Students Affairs: Staff Directory

Karu Kozuma

Karu Kozuma

Chief Student Affairs Officer

202-E Converse Hall

As the Chief Student Affairs Officer, Hikaru Kozuma leads a team of student affairs professionals who are committed to providing an exemplary student experience. In his role, he works with an array of departments that deliver programs and services to support students in their transition and growth at Amherst College. He is responsible for creating and implementing a college-wide vision for the engagement of students with each other, the institution, and their overall college experience by leading the following departments: the Office of Student Affairs, Residential Life, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Health Education, Student Activities, Accessibility Services, Religious Life, Community Standards, and Case Management.

Liz Agosto

Liz Agosto

Dean of Students

201 Converse Hall
Mimi Odgers

Mimi Odgers

Asst to the Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Students

202 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.

Class Deans

Charri J. Boykin-East

Charri J. Boykin-East

Senior Associate Dean of Students

201E Converse Hall

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 2021.

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Dean of the Class of 2020

B314 Science Center

Provides personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2020.

Rick A. Lopez

Rick A. Lopez

Professor of History and Environmental Studies; Dean of New Students; Chair of Latinx and Latin Amer Studies

17 Chapin Hall

Dean Lopez has special responsibilities for the personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2023 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, the Orientation Program, and the First-Year Seminar courses.

Christopher N. Moulton

Christopher N. Moulton

Academic Support Coordinator

201 Converse Hall

Chris provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2022 Class Dean Charri Boykin-East and for the 2023 Class Dean Rick Lopez. 

Michelle L. Welles

Michelle L. Welles

Academic Support and Financial Coordinator

201 Converse Hall

Michelle provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2020 Class Dean Ethan Clotfelter and for the 2021 Class Dean Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe.   Michelle also facilitates all budgetary processing for both Student Affairs and Residential Life offices.

Case Management Team

Scott D. Howard

Scott D. Howard

Associate Dean of Students/Director of Case Management

202-B Converse Hall
Andy Tew

Andy Tew

Case Manager

202-A Converse Hall

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.

New Student Programs

Marie Lalor

Marie Lalor

Director of New Student Programs

201 Converse Hall

Director 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.

Counseling Center: Scott House

Jacqueline Alvarez

Jacqueline 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 Center: Keefe Health Center Building

Emily M. Jones

Emily M. Jones

Director of Student Health Services

Amanda C. Vann

Amanda C. Vann

Director of Health Education

Community Standards

Dean J. Gendron

Dean J. Gendron

Senior Associate Dean of Students

108 Ford Hall

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

Zara S. DiZoglio

Zara S. DiZoglio

Administrative Assistant

Accessibility Services: 201 Converse Hall

Jodi M. Foley

Jodi M. Foley

Director of Accessibility Services

201 Converse Hall

Jodi works with students to assess, counsel, and implement academic, housing, and dining accommodations for their documented disabilities.

Chad M. LaDue

Chad M. LaDue

Director of Office of Student Affairs Finance and Operations

201 Converse Hall

Religious Life: The Cadigan Center

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

Harrison A. Blum

Harrison A. Blum

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

101 Cadigan Center

Resource Centers Team

Angie Tissi-Gassoway

Angie Tissi-Gassoway

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

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.

Paola A. Gallego

Paola A. Gallego

Administrative Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/ella

Paola Gallego is the Administrative Coordinator to the Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and the directors of the Women’s and Gender Center, Queer Resource Center and Multicultural Resource Center. Paola supports the operations of the three resource centers and their student staff. In addition, she provides overall support of the Resource Centers Leadership Team which includes the five directors from each Center. Contact Paola to schedule appointments with the associate dean and/or the directors. She is a proud caregiver/mom to her nephew, Yesuan and to three fur babies - amstaff/pit bull mixes, Lola and Blue and cat, Tigger. Paola loves espresso, sudoku, reading, softball, summer, nature and staying active!

Amari L. Boyd

Amari L. Boyd

Dialogue Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

As the Dialogue Coordinator, Amari works closely with the Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion to develop and facilitate dialogues for Amherst College faculty, staff and student participants throughout the academic year. In addition to her role as Dialogue Coordinator, Amari is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Social Justice Education and has facilitated workshops on race, microaggressions, gender, and sexuality at NYU, UMass Amherst, Smith College and several non-profits in the Pioneer Valley. Her research interests include: autoethnography, post-qualitative research methodologies and antiblackness towards and among faculty and staff of color. Amari is also a proud cat mom and enjoys culinary experiences that bring her tears of joy.

Nayah N. Mullings

Nayah N. Mullings

Director, Women's and Gender Center

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Nayah Mullings is the director of the Women’s and Gender Center (WGC), a space that furthers conversations about gender, gender oppression and intersectional feminism on campus. Through community building, social and educational programming, the work of the WGC centers the needs, experiences and wisdom of women, femmes and nonbinary individuals. Nayah is passionate about understanding the vast and varied experiences of womxn, femmes and trans folks at Amherst, and about creating space for individual and collective learning, growth and healing. Contact Nayah to learn more about the WGC, programming, and gender-related resources on campus. Karibuni wote (“Welcome, all” in Swahili)!

Jxhn T. Martin

Jxhn T. Martin

Director, Queer Resource 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.

Tenzin L. Kunor

Tenzin L. Kunor

Director, Diversity and Student Leadership

Pronouns: he/him              

As the Director of Diversity & Student Leadership in the Center for Diversity & Student Leadership (CDSL), Tenzin provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first generation, low-income, undocumented/DACA, veteran, and transfer students. He supports students in a multitude of ways to foster personal, social, and academic success while at Amherst and beyond. Tenzin seeks to cultivate leadership development opportunities for students and is deeply committed to help develop compassionate and reflective leaders. Connect with him if you’re seeking out support in navigating Amherst/higher education, accessing resources, or leadership development opportunities. Please also reach out if you’re interested in collaborating to strengthen our support for the students’ populations the CDSL centers. When Tenzin is away from work, he can be found cheering for Everton FC, eating spicy food, relearning Tibetan, and engaging in advocacy work related to tuberculosis research and awareness.

Hanna Bliss

Hanna Bliss

Director, International Student Engagement

Pronouns: she/her             

Hanna serves as the Director of International Student Engagement. The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is designed to be a hub through which international students engage with Amherst College and with each other in fun, intersectional, and holistic ways. While Hanna enjoys helping F-1 and J-1 students and language assistants navigate daunting US immigration regulations, it is CISE’s emphasis on community building and identity exploration that she finds most exciting. Anyone on campus is encouraged to reach out to Hanna if interested in learning more about the international student experience at Amherst, building up programs that center a global perspective, or collaborating to internationalize existing events and spaces.

Gabriel Andres P. Hall

Gabriel Andres P. Hall

Assistant Director, International Student Engagement

Pronouns: he/him or they/them             

As Assistant Director of International Student Engagement, Gabe’s work involves holistically supporting students of international experience. They enjoy helping with everything from F-1 visa advising to creating programs that make Amherst feel like home for students from near and far. Gabe is interested in creating spaces for community and facilitating dialogues for learning about ourselves, others, and the places we call home. If you are interested in putting on a program or event informed by global frameworks, feel free to reach out to him at any time.

Zachary L. King

Zachary L. King

Administrative Assistant

Pronouns: he/him/his

Zachary King is the Administrative Assistant to directors of the Center for International Student Engagement and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership. In addition to his role at Amherst College, he is also pursuing an MFA in Fiction from the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.