Meet Our Team

Donald Leach

Associate Director of Residential and Campus Life

I was a first generation student who didn't know that there was any such thing!  My passion is to connect first generation students to resources that they may not know are available to them. And drink tea!

Joy Playter

Class Dean



Karen Shih

Assistant Director of Intercultural Education

and Advisor to Students of Asian Descent

I am proud to be a first generation student who has become an educator in higher education. It makes me very happy when first generation students take pride and know that they are not alone. My passion is to build our community of first generation faculty, staff, students, and alumnae.


Elizabeth Cho '16

First Generation Network Student Co-coordinator

I am currently a Cinema and Media Studies Major at Wellesley College. I am involved with the college radio station, WZLY, am a member of Mezcla and Fusion, and I absolutely love my job at Cafe Hoop. I am originally from Chino, California. My mother immigrated to California from Mexico and my father immigrated from Korea, I am the first in my family to attend a four-year
college and am I'm very proud to be part of the First Gen Network!

Isabel Staccuneddu '17 

First Generation Network Student Co-coordinator

I am a prospective Economics major and Sociology minor from Long Island, New York.  I love being a forward on the Rugby team, as well as being a member of Spectrum and the treasurer for McAfee Hall.  My father immigrated to New York from southern Italy, and my mother is from the Bronx.  I am the first in my family to graduate high school and go to college, and I cannot think of a better team to work with than the First Generation Network!