Essex College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit based in Essex announces the addition of five new members to its team of professionals.
CFES currently works with 200 schools across 24 states to help its 20,000 students move toward college success. The new hires extend the CFES team to twenty-eight employees.
“We are delighted to welcome these five professionals,” Rick Dalton, CFES President & CEO, said. “They bring skill, talent and passion to the CFES team and the cause we serve.”
Joining CFES are Aubrey Bresett, Communications Director; Sarah Dalton, Program Director; Bob Harsh, Program Director; Emily Lewis, Director of Persistence; and Carmela Santos, Intern.
Bresett will be developing and implementing a multi-platform communications plan to promote CFES on a local and national scale. She comes with a broadcast journalism background, having worked at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh for nine years as a TV Producer and Host. She graduated cum laude from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Mass Media Communications degree and a minor in English.
In her new role as Program Director, Dalton will be working with the nine America East universities and their partnering schools, where she will help integrate the three core practices of CFES: Leadership through Service, Mentoring and Pathways to College. She spent three years coaching at the Division I Level at the College of William and Mary and the University of Notre Dame. She has a bachelors in Psychology from Boston University.
A Program Director for eight schools in Eastern Kentucky’s Appalachia region, Bob Harsh has an extensive background in higher education, most recently as the Senior Counselor and Interim Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. He graduated with honors from Princeton University and received a Master of Divinity in American church history from the Union Theological Seminary.
Lewis will be directing CFES’ persistence program that helps CFES Scholars succeed in college. Emily worked for six years at Teach For America, where she served as a Program Director, coaching and developing teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Emily graduated summa cum laude from St. Michael’s College with a Classical Languages degree.
Santos will be working with CFES Scholars in New York City, where CFES currently serves 4,000 students. She is a former CFES Scholar herself, having attended Wadleigh Secondary School in Harlem. She graduated in May from Syracuse University with a bachelors in Sociology.