Meet the Staff
Gisela was born and raised in Puerto Rico, she moved to Washington, DC to attend graduate school. After a career working for the Department of Defense in Washington, DC and Massachusetts, she joined NECC with the first Title V grant, working at the Career Planning and Advising Center (CPAC) in Lawrence. At CPAC she helped students with their enrollment needs and managed the Mentor Program.She cofounded the Tertulias Club and coordinated the Hispanic Cultural Enrichment Program, providing a forum for students to connect with faculty and staff, and bringing local and national Latino figures, authors, journalists, poets and scientists to participate in the college’s White Fund Lecture Series. Gisela is currently managing the implementation of the second Title V grant which supports the new Student Success Center in Lawrence, as well as programs and services designed to help students succeed at NECC.
Niurka is a native of the Dominican Republic. She enrolled in English classes at NECC upon graduation from Lawrence High School. After receiving her degree in Business Administration, Niurka transferred to Merrimack College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in the same subject. Niurka says that her passion for helping students and for working in higher education comes from her positive student experience at NECC. She has worked at the college since 2003 and in her existing role she works to provide NECC students with the same guidance, support and encouragement she received while she was a student here.
Student Success Coach
Academic Success/Career Coach
Lorena Holguin was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Lawrence, MA at the age of 6. She earned her Master’s in Higher Education from Merrimack College and a Bachelor’s in English from UMass Amherst. She is a proud Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. and she remains active through the Boston Graduate/Professional Chapter where she is currently serving as chapter President. Lorena is passionate about leveraging education and community resources to empower underrepresented students, particularly the Latino community, immigrant families and first generation college students.