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Academic Advising Staff

HaverhillBehrakis One Stop Student Center, 2nd Floor, CPAC978-556-3440
LawrenceDr. Ibrahim El Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center, 1st Floor, LC 129 
Academic Advising Staff
Grace Young, Dean, Academic Support Services, Articulation, and Transfer SC212A and LC 131978-556-3449gyoung@necc.mass.edu
Linda Bradish, EDP Entry Operator IV, HaverhillOutside SC212A978-556-3445lbradish@necc.mass.edu
Solanyi Muñoz, Clerk IIILC129978-655-5924smunoz@necc.mass.edu
Candy Rentas, Administrative Assistant II, HaverhillOutside SC212A978-556-3443crentas@necc.mass.edu

Jayne Ducharme, Coordinator of Academic Advising, Lawrence,

Jayne hails from the great state of Massachusetts.  She graduated with a BA in English and Communications from Assumption College and earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Jayne worked in secondary education and student affairs for many years prior to starting as an Academic Advisor at NECC in 2006. Jayne currently serves as Coordinator of Academic Advising on the Lawrence Campus. In the Coordinator’s role, Jayne serves as a resource for the Lawrence Career Planning and Advising Center Team.  Her favorite day is St. Patrick’s Day because she loves being Irish.

LC 129978-655-5914jducharme@necc.mass.edu

Stephanie Wares, Coordinator of Academic Advising, Haverhill

Stephanie is originally from Lockport, New York.  She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from SUNY Fredonia and a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Canisius College.   Stephanie has many years’ experience in Residence Life, Admissions and Counseling along with a passion for women’s psychology.  She joined NECC in 2011 and currently serves as Coordinator of Academic Advising and Community Referral for the Haverhill campus.  In the Coordinator’s role, Stephanie serves as a resource for the Haverhill Career Planning and Advising Center Team.  Stephanie made her theatrical debut in the NECC Top Notch adaptation of the Vagina Monologues.


Martha Bixby, Academic Advisor, Haverhill

Martha grew up in Groveland, Massachusetts and earned her Associates Degree in Computer Operations and Accounting from Northern Essex Community College.  Upon transferring from NECC, Martha earned a BS in Business Studies, a MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University. She began working at NECC in 2008 and became an Academic Advisor in 2011.  She currently assists with the advising of students in the Adult Literacy & Transition Programs.   Martha enjoys volunteering at her church and loves Lifetime movies.  


Rosalie Catalano, Transfer & Academic Advisor, Haverhill

Rosalie is originally from Methuen, Massachusetts. She attended Rivier University, Northern Essex Community College, Suffolk University and earned a BA in Psychology from Salem State University and a M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University. Rosalie started her career at NECC in 2001 and enjoys being a Transfer & Academic Advisor. Due to her extensive personal background in transferring to and from both public and private institutions, she has a special place in her heart when it comes to assisting students with the transfer process. Before NECC Rosalie worked in Social Services, Mental Health, and founded a charter school for emotionally challenged youth, ages 16-21 year-olds in Florida. Rosalie’s first job was working as a cashier at the age of nine for her family owned Catalano’s Market in Lawrence.


Vanessa Desani, Academic Advisor

Vanessa is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received her BA in Portuguese and English Language & Literature from Sao Paulo University and her M. Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Cambridge College.  She also earned a Portuguese & English Community and Legal Interpreter certificate from Boston University. She has been in the U.S. for almost nine years and has worked very close to the Latino community in Allston and Framingham, where she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for social justice and diversity groups’ empowerment. Vanessa started her career at NECC in 2015 and she currently serves as an Academic Advisor and Community Referral on the Lawrence Campus. Vanessa loves summer and she keeps wearing her Brazilian flip-flops over the winter. 

LC 129978 655-5921vdesani@necc.mass.edu

Jeffrey Flaherty, Academic Advisor, Lawrence

Jeff is originally from Rochester, New York.  He earned a BA in Communications Management and a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Dayton.  Jeff joined NECC in 2014. Prior to that he worked as an Academic Advisor at the University of Connecticut and Dean College. Jeff also has many years’ experience working in Residence Life.  He was the mascot and mascot coach at the University of Dayton, and is always willing to talk about his alma mater. Last but not least, Jeff participated in Up With People where he traveled performing live musical shows, staying with host families, and doing community service work in cities and towns all over the world.

LC 129978-655-5918jflaherty@necc.mass.edu

Ana Fraden, Academic Advisor, Haverhill

Ana was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Connecticut. She went to the University of Connecticut at Waterbury and double majored in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. She moved to the Boston area for graduate school at Northeastern University. She graduated with a MS in College Student Development and Counseling in 2012. She began working at NECC in 2012 and serves as the ESL contact in the Haverhill Career Planning and Advising Center. Ana is an avid concert-goer with an elite membership in the BEYhive and countless trips to enjoy the salsa rhythms of her favorite “flaco” Marc Anthony.


Maria Gonzalez, Academic Advisor and Student Success Center Liaison, Lawrence

Maria was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Middlesex Community College, a BS in Psychology, and a M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs, both from Salem State University.  She brings over 10 years’ experience as a public school educator to her position of Academic Advisor at NECC.  She has worked at NECC since 2011.  Maria lives in a suburb outside of Boston but feels privileged to work in the city of Lawrence where students come from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.  Maria is a running enthusiast and is excited about running in the 119th Boston Marathon.  

LC 129978-655-5915mgonzalez1@necc.mass.edu

Jayme Haddad, Transfer & Academic Advisor, Lawrence

Jayme is from Groveland, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. Jayme has worked full time at NECC since 2011 after working as a seasonal employee of the college throughout her undergraduate years.  She is the Transfer & Academic Advisor for the Lawrence Campus.  Jayme is a dog lover and has two dogs a chocolate lab named Bubba and a cavapoochon named Maisie.

LC 129978-655-5916jhaddad@necc.mass.edu

Jeannine Patturelli, Academic Advisor, Haverhill

Jeannine has lived in Methuen for the majority of her life.   She earned a BS and a MA in Criminal Justice and a Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  Jeannine began her career as a social worker for the state of Massachusetts, then transitioned into secondary education where she was a guidance counselor for 16 years in both public and private schools.  Jeannine has been with NECC since 2013 as the Online Academic Advisor.   Outside of NECC, Jeannine enjoys practicing Reiki, going to the beach, and spending time with her daughters and her two Shih Tzu pups. 

PACE Staff
Karen Mitchell, DirectorCPAC-05978-556-3404kmitchell@necc.mass.edu
Kristen Arnold, Transfer AdvisorCPAC-03978-556-3418karnold@necc.mass.edu
Ann Coughlin, Learning AssistantC201978-556-3550acoughlin@necc.mass.edu
Nancy Pelletier, Statistician ICPAC-04978-556-3403npelletier@necc.mass.edu
Academic Placement & Testing Center Staff
Donna Bertolino, Assistant Dean of Academic Support ServicesTC-125978-556-3431dbertolino@necc.mass.edu
Donna Felisberto, Coordinator, Academic Placement & Testing, Credit
for Life Learning & HSE Chief Examiner
Susan Alestock, Technical Assistant IIITC-128978-556-3778salestock@necc.mass.edu
Helen Burns-Vasques,PT Technical Assistant IICPAC-01978-556-hburnvasques@necc.mass.edu
Nancy Carroll, Clerk III & HSE ExaminerCPAC-01978-556-3458ncarroll@necc.mass.edu
Peggy Lambert, PT Technical Assistant IITC-128978-556-3872mlambert@necc.mass.edu
Laura Roche, PT Assessment SpecialistTC-128978-556-3872lroche@necc.mass.edu
Lorna Walsh, PT Systems AnalystTC-128978-556-3776lwalsh@necc.mass.edu
Denise Torrey, PT Clerk IITC-128978-556-3448dtorrey@necc.mass.edu
Louise Michaud, Assessment Officer, LawrenceL-103978-738-7426lmichaud@necc.mass.edu
Debra Scannell, PT Technical Assistant III, LawrenceL-103978-738-7426dscannell@necc.mass.edu
Betania Villa, PT Technical Assistant II, LawrenceL-135978-738-7426bvilla@necc.mass.edu