Meet the Staff
Terri Morgan, Senior Director of Programs and Initiatives
The program is directed by Terri Morgan, Senior Director of Programs and Initiatives. Since 2000, Terri has assumed various roles within the Department of Pre-collegiate and Educational Support Services at UMass Boston, beginning as Assistant Director for the university’s TRIO Upward Bound Program, and serving later as Project Manager for the Vice Provost for Academic Support Services and Undergraduate Studies. For the past several years, she has served as Director of Programs, overseeing three of the department’s six pre-college programs. Prior to coming to UMass Boston, Terri taught English literature and composition as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) in a variety of settings, including a Midwestern university and a language school in Italy. She is experienced in curriculum development, grant management, proposal development and writing, and program assessment and evaluation. She has a bachelor’s (Wheaton College) and a master’s degree in English (University of Tulsa) and a master’s degree in Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education). She is continually inspired by the students she has worked with and is grateful for the ways in which they have expanded and enriched her perspective.
Jeff Foulkes, Associate Director
Jeff comes to Urban Scholars from the University Advising Center at UMass Boston where he coordinated the academic advising for undergraduate and pre-collegiate ESL students. Previous to UMass, Jeff has taught both domestically and abroad, has worked in the Boston Public Schools with the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and Office of Family and Student Engagement, and has managed several English-language programs across the country. Jeff has degrees in Psychology and International Affairs and is currently pursuing a master’s of Applied Linguistics with a focus on ESL studies at UMass Boston. Jeff feels strongly about the need for critical education and literacy training for both students and educators and believes access to high-quality language instruction and education to be a fundamental human right. Jeff is a native of Massachusetts who, in addition to working at Urban Scholars, enjoys eating, running, reading, biking, and complaining about the frigid Boston winter.
Naomi Brown-Jones, College Advisor and Alumni Coordinator
Naomi joined the Urban Scholars community in December 2015. Previously, she worked in the University Advising Center at UMass Boston and the Upward Bound program. Naomi graduated from Providence College in May 2011 with a BA in Sociology. As the first in her family to attend and graduate from college, she was actively involved on campus and in the Providence, RI community. While at Providence College, Naomi spent 3 years volunteering for College Visions, a college prep program aimed at helping first-generation and low-income youth apply and gain admission to college. She also worked hard to develop on-campus programming at Providence College that would help students of color transition to the campus. Naomi brings with her a strong passion for helping students succeed on the road to college. In addition to her work, she is a mom to an energetic toddler named Jackson.
Jake Mattleman, Program Coordinator and Recruiter
Hailing from Belmont, Massachusetts, Jake joined Urban Scholars in June 2017 after years of working with college-bound urban youth. He graduated from Clark University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Education. As an undergraduate Jake worked intimately at Claremont Academy, teaching college prep classes and interning in their Guidance Office. Additionally, he served as a Teaching Assistant with Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound in Worcester, MA. After graduation, he remained at his alma mater as Associate Director of Admissions, organizing all visit programming and directing the student ambassador program. Jake fiercely believes in the value of strong community and is passionate about empowering youth. As somebody who struggled to find his voice in high school, he takes pride in advocating for students and encouraging them to advocate for themselves. Jake also currently serves as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lesley University, loves the outdoors, and is a diehard Boston sports fan.
Stephanie Hicks-Williams, Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Hicks-Williams is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. She joined the Urban Scholars staff in July 2007. Her desire to improve the quality of life in her environment resulted in more than 15 years of community service as a political operative and her eventual enrollment in the College of Public and Community Service (CPCS) here at UMass Boston. A recent graduate of CPCS, Hicks-Williams majored in legal education with a concentration in nonprofit management. She serves as the office manager for Urban Scholars. Stephanie is currently pursuing a master's in Special Education and is highly interested in incorporating Universal Design for Learning in her teaching style. She is a wife and mother of three sons and enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Meet the tutors and student staff:
Carlene Tavares, Office Manager
Cristina Neto, Office Manager
Luidgi Lalanne, Tutor (Math, Bio/Chem, Spanish, English)
Jancly Eale, Tutor (Math, French)
Daniel Martin Tutor (English, Algebra, Bio, Chem, History)
Rachel Peterson, Tutor (Math, Bio, Chem, History, French, English)
Laura Abdel-Ahad, Tutor (Writing Specialist)
Saadia Ahmad, Tutor (Writing Specialist)
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