Meet the Staff

Worcester Campus

head shot of Rich Davino

Rich Davino, M.S.

Executive Director/Academic Advisor
School of Design & Technology
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300E
rich.davino@becker.edu
774.354.0451

Rich works with our Business Administration, Esports Management, Sport Management, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship students, last name beginning with A-C.  Rich has worked in higher education for more than 23 years, with 17 years specifically dedicated to career services, internships, and advising. Rich loves helping students figure out their career passion and connecting them with internship and employment opportunities. He has a master of science in counseling and bachelor of arts in speech communications, with a minor in industrial and organizational psychology, from SUNY Plattsburgh.


Associate Director Leslie GermonLeslie Germond

Associate Director/Academic Advisor
School of Design & Technology
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300F
leslie.germond@becker.edu
774.354.0452

Leslie works with our Business Administration, Esports Management, Sport Management, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship students, last name beginning with N-Z.  Leslie possesses a bachelor of arts in psychology from Springfield College with a minor in business. After 20 plus years in the corporate world as a human resource practitioner, she decided to put her passion and expertise for training and development and career and performance coaching to good use within the college setting. Leslie loves bringing employers and students together in various platforms to bring a real-world, experiential component to her students’ education.


Assistant Director Brandon FrencicBrandon E. Frencic, M.S.

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Design & Technology
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300A
brandon.frencic@becker.edu
508.373.9795

Brandon works with our Game Design, Game Development and Programming, Game Production, and Management students, last name beginning with M-Z.  Brandon is a higher education professional with a strong focus on student development and institutional advancement.  He received his master’s degree in non-profit management with a specialization in higher education from Worcester State University.  Brandon has spent more than six years of his career working in higher education (academic advising, registration, orientation, and student leadership).  He has also spent more than 10 years working in the for-profit sector as a corporate recruiter and trainer where he concentrated on organizational growth and development.  Brandon has had many successes in organizational sustainability, both for-profit and non-profit, by maintaining an entrepreneur’s mind and a servant’s heart.


Kristen Coogan

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Design & Technology
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300A
kristen.coogan@becker.edu
508-373-9799

Kristen works with our our Game Design, Game Development and Programming, Game Production, and Management students, last name beginning with A-L.  More details about Kristen to come.


Liz Rippon

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Design & Technology
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300B
liz.rippon@becker.edu
508-373-9792

Liz works with our our Business Administration, Esports Management, Sport Management, Social & Entrepreneurship students, last name beginning with D-M. Along with all students in our Game Arts, Integrated Graphic Design, and Applied Computer Science.  More details about Liz to come.


Assistant Director Samantha DohertySamantha Doherty, M.A.

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300G
samantha.doherty@becker.edu
508.373.9798

Samantha works with all of our Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Forensic Science, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Exploratory First Year students.  Samantha supports undergraduate students in building professional resumes, cover letters, preparing for interviews, as well as academic advising.  Samantha has years of experience working in career education and prides herself on helping students achieve their academic and career goals. Samantha has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and an master of arts in school counseling from Assumption College.


Assistant Director Alex HillAlex Hill, M.S.

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300C
alex.hill@becker.edu
508.373.9791

Alex works with Nursing and Exercise Science students, last name beginning with M-Z.  After ten years in college athletics, Alex switched to academic and career advising, working with students at Southern New Hampshire University, Wheaton College, and Dean College.  In addition to advising, he spent a number of years in the classroom teaching sport fitness and sport management.  Alex loves to help young people navigate college successfully while helping them prepare for life after graduation.  He earned a bachelor of arts in American studies from Wheaton College, where he played baseball.  Alex also earned a master of science in sport management from Southern Hampshire University.


Assistant Director Ernie BrooksErnie Brooks, M.Ed.

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300D
ernest.brooks@becker.edu
508.373.9796

Ernie works with our Nursing and Exercise Science students, last name beginning with A-L.  Ernie studied for a master of education degree at Springfield College and a bachelor of science in fire science at Anna Maria College, also working as an EMT.  Ernie is passionate about helping students discover and be their genuine selves and loves learning about and discussing the universe and other larger than life ideas.


Office Manager Lauren CanaleLauren Canale, B.S.

Office Manager
Weller Academic Building, Suite 300
lauren.canale@becker.edu
774.354.0448

As office manager, Lauren offers administrative and operational support to successfully manage our two office locations in Worcester and Leicester.  She cultivates relationships with employers, students, staff, and faculty, and supervises student staff and special events.  Lauren wants all students entering the CCEA offices to feel welcome and take advantage of all the advising and career resources. She received her bachelor of science in business administration management, summa cum laude, from Becker College. She also holds certifications in both human resources and The Women’s Emergent Leadership Institute.


Leicester Campus

Associate Director Dan ChapmanDaniel W. Chapman, M.S.

Associate Director/Academic Advisor
School of Animal Studies & Natural Sciences
Fuller Campus Center, Room 133
daniel.chapman@becker.edu
774.354.0679

Dan works with all of our Biology and Study Away students.  Dan has worked in higher education for over 18 years. In addition to academic and career advising he is the chapter advisor for Alpha Lambda Delta the National First Year Honor Society, and the Study Abroad Coordinator for Becker. Dan is also an assistant coach for the Becker Men’s Lacrosse team. Before Becker he worked in undergraduate advising and academic programming as well as undergraduate admissions. He has a bachelor of science in cultural anthropology and a master of science in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University.


Assistant Director Angela BarnesAngela M. Barnes, M.S.

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Animal Studies & Natural Sciences
Fuller Campus Center, Room 133
angela.barnes@becker.edu
774.354.0458

Angela works with our Animal Studies students, last name beginning with M-Z.  Angela has worked in higher education for 14 years. Prior to arriving at Becker, she was a career counselor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, the student success specialist at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA, and assistant director of Curry College’s Worcester, MA campus. Angela is an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College where she teaches public speaking and first year experience. She has a master of science in professional communications, from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Curry College in Milton, MA.


Assistant Director Lisa ChaseLisa Chase

Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
School of Animal Studies & Natural Sciences
Fuller Campus Center, Room 133
lisa.chase@becker.edu
774.354.0659

Lisa works with our Animal Studies students, last name beginning with A-L.  Lisa has had the pleasure of working at Becker in a variety of settings for many years. She has a background in animal care, massage therapy, and business, having earned her bachelor of science in business administration from Becker College. Lisa enjoys connecting with each student and helping them foster their academic and career goals.