Meet the Staff

Ashley MansfieldAshley Mansfield, Director of Student Success, joined BFIT in September 2014 as our Director of Student Success. Ashley works closely with students and advisors associated with programs in the Automotive Technology department. Prior to BFIT, Ashley was an Enrollment Coach at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. In that role she guided students through the matriculation process and coordinated new student orientation programming. She also experiences working within Boston Public Schools at English High School and at Urban Science Academy. Ashley earned her master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst. Contact:, 617-588-1354, Office: Union Building, 1st Floor.
Brett Wellman

Brett Wellman, Assistant Dean of Students, joined the college in August 2010 and manages all aspects of Residence Life, Student Conduct, Campus Activities, Student Veterans, Commuter Services, Athletics, Security, and Emergency Management. The Assistant Dean 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 worked as a Residence Hall Director and Assistant Director of Residence Life in New York and the Boston area, and returned back to Boston after working as a Student Conduct Coordinator in Dallas, TX. Contact: 617-588-1336, Office: Union Building, 1st Floor.

Sally Heckel

Sally Heckel, Assistant Director of Student Success, 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. Recently, she coordinated the Boston PIC’s college support program for Success Boston. 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. Contact: 617-588-1378,, Office: Union Building, 1st Floor.

Chris EspinozaChris Espinoza, Assistant Director of Student Life, joined BFIT in August 2014. In this role, Chris is the professional staff member who lives in residence with our students at 19 Stuart St. Chris has worked with student programming and residence life at the Latino Cultural Center in the Office of Multicultural Programs at MIT, in the Office of Residence Life at Boston College (BC), and at Bridgewater State University. He earned a master’s degree from BC and a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University. Contact:, 617-588-1374, Office: Union Building, Ben’s Den.
Shawn Ayala

Shawn Ayala, Student Success Coach, comes to BFIT from KIPP Massachusetts in Lynn where he served as a Personalized Pathways Counselor. Prior to his work at KIPP, Shawn was a guidance intern at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, an Educational Assistant/Academic Advisor at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford, MA, and was a teacher through the Teach for America program in Houston, TX. Shawn earned his Master of Education in School Counseling from Cambridge College and a a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Bryant University. Shawn is a licensed school guidance counselor in Massachusetts and has his Texas Educator Certificate. Contact: 617-588-1352,  Office: Union Building, U117

Ben Whelihan, Campus Activities Coordinator, is currently a graduate student at Salem State University, graduating next May 2017 with his Masters of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs.  He previously earned two Bachelor’s degrees from UMASS Boston in Anthropology and History. During his time at Salem State University, Ben has worked as the Graduate Retention Fellow for the Office of Veterans’ Affairs and has extensive experience with student veterans and campus programming. As an undergraduate student at UMASS Boston, Ben served as the Student Events and Organizations Committee Chair, where he was responsible for 80+ registered student organizations and six student resource centers.  Contact:, 617-588-1347, Office: Union Building, Ben’s Den.

Matt Groppo

Matt Groppo, Head Soccer Coach & Athletic Recruiter, joined the college in October 2014 and serves as the Head Coach of the Men’s Soccer program. Coach Groppo will lead the Chargers’ return to NJCAA Region XXI action in fall 2015. Coach Groppo has served as head coach of the Marian High School soccer program for the past 10 years and as a Soccer Academy Staff Coach for the New England Revolution. Matt has also worked with the athletic programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College and Austin Preparatory High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College. Contact: Phone: 617-514-7505.