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 UMB 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. 

Suamy Ventura, Program Coordinator and Recruiter

Suamy Ventura joined the Urban Scholars Program in April of 2013. She worked with the program as a tutor, tutor supervisor, and a summer counselor while in college. Suamy graduated from UMass Boston with a BA in Psychology and is currently completing her master's degree in School Counseling. She is dedicated to serving talented and gifted students of low socioeconomic backgrounds from several Boston Public Schools in the area. Her love for helping underprivileged students has given her the desire to continue working in the field of education. As a first-generation college bound student, she understands what it takes to be on the right track for a successful college career.

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 UMB 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 PC, 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. 

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 2 and enjoys spending her free time with her family.