Students Affairs: Staff Directory

Liz Agosto

Liz Agosto

Dean of Students and Interim Chief Student Affairs Office

Converse Hall
Mimi Odgers

Mimi Odgers

Asst to the Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Stude

Converse Hall

Mimi assists the Chief Student Affairs Officer and the Dean of Students in the coordination of major initiatives and events in the Office of Student Affairs.

Accessibility Services

Larissa E. Hopkins

Larissa E. Hopkins

Director of Accessibility Services

Converse 201
Precious S. Parham

Precious S. Parham

Accessibility Services Specialist

Converse Hall

Case Management Team

Scott D. Howard

Scott D. Howard

Associate Dean of Students/Director of Case Management

Converse Hall
Andy Tew

Andy Tew

Case Manager

Converse Hall

Class Deans

Charri J. Boykin-East

Charri J. Boykin-East

Senior Associate Dean of Students

Dean Boykin-East has special responsibilities for the Peer Tutoring Program. She is also available for general and academic counseling for the Class of 2022. Dean Boykin-East is also a member of several of the College’s committees.

Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe

Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe

Senior Associate Dean of Students & Class Dean

Converse Hall

Provides personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2024.

David E. Schneider

David E. Schneider

Georges Lurcy Professor of Music; Dean of the Class of 2021

Provides personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2023; Georges Lurcy Professor of Music & European Studies

Rick A. Lopez

Rick A. Lopez

Anson D. Morse 1871 Professor of History and Professor of Environmental Studies; Dean of New Students; Chair of Latinx and Latin Amer Studies

Chapin Hall

Dean Lopez has special responsibilities for the personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2025 and new transfer scholars. He may be consulted on matters relating to the general and academic counseling of first-year students, college regulations and requirements, and the First-Year Seminar courses.

Christopher N. Moulton

Christopher N. Moulton

Academic Support Coordinator

Converse Hall

Chris provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2022 Class Dean Charri Boykin-East and for the Dean of New Students, Rick Lopez. 

Raphaela Wade

Raphaela Wade

Administrative Assistant

Converse Hall

Raphaela provides administrative support for all of the Class Deans and serves as the front desk point person for Student Affairs.

Michelle L. Welles

Michelle L. Welles

Academic Support and Financial Coordinator

Converse Hall

Michelle provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2023 Class Dean David Schneider and for the 2024 Class Dean Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe.   Michelle also facilitates all budgetary processing for both Student Affairs and Residential Life offices.

Community Standards

Dean J. Gendron

Dean J. Gendron

Senior Associate Dean of Students

Dean Gendron is responsible for assisting the Amherst College community with informal and formal conflict resolution.  He collaborates closely with students, faculty, and staff to examine community standards and to provide opportunities for the redress of alleged violations of those standards in conjunction with the Committee on Discipline. Dean works closely with several groups and committees, including the Title IX Team, the Case Management Team, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force.

Corey J. Michalos

Corey J. Michalos

Director of Community Standards

Keefe Campus Center
Zara S. DiZoglio

Zara S. DiZoglio

Administrative Assistant

Keefe Campus Center

Counseling Center: Scott House

Jackie Alvarez

Jackie Alvarez

Assoc Dean of Students and Dir of the Counseling Center

Scott House

The Counseling Center staff provides assessment, counseling, brief psychotherapy, and referral to Amherst College students on a voluntary and confidential basis. Stop by the Counseling Center located in Scott House (directly across the street from Orr Rink), or call us at 413-542-2354 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Health Education

Amanda C. Vann

Amanda C. Vann

Director of Health Education

Health Services: Keefe Health Center Building

Emily M. Jones

Emily M. Jones

Director of Student Health Services

Immigration

Hanna Bliss

Hanna Bliss

Director of Immigration and Visa Services

Converse 202

Pronouns: she/her/hers.  Hanna serves as the director of the Office of Immigration Services.  Her work focuses on immigration advising, tracking and interpreting immigration policy, and maintaining compliance with the federal regulations affecting international students.   

 

New Student Programs

Marie Lalor

Marie Lalor

Director of New Student Programs

Converse Hall

Office of Residential Life

Andrea S. Cadyma

Andrea S. Cadyma

Director of Residential Life

110 Ford Hall

Andrea is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing, coordinating, and assessing residential programs and services, and working with students, Residence Counselors, and Assistant Directors of Residential Life to ensure that residential life at Amherst advances academic priorities, encourages both socialization and community-building, and supports students’ well-being and safety.  Residence life staff are here to assist you. Both professional and student staff are available to answer any of your questions and point you in the right direction.

Operations and Finance

Chad M. LaDue

Chad M. LaDue

Director of Office of Student Affairs Finance and Operati

Converse Hall

Office for Identity and Cultural Resources

Angie Tissi-Gassoway

Angie Tissi-Gassoway

Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion

Keefe Campus Center

Pronouns: she/her

The Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion works directly within the Office of Student Affairs to affirm and celebrate the multiple identities of the Amherst College community. Angie works collaboratively with campus partners to examine and address issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity. She is responsible for creating and supporting initiatives that cultivate community and foster meaningful interactions across difference. Additionally, the Associate Dean oversees various student facing offices and bridges the Multicultural Resource Center, Women’s & Gender Center, Queer Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and Center for Diversity & Student Leadership into the division’s strategic goals and priorities.

Eboni G. Rafus-Brenning

Eboni G. Rafus-Brenning

Director, Multicultural Resource Center

Eboni Rafus-Brenning is the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center which serves those who identify as people of color at Amherst College by providing a space for community building and resources to navigate institutional structures. Before returning to Western Massachusetts, Eboni served as an Upper School Teacher of English and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA , and previously, as a Residence Director at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.  While earning an MA in Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing at UMass, Amherst, Eboni served a Residence Director for the Department of Residence Education.  She also worked for the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community and served as the Graduate Student Senate’s Graduate Women’s Network Coordinator. Eboni lives in Holyoke with her wife, Brandice, her son, Rhys, and two rescue dogs, Stella and Jasmine.

Jxhn T. Martin

Jxhn T. Martin

Director, Queer Resource Center

Keefe Campus Center

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Jxhn serves as the director of the Queer Resource Center (QRC), whose primary role on campus is to support queer* and trans students throughout their journey at Amherst (*queer is used here as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community). Jxhn works to bring change to campus through community building, stemming from programming, queer/trans inclusivity trainings, to policy implementation and beyond. Reach out to them regarding how to navigate resources on campus, to schedule a training, ask questions concerning collaborative programming with the QRC, and/or booking the QRC space. In their free time, you can find them talking about desirability politics, affects/effects of student debt, and/or some combination of Netflixing, eating, cooking, or attempting to bake.

David Dongseong Ko

David Dongseong Ko

Director, Center for International Student Engagement

Keefe Campus Center

Pronouns: he/his  

David Ko serves as the Director of International Student Engagement. The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) supports students of international experience through advocacy, centralized resources, and space for community building and critical reflection. With his own personal experience of living in the U.S. as an international student, David is passionate about creating an inclusive, connected, and purposeful campus environment for international students and build bridges between international students and the larger community.

Hayley G. Nicholas

Hayley G. Nicholas

Director, Women's and Gender Center

Keefe Campus Center
Pronouns: she/they
 
Hayley is the Director of the Women's and Gender Center (WGC) which supports, uplifts, and celebrates women, femmes, and nonbinary students on campus and beyond. The Center also serves as a resource for all students who want to deepen their understanding of gender identity and feminism. Before her time in the WGC, Hayley was an Assistant Dean in the Amherst College Admission Office, where she oversaw outreach initiatives for prospective and admitted students of color as well as first-generation and/or low-income students. In her free time, she loves hiking with her dog, throwing clay on the wheel, road tripping, cooking, and listening to music and podcasts.
Harrison A. Blum

Harrison A. Blum

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Staff members of the Office of Religious Life are happy to support you in your religious and spiritual exploration and practice.

Lupita Mendez

Lupita Mendez

Director, Diversity and Student Leadership

Keefe Campus Center
Pronouns: she/her
 
As the Director for the Class & Access Resource Center, Lupita provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first-generation, low-income, veteran, and transfer students. Prior to this role, Lupita managed a National Science Foundation grant supporting community college transfer students in STEM majors at the University of Arizona. She has also worked in both a Queer Resource Center and a Multicultural Resource Center in Oregon. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an MSW from Portland State University. In her free time, Lupita loves to spend time outdoors with her wife.

Student Activities: Campus Center

Paul B. Gallegos

Paul B. Gallegos

Director of Student Activities

Paul is responsible for managing student facilities that include the Keefe Campus Center and the PowerHouse. Additionally he directs and manages the Student Activities Office, developing distinctive, high quality student programs and activities. Paul also provides advisement, direction, and leadership training to the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Association of Amherst Students, Budgetary Committee, WAMH Radio Station, Olio Yearbook, and more than 100 recognized student organizations.