wish I had taken better advantage of the opportunities the Center for Career Education and Professional Development has to offer, and I wish I started going during freshmen year. It truly is never too early. If you have no idea what you want to do with your major or career, or what you want to do in general, stop in Slavin 108!"

Liz Lombard

Associate Director for Employer Relations
elombar2@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Home State: Newport, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: Salve Regina University/Providence College
Degrees: Elementary Education/Spanish; currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Higher Education 
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "How to manage the financial aid process, internships, and job searching."

​Steve Maurano

Associate Vice President of Public Affairs, Government & Community Relations
smaurano@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: Providence College/Boston University
Degrees: B.A. English; M.S. Public Relations
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student:​ "I wish my time management skills were better." 

Dr. ​Brian McCadden

Dean of the School of Professional Studies; Associate Professor of Secondary Education
bmccadde@providence.edu
Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
College/Graduate School: Roger Williams University/The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Degrees: B.A. Communications, Philosophy minor/Ph.D. Social Foundations of Education
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the​ first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "More about how to access campus resources and supports, such as financial aid, academic advising, and career education.  I did well in class, but struggled with larger issues like paying for college and figuring out a pathway after college."​

Dr. Keith Morton​

Professor of Public & Community Service Studies/American Studies; Associate Director of  the Feinstein Institute for Public Service
kmorton@providence.edu
Hometown: Falmouth, Massachusetts 
College/Graduate School: UMass Amherst/University of Minnesota
Degrees: B.A. English and History; Ph.D. American Studies
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was ​A Student: “When I started out, I could only see college as instrumental. I had no idea that the things I was really interested in could become a way of making a living and a life.” 

Dr. Seann Mulcahy​

Associate Professor of Chemistry
smulcahy@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Wynantskill, New York
College/Graduate School: University of Richmond/University of Pennsylvania
Degrees: Chemistry
First-Generation Experience: I was not a first-generation student, but am interested in supporting our first-generation students/families
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: College Transition, Campus Resources, Getting Involved, Goal Setting, Time Management, Staying Motivated, Study Skills, Majors/Minors, Research Opportunities, and Career and Internships
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: “All students will inevitably struggle - you're not alone! Seek out help from your professors, who have chosen to teach at a small school because they genuinely want you to succeed.”​

Dr. Sharon Murphy

Professor of History
sharon.murphy@providence.edu
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: University of Virginia
Degrees: B.A. History, with Economics/French minors; M.A. History; Ph.D. History
First-Generation Experience: My parents graduated from college, but had a non-traditional experience (attended night school, were adult learners, etc...); My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "Don't be afraid to ask for help/advice when you need it (from someone OTHER than your peers), whether it is about course selection, financial aid issues, majors, minors, career paths, in-class struggles, roommate problems, problems at home, peer pressure, etc... No one expects you to have all the answers all the time."

Peter Palumbo

Director for Academic Advising
ppalumb2@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: West Long Branch, New Jersey
College/Graduate School: University of Connecticut
Degrees: B.A. & M.A. Communication Sciences
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student:​ "Ask questions. Faculty and staff want to help you make the most out of your college experience, but you need to become a self-advocate. It is important that you take an active role in utilizing college resources to seek out the answers to your questions. We are here to help you!"

Elizett Pires

Assistant Director of Student Activities & Cultural Programming
epires@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: New Bedford, Massachusetts
College/Graduate School: Bryant University/Bridgewater State University
Degrees: B.A. Communication/M.Ed. Student Affairs Counseling
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas for Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student​: "That the majority of my peers were offered classes in high school that my school did not, which ultimately led to them being more academically prepared for college than I was. In addition, I wish I was more prepared for the culture shock I experienced both as a student of color and a first-gen student."​

Allison Rubin

allison-rubin.jpg Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
arubin@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Queens, New York
College: Providence College
Degrees: B.S. Marketing and Computer Science
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
We Can Talk About: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "There are so many resources on campus to help students in all aspects of their college experience. I wish I had taken better advantage of those opportunities."

Melanie Sullivan

Director of Institutional Research
melanie.sullivan@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: Coventry, Rhode Island
College/Graduate School: Wellesley College/Boston College
Degrees: B.A. Psychology & Anthropology/M.A. Higher Education Administration
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "I wish I had been more well rounded. I was very focused on being a straight A student that I forgot to have fun!"

Ralph Tavares

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies & Director for Multicultural Student Success
rtavare1@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile
Hometown: South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
College/Graduate School: Providence College/Salve Regina University
Degrees: B.A. English/M.B.A.
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: College Transition, Campus Resources, Making Friends, Getting Involved, Goal Setting, Staying Motivated, Cultural Agility, Mental and Physical Wellbeing, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Majors/Minors, and Career and Internships
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student:​ "Just how important my faculty and staff networks would be to my professional life. The relationships I had formed back as an undergraduate student continue to echo in my present day. I now work in the same office as the Dean I had as an undergraduate student!"​

Dr. Arthur Urbano

Associate Professor / Chair, Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange Committee for Theology
aurbano@providence.edu
Hometown: Providence, RI
College/Graduate School: Brown University, Harvard Divinity School
Degrees: BA: Classics, Italian Studies; PhD: Religious Studies
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, and Coffee
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something You Wish You Had Known About College When You Were A Student: "I wish I had been better informed about support resources on campus. I also wish I had known earlier that professors do care and are ready to listen and help."

Jana Valentine

Director for Residence Life
jvalent2@providence.edu
Hometown: Greensburg, Pennsylvania
College/Graduate School: University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg/Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Degrees: B.A. Communication/M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "When I was a first-year student, I commuted to the college that I attended.  I wish I would have known that student organizations were open to commuter students.  I did not get involved in clubs and organizations until I was a sophomore, and then decided to become an RA my junior year."   

Dr. Eve Veliz-Moran

Associate Professor of Sociology
evm@providence.edu
Hometown: Los Angeles (Palmdale), California
College/Graduate School: Stanford University/Duke University/University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Degrees: B.A. Political Science/Masters in Public Policy/Ph.D. Sociology
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion:​​ Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "How important making connections was, and especially going to office hours and getting to know my professors."​

Susan Wagner

Administrative Assistant for Athletic Development
swagner2@providence.edu
Hometown: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
College: Robert Morris University
Degree: B.S.B.A. - Management
First-Generation Experience: My older sibling(s) was/were the first in my family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas For Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student: "About all of the services that are available to help students succeed, especially, Career Ed."

Eileen Wisnewski

Director for Career Education & Professional Development
ewisnews@providence.edu
LinkedIn Profile​
Hometown: Greene, Maine
College/Graduate School: University of Southern Maine
Degrees: Communication major/M.A. Leadership Studies
First-Generation Experience: I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college
Available For: Individual Meetings, Phone Conversations, Email Questions, Coffee, and Breakfast or Lunch
Preferred Topic Areas for Discussion: Open to any/all topics, and will refer students/families to other campus resources as needed
Something I Wish I Had Known When I Was A Student:​ "It is important to know that as a first-generation student, you might not be aware of the many resources that are available to you. This program will give you the opportunity to be on a level playing field with other students who have family members who have attended college before them."​​

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Providence College
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