Access Staff


Name Title Telephone Office E-mail
Stephanie Cruz Program Director 401.825.2238 Knight rm#1048 scruz@ccri.edu
Jacqueline Manè Associate Director 401.851.1648 Newport rm#141 jjmane@ccri.edu
Monica Lee Coordinator/Counselor 401.333.7280 Flanagan rm#1321 mlee1@ccri.edu
Elizabethe Plante Coordinator/Counselor 401.333.7284 Flanagan rm#1320 egplante@ccri.edu
Gail Sidney Coordinator/Counselor 401.825.2303 Knight rm#1052 gssidney@ccri.edu
Cynthia Spruill Coordinator/Counselor 401.455.6084 Liston rm#1147 cspruill@ccri.edu
Kevin Novell Staff Assistant II 401.825.2305 Knight rm#1054 knovell@ccri.edu
Heather Bryant Tutor Coordinator 401.825.2027 Knight rm#1012 hrbryant@ccri.edu
stephanieStephanie Cruz, Program Director

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stephanie M. Cruz has worked at CCRI since 1989. She joined ACCESS in January 2013 after having served 24 years with sister-TRIO program, the RI Educational Opportunity Center (RIEOC). Stephanie completed a BS in Business as well as a Masters of Public Administration at the University of RI. She currently serves as the secretary to the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA), which is the regional professional association for TRIO program personnel.


jackieJacqueline Manè, Associate Director

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jacqueline J. Manè has worked at the Community College of Rhode Island since 2000. She completed an AS in Business Administration from CCRI, a BS in Human Development and a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Rhode Island URI. Jackie started out as an Coordinator Counselor for the Minority Mentoring Program. After a few years, became a Coordinator/Counselor for the Access program. She has been the Associate Director of Access, at the Newport campus since 2011. She has a deep passion to help students achieve academic success. Her favorite saying is, “Your destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice.” What will you choose today?


monicaMonica Lee, Coordinator/Counselor

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Monica Lee has been at CCRI for 15 years. Specifically, working for the Access Program for 11 years. She has a Master's degree in Science and also is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician. You can find her at the CCRI Flanagan Campus.


monicaElizabethe Plante, Coordinator/Counselor

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

As of February 2017, Elizabethe G. Plante became the newest member of ACCESS staff having been hired at CCRI as a Coordinator/Counselor on the Flanagan Campus.  She received a Master of Science in Sociology with a specialization in Gender, Race and Class from Minnesota State University.  She has worked in Higher Education most of her adult life in the area of sexual assault prevention, Residential Life, and teaching as adjunct faculty. By far her favorite job is working in TRIO helping students to reach their full potential and help them to make their dreams a reality.  When she is not at work, you may find her at a yoga studio, running 6 miles or enjoying long bike rides along the beautiful Rhode Island seacoast.


GailGail Sidney, Coordinator/Counselor

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gail Sidney has worked at CCRI for just over five years as a Coordinator/Counselor for Access. She received a Masters of Arts in Higher and Post-Secondary Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Human Services from Clark University. A native of Massachusetts, Gail enjoys chamomile tea and is known to utilize a left handed keyboard! She can be found in her office sipping tea at the Knight Campus.


CynthiaCynthia Spruill, Coordinator/Counselor

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cynthia Spruill has worked at CCRI since 1998 as a Coordinator/Counselor for the Access Program at the Liston Campus.  She received a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island.  She is dedicated to helping students achieve educational and personal goals.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and listening to a variety of music.


HeatherHeather Bryant, Tutor Coordinator

Heather Bryant has served as the Access Tutor Coordinator since 2007. She holds a Master of Arts in Literature and Writing and works as a freelance grant writer and illustrator outside of the college. Heather also writes books and poetry under the pen name Loren Walker. 


Kevin NovellKevin Novell, Staff Assistant II

Kevin Novell has spent his professional life building systems to make nonprofit and educational institutions work better. He spends his free time reading bad fiction and feeding his housemate's cat. 

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Last Updated: 3/1/17