Our Team

Kristen Park

FLI Network Coordinator

Kristen is a second generation Korean American, born and raised in Southern California. At Pitzer College she studied Asian American Studies and Psychology and co-created her institution's First Gen Network. After completing her M.Ed. at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she joined the Wellesley College Residential Life and Housing Team as a Community Director. She's extremely excited to provide support for First-Gen students by raising awareness of unique first-gen experiences and fostering community.  

Téofilo Barbalho

FLI Network Coordinator

Téofilo Barbalho, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Intercultural Education, recently joined Wellesley College in January of 2019. Before joining Wellesley College, Téofilo worked as an immigration paralegal. Téofilo received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Framingham State University. He is fluent in Portuguese and English. 

Téofilo is a proud first generation Brazilian-American native of Framingham, MA. In his downtime he can be found na praia ou treinando jiu jitsu (at the beach or training jiu jitsu).

Kacela  Martin
Class of 2022

Kacela Martin

FLI Network Student Co-Coordinator

My name is Kacela Martin, and I am one of the two co-coordinators for the FLI Network for this year. I am a junior, I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. As a first-generation student and a QuestBridge finalist, I understand both the struggles and the advantages that come with being First Gen. My goal is to work towards making resources and other services available to other First Gen/Low Income students at Wellesley. I hope that I can get to know many more First Gen/Low Income students and make more connections with others on campus.

Some fun facts about me include the fact that I enjoy playing video games, and I am quite passionate about music and technology.

Yanqing  Lei
Class of 2023

Yanqing Lei

FLI Network Student Co-Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Yanqing Lei and I’m a sophomore. I’m majoring in Political Science and Women’s and Gender studies. I’m one of the student co-coordinators for FLI connect. As a first-generation student myself, I understand and realize the importance of having a community that supports one another. I love getting to know others and supporting each other to grow. I’m an Academic Success Coach this fall so feel free to ask me any questions and it doesn’t need to be academic-related! I’m also part of She’s The First and Wellesley Asian Alliance on campus.

In my free time, I love watching Chinese dramas, listening to Kpop, baking, and spending time with my family. I’m so proud of every one of you and can’t wait to meet y’all!