Meet the Staff
Title V Director
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 as the Coordinator of the Student Success Center she works to provide NECC students with the same guidance, support and encouragement she received while she was a student here.
Joshua was born and raised in Lawrence to a single mother, who migrated from the Dominican Republic to the US in the early 1980s. Throughout his time at UMASS – Lowell, he took advantage of professional opportunities such as becoming a part-time New Hampshire Police Officer and taking part of a semester-long internship program in Washington DC.While the internship was a great experience, what impacted Joshua the most was the opportunity to meet and talk with students and professionals from all different backgrounds. This is when he decided to get his Master’s degree which he obtained from UMASS – Lowell. If it was not for establishing a solid academic foundation, then Joshua would not be in the position he is today, addressing social justice through Higher Education.
Karletty was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Lawrence at a young age. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University she decided she wanted to work as a college counselor to provide students with the same support network she had throughout her educational journey. Karletty joined NECC as a Social Services Counselor working in the Career Planning and Advising Center (CPAC) in Lawrence. She has held a few positions at the college since and now works as a Retention Counselor at the Student Success Center (SSC) where she provides access to our community’s support services. Karletty uses the positions that she has held at NECC to cheer students on so that they too can pursue their academic goals.