Meet the Advising Services Team
Rebecca Chabot-Wieferich, Dean of Advising Services
Rebecca is originally from Michigan and received her M.Ed. degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. Prior to coming to the BAC Rebecca worked as the Transfer/Sophomore Mentor at Sacred Heart University. Rebecca started at the BAC as an Academic Advisor in 2008 and advanced to the Director role in the fall of 2012. She previously served as the Assistant Dean of Students where she supervised the Office of Student Life in addition to her oversight of Academic Advising and the Learning Resource Center. Rebecca currently serves as the Dean of Advising Services. She enjoys working with students and is proud to be a member of the BAC community. In her time away from the BAC Rebecca is a busy with her family. She likes to be outside, enjoying activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking, and camping.
Karen Stephanides, Associate Director of Advising and Disability Services
Karen was born and raised in Massachusetts and received her M.S.W. degree from the Simmons School of Social Work in Boston. Prior to joining the BAC's Academic Services Team, Karen spent three years at Bay State College as a Student Success Coordinator/Disability Support Services Coordinator. She has a passion for supporting and advocating for students and takes great pleasure in joining them as they celebrate their many successes. Karen enjoys spending time with her family, visiting warm places, and taking full advantage of every free moment to spend with her rambunctious pup, Toby!
Kelsey Flynn, Academic Advisor and Instructor
Kelsey is a Boston area native and received her M.Ed in Higher Education: Student Development from the University of Maine. Prior to working at the BAC, Kelsey lived and worked in Sheffield, UK, at the University of Sheffield as the Living Learning Coordinator for the Residence Life program. Kelsey has a background in international student support, LGBT Services, multicultural affairs, and campus activities and student engagement. In her out of work hours, Kelsey competes internationally in Blues, East Coast Swing, and Lindy hop. She loves fish and maintains multiple fish tanks, including one in her office.
Christina Liu, Academic Advisor and Writing Instructor
Christina earned her M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in 2003. She has taught and tutored at Emerson College and Berklee College of Music prior to becoming an Academic Advisor at the BAC. Here at the BAC, she teaches Expository Writing and Research Writing, in addition to her Advisor role. Christina is a published poet and has been the featured poet at various Boston and Cambridge venues including Stone Soup Poets, The Cantab Lounge, and The Lizard Lounge. She has also worked as a translator and outreach worker to the Asian community in Quincy, MA and served as an ESOL Counselor for Quincy Community Action Programs as well as Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
Juan Venagas, International Student Advisor
Juan was born in Mexico and was raised in San Diego, California. He received Bachelor degrees in Biology and Spanish Language and Culture from California State University Northridge followed by a Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT the Graduate Institute in Vermont. Prior to coming to the BAC, Juan has worked with international students at California State University Northridge, San Diego State University, UC Berkeley, EF Education First, Aspect Education, Kaplan International and most recently at Otis College of Art and Design. When Juan is not working you will usually find him riding his bcycle and involved in the cycling community with organizations such as: The Boston Cyclist Union and Boston Bike Party.