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Academic Advising Staff

Meet the Advising Services Team

Karen Stephanides, Director of Advising and Disability Services
karen.stephanides@the-bac.edu, 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
kelsey.flynn@the-bac.edu, 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
christina.liu@the-bac.edu, 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
michael.daniels@the-bac.edu, 617.585.0238

Maria Polyanskaya, International Student Advisor
maria.polyanskaya@the-bac.edu, 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.