Marcella Maffeo-Robinson, Director of Adult Education, manages the ESOL department. Marcella has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts.Her duties include teaching the ESOL Latina I, two citizenship classes, and an evening basic English course. She is responsible for recruiting, administering pre/post tests, developing curriculum, and maintaining student files. Marcella has 20 years ESOL experience in both the US and Mexico. She received a special intensive Spanish certificate in Mexico where she studied core university classes in Spanish.
Our new teacher, Maria Del Mar Martin Goula, teaches the Level II and III Latina ESL. Besides teaching Maria’s work experience includes international work the United Nations Association of Spain and the World Federation of United Nations Associations in New York. In 2011 she immigrated to the U.S., and I had the opportunity to successfully collaborate with Yale Visiting Professor Ambassador Sallama Shaker working as Research Assistant in her course “Religion, Gender and Politics in the Middle East.” Working with her inspired maria to pursue the Master of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School (YDS.) At EBECC, Maria administers and corrects students’ tests. She assists with curriculum development and participates in program development. She also provides post programming counseling for students who are taking the next step. Maria is developing a technology curriculum to incorporate in the Latina ESOL classes.
Luisa Chew, Director of Immigration Services
Luisa immigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala in 1983. She attended the Guatemalan Commercial Institute where she earned the degree of Bilingual Secretary. In 1980 attended San Carlos University of Guatemala, where she studied Psychology. She worked in human resources before coming to EBECC. She started as a receptionist and in 2003 she was given the position of Immigration Counselor, and in 2009 she was promoted to Immigration Coordinator. Luisa has been accredited by the Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Barbara R. Janati, Accountant & Payroll Administrator, Barbara is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is currently residing in South Shore, MA. Barbara attended Suffolk University Undergraduate School of Business working towards a B.S. Accounting Major, she then moved to Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, PA and completed Micro-processing Computer Certification Certificate in Computer Science. At EBECC Barbara provides financial and administrative support to the Executive Director and responsibilities include payroll processing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash reconciliation, financial statements and budget reports.
Alba Oliver, Social Justice and Community Organizing Coordinator is a Honduran-American immigrant who join recently EBECC She has experience advocating for issues such as social inequality, immigration, mass incarceration, current CORI reform, domestic violence, gentrification and social justice. She acquired her undergrad degree in International and Comparative Politics from Appalachian State University where she wrote a thirty-page dissertation about racism and custody in the South as her Capstone course which was presented to the Political Department Cohort. She moved to Boston I 2012 and acquired her first Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from UMass Boston. Currently, she is finishing her second Master’s degree Certificate in Gender Leadership and Public Policy.
Tressa Janati is the Program Coordinator of the Aspiring Youth Center, as well as an ESL teacher, at EBECC. She is a Pennsylvania native who attended Temple University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication, specifically public relations, with a minor in Spanish. Tressa is passionate about advancing the Latino community in East Boston and is proud to be the Program Coordinator of the Aspiring Youth Center. Tressa has a diverse background in communications and marketing, as she has worked at a power plant, PR firms in New York and Philadelphia and a marketing firm where she was recognized as the top leader. In addition to this, she was captain of the Welcome Week Committee at Temple University and, prior to moving to Boston, she was on the marketing committee for Girls on the Run. For Aspiring, ressa manages the multi-faceted program and will continue to build and maintain collaborative relationships with partnering organizations.
The Chief Executive Officer, Frank Ramirez manages the program’s contracts and grants, supervises The Adult Education Coordinator, and leads program development and evaluation activities. Originally from Nicaragua, he is bilingual in Spanish and English and has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and two Bachelor of Science degrees. His career includes government, the administration of a literacy center in Attleboro, MA, healthcare and human services. He has been with EBECC for 10 years.
Frank sits in the Board of Directors of the East Boston Neighborhood health Center, and has been on the Board of Directors of several non-profit institutions in Massachusetts, Florida, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. He is a current member of the Children Health Access Coalition – Health Care for All and has been a member of the National Association of Community Health Center, the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, Branford County Community Health Network in New Hampshire. He was awarded by Morton Comprehensive Health Services and by the Oklahoma Primary Care Association. Was awarded as former Vice-President of the Merrimack Valley American Heart Association Chapter - Massachusetts, and awarded as previous Board member of the New Hampshire Community Health Network, CHAN.