University Life Team

University Life is a diverse team of experienced educators, advisors, dynamic community builders, and crisis managers. Together we cultivate an inclusive, holistic student experience for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students here at Penn. We are thrilled to introduce you to our team.

University Life at Penn Organizational Chart

Vice Provost for University Life

Executive Assistant

University Life at Penn

University Life Team Members
(36 Vacant)

Student Employees
(nearly 300 student tutors)

Tamara Greenfield King stands in front of Locust Walk on a Fall day

Interim Vice Provost for University Life

Tamara Greenfield King, J.D.
she/her

Bio

Tamara Greenfield King serves as Interim Vice Provost for University Life and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Her portfolio includes Career Services, Naval ROTC, Platt Student Performing Arts House, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Office of Student Affairs. King came to Penn in 2019 after 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Washington University, St. Louis, culminating as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness. She is a sought-after expert in student conduct and Title IX, serving as the first African American president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration and co-authoring the book, Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through the Lens of Inclusive Excellence. Prior to higher education, King worked at various law firms, opened her own firm, and served as the first African American Assistant District Attorney in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Penn State University and received her law degree from New York University.

Christine Brown Lawrence headshot

Executive Assistant

Christine Brown-Lawrence
she/her

Bio
Christine is the Executive Assistant for University Life Central. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.S in Athletic Coaching from West Virginia University, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Temple University. Prior to working at University of Pennsylvania, she worked at Temple University for 8+ years supporting the President & CEO of Temple Hospital, and Dean of Temple University Medical School.
Tamara Greenfield King stands in front of Locust Walk on a Fall day

Senior Associate Vice Provost for
University Life

Tamara Greenfield King, J.D.
she/her

Bio

Tamara Greenfield King serves as Interim Vice Provost for University Life and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Her portfolio includes Career Services, Naval ROTC, Platt Student Performing Arts House, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Office of Student Affairs. King came to Penn in 2019 after 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Washington University, St. Louis, culminating as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness. She is a sought-after expert in student conduct and Title IX, serving as the first African American president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration and co-authoring the book, Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through the Lens of Inclusive Excellence. Prior to higher education, King worked at various law firms, opened her own firm, and served as the first African American Assistant District Attorney in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Penn State University and received her law degree from New York University.

Sharon Smith on Locust Walk at Penn campus

Associate Vice Provost for
University Life

Sharon Smith
she/her

Bio

I am the Associate Vice Provost for University Life, and I started my journey at Penn in the PennCAP office as a counselor. In my current role, I have oversight for the Weingarten Center, Student Intervention Services, Penn Violence Prevention, and the Community Care program. One of my major responsibilities is to advise and provide guidance in emergencies, crisis response and emergent case consultation with deans, faculty, academic/student affairs officers of all twelve schools of the University, and other University partner offices and resources.

Will Atkins

Associate Vice Provost for
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Will Atkins, Ph.D.
he/him

Bio

Will serves as the Associate Vice Provost for University Life (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging). In this role, he supports the university's six cultural resource centers and engages with key student organizations. He comes to Penn from the University of Florida, where he was the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, overseeing departments that promoted student engagement and high-impact practices.

Laurie Hall outside on campus copy

Assistant Vice Provost
for Strategic Planning and Operations

Laurie A. Hall
she/her

Bio

Laurie A. Hall serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Operations in University Life where she leads strategic planning, mission alignment, and fostering divisional values of cultural humility and inclusion. Laurie spent seventeen years at Princeton University, most recently in the Office of the Executive Vice President as Assistant Director for Administrative Planning where she participated in enterprise level planning, financial stewardship, risk management, and organizational development. She received her BA and Ed.M. at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education at Penn with research interest in the perceived value of formalized education across communities and cultures, ecosystems for first generation student support, student-athlete protections and supports, and institutional definitions and investment in community and belonging,

Rob Butler

Interim IT Technical Director
Technology Services

Rob Butler
he/him

Bio

I have been at the University for seventeen years. I have spent nine years with the Division of Finance IT and eight years with University Life Technology Services. Currently navigating through my first year as Interim Director of Technology Services.

Engagement & Leadership

The Engagement & Leadership portfolio includes Career Services, Naval Reserves Officers Training Corps (NROTC), Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Student Affairs, and Platt Student Performing Arts House.

Career Services

Barbara Hewitt

Executive Director Career Services

Barbara Hewitt, EdD
she/her

Bio

I believe strongly in the power of education to change lives and indeed the world, and have enjoyed focusing my career on helping students and alumni to take what they have learned while in school to contribute to society in their own unique ways.

Debra Koita

Employer Relations
Manager

Debra Smiley Koita
she/her

Bio

I am the Employer Relations Manager in the On-Campus Recruiting unit of Career Services. I am a mother of two adult children, Kadija and Alhaji, and a wife for 26 years to my husband, Omar. I am a native New Orleanian and an avid award-winning gardener.

Employer Relations Admin Coordinator

Vacant

Carol Hagan

Grad/Prof Advising Senior Associate Director

Carol Hagan, Ph.D.
she/her

Bio

Dr. Carol Hagan has advised pre-health students and alumni at the University of Pennsylvania since 2008. She also advises Quakers pursuing graduate degrees in humanities, social science and business. She earned a Ph.D. from Penn in art history and has engaged with students as a lecturer and writing instructor. Prior to settling in Philadelphia, she earned a B.A. in English and art history from Wesleyan University. Carol enjoys helping students become professionals and hearing about their wide range of intellectual interests and service commitments.

Ariana Alexander

Grad/Prof Advising
Associate Director

Ariana Alexander, Ph.D.
she/her

Bio

I'm dedicated to empowering individuals to navigate the maze of academia.

Becky Tamayo

Grad/Prof Advising Admin Coordinator

Becky Tamayo
she/her

Bio

Becky returned to Penn in 2019 as the Administrative Coordinator for the Graduate and Professional School Advising team at Career Services, where she supports students and alumni interested in graduate, law, and medical programs. Becky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from the College and is currently completing her Master of Social Work at the School of Social Policy and Practice.

Joseph Barber

Graduate Career Initiatives
Director

Joseph Barber, Ph.D.
he/him

Bio

Dr. Joseph Barber is the Director of Graduate Career Initiatives serving graduate students and postdocs. He has a Ph.D. in animal behaviour from University of Oxford (UK), has previously worked as a Research Fellow at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and currently also teaches graduate students as an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College (CUNY). Joseph enjoys thinking creatively to help people find and explore different career paths, and is always interested in hearing students and postdocs talk enthusiastically about their research.

Dianne Hull

Grad Students
Senior Associate Director

Dianne Hull
she/her

Bio

I enjoy working with students as they plan for their futures.

Marianne Lipa

Grad Students
Associate Director​

Marianne Lipa
she/her

Bio

Career advisor for 7 years. Previously an academic advisor and alumni relations professional at Wharton. I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, and traveling.

Sharon Fleshman

School of Nursing, GSE, SP2
Senior Associate Director

Sharon Fleshman, Ph.D.
she/her

Bio

I am from Bronx NY and graduated from Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1990. At Career Services, I support students and alumni from the School of Nursing, Graduate School of Education (GSE) and School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) in their career development through lenses of wellness, equity & inclusion. Outside of Penn, I enjoy reading, writing, good music, time with family & friends, empowering women in ministry, and of course, chocolate.

Patty Greenfield

School of Nursing, GSE, SP2
Associate Director

Patty Greenfield
she/her

Bio

Patty Greenfield is an advisor for students and alums in the schools of Nursing, Education, and Social Policy and Practice. Prior to joining the Career Services team at Penn, Patty served as the Assistant Director, Career Counseling at Bryn Mawr College. She obtained her MA, Counseling Psychology from Arcadia University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Esther Ra

School of Nursing, GSE, SP2
Associate Director

Esther Ra, Ed.D.
she/her

Bio

Dr. Esther Ra is an Associate Director at Penn Career Services and she works with students and alums in the schools of Nursing, Education, and Social Policy and Practice.

Lisa Giang

School of Nursing, GSE, SP2
Admin Coordinator

Lisa Giang
she/they

Bio

Lisa is an Administrative Coordinator for the graduate teams at Career Services as well as an avid reader and cat enthusiast.

David Ross

Undergraduate Career Initiatives Director

S. David Ross
he/him

Bio

David has worked in Career Services at Penn since 2007 first working with Wharton undergraduate students and alumni and now the broader undergraduate student and alumni population.

Jamie Grant

SEAS Senior
Associate Director

Jamie Grant
she/her

Bio

Jamie Grant (C’98, GEd’99) is the Senior Associate Director at Career Services supporting undergraduates, Master’s candidates and alumni in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Jamie has been a career advisor for more than 20 years, and joined Penn Career Services in 2009. Jamie is a native of the greater Philadelphia area and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education in Psychological Services, both from the University of Pennsylvania (Go Quakers!). Outside of the office, Jamie spends a great deal of time with her two young sons exploring the world and enjoys sports, baking, reading fiction and trivia of all kinds.

Jillian Cener

SEAS
Associate Director

Jillian Cener
she/her

Bio

Jillian Cener first came to Penn as a master’s student in Higher Education at Penn GSE. She then worked for three years at Penn Abroad before coming to Career Services, where she serves as an Associate Director on the SEAS team. Outside of Penn, Jillian loves to travel, try new restaurants in Philly, and do yoga!

Jackie Moriniere

SEAS Associate Director

Jackie Moriniere
she/her

Bio

Jackie Moriniere is an Associate Director working with students and alumni from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to this role, Jackie oversaw employer relations at Swarthmore College. Jackie received her B.A. in Russian from Swarthmore College and M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from Drexel University. Jackie is interested in exploring the intersection of social justice and career services and is an advocate for equitable access to career development resources. Outside of work, Jackie is a sensitivity reader and presenter on career topics to non-profits.

Natty Leach

Wharton
Senior Associate Director

Natty Leach

Bio

Natty joined the Career Services team in February 2017. His work entails meeting with students from the College of Arts & Sciences about their future career and internship plans. He now leads the team working with Wharton undergraduates. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Natty’s high school mascot was also the Quaker. His interest in higher education started when he was an RA at New York University where he majored in Media, Culture and Communication. Loving the ability to explore multiple disciplines and subjects, Natty also minored in both English and Web Design. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Natty worked at Temple University as a Pre-Health advisor for four years. While at Temple, he earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. He is now thrilled to be helping students at Penn plan for the future. Beginning in October 2021, Natty also began co-hosting the CS Radio podcast.

Megan Chambers

Wharton
Associate Director

Megan Chambers
she/her

Bio

Megan’s love for experiential learning has always driven the work she does. She is passionate about helping students connect to meaningful experiences, and believes that hands-on learning is an extremely important part of one’s career journey.

In 2014, Megan received her Masters of Education from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. In 2018, she relocated back to the east coast, and prior to joining Penn was an advisor at Drexel University.

Anne Dickinson

CAS
Senior Associate Director

Anne Dickinson
she/her

Bio

Anne has worked in Career Services in a variety of roles and has spent over a decade helping College of Arts and Sciences students and alumni discover and grow their career options. In her role as Senior Associate Director, she manages a 4-person team supporting College students and helping them learn about all of the resources Penn has to offer. Anne is native to the Philly area and loves cheering on local sports teams, attending concerts, cooking, and exploring through travel - especially taking long road trips to new, middle-of-nowhere places with her husband and two dogs.

Celestina Anino

CAS Admin Coordinator

Celestina Anino
she/her

Bio

My name is Celestina Anino. I am currently a administrative coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences (career services). I obtained my Bachelors from the Florida State University and Masters degree from Rutgers University.

J. Michael DeAngelis

Senior Digital
Resources Manager

J. Michael DeAngelis
he/him

Bio

Digital resources and communications manager for Career Services. Creator and co-host of the CS Radio podcast. Actor, writer, director, podcaster, trouble maker, and all around bon vivant.

Emily Barrale

Data Analysis and Visualization Associate Director

Emily Barrale
she/her

Bio

Enjoys analyzing data and turning it into charts & graphs. Loves houseplants and literature. Will walk 10 extra blocks for good boba.

Susan Visoskas

Operations
Manager

Susan Visoskas
she/her

Bio

I started working at Penn on February 28, 2022 after working in student housing at the University of Delaware and West Chester University for 25+ years.

Gareth Bohn

Operations
Admin Coordinator

Gareth Bohn
he/him

Bio

I started at Penn in February 2022 having graduated with a major in Psychology from Tufts University in 2021.

Naval Reserves Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Vincent J. Ciuccoli

Commanding Officer

Vincent J. Ciuccoli
he/him

Bio

Colonel in the United States Marine Corps currently serving as the Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia NROTC Consortium and Director of the Naval Science Department at UPenn

Jerod Konowal

Executive Officer (XO)

Jerod Konowal

Bio

I was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. While obtaining my B.A. from St. John’s University, I developed an interest for the weight of the written word and Human Rights. As an Adjutant, I have been able to first hand witness the just enforcement of rules and regulations. I seek to continue working in fields that allow me to be a reliable advisor on policy to my employers and colleagues.

Dylan Thompson-Sevcik

Junior Advisor

Dylan Thompson-Sevcik

Bio

Submarine Officer in Groton CT since 2019. Experience in engineering, engineering management, leadership, and organizational leadership.

Hunter Abrams

Sophomore Advisor

Hunter Abrams

Jon Vandeusen

Freshman Advisor

Jon A. Vandeusen
he/him

Bio

Years of experience: 5 years as both a conventional and nuclear trained Surface Warfare Officer, completed three overseas deployments. Qualifications: A4W Nuclear Propulsion Plant Engineer, A4W Nuclear Propulsion Plant Watch Officer, A4W Nuclear Engineering Officer of the Watch/Reactor Duty Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck Underway. Professional Achievement: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 3 Sea Service Ribbons. Academic Achievement: Bachelor of Science from RPI (Magna Cum Laude, 2015), Joseph Rosenholtz Prize (2015), Founders Award of Excellence (2013)

Denise Myers

Human Resources Coordinator

Denise Myers
she/her

Kelly Perfit

Administrative Assistant

Kelly Perfit

Bio

I am a dedicated friendly person with over 30 years of experience helping develop a positive environment for all. Love and support my family with their endeavors. Hopefully I will continue to make a difference every day.

Supply Officer

Nefertria Corner

Joseph Miller

Interim Battalion Advisor

Joseph Miller
he/him

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Jessica Ryan, M.Ed.

Leadership Community Director

Jessica Ryan
she/her

Bio

Jessica handles leadership development and civic engagement programs for the fraternity and sorority community, along with community service and annual accreditation processes. Jessica also advises the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Zeta Xi chapter of Order of Omega at Penn. She works closely with the Programming Assistant on Greek Alumni Council relations, planning Greek NSO events, and other projects related to student leadership or alumni engagement.

Jonathan Bell

Residential Community Director

Jonathan Bell
he/him

Bio

Jon is the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Residential Community and strives to help students achieve academic success, develop leadership skills, and experience extracurricular activities through mentoring and coaching.

Janáe Tucker

Diversity & Co-Curricular Programs
Associate Director

Janáe Tucker
she/her

Bio

Janáe Tucker am an innovative communicator with a true gift to not only connect, but also impact my audiences of students. I hail from Willingboro, NJ. I am a Rider University graduate with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership Business Communications. My motivation to empower lives stems from my surroundings and passion to help others unlock their gifts. I uniquely tie my life story with the audiences needs into a message that moves the listener to act on their dreams and maximize their potential.

Rachael Garrett Canfield

Administrative
Coordinator

Rachael Garrett Canfield
she/her

Bio

I have served the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life under multiple roles over the last 8 years. I went to the University of Mississippi and came to Penn with many years of volunteer experience with my undergraduate sorority. When I'm not working I enjoy crocheting, taking care of my dogs and chickens, and spending time at the beach.

Associate
Director

New Position Vacant

Jo Ann Nasino

Financial
Assistant

Jo Ann Nasino
she/her

Bio

I started working in Fraternity & Sorority Life in February of 2008 during the great recession and have enjoyed working with the students here at Penn.

Office of Student Affairs

Katie Bonner

Executive Director

Katie Bonner
she/her

Bio

Originally from Ohio, Katie calls Philadelphia home. She has worked both at Penn and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Outside of work, she wrangles her twins, Ben & Lucy, redecorates her house, and binges TV with her husband.

Jan Kee-Scott

Business Administrator

Jeanette Kee-Scott
she/her

Bio

I have been a care giver for several senior citizens. One of my favorite things to do is exercising, by practicing hot yogi. My end goal is to be a Doula.

Angela Reason

Financial Coordinator

Angela Reason
she/her

Bio

I came to Penn in 2010 working at Riepe College House as a House Coordinator. In February 2012 I started working in the Office of Student Affairs as a Financial Coordinator.

Heather Durham

Financial Coordinator

Heather Durham
she/her

Bio

Career advisor for 7 years. Previously an academic advisor and alumni relations professional at Wharton. I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, and traveling.

Danielle Crumb-Fike

Financial Coordinator

Danielle Crumb-Fike
she/her

Bio

Danielle Fike is a Financial Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs, working with student groups to spend their funding in compliance with Penn’s financial policies. A caregiver and creative, she is a wife and mother of three school-age children who enjoys many hobbies including textile arts, needlework, and other crafts. Danielle is honored to work alongside the incredible team in the OSA and contribute to two hard-working committees, WE-CARE (White Educators Committed to Antiracism and Equity) Steering as well as University Life’s Unified Curriculum for Student Employees and Leaders.

Financial Administrative Coordinator

Vacant

Associate Director for Activities

Rodney Robinson
he/him

Bio
Rodney Robinson is the Associate Director of Activities for the Office of Student Affairs. Prior to serving in this position, he held several positions within the former Department of Residential Life. He is a native of Detroit, MI, a dedicated Penn alum and extremely proud dog owner.
Gabe Marenco-Garcia

Associate Director for Programs

Gabe Marenco-Garcia
they/them

Bio
I've been in higher education for 9 years now. One of my favorite parts about my job is getting to problem solve the every day complexities of student life at Penn with an outstanding team of staff and students. Outside of work, I'm heavily involved with Stonewall Sports which is a 501(c)3 non-profit LGBTQ+ national sports organization. (Fun fact: the tournament will be hosted here in Philly next year and I will serve as Tournament Chair.)
Michael Sievers

Administrative Assistant

Michael Sievers
he/him

Bio

Michael is the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Student Affairs. New to Philly, he enjoys meeting new people and outside of work, DIY projects around his house. Mikes favorite thing about Penn so far is the beautiful campus and all the interesting people here at Penn!

Platt Student Performing Arts House

Laurie McCall

Director

Laurie McCall
she/her

Bio

Laurie McCall is a student affairs professional with over 30 years of experience in various positions in University Life at Penn. Laurie enjoys her work as Director of Student Performing Arts and aims to improve the quality of life for all students outside of the classroom. Our work with and for students must have a positive impact on their lives so they develop personal growth and fond memories while at Penn. I feel lucky to work in this field surrounded by a vibrant and tenacious community of students and colleagues and enjoy coming to work every day.

Laurie lives in Plymouth Meeting with her husband, children, and pets and enjoys cooking, wine, the beach, comedy, and the arts.

Megan Edelman

Associate Director

Megan Edelman
she/her

Bio

I started at Penn as an undergrad in 2007, working at the Annenberg Center Box Office, and continued in a part time capacity after graduating. I started working for Penn full time in March, 2012 on Penn Medicine's Development and Alumni Relations team for a little over 1 year, and then I worked at Rodin College House for about 4 years. In August, I will have been working at Platt House and in University Life for 5 years.

Administrative Coordinator

Vacant

Sara Outing

Program Coordinator

Sara Outing
she/her

Bio

Sara is an arts administrator, craftsperson, and avid arts advocate from North Carolina. Now serving as the Program Coordinator at Platt Student Performing Arts House, she started her Penn journey as an undergrad and earned a Theatre Arts B.A. and Fine Arts minor in 2013. Between office hours, she also balances a 10-year career as a theatremaker specializing in scenic design and props fabrication, and seeks projects to engage her interests in fiddle, social dance, and radical puppetry.

Amanda Labonte

Technical Advisor

Amanda Labonte
she/her

Bio

Oversees the PAC Shop and all technical needs for Student Performing Arts Groups.

PAC Shop Supervisor

Michelle Moller
she/her

Care & Support

The Care & Support portfolio includes Community Care, Penn Violence Prevention (PVP), Student Intervention Services (SIS), and Weingarten Center.

Community Care

Emily Giffin

Community Care Program Coordinator

Emily Giffin
she/her

Bio

Emily Giffin Doyle (she/her/hers) joined the University Life team in August 2021 as the Program Coordinator for Community Care. She received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 2013 and previously worked at a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization called Democracy Works, where she supported colleges and universities across the country in efforts to increase student voter participation. Emily received her Master's in Higher Education from Penn GSE in May 2021.

Penn Violence Prevention

Director

Vacant

Reema Malhotra

Associate Director

Reema Malhotra
she/her

Bio

Reema is an Associate Director in Penn Violence Prevention and has been working in violence prevention for 8 years. As an MSW, her skill set includes providing support and crisis counseling. Reema is originally from Connecticut, and currently resides in Philadelphia with her fiancé and cat, Pixel.

Julie Millisky

Associate Director

Julie Millisky
she/her

Bio

Julie is an Associate Director within Penn Violence Prevention. She is passionate about consent education, bystander intervention, and empowering Penn community members with the knowledge, skills, and support to live their best lives and create social change. Julie lives in Delaware and loves hiking, rock climbing, and food.

Tyler Rizzo

Program Coordinator

Tyler Rizzo
they/them

Bio

Tyler is the program coordinator at PVP, and focuses on undergraduate violence prevention through peer education via the PAVE program. They work to prevent and respond to gender based violence as a consent educator, abolitionist social worker, and community organizer. Outside of their work at Penn, Tyler loves karaoke, storytelling, reality TV, and doing harm reduction oriented mutual aid work with Project SAFE.

Student Intervention Services

Lauren Rudick

Director

Lauren Rudick
she/her

Bio

Lauren Rudick came to Penn to earn her master's in higher education from GSE after beginning her career as a newspaper copy editor and designer. She has worked in Student Intervention Services since 2011. She is a native of Philadelphia and Delaware.

Lindsay Adams

Associate
Director

Lindsay Adams
she/her

Bio

A Pennsylvania native, Lindsay grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania until moving to the Philadelphia area for college. Lindsay earned her bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies and Applied Ethics from Ursinus College and her master’s degree in higher education from Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE). She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education from GSE. Lindsay has been with Student Intervention Services since 2014 and is an Anti-Violence Advocate, a Wellness Partner, and a Safe Space ally. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, CJ, and her dog, Coco.

Amber Green

Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Case Management

Amber Green
she/her

Bio

Amber was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Amber earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, her master’s degree in Public Health, and her certification in Healthcare Management from West Chester University of PA. Amber joined Student Intervention Services in 2020. Before coming to Penn, Amber began her career in Behavioral Health including substance abuse. Amber enjoys hiking and meditation.

Associate Director for Case Management and Outreach

Vacant

Weingarten Center

Jane F. Holahan, Ed.D., Executive Director, Weingarten Center

Executive Director

Jane F. Holahan, Ed.D.
she/her

Bio

I have been in the field of education over 35 years, including K-12 teaching experience. Addressing the academic needs of students continues to be rewarding work.

Ryan Miller, Ed.D., Director of Learning Consultations

Director Academic Support​

Ryan Miller, Ed.D.
he/him

Bio

As Director of Academic Support at the Weingarten Center, Dr. Ryan Miller supports a talented team of learning specialists who support all Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students through individual consultations and over two hundred group workshops each year. He earned his Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy at Penn GSE in 2016, conducting research on the benefits of group inquiry for students and staff within postsecondary learning centers. He lives in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and loves biking to work.

Julianne Reynolds

Associate Director

Julianne Reynolds
she/her

Bio

Julianne Reynolds is an Associate Director and Learning Specialist for International Students at the Weingarten Center. She holds an A.B. in French from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her free time, she is a volunteer scuba diver at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.

Rashmi Kumar

Associate Director, STEM

Rashmi Kumar, Ed.D.
she/her

Bio

Develop active learning and technology-driven learning programs for Penn students in STEM fields. Guide students towards developing feasible goals and unpacking any misconceptions. Co-create learning templates and study plans in collaboration with students.

Jordan Yanoshik

LD/ADHD Learning Specialist​

Jordan Yanoshik
she/her

Bio

Jordan discusses student progress and takes recommendations for strategies from Student Disabilities Services staff to ensure needs are being met. Work with Student Intervention Services, Counseling Center, Office of Student Conduct, Academic Advisors and other campus partners in supporting students Discuss with the student the individual way their disability impacts not only their school performance, but their day-to-day life to craft a comprehensive support plan that will provide them not only with academic skills and executive functioning skills needed for their post-Penn life. Make referrals and recommendations for additional support as needed

Pete Kimchuk

Learning Specialist​

​Pete Kimchuk​

Bio

I've dedicated my career in higher ed to the Penn community, in particular as a Learning Specialist working with students across all our schools and programs.

Valerie Wrenn

Associate Director Tutoring

Valerie Wrenn
she/her

Bio

I have worked in academic support for almost a decade at various institutions and am passionate about providing a truly impactful learning experience for both the students who utilize tutoring as well as those who work on our team as peer educators.

Patricia Briscoe-Cypress

Assignment Coordinator

Patricia Briscoe-Cypress
she/her

Bio

I love reading, watching movies, and baking my specialty is pound cake.

Aaron Spector

Director Disability Services

Aaron Spector
he/him

Bio

Aaron serves as the Director of Disability Services at the Weingarten Center.

Sharon Douglass​

Manager of Accommodations​

Sharon Douglass​
she/her

Bio

Sharon coordinate and supervise the implementation of legally mandated accommodations and auxiliary services (e.g., tests, notes, CART and/or interpreting services assistive technology) for Penn students with disabilities. Collaborate with the Disability Services staff to ensure accommodations are implemented accurately and timely. Supervise three staff members who oversee implementation of accommodations.

Amrou Ibrahim​

Associate Director​ Assistive Technology

Amrou Ibrahim​

Bio

Responsible for making sure that students with print disabilities (i.e. visual, learning) receive their course materials in accessible formats.

Sabria Kegler

Associate Director​

Sabria Kegler

Bio

Sabria works with the Disability Services staff to review documentation to determine accommodations on the basis of Disability Services guidelines and University protocol. Serve as an advisor for students with disabilities by guiding them through the accommodation process and referring them to University resources, Participate in Weingarten Center meetings and serves on committees.

​ Kaitlin Molloy​

Disability Specialist

Kaitlin Molloy​, J.D.
she/her

Bio

Kaitlin Molloy joined the University of Pennsylvania in October 2021, after working in disability services at Mount Holyoke College and Drexel University. She supports students with disabilities across the University and enjoys working to ensure equal access to the university. Kaitlin loves Philadelphia and brings that enthusiasm for the city to orienting new students to both campus and the city.

Sheryl Warfield​

Associate Director​ Operations

Sheryl Warfield​

Bio

Sheryl D. Warfield, M.B.A. is an Associate Director of Operations with twenty-plus years of professional experience at Penn. Sheryl specializes in financial and administrative management at the Weingarten Center. In Sheryl's free time, she likes to travel, shop, read, and decorate.

Lauren Swain

Operations Coordinator

Lauren Swain

Bio

I am the Operation Support Coordinator for the Weingarten Center. I have been with the university for 15 years and counting. I enjoy working with students as they navigate through their educational growth and progress at the university.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The DEI&B portfolio includes La Casa Latina, Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center, Lesbian Gay Transgender Center, Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), and Penn Women’s Center.

Krista Cortes outside of campus

La Casa Latina (LCL)
Director

Krista L. Cortes, Ph.D.
she/they

Bio

Krista (she/they) is a first-generation AfroPuerto Rican mother/scholar/activist who was born and raised in the diaspora. Academically and professionally Dr. Cortes’ work is defined by transformative research and practices that uplift people historically oppressed and marginalized in university settings. Dr. Cortes has experience in community organizing through her work with UAW 2865, the union for student workers in the University of California system and believes there is a continued need to agitate and organize at the intersections of workers’ rights, racial justice, and gender equity.

Roseilyn Guzman

LCL
Associate Director

Roseilyn Guzman
she/her

Bio

Roseilyn (she/her/ella) was born in the Dominican Republic, identifies as Afro-Latina, and is a first-generation college graduate. Her passion for working with students stems from her involvement in Residence Life, Greek Life, Diversity & Inclusion and TRiO Programs while at her alma mater, so much so that she made it her life’s mission to work with college students. The knowledge and experience she acquired has equipped her to support, advise, and empower students to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them during their collegiate years.

Elsie Lopez

LCL
Program Coordinator

Elsie Lopez
she/her

Bio

Elsie is a North Philly native from a primarily black and brown Latinx neighborhood, while immersed in the community, this gave Elsie the opportunity to develop socially, academically, and professionally, advocating for Pan-Latino solidarity as a way to understand and celebrate identity, place, and belonging. With experience in event planning and coordination, Elsie has assisted in creating experiences for individuals and groups that transform from ideas to vision to reality. As the Program Coordinator for La Casa Latina, Elsie aims to create opportunities for students at Penn to connect and celebrate their identities while fostering cross-campus collaboration to build holistic experiences that encourage students to be well-rounded members of their communities.

Valerie De Cruz outside on Penn's campus

Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC)
Director

Valerie De Cruz
she/her

Bio

Valerie oversees the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) – where she has vastly extended the center’s reach among diverse student populations, forged connections with colleagues across campus, and directed the growth of innovative courses, programs and services including a virtual platform of dedicated alums to support students. The GIC center’s offerings have attracted donors and resulted in many donations and a $1 million endowment for the center.

Kia Lor

GIC
Associate Director

Kia Lor
she/her

Bio

Kia is passionate about supporting the student experience and facilitating personal and organizational development around issues including creating inclusive group environments, social justice, and cultural competence. I have a strong background in advising student leaders and supporting student organization initiatives to improve the experience of multicultural and international students. I hold a M.S.Ed degree in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Communication from the College of St. Benedict & St. John's University in Minnesota.

Toyce Holmes

GIC
FGLI Program Coordinator

Toyce Holmes
she/her

Bio

Toyce is Indigenous, Muscogee and Kiowa tribe, and support Indigenous students and First Generation and/or Low Income students. Throughout my career I have enjoyed supporting students, families, and communities as a social worker and counselor. In my free time I enjoy beading, training my dog, and watching sci-fi movies and TV shows.

Patricia Soria

GIC
Administrative Assistant

Patricia Soria
she/her

Bio

Patricia (she/her/hers) oversees facilities of the building, financial transactions, and supports with educational programs, workshops, events, etc.
She uses her experience of being a mother of two to help parents and students navigate their college experience.
She loves to talk to parents, students and alumni to create the feeling of a home away from home at the GIC.
Her prior work experience in a community nonprofit agency has given her the knowledge of event planning and community building.
In her free time she loves spending time with her family, cooking and gardening.

Erin Cross headshot

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center Director

Erin Cross, Ph.D.
she/her

Bio

Dr. Erin Cross (she/her) has been a leader in student affairs for 20+ years, focusing on LGBTQ+ communities, social justice education, and building/connecting campus communities. She teaches at the Graduate School of Education, is affiliated with GSWS/CFQT, and regularly mentors students and new Penn staff members. Erin earned her PhD at Penn, was a member of City & State PA's inaugural Pride Power 100, and has won four Models of Excellence Awards, Penn's highest staff honor.

Born in Cleveland, OH; professional queer; married to an amazing woman; mom to an adorable pup; proud stepmom and godmother; loves laughing; loyal to a fault; lifelong learner; striving for equity, justice, and belonging; and someone with a great eyeglasses and sneaker game.

Malik Muhammad

LGBT Center
Associate Director

Malik Muhammad
he/him

Bio

As a Philly native, a stark advocate for those in marginalized communities, and with a genuine drive to connect with the people around him, Malik serves as the Associate Director of the Penn LGBT Center. Bridging his love of the arts and social justice, he strives to use the power of his voice as an agent of change for good. From the moment you meet him, Malik’s genuine, energetic, and optimistic nature is undeniable and often, quite contagious. If you haven’t already, find out for yourself.

Brian Peterson in front of a colorful mural

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center
Director

Brian Peterson, Ph.D.
he/him

Bio

Brian is a three-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania – first from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and later earning his master’s and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Education. Presently he teaches two courses: ‘People of African Descent at the University of Pennsylvania'(AFRC) and ‘Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy'(URBS). He also serves as a pre-major advisor. He is the proud father of five children (Nia, Jalen, Nicholas, Myles, and Quincy), four books (including Higher Learning: Maximizing Your College Experience), and one academic and cultural enrichment program, Asé Academy.

Michelle Gilliard Houston

Makuu
Associate Director

Michelle Gilliard Houston
she/her

Bio

I am a program director who drives diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at The University of Pennsylvania. In my current role as Associate Director, Makuu: Black Cultural Center, I am instrumental in providing an on-campus home for Penn’s Black students while strategizing on programs that support marginalized individuals as they navigate their Ivy League education.

Peter Van Do

Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) Director

Peter Van Do
he/him

Bio

Peter Van Do (he/him) is the Director for the Pan-Asian American Community House (resource center) at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). As a University Administrator, he works with a community of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and local community members. Specifically, Peter discusses overall community development solutions while overseeing programs and initiatives that expand, empower, and educate issues concerning identity, race, and racism at Penn.

Cindy Au-Kramer

PAACH
Finance & Operations Coordinator

Cindy Au-Kramer
she/her

Bio

After completing her BS in Accounting/Geography (SUNY Albany) and MBA (NYU Stern School of Business), Cindy has worked in finance for over 15 years, as a CPA, Investment Bank Controller, Big Four systems implementation consultant and more recently as a healthcare system finance professional. Last year, she took a honest look at what she really wanted out of life and what kind of impact she wanted to make – to join the Penn community and to help students access campus services. She reached out to AppleOne, a temp agency, and was matched with PAACH!!! Now, Cindy supports students and provides financial and operational support for PAACH’s many initiatives/programs. In her spare time, Cindy indulges her love of book art by teaching bookbinding in the local community, builds online communities, and creates fun experiences for her tween/teen children.

Elisa Foster stands outside on Locust Walk on a sunny day

Penn Women’s Center (PWC)
Interim Director

Elisa Foster
she/her

Bio

Since January 2022 I've led Penn Women's Center as Interim Director and continued our mission of providing a safe, affirming space for everyone in the Penn community. I came to Penn as Associate Director of PWC in 2017 where my work has focused on community outreach, educational programming and supporting student groups. Before entering higher education, I worked primarily in the nonprofit industry in the areas of strategic planning, market research, fundraising and program development.

Hitomi-Yoshida

PWC
Financial Administrative Coordinator

Hitomi Yoshida
she/her

Bio

Hitomi Yoshida has worked in higher education, community-based research and qualitative evaluation since she graduated from Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Before coming back to Penn campus, she worked at Temple University for many years by facilitating campus-community partnerships for research and service. In her spare time, Hitomi engages with local non-profits that serve refugee and immigrant communities and enjoys raising her little rescue dog, Charlie.

Strategic Planning & Operations

The Strategic Planning & Operations portfolio includes Space and Events Management and Strategic Initiatives.

Strategic Initiatives

Mike Elias standing outside on Locust Walk

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mike Elias
he/him

Bio

Mike Elias is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives in University Life at Penn and is responsible for the strategic planning, partnerships, and communication for University Life. Prior to joining Penn, Mike was the Associate Dean of the College at Haverford College, where he served as an advising dean and director of student engagement. Prior to joining Haverford, he oversaw student engagement at Swarthmore College and was a Residential Community Director at Dickinson.

Marjan Osman Gartland

Director of Design Services

Marjan Osman Gartland
she/her

Bio

I contribute to our community as a visual strategist – understanding the value of leadership, collaboration, and communication. I lead with intention and a relevant mindset. In my current position as Director of Design Services I communicate the divisional story through print/digital platforms and train staff members on design principles, web accessibility, and brand identity best practices.

Associate Director

Vacant

Jay Monahan

Content Creator

Jay Monahan
he/him

Bio

Monahan came to Penn in March 2022 after 15 years as an athletic communications coordinator and newspaper journalist. Previously, he served as a sports information director at Marywood University, Penn State University, and Goucher College. He received a B.A. in journalism from Susquehanna University and an M.S. in higher education administration from Marywood University. 

Steve McCann

Office Manager

Steve McCann
he/him

Bio

I have worked in University Life for over 20 years. I am a local resident of Philadelphia and volunteer extensively in the local LGBT community.

Space and Events Management

Saleem Curry stands outdoors

Director

Saleem Curry
he/him

Bio

Saleem serves as the principal advisor for all of University Life Space and Events. His core competencies include operations and logistics, organizational development and effectiveness, and talent management and team engagement.

Associate Director
Campus Community Engagement

Amber Decker
she/her

Coordinator
Campus Community Engagement

Vacant

Associate Director
Scheduling and Events

Vacant

Alexis Celotto

Assistant Manager, Scheduling and Events

Alexis Celotto
she/her

Bio

Alexis oversees the reservation, scheduling, and event planning processes with her team. She promotes the use of the Student Center @ Houston Hall, and other facilities within the Space and Events portfolio. She has been at Penn for 14 years and counting.

Antaya Alvarest

Event Coordinator

Antaya Alvarest
she/her

Bio

I started at Penn six years ago as a Information Manager at the front desk of Houston Hall. I was in the position for a 1.5 years. Then moved up to a event coordinator/receptionist. Now I am a full time event coordinator.

Laura Collins

Event Coordinator

Laura Collins
she/her

Bio

I have a four year old daughter and a one year old little pup. I enjoy photography, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with my loved ones.

Operations Aide

Blessing Toikumo
she/her

Operations Aide

Chenyijia Zhang
she/her

Operations Aide

Chelse King
she/her

Scheduling Coordinator

Lashae Wright
she/her

Patrick Faulk

Associate Director
Operations

Patrick Faulk

Bio

Patrick Faulk is from Camden, NJ. He currently resides in Philadelphia. He is an advocate for Youth Development.

Chris Kessler

Facility
Support Coordinator

Chris Kessler
he/him

Bio

Facilities and Events manager with 20 years experience in student spaces and events

Assistant Manager
Operations & Logistics

Vacant

Operations Coordinator

Vacant

Barthel Akins

Event Services Operations Associate

Barthel (Butch) Akins
he/him

Dashawn Jackson

Event Services Operations Associate

Dashawn Jackson

Bio

Hello All, My name is DaShawn Jackson. I work for the university of Penn in the space and events department. I’m here too welcome all and provide satisfactory customer service!

Julian Lawrence

Event Services Operations Associate

Julian Lawrence

Bio

Hi my name is Julian. I’ve been employed by Penn for seven years . I am a father of 3 wonderful boy’s . I am a diehard Lakers fan .

Laron Overby

Event Services Operations Associate

Laron Overby

Bio

Hi my name is Laron Overby and I work in Space and Events Management and I’m 27 years old.

Kelly Hartman

Associate Director
Administration & Finance

Kelly Hartman
she/her

Bio

Kelly oversees the financial and administrative functions of University Life Space and Events and Penn Student Agencies. She previously worked as a consultant in public accounting/risk advisory services, holds an economics degree from Rutgers University, and is currently completing her masters' degree through Penn LPS. Kelly enjoys muaythai, kettlebell and strength training, camping and hiking, tennis, and playing with her two cats at home in West Philly.

Sarah Lam

Financial
Coordinator

Sarah Lam
she/her

Pete Morgans

Senior
Facilities Manager

Pete Morgans

Bio

I am a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area having grown up in North Wales, Montgomery County. Prior to coming to Penn in the early 90's I worked mostly as a carpenter with some time also spent as busboy, waiter and tractor-trailer assembler. For the last 20 or so years it has been my pleasure to support the mission of University Life as Facility Manager. Outside of work, some of my interests are, in no particular order, classic cars, movies, TV, mountain biking, going to the gym and museums.

Tyree Long

Facility
Coordinator

Tyree Long
he/him

Bio

As noted, this is my 10th year on campus. I enjoy working with students. I love spending time with my family, I enjoy being a community activist, playing golf, music, reading and coaching youth sports.

Clara Bustamante

Administrative
Assistant

Clara Bustamante
she/her

Bio

Clara serves as the Administrative Assistant within ULSE and provides front office, administrative and other support to managers, employees, students, and office visitors by handling a variety of administrative and clerical tasks to ensure that all interactions between the department and others are positive and productive.
Prior to her current role, Clara worked at International House Philadelphia for 12 years as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO.
Clara is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. she first came to the US to study English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and then moved to South Jersey where she raised her two sons.

Penn Student Agencies Program Manager

Vacant

Cora Bright

PSA Administration Assistant

Cora Bright
she/her

Technology Services

Eric Bowden

Sr. Systems Administrator

Eric Bowden
he/him

Bio

I started at the University as a Help Desk/End User Support Tech in 2006 at the Annenberg School for Communication. I spent about 9 years there before coming to University Life Technology Services as the Sr. Systems Administrator. In July 2022 it will be sixteen years I have been at Penn altogether.

Infrastructure

Vacant

Help Desk Manager

Vacant

Gregory Kinter

End User Support Specialist

Gregory Kinter
he/him

Bio

My name is Gregory Kinter and I started with University Life Technology Services as an IT Support Specialist on April 1st, 2016.

Nasrin Mani

End User Support Specialist

Nasrin Mani
she/her

Bio

I started working with Technology Services as an Intern in 2017. I joined the team as full time in 2019 after graduating from Penn State.

End User Support Specialist

Vacant

End User Support Specialist

Vacant

Steve Rosato

Application Developer

Steve Rosato

Bio

Steve is from Philadelphia, PA and works as an Application Developer for University Life Technology Services. He has a strong passion for UI, application security and web accessibility. In his spare time, Steve enjoys trying new cooking recipes, a good book and sports.

Weining Guo

Application Developer Sr.

Weining Guo
she/her

Bio

I came from the Philadelphia Inquirer in September 2009. I have been working in the University Life Technology Services since then.

Central Admin Team

Barbara Brown

(Temporary) Administrative Assistant

Barbara Brown
she/her

Bio

I am a good team player and enjoy working with others to achieve desired goals. I love family time as well as time with my friends. My favorite food is seafood, and there is nothing like ladies night out or watching a good sports game with my husband.

Administrative Assistant

Vacant