Assistant Director of Education and Engagement

Amber is an avid believer that we are all life-long learners. She has an M.A in Higher Education Administration and an M.S in Leadership & Change Management. Amber has worked throughout NY including the Bronx, central NY, and most recently, western NY before moving to Amherst. Ambers goal is to continue to enhance and develop the engagement and educational opportunities for all residents, while strengthening connections to the Amherst community. In her free time Amber enjoys traveling, reading a good book, and trying local coffee shops.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Alyssa N. Carlotto

Alyssa N. Carlotto

Community Development Coordinator

Morris Pratt 120

CDC for Central Campus, King and Wieland (Morrow, Morris Pratt, Moore, Jenkins, Res Hall A, and Valentine)

Alyssa is a Connecticut native, Bay Path University and UMass Amherst alum, and a Cancer sun. Their academic background is in Neuroscience & Behavior and Education and worked at EqualityMaine for two year’s with AmeriCorps VISTA supporting queer folx of all ages before coming to Amherst College. In addition to their buildings, Alyssa supervises the Asian Culture House and Sylvia Rivera Theme Communities.

Pronouns: She / They

David Ke

David Ke

Community Development Coordinator

James 101

CDC for the First Year Quad West (Appleton, North, South, and Williston)

David is a proud son of Cambodian immigrants and is originally from Revere, MA. He attended school at UMass Amherst for undergrad and grad school. Prior to working at Amherst College, David was a high school world history teacher in the Greater Boston area. He serves as the staff advisor for the Asian Students Association and other affinity RSO groups. David loves his son named Potato (who is a cockapoo), and so do many students on campus.

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Douglas B. Michaels

Douglas B. Michaels

Community Development Coordinator

Morrow 121

CDC for North Campus, Ford and Lee (Tyler, Marsh, Plimpton, Porter, Garman, Lipton, Cohan, and Charles Drew)

Doug is originally from Pennsylvania, and prior to arriving in Amherst completed a MS in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University. He is the CDC for North Campus and also works with the Russian Language House, German Language House, Marsh Arts House, and the Charles Drew Memorial Cultural House. Doug is the proud father of two dogs Hope and Ranger. When he’s not working Doug enjoys hiking, photography, and reading. Doug’s goal as a CDC is to collaborate with the CAs to create a welcoming and healthy living environment for the residents.

Pronouns: He / Him / His

George Blalock

George Blalock

Community Development Coordinator

Ford 110

CDC for First Year Quad East (Charles Pratt, James, Stearns)

George was born in Sleepyhollow, NY and raised in Boston, MA. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hampshire College through the James Baldwin Scholars Program and studied Adolescent Development and Alternative Education. George spent three years working with the Upward Bound Program at UMASS Amherst before becoming the Assistant Director of Admissions at Hampshire College. After dedicating six years to working in college access he has found a new passion for college retention work and hopes to be a positive resource for all students.

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Megan Markland-Hassinger

Megan Markland-Hassinger

Community Development Coordinator

Seelye 119

CDC for West Campus, Greenway C and Nicholls Biondi (Hitchcock, Mayo-Smith, Seelye, Humphries, Chapman, Newport, and Seligman)

Originally from North Adams, MA, Megan graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English in 2004. While she thought her life and professional path led through law school, she left after a year to pursue a career in Higher Education. This is her sixth professional position in Residential Life, and she continues to learn more about supporting college students through living in community. Excited to be back in the Pioneer Valley, Megan also enjoys playing Pokemon Go and Animal Crossing, trying different sushi places in Amherst, and watching Star Trek with her husband, Will.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Zara S. DiZoglio

Zara S. DiZoglio

Administrative Assistant

Keefe Campus Center Room 018

Office Manager and Special Projects

Zara has a BA in French & European studies from the University of Vermont, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from UMass-Amherst. She worked and traveled in Europe and Asia as a young adult pursuing her love of foreign languages and cross-cultural exploration. She lived in San Francisco for many years before returning to her home state of Vermont, where she is raising her two teen kiddos. Her boys are very sporty and are currently over the moon to be playing football again. She has a fluffy chocolate poodle-mix rescue dog named Ranger. He likes squirrels. Zara loves the ocean and has a yearly goal to get to the beach at least once. When she can’t be sea side, she spends time in her kayak on local lakes and rivers. Her favorite thing about working at Amherst is chatting with students to learn more about their interests and goals.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers