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Staff Bios

Laura Coelho

Data Management Specialist

While working for Rhode Island College’s User Support Services Helpdesk as a student, Laura was recruited by Atrion Networking, an IT provider for much of the state. Here she honed her computer, networking and systems management skills. Starting part time with L4L in August of 2014 and joining enable the Learning for Life team to spend more time working with Scholars and less time worrying about data. In her free time, she can frequently be found building or working on computers or reading.

Joise Garzon, MSW, LICSW

Assistant Director

Joise’s experience growing up in Centrals Falls, RI inspired her to become a social worker. She pursued her BSW and MSW degrees at Rhode Island College. After graduating, Joise focused on providing trauma informed therapeutic services to adolescent boys with behavioral difficulties. She also worked in an outpatient counseling center providing clinical services to children, families, and couples. Joise’s passion has always been working with people and helping them succeed. Joise found her way back to RIC when an opportunity opened up at L4L, where she once worked as a Navigator. Her current role as Assistant Director includes maintaining the daily operations of Learning for Life and offering clinical support to staff and scholars. She looks forward to helping the RIC community understand what L4L does and collaborating with other offices to help RIC students succeed. When she is not working, Joise enjoys listening to and dancing salsa vieja, soaking up some vitamin D at the beach, managing her love/ hate relationship with running, and spending time with family and friends.

Harrison Grigsby, M.Ed

Educational Support Facilitator

Harrison is delighted to be a part of the Rhode Island College campus community and specifically the Learning For Life program. With progressively ten years experience in student access, opportunity, and outreach he takes great pride in returning to RIC as an Educational Support Facilitator. It is here I that he received his baccalaureate and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Administration. Now he has the privilege to assist and engage RIC students in increasing their value and realizing their fullest potential. He is excited for the challenges and new experiences that Rhode Island College and its members will afford him.

Tina Leavitt, MSW, LCSW, CGS

Educational Support Facilitator

Tina recently graduated from Rhode Island College with her MSW, CGS. Her concentration in graduate school was Trauma Informed Care. She worked at the Groden Center for 18 years before making the transition to work here at Rhode Island College. Her passion is working with young adults in higher education. Tina enjoys attending her children’s cross country / track meets, running with her family, reading and sitting at the beach.

LaTanya Monteiro

Educational Support Facilitator

As a Preparatory Enrollment Program and Rhode Island College Alumna, she returned to her Alma Mater as part of the Learning for Life staff with the purpose of working with students much like herself as a first generation college student. LaTanya has initiated and cultivated relationships with school districts as a way to help students become aware of the supports that are available in the community and at the college level. She also works with the Central Falls School District in the RIC/Central Falls Innovation Lab, a unique PK-20 collaboration. This unique, collaboration has the potential to provide a PK-12 and post-secondary urban education model that offers a new paradigm for state and national replication. When I’m not working I love to watch football, dabble in photography, spend time with my family and friends and go dancing when I have the time. In the summer, you can find me in the ocean riding the waves.

Christiane Petrin-Lambert, MA, MSW, LCSW

Director

As L4L's Director and RIC’s liaison to the state’s public higher education system, Chris' role is to increase college access and completion objectives for underrepresented students. Ms. Lambert brings considerable experience and expertise to facilitate institutional/systems change, development and implementation of innovative supports to build and strengthen the PK-16 pipeline. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Chris came to appreciate the surrogate supports that are necessary to become a college graduate. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenaged children, Zachary and Hannah. She also enjoys biking, yoga, cooking, gardening, political satire, and novels with interesting character development. She keeps chocolate in her office, always, and shares widely.

For information on Learning for Life Navigators click here.

Page last updated: July 10, 2017