Student Affairs Administrator Bios

Dr. Joe Onofrietti
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Onofrietti (Dr. Joe as he is known on campus) first started as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Management program in 1999 and in 2001 was hired as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. He served in that capacity from 2001 until 2004 when he was promoted to Dean of Students. In June 2019 he was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs. In this capacity he serves as the senior student affairs officer at the College. He provides leadership and supervision to a professional team responsible for Athletics and Recreation, Counseling, Community Standards and Student Conduct, Community Service and Service Learning, Family Programs, Health Services, Multicultural Programs, New Student Orientation, Residence Life and Housing, Student Activities, and the Jean Yawkey Center. He also works closely with Mission and Ministry. Dr. Joe serves as Co-Advisor to the Emmanuel Student Government Association and on the President's Cabinet at Emmanuel.

Dr. Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Rutgers University in New Jersey where he was a student leader and Resident Assistant, a Master of Education from the University of Vermont and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration from Boston College. He has worked in Student Affairs at the University of California at Davis, the University of Maine, Framingham State University and Daniel Webster College (Nashua, NH).

In addition to his work in student affairs, Dr. Joe has taught personal and professional leadership in the Graduate Management Program at Emmanuel and The History of Higher Education in the Master of Education Program at Salem State University.

Dr. Joe is "dad" to Emmanuel mascot Emma, the Saint Bernard.

Jennifer Forry
Dean of Students

Jennifer M. Scott Forry joins the Emmanuel College community after serving in a variety of roles at Newbury College and MCPHS University. During her 11 year tenure at Newbury she served as Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Community Standards. In her senior leadership roles she oversaw the offices of Counseling and Health Education, Residence Life, Community Standards, Student Involvement and Orientation and International Student Services. In addition, she was a Title IX Deputy and adviser to the Student Government Association. 

A graduate of Franklin Pierce University (B.A.) and Suffolk University (M.Ed.) she is completing her doctorate of education in higher education leadership at Regis College. She holds several civil rights investigator certifications through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and has been invited to present her Title IX research on the local, national, and international levels, most recently at Trinity College in Dublin. Forry is a past president of the Boston Area College Housing Association (BACHA) and Massachusetts College Personal Association (MCPA) and an active member of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. In acknowledgement of her commitment to the profession, NASPA recently invited her to travel to England to collaborate with student affairs professionals to explore best practices in the United Kingdom and United States.   

Born and raised in the Boston area, Forry resides in Coolidge Corner with her sons Liam and Aiden.   


Forry, J., DiBartolo, N., and Dixon, D. (2018) Conduct and the Community: A Residence Life Practitioners Guide. Association of Student Conduct Administrators and Association of College Housing Administrators - International. Co-Authored Chapter 5, Crafting and Creating Conduct Processes.

Forry, J. (2018) Conduct and the Community: A Residence Life Practitioners Guide. Association of Student Conduct Administrators and Association of College Housing Administrators - international. Author of Case Study 1.1, empowerment.

Mary Beth Thomas
Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Family Programs

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Mary Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emmanuel College and a Master of Education in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University. Mary Beth brings a variety of Student Affairs experience to her current role having worked in Admissions, Orientation and First Year Programs, Academic Advising, Financial Aid and Student Center Services at Emmanuel College, Boston University and the Higher Education Information Center, Boston.

As Assistant Dean, Mary Beth is responsible for overseeing the student conduct system, working closely with Residence Life staff and Campus Safety to ensure a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all students. Additionally, Mary Beth works closely with the Associate Dean of Students to plan and implement Family Weekend. She is member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Kappa Gamma Phi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.

Outside the office Mary Beth enjoys the sea shore, a good book, long walks, good food (hence, the walks) and time with her family and friends.

MaryAnne Murphy
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

MaryAnne joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in March 2006. An Emmanuel alumna with a BS degree in business administration and MS in human resource management, MaryAnne provides administrative support for Dr. Onofrietti as well as for various programs and initiatives within the Student Affairs Division.

Prior to her current position at Emmanuel, MaryAnne served as Marketing Coordinator for a Boston-area architectural firm and has been a fitness instructor for the Greater Boston YMCA for more than forty years. She is the mother of four grown children and six grandchildren.

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