Office of Student Affairs

Dean of Students' Office

Charri Boykin-East, Interim Dean of Students
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2529

Patricia O'Hara, Dean of New Students and Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2336

Carolyn Bassett, Associate Dean of Students and International Student Advisor
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2529

Torin Moore, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2161

Liza M. Nascembeni, Assistant Dean of Students and Dean of Student Conduct
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2337

The Rev. Paul Sorrentino, Director of Religious Life
Cadigan Center for Religious Life, (413) 542-8149

Ursula Olender, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Career Center
Career Center, College Hall, (413) 542-2265

Richard A. Aronson, Assistant Dean of Students and Health Professions Advisor
Career Center, College Hall, (413) 542-2265

Janna Behrens, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of International Experience
Career Center, College Hall, (413) 542-2265

Debra Krumholz, Assistant Dean of Students and Pre-Law Advisor
Career Center, College Hall, (413) 542-2265

TBD, Assistant Dean of Students and Assistant Director for Career Advising
Career Center, College Hall, (413) 542-2265

TBDAssistant Dean of Students and Education Professions Advisor
Career Center, College Hall, (413) 542-2265

Denise McGoldrick, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Health Education
201 Keefe Health Center, (413) 542-2760

Hannah Fatemi, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities and the Campus Center
106 Keefe Campus Center, (413) 542-5773

Crista R. DeRicco, Assistant Director of Student Activities and the Campus Center
112 Keefe Campus Center, (413) 542-5773

Pamela Stawasz, Assistant Director of Residential Life
101 Octagon, (413) 542-2919

TBD, Student Life Fellow
023 Keefe Campus Center, (413) 542-2912

Jenney Shamash, International Student Life Fellow
201 Octagon, (413) 542-5560

Alice SimmoneauOffice Manager and Senior Administrative Assistant
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2337

Karen Racz, Administrative Assistant for Residential Life and Secretary to Dean Moore
106 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2161

Tammy Welcome, Administrative Assistant to Deans Bassett and Boykin-East
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2529

Robyn Rogers, Administrative Assistant to Dean O'Hara
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2336

Chanda Rose, Administrative Assistant for the Dean of Students' Office
105 Converse Hall, (413) 542-5447

Heather Polson, Administrative Assistant for the Keefe Campus Center and for student activities
114 Keefe Campus Center, (413) 542-5773


The Office of the Dean of Students is concerned with the personal, ethical and intellectual growth of students and their general welfare. The office’s responsibilities include providing academic, career, personal and social life counseling; developing and implementing support programs; administering the college’s student residential and extracurricular resources; participating in the faculty and administrative formulation and evaluation of policies; and assuring that students’ needs are considered in college decisions.

The deans and assistants in the office are valuable sources of information on a wide range of topics. The office serves as a place for students to begin seeking assistance and answers to their questions related to college life. Most students would benefit from getting to know at least one member of the Office of the Dean of Students.

In making arrangements to talk with the deans, students may call or visit their offices and set up appointments with the staff members of their choice or with the first available member of the office. Those students who need to see a dean on fairly short notice and students who are unable, for one reason or another, to make appointments in advance should call or drop by the office. In most cases, students will be able to see a dean on short notice.

Throughout the academic year, a dean is on call 24 hours a day to handle urgent matters and emergencies. The dean on duty can be reached through the college switchboard at (413) 542-2250 or through Amherst College Campus Police at (413) 542-2111 for emergencies or (413) 542-2291 for non-emergency business.

When considering which person in the Office of the Dean of Students to see, students should bear in mind the special responsibilities of each staff member:

Charri Boykin-Eastinterim dean of students, has responsibility for the overall programs and policies of the office, as well as for the personal and academic counseling of the Class of 2015. She should be consulted on all matters of general college policy involving students. She is also available to provide general and academic counseling for all students. In addition, she is a member of several college committees, including College Council, the Committee on Academic Standing, New Student Orientation Committee, the Prize Committee and she Chairs the Committee on Discipline. 

Patricia O'Hara, dean of new students and Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry, has special responsibilities for first-year and other new students and for the personal and academic counseling of the Class of 2016. She may be consulted on matters relating to the general and academic counseling of new students, college regulations and requirements, the Orientation Program and the First-Year Seminar courses. Professor O'Hara is a member of the Committee on Academic Standing and the Prize Committee and is chair of the Orientation Committee.

Carolyn Bassett, associate dean of students and international student advisor, has responsibility for the personal and academic counseling of the Class of2014 and for special counseling for international students.

Torin Mooreassistant dean of students and director of residential life, is responsible for all aspects of the college’s student housing program, and annual spring lottery process know as Room Draw. He assists married, single-parent, transfer and non-traditional students in their adjustment to the college. Dean Moore is a member of the Committee on Academic Standing, the Orientation Committee, and College Council. 

Liza Nascembeniassistant dean of students and dean of student conduct/title IX deputy coordinator, administers the Amherst College Honor Code for students. She advises students of their rights and responsibilities, investigates complaints of academic and social violations and imposes sanctions for uncontested violations. Dean Nascembeni coordinates hearings when she refers cases to the Committee on Discipline for adjudication. She advises the Peer Mediation Program and serves on various committees, including the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Task Force, Committee on Academic Standing and the Orientation Committee. 

Paul Sorrentino, director of religious life, serves as advisor to the Multifaith Council and coordinates the work of the other religious advisors.

Ursula Olender, associate dean of students and director of the Career Center, is responsible for the overall operation of the office and its services and programs, including developing and maintaining employer contacts and providing counsel and advice to students and alumni.

Richard Aronson, assistant dean of students and health professions advisor, has responsibility for counseling and advising Amherst students and alumni who are interested in exploring an exciting variety of careers in health. He works with a wide range of students, from those who are just starting to think about health careers to those who have already decided upon such careers and seek specific direction on what steps to take. He focuses on helping students discover and realize health-related paths that fit their skills, curiosity, ideals and dreams.

Janna Behrens, assistant dean of students and director of international experience, serves as the college’s study abroad advisor. She also advises students and alumni interested in volunteer, intern and postgraduate opportunities overseas, as well as international careers.

Debra Krumholtzassistant dean of students and pre-law advisor, advises students and alumni who are considering and planning careers inthe non-profit sector, public service, and law. She also provides general career counseling to current students.

TBD, Assistant Dean of Students and Assistant Director for Career Advising , provides career counseling and advising for Amherst College students and alumni.

TBD, Assistant Dean of Students and Education Professions Advisor, serves as the principal resource for students and alumni considering and planning careers in education, including teaching and administration. 

Denise McGoldrick, assistant dean of students and director of health education, supervises the college’s health education program. She is responsible for organizing and presenting programs on issues such as alcohol and other substance abuse, contraception, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and eating disorders. She trains and supervises the Student Health Educators, who present programs in the residences throughout the academic year.

Hannah Fatemi, assistant dean of students and director of student activities and the Keefe Campus Center, is responsible for the operation of the Keefe Campus Center. Her other duties include advising student activities and organizing Interterm. She also serves as advisor to the Student Government Organization, WAMH and the Amherst College Program Board and to the various committees that constitute the student government.

Crista R. DeRicco, assistant director of student activities and the campus center, is responsible for facilitating campus programming and overseeing the campus center managers. She manages AC After Dark and department programming and also serves as the advisor to the Amherst College Program Board and Social Council.

Pamela Stawasz, assistant director of residential life, is responsible for all aspects of the college’s residential life program, including the training and supervision of professional Area Coordinators and student Resident Counselors, and overseeing residential programming. She is a member of several college committees, including the Orientation Committee, College Council, the Mental Health Task Force, the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Task Force and the Sexual Respect Task Force.

TBD, student life fellow, supports transfer, low-income and first-generation college students throughout their transition to college. She coordinates Transfer orientation, as well as Thanksgiving and Spring Break festivities programs, and welcomes conversations with all students regarding socioeconomic class on campus.

Jenney Shamash, international student life fellow, is responsible for supporting the academic and developmental experience of international students. She helps coordinate a number of programs and events throughout the year, including Early Arrical for new international students, Thanksgiving and Spring break activities for those students who stay on campus during vacations, and the Academic Mentor program.

Alice Simmoneau, office manager and senior administrative assistant, schedules the deans’ appointments, provides information about college resources and student options and can refer students to the appropriate deans or college officers. She can also answer students’ questions about academic policy and explain readmission procedures to students who are on leave. 

Karen Racz, administrative assistant for residential life and secretary to Dean Moore, can provide general information about housing, Room Draw, keys, telephones, room changes and the selection process for Resident Counselors. 

Tammy Welcome, administrative assistant to Deans Bassett and Boykin-East, schedules these deans’ appointments. She can provide information about international student issues and academic support services (e.g., disability services). 

Robyn Rogers, administrative assistant to Dean O’Hara, schedules appointments for Dean O’Hara.She can answer general questions for first-year students and Orientation. 

Chanda Rose, administrative assistant for the Dean of Students’ Office. 

Heather Polson, administrative assistant for the Keefe Campus Center and for student activities, oversees scheduling and reservations for the facilities of the Campus Center and can provide information about student activities and Interterm.