Meet the Staff

Mike Bosco 2

Mike Bosco, Dean of Student Services, MEd, BS, AS. Dean Bosco began his tenure as Dean of Enrollment at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in May 2010. He has worked at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts and at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dean Bosco earned is Master of Education from Curry College and his Associate and Bachelor degrees from Johnson & Wales University. He has presented on topics relating to strategic enrollment management and admissions at regional, national and international higher education conferences.Dean Bosco is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree focusing on higher education administration at Northeastern University. Contact: E-mail; 617-588-1364


Sally Heckel, Assistant Director of Advising, served on the faculty of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology for 17 years, her last several as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Academic Development. More recently, she coordinated the Boston PIC’s college support program for Success Boston, the City’s college completion initiative. Sally holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She is a member of the New England Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (NEAHEAD).
617-588-1378; E-mail
Office: Union Building, 1st Floor

Brett Wellman 2

Brett Wellman, Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct, joined the college in 2010 and manages all aspects of Residence Life to ensure that the facility is safe, well maintained, and conducive to study. The Director also oversees and coordinates the Student Conduct system and serves as the primary conduct officer at the college. Brett has a Master of Science degree in Literacy Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/ English both from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He has previously worked as a Residence Hall Director and Assistant Director of Residence Life in Western New York and the Greater Boston area, and returned back to Boston after working as a Student Conduct Coordinator in Dallas, TX. Brett is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Boston Area College Housing Association (BACHA). He is the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee on the BACHA 2012-2013 Steering Board.
617-588-1336: E-mail
Office: Union Building, 1st Floor


Valerie Brathwaite, College Social Worker. In her role, she collaborates with the Student Affairs team to ensure that BFIT students have a successful college experience. Valerie is able to provide short term counseling, emotional support, crisis intervention, and assistance in accessing appropriate community resources. Valerie holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Organization from UMASS Amherst. Prior to joining Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Valerie worked for many years in the child welfare system around foster care, adoption, family reunification, finding permanency for teens and transitioning older youth to adulthood. Valerie is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She has been at BFIT since January, 2013.
617-588-1327; E-mail
Office: Union Building, 1st Floor


Erica Veiga, Student Leadership Graduate Coordinator. In this role, Erica will be assisting with programming for students during the 2013 -2014 academic year. Erica has experience in new student orientation and first year programs, residence life, and Greek life. Erica holds a Bachelor's of Art degree in History from Bridgewater State University. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Education degree in Administration of Higher Education at Suffolk University.
E-mail; 617-588-1352
Office: Union Building, First Floor

Natalie Petit

Natalie Pettit joined Benjamin Franklin from Curry College, where she served as a Resident Advisor for three years and Student Government Association President. Natalie recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Politics & History from Curry College. Natalie is pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University Sawyer Business School. Natalie has experience working in Student Leadership, Clubs, Organizations, and Residence Life. When Natalie is not spending time with students and staff, she enjoys reading, signing, watching good movies, and engages with local nonprofit organizations.

Shaunessy Carr

Shaunessy Carr is a Graduate Residence Coordinator within the Residence Life Department. She is originally from St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Dillard University of New Orleans, LA, in 2011, where she also served as Miss Dillard University and coordinator service projects for the entire student body. Shaunessy is currently a student in Suffolk University’s Dual Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Science in Political Science Graduate Program. Shaunessy has extensive experience in civic engagement, student leadership, social and service organizations, and preparing inner city high school student for college. When she is not in school and/or working, she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, volunteering with nonprofit organizations, and engaging in spiritual activities.