Academic Advising Staff

Meet the Advising Services Team

Rebecca Chabot-Wieferich, Dean of Enrollment & Advising Services, 617.585.0215
Rebecca is originally from Michigan and received her M.Ed. degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. Rebecca started working 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 Enrollment & Advising Services, overseeing Academic Advising, Disability Services, International Student Servcies, and Foundation Student Support. She enjoys working with students and is proud to be a member of the BAC community. In her time away from the BAC Rebecca stays 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, 617.585.0274
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 Advising 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, 617.585.0159
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, Senior Academic Advisor and Instructor, 617.585.7352
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 writing courses within Liberal Studies, in addition to her Senior 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.

Mike Daniels, Director of Foundation Student Support, 617.585.0238

Maria Polyanskaya, International Student Advisor, 617.585.0223
Maria joined the BAC after most recently working for Kaplan International. Maria was based out of Washington, D.C. as she oversaw F-1 advising there as well as Philadelphia and Miami. In addition to F-1 advising, she assisted students non-academic matters including housing, health insurance, and social activities. Maria has a passion for working with international students and has first-hand experience, having studied in London and Helsinki during her high school and university years.